Archive for the 'Cuyahoga County' Category

CCPC TOUTS ENDORSEMENTS FOR 8-MAY RACES…

February 18th, 2018

The more-than-3,000 members of the Cuyahoga County Progressive Caucus have voted in a bottom-up initiative to endorse candidates in the 8-May primary. According to the organization: The Cuyahoga County Progressive Caucus is proud to announce its candidate endorsements for the May, 8 2018 Primary Election. CCPC is a bottom up grassroots activist organization. All of […]

CLEVELAND—THE FINALE OF A 50-YEAR JOURNEY

February 14th, 2018

[PART I: 50 YEARS—FREE TO SPEAK WITHOUT RESTRICTION] In 1965 when I came to Cleveland I gained what became a new insight into how a city operates or doesn’t. It wasn’t just about poverty as I found in Bridgeport. It was a calculated system of injustice, corruption and, most importantly the lesson of Who Rules. […]

50 YEARS—FREE TO SPEAK WITHOUT RESTRICTION

February 12th, 2018

As we travel 2018, I personally observe a benchmark of 50 years of writing as an independent journalist, staff-less and un-beholden to any one employer or institution. Free! Yes, it has been a long ride. It’s been a difficult one in many respects. But nobody made me do it. It was my choice. More or […]

50 YEARS OF ROLDO BARTIMOLE’S JOURNALISM

February 10th, 2018

(Welcome Scene readers. Lest you be confused, this is just the teaser for Roldo’s 5,000-word, two piece, Part I of which—50 YEARS—FREE TO SPEAK WITHOUT RESTRICTION—appears below. Part II will be published at 5 a.m. on Wednesday. JH) How could 50 years have passed so quickly? Starting in 1968 with Point Of Viəw, Vol. 1, […]

WE’VE DODGED THE AMAZON BULLET, SORT OF…

February 1st, 2018

So, I emailed Cleveland Scene writer Sam Allard links to three stories: Amazon fulfillment centers don’t boost employment, analysis finds; Amazon patents wristband that tracks warehouse workers’ movements and a piece from The Atlantic (much more below). Scene has published extensively about the mega-corporation’s tendrils and Cleveland—mostly about the aftermath of our secret society’s attempt […]

IT’S JUST THE SAME OLD STORY, A PAYMENT
FOR BURDENSOME MONEY-SPONGE Q ARENA

January 30th, 2018

While there’s hoopla over the start of the expansion of Quicken Arena you may not have noticed that we’re still paying for Gund Arena. They are both the same facility, if you remember. Cuyahoga County—pushed by Tim Hagan, Mary Boyle, Jim Petro & Mike White—put on the tab back in the 1990s. On Jan. 15, […]

BROWNS FANS NEED CIVIC LESSONS

January 7th, 2018

It was quite a show with thousands braving frigid Lake Erie weather to celebrate (berate?) (castigate?) (deflate?) their Cleveland Browns on a far below freezing Saturday. To get that many people out under those circumstances certainly places Browns fans among the most fanatical, or hapless of sports fans. They were (protesting, celebrating) you pick the […]

2017—A TERRIBLE YEAR FOR DEMOCRACY HERE

December 13th, 2017

As we slide toward the end of 2017 it’s hard to see this as a year of progress or advancement. Quite the opposite. Yes, Cleveland elected the familiar, if not exciting, Frank Jackson for a record four-year fourth term. A Cleveland caretaker mayor. Not the first nor the last to be sure There is not […]

GET READY TO PAY FOR A GATEWAY “SUPER CITY”

November 25th, 2017

Now that the election is over, the City of Cleveland generously shared public information on the massive and massively subsidized proposed project with the strange name nuCLEus in the Gateway sports district. The city generously dropped, in one message, links to documents about the project. No simple freedom of information response. Of course, they also […]

TONIGHT I’LL BE WATCHING WE THE PEOPLE 2.0

November 13th, 2017

From the Cuyahoga County Progressive Caucus: We the People 2.0—The Second American Revolution A new democracy movement is building elevating community and nature rights over corporate rights. We the People 2.0 – The Second American Revolution is a film featuring CELDF’s Thomas Linzey, Ben Price, and Tish O’Dell, with stories from across the country—including Pennsylvania, […]

JOHN OLIVER OUGHT TO HAVE TALKED TO ROLDO…

November 5th, 2017

Yes, Amazon’s HQ2 feeding frenzy inspired John Oliver to do yet another of his insightful pieces on how clueless politicians have bought into the false idea that throwing tax dollars at already really wealthy people will create jobs, really good paying jobs (like mining coal), but, as the most recent tax bill illustrates, our elected […]

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 […]

CLEVELAND DIRTY TRICKS, PERISH THE THOUGHT…

October 18th, 2017

From Steve Holecko, political director for the Cuyahoga County Progressive Caucus: It is clear that CCPC’s endorsed candidates have the Cuyahoga Democratic Party, the Ohio Democratic Party, and the downtown developers and big business community worried that they might lose some of their Frank Jackson yes men on the council, including Kenneth Johnson who has […]

HOW YOUR CUYAHOGA COUNTY MONEY FLOWS UP

October 4th, 2017

Cuyahoga County has released its bond prospectus showing more than $140 million to be borrowed for the Quicken Arena expansion. The issue that never got the vote it deserved. Politicians, corporate interests and even citizen action forces jilted citizens of a voice on a give-away to seven times billionaire Danny Gilbert, all around capitalist money-grabber. […]

POLICE, NOT POLICE UNIONS, ARE THE PROBLEM…

September 4th, 2017

The tale of Colin Kaepernick, Rodney Axson and many, many other African American athletes who chose to exercise their First Amendment rights to free speech and peaceful assembly continues despite the opposition of fans and now local police. Angela Helm, writing in Cleveland Police Union Refuses to Hold Flag During Browns’ Opening Game, Calling Player’s […]

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 […]

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