Unionized Labor is dead in Racine Mayor Dickert killed it





Back not so long ago we had each year a labor event on the Lake Front, the local Union folks show up do the song and dance shake hands talk about how great union are eat eat some more drink a bit then go on their way.

Today 9/1/14 we will not have an event in the City of Racine under the friend of Union Labor Mayor John Dickert, you know the man who had his sheep in the Racine City Council voted to end the SIGNED CONTACTS with the City Unions, and of course the City Unions did not strike (they did sue and win) why?  Well the”leadership” have no balls and the leadership got theirs I am sure.

Strikes are so hard to manage and do we the folks living in Racine even care? I think not.

Of course during Act 10 some made noise but that is about it.Unions have no power in Racine and the Union Leadership knows this.

So why not Laborfest at the Lake Front or perhaps our Labor Center?

Might our Great Festhall be too expensive for the Unions to use? ( Yet the Union Members are paying high property taxes to keep the site open) Maybe in Franksville so the low turn out of what little union members are  here can be covered up!

Now on this happy day how many union members will get jobs from Machinery Row? In fact will Union Shops even be able to bid on that project?

Or will this man be in charge of  who gets the jobs in Machinery Row?



Have You Read the New RICO Filing? You should.





Diehl Vs Dickert My view



As you may know Ed Diehl Alderman of the 15 is running for Mayor of the City of Racine this would be of course Mayor John Dickert.

I was there the night he spoke to say he was going to run, I myself had just a few hours notice as others did so Diehl’s speech was given to a small number of folks was interesting to see who did manage to make to the event.

Afterword I have spoke to many and agree that this race will not be an easy one to win in Dickert’s favor we have:

An Incumbent

More money in the Bank

Easy to raise more

The cost of this race could top 75,0000 easy

The Dickert Machine being the Journal Times, The Radio of Zombies WRJN none that will print/report anything other then what the Mayor wants them to.

The 1St Dem C.D. to include the Knock and drag team + Dirty Tricks Boys

The Downtown Crowd to include folks who will vote for anyone as long as the City keeps dumping $$$$ into Downtown

Members of the GOP who I thought would be leading the charge to get rid of our Mayor but more interested in the gravy train called Reef point Marina

Under Mayor Dickert:

We have dropped in Bond Rating

Loss Court Cases from City Unions, Tax Payers seeking and winning money to be returned and resentment  costing at least 400K with perhaps more to come

#1 or #2 in Unemployment in the State

Team Porters a Big Fail

DeltaHawk employing how many?

The Ending of CAR 25 with yet more money being spent then was costing the city to do so in house

A great record to run on


Ed Diehl has on his side that he is smart and an honest man. one might say you cant win on that.

I think that is far more powerful then it looks at first glance.

Ed Diehl has not sued his own City

Ed Diehl is not being sued under RICO

Ed Diehl is respected by 90% of them who have met him

Ed Diehl fears no man alive

Ed Diehl:

understands Social Media and what it can and can’t do

will run a clean race

Now unlike Mayor Dickert Mr. Diehl will have others like it or not come to his aid, my guess is City Union Members will help in some way, information Dickert like kept on the Q.T. will given to others best able to use it.

The Big thing is: THE RICO CASE


By Winter should be in Discovery who knows what information comes out or maybe just maybe what happens if Mayor Dickert is charged in a Federal Court under RICO?

I must say this it will be a very very nasty race unlike any we have seen before.


Odds as of Today 8/29/14 Dickert 3:1



Has Racine lost another Tax Case? How much will this cost?



Monday night Finance meeting will be very very interesting.

A source at City Hall tells this Reporter that the  City will settle with

Closed Session
It is intended that the Finance & Personnel Committee convene in closed session pursuant to
Wisconsin Statutes 19.85(1)(g), to confer with legal counsel concerning strategy with respect to
litigation in which the City of Racine is or is likely to become involved, and pursuant to sec. 19.85(1)(e)
Wisconsin Statutes to consider a matter, which for competitive and bargaining reasons requires a
closed session.
(Direct Referral) Communication from the City Attorney wishing
to convene in closed session to discuss, with the Finance and Personnel
Committee, strategy with respect to litigation in which the City of Racine
is or is likely to become involved, specifically potential settlement of
Sears Holdings Corporation v. City of Racine, Racine County Case No.
13 CV 1451
Sears will do a  settlement vs the City wining?  See if the City was going to win the City would not settle right but if Racine was going to LOSE this and pay God knows how much we would come to an agreement right?
So for how much? 100K 200K  More?
Question then is how do we pay this? More Police Lay Offs? More turned off Street Lights?
Will this force the Mayor to quit looting the City? Quit giggling of course helping his pals such as talked about in the RICO refiling is my by reading of the filing his only job., right?
Of course as the Mayor has told us we have no money not a Penney so how do we pay for this and the other cases in the courts?  Have a Garage Sale?  What fee will go up what new fees be invented?
How many more will walk away from homes they can not longer afford?


My view

The J-T Headline This AM

“Schools seek $8.5 million – Unified to ask voters for 15 years of additional revenue”




How dare RUSD ask for 1 more $$ yet alone 8.5 Million in a time that MORE in Racine are Unemployed, The City of Racine it’s self is not filling openings on the Police Force to basically lay off 10 police officers  and the City of Racine facing a RICO lawsuit court fights over tax assessments, and not being able to keep what few events at the Civic Center coming back.

Economic turmoil going on as we speak with a long time Racine employer moving out of the city taking 300 jobs with it.

Yet RUSD is asking for more money to “run” the schools WTF!!!

Schools that cant get Minority kids to graduate, scores of the RUSD Schools should be getting “Leadership” at RUSD fired for such poor piss poor ability to teach kids have no shame in demanding more of YOUR money.

As I see it, RUSD as one of the commentators said today 8/14/14  should ask County Executive Jim Ladwig for some of the profits from Reefpoint Marina, perhaps from the restaurant that is paying NO RENT (must be nice) Maybe ask the DRC for a percentage of the millions spent on the booming downtown (Boy will they not be shocked with the higher property taxes coming via TIF 18 and Machinery Row)   I am sure the store owners will line up to chip in the stores on 6th St will insist on being first to do so!

And Porters being so so successful with Roll out the big bucks as will Delta Hawk for all the Jobs they have brought to Racine!


As I see it, the City of Racine is as I call this blog a City in Ruins run now by a Mayor that history will say was one of the most corrupt in the Midwest ever.

Yet RUSD wants more of your money, After all cost lots of money to pay Administration 100K+ to fail to teach kids so we have have a vast pool of unemployable workers to work at min wage jobs or become addicted to State benefits to keep the Democrats in power.

Could be worse our other elected officials could be just having one great party Oh…



Van Wangard & Mayor Dickert

Wanggaard wins we lose thoughts

Wanggaard as you know won the primary and goes on to the election in November as it looks now,  Wanggaard  will win however its a long time from this day to that, who knows for sure what will happen not me.

As I look at this race, to me I am worried for I have talked to Van a few times I have asked him to help the effort to look into Mayor John Dickert and the games in the City of Racine and from   Wanggaard I received what I thought was the idea if he could help he would help in some way.

Well for a man with a law enforcement background he to my understanding has done nothing to aid any effort of looking into what I and others see as corruption in the City of Racine.

I find it hard to believe that  Wanggaard is unaware of the issues on Rootworks that even City of Racine Alderman are asking questions yet to my understanding Wanggaard has not expressed concern over this “Development” plan even with all the tax $$ that might be spent on say Machinery Row. I would hope that a member of the GOP one who voted to take what I call rights from Public Union members away to save Tax $$ would be interested it what is going on over again the millions of Tax $$ that could be spent but again nothing. Why?

Might this be it

Van Wangard & Mayor Dickert

Should Wanggaard who will he work for?

The City of Racine?  Mayor John Dickert? Downtown Racine? The Boaters who we have spent Millions on?

Should not Wanggaard look into RootWorks or simply let the rape of Racine county go on unchallenged? Should Union Grove or Waterford suffer for the City of Racine?


I live outside of this area but if I could I would not vote for Wanggaard I expected better from him perhaps I should have known better


Does the Shade of Rose Mary Woods Live in Racine City Hall?

Sandy Wiedner Calls Mayor John Dickert out on lies.

Hear the Phone call that started a chain of events that is far from over


I understand that Alderman Wiedner HAS asked for a copy of the Tape the Mayor said he has, AS I see the Mayor’s  Claim it defames the Alderman. I think she has ever right to a copy of this tape should it exist.

Good Question does it exist? Wiedner tells us she never did what is claimed by the Mayor, easy to prove  there is a tape or is not a tape.

From what I understand the City Attorney’s office has said they can not force the Mayor to produce this tape, unsure why.

Will Wiedner take this matter to court? Will the other Alderman back her up or other then one or two be good Sheep

I myself hope she takes the Mayor to court over this and it becomes another reason to vote him out of office, when will he answer for his misdeeds?




Is the IRS coming to Racne?

I have received a copy of an Email that leads me to believe  that the IRS MAYBE coming to Racine WI to look into RootWorks/Root River Council to investigate possible silliness going on with that group and documents that the RRC is required to have open to the public.

As well more and more members of the public have asked the State of Wisconsin to investigate the whole idea of RootWorks,perhaps this will motivate the State of Wisconsin to end any Grants to be given until the IRS and maybe the EPA is done looking into this group, I do not know.

Will the RICO somehow get hocked up with this?

Oh Racine


Racine has the best water drink more we need the money





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?




Might this photo explain why no one at the State cares


Drink Lots of Water!

THe City of Racine need every dime!


Racine Police Dept/ Neighborhood Watch My .02



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?

But Wait …..



Between Rain storms in the last few days, I have been driving around with others the City of Racine.

We had noticed something and wanted to look into the idea more

The City of Racine has indeed is becoming more and more Hispanic. Sure has in my area what started out  being mostly Black has now become mostly Hispanic.

Let me say that again in an area that in the year 2000 was mostly African American is now 2014 mostly Hispanic! (and more are coming)

More and more businesses opening or starting underground (Day Care Cars being fixed in small garages)

Hard working right wing Catholic Hispanic. Interesting to say the least why?

Well one they as they are in need of more services from the City from basic health care to ESL classes in the Public Schools to Gateway

Services they are not getting the poorest some not having Cars need basic Bus service a Bus Service that Racine IMHO no longer has to offer. or cares to.

From talking to others I am told that the Hispanic Businesses on lower Douglas are harassed by the White owned business on upper Douglass.

Talking to the Hispanic Business owners I get blank looks when I ask them if they ever have met their Alderman


200_Jim_12Feb08   Hero of the Hispanic Community of Racine?


Now what do you think the City needs more ESL so good folks can get jobs or Machinery Row that will IMHO only enrich a few in the Downtown area a place I hear all the time dislikes ANY Hispanics in unless its to clean or landscape.

A strong Health Department ready and able to help our growing Hispanic Community or  looking the other way when Alderman have questions about who is making $$ from State Grants?

Of course our Leadership Discount our Hispanic Population since they see them as well worker slaves only good for slave type jobs.

Sadly for the Good Old Boys in Racine of both Parties after living together knowing them as I do they will be the driving force economically as more of the 2nd Generation grows up and should they stay in a City (Racine) that they speak of as a pit of filth, may sooner then the White Good Old Boys find themselves well not in charge


Now in my time in Racine I have served as Co Vice President of the Tri-County Hispanic Chamber of Commence/Hispanic Chamber of Racine

Severed on Former Senator Russ Feingold Hispanic Affairs Group

Active in Hispanic circles at the grassroots

and have contacts all over Mexico to Argentina  in fact created for CAR 25 Spanish Programing.


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