Former City of Racine Mayor John Dickert Arrested for Road Rage

Mark Belling Reports:

The entire Press Release is available at the following link: http://www.belling.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/04/finalrage.pdf

“EXCLUSIVE: Road Rage Incident Leads To Arrest Of Former Racine Mayor John Dickert, Now A Top Official In State Revenue Department

By Mark Belling, WISN-AM

Former Racine Mayor John Dickert was arrested Sunday afternoon in the Village of Mount Pleasant In Racine County following a reported road rage incident.

Dickert is currently the administrator of state and local finance in the Evers Administration Department of Revenue.Mount Pleasant Village Police Captain Brian Smith tells me police were called around4 pm this past Sunday (March 22) after a confrontation between two motorists in the 5200 block of West Washington Avenue (Highway 20). That’s a bit west of the Racine city limits and a major thoroughfare. Smith could not give specifics of the incident saying all reports have been turned over the Racine County District Attorney. He did say the two motorists got into an argument about some driving issue and that Village Police were called. That’s when Dickert was arrested and cited.

As mentioned, the case has been referred to the Racine County District Attorney for possible criminal charges. Dickert has been cited but hast not yet been charged”.

 

The long abused Residents from City of Racine will have to wait and see if Teflon John Dickert can once again weasel his way out of trouble.

 

Overheard

News tip to JT –

 

Negative Mount Pleasant

A small town in Wisconsin becomes the site of a completely unprecedented experiment.

To listen to #132 Negative Mount Pleasant click on the following link: https://gimletmedia.com/shows/reply-all/wbhjwd/132-negative-mount-pleasant?utm_source=gimletWebsite&utm_medium=copyShare&utm_campaign=gimletWebsite

Listeners to the podcast will also be able to hear Mount Pleasant President David DeGroot *LIVE* and in *ACTION* as he breaks Robert’s Rules of Orders, belittles and insults commentators, demands written and oral apologizes from those who have presented opposing views, and insists that Kelly Gallaher go away and not comment during her allotted time! It is OUTRAGEOUS that a Village President of an elected governmental body  is allowed to get away with such anti-social, inconsiderate, and illegal  behavior. *SHAME* SHAME* on Mount Pleasant!

More links from the podcast:

A Better Mount Pleasant vs Let’s Make A Better Mount Pleasant

Journalist Larry Tabak’s series on Foxconn in Wisconsin

Economist David Merriman’s paper on the type of financing used by Mount Pleasant

Journalist Brian Merchant’s book which includes a visit to Foxconn campus in China

An Interview with Sruthi Pinnamaneni on Vergecast 

When an Investigation Is Not An Investigation – But a Cover-Up – Moar Scam -O- Rama in Mount Pleasant

And to no one’s surprise – when the investigated use taxpayer funds to hire investigators to investigate themselves – the substance and facts of the Complainant are ignored, while the investigation into irrelevant issues sidetracks the substance of the complaint, finds that no wrong doing was committed and subsequently the investigated is acquitted of all charges.

SO – to no one’s surprise, from JT:

Investigation clears SSFD Chief Stedman; litigation could come

Mary Hubacher, labor attorney with the firm Buelow Vetter, was brought in to conduct the investigation and she said she interviewed both Gallaher and Stedman, reviewed the website, had the village IT department search Stedman’s emails and retained a firm called, Digital Intelligence, and requested that they do a forensic audit of the chief’s email account.

“Their results were consistent with the results of the internal search, no emails were sent or received regarding the complainant that were not related to Chief Stedman’s duties as fire chief,” Hubacher said.

Hubacher said Stedman’s email that included Gallaher “were related to responsibilities as fire chief” and no other emails were found related to Gallaher or Let’s Make A Better Mount Pleasant.

Hubacher said Stedman denied any association with the website but did acknowledge he has used “fchief” as his user name on multiple email accounts for the past 10 years starting when he was secretary treasurer of the Wisconsin State Fire Chiefs’ Association.

“Even if it could be established that Chief Stedman is the creator/administrator of the website, there is no evidence that he engaged in the alleged conduct while at work or on village time, or that he was speaking in his capacity as fire chief,” Hubacher said. “It’s not apparent from the posts that anyone who’s a village employee was posting on the website.”

Anyone who has read the actual complaint of Kelly Gallaher would immediately realize that an investigation into Robert Stedman’s E-Mails did not investigate the substance of the complaint and only provided a taxpayer funded cover-up.

The Complaint is available here: https://www.scribd.com/document/412280989/Mt-Pleasant-Police-and-Fire-Commission-Complaint-RE-Robert-Stedman-May-2019

Serious admissions of circumstantial evidence – admissible in court – have been made by several MTP Officials, especially Trustee Anna Marie Clausen who promoted “Let’s Make A Better Mount Pleasant” on her Facebook page and stated “I don’t know who specifically does this but it is someone in DeGroot’s camp.” Just by coincidence, Village President  David DeGroot, Trustee Anna Marie Clausen, and Fire Chief Robert Stedman have been seen together having breakfast at Castlewood Resturant together on numerous occasions – which links in well with Trustee Anna Marie Clausen promoting the website and claiming that the author is someone in DeGroot’s camp.

While a .php error on the WordPress account revealed the creator to be fchief1951. Robert Stedman admits to using fchief for a user name in multiple accounts and was born in 1951.

Posts on “Let’s Make A Better Mount Pleasant” contain specific information which would only be known to a small circle of Village public employees and elected officials, including that of Jerry Garski and Cindy Sherman. Cindy was politically active in Mount Pleasant  during an election campaign for Jerry Garski. In 2015, Cindy moved to Tennessee.

Instead of a serious and comprehensive investigation, Village President David DeGroot and his Gang of Trustees forced taxpayers to pay for some Kabuki Theatre which took 6 months to look at the website “Let’s Make A Better Mount Pleasant”, interview Kelly Gallaher and Robert Stedman, and search Robert Stedman’s E-mails. This is nothing less than an orchestrated cover-up which failed  to address any of the serious allegations, facts and substance contained in the complaint.

That is the great unknown – who was doing what and when, and in what capacity. That is still yet to be determined. The E-mails of Robert Stedman are irrelevant.

The sham investigation into Robert Stedman’s E-Mails is a travesty of Justice to Kelly and the marks taxpayers who funded it.

 

Demand Justice for Kelly and A Better Mount Pleasant!

Kelly Gallaher has been a political force to reckon with along with a tireless worker for Truth, Justice and Equality in Mount Pleasant, Racine. She has faced tremendous opposition in her quest for Truth, Justice and Equality  from some of Mount Pleasants highest ranking Officials, along with numerous instances of slander and threats – to even include Village President David DeGroot threatening physical violence against her and saying he will ban her from attending future Village Board Meetings because she dissents and presents an opposing view.

THAT IS WRONG!

It is time for the wrongs to be made right – and for the Oppressors to pay a penalty for committing acts of violence against Kelly Gallaher – whether they be physical or verbal .

 

Demand JUSTICE!

Know Peace – (or) NO Peace!

 

Concerned Residents will be there:

After more than six months, the PFC will finally review the investigation into a formal complaint of defamation, intimidation and sexual harassment which was filed against South Shore Fire Chief Robert Stedman for his “alleged” role as the owner and creator of a public website which cyber-stalked and abused residents and trustees.

The PFC will convene into closed session to review the information, however your presence will support the people who have been fighting for more than two and half years to uncover this inappropriate and malicious behavior.

 https://www.facebook.com/events/717308242111686/

Tuesday, November 26, 2019 at 5:00 PM – 7:00 PM CST

8811 Campus Dr, Racine, WI 53406-7014, United States

Mount Pleasant Village President and his gang of Thugs acting as Village Board Trustees need to be held to account for their actions, words, and misdeeds.

It is time to right the wrongs which Public Officials committed against Concerned, Questioning, and Activist Resident Kelly Gallaher.

 

 

First they came for the socialists, and I did not speak out—because I was not a socialist.

Then they came for the trade unionists, and I did not speak out— because I was not a trade unionist.

Then they came for the Jews, and I did not speak out—because I was not a Jew.

Then they came for me—and there was no one left to speak for me.

 

                                      Pastor Martin Niemoller

 

If Former Racine County Executive Jim Ladwig is a Republican, Why Did Democrat Beth Pramme Host a Fundraiser For Ladwig?

What’s going on in Racine County? Is there any real difference between the Republicans and Democrats, or are they working together against the People? Once you are accepted into the true inner circles of power, there are NO Republicans or Democrats, just Political Opportunists ruled by Corporate Interests. The reward for complying is just more pay raises, tax-free fringes of $30,000, $40,000+, retirements, double dipping, loot and scoot (take your taxpayer funded retirement and move to a State with no income tax), no accountability (just ask Rich and Jennifer Chiapete or Tim Zarzecki). You sit on Boards of non-profit Organizations which are taxpayer funded, but not subject to Wisconsin’s Open Records Laws, and spend hundreds of millions looted from the taxpayers which benefit the politically correct connected.  If your political career is in jeopardy because of personal sins, there are taxpayer funded Non-Profits and Corporations which will employ you and see you through. Meanwhile, the Little People are abused, jailed and fined, and the tax and fee hikes just keep coming! But that’s how it works in a kleptocracy – and that’s the form of government which operates throughout Racine County.

This is an oldie but a goodie – which shows how far the deception goes in Racine County – it is a document which is only available to the public because of a lawsuit. The document would never be published in the mainstream media, because it would reveal the secret. What could be more revealing than notorious Democrat Beth Pramme holding a fundraiser for Jim Dickert and John Ladwig, or is that John Dickert and Jim Ladwig? As an added *BONUS* Mary Jerger Osterman and Chip Brewer, Director of Worldwide Government Relations at SCJ, are  involved!  Of course, Jim Ladwig now works for SC Johnson as the Senior Director for Global Community Affairs and John T. Dickert works as the executive director of the Great Lakes and St. Lawrence Cities Initiative..  Bon Appétit!

Doesn’t the below make more sense? Republican Jim Ladwig employing Democrat Beth Pramme to Recall Brain Dead Scott Walker!

Taxes are for Little People – big People like SC Johnson, Foxconn and Racine’s current First Couple, Cory & Rebecca Mason either don’t pay them or fix it so they are exempt. They are the Beneficiaries and Recipients.

See: http://racinepost.blogspot.com/2009/06/sc-johnson-emails-offer-intimate-look.html

 

https://arrestrecordsofracinewipublicofficials.wordpress.com/2018/08/19/lifestyles-of-racines-rich-famous-politically-connected/

The Mason’s aren’t interested in paying their fair share. The Lehner name is well connected to City Hall…. Benjamin Lehner of Root River Council fame is now a City Employee…OH LOOK – they even paid full price $440,000! It is surely an “Arms Length” sale…..  Everything is on the Uppity UP! Nothing to see here folks, now move along…. Hey Buddy…. what’s your problem?

While this asshole loves himself to death! LOL! Too big to jail, he issued an Executive Order! As a Mayor! LOL! While the Common Council of Racine sat in *STUNNED* Amazement.  Claimed to be Mayor 24/7, and stuck the taxpayers with his personal legal bills of over $100G.  Ya gotta luv someone with the chutzpah of John T. Dickert – American Politician. LOL! Laugh now – cry later.

And just ask Racine County Executive Jonathon Delagrave, who is trying to lift everybody’s* boat with the Foxscam Failure……..

(NOTE that EVERYBODY does not include those who are privately employed, small business owners, and those not politically connected)

If Racine County is a Sanctuary County – then we can provide Foxconn with the low wage and no benefit workers needed to make The Project happen.

 

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.

 

MTP Village President David DeGroot claims “It’s All Part of a Delicate Situation”! Bohica MTP for future steep tax increases!

More of  – “You Can’t Make This Up” – Folks!

From JT:

Former Kraut Fest co-chair under investigation; 2019 festival canceled

MOUNT PLEASANT — Mount Pleasant Police are investigating Jim Svoboda, the former co-chairman of Kraut Music Fest and former director of Caledonia-Mount Pleasant Memorial Park, according to Caledonia Village Administrator Tom Christensen.

“I am aware of an ongoing criminal investigation,” Christensen said.

Christensen declined to comment further but did confirm that Kraut Music Fest is canceled for this year. He referred any further questions related to the investigation to the Mount Pleasant Police Department.

“We can’t legally discuss an ongoing criminal investigation; however, once the investigation is concluded we will release further information,” an email from Matthew Soens, interim police chief of the Mount Pleasant Police Department, stated.

Founder: Svoboda dismissed me

Ray Stibeck, who brought Kraut Music Fest back in 2015, said Svoboda dismissed him in the latter part of 2016, after that year’s event. Svoboda was then chairman of the Joint Caledonia-Mount Pleasant Parks Commission. Since Svoboda’s March 22 resignation as director of Caledonia-Mount Pleasant Memorial Park, Stibeck said he has been talking with trustees of both villages about the Svoboda/Kraut Fest situation.

At the time, Stibeck was the founder of the resurrected event and chairman of the Kraut Fest Committee.

Stibeck said Svoboda had ousted him from the music fest that Stibeck restarted by telling the Parks Commission “that Ray didn’t want to do it anymore.”

“He wanted to handle everything,” Stibeck added.

Although officials have not revealed the nature of the investigation into Svoboda, Stibeck, who said he has been in contact with officials from both villages, said “it adds up” to be embezzlement.

“I’m hearing tens of thousands of dollars (are involved),” he said.

As of midday Monday, Stibeck said he had not yet been interviewed by police, but he was expecting that may be likely.

“All my money and investment was basically for nothing,” said Stibeck, owner of the Route 20 bar, restaurant and concert venue.

“The worst thing,” Stibeck said, “is that a good event that I started is going to be shadowed by this scandal.”

Lori Giese, co-owner of Perfecturf Lawn Care, one of Kraut Fest’s sponsors, said she sent a sponsorship check to the festival in February. She said that as of two weeks ago, the check had not been cashed, but it has not been returned to her.

Festival officials never contacted Giese to alert her to any ongoing issues, she said, and she only found out about the cancellation through Facebook. Svoboda also did not reply to an email she sent in March, she said. The Journal Times has also not been able to contact Svoboda.

Just another day, in Racine County!

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WEDC Got Something Right! Racine County is Top Rated for Politicians Tricking Residents and Treating Themselves to the Spoils!

From: https://inwisconsin.com/rankings/

As in Racine County Politicians at all levels Tricking Residents to pay more property taxes, fees, fines, debt service, and Corporate welfare, while those same Politicians Treat themselves to outrageous pay increases, increased tax-free fringes, lavish retirements, long paid vacations, short work weeks, and double-dipping! Often violating Local Ordinances, State Statutes and Human Decency – but NO FEAR! As they won’t be held to account! Both the Republican County Sheriff and Republican County DA are “Both Eyes Blind to Government Crime”!

 

Truth be told – your home is the Politicians personal ATM – and the Politicians work for the Banksters!

From A Better Mount Pleasant:

Just another day with overpaid and lazy MTP Officials buying time and lying to the Public about the nature of the ever changing Foxconn Contract; “The contract with Mount Pleasant says exactly the same thing – even though Project Manager Claude Lois lied to residents on Monday in the public information meeting by saying the contract says 10.5 OR 6.5. It doesn’t. We pay him $250K a year to lie to us and misrepresent the facts”.

 

MTP Residents – Enjoy the Foxscam! *NEW* and *IMPROVED* Tax Rates and Hikes are in the Dave DeGroot shiny new Sewer Pipeline aided and abetted by his fellow covert Foxconn Employees, soon to be heading your way! Cui Bono?

Pretty soon those shiny new sewer lines will be carrying the contaminated waste water from Mount Pleasant back to City of Racine to be dumped back into Lake Michigan! MTP Village President David DeGroot, and his Minions (acting as MTP Trustees), BFF Racine Mayor Cory Mason, Racine County Executive Jonathan Delagrave, and Failed College Graduate Former Guv Scott Walker, have been Foxconned and sold out Residents to the Banksters, Land Speculators, Lawyers and Corporate Interests.

 

As sure as Unicorns shit *SKITTLES*, once the Gen 10.5 Foxconn manufacturing complex, as stipulated in the contract between State of WI and Foxconn, is operating, property taxes in Racine County will drop to near *ZERO*, or be like Alaska, and Residents will enjoy a Foxconn Tax Dividend! And everybody will live happily ever after.*

* Results may vary….