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About Ajai Dittmar

There is nothing 'radical' about wanting to save your historical neighborhood! There is nothing 'negative' for wanting an 'outside investigation' done a public service that has had a lot of embarrassing news, especially when they don't do their jobs! There is nothing 'odd' about wanting politicians to uphold the Constitution they swear to uphold when they are sworn into office! Follow @sibzianna

Top Ten Reasons Why I Won’t Vote for Monica Vernon for Congress


It’s no secret that I am not a fan of Monica Vernon.  I have many  reasons I will not vote for Monica Vernon.  Here are my top ten:

1.  Monica Vernon blocked me on Facebook.  When I asked her why she told me that I was “too negative” and then added that I was the only person she has blocked.   If Monica can’t handle my commentary on local matters how will she treat people when it comes to state/national issues?  Will she just ignore the people in her district when she doesn’t agree with them?   Will she block you, your parents, or other lawmakers?  Her skin is not  thick enough for the position.
2.  Monica Vernon lied to Cedar Rapids citizens when she advocated for the Local Option Sales Tax. She told the Gazette that “It’s all for housing” and the Gazette later clarified that “90% of the revenue from the sales tax–expected to generate about $18 million a year for the city for five and one-quarter years should voters approved the tax on Tuesday–will be used for the buyout, rehabilitation and relocation of flood damaged housing”  (Gazette Thursday, February 26, 2009). That did not happen.  Instead, historical homes were demolished and people had to wait for the city to get money from the state before they were paid. This while the city made grand plans for a new library, fire station, public works building, and much more.
3.  Monica Vernon does not care about working class people. The neighborhoods full of flood recovery my assworking class people were demolished. Many of the people who lived in these neighborhoods wanted to rebuild but they were told no or denied the same funding other people got because of where they were located.  Monica was on the council when all these decisions were made. She never stood up for anyone whose property rights were violated.  Monica never made any effort to save anything on the west bank. Nor did she fight for the working class people when it came to buyouts. Houses were torn down before the homeowners were compensated and they weren’t compensated with the LOST money. Furthermore, Monica told me that the Local Option Sales Tax Oversight Committee (a committee I was a member of for one year) in an email that it was set up without authority on purpose!When we set up the committee it was set up to express concerns and caution the council but with no authority.”  “That was by design.” Monica Vernon

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4.  Monica Vernon doesn’t care about the Constitution. While in office Monica supported unconstitutional ordinances that has gotten the city sued not once but twice.
5.  Monica Vernon only became a Democrat when she wanted to gain the votes of the union members. Before that she was a Republican.
6.  Monica Vernon’s commercials make her sound like a single mom who knows the struggles. She claims she worked hard from her kitchen table to build a business. She fails to mention that her husband is a successful lawyer and that she is in the banking business. http://thegazette.com/2009/12/23/central-city-bank-sold-to-local-investors/
7.  Monica Vernon does not have the courage to take on the “Tea Party gridlock” as she claims in one of her commercials. She doesn’t go to “Tea Party” meetings nor does she try to communicate with anyone that I know of in our local “Tea Party” movement. She will not represent the constitutional conservatives of District 1.
8.  Monica Vernon has done nothing for troubled young people in Cedar Rapids. Since the beginning of 2014 seven people have been murdered in Cedar Rapids. Two of the killers have only been caught because they turned their guns on themselves. Young people have no affordable healthy outlets that I know of in Cedar Rapids.  She claims in one of her commercials that “we need to stand up for what’s right, together” but she hasn’t stood up for what’s right on so many instances I can’t believe a word she says!
9.  Monica Vernon does not clearly understand the meaning of “conflict of interest”. board of adjustmentsMonica voted in favor of  her husbands position on the Board of Adjustments.  The Board of Adjustment is where one goes to get zoning changes and variances.  I question most of the decisions she has made through the years.
10. Monica Vernon supported giving millionaires tax breaks through TIFs (Tax Increment Financing) therefore competing with local business owners. She has also voted to give hundreds of properties away to these same millionaires. Go to: Get The Facts CR for more information.

Monica Vernon is bad for Cedar Rapids and she would be a disaster for Iowa. While we go through these primaries I hope that people do their homework and look into all the candidates on the ticket and chose anyone but Monica Vernon.

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“New Casinos make Existing ones Better, Cedar Rapids Casino Manager Says” Gazette


This morning’s Gazette has a piece featuring McLeod USA Gray and his Dubuque crew.

http://thegazette.com/2014/03/18/new-casinos-make-existing-ones-better-cedar-rapids-casino-manager-says/

The Chamber of Compost Gazette is dutifully feeding a continuing stream of slop in anticipation of the Gambling Commission coming to CR on April 3rd.

Doubtless, they will tour the scene of the anticipated crime; the casino site. Perhaps protestors should be present. The assembled Chamber Pots would not like non “Good people of Cedar Rapids” detracting from their dog & pony plea for a casino monopoly.


Guess who is coming to dinner?


Paul Ryan is confirmed to keynote the Iowa GOP’s Lincoln Dinner!
http://theiowarepublican.com/2014/paul-ryan-to-headline-iowa-gops-lincoln-dinner/
Appropriate attire: Hard hats required. Black tie optional.

Should Marijuana be Legal in Iowa?


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Lindale Mall Brawl


Cedar Rapids, Iowa March 2, 2014

Dave Franzman is looking for people to talk to about this call him at 319-551-6085

http://www.worldstarhiphop.com/videos/video.php?v=wshhgSclW1v99j3r7Asm
Jennifer Greif said: “I work at the mall. I hope you realize how childish it is to fight in front of innocent people. The guy from Panda Express ended up in the hospital due to their stupidity. Get the fuck out of the mall and go back to Chicago.”

ErBear said:  Are you kidding me? REALLY??? My father has worked at this mall for about 14 years. Never, and I do mean NEVER have I ever seen such stupidity and immaturity happen at Lindale, and I spent a large portion of my time there when I was younger. Everyone who was involved in this should be absolutely ashamed of themselves. Malls aren’t places to go screw around and start trouble in.”

davidwr99 said:Bunch of ignorant punks fighting and hurting innocent bystanders. They need to be locked up until they can act civilized.”

lindale brawl

I don’t know what this fight was over but I think it sucks that innocent bystanders were hurt during this altercation.  There were chairs flying all over the place! I don’t blame people from one place for all the troubles we have here in Cedar Rapids.   Not all the people who live in Cedar Rapids that make trouble are from Chicago. Some of them are from Indiana, California, Louisiana, and yes, some of them are from here.


RE: “We are no longer the City of Five Smells”


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We are no longer the City of Five Smells according to our Mayor, Ron Corbett. I wish I could bottle those non-existent smells because I totally would if it were possible. Cedar Rapids, Iowa has been, and always will be, the City of Five Smells. Some of the smells could be described as aromas. I mean who doesn’t love the smell we presume radiates from Quaker Oats, the smell of maple syrup or Captain Crunch, yum. 

Other smells such as ADM can only be described as putrid, questionable, and outright offensive. The worst smell of all though doesn’t have any odor and that is the smell of corruption.

Perhaps the mayor could embrace the smells instead of denying their existence. For some these smells pay the bills and their very existence is comforting. Instead of denying the smells Mayor Corbett inspire a company like Febreze to bring in more jobs!

1625520_291136864367923_1951750586_n(1)I feel like the rosy, we are recovered, State of the City speech was a distraction from the bigger problems like the record debt, crumbling streets, and the talk about saving Ann Poe’s childhood home’s family fire pit over on Ellis Boulevard NW while the shell of the city owned abandoned home stands as a reminder that we are not recovered from the flood.

Let us not forget that we still don’t have any reasonable “flood protection” for the west side that the media will talk about.  Most people don’t know that the berm was stabilized by the City Corps of Engineers from Penn Avenue NW to N Avenue NW for $800,000 in 2010. 

DSCN9975The sewer system is finally being worked on as I type! I am still curious to see what the city plans to do about the storm outlet into the river on N Avenue NW. The water isn’t able to drain from the from the creek by Harrison into the river because the water flows from the river into the outlet!

Some people who just want to move on from the flood aren’t totally recovered because they’re still being asked to pay taxes for land that the city desperately wanted to acquire. Our city can give their insurance company, True North, a $4 million dollar profit to acquire a property that they didn’t even own before the flood from our local option sales tax but they can’t clear up petty debt for these 18 homes?

Click here to read that story!

I wonder if these homes have city liens? Seriously, this happened on 6th Street NW. The city had mailing addresses for people whose homes were sitting there empty. Instead of mailing the homeowner a notice explaining that they were still responsible for things such as mowing their yard at their flooded out home, the city hung notices from overgrown bushes near the front door of the abandoned house. Many homeowners had no idea that the city was going to charge them by placing liens on the property being acquired! 

There is no doubt the mayor would like to think the city smells like a bed of roses but it doesn’t!  He will have to accept the fact that our city always has and always will stink! He would like to think we have recovered from the 2008 flood but we are constantly reminded how skewed the city’s priorities were when we are reminded that rebuilt homes and churches have been demolished while the shell of Ann Poe’s childhood family continues to stand! That alone, stinks!


City of Five Million Potholes


ImageDecades of neglect to finance Downtown District demands have made a mess of Cedar Rapids streets. The Mayor of the City that no longer smells has scheduled a made for television event.     If you go, trust your nose more than your ears.
News Conference: Mayor Corbett to address street challenges
CEDAR RAPIDS, IA – February 24, 2014 – The combination of this winter’s rain and deep freezes has made conditions ripe for potholes and other pavement stress. Mayor Ron Corbett will share how the City is maintaining ongoing vigilance in addressing pothole issues, and will inform citizens of measures the Public Works Department is implementing for immediate needs. City Manager Jeff Pomeranz will share the long-term goals of the City as it implements the first year of a multi-year street repair campaign funded by the local option sales tax. Dave Elgin, Public Works Director; and Craig Hanson, Public Works Maintenance Manager, will also be available to answer specific questions on the topic.

WHEN:
Tuesday, February 25, 8:00 a.m.

WHERE:
City of Cedar Rapids City Services Center (500 15th Ave. SW)
Service Vehicle Storage Area
**Media can park on 4th Street SW and walk into the side door of the garage.


List of Demands


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Now that the city has the money to “fix streets” I DEMAND that they fix 35th Street NE, Oakland Road NE, and O Avenue NW BEFORE they do another streetscaping project!

Iowa Live: 62% LOST VOTE SHORT OF 67% BOND PASSAGE LEVEL


Greetings, Gazette Editorial Board and all—

Gazette Reporter Rick Smith got it right.   Cedar Rapids streets have been mismanaged into such “awful” shape voters had no choice but to swallow City Hall corruption and pass an unneeded $180 million sales tax increase–in the  dismal hopes Corbett and his pals would actually fix the streets. 

Gloating Corbett and his pals are reminded they spent nearly $700,000 and won only 1 out of 3—and the 62% vote was far short of 67% needed to pass a bond issue to fix the streets.

Does this mean Corbett and his pals will clean up their acts?  Not likely, is the best answer at this time! 

They and others of their ilk in Marion, must be watched much more closely than in the past!!

 RESOLVING THE INTEGRITY DIVIDE REQUIRES CITY HALL LEADERSHIP LIKE CEDAR RAPIDS HASN’T SEEN!

The Gazette is a ‘business’ on the east side of the river, and is now aware of the problem.   Will it now use the word “integrity”? 

THE DISASTROUS ANNUAL ECONOMIC AND INTEGRITY  LOSSES FROM THE INTEGRITY DIVIDE IN CEDAR RAPIDS ARE AT LEAST $18 MILLION AND 350 INTEGRITY SCORE POINTS, RESPECTIVELY.  Source: Iowalive  11-3-13

DESCRIPTION OF DISASTROUS INTEGRITY DIVIDE IN CEDAR RAPIDS

Avg. Integrity Index Score, on Scale of 0 to 1,000 Tops

Residents on West Side of River

505

Residents on East Side of River

480

West Side Businesses & Nonprofits, Other Than Churches

360

INTEGRITY DIVIDE

East Side of River Businesses

150

Downtown

15

East Side of River Nonprofits, Other Than Churches

10

City Hall

6

Casino

2

Integrity is Adherence to Moral and Ethics Principles.  The Antonym of Integrity is Evil

Integrity Index Score Derivation Methods are Posted on Website: http://www.iowalive.net/integrityderivation.htm   

Evil Scores are at 250 or Below.  Significant Integrity Starts at 300.  Grand Larceny Scores 40

Anyone Claiming to Have Better Numbers is Asked to Provide Them.

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http://www.iowalive.net/crdeceptionandabuse.htm

http://www.iowalive.net/bigdonorsdumpcrlost.htm

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http://www.iowalive.net/corbettshellgame.htm

Sincerely,

Iowalive   A Growing network of volunteer citizens and professionals for improving Iowa 

 


Cedar Rapids – Home of Iowa’s Cleanest Potholes


What a Mess They Make

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 2014 Budget

Roads, Bridges & Sidewalks – $7.6 million

Street Sweeping – $11.3 million

Cedar Rapids – Home of Iowa’s Cleanest Potholes

Vote NO Nov. 5th

 

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