CHECK THE FENCE NOW - CUYAHOGA COUNTY COMING UNGLUED

Submitted by Jeff Buster on Mon, 12/10/2007 - 23:25.

   We have all had the experience of lying, or trying to do something which is beyond our capacity. 

And we fall flat on our face...

Well, the Cuyahoga County Commissioners tried to do a broadside media campaign to spin the taxpayers about "conserve, preserve" while the Commissioners were defacing a national architectural landmark.

So they hired a publicist - who had never done bill board broadsides, and the result? 

ALL THE WORK THE COUNTY PAID FOR, JUST FELL OFF THE WALL.  IT ALL CAME UNGLUED.

No, I am not talking figuratively, but literally.

Check the Fence yourself!

Mr. Hagan, Mr. Dimora, this is embarrassing, no?

Will you ask  PR Mobius Gray, the printer and applicator for the county's money back? 

If, as I suspect,  you are not going to ask for the  taxpayer's money back, why not?

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Check the website, too

We did our homework. We asked people in the community; professionals, and passersby; suburbanites, and city dwellers; people that live, work and do business in the area; their perception of what County government does. Frankly, the answers surprised us. We found out a lot of people were confused, or just plain didn’t know what we do, or how it benefits them.

Click on-- about the fence, about the county and about the construction-- (for what, answers?)

marvelous work, darlings

Well, one thing we know is that with the county there's a lot of flash but little of lasting value, and they probably cheap it on the basics--in this case, the glue or adhesive--or buy all the best but don't know what to do with it, as in applying the campaign materials to an inhospitable surface--something people with common sense just don't do. The themes are all there, and they keep repeating themselves.

 

There has to be a useable pun in there somewhere about them coming unstuck, or unglued.

'County did it's home work" Where, when, who did homework?

Imc, where did the "we did our homework" language come from?   It would be interesting to file a public records request for the "we asked the people in the community" documents. 

I bet there was no such "study".  Anyone know who conducted this purported "study"?

Are the Commissioners just lying to us again and trying to spin their impeachable performance with PR campaigns paid for with our dollars?

Look no further

Look no further than the county web page checkthefence.us--about the fence, which I predict will disappear before you can say

B-R-E-U-E-R    B-U-I-L-D-I-N-G

zip, eh?

clicked on "About the Construction" - got nada
clicked on "+ SUBMITTED COMMENTS" - got nada (does this mean that no one is submitting comments or do they go into a black hole? Have any of you submitted comments there? I haven't; I usually call Lawson Jones, Rokakis, Shergalis or Trotter...)

What in the world is this for and who paid for it?

If the county needs to have a way for citizens to find them, might I suggest they offer a better and searchable website with a google map that explains where the county buildings are and what services are offered in each building (and RTA directions would be nice, too).

Here's an experiment for you to try: Go to Cuyahoga County website and try a search on Barb Shergalis to see where her office is and what she does for the county. Let me know what you find.

FBI INVESTIGATION - WHY NO NEWS ON FENCE?

Before the County clowns pull the site down, I have grabbed a copy of their lying PR and post it here below.  I will get a screen grab too.  The following is copied from the Cuyahoga County Clown's site  on  12.11.07
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About the Fence In 2006, the Board of County Commissioners bought the property at East Ninth and Euclid Avenue and announced that it would be the site of new county administration complex. The reasons were many, but the Commissioners’ vision was to consolidate a substantial number of county offices and employees at one place, both to save taxpayer dollars, and to solve some of the headaches residents have in connecting to County services at their present locations at more than a dozen sites throughout the County. At the same time, the Board of Commissioners wanted to send a message to all residents, that County government exists to help them, to stimulate growth, to protect health and safety, and to provide stability that enhances the quality of life in the community. The East Ninth Street site presented an ideal location to express this vision, since thousands of County residents, live, work, pass by, or patronize the entertainment in the area. The site is at the center of the efforts to renew and improve the commercial heart of the City and County – Euclid Avenue. But with all the construction of the Euclid Corridor project, and other renewal efforts – and faced with the reality that building the new County offices would take a number of years – there was the chance that the message would get lost in the flurry of orange barrels and bulldozers. We did our homework. We asked people in the community; professionals, and passersby; suburbanites, and city dwellers; people that live, work and do business in the area; their perception of what County government does. Frankly, the answers surprised us. We found out a lot of people were confused, or just plain didn’t know what we do, or how it benefits them. So we came up with the idea of using the construction barrier that would surround the site of the new complex as a kind of “living billboard,” or theater “marquee” to help us tell our story, and help the community understand all the ways County government touches their lives. We hope the fence catches your attention. We hope you take the time to check this website, and follow the links it provides to the wealth of information and services the County provides. Don’t forget to check the fence!!!

This is a gross misuse of tax dollars

I submitted this comment to checkthefence.us today....submit your own comments, too.  It's fun and useless!

I do appreciate what the county tries to do

I work with lots of people with Cuyahoga County, in many departments, and I think the people in the field are excellent. It is very sad they are under the shadow of all this strange behavior.

Disrupt IT

Me, too

  I have the utmost respect for the working dogs at Cuyahoga County administrative offices and other big agencies like NEORSD and NOACA.  There are some great minds, that have been locked up in dark closets, because their ideas are too bold and innovative.  The web site as a website shows talented individuals at work--the content shows something else...