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CLEVELAND IS A CITY UNDER THE THUMB

April 26th, 2016

It’s been going on for years now. Public decisions privately made. It’s so ordinary that it seems natural. Private interests create the public agenda. For private advantage. Insuring it’s paid for with mostly public dollars. Making sure the dollars weigh most heavily upon common people. Regressive taxes are favorites. Meaning ordinary people pay greater shares […]

WHY IS OUR POLITICAL LEADERSHIP SO LIFELESS?

April 12th, 2016

Are we at the lowest point of political leadership since the mid 1960s when white ethnics politically controlled Cleveland? And thought they would coast on. Surprise! It didn’t last a half decade. Cleveland was a city of 750,000 strong. But also a city showing the decline that was to come. What to do? Surely, the […]

CUYAHOGA TAXPAYERS PAY $11 MILLION FOR DINING

April 1st, 2016

[Updated on 19 April at 1900. Jeff Applebaum took exception to this piece and provided additional information to Roldo. You can read the entire exchange at $11-MILLION RESTAURANT DISPUTED BY COUNTY. JH] Do you think downtown Cleveland needs another new upscale restaurant? Do you think downtown Cleveland needs two more new fancy bars? Do you […]

THANK GOP FOR CLEVELAND’S NEW POLICE LOOK…

March 19th, 2016

So, part of the largesse flowing into the City of Cleveland’s coffers in advance of the 2016 Republican Party National Convention Donald Trump Slug Fest is $50 million tagged for convention security. Thanks to that money, the Cleveland Police get to turn their officers into action figures wearing the Perfect Defender (now there’s a euphemism […]

CLEVELAND WILL BURN…? LOVELY…

March 18th, 2016

This could be a good time to take an out-of-state vacation. Raw Story reported the news this way: The city of Cleveland is bracing for what may become a violent Republican convention in July because the GOP establishment isn’t getting what it wants. The city of Cleveland is freaking out, too. In preparation for the […]

GEORGE SAPIN KNEW HOW TO THROW A PUNCH

March 15th, 2016

George Sapin, a good friend especially of those who needed friends, has died. He was 91 years old. But somehow ever young. George was an advertising exec who did TRW, Inc. ads but those are not the ads he should be remembered by. He was a principle in Fuller, Smith & Ross and then Wyse […]

FOLLOW UP ON: DISTRESSED COMMUNITIES INDEX…

March 3rd, 2016

Last Saturday Roldo wrote about the Economic Innovation Group’s THE 2016 DISTRESSED COMMUNITIES INDEX: An Analysis of Community Well-Being Across the United States in CLEVELAND CITED MOST DISTRESSED AMERICAN CITY Yesterday I caught Part II of a three-part Sound of Ideas discussion on WCPN of the Distressed Cities Report Part I, Part II and Part […]

CLEVELAND CITED MOST DISTRESSED AMERICAN CITY

February 27th, 2016

Unfortunately, a new study identifying stressed cities by zip codes has Cleveland top the list of the largest 100 cities cited by the Economic Innovation Group, a new non-profit research and advocacy group. The report (download the PDF) belies all the happy talk you get from the Cleveland news media. The kind of media that […]

INEQUALITIES OF CLEVELAND AND WHO TO BLAME

February 24th, 2016

Inequality is more than a paycheck matter. The financially troubled in Cleveland are cheated in more ways than meager pay and higher regressive taxes. Hard to count how many. The major force in this defrauding of the citizens is the Greater Cleveland Partnership. GCP is the leading corporate and legal interests in the city. They […]

DO WE WANT TO REVIVE THIS POLITICAL GANG?

February 19th, 2016

There’s a saying that the leopard doesn’t change its spots. Essentially it refers to someone’s character. It usually means that despite what seems a change for the better it’s a pretense and one should be wary. I think the March 15th Democratic primary for county prosecutor is one of the most important elections in a […]

OUT-FUCKING-RAGIOUS…!

February 11th, 2016

Has Cleveland Mayor Frank Jackson lost his fucking mind? I think so. Sam Levin, reporting for The Guardian in Tamir Rice: Cleveland says family owes $500 for EMS after fatal police shooting writes: The city of Cleveland wants the family of Tamir Rice, the 12-year-old boy killed by police, to pay hundreds of dollars to […]

HOW MANY TIMES DO YOU GO TO THE SAME WELL?

February 7th, 2016

It’s another easy tax hike the Plain Dealer can cheerlead. And push it onto ordinary people. They do it all the time. Thoughtlessly. They’ll tell Clevelanders that they won’t be paying the tax. Ha! Suburbanites will pay it. As if all people in the suburbs had excess resources ready to give to whatever new or […]

HOW OUR MONEY FLOWS FROM COUNTY AND CITY

February 5th, 2016

Cuyahoga County paid bondholders for the 1990 construction overruns of the Quicken (then Gund) arena another $8,321,713 on Jan. 15th. Yes, we’re still paying on 1990 debts for Gateway. The County does it every Jan. 15th and will through to 2023. So far the bonds—thanks to Tim Hagan, Mary Boyle and Jim Petro—have cost taxpayers […]

THOSE WHO GIVE GOVERNMENT A BAD NAME NO. 2

February 4th, 2016

On Monday Cuyahoga County’s new reformed part-time Council will be voting. To give themselves a raise. Of course, they work hard. They told us so. They want raises from $45,000 to $52,000, a 15.5 percent raise. You’ve heard plenty about how hard they work. Part-time work suggests you have time for other work or play. […]

THOSE WHO GIVE GOVERNMENT A BAD NAME

January 29th, 2016

You should have expected it. It’s back to the same old political mentality: Taxpayers swallow. Cuyahoga County Council members want to raise their pay by a whopping 15.5 percent. This is the reform Council, remember. Let’s not be cheap about it. But that’s what you might expect for corporate executives pay raises. Not public servants. […]

CLEVELAND—MORE THAN ONE TERRIBLE STAIN

December 31st, 2015

The New York Times spanked Cleveland hard this week with an editorial entitled, Cleveland’s Terrible Stain. The starkness of those words contain an assessment that really calls for much more than the one incident—the senseless killing of a 12-year old Tamir Rice by police. Cleveland’s “stains” go far beyond what the Times finally acknowledged on […]

TAMIR GRAND JURY RULING HARD TO SWALLOW

December 29th, 2015

It’s difficult to determine if County Prosecutor Tim McGinty’s handling of the Tamir Rice grand jury was a fix, or just badly botched. But the smell isn’t pleasant in this holiday-conveniently released decision. The prosecution was marked by paid but seemingly biased “reports” to McGinty’s unprecedented allowance of the police officers to read statements to […]

CLEVELAND SPORTS TEAMS GRAB 34,000
HOURS OF POLICE PROTECTION TO DATE

December 23rd, 2015

If Cleveland and the U. S. Justice department are truly interested in providing safety to Cleveland residents they had better look carefully at the use of the city’s police force. Where and who gets served. It looks badly skewed to me. Toward the rich and their playthings. Naturally. Records show Mayor Frank Jackson provided 34,173.5 […]

OHIO CITY BICYCLING EXPO AND FASHION SHOW…

December 7th, 2015

WHAT: Winter Bicycling Expo and Fashion Show WHEN: Friday, 11 December, 6-10 pm; Fashion Show, 7:30-8 pm WHERE: Ohio City Bicycle Co-op 1840 Columbus Rd, Cleveland, Ohio 44113 CONTACT: Jim Sheehan, Director, OCBC—216.820. 2667 or cell 216.346.3526 (cell) Food: Appetizers generously donated by local restaurants. Drinks: Beer from our neighbors Brick and Barrel; blend-your-own Bananna-Nut […]

MAYOR FRANK JACKSON—THE GREAT PONTIFICATOR

December 5th, 2015

I get the feeling that Mayor Frank Jackson is so taken with himself that he imagines himself a Philosopher King. He has become the Great Pontificator. You can hear in his talk a belief of his omnipotence. A very risky flaw. If you listened to Channel 20—the city’s TV outlet—and a program entitled ”Frank Talk,” […]

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