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Wednesday, October 28, 2009

Aurora's Zoning Administrator AWOL and/or Taken to Undislcosed Location; Aurora City Council Votes 7-3 to Support Planned Parenthood Expansion



According to multiple sources and media reports, Aurora's Zoning Administrator, Ed Sieben, was intentionally AWOL from last night's Aurora City Council meeting because Aurora's so-called corporation counsel, Alayne Weingartz, ordered him to an undisclosed location.

Why?

Because Ed Sieben and his capacity as Aurora's Zoning Director is at the center of a pending lawsuit between Fox Valley Families Against Planned Parenthood and the City of Aurora and Planned Parenthood. Weingartz, who is pro-abortion and anti-people, did not want Sieben to be present for zoning and permit questions on Tuesday night since Planned Parenthood's request for parking would be discussed.

One of the lingering questions surrounding the Planned Parenthood situation is a question of whether or not the facility required a special-use permit. According to 4th Ward Alderman Rick Lawrence, questions to Sieben to clarify these issues have been ignored based upon "pending litigation."

Given the pending litigation, Lawrence asked that Planned Parenthood's request for expanded parking be held until a judge's ruling is expected on November 6th, but the Aurora City Council chose to proceed with the vote on the matter.

The request asked for 27 additional parking spaces for the specific purpose of "security" and Planned Parenthood said it was necessary due to the potential threat of protesters.

However, despite the intensity of Aurora becoming Ground Zero in the nation's abortion debate, the protests have been peaceful. Planned Parenthood says they need the additional parking so their employees don't have to park elsewhere in the vicinity and pass by protesters.

Several speakers who have been at the Planned Parenthood facility reportedly told the city council they have not only been peaceful, but they have not seen Planned Parenthood's current parking lot full.

9th Ward Alderman Leroy Keith defended Planned Parenthood and said there was once he saw the lot and it was "mostly full."

Most of the speakers say the request for additional parking is merely a legal tactic by Planned Parenthood to alter one of the grounds for the lawsuit against them with the city's so-called corporation counsel, Alayne Weingartz, colluding with Planned Parenthood's lawyers on ways to help them out.

The Aurora City Council voted 7-3 to support abortion and parking lot expansion for Planned Parenthood. Alderman Stephanie Kifowit, Alderman Abby Schuler, Alderman Rick Mervine, Alderman Lynda Elmore, Alderman Leroy Keith, Alderman Bob O'Connor and Alderman Mike Saville voted in favor of Planned Parenthood's request despite zero evidence to substantiate the request based upon security.

Alderman Rick Lawrence, Alderman Richard Irvin and Alderman Whitey Peters voted against the expansion. Alderman Scheketa Hart-Burns, Alderman Juany Garza and Mayor Tom Weisner were not at Tuesday's meeting.

Perhaps most bizarre was the revelation that so-called corporation counsel Alayne Weingartz sent a memo to members of city council to divert concerns of the special-use permit, saying there is a difference between a "not-for-profit medical facility" and a "non-for-profit health-related services facility."

Ed Sieben, Aurora's Zoning Director, may be able to clarify...once he's returned from the undisclosed location.

41 comments:

Anonymous said...

More skullduggery from the folks that run the city. If it were not possible to run the city this way it may grow up one day to become what everyone really wants it to be. But alas the pro death portion of the administration wants to keep the killing on a par with more larger cities. I especially like the Nazi tactic used by the corp council. Parking spaces for security? How wierd!

Anonymous said...

Doesn't matter why they want them - if it was a Walgreens' they'd get them no problem. Whining about this isn't going to help anything.

rearl said...

Let PP have their parking spaces, but why let them manipulate and deceive the city again and again?

PP's "tool", Tim Dutton of McAdam Landscaping submitted an "Explanation of Project Needs", written by PP, that stated ... "I would hate to see something happen that could have been prevented by allowing us to build an adequate number of parking spots to accommodate our staff members."

Earlier he talked about the killing of the Dr. in Kansas and the double murder in MI.

1. The Dr. in Kansas was killed at his church, not at the abortion facility, so additional parking spaces would not have prevented the killing.

2. The double murder in MI was of a pro-life protester, not a staff person at the abortion facility.

Why did the City not care about this unsubstantiated explanation? If the explanation is not relevant, why ask for one? If it is relevant, why accept one that is so plainly manipulative by PP?

Anonymous said...

this city is so incredibly messed up.

they say YES to expanding parking for an abortion clinic based upon deception again.

they say NO to a hotel development and giving a restaurant an extra hour.

Anonymous said...

Hey Rick Mervine, what's the "repurpose" of an abortion clinic?

Anonymous said...

PP claimed it needed the additional parking for security, but that's bogus and false. It was only due to their pending litigation.

And 7 city council members once again supported the deception of PP. All should be voted out:

Abby Schuler - Ward 1
Stephanie Kifowit - Ward 3
Mike Saville - Ward 6
Rick Mervine - Ward 8
Leroy Keith - Ward 9
Lynda Elmore - Ward 10
Bob O'Connor - fool at large

Anonymous said...

Hey all you idiots who support St Joseph the campaign head quarters of Abby Schuler and Weisner cronies Marge & Allen Schuler. I guess you support abortion. There is a real Catholic Church right around the block. Protest St Joseph until they stop giving Abby Communion

Anonymous said...

Does anybody realize that abortions are legal. Get over it.

Anonymous said...

who cares! Only a hand full of people judging by the lack of comments on this site and the anti-choice web site

Anonymous said...

I don't know about the other aldermen who supported this expansion but I can't believe Abby Schuler of all people, a devouted, dyed-in-the-wool Catholic would support an abortion clinic in the first place. The whole concept of abortion flies in the face of Catholic doctrine. How can she live with herself? How can other parishioners at St Joes even want to worship with her.

Anonymous said...

7:04

Slavery was legal at one time. Should we put black people back in chains and call the niggers again?

Anonymous said...

I'd have more respect for the anti-abortion movement if it weren't based almost entirely on Christian religious grounds and mixed up with all kinds of other weirdness--anti-birth control, anti-sexual education, and so on.

Anonymous said...

I'd have more respect for the anti-abortion movement if it weren't based almost entirely on Christian religious grounds and mixed up with all kinds of other weirdness--anti-birth control,

Huh - where did you get that? I am certainly not a Christian and my involvement centers around my love for this country. The Declaration of Independence is the Rosetta Stone of our country and it is hard to take it seriously when you allow abortions of convenience. Sort of throws a damper on that whole unalienable rights thing.

Anonymous said...

10/29/09 4:33 AM

The key words there are "movement" and "almost entirely." Certainly not all anti-abortion sentiment is religious in nature, but I think you'd find it hard to argue that the national movement isn't religiously-based.

Anonymous said...

We are short on oil and the POLITICIANS won't let us drill where it is known to exist. 80% want their health care left as is. The POLITICIANS want to stuff a new plan down your throat. Most Americans want school prayers the POLITICIANS don't. Jobs are being lost at an unpresidented rate causing loss of revenue yet the POLITICIANS keep spending and raising your taxes. THe people do not want a public option in healthcare yet Palooza and READ the POLITICIANS want it. Acorn was temporarly disallowed access to public monies yet the POLITICIANS are going to restore it. A lot of people want school vouchers yet the POLITICIANS don't. The people of America want a free market yet the POLITICIANS keep grabbing all the banks and auto manufactures. Keep it up and we too will have a government limit of a three minute shower just like JUGO, the dancing monkey, in Venesuela all because THE POLITICIANS think that socialism is the answer. THE PEOPLE DON'T.Just watch the upcomming elections the right is on the march.

Anonymous said...

That Country Club is nothing but a bunch of drunks.

Anonymous said...

Aurora country club doesn't allow minorities!


The mayor is a member & doesn't pay a dime!

Lawrence became a member to support a part of his ward and pays his bills, unlike the mayor and then when he withdraws his membership they continue to bill him and sue him????

Anyone see the obvious political motivation here???

Anonymous said...

The Mayor is NOT a member of the Country Club....why are you saying he is a member?

People get your facts straight before posting!!

Anonymous said...

Can't buy a hot dog and Cherry/Lime freeze after 11:00pm, but you can destroy a child without having any parking problems. I think the whole city council, other than the ones that voted against the parking expansion and voted to extend business hours for Sonic, need to get voted out first chance. Where the hell are their priorities????

Start post ALL stupid votes by this council.

Anonymous said...

Kifowit proved she's pro-abortion on Tuesday.

Anonymous said...

City of Aurora says no to hotel or hamburgers, but yes to abortions.

Anonymous said...

That is because Stephie is a ____!

Anonymous said...

All Mayors get an honorary membership. He has one.

Anonymous said...

Hey since the city decided to have an advisory green commission to harass business owners with, maybe we could grind up the aborted babies and make hamburgers out of them?

Since they are not human or a form of life maybe even the liberal vegans and vegetarians would eat them.

Anonymous said...

Oh, look. Openline deleted the posts about Rick Lawrence being sued! I'm so surprised!

Anonymous said...

They also took down my very insightful post about Kifowit's educational incentive plan. So your point is?

Anonymous said...

That Openline removes posts he disagrees with. Do you think that is the way a discussion site should be run?

Anonymous said...

I love abortions.

Anonymous said...

His site, hos forum, his rules, he pats the bills, you don't like it start your own blog.

Anonymous said...

Jinkees. Try:

His site, his forum, his rules, he pays the bill; you don't like it start your own blog.

Sorry.

Anonymous said...

Openline removes any post about Rick Lawrence but they do nothing about people who use foul, obscene language or make racial insults or slurs. What's that tell you? Openline only allows comments that they are in agreement with otherwise it gets deleted. This blog isn't worth even coming here anymore.

Anonymous said...

2:14pm...He pays the bills????? Well, he didn't pay his Aurora Country Club balance.

Anonymous said...

Racial insults are not slanderous. I have been called a nigger, so what? It says more about the person making the statement then about me. And I am big enough to understand it. Jesse Jackson spoke a lot of truth about breathing a sigh of relief when he found out those footsteps in the dark belong to a white guy. It is a subculture thing not really a race thing. Do you think anyone thinks Larry Elder, Alan Keyes, Walter Williams or Clarence Thomas a nigger? Of course not, it is a sub-culture thing that the phrase is attached to not am actual racial thing. Go around with your pants around your knees, with a giant gold chain with giant letter of the alphabet on it, speaking in rap and profanity loudly emitting form the radio in your car and you have earned the term.

As for obscene language, while not my preference it is what it is, a part of expression. Once again it reflects on the poster and the responders.

Anonymous said...

6:40, this is not Laurence's forum.

Anonymous said...

It doesn't matter whether you are religious or not or have an opinion about abortion even if you don't give a crap about what goes on at PP, the Aurora city council just spoke volumes about whether PP really "snuck" into Aurora with this vote and with Sieben being sent away so he could not answer any questions about the zoning violations. They are really covering up what happened. This makes their lies about "not knowing" very obvious. Every corrupt official needs to be exposed, every deal that was made and everyone involved needs to be exposed. Their lack of outrage about being lied to and the false names given to them on legal documents lets you know it was all a lie, when every business, organization or even church that has ever tried to be upfront with the city has been raked over the coals, (many have even moved out of Aurora for that reason). I have talked to business people who have dealt with this city for years and have had their projects and buildings gone over with a fine tooth comb for possible violations and have had to jump through hoops to get approval. They have given a stamp of approval for everything PP has asked for and it tells you something. You don't have to be a rocket scientist to know what has gone on here. The intimidation and the harrassment, the ex-police chief and city attorney showing up at a march of children, senior citizens, priest and ministers to threaten to arrest peaceful protesters as they prayed outside a building, the tax dollars being spent to back this multi-million dollar operation that supposedly "lied to get into town" and gave "fake names" and now seven aldermen voted for them to get what they want, the city attorney tells the zoning administrator to stay away from a city council meeting when it is on the meeting agenda to discuss expanding a building that is already in violation of zoning laws. Like I said even if you don't give a crap about abortion, you know there are dirty deals going on. If you care about your city, want government to be of, for and by the people and care about fairness and integrity then you want every act of corruption exposed. We have no one who cares and no one doing any investigation of this crooked mess. How convenient that Weisner was not at this meeting.

Anonymous said...

Take a hint of what is going on in the upstate New York election...next election cycle get rid of all of them that you think are crooks...If the conservatives in New York can upset the status quo as obviously they have then it should be relativly simple to do in little ol aurora. You will be working against a city council and administration that has a cumulitive IQ of less than 1000. Good luck.

Anonymous said...

8:53 p.m. You're right. This is Lawrence's forum. I don't know who Laurence is.

Anonymous said...

Alderman bemoans lack of completed budget

Tonight, after I got home from another Aurora City Council meeting and kissed my daughters good night, I thought "what just happened tonight?" and sighed.
The first issue that was presented was the labor contract for the maintenance workers, which includes street department, sewer and water, etc., all of whom work extremely hard and, as citizens, we depend on a great deal.

We were presented a four-year contract that includes several sacrifices by the union members, but also includes retroactive raises for 2009, guarantees of no layoffs for 2009-2010 and subsequent raises for the remainder of the contract.

The main component missing in our ability to vote or make a decision was the actual 2010 budget. In a recent memo to another union, the mayor acknowledged his lack of a long-term, multiyear "financial reduction plan," but suggested his annual budget is, in fact, a plan.

The Aurora City Council was promised to receive a budget for review on Oct. 15, but now we learn the administration is waiting until probably mid-November to submit a budget for review.

The union contract may be attractive for taxpayers, but without it being presented in the context of an entire fiscal plan, it's not responsible to the employees or to commit taxpayers to certain obligations without a full understanding of the entire financial scope, depth and plan of how we move forward.

The mayor has stated he is unwilling to raise taxes again, so where will the revenue come from to cover all of his commitments over the past four years? He has promised to submit a balanced budget, so where will the balance come from, given the spending addiction of the Aurora City Council? You, the taxpayer, or them, the politicians?

Or, could the politicians be relying on the county multiplier? Will the mayor and city's finance director, Brian Caputo, keep their promise not to raise rates or taxes?

Beware, Aurora.

Rick Lawrence

4th Ward Alderman

Anonymous said...

Interesting, considering I've been told by assessments that my taxes are going down $1000 bucks next year.

Anonymous said...

I didn't know Brian Caputo was in a position to raise taxes or tax rates.

Anonymous said...

Brian is the Mayors advisor. The Council does what ever Brian tels them to do. Therefore if Brian says raise taxes the Council will pass it. If the Mayor tells Brian to include a tax hike in the budget he will do so like a good soldier and not say a word to Council.