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#CedarRapidsIowa birds in a tree two taking off. Hidden recliner in river #CedarRapidsProblems. #Kayaking the #CedarRiver in #CedarRapidsIowa. Frame at #EllisPark in #CedarRapidsIowa. Ellis Boat Harbor #CedarRapidsIowa. Top Stories - CBS 2 Special Report: Homeless Truckers. (KGAN) CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa – When Adrian Hicks stepped off a bus for the first time in Cedar Rapids, he thought he was on the road to becoming a truck driver. “There was a lot was a lot of stuff they didn’t tell us before you come out here,” said Adrian Hicks of New Jersey.

CRST International gave him a bus ticket from his home in New Jersey to Cedar Rapids. But what he believed was an opportunity of a lifetime left him instead, in his words, at “rock bottom.” “I’ve lost everything that I ever cared for or cherished about and now I’ve just become a burden to Cedar Rapids and I don’t like that feeling,” said Hicks. Adrian has been homeless since he was expelled from CRST’s training school back in November after failing a drug test. His story isn’t unique. Isiah, who has asked us to withhold his last name, originally from Indiana, is one. With no place to go, those kicked out of the program often seek the help from local non-profits like The Salvation Army and area homeless shelters. Open space along the river maybe the Ragbrai riders will turn. We pay for services in our water bills to clean these things. Another demolition in #CedarRapidsIowa where history is being. #CedarRapidsProblems the city demolishes everything they get.

@CityofCedarRapids you guys need to water this before Ragbrai. Share photos and videos on Twitter. Share photos and videos on Twitter. I remember when we were allowed to swim here :/ Is there no. #ManhattanPark #CedarRapidsIowa. SAVE THE SULLIVAN CHURCH ST. LUKES. #StLukesHospital #CedarRapidsIowa Save our history stop demol. #StLukesHospital #CedarRapidsIowa Save our history stop demol. #StLukesHospital #CedarRapidsIowa Save our history stop demol. #StLukesHospital #CedarRapidsIowa Save our history stop demol. #StLukesHospital #CedarRapidsIowa Save our history stop demol. #StLukesHospital #CedarRapidsIowa Save our history stop demol. #StLukesHospital #CedarRapidsIowa Save our history stop demol. #StLukesHospital #CedarRapidsIowa Save our history stop demol. #StLukesHospital #CedarRapidsIowa Save our history stop demol.

#StLukesHospital #CedarRapidsIowa Save our history stop demol. #StLukesHospital #CedarRapidsIowa Save our history stop demol. Stop squandering our heritage #StLukes #CedarRapidsIowa. We Can Do BetterCR! Time Check area of Cedar Rapids, June 13th, 2008 In March of 2009, a Local Option Sales Tax (LOST) was approved by the voters to: Ten percent (10%) for property tax relief; The specific purposes for which the revenues shall otherwise be expended are: 90% for the acquisition and rehabilitation of flood damaged housing caused by the flooding of 2008, and matching funds for federal flood dollars to assist with flood recovery or flood protection.

Instead this is what we've gotten: Purchase of the failing Crown Plaza Hotel and convention center ($130 million-plus) Construction of a new library ($50 million-plus) Construction of a new amphitheater ($8 million-plus) And not a single "Penny" for Flood Protection! Click here to see opportunities the City of Cedar Rapids have had to pay for Flood Protection: On May 3rd, 2011 and on March 6th, 2012, the voters of Cedar Rapids said "NO" to extending the sales tax beyond the year 2014. We have a Better, more Specific Idea! I love the way the bat house looks in the snow #CedarRapidsIowa. TYPICAL AMOUNTS AND METHODS OF AGENCY REALLOCATIONS. The plan the people want is far better than the defeated flood protection plan that required people to pay up to $950 million in sales taxes--that businesses don't pay.

Those business spent at least $500,000 promoting it--and lost! The people spoke! The following flood protection plan, the people want, provides Cedar Rapids with Corps of Engineers designed flood protection for both sides of the river, as well as street repair and property tax reduction for residential property owners. People choosing to live in the flood plain will be told and understand the Corps of Engineers reports their plan provides but a 91% probability of flood protection. People want Cedar Rapids businesses and public agencies to pay $9.5 million annually for flood protection, plus $11,472,279 for annual street repair and residential property tax reduction.

People want business property taxes raised 17%, the same percentage businesses tried to raise sales taxes people would have to pay! #EllisParkChurchOfGod #CedarRapidsIowa Best church ever. Crows in #TimeCheck #CedarRapidsIowa We like the crows over h. The #Shrine the #School #Board built fo. The Elephant in the Room. Todd Dorman Published: February 7 2012 | 4:05 am - Updated: 3 April 2014 | 11:52 am in I was asleep at the switch when the Educational Leadership and Support Center was approved.

It’s among my biggest regrets as a local scribbler. I’m talking about the $44 million headquarters for the Cedar Rapids Community School District. I should have objected, strenuously. Now, as the district mulls elementary school closings, the “ELS Center” is the elephant in the room. It is a big fella. It’s also almost finished, and there’s likely no going back. It’s remarkable that a school district now pointing to its steadily declining enrollment and related budget woes is the same one that’s also building itself a grand new capitol.

A list of frequently asked questions about the project on the district’s website offers this: “Will any student-based programs be located at the ELS Center?” The answer is a blunt, and telling, “No.” That should have been the top priority. This was a local call, to be sure. #JenahVail @RonPaulGirl #RonPaul #CedarRapidsIowa. Elementary Schools are facing closings in Cedar Rapids Core Neighborhoods. Schools in the core neighborhoods are facing closings and the community does not want them closed. The signs that line the streets in Cedar Rapids on both sides of the river speak in volumes. People do not want their neighborhood schools closed. I do agree that Monroe needs to be closed. While I am not against open enrollment I am not in favor of shipping only kindergarteners to this school when there is several high crime apartment buildings across the street.

Now, this building going up across the street from an area that floods every year is a problem, not because of the concept of the different divisions coming together, it is a problem because it’s difficult for me to wrap my mind around it. I called Ms. From: Ajai Dittmar~ [] Sent: Tuesday, January 31, 2012 11:08 AM To: Subject: Question Ajai Dittmar~ Thank you for your email. Laurel Day Laurel, Obama Campain through Cedar Rapids 1/25/2012. Cedar Rapids Free Press. #boatharbor #cedarrapidsiowa. Xbox Live Arcade House Party & Must Have Games returns - Cedar Rapids Video Games. #PublicWorks.

#Publicworks #treeservice #cedarrapids #iowa #ows #waste #fem. Next to #PublicWorks in #CedarRapids Iowa. #FEMA #CedarRapids. Chuck Swore What if there were no FEMA? #RonPaul #Crowd #CedarRapidsIowa #Iacaucus #gopshouldsupporth. #RonPaul for #President #Constitution #liberty #RandPaul #iow. #RonPaul #signbomb #cedarrapids #iowa. #RonPaul #CedarRapids #Iowa #iacaucus Let's take our cou. #iacaucus #CedarRapids. #RonPaul 2012 putting out the message in #CedarRapids for the.

#Americanwithoutpapers at #Romney speech in #CedarRapidsIowa. Standing ON THE BERM in Time Check where you can SEE that the. Monica Vernon cannot be trusted. October 15, 2011 Occupying in solidarity with the world in Cedar Rapids, Iowa. Ann Poe City Council at Large Candidate. Michele Bachman in Cedar Rapids Iowa September 26, 2011. What if there were no FEMA? Chuck W said we wo.

Is Cedar Rapids, Iowa Dragging America down with its Expensive Facelift? In June, 2008 the “city that would never flood” went 12 feet under and has dragged the rest of the country down with it ever since! The city invests millions of dollars on its east side leaving the west side without flood protection or investment.

City leaders took advantage of FEMA funding to turn our disaster into an “opportunity” for themselves. Why does Cedar Rapids continue to receive FEMA funding when FEMA is BROKE? Officials started projects based on ‘potential’ FEMA funds were spent before any funding was approved or received..City Officials had a plan. Instead of allowing people to recover, officials created and fostered a division between the East and West side of town. I know this much is true. Conversations with the Council meeting at Roosevelt Middle School in Cedar Rapids 2009 Please allow me to explain my position.

People’s houses were ‘tested’ by environmental companies hired by the city who deemed them environmental risks. (all we have done is pay) Like this: Council committee: use sales tax funds for new animal shelter. Rick Smith Published: August 26 2011 | 4:01 pm - Updated: 31 March 2014 | 6:13 pm in CEDAR RAPIDS — A City Council committee on Friday strongly endorsed using up to $3.55 million raised with the city’s local-option sales tax to help build a scaled-back, $4.55-million animal shelter at Kirkwood Community College. The shelter would replace the city’s old, out-of-the-way, flood-ruined shelter.

The three-member Flood Recovery Committee’s recommendation goes to the nine-member City Council for a vote. Months ago, the full council expressed interest in using revenue from the local-option sales tax to fill in funding gaps for a new library, new central fire station and new animal shelter if necessary. To date, the council has voted to use $4 million in sales tax revenue for the $49-million library project. At one point in time, the city was planning a 20,000-square-foot Animal Care and Control operation at a cost of $7.7 million. Kirkwood site training opportunities cited Flood tax, at a glance. ‪FEMA money is NOT FREE money!‬‏ Study: Link Between Political Corruption and FEMA Money.

December 12, 2008 Where natural disasters strike, political corruption is soon to follow, say the authors of a study in the Journal of Law and Economics. But it’s not the wind and rain that turns good folks bad; it’s the money that floods in afterwards from the Federal Emergency Management Agency. “We find each $100 of FEMA-provided disaster relief increases the average state’s corruption by nearly 102 percent,” write Peter Leeson (George Mason) and Russell Sobel (West Virginia U.). “Our findings suggest that notoriously corrupt regions of the United States, such as the Gulf Coast, are in part notoriously corrupt because natural disasters frequently strike them. They attract more disaster relief, which makes them more corrupt.”

Leeson and Sobel base their conclusions on a statistical model that measured the relationship between FEMA allocations and corruption in each U.S. state. The data used in the study were from 1990 to 1999, so the Katrina and Rita disasters of 2005 are not included. Cedar Rapids Smells - Flood Stories. Suspects pull gun to get wallet in Cedar Rapids.

6 Tx Swat Cops Drunk on Duty /Thuggery/Corruption. IA - Cedar Rapids police officer stripped of duties. View the article here CEDAR RAPIDS - A Cedar Rapids police officer will never wear a law enforcement uniform anywhere again, according to an agreement between the officer and the government. The agreement is part of a guilty plea Kevin Sims, 36, made to a federal misdemeanor charge Friday in U.S. District Court. He admitted that while he was on duty as a police officer, he intentionally denied a citizen of rights provided by the Constitution when they had consensual sexual relations following a traffic stop. Sims admitted he was a patrol officer in spring 2004 when he stopped at a bar about 1 a.m. to conduct a bar check. While there he greeted a woman he knew from previous bar checks.

A half-hour after Sims conducted the bar check, he used the emergency lights on his police car to stop the woman as she drove down Center Point Road. When Sims approached the woman, she told him she had a suspended license. He faces up to a year in prison and a $1,000 fine. Accountability. Former CR police officers lose appeal of Civil Service Commission decision affirming their termination in 2007. Ralstonv.Harrelson. Shorter Days, Longer Weeks Proposed For Iowa Officers - PPSC Forums. Cedar Rapids police officer disciplined for sleeping on the job. CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa --- A Cedar Rapids police officer who was caught sleeping on the job has been disciplined, authorities said Thursday. The officer, who has not been publicly identified, admitted that he dozed off in his squad car on the morning of May 10 after finishing a burglary report, Sgt.

Cristy Hamblin said. He was photographed by a pest exterminator, and the image was sent to police and local media. Police would not say what type of discipline the officer received, but said he was not fired and remains with the department. Hamblin said the department's biggest concern was that the officer put himself in a vulnerable position. The officer was not on a break when he was caught sleeping, Hamblin said. "There were other factors involved, but it is irrelevant," Hamblin said. The officer was spotted around 6:30 a.m. in the parking lot of Knox Presbyterian Church, 1525 Hollywood Blvd.

"He seemed a little bit upset that it was a waste of taxpayer dollars," Stutler said. Witness: Police officer drove patrol car to bar, was drunk. Bad Ace Tech.