The Biber/ Gilchrist Chronicle (S)tirring the pot!

July 29, 2011 at 2:41 pm 32 comments

Our trip through “wonder” land continues and this Alice really feels like the tea has been spiked!

Tea Blend ONE:

Today we have the NAACP crying “foul” with regard to Gilchrist complaint of voter fraud – calling the BOE the KKK

Paul Hill, one of Gilchrist’s supporters, said the elections board looked like a Ku Klux Klan meeting as the board prepared to begin the meeting. The members of the elections board are all white, while Hill is black

High priced attorneys into the blend ( told you they are the only ones that benefit 🙂
Robert Gilchrist’s hearing on voter residency postponed by Brad Dicken

Tea Blend Two LCCAA

Dismissed employee files lawsuit against LCCAA head by Evan Goodenow

•Incoming executive director Robert Gilchrist, who takes over for Locke next month, has been accused of voter fraud.
•Vince Urbin, former agency community service director, quit July 12 after pleading no contest to charges of soliciting a prostitute.
•In 2008, Elizabeth Young, former agency assistant director of housing, was sentenced to three years probation related to her stealing federal taxpayer money slated to help poor people pay their heating bills. Young used the money to pay her utility bills.
•In 2006, agency department heads were accused of cronyism, nepotism, misuse of money and inflating Head Start enrollment figures

Tea Blend Three

We seek him here we seek him there we seek that Biber everywhere – Is he in Lorain or Sheffield Lake voter fraud may be at stake????

Lorain school board member’s residency questioned again by Brad Dicken

Anthony Giardini, an elections board member who also serves as an attorney for Lorain Schools, said he doesn’t see an issue with Biber having more than one residence. The one that counts, he said, is the Lorain house because that’s where Biber has declared he will live and vote.

That’s enough, Giardini said, to make the Lorain house Biber’s primary residence.

Curiouser and curioser cried Alice the taxpayer……. and the all knowing Chesire Cat replied:

Those who say there’s nothing like a nice cup of tea for calming the nerves never had *real* tea. It’s like a syringe of adrenaline straight to the heart!

Entry filed under: a Cow -elle opinion, Blogging, city of lorain, hell is other people, notorious opponents of exactitude, Open for Discussion, personal opinion. Tags: , , , .

“A very civilized affair” ( well that is meeting ) Institute for Justice- Free Speech – notches up another win!

32 Comments Add your own

  • 1. Susie  |  July 29, 2011 at 3:21 pm

    Mr. Gilchrist can bring all the high-falutin’ lawyers to town that he wants – the 10 days are up on Monday and a hearing will be held whether or not he is there with or without them.

    MJ commenter weneedchange says it best:
    “To make it a race issue is just turning a respectful proceeding into a three ring circus. A prominent government official walked into a polling place he didn’t belong in and voted illegally. The race, religion, sexual orientation of that official was of no consequence. The only reason he was found out is he’s an appointed government leader not because he’s a black man. The race card just clouds the issue at hand. People know who he is. The fact that he thought he could slip in and nobody would notice is the real crime.”

    Why do some always clamor for equal treatment, yet think the laws shouldn’t apply to them?

  • 2. Loraine Ritchey  |  July 29, 2011 at 3:33 pm

    I have heard from sources that this gets curiouser and curioser not naming names until I can verify but what was the connection between Mr. Gilchrist and the lady suing the LCCAA anyone know for sure and can document…….

    Is a march being planned on the BOE ? and then there was the case of Dr. Woods who was on the BOE

    “State law requires board members to live in the school district in which they serve.

    Wood owns a home in Lorain but said he has been staying at another home he owns in Amherst for several months. He said he was living with his sister in his Amherst home to assist her until she finds a place to live.

    The state law regarding permanent residence is somewhat vague, according to several education law attorneys.

    It mainly depends on where you live the majority of the time, where you are registered to vote, where you pay your taxes and what address you receive your mail, said a Lorain school board attorney, Dennis O’Toole.

    Another attorney said residency often depends on what people consider to be their permanent home.

    ”The law provides that residency is not only actual but a state of mind,” said Mary Lentz, who is currently representing the Clearview school district in a case.

    Wood is registered to vote in the city of Lorain and the address on his driver’s license is at 1026 Lakeview Drive in Lorain, according to public records.

    But Wood’s home address and phone number is listed in the county phone book distributed by CenturyTel as 497 Golden Russett Blvd. in Amherst.”

    Sound familiar??

  • 3. Susie  |  July 29, 2011 at 4:32 pm

    At least Dr. Wood had enough sense to call it quits when his term expired. Wonder if things would have been different if he served Giardini as others do.

  • 4. Grammy  |  July 29, 2011 at 4:33 pm

    The BOARD attorney, Mr. Giardini, who is also a member of the Board of Elections, presents a self-effacing opinion and thinks none of us will notice?!? Give me a break. He is being paid for his opinions regarding education/school issues from his office at the Charleston Administration Center no less (who’s paying for that office space, furniture, phone line(s) and whatever else he is using from the “system”). Does anyone hear “conflict of interest”? Does anyone care? Dr. Wood did the correct thing, can Mr. Biber? Is he even listed in the telephone directory, or is it an unlisted number and address? I’ve got it!!! Let’s ask Board of Elections member Giardini to verify where Mr. (I don’t remember where I live) Biber’s address. Then we can add that to the information from the Lorain County Auditor’s office regarding taxes and maybe we can help him figure out exactly where he resides, votes, pays taxes and “works”.

    Keep up the good work, you’ll never see such great investigative reporting in the Morning Journal.

  • 5. denise aka mozart  |  July 29, 2011 at 8:49 pm

    Maybe all the big black carpenter ants that I had in my kitchen was a sign of what was to come.

    My head is still whirling from last nights meeting at the BOE. I was stupified to say the very least.

    The voting records of the “trixtor” speaks for out rears it’s ugly head…..the infamous “race card”. They may try to stack the deck on Monday, but the hand delt has already trumped itself. It is a disgusting day here in this city, to wittness such behavior. We need a new deck with players that will play fair. I HATE CHEATERS AND LIARS…as well as a coward.

  • 6. Grammy  |  July 29, 2011 at 10:48 pm

    Why is it if a white person says something any other ethnicity doesn’t like and it becomes all about race? If we had a Nat’l Assoc for the Advancement of White People or the White College Fund or La White People, we would be run out of town as racists. But, put the shoe on the other foot and its all about equality and making thing “right”. My ancestors came to this country, worked hard and raised their families. They were discriminated against because of their funny sounding names and accents, but they didn’t claim prejudice, they just worked harder and did things in the prescribed, legal manner. Every group of people has had their share of prejudice and problems, but let’s stop using that as an excuse to not do things the right/legal way. Want to talk about the American Indians? Talk about prejudice!!!! They lost everything (literally and figuratively) to greed by every other racial group.

  • 7. Loraine Ritchey  |  July 29, 2011 at 10:57 pm

    Well I am in possession of an email that was sent in my opinion to stir up the negative feelings and the them and us attitude which caused the disgraceful behaviour at last nights Board of Elections meeting … the most disappointing thing about this email is that it comes from an elected official WHO SUPPOSEDLY REPRESENTS ALL OF HIS CONSTITUENTS – black , white , etc. and is paid out of tax payer funds ( all colors) for his livlihood…… there is “thug thinking” going on in this community and I am appalled……smiling faces indeed.

    And yes I will put it up after I have checked it out.

  • 8. Peter Potamus  |  July 30, 2011 at 2:35 am

    Well I am in possession of an email that was sent in my opinion to stir up the negative feelings and the them and us attitude…

    …and the plot thickens

  • 9. Loraine Ritchey  |  July 30, 2011 at 9:13 am

    And upon checking with the writer I was shouted at and told in a very hardly a smooth politician tone “you want to take me on – you don’t want to go there- you don’t want to take me on”

    interesting how in the space of a few moments the smiling Oh hi how are you turned to bombastic intimidation ??????? more later

  • 10. Loraine Ritchey  |  July 30, 2011 at 10:38 am

    and it continues :

    he has “room mates 😉

    Biber acknowledged that he isn’t the only one who’s called the East 29th property home since he bought it. He estimated perhaps 10 friends or family members have been his roommates in that time.

    Among them is P.J. Carter, who works as a public information officer for Lorain Schools. Biber said he abstained from voting on whether to hire Carter when it came before the board earlier this year because he’s known Carter since he coached him when he was a child.

    He also said Carter is in the process of moving out, but that having people stay with him doesn’t have any impact on whether he lives there himself.

    “The fact that I live here and someone else lives here is irrelevant,”

  • 11. Peter Potamus  |  July 30, 2011 at 2:40 pm

    I want to take him/her on… I want to take on somebody who screams like that.

    You’ve seen how the Tea Party Candidate fled when I mentioned a 40-year old incident…

    I’d like to take him/her on…

    “Legitimate discussion” being stifled/chilled by screaming kind of irks me…. I won’t be silenced if I have something to say… but I don’t like the “more timid folks” to be stifled either because I want to hear what they have to say…

    …and I don’t want their message to me silenced because someone realizes they can threaten/intimidate them into silence

  • 12. Loraine Ritchey  |  July 30, 2011 at 3:15 pm

    Well Peter I have had the very bottom drop out of my world when I lost my son to cancer and our closure thanks to the control of the 19……….the pain and horror that is there every waking moment is the “bottoming out” no threats intimidate me any longer because nothing except losing another child could be worse…….

    no physical pain can compare- no mental anguish- no threat can cause me to cower – physical or verbal…… I have already lost more than any of these jokers who try to intimidate and bully they can’t touch me –

    to be intimidated you have to have a fear of losing something – your life – go ahead sometimes when the grief gets so untenable that might be prefable to living –

    money HA! good luck I have none- my home mortgaged-

    my reputation who cares..I don’t get paid to do what I do and I don’t have a political career to further and contrary to Mr. Biber’s opinion of me I have no “agenda” as he has stated except to get through as best I can for the time I have left….

    Actually this grief has “freed” me if that makes any sense …….. so they can bring it on………..

  • 13. Brian  |  July 30, 2011 at 8:12 pm

    I might still have a helmet from when I was in the military if you need to borrow one. I have two but I sit on one so I don’t get shot in the ass.

  • 14. Loraine Ritchey  |  July 30, 2011 at 8:21 pm

    Thanks Brian

    amazing to me is how quickly he turned from Oh hi how are you.. to you don’t want to take me on etc. etc.

    . certainly the bombastic behaviour left a lot to be desired and I expected less of the bully ploy from an elected offical SIGH the mask slipped ……. but you might want to offer him protection from the onslaught of words that are probably going to rain down upon his head no matter where he tends to hide it…( his head that is and since it seems to be in the same place as your needed protection he might need that helmet too 😉

  • 15. Brian  |  July 30, 2011 at 10:11 pm

    Well, seeing how you are a little turbed at Howard, I believe there is a legal opinion that says that folks that are elected to the city cannot be on the boards of organizations that get money from the city. Somehow doesn’t LCCAA get some money from community development?????????

  • 16. Brian  |  July 30, 2011 at 10:22 pm

    Of course Howard abstained from voting on Community Developments CDBG funding…..

    Didn’t he…..

  • 17. Loraine Ritchey  |  July 30, 2011 at 10:26 pm

    I don’t know Brian about that : everyone in the city knows he is on the LCCAA Board including Mr. Riley ? You would think they would do something about that if that is the case……..

    What I do know is that he can’t vote and has to abstain when something comes up in regard to LCCAA

    However that didn’t stop him a few months ago from showing up at a committee meeting ( which he is not on that particular committee that was meeting that night) and speaking in favour of the LCCAA ( will see if I can wrack my brains as to the meeting ( I haven’t been to many) – he was certainly trying to sway the members of the committee in the direction of LCCAA BUT NOBODY SILENCED HIM so I gathered it was allowed…………. but then maybe they were scared to “take him on 😉

  • 18. denise aka mozart  |  July 31, 2011 at 3:07 am

    These truly are the “dog days of summer” unlike the “summer breeze that makes me feel fine”…or is it the summer of our discontent…or …is it just too hot to handle…
    bring it on boys, let’s get ready to rumble..

  • 19. Brian  |  July 31, 2011 at 11:38 am

    The school boards attorney most likely knows where M. Biber lives and I assume figures that as long as no one raises a big stink, no one will notice.

    Maybe Mr. Riley is aware of Mr. Howards position just that with all of the other legal problems in our city just hopes that no one will notice.

    Maybe Mr. Riley doesn’t want to be accused of being a racist…

  • 20. Loraine Ritchey  |  July 31, 2011 at 12:32 pm

    The situation is re Biber as I see it and my own personal opinion is

    1. He has as he stated back in his WoM post and since in the newspapers positioned himself“to meet the letter of the the law” with regard to where he votes and where he calls his primary residence.

    Attorney Giardini both LCS and BOE(lections) attorney stated
    The one that counts, he said, is the Lorain house because that’s where Biber has declared he will live and vote.

    That’s enough, Giardini said, to make the Lorain house Biber’s primary residence.

    Biber then postioning himself on his “word” if you like states that is his primary residence ( not his wife and kids but his) so we the general public are either OK with that explanation- or see this as a circumvention and bending of the intent of the legal requirements are not Ok with

    the question then becomes as per Mr. Giardinis quote
    “it is enough” ( for the law but is it enough for the “general population— you the voters and those that sign the petitions have to decide

    Sorry but it isn’t enough for me – I am tired of the game playing ………….. but we will see come the election won’t we?

  • 21. Loraine Ritchey  |  July 31, 2011 at 12:46 pm

    As far as Mr. Howard who is the person who wrote the email ( more on that in a later post. “throwing ones weight around – politically legally or culturally ” to intimidate also shows character flaws -no matter who you are- and there is a lot of that going on in Lorain lately……. Loraine

  • 22. denise aka mozart  |  July 31, 2011 at 1:58 pm

    Well, how ever this all unfolds, it will be something. We as citizens have gotten smarter, and i think that is due to all the corruption stories that we hear on the daily news or in the papers…(excluding the journal, they like to stay neutral).Having the ability to obtain information right at our fingertips, or just a phone call away.

    I am more than pleased that there are those who have their nose to the grind stone, for what ever be one’s reason. This is a different America, and a different world. Look what has been going on in other countries..

    .WE’RE MAD AS HELL AND WE’RE NOT GONNA TAKE IT ANY MORE. I will be at the hearing tomorrow…I hope it remains civilized…if it does not, and there is a problem, we can now understand the source.

  • 23. Susie  |  July 31, 2011 at 4:59 pm

    Hypothetical situation:
    For the sake of argument, let’s say all the members of the Board of Elections panel are black. As Mr. Biber comes before them to be investigated for his address & voting issues, one of his supporters says the Board is nothing more than a bunch of “n****( Edited by admin) and slaves” and mentions that he’s going to bring a lynch mob back with him on Monday to take care of them. Do you think the fallout would have been any different?

  • 24. Susie  |  July 31, 2011 at 5:03 pm

    {I hit post too soon…}

    I don’t think it would have been. In fact, I think that we would have seen a lot more about it in the local papers because the blacks would have turned those statements into a “hate crime” and would beat that horse until it was dead, resurrected, and then they would beat it some more just because they can.

  • 25. Susie  |  July 31, 2011 at 10:52 pm

    Maybe I should have said Black Panthers instead of n’s?

  • 26. Loraine Ritchey  |  July 31, 2011 at 11:16 pm

    Well maybe 🙂 but I do understand the point you were making that equating someone to the KKK is as insulting as the n word is to others……

  • 27. Grammy  |  July 31, 2011 at 11:31 pm

    It’s so sad when people “play” a race card but only think it should be played in one direction. If people would just try to work together, ignore the differences and work on the sameness, what a better place this could be. I hope that people will remember that we all need to follow the rules and do the right thing. Though many try to place markers and dividers between people, we all need to just work together for the betterment of ALL of us.

  • 28. Loraine Ritchey  |  July 31, 2011 at 11:56 pm

    You know Grammy I have been looking at the “back story” as I checked out various relationships and who is who and the linkage for the next post. – I have been out of touch for months and months- I know a lot of the people on that email list – including of course the writer… I am wondering how many of those smiling faces are hiding bitterness and are disingenuous……… I am left this evening even more jaded and possibly used than before …. if that is possible…….

  • […] Brad Dicken of the Chronicle ( chronicled ) an event that took place at the Lorain County Board of Elections on Thursday evening . […]

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