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    Default The jewplin Tornado of May 22, 2011

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    The tornado that came through Joplin and destroyed half of Joplin took down power in Granby since 5:00 pm Sunday. Getting life-support systems fixed in an anglo-mestizo craphole like Granby is NOT on the first to-do list of anyone. Cell phone coverage is spotty. Cable is out. And I have to buy another cheap phone in order to use my landline. So right now I'm at the Neosho public library charging my laptop and using their wifi connections. I'll be getting gas for my generator so that the frozen food won't go bad.

    Right now I'm, catching up on my household and garden chores and actual book reading. Roxie and Buddy the Poopy Dawg/Baalzepup Pisser-possum-bane are OK. We have plenty of candles.

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    Default Mike Woolston, Wallace-Bajjali and the co-opting of Joplin's tornado recovery

    Mike Woolston, Wallace-Bajjali and the co-opting of Joplin's tornado recovery


    jewplin Shitty Kouncil-Kritter Mike Woolston

    One of the more remarkable journalistic accomplishments of the past year is what the Joplin Globe was able to do with the Loraine Report.

    That report, as you recall, led to a 5-4 vote to fire City Manager Mark Rohr. When the report was initially released, there were 10 blank pages, the pages in which the allegations against Rohr were spelled out.

    The Joplin Globe Editorial Board made a solid argument that the people, the ones who actually paid for the report, had every right to know its contents. The Globe went as far as to take its case to court and won what was described as a victory for open government and even had one journalist (admittedly a former Joplin Globe reporter) tweeting that the Globe should be considered for the Pulitzer Prize.

    The court's decision was handed down just four days before the April election, but in time for the newspaper to print a considerable amount of the information, since the decision not only gave the public access to the report, but also all of the transcripts of Loraine's interviews with witnesses.

    That never happened.

    The Globe confined its reporting, for the most part, to the allegations against Mark Rohr and devoted even more space to Rohr's responses to those allegations.

    That played in with the portrait the Globe was trying to paint of the whole Loraine investigation being a witch hunt spearheaded by the so-called Gang of Five or Bloc of Five who voted to fire Rohr or by City Attorney Brian Head.

    To its credit, the Globe put the entire report, complete with depositions and exhibits, online, where as far as I can tell, most of the items have been viewed by slightly more than 500 readers, far less than would have seen it if the items had been featured in the newspaper.

    Except to the 500 or so readers who examined the documents, the entire Loraine investigation was about Mark Rohr.

    Certainly a great deal of space was devoted to the former city manager, but to this day, the Globe has ignored the most important news that was contained in the report- the way in which Joplin's tornado recovery has been taken out of the hands of elected officials and placed under the control of people who do not answer to the voters.

    It also completely ignored, an unusual decision given that he was up for re-election at that point, the damning evidence that was collected against City Councilman and self-styled "Tornado Mayor" Mike Woolston.

    For some reason, the idea has been foisted upon the public that Woolston did not do anything wrong because he was not collecting commissions on the property that he was steering to his friend Charlie Kuehn of Four State Homes.

    What was ignored and was pointed out by Loraine was the secretive way in which Woolston was working with Rohr and master developer Wallace-Bajjali to convince people to sell their property, even ones who had already rebuilt after the tornado.

    The depositions of William and Dana Parker detail some of Woolston's activities. They talked of people "who were concerned because Mike Woolston kept knocking on everyone's door wanting to sell their property, even if they'd already rebuilt, sell it, so we can tear it down.'

    They talked of an October 2012 neighborhood meeting in which Woolston became upset by questions that he was asked. Dana Parker told Loraine, "He (Woolston) told us at that time we were stupid for rebuilding, that we had no business rebuilding." They were told the properties were needed for commercial development.

    Mrs. Parker said, "We asked why they couldn't put a grocery store out on the area of Sunset Ridge, which was more where the storm started and he told us at that time that those people were too important- we couldn't do that to them."

    "Exact words," William Parker said.

    The question that should have been asked and has not been is what business was it of Woolston's whether these people wanted to rebuild and stay in the tornado zone? The City Council had made no decisions. The Zoning Board had made no decisions. At some point, Woolston and others had decided what was going to be done with that area.

    The report details the steps that were taken by the city government, in the person of Mark Rohr, to convince people it would be in their best interest to sell, including condemning a driveway on a property where rebuilding had not begun as an "unsafe structure" and putting in a sidewalk running path.

    Woolston mounted a door-to-door campaign that was outlined in the depositions to convince people to sell, something that was not included in his job description as a city council member. When he was asked who he was working for, he responded, "I am not at liberty to tell you," though later he confided it was Four State Homes, a company that has done quite well with buying up to the properties and selling them to the Joplin Redevelopment Corporation so they can be used as part of Wallace-Bajjali's development plan.

    The impression that is given throughout the depositions is that Woolston was using insider knowledge to benefit a friend's business and also to push a redevelopment plan that had not received the approval of any governmental body.

    The report was ridiculed by its critics because of Loraine's insistence that Woolston was hurting the City Council and not representing his constituents properly by abstaining from voting on issues that concerned the development.

    Loraine was critical of Woolston because at a time when he should have been using his considerable knowledge of real estate to benefit the council and constituents, he was abstaining because he had become so greatly involved in the project.

    In the deposition of Tim Parker (no relation to William and Dana Parker), the issue is clearly stated. "Why aren't other realtors coming to our door saying I want to buy this? Why is it that only that one that had the inside knowledge?"

    Tim Parker also told of a conversation with an employee of Four State Homes. Parker told him he expected him to be quite busy since Four State Homes had bought all of those plots. At that point, Parker believed that the company would be building houses on the properties.

    "He said, 'No, my boss bought these for investment purpose,' which struck me as odd because it is just a residential area just like mine. I realized later in the paper that those properties had sold to the City of Joplin through the Redevelopment Corporation for about three times their appraised value."

    There is much, much more information contained in the Loraine Report that the Joplin Globe has decided to leave buried in its online archives.

    To this day, Globe readers who have never looked over the documents have every reason to be convinced that the Loraine Report was a hatchet job against Mark Rohr. It wasn't. The firing of Mark Rohr was not the major step that was suggested by Loraine. He found evidence of behavior that was at least bordering on the unethical from Mike Woolston and he strongly suggested the city cut all ties with Wallace-Bajjali.

    Mike Woolston was re-elected to the City Council. The Globe is still making excuses for Wallace-Bajjali and the co-opting of Joplin's tornado recovery continues unabated.


    Posted by Randy at 8:59 AM Sunday, July 06, 2014


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    OK, I will waate my time rebutting this blog, for what it is worth. My own ZOGtard corral is pretty boring, and the old lady don't moan nearly as much as them Subic Bay / Manila flip bar-girls.

    First of all, I was on the fence in terms of Woolston's reelection for a while. I read the released Lorraine report and then the "missing pages" as well. One leg on one side of the fence with the other on the other side and my naval assets getting stimulated by the fence rail, sorta like being with the Village People after six months at sea, again, cum-cum, cum-cum. Bottom line I saw no substantial evidence, evidence needed in a court case to show unethical or illegal behavior in Woolston's conduct. I was sure hoping that the Ass-Clowns of Four could get Mark Rohr and Four State Homes to steal enough to turn jewplin from the Sodom of the Ozarks into Sans Fagscrisco and I could afford it on half pay as a retired retarded former bi-curious naval officer. I'm not like you, Cousin Randy, thinking that jewplin is gay Paree and wanting to leave the sheep farm. No, I love local graft and corruption better than most if it means that pore rednecks and whiggers are driven out in favor of gentrifuckation by discreet old bi-sexshul old faggots. I'm not the raging quean you are, Randy cousin Randy.

    Any idiot capable of running a tight sheep, er, ship, providing the lash, rum and sodomy in the naval tradition and like Woolston dealing in real estate could read the CART advice, look at a map showing the zone of destruction and make reasonable assumptions about what might be rebuilt and where. It took NO "insider knowledge" to make such decisions, decisions that could be "risky" from an investment standpoint. Just coonections using public piglice to "put the squeeze" on the recalitrant and balking, sorta like I did with the young male testicles of newbie seamen on my watch while in the Navy.



    There was zero evidence shown by Lorraine that Woolston in fact used "insider knowledge" from his job on council or contact with city staff as a council member to gain such information. The lawyer wanted to get paid, didn't he? It was all shown as concern by a few property owners about what Woolston might have been up to in making demands to sell so that he could make some kickbacks. Any proof that would stand up in court if ever allowed there in the first place? None that I saw, and still don't ever care to see.

    Then the voters spoke, with negligent and uninformed authority is seems to me. Now Turner blames uninformed voters for making the judgment made, in the voting booths. As if the jewplin Glob will ever print the truth. Right well he blames the Globe for lack of making information available. Well I had all the information I needed as a self-serving ass-clown and voted accordingly to my own best interests and those of the minority council-critters and with no help from the Joplin Progress Committee, either. I ate the crayola voting list, anyways, because I needed the fiber after having my fudge packed buttt good.

    If you belive Woolston acted illegally or even unethically well them stupid voters disagreed with you. Now your only option is a court of law or the Missouri Ethical Commission I suppose, ha ha ha.

    Oh, I failed to mention that even the Lorraine report showed Woolston seeking and receiving legal advice, informing council of what he was doing and why he was doing it, followed that legal advice and believed, then and now, that he acted within the law and any ethical requirements placed on him. The thieving bastard did too cover his tracks

    I like it when voters decide such matters as this senile goofy retard wants them to, which they did in this case. But if you still disagree then put your money where your mouth is and take it to another court. You sure as hell cannot sue voters however. I'se smart and shit.

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    Joplin City Council member criticizes master developer in TV interview

    Debbie Woodlin
    Posted: Thursday, July 31, 2014 9:23 pm


    A member of the Joplin City Council told an Amarillo, Texas, newscaster that Joplin’s contracted master developer has “overpromised and underdelivered.”

    Councilman Benjamin Rosenberg’s comments were included in a two-part report that aired this week on Amarillo television station KVII-TV.

    Joplin’s contracted master development firm, Wallace Bajjali Development Partners of Sugar Land, Texas, is overseeing development of a $112 million convention center hotel, minor league stadium and parking garage in Amarillo.

    KVII reporter David Grasso-Ortega reported on questions raised by another Amarillo hotel owner who thought Amarillo officials had turned a deaf ear to his request for assistance to renovate his hotel while directing taxpayer money to the convention center hotel. Also reported were public concerns about perceived delays in the Amarillo development, though city officials there said Wallace Bajjali was performing within the agreed upon timeline.

    In the second part of the series, the reporter focused on questions about whether there have been delays in constructing the Amarillo projects. The segment included comments by Mayor Mike Seibert and Rosenberg about their views of Wallace Bajjali’s performance in Joplin.

    Rosenberg said in a Skype video aired in the report: “I would say they have overpromised and underdelivered. He’s always looking for a co-developer, and Wallace Bajjali never seems to develop anything on their own. They always have a co-developer.”

    Rosenberg did not return two messages left Thursday asking him to elaborate on the concerns he spoke of in his comments.

    David Wallace, the CEO of Wallace Bajjali, told the Globe in response that his firm always recruits reputable co-development partners that are specialists in the different facets of a project. Wallace said his firm’s practice is standard in the development industry and has always been part of the plan, since responding to the city’s earliest request for proposals for a master developer.

    “I would remind him to go back to our initial RFP (request for proposal), which specifically indicated our mission would be to find the best of co-development partners” for the Joplin projects, Wallace said.

    Asked if partnerships helped spread the financial investment, Wallace said, “It’s not just spreading the financial burden, but of equal importance it spreads the personnel, the infrastructure, all of those type of resources.”

    As an example, he recruited two partners experienced in senior housing for the senior transitional living project at 27th Street and McClelland Boulevard, Wallace said. O’Reilly Development of Springfield is a specialist in designing and building those projects, and another partner, Arrow Management, is a specialist in operating them.

    He said that having firms that are familiar with the details of those types of projects as well as firms that are local is important in producing a quality project. “That is why we always bring in a co-development partner,” Wallace said. “That strategy is exactly the strategy we discussed when we first got involved, and that is the right strategy.”

    The city’s pre-development contract with Wallace Bajjali gives the City Council the right to reject a project or an investment partner in the projects, as well as giving the firm the right to hire the professionals needed for the work.

    Seibert, Joplin’s mayor, was quoted in the Amarillo report as saying: “The vast majority of people don’t understand that the bulk of the effort and time is put into a project prior to the project coming out of the ground. People unfortunately judge the speed of a project based on when it breaks ground, and that means development gets cast in a negative light.”

    The Globe on Thursday tried to poll all of the council members for a reaction to Rosenberg’s comments.

    Seibert told the Globe that Joplin city officials have tried to communicate more with the public about the steps that are going into the projects and where they stand in order to combat that negative perception.

    Councilman Gary Shaw said: “I’m like everybody else. I’m anxious to see the projects begun and completed. Somebody was telling me 70 percent of the work is done before you break ground,” and he believes the master developer is near that stage in the work.

    Shaw said there have been changes in plans for some of the projects. “But part of those we instigated,” he said, pointing to the city effort to bring a professional baseball team to historic Joe Becker Stadium although Wallace Bajjali had proposed building a stadium and bringing a professional team to Joplin.

    Councilman Ryan Stanley said that for him, the test will be whether Wallace Bajjali follows through on the plan to buy the property being held by the Joplin Redevelopment Corp. for the Joplin projects.

    I’m not basing my realities on a news story about Amarillo,” he said.

    Councilwoman Miranda Lewis said she believes the master development firm is focusing on priority projects now, such as the senior living project and a movie theater and retail complex at 20th Street and Connecticut Avenue. She said she believes those priorities are a better strategy than trying to work on the initial list of 19 different projects that were being pursued at one time.

    “If those two projects are completed, then it’s a win for the city, in my opinion,” she said.

    Councilman Mike Woolston, a real estate agent, said the effort has involved a number of steps that have included coming up with a plan to address the redevelopment goals set by the Citizens Advisory Recovery Team, seeking state legislation to allow a variety of funding mechanisms for the projects, securing financing and designing the plans.

    “I don’t care if they have partners,” he said. “What difference does it make? Any good developer is going to seek a partner because it minimizes the risks.”

    Council members Bill Scearce and Melodee Colbert-Kean also did not return telephone messages seeking comment. Councilman Morris Glaze was unavailable for comment.

    Tornado recovery

    WALLACE BAJJALI DEVELOPMENT PARTNERS was hired by the city of Joplin two years ago to guide efforts to restore housing and business development in the wake of the 2011 tornado.


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    Area residents among those awakened by 5.6 magnitude Oklahoma quake

    5.6 magnitude tremor centered 8 miles west of Pawnee

    BY ARIEL COOLEY acooley@joplinglobe.com
    Page 7A Sunday Sept 4, 2016


    Residents throughout the region were shaken awake early Saturday by an earthquake in northern Oklahoma.

    The 5.6 magnitude earthquake — matching the strongest quake to ever hit the state — occurred at 7 a.m. and was centered 8 miles west of Pawnee according to the United States Geological Survey.

    Debi Brown Downs, of Joplin, was one shaken by the temblor.

    “My bed was bouncing,” Downs said. “What was strange was it wasn’t back and forth. The windows didn’t rattle or pictures shake, but my bed went up and down as the foundation went up and down.”

    Downs said she initially thought it was just her dog under her bed.

    “Even after I got up, I thought how weird that was and I was losing my senses,” she said.

    It wasn’t until she saw the news on Facebook that she realized she had just experienced an earthquake.

    Downs said she has only experienced two earthquakes and both have been in the past five years.

    The 5.6 magnitude earthquake equaled in strength the other largest earthquake in recent history, which was recorded near Prague, Oklahoma, in November 2011.

    The shaking could be felt across seven states, according to the USGS.

    Pawnee received “moderate to mild damage,” according to Mark Randell, Emergency Management Director in Pawnee County. “There’s no severe damage at this time,” he added. “We have ongoing damage assessment with the state.”

    There are currently three buildings with moderate damage, he said, as well as several others with minor damage where access has been blocked until a structural engineer can determine whether or not they are safe.

    Rickie Bowerman, of Carthage, thought Saturday’s earthquake was “very mild.” Growing up in California, he said he has experienced much worse.

    He was alerted to a disruption when his wife’s service dog began barking.

    “I thought he was letting me know it was something wrong with my wife, then I felt the house shake a little,” Bowerman said. “It wasn’t like I’m used to in California. It wasn’t even enough to wake my wife up, but it did scare our dogs.”

    Bowerman lived in California for 31 years and said some of the earthquakes he witnessed were “violent enough to literally knock you out of bed or cause you to fall if you were walking.”

    If he hadn’t already been awake, Bowerman thinks he would have slept right through the earthquake.

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    Eight years after 2011 tornado, community safe rooms provide shelter from storms

    By Kimberly Barker and Emily Younker news@joplinglobe.com
    May 21, 2019


    Kay Johnson on Tuesday talks about the community shelter at Kelsey Norman Elementary School in Joplin.
    The retired secretary at the school is among the volunteers who open the safe rooms outside of school hours.
    Since the 2011 tornado, the Joplin School District has built at least 14 safe rooms, which also serve the public, especially residents
    in their specific neighborhoods. She said she sees Joplin as more storm ready than in 2011, especially because of the safe rooms. GLOBE | ROGER NOMER

    On May 22, 2011, Kay Johnson and her husband took shelter in a hall closet in their home as an EF5 tornado struck Joplin, killing 161 people and damaging thousands of residences and businesses.

    Today, eight years later, the couple say they have a safer place to seek refuge — a community safe room at nearby Kelsey Norman Elementary School, which opens to the public in the case of severe weather.

    "I absolutely do" feel safer with access to the shelter, said Johnson, who just retired as the longtime Kelsey Norman secretary. "I never want to have that fear we all had that night. I want to do everything I can to keep my family safe."



    Minutes away

    In Joplin, the safe rooms — most of which double as gymnasiums for schoolchildren during the day — are opened to the public automatically in the event of a tornado warning for the city. They also can be and have been opened, at the discretion of district officials, before a warning is issued, especially in situations when counties to the west of Joplin are experiencing inclement weather.

    The Globe took a few test drives from different areas of Joplin to determine how long it would take, on average, to find the nearest storm shelter.

    Residents living near the Joplin Regional Airport would drive about 5 miles, or 12 minutes, to Royal Heights Elementary School — or they could shave down their time by driving about 4 miles, or eight minutes, to Webb City High School. Those living near Schifferdecker Park can drive less than a mile down the road to reach Jefferson Elementary School’s community storm shelter, a trip of a minute or less.

    On the east side of Joplin, residents living near Missouri Southern State University can travel approximately 2 miles, or seven to eight minutes, to reach safe rooms at Royal Heights or Eastmorland. From the Walmart store at 15th Street and Range Line Road, drivers would reach Eastmorland in less than a minute. And with the temporary closure of the safe room at Columbia, residents of north Joplin would travel about a mile to West Central instead; in stormy conditions, that can be done in five minutes.

    In many of those scenarios, it appears that residents could quickly reach a community safe room in Joplin. And tornado warning lead times, the interval between when a warning is issued and when the tornado occurs, continue to improve with the advancement of technology such as next-generation satellites, meteorologists say.

    Two decades ago, the average tornado lead time nationwide was about seven and a half minutes, according to the National Weather Service station in Springfield. In 2011, that time frame had increased to 14.5 minutes; in 2013, it was about nine minutes.

    Why the decline in recent years? Tornadoes rated EF3 and greater tend to have longer lead times, of 15 to 25 minutes, but the advent of social media and better technology means that smaller tornadoes, which tend to have shorter lead times, are more frequently reported and recorded, driving that average down, said Cory Rothstein, a meteorologist with the Springfield station.

    “You have a lot of these weaker tornadoes that may have not been reported before that are now getting reported because people have cameras available and can post it onto Facebook, Twitter, Instagram,” he said. “It becomes a lot easier to access information than what we had in the past.”

    In most instances when a tornado watch is issued, people tend to have a few hours to prepare for bad weather before any potential tornado actually occurs. Rothstein said residents should be watchful of the weather and have multiple ways to receive warnings, whether it’s a phone, television or weather radio.

    When a warning is issued, residents should shelter in place or, if close to a safe room, go there, Rothstein said. Residents who want to seek shelter in a community safe room should plan to go there immediately.

    "Make sure you have multiple ways to receive these reports and know where safe rooms are at," he said.


    The Neosho School District plans to construct a FEMA safe room at its replacement for Goodman Elementary. The Goodman school was destroyed
    by a tornado on April 4, 2017. The school building itself is expected to open for the fall term, and design work on the community safe room is underway. GLOBE | ROGER NOMER


    'A great asset'

    Hundreds of residents have sought shelter in the Joplin safe rooms since they opened four to five years ago, said Kerry Sachetta, assistant superintendent of operations for the school district.

    "I think it has worked well," he said. "I think it's obviously a great asset to the community. We're happy to provide this opportunity for the community because we definitely don't want a repeat of what happened eight years ago."

    Outside of school hours, the safe rooms are overseen by a mix of school staff members and community volunteers, dedicated groups of people organized by the principals who can ensure that the structures are being used properly.

    Johnson, the retired Kelsey Norman secretary, is one of those volunteers. The Kelsey Norman safe room has been well used by the neighborhood, at one point drawing more than 250 people during one stormy night in its first year of operation, she said.

    Last year, she sought shelter there four or five times, and she has taken refuge there at least twice already this spring, she said.

    Johnson said she feels that Joplin, as a community, is safer and more tornado-ready than it was eight years ago, in large part because of the community shelters available to residents.

    "The memories of that day, we'll never forget," she said. "And we want to be safe."


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