Tuesday, December 19, 2006

Cave Men, Inspections and other city stuff.....

I think this is a good example were more government is good a thing. As the city council tries to clean up the mess they made of Davenport’s environmental and rental inspection program, I offer some free advice. Take it for what it’s worth.

First, bring back the housing inspectors and strengthen the housing and environmental department. It’s probably better under Public Works then Community Development. But obviously the fire department can’t deal with it when they are the cities first responder to health and safety concerns.

Secondly, change the city ordinances that require the city to collect refuse for all properties of twelve units or less. Yah, this is expanding services but this will ensure a large number of rental properties in Davenport have containerized collection.

Thirdly, as part of the rental license, owners of buildings of twelve units or more must register what commercial hauler they utilize. This will allow the city to monitor if the problems are directed towards specific landlords or the haulers themselves.

Finally, let’s admit that government has a purpose. Cow towing to special interest like the Quad City Rental Association has not lead to a better community. There some things government should do. Let’s hope Alderman Shawn and Lynn take a step back from the libertarian stance that government is the enemy. We got stuff to do, so let’s get it done.

Other stuff…

The Colonel gives condolences to Mayor Freemire and his family on the death of his mother. May the Good Lord embrace her soul!

Banning compassion is not great PR. May I suggest to Alderman Keith, that a moratorium on social services is not a well timed topic. Yah, I understand the concerns and frustrations of folks down there. May I suggest the council just votes down the request for waiver of the liens without much comment! The outcome benefits the surrounding neighbors and the council avoids the appearance of poorly groomed cavemen.

Have a great day….

George

32 Comments:

At December 19, 2006 7:45 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Ummm, I agree. Best thing the city did was go to the green covered cans. Now I don't have to deal with my lazy neighbor using the black plastic bags that the dog rips into three days before trash day.
Of course, the lazy fart leaves the can out two days after pick up, but its a far improvement.

 
At December 19, 2006 8:20 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

For once col I agree with you. Mark this day in history.

 
At December 19, 2006 8:27 AM, Blogger cruiser said...

For the most part we agree again. I just can't see how a moratorium on social services is a ban on compassion. If you look in the Yellow pages, there are at least 45 listings in Davenport under Social Services. We are saturated now with these agencies. How many do we need?

 
At December 19, 2006 8:32 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

We understand where Ald. Meyer is coming from. There is tremendous duplication of services for the help agencies and often within mere blocks of one another. We do not need another help service like Balcony House. Enough is enough. Let's stop making Davenport the headquarters for all free services in the Iowa - Illinois region.

Also, why doesn't someone address the issue of conflict of interest for this woman from the Sheriff's Department?

 
At December 19, 2006 8:49 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Just when did Mrs. Grimstad buy her Balcony House property? Find that out and you'll know how long the 7th judicial was planning to use the Sear's building.

 
At December 19, 2006 11:46 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I don't know if bringing back the housing/enviromental department is the answer. My area suffered terrible when it was a department.
Our area has seen great improvements since the fire department has taken over.
It make me wonder if it was/is the departments leadership that has made a difference.

 
At December 19, 2006 1:38 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Suggestion, run your posts through a spell check. It takes mere seconds and does wonders for you not looking like a goof :)

Bad spelling and Grammar aside, this woman seems to have a plan... And what also seems to be the motivation to get it done. I don't think we should punish her for that. I just hope everyone remembers that we will have these "criminals" in our community either way. Providing a center for them to get help at is a benefit to them as well as the rest of us.

To address the comments of Mr. Meyer... I propose a moratorium on the appearance of our council members. That man and his lack of hygiene do not represent me or my community and if I had voted for him, I would be at EVERY council meeting to tell him to comb his hair and buy a new suit. People wonder why Davenport is the laughing stock of the Quad Cities, hmmmm I wonder :)

Boy I feel better now, thanks for listening all and have a great day!

 
At December 19, 2006 2:58 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I agree, Meyer is a complete mess. And a joke.

 
At December 19, 2006 3:09 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Meyer is better then HOward.

 
At December 19, 2006 4:59 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Not.

 
At December 19, 2006 5:57 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

gawd...
Lynn has no shame, this putz had the nerve to cover his mess by claiming that environmental hasn't worked for three years, what and idiot! How long has it been in place and how long has Lynn had to obstruct the office? When will somebody tell that moron to shut up!

 
At December 19, 2006 7:18 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Colonel:

The time is ripe and perfect for the moritorium on social services - there hasn't been a better time actually. The Goldcoast is finally getting a backbone and sticking to it. I actually have wondered why they have allowed such developments to begin with. Take back the nieghborhood people. The city can go out on a limp to help the rich east villagers, it is the same thing. Help the Goldcoast and all of the central city for that matter to stop the influx of poverty and stop the criminals from taking over. Anyone with any common sense knows that revitalization will not occur in areas where we have too much poverty and low income services. There is a huge problems there and the social services in abundance are part of it.

 
At December 19, 2006 9:34 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hello
britney

Bye

 
At December 19, 2006 9:34 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hello
britney

Bye

 
At December 22, 2006 4:04 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I agree with the earlier poster, the former NEO was just a waste of money. It seems to me the fire department is about to get their new program up and running, and they deserve a chance. The NEO was around for 20 years with 10 full time inspectors, and Davenport had some of the worst ghettos in the Quad Cities. Alderman Bill at least had the courage to call it to people's attention.

 
At December 22, 2006 9:43 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Come on - the residents SOLO have been trying to call it to people's attention for several years and the Landlord group is the organization that kept making excuses for each other. The QCRPA kept the NEO ineffective with its scare tactics and blackmailing. The most recent victim being Mike Loos.

 
At December 26, 2006 3:44 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Ok, lets just be honest. The residents SOLO have been dis-satisfied with the NEO for years. I am no fan of the QCRPA, but I respect that they pushed the envelope on the NEO shortcomings. I remember they wanted the NEO to crack down on some bad folks. Loos was hardly a victim! He was a problem. That is why I like Alderman Bill. At least he spoke the truth.

 
At December 26, 2006 4:14 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

You re so wrong Dan. Please don't speak for those of us living SOLO, we can't stand the QCRPA and we believe they are a bunch of manipulative liars who don't live in Davenport. Tony LaHood is a slumlord and so is Steen. Go away.

 
At December 28, 2006 8:05 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

First of all, I am not Dan and your such an idiot Walter. Please don't re-write history. I even said I was no fan of the QCRPA, but that does not mean that I want the failed NEO to continue. And, I don't see where LaHood and Steen have anything to do with this.

 
At January 01, 2007 8:34 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Well, Steen is on the DAi group that is pushing bad policy on these rental inspections. LaHood is an infamous slumlord and a well known member of the QCRPA along with Dan Lubell. All liars, none credible and all well known to those who are active SOLO. Steen owns and manages tons of slum rentals in the Goose creek area. He is marginal. LaHoods area is SOLO (or used to be before he sold some of the crapholes). And good old Dan rips people off in the name of homeownership through his rent to own business. He takes bad properties, does marginal rehabs and then inflates the price greatly. Then, he, out of the goodness of his heart, convinced some poor person with bad credit that they need to buy the place on contract for some crazy price. Then when they can't make the payment, he takes them to court and takes the property back and does it all over again.

 
At January 02, 2007 9:43 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

K well I have to disagree. I guess what I know of these guys is not too much, but their inspection records are well known.
LaHood put in all new utilities in everything he fixed up, but he used to be a slumlord years ago. He turned over a new leaf thanks to Jackie Bostic from United Neighbors and became one of the better landlords. Steen is a pretty darn good manager, and had a great inspection record in spite of the fact that the inspection department did not like him. Dan had an excellent inspection record, and pretty much the same story, the inspectors did not like him. Can't comment on if he offers a good deal, but I have heard through the grapevine that some high profile people
have purchased through him and have had no complaints.

Walter Skovronski, on the other hand, had a reputation as an awful landlord and that is public record.

 
At January 03, 2007 6:51 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Here is how everything will go down, Loos will take out the slumlords of this city, (Lahood and steen). He will get his job back and all the inspectors will be rehired , We are right back where we started, boy this city looks like idiots. Best of Luck Mike Loos. Your strong will can turn this city around because I know you wont put up with scum. Crush them and make our city a better place, I know you were trying to do that in the beginning of your employment before QCRPA threw a curve ball your way. but dont worry , just knock them out of the ball park!And everyone will cheer!

 
At January 04, 2007 12:37 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I hate to be a wet blanket, but all this case will do is prove once and for all that Loos had an obligation to pay for work done on his home. Secondly, it may not even get that far because Lahood and Steen are protected since Loos was a public figure. According to the U.S. Supreme Court, the only way that Loos could win is if he could prove malicious slander, and that certainly was NOT the case here. LaHood asked for payment for work he did on Loos' home, Loos did not pay and then the next thing you know, Loos was forgiving fines. LaHood would not consider the forgivement of fines as payment for his services rendered because fines were forgiven all the time by the old NEO anyway as an incentive to get landlords to comply, and LaHood's case was no different. So, Steen is as honest as the day is long, and he asked that the Council look into this mess. As a result, Loos resigned rather then try and defend himself. I think the QCRPA may secretly be very happy about this, because what is likely to occur is Loos will lose and the QCRPA will use the case to make a point.

 
At January 04, 2007 6:42 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

keep dreaming you idiot! Bittner will prove to you and the rest of this city what slimmy maggots LaHood and Steen are. Then we will see how (secretly) happy QCRPA are.

 
At January 04, 2007 7:10 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Isn't it interesting how a cogent discussion of the facts does not matter at all to the last poster?

 
At January 04, 2007 11:08 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

You're not a wet blanket Dan, you're just a frustrated "little person" who will go down with your fellow slumlords like LaHood and Steen.
To refute your squabble left on every blog relating to this matter; yes Steen and LaHood both made direct accusations that Loos forgave fees in return for work. They did not merely suggest council should look into it. Trust me on this one, I've seen the tape (yes, the good guys have a copy). Secondly, there is a DCI report that exist which states that there is no evidence of a contractual agreement between Loos and LaHood. LaHood can't produce anything, Loos can't produce anything contrary to LaHood, save the fact that LaHood himself never did any of the work as he claims (go back to the tape). LaHood admits never presenting a bill to Loos. Why would he since he was not hired to do the work? Soto never completed the work. I don't know too many contractors that get paid for doing less than half the work. I can go on and on about the facts which all lean to Loos' triumph over this obvious set-up, but I don't want to spoil the surprise for everyone.
Good-luck in your next venture Dan, we know it won't be here in Davenport with your reputation going by the wayside with your buddies. Unless you're smart enough to separate yourself from them ASAP. Of course you are, you always think of Dan first.
Bye, Bye.

 
At January 05, 2007 2:23 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

This is not Dan, but thanks for the compliment. Yes, the DCI report exists and I believe it recommended action against Mr. Loos. Mr. Loos has admitted the work was done by Mr. LaHood's employees for him. Mr. LaHood has stated a verbal contract for this work existed, and he even directly asked Mr. Loos about payment, and Mr. Loos said he would "take care of it". So, let me ask you, why would Mr. LaHood pay his help to work on Mr. Loos' home? Obviously because he expected Mr. Loos to do the honorable thing and pay his bill. Mr. Loos was suppossed to do his own finish work, so Mr. LaHood's company did their part.
Secondly, Mr. Steen asked the council to look into things, he did not make direct accusations. As you have correctly stated, this is all on tape, so the truth will come out! The part that you continue to ignore is even more damning. Even if everything you said were proven to be true, Mr. Loos still could not prevail because he is a public figure.

 
At January 08, 2007 4:30 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

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