Racine County Executive Jonathon Delagrave Is Completely Out of Touch With Taxpayer Needs
Just when taxpayers thought it couldn’t get any worse, and Foxconn is in DEFAULT of their WEDC contract and demanding to renegotiate, Racine County Executive Jonathon Delagrave decides to waste $20,000 of taxpayers dollars, coupled with a $10,000 grant from WI Counties Association to fund ” a contract with My Strategy Source LLC, a consulting service, to develop a long-term digital vision for the county.
Screenshot from My Strategy Source LLC, link in text above:
The contract costs about $30,000, however the county has received a $10,000 grant from the Wisconsin Counties Association to help offset the cost”. Well, wasting $20,000 for lobbying efforts to convince taxpayers that poison is good for them is still wasting taxpayer dollars.
If the Non-profit and tax exempt taxpayer funded “Secret Government” Wisconsin Counties Association wants to chip in $10,000 – then CUI BONO? No one knows – nor can anyone even ask the question – because the quasi-governmental taxpayer funded Association is EXEMPT from Open Records Requests.
Sept. 23, 2014 – A state appeals court has ruled that the Wisconsin Counties Association did not need to produce records requested by the Wisconsin Police Association because the Counties Association is not subject to public records law.
Under Wis. Stat. section 19.32(1), certain “authorities” must produce records for inspection if requested to do so. Authorities include state or local offices, elected officials, agencies, boards, commissions, and other government-related entities.
The Wisconsin Professional Police Association submitted two requests for records from the Counties Association – a nonprofit organization whose members are Wisconsin counties – which refused, arguing that it was not subject to public records law.
In Wisconsin Professional Police Assoc. v. Wisconsin Counties Assoc., 2014AP249 (Sept. 18, 2014), a three-judge panel for the District IV Court of Appeals agreed that the Counties Association does not qualify as an “authority” subject to public records law.
The panel rejected the Police Association’s claim that the Counties Association is a “quasi-governmental corporation” that falls within the statutory definition of “authority.”
Meanwhile in the Smart City of the Future – Baltimore:
BALTIMORE (WJZ) — Baltimore City Hall government servers have been infected by a ransomware virus that government officials said is spreading throughout their network.
Mayor Jack Young released a statement confirming the issue.
“Baltimore City core essential services (police, fire, EMS and 311) are still operational but it has been determined that the city’s network has been infected with a ransomware virus. City employees are working diligently to determine the source and extent of the infection. At this time, we have seen no evidence that any personal data has left the system. Out of an abundance of precaution, the city has shut down the majority of its servers. We will provide updates as information becomes available.”
He said at this time no personal data has left their system.
Due to the current network issues, the Director of Public Works has suspended late water bill fees for City and County customers, DPW said in a tweet:
They later said employees of the City’s Finance Department are out front of the Abel Wolman Municipal building saying due to the network outage, they cannot conduct business or pay bills Tuesday with cash. They added that check and money orders only will work.
Newly sworn-in City Council president Brandon Scott tweeted a statement on the IT issues as well.
Michael Greenberger, a homeland security expert, said that the culprits are usually after money.
“Someone attacks the computer systems and encrypts all the data on it so that it’s unreadable and there you are stuck with your computer system and all your files,” Greenberger said.
In 2016, hackers took over MedStar Health’s database.
In March of last year, a similar attack compromised Baltimore’s 911 operations for more than 17 hours.
For this recent cyber take-over, one of the biggest inconvenience to residents has been not being able to pay bills.
“I tried to pay a couple of tickets and they said this billing has been shut down ever since 7 o’clock this morning,” one resident said.
While Zerohedge adds:
Ransomware is a type of malware designed to block operators from using computer systems or specific data until a ransom is paid.
The Baltimore Sun said the ransomware was identified as RobbinHood. The hackers demanded cryptocurrency as the preferred payment to unlock the files.
Davis said the malware attack in Baltimore City was similar to one that disabled computer systems in Greenville, North Carolina, last month. City Councilman Ryan Dorsey said City Hall employees were instructed on Tuesday afternoon to disconnect all devices from the network.
“Everybody has been instructed to unplug the Ethernet cable and turn off power to their computers, printers and such,” Dorsey said. “It’s apparently spreading computer to computer.”
Hackers wrote in a note that 3 Bitcoins (equivalent to about $17,667 at current prices) will unlock each system, or approximately 13 Bitcoins (worth $76,557) to unlock the city’s entire communication system. Apparently that amount is too much for Baltimore to afford.
The note also told city officials that if they contacted law enforcement that all communication would be cut off. It also emphasized that anti-virus software would damage the computers. The ransomware’s procedures are completely automated.
Lest anyone think otherwise – Racine County Executive Jonathon Delagrave is also a Director at RCEDC and PROMISED that Foxconn would invest $10 Billion Dollars in a 10.5 Generation LCD Manufacturing Campus – as pictured below:
Here is what Racine County Executive Jonathon Delagrave actually delivered, after committing Taxpayers of Racine County to $1,000,000,000 in taxpayer funded debt and expenses!
From the RCEDC 2017 Form 990:
Racine County Taxpayers need to OPEN THEIR Eyes – as Bond Rating Downgrades are happening with concurrent debt service and interest expenses increase while unemployment increases, and the Foxscam Failure is revealed for all to see!
As A Better Mount Pleasant notes:
Racine County Executive Jonathon Delagrave LIED, and the People died.
Sometimes, it happens. By design. Racine County Executive Jonathon Delagrave is being led by his Corporate Masters.
Crime pays in Racine County.
Meanwhile, in Racine’s Sister City of Detroit, MI:
Detroit — The city’s lighting authority fears tens of thousands of streetlights are in jeopardy of failing just a few years after being installed, threatening to put some of Detroit’s neighborhoods back into the dark.
The authority behind the state-of-the-art overhaul of Detroit’s streetlight system filed a federal lawsuit Monday against the manufacturer of nearly a third of the city’s 65,000 streetlights, saying a fix is expected to cost millions.
The Public Lighting Authority in its complaint against Leotek Electronics USA notes that upward of 20,000 LED lights are “prematurely dimming and burning out” and putting the city’s revitalization progress “in jeopardy.”
“Indeed, the PLA expects a system-wide failure of Leotek’s luminaires in the short-term,” the lawsuit reads.
Read more: Detroit mayor: City’s streetlight problem could cost $9M
The issue was discovered last fall during routine surveys of the lighting system, and it’s tied to defective units that were either “charred, burned, or cracked,” according to a February letter from the lighting authority’s law firm.
The California-based manufacturer acknowledged in a December letter to the lighting authority that it had experienced “a higher number of reports of failures” in models dimming city streets, primarily in west side neighborhoods and a number of Detroit’s major thoroughfares.
In the Dec. 17 letter, Leotek administrator Hy Nguyen said the company had determined “the problem is excessive heat that can burn the lens directly above the LED.”
“We apologize for the problem you have experienced and will work with you to correct the problems,” Nguyen wrote.
But in recent weeks, Leotek officials have gone silent, according to the lighting authority. A representative for Leotek did not respond Monday to requests for comment.
The lighting project has been held up by Mayor Mike Duggan and others as an early success in the city’s effort to restore basic services. Before the three-year, $185 million overhaul, about 40% of Detroit’s 88,000 streetlights didn’t work.
The LED lights provided by Leotek were anticipated to last for at least a decade.
“The people of Detroit have been through a lot when it comes to streetlights,” Public Lighting Authority Executive Director Beau Taylor told The Detroit News. “I want the people to know that we’re doing everything we can to mitigate it, and we’re not going to go back to where we were before.”
The lawsuit notes that over the past five months, lights have failed in “large sections of Detroit,” and that Leotek officials have refused attempts by the lighting authority to honor warranty benefits “even though they admit the problem with its luminaires and know that it is imperiling the safety and wellbeing of Detroit residents.”