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Re: “Richmond Heights' Mayor Miesha Headen Bears Down for a Recall Election

I am a white citizen of RH and I plan to vote yes, sorry to disappoint everyone but we voted her in and I plan to give her that chance. She was doing just fine being a part of the RH government for 4 years before she was mayor...and it seems like there is a lot to talk about because yes, she is shaking things up a bit, but to be totally honest RH needed it. What we don't need is the Plain Dealer repeating itself over and over..they won't even let her get her side of the story in. Publishing rumors, like the incident with the car and her 'hacking in' to someone's email, flies in the face of professionalism. If Roche wanted to be mayor, he should have run for the election. If she does get voted out, I don't think it's anything to cry over, but I hope Roche gets the same scrutiny as she does.

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Posted by jules12345 on 09/15/2014 at 11:09 PM

Re: “Richmond Heights' Mayor Miesha Headen Bears Down for a Recall Election

Renee,

This election isn't about Mayor Ursu. He is long gone from office and he's not coming back. This is not even so much about Dave Roche, though I understand he is an unknown quantity. This is about Mayor Headen and her inability to stabilize the city government and run it effectively. This is not just a personality issue, though that has something to do with it. It is not just an inexperience issue, though that also has something to do with it.

This has more to do about the Mayor's insistence that her way of governing is better in spite of every indication to the contrary. If someone doesn't agree with her or back her on every idea she has, or every inflated claim she makes, she fires them. When a 1.6 Million dollar company comes to her and asks for a tax incentive to stay in Richmond Heights, she doesn't even bother to bring it to council, she just says sayonara and loses more than $30K per year in revenue. This has to do with her exposing the city to hundreds of thousands of dollars in legal fees and damages for lawsuits brought about by her reckless firings.

We are a small city, struggling to get back on our feet after years of low revenues. We finally get a tax increase passed and this Mayor is wasting every extra dollar we gained to fight legal battles she started.

It's time for Richmond Heights residents to step up and retake control of our city's government. If Dave Roche gets into office and fails to serve in the best interests of our City, then guess what? We'll recall him too. I have met the man and I don't expect that to happen, but we citizens of Richmond Heights have been awakened... and we are PISSED.

On September 23rd... Vote NO -- Mayor Headen must GO!

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Posted by agrafixman on 09/14/2014 at 4:48 PM

Re: “Your Complete List of Not-to-be-Missed Ohio Haunted Houses

7 Floors of Hell was by far the worst haunted house I have ever been to!!! It was a complete waste of time and money!!!

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Posted by Jamie on 09/13/2014 at 8:55 AM

Re: “Richmond Heights' Mayor Miesha Headen Bears Down for a Recall Election

Long time resident of Richmond Heights (25+ years) and white - and I'm voting to keep Miesha Headen in office. Ursu failed us mayor - and Roche wants his "high class" boy's club in office. If Roche wanted so badly to be in office, why didn't he run against Ursu and Headen the first time around? - instead of riding in on his white horse and hoping to get into office based on a sorry excuse for a mayor re-vote - a re-vote that will cost the city more than $20,000 (which I see you failed to mention in this article, Sam).

That being said, I won't be at all surprised if Headen loses - and if/when that happens, I hope the citizens of Richmond Heights give Roche hell.

5 likes, 9 dislikes
Posted by Renee77 on 09/12/2014 at 9:40 AM

Re: “Richmond Heights' Mayor Miesha Headen Bears Down for a Recall Election

You are right. Racism still exists in America. In fact, I just saw the Mayor's Mother call another African American woman an Uncle Tom for supporting the recall. Can you image that? The Mayor invites the NAAC-freakin'P to speak about racial equality and the Mayor's Mom draws the race card not 5 minutes later. Racism does exist in America and it lives at the Headen household.

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Posted by RichmondHts-RealityCheck on 09/12/2014 at 1:41 AM

Re: “Richmond Heights' Mayor Miesha Headen Bears Down for a Recall Election

Wow look how hateful Republicans are !! And racism is all over America. Republicans say racisim no longer exists because America elected a black man for president. What they fail to acknowledge is it was Demicrats who elected him overwhelmingly with the help of some Independents. Republicans opposed him overwhemingly, many say because he is black. I suspect, because racism is alive and sick in America, considering the tone and vitriol of some of the comments on this site that the Republican is opposed to Mrs Mayor Headen simply because she is black too. Interesting to find if that city rejects that racism in the coming vote. Lets hope so.

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Posted by Dan England on 09/11/2014 at 12:06 PM

Re: “Richmond Heights' Mayor Miesha Headen Bears Down for a Recall Election

While I dont think this woman should be recalled I have to say she refuses to clear the record on the Brandye Mells situation. If she lied about that she should resign ..today

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Posted by Richard Donald Jones on 09/11/2014 at 8:54 AM

Re: “Richmond Heights' Mayor Miesha Headen Bears Down for a Recall Election

Scene would really be doing their story on Sara Dorn AKA Dornwood and Dornstein AKA Drama Dorn. Without her sensational stories published on a constant basis to feed the NEOMG click machine NONE of this would be happening.

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Posted by Jenny Monsinto on 09/11/2014 at 7:33 AM

Re: “Richmond Heights' Mayor Miesha Headen Bears Down for a Recall Election

Long time resident & "White folk" here & voting to keep her. Do we really want Roche? I don't. There is a reason Ursu wasn't re-elected, so we definitely do not want Roche. 24 years of this bs is enough!

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Posted by Mindy Paonessa on 09/11/2014 at 2:52 AM

Re: “Richmond Heights' Mayor Miesha Headen Bears Down for a Recall Election

There aren't enough black folks who vote in Richmond Heights to save her. A majority of the longtime white residents of the city see right through her bullshit and are going to punch her ticket back to soccer mom status. Maybe her rich Republican husband will find her a job somewhere she can't fuck anything else up.

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Posted by Bill Traben on 09/10/2014 at 9:30 PM

Re: “Richmond Heights' Mayor Miesha Headen Bears Down for a Recall Election

It is unfortunate that Scene Editor Vince Grzegorek sent his dumbest writer to interview the county's stupidest mayor. This is a very serious situation and sending a boy to do a man's job, well, let's just say Scene failed hard here. How the new owners continue to allow this is beyond me.

Mayor Headen is going to find her sorry ass on the unemployment line come September 23. Her parents spoiled her has child and her husband spoiled her as an adult. She's been a stay-at-home mom for years and never had the proper professional work experience to soften her rough edges and prepare her to be a successful mayor.

What's disgusting right now is that she's playing every desperate card out of her deck of deception and delusion. I'm a woman! These men are trying to take me out. I'm black! Look how these white people are doing me.

Reading the softball questions Sam Allard lobs at this short-timer made me want to vomit. He's been oddly supportive of her from the get-go without any logical reason other than he's a complete tool.

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Posted by Ned Miller Zimon on 09/10/2014 at 8:53 PM

Re: “Richmond Heights' Mayor Miesha Headen Bears Down for a Recall Election

Sam,

Do you do any fact checking of the statements made by people you interview? There are any number of inaccuracies in the statements made by Ms. Headen in this article. For example, while Mr. Roche may have been in charge of the website and City Edition, when he was in charge at least they were up to date and released on time. Since the Mayor has taken over, the website is completely out of date. There are Department Heads listed who haven't been at city hall for months and minutes do not get posted in the "timely fashion" required by our city's charter. The City Edition has never been published on time since her term started.

The city's financial situation in 2010 was not caused by fiscal irresponsibility, it was caused by the same economic downturn that everyone else experienced and the City's inability to pass a tax increase. In fact, it was the fiscal responsibility of the Ursu administration who cut costs and finally passed the levy in 2012 that resulted in the increase in the city's bond rating that the Mayor so cavalierly takes credit for. In fact, her own Financial Director said as much at the August 26th Council Meeting where the new rating was announced.

The Hilltop Plaza renovations, likewise, are the result of years of negotiating with the various owners who have changed hands during the past 5 years. These negotiations finalized during the Headen Administration but it is AT LEAST equally the result of the Ursu Administration's earlier negotiations.

I also have it on good authority that a significant paper trail exists defining NEOMG's attempts to contact Ms. Headen by phone, by email and by text prior to the editorial being written. Ms. Headen had been ducking attempts by NEOMG's reporters to contact her since the Mayor's assault of Sara Dorn. And, by the way... there ARE no bushes in that parking lot.

Now, I understand that as an editorialist you will have an opinion about an official or a person you interview. But, I would hope that at some point, there should at least be cursory fact checking so that your publication doesn't simply become an instrument of deception, used only to further someone else's political career at the expense of your credibility.

Sincerely,

A Richmond Heights Resident

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Posted by RichmondHts-RealityCheck on 09/10/2014 at 8:13 PM

Re: “The Toy Store

cckkcc ...The age of 25 is the interviewers age, not Rondee's. her quote above read "I've been working here since I was 18 years old, so I've been here 30 years, and I bought it 12 years ago." She's 48

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Posted by Brick Wood on 08/30/2014 at 11:15 AM

Re: “The Hologram Man: Event Works 4D president Joel Solloway Talks Digital Resurrection

There are other producers. You just have to know where to look. Lots of holographic projection going on right under your nose Alki.

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Posted by Hologramica on 08/28/2014 at 12:40 AM

Re: “The Hologram Man: Event Works 4D president Joel Solloway Talks Digital Resurrection

Alki David working overtime I see.

Posted by MagicMan on 08/28/2014 at 12:38 AM

Re: “Operation Maple Bacon: From Canada Back to Cleveland, the St. Edward's Rowing Team Hopes to Traverse Lake Erie

Is there a place you can watch the rowers come in to Cleveland on the lake?

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Posted by reh on 08/14/2014 at 10:47 AM

Re: “Bigger than Basketball: The Transformative Power of LeBron James

I for one am not ready to welcome him back with open arms. I feel like LeBron thrived while he left us in misery for all these years, and now he comes back to a better situation than he'd have in Miami, but he's still the big hero who came home. He still made the decision that was best for HIM on all fronts, but of course all of us should lick his shoes clean because of it. I'll pass, thanks. Heck, even if we win a title in the next year or two, I'll still view it as tainted because it was gotten through ill-gotten means (in my opinion).

2 likes, 1 dislike
Posted by AdamHall on 08/12/2014 at 4:23 PM

Re: “Confessions of a Strip Club Bathroom Attendant

I was one of the main girls at Caesars Circus and Door George was an excellent bodyguard and did his job well, much appreciated,much love Risque Rachel.

5 likes, 1 dislike
Posted by ajanosik on 08/10/2014 at 4:36 PM

Re: “Blake Skjellerup, Olympian Speed Skater for New Zealand and Gay Games Ambassador, on Coming Out and the Status of Gay Professional Athletes

He's an athlete, NOT a psychologist! Your sexuality is an integral part of WHAT you are 24/7, 365 days a year, asleep or awake! "Your sport," IF YOU HAVE ONE, at any given time, tends to be a part of your identity (WHO) if it is a part of your career. Your sport can and does change, you're sexuality does not! The last thing you want to do is repress your sexuality so you can play a sport "OR NOT LOOSE YOUR POSITION." That should be the lifesaving, quality-of-life lesson. Michael Sam got it right!

Posted by Bruce Thompson on 08/07/2014 at 12:50 AM

Re: “Free Base: A Neighborhood Reacts after Violence Interrupts West Denison Little League's Summer Games

The people of this neighborhood need to take a page from the Detroit-Shoreway crowd. When they first decided to take back their neighborhood in the late 80's-early 90's they put on an aggressive neighborhood watch program and some literally stood on street corners at night carrying baseball bats and driving away drug dealers and prostitutes. It was tough, but it worked.

Posted by Squid on 08/04/2014 at 3:30 PM

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