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Re: “Former Cleveland Community Development Director Arrested for Attempted Sex with Minor

There goes the retooling of the Cuyahoga County Land Bank - too bad, since Cosgrove got a "get-out-of-jail" card when he escaped scrutiny as inept head of City of Cleveland Community Development Department and now the microscope with be on Neighborhood Housing Solutions, which the Land Bank cabal had hoped to utilize in their new role of flipping rehabbed properties... of course, with Cheryl Stephens voting on Cuyahoga County Council today - I am sure they adopted continued funding of the corrupt Cuyahoga Count Land Reutilization Corp aka the Cuyahoga County Land Bank..

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Posted by lmcshane on 11/27/2018 at 9:28 PM

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?

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: “Former Cleveland Councilman Brian Cummins Has Accepted Peace Corps Job in Tbilisi, Georgia

Sam - we get that Brian Cummins is your friend. That's great. He is a wonky, decent guy, who tried to be a good councilperson, but failed miserably. Sadly, I don't hold out much hope for Santana, either. Please spend your time and effort as a journalist trying to cover events and stories that matter, like corruption inherent in the council-run CDCs and collusion with Cleveland Housing Network and the City and Cuyahoga County Land Bank. But, if you do intend to prop up former council person's political aspirations, then give equal time to Zach Reed, Jeff Johnson, TJ Dow and Terrell Pruitt.

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Posted by lmcshane on 11/08/2018 at 9:39 AM

Re: “Does Cleveland.com Editor Chris Quinn Hate Journalists as Much as it Sounds Like He Does?

Thanks for dissecting this kerfuffle - let's be honest, too. Chris Quinn is Rachel Dissell's editor. He is a big man, upset that his female reporter had the nerve to express her own opinion. Twitter is not an official news source. Why is she not allowed to have an opinion? My guess- women in this town are only to speak when asked to speak.

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Posted by lmcshane on 10/13/2018 at 9:06 AM

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