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The Wayback machine- is a lesson not learned


Due to a need to find some documentation for someone , I recently had cause to go through three of my old hard drives. I tend to be rough on computers and especially key boards .

I soon realized in previous writings on the word of mouth blog and the Wom Blog , – now defunct and off-limits to the general public- the very important links – linked in the writings of the time – have now disappeared from the internet as well.
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The Plain Dealer, Morning Journal, Chronicle Telegram articles (locally) are no longer a click away. They aren’t alone, links to so many “sources” have now disappeared- who says the internet is forever? I am sure that if I went to the library and trolled through the archives I would be able to find the original on microfiche etc -but who has time to do that?

For some unknown reason I did copy and paste an awful lot of material. However from 1998 until 2002 -I have downloads on floppys ( never understood why they were called that). I have an atrocious filing system ( read no system at all) which means looking for something means trolling through a plethora of files I have downloaded through, what has now become, decades.

As I have been trolling through, I came across situations I had been a part of that I deemed important enough to save. I soon realized most of those situations where I had thought to make a difference in the past 10,12, 15 years – things remained the same. I trolled through the Eastern Shawnee Sovereign land deal to get money and the spending of money to get a seat at the table with the big boys- that didn’t work out- but we sure spent a hell of a lot of money for the appetizers. Although the names changed the spending money to get money

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http://chronicle.northcoastnow.com/2016/02/25/old-county-courthouse-to-get-3m-renovaton/
behaviors continue – read Judges and Elyria Court House. https://thatwoman.wordpress.com/2014/07/31/elyria-court-house-debacle-the-final-judgement/

The legal battle has also been pricey. The law firm representing the judges billed the county for $254,407, while the commissioners’ lawyers charged $73,404, according to figures provided by county Budget Director Lisa Hobart.
http://chronicle.northcoastnow.com/2015/09/16/probation-dispute-between-court-county-settled/

The Lorain jail issue -where did the money go, the historic park for condos and the bringing back of Lorain’s “downtown” 2005- 2006- even farther back than that- and we are still saying the same things – different faces, different voices – the fight to keep our neighborhoods safe.

In 2005 a young girl was attacked on her way to school. There was a blame game going on at the time – however it was the neighborhood , the derelict and abandoned housing, the number of RSO’s flooding into the area from Compass House causing the greatest concern . The community rallied and we tried- held forums, with an ultimate goal – which in the end -failed

Notes from the Community Roundtable June 28th 2005

The following notes are an overview of the meeting and are not meant to represent official minutes.

Background

The Executive Board of Charleston Village Society Inc. asked various representatives to attend an informal “roundtable discussion”. The main concern is the safety of our young people as they are going through our neighborhoods. An individual heightened the concern due to the recent attacks as the young girls were heading toward school.

Charleston Village’s concerns are two fold. While the Lorain City Schools have implemented programs and resources to keep our students out of harms way whilst they are in school and on or around the school property and the City Of Lorain Police Dept. have been extremely involved with the school safety issue, both Lorain City Schools and the Lorain Police Dept. are restricted in their parameters. Charleston Village felt that there is a gap and that is the neighborhoods themselves that the young people live and have to travel through in order to reach their schools. Lorain City schools has over 10,000 students attending Lorain Public Schools – that is just under one sixth of the population of Lorain needing to be free from harm.

While some neighborhoods have implemented Block Watch programs and Neighborhood watch, there is a gap as these particular attacks happened during the day when most people who are involved with such programs are at work. Charleston Village wanted to address this “gap” in the safety net. We asked Rev Donahue of the Christian Temple Disciples of Christ and representative of the Downtown Ministries to facilitate the meeting. Charleston Village then contacted various stakeholders in the community to attend.

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Yesterday back in this neighborhood Schools were once again locked down Morning Journalhttp://www.morningjournal.com/general-news/20160225/lorain-police-looking-for-man-who-attempted-to-abduct-children
Lorain police looking for man who attempted to abduct children

At a noon news conference at the Lorain Police Department, Detective Sgt. Buddy Sivert said the first incident occurred around 6 a.m. in the area of Washington Avenue and West Ninth Street. The suspect allegedly grabbed the female teen by the arm, made a threatening comment and punched the girl twice when she tried to get away.

Sivert said the girl was uninjured. Witnesses saw the suspect flee west on West Eighth Street.

The suspect is described as a white male roughly 5-feet 10-inches to 6-feet tall, in his mid-20s to mid-30s. He was said to be wearing a black jacket with a hood, dark jeans, dark shoes, dark gloves and possibly a mask over his face, Sivert said.

The second incident occurred a little more than an hour later around 7:20 a.m. in the area of Oberlin Avenue and West Eighth. According to Sivert, the suspect exposed himself and followed the female into someone’s front yard before fleeing westbound on West Eighth.

A short time later around 7:46 a.m. in the area of West 18th Street and Oakdale, the suspect grabbed another female teen from behind before fleeing eastbound on West 18th, Sivert said.
“I believe one was a middle school student and the others are possibly elementary students,” he said. “ We don’t know for sure, but we feel they were grabbed in a sexual manner.”

Chronicle Telegram

http://chronicle.northcoastnow.com/2016/02/26/would-be-kidnappings-in-elyria-lorain/
Sivert said extra patrols were in the area and detectives were asking residents and businesses in the area that may have captured video of the incidents to call police.

None of the victims mentioned a vehicle, so the suspect was likely on foot, Sivert said.

Sivert said there’s nothing other than a similar suspect description to tie the Lorain incidents to what happened in Elyria, nor to the incident last week in which 2-year-old Lorain resident Lana Lowther went missing for four hours.

I wish we had made a difference in those intervening 11 years- we didn’t
Oh! we now have an Administration that is taking down and dealing with the abandoned and most derelict of homes but it is a slow process. We have a Housing Court https://thatwoman.wordpress.com/2015/10/22/housing-court-and-you-lorain-continued/

which, in my opinion. needs some teeth or at least some intestinal fortitude with dealing with mega property owners and their issues – aka “accountability “.

We didn’t make a dent in the number of RSO or Adult parolees in the neighborhood, infact they have doubled in part of the neighborhood from that time .
We have within two miles of the attacks ( 1/3 of that area being the lake )
97 offenders in 83 locations
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and 64 parolees . for all sorts of lovely crimes http://www.drc.state.oh.us/OffenderSearch

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I wish we hadn’t failed – done more , I wish I had the key so that the children of this neighborhood, going to school had only to worry about their grades…………

February 26, 2016 at 4:38 pm 9 comments

Is Trump The Toxic Avenger – or Dynasty Destroyer

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I am worried about what is happening to this world and especially the place I now call home the United States of America. I am especially worried about the election of a new President – The school ground playground antics – the laughable dangerous debates – What is a debate supposed to be ?.

formal discussion on a particular topic in a public meeting or legislative assembly, in which opposing arguments are put forward

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Unfortunately, instead of fully debating opposing views we are treated to such eloquent language as “Loser ” ” Liar” . We are treated to who has the biggest gun politics and better yet who has the more “faith in God” – wonderful I am so excited…. the choice of weapons
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a gun toting demi god with a fire iron on his hip – Just what I personally don’t require in a President of the arguably most powerful nation in the world spilling the religious and lock and load rehetoric around the planet. Oh my ! talk about a “whose finger will be on the button?” What has caused this decline ?
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In my mind the Republicans and the following of the lemming flock ( and I am an Independent by choice and always have been) have succumbed to the power of the thinking and cheering on of a man that in any other time would be the lead in a B movie cult movie- His following of the poll people who are being entertained by the TOXIC AVENGER-

“Tromaville has a monstrous new hero. The Toxic Avenger is born when mop boy Melvin Junko falls into a vat of toxic waste. Now evildoers will have a lot to lose.” Source http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0090190/?ref_=ttmd_md_nm

You would think after the jumped little corporal of the 1930″s red flags as to causing people to be put into categories would be looked on with fear not cheers! Have we become the citizens of Trumpville- waiting for our toxic hero to enlighten us?

But apart from the fact I feel like I am watching a train wreck happen with rationalization, intelligence and civilized behavior being the victims- I have no power to do anything . Unfortunately there isn’t a lot of choice , in my mind, as to any of them Republicans or Democrats- the driver didn’t get on the train !!!!!

We need a leader not a lout , not a dynasty and whilst I understand the change from Independent to Democrat by Sanders as being the easier way to get on the ballot – I also want someone who doesn’t take the easy way to get what they want…….. Lesser of the evils – you tell me???? The world is wondering????

February 17, 2016 at 5:20 pm 2 comments

Lorain – Common Core? values and POS? PT 5.

Monday Morning Update: FYI– the response received from the Lorain County Auditor’s Office with reference to my question as to where does the ” sale being blocked come from”- because I can’t find any where it would happen– the process seems to be reactive rather than proactive ”

The purpose of transferring deeds through the Auditor is to maintain an accurate record of property ownership and parcel identification and to collect conveyance fees required by Ohio Revised Code (ORC) Section 319.20 and 322.02. – See more at: http://www.clarkcountyauditor.org/auditors-office/real-estate-division/#sthash.Ouscfi5Z.dpuf
Loraine Ritchey:

I am responding to your July 21, 2015 email regarding – Point of Sale Lorain question.

The purpose of transferring deeds through the County Auditor is to maintain an accurate record of property ownership and parcel identification and to collect conveyance fees required by Ohio Revised Code.

At the time of transfer, our office will review and process documents as prescribed by the Ohio Revised Code and the Lorain County Standards for Land Conveyances. Under the laws that we must follow, there is no language that mentions a point of sale inspection must be completed in order to transfer real property. Therefore, the County Auditor has no authority to stop or reject any real estate from transferring that did not complete a point of sale inspection.


Sincerely,

Paul Nishanian
Real Estate Assistant Chief Deputy Auditor

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Part One– https://thatwoman.wordpress.com/2015/06/15/lorain-common-core-values-and-math-pt-1/
Part Two- https://thatwoman.wordpress.com/2015/06/22/lorain-common-core-values-and-math-pt-2/
Part Three- https://thatwoman.wordpress.com/2015/06/25/lorain-common-core-values-and-math-pt-3/
Part Four- https://thatwoman.wordpress.com/2015/06/30/lorain-common-core-values-and-math-pt-4/

The Point of Sale – Lorain- Do they or don’t they- Laws conveniently broken!!!!!!

When Point of Sale was introduced January 2014

“Effective January 1, 2014, The City of Lorain enacted Ordinance No. 173-13 in connection with the Point of Sale Program.”

Oh there was such an uproar- banks – landlords – realtors all screaming blue murder.
The local news media covered the situation the pros and cons
http://chronicle.northcoastnow.com/2013/07/09/lorain-inspection-law-under-fire/

Sales would be blocked until repairs are made and failure to make repairs could result in first-degree misdemeanor convictions and up to six months imprisonment, a $1,000 fine or both.

For those of us, living in this old neighborhood, that has been diced, sliced and abused for decades, proponents of POS this was good news- maybe some of the rot in Lorain would be abated.

Banks such as First Federal Savings and Loan- the neighborhood bank( as they proclaim themselves) had issues- Well I have issues with them their track record of dumping property in this neighborhood leaves a bad taste in my mouth.
https://thatwoman.wordpress.com/2012/07/11/banks-banking-on-lorain-business-of-blight-devaluing-lorain/

I say dump because their sales prices have run anywhere from 10,000 on up to as recently as $22,000 ( actual 12,000 we were reliably informed) on my street which has caused in my opinion our property values listing to tank- thank you very much.

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But let us take a look at the poster child of the media
1348 West Erie– This “historical” although not quite as historical as the state led us to believe
http://danielebrady.blogspot.com/2012/06/h-o-wurmser-house-tragedy.html
made the Morning Journal http://www.morningjournal.com
http://www.morningjournal.com/general-news/20140620/lorain-house-sets-record-with-45750-escrow-requirement

Lorain house sets record with $45,750 escrow requirement
In this case the home was owned ( after a foreclosure by)

The home is owned by the Federal National Mortgage Association, commonly known as Fannie Mae

So Fannie Mae ( weren’t they one of the culprits in the 2008 in the subprime fiasco))
http://www.investopedia.com/articles/economics/08/fannie-mae-freddie-mac-credit-crisis.asp

HOW did this property – the poster child of history mystery AND of the highest record amount to be put in escrow manage this transfer after 13 MONTHS AFTER POINT OF SALE ?
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Parcel Number: 02-02-027-105-007 – 1348 West Erie- Lorain
Owner Name &
Address: KAJA HOLDINGS 2 LLC
16 BERRYHILL RD COLUMBIA, SC 29210

Tax Bill Mailed to: KAJA HOLDINGS 2 LLC
16 BERRYHILL RD COLUMBIA, SC 29210

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In fact another property in our “hood” transferred quietly
329 Hamilton Ave. lorainPhotos
You might remember this one if you read this blog it was mentioned as having a blue tarp roof for three years but it too changed hands – once nine months after POS ( foreclosure ) and then the “bank” sold it on 11 months after

329 Hamilton

Having a quick look at the info as to the buyer – the tax address and the owners looked familiar – Yes! that is correct another LLC using the same address as the purchaser of 1348 West Erie Address: RVFM 11 SERIES LLC
16 BERRYHILL RD COLUMBIA, SC 29210

A rose by another other – stinks!!!

The questions began to the county and the city – where was the sales would be blocked portion of the program-( as mentioned in the Chronicle Telegram article)? Because obviously( as far as I could check) they aren’t in these cases.

I started with the County Recorders Office – Judy Nedwick – surely that is where the title transfer would meet a hiccup not having a POS documentation BUT the answer is NO!
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The Lorain County Recorder’s Office is the final stop in a real estate conveyance. We record documents as they are presented, and follow the rules of the Ohio Revised Code. We operate solely under those rules. I am unaware of any language in the Revised Code that would require our office to check for compliance with the Point of Sale program in Lorain. My office doesn’t receive anything (i.e. forms or applications) included with a deed that would alert anyone to whether or not it has complied with this program, and I don’t believe that we could legally stop a deed from recording based on it’s status with the Point of Sale program.

Sincerely,
Judy Nedwick
Lorain County Recorder

Back to the city and this is how it works – Heather Graves , Building Dept. answered my questions

1. Seller makes application and pays the $100.00 fee (single family) $200.00 for duplex. Inspection is set up within ten business days of application.
2. Inspection is performed. The list of violations are established. If escrow is requested – the escrow report done. Paperwork given to me, and I get the information to the appropriate parties.
3. At this point there are two options. The seller can either make the repairs and call for a re-inspection and if all passes the Certificate of Inspection is issued, and the property can transfer. If the seller does not wish to make the corrections; the buyer can assume these and put the required escrow (the escrow amount is negotiable – with a material list or contractor quote the escrow amount can be lowered as long as approved by the inspector that did the inspection AND the Chief Building Official) amount into a private escrow account until the repairs are made, re-inspected and approved. I receive the original Notarized statement of assumptions and a letter from escrow agent stating that the funds will not be disbursed until the repairs are made; I then issue the Conditional Certificate of Inspection which is valid for six months (the allotted time per ordinance for the repairs)and the property can transfer. The ordinance does allow for one draw on the escrow (once half of the repairs are made or so) so that the buyer has the funds to complete the repairs. Once all repairs have been approved the final disbursement of escrow is released and the Certificate of Inspection is issued. The inspection is valid for one year from date of issuance (date of payment).
4. If the seller does not make application with the city and the property does in fact transfer without the above mentioned process; I go through the real estate transfers (usually every two weeks or so) and do the checks and balances on all transferring property. I then send out the violation letter along with a copy of the ordinance informing of the point of sale. The letter goes to both the BUYER and the SELLER (per the Law Dept). If the point of sale is not performed I will turn this over to the Prosecutors office so that the parties can be served and taken to housing court. Since the ordinance has taken effect (I don’t have exact numbers I apologize) but I would assume that are 50 properties have been served. There is a penalty clause in the ordinance that there is a penalty (up to) $1000.00 and (up to) six months in jail.

Your assumption is correct – I do in fact go through the recent transfers. I myself can’t think of another way. I have a very good working relationship with the escrow agents and real estate agents around the area. I work diligently to make this Point of Sale process as smooth as possible. Please feel free to contact me with any further questions. Have a great day.

Heather Graves
City of Lorain

I must admit I have sympathy for the job Ms. Graves is having to do because it is only the law-abiding that follow the law – such as my neighbor 1139 W. 4th who went through the steps successfully – BUT wasn’t the problem – he followed the rules BUT what about the people who don’t follow the ordinance. Does our “Housing Court” follow through- do they meter out punishment? And what punishment ?

For example according to Zillow 1348 West Erie
http://www.zillow.com/homedetails/1348-W-Erie-Ave-Lorain-OH-44052/34543167_zpid/

Lorain OH 3 Bedroom 2 Bath Home Available For Lease To Own Program. Garage, Vinyl/carpet flooring, Fireplace, Basement. Home may need updates/repairs. Sold in “as-is” condition.

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Do you honestly think a mere $1,000 dollar fine will deter the “property managers , such as the ones sharing the South Carolina address who are pulling the same stunt all over the country . According to one previous owner Kaja Holdings and RVFM 11 SERIES LLC falls under Vision Property Management-
http://www.vpm3.com/
well they certainly share the same address : 16 Berryhill Rd, Columbia SC 29210
Phone: 1-888-466-7932 • Fax: 803-354-5292 • Email: info@vpm3.com

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A thousand dollars would mean nothing – and just who would serve the six months in jail? They have us law-abiding citizens of Lorain by the short hair so to speak as they make more money than it costs them in fines. KAJA HOLDINGS 2 LLC will have saved $44, 750 thousand by NOT following the ordinance with regard to 1348- West Erie Ave.

The people making the bucks out of plethora purchases are not deterred and seemingly some banks are transferring what they like when they like and who suffers? Oh yes! once again – the law-abiding property owner selling their property and trying to do their best such as fixing a downspout in February………
https://thatwoman.wordpress.com/2015/02/01/ode-to-a-downspout-named-don-lorain/

Next up just what does the Housing Court do as far as bringing down the hammer and is the hammer made of paper mache

July 24, 2015 at 3:56 pm 10 comments

Lorain – Common Core? values and math? PT 1

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Three couples sat on the porch of 1139 4th Street- 28 years ago- we were all in our 30’s, idealistic, raising young children. After a few glasses of wine, we naively decided we should do something about “this old neighborhood”- to preserve its history, the lovely homes that were starting to be sliced and diced.
http://www.loraincounty.com/charlestonlorai/

It is now 28 years later and two of the three founding members of Charleston Village Society are drinking their wine elsewhere- no longer in Lorain.

As the 2nd founder left this week , he turned over the early paperwork of our organization. Already depressed as to their leaving , it took a couple of days for me to look over the information. I soon realized we had not made much of a dent in our ambition to preserve the history and integrity of these old homes. (More on that in part two)

broadway lights Then I found , thanks to Dan Brady http://danielebrady.blogspot.com/ a file of a newspaper cutting tucked away in one of my desktop files.
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Christmas coming to Broadway- Merchants rallying around to get the customers downtown – now where have I heard that before ? No! it wasn’t the latest incarnation of 2015 Light up Lorain- “Winter Fest” – http://lightuplorain.com/. It wasn’t even the 1996 version of Light Up Lorain https://thatwoman.wordpress.com/2013/10/21/the-legacy-light-up-lorain-1996/

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“I had met, at the end of 1995, with Al Kirchner (Herman Kirchner Furniture) and members of the Downtown Merchants Association. Charleston Village Society, had at that time, been a somewhat viable organization representing Lorain’s oldest neighborhood for half a dozen years. The merchants had decided to move in a different direction wanting to be inclusive of the abutting neighborhood, after all you can’t have a healthy downtown without a healthy neighborhood, something that still holds true today!

Healthy neighborhoods???? In that same front page where Christmas was coming to downtown was the conclusion The housing conditions, and rentals in the city were ” astounding” ( ly bad) “city
The print is hard to read but the cry was there something had to be done!

“City legislation has been offered as the answer to “astounding conditions” found in Lorain housing … Dayton has adopted a law requiring rental permits, something like that might be a solution here”

No! it wasn’t from the meetings held in this part of the 21st Century where multi- property landlords and banks filled council chambers to overflowing and fought against the Point of Sale

https://thatwoman.wordpress.com/2013/07/09/the-pos-and-nuisance-ordinance-a-lesson-in-history/

These articles made the Lorain Journal. November 1954

Not much has changed it seems in 61 years…….
http://www.morningjournal.com/opinion/20150612/editorial-there-are-endless-possibilities-in-downtown-lorain
(Note the headline June 12- 2015- Lorain editorial Morning Journal )- and the quote

Attracting more people to reside in downtown Lorain could be gaining some steam, especially on Broadway

Interesting as I segue to numbers games – “two people” on a blog make mention of looking for rental properties on Broadway and we “could be” gaining some steam” ….


If I have learned one thing in those 28 years – Lorain still looks for success, as did previous generations – finds it in spurts and starts – wants to reinvent herself- and each generation has the answer and it seems a lot of them regurgitated from previous generations!

I have also noticed with each “idea” of what will work in this 21st century -there are seemingly no longer ” checkable facts and figures “ in order to show success……. numbers are thrown out ( without being substantiated and grow with each media account) like so much confetti at a celebration. And sadly not one journalist, citizen, board member , administration, council person asks –
“show me the figures”……. the purveyors of success, base their successes on “figures without foundation”, and we gleefully lap it up because this just might work this time and we are desperate so even two people looking for an apartment warrants an editorial!

I am not being a “hater” here but once deceived numbers wise – twice shy– and the numbers game (https://thatwoman.wordpress.com/2014/01/19/morning-journal-lorain-going-going-oops/ )- how is one hit turned into 10 ? How many boards have I been involved with whose budgets are based on over inflated “projected income” ? Yes! been there done that.

Lorain and the numbers game – as an example

Lorain International 2012 Photo  Lisa Miller

Lorain International 2012 Photo Lisa Miller


Ralph Bruening – Lorain International and the Lorain Port Authority claimed in the Chronicle Telegram 2010-
http://chronicle.northcoastnow.com the attendance of 60 thousand was down – they had expected 80 to 90 thousand

I would have thought 60 thousand was a good attendance !

http://chronicle.northcoastnow.com/2010/06/27/lorain-international-fest-attendance-down-organizers-blame-the-weather/

LORAIN — A little over 60,000 people attended the Lorain International Festival bazaar this weekend, [ ED. note for the Festival’s three days) according to bazaar coordinator Ralph Bruening.
The number was far below what he’d hoped — 85,000 to 90,000 — and he blamed that on the weather, particularly on Sunday, when he said attendance was only 9,000 to 10,000.

But then last year- 2014 -I read for the three days of the Festival the numbers had increased in 2014 over the previous years to 14,000- with a possible 5,000 on June 29th ( Sunday 2014) making the committee very happy… by my math a possible total figure of 19,000.

So – the headline from last years event should have been….

Lorain International loses over 40 thousand festival attendees over the course of three years….

NO! the 2014 headline in the Morning Journal http://www.morningjournal.com read ATTENDANCE UP from the previous year

http://www.morningjournal.com/general-news/20140629/lorain-international-festival-closes-with-parade-attendance-up-from-last-year

Nickerson said through Saturday night and Sunday afternoon, almost 14,000 people attended the International Festival.
He estimated 5,000 would show up the night of June 29.[Sunday 2014] The number doesn’t include the entertainers, volunteers and children younger than 12, he said.

I asked last year :

why were they so pleased – considering, if the numbers were correct in 2010, by 2014 they had NOT increased their attendance BUT had lost 2/3 of the people (IF THOSE PREVIOUS FIGURES WERE TO BE BELIEVED)

I was informed:

numbers in previous festivals had been “greatly exaggerated”

hmmmmmmmmm Now I wonder why anyone would do that – marketing to the media perhaps and why didn’t media ask for documentation for those numbers, instead of apparently perpetuating a myth of the math? Are we THAT desperate to show success? I believe the answer to that is YES!

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So forgive me, City of Lorain, Lorain Port Authority if I see the same people of the Port, media etc. giving me numbers re the latest “successes of festivuses“, I have lost my trust in their ability to count
http://www.morningjournal.com/general-news/20150609/lorain-port-authority-to-collect-7500-rental-fee-for-roverfest

I was told people made $60,000 off of one event for one night last year alone But no one has been forthcoming with the documentation for those numbers ! Instead all I get is the usage of the English language – “appeared” – ” we think”it is possible“could be” and the all encompassing “MAY”

Why don’t we “know”???? and prove the math

Oh well- let us blame it on the Common Core Math and marketing of Lorain !

In the meantime 76 trombones led the big parade

to be continued………..

June 15, 2015 at 11:53 am 6 comments

The weapon- City of Lorain- You decide- Trust negated

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I could write every day for a year and still not cover all the dilapidated buildings and homes in Lorain.
State Auditors report of 2004 – Lorain
http://www.cityoflorain.org/cms/files/File/2004/introduction.pdf

negative effect on the neighborhood stability and economic vitality of the city”
“By not administering its code enforcement, property maintenance and building programs, it is difficult for the city to preserve its housing stock,”

The Chronicle Telegram http://chronicle.northcoastnow.com/ has written about the “state” of Lorain for many, many years and there are many reasons for the state in which we now we find ourselves years on. At least one Mayor – Craig Foltin -as reported in this article by Dan Harkins and Shawn Foucher as far back as 2005 – pointing out the “broken homes”- See the artcle by clicking on ‘ “brokehomes” here
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Beyond that, the new housing inspectors have gotten only a lukewarm endorsement from Mayor Craig Foltin, who defeated his predecessor in 1999 in part by making an issue of what he characterized as an overly aggressive Building Department.
“We feel that if they don’t have a successful plan and aren’t self-sufficient and nice to people, then we will not continue with them,” Foltin said recently of the inspectors……..

AND FROM THE SAME ARTICLE

…….Some Council members have said the new inspectors cannot succeed without Foltin’s full support.
“They’re not going to do any pushing because Foltin is a member of the landlords association,” Councilman David Wargo, D-1st Ward, said. “Foltin won’t let them do what they have to do.”
Wargo said the inspectors would find it difficult to force property owners to fix problems because Foltin “won’t let them be tough on people.”…..

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Then there was the Chief Building Inspector Desvari Debacle
http://chronicle.northcoastnow.com/2008/02/09/lorain-building-inspector-suspended/
http://blog.cleveland.com/metro/2008/07/lorains_chief_building_officia.html
http://www.lorainlatino.com/articles/2010/07/09/noticias/doc4c373d355f040981109132.txt
it just goes on and on and on…. another Lorain legacy –
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This blog, this writer , as stated, touched upon just a few examples ( well documented) to show how today’s elected officials are frustrated and thwarted by the process and the legacy left by those “go gently ” policies of yesteryear!.

I have written about multi-property owners in Lorain- that frustration- and especially when at least two of them die suddenly – George Schneider and Lewis Strnad leaving the city with a mess of dilapidated properties , probate wills and neighborhoods being effected by the lack of upkeep.
https://thatwoman.wordpress.com/2014/09/20/george-schneider-a-property-legacy-what-now/
One such ongoing issue was that of Lewis Strnad who owned approximately 30 or more properties that have been left to fall in upon themselves’ In 2010- just before his death he purchased 2937, Elyria Ave. Lorain
lorainPhotos over the years of nothing being done this is 2937 today- 5 years after purchase- February 2015
2937 Collage
I did contact the county as to the status of Mr. Strnad’s properties on Friday the 13th-2015:

Strnad’s units have bulk processed into the court under tax delinquency as many of the estate’s holdings are in arrears. 2937 is specifically targeted for the current demo program and a case was filed some time around 12/09/14.

Well some movement on one multi- property owners legacy at least.
me
AND NOW!!!!
This series started with my outrage that a sitting member of the Lorain Design Review Board in my considered opinion – threatened, coerced and tried to intimidate elected officials into interceding on behalf of her son’s property. And used her position to use the City of Lorain Building Dept to visit vindictive behavior upon a citizen of Lorain– as she had threatened in at least two emails and states this also was her 2nd request.
Kathy  Dye emailresi
Kathy Dye wrote in the Subject line of her e-mail – this was DESIGN REVIEW BOARD issue
Here is the ordinance as it pertains to the Design Review Board Chapter 1185 Codified
I was very involved back in the day 1987 with the implementation of the Lorain Design review Board and once again in 2006 when Sandy Prudoff fought against having a “history” organization a Board member – Page 17
Hisotric Pres DRB
KATHY DYE EMAIL JANUARY 9TH-2015

From: Javalady53@XXXXX [mailto:Javalady53@XXXXX]
Sent: Friday, January 09, 2015 11:56 AM
To: Mason, Leon
Subject: Design review board
Getting pretty sick and tired of Loraine Ritchie running this city with her complaints. #1 if you and the mayor are going to harrass people you should look at everybody, not just a few chosen people. I can be a bigger bitch than Loraine Ritchie. 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. Just to also let you know the information I know has nothing to do with any previous city employees.

#2, Loraine Ritchie has a lot of “ordinance issues” on the outside of her property, what about the inside?

#3 Loraine Ritchie keeps saying that my son did not get approval for his Kharisma sign. Well when he came before the board, before you came aboard, We gave him a conditional approval if the sign fit the sign board. Well it fit and we sent pictures to Dave Gulden as we were told. Then the uproar came and community development was dissolved and Dave damaged his files, not our fault. So I sent pictures again to Rey Carrion. Whatever happened to them I do not know. So here we still are seeing Loraine running her flapping mouth that the sign was hung illegally and that he was told to remove it. Well that is not the case and I want a letter sent for the approval now. The Building Department was notified months ago that we were still waiting for it.

#4 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.

#5 Also I have a question, why did the ex-mayor and your father back in their day refuse to take the mast from Admiral King’s boat that sank and make a memorial here in Lorain?

mons meg

As most are aware, members of a government board, such as City Council, Design Review Boards etc. are protected with “qualified immunity” – not “absolute immunity” from law suits against the individual for decisions made as a body. BUT by the same token city government cannot be used as a weapon against an individual for “personal retribution”. There is a lot of legalese with this but that is the gist of it.

Kathy Dye, has made it abundantly clear in her comments on this blog – she was doing exactly that! She used position on the Lorain Design Review Board – see subject line of the offensive email) to also use threatening language to the Mayor of the City of Lorain and also to try intimidation with the Director of Building Housing and Planning

KATHY DYE WROTE

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.


Her emails continued, her family parked outside my house taking photos of my “ordinance issues”. Her statement to the fact on February 10th 2015 this was due to :

I started on you because you started on my son’s building and mine.

960 Broadway Schnitzler Block Dyes Appliance

note: BOTH STRUCTURES ARE DEEMED COMMERCIAL– Dyes’ Appliances has received a number of complaints due to the “outside showroom of appliances ” behind 960 Broadway building and the obvious concerns of health and safety at 418 Broadway-
bad bulding

This is the same son mentioned with threatening behavior in her email ( with the Design Review Board subject line) to Leon Mason
Kathy Dye:
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.

The son whose building 418 Broadway found the following inspection results as per the Morning Journal article:
http://www.morningjournal.com/general-news/20150107/lorain-building-owner-accused-of-illegal-gas-tap
Click on to enlarge
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filefennn
Dye affidavit This is not just about handbags at dawn and a neighbor vs neighbor situation

The same Kathy Dye who just two weeks ago hypocritically stood before Lorain City Council lamenting the state of building and storefronts on Broadway
http://www.morningjournal.com/general-news/20150210/downtown-lorain-merchants-discuss-broadway-traffic-plans

Kathy Dye of Dye’s Appliance also noted on-street parking issues and lamented the empty storefronts of buildings that owners seemingly refuse to develop or sell.

My objections are this person- Kathy Dye -who is a sitting member of a city backed board- in this case the Design Review Board- used that platform to seek personal vengeance, retribution and vindictiveness using another city department in this case the Building Dept. of the City of Lorain as her weapon.
This usage of government should not be countenanced – today my downspout tomorrow your ???????!

A city department shown to be very slow and untimely in their inspection process ( see previous posts) literally responding to Mrs. Dye within 4 business days, citing a broken down spout in the mid winter in sub freezing temperatures and a garage that needs painting– whilst dozens and dozens of properties have been left in limbo for weeks months years and in some cases decades.

One has to ask the question WHY was that? .

Why would Kathy Dye get more attention than elected officials?
Does it come down to “spilling beans” You see one has to wonder just how does this process work for one and not for elected officials and something doesn’t smell right!

Secondly.
What makes Kathy Dye feel comfortable in putting her threats , as I perceive them to be, under the Design Review Board notation , in my opinion, bordering on blackmail in order to get her way?

Why would she feel comfortable doing that – has it been done before ? Is this how Lorain government works and worked?

Mrs. Dye, in my opinion, has in her position as sitting member of the Design Review Board to use that position to “punish” and the City of Lorain and especially the Lorain Building Dept has enabled that behavior.

Thirdly:Mrs. Dye has also used that position, once again in my considered opinion, to coerce, threaten and intimidate elected officials. Is this “allowed”- is this the way of city business?
Because it sure looks like it from my keyboard.

Fourth: Will this just go the way of so many things- yesterday’s news- is there no accountability for this behavior ?

And they wonder why trust in government and politicians is at an all time low in this community- same old same old?????

I did ask the City of Lorain various questions NONE of Which have been answered to date:

1.What is the general time citywide between a complaints made to the Building Dept. and the requested inspection taking place?

2. What is the average time line for the process?

3. Were any other properties inspected during the time 1127 W 4th Street and outbuildings such as garages, roofs, gutters etc. on the day 1227 W. 4th Street was inspected?

4. Were any other citations given during that time period the inspector was inspecting 1127, W 4th Street?

THE END ??????

February 19, 2015 at 12:32 pm 2 comments

Mayor George Wickens- Reputation sullied- Lorain

Part One https://thatwoman.wordpress.com/2014/11/12/mayor-george-wickens-buried-on-the-back-pages-lorain/

Part Two https://thatwoman.wordpress.com/2014/11/18/mayor-george-wickens-yellowing-journalism-lorain/
newspaper-clip-art-monkey-news-hi It has seemingly become increasingly difficult for those of us in the general popuation to trust those in public office and especially the 4th establishment – the slanted prime talking heads news and so called editors. Editorials that can sway the local populace thinking because editors, especially, are thought to be “above” agendas, educated intelligent, and respected in their position of “power of the press”. They can and do hold sway over the thinking of a community. In this local community , our local paper- Morning Journal– has, on occasion, used that power if not always wisely – too well.

They, tend to denigrate the naysayers in this community on more than one occasion in which I have personally been involved . Morning Journal Editor- John Cole- now deceased ( who named this blog – due to his insistence of calling me “that woman” when we came out against the building of condos that he, Foltin, Prudoff and Veard wanted in Lorains historic greenspace.

The new editor Daryl Tucker of the Morning Journal once again, in relationship to a piece of legislation coming before a council committee tomorrow night, has his “naysay say” editorial …..( I won’t link to the editorial you can find it.)

“However, since the legislation was published Nov. 13, we have heard — and Fowler — rumors from naysayers and those who are stuck in the past that the administration will allow strip clubs downtown
Morning Journal

Oh those terrible naysayers !!!!!!! Also known as those that might have a differing opinion, denigrated to “historically past thinking”.

( Sorry DT so-called forward thinking hasn’t gotten us anything downtown but 60 percent empty dilapidated buildings.
http://www.newsnet5.com/news/local-news/oh-lorain/60-percent-of-downtown-loran-empty-hopes-of-rezoning-as-entertainment-district-to-breath-new-life

Maybe a look into the past where a community sprang from 40 acres, rebuilt itself after a tornado and try to tap into that “ownership of Lorain” might be worth that look. And remembering the “past” may have stopped the local newly built school facing the difficulties they are experiencing today yup – the past will come back to bite you!
http://chronicle.northcoastnow.com/2014/11/06/lorain-school-gas-leaks-source-found/
However, I digress. I seem to remember, the previous editor but one, John Cole and “naysayers” and that self-same paper ( “historically the great, great-grandchild of the Evening Herald) which pilloried poor old George Wickens. The offspring paper of that paper Morning Journal and editor John Cole being used by Mayor Foltin– being used to Squash the naysayers ! a devious plot indeed!

foltin

John Cole, longtime editor of the local newspaper.
“I feel he should be briefed early (even in the next week or two) with the understanding that we are in very early stages and he will be the first to know if anything happens and when it becomes public,” Foltin wrote Oct. 11 in an e-mail to Casey. “He can personally squash any naysaying and ensure broad community support.”
March 6 2005 Cleveland Plain Dealer

Full article found here
Foltin Cole and Casino

Oh yes the media once again labelling those who dare have an opinion and listening to rumor and innuendo and of course using the “power of the press”

Historically not much has changed since George’s Day in Lorain. He too had his reputation sullied in the press of Lorain . And I will put up once again in fairness his denial since he is now “history”

wickens rebuttal

Apparently one of the cases coming before the newly sworn in Mayor on his docket ( which was taken care of by Miss Pershing ) was of a young girl who had gone deeply into sin and Mayor Wickens claiming as Miss Pershing was no spring chicken” to take on some missionary work for the girl.

*** It looks like the girl in question was Lorain’s version of a prostitute


The docket was in all likelihood a description of what had occurred with the young woman’s “criminal offence”

As Mayor Wickens signed the completed Docket he looked up at Miss Pershing and stated:

“Mida, do you know that such things were more free, society would be in a better condition than it is today”

Miss Pershing expressed surprise at this and the Mayor said

“Well it is a fact”

The next day he spoke of the girl again , saying she got a quarter for staying all night with that man, and said

“half of the church people and preachers are doing the same thing, and they take it that if God justified Abraham , they have the same right……

And this is where George got tangled in the “sexual harassment and obscenity” of the day………

To be continued

November 23, 2014 at 7:15 pm 9 comments

The time has come , the walrus said – Lorain

City  of Lorain

For decades, yes decades, I have been a supporter of Lorain. the story here as to how that came about
https://thatwoman.wordpress.com/2014/06/30/kinks-past-hyphenated-lorain-loraine-pt-5/

I spent a great deal of my young days and middle age days being “involved”. I met a great many people, learned a great deal about politics ( enough to realize I wanted “nothing to do with parties or the political arena). Running for City Council etc would have been the next logical step for someone so involved in the neighborhood.

I decided early on as an ‘Independent voter” and an independent thinker I could probably do more than by listening to the bosses of any political group. And since I was not a threat politically, I did manage to have a voice through elected officials either Republican or Democrat. I was an Independent before being an Independent was even popular.

This past week I posted on facebook I was “retiring from Lorain” advocacy and interest. Let me clarify, my neighborhood and the organization of Charleston Village will remain a cause but only as it directly affects them and the projects still underway .

surfacing
During my son’s last months and for many months after he passed I had no desire or ambition to be involved in anything. I “hunkered down” with my grief, emotionally dead except to the world of grief. Apathetic as to Lorain, the world, the state , the politics of the day, the blathering , I remained apart. But then slowly ideas from a few of the CVSI Board members and the finishing up of Settlers’ Watch needed attention and I had the information etc. Slowly I started back into Lorain.

My respite however , saw me looking with new eyes and I have realized I am no longer willing to sit through endless meetings , listening to the same things I have listen to for decades seeing study after study collecting dust.

I realized this city is desperate – desperate to reinvent herself, desperate for anyone outside to take notice, her lake and waterfront touted as the silver bullet , trouble is bullets are meant to maim and kill

LELAres

I sat , last month at a meeting with Lake Erie Landlords Association , invited because I had been outspoken as to their multi property owners , they want to change their image ( good luck with that) But as they are one of the most lucrative businesses in Lorain

For instance according to Ms. Carter of the LMHA

“housing choice vouchers alone pump 1.4 MILLION A MONTH
into Lorain County but The City of Lorain gets 64% of that money EVERY MONTH or approximately $900,000.00 PER MONTH COMES INTO THE CITY OF LORAIN-!!!

How about that BIG Business for you – lucrative one would say and that is just the “private” landlords and LLC’s .

Vouchers Per Zip Code
Amherst 44001 1.1%
Avon 44011 4.0%
Avon Lake 44012 0.6%
Col Station 44028 0.1%
Elyria 44035 23.2%
N Ridgeville 44039 1.1%
Grafton 44044 0.2%
LaGrange 44050 0.3%
Lorain 44052 32.5%
Lorain 44053 10.4%
Lorain 44055 21.3%
Sheffield 44054 1.5%
Oberlin 44074 1.5%
Vermilion 44089 1.3%
Wellington 44090 0.9%
100.0%

Urban LEA

they are listened to by attorneys and politicians. My zip code gets more in funding for housing vouchers than the whole city of Elyria.
https://thatwoman.wordpress.com/2013/09/30/grenade-and-garbage-lorain-landlords-swatted/

I realized it is going to take a more effort and more voices than just a few to change the status quo with that aspect of Lorain and I am not prepared any longer to even try. But I had an epiphany of sorts at that meeting.

Kent Sutton

Kent Sutton


As the age-old question, at all these vision meetings and discussions of Lorain was invariably asked by Kent Sutton

“What do you think is Lorain’s greatest asset”

Of course as always it was –

The lake, the waterfront, the port, Lakeview Park

and as the question got to me -I stopped -to think – in year’s past I would have rattled off an answer but this time as Kent Sutton waited for his answer – none was forthcoming –

the lake, the waterfront and various reincarnations of that “hope” ( spoken for decades) had culminated in the month before in a desperate bid for attention from the “outer world”( the one with expendable income) and found the Lorain Port Authority , City of Lorain, and Lorain consortium and downtown businesses ignoring their own “laws”

obscenityres

in order to allow an event that showcased debauchery, objectification of woman, drunks, breasts, showcasing other parts of the anatomy male and female and vomit – if that is the voice of the majority who am I to say naaaaaaay

( see videos here)
https://thatwoman.wordpress.com/2014/08/10/freedom-of-speech-usa-really-pt-3/

This was done so the City of Lorain and Lorain Port Authority could bring in more of the same and were proud of the fact they had corralled the “party animals” in one place. Lorain’s claim to success we can keep them sectioned so bring forth your beers ( literally) .

However , I said to those gathered Lorain’s asset was her people, although I realized I no longer meant it , just so they would move on to the next person at the table. The next in line said her history – I cringed knowing Lorain’s history was history for the most part.

1880 map
You will find her history in a couple of buildings, such as the Moore House and the New Lorain Historical Society Museum- Carnegie Library ( artifacts, pictures, mementos pieces parts ) The Lorain Lighthouse thankfully still standing .

– you will NOT find her history intact and revered on any of the streets you walk down.
https://thatwoman.wordpress.com/2014/07/22/history-demoed-another-rehabbed-pt3/

I listened to the voices and the same concerns and ideas I have listened to in a surreal realization I had been here before too many times. I realized I no longer believed in this tired desperate city enough to try ……. and she doesn’t need another critic who isn’t prepared to help her…

440px-Briny_Beach Illustration John Tenniel

Excerpt from The Walrus and the Carpenter – Lewis Carroll

The sun was shining on the sea,
Shining with all his might:
He did his very best to make
The billows smooth and bright–
And this was odd, because it was
The middle of the night.

The moon was shining sulkily,
Because she thought the sun
Had got no business to be there
After the day was done–
“It’s very rude of him,” she said,
To come and spoil the fun!”

August 26, 2014 at 1:32 pm 11 comments

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