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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 […]

$11-MILLION RESTAURANT DISPUTED BY COUNTY

April 19th, 2016

Jeff Appelbaum, a lawyer and principal for Cuyahoga County on the new county-owned Hilton Hotel, strongly disputes the figures used by me to calculate the cost of restaurant/bar facilities at the new hotel. I totaled figures at $11 million. He diminishes the cost outlines he provided me by substantial numbers. I can see his complaint […]

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 […]

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 […]

LISTEN TO THE PAST IN VOTING FOR PROSECUTOR

March 9th, 2016

Here is a last warning to Cuyahoga County voters who might be torn between voting for the present Prosecutor Tim McGinty or his opponent Mike O’Malley in the Democratic primary. Victory in the Democratic primary March 15 assures that the victor will be elected. I know that Michael O’Malley is not the same as Pat […]

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 […]

QUINN THROWS AT WALL TO SEE WHAT STICKS

March 2nd, 2016

Is the Plain Dealer trying to confuse readers, simply trying to have it both ways, or just flopping around? I think maybe the latter, unfortunately. Chris Quinn, vice president of content, Cleveland.com (Whatever happened to editors?), writes that the Plain Dealer will endorse candidates but that’s not the end, as I think it used to […]

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 […]

HOW BAD CAN IT BE, MR. BUDISH?

February 9th, 2016

It was great news that headlined the Plain Dealer recently. “Convention center complex costing taxpayers less, officials say,” read the headline. Hey, another downtown success story. Cheer now! And, of course, we believe “officials” because they make it “Official.” Why else would they be called officials? Cuyahoga County, led by executive Armond Budish and the […]

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

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 […]

BUDISH ADMINISTRATION BOUGHT OUT

December 17th, 2015

/> Tie it up with a big red bow. The gift is complete. It’s that time of year, isn’t it? And our business leaders are great gift TAKERS. Cuyahoga County has been awarded the business/civic establishment that rules the public agenda, as it has for 50 years and more. Not as successfully as now, however. […]

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,” […]

WHAT TO BELIEVE—YOUR EYES OR POLICE WORDS?

December 2nd, 2015

Are we expected to believe that the Cleveland police—responding to the call that someone with a gun was near the children’s swings—were looking for a gunman to still be there when they arrived? Responding to the call and driving to the site, Officer Frank Garmback, in a letter (first public statement) says the call said […]

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