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Dear Kenji,

I hope you can make it out Saturday, June 8, when my Arena Service Corps will be cleaning Avondale Avenue between Lavergne and Ainslie. We'll be cleaning from 10 am to 2 pm. Bring your gloves, and we'll provide tools. For more information, call my office. Also, we now accept cell phones and small batteries for recycling. Feel free to drop them off at my office.

Office Contact Info


The office is located at 4754 N. Milwaukee Ave. We are open Monday through Friday, 8 am to 6 pm. Our phone number is 773-286-4545, and our website is ward45.org. Ward Night is most Tuesdays from 5 to 7 pm.

Parking Meter Contract Revisions: Why I Voted No


That must have been an interesting 48 hours back in 2008 when the city council reviewed the first parking meter deal. I was not on the city council back then, but I watched it happen. In 48 hours, the city entered a hugely complex contract that exchanged our parking meter system for 75 years in return for a $1.16 billion check. The cost of that money is now legendary. We revisited this boondoggle in large part because Chicago Parking Meters, LLC, overplayed their hand and underestimated our Mayor. CPM essentially sent us a cooked-up invoice, claiming that their figures, which we could not see, showed we owed them tens of millions of dollars for closing off parking spaces during festivals, road construction, and other basic municipal activities. They are like a vendor contracted to perform work for one price who then sends a bill for ten times that amount. As anyone would, the Mayor sent that bill back and said that we wouldn't pay it. Good for him, and good for the city he serves. But just as I could not call a client say, "See how much money I have saved you," we can't call that "savings." It was never due and payable. Getting those provisions of this one sided contract fixed, and the city in a better position to refute bogus claims for compensation, is where this revised contract shines. Had that been the end, I might have voted for it. Efforts to separate that from the rest of the deal failed in committee. But aldermen heard testimony that ratifying this revision

Community Calendar
Sat., June 8, 9 am-3 pm, St. Viator Elementary School, 4140 W. Addison. Find bargains on new and used housewares, toys, clothing, and furniture during the St. Viator Elementary School Flea Market. Free. Sat., June 8, and Sunday, June 9, 9 am-4 pm, Forest Glen neighborhood, Elston and Forest Glen Avenue. Find some great deals during the 19th annual Forest Glen Community Garage Sale. Profits help the Forest Glen Community Club and its activities. More info: (773) 282-5874. Free. Sat., June 8, and Sunday, June 9, 9 am-4 pm, Indian Woods neighborhood, Central and Ardmore. Find some great deals during the annual Indian Woods Community Garage Sale. Free. Sat., June 8, 9 am-3 pm, Our Lady of Victory Parish,

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But aldermen heard testimony that ratifying this revision further legally entrenches this flawed and questionable deal. Although a circuit court has ruled the contract is valid, a circuit court ruling is never the final word in matters like this. And had the city joined the lawsuit attempting to invalidate the deal, we might have real lasting relief from this boondoggle. There is also the other side to this agreement, "free" Sunday parking. Of course, we pay for it with longer parking meter hours, 10 pm in neighborhoods and midnight in River North. As the Neil Young song goes, "They give you this but you pay for that." No enforcement on Sunday is simply being traded for longer enforcement across the city. What we get for longer hours, free Sundays, is bad for our businesses. Parking meters are not intended to generate revenue. They are intended to manage limited parking that is in high demand. Allowing someone to take up a parking spot in a business district from Saturday night to Monday morning will hurt our storefront businesses. Additionally, an outside analysis worked on by outside sources with no financial interest in the deal found that CPM came away with higher revenue from this aspect of the deal. We could have asked CPM about this, but they declined our repeated invitation to come to hearings. Lastly, there was no effort to get data from other cities on how the Pay-By-Cell option might effect usage and revenue for CPM. We shouldn't make a deal like this without complete data, especially with a company that has already taken advantage of the city. Although the revision includes some positive changes, there were just too many aspects of the deal that aren't good for Chicago. The assumptions made in their financial analysis were skewed to fit the administration's narrative in order to sell this to the council, and the revisions make it harder to legally undo this contract. Despite all of the claims of "savings," the city will pay $70 Million in this settlement and $4.5 Million for 71 years to come. I see no savings in that. We must work to extract the city from this awful contract.

Our Lady of Victory Parish, 5212 W. Agatite. Show off your car or motorcycle during the OLV Auto & Bike Show. Trophy competition included. More info or to register: email Knights of Columbus Tonti Council. Free, donations accepted. Sun., June 9, 9:30 am-1:30 pm, Jefferson Memorial Park Fieldhouse, Higgins and Long. Enjoy the bounty of the season during the Jefferson Park Sunday Market. More info: Jefferson Park Neighborhood Association website. Free. Sun., June 9, 9 am-1 pm, Independence Park, Irving Park and Hamlin. Enjoy fresh produce, meats, and more during the Independence Park Farmers Market. Free. Sun. June 9, noon-3 pm, Jefferson Park Transit Center, Milwaukee and Gale Street. Join Forgotten Chicago and the Northwest Chicago Historical Society for an encore of their Jefferson Park walking tour. Jefferson Park began as a small rural village in the mid-19th century and soon began to grow in three distinct stages, which will be examined during this tour. More info: Forgotten Chicago website. $15. Sun., June 9, 3 pm, Jefferson Memorial Park, Higgins and Long. Enjoy a performance of the Park District Citywide Symphony Orchestra as part of the Chicago Park District Night Out in the Parks program. More info: Chicago Park District website. Free. Mon., June 10, 7:30 pm, Patio Theater, 6008 W. Irving Park Road. The Northwest Chicago Film Society presents Ace in the Hole, a 1951 Billy Wilder film staring Kirk Douglas. More info: NWCFS website. $5. Tues. June 11, 7 pm, Jefferson Memorial Park Community Room, 4822 N. Long. Learn how to make your home more comfortable during all seasons, save

Road Resurfacing Starts Next Week


Two major, and much-needed, road resurfacing projects will start Monday, June 10. Crews will begin resurfacing Nagle Avenue from Gunnison to Northwest Highway. Crews also will begin resurfacing Higgins Road from Nagle to Central. Curbs also will be replaced during the project. Although no closures are expected, you should expect delays while crews complete these important projects. Also, no parking signs will be posted as needed along the routes. All work should be done by August 9 if there are no delays. Please slow down while driving through these work zones.

Farmers Market Season is Here


Independence Park and Jefferson Park get into the season with their farmers markets this Sunday. The first Jefferson Park Neighborhood Association Sunday Market of the season is Sunday, June 9, from 9:30 am to 1:30 pm, in Jefferson Memorial Park, Higgins and Long. The

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1:30 pm, in Jefferson Memorial Park, Higgins and Long. The market will include a plant swap and gardening tips. The Independence Park Farmers Market also is Sunday, June 9, from 9 am to 1 pm. It is known as one of the better markets in the city. Hope you can make it to one of the markets and enjoy nature's bounty.

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Two Neighborhood Parks Will See Playground Renovations


I want to congratulate the Robert Square Park Advisory Council and the neighbors of Grace Zwiefka Thuis Park. Both parks are among the 35 in the city selected for playground renovations by the park district and Friends of the Parks. The application process required that groups show wide community support for renovated playgrounds. It took quick organization and hard work to complete the application and show the necessary community support. Work should be done during the summer of 2014. Congratulations. Residents like you make our community great.

Wed., June 12, 7:30 pm, Patio Theater, 6008 W. Irving Park Road. The Northwest Chicago Film Society presents Chicano Love is Forever, a 1977 film that paved the way for regional independent film with a story about the pressures facing a young married couple struggling with college and low-wage work. In English and unsubtitled Spanish. More info: NWCFS website. $5. Thur., June 13, 8:15 am, Gale Street Inn, 4914 N. Milwaukee. Get involved in improving Jefferson Park during the monthly Jefferson Park Chamber of Commerce meeting. More info: Chamber website. Free. Tues., June 18, 6:30 pm, Gale Street Inn, 4914 N. Milwaukee. Enjoy a night of fine food and great conversation during Bar Talk, a conversation between WSCR 670 host and Tributosaurus frontman Matt Spiegel and Greg Kot, Chicago Tribune music columnist and co-host of the Chicago Public Radio's nationally syndicated Sound Opinions. Proceeds benefit Fresh Moves, a charity bringing fresh produce to food deserts in Chicago. More info: Gale Street Inn website. $50, includes buffet dinner and two drinks. Fri., June 21, 6:30 pm,

BBQ Fest is Right Around the Corner


The weather is heating up, and that must mean it is time for Six Corners BBQ Fest. The fest is June 15 and 16. This year's fest will feature several BBQ food vendors, a participatory art experience presented by the National Veteran's Art Museum, roving performances of Shakespeare romantic scenes by Filament Theatre Ensemble, a unique mini-golf course in the Kids' Area, and live performances on two stages. Find the full details at the BBQ Fest website. Of course, you'll also have the chance to test out your arm and dunk me in the dunk tank as we raise money for one of our local public schools. You can even get admission for two days and four beer tickets via Groupon. BBQ Fest also will feature the second annual Meat on Milwaukee Cook-Off. Those with great grilling skills can find details at Meat on Milwaukee website. Admission is $5 to the fest. I hope to see you there.

Police Looking for Sex Crime Suspect


Chicago police have released an image of a man suspected of inappropriately touching a 6-year-old girl. You can see the image here. The incident happened in a store in the 4600-block of North Elston. The girl screamed, and her father chased after the man, but he was able to escape down an alley, according to police. The man was wearing a dark colored cap, grey long sleeved shirt with a black shirt underneath, dark colored pants and white gym shoes, according to police. Anyone with any information can contact the Special Investigations Unit at (312) 492-3810.

Mayfair Park, 4550 W. Sunnyside. Enjoy free music from Kingfish during the Mayfair Park Advisory Council Summer Concert Series. More info: Mayfair PAC. Free. Sun., June 23, 9:30 am1:30 pm, Jefferson Memorial

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Host an Exchange Student


This summer, WorldChicago is receiving three groups of international students who are in Chicago to participate in a youth leadership program, practice their English, and live with an American family to learn more about the culture. They are coming from Mexico, the United Kingdom, and Iraq, on a international exchange sponsored by the U.S. Department of State. WorldChicago is currently looking for host families to receive these student for periods of 10 days to 2 weeks in July 2013. WorldChicago provides participants with daily activities on weekdays, lunches, phones, and public transportation passes. On weekends you are encouraged to show your host student around our beautiful city. Hosts provide a bed and most breakfasts and dinners for their guest. If interested or want to know more, please email Shanti, Program Manager of WorldChicago, or visit the WorldChicago website.

Park Fieldhouse, Higgins and Long. Enjoy the bounty of the season during theJefferson Park Sunday Market. More info: Jefferson Park Neighborhood Association website. Free. Sun., June 23, 9 am-1 pm, Independence Park, Irving Park and Hamlin. Enjoy fresh produce, meats, and more during the Independence Park Farmers Market. Free. Sun., June 23, 11 am-4 pm, North Branch Arts Community Garden, 6431 N. Kinzua (east side of the Edgebrook Metra Station). View private gardens during the Edgebrook Garden Walk. Also includes a container pot silent auction, paint-a-pot workshop, insect petting zoo, and garden classes. More info: Edgebrook Community Association website. $10. Mon., June 24, 9 am-3 pm, 45th Ward Service Office, 4754 N. Milwaukee. Pick up your new vehicle city sticker during Ward Office City Sticker Day. Bring your renewal form if you have one. More info: (773) 286-4545. Tues., July 9, 10 am, Republic Bank, 5700 N. Central. Seniors will have the opportunity to learn about the latest smart phones and other technology during this Keeping Seniors Connected to Family and Friends discussion. Sponsored by Ald. Arena, state Sen. John Mulroe, Ald. Margaret Laurino, and AT&T. More info: (773) 763-3810. Free. Thur., July 11, 8:15 am, Gale Street Inn, 4914 N. Milwaukee. Get involved in improving Jefferson Park during the monthly Jefferson Park Chamber of Commerce meeting. More info: Chamber website. Free. Sun., July 14, 9:30 am1:30 pm, Jefferson Memorial Park Fieldhouse, Higgins and Long. Enjoy the bounty of the season during the Jefferson Park Sunday Market. More

Save the Date


The Jefferson Park Arts and Music Festival will return to Jefferson Memorial Park this year July 26-28. Details will following in the coming weeks. Jeff Fest is also looking for volunteers to take tickets, staff the information tent and kids' area, and serve as runners. Volunteers get in free and receive a $10 food voucher for each day worked. Interested volunteers can contact Laura Hahn. Thanks for reading.

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info: Jefferson Park Neighborhood Association website. Free. Sun., July 14, 9 am-1 pm, Independence Park, Irving Park and Hamlin. Enjoy fresh produce, meats, and more during the Independence Park Farmers Market. Free. Fri., July 18, 6:30 pm, Mayfair Park, 4550 W. Sunnyside. Enjoy free music from Cash Box Kings during the Mayfair Park Advisory Council Summer Concert Series. More info: Mayfair PAC. Free. Sun., July 28, 9:30 am1:30 pm, Jefferson Memorial Park Fieldhouse, Higgins and Long. Enjoy the bounty of the season during theJefferson Park Sunday Market. More info: Jefferson Park Neighborhood Association website. Free. Sun., July 28, 9 am-1 pm, Independence Park, Irving Park and Hamlin. Enjoy fresh produce, meats, and more during the Independence Park Farmers Market. Free. Thur., Aug. 8, 8:15 am, Gale Street Inn, 4914 N. Milwaukee. Get involved in improving Jefferson Park during the monthly Jefferson Park Chamber of Commerce meeting. More info: Chamber website. Free. Sun., Aug. 11, 9:30 am1:30 pm, Jefferson Memorial Park Fieldhouse, Higgins and Long. Enjoy the bounty of the season during the Jefferson Park Sunday Market. More info: Jefferson Park Neighborhood Association website. Free. Sun., Aug. 11, 9 am-1 pm, Independence Park, Irving Park and Hamlin. Enjoy fresh produce, meats, and more during the Independence Park Farmers Market. Free. Fri., Aug. 17, 6 pm, Mayfair Park, 4550 W. Sunnyside. Enjoy free music from Beatolution during the Mayfair Park Advisory Council Summer Concert

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Council Summer Concert Series. More info: Mayfair PAC website. Free. Fri., Aug. 23, and Sat., Aug 24, 6:30 pm, Wilson Park, Wilson and Milwaukee. The Chicago Shakespeare Theater returns to Wilson Park the stage The Comedy of Errors. Audiences will experience the wildly entertaining tale of a man and his servant landing in a foreign land, searching for their long-lost twin brothers. Everywhere they go, strangers insist that theyre old friends. Mistaken identities abound, but in the end, chaos gives way to clarity in this comedy filled with mayhem and madness. More info: Chicago Shakespeare website. Free. Sun., Aug. 25, 9:30 am1:30 pm, Jefferson Memorial Park Fieldhouse, Higgins and Long. Enjoy the bounty of the season during the Jefferson Park Sunday Market. More info: Jefferson Park Neighborhood Association website. Free. Sun., Aug. 25, 9 am-1 pm, Independence Park, Irving Park and Hamlin. Enjoy fresh produce, meats, and more during the Independence Park Farmers Market. Free. Sun., Sept. 8, 9:30 am1:30 pm, Jefferson Memorial Park Fieldhouse, Higgins and Long. Enjoy the bounty of the season during the Jefferson Park Sunday Market. More info: Jefferson Park Neighborhood Association website. Free. Sun., Sept 8, 9 am-1 pm, Independence Park, Irving Park and Hamlin. Enjoy fresh produce, meats, and more during the Independence Park Farmers Market. Free. Sun., Sept. 22, 9:30 am1:30 pm, Jefferson Memorial Park Fieldhouse, Higgins and Long. Enjoy the bounty of the season during the Jefferson Park Sunday Market. More info: Jefferson Park Neighborhood Association website. Free.

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website. Free. Sun., Sept. 22, 9 am-1 pm, Independence Park, Irving Park and Hamlin. Enjoy fresh produce, meats, and more during the Independence Park Farmers Market. Free. Sun., Oct. 13, 9:30 am1:30 pm, Jefferson Memorial Park Fieldhouse, Higgins and Long. Enjoy the bounty of the season during the Jefferson Park Sunday Market. More info: Jefferson Park Neighborhood Association website. Free. Sun., Oct. 13, 9 am-1 pm, Independence Park, Irving Park and Hamlin. Enjoy fresh produce, meats, and more during the Independence Park Farmers Market. Free. Sun., Oct. 27, 9:30 am1:30 pm, Jefferson Memorial Park Fieldhouse, Higgins and Long. Enjoy the bounty of the season during the Jefferson Park Sunday Market. More info: Jefferson Park Neighborhood Association website. Free. Sun., Oct. 27, 9 am-1 pm, Independence Park, Irving Park and Hamlin. Enjoy fresh produce, meats, and more during the Independence Park Farmers Market. Free.

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