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Re: “After Police Shootings, Vermont Cops Are Slow to Provide Statements

Please ask Mayor Weinberger and Chief Del Pozo to support civilian oversight of our police department, which they have consistently spoken against. Now more than ever do we need an independent body to ensure that state and city actors use limited and appropriate force, and are held responsible when abuses like this happen.

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Posted by cwinklem on 01/10/2018 at 1:03 PM

Re: “Burlington Democrats Endorse Incumbent Weinberger for Mayor

Hi Councilor Mason,

At the end of the day what I see is a consistent thread of a mayor and city council who just do not understand what its like to be working poor, and whose policies time and time again end up focusing on helping those who have considerable means over our neighbors who are most vulnerable and marginalized. The voices of advocates, like the ACLU, seem to fall on deaf ears.

I was hoping you could offer some clear examples to show how I am wrong, how I have misread the past 6 years, show some clear examples of the council and mayor putting people over profits, because Im having some serious trouble seeing it.

When I think Burlington is for sale, what I mean is that businesses and landlords and developers in Burlington have priority and focus over more vulnerable populations, that for example like the private marina, or the mayor and city council supporting a mall project with an initial poor door entrance, tourists and developers have a better chance of being heard in city hall over community advocates (like myself) and more importantly the marginalized groups and the working poor we devote our lives to supporting.

It has been demoralizing to put so much trust in local elected leaders and feel like instead of listening, they'd rather argue. Thank you for your time.

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Posted by cwinklem on 01/08/2018 at 4:52 PM

Re: “Burlington Democrats Endorse Incumbent Weinberger for Mayor

Hi Councilor Mason,

1. I believe in working with developers who treat their tenants like human beings. Rick Bove is so far removed from that list.…

Will you be working on any ordinances to protect current and new residents?

2. TIF funding for the marina was approved by the voters, many of whom like myself thought that the waterfront would stay open entirely to the public like it had for 30 years.

The marina was part of a process, where the winner won by only .2 points to a publicly funded Parks and Recs marina, and the chair of the PIAP process just happened to have worked previously with the aforementioned hotel mogul, which feels uncomfortably close. And in the process Public ownership wasnt given any extra weight.…

If we desperately must privatize it should be to help our most vulnerable neighbors first and foremost, not wealthy out-of-state tourists.

3. BT was never owned by the City and was "sold" because of financial mismanagement by the Kiss Adminsitration, also because of city councilors from all parties who ignored the warning signs, and also due to councilors Shannon and Adrian who used political maneuvering so that the city couldnt adequately refinance in 2008.…

4. If discussions were just exploratory, why atleast from news articles, did it sound like it was exploratory only towards a sale to UVM, and only when that sale (or long term lease) fell through did the city return to their original public process and plan to keep the auditorium public?…

In 2009 Mayor Weinberger entertained selling off Burlington Electric.…

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Posted by cwinklem on 01/08/2018 at 1:58 PM

Re: “Burlington Democrats Endorse Incumbent Weinberger for Mayor

Burlington is for sale.

1) The city just sold a parking lot to known slumlord Rick Bove.
2) The city is leasing land on the waterfront so that a local hotel mogul can build a private marina.
3) Burlington Telecom just sold to an out of state bidder with few ties to the city.
4) The mayor wanted to sell memorial auditorium to UVM so they could build an arena, without input from residents.

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Posted by cwinklem on 01/08/2018 at 7:10 AM

Re: “UVM Student Announces Burlington City Council Run

Ward 8 was so completely gerrymandered to act as a student ward that even Redstone campus, firmly in the south end, is part of ward 8. When you make a student ward, shouldnt one expect students to then run for office? Just take a look at how silly the ward looks.…

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Posted by cwinklem on 11/20/2017 at 5:23 PM

Re: “Burlington City Councilors Trade Barbs Over Telecom Talks

Even if you disagree with Jane (and I certainly have!) it is clear she has integrity and good intentions. I may not agree with her all the time but she has taken positions that have angered the left, the right, and the center in Burlington to do what she believes is right, and has done so without resorting to political attacks.

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Posted by cwinklem on 11/08/2017 at 10:23 PM

Re: “Toronto-Based Company Gets Personal in Bid to Buy Burlington Telecom

So Ting has been in the telecom business for two years. Interesting.

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Posted by cwinklem on 11/01/2017 at 12:44 PM

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