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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
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

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
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 ) is a “big” Democrat) and stated in his in initial decision
Judge Mark A. Betleski ruled there will be no recount.

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 and writes letters to the newspapers –

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

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 ?
meter oh boy

First Energy and the 15,000 dollar Donation


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)
Ironically this resolution passed word for word by our Law Director Pat Riley –

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
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
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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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

This is a guest blog post by my wonderful friend – Paula Tobias- Paula has been fighting her own battle with Ovarian Cancer –

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

Senator John McCain

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.
• Call your Senators and tell them to oppose the McCain Amendment

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

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?????


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
( 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.
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.
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-
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?

“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

What is now Classy- the Class definition –

Speech can segregate you  from everyone- by  Chris Ritchey

Speech can segregate you from everyone- by Chris Ritchey

Having been bombarded on the blog with searches for “TiTs on the River- Lorain” (post on Rover Fest 2014)
and the sharing of such things as a “ Twerk Fest” on local face book pages I realized this new “classy behavior” has left me, along with a few other dinosaurs, sinking into the tar pits of time .

Class the definition from the Urban Dictionary

A person who is poised, graceful, mature, or exudes any of these qualities in dress, mannerism, language, and everyday life. Possesses excellent self-control, is gentle, soothing, and unoffensive.

Also used to refer to people or styles from the past; when copied, general impression of others upon seeing them is “classy”, a reference to all things classic or that have class.

1. She was the epitome of class in the way she carried and presented herself.

2. They all agreed that the man who paid unwavering attention to his escort and stayed by her side all night had an unprecedented amount of class.

3. Audrey Hepburn.

Audrey Hepburn who says the beauty of woman is in her eyes not the shaking of the gluttonous maxi-bums to the delight of panting males and wishful thinking. Brings to mind the postcards of my youth


No! I am too old for the twerking and the tits brigade , even my beautiful daughter is joining me in the tar pits along with, I would think, a lot of the grand daughters of other dinosaurs. Flyer’s as the one below though are stating “no age limit” and High Schools welcome – Vision conjured up in my head of old men getting their thrills watching young girls “twerking” for a prize of 500 dollars.


Is this the community standard by which we now judge Lorain and not ONLY Lorain , the objectification of young women ? Who am I to judge? I came from the time before this time when we burned our bras for equality and not objectification !!!

burning bras
It was NOT because we wanted to display our mammary glands on top of some man’s shoulders in order to wave them about so a DJ could toss a few freebie tickets at you- ” You have lost the plot and the point “ladies?”

RoverFest 2014

RoverFest 2014

My mother’s time when women tried to raise ourselves out of the classification of only good for child rearing and keeping men happy!

Is this yet another male ploy perhaps to keep women in their “twerking place”?

Ironically, the venue once a standard of community and faith in and of itself has morphed to this sort of “entertainment” – Their NAME prominently displayed on the flyer. Knights of St. John !
Knights logo
Wonder what the “old” Knights ( of St. John)

WHO WE ARE? A men’s semi-military fraternal organization concerned with protecting and promoting the Catholic Faith and our parish.
To promote fellowship within and to aid, assist and support whomever is in need.

would have to say as to the use of their hall.

The current owner of the hall 1620 Kansas Avenue, according to the Lorain County Auditors site:
Horn, Ryan
CAMERON PROPERTIES LLC and according to the Secretary of State the LLC tracks back to RYAN HORN – 401 EAST ERIE AVENUE LORAIN,OH 44052
Effective Date: 10/14/2014 Contact Status: Active
Voters in this ward 2 of Lorain will remember him – he ran for our councilman just 11 days ago .

Community Standards lost???? but youth progression????? opportunities for everyone???? a platform for inclusion

Sorry have to dash now – the tar pits beckon

1895  Charles Knight

1895 Charles Knight

May 14, 2015 at 2:08 pm 2 comments

Beltane -Angel feathers – fairy folk – and me

Green Man earth element

Green Man earth element

This evening is Beltane and many fire festivals across Europe, Ireland and Great Britain will herald its arrival.

At twilight, on Beltane Eve, fairy folk and magic abound, the veil between realms is thinnest now because the seasons are changing, the energies of nature are rising and with them the mysteries of new life approaching.
Beware then that the Fairy Queen doesn’t steal you away for an eternity outside time in her court sublime, and if you are spared – then welcome the May and enter the Summerlands the very next day. Celestial Elf

I have tried and tried to remember when I first learned about fairies, it seems I knew about them before I could remember. My mum isn’t and wasn’t into fairies, I remember both grandmothers and their stories . The one, Nanny Bunyan was all romance with highway man and injustice in her poems to me as a child-
I can remember back to before I was three. My Nanny Hines was all gentle and loving but her stories were about family. So who told me about fairy folk ? There were so many days playing in the rockery at the end of our garden looking for fairies, fairy rings and building little houses for them. But I have no idea where my belief in the fairies came from- I just did believe in them with all my little innocent and child’s heart.

A few days ago one of the face book people put up the following picture with the caption ” Share if you believe”( the angel overseeing the rescue) As I looked at the picture ( and what I believe having had some experience is a photo shop sort of thing) I nearly wrote

” Yes I believe in fairies”

I then realized the person sharing obviously did believe and who was I to make a sarcastic and unwarranted remark about what they believed to be true. My wondering mind then went to angel wings and feathers- no longer the child- I wondered why are angels usually depicted as having great bird wings with feathers .

angel collage

I know I am not blessed with an original thought- so I googled –why are angels depicted with feathers? Of course the answers made sense logically speaking :

1. Because when the Bible was written ( apparently the Bible as we know never said angels have wings man decided that ) that was the only way the writers could signify how angels traveled from one place to the other. The Bible was written so that most people could visualize the characters and how they operated.
2. In the space of little more than two centuries (from the 3rd to the 5th) the image of angels took on definite characteristics both in theology and in art -during that era paintings of angels were given wings to differentiate them from humans.

So after reading a much of a muchness to answer my question about angel feathers. Logically the reasoning angels are encumbered with great feathery appendages to their backs is because man needed to explain how angels flew or travelled and their only example of flying things were the birds, and their feathers hence feathers. After all butterfly- like wings would hardly hold up a man or woman those were saved for the fairies.

And here I am again trying to find logic where there is none -except since feathery angel wings are man’s depiction it makes sense that photos of angels with wings hovering over an accident scene is also “man’s depiction”.

Ah beliefs, all entwined with stories that made sense in the man’s need for religion how many Catholics ( meaning the all-encompassing Christian beliefs” or those of Jewish face have used the word Karma in their everyday life and that comes from the oldest ( still practiced) religion today – Hinduism –
Each of us has beliefs that are intertwined with other religions , our perception of angels not questioned and who is to say there aren’t fairies at the bottom of the garden , playing in the waterfalls – but one thing I know for sure there is something beyond our child like knowledge of this thing we call “life” and there are “no wings attached ” ;)

April 30, 2015 at 2:32 pm Leave a comment

Money for old rope?- A Taxpayer’s Question

Words – I like words – I don’t like grammar (as regular readers have sussed – but I do like words .
I like the origin of words and sayings.


Rope made from hemp had a limited lifetime. When it wore out it was picked apart and recycled. It was used for caulking. Rope fibres (known as oakum) were hammered into the seams between planks of a ship and hot pitch was poured over it. This was done to waterproof the ship. Of course you got money for the old rope. The phrase came to mean money for anything (seemingly) worthless.

City  of Lorain
It takes a great deal now to get me out of my lethargic and apathetic state. Mostly, I read the news of Lorain and elsewhere and shrug. Been there done that – tried to fix it- and the scum still rises to the top of the pond .

Stagnant , anchored in apathy, every once in a while my previous curiosity will surface. Last week was one such occasion -I noticed in the reading of City Council Meetings March 16th – an ordinance passed by all members of city council, with very little discussion with the Director, Doug Rangel- of the Lorain Development Corporation- which is funded by three sources ( basically coming back to we, the taxpayer)

NOTE: A follow up post explaining how Lorain Development Corporation operates will be the next post on this blog
Prime Industries
The exchange between council and Director Rangel can be found here- page three
pertaining to a property found at 1817 Iowa Avenue- Prime Industries.
Unfortunately I remembered $100,000 dollars with much hoopla being given to Prime Industries.
prime_industries and media success stories such as the Morning Journal article October 2010- ALL “SOUNDED” VERY PROMISING

Local customers include amusement park Cedar Point, which turns to Prime Industries for safety harnesses for its gravity-defying rides.
In addition to making new parts for Cedar Point, Prime Industries refurbishes safety harnesses after thousands of roller-coaster passengers have worn them out…..

… Other local customers include Invacare Corp., in Elyria; Bettcher Industries, in Florence Township; Nordson Corp., in Westlake; and Latanick Equipment Inc., in Huron. Prime Industries also makes parts for missiles built by Lockheed-Martin for use by U.S. armed forces in Iraq. With more than 500 customers, the company started as a division, called Advanced Foam and Plastics, of Kindt-Collins Co., based in Cleveland

The headline is a bit misleading( prospers???) because halfway through the article the history states:

Advanced Foam and Plastics was created to serve the foundry industry, but by 1984 it was known as Prime Design.
In 1997, Prime Design received $292,000 from Lorain to relocate here from Cleveland, creating 22 jobs.

A $100,000 loan from the city in 2000 helped expand, but by 2002 Prime Industries was up for sale


First, Rich and Joe Persico paid off the $292,000 loan from 1997, and then put up $145,000 of their own capital.

“Then” the city of Lorain loaned them $400,000 and a Warren bank also loaned them $400,000 in 2002 Prime Design became Prime Industries.

In May 2008, Lorain loaned the company $100,000 to gain new contracts.

That is $600.000 by my calculations we have had some back in the employee income tax but still money for old rope imho.
Oh my ! the money tree that is government, because now- today- Lorain is wanting to “enter into a loan assignment agreement to accept a priority mortgage position in lieu of a guarantee to the purpose of taking back the building ( 1817 Iowa)
AND then what do we do with the building- will wonders never cease We will try and sell it , lease it to a business and try and put some shops back there.


Sourced with permission

There it is again the Lorain Mantra for spending money to get money – It will bring us jobs- it will save jobs- it will promote Lorain- Money for old rope????

Let us segue back to just a couple of the buildings that we have acquired in Lorain’s downtown through similar circumstances . The belly upping of Allegiant Medical Equipment– again touted with much hoopla when it arrived:
737 Broadway – leased to a non profit The Lorain Arts Council for $350. a month.

But at least the City of Lorain doesn’t have to pay property tax on that one as it is leased to a non-profit!. Lorain gets $350 a month and the hope of visitors along Broadway.

photo Dan Brady

photo Dan Brady

The 770 Broadway again loans and getting it back
which was supposed to be rehabbed after the loan fiasco on that property didn’t end up with what we were told
photo Dan Brady

photo Dan Brady

” The company( American Demolition) will tear down part of the building and restore the interior and exterior of the remaining section. Contractor Don Buchs worked with architect Gary Fischer of Arkinetics to develop the plan for the 14,640-square-foot building.

The northwest portion of the building will be torn down to make way for tenant parking and a trash container and the south side, the retail areas along West Eighth Street, would also be demolished.

Within weeks of buying it, we find out that it’s totally useless,” said Councilman Dan Given, D-at large.

Given called the purchase of the building by the administration of former Mayor Tony Krasienko a “debacle,” and Given had the wording of the ordinance for advertising changed so that new Service Director Robert Fowler must get Council members’ approval before signing off on any sale.

We have the money thrown at St. Joe’s old hospital
st-joes and then
642 Broadway – again the loans , the acquiring the building. BUT the city of Lorain on this building has to pay property taxes of $12,750.00 yearly because this building houses two FOR profit tenants
Delta Pro which pays $630.00 per month- Looks like we the taxpayer are responsible for quite a bit .
The other tenant is Follow the Fish – a much publicized media and county darling – an arts and events for profit business.
they are in the “business” of art , events and promotion .

photo Lisa Miller

photo Lisa Miller

Apparently they started off as a POP UP SHOP for the holiday event of Light up LorainNovember 1st 2012 for two months and they were to pay, as the other Pop Up shops were supposed to do, the utilities ( no rent for that period) and an insurance coverage.the lease expired on December 31- 2012-
Copy of lease conditions here
A lease follow the fish

Follow the Fish Adventure Trails(FFAAT) DID NOT, according to the city , pay the utilities for that two month period and have NOT paid any rent or utilities in the ensuring months all 28 months. The city has not received a copy of an insurance contract.

Presumably FFAAT have been earning income, one assumes, from their various fundraisers –
and fish sales and their 40% commission charge .

It would have been nice to have paid the taxpayers back for the time FFAAT have occupied the building using the space and utilities for various events and promotion of art works etc. Even if they paid the same as Lorain Arts Council $350.00 that $9,800 would have gone a long way in covering the $8,000 utility bill and the $30,000 in taxes during that time .

Follow the Fish Adventure Trails LLC latest looking for funding fundraiser, along with the Lorain County Chamber of Commerce is May 7th at the Palace Theatre
sparks flying
I am all for promoting Lorain and her businesses but at what cost to the taxpayer and when does losing money become acceptable?

And now back to the reason this post started Prime Industries. Curiosity as to why we were seemingly wanting a building back that had an outstanding tax bill of $184,815.82 . Doug Rangel Director of Lorain Development Corporation has been most helpful in replying to my myriad of questions as has Director of Public Building and Housing Leon Mason.

Doug Rangel answered my enquiry as to why???? :

“The real estate tax burden is one I will have to deal with and they for years had been trying to get a reduction because taxes were even higher than they are now. The loss of cash flow continued to hurt their ability to take larger jobs because while companies would say we will pay in 30 days, it would inevitably take longer. The situation that we have arrived at is not one we like to see but it is reality
More importantly, that legislation allowed me to take that first mortgage instead of going through a foreclosure and likely being wiped out. With this first and second mortgage, I can now complete foreclosure and work to recoup the dollars through a sale or lease of this property. County says its worth $818,000, though it was appraised at $2.1M years ago. Property values around here have taken a serious hit, just like homeowners. The devaluation of properties didn’t just hurt the residential market, but it also hit the commercial market as well.
What we have learned from the business environment over the past 6-8 years is that any business can be impacted even large ones though they have a better chance of surviving than the smaller ones.

break even
This particular taxpayer understands the issues at hand BUT ( and there it is again ) when dealing with these city owned properties acquired through defaulted loans etc. I would ask can we please , when we take on these structures we at least break even when “leasing”, selling, whatever – just so it doesn’t cost us any more of “our dollars “ because as Maggie Thatcher ( like her or not) said : There is no such thing as public money, there is only tax-payers’ money.

April 15, 2015 at 10:54 pm 3 comments

Helpless in Barbarity – Fiend – Feind or Friend- 2015

brain explosion

I write for me- for the most part- to get my thoughts out from my overworked brain. A brain that surges, boils , rolls and cascades with random thoughts all day long and through the night. Some I remember upon waking, but I have realized the dreams are just my brain’s way of trying to make sense of those thoughts- putting them into some sort of formation so they can be filed- to be made sense of – I haven’t been able to make sense of much lately!

There is now a helplessness and hopelessness in my thoughts and writing. Since the dying of my son, much changed in my world. I no longer feel anything I say or do makes a blind bit of difference- the words are there but they are without strength. I am on record as now realizing “one” does not make a difference when swimming against the tide of those of “like -minded” ocean .
The discovery of great hypocrisy as it pertained to the death and dying of my son.

The lack of respect for another beliefs- the selfishness and power of control by a church of another.
Not a great big deal , in fact nothing really in the grand scheme of things. The attitude and actions of that family of deceit and control only effected this little family unit.
We die and it will be forgotten, if not forgotten already by those not directly part of Chris’ life and death. A lesson learned the hardest way possible .

As I remove myself for the outer world and the world of myths and gods, I am caged, dealing with the greater world, images so foreign and barbaric coming across the television and computer screen.

Source BBC News

Source BBC News

NOTE: I searched for images and there were plenty but I just couldn’t bring myself to even download any they were so horrific in their content.

I have written and studied medieval England, Kings and Queens , History of Crusades, the march of the Romans, Hannibal, Genghis Khan, the deluge of death of world wars. My brain not really understanding the atrocities of those times.
mumand dad
I didn’t experience World War two – my parents did – I wasn’t born.
Korea -I really didn’t know existed until I was well into my twenties, Vietnam the same thing- Oh I saw the images on television- same with Desert Storm etc. The images we were meant to see , stats digested with the evening meal. The media gave us an insight , but only visually with canned audio- not the smells the feel of war, the taste in your mouth kind of war those that fought remember.

artwork Chris Ritchey

artwork Chris Ritchey

Yes, there are newsreels and documentaries galore on the Holocaust and Nazi Germany and the thought what would I have done if I had been Jewish, gay , a gypsy or German. I had the luxury of knowing I wouldn’t be asked to make that decision.

Germany was England’s enemy ( feind) – they were tangible- you knew from whence they came and the county they called their homeland. The fiend was a man- there was a face to him – Hitler. There was a tangible “feind” and a “fiend”.

Now there is an enemy whose barbarism rivals those of civilizations of non- humanity . They have invaded my home, my life my thoughts with their bestial and fiendish culture.

They are an enemy, not of a country but of an ideology – their sadistic , bloodthirsty war on those who are not of their ilk has brought horror and havoc to the very streets and communities fought over in wars gone by. The difference being the ” feind” is intangible. Like evil spectres they wander though the streets unseen until the carnage they leave point them out – too late.

And the rest of us – not matter our beliefs in gods or non gods – wait – wait for something to be done – no cartoons of the enemy this time –

that too can spell disaster –
je suic
This war is different – as bloody as all wars – this war has taken us back – back to centuries past when human kind supposedly knew no better – we have become supposedly civilized in western culture – no crucifixion of the Son of one God at least – but sons of man are still being crucified
as modern technology fuels the weaponry of terror with “produced slick videos”

And seemingly the rest of us can do nothing to stop this army of cacodemonic human refuse. We are at war fighting yet another ideology without borders and we who hope for a better understanding of ” man “kind– can do nothing it seems.

We call upon our leaders “do something stop this – but what can they do ? the enemy is us pitting one’s beliefs against another’s – where do we start where do we stop? What difference can one God, Saviour , Prophet make and where is He, Her, where are they ?
So we sit as we watch civilization (as we believe it to be) bleeds into the earth, consumed in the fire of disgust and say “why aren’t they stopped” but our main fear is that this “feind” is of our own making. Today one of these “outside humankind ” has been identified
Mohammed Emwazi
This young man , walked the same London streets as me, my mother ,my father and millions of young men before him who fought for freedom of kind , freedom of expression, freedom of belief. He was someone who studied at the Westminster University

Westminster University

Westminster University He too would’ve smelled the roasting of chestnuts on a winter’s evening by the vendors on her city streets , the theatres, the displays of free speech at Speakers Corner , the beauty of an English summer day, a willow frond lazily trailing in the gentle flowing waters where Shakespeare wrote , the rights of man that survives the centuries written in her libraries , the culture, not just British, that can be found everywhere How did he end up being so devoid of anything human?

I won’t have an answer in this lifetime ………….

February 26, 2015 at 9:11 pm 3 comments

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