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Good Deal For Indy: Council Member Stepping Down To Take State Job?

CrazybirdAbdul's show notes bring us this juicy morsel:

"City-County Council member Jim Bradford is stepping down. Bradford is taking a position with the state so he is vacating his seat. He is also giving up his run for Washington Towship Trustee. The Republican precinct committee men in his district will choose a new councilmember. Bradford's district includes much of north central Marion County including Broadripple."

Heaven help us if they put Crazy Jim over at the Indiana Criminal Justice Institute. This is a man who once delivered a marginally coherent speech using running shoes as a prop to illustrate the plight of the working man. Of course, this is also the guy who has a history of not timely paying rent to the City of Indianapolis for the small business he owns along the Monon Trail in Broad Ripple.

Maybe he was just scared of getting his butt kicked in November by former City-County Council member Frank Short, who's challenging him in the race for Washington Township Trustee.

UPDATE: Word on the street is that Bradford is, in fact, going to be vice-chair of the Indiana Alcohol & Tobacco Commission.

UPDATE TO THE UPDATE: The Star has a brief blurb posted that Bradford apparently has applied for the ATC position and hopes to be appointed to it by the Governor.

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Speaking of Scott Schneider (someone above mentioned him) what would you all think of a local blogger candidate for his seat? I'm in his district and Frank Short (jokingly? seriously?) told me I should run against him when he was lobbying for my vote at county party slating.

TDW will be blamed for the end of the world before this is all over...if only people could accept responsibility for their stupidity. That means you, you, you, you, and you Council members and former Criminal Justice Agency staff!!

I agree. TDW should start lobbing some bombs toward the grossly incompetent, incapable and impotent (that's you Ike). Ginny Cain, Ike, The Earl, Schneider, and Plowman are really, really scary, and all know how to goose step too.

Jim Bradford is a jerk and I'm thrilled that he won't be representing my district any longer. It is unfortunate that he will still be employed by the government. I wonder how his little bigot buddy Ginny Cain will take his departure. With Jim gone, who will she whisper and giggle with during the city-council meetings?

Time for his back to be scratched.

So you will vote for a guy that takes someone you obviously believe is not competent to serve in a local capacity and promotes them to a position that "serves" the entire state?

OK. That makes sense?

If Mitch takes Bradford out of Marion County I will seriously consider voting for Mitch in 2008. It would be a service to all who live in this county.

Does that mean anyone can apply for the job?

The Star is reporting that Bradford applied for the position as vice-chair of the ATC and is hoping the Governor appoints him. Anyone else find this a little odd? You usually don't hear about someone applying for a state job until they're actually appointed to the position.

Woo-hoo - hear the sound of great rejoicing from one home in Meridian Hills that's over-joyed to see Psycho Jim leave the City-Council! There's no place in the 21st century for bigoted, partison people in government if we want this city to grow even more. Mitch can have him.

"The Smart One"

anyone who has any experience with Cale knows that's like saying a 300-lb man is thin compared to his 400-lb brother.

Is this good or bad for Judge "The Smart One" Bradford?

He gets his retarded brother out of the City County Building but he has to watch the guy move up the political ladder where he could potentially screw up something in the Daniels administration.

Sounds like a perfect kid for Bradford to hire.

Anyone who wants to check out Ravekid's sensitive side should visit the Star's message boards. Here is a sample:

Re: Unclaimed Illegal Alien Corpses Crowd County Morgue

"Can we turn these bodies into E-85?"

Don't worry about him TDW...he writes a lot but it can pretty much be ignored.

Hip-Hop clubs are known for their problems.

There are plenty of police reports about shootings in the 300/400 Blk. of S. Meridian as well as that west side club (name I can remember right now).

I remember a call at the West side club, a chick opened fire when she caught her "boo" out with another woman or something.

From the top of my head, I recall at least three shootings in the 300/400 Blk. of S. Meridian and at least two at the west side club (all of these clubs, where the patrons had been, were owned by the same owners per a Star report. They also owned the bar in Broad Ripple). So that is five people shot within a year. Broad Ripple had one and it was away in the parking lot of CVS if I recall. Too bad they forced JYs to close, they could have proven that hip-hop parties really do cause violence. Skin color doesn't matter, there are plenty of problems with the teen club down in Morgan Co. as well.

go back and troll the Star msg boards Ravekid.

TDW "Of course, this is also the guy who has a history of not timely paying rent to the City of Indianapolis for the small business he owns along the Monon Trail in Broad Ripple."

If this is such a big factor, what do those Dems feel like when they vote for Julia "I am late on my property taxes for my houses" Carson?

Copyright 2003 The Indianapolis Star
All Rights Reserved
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May 13, 2003 Tuesday City final Edition
Correction Appended


SECTION: STARNORTH; Pg. 1N

LENGTH: 513 words

HEADLINE: Council member denies threat;
Bar owner said official warned him to stop promoting hip-hop

BYLINE: BY FRED KELLY FRED.KELLY@INDYSTAR.COM

BODY:
City-County Council member James Bradford denied accusations Monday that he threatened an attempt to close a Broad Ripple nightclub if it continued to cater to blacks.

Jerry Smith, co-owner of J.Y.'s, told about 40 civic and business leaders attending a community forum last week that Bradford has pressured his bar to stop advertising on urban radio stations to "keep blacks out of Broad Ripple."

"That is not true," said Bradford, who is white. "It is wrong (to make it a racial issue)."

The comments are the latest twist in a flap over whether bar owners in the city's most well-known entertainment district have discriminated against blacks by agreeing to limit how much rap music they play.

Mayor Bart Peterson has ordered the Greater Indianapolis Progress Committee to look into the allegations.

Peterson and some black leaders have said they are worried that such a pact would promote racial segregation.

At a meeting with police in late 2001, bar owners agreed to stop playing so-called gangsta rap as a method to prevent crime, Indianapolis Police Department Deputy Chief William Reardon has said.

The bar owners met again in April 2002 to discuss whether to ban rap music, Smith said.

The task force Peterson appointed found no evidence that such a ban exists, but "there is a perception that minorities are not welcome in Broad Ripple," said task force member Mike Carter.

J.Y.'s, a nightclub formerly known as Eden, has come under fire from Bradford, bar owners and neighborhood groups for hosting hip-hop parties on weekends.

The events have drawn mostly blacks on Fridays and a mixed crowd on Saturdays, Smith said.

Bradford, whose district encompasses Broad Ripple, has complained that the parties attract gang members and cause loitering, littering and other minor problems.

He also has said that playing rap music at clubs often leads to violence.

Smith and several black leaders claim racism is behind the complaints.

During the forum last week at the Glendale Branch Library to discuss the issue, Smith said that Bradford approached him and threatened to attempt to have his bar's liquor license revoked unless owners stopped advertising on WHHH (96.3), a hip-hop station.

"We are under a lot of pressure," Smith said. "If a black person is involved in a crime in the area, we are going to get nailed for it.

"They're going to try to revoke our license."

Bradford denied making any such threat, adding that he has responded to complaints from constituents.

J.Y.'s has a capacity of 450 people, but its hip-hop parties attract many more, he said. That was the subject of the phone call.

"Their events were oversold," Bradford said. "We were concerned because of what happened at the club in Chicago."

At-large City-County Council members Joanne Sanders and Lonnell Conley, who attended the forum, criticized Bradford and promised they would also look into the situation.

"I remember people saying the same things about hard rock," Sanders said. "A ban on hip-hop is ridiculous."

Call Star reporter Fred Kelly at 1-317-444-2609.

I love lamp!

Mayor Peterson must be doing cartwheels down the hall! If only he could get rid of Bradford's nutball cohort Scott Schneider!!

Word on the street is that Bradford is, in fact, going to the Indiana Alcohol & Tobacco Commission.

Out with Melanie Brizzi, in with Jim Bradford???

This was Bradford's baby:

March 24, 2003 Monday City final Edition

SECTION: CITY STATE; Pg. 1B

LENGTH: 862 words

HEADLINE: Policy on hip-hop is called racist; Broad Ripple club loosens ban, putting focus on area agreement

BYLINE: BY FRED KELLY AND BILL RUTHHART FRED.KELLY@INDYSTAR.COM

BODY:
A nightclub's break from an unofficial limit on hip-hop has set off a debate about race and crime in Broad Ripple, Indianapolis' best known entertainment district.

Operators of J.Y.'s, a popular club known until recently as Eden, have angered some neighborhood leaders and fellow club proprietors by violating an informal agreement discouraging hip-hop parties on weekends, said Indianapolis Police Department Deputy Chief William Reardon.

Reardon, who oversees police operations in an area that includes Broad Ripple, meets quarterly with bar owners. He said the proprietors made the pact more than a year ago as a tool to prevent crime, acknowledging a widespread perception that hip-hop clubs attract troublemakers and more than their share of loitering and other problems.

But promoters of the club's events say the perception is unfounded, calling the complaints part of a pattern of racism in Broad Ripple.

While the patrons in most Broad Ripple bars are predominantly white, the crowd in J.Y.'s is mostly black.

"Broad Ripple is not (racially) diverse. Broad Ripple has not outreached to the African-American community," said Amos Brown, a local activist who is director of strategic research for Radio One.

The company operates hip-hop and rhythm-and-blues stations in Indianapolis and has sponsored events at the Broad Ripple club since last year.

Brown said he heard of no reports of trouble at the dances. According to Reardon, police have responded to some reports of loitering and other nuisances at the club, but no more than at most other clubs in Broad Ripple.

J.Y.'s owners did not respond to telephone messages from The Indianapolis Star and would not allow a reporter to enter the building at 6235 Guilford Ave.

Other clubs' owners dismissed charges of racism but criticized J.Y.'s for playing hip-hop.

"They are definitely causing trouble," said Steve Ross, owner of The Vogue nightclub. "They have caused problems by bringing people who have a lack of respect and have very big attitudes.

"You can ask all of the bars in Broad Ripple. It's a problem."

J.Y.'s began hosting hip-hop parties last year on Wednesday nights.

Complaints from other bar owners surfaced when promoters switched the event to weekend nights and crowds became larger, said Mark Seidman, who promotes dances for the club.

Other bars play rap music, but J.Y.'s has raised eyebrows because its clientele is primarily black, Seidman said.

"It's OK to play rap music, but it's not OK to advertise on 96.3 (Radio One's local hip-hop station)," he said. "It not OK for African-Americans to have a night of their own."

Ross denied any knowledge of a ban on hip-hop. Other bars in Broad Ripple play rap songs but have agreed to limit or censor the music.

Reardon said the bar owners contend they do this, and restrict the kind of clothing patrons can wear, out of concern about crime.

There is a widespread perception that "hip-hop music brings trouble," Reardon said, adding that he has not taken a position on the issue.

An Indianapolis Urban League official said he would be disturbed to learn of any agreement to prohibit hip-hop among Broad Ripple bar owners.

Joseph Slash, a former deputy mayor who is chief executive officer of the league's Indianapolis chapter, said the policy sounds like an attempt to restrict the access of blacks and questioned why it didn't target other kinds of music.

"Why don't they limit heavy metal?" Slash said. "It attracts people who make me leery."

Bar owners in other cities have tried to limit some kinds of rap music in an effort to keep gangs, drug dealers and other troublemakers away.

"I tell my clubs to stop hip-hop nights ASAP," said Rich Unger, a Sarasota, Fla.-based nightclub consultant. "There is a club here that holds a hip-hop night. All of the surrounding business, including a 24-hour restaurant, close early so they don't have to face this (clientele)."

J.Y.'s patron Dwayne Self, 22, said he would consider any agreement to exclude rap music discriminatory.

"It's odd they don't play more rap," said Self, who is black, "because it seems more white kids listen to rap music than blacks."

Brown of Radio One said the controversy over J.Y.'s highlights how Broad Ripple has remained a pocket of segregation, noting the area's bars cater mostly to young whites.

Blacks make up about 24.2 percent of Marion County but just 3.3 percent of residents in the Broad Ripple area, according to the 2000 census.

Radio One sponsors hip-hop dances throughout the Indianapolis area, but the dances at J.Y.'s are its first in Broad Ripple.

"We do nights at a club in Mooresville" in Morgan County, which is nearly 100 percent white, Brown said. "If we can bring hip-hop to Morgan County, we certainly should be able to come to Broad Ripple."

Broad Ripple Village Association President Brad King declined to discuss the controversy.

But Scott Bates, a member of the association's Board of Directors, discounted any suggestion the neighborhood doesn't welcome blacks.

"We have so many different types of people," Bates said. "That is what makes it unique."

Call Star reporter Fred Kelly at 1-317-444-2609.

LOAD-DATE: March 25, 2003

Isn't this the guy who actually called a press conference calling for Lance Langford to be kicked out of the Republican Party for supporting the police merger?

Ahh, bipartisanship. He'll fit in perfectly over there.

He did not want african americans to be able to own bars in Broad Ripple, I think he's perfect for the ATC, a racist idiot. Daniels is aiming higher? Bradford will make Bolejack look good

if he could put a sentence together he might be a good quote for the media but he cannot even seem to get that right!

Bradford represents Bradford. That's it. Any GOP primary candidate could have beat him next year. He's hardly beloved in his district and he's hardly done much for his constituents.

Wonder if he'll get a job at the Alcohol and Tobacco Commission. Didn't all of his campaign contributions come from bars and other alcohol vendors?

He's nuts and I am surprised he is getting a job with Daniels. The Governor is not that stupid.

Are you serious? The guy is nuts!

I'm cuckoo for CoCo Puffs!

Come on, guys. Must you pick on every Republican? Bradford is a good guy who opposed taking the fire engines out of Broad Ripple station. I believe he works hard for the best interests of his District.

Everyone has delivered a stinker of a speech.

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