Archive for the 'Cuyahoga County' Category

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 […]

DUCKING RESPONSIBILITY AT THE PLAIN DEALER

August 17th, 2017

What’s wrong with the Plain Dealer? The city’s leading media voice has failed to even comment once editorially on the Ohio Supreme Court decision on the signatures of more than 20,000 voters. The Court validated the necessity for the City of Cleveland to examine the signatures for a vote on the Quicken Arena deal. You […]

JACKSON, KELLEY: PURPOSEFUL BUNGLED BLUNDER

August 11th, 2017

The Ohio Supreme Court ruling really says that Mayor Frank Jackson and Council President Kevin Kelley played an underhanded trickster game not only with the people of Cleveland but with democratic process itself in refusing to count the 20,000 signatures against their voted measure. Both Jackson and Kelley should be rewarded with one swift kick […]

ROLDO BARTIMOLE HITS ONE OUT OF THE PARK…

August 3rd, 2017

Here in Cleveland we’ve grown used to, complacent at times, reading Roldo Bartimole’s singular journalism. We’re so used to Roldo’s ubiquitous messages that we forget, or perhaps don’t even realize, that Cleveland’s own has a national reach. Recently Roldo was invited on to the Ralph Nader Radio Hour to discuss, in part, a favorite Roldo […]

NOON, TODAY: PROTEST PNC AND ROVER PIPELINE…

July 26th, 2017

From the Cuyahoga County Progressive Caucus: WHEN: Noon, Today, Wednesday, 26 July. WHERE: PNC Bank, 1900 E. 9th St., Cleveland. PNC is a major financier of the Rover Pipeline. Why is this a bad thing? The Rover Pipeline will run 365 miles across Ohio to transport fracked gas to the Gulf of Mexico and Canada […]

LYING BY IGNORING

July 17th, 2017

Why is it so hard for the Plain Dealer (and TV news and Ideastream) to tell the truth about major league sports and the costs to this community? Why can’t they take hard looks at the dollar/revenues of the three major league sports teams? It reveals how obscene treating the teams as welfare clients. Why […]

WHERE I’LL BE TAKING A LEAP THIS EVENING…

July 17th, 2017

From Steve Holecko at the Cuyahoga County Progressive Caucus writes: The Regional Community Issues Forums are much like the Regional Meeting’s we had earlier this year. The agenda is the same for all of the meetings. Choose the date and location that best fits your schedule. Meeting Agenda: 1) CCPC update 2) Indivisible CLE update […]

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 […]

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