Toledo versus Cleveland

Submitted by lmcshane on Mon, 01/26/2009 - 08:48.

Recently, we learned that Cleveland's deposed head of the Convention and Visitor's Bureau received a golden parachute and landed in Toledo.

 From Michael McIntyre's tip-off:

Nolan returns: Dave Nolan, the former boss of the Convention and Visitors Bureau of Greater Cleveland who was squeezed out after media reports that detailed lavish spending on meals, trips and entertainment, is back in the business. He's been hired as the boss of the Toledo Convention & Visitors Bureau.

Nolan came to Cleveland in 1994 and headed the bureau during the heady days of construction of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum, Jacobs (now Progressive) Field, Cleveland Browns Stadium, the Great Lakes Science Center and other attractions.

He resigned in Cleveland -- with a handsome buyout package -- in October 2003 after the board put him on leave because of questions about excessive spending and travel, including a jaunt to the French Riviera, and an audit that said he led the bureau in a "cavalier and unconstructive manner."

 

A few years back, Toledo unloaded their school superintendent and his lackey Dan Burns on us. Now, we find out just what sort of games they play. What role does the Plain Dealer have in this game of switcheroo?

BTW, I tried to post to the PD article and it was denied---in my post I mentioned that I attended the District's facility planning meeting in May 2008 and that Burns could not keep the schools straight in his report.  He repeatedly confused John Marshall with Rhodes.  Also, Bowen Architecture--the receipient of many school contracts, including the renovation of John Hay and complete reconstruction of Riverside School...was in attendance at this meeting.  Sadly, it is not about the kids, it's about the contracts...

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background on switcheroos

Laura,

I don't know how you keep all this stuff in your head - it must be crowded in there. So for people like me who are still playing catch up here's a bit of background on Laura's comment.

Disgraced Visitors Bureau Fed $100 Million by Cuyahoga County

and from Tipoff: A Christmas story worth retelling

"Nolan returns: Dave Nolan, the former boss of the Convention and Visitors Bureau of Greater Cleveland who was squeezed out after media reports that detailed lavish spending on meals, trips and entertainment, is back in the business. He's been hired as the boss of the Toledo Convention & Visitors Bureau.

Nolan came to Cleveland in 1994 and headed the bureau during the heady days of construction of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum, Jacobs (now Progressive) Field, Cleveland Browns Stadium, the Great Lakes Science Center and other attractions.

He resigned in Cleveland -- with a handsome buyout package -- in October 2003 after the board put him on leave because of questions about excessive spending and travel, including a jaunt to the French Riviera, and an audit that said he led the bureau in a "cavalier and unconstructive manner.""

We do seem to like to hire Ohio folks in Ohio - even when we don't want to hire Ohio folks in Ohio. As though no one else is capable, our Governor has deemed Ronn Richard the best to add a part-time position to his already full schedule of money allocation in our fair state. So we'll share Richard with Columbus. (I might be happier to share Ed Morrison with Columbus, but I'm not governor...)

One thing we could switcheroo between Cleveland and Toledo might be our port plans.

Cuyahoga County port's relocation proposal has serious flaws

This persective from Dominic LoGalbo, who has plenty of experience all along the waterfront ("managing Dock 20 for the Cleveland Stevedore Co., and later representing eight international steamship lines for F.C MacFarlane Steamship Co.") is worth reading:

"Today, the Port of Toledo is in a position to handle all the container business available. But very little of this business exists, and there is little likelihood of any significant increase."

What can we share effectively with our neighbors to the east, west and south on the shores of Lake Erie?

 

 

research

While I was digging to figure out what you were referencing, you must have been busy editing. My aplogies for the duplication of info here.

It would be a great service to the realneo community of you might enlighten us as to how to most efficiently use the cpl databse to search for articles in local and national news that have been archived. These stories are often found in highbeam or goliath (for a fee), but can also be found at CPL.org though they do require dogged or practiced research. Do you have any tips for finding archived news at CPL database?

FYI - Laura is a librarian extraordinaire!

Fishy

Thanks for the link to the editorial that appeared yesterday in the PD--

Cuyahoga County port's relocation proposal has serious flaws

These stories have an annoying habit of becoming the "Story not found."

I can't seem to bring all the pieces together to make out the underlying scheme/plan, but there sure seems to be some crazy decisions and decision-making going on at a local, county and statewide level and I would love to see the cards laid out on the table.

As for tracking these stories...it's a crap shoot. I follow the news paper as much as I can. You do have to sift through the fluff. If I can't find a story in the PD's online version, I go to the Plain Dealer database provided by Newsbank and available at http://www.cpl.org under DO RESEARCH--more later.

 

 

finding the "story not found"

One thing that can hel is for us to put the title and author, date and publication into the links we post.

The link icon that little piece of chain (if you're working with rich text enabled) offers these options

URL

open in same tab or open in a new tab

title

style

I know knothing about the styles, but if after you paste in the url and select whether or not you want the link to open in a new tab or ask readers to toggle back to your post via their back buttons, Please enter information in the title box. You might notice that when titel information is there, hovering over the link can give a clue as to where the reader is about to go.  When the link goes to a story not found, the reader then has the title and option, publication and date to use in searching the library archives.

Here's an example: A Green-Thinking President Makes His First Move

See if by hovering over the link, you see info about the link's content.

Michael McIntyre's Tip-off today

Today's print version of Michael McIntyre's Tip-off-Monday, January 26, 2009
includes a story:

Disrespecting the dead: Cleveland police recently nabbed three burglars suspected of cleaning out the house of a dead woman. The victim: Rosemary Vinci....

The piece ends with--Former Cleveland City Councilwoman Emily Lipovan, a friend of Vinci's who is overseeing the estate, identified the property as Vinci's.

Here is the online link--where the story has mysteriously disappeared..

http://www.cleveland.com/tipoff/index.ssf/2009/01/tipoff_partner_registry_suppor.html

Vinci - Lipovan link

http://www.cleveland.com/plaindealer/stories/index.ssf?/base/opinion/123...

Indeed, Cleveland.com is the worst site ever! and I know the CPL does not archive all stories. Why not? Disrespecting the news?

Something really smells on West 18th in Tremont

 

This has to make anyone wonder WTF

IT'S BEEN STINKIN' SINCE DAY

IT'S BEEN STINKIN' SINCE DAY 1 - JUST KEEN ON RUCKIN' THROUGH THE MUCK AND YOU'LL FIND THE RAT!!!!

West 18th St.

  Speaking of taxes--and the mystery of how some people get off paying them.

Lincoln West

 

Originally posted  March 2009

Here's a picture of Lincoln West High School's gym being used after school by the community as part of the Schools as Neighborhood Resources Program.  Pretty cool.  The school also has a indoor track (you can just make it out in this picture) and a pool that is also available for the community to use after school, but the pool's heater is broken.  It's been broken for some time.  Do you think the District will fix it any time soon? 

Lincoln West is not a bad school.  It's actually a great school.  Sure, it looks ugly on the outside, but once you get a feel for the place, it works.  It just needs a facelift.  But, it is not scheduled for any major renovation in the near future.  Tonight, I asked about Lincoln West and the District rep mumbled something about Lincoln West slated in Segment 12.  It's not even on the facilities plan.  Another participant asked when the Issue 14 monies are slated to run out.  Their answer? In Segment Five.

(Update 10/24/2009--now there is no water in the pool.  I called and found out that the person to contact on this is....Nick Jackson...ring a bell?  It should.  It's Mayor Jackson's brother.  I have a call in, his secretary responded... I will report back Monday after I speak with her).

Nick Jackson

  Read above posts...draw your own conclusions--why the PD didn't bother to cover the angry crowd that showed up this past Saturday at Lincoln West High School to protest Sander's "transformation plan" and the proposed closing of Tremont Montessori (which the district would dismiss as a "who cares?!, " we have a charter school waiting in the wings to pick up this school....).

BTW--the pool heater was finally fixed after a year of complaining--but still waiting on a lifeguard....for Wed and Thursday nights.  Should be okay to go on Mondays for the water aerobics.