I prepare for Battle. Do I stand Alone?

 

 

 

 

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As you know, this Blog is not liked by the Good Old Boys at City hall from time to time they or their pals leave posts, that I delete.

The worst ones as in obscene  comments are left I simply delete them and go on.

I am more worried by

communication from the City Attorney recommending Council consideration of a press pass policy.

 

Requester: City Attorney’s Office

No one I have talked to has seen what this might mean, or why now vs say 5 years or 10 years ago

I do I fully believe that the Mayor of the City of Racine hates the idea of me sitting at the Press Table  I know Alderman McCarthy is not a fan

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At least he knows the the city will need a written policy before they can try to kick me out of the media area.

As I stated at the last Common Council Good luck with that.   That could easy turn into a court fight in Federal Court Can you just see the headline ” City of Racine Attacks Freedom of the Press”

Even should I get help from say ACLU or other groups this would still cost money.

I expect to be sued as part of this effort to shut me up, I can even see an Alderman claiming that he feels unsafe when I am around. This effort of The Good Old Boys will get bad real fast.

IIMHO  this effort of the City’s will begin a crackdown on all media that is not under direct control of the City (Belle City TV) or the thralls of the City  (Journal Times). This effort by the Mayor of Racine will try as I see it to stop taping of public meetings outside of Belle City TV)  and delaying as long as possible the filling of Open Records requests.

So the effort I must try to do is to get some type of War Chest to help cover my costs.

You will see a page on the blog for exactly that  .

I hope I can count on you for your help.

Once They are done with me it will be your turn

FS

A typical Story

A typical story that I wrote for the Wisconsin Daily Independent

 

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Unified Neighborhood Inspection Team: Guarding us from bad neighbors? 

 

 

How is an 89 year old Nazi Work camp survivor a threat to her neighborhood?  Why are so many property owners looking over their shoulders? In a series of three installments, we will examine impact of the City of Racine’s the Unified Neighborhood Inspection Teams (UNIT).

Part 1

In 2004 then Mayor Garry Becker took pride in creating the Unified Neighborhood Inspection Teams at the first meeting of the City Council he said, ‘We have torn down houses and buildings in virtually all parts of town,’ Becker said. ‘The word is out. The bar has been raised. The city expects more from its property owners.’ 

At the time, these were welcome words for the residents of Jones St., deep in the heart of a blighted neighborhood where slumlords were an issue. Drug houses in the area, rundown buildings and other major issues were frequently brought up at neighborhood meetings, but what could be done?

At first, UNIT was seen as something to bring help in assisting with the enforcement of building codes in the slums. It seemed to be a gift for home owners interested in thwarting falling property values.

Under UNIT, we’ve seen a turnaround in conditions at houses strewn with trash and sweeps of the area by the Racine Police and Health Departments to deal with issues like abandoned cars to structures that were ready to collapse. At first look, things improved or so it seemed.

Most homeowners will tell you that they were putting time and money into keeping up their properties but still see other inhabitants who opted to do the opposite. Complaints to landlords often fell on deaf ears. With UNIT, something could be enforced and homeowners who cared about their properties in poorer neighborhoods had a chance to save flagging property values.  

Inequity became an issue and some even worried that people’s rights were being violated. Once the Unit wrote a ticket for an infraction, there was little that could be done to fight it. Violations became a selective judgment call as inspectors were charged with determining things like just how much peeling paint was too much? The hopscotch manner in which tickets were issued for snow covered walks, left residents wondering why some were cited and not others? Why was it that banks that owned foreclosed properties were exempt from cleaning snowy walks, cutting grass and picking up trash? When these questions came up at Neighborhood Watch meetings, they went unanswered and when landlords pressed the city representatives for answers, they were demonized as slumlords.  

Time and again at city meetings, Mayor Becker made it clear that he was going to use the UNIT to save Racine WI from the ‘evil slumlords.’

 

Simovic Jadwica has a home which is badly in need of repair (get photo). As my neighbors and I saw her frequently, we knew that she was aging and suffering from the many ravages that time and trauma bestow on us all. She was a Nazi work camp survivor and lives alone.

She creates no issues for her neighbors and we try to look out for her by taking turns at shoveling her walkway, dropping by to check on her well-being and making sure that she has enough to eat.

Time and again I was assured by my former alderman Q A Shakoor that the City/County would allow her to keep her home since she was no trouble.  The trauma that she faced at the hands of her Nazi captors, led officials to determine that it would be a major issue to move her to a nursing home at county expense. Her advanced age only amplified the situation.

When the UNIT began to issue orders for repair work, she was unable to comply due to her age and a lack of funds. We were constantly assured that nothing would happen to Mrs Jadwica and that she’d be able to live out her days in her home. It seems that we were somehow led astray.

 

 

 

Did you hear right?

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You sure did!

 

I now write as a Free Lance Reporter for Wisconsin Daily Independent this can be found here http://wisconsindailyindependent.com/   This happened becase of this Blog here that I write and the fact that this is read. wow.

This Blog with it’s misspellings and bad grammar is read and enjoyed, who knew?

Well I do kmow.

I am writting this to tell you why the lack of posts here. I have been spending my time writing for $$$. Yes I get paid for this writing I do for them.

That has given my the confidence to send Emails to find other opportunities to write for $$, that has lead to my being offered help in putting together 2 E Books one will be called LOve Letters to Monsanto and the other   Hey Hollywood ! More on that down the line. Still goes to show two things

God has a sense of humor  and the stones we toss in the water ripple father then we ever know.

So The posts here will be more on events the main effort (the Paper) may not be interested in.

Oh I get paid for this too boy Thanks God, all due to you.

 

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I sent an Email to the City telling them nicely that I expect to be accredited and be allowed to sit in the Press area at Consul  meetings

FYI not only do I get paid the Paper will help write and Pay for FOI documents and has a lawyer to help craft them and deal with BS.

 

Thanks and to God the Glory