Archive for the 'Cuyahoga County' Category

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. […]

MCGINTY—O’MALLEY RACE BAD FOR ALL

January 18th, 2016

The danger in the Tim McGinty/Michael O’Malley race for County Prosecutor is the possibility of a return to the corrupt politics of the past. The divisions are already apparent. Rep. Marcia Fudge and two black ministerial groups have refused to meet with County Prosecutor McGinty. This is counterproductive for the black community. Much of the […]

CLEVELAND—MORE THAN ONE TERRIBLE STAIN

December 31st, 2015

The New York Times spanked Cleveland hard this week with an editorial entitled, Cleveland’s Terrible Stain. The starkness of those words contain an assessment that really calls for much more than the one incident—the senseless killing of a 12-year old Tamir Rice by police. Cleveland’s “stains” go far beyond what the Times finally acknowledged on […]

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. […]

WHAT TO BELIEVE—YOUR EYES OR POLICE WORDS?

December 2nd, 2015

Are we expected to believe that the Cleveland police—responding to the call that someone with a gun was near the children’s swings—were looking for a gunman to still be there when they arrived? Responding to the call and driving to the site, Officer Frank Garmback, in a letter (first public statement) says the call said […]

ROLDO RIGHTS ON NEW DATA FROM CDCP REPORT
SAYS: SMOKING HURTS THE POOR MOST BY FAR…

November 13th, 2015

A new study from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reported Friday in the New York Times noted that the latest “national numbers mask deep trouble spots within the American population”—the prevalence of poor who still smoke. This is exactly the reason that the arts and cultural tax on cigarettes deploys an easy but […]

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 […]

ROLDO RIGHTS ON A FREE PRESS IS A RARE PRESS…

October 14th, 2015

Hard to believe that it has been 15 years since I ended a singular attempt to cover the machinations of the city’s political and power people and institutions. The quest was via a small newsletter called point of viǝw. In my “Saying Goodbye” message in December 2000 to subscribers I tried to offer a rationale […]

ROLDO RIGHTS ON THE COMING CROCODILE TEARS
SHED BY CUYAHOGA ARTS SUPPORTERS FOR TAX…

October 8th, 2015

You know what crocodile tears mean don’t you? They’re phony. I guess we’re going to have those tears and plenty of hand-wringing from the arts community. Beggars. They want your vote on November 3. It will retain a tax on cigarettes at 30 cents a pack for another 10 years. They know that they are […]

WELLS FARGO’S SHABBY POLYESTER PURSE…

October 6th, 2015

There is a meme about the brazenness of a man convicted of murdering his parents begging for mercy from the court because he’s an orphan. Wells Fargo has topped that bit of audaciousness. Matt Taibbi, writing in Wells Fargo’s Master Spin Job for Rolling Stone, ledes: If you still don’t believe our brethren on Wall […]

MYTH BUSTING THE FIREWATER FAIRY TALE…

October 5th, 2015

I first heard the myth of Native Americans having no natural resistance to alcohol when I was a senior in high school; and I heard the story from a Vietnam veteran and former Marine who was also an Indian (I use that term advisedly, having spoken with Dennis Banks once). To my uneducated mind, the […]

ROLDO RIGHTS ON OUR SAD, SAD CLEVELAND
ALL DRESSED IN THE FINEST RED AND GREEN…

October 4th, 2015

The city may be drowning in blood. But our downtown still floats on green. Green as in cash. No expense spared. Last week the Plain Dealer reported that the Public Square redo (I should say “iconic” redo, as PD Steve Litt calls it; but he calls almost everything he writes about “iconic”) was $5 million […]

ROLDO RIGHTS ON THE MAN IN CHARGE I…

September 25th, 2015

John Galbreath (left) and Carl Stokes (right) I had a talk with a friend recently who happened to mention that the Cleveland City Planning department years ago was busily preparing the city’s new downtown master plan in the late 1950s. It was a useless plan costing $100,000. He laughed because he said that meanwhile another […]

ROLDO RIGHTS ON SECRET PLAIN DEALER CUTBACKS
AND FRANK JACKSON LOOKING WORSE THAN BAD…

September 22nd, 2015

You can always feel comfortable that personnel changes by the Cleveland Browns will be forthrightly reported by the almost daily Plain Dealer. Must keep the public informed, you know. That’s the job. But when the Plain Dealer subtracts some its starters, well, that’s not really news. Not that important. The paper will come out anyway. […]

ROLDO RIGHTS ON HASLAM GETS PARKING DEAL…

August 21st, 2015

Hey, Jimmy Haslam, can we wipe your butt for you? Do you need anything else we can give you? That’s the attitude of Mayor Frank “Neighborhood” Jackson and Council President Kevin “Go Along” Kelley. And other city leaders for decades. The pair has just given another gift to the Cleveland Browns owner. Parking. One of […]

ROLDO RIGHTS ON WHAT DO BROWNS FANS WANT,
A $15,000,000 SCOREBOARD OR A WINNING TEAM…?

August 13th, 2015

A sales tax goes out of business. Don’t clap. Another one—of the same shade—goes into effect. August 1. July 2015 ended the 15-year sin tax we suckers voted for a decade-and-a-half ago. And the total take for the sin tax as of the end of last month was $135,421,613. Cash received. That’s a lot of […]

ROLDO RIGHTS ON STEVE LITT, THE PLAIN DEALER
AND CLEVELAND ELITES PUSH WRONG TAX…

August 5th, 2015

What happens when a reporter becomes the tool of what he’s reporting? He finds ways to lie by omission. Steve Litt at the Plain Dealer is an example of this phony journalism. If you’ll stay with me I’ll explain to your satisfaction, I believe. With his Public Square task pretty much completed, Litt’s project now […]

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