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. 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. The man who took the photo was identified and interviewed but asked to remain anonymous, police said.
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. 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. At the park Sims and the woman had intimate relations while Sims was still on duty, in his police uniform with his firearm still in his holster.
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.
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
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? 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 Officials have since given property where the original property owners could not rebuild on to developers who can and will profit from after millions of tax dollars from FEMA and HUD were used to acquire the properties. Please allow me to explain my position. (all we have done is pay) Like this: Like Loading...
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. 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~ [mailto:email@example.com] Sent: Tuesday, January 31, 2012 11:08 AM To: Lday@cr.ia.k12.us Subject: Question How many dollars do district records show the district expects, or estimates, the fully staffed new administration building to cost per year? Ajai Dittmar~ firstname.lastname@example.org Thank you for your email. Laurel Day Laurel, Laurel From:Day Laurel Hide Ajai, Ajai~
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. 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. We can’t go back in time.
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 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! If these agencies won’t contribute willingly, their elected officials will be replaced with officials who will. Put this plan on the ballot! Let people vote on this plan they want!!
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!
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. “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. In the cases we found, disclosure seems to be key. CBS 2’s Josh Scheinblum reports.