The three permit fee waivers in the 49th Ward go to the Glenwood Arts Festival (Al Goldberg), the Clark Street Festival (Rogers Park Business Alliance) and the Glenwood Sunday Market (Rogers Park Business Alliance/Joe Moore's Green Corps).
As for the Rogers Park Chamber of Commerce's first annual Taste of Rogers Park ... Joe requested 10% of proceeds for his support.
Rogers Park Chamber of Commerce -http://www.TasteofRogersPark.com
Would you like to share with me and EveryBlock's readers your evidentiary support for your accusation? Perhaps you also would like to share your evidence with the City's Inspector General or, better yet, the U.S. Attorney's office. Because what you're accusing me of is a crime.
This is not the first time you've used the Internet to accuse me of criminal activity. If someone other than "Rogers" and "YourChicago Friend" (my guess is they are one and the same) actually took you seriously, I would secure the services of an attorney and sue you for defamation. But attorneys cost money and because you and your so-called "chamber of commerce" are such an inconsequential presence in our community, I'm not going to waste my time and resources. However, if you persist in making such defamatory comments against me, I may reconsider my decision.
With regard to the initial topic, I certainly would be open to supporting an adjustment to the absolute ban on fee waivers. My staff was able to secure fee waivers this year for the Glenwood Arts Festival, the Clark Street Festival and the Glenwood Sunday Market because we introduced an ordinance for them prior to the end of the year when the fee waiver option expired.
The City's dwindling resources have forced the Mayor and the City Council to make some incredibly tough decisions. Everyone should keep in mind that closing off city streets for art fairs and festivals costs the City money in terms of traffic control and police services. And whose money is it really? It's the taxpayers. So every time the City closes off a street for an art fair or festival and doesn't charge a fee for the cost of such closure, we all pay for it either through higher taxes or a reduction in support for some other worthy program or service.Don't get me wrong. I love the street festivals, art fairs and farmers' markets in our neighborhood and I want to do everything in my power to keep them going. Fee waivers on a sliding scale may be one option, but keep in mind that sliding scale fee waivers also will cost the taxpayers, albeit not as much. I simply want to point out that everything has a cost and the job of the Mayor and the City Council is to balance those costs and benefits.
"Craig, I think you misread my wording on this conversation thread. No where did I use the word bribe. I specifically said the word "requested". You are welcome to post my exact wording on this topic and explain to me how I committed libel, defamation of character, or in other charge you think applicable. Joe Moore made the request of the Rogers Park Chamber of Commerce. It was the right of the Rogers Park Chamber of Commerce Board Members to refuse the request.
Furthermore, the bonfire photo was taken legally on the Sherwin on the
Lake private beach.
This blog post was inaccurate on both assumptions and I request that you either edit your inaccuracies or remove the post completely and provide an apology for the actual defamation of my character and an upstanding organization in the community, or I will consider pressing charges.
My exact comment was:
"The three permit fee waivers in the 49th Ward go to the Glenwood Arts Festival (Al Goldberg), the Clark Street Festival (Rogers Park Business Alliance) and the Glenwood Sunday Market (Rogers Park Business Alliance/Joe Moore's Green Corps).
As for the Rogers Park Chamber of Commerce's first annual Taste of Rogers Park ... Joe requested 10% of proceeds for his support". "
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