Archive for the 'Frank Jackson' Category

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 […]

DID CLEVELAND BUY THESE FOR THE RNC SHOW…?

September 3rd, 2016

For hosting the Republican National Convention, Cleveland received $50 million (as did Philadelphia for hosting the Democratic National Convention) from the federal coffers for the purposes of providing security during the convention. Setting aside why $100 million in tax payer dollars went to funding two private freak shows parties we have to ask where all […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

THANK GOP FOR CLEVELAND’S NEW POLICE LOOK…

March 19th, 2016

So, part of the largesse flowing into the City of Cleveland’s coffers in advance of the 2016 Republican Party National Convention Donald Trump Slug Fest is $50 million tagged for convention security. Thanks to that money, the Cleveland Police get to turn their officers into action figures wearing the Perfect Defender (now there’s a euphemism […]

FOLLOW UP ON: DISTRESSED COMMUNITIES INDEX…

March 3rd, 2016

Last Saturday Roldo wrote about the Economic Innovation Group’s THE 2016 DISTRESSED COMMUNITIES INDEX: An Analysis of Community Well-Being Across the United States in CLEVELAND CITED MOST DISTRESSED AMERICAN CITY Yesterday I caught Part II of a three-part Sound of Ideas discussion on WCPN of the Distressed Cities Report Part I, Part II and Part […]

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