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NO TO CORPORATE WELFARE FOR BILLIONAIRE CAVS OWNER; YES TO GO CAVS
Marathon meeting wears out council members!
Majority of the speakers spoke in favor of public funding!
Proponents in the audience provided loud clapping for their side!
No shortage of projected bad news for Cleveland if the Cavs leave town!
The 4-hour long meeting wore out the council members of the Cuyahoga County Committee of the Whole Meeting on the evening of Tuesday, February 21, 2017 -- and finally President Brady called for an adjournment till next week.
33-counry residents offered comments (limited to 3-minutes each) in the first 1-hour and 40-minute long part of the meeting. By my count 21 (nearly two-thirds) spoke in favor of the proposed resolution to use public funds for financing the proposed upgrade of The Q. The proponents appeared to dominate in the council chamber they offered loud clapping after one of their sides had finished speaking.
The second-part of the meeting -- nearly 2-hours and 20 minutes long included repeated reminders from three of the four presenters (County Executive Armond Budish, Cavs CEO Len Komoriski, and Attorney Fred Nance) as to what bad things could happen to Cleveland if Mr. Gilbert and his team of the Cleveland Cavaliers suddenly left town.
The following is from my prepared comments:
As a Clevelander, I am proud of our Cavs the 2016 NBA champs.
However, I am opposed to the passage of your Resolution R2017 - 0030, which will, if approved, provide public funds for the renovation of 23-year old Quicken Loans Arena
-- a facility, that is used by the Cavs and also for other events.
Dan Gilbert, the owner of the Cleveland Cavaliers -- is also the chairman and founder of Rock Ventures and Quicken Loans.
And, thats not all.
Mr. Gilbert is also owner of the American Hockey Leagues Cleveland Monsters, the Arena Football Leaguess Cleveland Gladiators and the NBA Development Leagues Canton Charge.
He is chairman ofJACK Entertainment (formerly Rock Gaming), which opened its first Horseshoe Casino now JACK Cleveland Casino) in downtown Cleveland in May 2012.
Mr. Gilbert is worth nearly 5 billion dollars that is five followed by nine zeroes.
The annual payroll of the Cavs is over 130 million dollars
Mr. Gilbert, with tons of money, wants Cuyahoga county taxpayers with tons of social problems -- to pay 70 million dollars towards the 140 million dollar upgrade to the arena.
The arena was used in 2016, without the proposed upgrade, to house the RNC and shine the worlds spotlight on Cleveland.
Mr. Gilbert has all the resources to pay the full cost of the upgrade himself.
In light of the above, Resolution No. R2017 - 0030 should be amended to read as follows:
NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED BY THE COUNTY COUNCIL OF CUYAHOGA COUNTY, OHIO:
We love our Cavs!
We also love Dan Gilbert!
NO TO CORPORATE WELFARE; YES, TO GO CAVS
Carmen Marino is a piece of (criminal) garbage.
Not at all surprised about Steven Keyes at all. I worked with Keyes and he always thought he was better than everyone else. He was about 1 level higher than the inmates. Jimson on the other hand is shocking. He has always been a straight up great officer.
Our elected officials represent ALL Americans, not just Republican Americans. Their vote should be in the best interest of their home state. Not in the best interest of their campaign donors that don't even live in their state. And, their door should be open to all people in the state of Ohio. Back in 2009, when the new Tea Party Republicans were filling up Town Hall meetings, the Democrats stood there and listened. Guess the cowards in the Republican party don't want to defend their positions to our faces. Cowards!
They STILL have their Facebook page up with instructions to message them if you are interested. Idk how that is allowed.
Totally agree, but, she was a complete psycho and she deserves a slow painful death. She's a fat, disgusting excuse for a human being. Good riddance to her.
Despite Doug's condemnation, there ws nothing wrong with the Mad Greek.
It brought countless customers much comfort and joy for many years.
Barrio will be lucky if it manages to last half as long as they did. Tastes change.
Chuckles the Clown
I WORKED FOR THIS ASSHOLE ANDI NEVER GOT PAID
I'll never forget the time I drove by Corbo's early one Sunday morning in 1978 and it had been sprayed with bullets.
Ah, the good old days.
The patio is great, be sure to check it out.
I do miss the Mad Greek, though. *sob*
Was Portman's staff checking political affiliations of event attendees while on-the-clock as senatorial employees? It does not sound like a task that fits into the permitted daily jobs of staffers. There is a clear line on campaign-orientated work that cannot be crossed.
That was an absolutely amazing concert I have seen Eric multiple times and it was great being with the Cleven crowd and see the Q pack from floor to rafter.
I myself am very excited of this restaurant opening..having lived in New Orleans boiled seafood is a must have.
it wasnt the Plain Dealer made that lie about MONOPOLY. it was our crooked ass
secretary of state had it tattooed to the TOP OF THE BALLOT which is a flagrant violation
campaigning near polling place laws. it was an election HIJACKING.
Why is this even being published? He died over a month ago! Good riddance.
It's Reefer Madness......Dr. Alfred Carroll must be the guiding light for the state's Medical Marijuana Control Program.
If Davis Bessie were to close it would be a huge loss for the Lake Erie fisherman in Ottawa county. The vapor from the cooling tower provides them with a great wind direction and wind speed indicator.
Ontario Canada significantly reduced fossil fuel use for electrical production over several decades. They are the clean electricity champions of North America. How do they do it? Check out this free app. It updates the provinces electrical generation mic every hour.
Get it, review the data, I promise, you'll learn something. Tons of good information here. Cheers!
Why isn't marijuana legal in Ohio yet? Oh, the Plain Dealer opposed our chance because they said it would be a "monopoly"/ They were cool with a casino monopoly.
It's amazing to me. The Mexican cartels love that Ohio hasn't legalized it. They're making lots of money in Ohio.
The whole "medical marijuana " thing is a disgrace because it encourages people to lie and it promotes corruption int he medical field.
Some people just wanna smoke a little weed for the enjoyment of it. It's not wrong. I gus Ohio will be the last state to legalize it. In the meantime, we're left having to support street dealers.
I can make my own tacos at home.
February 22-28, 2017
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