Archive for the 'Armond Budish' Category

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 […]

NEW SPORTS FACILITY DESIRED BY CAVS?

November 29th, 2016

[Update at 0401 on 9 December: Sometime this morning ping backs began flowing in for Roldo’s piece on Cavs owner Dan Gilbert’s desire for a new facility as tribute for winning a single championship as if a single win in 40-plus years was a momentous achievement. The first link to arrive came from Even when […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 NO. 2

February 4th, 2016

On Monday Cuyahoga County’s new reformed part-time Council will be voting. To give themselves a raise. Of course, they work hard. They told us so. They want raises from $45,000 to $52,000, a 15.5 percent raise. You’ve heard plenty about how hard they work. Part-time work suggests you have time for other work or play. […]

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. […]

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 […]

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. […]

ROLDO RIGHTS ON INTO SPORTS’ $$$ QUICKSAND…

November 3rd, 2015

We’re into the quicksand of borrowing and spending for wealthy sports owners again without the news media EVER trying to put into context what we are spending for Haslam, Dolan and Gilbert. Context makes the real picture. Ugly. Just how much corporate welfare flows would be too revealing. Too shocking. So the media ignore the […]

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