October 30, 2010

Halloween Walk

Bring your sage sticks, incense, candles, flashlights, glowsticks, bells, tambourines, drums or noisemakers to frighten the evil spirits away!

Tonight - Saturday, October 30 at 8:30 PM. Meet up at Willye White Center, 1610 W. Howard. We'll walk through the three parks North of Howard and Rogers Beach.

Please join us - don't read about it - participate in it!

October 26, 2010

A Whole New Can of Worms

RIF, TIF – Look out taxpayers

“This is an effort to preserve affordable housing if there is another housing boom, said Marilyn Pagan-Banks, executive director of A Just Harvest and a leader in Northside P.O.W.E.R. “TIF’s do work, and can work, and the whole process can be reformed,” said Pagan-Banks.”

The article states volunteers spoke to “…landlords and tenants to design this idea.” I shudder to think of some of the landlords our hard earned tax dollars might go to. Some of the landlords in this area North of Howard are non-resident owners who could care less about their tenants or the community as a whole. So what if the single mom, her kids, grandkids and ‘the man’ with the ankle bracelet are disturbing everyone’s peace up and down a whole block? The absentee landlord doesn’t lose sleep from his tenants year round antics. So we deal with anti-social behaviors, kids tearing up flower pots, terrorizing and or killing small animals, shooting like cowboys, beating one another up all the while, the absentee landlord is deaf. Ben Myers wants to be alderman but cant’ manage his tenants

We have too many absentee’s here so, this RIF proposal and the presence of Pagan-Banks should set off a light bulb. If you recall, she and Danny Boy Romero had a brilliant idea of getting TIF money to train people for union construction jobs on the Howard El. However, their church organization that was all set to do the ‘training’ wasn’t certified. Translation: The organization was frothing to get the TIF money. Oops! Northside Power Strikes Out

So, there were discussions with an unstated number of landlord and tenants. Where were the big outreach meetings to everyone who pays taxes for input? I attended that June 2009 meeting where the old rhetoric of ‘stand up if you believe’ and ‘will you support us’ filled an afternoon meeting. If this ward could have more meat and potatoes and less drama – we might actually be progressive!

If you find the Medill article less than balanced, researched, be sure to check out the insert box or ‘Fact Sheet’ and make sure you put extra cash aside that could possibly help some of the problem buildings posted on this blog for the past 5 years. You may live next to one. You may have had bullets land in your home, hit your car….but we need to be sensitive here neighbors. We should just keep paying for the oversights, lack of planning, lack of proper management and above all, lack of proper screening. A good landlord keeps rents down so he can keep good tenants and he screens them, does background checks and has the right to insert language in the lease concerning drug use and obnoxious behavior.

The term troubled building is a fairly simple equation: Any building that has frequent complaints from neighbors and/or has had 2 felony arrests in a 6 month period.

If you want a better understanding of TIFS, there will be a gathering at Loyola Park Field House on Saturday, October 30 at 3 PM.

Come and learn the facts about TIFs:
Tax Increment Finance (TIF) 101
What it is and WHY IT HAS TO GO!

Presented by:
Tom Tresser
Green Party candidate for Cook County Board President
Lead Organizer for No Games Chicago

More Info on TIFS

October 14, 2010

CAPS Beat 2422 Meeting TONIGHT

Please attend the monthly CAPS Beat 2422 meeting tonight at 7 PM -

Willye White Community Center
1610 W Howard

Come and discuss your issues or come to learn how to deal with issues. It's your neighborhood and it will only take one hour of your time.

October 2, 2010

Discrimination Against Taxpayers

How nice of our Uber-Liberals

The term charities can be misleading – while their services may be free or on a sliding scale, it would be interesting if the Sun-Times would post the salaries of the directors of these free-water organizations. Most make more than $70k a year. How do they come up with a salary amount like that if they can't afford water? Translated that means they make more than most middle class workers in the non-charity world. You know, the world most of us live in – the real one with taxes, deadlines and penalties.

Couldn’t some of these organizations afford to pay? If totally strapped in these rough times, couldn’t they cough up a sliding scale for the water bills? Do we also assume this included free trash pick up as well?

There's No Such Thing As A Free Lunch