Tuesday, April 17, 2007

Election is Over. Will Moore let More Sun Shine in?

As I left 1508 this evening, I never have felt more convinced that I made the right decision. I think that the out of ward union politicos kicked in more 49th Ward doors, but did it like storm troopers and left. Now, we have to pick up the pieces. Many People were ignorant of who Don is and what he stands for. Those who know remain stunned by Moore's surge. Don was a no brainer candidate to us, but the unions seemed to encourage unjustified name calling in my opinion. Also, apathy is rampant and many fear jury duty, so they don't vote. Our neighborhood mentalities need to change.
The election will be won by a sliver. It seems that the last precinct will not be reported soon. Perhaps, it is not enough to make an impact. Maybe so. We don't know. No one will concede, yet, but we may have 'status quo Joe' in my humble opinion. Well, I have not got this 'jo mo' working, just yet! Will you help?

The current tally is that, again, about one quarter of the electorate bothered to get out and vote, which means, as follows:

Alderman 49th Ward
41 of 42 precincts counted

Joe Moore

Don Gordon

Total Votes cast:

It is Orwellian to follow lockstep for Moore, when many believe that Alderman Moore carries an indefinite grudge. 'Double speak' also seems to be Moore's second language to this observer. As Native Americans allegedly put it, the 'man seems to speak with a forked tongue.' Vigilance is the only way to get Moore to listen. A bit more vigilance and we may get a committment. More attentiveness on top of that and we may get actual support. I feel like this politician is treating us like children. How many times do we have to say, "pretty, pretty, pretty please with sugar on top?"

The reason for a minimal Moore victory is based more upon the lethal combination of 49th Ward apathy, poorly educated voters who fear challengers, and questionable tactics. Dis-information by out-of-ward activists and short term RP residents, who were given marching orders, and did so blindly did not do justice. These neophytes could not figure out what to do on their own in my opinion. They did not do the right thing. Interpreted: this was Pravda, American Style. It reminds me of the Al Raby-Charlie Hayes election in Hyde Park during the Harold Washington era.
The union wanted Hayes; the community knew Raby and Rush; the machine depended upon the union and ignorant campaign workers from outside of the Congressional District to get out the vote. The Charlie Hayes campaign workers went out and got out the vote by passing out t-shirts, buttons, etcetera only to later find out that Hayes was less of what the folks in the District may have desired, perhaps. May Al Raby rest in peace knowing that some of us still appreciate his decision to run in his community. As for us, history repeated itself. It is also Orwellian to follow lockstep, when many believe that Alderman Moore carries indefinite grudges. Say it's not so, status quo Joe!

The local electorate knows Don Gordon, as a man who has the support of long time residents. We believe that Don is a local that is otherwise likely to win with a higher turn out. Don is the democrat of this election. Moore remains less in my opinion. Big box is the big money issue that has no place in the 49th Ward.
In Rogers Park, the true Camelot had its money and votes on Don Gordon. Local politics is why most of us stand with Gordon, Harrington and others. Most in the 49th either try to go to local stores like Rogers Park Fruit Market, if possible, but will shop at Costco (Niles), Target (Evanston), Sam's (Evanston), and Walmart (Niles). Dominicks is all that is left and its work force seems unpredictable. There is no room in 49, anymore, for a big box; this was Joe Moore's plan, so why is Moore beating a dead fish? It seems that he likes to beat stale fish. Perhaps, he likes the stench.

Ironically, most of our tax dollars spent on the above Big Boxes fund other nearby cities as a result of the economic exodus. Therefore, Big Box is a State of Illinois issue meant for Springfield, not Chicago. So why are the unions spending outrageous amounts of money and hours in our Ward? Could it be, ignorance of our jurisdiction's responsibilities, limitations, and consequences? Frankly, this demonstration of might is a disappointment to those of us who prefer to hire skilled union workers, ireregardless.

Don Gordon remains to me a textbook example of a political candidate given the adversity. He is rather objective, not overly confident, and his attitude and restrained emotion this evening shows me that he has the grace missing from this election and the 49th Ward. We were thrilled to see him surge to a 173 vote lead. Many of us were nauseated when Joe Moore waltzed through the nursing homes as a simultaneous poll watcher and candidate during February voting. The Union/Moore flyers were absolutely hidious. The conflict, above, deserves review; the photos are worth inspection.

In the world of the 49th Ward, fiscal year 2007, Don Gordon gave us a reason to question authority. A cause to challenge the status quo. It was a time to stand with Don Gordon, win or lose. Don has a thirty year residence and a record of community committment. When he decided at this point in his life to run for Alderman, this was reason to stand up and be counted. Many of us did. A few of us did not know Don, personally, but we knew what he stood for. Hopefully, Don will stick it out long enough to wake up others.

We cannot look back, but will look forward. We can encourage this Alderman and the people in the Ward recognize that Moore's office has sometimes leached onto the coat tails of those who successfully enforce the laws and clean up the streets. His office contributes, but cannot take credit away from those who work for the Forty Ninth Ward. We cannot ignore those who rest upon shop stewards, take advantage, and weigh down their brothers. Blue lights are a ruse to chase crime further into the neighborhoods. CPD needs to walk the beat, not fox trot up and down main streets like Howard.

We need reasonable attention and reform, not a bandaid without bactine. There are those commentators who portray a darker view. However, at least, they too, are out there watching and demonstrating to us how Moore does less. We will call Moore on every fumble and bumble he makes. We should applaud, when possible.

Every neighborhood that Moore overlooks will hopefully let Moore know. All the failures must be in technicolor until his staff takes action. We will not rest until this Ward and what many believe is our absentee Ward Committeeperson does his job, rather than let Joe posture for Loretta Swit and a few unions who struggle for membership, while disrespecting this Ward. Unions get numbers from respect, not by disrespecting the neighborhoods and ignoring the trash in our alleys and streets.
We are tired of Streets and San workers and contract labor from DevCorp, who do p*ss poor work. We clean up after some of you! Removal of the Gordon signs from live polling grounds demonstrates that Moore's supporters are a gang, not a club. Perhaps, that is how Streets and San workers keep their jobs; pulling down Moore opponent's political signs, while Moore's signs remain posted. Is that a practice worth passing on to the next Alderman? Is this the legacy of a Moore brand of democracy?

We will point out all that Moore needs to do, but won't. We will tap our resources. We will find the disgruntled and downtrodden in our neighborhood. We will expose any graft and pork that suggests or proves that Moore is truly less. Alderman Moore, as an attorney, you have ethical duties. Don't to bring down the profession and your Ward with activity that places the legal profession in ill repute. Looking the other way to abuses or loosening up to questionable activity by supporters is no sign of democratic leadership.

As a neighbor, you have a responsibility not to screw those who simply rely upon you to work with us to improve the conditions of our neighborhoods. As we look at the numerous oversights over the years, we cannot help but be pleased that Moore was a thread away from being removed from office. The rhetoric is not going to go away, overnight.

We are tired of your office's excuses and what we consider are absentee ward bosses like Fagus. There are people who are totally disappointed that you don't want to conduct town meetings. You appear too busy on pet projects like big box and foie gras, while we now end up shopping in distant Evanston and Niles. Big box is a draw; unionized or not. The 49th lost that tax base, because SEIU, among others, did not focus on how to work outside the box for unskilled labor. It is no longer a local Ward issue. A better enterprise zone with more effective incentives to promote of our retailers and service providers is the best way to draw higher wages for residents.

We can only hope that the morning brings surprises, but if it doesn't, then many of us believe that you and your supporters not only embarrassed, but trashed the 49th Ward. We cannot believe that anyone with what seems like your dwindling record in the 49th Ward is capable of changing that much. It appears to this 49th Ward resident that Joe Moore sucked up one too many french fries and is one coronary away from defeat.
Now, that I have vented, let us see if Moore makes good on his promise to reasonably represent the voters in this ward, rather than pontificating on state and national issues. We are sick of 'double speak' on local matters as well as taking away our rights and opportunities as Chicagoans.
Hey Joe, how about banning individual beer bottle sales and getting police to crack down on open and obvious alcoholics chugging down our sidewalks and tossing their empties on our lawns and public spaces? What about the Leone Beach Lifeguard Program? How about bicycle trails down Ridge Boulevard to Devon? I double dare you to let more sun shine in on this Ward!

Saturday, April 14, 2007

Ginderske, Politician or Just Another Reggie? You Be the Judge!

You be the judge! I wonder what Jughead is thinking?

Fair Feathered Pigeon Poop Parking Palace @ H Street Terminal

How many have heard the cooing of pigeons at the Howard Terminal Parking Lot? Have you experienced the wet white stuff on your car's hood or on your head for that matter? Have you agonized about the bum who rarely, but randomly uses the parking lots stairwell to drop his drawers and unload? Have you inhaled the scent from those who occasionally find solace and pee in the elevator? Could it be a Cubs fan, who could not bother to find Dominicks? Or just one of the mentally defective? It appears that the Howard Street Terminal needs a bathroom or a good beat cop to arrest or scare off these idiots.
Have you ever Complained to the CTA or Standard Parking lot and CTA Terminal planners to no avail at Gale School? Folks, you are not alone in your disappointment. However, I have to give credit to the new Mexican maintenance man.
Just continue to flood Standard Parking with calls until dear Irma cries "pigeon prongs" and bids out and contracts to do the job to rid us of the wet stuff. Her telephone number is on all of the Standard monthly parking solicitation posters. BTW. the Mexican gentleman that Standard hired seems to do a better job then the ten CTA platform clean up workers, combined, when Standard schedules him to work. Recently, the stench seems to have died down, but the birds must depart. Anti-pigeon prongs, Irma; use them and lose them.

I, too, have complained with little results at the Standard Parking lots front office in downtown Chicago. However, I encourage you to flood that office with calls. Use the monthly parking plan number. Let Irma and the managers know over and over about piss in the elevantor. All Irma has to do is call CAPs Rogers Park's neighborhood rep and complain. Also, the roost that they are raising on the beams and halogen fixtures must go. Each night the screech is turned off and the local pigeons return home for some shut eye and to tend to their nests. A few have gotten used to the bogus bird cry and are now immune from fear.

Does anyone know how to entice a predator interested in pigeon steak? What is that Tom Lehrer tune about pigeons in the park, anyway?

Will Work Continue on the Howard Street Terminal Project? "Could it be, [Joseph]?"

Well, I hate to use catchphrases from Dana Carvey's Church Lady. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Church_Lady. However, today, in my frustration, I went to "Ask Carol" this morning on my PDA. This is CTA Chairman of the Board, Carol Brown's Blog. You can find it at http://ctachair.blogspot.com/. I e-mailed her to ask why the H Street Terminal Renovation Project was 'on ice.' No answer, but when I returned to Pigeon Poop Parking Lot in the late evening, I observed a rather large crane in operation and workers on the platform. Could it be or was it just a coincidence?

I mentioned my fear to Carol that Moore's mouthing off about Washinton Street and the timing. You see, the Moore posturing seemed to coincide with a work stoppage in the snail paced construction witnessed at the Howard Street Terminal. Perhaps, it was the weather, perhaps, the wind in Joe's wings. All that I know is the work stopped.

Well, now that it has started, how long will construction continue, unabated? How long will it take to convince the CTA that clean and secure bathrooms at a major CTA terminal are worth reasonable consideration in the long run, even if they must be privately run? Does anyone have time to "Ask Carol?"