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Re: “One Dead After Shootout in Burlington's Old North End

@Gigrape52, thanks for the heads-up. I truly did not know either way, which is why I asked the question. Yes, this was something I have dealt with before but it was prior to 2016 and the "Ban the Box" law. Have been hearing that particular house has been an issue for a while so perhaps it is just that some landlords choose to look the other way and are happy to take whatever rent money, however derived.

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Posted by Chris in S. Burlington on 04/17/2019 at 3:03 PM

Re: “Weinberger: Migrants Welcome in Burlington if Trump Carries Out Plan

It was not that long ago that majority of the Democratic Party supported all of the immigration recommendations of African-American, Democratic Congresswoman and civil rights icon Barbara Jordan. When she led President Clinton's Bipartisan Commission on Immigration Reform. The idea was to shift US to more skills-based immigration system like Canada, and to slow immigration in acknowledgment of Reagan-era weakening of labor unions; predicted economic impacts from NAFTA; from automation; from globalization, etc. Also known as the "Jordan Commission," they recommended chain migration reform (to limit legal admission to nuclear family with minor children, instead of aunts, uncles, cousins, in-laws, siblings of in-laws, cousins of in-laws, etc.); elimination of the diversity visa lottery; reduction of legal immigration from the-then 1990's average of 750,000 per year back to the 1980's average of around 550,000 per year (it is now up to 1.3 million per year); and strengthened enforcement vs illegal immigration, including mandatory E-Verify.

Ms. Jordan tragically died at age 59 or 60 as they were drafting the legislation in early 1996. It was widely expected to pass Congress and Bill Clinton had said he supported it. Then, a month or two after Ms. Jordan's death, Clinton yanked his support, thereby killing the reforms. According to Boston Globe and other reporting, Clinton allegedly killed it because of illegal campaign financing to the DNC from the Chinese (via John Huang); and because of lobbying from groups like La Raza. China did not want the reform.

Since Trump's election, there has been an effort to revive the Jordan Commission reforms & make US more like Canada. GOP's Grassley introduced mandatory E-Verify; GOP's Cotton-Perdue introduced RAISE Act, etc. Why haven't Leahy and Sanders crossed aisle to support this? What happened to the party of Barbara Jordan?

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Posted by Chris in S. Burlington on 04/17/2019 at 12:53 AM

Re: “One Dead After Shootout in Burlington's Old North End

As drug dealers with connections from out-of-state seem to take over more and more of Burlington, it is not clear Sarah George's proposal to decriminalize on County-level and to offer County-sponsored drug use sites would do anything to prevent the deadly shootouts that are occurring.

One can understand the impulse of Ms. George to want to try and save lives in any way possible to prevent an overdose. However, it seems for every theoretical life saved, there may be a few more theoretically lost if 100 or 200 more people decide to try heroin or crack cocaine because of the State's Attorney's endorsement of "safe" sites. Might a teenager think it cannot be that addictive or damaging if the State's Attorney's Office is giving official support? And these drugs remain illegal (or very heavily regulated in the case of some opiates) for arguably good reason. So users in Ms. George's "safe" sites will still need to go to illegal drug dealer such as person involved in this deadly shootout.

Philadelphia's Larry Krasner does not seem to be a great model. Yes, Philadelphia, like Burlington, is also a very liberal city but even among its progressive and liberal residents, crime victims and survivors and police officers in Philadelphia are not happy with the Krasner tenure.

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Posted by Chris in S. Burlington on 04/17/2019 at 12:29 AM

Re: “One Dead After Shootout in Burlington's Old North End

BTW, there were people walking nearby with preschool children to pick up other kids from school when this happened sometime after 2:30 today. In addition to families, there are college students who live all around this neighborhood.

And just 2 years ago, late March 2017, in broad daylight on Church Street, someone stabbed and killed someone around 2 pm in the afternoon. As families and shoppers went down Church Street, the very core of downtown Burlington. Less than 2 years before that, in December 2015, fatal shooting on Church Street. And Feb, 2018, a woman shot on Main Street outside a bar, after a man began randomly firing into a crowd.

What is going on at Burlington Police Department and City Hall? This is no joke. If a stray college student or family member walking their child on the sidewalk happened to have left their house just 5 minutes earlier, there easily could have been other people dead. It is getting dangerous to live in Burlington; to shop in Burlington; to attend school in Burlington.

And now Sarah George, Chittenden County State's Attorney, wants to provide County-sponsored opium dens for anyone of all ages to engage in illegal drug use. Ms. George has stated Philly's "Progressive" DA Larry Krasner is her role-model and Burlington needs to become more like Philadelphia. Does not seem her proposal will prevent these deadly shootouts b/c users cannot walk into pharmacy & get crack so the dealers taking over Burlington will still be here (and given how addictive & damaging opiates are, they arguably remain illegal & heavily regulated with good reason).

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Posted by Chris in S. Burlington on 04/17/2019 at 12:01 AM

Re: “One Dead After Shootout in Burlington's Old North End

Are landlords allowed to screen for criminal history? WCAX is reporting Mr. Hampton had arrest records in Florida, Georgia, and Vermont. Seven Days is reporting he had arrest warrant in New York state. Yet we are told over and over again by some politicians that those involved in the drug trade and those with a criminal history are "nonviolent" and thus justified the "Ban the Box" legislation passed by Vermont legislature and signed by Democratic Governor Peter Shumlin in 2016. Prohibits employers from asking about criminal history. Because that is somehow "discrimination"? Maybe there is a role in protecting the health, safety and welfare of the general public (and of co-workers?) to discriminate against someone with multiple felonies or multiple arrest records in multiple states? Were the landlords also prohibited from asking questions under the "Ban the Box" legislation supported by so many in the legislature and supported by Shumlin?

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Posted by Chris in S. Burlington on 04/16/2019 at 11:58 PM

Re: “Emails Detail Conflict in Choosing Burlington School Principals

While no correlated immigration shenanigans (as was case with Obeng and prior school board), other people like Noelle Mackay, Mayor's appointment for Director CEDO, unfortunately followed Obeng's example and also refused to live in Burlington. It does not create good faith for someone making critical decisions about school children or about planning and zoning to exempt themselves and their families from the decisions they make. The residency requirement exists so top decision makers are themselves impacted by decisions they make. And part of community. Burlington voters have considered the shared burden and benefits of living together in the same community important enough that they have not once, but twice rejected prior efforts to eliminate the department head residency requirement.

So what did Mayor & his majority city council do? After Burlington voters twice rejected eliminating residency requirement, Mayor went around voters & "updated" law to claim living anywhere in Chittenden County = living in Burlington. Noelle Mackay, Yaw Obeng, doesn't matter how much melanin someone is born with, just stop gaming the system & voters.

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Posted by Chris in S. Burlington on 04/12/2019 at 12:26 PM

Re: “Emails Detail Conflict in Choosing Burlington School Principals

Problem is Superintendent has little credibility with public. He (and prior board) do deserve credit for sorting out messed up financial situation. This is no small thing. However, problem is prior board used legal shenanigans & border-line fraud to game immigration system to hire Superintendent to begin with. So he started under a cloud. City was told he would qualify for Albert Einstein visa because there was no one qualified in existing US population of 325 million. He did not. So then they worked with UVM to create a one-off faculty position (that UVM never advertised nor interviewed any other candidates for) and lied to immigration authorities by saying primary reason Obeng coming to America was to work as UVM faculty. Yeah, 1 class a semester while doing some small side gig called Superintendent of Burlington schools?

On top of all this, Obeng lied to the faces of many Burlington parents during interview process when he told them he would comply with existing Burlington law and of course relocate to live in Burlington. Then, upon receiving and accepting job offer, Mr. Obeng did a U-turn and said, at $153,000 salary, he could not afford Burlington and, in violation of law, only South Burlington (with state's highest paid teachers) would do for his children. That is how to build public confidence?

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Posted by Chris in S. Burlington on 04/12/2019 at 12:17 PM

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