The man who has been leading us astray on all-things Julia for a long time, Andy Jacobs, pretty much answered the question by taking the public step of endorsing her grandson as her replacement yesterday, even as he reassured us as recently as two weeks ago Carson would fully recover. Tully acknowledges Jacobs' statement is the most telling signal yet that Carson won't be on the ballot next year.
In other local news, the Indianapolis-Marion County Library Board surprised a lot of observers by choosing interim library chief Laura Bramble as the library's new CEO over Councilor Jackie Nytes. I suspect the outcome may have been different if Democrats had maintained control of the City-County Council. Board chairman Louis Mahern sided with the majority backing Bramble for the position.
And finally, Mayor-elect Greg Ballard's plan to revitalize the Front Porch Alliance gets the backing of the Star's editorial board. The editorial reads, in part:
Ballard, in an interview Thursday, said he sees the city's work with nonprofits as critical to fighting crime and restoring neighborhoods. He wants his administration to coordinate nonprofits' efforts in confronting social problems. He also wants to leverage his high-profile position in the community in encouraging residents to volunteer.
It's an approach well worth taking. The problems facing Indianapolis -- from crime, to high dropout rates, to abandoned houses -- are complex. Local government has the primary responsibility in securing and rebuilding neighborhoods, but individuals and organizations can be invaluable in helping struggling families, mentoring children and pulling together communities. It's an especially smart strategy given the city's tight fiscal condition.
Ballard is turning to experienced help in resurrecting the Front Porch Alliance. Outgoing City-County Council member Ike Randolph worked on the neighborhood initiative under Goldsmith. Randolph, who is expected to fill a key role in Ballard's administration, brings a strong vision for how the alliance and similar initiatives can help the city.