By: Diane Benjamin
Jenn Carrillo had her “pride” flag at the beginning of the meeting. She sits right next to the mayor, he said nothing. Maybe he doesn’t know displaying a personal flag that is larger than the American flag is offensive and violates the US Flag Code. If you missed last night’s story, see it here: https://blnnews.com/2019/06/10/strike-2-jenn/
Tari’s proclamations took almost 25 minutes. Even though some of the organizations are worthy of notice, did the recipients know Renner is merely buying votes? Who gets paid to write and print the lengthy accolades? Nora?
Public comment was impressive. Tari went through his every-meeting spiel about getting issued solved at his “open house”, he never mentioned he canceled it last Friday.
The first speaker was Ruben Granados, a downtown business owner – Spice Works. He hammered Jenn Carrillo for her bully tactics against the owners of a new restaurant downtown. He told her activists tactics have no place on the City Council. He included the silence of the Council and the Chamber of Commerce as complicit. Just hit play below to hear his comments.
Fast forward to 41:20. Leon Kaeb expressed his outrage at Renner’s speech and antics. He mentioned the left’s outrage at President Trump should instead be focused on local officials. He wants accountability from the Council.
Fast forward again to 52:53. Scott McCoy was a graduate of Bloomington 101, but he refused to accept his “certificate” from Renner. He called Tari’s comments about Clarence Thomas disgraceful. He also called out the Council and Not In Our Town for their silence. He said he expects better from community leaders. WMDB TV covered McCoy’s comments last night: https://www.centralillinoisproud.com/news/local-news/renner-called-out-for-what-many-perceived-to-be-a-racist-comment/2067920627
Sprinkled between and after were comments from Citizens to Ensure Fair Transit. They aren’t going away because they have no other form of transportation and no one to date is listening to their concerns. One mentioned people on the Olive Route don’t normally have to transfer. They are therefore only counted once. On some routes people have to transfer three times so those routes have falsely inflated ridership numbers.
Jeff Crabill proved he never followed City Council meetings before running for office. See 1:18:50. He submitted a Council Initiative and thinks because he filled it out he gets on the agenda. That’s not the program Jeff. He should have talked to the other alderman and got 4 to agree with him that it needs discussed. It sounds like the rules have been changed just for him since Connect Transit’s budget will be on next Monday’s Committee of the Whole meeting. Scott Black brought up the rules at 1:20. He thinks they need reviewed.
Did you know taxpayers paid for part of the west side mural painting? Evidently your money wasn’t supposed to be used, but the arts crowd failed to raise money so they crawled to the City. Donna Boelen brought it up during her comments, see 1:27.
Last night WJBC had a story on line about Carrillo’s comments. It had Gypsy spelled G*psy. Hey WJBC: It is offensive to most of the town for you to cave to the rants of a leftist clown who thinks she has a right to declare some words a slur. If, as she contends, it is a slur because of Hitler’s extermination of gypsies, the same would apply to the word Jews. The WJBC on-line story now has gypsy spelled out. Maybe the media can ask that downtown restaurant owner how much it cost to change the name because of Jenn. They should have kept “The Gypsy Room” and told Jenn boycott away. Bowing to this bully only means more bullying. Congrats to WGLT for spelling out “gypsy” in their story.
The actual meeting was uneventful and should have lasted 10 minutes. Jamie Mathy and Tim Gleason were both MIA.