Monday, October 14, 2013

NEIGHBOR MEETING TONIGHT: Broadway Youth Center Background

Neighbors who are planning to attend the Southeast Lake View Neighbors Association meeting tonight may want to review some recent SELVN meeting minutes to get up to speed. You can access the minutes and past agendas here.

Broadway Youth Center has been a topic since the June meeting.

Tonight's meeting at the Second Unitarian Church, 656 West Barry, begins at 7PM.

9 comments:

  1. Never underestimate the power of the humble flyer...over 100 people showed up, most of them quite angry.

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  2. Must be nice to be denied the permit originally and now has to do a work-around.

    Also must be nice to be providing illegal healthcare due to not having the proper permit....but hey...what Tunney wants...Tunney gets.

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  3. I also think it's beyond strange that they service people from age 12 to 24 in such an unstructured, undocumented setting. Mixing kids as young as 12 with adults? that's a good idea?

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  4. So what happened? Will they stay?

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    1. They will only stay if the neighbors don't voice their opinion

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  5. For those who were unable to attend, would someone be able to summarize the discussion at last night's meeting?

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  6. I also think it's beyond strange that they service people from age 12 to 24 in such an unstructured, undocumented setting. Mixing kids as young as 12 with adults? that's a good idea?
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    It was painfully obvious that they hoped this meeting was going to go under the radar and their usual 10-15 people would show up. It's also obvious by their answers they (a) have no real plan after the doors close - so its a CRIB all over again and (b) could care less about the community with the answers they gave.

    Ans speaking of answers -- the BYC could not answer ONE straight question about working with police...and when they did they danced around the topic, never really saying they would help police if one of their clients is in the hood causing trouble.



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  7. "For those who were unable to attend, would someone be able to summarize the discussion at last night's meeting?"

    Over 100 people attended. The BYC segment was the lengthiest part, needless to say. Most of the people hammered away on what plans the BYC had to control the people they are bringing into the neighborhood for their programs. At first they simply refused to answer, then they pretty much said it's really not their responsibility. A retired cop recounted a recent robbery incident involving a silver colored gun, and that a gun matching that description was found in the alley in the vicinity of BYC. The representatives told us they service patrons from 12 to 24 years old, but with their no ID required, no background check policy I must say that their operating procedure is reckless to say the least. Mixing children as young as 12 in with adults (and troubled adults at that) is beyond irresponsible. People questioned the procedure that allowed them to move into the Wellington location with no advanced notice to the neighborhood and no permit to operate. BYC claimed they and the alderman were unaware that a zoning permit was required. Yes, you may have to read that twice to make sure you read correctly, but that's what they said. They discounted one resident's comments about the beating of the Chipotle manage by BYC patrons when they were located at Belmont and Broadway as 'second hand information." they also refused to comment on BYC refusal to cooperate with the police in that matter. Most damning was a comment that came near the end when a resident pointed out that no zoning permit for that location would allow for some of the programs they are running (most notably any medical type program). The CAPS officer present applauded that comment.

    Of course there were a few supporters who trotted out the usual slogans about the residents hateful intolerance and closed-mindedness.

    To be frank, the alderman has some explaining to do, especially if he votes to approve this location before it goes off to the zoning board.

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  8. I also find it interesting hoe a vote is to take placeon December 9 and they ALREADY are on the dpocket for city approval. Makes u wonder if the vote on Dec 9 is symbolic. What if the neighbors vote no??

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