Friday, January 19, 2007

The End Of Officer Friendly & Why Bladel Is Right!

Let me be blunt, if I may. Police Chief Mike Bladel and the Davenport City Council are right to use technology to best serve its citizens. And yes, I truly believe the enforcement cameras are about safety and not a sophomoric brainstorm to raise buckets of money for more "bridges to no where". I listen to folks that believe these notions, and conclude they have no real understanding of the responsibilities of local government. As important, the honest intention of it’s elected and staff members that oversee the services carried out.

The real Mike Bladel was seen yesterday. A tea totter, polished politician that is fighting for what he believes is the right thing to do. His crisp, yet fiery sermon would create envy amongst most local ministers. He understands the elected officials are under fire by those that are looking for a good fight. An in reality, it’s the elected officials that are on the upcoming ballot and ultimately accountable.

I am told a handful of council members are willing to suffer any consequences, because their vote to support the system was never based on money. Others like Ambrose, who truly is the “father” of this issue, believes cameras should be on every corner. But a slim majority understands what most reasonable citizens understand as well….

The Cameras Work

Notice all the talk radio blab, blog speak and general rhetoric never takes on the effectiveness of the cameras. We all have noticed the reasonable speeds along East River Drive, 3000 block of Division Street or Harrison and 35th.

Yesterday, I listened to Jim Fisher wrap the speed camera issue around the death of a prostitute; "forget about speed and work on drugs, prostitution and the important issues". And I believe the elected that support this system actually agree with Fisher.

With our judicial system allowing bad guys to go through the “turn-style” so quickly, our force is becoming over whelmed. A typical cost of a cop has surged over $80,000 a year and the department is trying to become more specialized in gangs, drug trade trends, immigration challenges and the federal bureaucracy surrounding terrorism and the like. The era of “Officer Friendly” is quickly transforming into “The Enforcer”.

I may be in the minority, but I would rather have the cop shop slowing down the bad guys and a camera and a computer reminding me to slow down, be good and let the cops do their real job.

George

55 Comments:

At January 19, 2007 11:13 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Okay - it the system is not effective with holding our problem citizens (most from out of town) accountable, then it is time to look at alternate ways to get them out of this city. It is apparent that the cameras do help reduce teh accidents, etc., but wht they aren't doing it improving crime overall. Meaning, one of the arguments was that they would free up officers to address out other crimes. Our crime is STILL out fo control and apparently getting worse in a violent manner. So, change what we do. Start to actually go after where these people live. I tell you, these criminals don't own homes and don't pay taxes. THEY RENT. Most of the crimes occur at or around rentals in this city. Neglected rentals. Go after the condition and managmenet of bad rentals. Don't allow drug dealing out of rental anymore. Make landlords fix up the places and clean them up. These criminals will move on and out of this city. Mark my words. It is a win/win for all.

Raise the standards of how our properties look, make them clean up the garbage, bust the drug houses, etc.

 
At January 19, 2007 7:42 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Good luck with that! Aldermen Lynn, Barnhill, Van Fossen, Ambrose, Meyer, and Hammerlinck will not let that happen. These are the people that gutted the NEO and passed their responsablities on to the already busy fire and police departments. The only way to start to fix this problem is to vote them out of office and bring in new blood that isn't corupted by the QCRPA.

 
At January 19, 2007 9:56 PM, Blogger Socialist Christian Hippie said...

An efficient society is not a free society.

Germans still frown on crossing against the light, at midnight, when there's no traffic, or children to see you.

East Germany and Soviet Nations in general enjoyed a low crime rate. Neighborhood watch groups there were strict, and many were rewarded for turning in their neighbors for small infractions.

Yes, cars kill. I am all for banning them. Or automating them (letting computers run the interstates and our cars).

I am against violating the Constitution. Period.

I want to live in a free society.

 
At January 19, 2007 10:20 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

So what gets me is the company that processes the candid cameras is based OUTSIDE of IA. We can get a call center to employ 500 people at WalMart Wages but can't get a tech company in to process our own speeding tix?

 
At January 19, 2007 10:40 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

that is right, they are even using a company that has filed for, or are bankrupt.
Souce is thenewspaper.com

 
At January 19, 2007 10:40 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

that is right, they are even using a company that has filed for, or are bankrupt.
Souce is thenewspaper.com

 
At January 19, 2007 11:08 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

The city is talking about adding another attorney and this one would focus on nuissance abatements. They would work on shutting down bad rentals. This would be good. This will lead to reducing crime, or call it improving safety. So ask Malin how much of the red light camera money will go to the legal department since another attorney will improve our safety. Bladel shouldn't get to keep it all. There's more than one way to fight crime. Bladel wants it all for the cops.

 
At January 20, 2007 6:10 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

"I tell you, these criminals don't own homes and don't pay taxes. THEY RENT."

Where do you get this idea? Renters pay their landlords' taxes through their rent. Or the government pays their landlords' taxes via section 8... Maybe that's where the disconnect comes in...

 
At January 20, 2007 9:15 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Since Niky is against the cameras, I am for the cameras! What a work of art she is. It was such a pleasure not seeing her at any meetings lately, but I guess she's back. Hey Niky, do you need a loan!? I hear things at your hideous condo compound aren't doing so well. What a shame. NOT!!!!

 
At January 20, 2007 9:34 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

You miss my point and obviously aren't effected by bad rentals. You must live elsewhere, good for you. But I live in the 'normal' areas of Davenport that have problems landlords and bad rentals. I am getting my information from the DPD and aldermen who have done ride alongs. I am also drawing from my daily life and my brains and first hand experiences. Try this, when you read of a crime in the paper and the address is given, go to the Assessor web page and type in the address. You will see what I am saying.

Anyway - what I say is that these bad crimes occur at or around rentals. Trust me, the criminals are not thinking about paying taxes.

I sure wish the statement poster was true about the renters paying in taxes through landlords. Because the research I have done indicates that the worst rentals have been sold at a tax sale for unpaid taxes or sewer bills or environmental clean ups. The slumlords aren't paying taxes, they are draining our taxes by using our city services, not paying for them and making our beighborhoods blighted and unsafe.

 
At January 20, 2007 11:48 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

9:15 must not have been listening closely when Niky was speaking at the committee meetings. Her development is doing so well, that they are about to break ground on phase II. Niky should be commended for investing in Davenport, and not asking for a dime from anyone. She has done this all on her own, and is successful.

 
At January 20, 2007 3:07 PM, Blogger QuadCityImages said...

via Fontana - Property Records
12 condos in building one, 12 condos on that list. Draw your own conclusions.

 
At January 20, 2007 4:39 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

You should call Niky for an in depth interview QCI. I bet it would be interesting, and she's such a generous person, that she would even buy your lunch. She did that for Alderman Moritz, and they couldn't stand each other.

 
At January 20, 2007 4:51 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

VIA FONTANA comes up 'no records found.' Are you sure of that spelling QCI? Better yet - what is the parcel ID number?

 
At January 20, 2007 5:24 PM, Blogger QuadCityImages said...

Does my link not work?

 
At January 20, 2007 5:40 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

No. It doesn't work.

 
At January 20, 2007 5:56 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Yes, the link works fine. And how can someone start Phase II when only 3 out of 12 units have sold?

I hear the Credit Union might foreclose!

 
At January 20, 2007 6:07 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I see Dan The slime is back! Give it up you gone!!!!!!!!!!!!!

 
At January 20, 2007 6:29 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

What is the parcel number QCI so we can look it up for ourselves?

 
At January 20, 2007 7:07 PM, Blogger QuadCityImages said...

There are 12 of them: N0733H01 through N0733H12.

Sorry about hijacking the thread Colonel...

 
At January 20, 2007 8:04 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Thanks for sharing that parcel information. The pictures of Nicky's property look fantastic. Davenport needs more developers like her and her husband; ones that don't ask for any favors from others, just risk their own money and improve our city.

 
At January 20, 2007 8:10 PM, Blogger QuadCityImages said...

The condos themselves look great super nice. Its not my style, but they do look straight out of a mansion or something.

I think a lot of people are scared off by the front entrance. It seems like folks either love the statues and stuff, or hate them.

 
At January 20, 2007 10:05 PM, Blogger pioneer98 said...

I hope that using this technology does free up cops to tackle the bigger problems than speeding and running red lights.

The people arguing that these cameras are some of kind violation of our rights are off-base. Last time I checked, driving is not a "right" protected anywhere. It is a privelege that can be taken away if abused. The government gets to set the rules. That's why we all already carry around a card with our picture on it if we want to drive!

 
At January 21, 2007 12:03 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

My friends from city hall have told me that our friend from the first ward, Ronnie "I'll drink to that" Van Fossen is filing for divorce from his wife because he has moved in and is humping the hell out of the council's secretary....nice move ronnie

 
At January 21, 2007 8:16 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

The appearance of Niky's development on Eastern looks wonderful. It's obvious that she spent a bundle on having that done. All the flowers in the summer are a nice touch. The whole thing is professionally done.

 
At January 21, 2007 10:42 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Back to the topic, Chief Bladel's insincere blubbering was digraceful. All that nonsense about "until you've had to tell someone their child was killed in a t-bone accident..." is baloney. How much worse is it to tell parents thier child was killed in a t-bone accident by someone whose gotten a few of thes "tickets" but has had not consequenses because they aren't reported properly. If my child were killed by a habitual violater and the city had proof, yet did nothing...

Also, in order for these cameras to free up police resources to deal with more serious crime, wouldn't they have to be using resources in that fashion to begin with?

It is so clearly about the money. That Bladel would put on the show he hid is shameful.

 
At January 21, 2007 11:57 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Who cares if the cameras are about the money? The city needs it. I don't speed, and if I did, I would expect to be caught and punished, either by a camera or a traffic cop. The poster who pointed out that driving isn't a protected "right" in any constitution I read got it right on.

 
At January 21, 2007 1:33 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Too bad that Niky is busy with her development. She would be a great replacement for Clayton Lloyd, or to head up the new and improved NEO office at public works. Some may not like the way she operates, but you have to admit she gets to the bottom of things, and sits on people until things get done. She steps where no man has stepped before. After she gets those departments cleaned up, she could slip right into Malins job - that's if we can ever get rid of him.

 
At January 21, 2007 5:13 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

The only thing I don't like about Nikki is that when she ran for Mayor she thought that revitalization of the central city was taking the abandoned homes and getting low income people on them. I think she needs to do some research on how a city actually bounces back from blight. So far, low income rentals have not been the key.

I just watched the camera council meeting and saw Bladel make his speech. I kind of feel sorry for him. It was embarassing to watch. He gets like that when he is mad. I wich he would get made about the drug houses instead of the cameras. I wish he would command someone to do something about the drug dealers.

 
At January 21, 2007 5:13 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

If whe wants to be mad a someone, Bladel should get mad at the legal department for making him look like an ass.

 
At January 21, 2007 5:14 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I anyone else noticing that the common thread behind Davenport's problems is Mary Thee?

 
At January 21, 2007 6:30 PM, Blogger QuadCityImages said...

How many times will it take before you understand that the cameras free up cops to take on drug houses, etc, instead of making sure people don't speed?

 
At January 21, 2007 7:28 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

"How many times will it take before you understand that the cameras free up cops to take on drug houses, etc, instead of making sure people don't speed?"

If I believed a word of this. it would only take once.

 
At January 21, 2007 7:30 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

QCI; Once again, an ignorant believer you are. If that is the case, then why are there more drug houses then ever???? They aren't being busted and honestly, you of all people should know that it isn't the beat cops who are busting the drugs houses.

 
At January 21, 2007 7:34 PM, Blogger QuadCityImages said...

I didn't say it was working...

But unless you can figure out a robotic drug house buster, someone has figured out a robotic traffic cop.

The crime problem has a better chance of being solved by beat cops than traffic cops.

 
At January 21, 2007 7:36 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I'll bet a months wages, that I have more of a chance of being hurt or killed by a speeder in Davenport than I do by a drug dealer. Not that I don't think the dealers are a HUGE problem. I don't live that lifestyle or have any contact with those that do. But I DO drive all the "speed traps" and don't feel all that safe when I do. Keep the cameras!

 
At January 22, 2007 10:08 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

12 condos in building one....three sold. Doesn't sound good to me. Also, when I drive by the place, I think it's an entrance to a new cemetery.

 
At January 22, 2007 9:31 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Alderman Meyer can you settle the pissing match on this blog and ask staff for an accounting of what the camera money's been spent on so far? Don't expect to hear "more safety, less filling." We know nada was set aside for the legal defense fund, but other than that where have our safety dimes gone? Ask if it's put in a fund all by itself or dumped into the general fund.

 
At January 23, 2007 8:51 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

The city has now published the proposed CBG disbursement list. Seems strange that in some of the catagories, that city staff and management of the funds is about the same amount that they are giving away. Seems like that volunteer board could do some of that work, so it would do some good in the community, instead of paying overpriced employees. Did you notice that Alderman Meyer?

 
At January 23, 2007 9:18 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I am getting tired of that money going to attract more poor people to Davenport. I am also concerned that we can't take care of the poor we have here. What is up with that board?

 
At January 23, 2007 9:26 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

January 21 at 12:03 borders on libel. What other websites are you visiting at that time of night a******. It sucks that it this easy to screw over somebody's life (or two lives) because the blog administrator has his head where the sun don't shine. Show a flicker of a brain cell and a little more class and remove it.

 
At January 23, 2007 1:48 PM, Blogger The Colonel said...

The Blog administrator doesn't have his head up where the sun doesn't shine (at least in this case).
The reality is, the 1st ward alderman was walking his divorce papers around local bars, talking about this.
Other "rumors" about relationships with a city employee have been hearsay, but the fact they have been seen in local bars together only fuels the fire.
And I must admit, there have been numerous other issue's or events involving the alderman, that I have chosen not to publish.
I guess the alderman and his friends should be happy this was published in an older post twenty comments down.

 
At January 23, 2007 4:39 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Unless you saw them having sex while having a beer you make a big ass_umption dude. Has the alderman been seen drinking with his dog? What could that possibly mean?

You're a mean-spirited idiot getting off on others problems. Get a life.

 
At January 23, 2007 6:49 PM, Blogger The Colonel said...

Sorry you feal that way. To be honest, I have enough "stuff" on this guy to make a car/train wreck look like a picnic. I get e-mails every week, sometimes a photo or two.
In reality, the blogs, Q-C Times and talk radio have been very good to the Alderman of the 1st.
More out of respect for a long tenure in the DPD.
So if I wanted to "get off" on other folks problems, this guy would have been toast a long time ago.
And FYI, I don't always watch old post day to day. I didn't even notice the "Van Fossen" post until I saw your reaction today.
So let it go. Unless you really want me to start posting some of the pictures I get.

 
At January 23, 2007 8:19 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

come on George, lets see the pic's

 
At January 23, 2007 9:08 PM, Blogger QuadCityImages said...

I deleted that same comment Saturday.

I'm probably extra careful about VanFossen because I think he's the worst Alderman, and I don't want to just allow personal attacks just because I don't like him.

 
At January 23, 2007 9:43 PM, Blogger The Colonel said...

Well QCI, I tend to agree. If I saw the post early on, I might have deleted it. As you know, there was an issue or two I asked your opinion on, regarding "rumors of the day", and we both agreed to pass on them.

I probably should paid more attention to the old post. I rarely spin down to see the old stuff, and suprised to see 45 comments (most rental stuff)...

Van Fossen is a good guy, just not very smart about stuff he does. Human in every way

 
At January 24, 2007 8:24 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

The real Colonel would be ashamed you use his name.

 
At January 24, 2007 10:14 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Why don't you guys like Van Fossen? Generally what is the issue with him?

How do you feel about Dumas?

I kind of see them both an ineffective.

 
At January 24, 2007 11:33 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Colonel, you don't seem to mind drinking together with him in public.

 
At January 24, 2007 3:37 PM, Blogger The Colonel said...

Never had the oppurtunity to have a drink with the guy. In fact, don't know him that well at all.

But there folks that don't like him, because I sure get the tattle tail e-mails!

 
At January 24, 2007 4:59 PM, Anonymous In The Know said...

Col, Keep up the good work. This is why I come here first, to get it like it is! No sugar coating, just good info. I will tell you this about that, Van Fossen should have been locked up long ago and these people that protect him are just as guilty as he is. But its a "good old boys" club in Davenport. Maybe thats why the city has so many problems. It's too bad the train didn't finish him off.

 
At January 24, 2007 5:08 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

It was never mentioned that Ald Howard has been seen in several different cities and around town with Tony LaHood, the convicted arsonist. The same guy that along with Dan Labell, and Mike Steen, who went after Mike Loos. Politics makes strang bed fellows or visa versa. Ask anyone at city haw to verify this fact.

 
At January 24, 2007 9:15 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

She was with LaHood out to dinner in Des Moines and she took him to Chicago with QCI and they went to that other trip and were freindly. He also helped him with his slum rental renovation on Grand St. She helped him get a dumpster placed illegally and against the wishes of the TAX PAYING homeowners there. Shame on you Jamie Howard. You got some splainin to do!

 
At January 25, 2007 8:03 AM, Blogger The Colonel said...

Ok, I am shutting this thread comment line down. It's gone wacky. I won't delete the post, but suggest all the "against" bloggers run for City Council. I promise I will be equally fair.

George

 

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