gee, not for the lack of reading to see what the answer is, but nobody is saying if this is a gasline, oiline, oilsands line or hershey's chocolate?
This is a for profit export pipeline owned by a foreign company. There are no Ohio customers making it of no benefit to Ohio. How can they justify eminent domain with no public need?
I stayed till the very end of the 3.25-hour long meeting.
I spoke from abridged prepared comments and also submitted a detailed copy of my comments for the record.
This is what I said:
My name is Satinder P. S. Puri.
I am a community activist, live on Cleveland west side in Councilman Kazys ward 16 and love riding the RTA.
The renovated Public Square a.k.a. Jimmy Dimora Public Square, because of the corruption involved -- -- is a 50 million dollar bogus project built with cheap materials and mostly paved with hard surfaces.
So far there have been nearly 900 hours of demonstrations which continue unabated.
There was also a ten-day long hunger strike to protest the corruption.
There was nothing wrong with the historic 218-year old Public Square that a little rehabilitation could not fix.
The renovated Public Square reflects the flawed vision of Mayor Jackson who said: I want to see one big square.
According to the Traffic Consultants Report the Mayors vision was not workable.
So his honor instead of one big square had to settle for two rectangles the current configuration.
Well, the revised vision was also unworkable because of penalties to the RTA.
Mayor Jackson was aware of the penalties but went ahead with the project anyway.
Mass deception was used to promote the bogus project.
Mayor Jackson never responded to ten e-mails and two certified letters raising questions about the bogus project.
The bogus project is not good for Clevelanders nor RTA riders but definitely good for downtowns property owners who should expect an appreciation in their property values supported by RTA riders the poor, working class, senior citizens, disabled, and others who will get screwed with increased fares and reduced services.
This is called the Cleveland Way.
Now City Hall is expressing spurious safety concerns for children. If you walk downtown you are likely to see more dogs than kids among the 14,000 residents.
On non-event days I dont count more than 50 to a hundred people even with the band playing.
At a given time -- there are more people outside Public Square than inside totally oblivious of this so-called masterpiece in urban park design.
The day after RNC left I was the lone protester in an almost abandoned Public Square.
Mayor Jackson has thrown RTA riders under the bus by not opening Superior Avenue and not reimbursing RTA for the costs incurred:
1 million dollars annually for closing Ontario Street;
1.6 million dollars annually for closing Superior Avenue;
and $3.5 million dollars for full closure during the 16-month construction period.
Mr. Chairman -- now that we have a renovated Public Square and the RNC was here this summer -- all Cleveland needs to make it big time --- is a Trump Tower.
I am submitting a document for the record.
Thank you for your attention.
Why not run it parallel to the Ohio Turnpike? They would not disturb anyone's property and the turnpike could certainly use the money!
How would you like to have part of your property taken for something and have it run right up near your house? I know several families that will be directly affected by this. And they can say they have gone on the property legally, but I can tell you, at least in the past, they would just go on the property without even knocking on the owner's door or giving them a phone call. We are not talking about vacant property here. We are talking about property with homes with children in them.
Ohio doesn't really HAVE "wilderness", just areas with fewer humans per square mile
Council members - particularly those with mayoral ambitions - love to bluster when plenty of media members are hanging out for a couple juicy sound bites at a committee hearing. But the majority fall in line when it comes to a real vote. It's part of the silly game that has crept along for decades -- and makes re-election a near slam dunk.
And it wouldn't contaminate the "fauna" of the population centers, endangering the lives of hundreds of thousands of people???
The "Committee" has the playoff set -- Alabama and Ohio State are in, while Clemson and Washington need to close the deal in their conference championships. If one or both stumble, it could be a Big Ten festival in the Final Four.
Would it be more considerate to the environment to put the pipline through heavily populated areas, or make it go 'around the outside' of towns and cities? Think about it.. it would do more damage to wildlife and the environment if it was routed outside of towns, because if it exploded then it would contaminate flaura and fauna in the wilderness
This is so frustrating. This is a prime example of where common sense should prevail : close the square during events, weekends or farmers markets. Open the square during business hours, etc. If people are worried about (and incorrectly in my opinion) of "low life thugs" being there and ruining the square, those people wont be there waiting for buses during events etc.
What a lot of these people fail to realize that there are so many hard working adults who love to rely on this method of transportation. I live in Gordon Square and save $100s per month taking the bus and not having to pay for downtown parking. Since the public square closing I have taken the bus substantially less. The amount of time it takes for getting through the square is awful - negatively affecting both buses AND small car traffic. All the money I previously paid to the RTA now goes to ABM parking. What a shame.
We are so capable of doing better. I hope we do.
There's no coming back after one subjects themselves with this poison. It's their choice, their not contributing anything to help our society, just making it worse with crime and high insurance policies for help they don't want. I say let the junkies wipe out their kind, their just walking, nodding out disgusting lowlifes, good riddens!
Why Ohio? Despair over the economy? The lack of education? What makes people here do this?
I'm not nave or stupid, at least I like to think so, but I don't understand. I'm an old geezer, so I lived through the Sixties and Seventies, and believe me, I did more than my share of inhaling. Did a lot of other stupid things, too. Watched junkies shooting up in New York and out West. But I was never dumb enough to join them. It wasn't just the fear and horror of needles, either. I liketothin
One possible harsh reality concerns the United States Environmental Protection Agency -- it may get gutted....as the trapdoor will soon be wide open and the padlock has been tossed into a dumpster.
I suppose if our logo was a caricature of a black guy everyone would be okay with it?
Anyway, I thought this contest was just for fun, not to make a statement. It's not like they're using the winner to actually change the team.
Cleveland Bazaar also has a Holiday Retail Lab in Tremont that's open every day through the end of December. http://www.clevelandbazaar.org/holiday-sho…
Sounds like its 1.25BN makeover with 885MM coming from financing.
It would be un-American to stand between an oil company and money, especially if we're talking native or poor people. The government always picks money.
Is the Great Lakes Stainless Steel Keg Growler actually manufactured by Great Lakes? Or is made by some local growler manufacture?
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December 7-13, 2016
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