what have all these alphabet soup of "economic development specialists done for us? we have spent and given away HUNDREDS OF MILLIONS OF DOLLARS - close to half a BILLION DOLLARS OR MORE- not including extravagant wages and benefits to these schmucks- and for what result? for all the money we have given away- Fort Wayne should be bigger than Indianapolis, Chicago; Las Vegas; Reno Nevada; Aspen Colorado; Seattle Washington; Portland Oregon, Austin Texas; Silicon Valley , California; or a dozen other places than Sioux Falls ( where?)- or Des Moines ( who?)- or other back water farm towns, or redneck conservative red state backwaters. we already live in one- why do we want to reinvent the wheel? DOH!
All i see is hundreds of millions of taxpayer cash - up in smoke- stuffed in carpetbaggers cases ; leaving the rest of us with sacks of IOUS, empty promises, empty wallets; and vacant buildings.. while the KLEPTOCRATS leave town in their shiny jets on subsidized air lines to Philadelphia or North Carolina with connections to off shore banking havens- the Caymans; Bahamas, Switzerland; and so on..
FIRST- WHAT DO THE CITIZENS; TAXPAYERS, RESIDENTS WANT? theres plenty of technology to survey all of us; and publlcly; and openly publish the resulta snd the discussion on line- social media; the internet- ; etc- DEMOCRACY; the root word of DEMOCRAT.
wwe could legalize recreational marijuana; and license and tax it like other states are profitably doing. and using the hundreds of millions of new voluntary revenue for rodas; schools; buses, social welfare and so on.
I have previously stated that RENO NEVADA would be a good example of a service based economy with a smaller industrial base; and a liberal ; creative class minded citizenry- as a post industrial rust belt example to emulate. I t would work except for all the red state tea party conservatives an religious extremists we have an abundance of here in fort wayne; and Indiana.
This is at least one way to reduce the millennial brain -drain we have- where all our younger future citizens are fleeing to places not so confining and restrictive and well- uptight.
I intend to "train wreck" the downtown Plutocrats Kleptocracy; and stop all this wasteful spending on dubious building projects.
I will end corporate welfare as we know it. no more shell games with OUR money- cooking the books on "jobs created; jobs retained" I believe fort Wayne is such a great city we don't need to pay businesses to locate here based on who has the biggest stack of cash to give to these corporate panhandlers; who will take the money and run to wherever the pot is sweeter overseas; or to the next "mother lode"
I will hold the local tea party republicans to their ideology- of free market private enterprise capitalism- no govt socialist redistribution of wealth. They can stand or fall on their own business models; without handouts from the public taxpayers; or "public private partnerships"( Communist Chinese "Market Socialism")
more bars; saloons, gambling palaces and dance halls..
OVERSERVED? Manufacturing- an obsolete; un-profitable 20th century enterprise in a rust belt state that has largely de- industrialized- most manufacturing jobs in a global economy have moved off shore to wherever the labor is cheapest- anyone can manufacture anything in an overseas factory for 90% cheaper than here; and Americans arent willing to give up our standard of living; or risk getting into such an uncertain business with an uncertain future- where ones career can be relocated overseas by any given change in the wall street markets..
so- CASI- YES! ( as compared to Casi- NO!); RENO NEVADA.
and NO to more factories. the days of International Harvester; and all the now vacant "east end industries- which paid a great wage and benefits to support a good middle class lifestyle- well- they are as dead and extinct as the dinosaurs..
residential tax abatements- say someone needs a roof on their house; or a garage; or fence; or whatever- the city govt; and we the citizens- have plenty of cash resources to make low interest loans to homeowners and small landlords- say a roof- 5000 bucks- make a loan; with a lien on the property until repaid-
give the homeowner a tax break to repair his /her home- this increases the homes value by 5000 bucks; improves the assessed value and improves the city property tax base- which increases can build momentum and move more improvements forward..
This method increases the housing stock of affordable "fixer-uppers" for residents just starting out; and helps the inner city -urban core and quality of life that will draw related service businesses to locate- supermarkets; pharmacies, retail; etc. small cornet taverns, night clubs, entertainment venues; lie we see in trendy neighborhoods such as NYC; or chicago, for example..
an inner city core of vacant bulldozed lots- hoping for some fly by night rent to own tax payer subsidized real estate schemer/developer hoping to make fast cash off other peoples money like we see recently- is just bad ethics.
This is far better than mass demolition of 1000's of homes at 25,000 bucks a house- that maybe just need a roof; or other repairs, renovations, or rehabbing.
and leaving vacant lots and streets- like we see in Detroit- is madness.
Streets; sidewalks, drainage; basement flood prevention; remediation- is more important than all these HUNDREDS of millions being spent for the DOWNTOWN KLEPTOCRACY and their Plutocratic overlords..
If the neighborhoods and homeowners arent happy; well- prepare to find another job in the private sector.
Parks; recreation; streets; sidewalks that granny can get her scooter down, or kids with their bikes; curbs- and drainage that doesnt back up sewers into citizens basements; and so on- take care of the small stuff- and the big stuff will take care of itself
Think small- do the basics well; to all the small projects that need done. admit Fort Wayne isnt the richest city in the world but we take care of each other, we can shepherd our resources wisely; and trust the citizens collective wisdom; listen to their ideas; and make those known openly; publicly; and transparently..
Fort wayne needs to take care of Fort Wayne; and to stop using "regionalism as a prop"- to cook the jobs figures; the real estate figures; and other economic datas to make us look good.
We need to be realistic, and factual- so the citizens cvan plan accordingly. Of course we as a region- can co-operate whenever possible- and share ideas; but an urban diverse city such as Fort Wayne has different pros and cons compared to the surrounding rural, mostly white towns and counties..
Jobs being "created" in outer counties 40 miles or more away doesnt do any one any good if they live in urban fort wayne; and have no resources or jobs to boot strap a reliable vehicle to get to that job; and so on.. and re- locating from a urban core city to a rural town- just isnt a practical option
Annexations of developed suburban ares of fort wayne/allen county- would mean the death of the local DEMOCRAT PARTY as we know it.
which is why the current DEMOCRAT mayor has done little if any; except a few nips and tucks around the edges.
And for a Democrat primary candidate to advocate more mass annexations-would be political suicide..
to see the other side- however- the prevailing wisdom- is by "artificially inflating" the city population figures; it makes an urbanized area eligible for more federal tax dollars and programs and cash to return to our area; it spreads the tax base over a broader demographic- so- in theory- our per capita tax burden is reduced.However- it seldom works this way. what tends to happen- is more cash is made available; and is spent as soon as it is available- typically for dubious downtown projects; or corporate welfare handouts .
Im not positive- im not a lawyer- or expert- but i seem to recall that if a city's population reaches some threshold- 250,000 comes to mind- there is some state law about a UNI-GOV structure kicking in.
Given the current unrest and discontent- not quite pitchforks and torches and guillotines on the courthouse green; ...YET- but in general - Unigov; or other local restructuring schemes- are highly unpopular, as there are no ready benefits to it-another reason to be skeptical of annexations.
So again-unless and until there is clear support for annexations and policy; i will likely not engage in them.
AND TO BREAK THE ICE- WE HAVE 4 COUNTY WIDE SCHOOL SYSTEMS- with 4 separate staffs of administrations, and soon- with each pretty much doing their own thing- like a herd of cats.
Wouldnt it make sens to have one county wide; unified; coordinated school system? One that could take advantage of economies of scale; with not so much redundancy of administrative staff; where UNIONIZED TEACHERS AND EDUCATORS- could all cooperate and collaborate with their professional colleagues?
lots of reasons this idea is DOA - but it makes good public policy sense..
I once overheard ED ROUSSEAU talking to a newspaper editor- about a METRO POLICE DEPT- ONE COUNTY WIDE Metro PD- such as INDY; ( this was after ed said..)_; oh- metro Miami dade; LVMPD; and so on-
the reasoning HE cited was to stop the FWPD from clogging the courts and the Jail; and the System with mickey mouse misdemeanors, and petty offenders; and to implement ONE Unified Policing Strategy County Wide- .
Knowing Mr Rousseau- to be a Conservative Republican- I would assume he meant also a NON- UNION- NON PBA/FOP organization.
I would want it to be UNIONIZED-as the FOP; and PBA help our First responders- and they shouldnt be shortchanged; or have extra red tape to deal with - when they have to take a bullet for we the people..
I can see the good and the bad from this- What of the NHPD? and city cops in the county- and so on.
BUT- I also see a doubly redundant command staff; an often conflicting policing/public safety strategy- and like ED SAID- lets spend our resources on Arresting the Serious violent felons; the dangerous career crimionals and so on- and leave the petty offenders; weekend social drinkers, harmless stoners, consenting adult vices and trafficking between adults and keep it from minors.
I would add- Rapists; child molesters; domestic violence against women and children as well.
AND- Burglars, Thieves; and Robbers. I have had friends who have had guns pointed at them; and its not fun, and has lasting trauma, believe me..
the Jail- is a COUNTY GOVT PROBLEM, but I believe we need to stop locking um the insane; the mentally deficient/defectives; and people who need to be in either some health care institution; or prison for the crimially insane; and a minimal security facility for the rest of the non dangerous screw-ups, and so on.
Iam totally opposed to any corporate or privatized Police or Prisons.
FORT WAYNE POLICE DEPT NEEDS CONSTANT OVERSIGHT- and scutiny. My first act of office would be to fire PSD RUSTY YORK; and retire the old war horses out to pasture- who are over the required retirement age. I would transfer Chief Gary Hamilton to the Southwest Quadrant deputy chief; or NOT chief. I would seek to find qualified women - former Military veterans; women of color; and others for a top to bottom reform and replacement house cleaning.
There are many good cops out there; but there are also many who are not.
Eliot Ness did this when he assumed command of the Cleveland PD- and it was a fine plan..that pleased the citizens.
As Mayor- I would keep a close eye on all police operations, and details as"the buck stops here"; and is the most costly expensive item in our CITY BUDGET. I would also welcome all citizen imput and constructive complaints as well on how to make our FWPD better, for public safety..
One last thing- the failed war on drugs- MARIJUANA- will stop.
I will find ways to conserve our limited policing resources on the aforementioned dangerous serious violent felons, and METH; HEROIN, COCAINE; PRESCRIPTION DRUG TRAFFICKING-
WEED- well- if you get caught- you get a ticket- disorderly conduct; reckless driving, etc.. any illegal contraband - will be confiscated- and held until a sufficient quantity- and then transported legally to Colorado, for example; and sold legally on the open market; with the proceeds returned to the FWPD budget, for non-lethal; supplies and equipment- dog food; vests; gas and repairs for Police vehicles;
TECHNOLOGY DEVICES- computers, body cameras. and so on..
lets get creative and innovative here..
Fort Wayne needs more and better sidewalks; trails and paved paths along many busy roads and streets-
My 2 pet peeves are the 469- stellhorn- to crescent ave corridor-
; st joe center road from Lima road- to 469 - east; and washington center road- west to hillegas road;
sidewalks- from the Harvester tower- to Hillegas road- for bikes and pedestrians- all along coliseum blvd-
and Maple crest road from 469 south to adams center road
and Reed road- south to lake avenue; and reed road; evard; and st joe road to Mayhew road.
Dupont road from end to end as well.
I use these examples as they are the ones im nost familiar with.
there are also many short 12/ 1/4 mile places that serve as connections between neighborhoods-
theres a fenc at blum drive and Albert drive- that blocks walkers and bicyclists from the IVT Tech north campus- which would ope a gateway of residents to access all the way to lima road- via a lot of back blocks ; river greenway trails and so on.
If we say we care about health and fitness- this is a good start- walking, jogging, running, bicycling- are all great ways to get around and exercise.
Another pet peeve- of mine- is the lack of indoor year round swimming facilities NATATORIUMS as the y are called
OUR PARKS AND RECREATION DEPARTMENT are being gutted by these tea party conservatives; and this is one ITEM i want to pay for.
Swinney Park pool- is a great recreation resource for all the kids in the Nebraska; blooming dale and west central neighborhoods; and the taylor ave- area as well. the fact it is planned for demolition is reprehensible to me..
and it wont be replaced..
There is a indoor Pool planned at st joe center road a new park there- but it will be private- and it may just be outdoors.
wake up people- this is indiana- any outdoor pool will be underutilized, and we wont get our year round use- if there was more indoor year round pools; citizens would be more likely to use them..duh!
swimming is a fine low impact aerobic exercise- and we all know fort wayne has problems as being rated in surveys as FAT DRUNK AND STUPID.." and thats no way to go through life..
yes- as long as the private sector pays for the construction and ongoing maintenance of any facilities they care to build; and arent continually asking the public citizens for handouts, abatements, subsidies, and so on-
as we have seen in other cities- it is a racket- and often the taxpayers end up footing the bill.
The reason for this hardliner stance- is fort wayne seems dominated by Tea party conservative Republicans who oppose socialism in all its evil forms especially the "transfers of wealth"
except when the wealth is transferred from the working laboring class to the PLUTOCRACY VIA Kleptocracy
I intend to hold them to their tea party ideology- to admit its a failed idea- but to make them pay for their private sector should fund projects and if it isnt economically viable to stand on its own - then it shouldnt be built.. And not until and unless it is- I dont want to be paying for projects- stadiums ; grandiose monstrosities that i will never use; or attend..
Except maybe a world class speedway- capable of hosting NASCAR sized events; as the automotive /motorsports industry is vital to this region; and its history..
NO- there's plenty of other options available for sports and recreation- lets let the free market decide.-
whats wrong with neighborhood sand lot baseball fields? for example.. we need to think smaller; and like a tree - let it grow, and bud until we jump into grandiose projects .
recreation? its all relative- get up off your ass- find something to do.
the rivers? not until city code changes; and allows citizens to park boats on their driveways, yards, or beside their garages; for instance..
thats a good first step.
all this other PROPOSED RIVERFRONT DEVELOPMENT- is just a totally bad idea so far as im concerned- from top to bottom..; and again- will wreck the environment; and plunder and pillage the natural beauty of our rivers, and surrounding flood plains and parks..- pave over all the trees; .
who will want to live beside loud sonic vibrations; diesel locomotive fumes and soon? NOT ME. well- ME- but im a tiny minority of the population, assuredly not stupid kids- millennials - theyre worse than their baby boomer whiner parents..
spoiled rotten entitled brats..
Overall- Fort Wayne culture is of a low blue collar class mostly- High school education, maybe little more; 75% no college degrees.
Im not much better- no sense getting an MBA; or Law degree; or PHD- here if you intend to stay here in FTW- its a waste of time and money.
for the most part..
and Fort wayne is stubbornly set in its ways- the majority of the population- mostly right wing conservative republican; and the more liberal democrat creative class minded individuals are often harassed and persecuted for their LIBERAL BELIEFS..- Fort Wayne is hopelessly red state- republican- and i dont see that changing- but if we do nothin- make no effort- little will change..
Mayor Henry- is a liar and a crook- read my myriad blog posts- and you will come to see that truth.
Mayor Henry has promised 4 more years of the same "business as usual. all my sources and informal polls are telling me- he is one step short of being strung up from the nearest tree by about everyone- a n angry mob of citizens, residents, homeowners; neighborhood activists.. taxpayers- with pitch forks and torches, to be colorful
so- i dont see how i could do worse? and surely much better; as i listen, im transparent; open; and not secretive - smoke filled back room deals with crooked cronies, career party hacks and so on- Patronage;
insider deals; .
I have been victimized by the Henrys- Cindy; the Mayor; the code hazis the FWPD( YORK) and so on- and reported the Mayor and his wife for criminal activities, to no avail as the system is corrupt from top to bottom.
Mitch Harper- the presumptive Republican nominee- s a staunch o member of the Tea party conservative republican ideology which i have spent this time denigrating- as a failed, stupid idelogy and no good will come from it.Vote for Harper- and you will get a serial plagiarizer; an ethically and morally low character- a SMARMY SLEAZY USED CASKET SALESMAN..
He is a political weasel; and I know him from my former GOP days a long time ago- and he is just a bad man.
Vote for Harper at your onw peril- but remember i warned you about him.. god help us all.
and then theres ROACH- why not vote him in and give him one term..
whats the worst that could happen?
you will be pleasantly surprised by honest; ethical open transparent responsive government where we take care of the basics fix the small things that need fixed; and just think smaller- were not INDY; and never will be- or any of these other boring capital cities they want to compare to.. fort wayne
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