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Study + Plan = money = blah blah = Lorain= ?

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I will admit to being pretty naïve as to how government worked and the tools( aka “study/s”) needed by the City of Lorain. In the early 90’s. Charleston Village Society http://www.loraincounty.com/charlestonlorai/ was pretty new as a 501C3 back then. You see CVSI did it backwards we became a neighborhood organization without anyone’s help or dollars. We did the ground work ourselves , tried to make a difference.

We were ridiculed (as the village idiots) and yes even Community Development for the City of Lorain tried thwarting us at every turn – “the middle class clique “ their term -Chuck Urindrisky and Sandy Prudoff possibly concerned about their ” HUD cash cow” . We became an organization over which Community Development had no control – we were the loose cannon.

artwork Chris Ritchey

artwork Chris Ritchey


Finally, we were recognized and our input was required. We were asked to attend a series of meeting with the “movers and shakers” ( I kid you not that was the term used) at the then Lorain High School on 6th.
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We were , Rich Robbin and I, excited- maybe something would finally get going in this old neighborhood and Lorain.

We printed out our newsletter, at the time, with the facts and figures from government sources and handed out the newsletter to the movers and shakers – with the headline of 20 odd years ago FOR RENT ONE CITY – LORAIN. Our figures showed Lorain heading from an owner occupied city to 60 percent rental. Not much has changed over the ensuing decades except the “quality” of the rental market took a downward dive in the older neighborhoods(in my opinion) .

Back to our naivety . We duly attended the meetings , the flip charts , touting Lorain’s assets – the Palace , the Lake, the people , the parks , organizations, business opportunities, history etc. After the third such meeting back in the early 90’s I dared ask –


So what happens to this Plan and when do we start implementation?

Oh well we have the facilitator gather all our recommendations, ideas and issues they will make a report and take it to the Mayor’s Office and Community Development for them to find a way forward.

Oh so we won’t be actually “doing anything ” just telling he powers that be what we think- we won’t be implementing anything?????

No! this will just help determine the city’s way forward……….

https://thatwoman.wordpress.com/2012/02/15/the-reprise-of-gobble-de-gook-claptrap-wishy-washy-ask-me-no-questions-i-will-tell-you-no-lies/

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Source Dave Brown
of the Independent http://www.independent.co.uk/us

A way forward???? that very term has haunted me and made me nauseous ever since. I don’t know what happened to the “PLAN” from the 90’s and then again the “Visioning Plans of the rest of the decades that we still kept attending. I have the county plan from 1991 ) Vision 20/20 ( total misnomer in my opinion)

We did attend the “plan for the port” and yes! in fact that was one of the very few “plans that have seen implementation in the past 15 years- but one has to wonder if that would’ve succeeded if the Lorain Port Authority had not been accountable directly to the Lorain taxpayer for operating revenue through levies etc.

idearesSo after so many plans, way forward , comprehensive studies used for tools in the box and many, many thousands of dollars later

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I attended, on behalf of Charleston Village Society the “Big Idea ” session held at the Lorain Port Authority conference room. This latest study and its outcome apparently will focus on the “zoning ” requirements for this city and determine future zoning/planning based upon the study results . You can find the project schedule the time line – meetings etc. here
http://www.loraincompplan.com/uploads/4/7/9/6/47960399/lorain_project-schedule.pdf
There were representatives from a few organizations at the table for this session with Senior Planner Justin Robbins AICP
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there were the obligatory flip charts , not much has changed there and it was the “Opportunities ” Page that took me from

Oh well we were asked I will go and listen once more as we go through the motions to help with tools in the box

to the old curmudgeon !

As the people around the table, only one of whom I have ever seen attend any of these previous decades of “plans”, told of the strengths and the opportunities……. I was transported BACKKKKKKKKKKKK to a time of long ago and a plan far away…

OK! I admit all my good intentions of say nothing went west as I looked at the same “opportunities” being written down on yet another flip chart. The same damned things that were written down in the first planning / study strategy I attended those many years ago.
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So I forgot my good intentions and said my say ( on the negative side ). Apparently after 20 odd years of Visions and Plans the positives remained the same so not much to ADD there .
I had my say about Lorain’s largest business – the Rental Business

( As a real estate agent and landlord painted a more than rosy scenario” and Yes there is a lucrative business in Lorain!
10 MILLION 800 THOUSAND A YEAR or 900,000 A MONTH coming from the voucher program alone into the coffers of the landlords , a majority of whom live outside Lorain.
I am sure those stats haven’t decreased probably increased since the post
https://thatwoman.wordpress.com/2014/08/26/the-time-has-come-the-walrus-said-lorain/

FROM 1991…..
https://thatwoman.wordpress.com/category/city-of-lorain/page/5/
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“Right now ( 1991) you’re giving Lorain away a house at a time , a piece at a time and no one seems to care”

Ward Two the ward that has the Lake, the opportunities for development, itself glutted, decaying and home to even in worst shape now than when the “movers and shakers” held that round table at the Lorain High School cafeteria.( also gone and re planned)

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One thing did change the plus side held Lorain City Schools but although the buildings are newer they now find they are in the negative. Back in the time that Lorain forgot ( along with her tangible history) Lorain Schools held many studies and discussions on their way forward – attended more than one – Ironically the last one I wrote about
5 Years ago the Goals for Lorain City Schools coming from http://www.ode.state.oh.us plan

1) Goal 1: By the end of the 2011-12 school year, 78% of all students will meet or exceed proficient level on the OAT and 90% on the OGT in the area of reading.
2) Goal 2: By the end of the 2011-12 school year, 78% of all students will meet or exceed proficient level on the OAT and 90% on the OGT in the area of mathematics.
3) Goal 3: By the end of the 2011-12 school year, the Lorain City School district will meet or exceed state minimum attendance standard of 93%.
4) Close the socioeconomic, ethnic and gender gaps in student achievement
5) Adult Basic and Literacy Education and EL/Civics
6) Expand college preparation course offering at the high school level
7) Career-Technical Education
8. FY 2010 Increase student achievement (Reading/Language Arts, mathematics, and science)
– Improving Teacher Quality, Title II-A

THE OUTCOME 2016 Sept.

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OH! OH! THAT DIDN’T GO QUITE ACCORDING TO PLAN!!!!!

We could say no more studies , no more plans but these are part of the government hoops and showing the money boys of government – a way forward and community buy in. I suppose it would be cheating to just update the old studies and plans???

Oh and that Lake it also has to go on the negative and plus ( which cancels it out somewhat) because 1/3 of the area that would normally draw in business is water and that water is usually frozen for 5-6 months of the year and rough for a least a couple of months as well – there goes your “boat” people .
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Entertainment District/ Downtown and maybe see the area jumping on weekends for 3 months or so BUT will not support a thriving downtown area or gentrify the neighborhood in order to have foot traffic. It has to be part of a much “bigger idea” and I am not sure I have seen that yet….

So this latest “input from the public” is How do we want our community Zoned ?
http://www.cityoflorain.org/building/lorain_zoning_maps
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Updating Lorain’s Zoning/Planning:
An Entertainment zone?( year round???)
Zoned Historical ( better get on that fast we have very little historical bricks and mortar left)-
Residential ( up market zone)( down market)
Recreational Zone – lawn parking of Rv’s
Light Industrial – street parking of construction vehicles ( note these can be grandfathered in as it happens every day)
Heavy Industrial – and so on and so forth……..

” EQUALITY/ACCOUNTABILITY ZONE- SUB ZONE NO ROLLED ROOFS On PITCHED ROOFS ZONE
Yes that is what I would like an equality/ accountability and no rolled roof Zone – where everyone has to follow the ordinances we already have! With “Zone inspections rather than complaint driven ”

But for right now……. I am completely ZONED OUT

September 20, 2016 at 12:01 pm 4 comments

Abate the wait- Lorain’s Housing Court- OBJECTION

Update Editorial re the Morning Journal on Lorain’s Housing situation

http://www.morningjournal.com/opinion/20160514/editorial-toughen-penalties-for-lorain-housing-code-violators

Basically the City of Lorain and her housing court is not there to punish but to abate the issues that come before the court.

Last evening a two-hour discussion on the situation of poor housing and buildings took place before Lorain City Council Building and Lands Committee meeting.
http://www.morningjournal.com/general-news/20160509/lorain-council-demands-more-housing-code-enforcement

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Law Director Pat Riley spent a sizeable period time explaining “rights” and informing Magistrate Cook what he could and couldn’t talk about. I found that a little condescending actually, I am sure Magistrate Cook was aware of those limitations.

Mary Springowski Lorain Council At Large

Mary Springowski Lorain Council At Large


A heated exchange took place shortly after the Law Director’s explanation with Councilwoman at Large- Mary Springowski and Law Director Riley.

Mrs. Springowski vented the frustration of those who are affected by the seemingly lack of accountability and the “wait time” , the frustrations of city council members as they field the calls from constituents , dealing with the conditions of homes and businesses in their wards, pointing out the tax payers also have rights .

Law Director Riley then “lectured” on the law and accused Councilwoman Springowski of “grandstanding and being grandiose”. I am not sure if that was the place of a Law Director who is there to represent council. The “debate” on his part became personal. Mr. Riley would do well to remember ( in this frustrated for 40 years opinion) the “law department is part of the “frustrating situation”.

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Dennis Flores , Councilman for the 2nd Ward has been a companion of mine as I have attended Housing Court recently, he too has seen the process.He too is frustrated with the system, from the “lack of service” ( getting the people into court in the first place). The system weighty and unwieldy.

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Magistrate Cook was at the microphone on point so to speak but I was disappointed the prosecutor’s office ” was not at the mic.

You see every decision made in Housing Court, Magistrate Cook always asks ” is the prosecutor in agreement” and the prosecutor of the day signs off , whether it is dismissal, abatement, sending to bench trial etc. Not once did the prosecutor object at any time I attended court. Lorain’s legal department, in this lay person opinion, needs to remember “they are representing the tax payers of Lorain and the City of Lorain.” They too, bear responsibility to represent us and City Council’s endeavors to correct a situation of Lorain’s building and housing that has been years and years in the making .

The system certainly needs speeding up, the Prosecutors Office needs to play a part in the process. The frustration felt by city officials must be pale in comparison to the Building Planning and Housing Dept. whose inspectors are having to deal with situations day and day out.

I have stated in previous posts on Housing Court the “owner occupied ” issues coming before the court , the average Joe seemed to have a high rate of abating their issues, at least when I attended. I understand that when one of these mega property owners come before the court they cannot have their other disgraceful properties taken into consideration, the magistrate has to go by the “case” in front of him however, the fines are such they can build it into the cost of doing business. Business, yes! because that is what it is one of the largest business in Lorain.

We pay the salaries of “professionals” in our law department to represent the rights of Lorain….

Duties of the Law Director

The City Law Director is elected for a term of four years. The responsibilities of the office include:
•Serves as legal counsel for all elected officials, directors and councilpersons of the City of Lorain
•Preparing all contracts, bonds, ordinances and written instruments in which the City of Lorain is concerned.
•Responsible for prosecuting and defending all complaints, suits and controversies in which the City of Lorain is a party.
•Responsible for reviewing ordinances to be considered by Lorain City Council.
•Serves as prosecuting attorney for the Lorain Municipal Court; prosecuting cases for the City of Lorain and Sheffield Township.

Time to step up and Object to the wait for abate…… some of us are in the firing line for speaking out…..
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https://thatwoman.wordpress.com/2009/02/11/housing-court-judge/
https://thatwoman.wordpress.com/2009/02/18/housing-and-the-judge-part-4/
https://thatwoman.wordpress.com/2015/10/27/lorains-lost-housing-and-political-machinations/
https://thatwoman.wordpress.com/2016/02/26/the-wayback-machine-is-a-lesson-not-learned/
https://thatwoman.wordpress.com/2015/09/24/the-housing-tale-a-history-not-a-mystery-just-bank-business/
https://thatwoman.wordpress.com/2009/02/11/housing-court-judge/
https://thatwoman.wordpress.com/2009/02/14/the-housing-court-judge-part-two/
https://thatwoman.wordpress.com/2016/04/07/plump-lady-plummets-and-the-housing-trip-continues/
to be continued

May 10, 2016 at 10:46 am 2 comments

Nov. 11th- Youth Lost- Medals worn- Remember

Design ( artwork Chris Ritchey  2009)

Design ( artwork Chris Ritchey 2009)

I have always tried to Remember those who fought on November the 11th – from granddads, uncles and my father- to my generation, my husband USAF, my cousins and to those friends who have lost their sons to war.

I was pleased and touched the last piece of art work produced by my son was in honor for another young man who gave his life for his country ( in remembrance)- Eric Barnes .

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I was reminded on Remembrance Sunday, as I walked through the dining room, of my father . I hadn’t looked at his medals in a very long time as they hung over the sword he bought me ( The Sword of Charlemagne ) incase I ever did Camelot again. He was coerced into polishing up a sword for the theatrical production in which I was involved -a lousy job and one he decided he wouldn’t do again – hence the purchase of the sword !

There was a lot of dust, the ribbons had lost their sharp colours over the decades and they decidedly needed a clean . I knew some of his medals were gone – RN Long Service and Good conduct Medal, The Arctic Star and the Oak cluster – I had used them to pin my dolly’s clothes when I was just a little one.
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Although I had written about his Royal Navy Career in the series along with my mother’s remembrances of those days of world war two –
https://thatwoman.wordpress.com/2010/09/12/long-time-passing-gone-to-fighting-everyone/
https://thatwoman.wordpress.com/2010/09/14/long-time-passing-gone-to-fighting-everyone-part-two/
https://thatwoman.wordpress.com/2010/09/17/long-time-passing-gone-to-fighting-everyone-part-three/
https://thatwoman.wordpress.com/2010/09/20/long-time-passing-gone-to-fighting-part-4/
https://thatwoman.wordpress.com/2010/09/22/long-time-passing-gone-to-fighting-part-5/
https://thatwoman.wordpress.com/2010/09/25/long-time-passing-gone-to-fighting-part-6/

I can’t really remember having ever “looked ” closely at the medals.
I was surprised at the number of theatres of war in which he had been involved. And then, I remembered this man , my father who had been in the Royal Navy before war broke out and had seen so much in those terrible years was only 28 years old when Victory was declared – my mother 26-. War is for the young they say ……

1939-45 Star

1939-45 Star

The 1939 to 1945 Star was awarded for any period of operational service overseas between 3 September 1939 and 8 May 1945 (2 September 1945 in the Far East).Naval personnel qualify after 180 days afloat in areas of operations as laid out in the regulations between certain specified dates.

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THE AFRICA STAR******
Naval personnel anywhere at sea in the Mediterranean or in harbour in North Africa, Malta or Egypt between the above dates will qualify. Those serving in direct support of the Eritrean and Abyssinian campaigns between certain other specified dates will also qualify.

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THE ARCTIC STAR**** The Arctic Star is granted for operational service of any length north of the Arctic Circle (66 degrees, 32’N) from the 3rd September, 1939, to the 8th May, 1945, inclusive. The Arctic Star is intended to commemorate the Arctic Convoys and is designed primarily for the ships of the convoys to North Russia and their Escorts. •Royal Navy and Merchant Navy: naval and Merchant Navy service anywhere at sea north of the Arctic Circle to include, but not limited exclusively to, those ships participating in, and in support of, Convoys to North Russia

Atlantic-L THE ATLANTIC STAR******
The Battle of the Atlantic took place between 3 September 1939 and 8 May 1945 as German U boats, aircraft and surface vessels attacked the convoys transporting valuable supplies from America and the colonies to Britain.
Warships of the RN and aircraft of the RAF escorted the convoys, hunted the U boats, fought German ships and, despite some notable German successes, the allies won a comprehensive victory in the Atlantic

Italy_Star THE ITALY STAR Naval personnel must qualify first for the 1939 to 1945 Star before the Italy Star can be awarded. It is then awarded for service at sea in the Mediterranean between the above dates provided that it was directly connected with active operations in the Mediterranean theatre.
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George VI Medal *****The duration of the Second World War in Europe was from 3 September 1939 to 8 May 1945, while in the Pacific Theatre it continued until 2 September 1945. The War Medal 1939–1945 was instituted by the United Kingdom on 16 August 1945 and was awarded to all full-time personnel of the armed forces and merchant marines

My dad also earned the Royal Navy – Long Service and Good Conduct Medal
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ww2-oak-leaf-midand the Oak Leaf –

Oak Leaf awarded to personnel who have been mentioned in despatches in action with the enemy (all environments) in war.

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HMS Speedwell
I believe ,in researching my dad’s history, a mention of the incident for which he was mentioned in despatches
https://thatwoman.wordpress.com/2010/09/20/long-time-passing-gone-to-fighting-part-4/

Cyril Green:

1400 – Explosion in our ship don’t know whether we hit or what it is yet someone gave a scream.

1445 – Explosion was heater drain observation tank in boiler room exploding. 2 stokers seriously scalded and 1 fractured elbow.

We left Harmatris to two Russian tugs and proceeded to Polyarnoe (Russia) at all speed.


I should like Commanding Officers of all Minesweepers to know that I fully appreciate the good work in the difficult conditions in the past few days searching, escorting, and hunting under the nose of the enemy sea and air forces. It does everyone, but especially the Engine room department, great credit that all ships have been ready for service whenever called upon and I am sure that valuable lives and ships have been saved by the good work performed.

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CommanderSenior Officer, Sixth Minesweeping Flotilla “

The HMS Speedwell was a minesweeper and now a segue back to Lorain
and another naval man Admiral Ernest J King

Admiral King

Admiral King


His tribute space has the flags flying – not on a flag pole but a ship’s mast and a “minesweeper mast” at that rescued from the from the old American Ship yard.
Old Mast at American Shipyard
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Photo Lisa Miller

Photo Lisa Miller


( Now in place at the Admiral King Tribute Site 1st and Hamilton)

Photo - Lisa Miller

Photo – Lisa Miller


PLEASE TAKE A WALK THROUGH THE ERIC BARNES HEROES WALK THIS WEEK AND AS YOU REMEMBER THOSE THAT FOUGHT AND CONTINUE TO FIGHT – REMEMBER THEIR YOUTH -LOST – SOME WILL NOT GROW OLD AND DID NOT GROW OLD- AND THOSE THAT SURVIVED NEVER FORGOT – CHANGED FOREVER.

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November 10, 2015 at 12:15 pm 2 comments

Lorain’s Lost Housing and Political Machinations

machinationsThe last days of Lorain’s election are bringing out the sound bites of political machinations .

I don’t get involved in the who is who – vote for- aspect BUT I have heard over and over again both in the real media and social media the surface knowledge of Lorain’s Housing being used as fodder for the “vote for me” campaigns .

Unfortunately, I am of the opinion neither Mr. Tim Carrion (IND) or Ms. Jesse Tower (REP) have looked at the housing issues in-depth. These issues have become mythered with politics and this will sound good to the voting public campaign rhetoric !-Lorain deserves educated observations and decisions not sound bites for print.

Ms. Tower stated in the Chronicle Telegram article yesterday
http://chronicle.northcoastnow.com/2015/10/26/ritenauer-taking-no-chances-with-campaign/

Tower said the $100 inspections are unfair to property owners and reduce housing sales, increasing blight.

“The government should be there to help the residents, not to hinder the residents,” Tower said. “If you want to buy a falling-apart house, then why is the government telling you not to buy it?”

I am afraid I emphatically disagree- I have fought blight and have gone before government committees and courts in Ohio and Washington DC with regard to blight and blighting neighborhoods. – $100 housing inspection costs DO NOT Increase Blight – far from it !
https://thatwoman.wordpress.com/2009/02/07/remember-the-staubach-report/

Oh! Ms. Tower , you are much mistaken in the fact the majority of Lorain substandard homes were being purchased by people wanting a home – for the most part these “old houses” were being traded back and forth by LLC’s and “property managers”. They are listed in this link
https://thatwoman.wordpress.com/2013/07/05/the-nuisance-and-point-of-sale-ordinance-lorain/

and some more out of town-ers are still causing issues to families – read it and weep.
https://thatwoman.wordpress.com/2015/09/17/the-follow-up-a-tale-of-two-houses-city-council-loraine/
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Every single person who wishes to purchase a home in Lorain should be assured their property meets “minimum standards of safety”. $100 for an inspection is cheap to make sure a child goes to bed without the threat of a faulty furnace, a mother and father know the plumbing will not haunt them and lead paint is not an issue.


Mr. Carrion also had his say

Of the vacant homes, 171 were graded D and 95 graded F. The study recommended demolishing all the D and F buildings. However, Carrion said there should be greater focus on rehabilitating homes.

Mr. Carrion for your edification
http://www.wrlandconservancy.org/pdf/LorainVacantPropertyInventory.pdf

“If some things need to be torn down, let’s do it,” Carrion told Young Tuesday. “But you can’t just take a wrecking ball to everything. Some things need to be salvaged.”

Unfortunately Mr. Carrion – easier said than done. Using Federal/ State funds has some serious rules and repercussions ( as mentioned when Lorain broke the rules and bent them in “previous years under the old Community Development Dept) and they frown upon rehabbing a house for 30 , 40, 75 or $100 thousand when Lorain’s market value for homes, in these older neighborhoods, are selling for 10-22 thousand – thanks to a lot of bank dumping and LLC’s.
https://thatwoman.wordpress.com/2012/07/11/banks-banking-on-lorain-business-of-blight-devaluing-lorain/

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Lets take a wander through some business practices here in Lorain. One property management company JB Patriot Properties ( Jerrod Biebrick- who appeared before Magistrate Cook last week-
https://thatwoman.wordpress.com/2015/10/22/housing-court-and-you-lorain-continued/

I did a quick check of only 40 properties of the 80 Mr. Biebrick stated he owns- of those 37 are delinquent in their taxes for over $150,000 dollars total.

I can’t see where any attempt was made to pay down the taxes in the years he has owned the properties. Also, look at the sale prices of just one page from the auditors site –
( sale prices listed far right)
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These properties have taxes owing on them for years – The property he states on his articles of incorporation on the 11 LLC’s he holds is 1101 34th Street.

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1101 34th Street- purchased in 2009- for $10,900- from yes another familiar bank- US Bank NA- even has taxes owed on those prestigious corporate offices – the real estate tax for this “building” is $711.22 cents per year and owed is $3,791.24 – ( YOU DO THE MATH how many years of back taxes???)

Can you honestly believe if the county foreclosed on these properties the amount of money that would be needed to rehab them would be available ?

Oh Yes !I can just see it now – properties whose highest sales price- per my example Mr. Biebrick was a mere $17,500. Yes! I can certainly see the state and federal programs throwing money into any one of these properties – I THINK NOT!!!! nor would I want them too.

These examples do not take into account the George Schneider properties( 37 of them in the demo line)
https://thatwoman.wordpress.com/2014/09/20/george-schneider-a-property-legacy-what-now/
the Lew Strnad properties – the wheeling and dealing , trading and dumping going on before January 2014. Oh! there are more out there believe me – I look at them every day in this Lorain’s oldest neighborhood.

Let us look at the most recent demolitions and how they got to be razed- this was not the fault of this city it is the fault of business practices that I believe are at the very least unethical.

1223 W 6th Street. Lorain made the front page of the local media
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http://www.morningjournal.com/article/mj/20150804/NEWS/150809843
http://chronicle.northcoastnow.com/2015/08/05/lorain-demolitions-off-to-a-smashing-start/

This home was demolished at a cost estimated for each demolition of $25,000 – the neighbors cheered – but HOW did we end up demolishing this property?

The county acquired it through non-payment of taxes in the amount of $12,883.05- the yearly taxes were $692.16 –
tax history 1223res

This is not a case of some poor out of work family unable to keep up with their taxes.

This property was purchased by yet another LLC EAI Investments
EAI investments
EAI LLC info

THEY didn’t pay the taxes.

Perhaps Mr. Ernest and Alice Iseminger couldn’t afford to pay their taxes- One would have to wonder if that were indeed the case since Mr. Ernest Iseminger was in fact (according to LinkedIn) during his time here in Lorain County Vice President, Development and Alumni Affairs Oberlin College and is NOW –
Vice President, Advancement and External Relations at Claremont McKenna College.
His wife, Alice- the Owner, Seniors Helping Seniors Cleveland/Akron, Ohio Area Individual and Family Services

Now I think they could have managed to pay the less than $700 a year in taxes on this property. According to the neighbors, the day I watched the home being demolished, it was rented out and left to its own decay.
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So EIA Investments -it seems – rented it out- and the non payment of property taxes continued to climb – and now WE the taxpayers ( because this is where the money ultimately comes from – ) pay to have the property taken down. I certainly hope the Lorain County contacts EAI Investments and the Isemingers to recoup some of these costs. ?

UPDATE: I heard back from the county re the actual cost of demo on this property
This particular unit was demolished at a cost of ~$11,000.00. the rear unit on the site cost ~$8000.00.
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so the total of all structures is $19000.00.Cost includes, legal, title exams, asbestos survey, abatement, demo and site restoration

This is just an example of the nine properties mentioned in the article 3 were bank foreclosures ( Citi Bank and Fannie Mae) two possible deaths – and 907 W 9th under the name of Jeremy Brogan – Mr. Brogan is still listed as owning property according to the Lorain County Auditors site
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My concern is the lack of knowledge both by politicians running for office and the citizens of this community as to the real business of “affordable housing” in Lorain. I don’t think we can afford the business practices of – buy it cheap- rent it out- forget the taxes- and walk away . Because according to Prosecutor Will and County Treasurer Mr. Talarek from the Chronicle

http://chronicle.northcoastnow.com/2014/09/26/judge-enters-payment-plan-pay-back-property-taxes/

The county has stated via Mr. Wills the prosecutor in the article fro
Will said when he first took office in 2005, the county took a much harder line on trying to collect back property taxes than it does now.

He said that once the property market headed south, many of the properties lost value and it became harder to foreclose and subsequently sell the properties for enough money to justify the expense.

Property that is foreclosed on must be assessed, and the county must try multiple times to sell it at sheriff’s sale.

“It costs a lot of money to foreclose on a house,” Talarek said.

If the land doesn’t sell, Will said, it could become state property and it could be sold at an auditor’s sale, but it would be unlikely to go for enough to cover expenses, let alone the back taxes.

“Sometimes it becomes counterproductive to be aggressive,” he said.

And those in the businesses of “walk away ” rentals KNOW THIS! And now Ms. Tower and Mr. Carrion hopefully you know it too. Lorain’s housing is more than a sound bite !

October 27, 2015 at 12:20 pm 8 comments

The Other Lorain- The city OF IFFY???-

2015-08-23 08.16.03

IFFY = iffy: having many uncertain or unknown qualities or conditions may not pass the “sniff test

NOTE: The IFFY meter results are based upon information available through the situations as read in the media and elsewhere on line eg City of Lorain agendas)

At the risk of more “concrete criticism” coming through my window
https://thatwoman.wordpress.com/2015/08/23/hurled-through-the-window-retribution-who-done-it-lorain/
Let us take a trip – to the other Lorain – the IFFY OF LORAIN and especially the happenings in Ward Two and how they stack up with the IFFY Meter
UPDATE: the result!!!! http://chronicle.northcoastnow.com/2015/10/16/horn-concedes-flores-wins-lorain-council-seat/
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There is such a confusion within my brain- I, for instance, cannot fathom why it has taken weeks and weeks to get a council person named for this Ward Two. Whatever the reason legally or politically – something sure looks iffy –
dennis FloresHorn, Ryan

http://chronicle.northcoastnow.com/2015/09/02/judge-disqualifies-nine-votes-in-lorain-council-race-results-could-be-overturned/
http://www.morningjournal.com/general-news/20150326/lorain-city-democrats-flores-square-off-over-candidate-support
This was a Democratic Primary – but since no one from the Republican Party or Independent Party is running in the General Election whom ever comes through this mess will be our Ward Two councilman.

The Democrats ( as they are who are the “front-runners” in all aspects of this ) will be deciding one way or another – The Judge Betleski ( he of CRA fame https://thatwoman.wordpress.com/category/cra/ ) is a “big” Democrat) and stated in his in initial decision
betleski
Judge Mark A. Betleski ruled there will be no recount.
http://www.morningjournal.com/general-news/20150720/judge-no-recount-in-lorain-county-ward-2-election-fraud-case

However Mr. Flores brought a civil suit and the Judge and the players had at it again. Mr. Flores , it has to be said, has fallen out of favour with his Democratic Party.

paul adams
The expert witness for the court Paul Adams is the Director of the Board of Elections AND the Chairman of the Lorain Democratic Party – Oh yes and the person who does the warning
http://chronicle.northcoastnow.com/2013/09/24/lorain-democrats-warn-3-men-to-stick-to-party-line/ and writes letters to the newspapers –
http://chronicle.northcoastnow.com/2015/03/28/glass-houses-flores-isnt-lorain-council-candidate-criminal-record/

In a news release Thursday, Lorain City Democratic Party Chairman Paul Adams wrote that the party was recommending all of the candidates running in his party’s primary except for Flores, who has previous convictions for solicitation, carrying a concealed weapon and drunken driving.

“Just as the records of exemplary community leaders in the party speak for themselves, Dennis Flores’s public criminal record speaks for itself,” Adams wrote

Bit of a reach there – Mr. Flores won his seat in the previous election after his legal violations ( much to the annoyance we are told of certain Democratic Party Officials) and the party recommendation failed to point our Mr. Horn’s exemplary behavior

Ryan Horn, one of two candidates challenging Flores, pleaded no contest to public indecency/reckless exposure in 2008, according to Lorain Municipal Court records.

Now I am just thinking out loud here This whole “fiasco”, because that is what this has become. Why did the same Judge that ruled there will be no recount then have to disallow a few week later 9 votes? Should have had that recount in the first place eh? What?
florestrialAnd Now
http://www.morningjournal.com/general-http://www.morningjournal.com/general-news/20150904/another-hearing-to-be-held-in-lorain-ward-2-election-case

There are two concerns to this lay person- the Judge that ruled there would be no recount initially – had to then after a civil trial throw out 9 votes and ( to the iffy minded ) at least one more should have been disallowed. 9 votes in a Democratic Primary in a Ward of Lorain where 382 Democrats voted for the three candidates – 2.35 % of the vote disallowed and we are still hanging on waiting to hear the results. And the 2nd concern is how many times previously have votes been counted that shouldn’t have- in the last two elections there have been concerns in Ward Two – Robert Gilchrist comes to mind- you may be losing the voters’ faith in the process ?
https://thatwoman.wordpress.com/2012/06/27/license-to-fraud-it-is-a-big-deal-usa-election-process/
MY IFFY METER results
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First Energy and the 15,000 dollar Donation

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Joe Koziura
DeTillio, Frank
Last month, Mr. Joe Koziura Council at Large and Mr. Frank DiTillio also Council at Large were thanked publically and in emails for their support of a local event by receiving a $15,000 dollar donation from First Energy

We have a $15K presenting sponsor – First Energy. Joe Koziura and Frank DeTillio started working the circuit to round up sponsorships for the festival last week and landed us this. If you see them around town, thank them as well! They will keep knocking on the doors of their network — glad to have them on the team!

No problem there except there is a resolution going before council Tuesday night (the 8th of September) resolving the support of First Energy for their stand before the Public Utilities Commission
“Stated Scott Gerfen, Ohio Consumers Counsel spokesperson:

“1.9 million consumers paid billions of dollars to FirstEnergy for its transition to deregulated power plants, under a 1999 Ohio law. Fifteen years later, FirstEnergy is again asking consumers to pay charges related to the power plants. FirstEnergy’s requests include asking the government (the PUCO) to guarantee profits for what are deregulated power plants whose profits should instead be determined by the electricity market. Needless to say, we are concerned for consumers…”

Now there are pros and con arguments for this Power initiative- and they can be found in the links in this post ( 2nd subject) https://thatwoman.wordpress.com/2015/08/11/selling-of-lorain-an-energy-decision-red-flags-flying/
Ironically this resolution passed word for word by our Law Director Pat Riley –

http://destinyhosted.com/loraidocs/2015/CCREG/20150908_28/AGENDApacket__09-08-15_726_28.pdf

is word for word from the resolution sent by First Energy to Council at Large. ( Mr. Given declined to propose the resolution) and it was hanging around in the offices for months since April 22nd and with no takers!( see handwritten note on the First Energy Page) WHY NOW?????

First enegery  proclamationres

Usually resolutions are just passed as a support, such as the other one on the agenda re the Salvation Army, BUT this one can effect the citizens and our wallets – I hope those voting will have done their homework as to just what this resolution means – and heaven forbid it isn’t tied to the $15,000 donation –No! surely not that would be a cheap trade off The IFFY meter results
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Brewers and A BRIDGE SO FAR!
I would hope the behavior alluded to on line and elsewhere in this latest “entertainment Lorain” in Lorain’s Entertainment District is just a mashing of facts. Judge for yourself:

Early in August ( 7th and 9th) the Bascule Brewing
https://www.facebook.com/BasculeBrewingCompany
folk started generating excitement with a new micro Brewery they plan to open in the old Eagles Building – they had a logo,
original logo
a place to carve out the brewery and a name Bascule Brewing so what happened because on September 5th a new logo and name change?

From their facebook page
Our New Operating Name, Bascule Brewery and Public House
September 5
2nd logo

Well it seems, according the chat on various facebook posts the “originators” of the Bascule Brewery met up with a hiccup – they had neglected in their excitement to register their LLC . Well who would have thought that people, who proclaim to want to help business in Lorain, would then go and register that very name, along with another on August 20th – just to be on the safe side???? The LLC’s registered by one whom, it can be surmised acts as legal representation for another individual who also apparently plans a micro brewery on Broadway a few buildings up. The LLC and other name was activated August 20th 2015 three weeks after the original Bascule Brewery was announced. If that it the case certainly not Cricket gentleman!!!

tony takes the name

For the sake of clarification The Original Brew Masters made this statement
Please be advised, any news or business you hear being conducted under anything other than our newly REGISTERED name, BASCULE BREWERY and PUBLIC HOUSE is NOT affiliated with my partner and VP Fred Lozano or me, Chris Kambouris. We are Bascule Brewery and Public House’s sole proprietors. We have no plans of operating anywhere else but 573 Broadway.

and from their face book post :

Friends, opening a brewery is fraught with troubled waters. In every community already choked by economic hardship, there are those, who it seems, exist solely to demonstrate their former strength, those who would rather use their influence to prevent others from success, than to take noble efforts to promote it. Those who cannot conceive of original concepts but would rather swoop in like vampires to feed off of any fresh pulse they detect. It is these very same forces that jeopardize what is at stake in Lorain. The crooked hands that won’t let go of an obsolete mentality still try and grasp at the opportunities they failed to embrace in their own time. This brewery is more than a name. It’s about you. We hope you will stand by YOUR brewery Lorain.

If this is the case the name tying- to protect a client- is accurate then this situation is not only pathetic but problematic to Lorain ( in my considered opinion based on what I have read)
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neanderthakl
NOTE: Please don’t hurl concrete through my windows- all you have to do is ask for an OP ED or Guest Post to state your case😉 I will post it unedited

September 7, 2015 at 5:19 pm 4 comments

Paula Tobias-Department of Defense and Ovarian Cancer

Paula
This is a guest blog post by my wonderful friend – Paula Tobias- Paula has been fighting her own battle with Ovarian Cancer –
https://thatwoman.wordpress.com/2013/03/27/you-have-cancer-paulas-journey-shared/

How are the Department of Defense and Ovarian Cancer connected?
Action Centeres
When I read this yesterday I was in one of many daily Pain moments; you know, on the scale of 1 – 10 (10 being the worst) I was a 9. The weather and more importantly the surgery, chemo and subsequent meds, tests, x-rays and PET/CT scans I believe have something to do with the agony dealt with on a daily basis.

Senator John McCain Off.photo

Senator John McCain Off.photo

The Department of Defense has funded innovative biomedical research programs for years that impact troop readiness. The Ovarian Cancer Research Program was added in 1997 and has since been funding research primarily aimed at finding an early detection test and better treatments for ovarian cancer.
Finding an early detection test for ovarian cancer is of critical importance to the military. Currently, any active duty military woman with a suspected case of ovarian cancer must receive her treatment in the United States (due to the availability of specialists here), so correctly identifying women that either do or do not have ovarian cancer is of critical importance to the military. Over the last five years alone, over 2,600 military women have had a suspected case of ovarian cancer. “
Senator John McCain will be adding an amendment to a bill in the Senate that would strip many of the research programs run by the Department of Defense, including the $20 million for the Ovarian Cancer Research Program(OCRP). The OCRP funds $20 million in innovative, high-risk, high-reward ovarian cancer research each year.
Senate staffers are calling this the biggest threat to medical research in 20 years.

I immediately called my Senators and left voice mails with my history. It took a lot to maintain composure while doing this and as soon as I was done, Frank (my loving, caring, patient husband) came in from work and surprised me. Well I surprised him with a burst of tears and language a soldier would blush hearing. At the end of that tirade I said, “Do you think the Senator would be asking this if it were his testicles at stake?”

I support all battling their cancer diagnosis, patient or family. I volunteer at my Oncologists office to empathize with those. I try to offer hope and comfort.

• Click here to send your Senator an action alert email that will tell them to oppose the McCain Amendment.http://cqrcengage.com/ovarian/app/write-a-letter?0&engagementId=108520
• Call your Senators and tell them to oppose the McCain Amendment
http://www.ovariancancer.org/
http://cdmrp.army.mil/ocrp/default.shtml

Please help and pass along this information and if we (Frank is still my miracle -13 yr. Pancreatic Cancer Survivor) can help anyone with their Cancer Battle, contact Loraine and she’ll connect us. Paula Tobias

ED NOTE: Whilst looking for the date of the vote I came across the following – it seems McCain’s amendment will not only effect Ovarian Cancer funding but Prostate Cancer funding as well
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Senator McCain amendment might kill Prostate Cancer research funding
http://advancedprostatecancer.net/senator-mccain-amendment-might-kill-prostate-cancer-research-funding/

Again and again and again Senator McCain (R-AZ) has attacked the Congressionally Directed Medical Research Program (CDMRP), which for PROSTATE CANCER has been among the most productive research vehicles we have to conquer PROSTATE CANCER.

It is beyond my understanding why he has taken up this vendetta. Every year he is our biggest enemy, trying his best to stop the great progress we have made. As usual, he is at it again!

Senator McCain is a major advocate for funding of the Defense Department, but he seems not to understand that the money that flows to the CDMRP does not take one dollar away from our defense budget. The money that flows to the CDMRP is over and above any budget dollar that will go to the Defense Department. So, why the vendetta against the CDMRP, I cannot explain it.

June 17, 2015 at 8:06 pm 3 comments

This dust (ing) of community- Apathy – Hope?????

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Anti  Political Correctness Ad by  Chris Ritchey

Anti Political Correctness Ad by Chris Ritchey

We are the common man– we are the ones who pay our taxes, raise our children , try to do the right thing -if at all possible. We are, for the most part, ignored – except when it comes ( in a democracy) wanting our vote. We are not really important, unless they need our children, brothers, sisters, husbands and wives to fight a war, give money or put them in office.

We are well and truly “played ” for the most part in all walks of life and yet we are also blamed for our apathy when we don’t turn out in numbers to jump on the political bandwagon of the day!

Every single day, this blog receives requests for some sort of help, why ? Maybe because yours truly has never been one to back down from a truth or because they hope by getting out the word through this blog ( which doesn’t have the restrictions of “other” media) , attention will be drawn to a situation and event.
I, for the most part, can no longer hold out any hope to those that write or call, I have discovered unless it falls in line with the “powers that be” in any situation you are ” spitting in the wind” – the “slobber” will only end back at you!

There are people in this town of Lorain– that decent folk ( and they are in the minority – socially and verbally speaking) would, in another day and age, would be ostracized -certainly not embraced and rewarded.

No longer the case , we, as a community- ( the vocal majority) embrace, classless
https://thatwoman.wordpress.com/2015/05/14/what-is-now-classy-the-class-definition/

https://thatwoman.wordpress.com/2014/08/10/freedom-of-speech-usa-really-pt-3/
( Note two of the videos in this post were taken down by You tube – the failed stripper because it did not meet even YOU Tube’s community standards😉

and criminal behavior.
http://chronicle.northcoastnow.com/2015/03/28/glass-houses-flores-isnt-lorain-council-candidate-criminal-record/
rug beating
The agendas and behaviors are swept under the political and media rug. It is not only tolerated but excused with ” Oh 2nd chances” etc. And so it evolves until the dirt under the rug finally destroys the fabric of civilized society.

There are those that have tried and found to their chagrin , the reality- no one wants to lift the rug- the dirt might start rubbing off on them.

This blog published one local instance – threats and coercion of elected officials ( in my opinion) in order to get their way.

……I know of several things if I spill the beans will cause a huge uproar in this city as well as a large number of law suits. I was previously asked to keep my mouth shut about all of it but my patience is running thin……..

I understand the mayor is planning to run again. Well after I start sending out my series of letters to all the tv stations, radio stations and newspapers I don’t think it will help his campaign. The ball is now in your hands. If things don’t straighten up immediately with my son and his building the letters will begin next week.

https://thatwoman.wordpress.com/2015/01/10/city-officials-caught-between-a-ritchey-and-a-dye-place/
This individual, felt safe enough to put in writing her desires and “nothing- nada naught” ever came out of that little episode except the retaliation against me, the messenger! – What sort of a “community”-” system” countenances and rewards – let alone tolerates such blatant threatening behavior toward city officials???? ( see the whole email in the above link)

Apparently -Lorain does!!!! inclusive of politicians, businesses, media ( who were sent copies of the email – NOT BY ME I hasten to add- but a “credible source😉 and legal eagles hmmm Is there something under that particular rug after all??? .

So, the people watch , listen and learn the sorry fact – to make waves ultimately means death by drowning. They start walking away from difficult situations, turning a blind eye , stop getting involved, realizing that to point out the situations only gets you grief. They leave if they can, only to find it is the same no matter where you go.

World Cup Logo Chris Ritchey

World Cup Logo Chris Ritchey


The latest big scandal, FIFA-

http://www.bbc.com/sport/0/33034422
everyone has known for decades, football associations, countries, clubs, knew of the corruption. No one did anything. The most powerful nations on the planet turned a blind eye to the ongoing corruption but one man tried and tried – Andrew Jennings– but even with his track record it has taken decades ! Why?
http://www.washingtonpost.com/news/morning-mix/wp/2015/06/03/how-a-curmudgeonly-old-reporter-exposed-the-fifa-scandal-that-toppled-sepp-blatter/

“I’m a document hound. If I’ve got your documents, I know all about you,” he said. “This journalism business is easy, you know. You just find some disgraceful, disgustingly corrupt people and you work on it! You have to. That’s what we do. The rest of the media gets far too cozy with them. It’s wrong. Your mother told you what was wrong. You know what’s wrong. Our job is to investigate, acquire evidence.”

I get the mike and I said, ‘Herr Blatter, have you ever taken a bribe?’”
Talk about crashing the party,” Jennings recalled Tuesday. “Reporters are moving away from me as if I’ve just let out the biggest smell since bad food. Well, that’s what I wanted. Thank you, idiot reporters. The radar dish on top of my head is spinning around to all these blazers against the wall, saying, ‘Here I am. I’m your boy. I’m not impressed by these tossers. I know what they are. I’ve done it to the IOC, and I’ll do it to them.’”

You would think the first whiff of corruption would have sent the “red flags flying. No ! but finally it was another “power that be” -the United States got involved, and you have to question WHY and why now– well it suited them , let’s face it- it came down to money essentially, agendas , money , power and politics. Doesn’t it always ?

And so , I will receive more requests for help, that I can do nothing about because – scum rises to the top of the pond and they are enabled by media , politics, and a like-minded group supporting their rise …. and apathy is the least of Lorain’s worries……………as is the nations … and more and more decent thinking individuals find out hope of “the right thing” is just that a forlorn hope. “hope the other four letter word

June 7, 2015 at 1:59 pm 4 comments

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