Wednesday, October 09, 2013

SKEPTICAL HIPPO: Some Readers Just Want Us To Lay Off, Man

We are encouraged to see that our aldermen are being more upfront about the violent crime issues our neighborhood is facing.

Another positive development came last week when the 19th district's police commander seemed to inject the true spirit of CAPS into a beat meeting.

Some readers think that we ought to just lay off now that the people in charge of such things have begun taking baby steps toward solutions.

Not so fast. Concerned citizens in our neighborhood have endured years, yes years, of false promises, inaction, punts, and outright lies. Call us skeptical. Very, very skeptical.

One of the most important entries we've posted was August's Time Warp column. It documents the annual cycle that we've endured as crime continued to grow. It's worth a read.

We will continue to praise positive steps and we will continue to point out where people are falling short.

From our comments section:
Be careful what you wish for. The more Tunney talks about crime, the harder it will be to attract businesses. Also, be very clear about what you're asking from Tunney: he has no authority over the police. Demanding that he stop the robberies is like demanding that he initiates world peace. You have to be very specific about what you want and what you want needs to be within his control.
We've already been down the road of having the alderman pretend there was no problem. It went on for years. The result?  More and more innocent people being victimized because they were mislead by elected officials about a public safety problem. The increase looks like this:

We want businesses to come here, but not at the expense of private citizens being beaten and robbed in silence.

It is incorrect to believe that because someone is "just an alderman" that they have no influence over police matters. They have quite a bit of influence. It's known as a vote.

In Mr. Tunney's case, he has voted for city budgets that cut police spending and reduced the police department's headcount by thousands. He has stood by and watched as our district lost scores of police officers over the past year without replacements being sent in. He still hasn't taken a public stand against this screwing of the neighborhood.

A leader should have the ability to form an anti-crime coalition within the City Council to ensure that the police department's woes are corrected.

Another comment:
I don't know why everyone is looking for crime solution from the alderman. That is the police dept's job. The only thing I want on the alderman's tweets or facebook page is that he will be lobbying for more police in the next budget, especially to the north side districts where there is crime also.
We'd be okay with that. It's notable that there has been no such pledge from the alderman. And the city's 2014 budget will be out in a couple of weeks.

Anyone who has been in business knows the old mantra, if you don't spend your budgeted money this year, they won't give it to you next year.

So, how do you think we will fare when the police department looks at the 19th district and sees that, with 70 fewer officers, their crime statistics went "down" 20% this year? Do you think they will replace those officers or do you think they will take those unfilled positions away forever?

And will our aldermen (plural) vote for such a budget or take a stand against it?

We're looking forward to more progress.

28 comments:

  1. < the harder it will be to attract businesses. >

    Business can't last if customers stop coming. So they might as well not come in the first place and ruin their owners until things are brought back to 2007 at the very least.

    Shall we play the same game as Rahm's stooges and wimps of Chicago's mainstream press/media and say nothing or play denial games so that naiive customer get pepper-sprayed and beaten every day and night ?

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  2. Not letting up until end of next summer.

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    1. Wow. Not until next summer? Why the defined end date? Do you know something we don't know? Or are one of the lucky renters who isn't married to this shit hole?

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  3. So people want you to STOP being the best source of info about crime in these areas? I'm willing to bet more folks read your blog than watch the "no news is good news" newscasts. This blod is a great source of info and you guys do an AWESOME job.
    Don't listen to the trolls. Ever.

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  4. Anonymous said...
    So people want you to STOP being the best source of info about crime in these areas? I'm willing to bet more folks read your blog than watch the "no news is good news" newscasts. This blod is a great source of info and you guys do an AWESOME job.
    Don't listen to the trolls. Ever.
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    Thank you, Anonymous. We ain't afraid of no trolls...and we'll be here as long as it takes to get our neighborhood back to what it should be.

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  5. I read your blog at least twice a day so I'm aware of what's happening in our neighborhood. Thanks so much for all of your efforts in letting our community know what's really going on. We moved to this neighborhood 10 years ago because it was so safe and now I'm afraid to walk a block. Only way to make change is to keep people informed like you are and for all of us to continue to attend caps meetings and call for change. Thanks again.

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  6. Don't back off. The fact that they are beginning to react is evidence of your effectiveness.

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  7. When Alderman Cappleman come to my co-op building last month he told us that he would vote against any budget that didn't add more police. That wasn't a private aside, he announced it to all of us present. We need to hold him to his word, and we need to get the same commitment from Tunney.

    The Broadway Youth Center's new location was approved without consulting the neighbors. Guess what's happening? A woman who lives right there emailed me, signed our petition and left a comment:

    "This week the patrons of BYC were lounging on my front stoop (inside a wrought iron gate) and smoking pot - on private property. In a separate incident, a group of young men tried to climb into a bedroom window on the raised first floor in the middle of the night. My son scared them away with a bat."

    Sound familiar? It sure does to the unlucky neighbors of The Crib.

    Monday night the South East Lake View Neighbors will be holding their month meeting and voting on issuing a special use zoning permit for the Broadway Youth Center to operate their facility on a residential block. Progress was finally made with the problems stemming from The Crib (after a number of useless meetings with the police, the alderman, the Night Minstry and the Crib) when residents from the area packed the last meeting and spoke with one voice.

    A representative of the BYC told the woman who left that comment on the petition that the neighbors aren't showing enough respect to the BYC's patrons. Residents of this community need to go to the SELVN meeting Monday night and let it be heard loud and clear that enough is enough.

    Monday October 14, 7pm 656 W Barry
    Be there.

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  8. Bravo to CWB and your efforts in keeping the residents informed. Please stay strong and ignore those who try to muddy the waters to downplay the increase in crime. We need you to at least stick around to act as a voice when it's election time and to celebrate Tunney's defeat.

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  9. Quote: "Be careful what you wish for. The more Tunney talks about crime, the harder it will be to attract businesses"

    Without people around and feeling safe and secure, the businesses are doomed. Think before you post something so ridiculously short sighted. Tunney has MORE than adequate notice, time is up.

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    1. You think?? Ask me when the last time I purchased ANYTHING in this neighborhood was? I couldn't tell you!

      I know it's not safe to walk to Jewel/Treasure Island (screw Wal-Mart), so I buy all of my groceries (and #everything# else, believe you me) when I flee this cesspool of crime EVERY CHANCE I GET. I haven't slept in my own bed on a weekend night in months.

      The first chance I get I'm ditching this barrio for...ANYWHERE. I'd rather commute two hours each way to work than live under this regime of denial than support the status quo.

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  10. Trust me the aldermen will not vote for more police. Cappleman and Tunney are all Rahm who woud rather spend Chicago dollars on his developer cronies in exchange for campaign cash. The only legitimate one is Fioretti who stands up to Rahm.

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  11. Keep up the good work. Let us know if you need any help.

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  12. Anonymous said...
    Bravo to CWB and your efforts in keeping the residents informed. Please stay strong and ignore those who try to muddy the waters to downplay the increase in crime. We need you to at least stick around to act as a voice when it's election time and to celebrate Tunney's defeat.
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    Thanks for the support, Anonymous. The ideal solution would be for the alderman to lead the charge, take a stand, and achieve positive results over the next year or so. It would be great to see him tackle a serious problem, make progress, and get re-elected. In that order, of course.

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  13. Will those of us who are terrified (rightly so) of getting home after the Monday night meeting have police escorts home?

    Come to think of it - can I have a police escort home EVERY night when I come home from work (work - as in, the place I spend half of my life to barely make enough money to pay my bills, mortgage, property taxes, *and* armed robbers)

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  14. Based upon Mr. Tunney's meltdown over the Cubs today at the council meeting--- pressure is getting to him. Keep it up. Once he tries to activate his Ventra Card he may finally wig out enough to truly become passionate about the crime that has exploded in the 44th.

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    1. Uh. What meltdown? We're his season tickets downgraded?

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  15. This blog is the first thing I read every morning! It's the best and most credible source of information for our neighborhoods! Keep up the good work CWB!

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  16. Just a question. Do any of the bar owners show up at the CAPS meeting? If so, what do they say (if anything)? Or is easier for them to boycott "Russian" Vodka that isn't even produced in Russia....and then pat themselves on the back for what they are doing for the "community". And yes, I will be at the next CAP's meeting.

    -gary

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  17. Street lights out two nights in a row right across from 19th district. Last night I RAN down the middle of the street because I was so afraid of being attacked.

    Tonight I took a $5.00 cab ride from the Addison red line stop to the Wilton/Cornelia intersection.

    I'd like to know:
    1. How many people called about the dangerous outage (other than me - I called twice), and
    2. How will I be reimbursed for the $5.00 I spent to get home safely?

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  18. "Residents of this community need to go to the SELVN meeting Monday night and let it be heard loud and clear that enough is enough."---------------And another neighborhood group with a crime problem. I think it's time all the neighborhood groups got together to "speak with one voice." This area seems too fragmented, but the crime affects us all. How do we get the neighborhood groups to come together, consolidate, show some REALLY large numbers at these meetings. Maybe then we get some attention.

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  19. This is where Tunney's personal, political patronage , and business interests are. "Alderman" is a mechanism to carry out his wishes, nothing more. Expect nothing and you won't be disappointed.

    "Tunney pressures ‘needy’ Cubs to start Wrigley rehab "

    http://www.suntimes.com/news/cityhall/23054547-418/tunney-pressures-needy-cubs-to-start-wrigley-rehab.html

    Now keep writing up in T.A. what a dangerous neighborhood Belmont Ann Sathers lies in.

    While you are at it, FAX his office and tell him the useless proxy for Wrigleyville he really is. That area is actually worse than Boystown.

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  20. Anonymous said...
    Street lights out two nights in a row right across from 19th district. Last night I RAN down the middle of the street because I was so afraid of being attacked.

    Tonight I took a $5.00 cab ride from the Addison red line stop to the Wilton/Cornelia intersection.

    I'd like to know:
    1. How many people called about the dangerous outage (other than me - I called twice), and
    2. How will I be reimbursed for the $5.00 I spent to get home safely?

    Wednesday, 09 October, 2013
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    Bureau of Electricity guys probably can't get time to fix the lights because they are protecting the Safe Passage routes before and after school like numerous other city workers as well as a plethora of district police.

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  21. "Uh, what meltdown"

    Mr. Tunney said in the City Council meeting that the Cubs "were needy people" and he doesn't understand why they have not pulled permits to get started on the rehab of Wrigley.

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  22. The truth is the truth and you should always publicize the truth and tell the truth. The truth will free us. None of this bs candy coating like the Chicago Machine. Only the sheep are followers.

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  23. All of the Lakeview neighborhood groups are members of LVCC. While many of the neighborhood groups are successful with their own missions, LVCC has had a long history of being disorganized and focused very heavily on what the Cubs are up to (which is okay, but there's a lot more to Lakeview than just Wrigleyville). I wish they would start to refocus on some of the crime issues. The new President is Will DeMille. He is also the current president of West Lakeview Neighbors. I've found him to be responsive to emails. So maybe with enough pressure, LVCC could be brought around to focus on crime.

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  24. The people giving you grief probably have some connection with Tunney, Rahm or other political hacks. .

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  25. You posted a report on here that showed Tunney has been asking about the number of police officers for at least the last few years. Lots of cops heard he started asking when J-Fled was the Supt, so we give him credit for that. I went to some pension hearings to learn more about the underfunding crisis and he asked the FOP guys how many cops contributed. They gave a BS answer and he told them he didn't believe them. They came back with 11,300. That's the first time I ever heard anyone admit we still weren't at 13,500.

    Fact is, the city council has been approving budgets that never showed any decrease in the # of POs. It was a shell game begun under Daley and continued under Rahm. It's almost impossible for anyone to get a straight answer.

    Not shilling for the guy, just trying to bring some facts forward for you all.

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