Archive for the 'Frank Jackson' 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 […]

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. […]

NAYMIK MAKES JACKSON APPEAR ABOVE IT ALL

February 3rd, 2017

It looks as if the Plain Dealer wants to start a bandwagon effect for the re-election of sub-par mayor Frank Jackson. He’s a man who has overstayed his welcome. My opinion. Columnist Mark Naymik in a piece today—Mayor Frank Jackson can’t be a reluctant candidate if he wants to win fourth-term—made it appear that Jackson […]

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 […]

WILL MEDIA MEET CHALLENGE IN MAYOR RACE?

January 25th, 2017

Jeff Johnson and any other candidate for Cleveland mayor this November will have a very tough time defeating Mayor Frank Jackson, if he decides to run for a fourth term. Not their fault either. Jackson, as I’ve repeated again and again, has been a bitter disappointing and discredited mayor. However, this is a city in […]

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 […]

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 MUCH HARM CAN A STUBBORN JACKSON DO?

January 3rd, 2017

The Public Square debacle that now portends severe financial distress for public transit in Cleveland again underscore the damaging effect of an agenda set by the elite forces of the Greater Cleveland Partnership and foundation money sources. The $32 million Public Square project, which turned into a $50 million (as far as we know) deal, […]

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 […]

JACKSON FORGETS WHERE HE CAME FROM

November 17th, 2016

Mayor Frank Jackson is soft putty in the hands of the corporate downtown plutocracy. The mayor from the most deprived area of the city has allowed and perpetuated for a decade Cleveland’s downtown to become a city within the city—pampered and showered with freebies. What downtown wants downtown gets! It has self-determination. It gets what […]

VOTING FOR FRANK JACKSON’S TAX HIKE WILL
ENCOURAGE HIM TO RUN AGAIN FOR MAYOR

October 11th, 2016

If Clevelanders vote to increase the income (payroll) tax two things will happen that won’t be very helpful to the city. In my opinion anyway. The ballot issue asks for a 25 percent increase in the 2 percent regressive payroll tax. Much too much. That means 2.25 percent of your first earned dollar—and every one […]

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 […]

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