Solis not good for 25th Ward
03/16/2011 10:00 PM
Editor’s note: Chicago Journal is reprinting this letter from last week because in the process of editing it for length, the meaning of a sentence by the author about “the concept of progressive” was inadvertently changed.
So many fallacies, where to begin. It is clear you have either not done your homework, or must be new to the city of Chicago. Education is clearly a priority for you so let me begin by addressing this issue.
Alderman Solis has minor control of the unemployment rate in the city of Chicago, or the economy in general. He also only has limited control over the stability in home life as he cannot monitor every household in the Ward like Santa Clause with a ‘naughty and nice’ list on parents.
So what can he do to combat the alarming graduation rates of 56 percent at Benito Juarez High School, the failing Smyth elementary among others in the area, and the overall lack of educational resources and options?
For starters, he could’ve used the increased revenue from property taxes that you pay that are diverted to an off-the-books account controlled exclusively by the Mayor’s administration. He could’ve also utilized TIF money to create programs to keep kids off the streets and in school.
Studies show environment plays a significant role in motivation to achieve — from the long overdue expansion at Benito to the underfunded Whittier field house that needed improvements to the current lack of resources to reform the Smyth school. Progressive in education? You are mistaken on the concept of progressive, which aims to address the problem over ‘starting anew’ every 4 years.
As far as the job-producing corridors, I would hardly give Solis credit for the Creative Arts Districts. The only support he has given to the artist community has been with T-shirts branding his name before election season and despite his recent tie-in to the Chicago Urban Art Society, when artists leave town, the creative arts will follow. Please reference the South Water Market corridor’s local employment rate as well as how producing the Pilsen Historic District creates jobs — the only historical factor in Pilsen is the amount of local businesses that are empty. I invite you to take a walk down 18th Street from Halsted to Ashland to see history in the making, with at least one storefront on every block empty — so much potential lost to abandonment from a progressive leader.
And on the subject of revenue from businesses that are clearly non-existent in Pilsen’s historical district, let’s consider the real estate taxes you pay. With home foreclosures in the 25th Ward at an alarming rate of 43 percent (source: Chicago Sun-Times) in the past year, your own property value is at risk. Check the crime rates in the ‘Near West Side’ community that you live in, as this area is ranked in the top five of 77 community areas in index crimes — hardly worth investing in (source: Chicago Police Department).
Consider this when you are paying your own taxes that are meant to fund the schools but are instead redirected because of the TIF districts that a progressive leader established. High property taxes, low property value, high crime rates, and lack of educational opportunities.
The residents of the 25th Ward have two options on April 5: Elect new leadership and vote for Temoc Morfin, or as Mr. Dravillas has mentioned before — move (back) to the suburbs, after accepting another 4 years of 15 years of failed school reform and a failing progressive agenda with incumbent Alderman Solis.