Archive for the 'Cleveland' Category

GET READY TO PAY FOR A GATEWAY “SUPER CITY”

November 25th, 2017

Now that the election is over, the City of Cleveland generously shared public information on the massive and massively subsidized proposed project with the strange name nuCLEus in the Gateway sports district. The city generously dropped, in one message, links to documents about the project. No simple freedom of information response. Of course, they also […]

YOU’D THINK JACKSON WOULD HOUSE CLEAN

November 21st, 2017

Okay, now who can tell me who ran against Mayor Michael White in 1993 when he sought his second term? It’s not a trick question. It does relate to today. It’s the last time Cleveland voters turned out—or should I say failed to vote —in numbers similar to Frank Jackson’s recent victory for his unprecedented […]

DIE & THEY STILL DON’T TELL TRUTH ABOUT YOU

November 15th, 2017

All this praise being heaped on Carl Stokes by the news media and many others is a bunch of bullshit. Why? Because it comes after he’s been dead more than 20 years and it doesn’t fit how he was treated when he was the first black mayor of Cleveland. In other words, when it really […]

VOTERS LEFT LITTLE CHOICE BUT TO CHOSE DRIFT

November 8th, 2017

The mayoral election is over. The result is painful. Cleveland shows it is pathetically off course. We witnessed the obituary of public governance. Tragedy and farce. Once again the winner vote was stay-at-home. Of 262,047 the number who voted for either mayoral candidate was 59,622, or 22.7 percent. That’s 77 percent of Clevelanders didn’t bother […]

JOHN OLIVER OUGHT TO HAVE TALKED TO ROLDO…

November 5th, 2017

Yes, Amazon’s HQ2 feeding frenzy inspired John Oliver to do yet another of his insightful pieces on how clueless politicians have bought into the false idea that throwing tax dollars at already really wealthy people will create jobs, really good paying jobs (like mining coal), but, as the most recent tax bill illustrates, our elected […]

THE PLAIN DEALER CAN HAS TRANSPARENCY…?

October 30th, 2017

[Update @ 1626 on 31 October—The following comment exchange took place between the anonymous Starvin Marvin and Roldo this morning: Posted by Starvin Marvin on 10/31/2017 at 7:28 AM To Roldo and the other naysayers on downtown development. What would the city look like if we followed your advice and disinvested in downtown Cleveland? Posted […]

BUDISH IS DELUSIONAL, HIGH OR LYING…

October 20th, 2017

The only way that Cuyahoga County Executive Armond Budish could, with a straight face, say that: I truly believe that this is the best location for Amazon in the country. it’s that he is either delusional, high or in full politician mode and pathologically lying. Then you have to wonder, how much county time and […]

REMEMBER WHEN 60-70% IN CLEVELAND VOTED?

October 19th, 2017

Cleveland mayors Carl Burton Stokes (1968-1971) and Dennis John Kucinich (1978-1979). When 87 percent of voters of Cleveland don’t bother to go to the polls it suggests a non-caring citizenry. Or worse. I realize it was a primary vote. But it involved a mayor who wants an unprecedented fourth four year term. It also drew […]

CLEVELAND DIRTY TRICKS, PERISH THE THOUGHT…

October 18th, 2017

From Steve Holecko, political director for the Cuyahoga County Progressive Caucus: It is clear that CCPC’s endorsed candidates have the Cuyahoga Democratic Party, the Ohio Democratic Party, and the downtown developers and big business community worried that they might lose some of their Frank Jackson yes men on the council, including Kenneth Johnson who has […]

REED MUFFS CHANCE TO REBUFF MAYOR JACKSON

October 8th, 2017

Mayoral challenger Zach Reed missed an opportunity to really distinguish himself from Mayor Frank Jackson and his leadership of the last decade. The issue: Neighborhoods vs. Downtown. It apparently jolts some energy among citizens. It was evident in the collection of more than 20,000 signatures to call a halt to the city/county gift-giving to the […]

BLEAK ELECTION: LESS THAN 13% BOTHER TO VOTE

September 13th, 2017

I have said before that I’ll never underestimate Zach Reed. Mayor Frank Jackson should be very careful as the two will vie in the general election. What a disappointing election with fewer than 13 percent of Clevelanders bothering to cast a vote for mayor. Mike West of the Cuyahoga Board of Elections reported that 32,826 […]

QUICKEN ARENA DEAL SEALS JACKSON RE-ELECTION

September 7th, 2017

Well, the Democrats kicked away the first victory over sports-owner monsters and may have thereby easily re-elected Mayor Frank Jackson. That puts back for another four years a crew of has been city officials working the city for high salaries and little work. Jackson cannot seem to dump long-ago city officials who at least under […]

I WANT TO MOVE TO CLEVELAND JUST TO VOTE…

September 7th, 2017

The first reaction I had to reading Sam Allard’s piece The Q Deal is Officially Alive was Dang, I should move to Cleveland just so I could vote no on all the skininin’ and grinin’ toadies and sycophants seeking to further gorge themselves at the public trough. Then there are the people who lied to […]

POLICE, NOT POLICE UNIONS, ARE THE PROBLEM…

September 4th, 2017

The tale of Colin Kaepernick, Rodney Axson and many, many other African American athletes who chose to exercise their First Amendment rights to free speech and peaceful assembly continues despite the opposition of fans and now local police. Angela Helm, writing in Cleveland Police Union Refuses to Hold Flag During Browns’ Opening Game, Calling Player’s […]

IT IS JUST THE SAME OLD STORY—SELLOUT!

September 1st, 2017

Fifty years ago this headline appeared in the Plain Dealer: “NEGRO PASTORS TO SHUN ORGANIZER ALINSKY” Things don’t change much in Cleveland, do they? Not in 50 years anyway. Unless you truly understand—they do change. They get worse. I wrote that story for the PD in 1967. I wrote: The United Pastors, a group formed […]

PROFESSIONAL SPORT IS BUSINESS, NOTHING MORE…

August 31st, 2017

QUICKEN ARENA DEAL OFF/BACK ON: AS PREDICTED

August 31st, 2017

(As this was being written the biggest sell-out in Cleveland history and likely the most damaging one for a community activist group in America took place. The Greater Cleveland Congregations, just as Mayor Jackson, Kevin Kelley, Armond Budish, Dan Brady, and especially Congresswoman Marcia Fudge engineered—pulled a sellout by ignoring more than 20,000 signatures to […]

RE: REPORTERS ARE NOT SOCIAL WORKERS; AND
WHAT PEOPLE POWER, WITH SOME HELP, CAN DO

August 28th, 2017

MEMO TO: Chris Quinn & “A Greater Cleveland.” FR: Roldo Bartimole RE: Slowly building empathy in Northeast Ohio Your program to use reporters as uneducated social workers has some problems, I think. First, you are dishonoring hundreds—thousand over the years—of social workers who have been working daily with families in need. It’s their job. You […]

HOW THE PLAIN DEALER DISTORTS SIMPLE TRUTH

August 23rd, 2017

Just how utterly disgusting and duplicitous Plain Dealer editors Chris Quinn, Betsy Sullivan, and George Rodrigue are can be seen by what they fail to see, what they purposely refuse to see or what their prejudices tolerate them to ignore. What they distort, however, costs us hundreds of millions of dollars. Their incredible failure in […]

POVERTY IS REAL IN CLEVELAND NEIGHBORHOODS;
WE MUST ATTACK POVERTY WITH REAL CHANGE

August 21st, 2017

I wrote this in 2006—more than a decade ago—but the story remains appropriate today since we haven’t moved to address those who have and those who have not. The matter is how you address inequality and it is not one family at a time. That’s a defeat from the start: It’s an old saying, but […]

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