debra sheperd, Tremont West Development Corporation - reply by guy templeton black and yogi with help

Submitted by Quest-News-Serv... on Wed, 01/21/2009 - 02:52.
dear debra, we need you - i beg you don't stop your activisim-
as a twdc board canidate and community activist-
for about 40 years - i promise you a full investigation-
"the glass is half full - not half empty-"
"life is a mystrey to be lived not a problem to be solved"
if i was you as i have in the past - i would file a criminal
and civil rights violation to the federal bureal of investigation
and the internal revenue service and the inspector general
of ohio and all the inspector generals of the federal goverment
that use funds to fund twdc via city of cleveland, state of ohio etc.,
as you may know the f.b.i., - i.r.s., etc., media is investigating-
cleveland and cuyahoga county in general and elected officials-
i wear a bullet proof vest and carry a legal gun-
and yogi, k-9 partner - does explosive, biological, search and
rescue plus is a service k-9-
because of my life has been threaten and i have been shot at-
and home - auto damaged etc.- police reports filed over
the years
because of my working with the police powers and military
and federal law enforcement agencies over the years to
expose corruption that  president barack obama -
and other are exposing
 
" the slash and burn -  take no prisoners - anything goes
is so corrosive to our democracy and we've got to
fight this because it turns people off politics in general
and leaves that space to be occupied by special interests
that determine how the goodies are to be passed out...."
barack obama,  nov. 23, 2004-
as you may well know i was banned from tremontleaders
yahoo group and tremonter and ohio city yahoo group
and now semi-banned from ohio city 2 yahoo group
because of the above and my posts that exposed the crime
in tremont and the corruption - gentrification-etc.,
and the things that i was posting years ago have come true-
and twdc board members and others have called the police
on me and violated my civil rights also-
but i have  40 years of friends in high and low places - so
the dirty tricks don't work-
and i treat my socalled adversary as if one day they will be
my friend-
for example - as i work with law enforcement and military
and secret goverment agencies to fight prevent enemies forgien
and domestic of america because of my oath as a united
states armed forces veteran - at the same time in the same
agencies a certain department may be investigating me-
the same with the great cleveland police department -
there are one or two or three racist ignorant poice that have
harressed me over the years in tremont but most police don't
allow thems selves to be used politically-
as the same for twdc employees i honor them because they
have to pay the home car family payments survive and are
caught in the middle of the twdc board which hasn't the best
interests of the citizens verses business's- etc.,
as barack and millions of others have stated-
so back to twdc - we can totally disagree but at the same time
be civil and respectfull as i do - i tell them they are doing a good
job - although when i'm aboard member twdc will do a far better
job for the people with the hundreds of thousands dollar budget-
i accused sammy  of acting like a italian mafia person- yet we
are civil and respectfull to each other - tom cook, president of the
board stated at the last meeting " guy even if you count the votes
your self you'll still be suspious" i'm stationg that the election isn't
above suspision and open etc., - karen moss, board member stated
at said meeting to me "guy if you came to the meetings instead of just
running for the board every year" this after i spoke out about twdc
should have the courage to demand tax abatment for poor and middle
class older homes - not just new and expensive homes-
so i said to karen moss "your critical about me to make it look like
i don't do any thing  but you all banned me from tremont leaders
and other things" karen said " i with draw my comment-
the golden rule - " do unto others as you would have them do unto you"
sandy smith, at a punk bar with few drinks in her or something else-
probably felt angry - anger comes from guilt and fear -
thats why the police know not to take these type of police reports serious
he said she said - politics in tremont-
free speech at a public place - could you have sent an email a certified
letter - do you have to-
lets all meet and arbitrate-
twdc bylaws and articles are going to be rewritten in essence to be
much more inclusive and they will do  a far better job-
everything and more that you been fighting peacefully for is
going to tremont twdc america the world the universes-
i'm calling  for the board by just a board but the members have the
controlling vote all members-
and there is no clear way to identify a member -
so anyone can show at the jan. 29th meeting and sign as a member
and vote but no checks and balances to make sure they are a member
and also after in case  voting dispute - keep the ballots 90 days at
least - election abservers - ballotts counted by independent persons
or volunteers not just board members from other development coro., that may have a secret  agenda to elect pro business money corrupt pay to play favors political canidates - anti-poor disadvantaged low income etc.,-
debra - go to youtube  and my space and type questministries and you will view 25 or so videos and see the harressment i received at lincoln
park for   "stating truth to power"-
also debra you can sue for slander libel civil rights violations-
when i presented my bio for my canidacy for twdc board at twdc-
chriss garland said "guy we can't take you 6 ( 2 sided) page bio because it will cost us to much money"  i said "why" chriss said " paper" i said
"i will donate paper" chriss said "it will cost us more postage" i said
" no it won't that much because last year i had a 3 page and the before
i had 4 page" chriss said " sandy yarboro" will decide as the committe
chairperson for canidates " i said no she won't" " would you tell barack obama what you just told me - pretend i'm obama - chriss you got calls on my bio pressure" chriss laughed a big laugh-
the new great secretary  procha (spelling) was there and she agreed with
chriss - we wished each other a good day-
i made some calls - they called chriss - i left a nice voice mail for chriss
"your doing a great job and your a great spirit but i will file a law suit
in court to force you to accept my 6 page bio"
later i received the below emails from chriss-
so debra unless they start shotting at you i beg you to keep up
the goddess good work - barack didn't give up-
you could be president of twdc board - so can i-
keep em  from passing out controlling the goodies
let me know if i can be of future help-
eternal thanks, yogi and guy

Guy,
>> I received your voicemail as well as your referenced email from Deane
>> Malaker.
>>
>> First off, I apologize for any confusion that I may have caused.  When
>> you
>> came by on Friday and met with Portia and me, I had thought that I only
>> communicated that your bio was lengthy (as you have also observed) - But
>> not
>> that I was making a determination on any adjustment, etc.  I did
>> communicate
>> that I would contact Sandy Yambor, our Nominating Cmt. Chair who has also
>> verified that TWDC would not be making any adjustments to any of the
>> bios.
>>
>> Your offer to donate some reams of paper to off-set the added printing
>> expense is generous, but unnecessary.
>>
>> To be clear, TWDC will not be making any adjustment to your bio in our
>> mailing for the annual membership mailing.
>>
>> Happy Holidays,
>> Chris
>>
>>
>> Chris Garland   Executive Director
>> Tremont West Development Corporation
>> o 216.575.0920   c 216.533.5629
>> f 216.575.0998
>> 2406 Professor   Cleveland 44113
>> chrisgarland@twdc.org <mailto:chrisgarland@hotmail.com>
>> www.tremontwestdevelopment.com
>>
Subject: Re: Clarification on TWDC Board Bio
>
> thanks chriss, will you be so good as too reply
> specificly stating with the 6 pages  2 sided of my bio that you all
> won't adjust or deny sending to the members -
> eternal thanks,
> yogi and guy
Guy,
> TWDC will include your full 6 page (2-sided) bio to be sent to our
> membership.
>
>
> Chris Garland   Executive Director
> Tremont West Development Corporation
> o 216.575.0920   c 216.533.5629
> f 216.575.0998
> 2406 Professor   Cleveland 44113
> chrisgarland@twdc.org
> www.tremontwestdevelopment.com
Gentrification :
 
When "urban renewal" of lower class neighbourhoods with condos attracts yuppie tenants, driving up rents and driving out long time, lower income residents. It often begins with influxes of local artists looking for a cheap place to live, giving the neighbourhood a bohemian flair. This hip reputation attracts yuppies who want to live in such an atmosphere, driving out the lower income artists and lower income residents, often ethnic/racial minorities, changing the social character of the neighbourhood.

It also involves the "yuppification" of local businesses; shops catering to yuppie tastes like sushi resaturants, Starbucks, etc... come to replace local businesses displaced by higher rents.

1) Defining Gentrification

Gentrification is a term with inherent class connotations, and was coined by the sociologist Ruth Glass in London in 1964;

"One by one, many of the working-class quarters of London have been invaded by the middle-classes - upper and lower. Shabby, modest mews and cottages - two rooms up and two down - have been taken over, when their leases have expired, and have become elegant, expensive residences....Once this process of 'gentrification' starts in a district it goes on rapidly until all or most of the original working-class occupiers are displaced and the whole social character of the district is changed.

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Sent: Tuesday, January 20, 2009 7:39 PM
Subject: Tremont West Development Corporation
From:  Debra Shephard

Dear Board Members and Others;

In the past two weeks, several friends have informed me that Tremont West Development Corporation (TWDC) board member, Sandy Smith, has filed a police report alleging I assaulted her and threatened her life. Ms. Smith alleges I attacked her in anger over an eviction of my husband and myself; purportedly as an act of retribution. Friends have also told me that Ms. Smith has made such false accusations in correspondence to every board member of TWDC. I contacted several people with a close relationship to TWDC to see if there is merit to these rumors and I was led to believe there is. 
First let me say I am not, nor have I ever been evicted. There is neither an impending eviction, nor will there be. My landlord is well aware of the politics of this quaint neighborhood and takes current drama in stride. 

Second, and more importantly, I never harmed Ms. Smith, nor did I ever threaten to harm her, or threaten to kill her. Ms. Smith's histrionics stem from my telling her to mind her own business in a very crowded bar while a loud punk band was performing. My request for Ms. Smith to mind her own business came after several friends reported to me that Ms. Smith was making numerous inquiries into my personal life. My only statement to Ms Smith was brief, "Stay out of my personal life," and included absolutely no threats. 

I'd like to point out Ohio Revised Code §2921.13 (cited below)* criminalizes issuing a false report to police. 

I believe Ms. Smith's investigation of me was motivated by the same ill will that caused both my current and former rentals to be maliciously placed on the Tremont West Housing Code Violations List. One is listed as "vacant" (it has not been for years, and then only for a few short months); the other is listed as "undergoing rehab/check permits" (it was last rehabbed 8 years ago and is not now). (btw, Katie could you please have those properties removed as previously requested, or at least return my phone calls – thx!) 

I believe this vitriol has been engendered by my outspoken insistence TWDC adhere to its stated purpose, "To maintain and improve the living, business, and cultural conditions for all (emphasis added) of Tremont." As you well know, TWDC has embarked on a highly controversial housing code violation enforcement program at a time when many of our neighbors are facing loss of jobs, lack of access to credit and rising cost of living. Despite Ms. Smith's assertion that "There are plenty of low-cost and no-cost loans out there," the reality is there are not.  

As the TWDC housing committee, Ron O'Leary and staff have been advised by me in writing, there are none for residents that are non-bankable (growing in number daily) and earn barely enough to pay their bills. Cleveland's housing programs leave a void for hardworking families that can no longer secure credit. These families stand to fall through the cracks and lose their homes through the TWDC enforcement program. (Sammy, both TWDC housing page links for Repair-a-Home and Fix-up-Fund programs are inoperable, as either the program no longer exists or the link is bad – can that be corrected, as I requested earlier?) 

These programs could be made available, and are in other cities, were TWDC willing to use CDBG and HUD funds to support them. The fact that the city of Cleveland, one of the poorest in the country, does not have these programs available to our residents is shameful, and telling. TWDC has the opportunity to standout as a truly progressive leader among CDCs, driving the city's policy to protect its residents while improving and stabilizing its housing stock. The fact that Tremont's property values are among the few stable in today's market lends more reason to the development of a program here. 

To continue with aggressive enforcement that leaves many residents with no other option than to lose their homes is shameful. We are better than that.To utilize the enforcement list as a tool of retribution and harassment, as has been done with me, is unprofessional, irresponsible and disreputable. This behavior is the responsibility of every board member and every staff member, not just the perpetrators. 

I've also been told that TWDC has requested additional security at the TWDC annual meeting, for the purpose of removing me from the meeting. Let me take this opportunity to inform you I will no longer be involved in the political affairs of the Tremont arneighborhood. I must say, I feel as though while running for the pinata, I witnessed a crippled boy have the crutches thrown out from under him. Let's hope the new Year, new United States Presidential Administration, and new Board of Directors, move our neighborhood towards improving and stabilizing the lives of all those that live in Tremont. Otherwise, in a few short years, you will find your beloved little neighborhood no different than your suburb. 

Thank you for allowing me the opportunity to defend my name. 

Sincerely; 

Debra Shepherd 



*2921.13 Falsification  

(A) No person shall knowingly make a false statement, or knowingly swear or affirm the truth of a false statement previously made, when any of the following applies:

(1) The statement is made in any official proceeding.

(2) The statement is made with purpose to incriminate another.

(3) The statement is made with purpose to mislead a public official in performing the public official's official function. 

(F)(1) Whoever violates division (A)(1), (2), (3), (4), (5), (6), (7), (8), (10), (11), (13), (14), or (16) of this section is guilty of falsification, a misdemeanor of the first degree. 

(G) A person who violates this section is liable in a civil action to any person harmed by the violation for injury, death, or loss to person or property incurred as a result of the commission of the offense and for reasonable attorney's fees, court costs, and other expenses incurred as a result of prosecuting the civil action commenced under this division. A civil action under this division is not the exclusive remedy of a person who incurs injury, death, or loss to person or property as a result of a violation of this section.

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she doth protest

hmm TWDC and D'bra - unsubstantiated allegations all over the place.

No you threatened me  <ouch - b*tch>

No you threatened me first <pow - biff - BAM!>

CAT FIGHT!!!

Geez I have always operated on the premise that one is innocent until proven guilty, so I am really confused as to why anyone feels compelled to "defend their name."

I thinks she doth protest too much.

And there my friends is the drama. 

Then again maybe this is just a pretext to dirstract from the actual threats and violence truly going in our community.

Okay folks . . . move along . . . nothing to see here . . .

cute Jean...

sorry folks, shes a disgruntled ex-lover from 10+ years ago...

 

Best of Tremont

You guys make Tremont fun... that's the first time I've laughed aboiut this situation...

Disrupt IT

Right now TWDC is taking a

Right now TWDC is taking a beating.  It seems like just a handful  of people are screaming and yelling - maybe that's true - but you ever hear "where there's smoke, there's fire." 

A lot of folks are becoming disenchanted with the neighborhood organization that was created to benefit those in need.  Reading the Charter will clear that up for you.  The charter says nothing about TWDC trying to step outside it's own area and taking over properties that other CDC's won't bother with in other locals.  We need to utilize our PAID staff to take care of our business.  However, they so remind me of the cartoon "Pinky and the Brain."  They're trying to take over the world.  We have more than enough families in this area that are either below the poverty level, low income, elderly, working two jobs to feed their families, people that could use help with their homes.

It's not just a couple of people that are "fretting" or mud rucking, for some time, Lincoln Heights block club has been unhappy with TWDC and has been discussing breaking ties with TWDC,  those who are being singled out by the stepped up housing code enforcement are surely not happy, condemnation orders being supported by TWDC are not giving people any reason to stand up and cheer so lets not lay all the blame on just one or two people.

While given reasons to chuckle, yea, I laugh out loud on many occasions, because this whole situation has given some cause to cackle sometimes for the simple reason - what are they so scared of?  you ask questions? you get ignored, Tom Lenehan asked to be present during the counting of the votes and the board voted no - basically, and since I taped the meeting, saying there would be no monitors this year - Why not?  well, since the tellers (vote counters) are staff members from our neighboring CDC's, and are funded by the same organizations, wouldn't that be a conflict of interest? 

There are so many irregularities/conflicts of interest with the staff and board of directors, unfair and unbalanced representation but  there is one point for sure to be paid attention to - and that is - NOT EVERONE IS THROWING DARTS AT TWDC WITHOUT GOOD CAUSE OR FOR NO CAUSE AT ALL.  SOMETHING MUST BE AMISS FOR SO MANY AND MORE THAN ONE BLOCK CLUB TO CONSIDER BREAKING TIES OR STARTING A COALITION OF THEIR OWN?  Or, maybe it just that somebody thought that it was time to start asking questions - and when you start asking questions and then you start getting dubbed  "negative," "a hater," and sometimes even a liar, even though you've kept really good records, lots and lots of photos, taped recordings of the meetings, research their OWN minutes and quote them, and can produce these records, documents and such, it's kind of hard for TWDC to say that some of us are just trying to stir things up, shed a bad light or tell tales out of school.

Also, why have representatives from the Near West Neighbors in Action started sitting in on some of the meetings of TWDC?

glad to oblige!

:)

West Side Sun News Top Story " A Tale of Two Tremonts"

Reposted compliments of Cleveland.com and the West Side Sun

 

A tale of two Tremonts

Thursday, January 22, 2009
By Ken Prendergast kprendergast [at] sunnews [dot] com
West Side Sun News

Few things expose longstanding distrust between two sides more than an election.

That distrust has re-emerged in the weeks leading up to the Jan. 29 election of trustees for the Tremont West Development Corp. which coordinates neighborhood revitalization and improvement programs, including the spending of taxpayer dollars.

The two sides are the haves and the have-nots in Tremont -- developers and new, wealthier residents on one side; lower-income, older residents on the other.

Some dues-paying Tremont West members, including at least two who are running for board seats at next week's annual meeting, complained that the election process needs to be more transparent, based on past elections.

They claimed votes were cast before the annual meeting was called to order, votes were counted in private by people who had a stake in their outcome and that ballots weren't kept after the election.

At a Jan. 13 meeting of Tremont West's board, several members asked the board to allow election monitors, possibly from Cleveland State University or by block club representatives, to oversee the vote. The request was tabled.

"They were asking for a change in a longstanding process just two weeks out from the annual meeting," said Chris Garland, executive director of Tremont West.

He said the question has been referred to a bylaw committee co-chaired by board members Lynn Murray and Tim Jenkins.

Tremont West's bylaws say a vote or other business can be conducted at the annual meeting if a quorum is present. The bylaws define a quorum as being at least 20 percent of the membership or 40 members, whichever is greater.

The problem, as some members see it, is they can't get a straight answer from Tremont West staff as to how many members there are. The bylaws state that someone must join Tremont West more than 30 days before the election in order to vote in that election. The membership list must also be occasionally purged of people who have moved away or died.

"The vote is rigged," said Guy Templeton Black, a lower-income candidate for the board. "I asked them how many members there are and they said we're working on that.' They've been working on that for years. You can't tell who is a voter due to no checks and balances."

Garland said the number of members would be announced at the annual meeting.

"A Tremont West member is literally any stakeholder," Garland said. "It's not just a paid member. It can be any resident and employee in Tremont. That's the broad spectrum. There are 9,000 people in our service area."

Candidates for board president plus seven trustee seats are to be nominated at the meeting, which will start at 7 p.m. Jan. 29 at Our Lady of Angels/St. Joseph Center, 2346 W. 14th St. It will be preceded by a dinner at 6 p.m.

Jerlene Justus, who has lived in Tremont for 40 years and a dues-paying member of Tremont West, said she will ask for a floor vote at the annual meeting to bring in election monitors to observe the vote.

"Secrecy is my concern," said Justus. "Why can't an organization tell you how many members they have? We just want a fair and balanced election with transparency."

But not all who have raised concerns about the election process are older Tremont residents.

"The election needs to be more transparent and election monitors would help," echoed board candidate Eric Russ, a new Tremont resident and a young professional. "It would only help (Tremont West's) effectiveness in the community and give the board more legitimacy."

 

From their website, TWDC looks like a failure

I just took a look at TWDC on-line and what a pathetic little website... and ten paid staff. Lots of BIG PLANS with lots of gaps and blanks... how is the big man in charge of the SII doing?... seems a bit over paid if he has $1,000 to waste on big-boy politics like floating Cimperman for Congress.

 

Do you have preformance evaluations on your staff? What are they paid and what do they do to further the mission and vision of TWDC each day? I'd say you are getting ripped off, whoever is paying this tab (uh, that would be all taxpayers, I suppose).

Disrupt IT

AMEM - AMEN - THAT AIN'T

AMEM - AMEN - THAT AIN'T NOTHING TAKE A LOOK AT ALL HIS PROPERTIES ON WEST SIXTH STREET -  CHECK COUNTY RECORDS (LORI PROPERTIES, INC.) LOOK AT HOW MANY TIMES HE BEEN CITED FOR NUISANCE ABATEMENT AND VACANT LOT CLEAN UP - EVEN AS RECENT AS 10/08 - AND FINES RANGING FROM $175.00 TO $252.00  THE BIG SIGN ON 6TH - THAT SAYS LITERARY BLUFFS - LORI PROPERTIES, INC - JOE CIMPERMAN, WARD 13 COUNCILMAN - IN JULY/04, HE ACQUIRED A VACANT LOT FROM THE  FROM THE CITY LANDBANK FOR $100 AND THEN ON 7/10/07 WAS CHARGED $175.00 FOR NUISANCE ABATEMENT AND VACANT LOT CLEAN UP - 03/2005 FOR THE SUM OF $0 - WAS QUIT CLAIMED DEED TO 2097 WEST 19TH BY ROSEMARY VINCI AND THE STATUS AS OF 11/02/08 - ABATEMENT NUISANCE - VACANT LOT CLEAN UP - BALANCE $175.00 - COMMERCIAL LOT - MR. C. IS TRYING TO RUN TREMONT WEST WHEN IT LOOKS LIKE HE NEEDS TO CLEAN UP HIS OWN PROPERTY.  WHAT'S THAT OLD SAYING - "THE POT CALLIN' THE KETTLE BLACK."

I WAS KEEPING THE LITTLE DONATION QUIET FOR AWHILE UNTIL I GATHERED ALL THE INFO BUT SINCE YOU BROUGHT IT OUT - MIGHT AS WELL LET ALL THE KITTIES OUT OF THE BAG -

004-18-074  LORI PROPERTIES, INC  00000  CLEVELAND 
004-18-073  LORI PROPERTIES, INC  02277  CLEVELAND 
004-18-031  LORI PROPERTIES, INC.,  02302  CLEVELAND 
004-18-033  LORI PROPERTIES, INC.,  02288  CLEVELAND 
004-18-032  LORI PROPERTIES, INC.,  02296  CLEVELAND 

004-18-162  LORI PROP INC  00000  CLEVELAND 
004-18-163  LORI PROP INC  00000  CLEVELAND 
004-19-195  LORI PROP INC  00000  CLEVELAND 
004-18-150  LORI PROP. INC.  02273  CLEVELAND 
004-19-127  LORI PROPERTIES  02292  CLEVELAND 
004-18-034  LORI PROPERTIES  02280  CLEVELAND 
004-18-035  LORI PROPERTIES  CLEVELAND 
004-18-077  LORI PROPERTIES    CLEVELAND 
004-19-067  LORI PROPERTIES, INC  02314  CLEVELAND 
004-19-068  LORI PROPERTIES, INC  00000  CLEVELAND 

004-02-033  CATANIA, SAMMY & CATANIA, THOM  02097  19  CLEVELAND 
004-02-032  CATANIA, SAMMY & THOMAS C.  00000  19  CLEVELAND 

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The tale of two Tremonts

The tale of two Tremonts continues - I received a call from Guy Templeton a bit ago - giving me a briefing on the Safety retreat at the Merrick House this morning and how he felt that not only was the meeting a wash but that Sammy was there with a video camera and that this time it was the story of TWO TOM CATS - WITH THEIR TAIL TIED TOGETHER - between Guy and Dave Mehring. 

Now come on folks - Guy has lived in Tremont 65 years - he knows every street, alley and walkway like the back of his hand.  He knows where all the old buildings used to be and what they looked like - he's been poor all his life - he has the documents, a lot of which are in his bio submitted to TWDC, to back up his works in the community.  So, he's a bit colorful - he gets excited - he get's worked up - most people don't know that many years ago, while out on his "neighborhood watch" he and his dog Rusto saved a man's life in Thurman alley (the man had been shot and left) if I'm not mistaken there was a write up in the pd about it) - he isn't afraid to speak up for the poor - he's not afraid to get on the phone and dig up donations and get others to help. 

I'm sad to see how a lot of people in this neighborhood treat an elderly gentleman just because he's different, or doesn't think the way everybody else does - you got to remember, he been there - all the new comers in this area will never be where Guy has been - or know the life Guy has known - where's your respect?  

Get it together, GUY IS A TRUE TREMONTER  by all rights - if you don't like what he writes, don't read it - but give the man his dues -

You know that disability has no age limit, no gender, no color, doesn't care if your rich or poor - and drops in like a thief in the night - something all of us must consider.

IF I WAS OUT THERE ON THE STREET AND MY LIFE WAS IN JEOPARDY, I WOULD ONLY HOPE THAT GUY TEMPLETON BLACK AND YOGI BEAR  WOULD BE THE TWO OUT THERE WALING AROUND

A TALE OF TWO TREMONTS

Today's West Side Sun features a front page caption of "A Tale of Two Tremonts."  As I read the quotes, I was a bit puzzled by the reference made to a 'by-law committee.'  The by-law committee was just started - the first I heard of it was at the January 13 meeting when a stratgic plan for 2009 was passed around.  I'm not sure that it's even met yet.   Chris Garland refers to "paid" members -  who are "paid" members?  I will be more than glad to work on a by-laws committee.

As far as a member being any steakholder, again, the by-laws spells out who are members - and I will say again, all block clubs keep registration sheets, all committees keep registration sheets, those who do not wish to participate in block clubs or committees can go to Tremont West office and fill out a REGISTRATION CARD - why do this if no one is keeping tabs on how many people participate in clubs, comittees, etc., or register - at any given time they should be able to, at least, give you a ball park figure of how many members are in the organization.  As far as 20% or 40 which ever is greater - maybe the candidates and members would like to know for themselves what the actual numbers are - before the election - and it is a reasonable question.

And as far as election monitors, what's wrong with having monitor's?  you wouldn't think suggesting election monitor's would create such a stir.  Since I've become involved with TWDC I have come across many things that have caused me to be suspect.  Secret meetings, questions that don't get straight answers, evasive answers, questions that get ignored all together, behind the scenes committees that are not posted for all the membership's awareness, not to mention attitude when in-house actions are questioned - everything is "restricted"  everything operates off of "privacy issues."

The article refers to the haves and the have-nots - well, I have come to understand why the have-nots feel so left out when it comes to participating in the activities of the committees, board, programs, etc., because if they don't agree with those running the show - they are frowned upon and not exactly encouraged  - even talked down to at times - it is only when someone who is not intimidated by the high and mighty rulers that things get stirred up -  

nice job!

nice job of framing the issue.

how can you argue with transparency around an election - especially after what we just went through nationally? this aint high math...

Because they are stupid

From what I see, your Neighborhod Development Corporation is the victim of stupidity. Seems stupid people are quoted saying stupid things in the paper today, so call them out. Stupid words. Stupid people. Sometimes, they do get hired... seems to happen around here lots! That way their stupid leaders can blame stipidity on little stupid people... pretty smart, in a stupid way.

Demolishing Giglio's house was stupidity that must be punished.

Demolishing the East Bank of the Flats was stupidity that must be punished.

Common person behind both of these demolitions was your councilman Cimperman.

Stupid NEO

Disrupt IT

WALMART DONATES TO TWDC TO AID LOW-INCOME RESIDENTS

SPEAKING ABOUT HIGH MATH - Also, if you read the West Side Sun news today - under the photo on the right-hand side (West Side Sun 'Person of the Week' - second paragraph - dated Thursday, January 22, 2009.

"Walmart made a donation to the Tremont West Development Corp. so it could reduce the burden of mortgages on low-income residents."

Why hasn't anyone heard about this?  Think maybe there are some low-income residents in Tremont that could use some relief right about now?  Or is this another one of those 'well kept secrets' - under the suspices of a privacy issue.

 

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Yea, we have to be careful -

Yea, we have to be careful - working for change - for those that are less fortunate - speaking up for the Frank Giglio's of this area - not being able to afford their "affordable" housing - standing up the long-time residents of this neighborhood who are not bankable - make us "negative." 

 

Yea, we have to be careful -

OH, I forgot to mention Sammy's Urban Sustainability - CSU/Levine College of Urban Affairs - working toward MA - anybody know who's picking up the tab on that - NPI would be my guess. 

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CONTRIBUTE TO SAMMY CATANIA'S FUNDRAISING PAGE

https://www.change.org/donation/create?charity_id=199528&gvite_id=1766&project_id=54383

You all got any extra funds laying around you don't need to save your beat up old houses - well, click on the above - Sammy needs to make up for that $1,000 he donated to Cimperman.  Maybe that's where the Walmart donations went?  

Squabble

this seems to be all about brewing a personal fight and less to do with creating community substance. It's really headed toward gibberish when it should be about moving forward on the gist of conflictual matters in a form that people can react to. Can the few that are going at it maybe take a step back and take in the possibility that the audience doesn't want to have to be cheerleaders or set-up as bitching patsy's. Cause this is painful to read....