Esrati enters Dayton City Commission race

I can walk out my door and see leaves in the gutters, catching yesterdays rains, and freezing today. This is how you end up with streets that are falling apart.

Last week, I had to tip the block of ice out of my trash can. It was there because our waste collectors don’t think it’s important to close the cans, or put them back where they belong.

Houses are selling in my neighborhood for really good prices, but, other parts of the city, you can’t give a house away.

When we send our citizens to jail, we’re not sure if they will get a death sentence, even for a minor misdemeanor.

The Fairgrounds had a buyer willing to pay a lot more than they sold it to UD and Premier for, but, apparently, having a quarter billion to invest right now isn’t OK if you haven’t kissed the Mayor’s ring.

From small things to the big things, we’ve suffered under the picks of the people in the Monarchy of Montgomery County long enough.

It’s time to start talking to the people in Columbus that putting distribution warehouses in Monroe is a bad idea, when we have great locations in West Dayton where people could walk to work.

It’s time to stop wasting money on a Dayton Clerk of Courts when we have a County Clerk of Courts.

And for the last blessed time- it’s time to stop having a second, illegal meeting on Mondays of the Dayton City Commission, when the charter only calls for one legal meeting on Wednesdays.

I’m David Esrati, and, I’m running for Dayton City Commission. I’m going to be the new voice of collaboration and regionalism. It’s time to stop having school districts of 450 students, or cities of 6000. We need smarter government with less overhead. That’s totally open and honest. That respects our citizens and makes sure that the door to opportunity is still open in Dayton Ohio.

And, most importantly- I want to make sure that our kids will inherit a Dayton better than the one we have now- with clean safe parks, good schools, and real jobs waiting for them when they graduate. If you thought me hanging over 500 free green basketball nets was cool over the last 5 years- join me to make sure that we not only have good safe places to play- but coaches and mentors there to lead our kids.

I believe that creativity is the key to making the most of what we have, and when elected you’ll hear ideas that will make others wonder why they aren’t investing and living in Dayton, instead of in places like NYC where $2000 a month barely gets you a studio apartment.

If you’d like to help out- please see the page: City Commission 2019 and consider volunteering or donating.

Wright State Board needs to resign

There are 8 people on the Wright State Board of Trustees who admittedly fiddled while they burned through $130M. There have been investigations, federal fines, audits, restructuring, massive cuts, yet, all of these incompetent “leaders” are not only not taking the blame, they are continuing to destroy the school. They’ve failed to negotiate fairly or honestly with the AAUP and now have a strike about to enter it’s third week.They’ve extended the drop deadline twice, and yet, aren’t willing to negotiate.

Enrollment already was down 10% in the fall. Now, they are possibly heading to a massive dis-enrollment as students see no value in paying for classes that aren’t being taught, that aren’t moving them forward to graduation. Other schools that have had shorter strikes, have seen huge enrollment drops that took over 10 years to recover. If the goal is to destroy Wright State, Douglas Fecher, Michael Bridges, Sean Fitzpatrick, CD Moore, Anuj Goyal, Grace Ramos, William Montgomery, Stephanie E. Green, are the people who should be held accountable. Fecher, Bridges, Fitzpatrick and Moore should probably be in prison for being involved in self-dealing, via their real estate deals, involvement with the H1B visa scandal, and keeping the shell companies of WSRI, WSARC, ATIC, and Double Bowler going which have absolutely zero part in the actual mission of Wright State- which is educating and graduating students with degrees.

Governor Mike DeWine didn’t do his job as State Attorney General when he didn’t properly investigate and charge these folks with crimes that were clearly identified by the Plante Moran audit.

Now, he’s also failing.

This Board hired Dr. Cheryl Schrader, who has done nothing but further damage the university.

Let’s be absolutely clear, the only sticking point left is that the faculty is willing to join the rest of the university in a single health care plan, but they are not willing to cede all decision making over it’s benefits to management. Management thinks it can somehow replace 500 highly qualified professors and get back to business as usual- and somehow screw the strikers, by holding out.

It doesn’t work that way. What it does is evidenced by this post on Facebook that was forwarded to me of a Veteran who is about to lose everything thanks to those 8 incompetent board members, an idiot university president and a gutless governor. I’m leaving out his name, because it really doesn’t matter, because there are 17,000 students facing the same problems, while Schrader gets paid to run the university into the ground:

Wright State University, through a long series of bad moves, mismanagement and borderline criminally self interested organization has now forced the program I am in into a B-term semester rather than meet the very realistic demands of the AAUP (a faculty union associated with the school). Because of this decision my GI bill benefits are now being effectively cut nearly in half and my housing allowance is being hit hardest (how I afford to live). By forcibly removing my status as a full time student I’m effectively being made part-time against my will. I cannot transfer, I’ve used 3 of my 4 allotted years of GI bill and the program I’m enrolled in does not transfer credits, cause no film school has the same curriculum. I’m frustrated and disappointed. I spent 4 years of my life earning these education benefits and now due to corporate greed myself and many others are being caught up in a machine that is utterly tone-deaf to its own student body and their needs. This has to stop.

You do notice that I left out the newest trustee Bruce Langos, who was named to replace former trustee Nina Joshi who was allowed to go back to her private business doing government contracting work, despite being caught red-handed in the H1B visa scandal. Langos has had it with this board. Probably because he’s actually run a company that had to compete in a real market, unlike people like Bridges and former trustees, Soin and Joshi who have all benefited from their firms 8a status– a program that is so corrupt that it actually awards government contracts to people of foreign descent over Service Disabled Veteran Owned Businesses.

I’m a veteran. That another veteran is losing his benefits because of this boards failures is unacceptable. It’s time to file a lawsuit against this board for destroying a public institution. I would advise all students being placed in a similar situation as the one above to file a class action lawsuit against this criminal board. It may be the only way we can save Wright State.

The first person to put on the stand to testify for you will be Bruce Langos. He has something to say about his fellow board members and it’s not pretty.

Feel free to add your stories in the comments.

 

JP Nauseef to head Jobs Ohio?

JP Nauseef

JP Nauseef

Reliable sources have told Esrati.com that JP Nauseef, former head of the Dayton Development Coalition is in the running to be the next President of JobsOhio, the state jobs and economic development arm.

The organization works to help companies do site selection, crafts incentives and markets Ohio to the world as a good place to do business.

Considering that for the first time that the Governor and the Lt. Governor both have Dayton roots, adding Nauseef to the mix would be a big departure from business as usual in Columbus where the “Three C’s” – Cleveland, Columbus and Cincinnati generally rule.

Nauseef, an Air Force Veteran, is currently the Co-Founder and Chairman at Krush Media Group an ad tech firm that started in Dayton that has offices in NYC, Pasadena and Dayton. A Carrol high school grad, he went on to get a BS in MIS from UD and then a Masters in System Management from USC.

He’s worked extensively in venture capital and was closely associated with the Mathiles for years. He was also instrumental in the “Big Hoopla” program surrounding the NCAA first four tournament that has been a very successful way to fill hotel rooms and put Dayton on the map.

Considering Nauseef’s extensive experience in venture capital, startups and development is all Dayton/Ohio centric, as compared to the first JobsOhio chief, Mark Kvamme a California based VC who barely lasted a year. For those who know Nauseef, he’s an incredibly diplomatic networker who stays calm under pressure and makes things happen. He’s also humble. If we’re going to have someone representing us to people like Jeff Bezos or Elon Musk, he’d be an excellent choice.

 

Wright State at deaths door due to stupidity

The Wright State strike continues. There is no reason for it to.

The Administration and Board insist on lying to the public- the argument isn’t over the union’s separate health care plan, it’s about the ability of the union to negotiate the terms of changes in the health care plan.

The union has made concessions.

The Board has not. Instead, WSU President, Dr. Schrader insists on trying to divide the university by calling the current faculty plan “A Cadillac” health care plan.

What Schrader dosn’t say is that the university has her on a Cadillac pay plan, as well as a whole bunch of people who helped run the university into the ground that haven’t been punished or held accountable at the very least.

The giant sucking sound of dollars leaving the university was caused by the people on the board of trustees, who set up illegal programs to help their own companies, who created slush fund organizations to give high paying jobs to their friends in the community, including former congressmen and developers henchmen.

The university faculty, staff and students have suffered at the hands of fools for long enough. The correct answer right now is for the board to be removed as incompetent, and Schrader fired. Bring back Dr. McCray as an interim to put things back on track, shut down the off campus toilets flushing the funds down the drain: WSRI, WSARC, Double Bowler, and move forward.

In the day of verifiable transparency, telling the community that classes are covered, and extending the drop deadline only go so far.

My recommendation to students is to video record and post to YouTube the “covered classes” you are paying for- and not getting. Use the Hashtag #WrightStateStrike.

With the new drop deadline coming, the university needs to realize that it will not recover from another 10% enrollment drop.

Agreeing to leave health care as a bargaining chip won’t kill the university. Losing your students will.

The Board and Administration needs to stop claiming that this is a fiscal issue, they have no standing on fiscal responsibility. It’s a power grab- and the people who didn’t screw up shouldn’t be used to demonstrate your power. You are all replaceable. The students and faculty are not.

The question is why governor DeWine is letting this university fail on his watch. He can fix this in minutes. That he’s letting it drag on, makes him also criminally complicit in the devaluation of our community asset, Wright State.

Dayton Pubic Schools and other tails of illiteracy

No, that headline isn’t a typo, and I know the difference between tails of a dog and tales of woe, which is what the story of the Dayton PUBLIC (not pubic) Schools continues to be.

It was bad enough last July, when an overpaid administrator, Ms. Lynsa Davie, stands in front of the school board and her deck had placeholder text– and no one bothered to stop her. That was to get approval on a half-million dollar consulting contract.

Since I’ve given up on going to DPS board meetings because there is no doubt in my mind that the district is guaranteed to be eligible for State takeover for next year- and that there will no longer be an elected school board, I have to rely on my friend, former School board member Mario for updates. This one was too embarrassing not to share:

The last meeting saw a presentation by the Director of Outreach and Student Activities Ida Nalls – Family and Student Engagement. She starts out by saying “I wasn’t quite sure what you wanted so I created a smorgasbord…” and hands out file folders to the board.

All right, let me get this out of the way…

Those who know me know I’m a stickler for form. I can spot an extra line space at 50 yards (not really), but I do use that ¶ button to show spacing. I used to get twitchy when the kids would bring home notices from school that had been photocopied at an angle. Just the other day, someone handed me a multipage document with a binder clip, which I unfastened so I could straighten the papers out. I’m a pain, I get it.

So I take a look at what I am given and just…well, once again DPS proves that professional presentation is not their strong suit. I’m remembering that god awful PowerPoint where the Ipsum language was not replaced with actual text.

I have made my share of spelling errors that went out and even one time misspelled my own name on my resume. (I found out 5 years later when one of the people who interviewed me pulled it out of his desk drawer to show me. Thank goodness I interviewed well.)

Headings in bold with the text that belongs to them on the next page. Some double spacing between paragraphs, other times not. Double spaces between words. Sometimes a double space after a period, sometimes not. Microsoft Word puts red squiggles or blue squiggles under errors like that for easy identification. I know the District has moved to Google everything and do not know what that program uses as a notifier.

A letter sent out to community partners, I’m guessing large and small – Hello Community Partners comma then the next line begins with no space between the heading and the next paragraph. Three spaces between that paragraph and the next, which is one sentence that almost goes the full width of the page, then the next sentence begins under it, then a space and a bullet point list of requirements to partner with DPS schools.

At the end, Sincerely, with the Director’s business card information, but no actual space for a signature.

It gets worse, but I don’t want to bore you. I leave you with this-

In the list of Approved Community Partners for Middle School we have the Dayton Metro Library bringing the Program/Service of…..Litearacy.

God help us.

Here’s the video of Ms. Nalls presentation- and, for the first four minutes, you won’t hear much, the audio levels are wrong.

I’m sorry that I don’t have the actual document to post. I’ll see if I can get a copy of it, but if you listen to the board members cooing over this presentation, it’s obvious that not only did they not get the materials in advance, they didn’t read them. That these are being distributed to “community partners” is scary.

In a well run organization, with competent PR people, anything being distributed to stakeholders gets checked over by multiple people for content, and for presentation. Not that DPS has had competent PR editors since the Grand Dame, Jill Moberley retired, followed by one failed hire after another. Dr. Venita Kelley is suing the district for wrongful termination and asking for $200K plus back pay and reinstatement. According to the Dayton Daily news, “In a March 12, 2018 performance evaluation, Lolli said Kelley had been ineffective in her strategic communication role” yet she had no say in hiring their ineffective ad agency, The Ohlmann Group.

If you need a reminder of how that mess came to be, there’s plenty of info on that sordid purchasing failure on this site.

A funny sidenote, while DPS used to have a page with the members of the Superintendent’s cabinet, now, all it has is the ice queen, Dr. Libby Lolli. She alone rules the district. The sites staff directory doesn’t have the new PR chief in it- but still has former employees like Chef Anthony Head listed. Good job PR department and two PR agencies, now they have also hired Fahlgren Mortine because, well, Ohlmann alone can’t save them.

When you are about to be taken over by the state, why worry about a balanced or sustainable budget?

Maybe it’s time to dismiss the newly hired $85K a year PR head, Tracy Hanlin, plus her 2 assistants, before she sues them too. She should still be in her probationary period. Because, if it’s your job to make the district look good, you shouldn’t be having the district being written up on Esrati.com.

 

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