Reggie Walton sat down at his desk on the 20th floor of the City-County Building a few days after he signed off on the deal, and the thought hit him.Once the light of day was shed on the Land Bank policy of selling without restrictions, one would have thought that a) restrictions would be placed on sales of City-owned property in the future and b) any corrupt practices would stop due to the exposure. But, evidently not. No restrictions were placed on either the policy or the corrupt practices.
I just made someone a millionaire.
On to the press reaction to Mayor Ballard's absence yesterday. Reported by the Star this morning, is the fact that the FBI informed the Mayor's office Monday night, of its intention to execute a search warrant Tuesday morning. Ballard and his administration had time to work out how to proceed on Tuesday. Hiding all day was their answer. This hiding, by our duly elected but frequently gone Mayor, seems to have stepped over a line for some in the media. I'm happy that they had a line to step over, but I am kind of stunned that they didn't notice his absence from any real governing heretofore..
So, what's the recent count? Two City Councillors. One City attorney who worked as a business partner of a Prosecutor. A Deputy Prosecutor. A Code Enforcement Officer having cars towed, crushed, and sold for metal. All those found or plead guilty.
Hopefully Hogsett and the Public Integrity Working Group will continue the joyful sound of dropping shoes; and do so until even those in high places trading power for millions, will take pause and wonder if its worth it to continue bilking the Citizens of Indianapolis.