By: Diane Benjamin
Bloomington recently announced they won an award for excellence in comprehensive planning: http://www.cityblm.org/index.aspx?page=18&recordid=3855&returnURL=%2findex.aspx
The award was for Bring It On Bloomington
It doesn’t matter that Bring It On Bloomignton was a flop! https://blnnews.com/2014/09/19/bring-it-on-bloomington-flops/
The McLean County Regional Planning Commission wanted 7,660 people to complete the survey. They got 1,160. It was declared a success anyway.
Taypayers were forced to pay MCRPC to do Bring It On Bloomington where only 1.5% of the population participated.
Now the City is celebrating an award.
Think about this:
Is there anything worse than traveling a thousand miles to another part of the country and seeing all the same stores?
City planning is no different. This award was given by the American Planning Association. Evidently City staff has to be trained in City Planning. Homogeneous planning is taught, ever notice many cities are taking the same bad approaches to governing? How many cities are facing un-affordable public transportation? Bad streets because money has been diverted for years to other projects? Large pension deficits for the same reason? The list of unfunded citizen priorities is endless, local governments have a totally different list of priorities!
Why do they all have the same problems?
I’d have a hard time listing all the conferences city employees attend. SHORT list: US Conference of Mayors, Illinois Municipal League, International City/County Managers Assoc. HR personnel go to conferences, so does Finance, and pretty much every other department.
They are trained in “Best Practices” that have zero to do with what’s best for taxpayers. Ever wonder why their plans don’t include fixing the roads until an election year? Ever wonder why citizens are treated like they don’t understand while government employees spew propaganda to prove their point?
Back to Bring It on Bloomington and the American Planning Association. Below are some expenses just from this year that Bloomington taxpayers funded. The City even advertised a job opening with APA. Ever notice all the out of State people the City has hired? They advertise where they can get employees who believe the same as they do.
April 25, 2016
July 25, 2016
March 28, 2016
Phoenix was probably beautiful in March!
Taxpayers in Bloomington have a choice to make. The current administration thinks they have the right to implement top down control as they are taught in their travels.
The alternative is local control based on the priorities citizens have stated over and over. A fortune could be saved by banning travel. “Best Practices” is what’s best for the citizens, not what is taught at some conference. Necessary adjustments required by changing laws can be learned on the internet. A more responsive government is possible when staff isn’t being indoctrinated with utopian UN-achievable visions at your expense.
Start talking to your neighbors, which government do you want?