4 Ward meeting: the report

By:  Diane Benjamin It’s funny how the bird-cage liner can count the crowd accurately when it’s liberals holding the meeting.  Yes, there were around 100 citizens at the BCPA last night for a Town Hall meeting held by Aldermen Sage, Buragas, Schmidt, and Black.  What their report omitted was at least 10% were of them […]

Tuesday: 4 Wards Town Hall

By:  Diane Benjamin Alderman Lower had a Town Hall meeting last week.  104 citizens showed up to listen and voice their opinions.  It got rowdy when citizens loudly objected to flamingos when they have sewage in their basements!  funny how the bird-cage liner didn’t report it. Tuesday night 4 Alderman that need to hear outrage […]

The Tari scam to silence citizens

By:  Diane Benjamin At Monday’s Council meeting Tari shut off public comment.  Unless the rest of the Council refuses to tolerate it, citizens have a much smaller voice at City Hall now under Tari. The rules say 15 minutes is allotted.   3 minutes for 5 speakers weren’t a problem before Tari’s agenda was revealed because 5 people […]

Lesson: Government Ineptness

By:  Diane Benjamin All the emails below were received under the Freedom of Information Act. Laugh or cry, it’s your choice. Here’s the story: A guy moved from one location in Bloomington to another.  At his old place he had a 95 gallon cart, but his new place had the smaller size.  He called the […]

Will Hales get another raise?

By:  Diane Benjamin Also received under the Freedom of Information act: So it looks like Hales, Schmidt, Sage, and Renner met to plan David Hales Performance Review. Sage slobbers on Hales at Council meetings – watch the videos. Renner made it clear at the Secret meeting resulting in Judy Stearns Open Meetings Act filing that […]

Inside the heads of potted plants

By:  Diane Benjamin The following emails were obtained under the Freedom of Information Act – not by me, they were just forwarded to me. Below is City Manager David Hales’ salary for 2014: SALARY    INSURANCE     PENSION        FICA          MISC        TOTAL COMPENSATION 176,439.00  11,449.32 […]

Crony potted plants

By:  Diane Benjamin I wrote yesterday about the Council voting to hand their power over to David Hales:  https://blnnews.com/2015/01/26/bloomington-city-council-becomes-congress/ Dining at taxpayer expense with Renner and Hales makes it easy to be immaterial.  (https://blnnews.com/2015/01/22/remember-the-post-make-sure-you-are-calm/)  SEVEN people aren’t on the Council to represent their Wards.  They think the job is to rubber stamp whatever is brought […]

Sage, Schmidt, and Black to hold Townhall

By:  Diane Benjamin These three Aldermen are going to hold a budget discussion on January 27th.  http://www.cityblm.org/index.aspx?page=17&recordid=3139 (Maybe they read BlnNews, even though publicly they deny it) Remember last year?  Did you attend one of these discussion and make your voice heard?  Did you say “RAISE MY TAXES”?  If that’s what you said, you got […]

Is Fazzini incompetent or ? UPDATE!

In a random act of journalism, WGLT sheds light on the project and the guy behind the project:  http://wglt.org/wireready/news/2014/10/03835_Paradigm_doubts_051139.shtml by:  Diane Benjamin Tuesday night former Bloomington Alderman Rob Fazzini is presenting his ideas for getting your money to a joint meeting of the Normal and Bloomington City Councils.  Remember Rob is the same guy who […]

I got my flamingo – now the WAR

by:  Diane Benjamin As I previously reported, Aldermen Sage and Schmidt decided staff are leaving the City of Bloomington because of the Council.  See this post:  https://blnnews.com/2014/07/08/bloomington-who-is-hiding-what/ Sage and Schmidt no longer represent the citizens of their Wards.  The same goes for the other potted plants who would jump off a cliff if David Hales […]

Of course the Pantagraph missed it

by:  Diane Benjamin I’m sure you remember Professor Mayor Renner’s attack on Alderwoman Stearns during the budget discussions: . At the June 9 Council meeting Starcom came up again.  Even though the money for the upgrades was included in the budget, the Council still had to vote to spend it.  Yes, the spending was in […]

Renner’s Hypocrisy

by:  Diane Benjamin I was just browsing through the packet for the April 28th City Council meeting.  http://www.cityblm.org/Modules/ShowDocument.aspx?documentid=6676 One item that got pulled for further review was the Public Comment code.  It starts on page 165.  The interesting part is on page 166.  Besides Mayor Renner’s name at the bottom of the document – see […]