Friday, August 15, 2014

PRIDE: Boystown Alderman Starts A Survey

Show me "cop out!"
Funny story. We sent Alderman Tom Tunney's office an email on Tuesday.
This weekend's news from the Bud Billiken Parade has us wondering about any conclusions or plans regarding the Pride Parade.
- The Alderman said that he has an annual post-parade meeting with organizers. Has that meeting happened this year? What are his take-aways?
- When will public discussions [which he said would be held] begin regarding the parade's operations for 2015?
We never heard back from them. Buuuuuut, we did just receive the alderman's weekly email newsletter:
Each year, City departments meet to recap what went well and what can be improved upon after each Pride Parade.  I have created a Pride Parade survey to hear from you as we continue to examine the pride parade route and evaluate all options for next year, which could include a move downtown. Please click here to take the survey.  It will be available until Friday, September 5 and we will follow up with feedback from the survey.   
Guess that's the response to our email.

We're of the opinion that answers to questions as important as "do you believe that the Pride Parade should be moved downtown [...] next year?" should come from public safety professionals, not from online polls. Nonetheless, the alderman is inviting your thoughts on that and other aspects of Pride Sunday. Survey HERE.

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27 comments:

  1. Interesting tha the survey only allows radio button (1 choice) selection for the things one is concerned about... so you get to list 2 concerns only. Crime or crowds? drinking or litter? lack of police? You can only chosse 2. Also there were no questions about changing the location. Doesn't seem like the Alderman is truly interested in the issues that make this parade so controversial.

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    1. Use the other and list those items--I just stated all of the first 6 items.

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    2. The survey does ask if you think the parade should be moved. You could also put "all of the above" or some variety in the "other" section.

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    3. I am going to go out on a limb and speculate that the "alderman" will get his cronies and many many others to fill these out with positive glowing responses, the type that will keep this shit-storm and its aftermath in the neighborhood for decades to come. What level of accountability is there in tabulating the responses? How do we KNOW what will actually happen with these surveys? The "alderman" has given me scant reason to trust him thus far; why should I all of a sudden begin trusting him now?

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  2. This survey makes me sad. Such a limited survey. Instead of "all of the above" I have to choose just one?
    It should have been done a week after the parade so it's still fresh in everyone's mind. I also don't know why I have to identify myself as a LGBT or not. Does that make the survey more important or not?

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  3. Do we want a public discussion or to leave the decision to safety professionals?

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    1. (1) We didn't call for public discussion. The alderman promised it and we asked when those discussions would be taking place.

      (2) Surveys are not public discussion.

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    2. So then why give feedback (which should be part of the public discussion) if this blog thinks the police should be making all the decisions? Of course, I'm surprised this blog trusts the police to make any decisions....

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  4. The Parade isn't moving he owners of Sidetrack won't let it. Unless they do get a buyer for the place then maybe.

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  5. Is this blog slamming Ald. Tunney for sending out a survey? What's wrong with taking a read on how constituents feel? I know you're not allowed to say anything nice about him, but this is a good thing.

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    1. Nope. Not slamming him. We are saying that some decisions should be made by experts and not polls.

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    2. Especially a poll that has such crappy construction and will lead to no empirical findings whatsoever ...

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  6. Not slamming we just know he sent it out and will say the people that responded to the survey want it to stay in the hood. That way he doesn't piss off Sidetrack owners. You know the silent ones about the crime that raise all kinds of money for equality and gay marriage but never attend a CAPS meeting or try and get more police. They will just say when they opened 30 plus years ago the neighborhood had a lot more crime.

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  7. i might take the survey if he didnt have a long track record of ignoring citizens opinions and doing what ever he damn well pleases. no reason to think that the color of his feathers are changing after all of these years.

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    1. LOL. His feathers are red, orange, yellow, green, blue, purple .... but mostly YELLOW.

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  8. I had the joy of seeing the Alderman unloading his vehicle full of fruit into Ann Sather's on this lovely evening. I wish he was doing it at midnight so he could see how fabulous Belmont gets around that time. In fact, he would probably have the opportunity of having his car robbed of said fruit...

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    1. I'm just a lowly PO in this district, but every interaction I've had with Tunney has been positive. Reading this site makes me cringe at times as you people don't get it that you actually have probably one of the top 5 or 6 aldermen in the city. If you'd only seen what I've seen. Not that this post will see the light of day.

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    2. "If you'd only seen what I've seen."

      Your stories are welcome.

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    3. I thank CWB every day for finally bringing to light in a straightforward and factual way the problems that our neighborhood was experiencing for the past five or six years. If not for them we would still be getting the lies and condescending remarks that filled community meetings with Tunney at the front of line of bullshitters. He's only changing his tune now because he's been proven to have lied to us and it's election time. Plain and simple.

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    4. Dear "lowly PO" (I disagree by the way),

      Do tell!

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    5. All the Alderman in this City lack independence. It more the commission for the mafia. Once they get elected they are bought off by the mayor with menu money projects etc. If they don't fall in line he takes it away.

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    6. Dear Lowly PO: You are far from lowly in my opinion. I respect and value you wholeheartedly and am so grateful that you are out there doing your very best to keep us safe against such odds. The CPD is the finest!

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    7. Dear lowly PO, please tell your wonder stories about twinkles Tunney. I'm just a lowly PO too and I have had a much different perspective than you, like the time a transgender was being placed into custody for robbery and twinkles was out with a pad of paper writing down the injustices he saw against the offender... He's a piece of refuse in my opinion.

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    8. One of the best 5 or 6 Chicago aldermen? That's like being one of the 5 or 6 best kinds of cancer.

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    9. Spot, fuckin' on!

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  9. Do you find riding 99 because your partners went away to be one of those positive interactions or do you hide in a hole or maybe go on pizza runs for the desk all day? Tunney touted Rahm's talking points every step of the way during the merger and here we are.

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  10. You all sound like very intelligent people! We're looking for an involved and intelligent person-- Northalsted Business Alliance is looking for a new Executive Director. Please forward if you know anyone! Thanks!!
    http://www.idealist.org/step/discover/share/jr/view/org/Xh9njZXCTfCp/ Always good to have fresh ideas. I probably won't read this feed anymore but, please keep up the good chat work!!!

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