Mayor Tom Weisner and the Aurora City Council have already squandered over a half-million dollars into a deceptive and failed scheme to create "restaurant row" on New York Street in downtown Aurora.
Steve Arwady, the developer touted by the Weisner regime, is long gone with your money.
Weisner even kicked out the Aurora Election Commission from the Elks Club, at massive ongoing cost to taxpayers, to make room for Arwady to open up a restaurant for "Chef Amaury" and put condos in the building.
None of that happened as promised, but you paid for the Aurora Election Commission to move.
Among Restaurant Row's failed promises was the Billy Goat Tavern. You know, the one where it was all signed and ready to go by March...2010.
In fact, Weisner and his rubber-stamp cronies on the city council had approved wasting $1.25 million on that deal, but thankfully, Billy Goat never showed up or the taxpayer losses would be far more by now.
But, instead of acknowledging the mistakes and learning from them, Weisner wants to make more.
Now, Weisner wants to make a political insider deal with Vernon LaVia, the spouse of State Rep. Linda Chapa-LaVia, to further waste more taxpayer funds to buy one of the properties and give it to them.
They claim they have a deal with an Italian restaurant from Batavia to come there.
The LaVia family is not new to the block or failures. They failed at a pizza place on the same block. They also failed on a bar on the lower level. People got shot. They lost the building in foreclosure.
Anyone familiar with Vern LaVia knows he speaks in nonstop "bullshit" and fantasy. He thinks he can fix up "restaurant row" but there's one problem.
He can't afford to do it.
No problem, this is Aurora where we are "second to none" for schemes and wild spending.
And Tom Weisner and his rubber-stamp cronies have a taxpayer checkbook and unlimited credit card to spend anything...just like they did with Steve Arwady.
This time, the plan is for taxpayers to buy a defunct building on New York Street and give it to LaVia so he can make a "deal" with a restaurant.
And, if that isn't bad enough, the city doesn't want anyone to take the time to think about this. They've called an emergency special finance committee meeting on Tuesday (which will cost extra to taxpayers as well) to rush this through so it can get to the Committee-of-the-Whole meeting, where it will then advance to the City Council and be approved 10-1.
Tom Weisner, the corrupt mayor of Aurora, never learns his lesson. The bigger question is if taxpayers have learned their lesson.
But, a special advisory to State Rep Linda Chapa-LaVia.
Don't follow your husband into this swamp of bullshit where everyone is destined to sink.