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IN CLEVELAND BUILDINGS ARE ON WELFARE

September 22nd, 2016

The article announcing the sale of Cleveland’s historic Terminal Tower by Forest City may start a new merry-go-round of tax abatements and other subsidies downtown. Not that there’s been a slow down. But we see a second round of tax gifts on the same building from back in the early 1990s. Subsidies have been flowing […]

HOW THE COUNTY’S COSTS AND TAXES ADD UP

September 13th, 2016

Last time I wrote here I reported on a document that noted Cuyahoga County was more than $1 billion in debt ($1,082,395,000). ¶That’s a lot of money. A scary figure. ¶The Plain Dealer followed quickly with the same story, based on William Tater’s Community Solutions report on the County debt. ¶But it got short shrift […]

PLAIN DEALER PROPAGANDA ON PAGE ONE

September 5th, 2016

It would have been a dramatic page one lead story in the Plain Dealer. ¶But it turned out to be just another piece of corporate propaganda posing as news. ¶The Greater Cleveland Partnership endorsed its Mayor Frank Jackson’s income tax increase. Was anyone surprised? This is prelude to a strong push by the PD for […]

JACKSON ADMITS CLEVELAND GAVE AWAY BILLIONS

August 25th, 2016

What got Mayor Frank Jackson so agitated that he acted as if he were the Mayor of Cleveland’s residents and not just its business community? ¶Maybe a princess kissed him and he woke up to what he’s been done in the last decade. ¶He finally admitted he was the servant of Cleveland’s powerful corporate community. […]

CRITICISM OF $2 MILLION BIKE TRACK NOT RACIST

August 18th, 2016

Blaine Griffin’s charge that the basis of complaints about a $2-million dirt bike proposal by his boss are racist is pathetic. Griffin, at $105,000 a year, heads the city’s community relations department. That’s wonderful thinking for good community relations. Calling people racists. And it’s 20 to 30 years out of date. There’s plenty of real […]

FRANK JACKSON IS DONE

August 12th, 2016

I’ve concluded that Mayor Frank Jackson WILL NOT run for re-election. I don’t believe he has the fight left in him for a fourth term. And he has to know that he will not have an open field with only fake opposition as Ken Lanci, who had money but nothing else to offer. In other […]

CLEVELAND MAYORS GIVE AWAY CASH, THEN ASK
FOR MORE AND MORE AND MORE AND MORE AND

July 29th, 2016

Why does Cleveland need a hike in its local income tax? Answer: Decades of rare generosity to wealth. Call it Give Aways. All ways. Cleveland has mortgaged its future. Now it wants workers to pay the bills again. Back in the 1950s downtown property owners, among others, got a big tax break when state law […]

CLEVELAND & HOUGH: A ’60s RECIPE FOR VIOLENCE

July 26th, 2016

In the summer of 1966, three American soldiers patrol Hue, Vietnam Cleveland, Ohio. There has been a lot of media coverage of the 50th anniversary of the Hough riots. But not much about causes or the real actors of that period. Nothing happens in a vacuum. It didn’t just happen because someone was denied a […]

NUMBERS DON’T TELL LIES, LIARS TELL LIES…

July 24th, 2016

The ignorant, the disingenuous and people who make their living selling what other people produce fall may back on some form of the dictum: There are lies, damn lies and statistics whenever their pitch is challenged. Well, two out of three ain’t bad. To help the rest of us spot the frauds, David Spiegelhalter, the […]

WHEN WILL MAYORAL CANDIDATES STEP OUT?

July 8th, 2016

For a candidate to run for Cleveland Mayor, he or she needs issues to propel a campaign. Sooner rather than later. The candidate needs a head start to run against an incumbent as Mayor Frank Jackson. Jackson is expected to run for an unprecedented fourth 4-year term. As someone has said—because he has nothing better […]

RTA NEEDS CASINO CASH—TAP $$$ SLOSHING AROUND DOWNTOWN VIA CUYAHOGA COUNTY

June 30th, 2016

If the Greater Cleveland Regional Transit Authority needs an infusion of cash, which no doubt RTA does, it need no more trouble than looking above its central location at Tower City. I mean the Jack Cleveland Casino. And really, to Cuyahoga County Executive Armond Budish and Cuyahoga County Commissioners. The County bosses control a heavy […]

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June 24th, 2016

Wait a minute. The Cavs won the NBA championship? Everyone feels great! I don’t think so. Because it really doesn’t change anything. Not anything real. We’re all losers in the actual count, money-wise. Buy a new CAVS T-Shirt, a new cap. Whatever they’re selling. Does that change anyone’s life? For more than a few moments. […]

REALLY WANT TO PAY MORE CITY TAXES?

June 10th, 2016

City Council may have a hard time voting to raise the hourly rate of pay for workers in the city to $15 an hour. However, none of its 41 employees is paid less than $15 an hour. Indeed, only one ($17.68) is paid less than $20 an hour. Council members are paid, according to the […]

JIMMY HASLAM AND HYPOCRISY—FRIENDS FOREVER

May 20th, 2016

Hypocrisy abounds here among sports team owners. It’s almost as bountiful as their greed. That’s saying something. Dee and Jimmy Haslam play the two-faced game better than their team plays football. Not hard, I guess. We got a good example of it recently when the Plain Dealer and our TV news (what a joke—news?) gave […]

A FINANCIAL CANCELLATION WORTH THE COST

May 17th, 2016

A friend was looking for an old clipping from a 1960 Newsweek story about the Plain Dealer. To help I said I’d search some boxes of my old stuff. I didn’t find the clipping. I did discover, however, a lot of memories. More than I’ll tell here. But one I can’t resist. I reveal a […]

ANOTHER CLEVELAND $1 BILLION BOONDOGGLE

May 11th, 2016

How desperate in the early 2000s was the Cleveland Establishment to get a new convention center and thus shoot for the 2016 Republican Convention? As desperate as anyone could possibly be. Mouth-wateringly. However, to squeeze out new revenue for a convention center—atop the huge mounds of money already spent on sports venues—posed a problem. Even […]

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 […]

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