Friday, November 18, 2011

CRG calls for a shake up in City Hall.

CRG of Racine is asking the City Council, the Mayor, City Admin Friedel and the city residents to take a good look at Sandy Springs, GA on you tube http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=f8qFvo2qJOU  .  Looking at Just the City of Racine with 74,000 residents and a budget of 47 Million dollars, and long term debts in excess of 200 Million dollars.  Sandy Springs has 94,000 residents and an operating budget of 26.6 Million dollars, with no long term debt at all!!  How did they do this?  Well first they set up the city with everything "pay as you go" from the beginning.  Racine has over the past 150 years gradually grown thru every boom and bust, and has taken over every aspect of private life and business it can get it's fingers around.  Now in Racine we have grown to the point that any "cuts" are considered extreme and against the poor or drastic cuts to services.  This must stop.  One department at a time needs to be outsourced and open to a competitive bids processes.  The folks hired by these private company's will be hired at fair market wages and can make arrangements with those private companies to decide if Unionization makes sense or not for each business model.  They can determine the value of each employee, from wages to compensation.  Eventually we would not need to purchase new street sweeping equipment, Garbage trucks, Lawnmowers and assorted orange painted vehicles.  Even the library can be run, much like the Zoo is currently.  The private companies will buy those items of equipment and will provide insurance, licensing, training, etc. for their staffs. It will take some time to pay down our debt but if we could implement all of this immediately we could pay off our 200 Million in about 10 years! Including reducing the 31 Million dollars in our reserve account to about 5 Mil.  With no tax increases and ZERO reductions in services to the residents!

It's important to note: CRG of Racine is not calling for privatizing the Fire or Police forces..neither did Sandy Springs.

 To City administrator Tom Friedel   Please look carefully into this idea and lets start ASAP with the Trash/Recycling service. (Caledonia and Mt Pleasant are already doing this).   Next snow plow services, and then Springtime lets start on the Park workers.  With 6 Salaried positions opening up in 2012, it'll be easy to eliminate those positions or look at mergers with the County.

Sandy Springs can run it's city government with 14 employees!  That includes the 7 part-time Alderman, the Mayor and a City Administrator!

Sandy Springs also has the following employees:
1        Clerk
1        Court
1        Finance
2        City managers office
1        Mayor
1        City Administrator
7        Aldermen   (Part time).

Wednesday, September 28, 2011

Bravo Mayor Dickert Let's keep First Fridays rolling.

Thanks to Mayor Dickert for meeting with the spokesperson from First Friday's.  We had some consternation again this year about keeping the event and the booze free-flowing from 6-9.  For the past 7 years those "rules" have been set aside so that folks can come down and enjoy the street scape camaraderie,  shops, bands and more.  This event has grown to be the biggest, most successful event in our city's recent history.  A few grouchy folks have tried to be the "turd in the punch-bowl" and stop the party.  Thanks to the Mayor, the Police Chief and others of recognizing our great contribution to our cities success and future.  It's time to expand this event to EVERY Friday from Memorial Day to Labor Day..this merchant and a few others I have spoken with, will stay open so lets get this happening!

Wednesday, September 21, 2011

Is Racine City Govt over staffed?

A blogger "Business Week" did some research this week on Kenosha vs. Racine City Govt. spending and staffing his findings are noteworthy.
Kenosha Pop.   99,000      Annual Budget   199, Million     Full Time Empl.  740

Racine Pop.     79,000       Annual Budget   193 Million       Full Time Empl. 775

So lets review the above info.  Kenosha has 25% more citizens yet spends only 6 million dollars (3%) more than Racine?   Further: Spending per taxpayer in Kenosha 2,100.00 per year and Racine it's $2,440.00 per citizen? Kenosha is also geographically about 35% larger than Racine, with more roads, parks etc. Now it is true that our Water taste better. but does it taste $340.00 per citizen better? I don't think so. Lets dig a bit deeper.  The number of city employees in Racine is 5% HIGHER in Racine with 25% less "customers" to serve!  I have rec'd info. that Racine does have 200-500 seasonal and part time employees as well, and I am awaiting figures from Kenosha in regards to their PT staffing levels. Last night at City Hall a spokesperson for CRG of Racine (me) asked for "Our" City Administrator to meet with the CA of Kenosha and compare notes on where the costs and staffing levels of their govt. seem to be so much more efficient than ours. Mr. Friedel go earn your paycheck, and prove your value, and report back to CRG with results!   CRG is open to meeting with Mayor and Alderman with suggestions to help reduce Racine's City spending to around  $160 million per year. Lose the 35-150 extra employees for starters. 

Tuesday, August 16, 2011

BID President paying his tenants to spy on his neighbors!

CRG has learned that Mark Levine, the President of the BID group for Downtown..has offered a huge discount to his potential tenants..if they will make frequent calls to the Racine Police Dept.   CRG has obtained affidavits of this from a prospective tenant and her a separate witness.   In the statement it claims that "Mr. Levine began telling me about "issues" the two bars, namely the one downstairs (next door, The Place on 6th), and the one across the street (Park 6)  were having due to noise.  Mr L. then stated that he was working with the Alderman who owns one of the bars to clean up the place.  Mr. Levine stated that the Alderman's bar would be closed for 2 weeks to install security cameras."...."Mr Levine stated "Let me tell you about the special discount available"....If the noise level was too high and I called the police and e-mailed him and the Alderman in Racine, my rent would be reduced form the original price of $740.00 to $600.00 dollars per month......Mr. L. then told me it was a substantial discount.....That i would get as long as I kept calling and complaining about the noise from those two bars."

CRG would like to know if the Mayor, the Police Chief, or other Alderman have cooperated in any way with Mr. Levine..to encourage this level of harassment on these 2 bars.  The letter signer asked whether these were only bars in the area, to which he replied "No".  But that these were the only ones in the area with "Issues".

Is this further harassment of Alderman Keith Fair?

Friday, February 11, 2011

CRG joins the discussion.

CRG is a PAC, with a goal similar to the Club for Growth, which has on a national basis changed the course of the conversation on just what the Government should do, versus the old style of the Govt. should do just about everything.  We will support candidates which share our goals. 

Next week the city will have 2 Aldermanic and a Mayoral primary.  After the primary is over there will be 6 of the 8 Aldermanic seats with challengers. and of course the mayoral race.  Beginning last month CRG of Racine hosted Meet the challengers on Car 25 on The George Meyers Show.  We were thrilled that nearly all of the 10 new faces were able to be included in our shows. 

Later this month we will offer a forum for each competitive district with the incumbent and the challenger. It is not our goal to make these contentious "debates", but a forum where each candidate can address the same several questions together. 

We urge you to support our cause as we locate more people who share our goals we can have a greater impact on elections even in the Big Govt. mindset of the City of Racine.

Follow us on Facebook at CRG of Racine.  New postings will usually be linked. 

In just our first few weeks of existence CRG has had a major impact on the Mayors race with the introduction of our first Radio spot on WRJN.  The online polls are reflecting the change in attitude in just one week.  The sloppy setting up of the Mayors website and campaign office, were just a few items.  CRG is looking very intently at the NSP program, which appears to be a disaster in the making and should NEVER have been a City taxpayer project.  CRG will be hosting several bloggers to contribute to our blog.  Each bloggers' views shall be his or hers, and will not necessarily reflect the entire group.