Who is allowed to own “bars” in Downtown Racine?

Who is allowed to own bars in Downtown Racine? Lets see what the Newspaper might tell us

From the Journal Times http://journaltimes.com/news/local/liquor-license-denied-for-proposed-gas-station/article_93cecea8-c3d3-545e-8885-0946ba26f32f.html

we have this “… Phesal Ckadan and Bashar Qedan, the father-son duo which runs Twins Food Mart, 1812 16th St., appeared in front of the Public Safety and Licensing Committee Monday with their developer, Eihab Atout, seeking to exceed the city’s Class A liquor license quota at the proposed central-city gas station. The proposed location, 930 Washington Ave., is within 1,000 feet of two other liquor-selling establishments; the committee unanimously denied their request. That means the gas station, if opened, will not be licensed to sell alcohol…”  this continues ..

“It’s a million-dollar investment,” Atout said. “We have to succeed.”

When Fifth District Alderman Steve Smetana questioned Atout further on why the liquor license was necessary, Atout compared the potential gas station to other local businesses.

“We want to do the same thing as Kwik Trip,” Atout said. “We want to do the same thing as Walgreens. We want to do the same thing as everybody else.”

Mind you the owners of this Station are black and own stores in the inner city my understanding is the owners do a lot for the area that Twins is in in the inner City of Racine

but read what the City has to say .., ”

Deputy City Attorney Nicole Larsen told the committee that, in her opinion, the application to exceed the quota didn’t meet the four conditions necessary for approval outlined in the city’s ordinances. Those four conditions are: the submission of petition that outlines a business plan and relevant experiences; proof of ownership; evidence that the business will have “greater economic impact;” and evidence that the business will substantially improve the tax base.

“The ordinance sets out very clearly the requirement that you need to meet,” Larsen said. “It’s your obligation to show the committee that you can meet those requirements.”…”

Of course they weere unable to do so and FYI  the owners of Twins are Minorities

On the other side we have this, Right off the top we have this line that speaks volumes to me “…

From the Racine Journal Times  http://journaltimes.com/business/local/downtown-building-sold/article_bd8af615-018e-52f3-adb8-633df1d66e63.html

RACINE – Downtown tavern owner Doug Nicholson has bought the long-vacant 311 Main St. and said rehabbing it “will be our biggest project yet.”

is the owner of three Downtown businesses: Ivanhoe Pub & Eatery, 231 Main St.; Envi Ultra Lounge, 316 Main St.; and Carriage House Liquor Co., 220 State St…”

Word on the street is that this Building will be turned into a large Brew Pub

All three bars (if you can drink at a counter to me its a bar)

All three are within 1000′ of  other bars in the areas of Downtown Racine

So why can he keep getting more bars under his control in Downtown Racine what is different here?

Might it be that be because Nicholson is a long time pal of Mayor Dickert of Racine, who has worked on Dicker Campaigns and serves on the powerful Redevelopment Committee (who serving on this refused to vote on issues with Machinery Row conflict of interests perhaps?)

Might in be because unlike the Owners of Twins who sought to open a liquor store as part of their proposed Gas Station (and got turned down) is White, that Nicholson is allowed to open/buy Bar after bar in Racine?

This will be a very interesting story to follow, and time to look into past meetings of the RDA to see if past meetings of that group might shed light into this.

 

 

 

 

 

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The Police State of John Dickert

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But first

http://www.cbs58.com/news/local-news/Racketeering-lawsuit-against-the-City-of-Racine-heads-to-federal-court–277051611.html

 

Racine hits the big time from the story but it gets better

Mr. X came by this A.M. had me talk with him away from the phone, told me of the most interesting story of yesterday’s Executive Committee held at City Hall

Not so much of who was there and what Alderman where NOT there (Stress Ball’s may not be helping)  but what was said.

My Understanding is that City Hall is on Lock Down, the leak to the Bloggers/Black Bar Owners will be found (and dealt with I guess)  that our Mayor and City paid Lawyers said that all efforts to include phone and computer records would be used to find the leaks.  Alderman better i other words shut the fuck up and toe the John Dickert line or else!

I found chilling was the idea that words of the effect of the City (Via RPD?) to find out who is saying what.

Else what? Alderman go to jail for asking questions about the RICO suit?  Will I or others who have reported on the RICO and other events in Racine “disappear” will our cars blow up? Will we be targeted by the UNIT?  Will our property be vandalized as has been alleged happen to Black Bar Owners in the RICO Case?

Will the actions of Mayor Dickert in this lead to more court actions? Oh what fun this will be to write about! To Podcast on! I thinking that  Racine Community Media will be posting MORE you tube show for the world to see and get an idea of the Police State Mayor John Dickert is creating in Racine

Most interesting is why, not why the effort to find the leaks but what set this off in the first place why the effort to remove the Black Bars in Racine as some see happening?

The Shakedowns as talked of in the RICO filings?

What is/was the point? A bit of cash? A bit of local power? Hot Women? Or something far more in the long term able to enrich folks willing to do interesting things to create a political base

Control of  Fresh Clean Water?

 

Terms to know

ACLU

Burner Phone

One time codes

PGP

Counter surveillance

If I have to play James Bond can I get a hot Co Star?

 

Oh I now think that this RICO suit will lead to jail time for members of local Goverment thinking that the IRS is getting very interested in the efforts on the Root River. Please make sure if your a 501 (c) 3 your paperwork is good to go

 

 

 

 

 

FLASH NEWS!!! RICO FLASH NEWS!!!! RICO FLASH NEWS!

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This just in!!!

The judge in the Holmes vs City of Racine lawsuit has scheduled a conference date for Sept. 25, 2014. Meaning the lawsuit has been accepted by the federal court and the response from the city of Racine that was to be given to the federal court on Sept.11, 2014 is null and void.

 

As I understand this Trial Date will be set Rules for discovery etc will be dealt with, this court date is in 10/15 this will be in OPEN COURT

 

Odds this gets settled and fast with a nondisclosure agreement?

How many Millions will this cost to make go away? Will this go all the way so the Bar owners  can get three times damages?

 

Hangman

 

Biggest question how do the defendants not covered by the City’s Lawyers or Insurance pay for the lawyers they will need in the weeks to come, or should the City Settle their share of that?

 

 

 

 

RICO PART II

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As you may know the first filing of the RICO was dismissed and in the ruling the judge encouraged a refiling of the action, after pointing out was issues he had with same.

The refiling has happened you can read it here http://issuu.com/communicatornews/docs/amended_complaint_2/0

 

This filing names who did what when and IMHO very damaging to them named in the filing.

It is also very damaging IMHO to the image of the City of Racine, for as I see it who in their right mind would invest develop  anything in a City where you must well “Pay to play”

I understand as this goes forward other actions of the City will be looked at from CAR 25 to Rootworks.

Who maybe what maybe be exposed next? God only knows.

Good News Racine!

I just know that the good old boys will love this!!

Changed the name of Real Racine News to something far more focused to Racine and well closer to what many see as going on in the great city!

What might that be? Well that would be:

Racine crime syndicate/ DBA/city of Racine!!

Yes!! Why not ?

We got RICO We got Ethics issues!!  We have dishonest political leaders!!  Thank God we do not a real mob outfit or do we?

From the Facebook page:  Going to look into the workings of both the City and County of Racine WI.
A lot of money is being spent in a city with high unemployment.
We will look at what projects is getting this money and who is making bank.
Who might be the old old boys and power brokers in the area

From The Casino to the Root River we got it all.

Are you not proud of the leadership over the last few years that got us to this point?

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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.

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