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SIGH!!!!- CRA (p)- P stands for POLITICS


by Loraine Ritchey thatwb@yahoo.com

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CAN YOU NAME THE HEADS?
The CRA (p) has reared its heads yet again!

As I read the Morning Journal CRA- Part one and found it “very very similar in content and tone with many of the same ommissions” to a Plain Dealer Article ( no longer on line) October 28th 2007 ( copy available) I felt I had to once again make mention of ommissions as I did with the Plain Dealer at the time .

http://www.morningjournal.com/articles/2009/03/15/news/mj640954.txt
I sent my comments also along with documentation to their Editor for his information . Now I could take this piece apart line by line – point out the ommissions -the posturing and the “back story” but quite frankly I am fed up with trying to keep MSM unbiased-

It is a hopeless task- even headlines change from day to day .( Remember when)
http://thewomblog.com/?p=207
and as with the CRA(p)
http://thewomblog.com/?p=1111

This time front pages of the Journal for seemingly the next few days will be full of the CRA(p) and hopefully leading to a conclusion

OH please there will not be any conclusion this seven headed hydra will just go on and on with one lawsuit or another and Cha Ching will continue

The spin will spin, the posturing and the agendas and main stream media will myther the population just as it has all along.
https://thatwoman.wordpress.com/2008/10/03/cra-a-homeower-denied-lorain/

The CRA(p) will continue, as it has since Brian Hazelett first brought to my attention in a comment on Wom in the fall of 2006 -the fact that Community Development was in trouble over the CRA.

Since my neighborhood was part of a CRA since 1980 ( a fact also left out of today’s front page article sigh!) I decided to follow up and see what was going on therefore the first article
NOV. 24-2006
http://thewomblog.com/?p=209

Brian informed me at the time this had come about in his conversation with a councilman ( and yes the name is known), one of the two same council people that I met with in December 2006 at an Elyria lunch place ( about the planning of the 2007 Lorain Bicentennial- wonder if they remember that conversation as they were discussing the CRA and “taking it to Prudoff the next morning”)

Note: pity they didn’t do that before the vote!

Yes there has been a lot of by play in this CRA(p) and it continues.

However it was because of these ‘by plays” that I went to the Tax Committee meeting where Tony Krasienko, Dave Wargo, Howard Goldberg and Dan Given were meeting on the 5th floor conference room. Lists of names and addresses were read and approved by the committee – Dan Given abstained from voting on his abatement that evening- Kraisenko and Wargo had no problem at the time even though Given explained his reason for abstaining and asked if there was any problem- but unfortunately there was no mainstream media there to witness that seems those little CRA Tax committees weren’t deemed important at the time but now well NOW. Nope just this retired columnist and blogger was there to witness the meeting and take notes.

Since then I have written hundreds of thousands of words and researched to the nth degree, garnered documentation. However it makes not one bit of difference in the grand scheme(s) of the CRA(p) people read into these things what they want to read and tout their own agenda.( and everyone has one )

The P in the CRA(p) stands for politics and more politics . Even the “all for transparency” bloggers have an political agenda in this CRA(p) . Chandra ( Stewart’s Attorney and in my opinion a Media Manipulator Extraordinaire
was the darling of the Meet the Bloggers– I not saying they can’t have their favourites – but they do have them only human nature!

ME ???my agenda is I don’t like being played by the media -the politicians- and the bloggers- I don’t like wordsmiths no matter how altruistic their motives and I am sick to death of the P

Oh! and before anyone goes off on my “agenda” – ( daughter involved in the CRA area 4 -( May 2007) ( note 6 months after I started the CRA articles)
YUP! it is my fault she purchased a “NEW BUILD” ( as pronounced by Stewart in one of his many letters and marked in yellow on the front page) and came back to Lorain instead of Avon! I talked her into coming home ! My agenda is guilt!

Mondays “fee ” article Morning Journal
http://www.morningjournal.com/articles/2009/03/16/news/mj703072.txt
Double Sigh – been through this before me thinks!
( Sent to the MJ)
Interesting but I would like to clarify from one who has been there from the beginning.

Mr. Green quotes the letter to the ethics committee in part from Mr. Given and Mr. Krasienko as saying

“In sharp contrast, Krasienko contends that the fee money is solely for funding inspections and administrative costs of the CRA program. He added that the fee money could not be used for other purposes, not even those spelled out in the CRA contract or by Given. Any other uses would be “against program rules,” Krasienko said.

Other uses of the funds are allowed and must be approved in a line item budget by Council, Given wrote. “These funds are not unlimited in their use; examples of uses that would be allowable are to assist in the cost of updating planning and zoning code, hiring of additional inspectors for code enforcement, establishing a revolving loan fund to assist people in repairing their homes regardless of income, target code enforcement activities, among other programs or items that may be identified.”

Just a point this was the understanding of council members including Mr. Given and Community Development at the time and was apparently reiterrated in the letter to the Ethics Committee and I would ask you to read the interview dated November 24th 2006 here

http://thewomblog.com/?p=209

where this was also mentioned

“Other uses of the funds are allowed and must be approved in a line item budget by Council. These funds are not unlimited in their use, examples of uses that would be allowable are to assist in the cost of updating planning and zoning code, hiring of additional inspectors for code enforcement, establishing a revolving loan fund to assist people in repairing their homes regardless of income, target code enforcement activities, among other programs or items that may be identified.”

As you can see Mr. Given apparently was reiterrating what was told to him and Com Dev as the procedure at the time .

This was not Mr. Given’s “idea” as some readers may be led to believe….
There are more answers from that time to questions raised which may clarify the thinking at the time. Sigh!
Loraine Ritchey

March 15, 2009 at 9:47 pm 10 comments


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