Archive for the 'Cleveland' Category

DUCKING RESPONSIBILITY AT THE PLAIN DEALER

August 17th, 2017

What’s wrong with the Plain Dealer? The city’s leading media voice has failed to even comment once editorially on the Ohio Supreme Court decision on the signatures of more than 20,000 voters. The Court validated the necessity for the City of Cleveland to examine the signatures for a vote on the Quicken Arena deal. You […]

JACKSON, KELLEY: PURPOSEFUL BUNGLED BLUNDER

August 11th, 2017

The Ohio Supreme Court ruling really says that Mayor Frank Jackson and Council President Kevin Kelley played an underhanded trickster game not only with the people of Cleveland but with democratic process itself in refusing to count the 20,000 signatures against their voted measure. Both Jackson and Kelley should be rewarded with one swift kick […]

CLEVELAND’S MAYORAL RACE SNOOZEFEST…

August 9th, 2017

What a dull mayoral race this has been so far. It could put anyone to sleep. Maybe it’s me and my memory. I remember the 1977 mayoral race which turned out the incumbent Ralph Perk and sent Dennis Kucinich and Ed Feighan into the final November election day. Two big issues dominated and the news […]

ROLDO BARTIMOLE HITS ONE OUT OF THE PARK…

August 3rd, 2017

Here in Cleveland we’ve grown used to, complacent at times, reading Roldo Bartimole’s singular journalism. We’re so used to Roldo’s ubiquitous messages that we forget, or perhaps don’t even realize, that Cleveland’s own has a national reach. Recently Roldo was invited on to the Ralph Nader Radio Hour to discuss, in part, a favorite Roldo […]

LET THEM EAT CAKE, NO, ER, PIZZA FROM UMBERTO

August 1st, 2017

It was classy, just as Umberto feels about himself. And he tries to convince others. He didn’t complain about protesters in front of his fancy European-style house. He’d outsmart them. He’d treat them princely. Offer them pizza from his basement Italian restaurant. Why be testy. Rather classy, no? Better than cake. Whose party was this? […]

NOON, TODAY: PROTEST PNC AND ROVER PIPELINE…

July 26th, 2017

From the Cuyahoga County Progressive Caucus: WHEN: Noon, Today, Wednesday, 26 July. WHERE: PNC Bank, 1900 E. 9th St., Cleveland. PNC is a major financier of the Rover Pipeline. Why is this a bad thing? The Rover Pipeline will run 365 miles across Ohio to transport fracked gas to the Gulf of Mexico and Canada […]

REPUBLICAN CONGRESSMAN JIM RENACCI (OH-16):
THE RENACCI-LEWANDOWSKI-TRUMP THREESOME…

July 26th, 2017

Last week as I listened to the discussion on WCPN’s Sound Of Ideas concerning the invitation extended by the City Club to Corey Lewandowski to speak, the first question that came to my mind was: who thought that inviting Corey Lewandowski was a good idea. Only after the show did I discover the answer: my […]

JACKSON CATERING TO NEIGHBORHOODS—TOO LATE

July 24th, 2017

Mayor Frank Jackson has spent most of his decade plus service to Cleveland catering to its corporate community. It’s difficult to find where he has ever said, “NO” to the corporate czars here. Now, he’s trying to make up to the neighborhoods he has neglected. To me his actions come not only as surprising but […]

CARL STOKES —PROMISES NOW SADLY FADED

July 10th, 2017

We are getting close to the 50th anniversary of the election of Carl Stokes as the first black mayor of a major American city. It’s hard to imagine that so much time has passed. We need the thrust of those days of dissent against the imbalance of today’s Cleveland. The difference we endure between prosperity […]

THE WORST WALMART IN AMERICA…? MAY BE…

June 30th, 2017

Back in the spring of 2004 a band of bloggers came together in Cleveland, Ohio following the announcement that Walmart would be the major anchor for a major retail development to be called Steelyard Commons. We thought the development was a horrible idea and created No Cleveland Walmart. Just to show that institutional memory is […]

WILL CLEVELAND.COM RUN JACKSON’S CAMPAIGN?

June 19th, 2017

[Be sure to listen to Roldo’s talk with Ralph Nader on The Ralph Nader Radio Hour. JH] In August of 1983—some 34 years ago—I wrote this about the Plain Dealer: “It’s like a giant whale, beached in shallow water. Too embarrassing not to look at, too big to give it much help, and too obvious […]

ROLDO BARTIMOLE ON RALPH NADER RADIO HOUR…

June 17th, 2017

Roldo’s interview begins at timemark 42:39

ROLDO ON RALPH NADER RADIO TODAY, 17 JUNE…

June 14th, 2017

Roldo Bartimole will be a guest on the Ralph Nader Radio Hour Saturday, 17 June, to discuss his pieces on the Quicken Loans Arena deal: THEY’RE LYING ABOUT QUICKEN ARENA DEAL—IT IS A FRAUD and DIRTY DEED DONE BY CORRUPTORS. In 2014, Ralph Nader called Roldo: Arguably Cleveland’s greatest investigative reporter of the past half […]

POLITICIANS TO CITIZENS: SIT DOWN, SHUT UP…!

June 13th, 2017

Headlines are tricky and single words, or even letters, can shape or destroy a message. The head on Sam Allard’s latest piece for Scene—Council Weighs in on City’s Ballsy Legal Maneuver in Q Deal: Suing Itself>—is a fine example of the former. Allard writes: [Cleveland] city leaders (Mayor Frank Jackson, Council President Kevin Kelley, the […]

RED LINES, BUSTED BLOCKS AND MOVING ON UP…

June 10th, 2017

Back at the end of March I mentioned Todd Michney’s book Surrogate Suburbs: Black Upward Mobility and Neighborhood Change in Cleveland, 1900–1980. The book is well worth the reading time—specially if you live in Cleveland/Cuyahoga County—but if you a strapped, Michney emailed me to let me know that Belt Publishing had just added an article […]

SOME THINGS YOU CANNOT AFFORD

June 3rd, 2017

Can Cleveland continue to lose population and keep three major league sports teams? The answer: NO. Something has to go. Or some team has to go. Which one? I don’t know. But within the decade one will go. In the meantime a stalemate seems to continue on the funding of the expansion of the Quicken […]

CLEVELANDERS WILL NOT BE PUT OFF, IGNORED…

May 27th, 2017

There is a hint of historical remembrance in the air over the ill-fated money grab by Cleveland’s wealthy and their political minions. Way back in the last decade another Cleveland mayor, in this case Jane Campbell, got behind a controversial development called Steelyard Commons (which gave birth to The Writing On The Wal, nee No […]

[UPDATED AT 9:51 A.M. ON ON 25 MAY] CAN THE
PLAIN DEALER BE BOUGHT? IT ALREADY HAS BEEN

May 25th, 2017

This story was originally published at 1700 on 24 May. Several updates appear at the end of the piece. Can you imagine if the Cleveland Cavaliers again defeated the Golden State Warriors that the Plain Dealer’s next edition would ignore it? Just let it pass. No comment. They didn’t fail on Wednesday to run 14 […]

[UPDATED AT 4:03 A.M. ON 24 MAY] THEY’RE LYING ABOUT QUICKEN ARENA DEAL—IT IS A FRAUD

May 24th, 2017

This story was originally published at 1600 on 22 May. Several updates appear at the end of the piece. Something in Cleveland stinks. Badly. The Gund Arena—now Quicken Arena—cost $157 million to build. That was the overrun cost. Originally, they it said it would cost $75 million. We amazingly are still paying for overrun bonds […]

HAS MAYOR FRANK JACKSON’S MESSAGE BEEN
“DROP DEAD” TO CLEVELAND’S NEEDY?

May 18th, 2017

For the past 10 years or so Mayor Frank Jackson’s message to Cleveland’s most needy neighborhoods has been seen by many as: Drop Dead. Back in 1975 when New York City was on the brink of bankruptcy President Gerald Ford delivered a speech essentially offering no federal help to our largest city. The New York […]

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