What evidence links Joe to this flyer and the organization? Could you post the scanned copy of this flyer? Plenty of people are against TIF's, Brian White and inclusive housing. Please clarify what about the flyer makes Joe so bad.
Well Bob, let me spell this out for you and recap that I am not a TIF/RIF supporter. First of all, I walk the Jarvis area fairly frequently since I use that EL stop. I notice stuff and presumably you do too in the neighborhood you frequent. I also notice Facebook entries and I also notice that there are additional flyers, different color paper but from the Alderman's office, also hanging up a day or two later, and the anti-TIF/RIF signs are still up. The issue and color of the paper is different, but otherwise it looks the same. I am not buying coincidence as an explanation. I personally know Friends Of Joe, one of whom is a ward heeler, and I am very much aware of their perspective on the issue. Based on conversations I have had with some of White's supporters, the TIF may be the defining issue for him. Moore doesn't make that claim, but he certainly makes his views clear;
Mr. Moore maintained that Mr. White had always wanted his job. “I view this TIF proposal as part of a long-term strategic plan on his part to run for alderman — a flawed strategic plan,” he said.
Can you spell a-g-e-n-d-a? Add to the foregoing the experience of those who participated in the 2007 campaign, who immediately recognized the tactic when I described it (heads bobbing in unison is quite the sight to see), and I am hard pressed to look beyond Moore and his campaign flunkies. As to what it is about the flyer that makes Joe so bad - can you spell h-y-p-o-c-r-i-t-e? Probably not because if you paid attention to the original post you would have noted what I said, which I will repeat for you:
Go back and read that reference about keeping buildings up to code. Clearly the writer of this flyer wants us to know that there is out of code property out there that our tax dollars will be used to fix up. Really? Well if we have enough out of code property to worry our writer, then I want to know what Joe is doing about it besides putting out anti-TIF flyers and waiting for service calls to his office. Anyone who can pay a ward heeler to flyer on this issue can pay a ward heeler to work with the city on out of code buildings and make life uncomfortable for those owners.
Somehow I just don't think Joe is up for that. He has been knocked on in the past for accepting donations from developers and landlords. Westgard recently did a post about the campaign finances and alludes to contributions from slumlords. On the one hand we have a flyer complaining that the TIF would be used to pay the landlords to get their buildings up to code, and on the other we have the sitting alderman accepting donations from landlords viewed as slumlords. What are the chances that these same donors have out of code property? What are the chances that Joe will seriously consider forcing them to clean up their respective acts?
What is it about the above that you find so difficult to understand? The TIF/RIF is not a good idea at this time. Decaying, out of code buildings are never a good idea. Joe would better serve his constituents by leading a public effort to clean up out of code buildings instead of accepting donations from known slumlords and promulgating FUD via this flyer. Is that clear enough or should we meet for coffee at Charmers and discuss further? And because you missed it, here is the flyer.