Mar 282020
 

It didn’t take long for the Naperville city council to set the table for cashing-in on tax revenue from the anticipated sale of recreational marijuana within city limits. The last vote was barely being tabulated from the non-binding referendum regarding the sale of the previously illegal substance when city council members were celebrating the new revenue stream with high-fives, and I mean ‘high’.

City officials said the 3% tax must be approved by April 1st (April Fool’s Day) in order for the city to start counting the tax dollars on sales between July 1 and December 31, otherwise city officials would have to wait one more day until January 1. Keep in mind that the council wanted to approve the tax before voting to approve the sales of recreational marijuana. In other words, even though the city council originally decided by a vote of 6 to 3 to not approve the ordinance, now they have the votes to approve.

Somehow magically, at least two of the dissenting council members will switch their votes from ‘no’ to ‘yes’ to approve selling the ‘funny stuff’. They will say it was the ‘will of the people’, when most likely they wanted to approve selling it, but they didn’t want to catch grief from residents opposing it. Only mayor Steve Chirico, and council members Judy Brodhead and Theresa Sullivan originally favored the sale, while the other six said ‘no’. Now at least two more if not all will vote in favor of approving the ordinance.

Regarding the ‘will of the people’, the vote definitely was not a landslide as some defined it. In fact, it was a mere 1,884 more votes favoring the ordinance out of a city with a population of 147,000. A total of 28,968 votes were cast with 15,426 voting ‘yes’ and 13,542  voting ‘no’. The DuPage county portion of Naperville voted ‘yes’, while the Will County portion of Naperville voted ‘no’.

Interestingly, the ‘Opt-out’ group opposing the sale of recreational marijuana was truly a grass roots effort of people with smaller donations, while supporting the sale ‘Naperville for Legal Cannabis’ was a political action committee which started only last month. Naperville’s only medical dispensary is operated by GTI, and GTI’s chief compliance counsel is listed as the chairperson for the PAC. The committee’s reported contribution of $75,000 came from Vision Management Services which by stroke of coincidence shows its address as the same address for GTI’s main office.

All perfectly legal, and all proving again that it’s very difficult to win against big money.

Mar 212020
 

Naperville councilwoman Patty Gustin can’t stop saying something outrageous. This time it happened during the March 3 city council meeting when she said that fellow council members and educators, Judy Brodhead and Benny White were “promoting recreational marijuana distribution as teachers”. In fairness to Gustin, both Brodhead and White appear to favor approving recreational marijuana usage, but it has nothing to do with the fact that both are educators. It would be no different than someone saying that Gustin appears not in favor of recreational marijuana because she is a realtor.

Watch and listen as Gustin throws council members Judy Brodhead and Benny White under the bus, followed by Brodhead’s and White’s response to her comment:

Brodhead responded with a smile supported by intellectual facts, while White utilized his military background to be more direct and being ‘offended’ by Gustin’s comment.

Councilwoman Patty Gustin continues to be an equal opportunity offender.

Mar 152020
 

The Coronavirus is nothing to sneeze at. (Never end a sentence with a preposition). Political leaders are so-called leaders because they tell us what to do, while showing us something totally different.

Watch and listen as some leaders tell us what to do, while showing us how it works:

Locally, Naperville councilwoman Patty Gustin is showing very little respect for the virus, along with her own well-being. Watch Gustin’s fascination with her face as she touches it no less than 14 times over a two-minute period, for a total of 90% of the time during the two-minute segment.

It might be time for Gustin’s family, friends, and supporters to initiate an intervention with suggestions for her own well-being including:

  • Talk less
  • Velcro her hands to the dais
  • Stay home
  • Move to adjourn the meeting immediately after the pledge

Not only would it benefit Gustin, it would also benefit others sitting near her, and those who have to listen to her.

Mar 072020
 

A couple of weeks ago (February 22) Watchdog posted “First Two Naperville Council Members ‘Lose Their Seats And Stand’ ” The gist of the posting was about foolish statements made by two city council members, Patty Gustin and Patrick Kelly. It ran its course with a slightly higher than normal number of hits.

Then all of a sudden, over the last few days, emails and comments to the posting poured in, and folks were not too-happy with Watchdog. The reasons were two-fold, 1) Watchdog was perceived as a fan of puppy mills, and 2) Watchdog was mean towards city councilwoman Patty Gustin. Surprisingly, every negative comment was from the female gender.

Some of the comments included:

  • I don’t follow this mean spirited, out of touch, out-of-context site.
  • This article is a joke.
  • You are absolutely twisting her words.
  • You think you are funny but you are not.
  • You are what’s wrong with journalism.
  • You ‘doctored’ Gustin’s comments.
  • Shame on you.
  • You sound like a paid lackey for the mayor.
  • Are you nuts?
  • Your understanding is very twisted.
  • Try to be honest the next time you create a sentence, please.
  • Why pick on Gustin?

And my personal favorite was “You are a mean person!” Wow, that one was brutal. I’ve never seen myself as a mean person. I see myself as a simple guy, sitting at a keyboard, commenting on what I hear and see during city council meetings. It’s so simple. Include a video clip or two, and bingo hit the post button, and let it roll out.

For years I typically would not reply to comments in lieu of having readers respond to each other, choosing to be the swizzle-stick rather than getting involved in a snowball fight or chair-throwing incident. However this time, I did respond to each comment which seemed to further enrage readers to the point I was looking out my window waiting for a mob of torch-wielding people carrying pitchforks and high-stepping towards my home. I was hoping that if need-be, my two poodles could help defend me.

It appears things have simmered down. however things could intensify again with two scheduled upcoming postings involving Gustin. One is about Gustin offending two council members (Brodhead and White) with a foolish remark, and the other showing Gustin having no respect for her own well-being regarding the Corona-virus.

Those two postings with video embeds are just too good to pass-up, unless another council member can do or say something even more entertaining or outrageous in the next few weeks. Gustin provides too much material. That’s what happens when someone talks too much.