WBEZ | Proco Joe Moreno http://www.wbez.org/tags/proco-joe-moreno Latest from WBEZ Chicago Public Radio en Bakery owner apologizes for ‘Humboldt Crack’ http://www.wbez.org/story/bakery-owner-apologizes-%E2%80%98humboldt-crack%E2%80%99-96679 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/story/photo/2012-February/2012-02-23/Tipsycake.JPG" alt="" /><p><p><img alt="Protest" class="caption" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/story/insert-image/2012-February/2012-02-23/Tipsycake.JPG" style="margin: 9px 18px 6px 1px; float: left; width: 346px; height: 306px;" title="A protest hits the bakery’s Humboldt Park facility Thursday afternoon. (WBEZ/Chip Mitchell)">Facing a boycott backed by two Chicago aldermen, a Northwest Side bakery owner on Thursday afternoon apologized for comments some Puerto Ricans had called racist.</p><p>TipsyCake proprietor Naomi Levine posted the <a href="http://www.facebook.com/TipsyCakeChicago/posts/10150671283345845">apology on Facebook</a>, calling the comments “insensitive” and acknowledging she “never took any time to develop a real understanding of the very community and the history of the people that I have had the fortune of living among for the past six years.”</p><p>Levine moved her business into a Humboldt Park storefront, 1043 N. California Ave., in 2006. Her baking facilities remain there but last year she moved the retail shop to 1944 N. Damen Ave. The shop stands in the middle of Bucktown, a higher-rent neighborhood.</p><p>Explaining the move <a href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IbPbeCcHs2c&amp;feature=youtu.be">on a local Internet show</a> this month, Levine laughed about Humboldt Park gunshots. “We really wanted Bucktown for a location as opposed to the Humboldt Park [shop],” she said on the show, “so that [we could have] any type of client, not feeling nervous.”</p><p>Levine also told the host about a pastry she had nicknamed “Humboldt Crack” because “the cops would knock on the door and ask to taste the crack.”</p><p>The interview went viral and sparked outrage.</p><p>“You’re making an attack on a community that I personally have worked so hard to sustain,” said Juanita García, who helps run an alternative high school in the neighborhood. “I’m choosing to raise my child in this community.”</p><p>On Thursday afternoon, Alds. Roberto Maldonado (26th Ward) and Proco Joe Moreno (1st) blasted Levine and called on community members to make their bakery purchases elsewhere.</p><p>García praised Levine for apologizing but said she couldn’t call off the boycott on her own. She said she would speak with other neighborhood activists about it.</p><p>Levine did not return calls from WBEZ.</p></p> Fri, 24 Feb 2012 00:08:00 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/story/bakery-owner-apologizes-%E2%80%98humboldt-crack%E2%80%99-96679 Vote for me! I can shovel. http://www.wbez.org/story/gery-chico/vote-me-i-can-shovel <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/IMG_0026.jpg" alt="" /><p><p>Chicago is still trying to dig itself out from under a mountain of snow, and the city's politicians are doing their best to prove that they, too, know how to use a shovel.</p><p>Recognizing the importance of mayoral snow-clearing duties, several candidates tried to capitalize on the blizzard. Gery Chico was due to meet Ald. Proco Joe Moreno at noon Wednesday in the 1st Ward. Moreno even had the street cleared just beforehand. But the ATVs Moreno hired to help clear sidewalks were stuck on the South Side.<br /> <br /> &quot;I understand that there's the weather, but I think if anybody that should be prepared for that would be guys that have scoops and are in the business of removing snow,&quot; Moreno said.<br /> <br /> It's okay. Gery Chico was late, too. But when he showed, Chico took his shoveling duties seriously.<br /> <br /> &quot;If you don't do this right, you got kids walking over here, and you've got cars coming, so if they fall, that's not a good thing,&quot; Chico said, digging out a sidewalk curb.<br /> <br /> Chico wasn't alone. Rahm Emanuel put on his snow boots and picked up a shovel. (His campaign sent reporters a picture as evidence.)<br /> <br /> Nothing like a snow day photo opportunity when it's the only story in town.</p></p> Wed, 02 Feb 2011 22:49:00 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/story/gery-chico/vote-me-i-can-shovel