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Re: “Mayor Frank Jackson — Surprise! — is Running for Mayor

He mumbled his way through the announcement with a pronounced lack of enthusiasm? Wow! How NOT surprising! He's just the guy this city needs as mayor for the next four years. FRANK NEEDS TO RETIRE. We need... well, I was going to say "new" energy, but in reality, ANY energy would be good at this point. Frank refuses to hold anyone - his staff, his department heads, contractors for the city, ANYONE that does business with the city, the schools (administration and board), the state - accountable for anything, so the residents, people who work here and business owners in Cleveland routinely are screwed over and our tax money squandered. And shame on Matt Zone for supporting this lackluster candidate. He knows better.

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Posted by sandy on 02/03/2017 at 1:53 PM

Re: “Steve Loomis Says He Won't Resign From the Cleveland Community Police Commission

Why don't they change the bylaws of the commission to require attendance? Something to the effect that any commissioner missing three meetings in a 12-month period is removed... Since Loomis won't be at the meeting to vote on it, and 10 out of 13 want him off, it easily will pass. As for the others, if they've missed more than three meetings in 12 months, their responsibility to the committee's mission and the other committee members should be questioned, so they all should agree to it.

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Posted by sandy on 12/01/2016 at 3:33 PM

Re: “Single Mother of Two Also Lost Everything in Fire That Destroyed Newlyweds' Belongings

What, if anything, is being done to help the single mom? Is there a GoFundMe for her or perhaps a fund set up at a bank? I'd contribute if one is set up.

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Posted by sandy on 10/07/2016 at 2:34 PM

Re: “Capitol Improvements: Theatre Enthusiasts Face Grim Realities with Courage and Grace

I contacted the Capitol on behalf of a non-profit group that wanted to show a film there.

We thought this not only was a great opportunity for us, but also a great opportunity to promote a local theater. We have a large following; many are folks who are not from that neighborhood who would have been introduced to the Capitol and the Detroit-Shoreway area's restaurants for the first time. Plus, the film (and the Capitol) would have been promoted to our thousands of followers on social media.

We didn't expect to get one of the screens for free, but as a non-profit, we were hoping for less than market rate. The only option available to us was the smallest theater, fewer than 100 seats, and the cost of renting that theater was so high that in order to even make $5/person/ticket (the filmmaker was donating the use of the film and was paying his own way to Cleveland to present it), we would have had to have charged $25/person. We asked about providing wine or beer and appetizers for our supporters, so that we could increase the ticket price to make more money since it was meant to be a fundraiser. We were told our supporters would have to purchase their snacks and drinks from the concession stand. In other words, the management of a theater that routinely is nearly empty refused to work with us to bring additional, potentially new patrons to the theater. We were forced to tell the filmmaker we were unable to accept his generous offer.

Perhaps if the owners and operators of the Capitol weren't pennywise and pound foolish, they would be able to pay back what they owe to the city of Cleveland. The fact that they cannot should be an embarrassment to them and should have had them thinking about marketing plans years ago.

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Posted by sandy on 09/30/2016 at 10:50 AM

Re: “Mike and Dee's Diner Keeps it Simple and Delicious

Sounds like good food and lots of it, but if his motto is "Simple things done well," why have bad coffee? Really good coffee and coffee makers are available to anyone and everyone these days, so there's no excuse for weak or bad coffee...none. It's a huge pet peeve when a place that claims to be a breakfast and lunch joint has bad/weak coffee. Invest an extra penny a cup and use good coffee!!!

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Posted by sandy on 09/07/2016 at 10:45 AM

Re: “Coastal Taco Improves Its Game, Slowly but Surely

We went there a few weeks after it opened. Our server knew nothing and had to be told more than once that our bill was wrong (she charged us full price for happy hour drinks and then questioned us when we pointed out they were supposed to be a different price, which means she was charging every other table in her station full price instead of happy hour price). Considering the fact that there seemed to be more employees milling around than customers when we were there, we were surprised at how long it took to initially be acknowledged by our server (we finally had to stop a different server to ask for glasses of water), have her return with our drink order (at least 15 minutes), receive our food (wrong food was brought to us twice) and finally receive a corrected bill. When the food arrived, we were disappointingly surprised at the size of the portions. Don't go in there expecting to make a meal on 2-3 tacos. The tortillas are slightly larger than a slice of lemon. Happy Hour special when we were there was five for $5, and you need all five and then some if you're not planning to eat dinner after you leave. And if you're there for dinner when it's not happy hour and you're paying $3 or more per taco, expect a fairly steep bill for not much food. The guacamole was served in a very small ramekin and was, if I remember, $6 or $7. it really was a single serving, and it was just plain, old guacamole. The whole thing was an overpriced letdown. We left hungry and annoyed. We thought about calling or writing the owners, but we figured it wouldn't be open long enough to get a response.

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Posted by sandy on 08/17/2016 at 11:12 AM

Re: “Marie-Josee Gatian is Cleveland's Ultimate Dog Trainer

Sorry, but her "training" methods sound pretty terrible to me. Take a terrified dog from an abusive, neglectful situation and expose it repeatedly to what terrifies it? First of all, that's just cruel and second, the point of training is to build trust with the animal so that it understands the behavior you want and trusts you that you're making the right decisions for it. I'm not a trainer (neither, apparently, is Marie-Josee Gatian) but I rehabilitated a dog from a fighting situation and he was terrified of many things: groups of people, being handled below the neck, cars, loud noises, towels, the vet or anything resembling medical treatment... We got him through all of that not by forcing him to face his fears, but by teaching him to trust me and to know that I wouldn't do anything to hurt or scare him. One by one, his "fears" disappeared, until he was a happy dog who enjoyed life and who trusted me.

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Posted by sandy on 06/15/2016 at 10:52 AM

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