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Re: “Transit Group Files Title VI Complaint, Alleges Closing Public Square is Discriminatory

I was down there to it was a shame the way frank acked at the city council meeting he need to be replaced.

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Posted by Donald Boyd on 02/15/2017 at 2:04 PM

Re: “Run to Playhouse Square for "The King and I"

Had to get your leftist tilt in the review, didn't you? It's disgusting.

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Posted by Jim on 02/15/2017 at 1:42 PM

Re: “The Joys and Flavors of Ethiopian Cuisine Are on Full Display at Zoma

Just an FYI about the shopping strip on Lee Road. The owners are in the process of planning for a major renovation of the block with the commitment to making this an updated location for shopping and dining. They are committed to Cleveland Heights and appreciate support for the Lee road community.

Posted by larryperiodoc on 02/15/2017 at 1:01 PM

Re: “Downtown Cleveland Alliance Returns 26 Scene Boxes to the Streets After Confiscating Them Under Very Questionable Circumstances

You folks need to make a careful inspection of the returned boxes.

If, as the DCA claims, all 26 boxes "had been knocked over by wind or by sidewalk plows", then each and every box would be damaged as a result. Each box would would show signs of recent scrapes, dents, scratches, broken widow panes and paint damage (particularly the boxes that had been hit by the sidewalk plows).

If the boxes are returned to you in pristine condition, lacking any recent damage, I'd say that's prima facie evidence that the DCA is certainly lying about why they grabbed these boxes.

This might be evidence that would interest a prosecutor, no ? It's not like they can just return the boxes, and all is forgiven with the law. I doubt seriously a bank robber would get off scott free with the prosecutor if he simply agreed to return the money. How is this situation any different ?

Keep fighting the fight.

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Posted by My Two Scents on 02/15/2017 at 12:55 PM

Re: “37-Year-Old Woman Dies in Cuyahoga County Jail

Who are your sources, you hacks?

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Posted by LadyJ1004 on 02/15/2017 at 11:48 AM

Re: “Downtown Cleveland Alliance Returns 26 Scene Boxes to the Streets After Confiscating Them Under Very Questionable Circumstances

Heather Holmes could be lying her way into a cushy PR job inside the mayor's office.

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Posted by LakeErieSeaGulls on 02/15/2017 at 10:16 AM

Re: “Downtown Cleveland Alliance Returns 26 Scene Boxes to the Streets After Confiscating Them Under Very Questionable Circumstances

A scene playing itself out in cities across the country.....so-called community improvement organizations (read: gentrification catalysts) wanting everything to be shiny and harmonious so that the city can live up to their marketing pitches. Remove whatever's in the way (newspaper boxes, dissent, anything that isn't a cute coffee shop or new eatery, etc etc etc).

Yup.

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Posted by Dorothy Fuldheim's Merkin on 02/15/2017 at 9:55 AM

Re: “Downtown Cleveland Alliance Returns 26 Scene Boxes to the Streets After Confiscating Them Under Very Questionable Circumstances

Wow...guess you guys struck a nerve! Keep up the good reporting!

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Posted by Lee Hawkins on 02/15/2017 at 9:25 AM

Re: “After Hosting Private Fundraiser for Donald Trump, TownHall in Ohio City Faces a Backlash Online

We should be less concerned about what he thinks politically and more about Joe he hires sex offenders as managers at his restaurants

Posted by MelissaJ216 on 02/14/2017 at 11:00 PM

Re: “Scene Announces Winners in #RedesigntheTribe Contest

How long do you want to play this game, asshole? I eat jamokes like you for lunch.Every name you have used so far has been reported and will eventually be removed. You are a spammer and a troll. SCENE does not care for spammers and trolls who contaminate their site.

Are you One Of The Tribe? Obviously not, SHMUCK, as you would know it can be spelled either way...

I will be here long after you and all of your names are history and your IP is blocked, SHMUCK.

Again...how long do you want to play?

Chuckles the Clown

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Posted by Chuckles the Clown on 02/14/2017 at 9:32 PM

Re: “Cleveland Theater Historian Weldon Carpenter Keeps the Past Alive

Took baton lessons from him at Ashland High School around 1959 or 60. He was our drum major for our Ashland High School Marching Band, let by the unforgettable Dr. Louis, E. Pete.

Posted by Jo Ann Smalley Herrman on 02/14/2017 at 6:16 PM

Re: “Scene Announces Winners in #RedesigntheTribe Contest

Chucky, you fell for it. I pretended to be the winner. I don't live in Cleveland.
Clown and schmuck are names (there's a "c" in schmuck), psychosis is a condition.

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Posted by Murray on 02/14/2017 at 6:01 PM

Re: “Romona Robinson Won't Be Doing Channel 19's 11 p.m. Newscast Much Longer

I miss Denise Dufala there was no reason to lay her off, this was a cheap shot bring on Romona and Dave from channel 3news who worked with Romona, shame on you.

Posted by Annie Davis on 02/14/2017 at 4:41 PM

Re: “Transit Group Files Title VI Complaint, Alleges Closing Public Square is Discriminatory

Thank you Sam for your excellent reporting. I would love to know what Mayor Jackson wants implemented in the design of Public Square to address the apparent lack of safety. Nobody has made it clear what that may be. It is odd that Land Studio, Field Operations,The Group Plan Commission, and The Cleveland Planning Commission all missed the design flaws. The Cleveland Plain Dealer states today that The GCRTA and The City all seek another extension of the $12 million dollar repayment. The FTA should deny this and hold Mayor Jackson responsible. TPTB should have been able to resolve any issues starting from Aug 1 of 2016. All the studies Mayor Jackson has asked for were done and debunk his theories. Now he wants to move the finish line again.

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Posted by David Eckert on 02/14/2017 at 4:37 PM

Re: “Canadian Indie Band Busty and the Bass to Make Cleveland Debut at the Beachland

This band is awesome! Make time to see them.

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Posted by Paul on 02/14/2017 at 3:54 PM

Re: “The Sizzle of South Beach has Been Snuffed Out in Westlake

Cleveland or Chicago?
Burning river or gangs massacring each other in the streets with tommy guns, especially today? Hmmm...tough decision on which stereotype is more ridiculous...

Chuckles the Clown

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Posted by Chuckles the Clown on 02/14/2017 at 3:50 PM

Re: “Love’s Labour Lost

The only way out of this fragility maze that plagues the NBA is a drastic cut in regular season games, coupled with more rest each week and a new playoff schedule. It starts with one table and a 58-game slate -- a home-and-home series for every team. The regular season is 20 weeks - including the All-Star game - with three games per week, per club, and no back-to-backs. The top five teams qualify for the playoffs, with the remaining teams battling for slots six, seven and eight in a trio of one-and-done ladders....which gives the auto qualifiers more rest and should find the stars on these teams competing hard in the complete regular season; due to the time off during the second chance scrum.....which rolls into best-of-sevens for the quarters, semis and championship.

Posted by LakeErieSeaGulls on 02/14/2017 at 3:19 PM

Re: “Residents Hopeful for Change at Norma Herr Women’s Shelter — But Not Too Hopeful

@Ryszard The Housing First Program became the HVAP program and the men never lost anything in regards to housing. The reason why you don't see too many homeless men getting any housing through the county is because one of the requirements to have housing is that you cannot be convicted of certain crimes which include sexual, drug related, domestic violence related, or arson related crimes. I was told about 5 years ago by shelter staff that there was about close to 200 sexual offenders in 2100 alone and that right there is a major disqualifies in seeking help from this program. It's not because they were never offered the Housing First Program of HVAP-because of their own actions, they were never eligible in the first place. That's not to say women can't be found guilty of that either-there were three registered sex offenders in Norma Herr when I was there. Another disqualifies for the program is if you have other serious criminal offenses such as arson, domestic violence, drug possession/trafficking, prostitution, etc. These are the people who can't get Transitional Housing, Housing First, or Section 8. There are however other halfway houses that accommodate these types of individuals.

Now with the time limit, the reason why that was proposed is because unfortunately-and there aren't a whole lot of them-there were a few that were inside the shelters for 5 plus years. There were about 4-5 of them that were in there close to 15 years for NO REASON. One particular one used to leave out the shelter every morning before 6am when shelter staff shown up that were in charge of the rapid rehousing program and refused to return until 9 or 10pm at night to avoid the discussion of getting housing. They were thinking about proposing the time limit because of people like this particular woman. There is nothing mentally wrong with the woman or anything, she just refuses to leave. Then there is another where she is an able bodied woman with no mental issues that I am aware of that did the same thing too where she stayed gone all day to avoid housing staff by going out and feeding stray cats all day and half the night. Usually the wait time for section 8 is 2-3 years here in Cuyahoga County and they should cap the stay period to about 3 years. There is NO REASON why someone should be purposely staying in the shelter that long when there is nothing prohibiting them from going to the county to do so. They can take folks down to the county and apply-Front Line does have a van that comes by and picks folks up to take them there. To combat this issue, and FrontLine should have jumped on this sooner, but they should have made it mandatory that anyone staying in there upon entering MUST fill out an application with CMHA upon entering the shelter. They also should have made it mandatory to for everyone staying there to speak with a housing specialist too while in there to expedite the process, but they didn't.

With Transitional Housing, the way people at the women's shelter were picked to go over there was ridiculous. The transitional housing that I eventually went too took the HVAP voucher but I had to fill out a CMHA application to get that much and go through the interview. They also had a program there that took folks waiting for section 8 to respond but had no income, so they got funds from other sources to cover their rent while they waited. I was never offered this other program while I waited for my section 8 to come through. They were giving this program to a lot of the women inside the shelter who honestly didn't deserve it at all. The women who got them were the ones who destroyed their apartments, continued to prostitute, steal, do drugs/alcohol, fight, etc., while at Transitional Housing and were evicted within a 3-5 month time frame and wound up back at the shelter. During my time in Transitional Housing, they lost at least 20 residents within a short time period.These idiots thought they could continue their 21 Jump Street behaviors they were engaging at the shelter at Transitional Housing, but they soon found out that they couldn't when they got the eviction notice. The people like me who worked part time, went to school, or done a combination of both and weren't into the riffraff oftentimes were never even offered Transitional Housing at all. It took them 2 and a half years before they offered me it and this is after about 30 women were booted in 3-5 months or less from Transitional Housing.

Posted by DaBum2012 on 02/14/2017 at 2:54 PM

Re: “Transit Group Files Title VI Complaint, Alleges Closing Public Square is Discriminatory

Aren't the bus stops that are being used right next to where the ones that are being blocked off?

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Posted by Ben on 02/14/2017 at 2:05 PM

Re: “Transit Group Files Title VI Complaint, Alleges Closing Public Square is Discriminatory

Who throws away money like this??? For no damn reason!

4 likes, 1 dislike
Posted by growler on 02/14/2017 at 1:38 PM

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