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(Attempted) Mail Theft - Has Anyone Else Been Victimized?

On Tuesday, November 25, my wife discovered that two shipments left by USPS in the vestibule of our building (Howard & Sheridan area) had been ripped open to reveal their contents; whoever got into the vestibule decided that the contents weren't worth stealing so they left the ripped open boxes behind. I have no way of knowing whether there were any other shipments in the vestibule which this intruder decided to take with them.

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On Tuesday, November 25, my wife discovered that two shipments left by USPS in the vestibule of our building (Howard & Sheridan area) had been ripped open to reveal their contents; whoever got into the vestibule decided that the contents weren't worth stealing so they left the ripped open boxes behind. I have no way of knowing whether there were any other shipments in the vestibule which this intruder decided to take with them.

A few weeks ago, a neighbor warned me that such robberies were happening frequently in the area. She had heard reports of a man & woman (working individually or in tandem) whose territory seems to be Rogers Park / Edgewater. Their M.O. is to try to gain entry by ringing a resident and asking to be let in because the buzzer doesn't work for "the person they're visiting; alternatively, they might claim to be from USPS/FedEx/UPS and want to drop off a shipment for someone else in the building who "isn't home." Once inside, they take what they can find in the vestibule and get out quickly before anyone sees/reports them.

Has anyone else experience this type of (attempted) robbery? A quick search of "mail theft" here on Everyblock shows that some other neighborhoods have reported this type of crime in the past, but I don't see any reports for it in Rogers Park yet.

In any case, be vigilant (especially with the holidays approaching -- there will likely be more packages left in building vestibules over the next month than are delivered at any other time of year). Don't buzz anyone into your building if you don't know the person on the intercom personally, *especially* if they're not there to see you. If they claim to be USPS/FedEx/UPS, get a visual confirmation (uniform; truck in the street) before you let them into the building.

  • Dante A. Bacani Rogers Park resident near Sheridan/Howard

    Helen (http://chicago.everyblock.com/users/48130/) -- thanks for sharing the link to reports from last January; this thread didn't come up when I searched the term "mail theft" last night, but "package theft" probably would have done the trick.

    Participants in last January's thread suggested that the intrusion/attempted theft be reported to CPD (via 3-1-1) and to the USPS Postal Inspector, so I'm going to do that -- I hope it helps them catch whoever is doing this.

  • The one additional comment that may be helpful to folks in the hood is that at least one parcel company has started using "drop-off" sites as an official package holder in our area. This seems a precarious position in general-- but particularly during the holiday season, when folks are receiving more packages!

8 hours ago

Updated 15 min ago

MOORE? Enough already!

Politics like Thanksgiving... If you keep going back for Moore, you're going to wind up paying the price. Be grateful we have a process that truly gives you a choice. Change is good and you have the ability to stop going back for more Moore. Create your own term limit... No more Moore!

Happy holidays to one and all..., bd

  • Don't give up your day job Danon but just remember that some skills like framing and hanging aren't successfully transferable.

  • Yada, yada, yada...

    I can't afford to give up my day job, I spent close to $1,000 on 4 new tires last winter due to pot hole damage. Three of those replaced were due to damage in good old 49.
    Why Joe spends that much on Election Day donuts...

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    Yada, yada, yada...

    I can't afford to give up my day job, I spent close to $1,000 on 4 new tires last winter due to pot hole damage. Three of those replaced were due to damage in good old 49.
    Why Joe spends that much on Election Day donuts...

    Many of our streets weren't repaired til late summer and some are still being repaired. I say let someone else have a chance. MOORE is less, Gordon will be more...

    The bottom line- It's time for "no Moore Joe" to go. And if we did have term limits, he would have been gone years ago.

    Happy Thanksgiving and be careful where you drive..., bd

7 hours ago

Updated 17 min ago

Owner of Clark and Estes Property Cited Again for Illegal Dumping

City of Chicago Department of Public Health inspectors yesterday issued citations to the owner of the vacant lot at 7070 N. Clark Street (southwest corner of Clark and Estes) for illegally dumping non-permitted fill at the property.

This was the second time the owner, Jason Vondrachek of Quest Realty Group, was cited for illegal dumping. Vondrachek was fined nearly $10,000 last May for dumping illegal fill at the same property. He was also cited for engaging in demolition work without...

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City of Chicago Department of Public Health inspectors yesterday issued citations to the owner of the vacant lot at 7070 N. Clark Street (southwest corner of Clark and Estes) for illegally dumping non-permitted fill at the property.

This was the second time the owner, Jason Vondrachek of Quest Realty Group, was cited for illegal dumping. Vondrachek was fined nearly $10,000 last May for dumping illegal fill at the same property. He was also cited for engaging in demolition work without a permit and a “stop work” order was issued against him.

He failed to appear at a hearing last July and a default judgment order was entered against him.

In a surreptitious attempt to avoid the stop work order, Vondrachek applied for a demolition permit in August, listing the address as 1767 W. Estes rather than 7070 N. Clark. My office has brought this to the attention of the City of Chicago Department of Buildings and have asked that the demolition permit be rescinded in light of the subterfuge.

Vondarchek’s company purchased the property last year after it had been foreclosed. A mixed-use condominium and retail development had been planned for the site, but it fell victim in 2008 to the Great Recession.

My Ward Superintendent, Dan Murphy, brought the latest incident of illegal dumping to my attention earlier this week and my office immediately asked City’s inspectors to investigate.

If you witness any dumping or demolition work at the site, please contact my office immediately, ward49@cityofchicago.org, 773-338-5796.

  • jenna! Be the change you want to see happen

    Joe Moore identified it as a vacant lot in his original post. So if its an eyesore in need of excavation why on earth would you not issue a demolition permit?

  • Joe Moore Alderman, 49th Ward

    jenna,

    Just to be clear, I would love for the concrete foundation to be demolished and the hole filled. Unfortunately, the owner but failed to obtain proper permits before commencing the work. The reason for a demolition permit is obvious--to ensure the demolition work is performed by a qualified licensed...

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    jenna,

    Just to be clear, I would love for the concrete foundation to be demolished and the hole filled. Unfortunately, the owner but failed to obtain proper permits before commencing the work. The reason for a demolition permit is obvious--to ensure the demolition work is performed by a qualified licensed contractor in a safe manner in accordance industry standards. The reason a permit is required for the fill is to ensure the hole is covered only with safe and uncontaminated fill.

    Mr. Vondrachek began demolition work on the site last May without first applying for a demolition permit. At the same time, he also began dumping unpermitted fill into the hole. Becasue he failed to apply for ;permits, the City had no idea who was performing the demolition work and no idea of the source of the fill. A stop work order was issued and Mr. Vondrachek received citations totaling nearly $10,000. Had Mr. Vondrachek gone to court and paid the fine or successfully overturned the citation, the stop work order would have been lifted and he would have been given the opportunity to apply for permits.

    Instead, he ignored his court date, failed to pay his fine and attempted to get around the stop work order by applying for a permit using the Estes address, rather than the Clark Street address, under which the order was issued.

    I hope this clarifies the issue for you.

2 days ago

Updated 49 min ago

Amara for Mayor....

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: 11/24/14

Mayoral Candidate Dr. Amara Enyia Officially Files Petitions for the 2015 Municipal Election

http://us3.campaign-archive1.com/…

After months of campaigning, mayoral candidate Dr. Amara Enyia will stand with supporters to submit her petitions today for the 2015 municipal election. As the most unconventional of the declared candidates, she has amassed significant support from all sides of the city with her grassroots campaign.

“Today is the culmination of months of hard work on a campaign that will change the...

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: 11/24/14

Mayoral Candidate Dr. Amara Enyia Officially Files Petitions for the 2015 Municipal Election

http://us3.campaign-archive1.com/…

After months of campaigning, mayoral candidate Dr. Amara Enyia will stand with supporters to submit her petitions today for the 2015 municipal election. As the most unconventional of the declared candidates, she has amassed significant support from all sides of the city with her grassroots campaign.

“Today is the culmination of months of hard work on a campaign that will change the landscape of politics in Chicago,” Dr. Enyia said. “This campaign reflects a new type of leadership that is diverse, passionate, independent, and driven by innovative ideas."

So far, the campaign has been endorsed by Northside Democracy for America, Southside Democracy for America, the Justice Party and the Veterans Party of Illinois.

“Chicagoans want a strong, independent voice – someone not beholden to special interests or tainted by politics as usual," Enyia said. "Chicagoans are tired of the same players and their stale ideas that have only held the city back. The people want new energy, new voices and new ideas that can move us forward. It’s time Chicago has leadership that actually represents not just our today, but also our tomorrow."

Amara will be joined by supporters at 3:00pm today at the Board of Elections at 69 W. Washington for the official filing.

  • mclnoh RE Broker & Photographer

    Mr.Gordon has made many past and recent public pronouncements regarding his position on issues, both on the interned and in public. There will be lots more in the coming months, I'm sure. In the meantime, 'Mr.Rogers', if you have specific questions, give him a call or email him, he's very accessible, one on one! I'm done here! You trolls and others, try to have a pleasant rest of the day....over and out!

  • mclnoh RE Broker & Photographer

    ....internet....

1 hour ago

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  • mclnoh RE Broker & Photographer

    Classic! thanks for posting and sharing, Joe. And here's wishing a Happy Thanksgiving to ALL!

  • Joe Lake Facebook, Twitter, Klout, EveryBlock, Yahoo Groups

    What's next? Festivus? Another classic.

4 hours ago

Updated 1 hour ago

God declares Mother Olson supreme sorceress and ruler of Rogers Park, world.

I, Mother Olson, hereby declare that I am the supreme leader of all beliefs, organizations, and inanimate objects including witches, demons, Angels, chambers of commerce, delivery services, potholes, and fire hydrants. None shall be more powerful than me. If you wish to have an audience with your new ruler, I will be at the Oasis bar on Tuesdays between 7-9pm. Thank you.

  • Jake Berglin New Resident of East Rogers Park

    Not nearly enough third person. Or misplaced capital letters. Try harder next time.

  • Oh thank god! We've been waiting for you! None of us thought we could go another day!

  • Mac I complain on EB on the regular.

    Yawn out loud!

3 days ago

Updated 1 hour ago

St. Baldricks Jarvis square?

Hi guys,
Last year after seeing St. Baldrick event in Jarvis square I decided to commit myself to doing this for March 2015? I'm wondering if the event has been made final dates yet? I'm going stir crazy with my hair long as it is and I want it gone so sooner the better I know the date for 2015 more I am deal with the final yard.

  • Amy Better your world.

    Yes, we'll be doing it again this year. Well make sure to get dates prayed to EB when they're final.

  • Meli Manak OFFICIAL ACCOUNT

    Thanks Amy! Looking forward to it!

21 hours ago

Updated 3 hours ago

Alderman 1% gets revenge

Don't cross Alderman 1%, or you'll pay the price. You can ask Mo Cahill. Or Ben at the Oasis.

Or Jason Vondrachek.

Today the Alderman's office called in the dogs.

  • I watched a interview where the "Hole on Clark" was the subject and it made me question the Alderman. I think I will sit this election out. There is no alternative and I can't bring myself to vote for this Man.

    You can find it on Youtube under "Hole of a Mess".

    If you can watch this video and still keep faith with this Alderman then that is on you.

  • Bill in Rogers Park Rogers Parker - co-founder of Glenwood Neighbors

    It's too bad that these folks continue to come up with contrived hysteria over parking tickets and imagined subterfuge with building inspections, etc. They undermine any credibility they might otherwise have when they present their observations and assumed motives as facts. Again.....yawn.

2 days ago

Updated 4 hours ago

Accused Rapist Pleads Guilty, Sentenced to 36 Years in Jail

A man accused of the rape of a Rogers Park woman two years ago near the Lunt entrance to the Morse Red Line station pleaded guilty last week to three counts of aggravated sexual assault and was sentenced to 36 years in jail.

The sexual assault occurred in the early morning of December 19, 2012. As I reported at the time, the assailant's image was captured on CTA security cameras, which helped lead to his arrest.

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A man accused of the rape of a Rogers Park woman two years ago near the Lunt entrance to the Morse Red Line station pleaded guilty last week to three counts of aggravated sexual assault and was sentenced to 36 years in jail.

The sexual assault occurred in the early morning of December 19, 2012. As I reported at the time, the assailant's image was captured on CTA security cameras, which helped lead to his arrest.

The assailant, James Minor, age 20, has been incarcerated since his arrest. Under the terms of the guilty plea, he must serve at least 85% of his sentence and the time he has already served will NOT be credited.

I thank the Chicago Police Department and the Cook County State's Attorney for their arrest and prosecution of the person who committed this horrendous crime.

  • This category of offender needs to be off the streets until he is incapable of harming another human being, period. This was an exceptionally heinous act of sexual violence by a true predator.

    CTA video surveillance showed the man moving between CTA stops, looking for a place to commit this...

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    This category of offender needs to be off the streets until he is incapable of harming another human being, period. This was an exceptionally heinous act of sexual violence by a true predator.

    CTA video surveillance showed the man moving between CTA stops, looking for a place to commit this crime and for a victim. He settled on the Lunt Avenue stop after discovering it was under construction and not lit at all, which allowed him to attack the victim just yards from the entryway, in near total darkness in the early morning hours.

    Later on the day of the assault, long strings of temporary lighting were strung across the area now occupied by well- lit bike racks. While CTA and other city service providers couldn't have known this monster would use the situation precisely as he did, that area should have had the temporary lighting it received after it was too late.

    Sexual assault trials are often psychologically brutal for survivors. The woman who stepped up to help keep this individual off the streets absolutely saved others from his violence. I don't know where that kind of courage comes from, but I am grateful to her for doing something she never, ever should have been asked to do.

  • FebGirl Once a bride, but never a bridesmaid

    Thanks for your perspective, Jim. I always feel bolstered when I hear a man express a real understanding of the heinous nature of sexual violence against women. It's sad, but there are still people who don't really get it. I agree w/ you, too, that the kind of predator who...

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    Thanks for your perspective, Jim. I always feel bolstered when I hear a man express a real understanding of the heinous nature of sexual violence against women. It's sad, but there are still people who don't really get it. I agree w/ you, too, that the kind of predator who roams the street, on the prowl for a random victim to assault is a couple of steps up in dangerousness from other sexual predators. These predators are very resistant to behavior modification. Getting them off the streets and segregated from society for as long as possible is about the best we can hope for.

    Mac, I take exception to a couple of things you said. The sentence given to this offender is severe, as these things go. I've never heard of a life sentence (without parole) given in this kind of assault.

    Another thing you said is about rape "ruining" the victim's life . Not to minimize or downplay the gravity of the crime, but I haven't seen the lives of people being ruined. There's a period of adjustment and healing, but the vast majority of rape victims are able to work through the trauma and scarring, put it behind them and lead normal lives.

34 hours ago

Updated 4 hours ago

WitchCraft Christ Ask For Peace And Calm Protest

St. Louis County Grand Jury decision not to indict white police officer the fatal shooting of an un-armed black teen.

  • Les M. 30 plus year resident

    I truly believe that there are a lot of components here that none of us are privy to. The kid himself was surely no paragon of sainthood, but the police officer ---- a rookie, may have gotten panicky. Who really knows? I find the actions of the State Prosecutor and...

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    I truly believe that there are a lot of components here that none of us are privy to. The kid himself was surely no paragon of sainthood, but the police officer ---- a rookie, may have gotten panicky. Who really knows? I find the actions of the State Prosecutor and the Governor of Missouri very peculiar in the way they handled this debacle. What I CANNOT understand is why people would burn down and destroy the town in which they live. It's THEIR community and they burn it to the ground?? They're only hurting themselves. Their actions were criminal, of course. None will ever serve a day in jail for sure. And what intelligent business person is ever going to want to open a business in Ferguson after this? Even the McDonald's was destroyed and burned.
    What have these people done to themselves? What did they accomplish??
    It still shocks me how easily some people can be led into "jumping off a cliff". Agitators thrive on this kind of thing. Another question, why do we not see such an outrage when it comes to the black on black crime issue???
    Lastly, I do not find the presence of Al Sharpton or Jessie Jackson at all helpful or constructive here at all. Every time something happens, up they pop like a jack-in-the-box!

  • WitchCraft Christ King of Sorcery,Necromancy,Shadows,Death

    Les M. thank you for your honesty and thanks for always being civil to me.

8 hours ago

Updated 5 hours ago

Goddess Declares WitchCraft Messiah Of The 44 Million Black Americans

I Christ of WitchCraft, King of Necromancy, King of Shadow Magic, King of Sorcery, King of Death Majic, King of Sith Magic, Captain of The Hydra Dragons of WitchCraft, General of The Scorpions of WitchCraft declare to all America "I am the King of Black People. I Christ of WitchCraft rule with an iron fist.

  • WitchCraft Christ King of Sorcery,Necromancy,Shadows,Death

    My message to all black people across America is "I am humbled and honored to fight for you".I will soon consolidate all black power in America and the world.

  • WitchCraft Christ King of Sorcery,Necromancy,Shadows,Death

    My message to Black people across America is forgive White people for all racism, discrimination, bigotry, and mis-representation of and manipulation of public black public image with lies and hate.

3 days ago

Updated 5 hours ago

  • RPEyes Live on possibly the shortest street in RP

    Gee, Leta, what is so reasoned about your response? Someone said that it sounded like you were anti-Union and you jump on them for taking that from your comments.

    You also admitted that you are anti-CTU, so I guess they weren't wrong.

    But it appears that you do a lot...

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    Gee, Leta, what is so reasoned about your response? Someone said that it sounded like you were anti-Union and you jump on them for taking that from your comments.

    You also admitted that you are anti-CTU, so I guess they weren't wrong.

    But it appears that you do a lot of projection so I guess you are one to be bothered to do what you want others to do. You want reasoned discussion?

    That comes from being reasoned in your response. If you feel you are being misinterpreted then make a correction without extrapolating from the mistake.

    However, I really don't think you want what you say you want. Bu-bye.

  • Because I don't support the CTU does not make me anti-union anymore than my not liking brussel sprouts makes me anti vegetable. I believe the CTU needs to clean up its own house before trying to clean up other's houses. So, how is that not reasoned?

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    Because I don't support the CTU does not make me anti-union anymore than my not liking brussel sprouts makes me anti vegetable. I believe the CTU needs to clean up its own house before trying to clean up other's houses. So, how is that not reasoned?

    Once again it is the desire to blame and attack the other. With Dave, I believe that his being a teacher and a union member may cause him to support the elected school board. So that is not reasoned? We have a difference of opinion.

    And before anyone jumps to any other conclusions, I have been a member of a union. And some were useful while others were ridiculously useless.

9 hours ago

Updated 6 hours ago

Rogers Park 20,000.00 Blacks Request Info From 49rt Ward Alderman Joe Moore

Rogers Park Haveing 2 Million Square Feet Of Empty Office/Business Leaseing Space.

  • WitchCraft Christ King of Sorcery,Necromancy,Shadows,Death

    I am not the best speller but the power of my message matters. Blacks are now rallying to me. Blacks accept me as their Mesiah and will obey what I say.

  • WitchCraft Christ King of Sorcery,Necromancy,Shadows,Death

    The more whites hate me the more blacks rally to me.

7 hours ago

Updated 6 hours ago

Alderman Moore to appear on CAN-TV's "Political Forum" Tonight at 7 p.m.

Hear the latest neighborhood and City Hall news without leaving the comfort of your home. I will be appearing on Cable Access Network's (CAN-TV) live call-in, "Political Forum" program. The show will air TONIGHT (Wednesday, November 26th), 7:00 to 7:30 p.m., on cable channel 21 and streamed live online at http://www.cantv.org/live.

This will be your chance to get the latest updates on news in the 49th Ward, including the 49th Ward's upcoming Participatory Budgeting process; the significant progress we've made...

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Hear the latest neighborhood and City Hall news without leaving the comfort of your home. I will be appearing on Cable Access Network's (CAN-TV) live call-in, "Political Forum" program. The show will air TONIGHT (Wednesday, November 26th), 7:00 to 7:30 p.m., on cable channel 21 and streamed live online at http://www.cantv.org/live.

This will be your chance to get the latest updates on news in the 49th Ward, including the 49th Ward's upcoming Participatory Budgeting process; the significant progress we've made at our local schools, including additional resources we've been able to obtain for Gale School; the new businesses that have opened in our community; and the significant progress we've made at reducing the uptick of violence, which occurred last summer.

With the holidays coming up, and in my role as Chairman of the City Council Committee on Special Events, Cultural Affairs and Recreation, I'll also talk about all the family friendly holiday events the City will be sponsoring in the coming weeks.

It's a live call-in show, so please phone in with your questions and comments on these or any other topics.

  • It might be nice if you took a pause from crediting yourself for things you had nothing to do with.

    Maybe you can talk about your dirty tricks to kill public input on the elected schools board issue. Or your campaign ethics violations. Maybe outline your pay to play strategies! Or how to shut down a small business as retaliation? And don't forget to call the moderator a filthy word.

  • Maybe we should all make sure to call the show with our questions?

  • jenna! Be the change you want to see happen

    I wish it were a debate between Mr. Moore and WitchCraft Christ.

7 hours ago

Prepare Now! Overnight parking ban begins Dec 1/Sun nite, Mon morning

http://www.dnainfo.com/chicago/20141125/downtown/winter-overnight-parking-ban-going-into-effect-dec-1
It's about to get a lot harder to park in the city.
Beginning Dec. 1 at 3 a.m., the Winter Overnight Parking Ban goes into effect.
Chicago drivers should be on the lookout for signs that ban parking on "critical arterial" streets from 3 a.m. to 7 a.m
Violators may get slammed with a $150 (minimum) towing fee, $60 ticket and a daily storage fee of $20. Cars will be towed to auto pounds at either 10301 S. Doty...

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http://www.dnainfo.com/chicago/20141125/downtown/winter-overnight-parking-ban-going-into-effect-dec-1
It's about to get a lot harder to park in the city.
Beginning Dec. 1 at 3 a.m., the Winter Overnight Parking Ban goes into effect.
Chicago drivers should be on the lookout for signs that ban parking on "critical arterial" streets from 3 a.m. to 7 a.m
Violators may get slammed with a $150 (minimum) towing fee, $60 ticket and a daily storage fee of $20. Cars will be towed to auto pounds at either 10301 S. Doty Ave. or 701 N. Sacramento Ave.
(In our neighborhood Devon and Clark are streets affected. http://www.cityofchicago.org/content/dam/city/depts/streets/supp_info/Snow20112012/Snow%202013%20-%202014/2014_15_Winter_Overnight_Parking_Ban_Map.pdf)
The ban, which does not depend on snow, will be in effect until April 1.
Year-round, there are signs up restricting parking where there is more than two inches of snow on the ground, or what's known as the Arterial Street Snow Route Ban.
(Many neighborhood streets affected by 2" snow ban. http://www.cityofchicago.org/content/dam/city/depts/streets/supp_info/Snow20112012/Snow%20Program%202013.2014/2inchparkingbanmap.pdf)
You've been warned!

8 hours ago

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28 hours ago

Updated 8 hours ago

Who will be this elections Jason T. Olsen?

Five candidate's have filed to run against Alderman 1% this upcoming election on Feb. 2015. The names are Connie Gates-Brown, Grady Humphrey, John Beacham, Ben Myers and Don Gordon.

Given the nature of the game, which resident will attach his/her name to a petition challenge, to have one or more of these potential candidate's removed from the ballot?

Who will be the next Jason T. Olsen?

http://www.chicagoelections.com/dm/general/document_3310.PDF

27 hours ago

Updated 10 hours ago

Parking spot

HI! Currently looking for a parking space in the 60626 (specifically Pratt/Colombia area). Does anyone have access to resources and/or a lead? Garage is ideal, but open to options.
Thank you!

  • RPEyes Live on possibly the shortest street in RP

    Pratt and Columbia parallel each other. What is the cross street?

16 hours ago

Updated 12 hours ago

A friend of mine was approached at knife point

A friend of mine was just approached at knife point by a man at the shell on Sheridan and Touhy. He was able to tell the owner and run away. Be careful out there.

  • Helen North of Howard for 50 + years

    Please tell him also to report this to the police if he didn't do so.

16 hours ago

Updated 15 hours ago

Rogers Park Blacks Request A Statement On Race And Race Relations In Rogers Park Rom 49th Ward Alde

49th Alderman Ward Joe Moore the 20,000.00 blacks in Rogers Park want you to speak up about race and. and race relations in Rogers Park.

  • WitchCraft Christ King of Sorcery,Necromancy,Shadows,Death

    49th Ward Joe Moore supporters please allow 49th Ward Alderman Joe Moore to speak for himself. Thanks

  • WitchCraft Christ King of Sorcery,Necromancy,Shadows,Death

    49th Ward Alderman Joe Moore if you refuse to speak up on E.B. to the 20,000.00. blacks in Rogers Park about race and race relations in Rogers Park I WitchCraft Christ will have no choice but to ask and command all 20,000.00 Rogers Park blacks who are registered voters to not vote for you and you can't win with-out the black vote.

17 hours ago

Updated 16 hours ago

WitchCraft Christ Commands America To Talk About Race.

Blacks And Whites Must Come Together Now As 1 People.

  • WitchCraft Christ King of Sorcery,Necromancy,Shadows,Death

    I challenge all blacks and whites on E.B. Rogers Park to stop the flow of racial tension in the city of Chicago by posting respectable opinions or comments of debate. E.B. Rogers Park has a habit of posting hurt-ful comments in reference to race designed to separate not to bring all black and white people together.

  • WitchCraft Christ King of Sorcery,Necromancy,Shadows,Death

    Blacks and whites must come together as 1 and forgive each other or suffer the consequences of a race war. If a race war comes to America 1 race will win the battle but both races will lose the war because both races will have failed to come together.

2 days ago

Updated 16 hours ago

Occupy? Forget About It.

Research from YouGov published in September shows that 55% of Americans say that the Occupy Wall Street movement has had no impact on the country while 27% say that its impact was negative; 18% say that it had a positive impact. One of its hundreds of splinter groups, Occupy Rogers Park which eventually was rebranded as the Chicago Light Brigade (what does that mean?) has had zero influence on Rogers Park its indignant protestations and silly slogans notwithstanding. Maybe that's...

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Research from YouGov published in September shows that 55% of Americans say that the Occupy Wall Street movement has had no impact on the country while 27% say that its impact was negative; 18% say that it had a positive impact. One of its hundreds of splinter groups, Occupy Rogers Park which eventually was rebranded as the Chicago Light Brigade (what does that mean?) has had zero influence on Rogers Park its indignant protestations and silly slogans notwithstanding. Maybe that's because it never supported anything positive or constructive and focused only on protest and opposition. In a way it reminds me of the directionless campaign for a challenger in next year's election. Presumably the Light Brigade still is accepting new members to fight for "the cause" but my advice is Fuhgeddaboudit.

  • Wha?

  • "theater and carnival side show that is ego-driven to gain attention"
    It's nice to see someone sticking to their area of expertise here.

    Btw, it's generally agreed that one of the most difficult things to do, politically, is to change the agenda. Before Occupy, "1%" wasn't a commonplace in headlines. When you don't hear about the 1% anymore, then, maybe, the effects of Occupy are over.

22 hours ago

Have a Question for Ald. Joe Moore?

Join us for a live, interactive conversation about issues facing your ward and your city with Ald. Joe Moore this Wednesday, November 26th, at 7 p.m. on cable channel CAN TV21 in Chicago and online at http://www.cantv.org/hotline.

Have a question? Leave a comment and we'll submit it - although your best bet is to tune in and call in live.

Nov 18

Updated 22 hours ago

Aldermanic Debates?

Good heavens there is a lot of banter on this forum about our local ward politics. In the weeks or months leading up to the city elections, are there any scheduled formal debates between the candidates? If not, there should be! A lot of people speak for the candidates but it would be wonderful to hear from them in person.

  • Suzanne Devane Ward 49 Republican Committeeman

    Joe -- Interesting history!

  • Helen North of Howard for 50 + years

    Suzanne, I'll bet you wish you had challenged Susanne Atanus' petitions.

May 20

Updated 24 hours ago

Cermak grocer on Ridge and Pratt?

Does anyone know when they are scheduled to open?

  • Seems to be go time for Cermak soon, EB neighbors! I am not discouraged anymore...they had a job fair yesterday and today. I can't wait to find out when their Grand Opening will be.

  • We won't know what the new Cermak store will be like until we walk in, but base on a number of interviews, news articles and other web sources, it looks like their current strategy to differentiate themselves from other Chicago grocery chains is to offer a diverse ethnic mix of...

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    We won't know what the new Cermak store will be like until we walk in, but base on a number of interviews, news articles and other web sources, it looks like their current strategy to differentiate themselves from other Chicago grocery chains is to offer a diverse ethnic mix of goods. Their latest store in Milwaukee may set the pattern: it's strong on a wide variety of ethnic foods from Polish to Mexican. Given the huge diversity of the neighborhoods near the Ridge location, I'd bet that our new Cermak will try to appeal to Southeast Asian, Eastern European and Latin American tastes, in particular.

2 days ago

Updated 25 hours ago

What ever happened to That White House Award?

Back in July of 2013, Joe Moore said he was going to work to "clear his name" then ask the White House to give him the "Champion of Change" award that was withdrawn when news of his ethics violations became public.

He told Chicago Magazine:

http://www.chicagomag.com/Chicago-Magazine/Felsenthal-Files/August-2013/Ald-Joe-Moore-Works-to-Clear-His-Nameand-Get-His-White-House-Award/

"No, I’m devoting my full energy to clearing my name. Once that’s accomplished, I can contact them, 'Hey, I cleared my name; give me the award.'"

I'm sure he would have publicized getting the award.

Anyone know what happened?

  • Looks like the only joke was the original idea that the alderman was in some way a champion of change.

  • daveP been around awhile

    Nobody cares. What free stuff have we gotten this month?

2 days ago

Updated 30 hours ago

2431 Community Meeting - Tuesday November 25th

Tuesday November 25th - 2431 Community Meeting for residence in the boundaries of Lunt Ave to Pratt Ave and Clark St. to Lake Michigan. It will be at St. Jerome's Parish Hall from 7 pm to 8 pm. Officers will NOT be present. Come out and meet your neighbors, and bring your questions and ideas on how to improve the beat! We need to work together to keep our beat safe and friendly!! Hope to see you all there!!

3 days ago

Updated 30 hours ago

CAPS Beat 2422 November Meeting

The CAPS meeting for Beat 2422 will be Tuesday, November 25, 7 PM at Willye White Park facility at 1610 W Howard. The police will be attending this meeting to hear your concerns, give stats, and provide any updates they have on previous issues.

If you have any new issue that needs to be listed - please bring it to the meeting or email me with concerns if you can't attend. On the flip side, if you have noticed any positive change, please mention it. We all live here and we're all trying to make it a safe neighborhood.

I hope to see you Tuesday and have a safe, warm and happy Thanksgiving holiday.

Toni
Beat 2422

32 hours ago

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4 days ago

Updated 39 hours ago

Wheaten Terrier found

Found yesterday at the lakefront near Montrose. No collar. Not chipped. For inquires please contact Kate at (312) 480-0781. Thank you!

Also posted on People's Pooch Park

39 hours ago

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6 days ago

Updated 41 hours ago

  • Joe Lake Facebook, Twitter, Klout, EveryBlock, Yahoo Groups

    Link above has the final candidate filings through Nov. 24, 2014.

  • Joe Lake Facebook, Twitter, Klout, EveryBlock, Yahoo Groups

    Candidates filing in the 49th Ward for the Feb. 24, 2015 election: Six.

6 days ago

Updated 2 days ago

Are birdbaths & birdfeeders illegal?

My husband & I own a condo in a courtyard building & have a large garden patio we frequently use. Our complex is mostly owner-occupied, but there is 1 rental in our building & an agent getting ready to show the unit threatened to call the cops on me today.

Could someone really report me to the police for setting out a tiny birdbath & a small handful of nuts & seeds on my patio while I am sitting outside...

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My husband & I own a condo in a courtyard building & have a large garden patio we frequently use. Our complex is mostly owner-occupied, but there is 1 rental in our building & an agent getting ready to show the unit threatened to call the cops on me today.

Could someone really report me to the police for setting out a tiny birdbath & a small handful of nuts & seeds on my patio while I am sitting outside watching the wildlife with my pets? I completely understand that just tossing out scraps attracts pests, but the food & water is only set out for as long as I am out there & then I promptly clean up any leftovers. This is also done on my very own property & there are no rules against it in my association by-laws, nor have any neighbors complained.

If this is truly against the law, I guess I'll stop, but I just don't know the extent to which this is an issue. I've been doing this for months & didn't think anything of it. There's a tree right outside our kitchen window that the sparrows & squirrels always hang out in & my pets really enjoy watching them, so I figured offering them a little treat while we're outside would be OK as long as I wasn't making a mess.

  • Rus

    When a guy like this wants to play hard ball with me (for no reason), I think of my potential response and repercussions.
    1) Do nothing and “hope” he calms down.
    2) Get his name (a good agent will already have given you his card by then). Even if you...

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    When a guy like this wants to play hard ball with me (for no reason), I think of my potential response and repercussions.
    1) Do nothing and “hope” he calms down.
    2) Get his name (a good agent will already have given you his card by then). Even if you don’t have his name, ask to see his wallet card (a copy of his Real Estate license that he is required, by law, to carry while engaging in licensed activity). If he shows it to you, he’ll probably calm down real fast. If he doesn’t have one on his person, not in the office or in some file (that’s why they call it a wallet card), or refuses to show it to you, notify the Department of Professional Regulation (the department that is charged with policing Real Estate and other licensees), let them deal win this guy.
    Regarding complaining to the guy’s manager, don’t waste your time, professional regulation will do that for you, that’s what they do.

  • Reid Hyams X-ART Entertainment, Music Industry / Owner

    I think doing both is appropriate, complaining to his managing broker (you need an immediate cease & desist) and the IDPFR. Yes, ask for his agent pocket card as well.

4 days ago

Updated 2 days ago

24th Police District Provides Update on Recent Arrests and Activities

Below is the most recent summary of 24th District Police activity:

http://www.ward49.com/site/epage/156019_322.htm

  • Need for a Change 20 years in Rogers Park

    I would like to know the charges preferred and court disposition of those charges when this arrewst from this weeks update comes to trial. Is there some way to track this online, or that Commander Waldera can expand his updates to include conviction and sentencing data?

    From this Update:
    Unlawful...

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    I would like to know the charges preferred and court disposition of those charges when this arrewst from this weeks update comes to trial. Is there some way to track this online, or that Commander Waldera can expand his updates to include conviction and sentencing data?

    From this Update:
    Unlawful Use of a Weapon - Felony Possession of a Firearm
    Officers approached a large group of males loitering in a known gang area. While approaching the group, one of the males fled on foot and threw a handgun on the ground. Both the offender, who is a felon, and the handgun were recovered and taken into custody.

  • Barton G The Official Barton

    The police under the Commander enforce the law and arrest if necessary. The States Attorney files charges and prosecutes. That's the way government works. You might want to contact the States Attorney because the police only cite violations following an arrest and don't file charges in court or track prosecutions. It's important to know how government actually works.

Nov 18

Updated 2 days ago

The CTU Head Speaks Out on Joe Moore

Jesse Sharkey has stepped up to fill in for Karen Lewis as she battles a serious illness.

Chicago Magazine interviewed Mr. Sharkey for the December issue. One of the points he addressed was our alderman's actions to block the public from having a voice in the issue of an elected school board.

Q: Which aldermen are standing in the way of an elected school board?

A: Joe Moore [49th Ward, in Rogers Park] is one of them. I’m furious with...

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Jesse Sharkey has stepped up to fill in for Karen Lewis as she battles a serious illness.

Chicago Magazine interviewed Mr. Sharkey for the December issue. One of the points he addressed was our alderman's actions to block the public from having a voice in the issue of an elected school board.

Q: Which aldermen are standing in the way of an elected school board?

A: Joe Moore [49th Ward, in Rogers Park] is one of them. I’m furious with Joe Moore. He’s shown himself to suck up to power like nobody’s business. [In Illinois,] up to three measures can get on the ballot. Joe Moore made sure there were three trivial measures so he could do the mayor’s bidding and not allow an elected school board on the ballot—a measure that’s really important to people.

The full article is here: http://www.chicagomag.com/Chicago-Magazine/December-2014/Meet-Jesse-Sharkey-the-New-Karen-Lewis/

Does anyone know how many teachers reside in the 49th ward?

  • He's just carrying out the mayor's orders. Rubber stamp No Moore.

  • More importantly lets hope the coalition can "undo" the dirty tricks pulled by Joe Moore and the mayor so the public can finally have a voice in this issue.

5 days ago

Updated 2 days ago

lost key

hello.

i lost a single key today. possibly on w. albion (between lakewood and sheridan) or near/in the loyola el station. i've checked with the businesses and attendant located at the el. i've also scanned the street/area. no luck finding it. : /

it is attached to a colorful braided/twisted keychain . i am hoping someone picked it up and is keeping it safe. maybe you? please let me know!

  • Helen North of Howard for 50 + years

    bump

  • Leelee Dog lady, cat lady, juicer extraordinaire

    Did you find your key?

4 days ago

Updated 2 days ago

Assault at Chase and Damen

My daughter was walking her dogs about 7:15 tonight, and she witnessed 3 teens assault a 4th teen at Chase and Damen. They knocked him down and were kicking and beating him, and stole his phone. She was screaming for help, and her dogs were barking, but they didn't stop. No one came out to help. The boy was able to get up, though his face was bloody, and he was hurt. He asked her to walk him to UNO,...

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My daughter was walking her dogs about 7:15 tonight, and she witnessed 3 teens assault a 4th teen at Chase and Damen. They knocked him down and were kicking and beating him, and stole his phone. She was screaming for help, and her dogs were barking, but they didn't stop. No one came out to help. The boy was able to get up, though his face was bloody, and he was hurt. He asked her to walk him to UNO, where he is a student. She didn't have a cell phone with her, so he said he would find his Principal, who would call the police. She watched him go into the school, and we called the police to report the assault as soon as she got home. The dispatcher said that the would send police to the school. Jerks.

  • Mr. Rogers Neighbor

    I second that.. morning traffic especially, is a much bigger mess than anything i can recall from St. Scholastica. A lot of parents just stop and let their kids out regardless of traffic- effectively blocking both directions and backing it up for blocks. Some of those tearing up the side...

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    I second that.. morning traffic especially, is a much bigger mess than anything i can recall from St. Scholastica. A lot of parents just stop and let their kids out regardless of traffic- effectively blocking both directions and backing it up for blocks. Some of those tearing up the side streets and alleys are commuters trying to get around the mess, not necessarily parents. I now avoid this stretch anywhere near this time of day.

    As for the crime association, drug dealing is not new to that area.. What may be new is a fresh client base from UNO. Which may have nothing to do with the incident in question.

  • Leelee Dog lady, cat lady, juicer extraordinaire

    Sorry to hear this. How traumatic for all concerned. Thanks to your daughter for sticking with him.

2 days ago

Updated 2 days ago

Cops at Damen and Chase around 4 today?

Scanner says shots fired, no victim. White car left the scene going south. Anyone know anything? I couldn't hear the whole report.

  • Morgan Chase/Ridge/Rogers dweller for 10+ years.

    Great! Hope it doesn't have anything to do with the assault on Friday. I didn't see/hear anything but that doesn't mean much.

4 days ago

Updated 2 days ago

MOORE IS SO MUCH LESS... anyway you look at it.

I catagorize this under "Neighborhood Improvement"

Cairo and others- if you knew me, you would clearly understand that I am no one's "mouthpiece." No this is really way Moore than trying to get Don Gordon elected. It's Moore about eradicating the disease known as "business as usual." And anyone who doesn't appreciate the need for change, should take an overall look at our government, from to to bottom.

I do support term limits and would even do so if my...

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I catagorize this under "Neighborhood Improvement"

Cairo and others- if you knew me, you would clearly understand that I am no one's "mouthpiece." No this is really way Moore than trying to get Don Gordon elected. It's Moore about eradicating the disease known as "business as usual." And anyone who doesn't appreciate the need for change, should take an overall look at our government, from to to bottom.

I do support term limits and would even do so if my friend and neighbor Don Gordon were in office as long as "way Moore than necessary" has been there. To be even Moore clear, if Joe Moore were at the top of his game, and had a real list of significant accomplishments; I'd still want him out of office.
Change is good... Fresh clear ideas which aren't self-serving are good.

Joe has had his run. So please, no Moore, Moore. Enough already!

Please, no Moore!!

bd

  • Tremaine Can't vote for Quinn. My conscience won't let me.

    Dee, your insults to another user go against EveryBlock's rules. I hope the moderators take care of this situation.

  • Mute her. She goes away immediately and conversation is immediately elevated.

2 days ago

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2 days ago

"Getting Ready to Stop Smoking"

Loyola University, Marcella Niehoff School of Nursing students are presenting a six part interdisciplinary health education series at the new Heartland Health Center-Devon, 1300 West Devon. The sixth session, "Getting Ready to Stop Smoking" will be presented on Tuesday, November 25, 2014, from 1pm -2pm.. The event is free. Light snacks will be served. All are welcome.

3 days ago

Updated 2 days ago

Need I say MOORE?

I have cut and pasted the recent words of one of our own, Dave P. I found his comments insightful and right on..."I myself am in favor of an alderman who takes his duty seriously, and actually shows up for meetings and committees that he is on, when it isn't an election year.

I favor someone who doesn't need their name to be the biggest font on the page when advertising something. I also do not like that everything with...

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I have cut and pasted the recent words of one of our own, Dave P. I found his comments insightful and right on..."I myself am in favor of an alderman who takes his duty seriously, and actually shows up for meetings and committees that he is on, when it isn't an election year.

I favor someone who doesn't need their name to be the biggest font on the page when advertising something. I also do not like that everything with his name on it proudly proclaims....FREE! (though I know that helps fuel the whole "democrats care for poor people, republicans only care for the rich" battle cry they've been using forever.

I wouldn't mind an alderman who at any time in the past 20 years would have worked on the pension mess, instead of kicking it down the road. But I guess goose liver and other stupid stuff is more of a priority.

I wouldn't mind an alderman who actually read anything he passed, like that awesome parking meter deal that everyone knew sucked...but he did what the mayor wanted anyway.

I also wouldn't mind if he actually listened to the community when he asks for feedback...instead of just taking it and publishing a 20 page report on why he's going to do what he wants regardless.

There are a million of them, but what it boils down to for me:

parking meter deal
pension mess
parking garage
poor schools

The problem is, so many people believe that that the longer a politician has been around, the better it is for us. The known is better than the unknown. Tenure leads to having "pull" and clout. Well, clout died with Daley, its time to move on.

I think we need to start voting out incumbents at all levels, and if the new guy/gal doesn't perform, vote them out the next election cycle, etc etc.

Politicians on both sides are playing all of us for fools."

The last time Don ran against Joe he only lost by several dozen donuts. Let's keep our fingers crossed that he beats Joe this time. If for no ther reason... change is good. Need I say MOORE?

  • Helen North of Howard for 50 + years

    Mother, taking someone else's comment on a thread and making a new post out of it is also quite strange, don't you think? It's already become clear that the O.P. doesn't have any ideas of his own and is sounding very much like a broken record, day after day.

  • Change is good especially now. No Moore is our best option.

2 days ago

3 days ago

Updated 2 days ago

Is there a parade going on or something?

Hearing lots of sirens and fire trucks.

  • Mac I complain on EB on the regular.

    Parade? That's very optimistic of you.

  • James B. Best neighbor evah

    Oh sorry then my latest post re gunfire at Chase and Damen.

Nov 19

Updated 3 days ago

Idea for Gale School (and other RP schools for that matter!)

Joe -- I saw a great idea in today's Trib that might be useful at Gale School given the focus it now has by CPS: "Tools of the Mind Learning". It had great results in a NYC study with 79 classrooms -- especially in "highest poverty schools". Will you commit to the Ward to getting this implemented in RP?

Excerpts from the article:
Training teachers to promote structured play among kindergarteners yields improved reading, vocabulary and math scores that persist...

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Joe -- I saw a great idea in today's Trib that might be useful at Gale School given the focus it now has by CPS: "Tools of the Mind Learning". It had great results in a NYC study with 79 classrooms -- especially in "highest poverty schools". Will you commit to the Ward to getting this implemented in RP?

Excerpts from the article:
Training teachers to promote structured play among kindergarteners yields improved reading, vocabulary and math scores that persist into first grade, according to a new study. The technique, called ‘Tools for the Mind,’ seemed to be particularly effective in high-poverty schools.

“The active ingredient is children are taking responsibility for their own learning,” said Clancy Blair of the Steinhardt School of Culture, Education, and Human Development at New York University, who led the study. For the two-year study, researchers divided 79 kindergarten classrooms with a total of 759 children into two groups. Forty-two classrooms were directed to incorporate the Tools for the Mind program, and 37 continued with their standard teaching practices.

Researchers assessed students’ attention, speed of processing and other measures of academic ability twice a year. The program is meant to improve kids’ control over their ability to avoid distractions, focus their attention, remember important details and regulate impulsive behavior.

Teachers organize “shared cooperative activities” designed to promote social-emotional development and improve thinking skills. They combine reading, mathematics and science activities with child-directed activities and structured sociodramatic play.

“The thing that is most important for our results is we found the biggest effects in the highest poverty schools,” Blair said. “It’s well within the budgets and the capabilities of every kindergarten classroom in the U.S.,” he said. “Closing the achievement gap is right there, we know how to do it, and there’s no excuse not to do it.”

  • Joe Lake Facebook, Twitter, Klout, EveryBlock, Yahoo Groups

    OK, that's enough. Suzanne Devane does what an elected committeeman is suppose to do, run for public office. The job does not pay anything. Not like some of the blathering EveryBlock members, who have probably never ever run for public office. Run for public office and do some heavy lifting.

  • Barton G The Official Barton

    Joe what is your personal experience with being elected to governmental office? I'm assuming that justifies your participation in the Rogers Park discussions from DesPlaines though you never lived or worked in the 49th Ward. Care to share that information?

4 days ago

Updated 3 days ago

in defense of weeds.

so, i have learned more than i wanted to know about the chicago "weed" ordinance. i deny that i am or was in violation of the ordinance.

as i understand it, one key provision is that weeds are "untended", and then gives a couple arbitrary heights, and says anything over 4' must be cut back in the winter. no specific species are mentioned, and it is up to the discretion of the hearing officer, who may or may not know...

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so, i have learned more than i wanted to know about the chicago "weed" ordinance. i deny that i am or was in violation of the ordinance.

as i understand it, one key provision is that weeds are "untended", and then gives a couple arbitrary heights, and says anything over 4' must be cut back in the winter. no specific species are mentioned, and it is up to the discretion of the hearing officer, who may or may not know anything about wildflowers or native food plants.
i deny that i am or was in violation of the ordinance.
yes, many native plants have sprung up on my farm. yes, i let a lot of them grow, thrive and even seed.
BUT, nothing is allowed to stay unless it serves a purpose.
i do weed my weeds.
i eat my weeds.
i feed my weeds to my critters.

so, if i can eat it, i let it grow. if it makes an edible seed, i let it grow.
if pollinators frequent it, i let it grow.
if birds eat the seeds, i let it grow.

we harvested 2 kinds of mustard for human use.
we harvested a couple bushels of amaranth.
green corp kids harvested 4 big burlap bags of poor mans pepper, and a large pile of lambs quarters. (which grow beyond the arbitrary height of 4')

my chickens have feasted on an armload of fresh weeds 3-4 times a week since spring. their favorites gets sorted out where they are out of place.
when something threatens a crop, i pull it out.

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