Archive for the 'Cleveland' Category

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 […]

THIS NEEDS TO BE A CHANGE MAYORAL ELECTION

May 14th, 2017

It was eight years ago that I wrote this about Jeff Johnson: The retirement of Glenville Councilwoman Sabra Pierce Scott should mean a return to city hall of Jeff Johnson. With a bit of humility Johnson becomes a strong future possibility for Mayor of Cleveland. He’s got the guts for the job. I also wrote […]

THE TAX MAN—FRANK JACKSON

May 5th, 2017

We don’t realize the taxes and a fee that has been added during the tenure of this mayor who was supposed to represent the city’s underprivileged and needy. He doesn’t. But he’s been the Man. Mayor Stagnant. The Corporates Man. Full member of the Greater Cleveland Partnership. They love him over there. He’s now talking […]

ALLARD DISSECTS Q DEAL AND REFERENDUM…

May 3rd, 2017

For the first time since I moved to Cleveland back in November of 1984, Cuyahoga County’s corporate elites may actually get their hands slapped for digging down to the bottom of the cookie jar and I think we have to thank President Donald John Trump because he created this toxic political climate that has progressives […]

BERNIE IN CLEVELAND TO TALK TRUMPCARE…

May 1st, 2017

Sam Allard, reporting in Bernie Sanders Promotes Progressive Agenda, Disses Trump, at City Club Event for Scene, writes: In a lively question and answer period—it was the longest line for questions we’ve ever seen at a City Club event—Sanders touched on issues of political activism, gerrymandering, the national Democratic agenda, his support for a Pro-Life […]

SUPERINTENDENT CEO BARBARA BYRD BENNETT—
SYMBOL OF CLEVELAND’S CORPORATE ELITES

May 1st, 2017

The really gross crime of Barbara Byrd Bennett wasn’t that she was brazenly stealing, even from school children, but the trail of supposedly high-standard people and institutions she dragged along with her. Or that accompanied her knowing what they were supporting. Indeed, subsidizing her and her games. That’s not in the trial record. And how […]

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 […]

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