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Re: “Kevin Kelley's Community Chest

This practice is why there is an effort for charter reform and term limits on Cleveland City Council. Thank you for this report - I will post at REALNEO .us, where I have archived this information. This article from 1993 references the newly created PAC:

Plain Dealer, The (Cleveland, OH) - Friday, September 17, 1993
Big Business is PAC-ing in the money for Cleveland City Council.

PACs, or political action committees, account for nearly one-third of the money raised by a newly formed "Council Leadership Fund," which has collected $135,563 to retain a majority of council members who face re-election this year, according to documents filed yesterday with the Cuyahoga County Board of Elections.

Political action committees representing area law firms, businesses and developers, many of which represent interests that do business with the city, contributed $42,800 to the fund.

The fund is controlled by Council President Jay Westbrook. Mayor Michael R. White and businessman Sam Miller have pledged to help Westbrook raise $300,000.

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Posted by lmcshane on 12/06/2017 at 9:04 AM
Posted by lmcshane on 11/28/2017 at 11:01 AM

Re: “Three City Councilmen Go Down, But Other Incumbents Cruise

Congratulations to Jasmin Santana, but she has an uphill battle against the shadow government behind the mega CDC Detroit Shoreway. Cummins will get some toady reward job at City Hall as already acknowledged in the Clevelanddotcom editorial - he joins Sabra Pierce-Scott, Eugene Miller, Lance Mason and more.... Thank you to Shalira Taylor, who made a dent in the Land Bank machine by garnering votes in gerrymandered Slavic Village against Tony Brancatelli. She heads to Washington next week to meet with HUD Secretary Ben Carson. Stay tuned.

Posted by lmcshane on 11/10/2017 at 6:58 AM

Re: “In Ward 14, Cleveland's Ugliest City Council Race is Getting Even Uglier

WC Reed Field was not a superfund site. It was test case for the City of Cleveland to use CERCLA funds on other City of Cleveland parks. Cummins gave away a portion of WC Reed field to the developer NRP, knowing full well that the site was contaminated fill. Later, several residents left the building due to environmental conditions that involved the sewer gases from the Denison interceptor. It took five long years for WC Reed to be reopened. The whole time, our park was fenced off - unlike, Clark Field which is also undergoing environmental remediation with EPA funds. I agree that the park FINALLY is starting to look good. It helps that there are FOUR majestic oaks saved by residents like myself -from annilhation by Anthony Bracatelli. Cummins also tried to give away part of the park to Riverside Cemetery- he was duplicitous in every move he has made as a councilman. WC Reed Field looks good now and was spared from development by residents who fought to save it. Diane Morgan had to work to save Storer Park in her neighborhood from a giveaway Cummins planned with a neighboring business.

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Posted by lmcshane on 10/27/2017 at 9:07 AM

Re: “In Ward 14, Cleveland's Ugliest City Council Race is Getting Even Uglier

I posted this before - but it bears repeating. WHY no one should vote for Brian Cummins. Just a short list of his colossal failures:

--give-away of public parkland for NRP Foster Pointe - low income housing (built on contaminated fill)
--failed housing project Aberdeen Homes- later demo'd at tax-payer expense and given back to the shady developers
--failure to control unchecked house flipping and strawbuyers during 2008 housing crisis, including CMHA deal for former Art House director
--failure to save historic properties and legacy of fraud w/CDBG funds used to purchase Art House/Wirth House while he directed Old Brooklyn CDC
--YMCA flipping and deterioration under his council representation by Robert McCall, who is a listed LinkedIn friend of the councilman-over 118K wited out by Cuyahoga County Land Bank
--touting Masonic Building transfer to August Garfoli and John McCartney of Ginmark-White Gold LLC - now delinquent 40K and growing in unpaid taxes (Ginmark was also a County Land Bank demolition contractor)
--creation of non-representative CDC, Stockyard, Clark-Fulton, Brooklyn Centre- now rebranded Metro West in collusion with Matt Zone and Anthony Brancatelli under Detroit Shoreway Community Development Corporation (DSCDO)
--Dilapidation of Coral Group Brooklyn Plaza owned by DSCDO partner Peter Rubin Coral Group
--Aragon redevelopment w/use of public monies, still undisclosed by Brian Cummins- project is at complete standstill
--Loss of community services including grocery store ALDIs and Head Start daycare at UCC Archwood
--Pitching a complex redevelopment along West 25th that involved displacing a tire store, permiting said tire store in a pager building owned by Sam Nazmi Khaleq - who was named in Cuyahoga County corruption scandal-foiled by area residents
--Pitching the sale of the historic Carnegie South Branch Library for reuse using historic tax credits as part of fraudulent "Villa Hispana" -foiled by area residents, but resulting in a dangerous temporary relocation of the library to the commerical strip along Clark Ave.
--Attempted transfer of Storer Park to a commercial property owner - foiled by area residents
--Prior knowledge of City of Cleveland application for EPA clean up monies for WC Reed field that led to "remediation" and closure of vital community space from 2012-2017
--Continued dilapidation of housing throughout the ward with problematic conditions ignored when reported by residents, including a vacant house w/squatters adjacent to Denison K-8 school.
--Fraudulent dealing with Cleveland Housing Network to structure fake "Dream Neighborhood" (rebranded International Village) and fraudulent transfer of the YMCA to CHN-Eden for "permanent supportive" housing, less than one mile from an existing problem facility South Pointe Commons.

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Posted by lmcshane on 10/26/2017 at 6:55 PM

Re: “In Ward 14, Cleveland's Ugliest City Council Race is Getting Even Uglier

I attended Omar Medina's first community campaign outreach. Jasmin Santana opened the program and from the get go, it was apparent that most of the folks came to hear Medina, because of Jasmin. Medina was wishy-washy and evasive, alluding to his wonderful relationship with the fake CDC SCFBC - now MetroWest - really the mega CDC Detroit Shoreway. I could feel the immediate distrust of Medina by residents at that event. I knew then that Medina was a puppet run by MetroWest CDC as an easy Hispanic foil for Cummins-and frankly, I think most of the attendees, including Jasmin felt the same way..
Residents in Ward 14 HAVE NOT been well represented by Brian Cummins- Sam Allard knows this because we have discussed this. The divisiveness reported in this article is a response to the fact that the Jasmin Santana campaign knows better than to be trapped by Cummins' tricks. Gloria Ferris IS NOT a neutral organizer. She is on the board of Detroit Shoreway now and served on SCFBC committees. There is a lot of behind the scenes real estate deals (see REALNEO) with respect to Detroit Shoreway and the special friends who are in on those deals. The power play for Ward 14 is about the federal monies allocated to CDCs through the council reps. Ultimately, the PAC also controlling the mayoral race plays into this race. And, while I despise clevelanddotcom they wrote about this if you google Mike White PAC and Frank Jackson.

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Posted by lmcshane on 10/26/2017 at 6:41 PM

Re: “Taking On the Man

I would think that the Scene author Sam Allard would have noted an attempt to connect with Shalira Taylor, if the effort was made by the Scene. He is usually thorough about things like that. I frankly think that a lot of our local media give anyone associated with the Land Bank a free pass. It is the most corrupt outfit in town, run by Gus Frangos (and shadow player Jim Rokakis) - two guys who should be locked up for what they have down to destroy community in this town - first by selling tax liens that disproportionately left African-American families homeless, then playing fast and loose with tax appraisals and looking the other way on the so-called "Dirty Dozen" and more special friends w/tax delinquencies over 100K, now witing out debt and demo'ing strategic areas of the city like East Cleveland to be stockpiled. NOTE: Scene magazine was one of the only publications to call out the Cuyahoga County Land Bank for their involvement w/the toxic Noble Rd dump in East Cleveland. Joe Pagonakis recently covered a story on the illegal dumping by City of Cleveland and Cuyahoga County along Big Creek in the Bellaire-Puritas neighborhood. The mob connections to these demolition contractors have everyone looking the other way - but this racket has it's roots in the City Council days of Rokakis and Frangos, when Frangos discovered arson and demos were big money in Tremont and he legislated the first foray into "land banking," with the City of Cleveland's "land bank."

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Posted by lmcshane on 10/26/2017 at 9:06 AM

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