Jul 252020

Tuesday’s city council meeting marked over a month since the last city council meeting June 16. That results in a lot of built-up words council members needed to release into the atmosphere by bloviating, and they did, over five hours using the Zoom platform.

Zoom is a fun toy to use, it’s like a box of chocolates, ‘you never know what you’re going to get’. Inevitably there are always surprises with technical issues. That’s part of what makes Zoom fun for the viewers, but not necessarily  for the participants. Zoom definitely makes it easier to see individual council members and notice whatever goofy things are occurring, so for pure entertainment Zoom is the way to go.

Most council members have tried using different backgrounds, some with success, some with not, and some don’t seem to care. A few have tried different camera angles. Some of those who really need to change the angles or distance, including Paul Hinterlong Judy Brodhead, John Krummen, and Kevin Coyne seem oblivious to the opportunity. It’s also possible that they are so secure with themselves and confident, that they just don’t care.

The two council members who seem to have navigated good looks are mayor Steve Chirico and councilwoman Theresa Sullivan. Chirico has the advantage of good lighting in his office and keeping the flag in full view. Sullivan nailed the look right from the beginning and continues to use it better than any council member.

Council meetings have been void of any kids crying in the background, nobody walking in view of the camera, no pizza sauce dripping on shirt, and no obscenities being mumbled in the background. However there was a moment when a council member either stepped on a duck, or their doorbell is quite an attention grabber. It happened while councilwoman Judy Brodhead was bloviating. Watch and more importantly listen for the moment:

It could have been the doorbell, but unlikely after 10PM at night. That leaves ‘stepping on a duck’ being most likely. The question is who did it? The likely culprits would be Brodhead since she was the one talking, or it could have been the mayor since his office is near to the DuPage river where ducks roam freely. The least likely would be Sullivan, however since she is the least likely, it would give her the best cover.

Bottom line, is that only one person knows, which means we will never know for sure. I wonder if Menard’s sells a doorbell with that ring tone.

Jul 182020

The definition of fiasco is a thing that is a complete failure, especially in a ludicrous or humiliating way. That clearly describes Naperville’s Fifth Avenue Development situation. The development has been on Naperville city officials wish list for years, but it wasn’t until 2017 that the project was kicked into high gear, when Ryan Cos. outlined a baseline starting point and plan. That’s when things began head south and the wheels came off the wagon.

What happened was too many cooks in the kitchen and too many customers in the restaurant yelling for too many different ingredients including building heights, parking, density, etc. resulting in chaos. City officials called for a timeout while everyone went to a neutral safe corner.

Naperville city councilman Kevin Coyne suggested putting the issue up for a simple non-binding referendum, but that logical thought quickly got shot down by a majority of council members, showing that a majority of council members can’t handle too much information, especially if it comes from the public.

Coyne nailed it when he said, “failure in this process has not been the residents or Ryan Cos., it has been us for failing to lead, for failing to give specific direction as to what we are looking for..” Coyne was being humble because he has been attempting to push forward along with Mayor Chirico, however the other seven council members have been stuck in the mud.

Councilwoman Judy Brodhead said it’s unlikely the city needs more parking that it currently has now. She has this brilliant ability to look one week into the future and base her decisions on that.

Mayor Chirico said that considering the referendum didn’t have support, it sounds like a workshop is in order.

That’s the ticket. Let’s get more cooks into the kitchen. That should do it.

Jul 112020

Call it what you will, civil unrest, a protest, a little get-together, a riot, whatever you want to call it, it includes bedlam, chaos, and mayhem resulting in looting and destruction.  Will Naperville city officials be better prepared to deal with it, than what they were when it recently happened? In other words, is there a plan?

We don’t need to know what the detailed, specific plan is, but the good folks of Naperville need to know there is a plan. City officials have already drawn a line in the sand, with what they were willing to accept the last time all-hell broke loose in downtown Naperville. City officials bowed down to the mob.

The bottom-line is that it didn’t create a reassuring optic. It’s been said that reasonable people can’t deal with unreasonable people, and reasonable Naperville city officials proved that to be true. The mob’s insatiable, lunatic demands can’t be solved with appeasement and pandering by city officials hoping the mob will allow us to live in peace while they move-on to a neighboring community to create havoc. When the shadow of power is not caste across the ‘bargaining table’, negotiations are synonymous for capitulation.

The Naperville Police Department can do what’s necessary to protect businesses and residents in Naperville, that’s part of what they are trained to do, but the question remains, do city officials have the courage to allow the highly qualified NPD to do its job.

Jul 042020

If a picture is worth a thousand words, then a video is worth far more, and some videos, such as this one, simply speaks for itself.

Think about it. Are you thinking?