“IS IT TRUE” JUNE 21, 2019


We hope that today’s “IS IT TRUE” will provoke honest and open dialogue concerning issues that we, as responsible citizens of this community, need to address in a rational and responsible way.

IS IT TRUE the article that we posted the other day about members of the Teamsters local 215 went on strike against a regional concrete company went viral? …that this article was posted on the International Union Facebook page?  …we are overwhelmed on how many page reviews was generated from this article?

IS IT TRUE about seven (7) years ago the City-County Observer had a disagreement with the Evansville Mayors media director concerning an embargo news issue?  …ever since that disagreement we have only received  very few news articles from the Mayor’s office?  …next week we will be requesting that the Mayors newly appointed Communications Officer send us future news releases?  …we are declaring that pursuant to the Indiana Access to Public Records Act and the Indiana Open Door Law, the City-County Observer has the right to receive future media releases from that office?

IS IT TRUE that we have just been informed that all future emergency boil orders or news releases generated by the Evansville Water and Sewer Utility Department will be sent to the City County Observer?  …we also have requested that they send us copies of their meeting agendas and officially approved meeting minutes pursuant to the Indiana Access to Public Records Act and the Indiana Open Door Law?

IS IT TRUE we hope that in the future our elected officials will not vote on any ordinances (unless its an emergency) thats not listed on their official agenda because it doesn’t allow public input? …when they vote on non-agenda items its not “transparent” but also  isn’t representative of “good public policy” practices?

IS IT TRUE that the CCO wasn’t invited to the recent Ellis Park ‘Annual Media Day’ event?  …we wish we could say that this was an oversight?

IS IT TRUE we are hearing that the owners of Ellis Park Entertainment, LLC (a subsidiary of Laguna Development Corporation (LDC) based in Albuquerque, New Mexico) are going to lease or purchase around 990 “Historical Horse Racing” machines in the near future? …that Ellis Park currently has around 180 “Historical Horse Racing” machines?

IS IT TRUE we hope that the new owners of Ellis Park will show their patrons how to use the additional option of betting on past horse races from tracks all over America? …this feature is available on every “Historical Horse Racing” machine in the State Of Kentucky but  is rarely used ?  … when you visit a Casino located in the State of Kentucky and play their “Historical Horse Racing” machines please ask their staff members to explain how can you bet on past horse races on their gaming machines?

IS IT TRUE it’s been reported that the new owners  of Ellis Park are currently spending around $3 million on upgrading the existing facility? …so far we are extremely impressed with their progress? …we hope that they be installing a new state of the art digital sign located next to the highway, replace the out-dated tote board, improved the exterior security lighting, and repaving and striping the parking area are part of the current renovation plans?

IS IT TRUE we are pleased to learn that the new owners of Ellis Park future projection are to build a new hotel on site? …in 2020 they are planning to construct a new free standing building to house over 1200 “Historical Horse Racing” machines? …many people feel that the new owners of Ellis Park must do these things in oder to compete against the soon to be installed “Sports Book”  facility at Tropicana-Evansville?  …we are confident that Ellis Park Entertainment, LLC (a subsidiary of Laguna Development Corporation (LDC) based in Albuquerque will be able to complete these tasks?

IS IT TRUE during the last several weeks Ellis Park have hired extra security during the late evening time? …that the law enforcement officers from the Henderson Police Department have been very effective in discouraging the less than credible patrons from coming into the Casino? …we give five (5) cheers to the new owners of Ellis Park for making this much needed move?

IS IT TRUE we hope that the Southwest Indiana Chamber Downtown Alliance and the Mayors proposal to transform the downtown Business District will be something the community will be proud of?

IS IT TRUE that over the years the City-County Observer has studied and published articles that examine the economic expectations and realities of proposed capital projects within the Evansville City limits? …that our conclusions thus far are that a lack of planning has created an unavoidable last minute quagmire that leaves the City of Evansville in the unenviable position of needing to provide significant incentives to secure a binding and enforceable agreement to entice a developer to build profitable projects?

IS IT TRUE that the hacking of your Social Security numbers, especially when combined with other exposed data such as driver’s license numbers, birth dates and home addresses, can allow identity thieves to impersonate you. You can apply for loans, housing, utilities and even government benefits in your name. Or, more likely, you can sell this data on the open market to those who will use it for those purposes and perhaps for other crimes you  can’t imagine?   …Its time for you to contact your financial advisors to insure that they will immediately begin to you protect your identity and hard earned money?

IS IT TRUE if any City Council candidate would like for us to do a “IS IT TRUE” concerning their campaign events please contract us at City-County Observer@live.Com?

Todays “Readers Poll’ question is: Do you feel that Ellis Park is ready to compete with Tropicana-Evansville since they sold to new investors?

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