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Tuesday, September 9, 2014

Go for it!

Apparently in Peoria, unlike Pekin, talking with a cell phone plastered to your face is perfectly OK.  I could haul Stevie Wonder around with me in my car and even he could see people at stop lights texting, texting while driving, talking on their cell.  Weaving in and out of lanes, no signals, all because they aren't paying attention to speed limits, road signs, traffic lights, because they have one hand on their cell phone.

I lost all faith of this ever being enforced when I turned a corner only to see a cop, a Peoria Police Officer, yakking away on his cell phone pressed to his face.  

So...if the cops can do it, why not right?  Apparently the police in Peoria aren't concerned one bit for vehicle safety.  So, when you have an accident because some assbag hit you while he/she was yakking away or texting, give the cop a break when he shows up, appears pissed he is there, and has to write a report.  He had better things to do.

I hate it when work gets in the way of your personal life. 

Thursday, September 4, 2014

I told You so....

Oh here is a surprise!    (Follow the link to WEEK 25 web site story) This whole mess is because Grayeb sucked up to his neighborhood organization for a perceived problem that really didn't exist.  Cut through traffic, speeding, and deaths to pedestrians.  There are still accidents at Main and University, one with injuries at 6am on a Sunday morning no less. None of that was a real problem until this intersection opened. Now the cut through traffic is worse, people do speed (397 tickets!!) and they run the red lights. Just sitting at this intersection and watching, you can count 2 or 3 cars that run the red, ignore the No Turns signage, and most important, people who are impatient with the crossing signals and cross the damn street anyway.  This intersection would be wonderful in a different environment like on a college quad, or in a neighborhood setting but this idiotic city tried to make a busy, major artery to points north and south in this city into a neighborhood corner. It's like putting this design at Knoxville and War Memorial. It wouldn't work but damn the people right?  BTW, How much police resources has been sucked up patrolling this neighborhoods for criminals rolling through stop signs and going 5 over the ridiculous 20 mph speed limits????  Are these special home owners being charged extra for this door to door service?  Wait until winter when you are wondering where the plows are because it takes twice as long to clear this area because of all the dumb enhancements to the curbs.  You get what you vote for and allowing Grayeb back on the Council so he could kiss butt with his friends and allowing this crap to happen to inconvenience the many to satisfy the few is outrageous and I think this is cronyism using taxpayer monies at it finest.  This should be illegal and it is.  Too bad nobody will step up and try and prove this was all done to improve their buddies property values and not to improve safety or way of life in the least.  If you buy next to a dynamite factory, expect explosions, if you buy next to a vinegar works, expect smells, and if you buy next to a major University, expect traffic.  Want peace and quite and no traffic?  Move to the country!

I and many other people who have to use cars to get from A to B are tired of the expense and hassle of driving 2, 3 or more miles out of our way to get someplace in Peoria because a few people can't stand cars going by their houses.  For many coming from the south end, Bartonville, and Bellevue area, getting to points north in Peoria, like the businesses out University and Forrest Hill area is a hassle to say the least.  Farmington Road is under construction, as is Sterling hill which is moving at a snails pace, and Park Rd is seeing traffic never seen on this curbless unlit roadway it's history. So much so that the city planted new 4 way stop signs at Nebraska and Park.

If you go Main, then you better be prepared for the cars racing in the right lane to beat you to that one lane Main falls into. These cars are travelling well over the posted 25 mph limit. Then you better be prepared to sit and wait at least 2 light cycles, if no one has pushed the walk button, to simply make a turn.  And when you do turn, watch for cars ignoring the No Turn signs on Red and turning anyway and also the people you cross the street without waiting for the fancy Walk Sign.  No police enforcement of any of this because they are too damn busy sitting in the Uplands watching one of the 20 or so Stop Signs or radar on Moss Ave as you drive 20 mph and watch people on bikes ride past you.


Sunday, August 31, 2014

This is how I feel today....


So, we are all surprised about the news in the local rag (PJS)  that the Civic Center is losing money....again.  We were told by the pundits and city leaders that while the taxpayer would need to support the new Civic Center, in time it would make money.  Hence the birth of the HRA Tax.  We were also told by our city leaders that the Museum would have great numbers.  It's not.  Good Lord, we are also told by our city leaders that the new hotel will now be a big draw.  That has yet to be seen but considering the management and funding problems that have surfaced already, don't hold your breath.  I mean, we all want nice things and a good looking city, but in order for that to happen, we must have priorities. If you build a house in the middle of a cesspool, it's going to stink. Priorities!  Get rid of the cesspool, and the building of the house will happen.

3 big developments that 2 are failing and maybe a third but....

 .......let's not forgot about the ballpark and the millions spent putting a zig and a zag in Jefferson Street and the lawsuit to move a dry cleaners that cost us millions.  The new ballpark was supposed to spurn bars and restaurants like a small Wrigleyville in Chicago.  That never ever happened but the TIF, used to help along business,  kept quietly going and collecting money until the city almost got away with shifting that money to the Warehouse TIF. If TIFs adjoin, money can be legally shifted between them. (which is why 90% of Peoria is a TIF) But the south town residents got wind of that money and fit a bitch at a red faced council meeting.  Remember that?  Well that money went to a new roof for  privately held recreation center, a church's food pantry, and ornamental lighting to a now councilwoman's iron fenced neighborhood. The rest went quietly into the Warehouse District anyway.  (TIFs were first created in California and because of the corruption and shifting of monies for pet projects, they are now outlawed in that state)

I can also add that probably the fifth dumbest thing this city did was Main and University intersection. But so goes how business is conducted in this city and yet, we all seem to re-elect the same people back in every cycle.  We even reelect has beens from councils past. So, nobody should be surprised that the Museum, the Civic Center, the new hotel,  the ballpark (yes, it is privately held but it gets taxpayer relief anyway) are all under achievers.  Throw in Midtown Plaza, the Gateway Building, and now the rotting "PAD" on the Riverfront and it's a regular side show.  Of course, this sideshow is at taxpayer's expense.  (Rotting Pad you say?  Check out the huge jacks put in place to hold the damn thing up. How much is that going to cost us, even though a developer owns it?) (pic on left)


The Civic Centers problem started way back why it was first envisioned. The Arena was to be much much larger with nicer seats so as to attract big name entertainment. It was thought then that this area couldn't support a bigger venue and the CC would surely lose money and cost that taxpayer. The HRA tax was supposed to be a temporary tax.  (like the garbage fee) Through the usual process that has always been our city council, cuts were made and it was greatly downsized in capacity. The Quad cities had a bigger venue and thus got the bigger acts. Here in Podunk, our Arena isn't quit big enough for some acts and when we do get a big name, the tickets are well over $100 a seat for the Arena.  

No amount of adding on, improving, or adding glass, will fix our Civic Center. The number of seats it can hold has never increased over the years and can't be increased, and that is what kills it.  

So it goes.....Peoria has some nice things.  We do have the seasons which I am glad our council can't dick with. The Zoo is half decent but can be expensive for a young family of 4 or more. We have some very nice local bars and restaurants, some of which are Peoria only icons.  If you are into chains, then East Peoria spouts a chain faster than rabbits can reproduce.
Look,  all I am saying is that Peoria needs work.  It needs to have people who have priorities set as you can't move the cart with the horse tied to the rear.  We have to stop returning the same people to our front office.  If we don't, then we will get the same results.  Tell me I'm wrong.


Saturday, August 23, 2014

Here's a surprise!


According to the paper of record, Peoria Journal Star, the new hotel developer, Gary Mathews is being sued by former property owners where the new hotel now sits for default on a multi-million dollar loan ($3+ Million) that hasn't been paid back.  (read mostly likely Big Al, another millionaire this City has made, doing the suing) They will have to get in line to sue Gary Mathews as he is being sued by various others  (http://www.pjstar.com/article/20140822/NEWS/140829655)

The real surprise in this? The City of Peoria is named in the suit. Yet another lawsuit the taxpayers will have to pony up for and the Twitter suit is still out there.

Can't wait for our elected city leaders to tell us the Garbage Fee has to go up again. (Remember the holy words of Councilman Turner 3:25: "We shall not raise the Garbage Fee ever!  This is a temporary fee!")  Oh right? A fee paid by only property owners in the City of Peoria, but not by businesses or non profits.  Of course least we forget.....The Garbage Fee was ORIGINALLY imposed on the public as a way to pay for extra police to make our neighborhoods better and would never be raised as it was...according to Tuner 4:17; "It is hardship on people with fixed incomes and the elderly."  (Originally $72 a year.  Now, $168 a year) 

But but...if it's the Garbage Fee and it goes to police protection then why is it called the garbage fee when the collection of garbage is included in the property taxes and then why not called it the police protection fee and......on and on.  Confused?  Indeed many were but like sheep that we are, we continued to vote in rehashed rejects from council's past (read Grayeb) and recycle the same people on the Council and paid the damn fee.  What did we get?  Mandatory rental of trash totes and told that the Garbage Fee is now going towards garbage collection so it can be raised as after all, their millionaire friends at PDC need the money.  Police and crime?  Read a book!  May I suggest "Don't Shoot"?  I regress....

So, the new hotel is starting to smell?  Worse than ADM. There's a surprise right? 

Is that new intersection killing people?????

You can argue both sides but here is a letter from the PJS forum (http://www.pjstar.com/article/20140822/OPINION/140829676/10971/OPINION) that suggests that their grandmother might have had a chance to survive if they didn't have to wait on an ambulance being delayed because it couldn't get thru the University and Main intersection.  Part of the reason, is the idiotic system of when a person pushes the Walk Button to cross, all traffic in all directions is stopped so the people can leisurely stroll across the street or diagonally through the middle of the street.  (Remember the old days? When you crossed with the green light?  Worked for decades without a problem.  I am surprised the city didn't install a rope so people too stupid to cross a street could use the rope.) That is when traffic backs up.  According to the letter writer, this happened during the am on a Saturday morning. You know, light traffic???  

I guess the Bradley students and residents of the Uplands lives are more important.  After all, Bradley students stay here about 4 years, (or 7 kegger parties, whichever comes first) and then they leave, seldom if ever coming back. So as a community, we all should care what they think right?

Of course there are the residents of the Uplands who mostly alone support the fine businesses there. Well, they would like you to think that but we can't have those fine people spilling their coffee or lattes while strolling what is now the beautiful Main and University area can we? But, as I have had a full supporter of the intersection design,  and resident of the area tell me; "If you don't like the new intersection, then go fuck yourself and stay away!"  Nice huh?

I guess what he meant was, I and others who used that intersection to access Peoria north and other areas including to access I 74 from the south end and from Bellevue areas, that we can drive 2,3, or even 5 miles out of our way and go another route so as not to disturb a few people, who bought homes in that area. Well I do just that whenever possible and I avoid the businesses there also.  My money apparently isn't green enough for them. All are public streets and we all have the Right as licensed drivers, and the Privilege, to drive on any public street any time we want lawfully. But....I guess if you don't like it, well fuck off.

At any rate, now we have a family blaming the death of their loved one on this very intersection. Plausible? Maybe.  Maybe not.  If it could be proved, I am sure the City would have yet another lawsuit against it. Sad anyway you look at it. I just hope that, and I doubt this will occur, if there is a lawsuit over that intersection involving the City of Peoria, they divide the costs of such suit,  between the residents and the business of that area only and spare the rest of the tax payer money because after all....we can go fuck ourselves. 

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Wonder Where the NRA is...

With all that trouble down in Missouri and indeed all over the country concerning the police. I have to wonder....Where is the NRA????

This is the organization that once called the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, and Firearms (ATF) a bunch of "Boot jacked thugs". While claiming hate for "big government".

So with the way police these days love to dress up with more gear than a solider going into Iraq, to so call.."protect us", one has to wonder if this country is slowly becoming a police state. The very fabric I thought the NRA hated.  The reason they always say..."Go out and exercise your 2nd amendment Rights and buy guns!."  "The govermint is coming for you!"

I really didn't expect to see the "Clive Bundy" militia types show up and fend off the police in Ferguson Missouri and point their weapons at police officers like they did in Nevada. For two reasons.  One, and this is the biggest, these groups are chicken shit assholes who hide behind their wives and daughters, and Two, just as big, these people in Ferguson aren't their favorite color.

This is why the NRA is so silent on this crap.  I mean they are always "you need a gun to live anywhere in America today as someone will break into your house at any minute or you'll be shot without one on the streets" bullshit organization.  You see....you'll see more black faces on an episode of the Dukes of Hazard, than you will at an NRA convention.

Meanwhile, on the ignorance of Americans, gun manufactures continue with record profits, and the head of the NRA, Wayne LaPierre, counts his cash and continues to play on the low information voter and ignorant American.

It is really sad when you think that a lot of Americans today don't fear the thug on the street, but fear the cops on the street.




ed note: please see my disclaimer under my name on the right. These are my opinions. Feel free to click your mouse and get back to your porn.

Saturday, August 16, 2014

Sit City, sit.....

Have you all had the chance to drive the new ZIG ZAG on Columbia Terr.???  It's right off of University? You zig one way and then zag the other way.  Sort of like NASCAR warming their tires for the race. Not to worry, a fire truck can simply run over the signs as they pop back up.  Try it! I have.

Please! Who in the Uplands has the nude pictures of the four way at the last City Council Christmas Party? They must exist. How could anyone explain how so much resources, energy, taxpayer money be spent so fast on one neighborhood?  Ever need something done by the city? Then you know it moves like a glacier in northern Canada.  But when the Uplands squeaks, response is as instant as Nestle's Quick.  

I mean are Upland's cut through problems are worse now than at any time in the last 70 years?  Are they? Gee, I wonder why.  Could it be because of the City re-making one of the busiest and heavily traveled intersections in Peoria into a one lane glorified bike path almost overnight? I mean this same city spent longer to re-build Forrest Hill than the Egyptians spent building the Great Pyramid of Gaza. Yet,  in weeks, this intersection was transformed into a Bradley University street poster. 

Well it's done. We have to live with it.  Some people are avoiding the area completely. That has to hurt some of the businesses there.  I wonder in a few years of ice, snow, salt, heat, trucks turning and hitting the curbs, and even the traffic, how much the taxpayers are going to have to cough up to repair the intersection?  Remember the expensive stairs at the Pad on the riverfront?? 

And also, if the Uplands can get this service from our city government, then will other neighborhoods see lightning fast responses to their traffic problems?? Will I se some enforcement of the 25 mph speed limit on my street?  Or are the kids who walk my streets not as important as the youths in the Uplands? 

Really. Thinks about it for a minute.  Lower speed limits and better side walks are great for walking safety and children playing in neighborhoods.  But I think the City has gone over the edge with the Uplands, short of just gating off the entire neighborhood and posting "Keep the Fuck Out" signs. Zig Zagging is no the new thing, with 20 mph speed limits (don't apply to bikes) and stop signs every 20 feet with a police car watching for enforcement. I sure hope jay walking on Main is now enforced. I'd hate to see that taxpayer money wasted on lighted unused crosswalks. I also would hate to see people crossing Main at University without waiting for the white cross light. 

I just want to see the same service by this city to other neighborhoods in Peoria.  That is all.  

There has to be those nude pictures somewhere!