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Re: “After Revelations of Sustained Misuse of Public Dollars by Ken Johnson, What'll Happen to Ward 4's Long-Tenured Councilman?

"In 2018, $300,000 was budgeted. The city's new community development director, Tania Menessee, said that in the future assuming BSSDC stayed afloat no more than 25 percent of federal dollars could be used for grass-cutting."

It should be noted that Tania Menessee comes to CLE after serving on the board of the Shaker Heights CDC with Nick Fedor at the helm of that CDC (He was recruited as first director for SHDC from - Detroit Shoreway Development Corp). LANDstudio contract for the redevelopment of Shaker Square is also part of this story. HUD monies are co-mingled in the Shaker-Buckeye area and Ken Johnson and Blaine Griffin have the say in the funding of these CDCs.

Posted by lmcshane on 11/18/2018 at 11:49 AM

Re: “After Revelations of Sustained Misuse of Public Dollars by Ken Johnson, What'll Happen to Ward 4's Long-Tenured Councilman?

I just want to point out that it isn't a refutation of alleged corruption by pointing out other alleged corruption.

Which prosecutor would be responsible for filing charges? So many to choose from.

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Posted by CDC City on 11/16/2018 at 10:23 AM

Re: “After Revelations of Sustained Misuse of Public Dollars by Ken Johnson, What'll Happen to Ward 4's Long-Tenured Councilman?

Cleveland Housing Network rebranded Cleveland Housing Partnership should not be unloading their failed lease purchase properties to CDCs like Buckeye Shaker.


The NRP Group, a Northeast Ohio developer, teamed up with BSSDC to build the homes through Cleveland New Homes LP. The partnership used a property management company to manage the properties for years. More recently, from 2014 through 2017, the CHN Housing Partners, which has developed lease-purchase housing programs, managed the 75 homes and ensured the taxes were paid.

That changed on Jan. 1, when BSSDC took control of the rent collection and related responsibilities. Those responsibilities included using rent money to pay mortgages, taxes, utilities and to pay for upkeep and repairs.

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Posted by lmcshane on 11/16/2018 at 9:27 AM

Re: “After Revelations of Sustained Misuse of Public Dollars by Ken Johnson, What'll Happen to Ward 4's Long-Tenured Councilman?

The more I see this coverage on Ken Johnson - the more I am convinced this has to do with real estate, flipping and east side properties. Why don't you get Ken to spill the beans on Cleveland Housing Network, Rokakis, Frangos and the Land bank? Why did CHN dump their properties on Buckeye CDC?? I have to think that this is really where this line of reporting points.

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Posted by lmcshane on 11/15/2018 at 8:58 PM

Re: “After Revelations of Sustained Misuse of Public Dollars by Ken Johnson, What'll Happen to Ward 4's Long-Tenured Councilman?

Eric is right. Sam - this coverage is racist. I know you and know you do put in public records requests. You have asked some tough questions, but if you want to go after corruption - focus on your own skin color. Brian Cummins ran CDC Old Brooklyn CDC, which ILLEGALLY used CDBG funds to acquire the commercial property 3119 Denison for Old Brooklyn CDC - he was under order by Merle Gordon, the councilwoman who was appointed by her predecessor Jim Rokakis. There are a number of shady deals he worked out using casino funds - a whole other racket in this town. Your coverage is very selective. If you want to uncover corruption at Cleveland City Council, please don't restrict your coverage to dark complexioned council folks. You know about Tony Brancatelli -and Kevin Kelley's assistant getting a house in Slavic Village for $4K - equal time, dude. You also know I am pursuing an Ohio Ethics complaint against Brancatelli for the same sh#t Cimperman pulled w/city contracts...

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Posted by lmcshane on 11/15/2018 at 8:55 PM

Re: “After Revelations of Sustained Misuse of Public Dollars by Ken Johnson, What'll Happen to Ward 4's Long-Tenured Councilman?

Sam. Get out of journalism. Seriously. Go find something else to do with your life. You have no talent for political news reporting ... whatsoever.

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Posted by Eric Jonathan Brewer on 11/15/2018 at 9:03 AM

Re: “After Revelations of Sustained Misuse of Public Dollars by Ken Johnson, What'll Happen to Ward 4's Long-Tenured Councilman?

Whatever. What is "the duplicity of a crook like this holding office?" What does that silliness mean? You folk get caught up in these stupid terms you toss around as if creating combinations of words to call describe someone makes that bullshit real. You probably didn't even think before you wrote.

Sam and Naymik accused Johnson of misuse in office. Sam specifically made reference to the commission of "felonies" in an email. I asked him to identify the specific felonies and he could not. He's used the word "misuse" to describe the way Johnson has performed the "duties" of a member of the "legislative branch" of government and he could not.

The fact you believe anything this kid or Naymik writes is evidence of your own stupidity. He doesn't know "anything" about the topics he writes when it comes to government. Nothing. The only reason I read his article was to see how many times he made actionable statements. If I were Johnson I'd sue Scene for this crap. I'm definitely still within the statute of limitations for bringing an action against them for the lie he wrote about me.

How am I "aniseed" from politics? What does that mean? No wonder you read and believe Sam.

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Posted by Eric Jonathan Brewer on 11/15/2018 at 9:03 AM

Re: “After Revelations of Sustained Misuse of Public Dollars by Ken Johnson, What'll Happen to Ward 4's Long-Tenured Councilman?

To Brewer:
Its the attitude and corrupt outlook described in your rant tha got you aniseed from politics.
If you dont see the duplicity of a crook like this holding office, and how it hurts the city, you will never be rehabilitated.

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Posted by Corruption 4 evah on 11/15/2018 at 8:12 AM

Re: “After Revelations of Sustained Misuse of Public Dollars by Ken Johnson, What'll Happen to Ward 4's Long-Tenured Councilman?

Sam ... lol. So your only sources of misuse are Mark Naymik, the councilman's opponent in the last election, Mike Polensek and ex-councilman Brian Cummins. The word "misuse" when applied in government is to accuse an elected or public official of committing a violation of the U.S. Constitituion, the Constitution of the State of Ohio, the general laws of Ohio, the charter of Cleveland or the city's ordinances. In the case of councilman Johnson, as I shared with you in writing, it means that he either "exceeded" or "failed to perform" a "duty" of the elected office he holds.

The duty of a member of council, Sam, are "legislative only." So to misuse the "office" of a member of council Johnson would have had to missed 10 consecutive meetings. That's pretty much about it, Sam. All the stuff that idiot Naymik wrote about is not "misuse" of the "office" of a member of the "legislative branch" of the municipal government.

13 articles on one politician sounds like an obsession. What? Does Naymik have a thing for Ken. Do you have a thing for Naymik? I have never in 40 years of either covering news or being a newsmaker, witnessed a reporter who wrote a story and his only source was another reporter's story. LOL.

This is almost as good as you covering the mayor's debate at the Lee Harvard Community Services Center where you admitted you recorded my words.. Instead of using the words you recorded you created words of your own and wrote that I said them. Then you wrote that I was "deranged" for using the words you fabricated; and that I did not say.

Get out of journalism ... Sam. You've got "zero" credibility. No one serious takes you seriously.

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Posted by Eric Jonathan Brewer on 11/15/2018 at 4:07 AM

Re: “After Revelations of Sustained Misuse of Public Dollars by Ken Johnson, What'll Happen to Ward 4's Long-Tenured Councilman?

As a former candidate, my slogan was stop voting for a name , stop voting for the same vote for.. my name for real change. I also had an innovative program called One Block at a Time. I also agreed to give 10,000 dollars of my salary to proven grass root groups to increase public. I wanted to not only tear down these dangerous eye sore houses, but build affordable housing to create pride and home ownership. I call myself the People's Councilman, because my ideology is to place the people concerns first. As many of my fellow running mates stated before, we got to dismantle the current good old buddy system with new blood to resuscitate a dying city.


Peace and One Love!
The People's Councilman

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Posted by Arnold Shurn on 11/15/2018 at 3:39 AM

Re: “After Revelations of Sustained Misuse of Public Dollars by Ken Johnson, What'll Happen to Ward 4's Long-Tenured Councilman?

These councilpersons are holding the city back for their own personal benefit. Other cities make more progress because they dealt with this a long time ago. Just think where we would be if not for this kind of stuff. Do you have no shame? How can you look at yourself in the mirror- really look - and not be ashamed of yourself?

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Posted by biased1 on 11/14/2018 at 5:29 PM

Re: “After Revelations of Sustained Misuse of Public Dollars by Ken Johnson, What'll Happen to Ward 4's Long-Tenured Councilman?

What will happen? Jackson will give him an award and he will be re-elected in a landslide.

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Posted by Dump city on 11/14/2018 at 3:20 PM

Re: “After Revelations of Sustained Misuse of Public Dollars by Ken Johnson, What'll Happen to Ward 4's Long-Tenured Councilman?

In the late 1990s, the children on Cleveland City Council dumped more raw sewage into City Hall with an expense report scandal -- which included taxpayers picking up the tab to regularly fill a boat's gas tank. If recalling correctly, ol' Kenny was laughing all the way to the bank......and was as arrogant then as he is today.

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Posted by LakeErieSeaGulls on 11/14/2018 at 2:16 PM

Re: “After Revelations of Sustained Misuse of Public Dollars by Ken Johnson, What'll Happen to Ward 4's Long-Tenured Councilman?

Decades of corruption, mismanagement of taxpayer funds, cronyism, and downright illegal activity has been the norm for the leadership of this outrageously high-taxed city. Until we start electing new people, this will likely never change. These thieves should all be in jail, but no, nothing happens, and theyre still in their high- power positions, the matter gets swept under the rug, and its business and usual.

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Posted by What a Dump! on 11/14/2018 at 8:46 AM

Re: “The Bloody Good Career of Alan Tuskes, the Cleveland Monster Maker Behind Hollywood Hits

Thank you, SCENE! Thank you for finally giving Al his due and showing everyone in town his amazing talent!

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Posted by Nicholas D'Amico on 10/25/2018 at 3:53 PM

Re: “An Argument Against Luxury Seating at the Movies

And WHAT is wrong with comfortable seats?

Posted by Felix Brown on 10/19/2018 at 10:26 PM

Re: “A Man Who Dresses in Medieval Garb and Walks Around Downtown is a Strange Ranger. But is He Dangerous?

Sir Douche-a-lot was right in the middle of today's fracas on the Kent State campus, visibly attacking counter-protesters while law enforcement folks literally had his back. Trouble follows him like stink follows shit.

You can see him on the Channel 19 footage ,hitting people with his shield.He makes himself a target, provokes the opposition, and then gets protection from the blue wall. What an a-hole...obviously a provocateur on somebody's payroll. The same somebodies who probably paid his way to Kent and took him there. He is not acting alone.

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Posted by Where rogue knights go, trouble follows on 09/29/2018 at 8:37 PM

Re: “Father Under Fire: A Westlake Church Rallies Around its Pastor After Charges that He Sexually Abused His Adopted Daughter

I know this pastor has been brain washing the church for years that this adopted daughter is troubled and always lies...so of course the church believes him over her. They only hear his side of it. The fact that this family has no pictures up of just her and even has sent Christmas cards to church members with everyone in his family except her, makes me believe she was singled out for a long time. Her behavior has tons of red flags of sexual abuse. Law inforcement wouldnt indict and arrest unless they had enough evidence. I pray this girl can heal and get the counseling and support she desperately needs.

Posted by westside mom on 09/23/2018 at 7:31 PM

Re: “Keep Cleveland Creepy

I jus want to know where to get the jewelry she has on. Thanks

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Posted by Joni on 09/21/2018 at 1:15 PM

Re: “Keep Cleveland Creepy

Why do people have to find fault in everything? Of course not a true practitioner wrote this and even if the person is practicing theres only so much room and space to be able to write everything. I mean seriously people, The article listed new stores to help promote new businesses and some already established business.. and to sit there and say you wont mention places because you will not be welcomed, its people like you CLEVELOCAL that give our culture a bad name. And as in with it being a westside thing, BLAH BLAH, it only makes sense as Who the hell wants to drive to the Eastside it looks like a damn war zone

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Posted by Holly Stiegelmeyer on 09/20/2018 at 8:02 AM

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