Sinking

Had a family become homeless today, Mom,Dad, 3 kids leave the apt gt into a car and say goodby. Knowing the Mom/Dad I knew that He lost his job a few months ago and she works retail.

He tried to find work but cold not, sighed up with the temp companies but could not get anything over $10 an hour.

Truly Sad if HALO had no room was my understanding that they just sleep in the car.

They are not drunks or druggies, went to work everyday, good folks event beyond their control happened and now well kicked to the curb.

This is happening more and more in Racine I hear stories everyday, in fact one of my pals is planing to move to Mexico because He hears  as a CNC operator he can get a job at one of the new plants opening up.

Wow more opportunity in Mexico for an American then in Racine.  In John Dickert’s Racine how nice must that be!

Then too does it look like he cares?

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Are we are told that so many want to move to Racine for Condo’s on the Root River

Clingman’s Clink part 2!

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My Mom was telling me (I ask my Dad but he died in 10) that at the Bar my folks owned they had a Pool Table a pin ball machine and A Juke Box boy did she love having that.

Each week she go out and buy the Top 5 Country Western/ Rock/Pop hits and put them in take out the songs not plaid much, the cost was 5 songs for $1.00 if you were a woman in the bar alone or with other women The Bartender give you tokens my folks found out fast that guys would feed $$ in the Juke box all night to make women happy.

On nights the Dancers where on deck Men were asked to play the songs danced too. Boy did they.

My Mom thought the coins where not counted but weighed to get the amount from the Juke box the pool table too!

Her memory not too good anymore but her and my Step dad are 80% sure that was the case.

I know  that my folks took pride in paying the taxes.  After all he fought in WW II to be able to have freedom to do so, here he was from a poor upbringing owning a good business in a small town the American dream, he did well.  Far better then Farming

So well that when years latter we moved to Madison my folks paid CASH for the house they bought. Not bad

Now lets say your bar is in a corrupt town where well taxes were if your connected, taxes were oh let’s say up to you. Better yet you paid to the city a fee to have a coin operated machine but that income not monitored so that income from your games/juke may not be taxed correctly. How much money might you be able to make/hide from the Feds? $100 a day 200? More

Thinking that its high time not only any fees needed   to have a Coin Operated Machine go up but a counter added to the machine so  income may be better reported to the State and the Feds.

Effects of the RFPD reductions

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Was asked what effects if any are being felt with the reduction of Police in Racine, I do not know shall we find out?

How will this be done?

Easy!! I got a call today asking about fights in locations in Racine so:

1) Get the Numbers of calls into Dispatch from the areas I have been told of

2) Get the reports or simply the number of reports created from the calls for service.

Mind you each call for service may not create a report  but it should be close. Question being are RPD not being dispatched as might be asked for? If so why lack of officers or OTHER reasons? What might those be

Is YOUR safety at risk due to Mayor Dickert’s effectively laying off RPD officers perhaps are fights being allowed in and around the right bars or something else going on?

Note far worse are RPD officers in danger due to understaffing? Should we not give them all the help they need, or is Rootworks more critical?

My thanks to Mr. X for offering to pay for the Police Reports

Open Records What I am looking into

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In an effort to bring to the readership of this Blog the best information I can find I will post my Open Records and what I get back in return, feel free to suggest  areas of inquiry .

The City has 10 business days to respond.

I am requesting under Open Records the following  information  on Car 25/Belle City T.V.

 

1) The list of Video/Editing  Equipment owned by the Car 25/Belle City T.V and the location of the equipment.

 

2) A Copy (PDF is fine) of the invoice from  WVTV(#18) WCGV (#24) for work on the 4th of July Parade held in Racine WI 7/4/2014. and the cost of broadcasting the same

 

3) Under who’s orders was the last City of Racine Cable Commission Meeting held on 7/21/14 Recorded by City Staff and why?

 

4) A copy of the recording.

 

Please advise on the cost of copies ect

 

I look forward to this information.

 

Wayne Clingman

With this Email we had a few emails asking for more information very good now the City knows what I mean by #4

The sad last days of the Racine Cable Commission

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I went last night to what may be one of the last few meetings of the City of Racine Cable Commission lasted about 30-40 mins

Once again Mr. Henrix asked what happened to his $250 he paid and has proof he paid to the City for his Sponsorship and never heard anything back only been a year.

Only been 6 or so months he has been asking about his donation. Wait in 6 month the two Aldermen who sit on the Commission nor Ron Thomas who was an Alderman and talks to the Mayor can tell him what happened? What?

The meeting itself was short after all CAR 25 is basically shut down only showing programs it obtains or Mayor Dickert’s PR events

The 4th Parade was brought up and when Alderman of the 6th had questions She was IMHO told to shut up. What?  Even after She nicely told the   Commission could sit in at ANY City Meeting and ask questions she was still told to STFU.

Its gets better  one of the Agenda points was a new Ordinance on the CATV Station but they did not have one to talk about even better Mr. Thomas brought up that in May our City Administrator wrote an Email about the  Commission and it’s role after the Station was removed from the hands of  Sky Falls but just yesterday Morning our Mayor called him (Thomas) and said with the City being short 6 Million 6,000,000  (and laying off Police by not hiring to fill open positions) The Mayor explained he had no idea what was going to happen with CAR 25.

  Alderman of the 6th stated that the Commission could write the Ordinance and go forward with this, but Mr. Thomas  said he think about it.

Interesting observations;

The Public Speakers where taped by the City why?

From what I saw much of the equipment I am used to seeing at CAR 25 looks missing. Where is it? Who is using it and for what?

How much did the City Pay 18/24 In Milwaukee to do the 4th Parade?

Note to the Commission Members:

1) The Mayor is not going to restore the Bus Service

2) The Mayor can not turn back time for former Football Heroes.

3) The Mayor MIGHT give old school Union types Jobs but would it be worth your soul?

Racine has the best water drink more we need the money

 

 

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Read the above real Bill from Detroit MI this is for ONE MONTH!!!

See all the added charges

Should we expect this to come to Racine as this City goes deeper and deeper into debit?

We all must drink Water right? Business Need water too some far more then others. A company can move out or relocate maybe set up in say Kenosha  where water is less expensive not being used to fund the lets say Crony Projects like Rootworks or our Mayor’s Legal bills.

Can you move?  Is your house able to be sold? Can you get what you paid for it? Can you get what it is assessed for?

Will we see this kind of tactic used to fund the City of Racine as more leave the City and Racine facing higher costs?

All ready we are seeing an effective layoff of 10 RPD officers are there more to come?

The Mayor can plead that we have no money and he be right we as a City do not we are Broke as a joke, with who knows what surprise bills coming our way?

How much will the RICO cost us? The Court cases on the City perhaps over assessing properties?

Lt. Days (RPD) case on Racism should that get going?

Of course this does not stop our Fearless Leader from spending on things like Rootworks

Does this Cartoon show how things are done in the City of Racine?

 

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Might this photo explain why no one at the State cares

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Drink Lots of Water!

THe City of Racine need every dime!

 

Racine Police Dept/ Neighborhood Watch My .02

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Let me be blunt:

I think the the Racine Police Deportment does a great job  for a city this size, living in the Slums as I do I see with my own eyes the BS they have to put up with deal with every day day in day out. I could not do that job. So much babysitting so little time.

We in the 6th st area are lucky for we have a COP house and over time the officers there time and again go above the call of duty to serve  an area of Racine that costs far more to police take care of then what it is worth with perhaps Downtown Racine and the Millions pumped in to keep it afloat so the perception can be maintained that it is hip and happening, but I go off topic, sorry.

For the past few months been an act of God to contact the 6th st officer. The last time I was able to do so (We did talk by phone yesterday and that it’sself is a story) I had to find him at a Racine in Bloom event

It has come to my attention and has been confirmed by  a member of the RPD that they are 10 officers below TO&E  This may not include the number projected to leave RPD with retirements etc. What??? What??????  WHAT!!!!!????!!!!

Yes My source tells me we are 10 under and our Mayor has no plans on filling the openings Unless he gets his Pal Obama to fund them.  Should we hold our breath??

Why might Dickert be doing that? Easy I think Saves $$$ Saves lots of $$ if an Ave Officer makes say 70K a Year and Our Hero keeps them open a year he has saved 700,000 THats a lot of money, A lot of money when the City you run has no money and more so when every penny may be needed to fund Root Works or help pay for the RICO action and other court cases the City is dealing with.  Has Lt Days Filed his suit yet?

a 10 officer layoff has just taken place. How long before we see that impact us here? Has the cold weather stopped the Summer fun times of Shootings and Parties from going on? Is that the new idea of crime control hoping for Cold weather?

Be interesting to see if/when the overtime costs starts to eat into the savings of the well I call it as I see it the Lay off?

Is just a test run for a cutting of the police force by say 10% Maybe 20% after all we have no crime in Racine right?

Just in case you forgot Heroin is so bad in Racine that our Drinking and Driving DA held a summit on this subject talking about the impact that this drug has on this part of the State We also need to recall that we had a sweep for Human Trafficking and the FBI is working with both State and Local LEO’s to fight Heroin too.

Should not the City’s number one Goal be the safety of the Neighborhoods?   How long before say you do not or can not get a police offer to help in your area because well there is not enough and the ones they have have to cover say an event for the rich and white of Downtown Racine?

How long before Crack dealers set shop up on more corners knowing that the RPD is far too busy to deal with them? Is it going on now?

 

Neighborhood Watch

Numbers from https://citizenaudit.org/391469239/

 

I can’t find I will be asking to see the last Year copy of the 990 this group is required to file I have questions on how much current staff is being paid.

I also have questions about what they do anymore.

At one time when Mary M was working there I and others inter acted with her when it came to resolving neighborhood issues  such happened time to time in any neighborhood, Ms. M went above the call of duty dealing with a few over the top Landlords who did not quite understand how the actions of their Tenets   impacted the Neighborhood.

Mary also as I saw it, treated everyone the same and made one to feel welcome at the Watch meetings.

I quit going to watch meetings when out of the 8 in the room 4 where from City Goverment and the other 4  said the same thing month after month after …..

Well interesting Called Neighborhood Watch for help with a neighborhood issue where a landlord may need to be contacted to find out from Melissa Kaprelian-Becker I am sorry Alderman Melissa Kaprelian-Becker, (Interesting did she as Alderman vote on a budget that she benefited from as an paid staff member? That is why 990’s become interesting documents) That Neighborhood Watch no longer does this……. WHAT?? and that I should call the police WHAT????   Sure be happy to call the under staffed Racine Police Department  to handle an issue that under Mary (who I and others in the City I have talked to miss more and more) would have fixed by sending a form letter.

I am sure that the understaffed RPD can not wait to deal with more Babysitting issues from the inner City.

So other then Racine In Bloom what the fuck does Neighborhood Watch do in Racine and if this is all they do how do we kill it’s funding?

So I have a Call into the chief about staffing and depending on how that goes maybe sending in open records on staffing assignments

Will be asking to see Neighborhood Watch  990 and Racine In Bloom 990 as well. Kinda of interested in what I will find

UPDATE 7/24/14

 

Talked to the Chief who first tried to put a spin on the lay offs (what else can you call it) mind you he has to real choice, The Mayor makes those choices not the Chief.

The Chief did also say that one of two Officers who call about the Neighborhood issues I brought up to the Chief in the call I gave the best times to find me at home, my phone works maybe the  ones at the RPD do not.

We all need to be active in this year’s budget or we will lose far more then the 10 the Mayor Dickert has laid off.

After all Racine has no crime issue right?

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