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Ken Surratt at Cuyahoga County answers FOIA w/doctored reports

Submitted by lmcshane on Thu, 03/23/2017 - 09:29.
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March 23, 2017

Please find attached the Land Bank reports submitted to the administration and County Council as of 6/30/16 and 12/31/16 listing structures for which the CCLRC used funds in whole or in part from the Cuyahoga Property Demolition Fund.

 

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Requiem for the Living - Lenten Season Spring 2017

Submitted by lmcshane on Mon, 03/20/2017 - 14:55.
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Lent is a shortened form of the Old English word len(c)ten, meaning "spring season." Lent 2017 is observed from March 1 [Ash Wednesday] through April 15 [Holy Saturday], with Easter celebrated, Sunday, April 16. In Christian denominations, it is a time of repentance, culminating in a joyful celebration on Easter Sunday commemorating the Resurrection of Christ. Many congregations celebrate the Lenten season with chorale presentations.

 

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Fraud - Cuyahoga County Land Bank

Submitted by lmcshane on Sat, 03/04/2017 - 12:35.

West side CABAL is thick with loyalty dollars handed out through CDCs. Some of the deals don't involve direct cash - but, instead, valuable la

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Eric Brewer for Mayor of Cleveland Ohio

Submitted by lmcshane on Sat, 02/18/2017 - 10:30.

Cleveland mayoral contender Eric Jonathan Brewer says he'll file criminal “dereliction” charges against Jackson if he doesn't reopen Public Square “There is no ambiguity whatsoever in Chapter 11, Section 71 of Cleveland's charter under the heading of "Executive" as it pertains to the duties of the mayor. It's the same under Ohio's general laws. The mayor shall enforce the duly-enacted resolutions and ordinances of the council.

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Cuyahoga County Corruption - $50M demolition slush fund

Submitted by lmcshane on Mon, 02/13/2017 - 09:49.

 

 

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Metroparks has Good $ense to kill Canalways Stage One - but still the last leg of Towpath is ridiculously $$ expensive

Submitted by lmcshane on Sat, 02/11/2017 - 10:08.

 I attended an update meeting for the Towpath Trail held at the Cleveland Metroparks on February 7th, 2017 at the Ohio and Erie Canalway Center. The meeting was a bit of an upset as new trail completion stages for the "Towpath Trail" extension to downtown were released.

Consent Decree

Submitted by lmcshane on Sat, 01/14/2017 - 09:39.

 Eric J Brewer: Forest Gump is smarter than Mayor Frank Jackson. I'm amazed at how after nearly 12 years in office Jackson doesn't understand that he's been “suckered” by Chief of Police Calvin Williams, Safety Director Michael McGrath and Executive Assistant Martin Flask. As mayor I'd fire all three my first day on the job. I'd hope they had sense enough to resign.

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Dumping Ground

Submitted by lmcshane on Wed, 12/28/2016 - 09:05.

 From Eric J Brewer - and Jerry Strothers http://44112news.com/?p=11472:

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Welcome Back! Eric J. Brewer reflects on the transition...

Submitted by lmcshane on Mon, 12/05/2016 - 06:58.

 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NHp7AfnZPk4&feature=share

Reprinteed from EJB on Facebook:

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How to Lick a Cat

Submitted by lmcshane on Sat, 11/12/2016 - 09:53.

I lost my mechanic - he died suddenly this past month.  Selfishly, I am very sad for myself.  I don't know how to fix a car - I need to learn- or give up my car.  My mechanic couldn't find anyone to work in his shop.  The last time I saw him - he was trying to train a young man from Ohio Technical College.  

 

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Timeline of Rokakis, Cummins, Brancatelli deceit on near west side.

Submitted by lmcshane on Sun, 11/06/2016 - 10:25.

 Both Brian Cummins and Tony Brancatelli came to us as council representatives from the "Community Development" CDC world.   Cummins worked for Old Brooklyn Development Corporation and Brancatelli for Slavic Village Development Corporation.  Brancatelli was groomed to fill Ed Rybka's position - Cummins was not.  Emily Lipovan was groomed to fill the Rokakis council seat after he appointed Merle Gordon.

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I HEART Trails - Fall 2016

Submitted by lmcshane on Sat, 11/05/2016 - 07:31.

 Great fall conference for http://ihearttrails.org/ - I learned that Ohio has a 110 mile trail that runs through four counties http://www.eastgatecog.org/GOLTRG.aspx (not the Ohio and Erie Canal towpath) - and met folks who have volunteered for years to make and keep trails, like the Rachel Carson Trail accessible to the public.

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Cleveland Bricks LLC > $$$ > CDCs> find the kickback

Submitted by lmcshane on Sat, 10/29/2016 - 05:07.
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 Several people have recently contacted REALNEO for an update into the investigation on Cleveland Bricks LLC.  As you may recall - Lily Miller initiated this investigation : http://realneo.us/search/node/cleveland+bricks

http://realneo.us/content/cuyahoga-county-land-bank-report-fraud-waste-hud

A reminder:

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Transparency Camp in Cleveland 2016

Submitted by lmcshane on Sat, 10/15/2016 - 22:10.

 I am going to try and revisit this post to update it with information gleaned from the Sunlight Foundation.  First, I will say I was extremely proud that the Cleveland Public Library hosted this event and that the Library Director Felton Thomas opened the session eloquently with his personal experience on how libraries are the great equalizer in society.

Casino Slush Fund in Ward 14 -- ask Brian Cummins : why does Faraj family make out ?

Submitted by lmcshane on Thu, 09/29/2016 - 09:31.
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 Attached image shows allocations from 2012-2013 - I have asked reporter Mark Naymik to provide an update.  Brian Cummins is giving $10,000 to Ali Faraj of the Aragon Ballroom development (for water line) and an undisclosed amount to Fred Faraj (relation?) -developer who is attempting to revive Brooklyn Centre plaza foreclosed by Peter Rubin Coral Group (Coral is landlord for Detroit Shoreway Development Corporation - where Jeff Ramsey plays fast and loose with CDBG funds and developer fees).

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Paying for Experience over Things-Labor Day 2016

Submitted by lmcshane on Tue, 09/06/2016 - 07:23.

 

I rode my bike down to the Air Show yesterday - Labor Day 2016.  It was a beautiful day to see the diversity that is CLE.  

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Comments to PD's weak editorial -Watchdog on leave

Submitted by lmcshane on Wed, 08/31/2016 - 18:37.

FTR - I posted this morning and there were no investigations recorded for 2015 and 2015...and suddenly - *Presto - there is some effort to show that the County IG actually does something....

http://www.cleveland.com/naymik/index.ssf/2016/08/cuyahoga_county_watchdog_on_le.html

 

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AMERICA Stop Cooking the Books

Submitted by lmcshane on Sat, 08/27/2016 - 08:44.
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SIGTARP - here's your evidence - #FRAUD #Corruption with Hardest Hit Funds

Submitted by lmcshane on Sun, 08/14/2016 - 10:12.
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 Please see the Cuyahoga County Land Bank press release --SPOONFED to Cleveland.com on the transfer of the former YMCA to CHN-Eden - please read the comments before they are deleted:

http://www.cleveland.com/business/index.ssf/2016/08/former_brooklyn_ymca_long_empt.html

 

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CLE Open for Business - but it is still Pay to Play

Submitted by lmcshane on Tue, 08/02/2016 - 20:07.

 Here's a big not-so-secret - Frank Jackson hired his former girlfriend - Merle Gordon - to head up the dysfunctional City of Cleveland Health Department.  The City of Cleveland has a cronyism problem with pretty much every dysfunctional department at City Hall (Building and Housing, Community Development).  But, the news media won't do any hard-hitting investigation, because the Greater Cleveland Partnership has to keep the status quo, until they can find another puppet to run the city.

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Blue Happy

Submitted by lmcshane on Mon, 07/25/2016 - 17:22.
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 I just got back from my summer, happy place - the Frostburg Pool.  I sometimes wonder why I have to travel to find this paradise.  Afterall, Cleveland has Lake Erie.

But, I can't seem to relax in Cleveland.  I always feel some dread.  I hate seeing trash on the streets and abandoned houses.  I go to Frostburg, Maryland, and it is clean - there is pride in place.  The Frostburg Pool is crystal clear and COLD.  Kids are laughing and families are civil towards each other.  There is a diving board.

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Land Banks vs. Land Trust

Submitted by lmcshane on Sat, 07/23/2016 - 20:38.
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 My sister and I have been discussing land banks versus land trusts.  It's an interesting distinction - before Rokakis and Frangos engineered their own private party known as the Cuyahoga Land Reutilization Corp (or "Land Bank")--the region had a "land trust" that was intended to keep housing affordable.  It was known as the Cuyahoga Community Land Trust.  Here is the history of Neighborhood Housing Services of Greater Cleveland - this information was taken from a cached record of the site:

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RTA facing catastrophic loss of revenue - but we have a PRETTY Public Square - carry on

Submitted by lmcshane on Sat, 07/09/2016 - 10:58.

 RTA is facing  a massive loss of revenue - but, who cares, right?!  We have our priorities straight - fixing up Public Square - to impress some republicans... and leaving taxpayers with the costs. 

 

http://www.cleveland.com/metro/index.ssf/2016/07/rta_facing_catastrophic_revenu.html

 

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Appalling abuse of power by City of Cleveland, Community Development and CDCs

Submitted by lmcshane on Thu, 07/07/2016 - 20:10.

 
The Department of Community Development would like to transfer $619,000 from the SHAP program to the Housing Trust Fund. The posting was made in the June 10th 2016 Friday edition of the Plain Dealer in the “Market Place” location.
Along the way, the Department of Community Development had asked for $619,000

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