August 12, 2015 Leave a comment
August 3, 2015 Leave a comment
Pattern or Practice peels the veneer off that shoddy pretense and provides a stark view of what institutionalized racism looks like. a small Midwestern town, once a manufacturing powerhouse, is a backsliding, post-industrial community with a race problem so pervasive that disbelief is nearly always the observer’s first reaction. By the time the final credits are rolling, that disbelief is replaced by anger, disgust, perhaps shame and hopefully a desire for change.
Pattern or Practice features restaurant bar owners who had their licenses and businesses taken by city elected officials. The footage includes interviews with business owners who, with their own words and emotions, outline the abuse and harassment they experienced at the hands of the city. The film uses documentation from actual committee meetings, network news casts and articles that ran in the local newspaper.
The title, Pattern or Practice, comes from the Justice Department term meaning: pattern of discrimination that has been conducted against a group of persons or an issue of general public importance. The film focuses on the practice of selective legal enforcement that is enabled by a passive public perception of “I’m glad it’s not me”. County Supervisor and owner of the local black newspaper, Ken Lumpkin, states “I was raised in Montgomery Alabama during the marches for freedom with Dr. King and thought this type of activity was dead.”
August 2, 2015 2 Comments
One of my favorite cartoons on the Great John Dickert Mayor of Racine is above
To the Story
As you know (because our Mayor is telling us) The City of Racine in land locked we can not grow away from the Lake, if I understand correctly from time to time The City of Racine has tried to trade with the Village of Mount Pleasant for land south of the City in and around Mead St (East) to I understand say 21 St (south) but Mount Pleasant is not interested.
This is one of the reasons we are told Root Works needs to happen this idea would give Racine areas to develop (just like the old Porter’s Project!) You know the City gives the owner Money a TIF is made the streets turn to Gold
Porter’s project today
Not the project we hoped for (Photo from the Journal Times)
So with many needs and many Court Cases in Federal Court what is a Mayor to do?
How does he find the money?
Might a way be Water Rates with forcing as many as possible to buy Water from the City of Racine?
After all the Poor Farmers on Hwy V will not only be made to pay for the Water and Sewage lines run thorough the Farmers land into Caledonia TID 4 (now that is a story that may yet end up in court and be rather upsetting to many in the Racine GOP perhaps even Governor Walker)
Not only will they have to pay for the lines but over time buy City of Racine Water use City of Racine Sewer with that money going to our dear Mayor’s pocket!
Just think how much Water a farmer may have to use!
As well if/when Caledonia builds up how many more homes/businesses will be buying The City of Racine Water at what is seen by some as high rates that our Mayor could jack up at anytime!
July 22, 2015 Leave a comment
What in God’s name is going on with CVS on Washington and Ohio?
From the Journal Times
“… The move was recommended by City Plan Commission member, Alderman Dennis Wiser, after City Attorney Rob Weber informed aldermen that the city had been notified only hours earlier that two of the property owners with property adjacent to the project site had asked that their names be removed from a petition opposing the development….”
Well what is up with this?
How dare the fix that was in be unfixed?
We now have this “… Mark A. Franklin and Sarah Franklin and states that they have “changed their mind on the issue … ”
We cant have that can we? Looks to this reporter that our great Mayor John Dickert
former Mayor Jim “Ice Cream” Smith and from word on the street tells me another Real Estate pal of the Mayor do NOT want CVS going in here (Washington and Ohio)
Why? I can see why “Ice Cream” who lives near by may not want CVS in the area, but the Mayor?
Better, anyone want to guess who from the City will call the Franklin’s? Will the Mayor Visit?
Perhaps someone will come by and make an offer the Franklin’s cant refuse to go back to opposing CVS and make our Mayor happy? Your thoughts?
July 20, 2015 1 Comment
Of course let’s lend money that should perhaps be used to fix roads to our pals!
From The Journal Times
From the story “… A proposal being put forward by city officials, including Mayor John Dickert and members of the City Development Department, calls for using $371,454 in federal Community Development Block Grant funds to create a revolving loan fund. The fund could be used to make loans of $25,000 or more to small businesses that employ or hire low-to-moderate income Racine residents.” “… Loans would be ultimately be approved by the city’s Redevelopment Authority and the City Council, according to city staff, but the vetting of loan applicants would be handled by the Wisconsin Women’s Business Initiative Corp. and/or the Racine County Economic Development Corp….” Oh what pal of Mayor John Dickert serves on Redevelopment Authority? A man who may sometimes not vote on issues maybe conflicts of interests? Who is talked of by word on the streets of wanting to start a Brew Pub in Machinery Row?
But back to the story The telling part for me is this “…The money for the loan fund was made available as result of shift of CDBG funds from public infrastructure to economic development and job creation….”
Public Infrastructure Things like Roads bridges and SIDEWALKS can you say Sidewalk fee to make up for the short fall even perhaps help put more money in what I can only see as a shush Fund for pals.
Big question when does leasing start to take place in Machinery Row who will work that angle and how will they know (and they will know) our great Mayor.
July 19, 2015 Leave a comment
About 10 days ago I got a phone call from Jim L the former County Executive based on this Photo (see above)
During the course of the phone call we spoke of many things great guy to talk with.
As you know I am no fan of his when it comes to the Marina or giving what I feel is a pass to Mayor John Dickert and what in time will be known IMHO the largest scandal in the City of Racine the whole Root Works Machinery Row deal.
Mr. L knows of this I have said as much to him.
The phone call got me thinking of why now vs when I was so much more active?
Talked to others about this a big big blank I still have no clue.
Still why became even if I am the worst writer on Earth (and I am) I still put out information that many would not want you to know.
That being news about: Hwy V in Mount Pleasant the war on Farmers or Why Caledonia T.I.F. 4 needs water and who in the GOP might be benefiting
The continuing saga of Root Works now including a revolving Loan Fund using Block Grant money Or Mayor John Dickert’s pals need money far more then we need good roads!
I will add the Web Address here one I get things going
Get ready for a fun time!
May 5, 2015 Leave a comment
Doing Podcasting here is the link to the last show.