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"wilson sayer" Discussed on The City

The City

02:05 min | 1 year ago

"wilson sayer" Discussed on The City

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"wilson sayer" Discussed on The City

The City

05:37 min | 1 year ago

"wilson sayer" Discussed on The City

"Me wishes it were a safer place to work but still thinks what. The company company is trying to accomplish as worthwhile when he sees a tesla in the street. He says he kind of grinds his teeth but he still wants to own one. Someday I understand what tussles hustles doing is really hard. And it's going to be bumps along the way lanes sentiment that there will be bumps along the way but they're to be expected is shared by a lot of if people in Reno despite the injuries despite the overloaded Emergency Response System in story county despite the housing crunch and the traffic jams few people. I'll say the landing tesla was a bad move and is true. That Tesla has opened up opportunities to some who had few options in the old Renault economy take. Isabel is about West for instance. She's an enduring nineteen year old with bright pink care. She grew up in Las Vegas struggled through high school and couldn't get into college but through a program for at risk students at our school. She got an interview with Tesla and they took two weeks but that phone call. My Mom was right there with me and I was just like smiling and she was like smiling at me and then once my smile came up a little bit. Bigger shoes like jumping up and down. And then the MIC. My Mama me. We'll call. It was like she got the job she works at the factory. Assembling Battery Packs. Her starting pay was fourteen dollars and fifty cents. An hour are double Nevada's current minimum wage. Isabel says her job can be tedious and stressful at times. But she says co workers look out for each other and she's training at the local community college to become a technician education. That Tesla is paying for now that I'm actually like seeing it firsthand like yeah this is me. This is what I really like in. The Tesla can help me figure out myself when boosters talk about New Reno as a bustling tech based manufacturing economy Isabelle's journey is exactly what they're envisioning the safety issues. The injuries like lanes to some extent. They're part of the deal. According to my Casimir Sqi you know people haven't figured out what's the safest way to do things and I think because it is a technology she company trying to change the world it's reinventing processes. It's doing things different. There is room for error there. The risk is totally worth it. He says well I mean I go back to where we eight years ago. Without advanced manufacturing we were a community dying. Now we're a community on the rise because advanced manufacturing factoring brings in quality jobs with risk and it brings in technology still that logic suggests that in the rush to embrace change. Some people have to lose for others to win to Chad. DNA The former gigafactory supervisor. That is not the only option I know that they provide jobs ops for a lot of beautiful families here in the Reno area and beyond but at the same time with that being said. There's a protocol that you've got to follow too so that those people can go home safe and sound of their family or not or not suffer ill effects from things they may have been exposed to down the line. TUSLA brought brought a lot of jobs to Reno's economy jobs with a career path and a livable wage. But Hi tack isn't always the silver bullet that cities want want it to be and reinventing. The economy comes at a price. Whether it's injured workers or people like Velma and John Pushed to the brink of homelessness. People like Stephanie. Now at risk of losing her livelihood in the race to land that big economic development win seems like no one's really looking out for the little guy but that doesn't mean that the status quo is okay for example. Cami has always insisted that claims about his strip clubs are bogus. But next time on the city we pull back the curtain on Canis Strip club empire trivial. What's really going on the reason why I have? No citations is because I run these clubs and ultra clean. There's a reason why we have a perfect record. They're that fucking liars they're liars. That's next time on the city The city is a production of USA Today and is distributed in partnership with wondering. You can subscribe to the show on Apple podcasts. spotify why or wherever. You're listening right now. If you liked the show he's rate and review us. Be Sure to tell your friends about us. Our show is reported and produced by Engineer Damon Damon Phil Corbett Camille Stanley Taylor. Megan and me Robin Aamer. Our editors are Amy Pile Matt Dig. Ben Austin is our story consultant original music and mixing by Hanns Braun Legal Review by Tom. Curley launch oversight by Shannon Green additional production by emily. Emily you SAM. Greenspan Wilson Sayer and Jenny Costas. Brian Dugan is the Reno. Gazette journals executive editor. Chris Davis is the USA Today networks networks VP for investigations. Scott Stein is our. VP OF PRODUCT Meribel Wadsworth is our president and publisher special thanks to Liz Nelson Elson. Kelly Scott Alicia Barber an Alan deutchman. I'm Robyn Maher. You can find us on facebook twitter and Instagram at the city pod or visit at our website. That's the city podcast. Dot Com.

"wilson sayer" Discussed on Reveal

Reveal

02:25 min | 1 year ago

"wilson sayer" Discussed on Reveal

"But to build something new, but, like so many other opportunities in this story, this one was also squandered, there have been several attempts to build on the slot over the past twenty years. But so far, none have been successful. And the lot is still empty today. And for many of the north Lonzo residents, I spoke to a prime piece of real estate, this big that has sat empty, for this long indicates a larger problem, a kind of neglect, and abandonment that began long before John Christopher brought the first truckloads of debris to the lot and has continued long after what I want to say is like, I can't believe that this happened in an American city, but the truth is. Achin. What an incredible and frustrating story Robyn. Thank you so much for bringing it to us. Thanks for having me, Al. What did? Been over here, twenty twenty six years. A lot of memories. One day not too long ago. Daiki Nichols, took a walk in the lot with a mountain to loon the home to the evil. Rabbit, terrorized neighborhood kids Daiki was in high school. In the cleanup started. We was protective of it his down that was going to does what we'd be Daiki left to go away to college out of state, and when he came back the hills and the mountain had disappeared lightning heels going. So going back to me being a kid and they took out hills away, but may grow into the man, I am now really appreciate wiz. At now is gorgeous flaws. What a Houston beforehand, but it's still a vacant lot and the big picture problems greed and indifference that created the mountain. Are keeping the lot empty today? Thanks to Robin Amer for bringing us today story and the rest of the crew of USA. Today's the city Wilson Sayer, Jenny CASA's Sam Greenspan, Ben Austin mad dog and my friend, Amy park the city's executive producer is Liz Nelson and his brow. Composed..

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"wilson sayer" Discussed on Reveal

Reveal

04:08 min | 2 years ago

"wilson sayer" Discussed on Reveal

"The cleanup continued through the spring of nineteen Ninety-six one by one dump trucks filed onto the lot and backed up to the mountain bulldozers began slowly chipping away at the tightly packed mass of concrete and dirt filling up truck after truck after truck residents like Gladys Woodson who'd watched in those early days as John Christopher set up shop now watch the process slowly rewind goon because I'm saying, wow. Now, we is gone. It's going to be gone. Can you tell us what that was like? Dusty Bodas with the trucks coming in to get the stuff. But at least they spray the street down, which Chris John never did never did eight years after John Christopher I showed up north Lonsdale. The cleanup was over. And it was all like a puff of smoke and everything changed miss here. Rita Ashford's, daughters sharia, and Michelle visited he just was then one day going rolling all my loan. They will be rolling all night long. Get it out of that once broke, and when you looked up the pow went from, you know, the kids used to run up and then on top it went from being up. That's it. It's just like a horse cone suburban what happened to this vacant lot in the end twenty acres located right there in the city. It must have been pretty coveted piece of real estate. Oh, yeah. It was basically like a blank canvas just waiting for the right kind of development. The kind the could build community ties or bring jobs and money back into the neighborhood. And. Especially after the embarrassment of operation, silver shovel. This lot offered a chance for then. Mayor Richard Daley's so-called renaissance to finally touchdown in north London. Not to offload on wanted trash, but to build something new. But like so many other opportunities in this story. This one was also squandered there have been several attempts to build on this lot over the past twenty years. But so far, none have been successful. And the law is still empty today. And for many of the north Lonzo residents. I spoke to a prime piece of real estate this big that sat empty for this long indicates a larger problem, a kind of neglect and abandonment that began long before John Christopher brought the first truckloads of debris to the lot and has continued long after what I want to say is like I can't believe that this happened in an American city, but the truth is. Can. What an incredible and frustrating story. Robyn, thank you so much for bringing it to us. Thanks for having me. Al. Oh, what a dish. Been over here. Twenty twenty six years. A lot of memories one day not too long ago. Daiki nichols. Took a walk in the lot with a mountain used to loon the home to the evil. Rabbit terrorize neighborhood kids Daiki was in high school in the cleanup started. We was protective of it down. That was going to does what we'd be Dickey left to go away to college out of state. And when he came back the hills and the mountain had disappeared. Heels going so going back to me being a kid and they took out hills away. But me grow into the man, I am now really appreciate with at note is gorgeous flaws. What a Houston leg before me. But it's still a vacant lot and the big picture problems greed and indifference that created the mountain are keeping the lot empty today. Thanks to Robin. Aim for bringing us today story and the rest of the crew of USA today's the city Wilson Sayer Jenny Qassiss Sam Greenspan, Ben Austin mad dog, and my friend Amy pop the city's executive producer is Liz Nelson. You can find the city

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"wilson sayer" Discussed on The City

The City

02:27 min | 2 years ago

"wilson sayer" Discussed on The City

"When I first heard about the six story mountain of debris in the middle of a residential neighborhood. I was seized with a question. How could this happen? It was a question. I kept asking again and again. The answers the overlapping layers of corruption Abadi the failures of individuals and institutions the deep seated legacies of segregation and racism made clear that while the mountain was extrordinary the forces that put it there are as commonplace as they are insidious. Ultimately, it's not just about the mountain more about the vacant lot left behind after the clean up. It's not even about what happens when it community is deemed the appropriate place for cities waste. It's about the way a city like Chicago treats a neighborhood like north Lonsdale. It's about what happens when a city sees a whole neighborhood as disposable as unworthy of urgent action in the face of a worsening crisis. The mountain was a tragedy. But it was also a symptom of a deep and frightening indifference to communities like north Lauderdale. Whether it's north longdale on the west side were all killed the gardens on the south side or northwood manor in Houston cities, have the power to make some neighborhoods wither and others thrive. If a city will allow a six-storey mountain to exist across the street from homes and a church an elementary school for nearly a decade. What else will it allow? Stay tuned at the end of the credits for sneak peek of season two of the city. The city is a production of USA today. And it's distributed in partnership with wondering you can subscribe to the show on apple podcasts, or whatever you're listening right now, if you like the show, please rate and review us and be sure to tell your friends about us. Our show this week was reported and produced by Wilson Sayer, Johnny Kaas Sam Greenspan and me, Robin. Episode was.

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"wilson sayer" Discussed on The City

The City

04:00 min | 2 years ago

"wilson sayer" Discussed on The City

"It was falling in. There was a good gloss ability. If the quarry was not filled that part of hall stood would go directly into the bottom of the you know, two hundred feet into the bottom of the of the quarry filling Stearns quarry with debris from John Christopher's dumps solved. Two problems at once. Hauling quarry was a way of dealing with the Stearns Corey problem into remove a lot of stuff from the facility. This project may have also had special meaning for mayor Daley because Bridgeport was his neighborhood. He. Grew up in a red brick bungalow just a half mile or so from the quarry. Although Bridgeport today is home to a large number of Chinese and Mexican families. The neighborhood has long been mostly white an Irish Catholic and the seat of the Daley family's political power. In other words, the waste ship to Bridgeport a white neighborhood with ties to the dailies was transformed into a beautiful park the waste shipped out guilt gardens a poor black neighborhood without access to the halls of power was not. The transformation from limestone quarry to public park was actually alluded to in boss. A short lived TV show that was basically a thinly. Veiled dramatization of mayor. Richard m Daley's time in office Kelsey grammer starred as mayor Tom Kaine midway through season, one mayor Cain becomes embroiled in a political scandal that seems loosely based on the story of the north Lonsdale. Dumps mayor Kane had given the green light to an illegal dump that then poisoned the water supply of a nearby suburb. And now the town's residents are threatening to sue the city. As the media pounces on the story. Mayor Kane ducts their questions and goes back to his old neighborhood to find solace in his favourite local watering hole. He's known the bars owners since he was a political neophyte the two of them take a walk around palmesano park. Where trio of boys are standing by the water. Refer. Mornings. They come to watch the birds. Chemical dumps Buchan garden of. Before that. Somebody coming on convinced the city to build condos next to the fishing. Linda something else. In real life after the debris was removed from north Lonsdale. The lot that had been home to the mountain became an empty twenty one acre lot one of the biggest undeveloped parcels on Chicago's west side. So in nineteen ninety eight the city moved to buy the land and redevelop it and in order to redevelop the land the city began to try and convince the residents of north Lonsdale to let them turn it into something else as mayor Kane put it and that meant forcing out some of the residents who had lived through the worst of the dumping. Where they claimed he was going to be a big movie theater was back me. He's in a big movie theater. But every time we go to Chicago. He knew he'd never seen them. But if delay. I'm be teased. My wife while he made his move up. They really bait as move with nothing. That's next time on the city. The city is a production of USA today and is distributed in partnership with wondering you can subscribe to the show on apple podcasts. Spotify over every you're listening right now, if you like the show these rate and review us, be sure to tell your friends about us our show this week was reported and produced by Wilson Sayer Jenny Kaas Sam Greenspan and me Robin EMA this episode was edited.

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"wilson sayer" Discussed on The City

The City

03:51 min | 2 years ago

"wilson sayer" Discussed on The City

"According to the Chicago defender to police cars, also blocked the entrance. Jackson accused police of siding with Lindahl and told reporters this is not Lindahl. Dump according to the defender Jackson, then told to black truckers to squeeze through the two police cars and mowed down the blockade. But before that could happen the police negotiated a kind of fruits and the convoy was able to enter the lot and rally. It was then that Jackson hopped on a tractor to address the crowd. Jackson threatened to continue the protests into the summer when the democratic national convention was scheduled to come to Chicago. The Tribune characterized his threats this way, give us what we want or watch as we have it on your big important party this summer. It was only then that daily agreed to hire black owned firms to clean up the dumps those protests and it worked. On a blustery Tuesday afternoon in may nineteen ninety six almost six years to the day from when John Christopher showed up and started dumping mayor Daley held his first press conference in front of the dumps. He was there to announce a deal struck between the city and Jesse Jackson's group of black owned trucking firms the city had agreed to pay them to remove another nine thousand or so trucks worth of debris from the north. Lauderdale. Dumps daily stood behind a lectern emblazoned with the city seal. He were checkered tie and looked solemn as the wind whipped up dust from the dumps and blew through his hair Jackson stood to the mayor's right with his hands clasped in front of him. In his remarks that day mayor Daley depicted the deal as a triumph for the city and the neighborhood saying, quote, it is an agreement that benefits everyone, especially the north Lonsdale community that is lived with this monstrosity for years. It is a major victory. I thank them for their persistence and their help we will work tirelessly to pursue every dumper who contributed to this mess until the site has been totally cleared and can be an asset to the north Llandough community instead of a liability. But these were hollow words coming from a mayor who had basically ignored the Northland L dumps for almost six years. Yes Northland del residents had been persistent. But their persistence seem to fall on his deaf ears daily had personally stepped into shutdown a dump in a white neighborhood without speaking out against this one in a black neighborhood. He had shown no interest in the unfolding corruption scandal when I briefed by the feds. It was this discrepancy that made miss Woodson and other north Llandough residents cynical about the city's ultimate response and the role of political figures like mayor Daley and Reverend Jackson a believe a lot of hooped in and took critic once they name the civil Shiva lot of people in and claim victory over civil when we had been since Chris Joan was dumpsite by the following spring. Black-owned firms had sent in trucks to begin this second phase of the cleanup, a reporter Wilson Sayer got hold of some of the trucking manifests and other documents related to this part of the cleanup. So Wilson give us a sense of how this cleanup unfolded. So there are a bunch of different trucking companies involved and most of those companies had several trucks doing the removal. So like, here's a manifest from Tuesday may twenty seventh nineteen Ninety-seven honeybee trucking company had truck number thirty nine. And that removed five lows of debris for the day..

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"wilson sayer" Discussed on The City

The City

03:18 min | 2 years ago

"wilson sayer" Discussed on The City

"Things. After the signing ceremony in Washington. It would still be another two years before operation, silver, shovel thrust. John Christopher's illegal dumps into the limelight. And even then it wasn't angry residents writing letters were kids getting sick or injured that shamed. Government officials into fixing the problem. It wasn't even a newfound commitment to environmental Justice. What ultimately got the debris out of north Lonsdale was the publicity that followed a major public corruption scandal, featuring a mob connected mole, the kind of publicity that other communities across United States will never get. The outrage and embarrassment that followed in silver shovels, wake sparked glimmer of hope as political leaders rushed in to try to fix the problem in north London. The civil show was story broke. And then the thing I saw was just Jackson standing on top of the pal in. Yeah. We did this and we send. No, you didn't. That's next time on the city. The city is a production of USA today. And it's just tributed in partnership with wondering you can spice to the show on apple podcasts or Spotify forever. You're listening right now. If you liked the show, please rate and review us and be sure to tell your friends about us our show this week was reported and produced by Wilson Sayer, Johnny Koss, same Greenspan and me Robin Aamer additional reporting for the Sepah sewed by Mark Nichols episode was edited by Matt dig additional editing from John Kelly and Amy pile. Then Austin is our story consultant for jewel music and mixing is by Hannah's Brown. We will review by Tom Curley additional production by Taylor making Phil Corbett Isabel cockerel and Bianca media's our executive producer is Liz Nelson. Chris Davis is our VP for investigations, Scott Stein is our VP of. Product the USA today networks president and publisher is mayor bell Wadsworth. Thank you to our sponsors for supporting the show and special. Thanks to scout bloom Michel Yussef and Daniel's cove additional support comes from the fund for investigative journalism and the social Justice news nexus at Northwestern University. You can find us on Facebook and Twitter at the city pod or visit our website. You can see the Oval Office photo of Bill Clinton, and Robert Bullard and the other environmental Justice activists, then if you're in Chicago, please join me and the rest of the city team on Wednesday, December fifth for alive community conversation. Cosponsored by WBZ. We'll be at the skyline conference center in north Lauderdale. We'll take you behind the scenes of the podcast and introduce you to some of the north Lonzo residents who fought to get rid of the mountain to reserve tickets, go to our website. That's the city podcast dot com.

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"wilson sayer" Discussed on The City

The City

11:28 min | 2 years ago

"wilson sayer" Discussed on The City

"Reed dot com. Promo code the city. In our last episode operation silver shovel became front page. News alderman and other city officials went to prison and the feds gave John Christopher new life. But the six mountain of rubble in Chicago's north Lauderdale neighborhood was still there. And there was no plan to get rid of it in this episode. We're going to hit pause on the Chicago story because we want to zoom out and look at the big picture whether the dumping in north Lauderdale is indicative of a larger national problem. So we're gonna take a side trip a thousand miles south of Chicago to Houston, and we're gonna go back to the nineteen seventies. Roughly twenty years before the first trucks dumped their first loads of debris in north Lauderdale. Earlier this year. I went to Houston with our reporter Wilson Sayer. She's gonna pick up the story from here. In nineteen seventy-one, Margaret and Charles bean were Representative of an emerging black middle class in America. Charles worked at the Goodyear Tire plant making artificial rubber and was active in the union, making sure black workers had the same opportunities as their white colleagues. Margaret worked at a factory where they made little fruit pies, she had grown up most of her life in Houston, and he had grown up in the country. But had always wanted more of a social life in the country had to offer. And now they had kids and had outgrown the apartment they got together after getting married. The couple wanted to buy a home the type of place, they could grow their family and raise children a police to have barbecues in the backyard and chat with their neighbors on walks. Charles being heard about a neighborhood. Northwood manor that was being marketed to young black families like theirs. Brother was living out there. So we've moved that for that reason alone with the advertisement on the radio stations. They advertise that area Houston is a huge sprawling metropolis. And northwood manor is out on the city's north eastern edge where the suburbs give way to more rural surroundings. The pine forests. There had been cleared to build neat. One story brick ranch homes with carports and perfectly manicured lawns. It. I would vary of press which of the one that you know, that divall home that us out and my daughter tangible with me that team, and I have to would as she thing. Who was she liked it? And so we went and looked at it. And we say, yes, we're gonna take this idea. The house the beans bought had pomegranate, peach and Plum trees in the front yard. It was their dream home. Here's Margaret well able to start my family there, raise my family. I was able to meet my neighbors, and we often will go outside and talk. And so this would make me look my neighborhood, then in nineteen seventy eight seven years after making northwood manor their home, one of Margaret's neighbors mentioned to her that company was clearing. Trees just down the street right next to their neighborhood in order to make room for a new landfill there. There a surprise. I didn't think they will put that type of lamb field next to our high school. I'll have school smile. A has school was on the side of the land field. The fruit trees, the manicured lawns. Everything that residents. Loved about living in northwood manor would now be next to dirty diapers rotten food and all of the garbage that other Houston residents wanted out of their homes who would be hauled away and left next to Charles and Margaret beans home. A disturbing thought nagged at Charles bean and his neighbors the same thought that would be shared twenty years later by north Lonsdale residents. This is happening because this is a black neighborhood. Feel like you get a deal that all undesirable things is geared toward us drags, the waste treatment plants and everything that's undesirable. You get that. That's what's concentrating. They would adding to the insult was that the company behind the landfill was marketing it to northwood manor residents as a sanitary landfill called whispering. Pines a term and a name that evoked something lovely sweet-smelling and hushed the residents knew it would be anything. But if you think about the name we'll spend fan. So that sounds pretty good. If United man full of was actually going on end, you would think that it was clean like sanitaire everything. But Senator just like the families in north Juan Dale who saw dump rise in their neighborhood across from Sumner elementary school. The residents in Houston's northwood manor worried about the smell and the trucks and the negative impact. The dump would have on their property values. That wasn't what the beans wanted for their neighborhood. So they started to rally their neighbors to fight the dump. We went from door to door knocking to give out leaflets to let our neighbors know what they're proposing to do. They organized meetings at the true light missionary Baptist church and the Barbara Jordan community centre logger was going around. And they had a Bullhorn. And they were telling residents and Pathan out flyers. This is Pat Rio one of Margaret and Charles beans neighbors their best friends now and they met during this fight. Listen to you know, we're having a meeting tonight. They're putting a landfill next door next fill where well that was unheard of. Because all you had then was awarded area you've been through a rock and landed in the Lancia from where we were. So that really got a lot of people Laura Elda because they're just buying homes and all this stuff the news that landfill was coming to her neighborhood was incredibly distressing from his row. She knew exactly how awful living next to a landfill could be when she was a kid. She grew up on a street that dead ended by another dump. This was in another predominantly black neighborhood in Houston. And we used to have so much trash and stuff and CDs big mounds, but the worst thing was a rodents in the straight aminals that it brought the stench was unbearable the dump attracted so many animals that would run through their yard her dad had to set out raccoon traps. She said neighbors would sometimes come by and watch cats battle the dumps racks some. What actually said that bit? If the Canada rent was on win the fight. And in some cases, maybe those red for bigger than the cats. Bigger was a horrible lie. Or teenager. But you know, we lived at deleted Nomo. Her family just walked away from that house, abandoned it. That was her childhood, and here, she was a new mother herself. And a new house confronting the idea that her own children would also grow up next to a dump. She was not going to let that happen. So we took over we didn't get involved. We took over Pat Roe joined the beans and several other neighbors to form a neighborhood alliance. The plan to file a lawsuit against the private company building the landfill and convince a judge to issue an injunction that would stop the dump before it could ever get started before that I pile of rotting garbage could be trucked into their neighborhood. We want to stop it in track and they were trying to build it as fast as they could. So the group hired an attorney named Linda Bullard, and she filed a lawsuit in county court in October of nineteen Seventy-nine the crux of their. Legal argument was that pudding the dump in a predominantly black community amounted to racial discrimination. But how do you prove this kind of discrimination in a court of law? Where's the concrete evidence that one dump in one black neighborhood is the sort of racial injustice that requires a judge to make things right? Linda, Bullard, it climbed our invitation to talk about this case. But we spoke to her ex husband, Dr Robert Bullard, and Dr Bullard was the one who wound up wrestling with these questions about proof the way, Dr Bullard tells it his wife walked in one day with an unexpected piece of news is she came home and said Bob filed a lawsuit against the state of Texas. You do what you sued Texas sued employer. Technically that was true. Dr Bullard was professor and Reese. Searcher at Houston's Texas Southern University. A public college. Linda Bullard had also filed a lawsuit against the city of Houston. Harris County southwestern waste management, the company trying to build beween Phil and Browning ferris industries or BFI the company that was supposed to operate. The landfill BFI was headquartered in Houston. And for a time. It was the second largest waste management company in the world. Northwood manor residents were up against an assembly of deep pocketed defendants. Meanwhile, they collected change door to door to help pay for legal fees. Linda Bullard told her husband they were going to need some help. She's sued them, and I need someone to assist in support governator for this lawsuit. Ms Bullard thought the residents of northwood manor onto something bigger. She thought they had a chance to prove that this dome in this black neighborhood was not an isolated incident. It was part of a pattern, but she needed help proving that say you need a sociologist. So that's what you are. Right, right. Dr Bullard would take on the challenge and try to figure out if there was a pattern. That's after the break.

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The City

05:46 min | 2 years ago

"wilson sayer" Discussed on The City

"Even though John Christopher had agreed to wear a wire and had agreed to cooperate with the FBI and become the centerpiece of a major undercover investigation. His participation in operation, silver, shovel was not a get out of jail free card. He did not have a deal for full immunity, so FBI agent. Jim Davis warned John Christopher not to do anything illegal. That wasn't part of the investigation is trying and reassure them and say, look, if you're straight with us, you know, if you continue to do what we're asking you to do, you know, if you stay out of trouble, you're going to be okay, John Christopher did not hold up his end of the bargain, even while cooperating he committed crimes and went behind the bureau's back in other ways. A silver shovel was underway. The FBI's organized crime squad was also looking into an illegal gambling operation in Chicago's western suburbs. Run by an alleged mob. Boss named Tony Centracchio John referred to his uncle, Tony. And that was a problem for me because we had a wire Tony the wire was a video camera hidden in the ceiling of Tony Centracchio office. And every time John went into him. You know, we were recording. It's not totally clear. What John Christopher was doing there. He was never charged in the legal gambling case, but him showing up on another investigations wire make things complicated for Jim Davis and his fellow agents. I would've liked to have said John stay away from Tony's office. But I can't tell John that we have a a wire Tony's office. In addition to that, John Christopher also neglected to file his federal income tax returns in one thousand nine hundred eighty two and nineteen Ninety-three. I know it seems so Monday, but he also committed bankruptcy fraud through one of the sham construction companies. He'd set up during silver shovel, and ultimately, bankruptcy fraud and tax evasion. Or what sent him back to prison not illegal dumping or any of the other things he'd done before he started cooperating like bribing Bill. Henry we got. Copy of his plea deal and the federal government chose not to charge him for any of that. Ultimately, John Christopher is sentenced to thirty nine months in federal prison at sentencing, he told the judge, quote, I'm sorry for the things I did in my past life, but he would never be forced to clean up the dumps or provide restitution to anyone in north Lauderdale. And then after he got out of prison. He really would disappear maybe for good this time. I've been looking for John Christopher for almost three years trying to figure out what happened to him after he got out of prison in his plea deal. The feds explained that because he had cooperated with the FBI and worn a wire against the mob. He could not safely return to his old life or even be in Chicago without F B I protection. So I looked for John Christopher everywhere. I could think of every public database every government agency that might have a lead I found nothing. Then in March, our reporter Wilson Sayer got a phone call. So I was reading Illinois PA remediation reports. And I get a call from random number which is not unusual, and I pick it up and on the other line is somebody asking me why we're reporting on silver shuttle, again, the man on the phone was a lawyer calling on behalf of his client. Angelo, Christopher John Christopher's older, brother? I have contacted nobody within the John Christopher family. And so it takes a while to figure out that somebody has called Angelo. And said there are these reporters they're doing something about silver shovel you need to maybe call this person. But gave Angela my number Angelo calls his lawyer. He essentially was like, I sort of respect. Your desire to look into the story. But know that there are consequences for the people who are involved like this is garbage in. Why are you digging up old garbage and Junkers, I other ngelo does not want to talk and it sounded like he was pretty emphatic on that point can yes, very emphatic. Absolutely. Not as what he said, eventually, I learn that when John Christopher got out of prison, the FBI set him up with a new name, a new social security number and a new life, and that there's an FBI agent in Saint Louis who might have that information. I ask if we'll talk to me or if not if he'll pass a message to John Christopher. This was the response. I got from the FBI's public information officer. Hi, it's Rebecca ESPN Saint Louis. I spoke with the agent, and he says, I can t she I guess empathy for the force that not surprisingly declined to participate. Again, he says it is his responsibility to protect his source that he hopes that lender. Thank you very much and. Even

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The City

05:12 min | 2 years ago

"wilson sayer" Discussed on The City

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The City

01:38 min | 2 years ago

"wilson sayer" Discussed on The City

"The city is a production of USA today and is distributed in partnership with wondering, you can subscribe to the show on apple podcasts, NPR one or ever. You're listening right now if you like the show please rate and review us and be sure to tell your friends about us. Our show is reported and produced by Wilson Sayer Jenny Koss and me, Robin, EMA, our editor Osam Greenspan, then Austin's our story consultant original music and mixing by Hans Brown additional production by Taylor making Isabelle cockerel and beyond. The media's Chris Davis is our VP investigations. Scott Stein is our VP of product. Our executive producer is Liz Nelson. The USA today, networks, president and publisher is Mira bell. Wadsworth thank you to our sponsors for supporting the show and special. Thanks to Michel Yussef and Daniel's cove. Additional support comes from the fund for investigative journalism and the social Justice news nexus at northwestern. In university archival audio, courtesy of WBZ NewsRadio seven eighty and one five point nine FM if you like this show, you may also like WBZ's new podcast on background, which takes you inside the smoke filled back rooms of Chicago, Illinois government to better understand the people places and forces shaping today's politics. I'm rob Aamer. You can find us on Facebook and Twitter at the city pod or visit our website where you can find photos of the blizzard of nineteen seventy nine and more. That's the city podcast dot com.

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WGN Radio

06:35 min | 2 years ago

"wilson sayer" Discussed on WGN Radio

"I love to feature local music and this week. We're hearing some tunes from scam lives. So if you're into stories about Chicago, specifically, a story that comes complete with with everything you need, you got the city's underbelly you have aldermen getting indicted. You have an FBI investigation and a crooked scheme. Then you definitely want to check out a new podcast from USA today called the city, and it's available online the city podcast dot com. And of course, wherever you get your podcast from you can get the city, Robin Aamer is the host and creator of the city podcast. And she's on the phone with us this morning, Robin. Welcome to outside the loop. Nice to talk to you. Thanks for having me, Mike. You are quite welcome. So I mean, right there all the things I mentioned, I mean, those are elements of a really gripping story, especially in Chicago. I feel like and this this podcast the story that you tell is set in the. Early nineties in Chicago. And there's there's a lot of construction going on buildings are going up and the story ends up focusing in part on on what's going on in the north Lonsdale neighborhood set the scene for us. What is this all about? Sure. So you're absolutely right. The story starts on Chicago's west side in nineteen ninety and with the appearance of this is serious line of garbage trucks. And as used trucks file into the neighborhood. They are bringing tons and literal times of asphalt and concrete and bricks and rebar and instead of taking these to a legal permited landfill day tip up their cargo and dump it in a vacant lot across the street from an elementary school, and a church and people's houses and. We see this really is of the residents in the neighborhood at the time, and we feel their confusion. What is why is this happening where did not comfortable doing it, and the the sort of unfurled for bear? That's right. So the the story this is an episodic story. This this podcast again called the city. And this is incredible. Because what ends up happening is in north Lonsdale. There ends up being this gigantic mountain sort of like this. I don't know makeshift landfill of of garbage specifically concrete and dirt and this dominates part of north London. Right. So in fact, later on various government agencies would nickname this site the mountain or mount Henry after the alderman. Helped put it there. And yeah, this all dumped grew more than six stories tall, which is often. It's almost hard to picture. But if you picture a typical Chicago block with bricks three flats and gas station convenience store now picture an eagle mountain of slabs of concrete that is literally twice as high as anything else in the neighborhood. And when I first learned about this is reporter, I just had to ask how could something like this happened like what system had to stale who had to look the other way in order for an illegal six-storey bouncing of debris to rise in the middle of a residential Chicago neighborhood. And really this is a story about power about people who are in control in charge, and they feel like they have the authority to do this. I mean to create this giant mountain of garbage of of concrete and dirt in someone's. Backyard. Yeah. I mean, we like to say that were show about how power works in urban America. This is our first story, and in many ways, our first test case because we really wanted to look at the mechanisms of power who has it who doesn't the ways people fight over it the way people hoard it way people fight for their fair share. And I don't want to give away too much of the story. But I think that like as the story unfurled, I hope that people are keeping in mind because. From our reporting. I would say that that power is really at the center of how the story plays out. And who did you talk to you, not specifically, you don't you don't have to name names? But how did you go about researching this and talking to individuals because you you talk to people in the community. But how did you find people who remembered what this mountain was all about and the issue surrounding it? Sure. So I'm I'm trained as an investigative reporter. And I really lucky to have a great team of reporters and producers I work with specifically to moving women Wilson Sayer and Jenny costs. You I partnered with on this reporting, and I've been working on it for the last three years, and then Janine Wilson joined me starting in January, and we did more than sixty five interviews, we collected more than thirty thousand pages of court documents. And we also filed a lawsuit against the FBI or. Shapes and records that they had in their possession that we wanted as part of our reporting. So the short answer to your question is. It was a lot of work. But in some ways, it's very like old fashioned shoe leather journalism, where one document would lead us to an AM that we would look up that first and see if we could find them, and if they were still alive, we would reach out to them. And then we would go with them and interview them, sometimes we'd interview them multiple times. Many of her sources in Glendale we interviewed two three times and Jenny. We spend a lot of time in the neighborhood. I'm getting to know them in their story, and you know, just bit by bit source by source document, by document, we were able to build picture of what happened in this neighborhood over the course of their roughly a decade that the story took place on. Well, this story is really something. That has like I said all the elements of just when you think of like, Chicago classics Chicago story about power and corruption and influence, but also about resistance in the community. And really think important working class folks who were just want a.

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"wilson sayer" Discussed on The City

The City

01:38 min | 2 years ago

"wilson sayer" Discussed on The City

"The city is a production of USA today and is distributed in partnership with wondering, you can subscribe to the show on apple podcasts, NPR one or wherever you're listening right now if you like the show please rate and review us and be sure to tell your friends about us. Our show is reported and produced by Wilson Sayer and Jenny Koss with me Robyn Aamer. Sam Greenspan is our editor. Ben Austin is our story consultant. Original music and mixing is by Hannah's Brown, Jennifer Mudge, Chris Henry Coffey, David Dublin, ger, and Michael Cullen starred in our reenactments. Additional production by Taylor making Isabelle cockerel and Bianca media's Chris Davis is our VP for investigations. Our executive producer is Liz Nelson. The USA today, networks, president and publisher is mayor bell. Wadsworth special. Thanks to Michelle Yussef and Daniel sped cove and Gary Siegman for permission to use his film of the lane. Tech dump. Additional support comes from the fund for investigative journalism and the social Justice news nexus, and Northwestern University. If you like this show, you may also like WBZ's new podcast on background, which takes you inside the smoke filled back rooms of Chicago and Illinois government to better understand the people places and forces. Shaping today's politics. I'm Robin Aamer. You can find us on Facebook and Twitter at the city pod or visit our website where you can find a video of the lane tech dump and more. That's the city podcast dot com.

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The City

09:50 min | 2 years ago

"wilson sayer" Discussed on The City

"If you like the city, you may like another show from USA today. The five things podcast covers the five most important stories of the day and why they matter in less than five minutes. New episodes are available every morning, Monday through Saturday, and you can subscribe to five things for free on apple podcasts or wherever you listen. Before we tell you about the dump in the white neighborhood across town. Let's recap what's happened in north Lauderdale since our story began after John Christopher showed up and started dumping neighborhood residents organized. They wrote letters to elected officials. They confronted John Christopher. They helped initiate a lawsuit against him and his companies. The lawsuit did not stop him from dumping and the mountain of rubble continued to grow as did the threat. It posed to the people of north Lonsdale. However, there was still a chance that the court could rule in the neighborhoods favor. Our reporter Wilson Sayer picks up the story from here. North Llandough residents had now been fighting the illegal dumps for two years frustrated by how long the problem had dragged on. They started looking for new ways to fight John Christopher, a group of people. We start a protest and we will stand out there with signs that's Michelle Ashford. Remember she was a teenager back then when the dust from the dump would get caught in her lip gloss, it was getting worse instead of getting better. We were just constantly protests in about this dump the Ashford's protested as a family, Michelle's mom. Rita Ashford was on the front lines because if you recall three of her grandkids and many of her neighbors kids were in and out of the hospital with severe asthma. So the first time we went down there, you know, we just marched with says, different stuff like that. They made signs that called out John Christopher by name down with John and dumped the dumps. The truck steel rode in trucks there. Well, doubt it did make a difference that we out there. So they went bigger one time. They borrowed a bus from I Corinthians church just down the road and used it to block the entrance to the lot. Another time, a neighborhood elder named Rosie. Lee Brown actually laid down in the street in front of the trucks. A rolls lay down in the driveway. She was stopped the truck, some coming in and trucks going out because they were still hauled in the the rocks and they were still holding out to concrete. But then old lady was worry. I'm gonna tell you and she actually this. I got my feet wet. This protest attracted the attention of the police who showed up at the law, but not to stop the legal dumping because they were saying, well, it's private property off like that, and they were really like they will. We're going to arrest her because she wouldn't move. While residents were literally laying in the street, the lawsuit that was supposed to stop. John Christopher was still dragging on. Remember there had been a fight over the definition of waste and twice. A judge had decided not to halt the dumping, but finally in February nineteen ninety two. The court ruled against John Christopher. All of his material was in fact waste, meaning his dumps were illegal and had to go. But the victory would prove to be hollow because there was still the question of how to clean up the dump. In March of that year, the court held a hearing to rule on the cleanup who should do it and how long it should take. This court will be as follows. We don't have a recording of what happened at this hearing, but as we done before, we had some actors dramatize scenes from court taken verbatim from transcripts. You'll remember some of the players you're on our police, the core. This is Susan her Dina, a lawyer for the city of Chicago, sir. Would you state your name for the record? Please? James grainy the lawyer for John Christopher, the man responsible for the dumps and John Christopher the man himself and one new voice who could not have made his disdain for this case anymore apparent. Judge Lester foreman. This case goes to the appellate court. This court will be ousted a jurisdiction. I don't know that I've sent my prayers enough to hope that that can happen to me. Judge foreman wasn't the only one tired of this case you're on are you? And all of us have lived with this case for quite a few months. I know I don't need to remind you about that. The primary question here today. Your honor is how long this cleanup should take. How long the residents of north Lonsdale would have to continue living next to this dump John Christopher's lawyer. I tries to argue that his client can't afford to clean up the site unless he's allowed to keep dumping if he's not earning money off the dumps, then he won't have money to pay for the cleanup. Thank you. Your honor. If this man is not there to continue to operate that site to maintain the premises. All that would result in is putting the man out of business. I, it's not going to result in the materials being moved, and if this man is not there to continue to operate that site, you're going to have a worse situation now than what we're trying to resolve the city of Chicago won't clean it up if we mmediately put them out of business. No one's gonna clean this site. Oh, I submit to the court that my client doesn't have the financial wherewithal. The cleanup is site. Judge Forman doesn't buy this argument though. He's already ruled that the dumps are illegal, the dumping must stop. So judge Forman rejects this request and the case moves onto the cleanup. And notice in what follows that the debate over how quickly the dumps should be cleaned up, doesn't take into account the people with asthma or damage to people's homes or danger posed to elementary school kids. Instead the city proposes a timeline for the cleanup. That's all about trucks and weights and money. They factor in how much the average dump truck can hold twenty two tonnes and how long it would take to Phillips said dump trucks, roughly seven minutes and how many working days are aren't a year, two hundred and fifty five and how much stuff there was on the site approximately thirty one thousand four hundred twenty five truckloads the city wanted the judge to force John Christopher to clean up the dumps within thirteen. Months, but John Christopher argues that even that wasn't enough time, he wanted at least double that a minimum of twenty six months because when John Christopher gets up to the stand to testify, he says, he doesn't have the equipment on which the city based. It's time line defense calls John Christopher to the stand. Sir. Would you state your name for the record, please? John Christopher? All right. And what you relationship with Christiane construction company. I'm the president of Christiane construction. How many twenty ton trucks Christiane construction company own at the present time ten and the capacity of those is twenty tonnes. Yes, sir. All right. Now, Christiane construction avenue, twenty four, ten trucks. Do you have any twenty four t know. Does he have any other trucks besides these? Do you have any other trucks besides these ten twenty ton trucks have pickup trucks, three quarter, ton pickup chip size. Then after hearing all of this back and forth, the judge finally rules on how much time John Christopher will have to clean up the site. The order of this court will be as follows on questionably. These matters where you must balance the public interests against the private interest of business person. Corporation or entrepreneur who's operating a business that is unquestionably difficult bounce. I think it would be very narrow process on the part of this court to take a very short sighted and all overly aggressive attitude towards his up because I believe that the purpose of this court should be to accomplish a result rather than to come up with a judgment that looks good and appears to be very strict at this moment, which would be nothing more than giving somebody a chocolate covered aspirin, it'll taste sweep. It'd be sour going down. By the city's own estimate at the kill their site. We're talking about thirty one thousand four hundred twenty five truckloads stop and think what a lion would look like with thirty one thousand four hundred twenty five trucks lined up that perhaps would be a line that would take a road from one end of the city to the other. We're talking about an accomplishment of what I consider to be a gigantic task. The defendant will have thirty months within which to remove from this site. I believe that that is a reasonable length of time that takes into consideration the magnitude of the number of truckloads. We're talking about thirty months, John Christopher, lost the case, but he would have thirty months two and a half years to clear out of north Mondale longer than he'd asked for and longer than he'd been there in the first place. And again, judge forms decision was all about junk Christopher and his business and his money. None of it was about what would happen to Northland l.

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"wilson sayer" Discussed on The City

The City

01:47 min | 2 years ago

"wilson sayer" Discussed on The City

"The city is a production of USA today and is distributed in partnership with wondering, you can subscribe to the show on apple podcasts, Spotify, or ever. You're listening right now if you like the show please rate and review us, be sure to tell your friends about us. Our show was reported and produced by Wilson Sayer Jenny Kaas and knee. Robert, EMA, our editor is Sam Greenspan. Ben Austin is our story consultant. Original music and mixing is by Hannah's Brown additional production by Taylor making Isabelle cockerel and beyond. The media's Chris Davis is our VP for investigations. Scott Stein is our VP of product. Our executive producer is Liz Nelson. The USA today, networks, president and publisher is mayor bell. Wadsworth. Thanks to our sponsors for supporting the show and special. Thanks to Michel Yussef, Daniel's cove and bills. Herman. Archival footage was provided by WBZ NewsRadio seven eighty and one five point nine FM media burn Chicago public library and the Bob Crawford audio archive at the university of Illinois. Chicago additional support comes from the fund for investigative journalism and the social Justice news nexus, Northwestern University. If you like this show, you may also like WBZ's new podcast on background, which takes you inside the smoke filled back rooms of Chicago and Illinois government to better understand the people places and forces shaping today's politics. You can find the city on Facebook or Twitter at the city pod or go to our website where you can see photos of Bill Henry in his youth and more. That's the city podcast dot com.

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"wilson sayer" Discussed on The City

The City

03:57 min | 2 years ago

"wilson sayer" Discussed on The City

"But it washed my trolls Bacall that miss was getting all in my house. I had son at as and all that my house was turbo. Miss Dickerson and others living. You're the one junk Christopher to compensate them for all the damage he'd already done. But back trial, John Christopher turned around and use this against them. He claimed they weren't really worried about the dumps. They're just trying to shake him down. Here's how he described interaction. He supposedly had with one Northland resident to the city's lawyer. Let's go back to our reenactment. Can you give me an idea how many people complained? Five seventy, not all at once in. Can you give me a general idea of the nature of your conversation with these people? You really don't wanna know. Know I do wanna know who give me ten dollars giving you ten dollars. Yeah, you, you ain't going to make it off Roosevelt road. And what was your response to that will see? I'm here. Did you get the names of these people? I didn't need to the care of myself. How did you take care of it? I just told them my, it ain't nice as mother nature for ten dollars. John Christopher was painting himself as the victim and to some it seemed as rather than compensating them, he was trying to buy their silence. Here's Jacqueline. Rodney who heard from earlier talking about living next to the rock crusher. When I went into coordinate, asked me to testify, yes, me did. I'll want money. John Christopher, did the lawyer when I was sitting in the deposition ESPN what is it do? Do you want? Do you want money? What is it that you want from this operation? And I said, I want you to move. I want you to leave my neighborhood because she's destroying it. He told me, I wish we had you on our teams. And I didn't know what that meant. What does that mean? And you know, they thanked me for being there. I didn't know what that meant. John Christopher had previously cast doubt on the city's legal arguments, and now he cast doubt on the residents motives. So one full year after he first showed up, the city's lawsuit was still grinding its way through the court and the dump across the street from the elementary school had grown into a mountain almost six stories tall, so tall that the piles of concrete slabs towered over the house next door. And ultimately, this mountain took on a nickname mount Henry. How did you died feel about it being called mount Henry. He was quite subdued about quite sad about it. It was like he couldn't get nothing done about you like he'd been duped. I have been used to dunk that there. That's next time on the city. The city is a production of USA today and is distributed in partnership with wondering, you can subscribe to the show on apple podcasts, Spotify, or wherever you're listening right now, if you liked the show please rate and review us and be sure to tell your friends about us. Our shows reported and produced by Wilson Sayer Jenny Koss and meet Robin Emma or editors Sam Greenspan. Ben Austin is our story consultant original music and mixing by Hannah's Brown, Jennifer Mudge, Chris Henry Coffey, David w starred in reenactments. Additional production by Taylor making about cockerel and Bianca media's Chris Davis is our VP for investigations. Scott Stein is our VP of product are decorative producer is Liz

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