Part-Time, Ald. George Cardenas' proposal to charge Chicagoans a '$5 safety and security' fee to help pay for another 700 Chicago cops can be written off as just another one of his 'wacky' proposals and ideals.
Is Cardenas the same alderman which suggested a 15-30 cent tax on sugary drinks? Is he the same one that touted Chicago's award winning water, yet, he bought cases of water for his aldermanic office? Is he the landlord of his ward office? Did he put his father on his payroll? Did he take every aldermanic raise possible to help push his salary over $110K during a time city employees were being laid off?
And, while I have many friends in the Chicago Police Department and I believe additional officers are needed and our police deserve a raise, is a $5 fee fair to Chicagoans? I say fair because from January, 2009 until November, 2011, the city of Chicago paid out $45.5M in damages for police brutality and misconduct.
So, is Ald. Cardenas really asking Chicagoans to do is pay for police lawsuit settlements with $24.5 leftover to really only hire more 245 officers, not the 700 as reported? Is this really fair to ask Chicagoans to do?
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