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Wednesday, May 29, 2013

Aurora Mayor Tom Weisner's War Against Property Rights, Freedom and Lemonade Stands



Aurora Mayor Tom Weisner and so-called corporation counsel Alayne Weingartz have had an obsession since first being given keys to the mayor's office to find ways to interfere, hinder or violate your personal, property, privacy and constitutional rights.

From unlawful demands for personal information for public meetings to wacky ordinances such as seeking the customer information of auto repair shops, the list goes on and on.

The latest is Weisner's attempt to tell you what you can and can't do about selling your personal property.

On Tuesday, the rubber stamps on the Aurora City Council approved Weisner's new ordinance to limit the number of garage sales to twice in a calendar year.

Even more strange, overpaid city spokespeople say "residents are limited to selling unwanted personal property, and now allowed to sell new items such as toiletries or new clothing in bulk."

So, let's get that straight.  Not only only the Weisner regime wants to regulate how often you can sell your personal property, but also which property being sold from your property.

The excuse for the ordinance is that "some residents" frequently have garage sales as if they are operating a business with new items.

However, there are already zoning ordinances for business operation that would apply to those situations.

Weisner spokesgirl, Carie Ergo, who is paid over $175,000 per year by taxpayers, says they could make an exception to the two garage sale policy for an additional estate sale, but it would need a special request that would require approval from Weisner.

That's right.  Even if you die, Tom Weisner wants to control your life.

But wait, it gets worse.

OpenlineBlog has learned Weisner and Weingartz want to target kids lemonade stands again.

Previously, they had started down the anti-entrepreneur path when Weisner and Weingartz were allegedly refused service at a lemonade stand on Aurora's west side a few years ago when Weingartz was accused of being "rude" to kids.

In fairness to Weingartz, she is not just rude to kids, but rude to most humans.

That previous attempt to stop children from selling lemonade flopped after being exposed.

However, kids should not worry.  It's not that lemonade stands would disappear.  Weisner would likely find a way to impose large license fees for a lemonade stand.

Ideally, Weisner, the most corrupt mayor in America, would want his cronies to profit as well.

John Cordogan, the crony architect, would design the lemonade stand.  Terry Bohr, head of Wegman Construction, would build the lemonade stand.  Chuck "Shorty" Anderson and Mark Guethle, two union thugs, would make sure the lemonade stand would have union kids.  And, Wally Mundy of Mundy Landscaping, would handle the landscaping.

And, political mafia boss Bob Vaughan would supervise and get a consulting fee.

That's the Aurora Way.

44 comments:

Anonymous said...

Rick,
Is it possible that you don't understand that some of these are good ideas? Ever live near someone who has garage sales every other weekend? Can you imagine why that might be a bit of a problem? Oh, and if you were living near someone who bought in bulk and was selling untaxed goods to the public? What if, heaven forbid, they were selling stolen goods on a regular basis, but the kinds of things that don't have serial numbers, making it harder to prove?
Lemonade stands... well, if they were actually trying to do something about that, as opposed to your regular hyperbole and speculation, I'd be curious about what justification they'd be using. But even according to your own rant, they don't seem to be doing anything about it, do they?
Oh, and last but certainly not least, why do you persist with the ridiculous 'most corrupt mayor in America" nonsense? Not only is it ridiculous and laughable, but it also indicates that it's just a vendetta swipe. And if you think it's true, you don't pay much attention to things going on in the rest of the country.
A more accurate headline:
"Aurora Mayor Tom Weisner's War to defend Property Rights From Those Who Would Abuse Them, and Nothing About Lemonade Stands Except in Rick's Febrile Mind"

Anonymous said...

I agree with limiting the number of Sales that can be held in one year. 2 might be a little restrictive, 4 seems a better number. I'm always amazed how the city makes a new law every time one of these fake or at least exaggerated problems occur. How will it be enforced???

Anonymous said...

Hey openline, when are you going to run that interview with kevin matthew you promised? Some of us want to know why he dropped. I attended the church forum and he was head and shoulders above all the other candidates. So why did he drop? Is he running again for at-large? Where is the interview?

Anonymous said...

The only person Openline ever "interviews" is Rick Lawrence.

Anonymous said...

The city would be better served if the council and the mayor used their time and energy to worry about things that are important, like Aurora schools and property values. I would have to agree with this blog that Weisner is not an honest man and I feel that people are aware of this and it translates into people not willing to do business with the city. Hopefully someday he will be exposed.

Anonymous said...

You know 12:21 someone could enforce the ordinances already on the book, but that would be admitting someone ain't doing their job.
No we need a new ordinance so the bearded leader can claim to be a champion of the people.
what a crock of sh**

Anonymous said...

Do residents think that the problem of extended garage sales has gotten worse.

Anonymous said...

Garage Sales? Lemonade Stands? In walking through downtown Aurora during the Memorial Day Parade (which was very good) there are almost NO private businesses. No tax producing entities. The city and tax exempt entities are in all the prime properties.
Wake up City Council. You need to get your priorities straight! You obviously do not keep up with the news. Can you say Detriot?

Anonymous said...

10:57 - wake up city council? The Mayor controls the city council. The citizens of Aurora refused to put in anyone who would question the mayor.

Anonymous said...

On the topic of garage sales, maybe Openline could enlighten us on what the current law is, because it definitely seems that repeated garage sales, especially selling new items, is a problem. ARE the current laws adequate? I don't know, and certainly wouldn't find out from this post.

On the topic of lemonade stands, that's really lame that Openline would steal a video from GEORGIA to imply there was some effort in Aurora to shut down lemonade stands. It seems you just wanted to stir things up and create a controversy that doesn't exist.

Anonymous said...

Openline don't worry about looking up the previous law, I got the answer from the story in the Beacon this morning. 1:19 the point is prior to this ordinance there WAS no law, only a policy. THAT was basically unenforcable. Now that it's an actual ordinance, it can be enforced. While repeated garage sales might be spotted by some of the city property standards people driving around (they have some on weekend shifts), my bet is they'll be responding to complaints phoned in by the neighbors. Then property standards, police, etc. can respond and write up the offenders. Sounds like first time they respond will be a warning, but in the future there will be citations issued. A lot of stupid stuff has come out of the City Council, but this isn't one of them. Good ordinance.

6:57

Anonymous said...

Maybe we shoudl have a ordinance where the city counts how many times you shit each day - as your water usage, sewer treatments impact all of us and our standard of living also.

How are you liberty hating control freaks going to feel when Hispanics seize power and decide that all home shoudl have fake stone as the only allowable exterior finish?

Anonymous said...

"Liberty hating control freaks"?

Really? That's your reaction to this situation?
Note that I say situation, not story, since the real pieces of it only ever come out in the comments.

I'm not a fan of the mayor, nor the council really, but this one seems like a pretty simple and rational thing to do and I don't see how it can harm anyone or anything. I guess that makes me a liberty hating control freak.
Strange people around here.

Anonymous said...

Uh, 11:47, don't need an ordinance. The more you flush, the more water you use and the more you pay. MY water bill doesn't go up because YOU flush more.

Anonymous said...

Yes but your flushing impacts my environment negatively. If this was abut money charge 20 bucks per garage sale.

Anonymous said...

And Openline and Rick Lawrence would bitch and moan about it and accomplish absolutely nothing.

"That's the Aurora way".

Anonymous said...

8:56
No the aurora way is city government responding to the complaints of a select few who think they know what is best for the rest of us and enforcing their view thru a city ordinance.

Anonymous said...

Sour grapes 5:44. Take a survey and you'll find the select few are the ones who WANT to run weekly garage sales, and sell new merchandise. They're the ones forcing the traffic and hassle on their neighbors. Then they leave their signs all over the place, and the taxpayers end up paying for city workers to take them down. In other words, YOUR side is the few. The majority of the people of Aurora (and the majority of these comments) are in favor of this ordinance. I suspect the reason you're upset is because you're one of the people runnign an unlicensed retail business out of your home by claiming it's a garage sale, and don't care what it does to your neighbors.

Anonymous said...

After reading the above comments it is no wonder that Aurora is in such bad shape, if these comments come from voters.

Anonymous said...

Well,
I don't know if the commentary here reflects all that much on the citizenry of Aurora. I come here every couple of days just to see the ridiculous. And I'm never disappointed, and that's even before looking at the comments. Those bring additional levels of ridiculous, though it's fun to try and figure out which of the comments are openline, and which are the clueless.
Sincerely,
a liberty hating control freak

Anonymous said...

Nope dont even like garage sales as a matter of fact. My problem is with un necessary legislation promoted by progressive liberals who think everyone should act and think and feel like they do, and if people cant get with the program hell they'll just pass a law.
as to running a home business the zoning ordinance is full of no nos
sorry to spoil your supposition of my motives. Besides we are paying city workers any way might as well give them something to do to earn their keep

Anonymous said...

The City doesn't enforce the Christmas decorations take down date....what's the chance of them enforcing this? They will be to busy running around trying to figure out the gold/silver/bronze/mercury parking spots and how long you have been there.

Anonymous said...

Why doesn't the Township enforce these statutes? Oh, wait, they are in the mayor's pocket too.

Anonymous said...

Because the Township is the most worthless government body around and shoudl be eliminated.

Ever seen the salary schedule for the township?

Anonymous said...

Aurora a city filled with drug dealing niggers everywhere and criminal illegal aliens, and they want to worry about garage sales instead of getting rid of the real problems.

Anonymous said...

5:44 a.m. Is a City Inspector. Or Sounds like one.

Anonymous said...

10:45 - amen.

Anonymous said...

So let me get this straight on my property which I pay ridiculess taxes the gov has the right to tell me what to do. Lol what have we become!

Anonymous said...

While its funny the Wiz is after Joe citizen about trying to make a few bucks in their over taxed driveways thanks to his distruction of home values across Aurora Tommy is bring in more World Relief families to Aurora .
These families over burden the Schools and have long been a big cost to the West Aurora Schools. I recently attended a speech given by Matt Schoen a World Relief speaker who congradualated Aurora own Rick Guzman Mayorial Aid for providing a safe haven for families like this. While I will write my big real estate tax check tomorrow over 10.2% I see the writing on the wall Aurora is in a death grip and will never recover. What business will come to a town with taxes so high.

Anonymous said...

Aurora is very appealing if you are a charity or in the social service business. Other than that, not so much.

Anonymous said...

Ten bucks says they will only enforce this on the fringe of white areas.

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3:43, why yes I have! And the new supervisor was quoted in a news story last year as saying the salaries were too high. Wonder if he's planning to cut his own salary?

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Anonymous said...

Ever been up to the Walmart on Kirk and Butterfield? It looks like they are running a truck stop. Aurora has the toughest ordinances for hotels and motels yet anyone can sleep at the Walmart. There's always 2 sets of rules for everyone in this town whether it's garage sales , motels or anything else. With all of these ordinances the tax collectors in blue can keep all that extra revenue rolling in. Weisner runs a very oppressive regime and the apathy is very apparent. Look at the last election and the low voter turn out.

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