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Shifting the Focus

May 14, 2008 at 1:30pm By: Mr. Wilson Posted in The Lincolnite Blog

Mayor Beutler has warned LPS that he may yank $178,000 in funding that goes toward LPS’s Community Learning Center (CLC) initiative. LPS funds the project to the tune of approximately $843,000.

The leaner the budget gets, the more likely the mayor has to dig into projects like this. But just for fun, let’s speculate a bit. Mayor Beutler has made it clear that the City doesn’t take very much of our property tax dollar, and he has pointed out that LPS is the big pig at the property tax trough. Could this be part of a plan to shift more of the community’s focus to LPS’s share of our property tax bills, gradually taking the heat off the City? I think it’s possible, if not likely. In a way, I’d be disappointed if that’s not what Beutler is up to.

What do you think?

A Message the County Board Will Never Hear

May 14, 2008 at 1:30pm By: Mr. Wilson Posted in The Lincolnite Blog

The jail bond issue was defeated yesterday. Not that it matters. The jail will be built anyway. Will the County Board take away any lessons from the vote? I wouldn’t bet on it.

Putting the fun in fundraising

May 13, 2008 at 10:32pm By: D.M.B. Posted in D.M.B. Sports Report

I thought this blog by Brian Christopherson in the Life in the Red LJS blog was an interesting one.  He asked Paul Meyers how fundraising was going in a “lean” economy.  Paul said it was going good, I don’t know if I exactly believe him.  What is he supposed to say?  “Its going awful, we can’t afford to pay the light bill”

Anyway, thats not the point of my blog.  In the blog, there is a list of things that TO wants:

-New academic center
-Hall of fame building
-Practice facility that would accompany the new downtown basketball arena.

IMO, the priority needs to be the new practice facility.  If Nebraska ever wants to prove that they take basketball seriously, they need a practice facility.  Nebraska is the only Big 12 school that does not have plans, building or currently have practice facilities for their basketball teams.  While the academic center is all well and good, I’m guessing that could be put on the back burner.  And while a Hall of fame building would be cool, its a tad frivolous at this point when there are more pressing needs.

What should the donation dollars go to first?

Grow ‘Em High

May 13, 2008 at 1:36pm By: Mr. Wilson Posted in The Lincolnite Blog

It’s unfortunate that Russ Schultz has to deal with a lot of unsubstantiated complaints in his line of work. That’s annoying to deal with no matter who you are. But the guy is nuts if he thinks he’s going to convince Lincolnites to let weeds grow twice as tall as current regulations allow.

The current limit is six inches worth of ugly weeds. Mr. Schultz wants to increase that to an even foot, consistent with many other comparable cities in the region. He says it’ll help cut down on the number of “false” complaints so that he can focus on the real scofflaws. I doubt many Lincolnites really care about the number of unsubstantiated complaints he has to deal with. They just want to make sure their neighborhood doesn’t look like a dump, and understandably so.

Now that I look at a ruler, six inches isn’t all that tall. It’s easy to see why Mr. Schultz has to deal with a lot of complaints. It wouldn’t take long at all for a lot to fill with six inches worth of weeds.

Incidentally, if you want to complain about weeds, you can do so online.

Vote!

May 13, 2008 at 1:30pm By: Mr. Wilson Posted in The Lincolnite Blog

Your high school civics teacher wants you to vote today. Don’t have any idea what’s on the ballot? The Journal Star has a quick guide.

One of the most interesting issues will be the Lancaster County jail funding proposal. I’ve talked about the mess that is the jail several times, so I won’t go into it again. Will Lincolnites vote for the funding, knowing it’s probably the best financing mechanism for the all-but-inevitable jail? Or will they send the County Board a message by voting nay, forcing the Board to find money elsewhere?

Primary Day

May 13, 2008 at 11:50am By: Mr. T Posted in The Lincolnite Blog

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Remember to vote today. There are quite a few interesting contests and items on the ballot. As far as the big race to fill Hagel’s seat goes, Johanns should coast to a REALLY easy win over Pat Flynn today. I sense that Pat is a little too far out there to pose any sort of viable challenge against an established and well-known figure like Johanns.

A bit more interesting will be Scott “Speed Racer” Kleeb against Tony Raimondo. Neither of them have held high profile offices before, and not much is known about them generally, at least here in Lincoln. I am predicting Kleeb will win the democratic race by a clear margin. Here’s a photo a friend took of Scott campaigning last Saturday in Columbus.

What a weekend

May 12, 2008 at 10:18pm By: D.M.B. Posted in D.M.B. Sports Report

It is a rare occasion that a sporting event lives up to the pregame hype.  USC/Nebraska, is usually the norm.

But this weekend, 3 fantastic games occurred at Haymarket Park over the weekend.  Texas A&M and Nebraska took to the field in a 1 vs. 2 matchup in the Big 12 standings and both were top 10 teams in the rankings.  If there has been a team with more magic than Nebraska this year it has been the Aggies of A&M.  I can’t tell you how many times we’ve heard scores from the nation and Texas A&M’s scores always start with “Texas A&M comes from behind to defeat ____”

Friday nights matchup was almost good enough for two complete games because it went 16 innings.  The Aggies were the victor 6-3.  And were a virtual lock for the Big 12 regular season crown.
Saturday’s matchup was washed out by rain which set up a fantastic Mothers Day.
Game 1 on Sunday was mostly all Texas A&M but Nebraska scored 5 runs in the bottom of the 9th inning to collect the victory 9-8.
Game 2 on Sunday was a slugfest but Nebraska had to come from behind again, this time 5 runs down going into the bottom of the 6th inning.  Nebraska scored 3 runs in the 6th, 7th AND 8th inning and came out on top 13-10.

It is rare in a 3 game series where the outcome of any of the 3 games could have gone either way.  Nebraska could have very easily gone 3-0 but so could have Texas A&M. 

Before this weekend Nebraska was pretty much assured hosting a regional.  Nebraska was also in contention with about 12 teams for a coveted top 8 national seed and a home road to the College World Series.  This weekends series win probably gave Nebraska one of those top 8 national seeds save a collapse at Missouri and the Big 12 tournament. 

Did anybody take in either of the 3 games?

Dirt and a Backhoe

May 12, 2008 at 7:17pm By: Mr. Wilson Posted in The Lincolnite Blog

I need some dirt. I’m not sure how much dirt I want to bring in, but I think I’m going to start with 10 or 12 yards. That ought to give me plenty to play with for now. The standard supplier for such things seems to be GE Landscape Supply. Can anybody recommend anyone else?

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I could also use a backhoe. I need to get rid of the remnants of a stump, and I think my only two remaining options are (1) heavy machinery, and (2) dynamite. As much as I would love to go for option #2, I think #1 is probably going to win out. I don’t suppose any of you own a backhoe, do you? I suppose it would be pressing my luck even more to hope that you work for beer and pizza…

Bolts in the Finals

May 12, 2008 at 1:15pm By: Mr. Wilson Posted in The Lincolnite Blog

Lincoln soccer fans have one team left in the NSAA State Soccer Tournament. The boys from Pius X will play in the Class B final at 6:00pm tomorrow. The Pius X girls and Lincoln Southeast girls were both bumped in the semis.

The Pius X boys are considered by some to be the best boys team in the state this year, though any comparison across classes is difficult. Even if they are, that doesn’t mean they’re a shoo-in to win tomorrow. This season has been chock full of upsets and surprising outcomes, and the State Tournament has been no different. Ask the Omaha South or Millard West boys, for example.

The two girls finals are tonight at 6:00pm and 8:00pm at Morrison Stadium on the Creighton campus. The boys finals are tomorrow night. Morrison Stadium is a beautiful complex and the weather should be excellent for both participants and spectators. If you’re a soccer fan, I encourage you to make the short drive up to Omaha to watch what should turn out to be four good, competitive matches.

Where in Lincoln is this?

May 12, 2008 at 1:05pm By: Mr. T Posted in The Lincolnite Blog

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Senator Johanns?

May 9, 2008 at 1:10pm By: Mr. T Posted in The Lincolnite Blog

I noticed that Mike Johanns received a big endorsement today: The Lincoln Journal Star. Johanns is probably a shoo-in to replace Chuck Hagel this year. On NET Television’s Campaign Connection 08, his performance was, in my opinion, the best as well. Having said that, I’d like to see more from Scott Kleeb. Johanns has a big advantage because he is very familiar to Nebraskans, and many will vote for him based on the level of comfort for him that already exists. No one knows much about Kleeb except that he is fresh, good-looking, and part of the Obama phenomenon. Should Kleeb get the democrat nomination, many will look forward to a Johanns-Kleeb debate.

One Year (Plus a Couple Weeks) Later

May 8, 2008 at 1:30pm By: Mr. Wilson Posted in The Lincolnite Blog

Drat, I missed the one-year anniversary of the announcement that Lincoln Synergy Group had been chosen as the developer for the $180 million “Catalyst One” project at 14th and P. One year ago April 25th, then-Mayor Colleen Seng made the announcement. Since that time ... well, not much has happened. Folks involved with the project have been very, very quiet. Hopefully that means they’re hard at work hammering out plans that’ll really blow our socks off. Hopefully.

More Jail News

May 7, 2008 at 1:38pm By: Mr. Wilson Posted in The Lincolnite Blog

In a bit of good news for supporters of the proposed new County jail, the Lincoln Chamber of Commerce has endorsed the the financing plan. (They specifically did not take a position on whether or not the jail is necessary.) Voters will have their say next Tuesday.

County officials have done a really, really lousy job selling this project to taxpayers. The land purchase was ugly. Early cost estimates were ugly. Nobody bothered to consult the Sheriff in the early stages. And so on. Now, County officials have made it clear that voters either approve the financing mechanism on Tuesday, or the County will go behind voters’ backs and build the jail anyway while relying on financing that isn’t as taxpayer-friendly.

With all of those negatives swirling around it, what positives does the jail have going for it?

Coming Soon: Texas Roadhouse

May 7, 2008 at 1:00pm By: Mr. Wilson Posted in The Lincolnite Blog

Texas Roadhouse is coming soon to Apple’s Way, the new development at 62nd and Highway 2 that features Lowe’s as its anchor. That’ll be the fourth barbecue joint within a mile of my house. (The other three are Paul’s, Smokehouse Deli, and Skeeter Barnes, with Famous Dave’s just a bit farther.) The Lincoln location will be Texas Roadhouse’s second Nebraska location. The first is in Omaha.

The Wilsons are crossing our fingers that the restaurant will open by mid-June so that we can mark the second anniversary of our trip to the location in Methuen, Massachusetts. You might recall that two years ago we were in the Boston area for ten days waiting for Robbie’s adoption paperwork to go through. I can’t say I remember much about the restaurant. I do recall that Robbie slept on the table the entire time, and periodically the staff would crank up the volume on the stereo and line dance to a particular country song (I don’t remember which one).

When Texas Roadhouse does open, expect it to be packed. It’s just the sort of place that Lincolnites will eat up (so to speak).

Wasabi Robbie Speaks

May 6, 2008 at 2:10pm By: Mr. Wilson Posted in The Lincolnite Blog

Rob “Wasabi Robbie” Burns dropped by to leave a few comments on a post from April to give us some updates about happenings at his restaurant. I will repost one of his comments here:

We are now open 7 nights a week.  Evenings are more dependable for business.  I work everyday of the week.  EVERYDAY.  Anyone else really do that?  I need the less busy daytimes on MTW to do paperwork, respond to gossip, and continue upgrades, etc.

We will be opening for six lunches (M-S) when I can get dependable daytime help (i.e. my teenage girls to work the front end.) Anyone have experience employing young people or “downtowners” these days.  Ask any downtown restaurant operator…

Regarding fresh fish, food quality, etc.: We are the only Japanese restaurant in town that JAPANESE people will eat.  Ask any of them.  ANY.  Weather it is Kawasaki personnel or students, or other people.  REAL Japanese food is not fancy.

Fresh Fish is a matter of management.  This is much more difficult than producing sushi.

Teaching new personnel who have never been to Japan about the taste, presentation, simple aesthetics is hard.  It is more than sandwiches and hamburgers….

Thanks for your interest and concern.  We are still alive, and actually doing better a few months ago.  The simple move of a few blocks cost us about 35% of our business.  People don’t know where we are, and the university staff, faculty haven’t been able to make it the extra blocks during the past cold winter.  Hopefully that will change.

Thanks again.

There you have it. Wasabi is still open and chugging along.

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