There is a link between Kashima and Tom Dabareiner (Community Development). See this link:
By: Diane Benjamin
Earlier today I reported payment to Courtney Kashima at Monday’s Council meeting. https://blnnews.com/2015/12/10/what-bloomington-is-paying-monday/
Reading the 375 page packet, I found out why she was paid. See the packet here, starting on page 181: http://www.cityblm.org/Modules/ShowDocument.aspx?documentid=9514
J.C. Home Builders wants to construct a duplex at 812 E Chestnut. It requires a special use permit and therefore went before the zoning board of appeals.
Courtney Kashima prepared and submitted a report to the Zoning Board of appeals: (see pages 187-190)
Maybe knowing who she used to work for helps explain why she was hired. From her LinkedIn profile:
Approval for the Special Use Permit is on the Consent Agenda. That means, unless an alderman pulls the item for further discussion, nobody will ask why a Chicago Urban Planner got $13,000 of your money.
According to page 192, the proposal was a no-brainer for the zoning board. The building formerly on the property had been demolished, any building would produce more property taxes. A duplex evidently also fits the neighborhood.
I wonder if you paid for her lodging too. Hard to tell since the payments to the DoubleTree Hotel don’t say who stayed there.