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ROLDO BARTIMOLE ON RALPH NADER RADIO HOUR…

June 17th, 2017

Roldo’s interview begins at timemark 42:39

ROLDO ON RALPH NADER RADIO TODAY, 17 JUNE…

June 14th, 2017

Roldo Bartimole will be a guest on the Ralph Nader Radio Hour Saturday, 17 June, to discuss his pieces on the Quicken Loans Arena deal: THEY’RE LYING ABOUT QUICKEN ARENA DEAL—IT IS A FRAUD and DIRTY DEED DONE BY CORRUPTORS. In 2014, Ralph Nader called Roldo: Arguably Cleveland’s greatest investigative reporter of the past half […]

POLITICIANS TO CITIZENS: SIT DOWN, SHUT UP…!

June 13th, 2017

Headlines are tricky and single words, or even letters, can shape or destroy a message. The head on Sam Allard’s latest piece for Scene—Council Weighs in on City’s Ballsy Legal Maneuver in Q Deal: Suing Itself>—is a fine example of the former. Allard writes: [Cleveland] city leaders (Mayor Frank Jackson, Council President Kevin Kelley, the […]

RED LINES, BUSTED BLOCKS AND MOVING ON UP…

June 10th, 2017

Back at the end of March I mentioned Todd Michney’s book Surrogate Suburbs: Black Upward Mobility and Neighborhood Change in Cleveland, 1900–1980. The book is well worth the reading time—specially if you live in Cleveland/Cuyahoga County—but if you a strapped, Michney emailed me to let me know that Belt Publishing had just added an article […]

SOME THINGS YOU CANNOT AFFORD

June 3rd, 2017

Can Cleveland continue to lose population and keep three major league sports teams? The answer: NO. Something has to go. Or some team has to go. Which one? I don’t know. But within the decade one will go. In the meantime a stalemate seems to continue on the funding of the expansion of the Quicken […]

CLEVELANDERS WILL NOT BE PUT OFF, IGNORED…

May 27th, 2017

There is a hint of historical remembrance in the air over the ill-fated money grab by Cleveland’s wealthy and their political minions. Way back in the last decade another Cleveland mayor, in this case Jane Campbell, got behind a controversial development called Steelyard Commons (which gave birth to The Writing On The Wal, nee No […]

[UPDATED AT 9:51 A.M. ON ON 25 MAY] CAN THE
PLAIN DEALER BE BOUGHT? IT ALREADY HAS BEEN

May 25th, 2017

This story was originally published at 1700 on 24 May. Several updates appear at the end of the piece. Can you imagine if the Cleveland Cavaliers again defeated the Golden State Warriors that the Plain Dealer’s next edition would ignore it? Just let it pass. No comment. They didn’t fail on Wednesday to run 14 […]

[UPDATED AT 4:03 A.M. ON 24 MAY] THEY’RE LYING ABOUT QUICKEN ARENA DEAL—IT IS A FRAUD

May 24th, 2017

This story was originally published at 1600 on 22 May. Several updates appear at the end of the piece. Something in Cleveland stinks. Badly. The Gund Arena—now Quicken Arena—cost $157 million to build. That was the overrun cost. Originally, they it said it would cost $75 million. We amazingly are still paying for overrun bonds […]

ALLARD DISSECTS Q DEAL AND REFERENDUM…

May 3rd, 2017

For the first time since I moved to Cleveland back in November of 1984, Cuyahoga County’s corporate elites may actually get their hands slapped for digging down to the bottom of the cookie jar and I think we have to thank President Donald John Trump because he created this toxic political climate that has progressives […]

BERNIE IN CLEVELAND TO TALK TRUMPCARE…

May 1st, 2017

Sam Allard, reporting in Bernie Sanders Promotes Progressive Agenda, Disses Trump, at City Club Event for Scene, writes: In a lively question and answer period—it was the longest line for questions we’ve ever seen at a City Club event—Sanders touched on issues of political activism, gerrymandering, the national Democratic agenda, his support for a Pro-Life […]

SUPERINTENDENT CEO BARBARA BYRD BENNETT—
SYMBOL OF CLEVELAND’S CORPORATE ELITES

May 1st, 2017

The really gross crime of Barbara Byrd Bennett wasn’t that she was brazenly stealing, even from school children, but the trail of supposedly high-standard people and institutions she dragged along with her. Or that accompanied her knowing what they were supporting. Indeed, subsidizing her and her games. That’s not in the trial record. And how […]

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 […]

THE FAT LADY HASN’T EVEN GARGLED YET…

April 26th, 2017

Richard Andrews, in The Q deal: “It Ain’t Over ’til the Fat Lady Sings” for The Real Deal, writes: Proponents of the Q expansion deal may have been high-fiving themselves over the goal they scored last night by flipping Ward 14 councilman Brian Cummins but we think that’s just the end of the first quarter. […]

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. […]

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