ALDERMAN GREG HELDING: “IT MAKES SENSE TO SPEND $25K TO GET SOME INTELLIGENCE”
“It makes sense to get some intelligence,” said Alderman Greg Helding, who proposed spending $25,000 dollars for a study of the Racine Safety Building. (The Racine Police Dept) That’s right folks, you can’t make this stuff up! Meanwhile, The City Of Racine begs non-profits and church groups for donations to keep the city functioning and also removes residents street lights in a cost saving measure. The sad, common council members did not even discuss the spending of the 25K either. Poor management, poor leadership and just plain poor decision making all the way around on behalf of this common council, and thus you have the current state of affairs for Racine Wisconsin.
Black Friday Madness!!! A video montage capturing what a true madhouse our society has really become. #CRAZYTOWN U.S.A.
Aereo begins to offer their cable service in S.E. Wisconsin and throughout the state! This is great news for those customers upset with TIme Warner Cable and AT&T. Their rates are very low as compared to TIme Warner or AT&T. Keep an eye out for Aereo in the area.
Vigorous prosecution of public corruption has always been vital to our country. Public corruption takes a heavy toll on our communities. Corruption gives unfair advantages to those willing to break the law: public officials, their relatives and friends, and those who willingly pay bribes to gain public contracts and other government actions. But there are many victims: both those who are shaken down for bribes and kickbacks, and the members of the general public, who pay for corruption through inflated costs and loss of faith in government.With tightening budgets throughout all levels of government, vigorous enforcement is even more important than ever. There are also financial consequences to corruption. Millions of taxpayer dollars are paid out on contracts and other government benefits steered by public officials to insiders who, in turn, shower financial benefits on those public officials and their associates.
Corruption can also change the face of a community. Over and over, for several decades, some Chicago aldermen have given away public benefits, like zoning rights and city-owned land, to real estate developers who, in turn, have lined the aldermen’s pockets and campaign purses.
Undoubtedly the most harmful consequence of endemic public corruption in a community is the apathy that it engenders – the culture of acceptance. Over many years of seeing corruption in almost every facet of government, many residents of a community begin to simply accept corruption as the immutable status quo. They come to assume government is broken and ineffective and destined to function corruptly. The consequences of this culture of acceptance in a community are many. Some residents simply disengage from the political process and no longer trust their government to function well or in their interest. Other residents may come to believe they must engage in corruption in order to gain government benefits themselves. Still others will begin to look the other way when they witness corrupt transactions. And honest folks are discouraged from entering politics or suffer from the skepticism engendered by others’ misdeeds.
Mayor John Dickert’s Treasurer and Racine Cable Commissioner Mary Osterman is approaching the City Of Racine requesting outdoor gas heaters for downtown Racine. Osterman said the addition of outdoor heaters for stores like hers, “Copacetic” hat store on Main Street, would help warm the area, brighten it and add ambiance. Mary Osterman has come under much scrutiny recently regarding some questionable dealings she has been involved with in her role as a Cable Commissioner for the City Of Racine in 2013.
Historic Railcar makes special appearance on Amtrak’s Hiawatha Route
Passengers traveling on Amtrak’s Hiawatha route between Milwaukee and Chicago this week can lounge in the 1950s-era Ocean View railcar, which has an upper level full of windows offering panoramic views.
The historic dome-style car, built in 1955, was previously used on the Chicago-Seattle Empire Builder route and later on daily service between Washington, D.C., and Orlando. The Ocean View is the only remaining dome car in Amtrak’s fleet, and today it’s used in southern California and for excursions.
The following Hiawatha trains will sport the Ocean View car:
Kenosha M.I.S. Dept/Information Technology: 1 Full Time Employee
Racine M.I.S. Dept/Information Technology: 8 Full Time Employees
Kenosha Library Staff: 37 Full Time Employees
Racine Library Staff: 41 Full Time Employees
Kenosha Public Works: 65 Full Time Employees
Racine Public Works: 107 Full Time Employees
The City Of Kenosha has a population of approximately 30,000 more residents than The City Of Racine, yet Racine has an operating budget of more than $8 million dollars more than Kenosha!!
CITY OF RACINE ALDERMEN VOTE TO GIVE MAYOR, CITY ADMINISTRATOR AND MAYOR’S ASSISTANT ALL PAY RAISES!!!
RACINE- The aldermen of the City Of Racine have voted to approve raises totaling over $30K for the Mayor, Administrator and assistant!! As the documents from the 2014 city budget show, there are 3 employees including the mayor himself, each one of the 3 employees are raking in approx $129,777.00!!!!! There is a clear raise from $276,993.00 in administrative salaries in 2013, to the new and improved $307,343.00 in 2014, that’s an over $30K raise for the mayor’s office!!!! Don’t worry though, none of your elected officials or aldermen even questioned this move!! What the aldermen of Racine “DID DO” however is raise your property taxes 2.2 percent and also raise the recycling fee an additional $5 because the city is broke, they also raised the storm water fees for residents up an additional $7.51!!!!!!
Facade Collapse at 3025 Washington Ave. Crushes Car!!
RACINE-THERE IS COMPLETE CONFUSION & CHAOS WITHIN RACINE CITY HALL, ALDERMEN ARE QUESTIONING THE BUDGET PROCESS AND QUESTIONING EACH OTHER. MOST ARE UNSURE OF THEIR DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES AS THEY RELATE TO THE CITY BUDGET PROCESS AND DON’T KNOW WHAT TO DO. SOME ALDERMEN SUCH AS ALDERMAN DENNIS WISER, ALDERMAN MELISSA KAPRELIAN BECKER, ALDERMAN JAMES MORGENROTH, ALDERMAN RAY DEHAHN AND ALDERMAN MIKE SHIELDS, OFFERED UP NO COST SAVINGS IDEAS OR SUGGESTIONS AT ALL, FOR THE CITY OF RACINE IN 2014.