With the help of city administrators, Victor Wogen managed to parlay his seat on the DeKalb City Council into income approaching $60,000 of taxpayers’ money in 2008, about ten times more than his annual salary as representative of the Third Ward. Continue reading Alderman Renews DeKalb for TIF Money
It is quite unsettling that so many at City Hall default to secrecy. When I asked at a meeting where Alderman Wogen is living, Council in effect told me that we aren’t entitled to the information.
Now suddenly they are ‘fessing up through the local press.
Third Ward Alderman Victor Wogen said Tuesday that he has been living with his brother in the city’s second ward since being charged last month with domestic battery after police say he shoved his wife during an argument.
Much appreciation should go to those who took the time to request information of the city. Also, congratulations to the Wogen Watch blog for the scoop.
So far, I’ve spoken at a Council meeting about the residency issue, blogged it and sent a letter to the editor. I hope I won’t be the Lone Ranger in this, because it’s just too easy to marginalize one old lady as hopelessly eccentric, or a former contender for office as Vendetta Queen. If you care that Wogen hasn’t been made to inform his constituents whether he has vacated the ward in which he was elected, or feel that Council is shirking its responsibilities to set deadlines for correcting his address of record and (if necessary) for his return to the ward, please help by writing your own letters to the editor and enlisting others’ participation as well.
My next step will be to return Wogen Watch to the CB blogroll.
Last night at the Council meeting I asked 3rd Ward Alderman Victor Wogen to state for the record where he is living now. This seems fair; after all, I had to submit my address to speak at the meeting. Astoundingly, instead of answering he looked to the attorney for help, and she said he didn’t have to answer.
From the City of DeKalb’s new website:
2570 Soros Ct.
119 Ilehamwood Drive
423 S. Second Street
328 W. Sunset Place
560 W. Lincoln Highway
1212 Varsity Blvd. Apt 107
This is information freely given to all who seek it, except in the case of Third Ward Alderman Victor Wogen. He gets to live anywhere he wants, residency requirements be damned and how dare we ask! Thanks, Council. Lest we fool ourselves into thinking we have representation, you faithfully drag us back to the reality that you are out for none but yourselves. Continue reading Where’s Wogen?
The DeKalb Area Women’s Center is trying to get its water garden put in. Help is sought for two days this week, Thursday and Saturday. If you can dig, show up with a shovel anytime between 9-3 either day. One can also help by donating native plants for the garden, or providing refreshments for the volunteers. Continue reading DAWC Needs Diggers
Having DeKalb County Sheriff’s Police handle the arrest was the right move.
I am making a different decision about comments than the Chronicle has but please note I am ambivalent and may change my mind. Depends on what we end up with.