Friday, July 15, 2005

This is a joke, right?

So the CTA hires a consulting firm (see links here to Sun-Times and Tribune) and pays them $1.2 million dollars to come up with ways to generate more revenue to cover a $55 million shortfall. The shortfall was temporarily alleviated when Springfield voted for a $54.3 million bailout plan, but the CTA is already crying poor as the 2006 budget will be almost $100 million short.

Hey! We know where you can save $1.2 million dollars today! Stop paying "consultants" for stale ideas like selling the naming rights to various structures. That idea has been around for years, or haven't you noticed the United Center, U.S. Cellular Field, etc. If it stands still long enough, Daley will try to sell the naming rights to anything.

And another thing - the naming idea? It stinks. Really. Does anyone think that Marshall Fields or Carson's or any really big Michigan Avenue stores is going to want to attach their name to a dank underground train station that smells of oil, mildew and bum urine? "Jackson. This is Jackson. When you smell Jackson, think Carson, Pierre, Scott & Co." It just doesn't work for us.

4 Comments:

Anonymous leftisthebest said...

Who is to blame?

I'll tell you, even though you didn't ask. The police officers and their families that voted in this fool Daley!!

And don't tell me you didn't vote for him. Look at the numbers on the Southwest and Northwest sides.

It is time for a change. Lets elect a leftist this time around.

7/15/2005 04:11:00 PM  
Anonymous leftisthebest said...

Mr. Moderaor, shall we be placing a thread in regards to the Rev. Meeks incident in the 005th district? Should be interesting!

7/15/2005 04:28:00 PM  
Blogger sharky said...

Let's see where the investigation goes. However, I tend not to trust policemen who work side jobs and get in trouble. They say anything to get out of it. Rev
Meeks charged racial profiling, yet he didn't say anything on the tv to bring out that allegation. Could it be the policeman who was driving his car and got the four tickets planted the idea in his head? Perhaps Meeks went along with it to help out his buddy Jeese Jackson Jr, who's probably running against Daley? The negative publicity would help Jeese Jr immensely. Don't get me wrong, I'm no fan of Daley, but I question the motivation of everything in here. At least on the surface, something smells rotten here. In any case, the Sergeant who is the focus of this investigation is going to have a rough go of it. He is going to catch hell because of the racial implications involved, plus the fact Daley appears to have prejudged the case, by his denunciations of the Sgt's actions. While it's not yet a contract violation (because Daley isn't officially in the chain of command for the department), it will take a boss with some really big cahones to tell the mayor nothing bad happened, and stand by it. I only hope that if indeed nothing happened, that somebody will step up to the plate and say so publicly. We don't need any more black eyes on this department, especially if they are not deserved.

7/15/2005 05:50:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

WHO IS TO BLAME?

SINCE YOU BROUGHT IT UP, Policemen and their families just don't vote. This is just the fact. There 12,000 active and probably 3,000 retired cops in the Chicago area and they do not vote. A total of 15,000 now add a spouse children and/or parents, maybe your neighbors or friends and the count increases to 50,000 0r 60,000 votes. That is bigger than the Hispanic voting bloc and look at all they get.......We would control more votes than two of the top wards. That my firends is power and until we tap into it we are doomed with politicians like Daley.

7/22/2005 12:58:00 PM  

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