Archive for May, 2012

Economic Engine Ideas

As was suggested by others and I would agree with in order to create the Root River to all it could be for Racine City and County an Economic Engine would need to be found to power the development. My guess is that the lefties would love to see more taxes found for a Government funded and controlled effort for all the things they like to see from a year around Ice Rink to dock side stages.

However the real world comes into play. The State Under Scott Walker (and he will win the Recall) will not allow the City to jack up taxes as much as would be needed to pay for it. The State will not send money to Racine to pay for this sort of silly.

As much as The left loves to talk regionalism,

With any luck Obama the Socialist will be out of office and we will see mega cuts in spending as adults take control of The Government. Yes the left will cry, but they can expect no real money from DC after Obama is out or should the GOP take both Houses.

So there are only a few options left.

The Mayor can use TIF’s and a BID to get some funding. Perhaps 2 or 3 Million more.

The Mayor can pull a “Con” and try to get funding from Waukesha for some type of joint effort with the bet being that Racine can be the one chosen to work with Waukesha vs Milwaukee or Oak Creak that’s a big bet and be interesting the deals that would have to be made.

The City and County might form a joint program with say CATI to create a Water Research Complex located near the Lake/Root River.
Now this should be something that is being worked on now, but sadly it is not. If it was we be hearing all about it unless…. it was tied into selling water…..

There is one other way out option that just might be going on bring together a lot of money looking to invest and get research out of it, A City that needs a huge amount of money, and Waukesha who needs Water badly.

Any Guesses? What do you think?

Money

From when I was in High School my Civic teacher talked about the key to understanding much of politics was to look at the money.
The more I look at local politics the more it looks like to me it is very much about the money and to some degree power (Money can buy power and power get you money)

Nothing wrong with anyone doing what they want to make money as long as its legal. We can talk about a lot of interesting going on in the City of Racine after Open Records come back.
IMHO one of the major reasons Mayor Dickert wanted Marcus to be off City Council was because he knew about money trails was looking at others and worse of all was not afraid of talking about what The Good Old Boys wanted kept in the dark.

After all this is Racine WI a City that my youngest call worse then Youngstown Ohio when she stayed here one summer.

Today’s thought is this: there is a lot of $$ being spent on the Dog and Pony show (Root River project meetings) that few are going to, nor is any form of broadcast media being used to get the message out to others. I understand that for the game to be played the rules must be followed:

Public Meetings must be held

Public Input must be gathered

In someway this information must be put in the plan

The Plan must be made public

When you have public meetings of less then 30 members of the true public vs City officials and paid consults added to the mix and of course as I see it members of the Root River Council Seeding small group talks to “Guide” them making sure the “right points” are added as I see it makes sure that the Public Input is right for the outcome the Good old Boys want.

So then let me ask this how much money is coming? Far more then the 1.2 + I can document.

King of all Media My Thoughts

This might seam off topic for the Root River?Lake Michigan post but well I think you will get the point and why its in my blog today. 🙂

Readers of this blog will understand that one of my bitches about the Root River Project is the lack of information about what is going on and what plans if any exist on how to make sure that everyone who may be interested in the opportunities that are coming with the Root River project can be part of them and simply information/transparency is maintained. When you think of the Millions of $$ that selling Lake Michigan water might bring in, the need is clear I think.

In a time not long ago the gatekeepers in this case the Good Old Boys would have control of the media (Newspaper/Radio)giving anyone little chance of being able to send a message.

Using my efforts as an example, I will explain why this is no longer the case.

We know of this blog and the number of hits it has received but wait! The idea is How many could read it and the act on the information.

I Tweet new Blog Postings to about 4500 Facebook sharing to over 1700
A few retweets and other shares on Facebook looking at over 10,000 who could read not what the Good Old Boys want you to know but what I think is needed to be known.
Control the Media Control the Message
Control the Message Control the Outcome

Root River Revitalization TV

Interesting thing here is story is more easily told visually (TV Film) so thats why I have a TV show on the subject more can see my TV show then read the Local “Paper” of course I put it on You Tube and other Web Sites that will allow free uploads (yes I am Cheep) from the emails nd talking from folks on the street I say a few hundred see my TV show in Racine. You may understand why I and others think the Mayor of Racine is looking for ways to shut down CAR 25 to folks making content he does not like. If in fact IMHO the Mayor of Racine is trying to shut down messages he does not like there is little he can do.
Wait, let me explain! I can and will be doing more syndication of my TV show in fact I am talking to a Web page in Candida that has over 20,000 viewers. You think that telling 20K + folks in the great white North that Racine WI ma be thinking that dumping raw sewage in Lake Michigan as part of our selling Water to cities outside the watershed might get some right upset. I have the best visual effect for this idea too.
Heck with just a little more effort I could get my TV show in front of 100K a week that make an impact.

Control the message Control the outcome

Why the Domain names?

Easy if someone was looking for info on Root River Revitalization and used possible domain names as the search term or part of one I want my Blog to come up first or near first.
The most puzzling thing is why did the Root River Folks not get the Domain names they would need? They are paying some nice $$ to Madison Consults to help them Market the program maybe they need to hire someone with a clue.

Water to Waukesha/ Chinatown comes to Wisconsin?

So the local Racine paper today 5/3/12 comes out in an editorial and said that we should be all about selling Lake Michigan water to Waukesha claiming the job thing as in all kinds of jobs would be coming and of course the cash the City/County would make selling the Water is needed for the City as Racine is well busted and quickly going to Hell. Unless something is found as a game changer we are truly fucked.
Should we jump in bed with Waukesha for some cash not knowing what may happen?
Lots of questions few answers.

Thank God as I understand it there is a lot to do before the selling happens some of the steps are:

Every State on the Great Lakes has to say Yes

As does Canada

Will that happen without some group suing to stop this? I think not.

Do we trust the City of Racine to in fact inform us on what is going on?

With this much money and the power that some group or groups may receive from this will we see a remake of Chinatown? What can we do to FORCE transparency to this? Because if its not transparent we will never know what is going on I believe.

By the forming of the Root River Council has an effort been made to Co-op groups/folks who may have put up a fight? After all if I understand the EPA Grants right the RRC will have some cash to play with. “See this shiny money”….

What will boaters outside the area think if they believe that Lake Michigan may be getting IMHO Raw Sewage as may be the case with this deal. Do we trust Waukesha to do the right thing. Can anyone be truly trusted when 10’s of Millions if not more are on the line?
Do we trust Waukesha? After all Milwaukee has dumped I think over 1 Billion gallons of Raw Sewage into Lake Michigan and no one looks too upset. Why should Waukesha not make a “mistake” that would cause more Sewage into the Lake or the Root River?

Interesting too is the word on the street that is saying that the Editorial in today’s paper was written by a P.R. firm under the direction of Racine City Hall. Might that be true?

Now I believe in the Root River as a great opportunity for the City but I sure have my fears about selling the Water. There is no need to hurry. Lets be very careful. there is the chance of so much easy money but is it worth our soul?

Water is life as is Food

I am hoping like I said last night at City Hall, that the City not only focus on Water but takes a hard look on what local government can do to help promote small scale Agcurculter with in or near by the city of Racine.
Perhaps by allowing some of the Brownfields to be used as Farmland or as I suggested before a Compost operation. Of course it would be best if that effort be able to pay at least the taxes if not a bit more to prove how viable Urban Ag can be. Could be a joint effort by RUGN maybe just a Farmer who knows
As part of this effort I am hoping that Chickens would be allowed within the city as per the same codes used in say Madison WI:
1) Up to 4 Hens
2) No Rosters
3) No selling of eggs
4) Must have permit
5) Must be inspected

Tried this before in Racine but then Belle City Chickens fell apart. Looks like the effort will be tried again.

Reefpoint Posting

Sorry had more to add to the last post but for some unknown reason I cold not add anything after I cut and pasted the PDF.

One of my goals with that posting was to look at backgrounds of the member and see if there was any questins that jumped out at me

Who is on the commission of Reefpoint Marina?

Click the link below to read the report on who’s on the commission.

Appointment of Advisory Commission on Reefpoint Marina

 
 
 
 

New Visit to Baraboo

As you may know I have kin in Baraboo WI. once again after visiting them I found myself in  the City talking to residents about there plan for the Baraboo River.

They like us understand that they have a great resource and want to use it for the highest use for everyone. I have not and think I will not see the racism I  myself see with our (Racine WI) Downtown. Best of all is how I see just plain folk want to see the best possible outcome.

I by chance got to meet the owners of one of the larger businesses in Baraboo, they have IMHO great plans on what they can do with the River to expand what they are doing to expand and create more jobs in the Baraboo area.

After I talk about what I see going on here in Racine with the Root River they were able to guess that our Mayor John Dickert is a Democrat, swear  I did not tell them.

Bonus points to them is there interest in Buying local and the idea of helping to form a Restaurant Supported Ag outlet of some type.  LOt of cool things going on in Baraboo, what I really thought was neat was my understanding that the city of Baraboo wants to help bring business to that town vs Micromanaging  companies out of town.

Beltane Domain Sale!

All the Domain names I own to do with the Root River for the low low price of $3,000.  Comes with a two hour consulting on social media/use of Media and a nondisclosure!

Keep for your own use or give to others!

Sale good to 9:00 PM tonight! Cash only!

contact via email. wclingman@wi.rr.com.