I am also known as AJ (Ajai) – I met you after the gubernatorial debate. After meeting you I am indifferent as whether you are the best candidate for district 34 the district an area of town I have spent much of my life. I am compelled to ask you just what is it you have you done to help the people on the NW and SW parts of town?
To think you were more interested in talking to a man who doesn’t vote over two women that do irritates me. You were clearly defensive and disdainful towards us and it was not nice meeting you. It is hard to believe I didn’t even know who you were until last Thursday. Evidently, there are people you don’t represent who reside in your district!
You had the power to help us recover but you opted not to!
What have you done to help the people who were flood impacted on the west side of Cedar Rapids? I will answer this for you since you will likely ignore this letter like you ignored me when we met. You helped the city violate federal guidelines by allowing them to draw arbitrary zones supposedly put in place by the United States Army Corps of Engineers! You aided in the illegal treatment given to the people who were really impacted by the flood by allowing the city to coerce many property owners out of their homes. There was not one thing that was voluntary in this so called voluntary property acquisition. As if it couldn’t get any worse you have not once stood up for the rights of the people you claim to represent. You are a disgrace! I want a real representative. Your vote paved the way to the LOST Tax. Gee thanks.
Here is evidence to back my words: In SF 280, the following statement is generally good, but it doesn’t consider the recovery time frame. We need to consider that disasters last for a time, but major disasters require years of recovery. That definition is missing.
“An emergency includes but is not limited to a disaster as defined in section 29C.2 or the period of time immediately following a disaster for which the governor has issued a proclamation of a disaster emergency pursuant to section 29C.6.”
Although 98-0, again, Todd lacked foresight to consider the long-duration recovery, see page 981. http://www.legis.state.ia.us/pubs/hjweb/pdf/March%2023,%202009.pdf#page=41 Although cities can usually put local option taxes up for a vote, the legislature decided to tweak it in this case. They bound the bill to only cover the disasters in 2008, so it doesn’t look forward to future disasters. It also didn’t place enough limitations to ensure that the LOST money wouldn’t be lost on things it shouldn’t be spent on.
The page with 218 at the top has the final vote on SF 44. http://www.legis.state.ia.us/pubs/hjweb/pdf/January%2029,%202009.pdf#page=13
Jumpstart didn’t always help the people that needed help, and the outcome of this is a major clean-up of the processes of disaster recovery. It’s good to try to help, but the lead paint thing was one mess. The confusion some people had between contractors and the home owners and payments…well, this was well-intentioned, but I would hope for better in the future. HF 64 http://coolice.legis.state.ia.us/Cool-ICE/default.asp?category=billinfo&service=billbook&GA=83&hbill=HF64
Again, this was time-bound from May 1 to August 1, 2008. Although we know the city dusted off their old plans, if you search this bill for:”Sec. 24. NEW SECTION. 404B.2 CONDITIONS MANDATORY. ” and look for item 2 under it, the city and county wouldn’t receive anything from this bill unless they had a plan in place. So the faster they lay out a plan, the faster they get paid…
Page 1810 contains the 95-0 vote. http://www.legis.state.ia.us/pubs/hjweb/pdf/April%2024,%202009.pdf#page=109
At a quick glance, it looks like it provided an income tax credit, but how many people kept working in the last half of the year? It’s the wrong tax to credit.
Perhaps this email will enlighten you- I have no idea. You can count on me being in contact in the future- now that you allowed the destruction of my 120 year old community to happen. This AFTER we were promised it was going to be ‘better than ever.’ by the “Weed and Seed” initiative in 2008.
Here is Todd’s LAME and GENERIC reply!
Ajai, Thank you for your email concerning those impacted by the historic floods of 2008. It is very evident in your email that you care deeply about our community. So do I. Each vote regarding flood relief was taken with the thought of how best to help the 5,390 homes and 1,322 business affected by the floods. I also cast votes thinking about the 1,300 city blocks that were submerged, the 24,000 people evacuated and 30 churches flooded. We have all been impacted by the floods. And I look forward to moving on and continuing to rebuild our city and to ensure our community is protected. I appreciate you sharing your views on this important matter. Sincerely, Todd Taylor State Representative