Thursday, August 29, 2013

NOW UP: Online Petition

An online petition is now up and ready for your signature.

A successful petition could bring extra weight to concerns expressed at next week's CAPS meetings.

From the comments:
I've put together a group of neighborhood residents, and we're planning what actions we can take to make a difference in our own way. 
For starters, we've posted an on-line petition that will go to the mayor, Superintendent McCarthy, Aldermen Tunney and Cappleman and Police Commander Voulgaris. We've avoided being contentious or confrontational, and instead have offered up what we think needs to be done to imrove the conditions in the neighborhood. I hope people will sign it, and pass it off to others to sign. The more signatures we can get the better it will be when we meet with some of these figures in person.
The petition addresses crime throughout the area. Readers in neighboring parts of Lake View are encouraged to sign.

20 comments:

  1. This is great, voices need be heard. I want to sign this, although I think there are 2 things I would rather see: mention of the density of business activity and high tax-dollar paying residents in this area, losing access to the streets and parks. If we leave, or stop walking down the street to our local restaurant, or if I have to tell my wife not to take the kids to starbucks, because she could be robbed at 1 in the afternoon, the tax roles will crumble precipitously. And Rahm needs us to stay here, working for his big business companies, and paying those taxes, to execute his plan. The other issue is the format of "We want".... is pleading and self entitled, and would be better served to be focused on the facts, and rights any community deserves.

    On another note, driving down school street from damen to broadway sunday morning, 4:45, headed to the triathlon, we drove by no fewer than a dozen gang-bangers (colored bandanas, pants on the ground, etc) "patrolling" school, clark, etc. No bars open, no restaurants open, no reason to be in the neighborhood or on the street... except to commit crimes... Why can't a patrol car do ID checks and send them home if they don't live on that street? We need to call first and report suspicious activity???

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  2. It's good to see that we are trying to propose solutions, but I do not agree that we need more police over the long term. We do over the short term because the police that we have have allowed this problem to become as big as it is. It will take more police in the short term to change the dynamics. I know many of the police in our neighborhood and believe me, their attitude is as bad as what you are seeing from their commander. We don't just need more police, we need more effective police. They are not children and I'm not willing to give them a trophee for particpating. They have just as much blame-the-victim mentality as their commander. We need to see the entire department taking a more active role in preventing the crime. There failure to act is why the criminals have found this neighborhood to be a safe harbor.

    Simply adding more boots on the ground is not going to be effective unless those new boots are active in preventing and solving the crime.

    Look how quickly they caught a suspect on the southside that attacked one of their own. They need to put just as much dilligence in catching suspects that attack anyone. They can do it if they try. They have proven they can when one of their own is attacked. Now lets see them start putting that same concern when anyone is attacked.

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    1. Individuals who attack police officers should receive the department's full attention. We also believe that this area needs more officers long term in order to maintain law and order. Criminals will go where the police are not. That said, a " surge" if you will is needed to reclaim the neighborhood's lost hours.

      Many of the 19th district's officers do care and they hustle. There is also a generous sprinkling of officers who., uh, don't.

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  3. Annony wrote "we drove by no fewer than a dozen gang-bangers (colored bandanas, pants on the ground, etc) "patrolling" school, clark, etc. No bars open, no restaurants open, no reason to be in the neighborhood or on the street... except to commit crimes... Why can't a patrol car do ID checks and send them home if they don't live on that street? We need to call first and report suspicious activity???"

    Ahhh, the answer to your question is a resounding YES. Yes, you DO need to call and report suspicious activity and in doing so, you need to articulate what BEHAVIOR makes them suspicious.

    To enlighten you a bit further, there is this little (HUGE) thing called racial profiling and civil rights violations. A patrol car cannot run ID checks without justification. No, colored bandanas and pants on the ground does not equate to the police being able to stop and question you. Rather than your appearance, it is your actions and/or behavior that would justify being stopped.

    A 911 call clearly identifying the description of the person and such behavior (guy w/dreads wearing red pants is trying car doors, selling dope, following residents, disrupting the flow of traffic)would enable the patrol car to conduct a lawful stop.

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    1. Group of men flashing gang signs at passing cars and trying car doors or gate knobs as they walk past

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  4. Any connection between some of the more difficult to reason with not for profits in Lakeview over the past couple of years and the Lakeview Strategy Group whose office is located at 3712 N. Broadway? You can find a "who's who" for the company here:

    http://www.lakeviewstrategy.com/AboutUs.aspx

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  5. There is no office at 3712 N. Broadway. It is the UPS store. Lakeview Strategy Group might have a P.O. box there.

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  6. I believe that the Lakeview Strategy group is operating out of someone'e house. It was revealed somewhere recently that Helen Schiller is somehow involved with Lakeview Strategy. And yes, I do believe that Lakeview Strategy does have something to do with the crime wave; I believe that they are somehow connected to the COH and the other "social services" groups that have actively worked to bring the criminal types to the area.

    "Lakeview Strategy" claims to be a lobbying group, according to their website.

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  7. Oh come on he's not that bad.

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  8. I have a feeling Lakeview Strategy might find themselves coming under a microscope they've tried very hard to avoid.

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  9. Might not be a bad idea to add Alderman Waguespack to the petition, as well. His ward encompasses part of the "old" 19th police district and is adjacent to (and may even include some of) the areas that have recently seen problems.

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    1. And Waugespak is pro police and anti Rahm. Nice guy.

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  10. I thin this is a GREAT START. It might not be perfect -- but it's a start..and thanks to that group for starting it. It looks like we're finally going somewhere with our 'hood.

    Keep up the great work CWB and CFASL.

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  11. You mean Helen Shiller is trying to destroy Wrigleyville and Boystown now. God that ding bat has done enough damage to Uptown.

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  12. "Lakeview Strategy" claims to be a lobbying group, according to their website.

    Actually their services extend beyond that. They also offer help to not-for-profits in grant writing. Strange how so many not-for-profits have people at the top who make a hell of a lot of money.

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  13. "Strange how so many not-for-profits have people at the top who make a hell of a lot of money."

    Never forget, they're not in business to help people, but they are in business.

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  14. Anyone recall this gem? Shiller isn't just an admirer of the interlopers, she enables:

    http://www.uptownupdate.com/2011/12/helen-and-brendan-shiller-protector-of.html

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  15. KISS.

    Shiller/Ramsey/Lakeview Strategy Group = Bad.

    If history is any indication, de-gentrifciation is the goal.

    I hope this comment passes muster.

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  16. "Any connection between some of the more difficult to reason with not for profits in Lakeview over the past couple of years and the Lakeview Strategy Group whose office is located at 3712 N. Broadway? You can find a "who's who" for the company here:

    http://www.lakeviewstrategy.com/AboutUs.aspx"

    OMFG - Helen Shiller?! Fucking RUN, LAKEVIEW, RUN!! She will screw over your part of Chicago the exact same way she fucked up ours, and the repercussions will be felt for years and years and years. This woman is awful, self-serving, useless, greedy, and without conscience.

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  17. Anonymous - Don't FUCKING run.

    Stand up and fight. Even the most clueless LV'ers will react in horror when the name Hellen Shiller surfaces in the same story as a CAPS meeting.

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