Monday, August 05, 2013

CAPS: Meeting Reminder

This Wednesday's CAPS meeting provides you with an opportunity to meet with our district's CAPS police officers, neighbors, and the alderman or his representative. 7PM at the police station on Addison. Technically, this meeting is for the areas shaded yellow on the map below. All area residents are welcome.

Also, this reminder from our comments section:
...and remember there is also a meeting tonight [Monday] at 7pm at the police station on Addison to address the problems surrounding The Crib located in the Lake View Lutheran Church. Tom Tunney will be there...you'll want to be there, too.


9 comments:

  1. ...and remember there is also a meeting tonight at 7pm at the police station on Addison to address the problems surrounding The Crib located in the Lake View Lutheran Church. Tom Tunney will be there...you'll want to be there, too.

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  2. I have two printouts of the Honorable Tom Funney's statements. On one dated Nov. 13, 2009, he states, "I have requested increased foot and bike patrols between the hours of 11pm - 5am...A plan of action is in the works.

    On July 6, 2011, the Honorable Tom Funney states, "if the number of officers appears to be insufficient, I will ask the command staff of the Chicago Police District to do anything possible to get more officers on the street....We have been dealing with late night crime on our streets for years..."

    I'll bring these print-outs to tonight's meeting.

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  3. Not sure where to add this comment, but often the CAPS meetings entries get a good amount of comments & follow up.
    It is aparent that the main focus of thieves in our neighborhood is the iPhone. No one really carries cash anymore, & credit cards get cancelled quickly.
    As mentioned in yesterday or today's blog, ROBBERY is not an innocent, harmless thing, easily downplayed by police & political leaders as being not unlike a THEFT of say a bicycle from a yard.
    A ROBBERY is a traumatic, violent encounter, in our area always performed by two or more against one, involving knives, guns, mace etc.
    ROBBERY survivors will live with a sense of angst, distrust, paranoia, and / or PTSD to varying degrees for years or the rest of their lives.
    And this sadly happens, as has been said before, not only to drunk or stoned ninnies, hanging out in alleys at 4:30 in the morning. Who by the way don't deserve to be robbed or harmed in the first place. But we read almost daily of people being targeted in broad daylight going about their own personal business.
    Please remember "Sally Katona-King, a 68-year-old church deacon, died from the injuries she suffered when Prince Watson shoved her at the Fullerton L stop on March 28, 2011..." Full story here http://chicago.cbslocal.com/2013/04/12/teen-gets-32-years-for-iphone-murder-at-cta-l-station/
    Now, from experience, I know if this attack is mentioned within earshot of Stompin' Tom Tunney, he will, without missing a beat, dismiss, belittle & minimize this tragedy by squealing or shrieking, depending on the surrounding noise level, "that was not in the 44'th ward...but it was terrible!"
    We need to figure out how to make iPhone theft unprofitable by substantially increasing penalties, and ease of prosecution of any establishments or individuals in possession of or tampering with (unlocking) iPhones.
    Lets begin by outing any known local business that unlocks iPhones. Get addresses photos phone numbers. Publish them and call them. Let them know we don't accept accessories to crime in our neighborhood.
    Danny in Lakeview

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  4. ^^^ This is a great idea!

    We need to start outing the shops that will buy stolen iphones and re-sell them.

    Also, I want to mention though, that Apple introduced a new feature in the next version of the OS, that if a phone is stolen, you can log into a website and send a signal to the phone that fries the firmware, making it impossible to restore.

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  5. Bringing Prince Tunney printouts from 2009 and 2011 won't make much of an impact. The focus needs to be on crime taking over E. Lakeview in 2013 and his current inaction.

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  6. Tunney won't be at the meeting Wednesday.

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  7. Jeff on BuckinghamAug 5, 2013, 9:05:00 PM

    The comments left here seem to conclude Tom Tunney is to blame for crime in Lakeview.

    He seems like a convenient and overly simplified scapegoat.

    While I'm not affiliated with the Alderman, I do think he's done an overall good job.

    It's easy to go after Tunney because he's accessible. I saw him at his office today when picking up some parking passes. I see him everywhere. He's not like a lot of politicians in Illinois who do business from the golf course or "home office". (Sandi Jackson and Blagojevich!)

    Tunney is invested in his ward and had roots way before he became Alderman. The guy isn't using this office as a short term foothold so he can quickly ascend to a higher office and quench his unrelenting thirst for power.

    This site has done an awesome job on getting a spotlight on the crime in the 44th ward. Tom knows he's in a tough spot. I think it's time to get behind him and try to rattle the cages of his peers on city council, Garry McCarthy, and the mayor for distribution of more police resources here.


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  8. Jeff on Buckingham said...
    The comments left here seem to conclude Tom Tunney is to blame for crime in Lakeview.

    He seems like a convenient and overly simplified scapegoat.

    While I'm not affiliated with the Alderman, I do think he's done an overall good job.

    It's easy to go after Tunney because he's accessible. I saw him at his office today when picking up some parking passes. I see him everywhere. He's not like a lot of politicians in Illinois who do business from the golf course or "home office". (Sandi Jackson and Blagojevich!)

    Tunney is invested in his ward and had roots way before he became Alderman. The guy isn't using this office as a short term foothold so he can quickly ascend to a higher office and quench his unrelenting thirst for power.

    This site has done an awesome job on getting a spotlight on the crime in the 44th ward. Tom knows he's in a tough spot. I think it's time to get behind him and try to rattle the cages of his peers on city council, Garry McCarthy, and the mayor for distribution of more police resources here.
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    Hi Jeff,

    Mr. Tunney has the opportunity to show the neighbors that he is serious this time about tackling the problem we've highlighted.

    Others are clearly responsible for the situation we're in and Mr. Tunney is the man who needs to advocate and lead the charge on the neighborhood's behalf.

    CWB may seem skeptical of his commitment, and we are. We've been down this road annually. Skeptical or not, though, we also have our eyes wide open and we are looking for positive medium and long term strategies and tactics from Mr. Tunney and our police executives.

    We're hopeful that the light we are shining on police staffing levels will help bring the truth to our neighbors about that very serious chink in Wrigleyville and Boystown's armor.

    As we've posted in a previous comment string, you'll never hear us throwing our two cents in on the Cubs or development projects or what have you. Those are not our horses. The violent crime issue is. When it's corrected, and only when it's corrected, we're going to jet.

    Jeff, thank you again for being an active part of CWB and a stakeholder in our neighborhood. We appreciate having you in both roles.

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  9. I think Tunney's biggest problem is that he's trying to play all sides, and it's catching up to him. I asked him about places like The Crib, COH, The Night Ministry and Howard Brown Youth Center functioning without any regulation, and all he could do was sputter. Someone painted him in the corner and asked him as the elected official did he play a part in approving the opening of those organizations. A stuttering uncomfortable admission followed. When asked about the district being the #1 in robberies and #10 in violent crimes he pretended that he didn't know anything about it. One resident offered to show him the map, and did so after the meeting. Tunney apparently had no response. He talked out of both sides of his mouth the entire meeting. Plus, he arrived late and started the meeting 15 minutes late then talked non-stop and said representatives from The Crib, the Night Ministry, the police and the Department of Social Services would talk, and then they would take questions and comments until 8. I told him that we would stay as long as it took for everyone to have their stay. Like the July CAPS meeting he arrived planning on eating up the entire duration with double talk.

    When I brought up the lack of regulation and that known gang members and criminals frequented the various shelters he said, "Well they can be de-funded." I think everyone gasped. I'm sure he never expected to admit that. It was a very large turn out, and there was unmasked anger in that room. The representative form the NM and the one from the Department of Social Services were very quiet. One man very eloquently put Tunney on notice that his days as alderman were numbered if this situation doesn't improve.

    Can Tunney be blamed absolutely for the problems in the neighborhood? No, but he bears a huge responsibility for allowing the situation to fester, take root and grow out of control. In July I attended a board meeting of The lakeview citizens' Council, and they said Tunney approved the opening of Howard Brown Youth Center without consulting the neighbors on that block (who didn't want it going in there) or the LVCC. The alderman's choices AND inactivity have played a major role in our problems.

    From what I've heard, he'll be a no show Wednesday night...I'm not surprised.

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