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Re: “Maple Heights Mayor Annette Blackwell on the Successes and Struggles of One of the Region's Oldest Suburbs

The tone of this article is not good - as pointed out by other comments. Dropping point-of-sale inspections only sets up a repeat of the flipping that resulted in Slavic Village. Not a surprise, some of the same dirty players are involved. Why is Slavic Village Development Corporation working in another city, when their HUD funding through the Cleveland City Councilman Tony Brancatelli is FOR CLE - not Maple Heights. It is long past due, for the Attorney General to investigate Tony B and his Slavic Village CDC emails. He also chairs the Land Bank, which should NOT be witing out debt for the city of Maple Heights, which already struggles to fund services. Whose outstanding liens were let go under the former County Treasurer Jim Rokakis - and the now departed Cuyahoga County Fiscal Agent Dennis Kennedy? Finally, if a resident does not work and does not understand insurance and how to maintain a home - they SHOULD not own a home. Never fear -- CHN Partners is part of the CDC/Land Bank racket and they have restructured to absorb NHS - ran into the ground by Michael Cosgrove - disgraced former head of Cleveland's Community Development Department.

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Posted by lmcshane on 10/12/2019 at 10:18 AM

Re: “With $1 Billion in Development Coming to Clark-Fulton, Latino Leaders Want Progress On Their Terms

Close to $1M for the Weber building - seriously. Again - federal monies squandered by corrupt local officials.

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Posted by lmcshane on 10/05/2019 at 9:30 AM

Re: “Cleveland Foundation Responds to Criticism about Annual Payout Rate

Allard's piece gives the Cleveland Foundation a space to respond to Springstrubb's assertion that the Cleveland Foundation could be doing more to address poverty and lead poisoning. I don't ascribe to same concern that Mr. Springstrubb has for poverty and lead poisoning. I think that both vague societal ills have become a perfect storm to conceal the machinations of what I call the cabal in Cleveland - the charlatans who outwardly pretend to care about social issues (housing, child welfare, schools, drugs) while, in reality, they mine these issues for federal and local monies. This is the latest round of grants to come out of the Cleveland Foundation--with my comments *:

Youth Performing Arts Programming:

$150,000 to Cleveland Classic Guitar Society to expand its youth arts mastery programming to reach 500 students in at least 10 locations in neighborhoods across Cleveland. Our grant will be used to support instructional staff and teaching artists, guitars and other equipment, curricula, meals for student participants, printing costs and professional memberships for the organization.

$10,450 to Childrens Museum of Cleveland to create a performing arts program where young children and families can learn, play their own music and work collaboratively to explore topics such as rhythm and pitch. The funding will also allow the museum to work with community partners to host a performance or workshop in the museums theater with a goal of conducting one performance each season.

Health & Human Services for Vulnerable Populations:

$199,500 to CHN Housing Partners to complete Emerald Alliance XI, the final permanent supportive housing facility in the Housing First Coalitions portfolio designed to end chronic homelessness. The facility will include 71 one-bedroom units for chronically homeless individuals with onsite wrap-around services to maximize their opportunity for housing stability.*************THIS IS SO WRONG--READ REALNEO -Google it.

$100,000 to Cleveland Rape Crisis Center (CRCC) to launch a coordinated care model that will engage and support survivors of human trafficking. In addition, CRCC will establish a Drop-In Center that will serve as a hub for all human trafficking services including trauma therapy sessions, justice system advocacy, support groups and more.

$15,000 to the Domestic Violence & Child Advocacy Center to support the Domestic Violence High Risk Team (DVHRT) initiative. This funding will allow DVHRT to partner with a community police department in Cuyahoga County to implement the evidence-based assessment tool Danger Assessment for Law Enforcement (DA-LE) to help identify individuals at the highest risk for violence.

Community Engagement

$200,000 to Global Cleveland to take a leadership role with the city, county and state Census Count Committees to reach hard-to-count immigrant populations and to convene immigrant-serving organizations to raise awareness about the Census. Our grant will also fund the creation of a dashboard to track the value of newcomers to our regional economy as well as planning for the 2nd Sister Cities Conference. ********************WHY? Shut it down. This is a payback position for Joe Cimperman

$25,000 to the Historic Warehouse District Development Corporation for the Lighthouse Park project. This project will create a public space amenity for downtown residents, employees and visitors to gather for recreation, socialization and relaxation while celebrating the Warehouse Districts significance to Clevelands history.

Educational & Professional Opportunities for People of All Ages

$84,250 to JumpStart, Inc. for the ongoing development and growth of the Core City: Cleveland Encore Mentoring Program. Our grant will allow the program to grow its mentoring pool, with a high percentage of African American and Latinx mentors. Our grant will also help Jumpstart evaluate the success of the program and increase the number of companies receiving support.

$119,000 in grants from the Sherman Johnson and Frances Battles Johnson Memorial Fund of the Cleveland Foundation to provide scholarships for 44 students who are residents of Lake or Geauga County in either their third or fourth year of medical school. The colleges receiving grants include Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine, Northeast Ohio Medical University, The Ohio State University, Ohio University Heritage College of Osteopathic Medicine, University of Cincinnati College of Medicine, University of Toledo College of Medicine and Wright State University Boonshoft School of Medicine.

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Posted by lmcshane on 08/20/2019 at 8:53 AM

Re: “Armond Budish is Appointing Former Prosecutor Bill Mason — BILL MASON — as Chief of Staff

Well said, well-written. Now address the Land Bank :)

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Posted by lmcshane on 06/13/2019 at 6:57 PM

Re: “Ken Johnson Goes Full Dingbat in Newsletter Attacking 'Conspirators' in Wards 4 and 6

Sam - equal time. Where is your analysis of Brancatelli and his role in East Cleveland land grab??

Reply to @unpaysan: the friends and family plan only works and is unreported by the PD, if the person is of a lighter skin tone. Hence, Ms. Scott, like Ken Johnson gets scrutiny - but Ron O'Leary, Tony Brancatelli, Kevin Kelley, Gus Frangos, and Jim Rokakis are golden boys with the Land Bank Midas Touch! Mr. O'Leary's wife is also counsel for Cleveland City Council - Kevin Kelley's assistant, Steven Rys, got a sweet deal in Slavic Village, two homes Transfer Date: 5/20/2014 3:10:00 PM
AF Number:
Parcel Deed Type Vol / Page Sales Amt Convey Fee Convey No Multiple Sale / No of Parcels
134-01-024 Warranty Deed / $4,000.00 $16.00 304186 0 / 1
Grantee(s) Grantor(s)
Transfer Date: 4/5/2018 3:36:00 PM
AF Number:
Parcel Deed Type Vol / Page Sales Amt Convey Fee Convey No Multiple Sale / No of Parcels
132-21-070 Survivorship Deed / $6,500.00 $26.00 409536 0 / 1
Grantee(s) Grantor(s)


Tony Brancatelli's cousin got a Land Bank wite out deal and yet she can't pay taxes on her 7010 Claasen house that she got for $4500 despite foreclosing on a house in Garfield Hts. This house was a tax lien foreclosure by Woods Hole ...the Bodzionys now owe $5,147.85 in unpaid taxes. The McClintocks who lost their home (I am guessing they were of a darker skin tone) owed $3,006.41 in unpaid taxes.

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Posted by lmcshane on 06/05/2019 at 9:08 AM

Re: “Cleveland is Prepared to Hand Over a $12 Million 'Loan' to the nuCLEus Project

Thank you for this coverage - no analysis in dying Plain Dealer...

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Posted by lmcshane on 05/15/2019 at 4:14 PM

Re: “Cleveland Selects Clark-Fulton Neighborhood for Millions in Federal Affordable Housing Funds

Lies and more lies -

Brooklyn Centre Masonic
1.5 Acres
2 Major Property Owners
Vision: Preservation of 33,000 SF
Historic Building with Retail or Office.

Tax delinquent
Parcel Number, Deeded Owner, Address, City, State, Zip Code



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Posted by lmcshane on 05/08/2019 at 2:39 PM

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