Reach Da Beach!

Will I reach Da Beach?

 

The Logistics:

Swimming around numerous rubble piles – leading to the landing site.

 

It was a daunting task – involving swimming around many rubble piles which were installed to control beach erosion, complying with Wisconsin Laws concerning private property rights, Sun, Sand, Surf, Rubble and Rocks – but I made it! And made it back – but were the Mason’s engaged in a potentially illegal mob gathering at their Lake Michigan beach front property? Hard to tell – but it certainly appeared to be so to me.  Out of respect – I did approach the property from the Lake – did not land on the Beach – although that is my right – and did not create close up pictures of the numerous guests.  I did make it to the direct front of the property and exchanged pleasantries with one of Da Beach party – goers. I conducted myself properly.

For reference – note the paved wave break in the foreground and then count the rock piles going back.

More Pics from the outing:

 

An Open Letter to City of Racine Common Council, Mayor Cory Mason, and Spokesperson Shannon Powell

The City of Racine, i.e City Hall, moved in an action, UNDER THE COLOR OF LAW to close down Park 6. In doing so, one of the chief Actors, Chief Kurt Whalen submitted a complaint, but would not swear to it. Chief Kurt Whalen knew the law, and didn’t want to commit perjury – the City Attorney approved the action anyway, and it the action commenced – despite having a fatal flaw. The gamble was that Thomas Holmes would not see that flaw, and allow the action to proceed. That action was challenged in a court of law, and overturned. NOW we have a situation, where, a number of City of Racine officials CONSPIRED to deprive Thomas Holmes of his property and rights.

Pattern or Practice peels the veneer off that shoddy pretense and provides a stark view of what institutionalized racism looks like.

Dear City of Racine Alderpersons, Mayor, and Spokesperson,

According to Journal Times:

RACINE — While hundreds of protesters marched across the city on Tuesday, the Racine City Council passed a resolution expressing solidarity for the outrage over George Floyd’s death and committing the city to, “working with members of the community to address, fight and root out all racism in our city.”

https://journaltimes.com/news/local/council-passes-anti-racism-statement-unified-sends-message-in-response-to-killing-of-george-floyd/article_dd6c3cb2-42f8-5761-8168-ddd97b700d3a.html

So what do you call it, besides Racism when in both Circuit Court and WI Court of Appeals, , DEFENDANTS-APPELLANTS: CITY OF RACINE,CITY OF RACINE COMMON COUNCIL,CITY OF RACINE PUBLIC SAFETY AND LICENSING COMMITTEE AND KURT WAHLEN, were found to have purposefully and deliberately violated the rights of an African American Male, assumed jurisdiction when it had none, and acted unlawfully to deprive Thomas Holmes of his property and rights?

See: COURT OF APPEALS DECISION DATED AND FILED October 10, 2012 Diane M. Fremgen Clerk of Court of Appeals

Appeal No. 2011AP2282 Cir. Ct. No. 2011CV778STATE OF WISCONSIN IN COURT OF APPEALS PARK 6LLC AND THOMAS J.HOLMES, D/B/A PARK 6, PLAINTIFFS-RESPONDENTS, V. CITY OF RACINE,CITY OF RACINE COMMON COUNCIL,CITY OF RACINE PUBLIC SAFETY AND LICENSING COMMITTEE AND KURT WAHLEN, DEFENDANTS-APPELLANTS.

APPEAL from an order of the circuit court for Racine County: BRUCE E. SCHROEDER, Judge. Affirmed. Before Brown, C.J., Reilly and Gundrum, JJ.

¶1 BROWN, C.J. ” This case is about a liquor license revocation in which the city council acted upon a citizen complaint that was not sworn, as required by statute. This constituted a fundamental error that deprived the licensing committee of jurisdiction over the matter. Therefore, the subsequent revocation of the liquor license was invalid. We affirm the circuit court’s order vacating the licensing committee’s decision to revoke the liquor license.”

How many laws did the White dominated Racine Common Council and Licensing Committee violate to steal the property and Business of an African – American? After the Racists who operate City of Racine lost in Circuit Court, those Racists used taxpayer money to fund an Appeal! Where the Racists lost once again!

Perhaps the Racists on the Racine Common Council are denouncing Racism because of Political Correctness? What reparations were ever made to Thomas Holmes.

The Common Council is a body of hypocrites, dishonest liars , closet Racists, and Cory Mason’s Toadies. Court records – and numerous cases in Federal Court prove this fact, again and again. Taxpayer funded payout after payout to cover up the abuses of Police who are under the control of a Board appointed by the Mayor and the Common Council.

Denouncing racism – while practicing racism – and yet no reparations – it’s a part of REAL, RACIST, RACINE. When will you renounce violence?

I am eagerly awaiting your response, and the announcement for reparations to Thomas Holmes, DBA PARK6LLC.

 

Witness Reports Multiple Children Shot and Killed at North Beach, Racine WI

City of Racine Radical Democrat, Leftist, Brooklyn NY Native,  and Antifa Mayor Cory Mason

 

Shoot ’em UP at North Beach Ratcine!

Radical leftist, Brooklyn NY native and Antifa City of Ratcine Mayor
Cory Mason, and his Police Chief Art Howell have allowed City of
Ratcine to be burned and terrorized to induce the political change
they desire – for their own selfish gain!

The culture, friendships, and enjoyment at North Beach were destroyed
in one swift stroke, while Police Chief Art Howell allowed a ‘certain
element” to openly violate Mayor Cory mason’s orders – resulting in:

5 shot at North Beach and total mayhem and destruction!

One man, who was on Michigan Boulevard at the time of the shooting,
but declined to give his name, said he saw a group in the parking lot
near North Beach.

A dispute occurred in the parking lot and multiple people started
jumping on top of a truck. The truck then sped off and smashed into a
Jeep. At some point, someone started randomly spraying bullets at
people.

A woman who was near the beach at the time said the incident began
with an argument between two people that she estimated to be in their
early 20s. She said there was a crowd around them, encouraging the
confrontation.

“The kid just pulled out his gun and just starts airing it out,” the
witness said.

One person who was shot fell near her and she put pressure on his
wound, she said.

The witness also said she saw a girl who was walking from the beach
get shot in the arm.

https://journaltimes.com/news/local/crime-and-courts/update-north-beach-victims-shot-were-teens-20-year-old/article_572d6ba2-0e0a-5a63-ad21-46836145ce01.html#tracking-source=home-trending

5 Children Shot . Racine , Wi . North Beach Oasis .

Then….

RACINE — A vehicle with six children along with an adult woman driver
was near North Beach on Tuesday night when another vehicle drove past
and pepper sprayed everyone inside.

“A car just pulled on the side of us and Maced us,” said the driver,
who did not give her name.

The driver quickly pulled to the side of the road.

Witness Ambryia Mason, 18 of Racine, said she and others were walking
in the area when they saw a gold truck or SUV pull up, pepper spray
inside the other vehicle and then drive away.

“They jumped out, screaming for help,” Mason said.

https://journaltimes.com/news/local/crime-and-courts/vehicle-with-six-children-in-it-pepper-sprayed-near-north-beach/article_649a770c-d467-5df6-8a92-cf2dc55e6444.html

Radical Left Wing Democrat City of Ratcine Mayor Cory Mason must be
recalled! Racine Police Chief Art Howell has a duty to act – and make
North Beach once again safe for Residents! End the reign of terror
from the Brooklyn NY gang led by Cory Mason! Mason forces Racine
Businesses to shut down – yet still demands they pay their full
property taxes while he and Rebecca refuse to pay their fair share of
property taxes! Just say NO! to Antifa and City of Racine Mayor Cory
Mason.

REAL. RACIST. RACINE.

Perhaps former RUSD Superintendent Ann Laing was correct when she stated:

“African American families don’t know how to make good choices for their children”

But then again – City of Racine refuses to apply the written rule of law fairly and equally – see:

2012 WI APP 123 COURT OF APPEALS OF WISCONSIN PUBLISHED OPINION

Case No.: 2011AP2282

PARK 6LLC AND THOMAS J.HOLMES, D/B/A PARK 6, PLAINTIFFS-RESPONDENTS, V. CITY OF RACINE,CITY OF RACINE COMMON COUNCIL,CITY OF RACINE PUBLIC SAFETY AND LICENSING COMMITTEE AND KURT WAHLEN, DEFENDANTS-APPELLANT

Link to case: https://www.wicourts.gov/ca/opinions/11/pdf/11-2282.pdf

Words have meaning.

See: ‘Moral question of our time’: Area officials, business leaders talk race

https://journaltimes.com/news/local/moral-question-of-our-time-area-officials-business-leaders-talk/article_91fc9f0a-c222-5b11-bbdf-2994f839faf0.html?mode=comments

Actions always mean more than words – because most Men and Women seem to be natural born liars.

In 2012 WI APP 123 COURT OF APPEALS OF WISCONSIN PUBLISHED OPINION

Case No.:  2011AP2282 Complete Title of Case:  PARK 6LLC AND THOMAS J.HOLMES, D/B/A PARK 6, PLAINTIFFS-RESPONDENTS,      V. CITY OF
RACINE,CITY OF RACINE COMMON COUNCIL,CITY OF RACINE PUBLIC SAFETY AND LICENSING COMMITTEE AND KURT WAHLEN, DEFENDANTS-APPELLANT

The Man whose rights were violated went by the name Thomas J. Holmes DBA (Doing Business As) Park6. He is an African American Male.

The Defendants – who violated his rights – took his property – and his Business – by UNLAWFUL means  are:

1. CITY OF RACINE
2. CITY OF RACINE COMMON COUNCIL
3. CITY OF RACINE PUBLIC SAFETY AND LICENSING COMMITTEE
4. KURT WAHLEN (then Chief of Police)

So when I say that when the State Sponsored Terrorists who violated the rights of African American Thomas J. Holmes have been properly prosecuted and incarcerated – then we can talk about race in Racine – I am justified and proper. Stop disguising the hate and cover-ups.Fair is fair – equal treatment under law is the law – even though City of Racine refuses to act that way.

I would also like to add that AFTER the CITY OF RACINE and other Defendants lost in Circuit Court – CITY OF RACINE forced taxpayers to pony up tens of thousands more $$$ to appeal the decision – and lost again.

*WOW* That is State Sponsored Terrorism.

Fraud Lawsuit Filed Against City of Racine

Here We Go Again!

From Talking Racine:

Once again, City of Racine is being sued. This time it is over alleged fraud which was committed during the failed John Dickert/Cory Mason $65 million Machinery Row Development. The Judge has reviewed the Complaint, and while the questionably competent and potentially malfeasant City Attorney Scott Letteney asked for a dismissal – the Judge DENIED the dismissal, meaning that the suit is going forward and taxpayers will once again BOHICA. Taxpayers ALWAYS pay the bills for incompetent City Employees.

The Crew over at Talking Racine has a video on this development, see:

https://youtu.be/WsZAKJDM_GE

In addition, a copy of the lawsuit may be reviewed at this link:

https://issuu.com/communicatornews/docs/samamendcomplaint

Just remember – this lawsuit is going forward – Once again – the City’s request for dismissal was DENIED. Now the Common Council must decide whether to defend or settle.  No matter their decision – taxpayers will once again BOHICA – the Common Council can only now minimize the damage. I suggest they do so – because Cindy and I are sick and tired of paying for their poor decisions and failure to confront malfeasant and questionably competent Mayors – from Becker – to Dickert – to Mason.

There are now 5! that’s FIVE in the Mayor’s Office – and yet here the City is – being sued for FRAUD! What in the World are they doing in the office all day? Or is 5! in the Mayor’s office a jobs program for Family & Friends.

City of Racine Common Council Alderpersons need to *WAKE UP* and smell the coffee.

When will former Mayor John Dickert and Mayor Cory Mason be criminally charged for all their malfeasant and criminal acts?

Once again – it is yet another black eye for City of Racine – and it’s gonna cost the taxpayers huge amounts to defend the indefensible – please, let the Common Council  choose the least cost option – admit the guilt and settle.

Cory Mason must resign – or the Common Council needs to have him removed from office – for the role he played in bringing this lawsuit. The Mayor’s position must be eliminated – as the City only needs one, or perhaps two in the City Administrators position. That is a positive solution to the problem of 5! incompetents holding positions in the Mayor’s Office.

Honest, Open, and Transparent Government must be restored! No more Razzle – Dazzle con-men like John Dickert and Cory Mason.

While Racine County Executive Jonathon Delagrave Spends $20,000 to Promote a “Digital Era Compliant County” scheme, The “Smart City” of Baltimore is Brought to a Standstill As “Baltimore City Hall Computer Network Infected With Ransomware Virus, Officials Say”

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.

Wisconsin Counties Association Not Subject to Open Records Law

Joe Forward
Legal Writer:

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 City Hall Computer Network Infected With Ransomware Virus, Officials Say

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:

Chaos In Baltimore: City Government Paralyzed By Cryptocurrency Ransomware Attack

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’s LED streetlights going dark after a few years

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.”

RCEDC’s List of Directors and Officers, While T-Rex Barks Up the Wrong Tree!

Foxconn Manufacturing Campus as Promised by RCEDC and Racine County Politicians

The following list is taken from the RCEDC 2017 Form 990, available at the previous post. It is an interesting mix within a taxpayer funded Organization that has no accountability to those who fund it. What is happening in Racine County has been planned at RCEDC in secret – and while hopes were high, and intentions good, so far the project is seriously in default with Foxconn wanting to renegotiate the contract. Racine County Taxpayers could be on the hook for over $1,000,000,000!

What Has So Far Been Delivered

As:

Foxconn wins approval of building plans that it has labeled ‘trade secrets’

Foxconn Technology Group has received conditional state approval to begin building the footings and foundations for its promised flat-screen factory in Mount Pleasant.

The Wisconsin Department of Safety and Professional Services issued the go-ahead last week on initial plans for the much-awaited project, documents released Monday show. Foxconn will need to return to the agency for review of plans for further construction.

The plans for the footings and foundations, meanwhile, remain under wraps. Foxconn contends the documents are confidential trade secrets, which are exempt from public disclosure under Wisconsin law, Brennan Nardi, communications director for the Department of Safety and Professional Services, said by email.

The department will ask Foxconn to back up its assertion that the plans are trade secrets, and, after receiving the response, determine whether the plans can be made public.

Documents released Monday provide only small detail on Foxconn’s plans. The project will cover 977,366 square feet and be completely protected by sprinklers, the documents say.

They also indicate Foxconn must provide a further soils and foundation report because the company categorizes the ground at the site as capable of bearing weight beyond 3,000 pounds per square foot.

Foxconn has said it will begin construction this summer of a so-called Generation 6 plant to make liquid crystal display panels and will begin production in the fourth quarter of 2020.

 

Meanwhile, Harry sends:

As an advocate for honest, open and transparent government, (HOTGOVERNMENT).

I take issue of your recent claims of being fierce advocates for the concept of “government in sunshine”:

“Journal Times editorial: State’s government bodies shouldn’t circumvent the open meetings law”
 Your board has at best a spotty record of advocating  “government in sunshine” and a worse record of publicly holding local government officials accountable for misconduct in office. 
 
Your board and your newspaper has a dismissal record of pursuing the opening of government within Racine county and holding it accountable.
 
That being said, I will forward the email sent to Mayor Cory Mason and city council members for their consideration regarding the city of Racine operating an “open checkbook”.
 
In part:   https://www.johnscreekga.gov/home where you can find the open checkbook to view individually written checks or sort by department expenses. The city of Johns Creek has even provided a tutorial video of how to navigate the checkbook. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_aJjP9DhIgw.
Harry Wait

Harry, You’re barking up the wrong Tree!

 

It’s Not what you don’t know – it’s what you know that ain’t so!

While The JT Editorial Board Champions “Government in Sunshine”, JT Publisher Mark Lewis Sits on the Board of Racine County’s Secret Government

Racine County Economic Development Corporation is a Tax-exempt 501(c)(3) Organization which is funded by Taxpayers through solicited local Government Donations’ and brings together Private Corporate interests  and Elected Public Officials, to do in secret what might otherwise prove to be unlawful. By Judicial ruling, what happens at RCEDC stays at RCEDC and the public has no access to any of RCEDC’s official business, which goes on behind closed doors. This is Socialist Central Planning, and you can be sure that the Public Officials who are on the Board leave with an agenda to implement the plans with the least public knowledge possible, especially if resistance by the public is anticipated. Where else was the secret Highway V Sewer Plan hatched? The Fox-Conn land grab, the abrupt KR expansion plan, the deeply flawed Scott Walker Foxconn WEDC contract, and so many other sudden and abrupt taxpayer funded schemes hatched? The lair of the beast is the unaccountable taxpayer funded non-profit 501(c)(3)  RCEDC.

And if JT Publisher Mark Lewis is retired from the Board – you can bet he stays in touch, and (at least) listens to requests on how the News should be slanted to conform to the Agenda. As the paper of record for City of Racine, he is subject to being held on a leash.

From JT:

Journal Times editorial: State’s government bodies shouldn’t circumvent the open meetings law

Wisconsin’s open meetings law exists to ensure that government business, the people’s business, is conducted where the people can watch it happening. The exceptions to it, the instances where a governmental body can act in closed session, are generally limited to contract negotiations and personnel matters. That is as it should be.

As fierce advocates for the concept of “government in sunshine,” we were dismayed recently to read of the Madison School Board tiptoeing awfully close to the line between lawful and unlawful government meetings.

Under state law, school boards and other local public bodies must have a quorum — typically a majority or more — of members to take official action, and the action they take must occur in publicly noticed meetings.

“Walking quorums,” by contrast, are a “series of gatherings among separate groups of members of a governmental body, each less than quorum size, who agree, tacitly or explicitly, to act uniformly in sufficient number to reach a quorum,” according to the attorney general’s office.

They’re illegal because they can “render the publicly held meeting a mere formality,” according to the office.

Even if this practice does not violate the letter of the open meetings law, it certainly has the odor of not abiding by the spirit of the law.

Wisconsin Freedom of Information Council president Bill Lueders said the practice in Madison and in the Green Bay case “may not clearly violate the law, but it probably should be avoided, so as to not undercut the purpose of the open meetings law, which is to ensure that the deliberative process is public.”

First – the deeply flawed Judicial Ruling which opened the way to taxpayer funded Secret Government:

WisBar News
September 23 2014

Wisconsin Counties Association Not Subject to Open Records Law

Joe Forward
Legal Writer:

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.”

The Counties Association is a “corporation,” the Police Association argued, because Black’s Law Dictionary defines a corporation as an entity created under state laws.

And under a prior case, the Police Association argued, the Counties Association was quasi-governmental because it resembled a governmental corporation.

“As the Counties Association notes, “’ to be a quasi-governmental corporation,’ an entity must first be a corporation,’” and the Counties Association is not a corporation,” wrote Judge JoAnne Kloppenburg, noting that nonprofits are unincorporated organizations.

The panel also rejected the Police Association’s claim that the Counties Association was considered a “governmental body” as used in the open meetings law. It said the Police Association forfeited that argument by not raising it at the circuit court.

“Moreover, even if we were to address the merits and resolve the issue, the Police Association does not persuade us,” Judge Kloppenburg wrote.

“In particular, the Police Association does not explain why a statute and informal opinions of the Attorney General which address open meetings ‘ought to be instructive’ when the topic here is public records.”

From this deeply flawed Ruling, Wisconsin Court of Appeals, with Judge Kloppenburg commenting, “As the Counties Association notes, “’ to be a quasi-governmental corporation,’ an entity must first be a corporation,’” and the Counties Association is not a corporation,” wrote Judge JoAnne Kloppenburg, noting that nonprofits are unincorporated organizations” the Pandora’s Box to Racine County’s Legal Secret Government was opened.

Second: Taking a look at  RCEDC’s 2017 form 990. Concerned taxpayers can download a copy by clicking on: RCEDC 2017 Form 990

First page (part) showing that Non-Profits are indeed VERY profitable, and proving that RCEDC is a 501(c)(3) taxpayer funded organization:

And as the Form 990 shows on page 9, the overwhelming majority of RCEDC’s Revenue is Taxpayer Provided Government Grants – to the tune of $5,307,800 in 2017.

And a loss for a little taxpayer funded “Loan Forgiveness” worth $110,429 – wonder who this was?

Who says Non-Profits are run by unpaid Volunteers? It can be VERY profitable to be involved with a Non-Profit. And note that in 2017, RCEDC granted $38,000 to Cory Mason’s unaccountable Rootworks – and for a further taxpayer *SURPRISE*,  Cory Mason just so happened to be a Board Member of RCEDC.  And BTW – RCEDC is now up to $706,818 in FORGIVEABLE LOAN EXPENSE. Who’s getting the Forgiveness, because the Taxpayer is getting the shaft!

So just who sits on the Board of the taxpayer funded and unaccountable RCEDC? (2017)


From the 2017 RCEDC Annual Report:

And even though Taxpayers fund 72% of RCEDC’s Revenues, they are denied access to or knowledge of what goes on behind closed doors at Racine County’s Secret Government!

While the American Policy Center decries Public/Private Partnerships

President Trump is calling for a major new investment for rebuilding the nation’s infrastructure of highways, bridges and more. There is no question that it needs to be done. However, it’s vitally important that local, state and federal government agencies avoid calls to fund this massive effort through so-called Public/Private Partnerships (PPPs). Local officials must understand that there is a vast difference between calls for a competitive biding process to select private companies for the projects verses an actual partnership with government.

Link: https://americanpolicy.org/2017/01/31/publicprivate-partnerships-government-sanctioned-monopolies/

But taxpayer funded RCEDC and the secrecy which surrounds it is probably for your own good.

POSTSCRIPT

While A Better Mount Pleasant Notes:

In an act of what can only be viewed as naked desperation, the Journal Times publishes a single commentary in the Sunday newspaper by Anthony “the Mooch” Scaramucci defending the #Foxconn deal while pillorying Governor Evers.

Set aside that Scaramucci has never lived in Wisconsin, has most likely never met Tony Evers, lasted a total of six days in his job as Communications Director in the Trump administration and later called Trump an “intentional liar.”

The JT Editorial Board seemed to believe this media clown’s opinion was a worthy and valuable voice in the Foxconn discussion. Weren’t the guys from Duck Dynasty available for comment?

Seriously.

 

*PROOF* City of Racine is a Terrorist Organization!

Aristotle explained this mysterious phenomenon: “Before some audiences not even the possession of the exactest knowledge will make it easy for what we say to produce conviction. For argument based on knowledge implies instruction, and there are people whom one cannot instruct.”
– Aristotle, Rhetoric   

Dear City of Racine Alderpersons,

How ironic is it that when City of Racine, then under Mayor John Dickert, decided to take legal action against a Black Man who owned and operated the Park 6 Business, it acted upon an unverified complaint submitted by Kurt Wahlen! And that only later, the local Circuit Court’s prejudiced decision was  overturned in the WI Court of Appeals! Holmes v Wahlen, 2012 WI App 123.

APPEAL from an order of the circuit court for Racine County:

BRUCE E. SCHROEDER, Judge.  Affirmed.

Before Brown, C.J., Reilly and Gundrum, JJ.

¶1 BROWN, C.J.   This case is about a liquor license revocation in which the city council acted upon a citizen complaint that was not sworn, as required by statute.  This constituted a fundamental error that deprived the licensing committee of jurisdiction over the matter.  Therefore, the subsequent revocation of the liquor license was invalid.  We affirm the circuit court’s order vacating the licensing committee’s decision to revoke the liquor license.

¶2 Kurt Wahlen, chief of police in the City of Racine, initiated liquor license revocation proceedings against Thomas Holmes, d/b/a Park 6 and registered agent for Park 6, LLC, with a citizen’s complaint.  The complaint was not “sworn,” as required by WIS. STAT. § 125.12(2)(ag) (2009-10).1  Wahlen, “as a resident of the Municipality of the city of Racine,” alleged in his complaint that Holmes’s operation of Park 6 constituted a “disorderly or riotous, indecent or improper house,” and “created undesirable neighborhood problems” in violation of state statutes and municipal ordinances.  The complaint formally presented the matter to the city clerk for issuance of a summons and to proceed to a due process hearing for a determination of whether Holmes’s liquor license should be suspended or revoked.  The Public Safety and Licensing Committee held a hearing, after which it recommended to the Common Council that Holmes’s license be revoked.  The Council voted to revoke Holmes’s license.

Now, here comes a complaint against malfeasant City Attorney Scott Letteney, by Harry Wait, and suddenly a verified complaint is required!

RACINE — Board of Ethics Chairwoman Mary Wyant decided the complaint filed by Harry Wait of the Town of Dover did not meet the board’s requirements and will not be accepted by the board for discussion.

“In early March, Wait, a citizens’ rights advocate and member of HOT (Honest, Open and Transparent) Government, alleged that City Attorney Scott Letteney has “an extensive history of egregious conduct while in office, undermining the interest of the people and the City of Racine,” and recommended sanctioning and removing Letteney from office”.

https://journaltimes.com/news/local/govt-and-politics/ethics-board-chairwoman-wait-s-complaint-did-not-meet-requirements/article_87568b69-2d9d-54a8-bbd8-abb6b66c75e1.html

You can’t make this up – it is true! City of Racine is a CRIMINAL and Discriminatory Organization – acting upon an unverified complaint against a Person of Color Operating a private business,  while refusing unverified complaints against White State Sponsored City Actors. The City of Racine is a Discriminatory Terrorist Organization! Which actively discriminates against People of Color and fails to respond to bona-fide Citizen Complaints against White Taxpayer Funded State Sponsored Terrorists. In addition to Secret Government, Secret Courts, Sealed Public Records,  Malfeasance, Usurpation of Statutory Authority, Outrageous Spending on Salaries & Tax-Free Fringes, Numerous Closed Sessions, and not holding Public Employees and Government Officials to account for their Crimes! What did I forget?

Holmes  v Wahlen available by clicking here: Holmes v Wahlen

Sincerely,

Tim & Cindy