Archive for the 'Cleveland' Category

PAST KEEPS REPEATING ITSELF FOR WEALTHY HERE

April 27th, 2017

We don’t pay attention to the past. So we repeat it. To our disgrace and heavy cost. The latest Quicken Arena deal—$282 million in all—repeats the mistake of feeding the beast. Further, it opened a new source of tax revenue, ignoring the voted sin tax receipts. As of the end of March, the sin tax […]

PHASE TWO OF THE Q FIGHT IS ON…

April 27th, 2017

That really should be Q for queue and not Q for Quicken because the fight here is about people lining up to get ahead of Cleveland voters to suck the cash out of the city. We may have reached a turning point in Cleveland politics. Richard Andrews writes in Coalition forms to put Q Deal […]

SAVING OURSELVES FROM RAGE AND RAPCITY…

April 27th, 2017

We know what unregulated capitalism looks like. We only have to read the works of Ida Tarbell and Upton Sinclair to see, in horrifying detail, the depths capitalists will go in the add a penny or two to their wealth. People’s lives are destroyed, people die for those pennies, yet, because we somehow believe that […]

Q RENOVATIONS REFERENDUM IS ON…!

April 26th, 2017

Steve Holecko, political director for the Cuyahoga County Political Caucus writes: And the clock starts ticking today. Mayor Jackson signed the legislation yesterday. That means we have 30 days from today to gather around 6000 valid signatures of registered City of Cleveland voters. If we are successful the issue goes on the ballot and the […]

THE FAT LADY HASN’T EVEN GARGLED YET…

April 26th, 2017

Richard Andrews, in The Q deal: “It Ain’t Over ’til the Fat Lady Sings” for The Real Deal, writes: Proponents of the Q expansion deal may have been high-fiving themselves over the goal they scored last night by flipping Ward 14 councilman Brian Cummins but we think that’s just the end of the first quarter. […]

DIRTY DEED DONE BY CORRUPTORS

April 25th, 2017

Well, the dirty deed was done. They always had the votes. Eleven of 17 votes were there. But they wanted one more. Why? To rush the job. You see quick and dirty works better for muggers. It took a bit of trickery as usual. In a last minute maneuver city hall leadership and the Cavs’ […]

CLEVELAND COUNCIL DUMP ON VOTERS, AGAIN…!

April 25th, 2017

From Steve Holecko, political director for the Cuyahoga County Progressive Caucus: Yesterday Afternoon… This is Honestly the Best the Cavs Could Come Up With? describes a feeble attempt by Cleveland City Council and the Cavs to sweeten the deal and pretend to the public that a Community Benefits Agreement had been negotiated and the concerns […]

CCPC RESPONDS TO COUNCIL’S POSTPONEMENT…

April 18th, 2017

From the Cuyahoga County Progressive Caucus: It’s Still On! Tonight, Cleveland City Council President Kevin Kelly, realizing he didn’t have the votes to pass the Q Deal as an “emergency ordinance,” chose to postpone the vote another week. He hopes that he can buy off one of the six council members that have, thus far, […]

DISTRESSED CITY AWAKENING?

April 18th, 2017

This is NOT another meaningless city election. In 2017 it can’t be. Cleveland is a Distressed City. It must change. Too many of its citizens are under extreme distress. One can feel it. Read it in the daily headlines. See it in the statistics of need. From lead poisoning, to gun downs, to infant mortality. […]

TIMES HAVE CHANGED BUT NOT FOR THE BETTER

April 10th, 2017

I was, but I shouldn’t have been, surprised to see Michael Nelson, leader of the local Cleveland NAACP, appearing before City Council today as a cheerleader for the newest huge subsidy for Dan Gilbert and the Cavs. The NAACP, I thought, was supposed to represent primarily those who have needs, not a white billionaire. A […]

THE USUAL GAME & PREDICTABLE SCORE

April 6th, 2017

It was like a bad dream. What was? The Ch. 20 viewing of some six hours of almost meaningless discussion of the city council’s give-away of millions of dollars to Dan Gilbert and his Quicken Arena gang. As if he needs it. I’ve seen this movie before. Too many times. Up close. This time it […]

CLEVELAND: OFF THE HOOK AND INTO THE SHIT…?

April 4th, 2017

United States Attorney General Jefferson Beauregard Sessions III thinks that consent degree reached between the Department of Justice and communities across the country are, at the least, inappropriate and possibly unconstitutional. Thirty years ago Coretta Scott King wrote a letter to the Senate Judiciary Committee under Strom Thurmond saying that Jeff Sessions was not fit […]

WE’RE NOT ALL IN PROTEST TODAY, BE THERE…!

March 28th, 2017

From Steve Holecko and the Cuyaghoga County Progressive Caucus: Just a reminder about today’s We’re Not All In Protest, upcoming Cleveland City Council Committee hearings on the the Q renovations and something you can do at home. We’re Not All In Protest Outside County Council Building as they vote inside to hand out Corporate Welfare […]

FISCAL RAPE OF CLEVELAND/COUNTY TAXPAYERS

March 26th, 2017

Between Progressive Field, First Energy Stadium and Quicken Arena, and the Republican National Convention at the Q, the city of Cleveland provided more than 100,000 hours of extra police protection downtown in 2016. To be exact, 100,767.75 hours of police time were expended downtown through the last pay period of 2016, according to the city […]

CLEVELAND’S PUBLIC SQUARE SQUABBLE REVEALS
THE INEPTNESS OF MAYOR FRANK JACKSON

March 13th, 2017

Am I crazy or is the situation with Public Square and Superior Avenue one of the most asinine and stupid planning decision—and for all the wrong reasons—city planners could make? Or should I say inexperienced and unqualified but chief planner—Mayor Frank Jackson—a man who has fallen in love with his vastly inadequate ability. I should […]

PD & SOLD-OUT POLS BACKED SORDID ARENA DEAL

March 7th, 2017

Dan Brady used to be a man of the people. Now he’s servant of the anti-people. A stooge. Fallen deeply for the Establishment he once made his reputation by opposing. Nothing could be worse. Here is his quiet spanking of civic protest of the Quicken Arena give-away: “It’s become very clear that after listening to […]

GOMEZ: HUGE LOSS FOR CLEVELAND JOURNALISM…

March 7th, 2017

More than a ten or so years ago, when Cleveland’s blogger scene was much tighter than today, Henry Gomez was known as one of the good guys. Cleveland journalism is diminished by his loss, but I can’t say I’m surprised that he’s moving out and up. In fact, I’m surprised that the move took this […]

WHERE WE NEED TO BE SATURDAY IN CLEVELAND…

February 22nd, 2017

From Bernie Sanders, the Cuyahoga County Progressive Caucus and Our Revolution: These are tough times. The future of our country and planet are at stake. Our job: Fight Back. Donald Trump and his Republican friends thought it was going to be easy. They would get to Washington and ram through their agenda, taking health care […]

SHOWDOWN COMING ON PUBLIC SUBSIDIES

February 12th, 2017

For the first time in more than two decades two civic organizations are opposing an Establishment desire to seize more public dollars to subsidize a downtown development—the Quicken Arena. Citizens are actually challenging the political leadership and their corporate dictators, the Greater Cleveland Partnership, which represents high-powered business and legal elites. This is not apparently […]

MAYOR FRANK JACKSON CONTINUES TO ACT AS
CORPORATE STOOGE IN PUBLIC SQUARE DEBATE

February 10th, 2017

Why is the Plain Dealer handling Mayor Frank Jackson with velvet gloves? The mayor’s absurd stance on Public Square—that terrorism is a reason for keeping Superior Avenue closed, putting public transit in a hammerlock—is laughable. Where’s the cartoon for this sham? Jackson’s is a stubborn position without merit. It’s absurd and someone should say so. […]

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