The Cover-UP

Submitted by lmcshane on Tue, 11/08/2011 - 11:05.

 Stockyards Development Corporation

Posted this comment today in response to this article:

To recoup demolition costs, Cleveland targets out-of-state property firms

Cleveland says it has leveled 4,300 structures since 2008 at a cost of $25.9 million. The city has recovered only $1.8 million, a rate of 7 percent.

By Thomas Ott, Monday, November 07, 2011, 6:00 AM

In October 2009 Joe Bialek--long time Slavic Village rep posted to an article on Brancatelli's violation of Ohio Election code.  The PD blocked Bialek:

     During my time (1993 to 1999) as President of {the now defunct} South East Clevelanders Together I worked to promote community organizing in Ward 12 {Slavic Village} to address quality of life issues {such as crime watch} in an aggressive and systematic manner. During that time, Ward 12 was represented by current City of Cleveland Director of Building and Housing Edward W. Rybka and the former Broadway Area Housing Coalition nka Slavic Village Development headed then by current Ward 12 Councilman Anthony Brancatelli.
     Needless to say, it did not take long for our organization to clash with the former Councilman's housing group. Their primary objective was to build and rehabilitate housing without any real regard for the other issues affecting the residents and business owners. They too took the worst houses and put people {white and black} in them who had no ability {or desire} to pay. In fact, once they completed their first rehabilitation on any given street that house soon became a haven for various social malcontents. Once the "single apple spoiled the barrel" the remaining law-abiding residents moved thus adding further to the catastrophe.

    Now the Cleveland City Council has extended the boundaries of Ward 12 beyond the current boundaries of Ward 15 which {as luck would have it} now include my residence. Councilman Brian Cummins has been a fine representative for Ward 15 but as for Ward 12 Councilman Anthony Brancatelli; he will do for Ward 15 {Old Brooklyn} what he has and will continue to do for Ward 12 {Slavic Village}.

This legislation has been introduced to cover up the unreal investment schemes that were encouraged under our former Cuyahoga County Treasurer.  "Investors" had properties cleared and primed at tax payer expense.  The scam is going on in East Cleveland right now.  Demos for developers.  Just google it with REALNEO.  Google Lightning demolition...Google Aberdeen Investments...Google facebook for photos of the Paris theater torn down on West 25th at taxpayer expense.  Mysteriously, the building was listed with the last owner of the now-defunct Clark Metro Development Corporation.

 

From Councilman Cummins:
The Paris Art Theater is being demolished today. There were attempts to save the building leading up to 2007 but it fell into very bad disrepair. It was finally condemned in 2010 and the arduous process of getting it through legal and compliance finally completed in October. The property is delinquent in taxes worth more than $14k and the demo cost is $26k. We'll ultimately seek a tax foreclosure on the property and bring it into the City's landbank for future potential development opportunities that we're working on for the W. 25th Street corridor. The building had become a serious nuisance with break-ins, graffiti and vandalism.

Last owner on the building ? Clark Metro Development Corporation...the real estate manager at the time...Abe Bruckman.

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Now, the increase to $7 million "is going to come out of our schools, libraries and municipalities," Greenspan said Thursday. "As we see state and federal funding being reduced, I think it's the wrong time to commit to take more money out of those.

Sick--this council aside from Greenspan and Gallagher--have this crime on the conscience.  Land Bank should be immediately shut down.  Land Bank Director lives in Summit County and is delinquent on properties he owns listed/camouflaged under multiple LLC names.  His buddy, Rokakis has gutted Cuyahoga County and served up to real estate investors.  Tax favors and lien forgiveness should be investigated by PD, but they won't rat out on Rokakis.

And the PD keeps churning out the Land Bank propaganda:
http://www.cleveland.com/opinion/index.ssf/2012/03/a_bad_bet_for_e_cleveland_libr.html

(Broussard has to acknowledge the system is not operating at a deficit NOW...but it could (because?)...so take it away from the community... (before the community screws it up again!)

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Question of the Day: Is Wade Steen continuing the practice of lien forgiveness that Rokakis got a way with under his regime?

http://blog.cleveland.com/metro/2009/07/cleveland_housing_inspector_ge.html

Now, developers can't conveniently have Rokakis forgive outstanding tax liens for special folks...

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http://www.cleveland.com/naymik/index.ssf/2011/11/its_about_time_cuyahoga_county.html

PD continues to delete my comments related to "Land Bank" Gus Frangos' own delinquent taxes owed to Cuyahoga County...Rokakis' special favors and tax liens waivered warrant full investigation.  PD knows that tax lien sales to Plymouth Park Tax and GLS Capital targeted small-time liens on properties owned outright by primarily African-American households. 
On near west side--"investors" made out by picking up houses using "straw buyers"  and flipped those properties to Section 8 rentals.  Those "investors" then made out for years under Rokakis not paying taxes or barely paying taxes on multiple properites which still qualified the owners to be eligible for HUD rental vouchers, despite being in tax foreclosure.  This warrants investigation, but the PD won't touch it and they will delete this comment, too. 
CDC Clark Metro employee Abe Bruckman made out when he sold his house to HUD...PD ran the story, but didn't make the logical connection to the CDC and the blatant conflict in the sale.
 

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County Goverment --the corruption continues

http://www.cleveland.com/naymik/index.ssf/2012/07/the_public_has_lost_interest_i.html

Cuyahoga County Council July 10, 2012 at 12:16PM

 

The Charter is a document that we, the citizens of Cuyahoga County, adopted to improve our County government. The Charter and the Ohio Constitution provide methods to continue that trend of continual improvement. Each of those methods depends on the consent and agreement of the electors of the County. Right now, the Council is in the middle of a public process to determine whether or not there are any issues with the Charter that are urgent enough and can engender enough consensus to be placed on the ballot for voters to decide this November in advance of the inaugural Charter Review Commission, set to provide Charter Amendment recommendations in 2013. More information about the current Charter Amendment Proposals and process is available on the Council website (http://council.cuyahogacounty.us/en-US/2012-Charter-Proposals.aspx). Two town hall meetings have been held on this topic as well, and you will find the presentation from those meetings at the Charter Proposal link above.

County Council encourages participation from the public. The overwhelming mandate for open government and transparency from the residents of this county in response to the issues mentioned in this column has led to possibly the most accessible and accountable county government in the state. Council has several ways for residents to get informed and involved in the process of policymaking. Our website (http://council.cuyahogacounty.us) makes available to the public all legislation; dates, agendas and a live video stream of all meetings of Committees and the full Council; background information and presentation materials from presentations before Council; contact information; and important announcements. If you can't attend a meeting in person, or if you can't catch the live stream online, meetings of the full Council are also archived on Youtube (http://www.youtube.com/CuyahogaCounty). Our Facebook page (http://www.facebook.com/CuyahogaCountyCouncil) and our Twitter feed (http://www.twitter.com/CuyahogaCouncil) provide a way to stay connected to upcoming events and topics being discussed by Council. You can also connect with and respond to Council using social media, by coming to meetings, or by giving us a call – we welcome your input. Additionally, we strongly encourage the public to apply to be on the Charter Review Commission which will commence in September of this year. Applications are being accepted at http://bc.cuyahogacounty.us/en-US/boards-commissions-form.aspx.

PD runs camouflage on carpetbaggers

The PD recently ran these two softball pieces on Frangos and Brancatelli--hey kids, today's assignment: Define "F-L-I-P-P-E-R" ??

http://www.cleveland.com/business/index.ssf/2012/08/talk_with_the_boss_g...

http://www.cleveland.com/opinion/index.ssf/2012/08/post_84.html

In October 2009 Joe Bialek--long time Slavic Village rep posted to an article on Brancatelli's violation of Ohio Election code.  The PD blocked Bialek:

     During my time (1993 to 1999) as President of {the now defunct} South East Clevelanders Together I worked to promote community organizing in Ward 12 {Slavic Village} to address quality of life issues {such as crime watch} in an aggressive and systematic manner. During that time, Ward 12 was represented by current City of Cleveland Director of Building and Housing Edward W. Rybka and the former Broadway Area Housing Coalition nka Slavic Village Development headed then by current Ward 12 Councilman Anthony Brancatelli.
     Needless to say, it did not take long for our organization to clash with the former Councilman's housing group. Their primary objective was to build and rehabilitate housing without any real regard for the other issues affecting the residents and business owners. They too took the worst houses and put people {white and black} in them who had no ability {or desire} to pay. In fact, once they completed their first rehabilitation on any given street that house soon became a haven for various social malcontents. Once the "single apple spoiled the barrel" the remaining law-abiding residents moved thus adding further to the catastrophe.

    Now the Cleveland City Council has extended the boundaries of Ward 12 beyond the current boundaries of Ward 15 which {as luck would have it} now include my residence. Councilman Brian Cummins has been a fine representative for Ward 15 but as for Ward 12 Councilman Anthony Brancatelli; he will do for Ward 15 {Old Brooklyn} what he has and will continue to do for Ward 12 {Slavic Village}.

 

 

More W. 25th BS

West 25th Transit Development Strategy study documents will be posted at http://t.co/aFnLc38xBV #Cleveland

The continued blackout on information regarding "redevelopment" of West 25th is in full effect.  Thirty-five people showed up at yesterday's stakeholder meeting held at the San Lorenzo Club, off Clark Ave.  The newest "exciting" and secret thought would be to revive a streetcar on West 25th... whatever.  See above.

 

 

W. 25th Transit Oriented Development Strategy

 

 
VISION STATEMENT

To define a transit development strategy that improves livability and commerce along the West 25th Street corridor by connecting regional assets, serving major employers, and addressing the needs of residents, current and future.
TIMELINE
We expect this process to be concluded in late Fall and well in advance of the 2015 construction cycle and development subsidy application processes.
ROLE IN CORRIDOR INITIATIVE
The broader initiative is about how we strengthen the greater community. This effort is focused on transit infrastructure and housing, specifically. Since it is one of the first major planning efforts within the initiative, however, we hope that this process will jumpstart broader community issues like education, workforce development, and service provision.
Click Here to learn about the broader W. 25th St – Pearl Rd Corridor Initiative.
CONSULTANT TEAM
Cleveland Neighborhood Progress, Project Facilitator & Planner
4ward Planning, Housing Demand Analysis and Projection
Parsons Brinkerhoff + Baker, Transit Feasibility
DELIVERABLES
Housing Needs Projection
Transit Feasibility Analysis
Implementation Strategy
Development Framework
Report
PUBLIC MEETING INFO
Working Group Statements of Purpose
Public Meeting #1
Date: Saturday, August 16, 2014
Time: 10am – 2pm
Location: Club San Lorenzo (3121 W. 33rd)
Presentation (Not Yet Available)
Notes (Not Yet Available)
Public Meeting #2
Date: Tuesday, September 16, 2014
Time: 6pm – 8:30pm
Location: Saint Wendelin Catholic Church (2281 Columbus Rd)
Presentation (Not Yet Available)
Notes (Not Yet Available)
Public Meeting #3
Date: Thursday, October 16, 2014
Time: 6pm – 8:30pm
Location: TBD, Ohio City
Presentation (Not Yet Available)
Notes (Not Yet Available)
Public Presentation + Open House
Date: TBD
Time: TBD
Location: TBD
Presentation (Not Yet Available)
Notes (Not Yet Available)
 

West 25th Paving meeting tonight at Applewood

There is a meeting at the Applewood Center at 7:00 p.m. tonight to inform residents of the repaving schedule for West 25th.  Seems we have to have a meeting - as the councilman hasn't figured out how to inform his constituents via email or a newsletter or god-forbid through the FB page for his CDC - Stockyard, Clark-Fulton Brooklyn Centre - which is derisively referred to as Scooby-Do.  

Oh - I am sure they will talk about the streetcar proposal, too - great.  Will they talk about the properties being acquired by Hispanic Village Inc?

PARCEL IDOWNERS NAMEHOUSE NUMBERDIRSTREET NAMECITY

008-01-019 HISPANIC VILLAGE INC 02851 W 25 CLEVELAND 008-01-020 HISPANIC VILLAGE INC 02865 W 25 CLEVELAND 008-01-021 HISPANIC VILLAGE INC 02875 W 25 CLEVELAND 008-01-017 HISPANIC VILLAGE, INC. 02401  WADE CLEVELAND 008-01-022 HISPANIC VILLAGE, INC. 02885 W 25 CLEVELAND 008-01-023 HISPANIC VILLAGE, INC. 02408  SEYMOUR CLEVELAND 008-01-024 HISPANIC VILLAGE, INC. 02326  SEYMOUR CLEVELAND 008-01-034 HISPANIC VILLAGE, INC. 02303  WADE CLEVELAND 008-01-035 HISPANIC VILLAGE, INC. 02307  WADE CLEVELAND 008-01-036 HISPANIC VILLAGE, INC. 02311  WADE CLEVELAND 

008-01-037  HISPANIC VILLAGE, INC.  02315    WADE  CLEVELAND