Emergency response or real long term economic development

In the wake of the tornado epidemic, people came out in droves to provide food and water and clear the initial destruction. What’s most important now is restoring a semblance of normalcy for those who’ve been displaced from their homes, lost their vehicles, or have no workplace left to go to.

When re-homing households there are other issues. Trotwood schools may lose as many as 300+ students from their 2,800 student population as folks are moved to other communities. This cause ripple effects of lost state funds, re-balancing staffing, on both the losing district, Trotwood- and the gaining districts- everywhere else.

But, when it comes to bringing affordable housing back online quickly to replace Westbrooke Village Apartments for instance, it’s not just a question of finding a house- it’s also stocking it with the essentials. Furniture, beds, kitchen and cooking supplies, clothing, etc. And, then there is the car. A lot of people might have had a car that was under insured, or can’t be replaced for what they’ll get for it.

Half of putting people to work- is being able to get to work- and that’s where this idea comes into play: Maybe it’s time to bring the free “White Flyer” concept to the entire RTA? Eliminating the fare boxes entirely. Or- at least, issuing free public transit passes to those affected for as long as it takes them to get back to speed.

But, why not free public transit? We already pay a portion of our sales tax on everything to support public transit and fares account for less than 15% of RTA revenue- and probably less when you figure in the costs of collecting and accounting for the fares. Free public transit allows people to get to low wage warehouse jobs like the ones the City Commission is willing to ditch a public space, Paul Knoop Prarie, for, without overburdening streets with cars or requiring huge parking lots. With self-driving cars and eventually self-driving buses, the need for parking lots decreases overall- meaning high density workplaces like downtown become more viable. It also helps eliminate traffic jams, wear and tear on roads, and accidents and pollution. It’s the reason Paris decided to implement it.

And, best of all- free public transit means we pay for something that all of us can use- and benefit from. Not just giving our tax dollars away to people who donate to our politicians political campaigns like we’ve been doing in Dayton.

We’ve seen the Wright Flyer’s free ridership model grow like a weed- and get non-traditional bus riders onboard. Of course, there are those that are terrified of abuse of the policy- of people riding the bus and behaving badly (read DPS students), but, this is where we get to show young people how to be our best- much like the way we’ve come out for disaster relief. Modeling good behavior and getting people to interact that might not always “rub elbows” is a great way to help us start fighting our systemic racism and it’s impact on our city.

Compare the $10-$15M it might cost to replace fare revenue- with the added spending power of so many folks who no longer have to buy a car, pay for gas, insurance and maintenance. That money will be spent right here in Dayton- boosting tax revenues. A friend, Bill B. stopped driving years ago- and was able to leave a corporate job he hated- just because he saved so much money from not having a car. He also stayed in shape because he moved to a bicycle as a primary mode of transportation. How many more people could live downtown- if they didn’t have to park a car? How much more income tax revenue comes in? All of a sudden, does car share start making more sense? And how progressive does this make our city look?

I’m not the only one crazy enough to think this up (because in Dayton, you need a herd to be heard), it’s been on the map for years. See this site: Fare Free Public Transit. Forget putting money into ED/GE, the Dayton Development Coalition, or the Downtown Dayton Partnership- let’s turn buses into the true public mobility system they could be- and see what happens to our economy. Need something wonkier- read what the World Bank says about the impact of free transit and accessibility.

If you want to fight poverty and create access to jobs for those at the bottom of the economic ladder, freeing people from the costs of transit does more than any other change we can make. We’ve seen how much $4 a gallon gas puts a crimp on our economy- place a bet free transit will boost our regions fortunes exponentially.

And, for right now- while people are missing cars, it might just help us all get around a little better.

You have any better ideas? Share in comments.

 

 

The Clueless Dayton City Commission- Knoop Prairie Mystery

Packed Dayton City Commission meeting 5 June 2019

There were a lot of people there tonight- all except the Mayor.

Nan Whaley was AWOL at tonight’s packed Dayton City Commission meeting.

It’s really too bad, because I called for her resignation.

The other 100 speakers or so- asked for the city commission to not destroy the Paul Knoop Prairie to put up another warehouse by the airport. You know- because there aren’t any other vacant spots ANYWHERE in Dayton where they could do this- like near where people who need jobs live (Dayton Tire, McCall Printing, Nibco Foundry sites for example).

And then there was me. My opening line- I’ve never seen a warehouse that could pollinate a plant that ends up as my dinner.  I thanked them for not letting me speak last week, because I got a much bigger audience this week. And, I shared the dirty secret with the crunchy granola types who care about our planet- you didn’t pay the politicians off so you won’t get your way.

And then proceeded to tear into the feckless five minus their leader on how they screwed up on the Klan, on the disaster relief, on the failure of our water system.

But here’s the most important takeaway- Darryl Fairchild asked if this was a done deal already on the sale of the prairie. Simple enough question, yes or no answer. He asked it twice. Speakers asked. And guess what? He was willing to leave the meeting without an answer. The city manager, the airport director, the rest of the commission- no one knew.

This is why I’m running for Dayton City Commission. If I was on the commission and I didn’t have an answer on something that simple in the meeting- Ms. Dickstein, Mr. Slaybaugh would both be unemployed before the end of the meeting.

If you want to see my presentation- I’ll have a video up tomorrow.

Here’s what I went to say-

I fully understand what happened last week. And for that reason, I call for the immediate resignation of the Mayor.

A Mayor, who believes that it’s more important to let 9 klansman from Indiana speak on courthouse square than a citizen of Dayton who wanted to speak to the people who are supposed to work for the people of Dayton. But, you didn’t have three minutes to spare?

Sure you’ve got a rule.

Commissioner Fairchild, did I text you before the meeting, and did you know about it before Ms. Purple here told you that she was going to banish a speaker? This commission spent $650K on protecting the klan’s right to speak. You didn’t waste a minute before having the police haul me out.

Is that because you could spend that money with more of your demolition contractors that you have been so friendly with? You know the ones who gave you all money for your campaigns, and apparently won some contracts that they shouldn’t have because this commission didn’t do their jobs?

But enough about your culture of corruption.

We had a catastrophe last week. 400,000 people didn’t have water to flush their toilets- because you didn’t want to hear how you could have called the National Guard to bring you generators.

Of course, the difference here is, the National Guard wouldn’t cost you any money- and you couldn’t spend our tax dollars with your friends and family plan.

The National Guard could have also helped provide security for people who no longer had roofs over their heads- but stuff they wanted to protect and keep. But, since you have a looters mentality – it didn’t occur to you that the people you were elected to represent, might want their stuff protected.

The National Guard also could have erected tents, outside every home that was damaged, and provided labor to help clear debris and help people secure their belongings.

How do I know this? Because as a veteran, I know what soldiers do. I know that they’d rather serve here in their home- than over in a sandbox far away.

They were itching to go.

You were itching to award more demolition contracts.

And itching because, you were too stupid to manage this disaster appropriately and hadn’t had a shower.

The thing is- the waters back on- and you still smell bad.
Maybe it’s because you’ve been steering contracts and collecting campaign money in exchange for access for a long time.

The donor list for Issue 9 looks like a great place to start looking for who has supported this culture of corruption. The FBI has already started working their way through it. Vendor, vendor, large non-profit donor that wants to tear a hospital down, city hall staff, vendor… you get the drill.
Speaking of a hospital you let them tear down… it’s too bad you didn’t make them leave it for 2 years like we have to with public schools.  Because it would have been a great emergency shelter for all the people in nursing homes that were affected by this disaster. But, you don’t think creatively- or to help others. You just want to make sure your campaign coffers stay full – while you gave away the fairgrounds to the friends and family.

People kept saying where is the Mayor. They knew where the Trotwood Mayor was – she was out on the streets organizing folks.
You were hanging out with Mayor Pete’s husband raising money, walking in parades- you know- the la dee dah of a person just waiting for the cuffs to go on.
Do us all a favor. Just resign now. Take your city manager with you. Let’s get some people in here that can actually lead.

(this is about where I got cut off)

Oh- and btw- you didn’t have to let the KKK have their rally in the middle of downtown just because they wanted to- you could have put them somewhere where it wouldn’t interfere with EVERY BUSINESS DOWNTOWN. Island park would have been just fine- and a lot easier to create a safe space – and cheaper too.
Don’t tell me about the rules- the only ones you follow are the ones to shut up your critics and challengers.

And, to Commissioners Shaw and Joseph- if you didn’t know what Commissioner Williams and Mr. Winburn were doing, or how your mayor has been steering contracts- it’s because you weren’t doing your jobs either.

And, there were a few people who turned their speaking requests in late. One woman, who hadn’t seen the meeting last week, dared to stand up and say she’d turned hers in. Rashella Lavendar didn’t bother to ask her name, to see if it was even one of the late ones- or if she’d missed one- she just ignored her and moved on. Matt Joseph didn’t ask the police to escort her out. hmmmmm.

And we’ll never know if Rashella did her right or not. If I was on the commission, I would have made sure we knew why she wasn’t called. And if Rashella had screwed up- she’d be out of work too.

But, then again, I’d change the speaking rule and let you keep coming up all night long, because, I work for you. Not for the people who bought city hall.

How to show up to help after a tornado

While many people have been distributing water, making food, helping people cleanup, there are a few basic tools and supplies you should and could bring with you to be useful.

Wear work boots, long strong pants, t-shirt, hat (preferably a hard hat). Have gloves- leather.

Bring: water, snacks, hand sanitizer, wet wipes to clean yourself and to keep yourself from being an additional hassle.

Tools: shovel, wheelbarrow, ropes, winches, chain saw, hammer, nails- 16’s and 8’s, cordless screw gun, 1.25″ screws, cordless circular saws, cordless reciprocating saw, tape measure, ladder, 5 gallon bucket, brooms, dust pans, utility knife, socket set, crow and or pry bar, mallet, sledge hammer, trash cans, flash light, wire and bolt cutters. Duct tape always comes in handy.

BRING A FIRST AID KIT- not for someone else- for you- in case you screw up. Be careful with saws, shovels, pry bars etc.

The goal is to clean up debris so workers can get to the homes to board them up and secure them without injury or obstacles. Broken glass, nails, sharp things- are all potential issues- they have to go.

And here’s a tip, you can use debris as makeshift boarding material. Roofs that get blown off aren’t going back up on a house- but can be used as temporary walls or to cover doorways. A 2×4 that you knock down here- can be used as bracing somewhere else. Think creatively.

Donate: plywood, OSB, tarps. Never can have enough. Plastic sheeting. Large strong trash bags.

If you aren’t handy- watching peoples kids, helping people pack what’s left- bring boxes.

If you have a vehicle with a winch, this is your day to have fun. It’s a jeep thing is real.

If you own anything that can pick up tree limbs, move cars, get to it.

People would love a pod in front of every home to store their stuff securely.

If they could get a storage unit cheap- and can get to it- great. If you have a truck- or a van- you could help them move their stuff to those units. Don’t be a dick and steal their stuff- they’ve already suffered enough.

Don’t expect your cell to work. Towers may be down. Circuits may be jammed up. Know where you are- and make sure someone else knows where you are. Be careful that where you park is a good spot and not going to hinder heavy equipment from getting there. Better yet- get dropped off.

Please feel free to add any other suggestions in comments.

#DAYTONSTRONG

#HE’SMYNINJA

 

 

The Klan, The Tornadoes and the Chain of Command

The city spent $650K to make sure the KKK rally was safe. Everybody had a plan.

Tornadoes rip through the city. Everybody wants to help- no one had a plan.

I’ve been kinda quiet. I’m not the HMFIC. Look it up. I’ve run for office more times than anyone who’s been elected in Dayton. I’m running again. I tried to go talk to the Dayton City Commission Wednesday night. They had 3 people who got their forms in on time- I would have been the fourth, but the veteran I am Power of Attorney for- needed my help- he was suicidal and I was at the VA dealing with that. What I had to say was important enough that I texted Darryl Fairchild 20 minutes before- saying- “please put me on the agenda” I’m going to be late. He failed. He might have tried to say something- but he’s too polite to interrupt the mayor (intentionally lower case). I am not. I got hauled out of the meeting politely by Dayton’s finest. There’s a video.

I’ll still say more next Wednesday than what I’m going to say here, but, this is important. You need to pay attention. You need to know that the people you’ve elected don’t have a bone of leadership in their bodies. They are terrified of people with confidence and training to get their jobs done for them.

Quoting Steve Jobs: “A” people hire “A” people. “B” people hire “C” people.

He never went on to explain what happens when you elevate “C” or even “D” people to power. The answer is Dayton. This is a clusterduck of what happens when a few “D” people get in charge. They surround themselves with sycophants. I don’t usually add definitions to what I write- because I assume that people that read this site are all smart, bright, intelligent folks who read above a 12th grade reading standard- except that this is Dayton- and Dayton Public Schools hasn’t been really good at turning out people with a 12th grade education for decades, so here it goes- and I’ve included a few:

Sycophant:

    • Someone praising people in authority in a way that is not sincere, usually in order to get some advantage from them.
    • A self-seeking, servile flatterer; fawning parasite. … groupie, lackey, adulator, politician, puppet, minion, slave, parasite, fan, flatterer, flunky, hanger-on, doormat, backscratcher, bootlicker, groveler, handshaker.
    • A person who acts obsequiously toward someone important in order to gain advantage. (what good is a definition that adds “obsequiously” to it- even though I get it…)

This group “leading” this city, county, region, does everything they can to suggest they are all “working together to build consensus” – that everything is better by committee, and by golly, we form committees and non-profits like termites build their homes. Unfortunately, in the process they destroy ours. This is the “culture of corruption” that’s devalued your homes, your schools, your public infrastructure. They’ve been working so hard at keeping themselves in power for so long, that all they know how to do is keep control of their minions. It’s why the political party central committees are stacked with sycophants (there’s that word again) mostly, who’ve had their allegiances bought by a paycheck from those in charge. That’s called a “patronage” job.

Now- back to leadership. I wasn’t a born leader. I’m not dashingly good looking, I didn’t have a family of means, I wasn’t brilliant at school, or even good at sports. I wasn’t popular at school and I didn’t have a clique I belonged to. I could be talking about Nan Whaley, but I’m talking about myself. But the one skill I had, was the ability to “cross-over”- to hang out with anyone and everyone- and not be a threat. That was in a high school with something like 33 National merit scholars and a 3 grade high school that was about the size of the entire Trotwood district. I knew, almost everyone. It’s why later, I sort of fell into organizing reunions (that plus my tech savvy).

But the thing that changed in between high school and now- was the Army. I am a firm believer in universal public service upon graduation from high school. To me, it’s a civics lesson. Something sorely missing from our school curriculum. The Army spent a lot of time and money teaching me leadership. And at 19- I wasn’t smart enough to really understand it all. None of us are. But, with almost 40 years of experience since- a few things have finally sunk in.

By contrast- Nan Whaley has never held a job outside of our sick ecosystem of sycophants. She’s surrounded herself with the worst kind of advisors- those that are scared of you. We’ve got an echo chamber in city hall- and quite frankly, in the heads of the folks on that commission.

It’s not working.

People are living on the streets of our city, painting signs on their property “You Loot, We Shoot” and she’s busy lifting her pinky drinking her political kool-aide at a fundraiser for a presidential candidate, she’s out taking photo ops with a senator and her cronies (see yesterdays post).

And to add insult to injury, the city is now talking about spending your tax dollars to hire private companies to come help with a natural disaster.

The tornadoes and storm knocked down about 1,400 trees, and large limbs and splintered trunks continued to block public right-of-ways and cause problems and headaches on private property.

City workers have been out with chainsaws, dump trucks, loaders, and bucket and crane vehicles to clear roadways and public spaces.

The city will help residents clean up after this extraordinary weather event, City Manager Shelley Dickstein said. Next week, the city plans to hire contractors to help remove debris and trees from private properties.

“No time in the history of Dayton have we had four tornadoes converge and ravage through the community,” Dickstein said.

Dayton’s public works department is working on a plan to provide cleanup assistance to the community.

Residents might be able to drag brush or limbs to the curb, but some very large trees were toppled that would be difficult to move, city officials said.

The city is finalizing arrangements for three contractors to help residents in the four impacted neighborhoods with large tree removal, said Tom Ritchie Jr., Dayton’s deputy director of public works.

Source: Dayton looks to help residents with cleanup – Dayton Daily News

Why are they hiring private contractors? PAY FUCKING ATTENTION!!!! Because, it’s yet another way to pay off their political debts and guarantee donations to their next campaign. None of them realize that they won’t be running for office from their 6×9 cells.

Remember, they already failed on having back up plans for generators for the wellfield and pumping stations. Remember- I wrote this? Unacceptable answers on Dayton water outages on Wednesday morning, once it became clear they were clueless.

“You declare a state of emergency, and you call in the National Guard who has generators, and you get the pump stations online inside of half a day. You have a contingency plan on how to do this. It’s not something you have to think about when disaster hits. This is what professionals do. This is what competent businesses do. This is what leaders do.”

Cleaning up debris, helping people secure their homes, remove belongings, distributing food is not a job for the private sector or non-profits. This is a job for the National Guard. You should have called them in on Tuesday morning- as soon as you assessed the damage.

People would have soldiers on their streets, providing access control, to make sure no one is looting. They’d have a tent in front of each home, to gather what they could save that might be exposed to the elements. They’d be getting help, boarding up or loading out. There would be WATER. Either because the public water system didn’t shut down, or because they brought in water buffaloes to make sure people have water. There would be portable sanitation stations so people aren’t stuck shitting in their back yards (sorry this is graphic- but, this is what you learn in the Army). Debris would be getting moved by able bodied young people who enlisted to server THEIR country- and they much prefer to do it here than in a sandbox for some ungrateful third world crazy folks.

The National Guard has all the equipment private contractors do- and we’re ALREADY PAYING FOR THEM, with OUR MONEY.

So why haven’t they been called again? It’s called the “culture of corruption” and it has infected the pea brained folks in charge. The only way they know how to operate is when their friends and family make money- oh, and they are in charge.

So, besides cordoning off the affected areas, (it’s called building a perimeter) setting up aide, food, and sanitary services, and then doing an orderly inventory of assets and threats, the well trained military commanders would be asking- where do we move these people? That’s where the “Leadership” around here should have been thinking. Obvious choices- Wright State and UD dorms and housing. Right now- they are largely unoccupied. Furnished, safe. I saw that WSU was offering (update: only to students, staff and faculty – #FAIL) – I’ve not seen anyone suggest UD. Part of the problem in this racist city- is that some of the folks affected are black. Suck it up UD – or face losing your tax exempt status. If you can’t house these folks for 2 months, stop calling yourself a Catholic institution.

Next up- there will be a need for suitable housing. It’s not like we don’t have a thousand vacant homes in Dayton. This is the city’s opportunity to move folks into neighborhoods worth saving. This is where you put incentives on bringing homes online fast. Considering they spent $650K to keep the Klan safe, and that there will be federal dollars available- consider a bounty for each home brought back online and ready for occupancy- in the next two months in the areas near the disaster so people can stay in their areas if they want. Rental or sale rate has to be similar to what it would have been BEFORE the tornado. Everything must pass code. That’s where the city should be quickly evaluating tax liens, title status, even using eminent domain, to bring things back online.

The nursing homes that have been damaged are another problem. Might want to consider stopping the demolition of Good Sam RIGHT NOW. And moving hundreds of residents into a facility that can serve them. Had the city not been paid off by Premier, this building would have been intact for 2 years after it’s closing- just like public school buildings have to be, to give someone else a chance to reuse it. For the record- since they didn’t pay property taxes for 100 years- that’s our license to control it.

I’m done with my armchair quarterback rant. I’ve got to flip my AirBnB at 10am today, then I’ll be out with tools, ladder, wheelbarrow, work gloves and my brand new replacement chainsaw, to help people in Old North Dayton clear debris, secure their homes and do what any good soldier was trained to do- serve our country. Not myself.

Thank you for reading. Consider joining me in helping our neighbors clear their ‘hoods today and tomorrow. Let’s hope our “leaders” read this roadmap and get a clue.

#DAYTONSTRONG

#HE’SMYNINJA

A real mayor for Dayton?

Nan Whaley hasn’t been looking so hot lately. Ever since the indictments by the FBI and the DOJ where they said Dayton had a “culture of corruption” she’s been looking haggard. At least after the tornado she had the excuse that she didn’t have any water to shower, but, when you realize that a lot of people didn’t have water, it’s time to stand back and take a look at what’s really going on.

We now know that Commissioner Joey Williams didn’t resign because of his job. It was because the FBI told him he’d have to. Yes, for over a year, Commissioner Williams has known he was going to get indicted, and probably longer. This was part of a deal he cut so that he could make sure his younger son could graduate from Stivers before he’d go to prison. As part of that deal, he agreed to wear a wire. That’s the real reason the Mayor knows her days are numbered.

She’s no longer concerned with her political career that she’s scrapped for since being a mediocre student at UD, where the Montgomery County Democratic Party gave her a future she could believe in. They are a breeding ground for back-stabbing, provincial, small-minded narcissists whose first rule is self-preservation and a guaranteed paycheck for their friends and family. It was the perfect place for her to prosper. I mean where else can someone hire their convicted rapist brother for a job without getting in trouble? Yes, this really happened: Government job- no posting required?

The party that still fails to acknowledge some elected Democrats as elected Democrats because they weren’t insiders. The page that used to list their friends who were elected has been taken down, as has any meaningful content, maybe because this issue has come up too many times in central committee meetings (full disclosure- I’m an elected precinct captain, and am amazed that my name appears on the site at all). Two that come to mind- Dayton City Commissioner Darryl Fairchild, who beat the party candidate Daryl Ward to take over the seat Williams vacated and Trotwood Mayor Mary McDonald.

Which brings me to the “Real Mayor of Dayton” title. It’s not Nan Whaley, who’s facebook feed consists of a few official statements- and a photo of her hob-nobbing with Sherrod Brown when he came to look at the tornado damage.

After tornadoes hit Dayton, Nan Whaley (third from Right) is hanging out with Senator Brown (4th from left) and her union supporters- in an office, while…

While Mcdonald’s facebook feed is full of her out in the community, looking as put together as ever, walking and talking and helping coordinate the relief effort.
I’ll also point out that Trotwood’s Mayor is paid about 20% of what Dayton’s is, about $10K vs almost $50K.

But wait, there’s more. While Whaley has failed to clearly communicate things as simple as what the high vs low areas are for the boil water advisory, or admit what happened that half a million people lost water because she wasn’t smart enough to call the National Guard to ask for generators, and while cleanup is still going on in the parts of Dayton devastated by the tornado (Old North Dayton), Nan’s focus is absolutely clear- she’s getting ready to hobnob with the husband of presidential candidate “Mayor Pete,” Chasten Buttigieg, who is coming to an undisclosed location today to collect big money from the Dayton gay community and anyone else who has $100+ to donate.

You can hobnob with Mayor Grifter and the gang before she gets indicted tonight.

The invite reads:

An Evening with Chasten Buttigieg: May 31st, 2019 4:30PM – 6PM

Please Join Kery Gray, Josh Stucky & Brent Johnson, Robert Klaben & John Guthrie, Larry Mullins, Lisa Hanauer & Sue Spiegel, Mayor Nan Whaley, and Paul Woodie

Details

Friday, May 31st, 2019 4:30PM – 6PM Dayton, OH Address upon RSVP 

And goes on to list donation levels starting at $2,800 and going down to $50 for “young professional” (but all those slots have been taken).

Kery Gray is Nan’s retired former flunky, who used to be Rhine McLin’s errand boy (he was the one who called the bomb squad to McLin’s campaign HQ which he was visiting on city time to pick up the mail for her campaign). Josh and Brent are the owners of Square One Salon, Robert Klaben is an owner of Morris Furniture and brother to disgraced WSU board member Larry Klaben, Lisa Hanauer sold her medical document management business to Reynolds and Reynolds, and Paul Woodie is the former planning director of Dayton who went on to work for Premier Health to fix up the neighborhoods around their properties so they wouldn’t be surrounded by slums.

Gray may also be facing indictment for helping “friends of Nan” have access to internal city bid documents before bids were due among other things. After the first round of indictments, all of a sudden lots of people were willing to talk about the travesties they saw while working in city hall, where Nan was directly involving herself in contracts and procurement.

A sample of the information I’ve received from a high placed employee in City Hall:

A meeting was hosted by the City Manager at the Mayor’s direction.  Nan brought in 12-15 people from a vendor/campaign donor  and the City manager brought several department heads.  Dickstein kicked the meeting off by apologizing for the Mayor’s inability to attend because she’s SO busy with so many more important things and then, “oh wait, I heard a door – and those sound like her footsteps, let’s wait a minute – maybe she’s able to join us after all!”

The Mayor walks in, thanks everyone profusely and apologizes for not being able to stay long, but realized how important it was for her to welcome her guests, she’s so pleased we’re able to meet, so grateful to Shelley for hosting at her request and to the company for being so committed to helping the City.

She then went around the table and had each department head list their BIG upcoming projects and their estimated value (the source says they still remain shocked) – Aviation, Water, Public Works, talk about their big budget items.  At that point, Mayor grabs the back of a department heads chair,  starts shaking the chair forward & back & says ‘Great – well, that’s great guys!  So, it seems there will be lots of opportunities that you guys can help us out with & we’ll definitely be doing business together…”

Another high placed source tells the story of a major engineering contract being steered to an Indiana company that had hired Nan’s former babysitter (yes, at one time, Nan was a little Whaley) who was her Mom’s best friend- to spearhead their efforts to sell to the city. Gray, working in the Mayors office, was sending internal cost estimates to the vendor in advance.

My first cited source says bid documents were routinely manipulated to exclude even local businesses from bidding on large contracts. Dayton based Lion Apparel, maker of fire fighter turnout gear suffered from this process. While feeling slighted, knowing they were being sent a message, they chose not to fight the bid specs with a protest, because, well, that pretty much precludes you from doing any future business with the city because you didn’t pay to play.

The crazy thing is that the company founders tossed in big money on Nan’s signature move- the issue 9 levy campaign, where 150 donors tossed in an average donation of $1873. Yes, apparently someone in city hall didn’t realize that Richard Lapedes and Maureen Lynch with their $2,500 was from Lion Apparel. In case you missed it- all the donors were people or companies that benefit greatly from these kind of “good relationships” with the Mayor and her meddling in contract awards. We’ll have the annotated donation form for you soon, it’s absolutely fascinating (of course the FBI has it too- and may be visiting a lot of the big donors as you read this). The rest- were city department heads or managers who were donating to keep their jobs. Yes, that’s the way Nan rolls.

Too bad she can’t pull that kind of forced donations leverage to Mayor Pete’s campaign shindig tonight. And, btw, if you think she’s spending any of her own money to be a title sponsor you’re out of your mind- that money is coming straight out of her campaign war chest, grown fat through her steering of contracts to the friends and family.

All that aside, the real Mayor of the people is Mary McDonald who is doing the City of Trotwood proud. They are lucky to have such a selfless servant leader.

Instead, Dayton got stuck with Mayor Grifter.

 

 

 

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