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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 […]

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’ […]

CLEVELAND COUNCIL DUMP ON VOTERS, AGAIN…!

April 25th, 2017

From Steve Holecko, political director for the Cuyahoga County Progressive Caucus: Yesterday Afternoon… This is Honestly the Best the Cavs Could Come Up With? describes a feeble attempt by Cleveland City Council and the Cavs to sweeten the deal and pretend to the public that a Community Benefits Agreement had been negotiated and the concerns […]

CCPC RESPONDS TO COUNCIL’S POSTPONEMENT…

April 18th, 2017

From the Cuyahoga County Progressive Caucus: It’s Still On! Tonight, Cleveland City Council President Kevin Kelly, realizing he didn’t have the votes to pass the Q Deal as an “emergency ordinance,” chose to postpone the vote another week. He hopes that he can buy off one of the six council members that have, thus far, […]

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 […]

WE’RE NOT ALL IN PROTEST TODAY, BE THERE…!

March 28th, 2017

From Steve Holecko and the Cuyaghoga County Progressive Caucus: Just a reminder about today’s We’re Not All In Protest, upcoming Cleveland City Council Committee hearings on the the Q renovations and something you can do at home. We’re Not All In Protest Outside County Council Building as they vote inside to hand out Corporate Welfare […]

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 […]

PD & SOLD-OUT POLS BACKED SORDID ARENA DEAL

March 7th, 2017

Dan Brady used to be a man of the people. Now he’s servant of the anti-people. A stooge. Fallen deeply for the Establishment he once made his reputation by opposing. Nothing could be worse. Here is his quiet spanking of civic protest of the Quicken Arena give-away: “It’s become very clear that after listening to […]

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 […]

THE ODOR STENCH* OF CIVIC CORRUPTION

January 5th, 2017

Cui bono? It’s always been my question: Who benefits? Who pays? I long ago concluded the answer. The nauseating growth of inequality proves the question and answer appropriate. The trail of deception in Cleveland has been long and will get longer unless the public demands some accounting. Not likely. The problem is two-fold. One, we […]

HOW IT KEEPS GOING ROUND AND ROUND

December 22nd, 2016

Planters outside Halle building on Euclid Avenue. Photo by Jerry Horton. Cleveland Memory Project, The Cleveland Press Collection, CSU, Michael Schwartz Library, Special Collections. The merry-go-round goes round and round for developers in downtown Cleveland. It never really stops. The old Halle building—more than 30 years since it ended life as a department store—grabbed the […]

BEING GAMED OVER AND OVER AGAIN

December 19th, 2016

Sometimes it pays to go back and take a historical look at the machinations of our civic and political leaders. Our gobbling cabal. We now are being asked to come up with some couple of hundred million dollars to doll up the Quicken Arena for multi-millionaire LeBron James to show us his incredible talent and […]

THE WHEELS SPIN—AND YOU PAY EVERY TIME

December 15th, 2016

Well, what a novelty. Who could have thought of it? The Cleveland Cavaliers will PAY rent for the arena that the team owner “rents” from Gateway. It will—these schemers of the latest theft of public assets—pay for half of a $282 million in renovations to the rental called Quicken Arena. And you, the public, likely […]

ROBBER BARONS DO WHAT THEY DO BEST—STEAL

December 14th, 2016

[Update at 1009—Roldo comments: This deal is worse than I thought. The PD this a.m. says the County will borrow the full $140 million with interest a cost of $244 million. JH] Our sports robber barons are at it again. On the loose. What phonies and what liars. Now they want another $70 million with […]

SAD STORY OF LOCAL SPORTS CORRUPTION

December 6th, 2016

Why do we offer significant welfare to an industry—sports—worth billions of dollars: NFL—$76 billion; NBA $54 billion; MLB $38 billion? That’s a lot of dollar value. Yet our revenue-struggling city/county pick up the tab. We get extorted in public. Three sports businesses are worth a total of $168 billion. And always growing. The NFL, best […]

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