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.). 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.
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. 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.
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.
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.
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. 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.
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)
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.