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Friday, September 7, 2018

Eric Garcetti, Mayor of Los Angeles, Comes One Step Shy of Announcing 2020 Presidential Candidacy at City Club of Cleveland

Posted By on Fri, Sep 7, 2018 at 3:08 PM

The Honorable Eric Garcetti - CITY CLUB OF CLEVELAND
  • City Club of Cleveland
  • The Honorable Eric Garcetti
In a speech that seemed like it might easily culminate in the announcement of his presidential candidacy, Eric Garcetti, the Mayor of Los Angeles, diagnosed American political ills and celebrated the resolve of American cities at the City Club of Cleveland Friday afternoon.

Garcetti, who in Los Angeles has enacted legislation to raise the minimum wage, created a $120 billion infrastructure spending plan, kick-started the largest homelessness and affordable housing initiatives in the country and created a coalition of American Mayors to battle climate change, reminded the City Club audience what a driven and energetic city administrator looks like.

When the audience rose in a standing ovation at the conclusion of Garcetti's remarks, the applause seemed to gasp: We want one of those!

Among the more striking differences between Garcetti and Cleveland Mayor Frank Jackson? Garcetti actually appears to enjoy politics, which he gracefully described as a learned craft that includes listening to constituents and building coalitions. Among other things, he said he goes door-knocking when he's not campaigning because it's just so gratifying to hear what residents have to say. 

Cleveland didn't come up when Garcetti cited the creative work of mayors across the country, evidence, he said, that leaders in Washington should be following the lead of American communities, not the other way around.

"We must flip Washington on its head," he said, citing the preamble to the U.S. Declaration of Independence, (specifically the line which holds that it is the right of the people to "alter or abolish" any form of government which becomes destructive to people's inalienable rights; i.e. life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness). "Washington should be the enabler of America's greatness, not the restorer of it."

Garcetti lifted up the radical transparency of South Bend, Indiana; the housing policies of Washington, D.C.; the dramatic homicide reductions in Topeka, Kansas; the pension negotiations in Cincinnati; and the leadership on opioids in Dayton, leadership which has made Dayton the fastest growing economy in Ohio. (Dayton Mayor Nan Whaley was in attendance.)

Though Garcetti dodged questions about his own presidential plans — "I don't know what I'm going to do" — he did say his Jewish and Mexican ancestry were unlikely to be barriers. And he assured one questioner that his international experience was just as formidable as his domestic work. Not only did he serve as an intelligence officer in the Navy reserves for 12 years, he worked overseas in both Burma and Ethiopia. Resume safely padded, he nevertheless mentioned off the cuff that he'd lived in Thailand. This guy!

The speech was just a real master class in political oratory. He forcefully rejected the divisions that he said have been exploited by political and corporate interests, and cited select personal information — his Jewish grandmother's immigration; his foster children — that humanized his politics. He presented as a warm and bright politician eager and privileged to serve.   

And he concluded on a hopeful note, citing remarks by John McCain and attributing to the American populace the dignity and hope that he said we sorely need more of.

"When has ambition ever failed this nation?" He asked, inciting the awestruck Cleveland audience to dream. "Our reach must exceed our grasp."

Local ambitions did arise briefly in the Q&A. One questioner mentioned the recent economic development discussions underway locally and asked what Garcetti might do to improve Cleveland's performance.

Speaking in general terms, Garcetti said that it couldn't hurt to get a handle on what the local goals are and what the narrative ought to be.

"People don't think of politics as talking about a narrative, but it's what moves people," he said. "Cleveland needs to say who it wants to be and then get everyone involved to say that together."

He advised that while embracing core industries was an obvious key, Cleveland must also not shy away from embracing, and working to overcome, its challenges. 

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IngenuityFest Announces Music Lineup For This Year’s Event

Posted By on Fri, Sep 7, 2018 at 2:17 PM

  • Courtesy of IngenuityFest
Earlier today, the organizers of this year’s IngenuityFest announced the music lineup for this year’s event. The event takes place on Sept. 28, 29 and 30 at the Hamilton Collaborative (located at 5401 Hamilton Ave.) and will feature headliners OSHUN [pictured] and Dressy Bessy.

Other acts slated to perform include Mourning [A] BLKstar, Illuminati Hotties, Champagne Superchillin', Saint Sister, Squonk Opera, Herzog, EYE (Columbus, OH) and the Burning Peppermints, to name just a few of the groups on the bill.

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Here's ESPN Cleveland's Aaron Goldhammer Fulfilling His Promise and Actually Eating Literal Horse Shit

Posted By on Fri, Sep 7, 2018 at 1:53 PM


After four months of dragging his feet, ESPN Cleveland's Aaron Goldhammer fulfilled his on-air promise from earlier this year to "eat horse poop" if the Cleveland Browns snagged Baker Mayfield with the No. 1 pick in the NFL Draft. Goldhammer made the statement after predicting the Browns would go with Sam Darnold, an incorrect prediction that would lead Goldhammer to taste defeat, and literal horse shit.

Being a man of his word, Goldhammer publicly announced that he was going to eat the worst part of every parade, horse droppings, live on air. After weeks and months of hedging, he finally made good today.

Served a bowl of horse manure and ketchup in a legitimately shitty attempt at a meatloaf, Goldhammer ate a spoonful and immediately retched into a lined recycling bin. Moral of the story, don't write checks that your body can't cash.

Or, don't talk shit unless you plan on eating it.

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Ohio Man Claims 'Greatest Generation' Didn't Need Today's 'Snowflake' Heat-Related School Cancellations

Posted By on Fri, Sep 7, 2018 at 1:37 PM

  • Courtesy of Craig Calcaterra

A disgruntled old man named Jack Cowan wrote The Columbus Dispatch this week lamenting the supposed weakness of today's "snowflake" generation, due to the school cancellations in cities like Columbus and Cleveland related to the 90-degree-plus heat wave of the last two weeks.

Hell, the crotchety old man argued, he survived the hottest heat wave in Ohio history — the summer of 1934 when temps reached 106 degrees — so why can't these kids just sit in school and roast like he did.

Of course, air conditioning units didn't become a popular home purchase until after World War II, but Jack wants to remind everyone that back in his day, people could withstand the heat with salt tablets and that "hot classrooms were so far down on the list of discomforts as to be a non-event."


Of course, school wasn't in session during the heat wave of 1934.

And, of course, an estimated 160 people died during the 1934 heat wave in Ohio.

But hey, these friggin' snowflake kids, amirite? 

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The F*SHO Contemporary Furniture Show Returns for 10th Year in Euclid

Posted By on Fri, Sep 7, 2018 at 1:22 PM

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More than 40 Northeast Ohio designers and builders are expected to descend on Euclid next Friday to sell their wares at the 10th annual F*SHO contemporary furniture show.

While the event is free, do expect the prices on many of these one-of-a-kind pieces to take your breath away for a slight second. As anyone interested in purchasing furniture at places other than Target, IKEA or Goodwill must understand, quality, often hand-made, tables and chairs and whatnot are an investment.

Put on by Jason and Amanda Radcliffe of 44 Steel, the pop-up has moved around the Cleveland area since its inception in 2009.

This time the one-day event runs from 5 p.m.-10 p.m. at the HGR Industrial Surplus at 20001 Euclid Avenue in Euclid. Local food trucks and beer vendors will be on hand to keep you satiated. Find out more about the event right here.

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In Advance of His Upcoming Concert at the Kent Stage, Michael Nesmith Reflects on the Monkees Legacy

Posted By on Fri, Sep 7, 2018 at 12:59 PM

  • Ed Heffelfinger
Best known as a member of the Monkees, singer-guitarist Michael Nesmith also fronted the First National Band, a country rock group that included musicians from Nashville. Nesmith, who just played in town over the summer with fellow Monkee Micky Dolenz, returns to Northeast Ohio next week to perform with the reunited First National Band. They come to the Kent Stage on Saturday, Sept. 15. Nesmith's sons, Christian and Jonathan, are among the members of the new First National Band lineup.

In a recent phone interview from his Los Angeles home, Nesmith spoke about the Monkees legacy and his affinity for the First National Band.

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Crust Pizza Kitchen Introduces Late-Night Happy Hour

Posted By on Fri, Sep 7, 2018 at 12:17 PM

  • Courtesy of Crust Pizza Kitchen
One year ago, Crust Pizza Kitchen owners Michael and Meg Griffin relocated their flagship restaurant to the Komorowski building on Professor Ave. in Tremont.

The new location allowed the restaurant to expand and add a full bar, tables and new menu items. Known for its hand-tossed, scratch-made pizza, Crust has landed on the Daily Meal list of "The Best Pizza in Every State," a Food Network compilation of the “Best Pizzas in America’s Biggest Cities” and other “best of” lists since the expansion.

Now, it has just introduced a special late-night happy hour that takes place from 10 p.m. to midnight on Tuesdays through Saturdays.

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