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[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 […]

SEN. BROWN CALLS TRUMP ON NAFTA PROMISE…

May 9th, 2017

Ohio Senator Sherrod Brown has a plan for fixing the North American Free Trade Agreement. He writes: I have spent my entire career fighting for a trade policy that puts Ohio workers first. Two days after last November’s election, I called the president-elect’s transition team and offered to work with them to make good on […]

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 […]

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 […]

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’ […]

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 […]

IS THERE OPPORTUNITY IN SHRINKAGE?

April 2nd, 2017

Now that it has happened, we should do something about it. Yes, Cow Town Columbus and Franklin County has surpassed Big City Cleveland and shrinking Cuyahoga County (except in debt) in population. Rich Exner, the Plain Dealer‘s ace numbers man, revealed the figures that show Cuyahoga County once again LOST population, 5,673 individuals. (Everyone counts […]

NEIGHBORHOOD CHANGE IN CLEVELAND, 1900-80…

March 31st, 2017

Todd Michney reached out to me (and through Have Coffee Will Write, Cleveland’s treasure Roldo Bartimole) about his book: Surrogate Suburbs:Black Upward Mobility and Neighborhood Change in Cleveland, 1900–1980 from the University of North Carolina Press. Michney wrote: Dear Jeff, I came across your blog in looking up Roldo Bartimole’s contact information; I wanted him […]

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 […]

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. […]

JACKSON—FAILURE WHO OFFERS MORE OF SAME

February 1st, 2017

Mayor Frank Jackson has become too enamored of himself. He has been, at best, a mediocre mayor. At worse, he’s been a mayor too taken by his own mediocrity to recognize he’s been a failure where he was most needed to succeed. That’s the place he’s from—the most impoverished part of Cleveland’s inner city. Instead […]

HISTORY LESSONS FOR NEXT ELECTION

January 20th, 2017

Is Cleveland ready for a change election? Certainly, it is in dire need of a transformation in leadership in the mayor’s office and administration. We’ve had major change elections in the past when mayors and their administrations have shown cracks in ruling that could not be ignored. This is a comparable time, I’d say. Poor […]

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