Archive for the 'Frank Jackson' Category

YOU’D THINK JACKSON WOULD HOUSE CLEAN

November 21st, 2017

Okay, now who can tell me who ran against Mayor Michael White in 1993 when he sought his second term? It’s not a trick question. It does relate to today. It’s the last time Cleveland voters turned out—or should I say failed to vote —in numbers similar to Frank Jackson’s recent victory for his unprecedented […]

VOTERS LEFT LITTLE CHOICE BUT TO CHOSE DRIFT

November 8th, 2017

The mayoral election is over. The result is painful. Cleveland shows it is pathetically off course. We witnessed the obituary of public governance. Tragedy and farce. Once again the winner vote was stay-at-home. Of 262,047 the number who voted for either mayoral candidate was 59,622, or 22.7 percent. That’s 77 percent of Clevelanders didn’t bother […]

THE PLAIN DEALER CAN HAS TRANSPARENCY…?

October 30th, 2017

[Update @ 1626 on 31 October—The following comment exchange took place between the anonymous Starvin Marvin and Roldo this morning: Posted by Starvin Marvin on 10/31/2017 at 7:28 AM To Roldo and the other naysayers on downtown development. What would the city look like if we followed your advice and disinvested in downtown Cleveland? Posted […]

BUDISH IS DELUSIONAL, HIGH OR LYING…

October 20th, 2017

The only way that Cuyahoga County Executive Armond Budish could, with a straight face, say that: I truly believe that this is the best location for Amazon in the country. it’s that he is either delusional, high or in full politician mode and pathologically lying. Then you have to wonder, how much county time and […]

REMEMBER WHEN 60-70% IN CLEVELAND VOTED?

October 19th, 2017

Cleveland mayors Carl Burton Stokes (1968-1971) and Dennis John Kucinich (1978-1979). When 87 percent of voters of Cleveland don’t bother to go to the polls it suggests a non-caring citizenry. Or worse. I realize it was a primary vote. But it involved a mayor who wants an unprecedented fourth four year term. It also drew […]

REED MUFFS CHANCE TO REBUFF MAYOR JACKSON

October 8th, 2017

Mayoral challenger Zach Reed missed an opportunity to really distinguish himself from Mayor Frank Jackson and his leadership of the last decade. The issue: Neighborhoods vs. Downtown. It apparently jolts some energy among citizens. It was evident in the collection of more than 20,000 signatures to call a halt to the city/county gift-giving to the […]

BLEAK ELECTION: LESS THAN 13% BOTHER TO VOTE

September 13th, 2017

I have said before that I’ll never underestimate Zach Reed. Mayor Frank Jackson should be very careful as the two will vie in the general election. What a disappointing election with fewer than 13 percent of Clevelanders bothering to cast a vote for mayor. Mike West of the Cuyahoga Board of Elections reported that 32,826 […]

QUICKEN ARENA DEAL SEALS JACKSON RE-ELECTION

September 7th, 2017

Well, the Democrats kicked away the first victory over sports-owner monsters and may have thereby easily re-elected Mayor Frank Jackson. That puts back for another four years a crew of has been city officials working the city for high salaries and little work. Jackson cannot seem to dump long-ago city officials who at least under […]

I WANT TO MOVE TO CLEVELAND JUST TO VOTE…

September 7th, 2017

The first reaction I had to reading Sam Allard’s piece The Q Deal is Officially Alive was Dang, I should move to Cleveland just so I could vote no on all the skininin’ and grinin’ toadies and sycophants seeking to further gorge themselves at the public trough. Then there are the people who lied to […]

IT IS JUST THE SAME OLD STORY—SELLOUT!

September 1st, 2017

Fifty years ago this headline appeared in the Plain Dealer: “NEGRO PASTORS TO SHUN ORGANIZER ALINSKY” Things don’t change much in Cleveland, do they? Not in 50 years anyway. Unless you truly understand—they do change. They get worse. I wrote that story for the PD in 1967. I wrote: The United Pastors, a group formed […]

PROFESSIONAL SPORT IS BUSINESS, NOTHING MORE…

August 31st, 2017

QUICKEN ARENA DEAL OFF/BACK ON: AS PREDICTED

August 31st, 2017

(As this was being written the biggest sell-out in Cleveland history and likely the most damaging one for a community activist group in America took place. The Greater Cleveland Congregations, just as Mayor Jackson, Kevin Kelley, Armond Budish, Dan Brady, and especially Congresswoman Marcia Fudge engineered—pulled a sellout by ignoring more than 20,000 signatures to […]

HOW THE PLAIN DEALER DISTORTS SIMPLE TRUTH

August 23rd, 2017

Just how utterly disgusting and duplicitous Plain Dealer editors Chris Quinn, Betsy Sullivan, and George Rodrigue are can be seen by what they fail to see, what they purposely refuse to see or what their prejudices tolerate them to ignore. What they distort, however, costs us hundreds of millions of dollars. Their incredible failure in […]

DUCKING RESPONSIBILITY AT THE PLAIN DEALER

August 17th, 2017

What’s wrong with the Plain Dealer? The city’s leading media voice has failed to even comment once editorially on the Ohio Supreme Court decision on the signatures of more than 20,000 voters. The Court validated the necessity for the City of Cleveland to examine the signatures for a vote on the Quicken Arena deal. You […]

JACKSON, KELLEY: PURPOSEFUL BUNGLED BLUNDER

August 11th, 2017

The Ohio Supreme Court ruling really says that Mayor Frank Jackson and Council President Kevin Kelley played an underhanded trickster game not only with the people of Cleveland but with democratic process itself in refusing to count the 20,000 signatures against their voted measure. Both Jackson and Kelley should be rewarded with one swift kick […]

CLEVELAND’S MAYORAL RACE SNOOZEFEST…

August 9th, 2017

What a dull mayoral race this has been so far. It could put anyone to sleep. Maybe it’s me and my memory. I remember the 1977 mayoral race which turned out the incumbent Ralph Perk and sent Dennis Kucinich and Ed Feighan into the final November election day. Two big issues dominated and the news […]

ROLDO BARTIMOLE HITS ONE OUT OF THE PARK…

August 3rd, 2017

Here in Cleveland we’ve grown used to, complacent at times, reading Roldo Bartimole’s singular journalism. We’re so used to Roldo’s ubiquitous messages that we forget, or perhaps don’t even realize, that Cleveland’s own has a national reach. Recently Roldo was invited on to the Ralph Nader Radio Hour to discuss, in part, a favorite Roldo […]

LET THEM EAT CAKE, NO, ER, PIZZA FROM UMBERTO

August 1st, 2017

It was classy, just as Umberto feels about himself. And he tries to convince others. He didn’t complain about protesters in front of his fancy European-style house. He’d outsmart them. He’d treat them princely. Offer them pizza from his basement Italian restaurant. Why be testy. Rather classy, no? Better than cake. Whose party was this? […]

JACKSON CATERING TO NEIGHBORHOODS—TOO LATE

July 24th, 2017

Mayor Frank Jackson has spent most of his decade plus service to Cleveland catering to its corporate community. It’s difficult to find where he has ever said, “NO” to the corporate czars here. Now, he’s trying to make up to the neighborhoods he has neglected. To me his actions come not only as surprising but […]

THE WORST WALMART IN AMERICA…? MAY BE…

June 30th, 2017

Back in the spring of 2004 a band of bloggers came together in Cleveland, Ohio following the announcement that Walmart would be the major anchor for a major retail development to be called Steelyard Commons. We thought the development was a horrible idea and created No Cleveland Walmart. Just to show that institutional memory is […]

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