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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!

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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.


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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Sept 10- Vote Out School Board Members


416005_10150453088711370_600971369_8836142_619251124_o (2)Not only did the School Board build a Shrine for themselves that costs millions of dollars but they’re trying to sneak a vote by us too! Not just any vote but a vote that will cost us even more money!

The vote is not being publicized, has become a hidden footnote to the PPEL vote. You vote at high schools, not your polling place. Low turnout means they win. They want more of our dollars, and they want to keep the same people in to waste them. No more taxes, AND it’s time to vote them out.

Remember Polk School?

THE SEPT 10 VOTE: The Physical Plant DSCN0145and Equipment Levy (PPEL) funds the purchase and improvement of District buildings and grounds, construction and repair of schools or buildings and access roads, and the purchase or lease of District vehicles and busses. On Sept. 10, the District will ask the community to consider a PPEL rate of $1.34 per $1,000 taxable property valuable. (RAISE YOUR PROPERTY TAXES) Voting on Sept. 10 will take place at five Vote Center locations. THESE DIFFER from precinct voting in that a voter may choose to vote at any Center location.

Vote Centers will be located at Jefferson, Kennedy, Metro,and Washington high schools and at the Educational Leadership and Support Center. Polls will be open from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m.

THE BALLOT WILL ALSO INCLUDE BOARD OF EDUCATION CANDIDATES. The ballot will also include Board of Education candidates.

They are sneaking it in…will you vote?

 


Antiwar Activist Adam Kokesh Facing Federal Gun Charges for Act of Civil Disobedience


English: Adam Kokesh one of several indivduals...

English: Adam Kokesh one of several indivduals arrested after a nonviolent protest against the Iraq war in the Senate Hart Office Building, Washington, DC. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

We live in some dangerous times.  But, no one lives in more dangerous times than the revenue generating police who have to meet quotas.  The only reason it’s more dangerous for the police to continue business as usual is because there are video cameras everywhere.  We live in times where the police have been caught on tape screaming profanity at suspects, beating people up,  planting drugs, killing dogs, and even killing unarmed civilians.

Adam Kokesh is not just anyone.  He is well-known around the world.  He is a Youtube personality and did the video more on a dare than anything.  Adam Kokesh is an antiwar activist who made a video of himself loading a gun on Freedom Plaza.
I have been an Adam Vs. The Man listener for a couple of years.  I miss hearing him on his podcastAdam Kokesh is pro-constitution and antiwar.  Pro-peace and preaches the non violent principle. I don’t see what he did as a crime.  Loading a gun to make a video does not mean he moved around with the gun loaded.  I didn’t agree with the particular act of civil disobedience that he  was going to commit and did commit on July 4th at Freedom Plaza but I  understand it.  He has broken many unconstitutional laws by committing acts of civil disobedience. Adam claimed from a jail house interview that the drugs that were found at his home were planted in Adam’s house by the police when they raided it in Herndon, Virginia on July 9th when Parks Police arrested him with their SWAT team.
Adam Kokesh, an anti-war veteran activist used his first and second amendment rights on July 4, 2013, at Freedom Square, in Washington D.C.. Mainstream media outlets dub him a pro—gun activist and he is– he just isn’t as dangerous as government officials consider him.  Adam did not dump paint on Abraham Lincolns Memorial nor did he kill a minor yet he is facing five years in prison for making a Youtube video.  What a joke.  There is no way our tax money should pay for frivolous witch hunts.

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English: January 10, 2009 Veterans for Peace members protest against Israel invasion of Gaza at Lafayette Park, between White House and U.S. President-elect Barack Obama’s temporary hotel residence. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Veterans for Peace have resolutions and in these resolutions one states there is a need for civil disobedience in these times.  VFP recognizes the value of non violent civil disobedience as a necessary part of the struggle for justice and peace in these desperate times understanding that there may be a high price to pay by individuals who decide to act. 

CNN:  “District of Columbia Magistrate Judge Lori Parker said Kokesh “poses a danger” and went “out of his way” to violate the district’s laws.”
“Kokesh’s attorney, Peter Cooper, said after the appearance in the Superior Court of the District of Columbia that his client is making a “political statement,” but argued the government is doing the same thing “Their allegation about danger, I believe, is unwarranted,” Cooper said.” “He posted bond on Thursday for that charge, but “never saw the light of day” as police picked him up soon afterward, Cooper said.
Kokesh has a history of publicly airing his opinions. He was discharged from the Marines in 2007 for wearing his uniform during an anti-war protest.””In his now infamous YouTube video, Kokesh states: “We will not be silent. We will not obey. We will not allow our government to destroy our humanity.””
Then, loading shells into the shotgun, he looks into a camera, saying, “We are the final American revolution. See you next Independence Day.”

Next Independence Day people across the country will stand in protest of the Federal Reserve . I am as certain of this as I watch  prices increase on everything.  The Federal Reserve is not a government branch but is a privately owned company that has destroyed our republic for the last  100–years. Everything from the rising cost of food to the cost of war originates from The Federal Reserve.  All of our problems can be connected to the beast that prints money out of thin air!

 


Railroading a Corridor of Hegemony


Railroading a Corridor of

Hegemony

a Corridor of Hegemony

a Corridor of Hegemony

Berlin to Baghdad

Cedar Rapids to Iowa City“The railway from Berlin-Vienna-Constantinople led through Belgrade, Nish and Sofia. The control of Servia, as of Bulgaria, was, therefore, essential to Germany for carrying out the Hamburg to Baghdad project, the very core of Pan-Germanism.”

http://www.globalsecurity.org/military/world/europe/de-berlin-baghdad-3.htm

“But what about that idea of a Cedar Rapids-Iowa City rail line? It would give the thousands of people who commute daily on Interstate 380 another option and possibly ease congestion on the crowded roadway.

It also would provide a boost to public transportation, the environmental movement and the Creative Corridor initiative calling for more regionalism.”

http://thegazette.com/2013/07/07/eastern-iowa-commuter-rail-proposal-on-slow-track/

Studies and just a cursory observation show that restoring passenger rail service between Cedar Rapids currently makes no economic sense. Still, those crying for a Corridor Empire and their Forth Estate friends dredge up once more what should be a non issue.”Unified government in the Cedar Rapids-Iowa City Corridor has been discussed at various times, most recently by Pat Baird, former president and CEO of AEGON USA (now Transamerica).

Baird, who facilitated a November meeting of  Cedar Rapids Metro Economic Alliance and the Iowa City Area Development Group investors, said unified regional government models should be explored. The backers met to discuss issues involving the two economic-development groups working better together.”

http://thegazette.com/2013/01/20/economic-development-population-spurred-by-unified-government/

The Counts and no counts of Cedar Rapids Downtown District royalty have made no secret of their plans. An empire of “regionalism” with Cedar Rapids Downtown District as its imperial capital is what they hope to command.
A money losing Lionel layout is not wasteful. Money pursuing their imperial ambitions is never wasted, as long as it is not theirs.Empty trains and even more are what the great mass of unwashed taxpayers must pay for. One stop shopping for all their Tax Increment Funding treasure hunts and assorted tax abatement ordinances demands a larger empire to exploit.

Be prepared to confront the Cedar Rapids Downtown Districts race for new colonies. If not, be prepared to be tied to the tracks.

Mt. Trashmore Trail do you use it?


Mt. Trashmore Trail

I’ve been thinking about checking out local trails and rating them but I haven’t figured out DSCN9488a rating system or whether or not people would even be interested.
On June 1, 2013 the Cedar River flooded. One trail that was underwater was the trail along the dump also known as Mt. Trashmore. I saw a video last week that had me sitting on the edge of my seat the whole time here’s the video!

Riding the Mt. Trashmore Trail while it is underwater is dangerous. Thankfully, this man knows this trail and how rivers work but I wouldn’t suggest doing anything like he did to anyone. I enjoyed the video.

Checking the water line at Mt. Trashmore

Get up to 5 new .COMs, $5.99 per year for the 1st year! I wanted to see just how high the water got and so my friend, Jim Pate, and I went down there to get some footage of the flood line and the Mt. Trashmore Trail on June 12, 2013.

Mt. Trashmore review

We saw a lot of people using the trail and knew that they smelled the same things we did. The Mt. Trashmore Trail has got to be the most vile smells of all smells in Cedar Rapids, Iowa next to the ADM plant. The Mt. Trashmore Trail is not a trail that I would suggest to anyone, especially a newcomer. I just wonder if you use the trail and if so, why?


Bilderberg, the New World Order, and Agenda 21 Conspiracies


Conspiracy Theorists Examined

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English: Emblem of the United Nations. Color is #d69d36 from the image at http://www.un.org/depts/dhl/maplib/flag.htm (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

The New York Times called Alex Jones a “conspiracy theorist loon: paranoid, megalomaniacal, (they didn’t even spell that right it should say ‘monomaniacal’ ) delusional, and sweaty.” in their article here: click here to read.  These days the truth might be stranger than fiction.

The New World Order

According to Alex Jones, the mainstream media tried to say that the Bilderberg Group did not exist and that he was “crazy”.  Alex Jones has been warning his listeners about the new world order also known as Agenda 21, one world government, or the United Nations.  Now that the Bilderberg has been proven to  exist and people are figuring it out on the internet the mainstream media was forced to talk about it. It was reported on in the UK but instead of focusing on the seriousness of the issues at hand they made fun of it.  CNN even took pot shots at Jones in their coverage of the huge protest.  I don’t always give CNN props but they did a better job covering  Bilderberg in Europe than Europe did!

What is the Bilderberg Group?

They are the top elites of the world and they dictate all policy.  Who meets at these kinds of things?  The Bilderberg Group is comprised of war contractors, bankers, and corporate heads. Wikipedia listing of Bilderberg Group Participants click here
Even though they are the group of people many complain about.  The same group runs the media and could impact your 401k in the blink of an eye.  Their agenda needs to be made public.

Even though they impact the public in every way imaginable they see themselves as the overlords of the world.  “This year their topics range from the economy, jobs, to U.S. foreign policy.” According to CNN.  We all know that the administration plans to be at war for the next twenty to twenty-five years.  That’s too long!

Agenda 21

How do you feel about having a global police state?  In this video at 1:11 into it Iowa Governor Branstad admits that Agenda 21 is a United Nations resolution that is nothing more than a government overreach.”

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The City of Cedar Rapids, IA, Did Not Ensure a Competitive Procurement Process and Did Not Properly Execute Its CDBG Disaster Recovery-Funded Contracts


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Lisa Kuzela

PRESS RELEASE —-

From Lisa Kuzela to Cedar Rapids to local media –

Attached is the May 6, 2013 HUD Office of Inspector General Report.

It states “The State did not monitor the City’s voluntary property acquisition program in accordance with its approved Disaster Recovery action plans. Its monitoring checklists did not include all of its procurement requirements, such as cost reasonableness and all required contract provisions.”

In other words, the City of Cedar Rapids has done whatever they wanted, and the State turned a blind eye. Could it possibly have something to do with the local relationships at the state level?

I don’t care to know why you didn’t cover this huge issue; I just want our local news media to start informing the public on what is really going on in this town.

Once the fraud and illegalities crash in on our town, our local media will be viewed as accomplices to this corruption. Many of us have told you over and over, but the media chose to ignore the facts.

Worse, our newspaper continues to take even proof of wrongdoings by our city and spin it into something positive. Case in point: the October 2012 HUD OID Report.

Rick Smith reported statements of deceit by Mayor Ron Corbett. He included Corbett as stating “there is no fraud.” The report never even eluded to such, but by including the Mayor as stating so, Smith led the public to believe everything is fine.

Office of Inspector General

Office of Inspector General

Smith further misled the public by not including something as simple and informative as the subject title of the report:

The City of Cedar Rapids, IA, Did Not Ensure a Competitive Procurement Process and Did Not Properly Execute Its CDBG Disaster Recovery-Funded Contracts.”

The question is: are you going to continue to ignore? Are you going to continue your denial and worse – chastise those of us speaking out with the truth as “naysayers?”

OR are you going to do what they taught you in journalism school and report the news?

This is only the beginning!

(This must be why Karr, Swore, Shields and Corbett bullied me at the May 14th, 2013 council meeting. They were angry at me about this Report that came out several days earlier.)

Please please consider donating to this cause. http://www.gofundme.com/disasterrecoveryreform

You can donate anonymously, if you’d prefer.

The funds pay for public information from the City and State who have increasingly set up roadblocks for me by increasing costs (by increasing the estimated amount of time it takes them to get me the information.)  I do not pay myself out of this account. But, public information is not free and funds are running low.

Please help me continue these investigations! You can pay online or drop by my home or mail to:

Disaster Recovery Reform
c/o Lisa Kuzela
341 Carter Street NW
Cedar Rapids, IA  52405

 

 


Exciting Times in Cedar Rapids Downtown District


Exciting Times in Cedar Rapids Downtown District

The_Gazette_Riots Early Sunday Morning “Brawl” Becomes Tuesday’s News

Story Created: Jun 4, 2013 at 8:43 AM CDT (Tuesday)

Story Updated: Jun 4, 2013 at 11:45 AM CDT
Police were called to The Vault, 208 Second Ave. SE, at 1:44 a.m. Sunday for a large disturbance. Sgt. Cristy Hamblin said responding officers encountered several large fights – involving more than 100 people in total – going on and one man on the ground who appeared to be injured. Police said the ongoing brawl made it difficult to get to the injured man.

http://www.kcrg.com/news/local/Downtown-Cedar-Rapids-Fight-Involved-100-People-Five-Arrested-210070451.html

“I think it sends a nice statement to our community that we want to be a vibrant and lively town. Nobody wants to live in a drab, boring town. They want to have some life in a town. And I think that complex (the Downtown District’s multimillion of taxpayer’s dollars hotel/convention complex) is helping, along with other investments that we made, create that life and vibrancy.’” CRST Special Projects Manager and Mayor of Cedar Rapids Ron Corbett.

http://thegazette.com/2013/06/02/window-to-our-city/

It was truly an exciting weekend for Cedar Rapids Downtown District. The repeatedly failed hotel taxpayer’s purchased and the if you rebuild it pray they come events center were open for business. The Downtown District located dominant local media swelled with pride. It was evident when pulp hit front porches on Sunday morning.

Unlike the huzzahs for the patched up hotel, another bit of Downtown excitement was not foretold in a press release.

Nearly 100 people were fighting in the streets early Sunday morning within blocks of the hotel and “Your 24 Hour News Source.” Yes, the news never sleeps.

All those out of town guests asleep in their pricey, nearby hotel rooms may not have known what they missed. Unless a freight train rumbling by yards away, or sirens woke them, they learned nothing from local media as they packed their bags and left town.

It is doubtful many guests hung around until nearly noon Tuesday to hear the history of Sunday’s Gettysburg on the Cedar. Unless the out of town tourists live within the Cedar Rapids media market, they will probably never what they missed.

What a shame.

You all come back now, hear.

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