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“Are we seeing a clear violation of the R.I.C.O. Act? The contract list was vetted by folks that didn’t have the communities or the minority contractors best interests in mind. It sounds like racketeering to me! This is what happens when you have people working outside of their level of expertise.”
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by Donald W.R. Allen, II – Editor in Chief/IBNN NEWS and Black Politics in Minneapolis
Minneapolis, MN (IBNN NEWS/Star Tribune/June 8, 2011)…In a story published in today’s (6/8) Star Tribune newspaper titled, “City gives bad repair advise,” it states the 22 “unlicensed” contractors that were provided by the Minneapolis Department of Civil Rights and it’s director Velma Korbel.
IBNN NEWS spoke with Contract Compliance Director for the MDCR, Johnny Burns who told us, “I had call them and have them to take a few names off the list.”
This creates a problematic issue. If Burns had to call someone and ask them to take contractors names off the list, then who originally made the list? This becomes another embarrassment for the Minneapolis Department of Civil Rights and their lack of enforcement of city ordinances, policies and procedures.
Also reported by the Star Tribune newspaper, “Hennepin, Anoka counties to get federal disaster aid for tornado damage.” The story reports that, “While the declaration means federal help with public costs, Dayton’s request for federal assistance for individuals with tornado-related expenses is still under review, the department said in a news release.
What does this mean for the 12,000 Black residents displaced from north Minneapolis per Hennipen County Commissioner Mark Stenglein? While volunteer hours are being turned in to federal agencies per a city liaison, how will the 75% renter population be compensated for life-altering circumstances created by an act of God?
Still storm-to-date, no FEMA officials have been brought in to talk to the community members gathered at the Cookie Cart daily to discuss plans for the 36 month plan to get back to pre-tornado status in north Minneapolis. I’ve said it before, and I’ll say it again, “There was a storm in north Minneapolis long before the tornado.
“If you run a training school to teach contractors, shouldn’t you know what a licensed contractor is – it would be under the ethics class.”
Bad business practices; non-profit positioning and a stratified “social cabal” is full speed ahead for a catastrophic meltdown and fail.
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