Unique Times

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Yes unique times very much so, in fact to the point of a game changer of a day a lot had to have happened to do this

1) Had to be active on Twitter

2) Had to have talked at great length with some good pals who are big about American manufacturing

3)  Had to have Lunch with Mr. S

4) Had to see two acts of great kindness by two very poor folks to a homeless man who had less

5) Back in a few weeks ago I had to long talk with someone about Racine’s History and followed up with reading of Racine history in the 1880-1950′s

This became well all part of a brainstorm that a new idea to carry out here in this blog that being

Racine was was once a leader in Manufacturing and innovation can you say Case or Hamilton  Beach? Now not so much now we are #1-2 in unemployment we have little manufacturing here any more

Jobs in Machine shops that use to pay a living wage now pay less then $12 if you can find one at all.

How did this happen? Could anything been done?   Was it fate? Bad luck?  Bush’s fault? Unions? My fault?

Thinking be interesting to take a look from time to time  on whole history that needs to be looked at as we became Racine in Runes

 

My thanks to Ms ?

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A few days ago, I received a call wanting to know if I wanted some old newspaper clippings a bunch of old E-Mails  gathered over the years just to go over and when I was done do what I will with them.

Ms. ? Dropped them and until the last few day was not able to go over them much, oh my Living God!

Do I have the gold mine!

Among other gems I have:

Copies of the 6th st Plan

The outline of the Artist relocation plan for Uptown with Newspaper accounts from other Cities we know how that went (but this time it will be different right?) assoted Emails from Ms. ? and elected City Leaders of the past and Campaign Lit from Mayor John Dictert’s run for State Assembly that alone is huge, as in what he wanted to do then to what he has done or would like to do as Mayor of Racine, funny I saw nothing about his suing the City or being part of a RICO Suit in the lit.    A lot about backing RUSD and more spending being needed.

Done a great job with the spending part

Interesting reading an old newspaper story about Mr. K. Fair pointing out issues with how the City was doing the “Improvements” Downtown and the group that seams to be forming over issues around Rootworks.

I love how the Head of the DRC in the story telling us that as I read it has no right to complain

So nice having this information to go over and how this answers some questions and helps guide me to others

 

Ever wonder

Ever wonder where are the Boaters?

After all we are told time and again that not only are they coming but in ever increasing numbers so where are they?

Right now its still a bit cold and as I understand events there is still ice on parts of the Lake so I do not expect them anytime soon, but will they come?

Today 4/11/14 I am seeing Gas at $3.70 and up that’s not cheep gas is it? Far from it.

Will we see “Boaters” put a few hundred $$ in the gas tank to run around in a very cold Lake Michigan much before Mid May?

Will they then? At the last Harbor Commission Meeting I was at    one of the members spoke of in years past most of the Boats in Storage were placed in the Water on 4/1/ of that year and this man had  NO IDEA most boat were going in or how many would this year.

Gee but I am told that Racine has so much to offer!!!

Do we? What do we have to offer that other cities along Lake Michigan does not?

Good tasting water? Lower costs to rent slips?

I know it must be the great looking women!

 

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Will the Mayor share?

 

 

 

 

Blast From the Past

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Reposed with permission (and by request)

 

Racine Ethic Committee reviews complaint in local bar
(satire)
Racine WI. Racine Mayor Dickert had been concerned about an ethics charge levelled against him by a local watchdog group. He reportedly called for the ethics committee to convene at a local drinking establishment on Main street in downtown Racine. The Mayor stated “it’s going to save tax payers money by having them meet here because most of the committee members meet here anyway.” A source close to the group that filed the ethics complaint stated “were just glad it’s going to get looked at instead of just being blown off.” A round table was placed at the back of the bar for the committee members to convene, complimentary drink tokens were spewed about next to the ethics complaint on the table. The Mayor reportedly said “I thought it was a nice touch, I wanted them to take their time and make an informed decision.”
Ethics board members slowly left their bar stools and headed to the table set up for them in the back of the bar to conduct their official meeting. The committee was slow to start the meeting as one member was still bartending and just finishing a heated game of pinochle. The member moved from behind the bar toward the table, high-fiving the Mayor on the way. The Mayor swung around in his bar stool positing his back to the committee as to not wanting to seem influential. The mayor slapped his pants pockets making sure his city issued credit card was handily available and ordered a Miller high life and a couple of shots of Jamison. He was quoted as saying “this is going to get rough.”
The ethics committee’s official meeting was called to order. One member requested the jukebox be “plugged” so “our meeting doesn’t disturb the customers in the bar.” A suggestion was made to plug C-3 “Dire Straits Money for Nothing.” After consuming a number of high life’s and a few more shots of Jamison, the Mayor looked visibly shaken as the meeting continued longer than he expected in the corner of the bar. As he left his bar stool and headed toward the men’s restroom, he stumbled past the ethics committee table, a discerning glare was reportedly aimed at the ethics committee. Once inside the restroom he steadied himself with both hands on the wall in front of the urinal, an unidentified patron stated “he began to mumble “something like, those f-ing liberals, patriot ass holes.” After returning to his bar stool he began to loudly announce “I’m the f-ing Mayor” the bartender asked that he keep it down, but a 30 min. tirade ensued.
The official ethics committee members then called a recess. The message reportedly was “people don’t understand those bastards in Madison cut my money, and those dumb ass aldermen don’t know what to do if it weren’t for me,” “I have people to protect.” The waitress gathered up the drink tokens on the table and hurriedly rushed the drinks to the members. Three unidentified aldermen two older men and a well-dressed black man sitting in a nearby booth were nodding their heads in agreement one aldermen (Hart) was heard to say ” I can’t hear shit.”
One ethics official came to the bar and leaned into the bartender and said “call his friend supervisor Osterman, and if you can’t get a hold of him call his cousin Friedel.” Unobserved all evening was a woman wearing a large floppy straw beach hat in the opposite corner of the bar with her head in her hands mulling over her drink.
As the supervisor entered the bar he took control of the meeting stating “hasn’t this been enough for one night.” The official ethics board convened at the end of the bar, ending the meeting with an official statement “no merit for violations” as they raised their glasses to signal adjournment of the meeting. The Mayor reportedly staggered over to the ethics officials and slurring his words he stated “I’ll get those mother-f–kers for putting you good people through this.”
The door swung open and the Mayor’s cousin entered the bar “I’ll write the press story tonight” he reportedly stated to the supervisor, “You take him home.” The supervisor stated “I can’t, I have my own problems tonight “as he pointed to his wife, the floppy hat-ed woman in the corner. The Mayor’s cousin pulled a document from his leather case and asked if he could use the fax machine. He walked around the bar and remove the pickled eggs from the top of the machine and began faxing his document.
Just then a young reporter from the local newspaper entered the bar waving her hands to the bartender “no drinks for me tonight, I’m going to a baby shower.” The Mayor’s cousin said “I have your news article already written, I’m faxing it to your boss.” Reportedly a big smile came across her face and she thanked everyone as she headed for the door.
The county supervisor stated to the Mayor’s cousin “who’s taking him home” as he pointed to the Mayor. A patron and former aldermen Coe, seated at the barstool at the opposite end of the bar said “I used to take him home until he stabbed me in the back.” The Mayor reportedly bummed a cigarette off the bartender and ask an ethics committee member to “play that song again” as he began to strum his air guitar and dance in the middle of the room stating “I love you guys.”

 

Ethics Board 3/31/14

The Board meeting was nothing to write home about just how the hearing of evidence will be handled  in the next hearing the first week in May. The Hearing will be closed to the public unless Mary Osterman wants it open, however I am told by the City Attorney that the records and documents are PUBLIC RECORD this could prove to be useful to the folks suing the City  with the RICO action.

Far fewer at this (Members of the Public) then the last time no Journal Times  no Real Racine TV

I know I will be called as a witness as will members of the City Cable Commission and staff of Belle City TV with records being asked for like I said the records will be public records after the hearing is over may be very useful to the RICO folks.

The big event this morning was when Mr. Spodick, Scott  Nelson, and I are walking down the hall to leave City Hall and down the West Steps is Mayor John Dickert   who starts I will call verbally attacking Mr. Spodick about Back Taxes this goes on for about say 2 minutes as he leaves the building.

We wait inside until we know the Mayor has left the Parking lot.  We thought be best to just let him yell and walk away from anytime of conflict

Wowser! The Mayor feels he can yell at members of the Public when he feels like it? Is this something we should expect from our Mayor?

Might the Mayor of Racine feel the pressure of the RICO action? The Ethics Hearing over CAR 25?  Is stress getting to the point of our Mayor needing to seek treatment over said issues? That be sad if stress got to the point of the Mayor not say yelling at someone he may not like to say punching someone out. Now that be a lawsuit! tumblr_n2l3tzYzb61spj0ojo1_1280

Clingman’s Clink!

 

Back long ago talking 1960′s my father owned a bar in Baraboo WI, called Clingman’s Clink, he owned it for a number  of years I  think 62-68 or so. I was very young so do not hold me to the dates.

The name came from the fact the bar was across the street from the police station/City Hall

The Bar was right downtown and open 7 days a week from early Morning to Bar close.

The big draw he has was….. Go Go Girls! Not topless but Dancers on the bar

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My Dad would tell us kids is that is how he made his money selling that Bar for it was not a game for a man with a wife and kids.

He did say time and again that if you were a young man with no wife that be the business to own if you did not become your own best customer, he go over the numbers sometimes to show me why he thought that.

This was all brought back to me during phone calls yesterday so lets to to the Twilight Zone

and do a game of let’s pretend that I own a bar in Downtown  Racine WI  or Clingman’s Clink revisited!

My bar will just sell booze light snacks with a Pool Table/Dart Bord and of course  just one Coin operated video poker, lets see how the money might be like.

Beer

I can sell by low end beer say brand x at a 100% mark up all day everyday.

I can even do better if I sell the tap version far more. If I pay $100 a keg and get only 160 12 Oz Glasses  out of  one sell a  glass for   $1.50  not too bad I do better because if your buying tap beer  your more then likely staying to play Pool-Darts or God Bless you my Video Poker Machine. !!!

Mixed Drinks is mega bank!

A bottle of cheep Rail Rum is say  $20 and I get say 15 shots out of this and sell Shots for $3.00 I am making $25 per bottle

If I am selling a name brand booze yes I am paying a bit more but now selling the name brand for more too  say $4.00 a shot I am more then making up the added cost.

If I am do mixed drinks (mostly women drink the mixed drinks I have found) I going to sell them for about $5 I may not not do so well but: 1) I am using Rail Booze and 2) If I have women coming to drink I have men stopping in. This is a good thing.

The snacks we sell at say 25% over cost we have a popcorn machine for free salty Popcorn are you thirsty? Have another drink

Soda: Good question, talking to folks in the business tell me that the cost to fill a 20 Oz glass with Ice and say Coke is about .10   sell a glass for a $1. 00 and give it away to the self Id sober drivers, not going to lose a lot and hey someone might now make it home alive

 

The games   are my bread and butter!

All cash no accounting for the cash 100% pure cash

The Pool Table Dart Board charge the price needed to pay for them and a bit more to sponsor a team a Women’s team have them come to the bar after see the men follow poor the drinks

 

The Poker Machine is pure $$$

Its going to be used as many are in this city from open to close. the users will buy drinks lots of drinks when one is done someone else will sit down.

How many times will the play key get hit? 1,000 2000, maybe 3000? Even if your returning 80% that’s 200 a day all cash your making cash.

Even at a 80% pay off that’s what $200 a day per machine  So what how much can this my my mythical bar make thinking $300-400 a day, and a good amount tax free.

Mindy you I underestimated the amount one could get from a Keg of Beer or a bottle of Booze

nor did I work out the Food income but you get the point I hope there is good money in bars

Damn good money Maybe I revisit this post and talk about how more interesting ideas can be used to make a bit more $$

And why Downtown Racine is filled with bars

 

 

Letter to the D.A.

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March 24, 2014

To: Richard Chiapete

District Attorney’s Office

730 Wisconsin Ave

Racine, Wisconsin 53403

From: Wayne Clingman

236 Jones Street

Racine, Wisconsin 53404

Dear Mr Chiapete,
I am writing this correspondence to you in regards to questionable activities related “Rootworks” a project of the Root River Council intended to transform 3.26 acres of the Racine’s downtown river corridor into a live, work, condominium, boardwalk redevelopment plan.
I am concerned with two of the Rootwork board members in particular, Marty Defatte and Monte Osterman, whose role in advocating for Rootworks demands closer scrutiny. I believe they are involved in a behind-the-scenes scheme that is ethically questionable, and from which they will use their offices and positions to profit from the sale of Mound Ave Bluff property, which would be purchased with city financing and a DNR grant.
On March 4, 2014, Monte Osterman, Root River Council Chairman, Racine County supervisor and owner of Osterman Marble and Granite, spoke before the Racine City Council to advocate that public money be spent on Rootworks. Monte Osterman neglected to mention that he also owns a private business named  Osterman Marble and Granite which is located at 1251 Mound Ave. Therefore he has a personal financial interest in the proceedings. The same building his fellow Root River Council member Marty Defatte is selling as a broker for Shorewest Realty. Sec. 2-580 Failure to disclose economic interest.

Sec. 2-581 prohibited conduct.  a. Violation of work rules. b. Use of office for private gain. d. Taking action of affecting a matter in which an official has financial interest. f. Misconduct in office.

 

 

Inasmuch as these two gentlemen knew as early as 2008 of the proposed development of this land (due to Osterman’s position with Rootworks) is it not suspicious that he chose this location for his granite and marble business when so many other suitable properties are available in the city that would not require him to relocate again within a short time?
Also in a hurried up effort to secure funding, proper, required, and legal procedures were violated. On April 1, 2013 at a Racine Redevelopment Authority meeting it was decided to apply for a Knowles Nelson stewardship grant from the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources. Allocating $25,000 for appraisals and surveys Matt Sadowski assistant city planner stated that the request for proposals would be sent out for bidding. No request for proposals was ever sent out although the statutes are clear that one was required. The appraisals and surveys were conducted on April 18, 19, of 2013 and completed on April 22, 2013. Three days of work. $15,700 for appraisals, $4,944 for surveys, attorney fees of $2,000 and title work for $1,500 for a total of 24,144. How was a figure so close to the allotment arrived at with no proposal having been offered or approved within the 17 days between the allotment being made and the work being performed?
Section 2-332 of the City of Racine ordinance is quite clear that the Common Council must first provide approval prior to applying for grants. Shouldn’t the results of the April 1, 2013 RDA meeting, resulting in resolution 13–05, have been forwarded to the finance and personnel committee for discussion and a recommendation then to the Common Council for a final vote prior to the proceedings? It was never done. John Dickert and Matt Sadowski rushed through the process contrary to law and without all the required approvals and submitted the paperwork to the DNR on May 1, 2013.Sec.2-332. Duties 4. Sec.2-108 b d. 946.72 Tampering with public records and notices.

 

 

The entire process of requesting a grant from the Department of Natural Resources has been flawed. The process of purchasing the Mound Ave Bluff is also flawed an investigation needs to be opened and inquiries made. Who knew what and when? I am asking t for a full investigation into this matter.

 

 

I believe this is not the only violation the City of Racine has committed and I intend to bring those to your attention as well in a timely manner.  Until then, I look forward to your response regarding the above irregularities regarding the “Mound Ave. Overlook” project. I have enclosed a media investigation packet into the allegations I have made. All the statements made are backed up by official documents.

Respectfully

Wayne Clingman

Media Consultant  Racine Equality Project

 

Be interesting to see what happens. Should the laws not be followed or the reason why not be told ASAP?

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