Dayton Government

Yes, they run Dayton- sometimes well, but most of the time- it’s a spectator sport. Entertaining, stupid, visionless, marred by cronyism, it’s always fun to watch and comment from the sidelines.

Back in July of 2013 I wrote about the community building site called NextDoor: Recently, I ran across Nextdoor.com which is a really great intra-net solution for neighborhoods. The reason I say intra-net is it’s really built for knowing your neighbors and only your neighbors. It has real privacy controls and doesn’t require Facebook membership […]

Shamed them into action

by David Esrati on August 16, 2014

in Change the world, Dayton Government

As I just got my 5th box of basketball nets from Tuffy Brooks (thanks to Chad Snoke and Geo Pro Consultants) and went out to do some net maintenance on our parks, I finally have a success story to tell. Last month I stopped by the “Arlington Hills” park – a double court on a […]

I have a half a dozen clients who run very different types of businesses over the Dayton well field. All have different rules and regulations about what they can and can’t have in their buildings. None of them have any desire to pollute the well field- or our drinking water- that wouldn’t benefit them, or […]

I went to what was to be the last official meeting of the Dayton Charter Review Committee. Former Mayor Richard Clay Dixon was nice enough to recognize me and allow me to participate- at least for a little bit, until the FOP rep decided to be a jerk. Interestingly- the committee is only working on […]

We elect stupid people.

by David Esrati on August 3, 2014

in big ideas for Dayton OH, Dayton Government

In the latest tiff over who can get the most publicity for a non-issue, Montgomery County Sheriff Phil Plummer should win a prize for the stupidest statement by a local politician: Plummer said he signed the letter out of concern that taxpayer resources are at stake and that some of the children could join gangs […]

Not that anyone cares, but the Dayton City Commission appointed a charter review committee to clean up the City Charter. which is an old and tired document. I’ve been calling for changes to the recall and charter change requirements for years. Of course, I wasn’t invited to work on the committee. Here is who the […]

Mayor Nan Whaley likes attention. She likes it even better when federal dollars are attached. In her bid for the spotlight and a chance to move up the ladder in the national Democratic party, she says some pretty stupid things- like this: Dayton would likely be a destination for a portion of the thousands of […]

Hi, I’d like to start dumping stinky bio-waste next door to you. I’m the guy who mistakenly demolishes landmark buildings on city contracts. I’ve donated lots of money to elect dunderheads to lead your city into the ground- which has been very good for my demolition business. I charge a lot more to tear down […]

Two years, $400,000 in your pocket. This right after you “make a mistake” in tearing down part of a historic building and get an additional $215,000 handed to you on a demolition contract. Only in Dayton Ohio can someone be so lucky so often. It helps when you donate to the right people in politics, […]

There was nothing wrong with Schwind building, nor the old Dayton Daily News building on Ludlow. Both were solid buildings in good locations, and prime candidates for adaptive reuse. But, apparently the right local developers didn’t pay off the right people, because money that could have made their projects an easy go- was spent instead […]