Dayton residency issues

Twenty years after I ran for Mayor saying we needed a return to neighborhood schools, the school board has caught on. However, if anyone thinks this process is now going to go over easy- they are sadly mistaken. After working so hard to “theme” and “brand” schools- and promote “choice” trying to go back is […]

Either we have rules and policies, or we don’t. It seems there are two types of people who work for our city- honest, hard-working qualified types- and those on the “friends and family” plan. I’ve written about the cronyism before. I’ve written about the patronage jobs. I’ve questioned how some families seem to be entirely […]

I’ve heard it a million times, I work in the city, I pay city taxes, yet I have no say in what goes on because I don’t live in the city. Well, for those of you who own property within the city, with paid utilities, there is great news, you can now use the “Husted […]

This is the magic post number 1000. It’s been a lot of words, a lot of thought, and a lot of time. Thanks to all who continue to read- and the smaller subset who participate. Why do we live where we do? If you are a City of Dayton employee, you lived in the city […]

Although we’re sure to see an appeal to the U.S. Supreme Court within days, the Ohio Supreme Court just dealt another blow to Dayton finances: The Ohio Supreme Court this morning upheld a 2006 state law that bars cities from enforcing residency rules. Writing for the 5-2 majority, Justice Paul Pfeifer dismissed arguments from Akron […]

Dayton employees will be watching this case as the Ohio Supreme Court weighs in on the rights of cities to establish “home rule”- or the rights of the State to overturn legislation enacted by popular vote. The issue is if cities can require employees to live within the city limits. Dayton passed and reaffirmed this […]

Dayton City Manager Rashad Young has distributed a letter offering buyouts- or “Voluntary Separation Plans (VSP) to regular full and part-time employees who are currently members of the Ohio Public Employment System (OPERS). They have until 5pm on Oct 31, 2008 and they must be gone by Dec 31. The package won’t be distributed to […]

I haven’t forgotten my obligation to my Dayton readers about giving them the up-to-date skinny on what’s happening. It’ll be the same once I’m elected to Congress. Keeping the people informed is what I hope to be best known for (it was the point of the ninja mask after all). Victor Pate was the city […]

Regular readers know I have an idea to build a giant sportsplex downtown on the former Parkside homes location. It’s central to the city, highly visible, a great addition to Riverscape and the Ballpark, dovetails perfectly with the new Kroc center just across the river and would be a strong statement about our belief as […]

No one will disagree that the beginning of the downfall of Dayton began with busing in the Seventies. It was called “white flight”- but in reality- it was the beginning of the economic divide in Dayton. The ‘burbs grew, the city shrank, and the seeds were sewn for the mess we’re in now. The health […]