It a Secret! BCPA-Creativity Center

By:  Diane Benjamin Operations of the BCPA and the Creativity Center are looking a lot like a private club for the well-connected.  Zero transparency existed with shows until I FOIA’d the recaps, all of them have not been posted.  The last event report posted is from November.  Obviously unless I FOIA the information nobody will […]

The Laws Don’t Matter Candidates

By:  Diane Benjamin After the next election Bloomington won’t be represented by a majority of alderman who understand what made America great. Jeff Crabill will be elected since he is running unopposed (congrats Ward 8). Guess who is going to a No Ice In Dwight rally?             Crabill obviously doesn’t know […]

West-side Crime at Public Comment

By:  Diane Benjamin The video of last night’s Council meeting claims to be 34:26 long.  Since the meeting didn’t start until almost 14:00, the meeting was incredibly short.  I wonder if the budget will be passed in 10 minutes too? Karen Kinsella, a west-side rental property owner, addressed the Council about the recent increase in […]

Bloomington Council tonight

By:  Diane Benjamin The only item not on the Consent Agenda for tonight is forming a Technology Committee.  Alderman Mathy has been pushing for it. I have no idea why it is needed.  Currently budgeted for Information Services is $3,290,386, that is up from $2,652,090 just two years ago.  PDF page 158:     http://www.cityblm.org/home/showdocument?id=18370 Maybe this […]

What $15 per hour did to Seattle

By:  Diane Benjamin Seattle’s $15 per hour minimum wage was passed in 2014.  The increase happens gradually, $15 per hour isn’t reached until 2021. The City of Seattle has hired the University of Washington to study the effects of this law ever since it passed.  The stories based on their studies say what the writer […]

4 pics you need to see

By:  Diane Benjamin First refer back to yesterday’s story:   https://blnnews.com/2019/02/09/remember-when-bloomington-was-broke/ The City of Bloomington will be adding yet another Quality of Life location most of the population will never use.  EVERY Quality of Life location they have now loses money, including the zoo.  Even though local soccer people have finally taken it on themselves to […]