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Robert Bates Posts his First Youtube Video



Former City Council Candidate, Robert Bates, is continuing his battle to have an outside investigation done on the Cedar Rapids Police Department. He made a Youtube video of a phone call he made to the New York Associated Press on May 3, 2013 that became available to the public on May 5, 2013.

Robert Bates

False Memorandum

Fifteen years after he stumbled upon a memorandum with his name on it claiming he was violent and under a doctors care Robert Bates has made it his life mission to have an outside investigation done on the Cedar Rapids Police Department.
Bates told CRSmells, Ajai Dittmar that he wants to clear his name. “I want to clear my name I am not a violent person” he says “I feel like the media has portrayed me as a mentally ill person who wasn’t on my medication but I am not on any medications at the time of the memorandum I wasn’t even under a doctors care.”

Robert Bates

Gazette Story

Robert Bates Robert Bates was charged with two felony counts of threats and an aggravated misdemeanor of first-degree harassment in 2009. He paid a $10,000 surety bond to get out of jail.Trish Mehaffey a journalist with the Gazette covered this case in 2011. Mehaffy wrote three articles in 2011 about Robert Bates but never once called him to ask him his side of the story. News reports aired over and over reminding everyone that “Robert Bates, 43, was charged with two felony counts of threats and one count of first-degree harassment.” Saying “he threatened to blow up the courthouse”.
I asked Bates if he’d ever been interviewed by Trish Mehaffey from the Gazette. He said “no, I’ve been trying to tell my side of the story but they won’t report it”.
On October 4, 2011 Mehaffey wrote “An assistant prosecutor told a judge Tuesday neither he nor the Linn County Attorney’s Office had any bias against a carnival business owner, who is accused of threatening to blow up the courthouse in 2009, and the case is being

Robert Bates

Gazette Story

handled fairly.”  Robert Bates asked for a change of venue based on the nature of the allegations to ensure he had a chance at a fair trial and he was denied.
In an article two days later on October 8, 2011 Mehaffey wrote “Sixth Judicial District Judge Robert Sosalla denies both motions based on lack of evidence presented by Bates. “Bates presented no evidence that any district judges had any personal knowledge of the disputed facts or that they were even aware of the alleged threats, Sosalla stated. He also failed to show any member of the Linn County Attorney or the Linn County Public Defender’s offices showed any bias or prejudice against him.”

I asked Bates why he made that request and he told me that he did it because if he did in fact make a threat to blow up the courthouse then everyone there

would have been a potential victim therefore it would be a conflict of interest. “I didn’t get a fair trial because the case didn’t even go to court”. Bates said. I asked him if he was relieved the charges were dropped and he told me “no I wanted my day in court to settle this matter once and for all but the case was dismissed”.

Robert Bates

One sided story

Mehaffy – March 2, 2012 “Assistant Linn County Attorney Jason Besler said he requested medical records from Bates, which were provided last week. It was determined Bates was making “idle talk” and didn’t intend to present a “real” threat. Instead, Bates’ behavior stemmed from a medical condition, which means he wasn’t responsible for statements made.”

Mehaffy never mentions what this so called medical condition is. Bates says “it’s because it doesn’t exist”.

Bates speaking at a council meeting in 2009


City of Cedar Rapids News Text Alerts


Text Alert City of Cedar RapidsI signed up for the CR News Now Text Alerts yesterday, December 30, 2012, and received my first “text alerts” today.

2nd Street SE Parking Ramp at 7th Avenue (635120-20) is up for bid.  Addendum No. 2 posted: Project Description/Scope of Work:  The Work generally consists of construction of a new six-story, 618 stall cast-in-place concrete parking structure. Bids for four (4) separate contracts are being sought.  Each contract will be awarded to the lowest most responsive and responsible bidder.

Attendance at Pre-Bid Meeting is Mandatory For your convenience, plans and specifications will only be available to download and/or order for free at http://dfs.rapidsrepro.com/.  If you do not have an existing Rapids Reproductions account, you must create an account in order to log in and view/order plans

Bid Bundle Contract

Opinion of

Probable Cost

635120-20 (General Construction)

$8,298,120

635120-21 (Mechanical)

$410,000

635120-22 (Electrical)

$530,500

635120-23 (Elevator)

$181,600

Total

$9,420,220

Sixth Street SW Reduced to Two Lanes Beginning January 2, 201314th Avenue 6th Street SW

On Wednesday January 2, 2013, at 7 am, 6th Street SW between 14th and 15th Avenue will be reduced to one lane each direction for a water tap that will last approximately five days. 

For a complete list of road closures please check: http://bit.ly/cJupdw

Date

12/31/2012

Title

6th St SW Lane Closures

Contact

Mike Duffy, (319) 286-5802

Body

Starting at 7 a.m. on Wednesday, January 2, 2013, 6th Street SW between 14th Avenue SW and 15th Avenue SW will be reduced to one lane in both directions for a water tap. The work is expected to take five (5) days to complete, weather permitting. Traffic should seek an alternate route. For a complete list of road closures please check: http://bit.ly/cJupdw

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The Cedar Rapids Downtown District Great East Iowa Co Prosperity Sphere Eyes Southern Territories for Conquest


The Cedar Rapids Downtown District Great East Iowa Co Prosperity Sphere Eyes Southern Territories for Conquest

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Cedar Rapids Downtown Elite Plan an Economic and Political Polo Event

“He (Dennis Tallman) suggested that the Cedar Rapids Metro Economic Alliance — itself a new entity that combined Priority One, The Cedar Rapids Area Chamber of Commerce, and the Cedar Rapids Downtown District — merge with groups such as Iowa City Area Development and the Iowa City Area Chamber of Commerce.”

http://thegazette.com/2012/12/30/one-regional-economy/

The Cedar Rapids Downtown District Ministry of Information has announced the need for new territories. Having assimilated the Cedar Rapids Chamber of Commerce and converted adjacent communities to near vassal states, the Cedar Rapids Downtown District is eying new fruits of empire to the south.

The Business 380 Division of the Cedar Rapids Downtown District Ministry of Information went into further details in an article of total praise(Cedar Rapids Gazette, Sunday, December 30, 2012, 1D).

Downtown Cedar Rapids fifth column is already active in the coveted territories. “We need to rethink how we do economic development,” C. E. O. of Cedar Rapids Downtown District Ministry of Information, Past Chairman of the Board of the Cedar Rapids Chamber of Commerce and current Iowa City Area Development Group Board Chairman Chuck Peters.

The political subjugation of conquered peoples was surprisingly admitted in the Business 380 article. Retired Aegon C. E. O. Pat Baird was saying a regional identity may involve merging more than economic development groups. Pat Baird gave an example, “Jerry Abramson, the former Mayor of Louisville and now Lt. Governor of Kentucky, told me that Louisville did not move to city-county regional government (in January 2003) to reduce taxes. It was done 100 percent for economic development, and he was able to get the votes needed to approve it.”

Cedar Rapids Downtown District has never had a problem funding campaigns to maintain a compliant Cedar Rapids City Council. Ballot issues are another matter. As leader of the first (2011) failed attempt to extend Cedar Rapids local option sales tax, Mr. Baird should know that.

To pay for its massive cost over runs hotel and convention center and a host of other friends of the Downtown District, 15 in 5 projects, Cedar Rapids Downtown District has desperately tried to maintain a local option sales tax. Two vote yes sales tax extension campaigns were financed by roughly a million dollars largely from those with ties to the Downtown District. Those opposing the sales tax extension spent less than ten thousand dollars.

The oppressed masses of Cedar Rapids revolted by twice voting no on the sales tax extension.

Those in peril to the south, take note. The Cedar Rapids Downtown District is running out of resources and needs new territories to fund itself. Those who know best those who plan your Co Prosperity Sphere assimilation trust them least.

Despite their rhetoric of a shared economic paradise, the proceeds largely go to Downtown Cedar Rapids. Cedar Rapids streets crumble outside its Downtown District. A potential water shortfall due to a lack of wells has been admitted. Etc. Etc. In short, basic infrastructure that is local government’s primary chore has been ignored. Downtown, there are TIFs galore.

Cedar Rapids Downtown District will cry flood recovery as camouflage. This pattern started long before the flood. The flood massively poured outside disaster recovery money in Cedar Rapids to fund what Cedar Rapids Downtown District already had planned. Of course, they say it is to benefit all of Cedar Rapids and adjacent communities will share therein.

There are great benefits to had from fair and just co-operation among neighbors. Examine the record of the Cedar Rapids Downtown District proposing to yoke Johnson County into their East Iowa Co Prosperity Sphere.

They come not to co-operate, but to conquer.

http://crsmells.org/


Doomsday Blizzard 2012 Time-lapsed video footage Cedar Rapids, Iowa


Time-lapse of the Doomsday Blizzard from the NW side of Cedar Rapids, Iowa

It wasn’t the big storm I anticipated it would be but I am happy we got some snow.

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Cedar Rapids Flood Recovery Meeting and Lisa Kuzela