The Covid Government stress test

After the debacle of Wall Streets epic fail leading to the 2009 economic crash, the government forced the consolidation of banks with standards that included a “stress test” to make sure none of them were “too big to fail” and other nonsense. The fed’s choice to bail out the banks and the insurers who created this false sense of security, did so with no regard to the common man, who ended up taking a bath. A wave of foreclosures swept the country- many, made even more complex due to deregulation of the markets- which allowed “robosigning” and remote lien registrations. Now, a house across the street from me, remains a zombie property, because the company that bought the note on secondary markets, can’t produce proof that the note was legit- or any payment history. The new owner, my neighbor, who invested sweat equity and quite a bit of money in it, can’t sell it- without paying off a note that no one can produce.

What we saw was a giant transfer of wealth from the poor to the wealthy, and a bailout of billionaires by the entire country. We have socialism for the rich, but capitalism for the poor. It’s wrong, and what’s worse, is it’s happening again.

When Covid first hit, I made recommendations on how to prevent history from repeating itself. I called the post “Just hit pause” () and the solutions were simple, with no complicated qualifications, no winners and losers, and most of all, no redistribution of wealth or gambling on outcomes while we’re under siege from a malicious microbe. Of course, we didn’t take the simple fair route, instead, making PPP and EIDL loans- and hoping everyone would do the right thing- by keeping employees- and then the stupendously stupid short term $600 a week bonus for the unemployed- while those who were deemed “essential workers” toiled away at their low paying jobs.

I followed up with another post: “Pivot: cut cities, not services“(April 19, 2020) which suggested a move to Unigov- to consolidate and tighten government belts while everyone else is doing the same. What better time to take a thorough look at redundancy and inefficiency in government, just like every restaurant owner has done? Entire industries have had to pivot with the new realities and many may have made seismic changes with work from home, telehealth, remote learning and online ordering and delivery.

Yet, while our local political “leaders” whine about not being bailed out by the feds for their huge drop in income tax collection, we don’t see local governments reinventing themselves, instead we get threats of service cuts.

Even Kettering, which I consider the best run city in Montgomery County by a long shot, took epic blows this week when Synchrony Financial announced that it was going to close up shop in their offices in the old DESC complex on Wilmington Pike and move their entire operation to work from home. The city says they will lose $2.1M a year in income tax collection. Then, WilmerHale, a national law firm announces a move to Miami Township– a move of mere miles, but in terms of benefits for their white collar employees making good money- an instant raise of 2.5% on their pay because Kettering has an income tax- and Miami Township doesn’t. You can’t say it’s for space- the old location was 45K SQ FT and the new one is only 4K SQ FT more.

Now, before you start suggesting that Kettering somehow failed WilmerHale by not granting them some kind of “incentive package” (read that as the poor subsidizing the wealthy with exclusive tax breaks or incentives) know that Kettering city manager Mark Schwieterman offered the firm an incentives package to stay, but WilmerHale chose profits over community. The same thing that lead to NCR leaving Dayton, the same thing that’s been going on at the LexisNexis complex as buildings are vacated as they shift employees and resources to North Carolina’s Research Triangle.

There’s a good possibility that in the next year, massive amounts of class A and B office space will be available at cut rate prices as many companies have realized they can operate with their workforce working from home- and that home can be anywhere in the country- from high rent San Francisco to low rent Dayton.

Yet, we’re still going to be re-arranging deck chairs on our own Titanic of too many banana republics and profligate politicians. One of the reasons NC is so successful at recruiting our businesses is that they have countywide government- while we have never-ending turf wars and waste resources on socialism for the rich- tax abatement, incentives, Joint Economic Development Districts, Tax Increment Financing districts, special improvement districts and the like. As well as letting public employees try to play developer with tax payers money- in direct competition with free and open markets, sometimes with disastrous results (the list is long, but my favorites right now both belong to Dayton City Manager Shelly Dickstein who blew about $5M declaring 12 acres of the Twin Towers neighborhood blighted- so she could option property 3x, so she could bring a new Kroger to the corner of Wayne and Wyoming- without having a contract with them, and then, her deal with “Student Suites” where she gave them $2M to build student housing for Sinclair Community College students- and then gave demolition contracts to Steve Rauch Demolition- (now indicted by the feds as part of the “Culture of Corruption” clusterduck) and then even more money to fill in the hole he left where the old Dayton Daily News building and the fabulous terra cotta Schwind building were – on Ludlow, a block away from City Hall.

Wave a magic wand at this mess for a minute- and eliminate all 30 jurisdictions in Montgomery County, eliminate all the separate fire departments, the police forces, the swat teams, the street maintenance departments, the water departments, the parks and recs departments (merge them with Metroparks) and start to see real government savings. Less elections, so that we can see what exactly is going on with less media resources. Less websites, less, elections, less candidates, less yard signs, less clerks of courts, the list goes on.

Impose a single, universal income tax of 1% for everyone in the county. Stop with the stupid random real estate appraisals pulled out of a hat by Tyler Technologies that gouges us for millions every year to raise or lower your property values. Stop worrying about what business buys an old factory like Fuyao, or allow a hospital building that was tax abated for decades be taken out of the inventory to reduce competition by the duopoly we have running health care.

If we look at just the Dayton City Commission- between the $50K a year for a part time mayor, almost as much for her full time assistant, $40K each for 4 commissioners, then their assistants, and all the meetings- and the staff attending them (all making six figures)- and we can save tens of millions a year just by eliminating them- and put the money into direct services to taxpayers- like making sure the water pipes don’t break, that police show up when you call, that we don’t pay for schemes created just to create patronage jobs and favored contracting status for those who pay to play the game in Montgomery County.

If that all sounds good to you, you should consider subscribing to updates from Reconstructing Dayton. Or better yet, donating, We’re busy working on surveying candidates for the fall election on their positions on unigov and transforming Montgomery County from a Monarchy, to a true democracy, where the power of new ideas powers our economy instead of provincial politics.

We believe that the Covid crisis may just be the best stress test for local government and the best time to reevaluate what we need and what we can afford as a community. We certainly don’t need disgraced despots like Wayne Davis in Centerville, who’s been doing deals to buy out employees if they promise not to sue. Nor do we need another organization of mental midgets “advocating for the base” as suggested by the equally questionable city manager of Huber Heights, Rob Schommer. As if the Dayton Development Coalition isn’t a big enough farce, he’s now pushing for the “Wright Patterson Regional Council of Governments” (WPRCOG) to “allow Wright-Patterson to communicate its needs directly to surrounding governments.”

The problem is that there are all those governments: Huber Heights, Dayton, Fairborn, Beavercreek, Bath Twp., Riverside and Montgomery and Greene counties. If we were able to redraw districts and consolidate the way politicians have been able to gerrymander Ohio, We’d have the City of Dayton – which would reach from Jefferson Township to Springboro to Beavercreek to Trotwood, Vandalia and Englewood- and have one urban government with one tax rate, one sheriff, one court system, one water system and one real Mayor and one city manager.

Or, we can just wait as each little fiefdom realizes that the days of fat and happy taxes from the little people working in retail, restaurants, coffee shops, yoga studios and Amazon and Fuyao, aren’t capable of keeping them all in their little thrones anymore.

 

 

FBI and DOJ embarrassing themselves in the “Culture of Corruption” case

Brent Tabacchi is the kind of guy that makes government employees look bad. He thinks he’s important and doing a lot, but when you get right down to it, he’s a poster child for hiring the intellectually challenged. He’s done nothing resembling justice in the “culture of corruption” case, seeing as Mayor Nan Whaley and City Manager Shelley Dickstein still haven’t been given a pair of bracelets and perp walked for their pay to play operations run out of Dayton City Hall. But, wait, he got an award in January of this year:

Mr. Tabacchi carried the largest caseload in the Dayton office in 2019, spanning almost every substantive area of federal criminal law. In 2019, he was responsible for federal charges against 60 defendants in 34 cases, including Dayton City Commissioner Joey Williams, who pleaded guilty to public corruption, and against 19 defendants in a large drug trafficking investigation. Tabacchi also helped bring federal charges that could carry the death penalty against three defendants in connection with the murder of DEA Task Force Officer Jorge Del Rio. Tabacchi’s 2019 contributions to the community in the enforcement of drug laws led to the seizure of more than 50 kilograms of fentanyl, heroin or mixtures thereof. In addition, he presented arguments before the U.S. Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals, and won a jury conviction of a defendant on weapons charges who claimed that the DEA authorized him to commit non-violent offenses.

Source: U.S. Attorney’s Office personnel recognized for outstanding performance | USAO-SDOH | Department of Justice
Thursday, January 23, 2020

Joey Williams did 3 months 21 days in prison (he was sentenced to a year). Clayton Luckie about the same. Roshawn Winburn who accepted bags of cash on multiple occasions for favors in government contracts, got sentenced to 6 months in prison. There are people who had less, who did less, who spent more time sitting in the Montgomery County Jail. This is what the feds spent millions of dollars investigating?

Even with Joey D. Williams acting as a confidential informant and wearing a wire– they still can’t put 2 plus 2 together and get 4. Someone in city hall has been steering contracts and that someone has also raised a boatload of cash for her campaigns as Mayor, Governor and Issue 9. Is the problem that Nan Whaley is white? In both the Toledo and Cincinnati corruption cases against seated officials- only minorities have been charged by the FBI. My very first post on the “Culture of Corruption” April 30, 2019, including my question posed first to the FBI, DOJ and the AG- was “Do you only indict Black people?”

Now, Tabacchi is playing a game with Brian Higgins, the last of the four Black men indicted as some kind of major criminal conspiracy in Dayton back at the end of April of 2019. Higgins still hasn’t been to court, but, his crime was hiring a douchebag as a contractor to repair a fish tank leak in his home- not of being a public official on the take.

Full disclosure- Brian Higgins is a close friend of mine and I’ve done work for him in the past.

Turns out, the contractor, Mike Marshall of United Demolition, is the FBI’s confidential informant in the case. I reported this days after the original indictment. Marshall has been running around Dayton for years, talking shit, screwing people over, and doing questionable work. He told a friend who is a retired journalist, that he was a CI, while sitting in their back yard after he’d come to quote some drywall work. Another friend, tried to hire him to do some drywall work on one of his rentals- and had to stop the work- and have it redone. Marshall’s claim to fame for the feds is that he used to work for Steve Rauch, who the government has been trying to prosecute for years for everything from using the wrong kind of diesel fuel to illegal dumping and they haven’t gotten anything to stick.

Maybe if the Feds hired people smarter than Brent Tabacchi, they could get a conviction of someone who is doing real damage to the public trust by playing games with public contracts? You know- like Nan Whaley and her entire crew of cretins who sign deals with out state developers to build housing for Sinclair students on the old Dayton Daily News site, hire Steve Rauch to half-do the demolition, let him blow the demolition by tearing down part of the building that wasn’t supposed to be torn down, and then give him the remaining building via a mechanics lien…. and there’s no student housing and no one knows where Student Suites LLC went with the money? Nevermind the fact that Nan and her crew gave United Demolition a quarter million dollar contract.

Earlier this month, Dayton commissioners approved a $248,000 contract with United Demolition in Dayton to remove and dispose of the equivalent of 13 commercial buildings, or nearly 1.7 million square feet of commercial space.

Source: Commercial properties bog down blight fight | DAYTON June 15, 2016

Reality is, the Feds think they’ve reclaimed their credibility with the Larry Householder charges. Nevermind the fact that they investigated the last House Speaker Cliff Rosenberger for corruption- but haven’t filed charges yet (it’s been a few years now). The entire State of Ohio is rife with graft in office thanks to a refusal of the political class to realize that this whole “Home Rule” thing is a joke and needs to go away. Basically, every jurisdiction can claim they can do as they please with the excuse of screaming “home rule.”

Back to Tabacchi, who is now pissed because Higgins filed a lawsuit in Montgomery County Common Pleas court against Marshall and United Demolition for failing to complete the work on Higgins home. If you or I hired a contractor who took $40K and didn’t do the work, you’d file a lawsuit too. Well, when Higgins did it, Tabacchi cried foul and said Higgins was engaged in “witness intimidation” – since Marshall is their “Confidential Informant.” It’s as if working for the feds is now a license to steal and not have to face the music. Today in Federal Court, Judge Rose had to ask Chief Magistrate Merz to sit in, on Tabacchi’s complaint about Higgins revealing his CI- and the baseless “witness intimidation charge.” They gave Higgins 10 days to try to put the rabbit back in the hat- which was already exposed long ago by me, and later by the Dayton Daily News.

Higgins vs Marshall Amended complaint

Frankly, Rose should have just told Tabacchi to go do some real prosecuting- of public figures involved in real public corruption, you know like the $130M that went missing from Wright State? Or how Nan Whaley got a whole bunch of city contractors to pay to play by backing issue 9.

When Higgins showed up the morning he got arrested, he thought he was coming to talk the FBI about corruption in Chicago. Higgins had been the contractor for dead body removal for the city, until he refused to pay to play to now indicted, alderman Ed Burke. Instead, the city of Chicago hired a registered sex offender to go into peoples homes to collect the body (and possibly their ID and their medications as a side hustle). Tabacchi seems to have total amnesia about these parts of the Higgins affair, and has forgotten about a meeting he was in with Higgins and the FBI in January of this year about that very same matter.

Higgins is scheduled to go to trial November 2nd on some kind of bizarre charge. What Tabacchi originally filed for wasn’t a matter for Federal Court or even a criminal matter. insurance fraud is a civil case. Word on the street is that Tabacchi has been trying to trade a plea to a misdemeanor for this to go away- but Higgins refuses.

In the mean time, it’s been a year and a half- and the FBI still hasn’t explained how 6 black folks and one hillbilly demolition contractor have run a “culture of corruption” deal eclipsing the millions of dollars the Feds have supposedly spent in this investigation. None of these folks wrote the checks, and what they “cashed” was chump change compared to some of the other scandals I’ve exposed here, including Wright State, Dayton Public Schools and of course the City of Dayton, Citywide Development Coalition, Downtown Dayton Partnership and the biggest frauds of them all- the Dayton Development Coalition.

As long as Nan Whaley, Shelley Dickstein and half the dem party leadership are still in power, along with some of the union heads and higher ups in City Government, who partook in the pay to play programs in Dayton, we still have a culture of corruption and it’s alive and well- as long as you’re white or getting a paycheck from the government. That includes Brent Tabacchi who at this point has to be counted as complicit.

Expecting creative thinking from DPS leadership will disappoint every time

Dr. Elizabeth Lolli was never meant to be an urban superintendent. It’s questionable if she should have even been a superintendent anywhere. The fact that she was hired by someone who was fired should have been the first clue to a clueless board made up of 2 ego-maniacs with higher political aspirations, a clueless preacher and a blue collar mom who abhors both confrontation and her class status. That the vote to lay off 10% of the staff of a struggling school district split along board election cycles- with the 4 old school political party insiders all voting to flush staff when the chips were down says almost everything you need to know. These people have zero respect for social capital or the organization. To them, as it is to Lolli, it’s just money- which is the only reason Lolli is still working. She’s already retired- is drawing a pension, and collecting a jaw dropping $200K a year for failing the district. There isn’t a single performance indicator that she’s raised in her first three years- and the most important one- faith in the district, is at an all time low- from staff, to students, to parents- who have been voting with their feet.

I stopped pretending to care about what was happening at DPS, where I used to go to meetings, film, and report back on what insanity was taking place. It almost makes for an amazing documentary about dysfunction in urban American Schools- except, no one wants to watch that movie- because it’s playing out in real life everywhere. We’ve screwed our kids with standardized tests, the “common core” and thinking technology or new buildings or masters degrees or any of hundreds of other “solutions” will fix the only real problem in American urban education- which is poverty – tied to a ridiculous agrarian school year calendar that isn’t anywhere near what is needed now. I invested my time and money to provide an outline of what it would take to fix our district with the short film “There Ain’t No “F” in Dayton.” It’s been ignored. If you need a refresher:

The final straw for me, was when the school board sat through the most incompetent presentation ever- for a program from the University of Virginia that Dr. Lolli wanted to implement, and didn’t say a word when the presenter clearly wasn’t prepared- the slides still had “greek text” on them- and “your perfect title slide.” See this post: Why there is no hope for Dayton Public Schools. Turns out the program didn’t even meet Lolli’s expectations, she canned it after 2 of the 3 years had been bought and paid for.

So when it comes to remote learning and Covid, why would we expect any kind of competent response? We shouldn’t. Lolli is a technological dolt. I had served on the technology steering committee long ago- and advocated for 1 to 1 computers for every kid- that they could take ownership of and take home. When I ran for city commission, it was part of my platform, as was a citywide high speed wifi system. But, no, the district didn’t listen, the city didn’t listen and the voters didn’t either. So heading into the pandemic- we had to buy more chromebooks, because we spent stupid money on “carts” for them, to keep them in classrooms and “accounted for.” For every cart we bought- and we bought hundreds of them, we could have bought at least 7 more laptops. Dumb.

The reality is, for many DPS families, the problems are twofold- one is no high speed access. There are parts of Dayton that still remain digital deserts. But, the other problem is that the parents are working at low wage jobs that were deemed essential. They aren’t working from home- to be able to supervise their kids while the remote learning takes place. Parents need schools as supervised day care if nothing else, but, we’re pretending that’s not an issue.

We’re laying off staff instead. Best idea I’ve heard was from Norman Scearce, who is a pastor and a Trotwood Board of Education member. He suggested using all these churches we have in Dayton- that have classrooms and Internet, that sit vacant during the weekdays- and turn them into remote classrooms – where 10 or less kids can come to do school work under the watchful eye of a teacher (or a bus driver or a school nurse, or a PE teacher). Instead of having 30 buildings packed with hundreds of kids spreading disease, we could have hundreds of buildings with small pods of kids doing supervised school work. That’s creative thinking. It also makes it easier to set up hotspots- than a mobile bus “solution” which is the best Lolli and her incompetents came up with.

This interruption in our educational ecosystem has dire consequences, even without the increased risk of spreading the virus. Read what NY Times editorial writer wrote:

affluent children will mostly be fine even without in-person classes. But one study found that almost 17 million American children live in homes without high-speed internet, and more than seven million don’t have a computer at home. For disadvantaged kids, “online learning” is an oxymoron.

Prolonged school closures will worsen dropout rates across the nation, for missing just 10 percent of class days is associated with a sevenfold increased risk of dropping out. Even in normal times, only 53 percent of children attending Bureau of Indian Education schools finish high school. Closures after Hurricane Katrina led many students to leave school for good.

Source: Opinion | ‘Remote Learning’ Is Often an Oxymoron – The New York Times

It’s a whole new world out there with Covid, remote learning and social distancing. We need new thinkers and innovative solutions. It’s time to re-examine everything, starting out with finding new roles for people we’ll definitely need back as soon as a vaccine is available.

Those damn citizen journalists in Centerville

The Dayton Daily news can barely figure out how to deliver an accessible online paper to my iPad- and even when they do, they don’t know a story when they see one.

Of course, when they let City PR Folks write the stories for them, and still claim to be a newspaper, we have a problem.

But, here I go, sharing some research put together by a citizen journalist on Facebook. Constance Myers put together the time line of Wild Wayne Davis as City Manager for Cold and Bitchy Centerville. Since FB requires membership, and not everyone wants to be used by Mark Zuckerberg, I’m sharing it here on esrati.com because it’s worthwhile to read and because I’ve been recovering from surgery and haven’t had time to research and write much. This was my first blog post about it: Centerville citizens starting an insurrection

Enjoy. Note to Centerville Council- you have a problem on your hands. In case you still don’t get it.

As Wayne Davis begins his fourth year as Centerville City Manager, let’s take a minute to review his accomplishments.
August 2017
Wayne Davis is hired as City Manager after a “nationwide” search.
According to his contract and per the City Charter, he has three years to move into the city of Centerville
Fall 2017
The city manager begins making threats and publicly calls out and dresses down staff members
The new culture of fear and intimidation begins
2018
February:
HR Manager (Jennifer Wilder, 15 years with Centerville) resigns and
Police Chief (Bruce Robertson, 30+ years with Centerville) retires.
April:
Economic Development Administrator (Nathan Cahall, 12 years with Centerville) resigns.
May:
Mayor Compton is notified of the decline in employee morale and staff’s concerns about the city manager’s behavior
September:
Assistant to the City Manager (Kristen Gopman, 13 years with Centerville) resigns (that makes 4 senior staff)
October:
Deputy Mayor Belinda Kenley is made aware of senior staff’s concerns regarding the city manager’s behavior
Several staff members go to Mayor Compton about employees’ ongoing concerns regarding the city manager’s dismissive and bully behavior
December:
Finance Director (Jonathan Hudson, 5 years with Centerville) resigns (#5)
2019
February:
Assistant Finance Director (Cindy Ryan with 2 years of Centerville service) resigns (#6)
March:
The second HR Manager, a Wayne Davis hire, (Jennifer Brumby) resigns after less than a year
Community Resources Manager (Maureen Russell Hodgson) resigns after 26 years of service (#7)
Citizens contact the Dayton Daily News about their concerns in the number of senior management departing Centerville
April:
City Planner (Andrew Rodney with 5 years of service) resigns (#8)
City Council responds to the numerous citizens’ concerns about the eight senior staff members’ departure by writing and signing a public statement supporting the city manager
Turnover continues at the City but City Council never asks current or former employees why they are leaving in such unusually high numbers. Exit interviews should provide some clues:
May:
Economic Development Administrator Holly Christman resigns after 6 months in the position. (Second person hired by Wayne Davis to resign)
The city decides to rebrand downtown Centerville to Uptown Centerville. (How many of you are calling it that?)
July:
The city buys the former Dewey’s property, between Town Hall and Burke Orthodontics–which had been for sale for about five years. Washington Township was close to finalizing the purchase of the same property when the city found out and then outbid the township. The township had plans to create a Founders’ Park on the land, which still sits empty. https://www.daytondailynews.com/news/local-govt–politics/washington-twp-centerville-odds-uptown-property/hgEdrr3QC8awOSo0v6iqhK/
August:
The City applies for a $1 million grant from Clean Ohio to purchase “park” land at the Cornerstone Development. This is undevelopable land that had been offered by the Cornerstone Developer (Oberer) at NO COST to TWO separate park districts– the Centerville-Washington Park District and the Bellbrook-Sugarcreek Park District. BOTH park districts had declined the offer. But the city applies for a $1 million grant to pay for the property.
The grant application is called an “unusual and atypical” request by the Ohio Public Works Commission chair. The board asks to further review the application.
Because the application meets the “minimum qualifications,” the board awards Centerville the grant. Centerville pays the Cornerstone Developer $1 million for land that had been offered at no cost to two park districts.
The city announces a $146 million redevelopment plan for the former Kroger site at Centerville Place. This is the first significant development under Wayne Davis’ leadership. It proves to be short-lived and falls through five months later.
October:
HR Manager #3 Rory Garrity resigns after six months in the position. A decision is made to not advertise the position until after the election and “things settle down.” She is the third HR manager and the third hire of Wayne Davis to leave Centerville. The city brings on an acting HR manager– on contract since that time.
Despite the huge turnover in staff, several newspaper stories and numerous concerns from residents, City Council renews Wayne Davis’ contract, rewarding him with an 8.5 percent raise bringing his salary to $183,414 a year plus a $4800 annual car allowance. Davis is also permitted to bypass the City Charter residency requirement and continue living in his Washington Township home, becoming the first Centerville City Manager to do so. Mayor Compton says he has “done tremendous work” and Councilmember Joann Rau says she is “impressed” by the progress he has made.https://www.daytondailynews.com/news/local-govt–politics/centerville-agrees-new-three-year-deal-with-city-manager/S2e2qVulUSbKtSijlpQONM/
November:
Sgt. James Myers is put on administrative leave for writing a letter in support of another employee
December:
Public Works Director (Doug Spitler with 15 years of Centerville service) resigns, (#9 of prior administration’s senior staff to do so)
2020
January:
The Centerville Place developer decides not to go forward with his $146 million project
Chief Building Official Dan Sammon resigns, three months shy of his 30th anniversary with Centerville
March:
City Manager Wayne Davis fires Police Sgt. James Myers
City Council refuses to answer questions by citizens posed at City Council meetings regarding Sgt. Myers, claiming they do not get involved in City personnel matters
April:
A Facebook page “Support Sgt. James Myers” begins and over time, members uncover Wayne Davis has an arrest record including a Domestic Violence (DV) charge and Operating a Vehicle while Under the Influence (OVI) charge. He immediately petitions to have his records permanently sealed. The page shares public records showing that City Council continues to refuse to answer questions regarding Sgt. Myers.
May:
The new communications director, with ties to WHIO and the Dayton Daily News, writes a “news release” that appears verbatim as a story in the DDN.
The reporter for the Dayton Daily News, Wayne Baker, is let go
Records requests show that assistant city manager Mariah Vogelesgang, Council member Mark Engert and others reviewed and made revisions to the “story”
June:
The Centerville Personnel Appeals Board rules on Sgt. Myers’ suspension and decides in favor of the city.
IT Manager (Scott Ontjes, 11 years of Centerville service) resigns. He is the last direct report on staff prior to Wayne Davis’ appointment as City Manager to leave. All eight senior managers–with a cumulative total of more than 100 years of experience and dedication to Centerville have moved on to other positions. While Mayor Compton and Belinda Kenley are aware of the many concerns brought to them by employees, City Council never asks any of these employees the reason for their departures.
August:
The City Manager, Assistant City Manager and Mayor meet with residents of Yankee Trace over a personnel matter (see March, above)
Sgt. Myers’ termination case goes to arbitration
Police Chief Matt Brown refuses Jeff Williams, retired Centerville Police Officer, request for fire arms recertification. Has he denied any other retirees this service?
Threats continue to be made to employees. Council continues to support the city manager’s and assistant city manager’s behavior.
What will Year 4 bring?
And, if you are wondering what I’ve been up to lately, you’d be smart to subscribe to the Reconstructing Dayton site where we are building a case for eliminating all these little banana republic dictatorships in Montgomery County and replacing them with a single, responsible, professional government (sort of like Kettering- only without a huge council). We’ve been busy getting facts on how much all these stupid jurisdictions cost us all- and how we could cut our taxes and get better government if only we actually knew how stupid expensive they all are.

Mike Turner admits his congressional seat is for sale

Mike Turner still believes he was a great Mayor for Dayton. He’s also delusional about who paid his way to congress, he’s been the step-child of the Military Industrial Complex- with most of his backing coming from base contractors and his former boss, Raj Soin.

Considering he’s become a total Trump supporter, this may be the one chance the Dems get to unseat him from his gerrymandered Republican District. He’s not helping himself by trying to attach his opposition, Desiree Tims, with lobbyist Larry Householder or others- he’s taken so much money from lobbyists it’s embarrassing. And let’s not get into how his first wife would do work for the Home Depot PAC, or for the Army Corps of Engineers (it’s a whole category of posts on this blog– showcasing how her “marketing agency” served as a slush fund to prop him up and turn him into a millionaire.) The final straw, and the first downfall for JP Nauseef, was when the Dayton Development Coalition hired Turner’s wife’s firm to do a marketing campaign for the region- to which they embarrassingly came up with “Get Midwest.”

So, Turner’s taken in millions from lobbyists, from quasi-governmental agencies in the area via dubious channels, and become a millionaire, and he dares to attack Tims because “She doesn’t have enough money to run for Congress.”
As if he does- legitimately. And what is that amount Congressman? You spent close to 3/4 of a million dollars to beat Joe Roberts- the biggest joke the local Dem hacks have run against you. He spent less than $7K.

Turner said the ad is intended to point out how Tims’ campaign is fueled by contributions from sources outside the 10th Congressional district.

“I’ve served this community as mayor — two terms, eight years — and have served this community to build jobs at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base and my financial support and voter support is from this community,” Turner said.

“She came back and brought outside money with her and that’s the only reason she’s able to run for Congress.

Absent her lobbyist connections and outside money, she doesn’t have enough money to run for office.”

Source: Turner ad tries to tie foe to Householder – Dayton Daily News

If there is one congressman that’s done absolutely nothing worth re-election, it’s Mike Turner.

And, now, we know who he works for- the people that buy him his seat every two years.
Need a reminder?

 

 

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