Posts Tagged ‘ Jonathan Morris ’

Friday Facts: Budget Woes, FDR, Himmler Bay

Friday Facts: Budget Woes, FDR, Himmler Bay

:: Estimated five-year city budget deficit awaiting Maribeth Cosgrove when she is sworn in as mayor on Monday: Over $650 million :: Portion of the city budget in ten years that will have to be paid for pension and benefits, according to current union contracts : 61% :: City union contracts up for renewal this…

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The Eat at Joe’s Riots

The Eat at Joe’s Riots

Special dispensation was granted last Friday by the City Council to Ontario-based Sports Restaurant chain “Shoeless Joe’s” to establish a franchise within city limits, making it the first local eatery since the 1931 passing of a restrictive city ordinance to be allowed to use the name “Joe” in its advertising and logo. Why “Joe,” you…

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Friday Facts: Politics, Plumber, Pancakes

Friday Facts: Politics, Plumber, Pancakes

:: Republican City Councilwoman Maribeth Cosgrove currently has a nine point lead over Democratic incumbent Joseph Wilders in polls released this morning in advance of the mayoral election. :: City Treasurer Donald Munro reports that Mayor Wilders has spent $1,192 of his own funds on clothing during his current re-election campaign. An additional $29.95 in…

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Friday Facts: Hope, Change and/or Straight Talk

Friday Facts: Hope, Change and/or Straight Talk

:: The voter registration deadline for the November 4 election is October 6. Once again, your mayoral candidates- – Democratic: Joseph Wilders, current mayor – Republican: Maribeth Cosgrove, longtime City Councilwoman – Libertarian: Lewis Armstrong, local businessman – Green: Louis M. Armstrong, Watson University humanities professor – Independent: Leonard Pierce, former Fifth Ward Democratic party…

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Nice Work If You Can Get It: Otter Popularity

Nice Work If You Can Get It: Otter Popularity

An occasional survey of jobs both unusual and extraordinary, and the people who make them happen. Juan Booth, 53, has the kind of job that makes your mouth water. For almost forty years, Booth has been Chief Flavor Technician at Jel-Sert, the company which produces the world-famous Summertime treat, Otter Pops. “It’s exciting,” says the…

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Nice Work If You Can Get It: The Love Cats That Dare Not Speak Its Name

Nice Work If You Can Get It: The Love Cats That Dare Not Speak Its Name

An occasional survey of jobs both unusual and extraordinary, and the people who make them happen. The national debate on gay marriage has challenged a number of institutions in 21st century America, from churches to municipal governments, from caterers to wedding photographers. Also affected is the business of Lonnie “Luv” Campbell, a 33-year old “Pet…

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Nice Work If You Can Get It: Lettering In Success

Nice Work If You Can Get It: Lettering In Success

An occasional survey of jobs both unusual and extraordinary, and the people who make them happen. “What I do,” describes Jeremiah Zjensen, “In a lot of companies, is just a part of the overall picture. Advertising agencies mostly, but also marketing firms, communications directors, public relations. Everyone does it a little bit, it’s just another…

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Video Games Going Away Once Again

Video Games Going Away Once Again

The city council has reinstated a previously-repealed 1946 ordinance [seventh item] banning from city limits any and all stand-alone arcade devices and games. This measure has been taken in response to a wave of rigged slot machines appearing in the wake of the city council’s late April decision. The Video Game Museum at Mabel Tripp…

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The Return of the One-Armed Bandits

The Return of the One-Armed Bandits

The repeal two weeks ago [seventh item] of a 1946 city ordinance against stand-alone arcade games may be contributing to the largest incidence of rigged slot-machine syndicates operating within the city limits since 1945, according to police. The abandoned ordinance – repealed two weeks ago as part of Mayor Wilders’ C.O.M.B. initiative [first item] –…

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Breaking: Former Arcade Owner Suing City Over 1981 Arrest

Breaking: Former Arcade Owner Suing City Over 1981 Arrest

Daniel D. Merton of the South Pepper Street neighborhood filed suit late yesterday against the City Council, municipal government, Mayor Wilders, four former city council members and two retired police officers over a 1981 arrest and conviction under the recently-repealed city ordinance banning the presence of stand-alone gaming devices within city limits.The measure – repealed…

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