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   Around October of 2016, I could not help notice that the homeless around Walmart had increased, and many had been camping under a tree near the north exit. I saw the usual four street dwellers occupying the bus pick-up enclosure, but some new people were sitting on the concrete embankment near the entry and exit driveway, and two people were sitting on the small retaining wall in front of the soon to be laundry-mat. As the days progressed, I saw the same people in the same place at the same time every day, and they all had their cardboard “Will work for food” signs, or something to that effect.
So one day I decided to talk a man I new as spider man, (because of his signature Spiderman shirt that he wore daily) and I soon realized he was someone who had severe mental problems. I decided to walk up to a panhandler that was holding an illegible sign sitting in a wheelchair, and asked him a few questions about his situation and how he plans on getting through this winter. As October turned to November, I interviewed a few more homeless people and fed a man that sleeps under a tree next to The Grinder man Sandwich shop on Pawnee. After many garbled conversations, this is what I found out...

   Before I tell the rest of this story, let me confess my motivations for this exploratory endeavor. I wanted to find out why they loiter at this spot, what do they really need, and where are they going when it gets cold, and above all else, what can I do to get them to move along. The issue of the homeless and street people is one thing we all need to address in south Wichita, and panhandling is another. The begging and blocking traffic as well as impeding entry of Walmart had to be addressed, and I got no assistance from WPD. The police said it was an issue for Walmart to resolve and there was nothing they could do because it was on private property. As usual I had to solve this dilemma on my own, so here is what I discovered through my interviews.

   The number one thing it seems the less fortunate need is Money! Money to buy the things they really need that services do not offer. Now before I go any further I know what many of you are thinking, “If you give them money, they will just buy drugs, alcohol, or engage in vice!” While this is true in some cases, but not in all, and who are we to judge their current condition. From December through this current month of January, I have given the panhandlers gift cards and my spare change (usually around $2.00) Some will say i'm just encouraging them to beg more, and that they are just taking advantage of me. While this may also be true, I have gotten pretty good at spotting the scammers, the hustlers, the grifters and so-forth, I know when someone is really desperate. I will conclude this short story on this note, many of the people I have talked about are homeless by accident, not their bad habits, and I think we should all be grateful that we have a place to call home. This issue of panhaldleing will be addressed again at the next DAB meeting scheduled 2-1-2017 at the Water Treatment Center at 6.30 pm.





  

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Supervisor of the Office of Community Services Janet Johnson from City of Wichita · 1d ago
The City of Wichita has recently received a large number of complaints regarding the free Wichita Eagle publications that are distributed to households that do not subscribe to the newspaper. Residents who do not want the publications, or who want to report vacant properties where the flyers are piling up should contact the Wichita Eagle by calling 268-6209 or by e-mailing csrequest@wichitaeagle.com. If there are areas where old publications have become a littering issue and need to be picked up, please contact Distribution Services Manager Keith Hansen at khansen@wichitaeagle.com or 268-6558.
Overwhelming response to Eagle flyer issue
Supervisor of the Office of Community Services Janet Johnson from City of Wichita · 4h ago
The response to my original post has been overwhelming with hundreds of citizens expressing their frustration with these publications. I want to make it clear that the Wichita Eagle has every right to distribute this information under the protections of the First Amendment; and there are citizens who enjoy receiving the publication. The Audience Operations Manager for the Eagle told me yesterday that they decided the contact information provided in yesterday's post was acceptable to them and was more customer friendly than the circserve e-mail address citizens are typically asked to use. I plan to download all of the comments from citizens (minus names) and provide that information to the Eagle as well as the City Council members. Thank you for caring about your neighborhoods!
    

Good Fences Make Good Neighbors

   Good fences make good neighbors, but better fences make better neighborhoods. This is the sentiment of my comment at the last DAB meeting when I asked the representative of the cities law department about fence complaints. I had been under the impression that like many cities, we had a general fence requirement. This is usually an ordinance that requires that a fence be of a certain acceptable material, height and setback requirements. according to the law department, no real statute or ordinance exists.
   As I mentioned on my radio show, I understand the need for enclosure, but choosing scrap material that is just that, and old pallets and railroad ties is not how we maintain normal standards of appearance. If a city allows unsightly fences then that says volumes about the city and the individuals who are allowed to put them up. Now as with many issues involving property owners, costs are the first wave of resistance, and so with a new regulation there would have to be a program at first to assist people wanting to replace a broken down or a unsafe wall or fence. As the new standard is put in place, it would be the fence code that would have to be followed on any new fence permits issued (many fences are erected without permits) and permits would be necessary to follow up on the requirements
   Don't misunderstand me I truly do understand the high cost of everything, but what we are talking about is improvements and raising the standard of an old district. There can no longer be this tolerance of a district that often looks like a third world country or a neighborhood that looks like it had been through a war. In summary I would like to promote this standard to the city for legislation, and I would write this up as close to a majority of other cities, and make provisions for the assistance from the city to help in any replacement or upgrade projects. Your thoughts?
  

    
How B Corps like Persephone Brewing are Democratizing Fundraising
  
Ownership of privately-held companies is changing, and B Corps are at the front of the wave. 
In the past, equity investment—the purchase of shares sold by a private company to raise capital—has been restricted. Only if you happen to be a “friend or family” at start-up or enjoy the net wealth to qualify you as an accredited investor did you have access to private equity investing opportunities. For an investor to be accredited, they have to have sufficient assets to be able to take a major financial hit if the company goes under (usually a net worth of at least $1 million). This isn’t meant to be exclusionary to people with lower incomes—it’s meant to protect them from bad investments that could be financially ruinous. But it means that a huge portion of the population doesn’t get a say in which companies get funded nor get to partake in the financial benefits of this type of investing.
These rules are changing, though, thanks to new regulations around equity crowdfunding. Rather than coming together to fund new gadgets through Kickstarter or charities through Crowdrise, non-accredited investors will be able to fund business ventures by buying equity shares through online crowdfunding portals such as Frontfundr and WeFunder. Unlike traditional equity investments, equity crowdfunding is accessible to much wider populations.
Companies of all kinds are beginning to pursue equity crowdfunding, including both early stage businesses and older companies. For Persephone Brewing Company, a three-year-old B Corporation in British Columbia, crowdfunding their third round of investment let them capitalize on the appeal of their positive impact and use their ownership to contribute to their social mission.
“We always had the idea of democratizing our ownership model,” said Brian Smith, Persephone’s co-founder and CEO. “Just like we knew we wanted to start an employee stock ownership program, we knew we wanted to bring in more local ownership.”
Persephone was first inspired by breweries in the UK who had found success with crowdfunding, and saw an opportunity to drive connection to their company through ownership. “We saw the real benefit in terms of investors’ engagement—not just their capital but their help to build a loyal customer base. That’s fostered its own momentum and its own opportunity,” Smith said. “What if we had a thousand owners? Not just loyal customers but ambassadors who would tell their families about Persephone Beer. I think this strategy to capitalize our growth doubles as a marketing strategy in terms of spreading our brand awareness and developing that owner-customer base.”
Beyond creating new evangelists for their company, exploring equity crowdfunding has also helped Persephone Beer tap into an investment market that most North American businesses haven’t even heard of. “Crowdsourced equity is much more mature in Europe than it is in North America; we’re on the front end of a pretty substantial investor wave,” Smith told us. Equity crowdfunding has only been possible in Canada and the USA for less than eighteen months. “Frontfundr is our partner here in BC. The regulations allowing for crowdfunded equity are only about a year old in Canada, so there aren’t a lot of players in the space who are using this to attract investors to businesses. ”
Persephone Beer has another advantage: their B Corp story. When law firm Drinker Biddle studied the first companies to start raising money through regulation crowdfunding in the USA, they saw that social enterprises were disproportionately represented. The most successful campaign so far in the USA belongs to a Pending B Corp and benefit corporation named BetaBionics.
“I definitely think there’s a big draw from being a B Corp,” Smith confirmed. “Being a B Corp is very indicative of the kind of company we are and helps us attract community investors.” For Smith, the principles that apply to values-driven consumers apply just as much to this new class of investors. “People who want to use their consumer dollars thoughtfully also want to use their investor dollars thoughtfully. Not surprising, but very encouraging,” he said. “70-80% of our investors are in that vein.”
With the lower price point that comes with equity crowdfunding, many more of those conscious consumers become potential investors. People can purchase shares through Persephone’s campaign on Frontfundr for only $250 dollars. “We wanted to popularize equity investing for folks who might otherwise have had to be accredited,” Smith said. “This is a company that’s growing fast. Our investors see opportunity in that, and it’s very accessible.”
Their investors also saw the opportunity to create positive impact. “For us, a big part of growth is not just making more beer but having more impact on our community,” Smith said. “Last year we were at about 15-20 employees, and next year we’ll be at 30ish. A proportion of our employees are people with disabilities. I think many of our investors and partners are thinking, ‘I’m in this for the impact, not just the financial returns, so let’s see if we can take that B Corp model to scale. Can we take it to 500 people affected by Persephone’s work?’”
Smith sees a future in equity crowdfunding for both B Corps—both to raise capital and to change the investment world. “It depends on the kind of business you are and the investor you’re looking for, but I think it’s worthwhile as part of the B Corp movement to popularize equity investing through crowdfunding,” he told us. “Equity crowdfunding helps people diversify their portfolios and become more savvy about where their money goes, so they can keep it local or keep it cause-based, and make it more thoughtful. If we’re saying you should be a more thoughtful consumer, you should be a more thoughtful investor too.”

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Remaining Funds From The Sale Of The Hyatt

from Janice Rich and W.A.STOFER

The city sold the Hiatt Hotel for $10 million. $4 million is going into Transit. The city is asking for suggestions about how to spend the other $6 million. The suggestions were to fall into 5 categories & suggestions with long term, continued costs not being considered. The categories are: special programs, new infrastructure, maintenance, services, & economic development.
Suggestions were: remodel the Phyllis Wheatley Children's Home into housing for homeless women, give a few hundred dollars to each neighborhood association, find a new owner/use for the old Boys & Girls Club building, new community center with kids activities & help for job seekers, literacy program, program to help people maintain & improve older homes, fix Edgemoor pool, plant trees, grocery store for 13th & Oliver area, parenting classes, job training center, a new Fundamental Learning center, free bulky waste drop off station, help finding vetted contractors, free high speed internet, space for free community meetings after 6, Animal Control patrolling neighborhoods, more community garden support, excercise equipment in Glen Dey Park, more & better sidewalks, alley cleanups, and many other ideas were discussed.  
There will be a new Convoy of Hope location this year on August 5 at McAdams Park in District 1. Many churches & charities will be providing goods & services to help kids be ready for the start of school.
Desmond's Care Foundation has bought 3 lots (& would like 6 more) at 14th & Estelle for an orchard.~J.R.

If you have an idea or ideas on how the money should be spent in district 3, we would love to post them here on the site, we can forward them to the appropriate city offical, or you can contact the parties directly on the
City Of Wichita   portal. It's your district and you should decide.~W.A.
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Neighborhood Issues:
The consolidation of operations of Sedgwick County and the City of Wichita into the Metropolitan Building and Construction Department brings a unique set of challenges for all sections. Nowhere is this more apparent than in the Neighborhood Nuisance Code and Inspection. While in many ways the two sections (Sedgwick County and City of Wichita) bring together a like set of principles and parameters, there are unique differences in the requirements and enforcement. The following information is a snapshot of the most common issues and is meant to show the primary differences in the two governmental agencies. Please refer to the individual codes listed at the bottom for more detailed information.
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Legacy PotteryWorks
Currently, we are a team of five, Rachel Zahniser-Cranston, Kristoffer Broadley, Amanda Whittemore, and our youth workers DaNeja and Hayleigh, working out of our studio in Wichita, Kansas. We create a variety of pottery and ceramic pieces, both hand-thrown and cast. All of our glazes are lead-free and food safe.
PotteryWorks was born from a desire to respond to God’s call and to use our pottery skills to employ at-risk youth in the Wichita area. This is a new branch of Legacy Ministries, which already employs at-risk youth to work in urban gardens and help host farm-to-table brunches. We envision that PotteryWorks will help youth with interests in art and/or business to develop greater confidence and self-efficacy, which can help them discover their own sense of vocation and purpose in the world. Currently we have two youth employees, but we would love to offer more jobs as we grow. Your support helps us provide our youth with quality job experience; we help them develop pottery skills and appropriate work place behavior, both of which are transferable to other job experiences.  
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Food Deserts Aren’t the Problem
Getting fresh fruits and vegetables into low-income neighborhoods doesn’t make poor people healthier.
By Heather Tirado Gilligan

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District 3 Voice Is Now Organizing Drum Circles
At Our District Parks. Will You Join Us?


 Reasons to Drum for Your Health 

1. Drumming is for everyone
Drumming does not require advanced physical abilities or specialized talents. It does not require participants to read music or understand music theory. Drumming, even a simple pattern, offers benefits to a huge range of people. Drumming is a universal language. It transcends gender, race, age, and nationality. In fact, nearly every culture on earth has some form of drumming tradition.

Furthermore, group drumming and drum therapy is currently being used for people with brain injuries or impairment, physical injuries, arthritis, addictions, and more. Studies are finding numerous health benefits from drumming for people with these conditions.
 
2. Drumming reduces stress and boosts the immune system
Studies have shown that drumming lowers both blood pressure and stress hormones. The active component of drumming helps reduce stress in a number of ways. It’s fun, it’s physical, and it’s a great diversion from other stress-filled activities. If you need to vent, what better way than to hit something?
Drumming is also meditative, inducing relaxed mental states that reduce anxiety and tension. Drumming combined with deep breathing and visualization techniques offers even more stress reduction benefits. “We know that stress takes a toll on the immune system,” says Ann Webster, PhD. “When you’re under stress, blood levels of stress hormones go up and your body is no longer able to make killer cells and other cells of the immune system in the amounts it normally would, and that can lead to disease progression. Reducing stress is very restorative. It gets the system back in balance.”

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