Monday, December 17, 2012

City of Little Rock: Easy come, easy go

Posted By on Mon, Dec 17, 2012 at 11:19 AM

FUTURE HOMELESS CENTER: City proposes to let Union Rescue run it. Can non-believers apply for jobs paid with city tax money?
  • FUTURE HOMELESS CENTER: City proposes to let Union Rescue run it. Can non-believers apply for jobs paid with city tax money?

That half-billion in new sales tax money is absolutely burning a hole in the pocket of the city of Little Rock. It's hungering to pass the money out to private groups in a pattern I've complained about before. And, no, I'm not talking about the $22 million taxpayer-financed tech park office building, which still lacks a dollar of private skin in the game.

* CHAMBER OF COMMERCE: The city proposes, out of the blue with nothing passing for serious justification or discussion, to give an additional $100,000 to a group administered by the Little Rock Regional Chamber of Commerce (on top of the $200,000 direct subsidy to the Chamber) for supposed regional economic development. Little Rock would become the single biggest contributor to the Metro Alliance, paying for more than other cities and counties for reasons unclear. The Chamber has given me the cold shoulder on requests for details on specific expenditures by this largely publicly funded committee and how a 50 percent budget increase wholly funded by Little Rock was justified. Does the city of Little Rock give a rat's ass? It does not. UPDATE: Three weeks after the fact, I have begun receiving some responses to my FOI requests for details on the Metro Alliance spending.

* PANKEY HANKYPANKY: There has been some slowdown in City Manager Bruce Moore's push to funnel tens of thousands of city dollars into a largely inoperative community organization in the Pankey Community in the form of rent payment for a police substation in a long dormant white elephant of a supposed community center on Highway 10. Why Moore wants to pour tax money into the treasury of an organization with a demonstrated inability to manage its affairs effectively is anybody's guess. Start with political clout of some sort. PS — The Little Rock School District deserves some grief here, too. It gave the property to the community group and had the right long ago to recapture the property since it hasn't been converted to community center use. The district could use the land to work out, if nothing else, some land swaps with the city regarding other school property. a win/win. But the school district has been reluctant to invoke its rights under the agreement.

* HOMELESS CENTER: The latest outrage is news that the woefully overdue day resource center for the homeless on Confederate Boulevard is now targeted for another cloaked subsidy payment to a private operation, this time in a proposed contract with the Union Rescue Mission to operate the center, which will take over a rundown Union Rescue building that was set for abandonment. Workers will be employees of the Union Rescue Mission, not the city of Little Rock. Will they proselytize, as Union Rescue regularly does? The city says no and says a contract is in the works to spell all this out. Somebody better tell Union Rescue. Homeless advocate Robert Johnston notes that the evangelical group sought applicants for the job in November for people who'd be hired contingent on getting the city business. Jews, atheists and non-evangelicals need not apply if these rules hold. From the announcement:

Personal and Character Qualities Required
- Personal commitment to Jesus Christ and lives under the authority of Scripture.
- Professional and personal life reflects integrity, personal responsibility and Christian character.
- A servant’s heart and compassion for those who are lost, and are hurting yet not an enabler.
- Willing to sign the Union Rescue Mission’s Statement of Faith
- A current member or regular attendee of a local evangelical Christian church.
- Able to fully support the core values and philosophy of ministry held by URM

The full solicitation for jobs follows on the jump.

Couldn't the city hire its own employees for economic development? Hire non-believers to work with the homeless? Rent a building without providing sweetheart payola to a community group? All this smacks of ways around clear state constitutional prohibitions on granting of municipal funds to private corporations. That's bad enough. But when it also means richly subsidizing a political organization that lobbies against the public interest (Chamber of Comerce) or a group (Union Rescue) that discriminates on religious grounds in hiring, you really have to wonder if the tax money has gone to someone's head.

The Union Rescue Mission, a Christian ministry serving the last, least and lost in Central Arkansas, will open the application process for the following positions beginning December 3, 2012 with anticipated employment to begin Jan 14, 2012 (this is subject to the City of Little Rock's completion of the Day Resource Center). These positions are contingent on Union Rescue Mission being awarded the contract with the City of Little Rock to manage the Day Resource Center.

Applicants understand they are employees of the Union Rescue Mission NOT the City of Little Rock.

POSTION OPENINGS

1. Director of Social Services - Master's Degree in Social Work - LSCW - Full-time

2. Case Manager - Bachelor's in Social Work - LSW - Full time

3. Case Manager - Bachelor's in Social Science - Full time

4. Receptionist - Experienced only need apply - Full time

5. Janitor - Experienced only need apply - Part time (25-30 hrs per week)

6. Kitchen Coordinator/Chef - Experienced only need apply - Full time

7. Laundry Attendant - Part - time

8. Security - Experience only - Part time (weekends and holidays during the yr) 12-18 hrs per week

9. Facility Supervisor - Part time (weekend and holidays during the yr) 12-18 hours per week

Job Description will be forwarded with application to any interested party.

Applicants must meet the following conditions:

Personal and Character Qualities Required
- Personal commitment to Jesus Christ and lives under the authority of Scripture.
- Professional and personal life reflects integrity, personal responsibility and Christian character.
- A servant’s heart and compassion for those who are lost, and are hurting yet not an enabler.
- Willing to sign the Union Rescue Mission’s Statement of Faith
- A current member or regular attendee of a local evangelical Christian church.
- Able to fully support the core values and philosophy of ministry held by URM

Request for applications will be received December 3, 2012 and until positions are filled by contacting Dr. William D. Tollett, Executive Director of the Union Rescue Mission, at 501-529-1490.

Tags: , , , , , ,

From the ArkTimes store

Favorite

Speaking of...

Comments (9)

Showing 1-9 of 9

Add a comment

 
Subscribe to this thread:
Showing 1-9 of 9

Add a comment

More by Max Brantley

  • Executionpalooza

    Appearances count. I was struck by a single sentence over the weekend in a full page of coverage in The New York Times devoted to the killing spree in Arkansas, beginning with a front-page account of the recent flurry of legal filings on pending executions and continuing inside with an interview with Damien Echols, the former death row inmate.
    • Apr 20, 2017
  • Death Row inmates argue to keep stay of execution in place; urge 8th Circuit not to 'rush' analysis

    Early this morning, attorneys for nine Death Row inmates, filed an argument with the 8th United States Court of Appeals contesting the state's effort to override Judge Kristine Baker's order Saturday that halted executions scheduled this month.
    • Apr 17, 2017
  • Federal judge denies execution stay for Don Davis but larger stay continues

    Don Davis, who's been moved to the killing facility of the state prison for killing tonight at 7 p.m. if a stay of execution is lifted in another federal suit, sought a stay in another federal court Sunday, but the request was denied.
    • Apr 17, 2017
  • More »

Readers also liked…

Most Shared

  • Executionpalooza

    Appearances count. I was struck by a single sentence over the weekend in a full page of coverage in The New York Times devoted to the killing spree in Arkansas, beginning with a front-page account of the recent flurry of legal filings on pending executions and continuing inside with an interview with Damien Echols, the former death row inmate.
  • Art bull

    "God, I hate art," my late friend The Doctor used to say.
  • Not justice

    The strongest, most enduring calls for the death penalty come from those who feel deeply the moral righteousness of "eye-for-an-eye" justice, or retribution. From the depths of pain and the heights of moral offense comes the cry, "The suffering you cause is the suffering you shall receive!" From the true moral insight that punishment should fit the crime, cool logic concludes, "Killers should be killed." Yet I say: retribution yes; death penalty no.
  • Judge Griffen writes about morality, Christian values and executions

    Pulaski County Circuit Judge Wendell Griffen, who blogs at Justice is a verb!, sends along a new post this morning.
  • The Ledell Lee execution thread

    Arkansas Times contributor Jacob Rosenberg is at the Cummins Unit in Grady filing dispatches tonight in advance of the expected execution of Ledell Lee, who was sentenced to death for the Feb. 9, 1993, murder of Debra Reese, 26, who was beaten to death in the bedroom of her home in Jacksonville.

Visit Arkansas

Haralson, Smith named to Arkansas Tourism Hall of Fame

Haralson, Smith named to Arkansas Tourism Hall of Fame

Chuck Haralson and Ken Smith were inducted into the Arkansas Tourism Hall of Fame during the 43rd annual Governor’s Conference on Tourism

Most Viewed

  • Lee's lawyer writes about executed man's last hours

    Lee Short, the lawyer for Ledell Lee, the man Arkansas put to death just before midnight last night, posted on Facebook the following letter of thanks for personal support and a bit about Lee's last hours, distributing his possessions and talking to family.
  • State spends $30,000 drug testing TANF recipients for drugs, nabs 2.

    Think Progress reported yesterday that 13 states spent a total of $1.3 million to perform 2,826 drug tests on persons seeking funds from the Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) program. Of those nearly 3,000 people required to pee in a cup to get assistance for their families, 369 tested positive.

Most Recent Comments

Blogroll

Slideshows

 

© 2017 Arkansas Times | 201 East Markham, Suite 200, Little Rock, AR 72201
Powered by Foundation