Please pray for Racine

 

Over the next few days, there will be a lot of news coming out on Racine, as I see this, the information will dwarf anything going on in Racine, to include the RICO lawsuit.

This info may add to the the RICO case in many ways, could even cause law enforcement from the Feds to come  into play. In fact I  hope so God I sure do. Something needs to be done with this City by folks outside this area even perhaps the State.

When I got the call with the info I thought it was well unbelievable, sadly evidence came my way suggesting its true.

Stay tuned Racine its not going to be pretty

Sorry

Made a mistake that I need to correct.

mr m or mr sleepy

I thought he had died, many confirmed this.

Boy was I shocked to see him at today’s ethics hearing.

More shocked (but not as much as others will be) about what happened.

More on that story when I get the link to the You Tube

 

I am very sorry for the error about the man being dead.   No office was met.

At today’s hearing he was very helpful to other members of the group. As was the acting chair.

Like I said there is a lot more to come

New Media

Today in a world filled with Smart Phones and other mobile devices , you never know when someone could be filming you taping you in a public place, or taking a photo and as I believe Alderman Helding  has said the words that I understand are true “No expectation of privacy in a public place”  more when you a public elected office like the Mayor of Racine John Dickert.

Now I do not expect him to be working 27/7 on Racine’s issues after all he as two or three other jobs and even if the City of Racine has so many issues like:

High Unemployment.

The Failing of Team Porter’s you know the project Downtown that was going to do so much for that area.

Questions on Deltahawk like how many jobs have they created?

Our debit service and are we facing another cut in our credit rating?

How is the City planing to pay for Rootworks or the “uptown Project” when J-wax is cutting what 300-400 jobs?

I hope he is working with others on fixing them, then there is the whole RICO lawsuit brought by former bar owners in Racine  that could be costing an easy  8000 a week to defend. THat’s got to take up his time and cause stress.

All this got to be causing stress. Now I do  not mind anyone taking some time to have a beer or two see a feel good film to help with stress.

Here is our Mayor taking some time this weekend time frame 3-14-16-14 at a Bar in Downtown Racine reported to me as THE IVANHOE
in Downtown Racine

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What part of this is fixing Racine’s issues? By the look of the photo IMHO he has helped with his stress issues, until he got home or someone saw this photo perhaps

There is another one from two or so years ago I like to see posted if it exists like I have been told does.

Note Gary Heart.

Note Photo from Racine Community Media

A visit with Mr. Green My .02

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Quite the time last night with Mr. Green and you will want to buy some K.Y. lots of it.

After reading the last story on the Lawsuit on the Mayor and his pals with a bit of talking to others on what they thought was going on … I now believe (and you may not) :

The Lawyers for the defendants are charging around $800 an Hour   That be the lawyers and their staff+ expenses.

That with the number of parties the City will be defending that the Lawyers for the City are willing I guess 10 hours a week, that be $8000 every week every week. The Lawyers will be paid guess who gets to pay?

Gets better. Once the City of Racine taps into the insurance  others start having a say in what happens when, see the Insurance companies may start demanding a settlement before the case hits a court room and the possibility of three times the damages.

That could be a bit of money min of what 10 million 30 million maybe more…  oh and the plaintiffs Lawyers get paid too.

Interesting too at what point do the noncity of Racine officials get their own lawyers?  As well how do they get the money to pay them?

Maybe some of the defendants do not have the $$ to get a lawyer or perhaps fear that they will be found by the Court they acted outside their office? How do they come up with the money? What do they do? Call the other side and see if they can work out a deal?    Maybe former Mayor Becker feels he has no choose but to try and make a deal?  What might he know?

The best part, what happens if the Feds or the State is waiting to see if/when they charge say for Wire Fraud or Campaign Financing issues. Who loses maybe someone flips for that alone? You think Becker wants to go back to jail?

Does John Dickert sleep at night anymore?

 

As a freelance reporter (if only here)   what interesting information will this bring out? This for that alone to keep information out of the public eye I think Settlement will be sooner then latter.

Should the Mayor hire a criminal defense lawyer

So I get this email

Feds likely already on the Racine liquor licensing case

By Bruce Vielmetti of the Journal Sentinel

March 3, 2014

When reputable lawyers sue Racine city officials, tavern league members and a downtown business development group claiming they conspired to run minority bar owners out of business, there are going to be questions.

One of the first from many people who heard about the case’s claims was “Are prosecutors on this?”

Oddly for this sort of blockbuster suit, the lawyers weren’t saying much (perhaps letting a recently screened documentary film tell the plaintiffs’ version) But from a series of “can’t comments,” suggest some government authorities, like the federal Department of Justice, are indeed looking hard at liquor license regulation in Racine, and maybe some campaign finances too.

The lawsuit portrays a racially biased effort by white business owners and downtown Racine boosters to force out the minority tavern owners, or even white tavern owners if their bars attract mostly minority customers. Specifically, it accuses Mayor John Dickert of accepting bribes from those concerns and then using the city’s regulatory and police functions to accomplish that goal. It claims excessive contributions to Dickert’s mayoral campaigns went either unreported or were laundered through his private bank accounts and reported as personal loans to his campaign.

Pretty serious stuff, right? Stuff someone would flag to prosecutors or the FBI?

Racine DA Rich Chiapete said he’s gotten no referrals about anything related to the lawsuit’s claims. The only John Doe proceedings in Racine last year were sought by state prisoners. There is one open John Doe proceeding this year, but all records concering it are sealed.

The state Department of Justice said it’s not involved. Milwaukee U.S. Attorney James Santell’s office offered this: “The U.S. Attorney’s Office has no comment at this time regarding the recently filed law suit alleging discrimination in Racine.”

Maybe the Civil Rights division of the U.S. Department of Justice in Washington, D.C. is reviewing what’s going on in Racine? “We are declining to comment,” said spokeswoman Dena Iverson.

Martin Kohler, one of the plaintiffs’ attorneys, said the lawyers investigated the case for eight months. He wouldn’t say if they brought their findings to prosecutors’ attention.

Vincent Bobot, a Milwaukee lawyer who represented two of the plaintiffs during their earlier battles with Racine over their liquor licenses, also had little to say when asked about any interest from outside law enforcement.

“I can’t answer that. I’m not at liberty to say,” Bobot said. “You can take from that what you will.”

Bobot did say that he has warned Racine officials repeatedly that the way they were handling liquor licenses was wrong and unlawful. “I told the coucil ‘you’ll get sued and it will cost the city tons of money Dont’ do it.'”

“The facts are only going to get worse for the city of Racine when it goes to depositions,” Bobot predicted. “It’s alarming.”….”

Wow now I have heard that “Others” have talked to the Feds from HUD to Treasury about Racine and the Games the “Others” say are going on.

Then too, I have been told that The FBI is looking into Racine and other strange stories, I am sure you have too, after all this is Racine.

What if the above story from the J-S is on the mark? What then?

Would we know if the Mayor of Racine was talking to the FBI or Department of Treasury or maybe if his Campaign manager or other past staff members were?

If we did know what might that mean? Please note that we are innocent until proven guilty in a court of law. How effective would John Dickert be as Mayor?

Then we have his pals, who might flip? After all a 6*10 Cell is small.

Does anyone know any more what might be going on?

Then we have Gary Becker, IMHO I think he has stories to tell and maybe just maybe a deal could be worked out, you never know, do you?

Who will we defend?

This Tuesday in a closed meeting our City Fathers will vote on the RICO case and matters abouth that, I think to include paying for the case and other actions.

As I see it we (the City) will pay to defend the Mayor and the named Aldermen both sitting and former, as the case moves forward this might become a question  if some how the Court would say that the Aldermen past and present where not protected by their office what might that mean?..

Better question is will we the tax payers pay for the defense of say the Osterman’s who only as far as I understand things only worked on the Mayor’s Campaign, Mary Osterman being the Mayor’s Campaign treasurer, why would we pay for their defense? Will we pay for the other parties named?

More interesting question is how much will the first few moths of this cost? My thoughts are in the range of 100K for the first few months. Far more over the next year far far more.

Sadly, I see that the Mayor’s crony pals will use the excuse that if only the Mayor+ not being sued we not have to spend the $$

I do now know about you but perhaps in a few years when this is all said and done, we folk of Racine much poorer say maybe we should not have fucked the Minority Bar owners

 

 

Read his lips

The Fall Out begins! More of my .02

Fallout

 

The Fallout has begun on the as I call it the RICO lawsuit on The Mayor of Racine Mayor John Dickert , a few of his allies and some just caught in the crossfire.

As in all wars, the first casualty, is truth, all sides have their version of what went on and is going on, be up to the court to figure it all out.   

A few things I need to say to start off with:

1) I am not part of the law suit

2) I am not paying for the action to take place, hell If I had the $$ to do that I would have left Racine, Hell as I see it, if anyone I know is part of the lawsuit they would have left town far easier to do I believe, then stay here to fight an entrenched system of let’s call it Petty Corruption in for the fight of it’s life.

3) That this fight will not be over anytime soon

4) That sadly many will be caught up in this fight and the real losers in this will be the City of Racine, since we will have to pay many of the bills for the next what year as this works it’s way into the court system

What few may understand that Racine will not go back to the days of say before Dickert was mayor, CAR 25 will be one of the first losers, the old staff will not be getting jobs back, the old Producers (and I was one) will not be putting shows on the City of Racine CATV station anytime soon and I think a good chance that CAR 25 will simply go away Oh well.

I am seeing some reaction by others who see the City losing and with that lost Money for Pet Projects dry up. How can the City say pay for The Mayor’s   Defense  and that of his pals some also named and pay for say RootWorks? Pay for trips to Sister Cities? Trips to DC?  More $$ to Belle City TV? How?

Just today a source within the City/Downtown area told me that she understands that a P.R. firm has been hired to start spinning this in better ways and attacking the Bar Owners. Well to me its just a story but would not be shocked if it was going down. That.  effort we see very soon.

Interesting that last week 620 WTMJ cover this a bit I knew that it was going to be covered on last Thursday as did as I have come to know many others did, the time to tune in. I was not shocked to hear the Dickert side of things brought up a bit shocked that A caller from “Union Grove” would call in about the topic, why would they even care?  Perhaps it was a part of this P.R. Effort? What do you think?

We will hear a lot of folks talk about how this is just BS and just like Mr. Spodick’s case he filed will go nowhere fast. With that he Spodick is behind everything. That I find amazing, I put Spodick in the area if they had the $$ to bring this action He leave town instead.  I just do not see away He comes out ahead,his 6th st plan is dead It will not get done, RootWorks and the Uptown Plan will save Racine now or that is what City Hall tells us.

Be far more news coverage out of Milwaukee I feel, the RICO here is a big story and the Milwaukee Stations, I think will cover it and  follow up on tips giver or information discovered during the lead up .

Might be a good time to get your kids into law school!