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Re: “A Way Too Early Look at the Race to Succeed Mayor Frank Jackson

We have to break this cycle - the entrenched monopoly and dark government in Cuyahoga County and Cleveland has destroyed our potential to attract businesses and young talent. We need someone willing to take apart the secrecy and open government services to full accountability. The people mentioned are all corrupted.

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Posted by lmcshane on 03/07/2019 at 10:53 AM

Re: “Muckraker Roldo Bartimole Will Revisit Cleveland History in New Series

Roldo refuses to address the bloated crony political dynasty around his pal Jim Rokakis-which includes 36, not the 10 employees first pitched for the Cuyahoga County Land Bank. Forest City's Sam Miller groomed Mike White and Jim Rokakis to play off each other at City Hall during the nineties. Two short men w/big egos ripe for cultivation. That relationship spawned Housing Court, Neighborhood Housing Services and Cleveland Housing Network- and grew Slavic Village and Detroit Shoreway CDCs to the monster of pay-offs, bribes and secret land deals that they are today. It is rumored that Rokakis heavily subsidized Roldo's Point of View publication. Ask that question?

Posted by lmcshane on 03/07/2019 at 10:32 AM

Re: “The Watchdog Sleeps: Cleveland.com Defies Logic to Defend Armond Budish

Publishing here under my own name on my day off from work - the corruption goes beyond Budish - the whole racket in this town relates to government agencies milking federal dollars. I am asking you -Sam Allard -to relate information I have sent to you regarding Tony Brancatelli. He chairs the Cuyahoga County Land Bank. The tentacles of this quasi-governmental agency tie into construction, demolition, real estate schemes that are perpetuated and protected by Newhouse Media - Forest City and Advance communications. To what end? The WSJ just ranked cities in terms of the economy and jobs. Cleveland is a cold market along with NYC. Wake up people. This region needs a tax base and the folks in charge are not building an economy - they are flipping a corpse.

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Posted by lmcshane on 03/04/2019 at 1:11 PM

Re: “Armond Budish Responds to Raid: It Was a 'Political Attack' a 'Public Stunt'

Corruption under Russo and Dimora largely consisted of contract steering and building a loyalty network of the very same employees still part of the crony party politics in NEO. But, Rokakis and Frangos also cultivated loyalists during their administration of the Treasurer's office. Selective properties sold as third party tax liens and selectively overlooking the "dirty dozen" - so many politically connected folks, like Robert McCall, who was the strawbuyer on the YMCA at 3881 W. 25th St. The real estate component of corruption at Cuy Cty was largely overlooked by the FBI and the Plain Dealer, because the Ratners control real estate interests - along with other players like Mitch Schneider, Stark and Peter Rubin. Early on- NGOs like Cleveland Housing Network, Eden and Neighborhood Housing Services were incorporated to exploit Low Income Tax Credits. Hiring practices at HHS and Community Development -CDCs through City of Cleveland and Cuyahoga County extend to created NGOs receiving BIG federal monies for social services - hiring of Sharon Sobol Jordan at Centers for Families for $330K after it was vacated by Lee Fisher is an example. I would not be surprised, if Brent Larkin and Chris Quinn trot out Rokakis as a replacement for Armond Budish. This nightmare will never end.

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Posted by lmcshane on 02/18/2019 at 5:55 PM

Re: “Frank Jackson is Frequently Absent from City Hall Because He's Caring for His Sick Wife. Thanks Cleveland.com!

Thank you for this story - http://www.city.cleveland.oh.us/CityofClev… Sharon Dumas is effectively running the City of Cleveland. She has been interim Chief of Staff since Dec 2017. She should be appointed to the position and then there should be a special election. Wall Street Journal recently quoted Sharon Dumas in an article on cities that are building their "rainy day" fund. She seems like an able administrator, but she is also saddled with a lot of dead weight in Building, Health and Community Development departments, to name a few. Jackson needs to step down immediately.

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Posted by lmcshane on 02/07/2019 at 10:08 AM

Re: “(Trumpets!) Cuyahoga County Indictments Released ... (Fart Noise)

Thank you for questioning O'Malley's trumpet of justice. This is all wrong and it should be exposed, but will he go after Sharon Sobol Jordan and Budish? Highly unlikely. Will ANYONE in Cuyahoga County question the set-up known as the Cuyahoga County Land Reutilization Corporation? It has been set up to apparently to evade any scrutiny by design. It was incorporated by former County Treasurer Jim Rokakis, who is consistently given a pass on every evil kick-back scheme he cooked up. The vast network of HUD funded CDCs, Housing Court, federal and county HHS monies towards Cleveland Housing Network, Neighborhood Housing Services, Centers for Ohio have grown to bloated proportions hiring friends and relatives, who are paid six figure incomes. The network grew out of his time in Cleveland City Council and now he is protected by his benefactors - like Dan Brady, Dale Miller and, his former BOR employee Cheryl Stephens on Cuyahoga County Council. Expect them to rubber stamp $30 million dollars to hand out to their CCLB friends. It is a repulsive network of parasitism that we continue to vote into office.

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Posted by lmcshane on 01/19/2019 at 2:51 PM

Re: “Brian 'Trailhawk' Zimmerman Just Got a Taxpayer-Funded $44,000 Gas-Guzzler

Appalling that this is a perk of a county job, but then consider all of the other non-profit leaders in our region raking in more than Zimmerman. Sharon Sobol Jordan made $330K to run Centers for Ohio- she was essentially handed the job from Lee Fisher and now Armond Budish is cooking up some way to pay her more at the "Unify Project." Cleveland City Council President Kevin Kelley is CHAUFFEURED every day by a Cleveland Police Officer. We also have the quasi-governmental Cuyahoga County Land Reutilization which is asking for $30 million dollars from Cuyahoga County Council, but were not allowed to ask any questions about it because wait...it's a non-profit...no wait, it's a governmental entity...we're lawyers!!!

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Posted by lmcshane on 01/18/2019 at 9:19 AM

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