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Wednesday, October 19, 2011

Aurora City Council to Consider Plan to Kill Trees and Environment By Printing City Newsletter for Next 3 Years at Taxpayer Expense | Party Girl Alderman Stephanie Kifowit Wants to Make It Worse By Printing Another Newsletter in Spanish

As most communities move their public communication online such as newsletters to save costs, convenience, the environment and make information timely, the City of Aurora will consider a plan at the next City Council meeting to stay in the 20th Century, kill trees, cost taxpayers and use communication as a self-promotion tool.

Dan Ferreli, the longtime incompetent spokesman for the Aurora Police Department who has miserably failed at his one simple responsibility of providing information about crimes, was elevated by Mayor Tom Weisner to be the city's public information officer (learn more about the Peter Principle).

Now, he's pushing for the city to enter into a 3 year contract with a printing and design company for the city newsletter at a cost of $92,000 plus postage for 12 issues over those 3 years.

Other communities, including Naperville, have killed their quarterly newsletter, citing the costs and impact on the environment.  Instead, they have shifted communication online and have a 1 page insert that is included with monthly utility bills.

Why does Aurora need a quarterly newsletter?  Don't most people toss it away?  Is this a "green" thing to do by printing newsletters that are mostly old news and/or self-promotion (i.e. propaganda)?

But, wait...it gets worse.

Party Girl Alderman Stephanie Kifowit, at Tuesday's Committee-of-the-Whole, says it's not enough to waste money on a 20th Century, tree-killing newsletter.  She wants to see a Spanish newsletter, too.

Her position is that a large percentage of Aurora's population are Hispanic, but Alderman Rick Lawrence pointed out to her that assumes most Hispanic people can't read English.

Kifowit responded "well, meet some of the people in my neighborhood."

Alderman Lynda Elmore suggested that a spanish-version could be made available online.

Why not simply allow people to sign up for city news online, not kill trees and waste taxpayer funds?

And, why does Aurora need to outsource this in the first place?  What exactly does the incompetent Dan Ferrelli and the rest of the Public Information staff do for the hundreds of thousands they cost taxpayers each year?

Last, but not least, the newsletter would include advertising that must be "approved" by the city's legal department, run by so-called corporation counsel Alayne Weingartz.

What happens when a political campaign or someone wants to advocate for particular issue or simply wants to express their opinion.  Will Alayne Weingartz use her personal opinion?

We say the city should kill the newsletters, but if they proceed with their tree-killing, taxpayer wasting plan, we urge the following for the first ad featuring Alayne Weingartz herself:

23 comments:

Anonymous said...

The newsletter has very little value, it is a "glance and toss" at best.

City Officials...just provide us basic services and leave the self promotion for your campaign funds!


Westside Warrior

Anonymous said...

Why not ask the public? This could be done by a one page mailing to all households, or use the robocall system to contact those households who have registered for the system. If a majority of the PUBLIC want a printed newsletter, keep it. If the majority of responses say no, go completely electronic. You could also go with an electronic newsletter as the default, with printed newsletters only by request -- and the English/Spanish would be part of the request. I think a blanket, automatic mailing of 2 newsletters (1 English, 1 Spanish) is too much.

Anonymous said...

8:29, that is a good idea. I bet, if the survey is done fairly, it gets a less than 20 percent response. That should be the kiss of death for the nearly useless newsletter. Plus, dont we have free WIFI in Aurora? Everyone should be able to access it electronicly.

Anonymous said...

I don't think Kifowit even wants the the newsletter. But if they are insisting on it being printed she is going to try to make it what the people in her ward want. Can you blame her? I mean seriously who cares about a newsletter when they city has to cut public safety services.

Anonymous said...

This is too much. If the Mexicans can't read English, they should not be here. It used to be, and still is I think, that immigrants must have a working knowledge of English to apply for citizenship. If they are natural born citizens and can't read English, then they are just plain stupid and don't need to know what is going on in Aurora.

Anonymous said...

The current newsletters are basically propaganda for Weisner.

Why can't you just make the newsletter an opt-in?

It's such a waste given today's technology and I don't understand why we have a public information staff that can't put together a simple newsletter themselves.

Anonymous said...

Kifowit cited the waste of the newsletter when she voted against the budget last year. I agree with 10:39. However, we'll how long that sensible comment stays on this Kifowit Bashing Blog.

Anonymous said...

a couple questions
1. who is the printing company, and has anyone associated with this company made political contributions to candidates in local elections.
2. what is the purpose of this news letter, and has anyone looked at cost/benefit ratio.
3.why not a simple insert in utility bills, or is this beyond the capabilities of highly paid city staff

Anonymous said...

12:57 you've got a great idea. Make it an opt-in. Print & mail one more issue, w/ a card inside it that you have to fill out to say you want the printed newsletter, and whether you want English or Spanish. So if the card doesn't come back, that's one less newsletter to print. Since most people won't send the card, there will be very few printed, and anyone who wants to read it will have to get it online.

Anonymous said...

Weisner is running again for Mayor. This type of thing is why I don't want him. Spend monies foolishly while this City goes broke.

Anonymous said...

This letter is a self gratifying "look at me" for The Wiz. Nothing in the newsletter that is timely information. I figure The Wiz gets his single sided point of view in the Beacon anyway, why waste the money.

Anonymous said...

The mayors assistant, Nelson, likes to kill trees. Just look at Galena blvd.

Anonymous said...

Which assistant is that? How many assistants does Weisner have, anyway? Probably in the double digits. He probably added more when he laid off the cops.

Anonymous said...

Kifowit paid for Weisner pig roast and was listed as a major donor

Anonymous said...

Kifowit is a slut pig.

Anonymous said...

Please, if she suggested stopping the newsletter, then her politcal enemies would rant about how she is discriminating against poor people who don't have internet service.

Just more political gamesmanship and it's getting tiresome.

Anonymous said...

If the alderman are so concerned with 'tree murder' perhaps they should consider a ban on Christmas trees.

Anonymous said...

A lot of those trees were ash trees infected by the ash borer. They had to be cut down, because they were diseased.

Anonymous said...

And the ones that weren't? I suppose that was "practice cutting" for the city employees.

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Anonymous said...

OpenLine, kudos for have the integrity to post when you've removed a comment. I have to give you credit that that is the right way to do it.

But I've got to wonder what was so offensive that you removed that comment, and still leave an obscene comment like the one from 10/21/11 3:50 PM in the Illinois Unemployment Rate Hits 10% post?

Anonymous said...

Gee, wonder what tune Openline will sing now that the contract he was against has been approved, with Rick Lawrence voting IN FAVOR and Stephanie Kifowit voting NO. I expect this will be the last mention of this issue, and openline is hoping everyone will forget about this post. Or maybe the post will just disappear.

Anonymous said...

Interesting. So Lawrence voted in favor of the tree-killing newsletter at taxpayer expense, and Kifowit voted against it? What do you have to say about that, Openline?