Sunday, July 31, 2016

Mexican Guy Fight Back

Guest Commentary in The Times

                                                            Jose Andrade

Hammond City Hall Wrong in Rental Property Dispute

       I’ve learned that if you fight Hammond City Hall, it won’t give up even when it’s wrong. When I was 19, I bought my first property and moved my mother and siblings from our Harbor basement apartment. Thus my humble beginnings as a landlord.

      Over the years, I’ve been blessed to build a reputable business and provide my family opportunities that I never had. But as my triplet daughters head off to college, Hammond is threatening my hard-won business.

      In 2013, Hammond inspected my rental property at 6609 Jefferson. The handsome, two-story frame building has housed multiple units since it was first constructed in 1928. I bought the building in 2002, configured as it is now with five apartments. Instead, the city insisted my building had been illegally converted from a single-family home.

      A city inspector considered it an immediate hazard and tried to force my tenants out within 10 days. In Indianapolis, I learned from state officials that the inspector was wrong. I appealed his edict to vacate, and the tenants remained, warily waiting for the city to back off numerous legal losses.

      But shortly after I appealed, a city official threatened me with fines if I didn’t drop the appeal and then took me to court three times for not obeying the order to vacate. After losing three times, the city tried and failed to get the Hammond Housing Authority to evict my two housing voucher tenants.

      Then the city held the appeal “hearing” without myself or my attorney present. Without any opposing viewpoint, the Board of Works upheld the city’s allegations and ordered me to “return” 6609 Jefferson to a single-family home that it never was.

I appealed to Lake Superior Court, which ruled the city was wrong again. During that battle, I sought to depose the state’s top building code officer. The city tried to stop it and lost that one, too.

      That official, Dean Illingworth, also is a licensed architect with decades of housing experience. Illingworth told city lawyers that trying to force current building codes on buildings built before 1984 was wrong if those buildings were built to code and usage had not changed.

But the city isn’t listening, apparently, and continues to insist I create a single-family home by losing four rental units.

      I did not want this battle but have been able to afford the fight. However, I think often of the many others who can’t and have lost their property when City Hall has no limits on what it will say or spend, even when it is wrong.

Jose Andrade is a Hammond landlord. The opinions are the writer’s.


Wanted to give people some of "meat and potatoes" that was a "by product" of deposition in Jose Andrade's case. Dean Illingworth, State Building Compliance Officer helps shed light on this narrative. Hope other people who have got "caught" up in the cross hairs of Hammond Code Enforcement "step up".

We already had a Mayor in East Chicago who thought he was King Kong.

Wednesday, July 27, 2016

The N Word

The N-Word

Remember the time when Anthony Copeland of East Chicago decided to run for Mayor… We’ve known each other for years, many years… Anthony Copeland was “off of” Block Avenue and went to Field School just like Streetwise… He called me up to tell me something very important, and you could feel it in Copeland’s voice.
“Hey, Street, I’m running for Mayor, and you can’t be calling the N-word anymore,” Anthony Copeland tells me.
“For the record,” Street would say to Anthony Copeland. “What’s up my “the n-word”? Street felt that he had his ghetto pass, and he was allowed to joke and lease.
Nothing malicious about it, you get that in “The Harbor” where real close friend if a black guy can say, “what’s up my “the n-word?”. And he’ll not be busted in the jaw. Because you can’t talk like that with other blacks, who don’t know you like that.
“What’s up my “the n-word”, Ricardo,” Some Black Friends that know me like that greeted me in this fashion.
Meanwhile back at the ranch and Anthony. “Oh, yeah, no stuff,” Street tells Copeland.
“Yeah, I don’t want to spend the rest of the campaign apologizing,” Copeland didn’t stutter.
“Yes, sir, whatever you say, boss!” Street told him, and that was that.

When George Pabey was fixing to get indicted, Street told him, (we were drinking a couple of MGD), “you gonna be like “Jackie Robinson, the African-American Mayor of East Chicago. Street told Anthony Copeland who just listened. “As long as you don’t get hit by a bus, you are money in the bank,” Street made his point and then slugged thee bottle of MGD.
“Think so, Street?” Anthony Copeland asked.
“Told you, bro, I’ve been to the mountain top on this one,” Street final salvo. 

Saturday, July 23, 2016

Politics Trump All

Politics Trump All

Historic pardon requests await Pence response.

Though Trumps, a billionaire business man, who has never public office, hasn't been faced with the decision to grant a pardon, etc;etc.

Aaron McDermott Pardon

We discovered document that three power brokers from Hammond, Indiana had donated a total of $30,000 to then Governor Mitch Daniel Campaign Fund in 2004.




Executive Orders

Indiana Register, Volume 29, Number 9, June 1, 2006

Executive Orders


WHEREAS, AARON MCDERMOTT, who has petitioned for a pardon, was convicted in 1997 in Monroe County for Maintaining a Common Nuisance, a Class A Misdemeanor (Possession of Marijuana), for which Monroe County Circuit Court sentenced him to one and a half years, time suspended, with two years probation and community service;

WHEREAS, the petitioner, who was 19 years old and a freshman at Indiana University at the time of the offense, is now 28 years old, successfully graduated from college, and is pursuing a successful career in real estate;

WHEREAS, the petitioner has received numerous letters of support from family and friends, all of whom recommend that his petition for pardon be granted;

WHEREAS, the petitioner over the last years has been active in volunteering with his community and various youth organizations and has continued to live a law-abiding and healthy life; and

WHEREAS, the Parole Board, after careful investigation and examination of all the facts in this case, has recommended that this pardon be granted.

NOW THEREFORE, I, Mitchell E. Daniels, Jr., Governor of the State of Indiana, by virtue of the authority vested in me by the Constitution and the laws of said State, do hereby issue a pardon to AARON MCDERMOTT.

IN TESTIMONY WHEREOF, I, Mitchell E. Daniels, Jr., have hereunto set my hand and caused to be
                    affixed the Great Seal of the State of Indiana on this 3rd day of May, 2006.

Mitchell E. Daniels, Jr.
Governor of Indiana

ATTEST: Todd Rokita
Secretary of State

The Turn Around Time

Mayor Tom McDermott, Jr was elected Mayor of Hammond, Indiana. This after going from a Republicans like his father, Tom McDermott, Sr., to a new Democrat. This was after dinner with Bob Stiglich, the Chairman of the Lake County Democratic Party and Lake County Sheriff (2004 thru 2005) 34 years old, his father and billionaire along with Attorney Joe Allegetti dropped $30, 000 dollars to Mitch Daniels Campaign Fund in 2004. Early part of 2005, Aaron McDermott had his pardon, you feel me?

Bottom Line

This one was shot thru the grease gun, and Keith Cooper can’t get a pardon from Governor Mike Pence. White guy cops a pardon, but black guy doesn’t.

Politics Trumps All

Governor Mike Pence fears pardoning a black guy before November can bite him in the ass with his base, code for whites. And especially now that he is running as Vice President along with Donald Trump for President 2016!!! The life of Keith Cooper takes a back seat to the 2016 President Election, Trump vs Clintion. Black Lives doesn’t matter if you ask this writer.