Lost gem of the DPS board meeting: free wi-fi for some students

After the smoke cleared from the shit-show that pretends to be a school board meeting last night, a week after they hired The Ohlmann group to manage their marketing starting last Wednesday, there was one really important new program launched by DPS, led by Dr. Markay Winston.

You didn’t see it in the Dayton Daily news, because the story was the controversy over buying out former Chief of School Innovation David Lawrence for “over $200,000” because Rhonda Corr is our own version of Donald Trump- if she doesn’t like you- you’re fired (except as much as they try to turn their board meetings into reality TV- this is a government organization that actually enters into legally binding contracts that have to be honored. Corr and the board will have to deal with this issue again when either this board or the new one, decides to dump Corr and she wants her contract bought out).

So what was this big news that didn’t make the news, or get a proper PR roll out? The program that isn’t on the DPS website, the one that can’t even get the meeting time published correctly?

Slide about Dayton Public Schools Virtual Academy

“Marketing” via Dayton Public Schools

DPS is starting a home school e-learning program where students can enroll in DPS and get a DPS diploma, and participate in DPS extra-curricular activities, get a DPS supplied computer, and even get free wi-fi.

Wow.

The rest of the students, who are using their new 1 to 1 computers in school, and may be able to bring them home next year (I’m on the technology steering committee and have been pushing for this from day 1), will not get free wi-fi. However, Dr. Baguirov who likes to take credit for rolling out the program in record time, under budget with amazing success says they are still looking at costs for providing mobile hot spots to students who don’t have wi-fi at home, but the costs are high.

Winston had a lame deck Dayton Innovation Virtual Academy Board Presentation Feb 21 2017 which was clearly not done by a professional marketing firm. Had the board known what an ad agency does, this would have been rolled out in a way to get free press, and make a big splash- instead of the headlines being about another Rhonda Corr failure. See the provided slide image- does that look like an exciting new program you’d want to enroll your kid in? Does it look like it’s run by professionals? None of the other slides in the deck could stand on their own as an explanation of what DPS is doing.

E-schools as they are run in Ohio are a scam. If they were compared to the worst public schools, and the worst charter schools, comparatively- they make the worst public schools look like Harvard. Virtual schools are virtually unregulated and the results are a mixed bag. The largest, ECOT- the “electronic classroom of tomorrow” is bigger than Dayton, but has graduation rates that make DPS look awesome:

With its most-recent graduation rate of 38 percent, few districts in the state rank lower. Only 35 of the roughly 700 traditional school districts and charter schools that serve high-school students have a worse outcome, and most of those are other statewide e-schools and charters that exclusively serve dropouts.By comparison, Columbus schools’ most-recent graduation rate was 77 percent. Cleveland’s was about 64 percent.

Phillis said it’s astonishing that ECOT continues to escape the scrutiny of lawmakers despite meeting only three of the 24 possible state testing and graduation standards, receiving F grades in all but one category. ECOT got a D in the performance index, which is an index of state testing performance.

Source: Popular ECOT poor performer

However, while DPS keeps bragging about their single non-F grade, an A in annual yearly progress, at least ecot has a D in state testing performance. We all know the saying “when you’ve hit bottom, the only other direction is up” is the true meaning of that A- not that they are successful.

Even though my firm didn’t win the marketing bid- I think I’ll still do the job that the people they hired didn’t do- properly promote this new program.

The information sessions for Parent Information Sessions DPS Virtual Academy will be as follows:

  • Northwest Library: 2410 Philadelphia Dr
    Feb. 27 from 10 am – 12 pm (West)
  • Board of Education Community Room
    Feb. 28 from 4-6 pm (Central)
  • Burkhardt Library: 4680 Burkhardt Ave
    March 7 from 10 am – 12 pm (East)
  • Madden Hills Library: 2542 Germantown St.
    March 9 from 4-6 pm (West)

Make sure you tell them where you heard about this new program if you chose to go.

 

How bad decisions are made by the Dayton Public School board

“Did we ask to do this?” was a question asked last week during a protracted Dayton Board of Education meeting? This was during an hour long discussion about awarding a contract for marketing the Dayton Public Schools for the next four years.

During that discussion, board members suggested they use students to create the materials (one would wonder if that’s been the case over the last 20 years). Others didn’t know why they needed marketing at all. Joe Lacey didn’t like the use of the word “slick graphics” by the remaining person in the “public information office”- the one that couldn’t show them what they were purchasing. You know- a presentation on who they chose and why. The purchasing department that had run the process couldn’t do much better. And, when asked why they didn’t have an actual contract to look at before they voted, the board attorney tried to tell them that if they saw the qualifications- it could lend to bias, and wasn’t legal.

UPDATE

Wed. morning the 22nd, Forgot to mention, that the “Learn to Earn” board was mentioned in the Dayton Daily the morning of the 20st- for putting out an RFP to hire an ad agency to connect with the community and let them know all about their programs. Of course, they only have to reach about 1,500 parents each year, but at least they know what and why they need competent advertising. My firm will not bid the contract because we don’t believe in quasi-public organizations spending tax dollars without voter oversight.

The Preschool Promise board approved a large marketing plan this week, including plans to hire a vendor to run a “field campaign” for grassroots outreach in Dayton. Board member and former Dayton Mayor Clay Dixon said the marketing approach “is of the utmost importance.”

“That is actually how we’ll go out in the community, shoulder to shoulder, eyeball to eyeball,with the parents to make sure they are aware of the program, aware of what we do to get those kids into one of our quality programs,” Dixon said.

The board’s request for proposals for field campaign vendors is going out this week. Lightcap said the vendor will hire people who know Dayton’s neighborhoods and can build relationships with community partners, all in an effort to connect with the families who would participate in expanded preschool.

Source: Preschool board plans marketing blitz

That’s when I interrupted and called her a liar. And was supported by another staff person- with an Request for Qualifications, which was what they used to select a “winner”- the point wasn’t to compare actual proposals- but, the skill sets.

That the purchasing department misrepresented the amount of the contract on the agenda as $112,500 instead of the actual $300,000, was another problem, that they didn’t care to call the staff on.

Tonight, the school board published their “board docs” saying the meeting started at 6pm. Only when we got there, they were a half hour into it. Competent PIO’s and board secretaries wouldn’t make that mistake. Especially since this was the actual business meeting- the one where they were supposed to vote on business.

And vote on some sticky business they did. After, Dr. Walker mis-ran the public speaking section giving some speakers up to a half hour at the podium (and no- it wasn’t me). We’ll have that story after we edit some of our video. There is supposed to be a 3 minute limit. It should also apply to board members. The meeting ran from 5:30 to 9:05 before they went into executive session.

They couldn’t make up it clear what they were doing about an intervention specialist that they hired at Dunbar who used to be a sub. She’s working on her PhD, but is 9 credits short of a teaching certificate. They hired her knowing that- and so she bought a house, a car, and now has no job- and two kids at home to feed. Apparently, this district isn’t smart enough to know how to get her enrolled in Teach for America- where no teaching license is required.

Then came the issue of paying off David Lawrence to go away because Superintendent Rhonda Corr doesn’t like him. This has been subject of executive sessions for months. The buyout had been agreed to- and yet, here they were, waiving the 48 hour rule to vote because their staff can’t publish an agenda with the right start time, or in adequate time to not have to invoke the rule.

Dr. Baguirov objected, saying the waiving is for emergencies- something he didn’t protest last week when they did it to hire The Ohlmann Group to do their marketing. Then he and Joe Lacey objected to spending $200,000 to buy Lawrence out- when he could have been used in the district (had it not been for Corr being intimidated by a competent black male). The vote was 4-2 to send Lawrence away with what was contractually due him. A huge loss to the district- as board member Lee stated. In fact, the last thing I said to them as I walked away from the podium when I spoke was “you should have hired David Lawrence.”

Here is the text of my speech as written from tonight:
There is a 48 hour rule for a reason.
There is also reason we have an elected school board.
It’s your job to hire a superintendent, and a treasurer, and to run checks and balances on them.
Tonight you are waiving the 48 hour rule again.
It’s fitting that you are doing it to pay the home-grown competent internal candidate for superintendent you passed over, to go away. Because the current superintendent didn’t like him.
But I guess you were ahead of your time- picking a leader for our district much like the one our country ended up with. You know the one that brings huge protests out over their actions.
Remember her Reduction in force- based on numbers that no one was able to verify- including your treasurer, who you are re-hiring tonight.
The treasurer who was over the purchasing department that ran the process that extended 6 months- and you waived the 48 hour rule last week to execute.
If you were doing your job, and your due diligence before you voted to approve a contract for a year, with multi-year options, on something as important as marketing services for your failing school district and it was run competently, I wouldn’t have watched and recorded video for an hour of discussion about a contract that you eventually voted 5-1 to approve, with John McManus being the only no vote, and Mr. Lee being absent.
The contract, which was supposed to be awarded on Sept. 20th. When you actually came around to vote on it, on November, 1, you chose to not award because the process of the request for proposal was flawed. You had 5 bidders, and were about to award it to the most expensive bidder.
This time you used a Request for Qualifications, a different contracting vehicle, although it still asked for many of the exact same details, just in a more convoluted manner.
This time, you only had 3 bidders, and once again, the recommendation of your superintendent, was to award to the same, most expensive bidder.
When you had questions about what you were buying, why you were buying, and why it was necessary, your superintendent sat there- and at one point, even asked you for guidance to what you want. You still bought it.
The purchasing department couldn’t legitimately explain what you were buying. Ten days before you voted, at 10pm on a Saturday night, there was an email issued saying that “Responses have been evaluated and results provided for review and determination of a recommendation to the DPS Board of Education. It is expected that the recommendation will appear on the Feb 21, 2017 business meeting agenda.”
So, what I learned last week is that you had homework due in 17 days, but, your staff decided to change it to 10 days. They either never provided you with anything, or they did and you all decided not to do your homework, based on your confusion last week.
The waiving of the 48 hour rule on a million dollar contract, the fact that the agenda outright lied about the amount of the contract- listing it at $112,500 instead of $300,000 – “because it was pro-rated” as an excuse to mis-represent it to the public.
The public records request I filed the next day, still hasn’t been fulfilled as I speak, a week later. So I can’t tell you what you bought or didn’t buy last week either.
What’s even more important, is that you did it at a meeting that didn’t allow for public comment. So, yes, I was out of order when I interrupted and called your staff lawyer a liar. One of your staff confirmed I was right. That you voted on it- after learning your attorney was misguidingly stopping you from evaluating qualifications for a qualitative contract, is negligence.
You had every right to review all submissions of an RFQ, and to see the contract you bought.
She still has her job.
Your purchasing person, still has her job, and now, I am going to question if any of you are fit to carry out your duties other than Mr. McManus and Mr. Lee. There needs to be an investigation into the ethics filings of Dr. Baguirov and if his private business does work with CareSource, and why the board was never presented with offers for the Patterson Kennedy site as well.
This School System needs you performing your due diligence it’s what the kids deserve- because, as your superintendent loves to say- it’s all about the kids-
which should prove she has no business in her position-
it’s also about our professionals, our city, our future.? And by blindly awarding a very large contract, you shouldn’t be a part of that future.

End of prepared speech.

After tonight’s meeting, Baguirov called me a liar to my face over questioning his business relationships and non-disclosure of all his businesses in the video about the real estate deals. He still thinks I’m a lobbyist for some real estate developer- yet won’t say why the vacant land isn’t being auctioned. Corr shot daggers at me for much of the meeting- and was particularly pissed when she saw Dayton Daily reporter Jeremy Kelley talking to me. She really doesn’t like it that she’s the one to blame for the buyout of Lawrence’s contract.

This board, under Walker is a model of incompetence. The meeting management was totally lacking. They couldn’t even figure out what they were voting on, nor could the audience follow. Compare their use of “Board Docs” with the simple agenda’s used by the Dayton City Commission and you can quickly see the why this district is dysfunctional- and the public being left out of the process or misled by the incompetence of their leadership and staff.

There are people pulling petitions like sharecroppers pick cotton. Hopefully, come next January, we’ll have four new, competent board members and this kind of chicanery will end.

 

Phil Plummer’s fine folks

We know that Sheriff Phil Plummer hires racists, he “fired” two of them for sending racist texts (only they took full disability retirements after they were caught).

We know he hires and promotes miscreants who like to torture people with pepper spray, while restrained.

And, as the Washington Post just published the story of the latest pepper spray event, with video provided by yours truly, Phil Plummer has another problem child entering the spotlight.

Mugshot of Montgomery County Sheriff's Deputy Douglas Carl Gearhart

Mugshot of Montgomery County Sheriff’s Deputy Douglas Carl Gearhart

Meet Montgomery County Sheriff’s Deputy Douglas Carl Gearhart, who is currently residing in a much safer jail than the one Phil runs- booking number 20170583  at the Warren County Jail, arrested today on two counts of domestic violence. We’ll have to wait until Friday for his next court date, and currently there is no bail. Hopefully, his wife is OK.

Gearhart was rumored to be on the promotion list for sergeant, which would probably have put him in the Montgomery County Jail for a tour. Maybe, he’s just doing undecover research for Phil on how a competent jail is run?

Given his bad behavior, Plummer will probably fast track his promotion. Sadists are his favored type of officer.

We’re currently working on additional stories of issues in the Montgomery County Jail. Not just the lawsuits, but how and why the jail has become a lawsuit liability machine under Phil Plummer.

Why politicians make lousy real estate developers and vice versa

Other peoples money. That’s the key to real estate, and especially real estate deals managed by those we elect who are supposed to be working in our best interest.

We’ve see stupid deals in Dayton for a long time, and they seem to slide along into oblivion in the mind of the public. No one got hoisted by their petards on the Arcade deal, or the Arcade tower, or the Wayne Avenue Kroger, or…. the list gets really long.

Let’s just say this: politicians raise bad real estate deals to a new art form. And locally, there are plenty of failures. However, it would appear that the deals by the Dayton Public School Board of Education may take the cake. This is a long video. But, it should make it pretty clear that there are serious questions about the deals they’ve done, the ones they’ve refused to do- and who’s been driving the deals- and questions about his entanglements.

We look closely at the site downtown on E. First Street where Patterson Co-op once stood, a greenfield, ready for development, and the site on Wyoming at Alberta where Patterson Kennedy Elementary once stood- near Miami Valley Hospital and the University of Dayton.

We’ve spent the last two months pursuing this story- and trying to figure out why Dr. Adil Baguirov seems to be the only member of the Board of Ed- including the school superintendent, that knows what’s been going on when it comes to these deals- and we’re wondering if this is by design.

If the schools wanted to optimize the value of these vacant properties, the key factor would be what property taxes will the development generate to the district in addition to the sale price- nothing else.

Watch the video. We’ll post supporting documents later.

Here is “Dirty Deals Done Dirt Cheap” featuring the Dayton Public Schools Board of Education, the Dayton and Montgomery County Port Authority, the former DPS operations Chief John Carr, the DPS board attorney, Jyllian Bradshaw and CareSource.

It takes time and money to do videos and research like this. If you value exposing Dirty Deals Done Dirt Cheap, please consider making a donation: www.esrati.com/donate.

Lawsuit filed in 2nd pepper spray case

Attorney Doug Brannon, working for Charles Alexander Wade, the victim of the second pepper spraying while in restraints that has come to light in the last six months, filed suit in District Court asking for a jury trial.

The case centers around the pepper spray video that I released on February 2nd 2017 of the incident that occurred Oct. 19, 2016, just a month after Plummer called the first pepper spraying of Amber Swink in restraints an “isolated incident.”

The pepper spraying of people in restraints is unconstitutional, amounts to cruel and unusual punishment, and is totally unnecessary and unwarranted. However, Sheriff Plummer seems to be oblivious that this kind of behavior is not only wrong, but dangerous.

He seems to think it’s better to blame the County Commission and anyone but his officers in his press conference that was held last Wednesday, February 8, the day after the County Commission asked for the Department of Justice to investigate the jail for civil rights violations.

Another key part of the Wade complaint is that the plaintiff and his attorney had asked for the video and records multiple times and were denied. The video I released was the first and only copy that had been released to the public.

I am including the entire time stamped final complaint: Wade, Charles – TS Complaint with Jury Demand

Here are some key points, most of which can be seen clearly in the video I released:

17. The Plaintiff’s fear of being placed in a restraint chair at the MCJ was based upon the MCJ’s well-earned reputation for having a pattern and practice of using excessive force against its pretrial detainees. This includes but is not limited to Amber Swink in 2015 when jail officers used OC spray on her while she was fully restrained in a restraint chair.
This also includes Louis Aldini, Jr., a military officer whom officers viciously beat and tazed, and placed in a restraint chair, while he was in their custody in 2006. Jail officers also used excessive force in causing the death of Robert Andrew Richardson Sr. in 2012, whom, when ill in his cell and suffering from a medical emergency, officers allegedly pinned to the ground prone on his stomach and applied significant weight to his back to the point where he ceased breathing. Excessive force was also used against Emily Evans, who was body slammed into a concrete floor while handcuffed knocking her unconscious and causing facial  fractures.

22. Once on the floor, Deputy Walters kept Plaintiff Wade pinned down by placing his right knee on the upper middle back area of Plaintiff Wade at which point Plaintiff Wade stated “I’m not resisting…..how do I not resist?”

24. Corrections Officers, including Defendant Lightner, secured Plaintiff’s two legs and abdomen into the restraint chair so that he was sitting in the seat and unable to stand, with both of his arms still handcuffed behind his back while Defendant Eversole recorded the events with a handheld camera.

25. At that point Plaintiff Wade’s upper torso and head were pushed down into his lap by Defendant Lightner and three other corrections  officers where it would have been impossible for the Plaintiff to move or pose any threat to the corrections officers.

26. At that point Defendant Lightner, under the semblance of removing the Plaintiffs handcuffs manipulated the Plaintiff’s hand and wrist causing severe pain, injury and evoking a reaction from the Plaintiff which he knew was unnecessary and would lead to further escalation with the Plaintiff in the restraint chair.

27. Defendant Eversole then passes the video camera to another corrections officer and takes a full can of OC spray places it directly in the face of Plaintiff Wade and hits him directly in the eye and face at a range of approximately one inch with a long burst of OC spray while the Plaintiff is still restrained in the restraint chair, pinned forward with his head in his lap by four corrections officer including Defendant Lightner.

28. Only after Defendant Eversole has already sprayed OC spray in Plaintiffs face does he give Plaintiff any verbal commands to “stop resisting.”

29. The Plaintiff, after being sprayed directly in the face and eyes with OC spray at point blank range, is now coughing, struggling to breathe and when his left hand is removed from the handcuffs he places his left hand over his mouth as part of a cough reflex. It should also be noted  that the corrections officer are also placing their hands/arms over their mouths in a similar cough reflex, even though they were not directly  sprayed in the face with OC spray.

30. As Plaintiff Wade is still strapped in the chair, pinned down by four corrections officer including Defendant Lightner, coughing and  struggling to breathe Defendant Eversole then administers a second generous dose of OC spray directly to Plaintiffs face and eyes for no reason other than to inflict further pain and injury to the Plaintiff.

31. The four corrections officer and Defendant Eversole then take Plaintiffs arms and strap them into the chair, after which Defendant Eversole takes his forearm and places it across Plaintiffs chest/neck further restricting his ability to breathe despite Plaintiff’s cries that he already could not breathe.

36. Both acts of OC spraying the Plaintiff while the Plaintiff was restrained and pinned down by corrections officers in the restraint chair  constituted brutal and excessive force, was cruel and unusual and was not a proportionate response to Plaintiff’s actions while in the Defendants’ custody. Defendants, jointly and severally, exhibited deliberate indifference concerning the amount of force they applied on the Plaintiff.

37. Keeping Plaintiff Wade fully restrained in a restraint chair from 0446 hours until 0724 hours constituted brutal and excessive force, was cruel and unusual and was not a proportionate response to Plaintiff’s actions while in the Defendants’ custody. Defendants, jointly and severally, exhibited deliberate indifference concerning the amount of force they applied on the Plaintiff.

38. A reasonably competent police officer and/or corrections officer would not consider the use of the amount of force, under these circumstances, reasonable.

41. Shortly after the assault of Plaintiff Wade as stated herein, several staff members working in the Montgomery County jail who either witnessed the assault and excessive use of force or had heard about the wrongful conduct of Defendant Eversole and Lightner reported said wrongful conduct to Defendant Landis, who was a supervisor over Defendants Eversole and Lightner, who also had the responsibility of  overseeing the operations in the MCJ.

42. Despite knowledge of the wrongful conduct of Defendants Eversole and Lightner Defendant Landis failed to order any type of an investigation into the events that are the subject of this action.

45. At all times relevant herein Defendants, under the direction and control of Defendant Plummer, failed to timely comply with the public records request for the video footage of the OC spraying of Plaintiff Wade in violation of the law and the policy of the Montgomery County Sheriff’s Office.

46. Defendants even relabeled videos in document productions to the Plaintiff’s attorneys purporting to claim that they were of Plaintiff Wade when they were not, in an effort to frustrate and prevent any claims being brought against the Defendants.

47. The wrongful conduct of Defendants not producing the video was intentional and deliberate since Plaintiff’s counsel has sued the Montgomery County Sheriff and its officers/employees in the past and has several cases pending against the Montgomery County Sheriff currently.

48. Upon receiving the public records requests and/or viewing the videotape, Defendants knew or should have known that excessive force was used against Plaintiff Wade, that Defendants Eversole and Lightner had in fact committed the crime of assault against Plaintiff Wade, that  Defendant Eversole and Lightner had violated the Use of Force policy of the Montgomery County Sheriff’s office and that there was a high probability that there would be litigation regarding this incident in the form of a criminal prosecution of Defendants Eversole and Lightner and/or a civil action brought by Plaintiff Wade and/or internal disciplinary actions against Defendants.

99. Through the conduct alleged above, Defendants negligently, intentionally, maliciously, recklessly, and willfully breached this duty by  attacking Plaintiff with OC spray and/or destroying the videotape and other documentary evidence so as to inhibit probable litigation and as a direct and proximate result, Plaintiff suffered injuries and damages.

To sum it up. Torture is tolerated in the Montgomery County Jail run by Sheriff Phil Plummer. Incidents have been routinely covered up, and the ones that have been exposed are apparently condoned by the Sheriff. Even though he complains he’s short a captain who is on paid leave for her actions in pepper spraying Amber Swink, the captain had been promoted from sergeant to captain in the time between her pepper spray incident and the revelation almost a year later. In the second pepper spraying, no officers were disciplined, and again, there was a coverup of the incident and public records requests were denied. Sheriff Plummer refuses to admit that these are inappropriate uses of pepper spray- a substance that can and has caused deaths around the globe in more appropriate uses than these.

It takes 23,000 signatures to recall Sheriff Plummer. Or, one judge to rule that he and his deputies are breaking the law and can’t be entrusted with public safety in the jail. The question is, who is going to step up first.

NOTE: there will be a protest at the jail, Friday, February 24th at 6pm outside the jail on W. Second Street.

 

 

DPS to waive 48 hour rule to hire ad agency for 4 years

Full disclosure: My firm, The Next Wave, did some work for the new superintendent Rhonda Corr last summer. At the end of the proposed solution was a pricing matrix that included an option to take over the complete marketing operations of the district, that were being handled by 3 people (2 of whom retired Dec 31, 2016). An RFP went out that was so badly constructed it lead me to write this post: Hiring An Agency: The R.F.P. Guide (for Governmental Organizations). The board was supposed to vote to pick an agency on Sept. 20, and work was to begin Sept 21. They blew that date, and on Nov 1. 2016 the purchasing department under treasurer Hiwot Abraha tried to push the district to hire The Ohlmann Group of Dayton, who were the high bidder. The number isn’t showing anymore on BoardDocs but if I recall correctly it was over $360,000. The board refused. Dr. Baguirov even questioned why the bids always go to large firms, and pass over veteran owned businesses (like mine). Some of this was covered in the post: The calamity named Rhonda Corr

So here we are again. The treasurer launched an RFQ this time, just as convoluted. There was no award date, nor was there a set time frame. They capped it at $300,000. There was no guarantee of award. It was supposed to be a request for qualifications, but asked for solutions- much like an RFP. They wanted everything submitted as an attachment- the language looked like it had been run through a cut and paste machine from several other RFPs. The purchasing department has zero expertise in hiring creative firms. The due date was January 20 2018.

There was a single communication to bidders at 10pm on Saturday night Feb 4 2017:

Dear Responders: Thank you for your interest in DPS Request For Qualifications for Comprehensive Marketing Services. Responses have been evaluated and results provided for review and determination of a recommendation to the DPS Board of Education. It is expected that the recommendation will appear on the February 21, 2017 business meeting agenda. Selected firm(s) will be contacted to negotiate contract terms and conditions.

Lie number one was that the results were presented to the board of education. Lie number 2 is that it will appear on the Feb 21 agenda.

It’s now on the Feb 14 agenda- with a request to waive the 48 hour rule, and award it once again to the Ohlmann Group, this time, for $112,500 with 3 1 year options for a total of $450,000.

If you look at contracts presented to the Dayton City Commission, you can actually examine the contract that they are about to approve. In this case, all we see is this boilerplate:

Contracted services to provide Comprehensive Marketing Services for DPSD to include, but may not be limited to Public Relation Services, Print/Media Design & Management, Marketing Consulting Services, Social/Digital Media Services , Web Development, and other services to be determined by a defined “Statement Of Work.” Effective February 15,2017 thru February 14, 2019. To include three (3),one (1)-year options to be exercised at the sole discretion of OBOE. February 14, 2017 Board Agenda

Compare this to the text of the Nov 1 attempt to hire Ohlmann for over 3x more:

Contracted services to provide Comprehensive Marketing Services for DPSD to include, but may not be limited to Public Relation Services, Print/Media Design & Management, Marketing Consulting Services,  Social/Digital Media Services, Web Development, and other services to be determined by a defined Statement Of Work” Effective November 1, 2016-thru October 31, 2017. Funds to follow

And the public can evaluate these and weigh in how? With the 48 hour rule waived each time?

Of course, the public didn’t get a chance to weigh in on the 3 year contract awarded to Rhonda Corr either- which came as a surprise a few weeks ago, and basically, paid her as much as they were paying Lori Ward- who actually got them out of academic emergency and never caused the community to practically shout down the school board over mid-year reductions in force.

Considering the second RFQ talked about a rebrand, but didn’t specify timelines, budgets, all I can ask is how can DPS afford to hire Ohlmann Group who charged the City of Dayton $25K for a logo that looks a lot like what Fairborn bought for $20K. That’s about a quarter of their first years budget for DPS, gone.

There is no reason to skip the 48 hour rule to start this contract. It’s just an attempt to make sure the public and the school board, doesn’t look closely at this.

I’ll be putting in a public records request to see the bids and the score sheets, for both rounds. It’s time to shine some sunshine on the DPS procurement process.

Involvement Advocacy, The Collaboratory, Peter Benkendorf, domain squatter/thief

I grew up in Cleveland Heights, a few blocks away from Peter Benkendorf. For two Heights High grads to end up living a few blocks away from each other in Dayton 45 years later, and both involved as community advocates, is kind of amazing.

What’s not amazing, is that Peter has hijacked a community event he helped found- and taken the facebook account, the domain name, and redirected them to his new competing venture.

From his own website- “Involvement Advocacy” he describes the event:

3RD ON THIRD – DAYTON’S ECLECTIC OUTDOOR MARKET

3RD ON THIRD is an Eclectic Outdoor Market that takes place on the 3rd Sunday of the month on East Third Street in Dayton – hence the name.

A joint effort of The Collaboratory, the East Third Street Business Association and the Huffman Historic District, 3RD ON THIRD Eclectic Outdoor Market features local artists and artisans, antiques, crafts, collectibles, fair trade, clothing, jewelry, handmade items, food trucks and more.

3RD ON THIRD represents a first step in a larger strategic push to spark retail and residential development along East Third from Keowee to the intersection at Linden/Springfield and on into the Huffman Historic District, creating a diverse, vibrant, walkable and sustainable community that attracts a mix of young professionals, families, artists, and immigrants.

Source: Involvement Advocacy

But, now, he’s walked away from the people on Third Street- and set up to have “Third Sundays in Dayton” at the Front Street building- a few blocks away.

Great and fine. You have your event, the people on Third Street have their event on the same day- and people stroll from one to another.

Except, Peter decided to keep the 3rdonThirdDayton.com domain, hijack the facebook page, and pretend the old event is moving and not still in business.

All I care about is the domain name, for which he has no right, or real use for. If he was truly the collaborator he claims to be:

In order to grow the Dayton region’s economic and social capital, the Collaboratory is providing the Collaborative Infrastructure—the physical space, portfolio of initiatives, engagement tools and support system for people from across the region to come together to imagine and act upon new possibilities for themselves, each other and the community, with a particular interest in downtown. These new possibilities will involve citizen, government, business, institutional, organizational and philanthropic participants and will impact how we live, work, play and learn.

Source: The Collaboratory | About

He’d hand over the domain name he’s squatting:

whois:3rdonthirddayton.com
Registrar: GODADDY.COM, LLC
Expiration Date 18 Jul 2017
Registrant Name Peter Benkendorf
Registrant Organization: Involvement Advocacy

The members of his board:

  • Monica Schultz, President & Secretary – Principal, Windblown Communications
  • Anthony Colussi, Treasurer – Partner, Goldshot, Lamb & Hobbs, Inc.
  • Paul Benson, PhD – Interim Provost, University of Dayton
  • Jacqueline Gamblin – CEO, JYG Innovations
  • Rodney Veal – Artist and Educator, Sinclair Community College

You can be the pied piper of collaboration if you are truly a collaborator. If you start a community event, using an empty field to bring people together, it belongs to the community, not to one person. Mr. Benkendorf, I urge you- give up your domain name squatting, it’s not something to be proud of.

Dayton Daily “news” is still an establishment tool

There is a reason the three county commissioners asked for the Department of Justice to investigate the County Jail for civil rights violations, but you won’t see it in the Dayton Daily or “The Leader” Channel 7.

While 22/45 had no problem running my video– complete with the link esrati.com/deadly on screen, the Cox papers are pretending the pepper spraying of a restrained inmate revealed on this blog at 7pm on Thursday night had nothing to do with it. In fact- it didn’t happen, won’t happen, until attorney Doug Brannon will file a lawsuit this week on behalf of Charles Alexander Wade.

Channel 2 purposefully did not mention or inform the public of the latest evidence that prompted the commissioners actions, going back to a lawyer for the case of Emily Evans- which is several years old.

They did list 7 other lawsuits/settlements in progress at the jail. And, they took credit for the story they stole and didn’t credit from my blog:

An I-Team analysis of jail housing data found that the majority of female inmates are white and most reside in larger dorm-style housing while the black female population was mostly housed in smaller, more crowded “rollover” cells.

Source: Civil rights probe into jail requested

In the county commissioners press conference two people specifically asked about the pepper spraying of Wade shown in my video, yet the paper cites their work as the reason for this new development:

The I-Team reported in November that one of those cases led to an ongoing federal probe into the pepper spraying of an inmate while she was in a restraint chair, and the disappearance of video and other records of the incident from the sheriff’s office. Dayton police say an investigation into whether the incident was a criminal assault is also ongoing.

Most recently, a homeless veteran sued the jail alleging he was beaten so badly by corrections officers that he was left permanently disabled and wheelchair bound.

The fact that the County Commission isn’t calling to close the jail, because it is unsafe, or asking for guarantees of safety for citizens in the jail, is a gross abdication of their responsibilities to the public. They fund the operation of this house of torture, danger and death. That it took 5 days to act is an indication of how unfit they, and every other political leader is in Dayton.

If any municipality allows their citizens to be locked up in Plummer’s Palace of Peril after reviewing the list of lawsuits, the video evidence of abuse of power in the torture of Mr. Wade, they should know that they are also at risk of being sued.

It’s time for the police chiefs of Montgomery County to meet and devise a safer way to detain and hold their citizens than allow them to risk life and limb in the county clink.

Options include sending inmates to other counties, calling for a private contractor to take over the jail, putting more people on home monitoring, setting up an improvised jail using part of the old Dayton Workhouse, or taking over the jail as a group.

Plummer is supposed to make a statement today. Anything less than his resignation, after he has  removed every supervisor in the jail is unacceptable.

As to the local news, you can get it here, or late from channels 22/45 or not at all from 2, 7 and the “Dayton Daily/when we can take credit for it/ news.”

I have more groundbreaking stories in the works, but this all comes at a personal cost. If you’d like to make sure I can keep dedicating time and resources to making sure the stories that need to be exposed get published, please consider donating to www.esrati.com/donate. Thank you

In the mean time, if you a subscriber to the Dayton Daily, take the time to pen a note to their “editor” Jana Collier and ask why they continue to not credit this site, or report news that is public knowledge thanks to esrati.com.

How else can we have checks and balances on the local politicians when the “press” is in their pockets?

 

The silence of the leaders

Montgomery County Jail Dayton Ohio UNSAFEThursday night at 7pm I released a video clearly showing that the Montgomery County Jail is unsafe at any speed. The video I procured, was denied to exist once again, by the Sheriff’s office, when multiple public records requests were filed by the attorney representing the victim of the sadistic torture inflicted under the cover of authority.

The video has over 5,300 views on Facebook with over 135 shares. It has 600 views on YouTube. This is in under 36 hours.

Yet not a single elected leader has issued a statement, asked for an investigation, called for intervention.

So what are they saying (we know they’ve all seen it- they do read my blog, they do have friends that keep tabs on what I’m up to.)

Here’s the mythical conversation, somewhere in the halls of local government yesterday:

Elected official 1 “Man, I’m glad I’m not Phil Plummer today, did you see that video Esrati released. Pepper spraying another inmate while restrained. This is going to cost the county.”

Elected official 2 “Yeah, it’s pretty clear that place is out of control. Can you believe Esrati asked for money to fund his “work” at the end, I’d donate if it meant he’d STFU and leave town. What an ass.”

Elected official 1 “Thank god he doesn’t work at the paper, or we’d all be in trouble. Not that they have anyone left that knows anything.”

Elected official 2 “You know he called me an idiot last week in his blog, over that real estate give away, he just doesn’t understand who we have to answer to.”

Elected official 1 “That guy probably had it coming anyway, I heard his rap sheet was a mile long. But, you know, we can’t keep quietly settling all these abuse of power, use of force lawsuits. We’re close to $10 million already. And his deputies keep crashing cruisers like dodgem cars.”

Elected official 2 “No one pays attention to county government, they get wrapped up in things like sanctuary city status and the heroin problem. Besides, my seat is safe.”

What we should have heard.

The county commissioners should have been asking the FBI, the Justice Department and the State Attorney General to come in and mount a full investigation. Plummer, and the command staff of the jail, should all be placed on immediate unpaid leave, and they should be asking for help from the police chiefs through out Montgomery County to come together to put a plan in place to safely run the jail.

The City of Dayton, the largest customer of the Jail, should have said that they will no longer use the county jail as long as Plummer and his current command staff are in charge. Efforts should be made to either release their prisoners to community control, or moved to other facilities. A clear statement should be made that the jail isn’t a safe place and that it isn’t acceptable for our citizens. They should launch their own investigation.

All other jurisdictions that use the jail, should have made similar statements.

There should also be a request to have state oversight on the failures of the Jail, the Sheriff and the County to release requested information though the public records requests.

Anyone found to be impeding the release of footage, reports, documentation that was legally requested should be charged with a crime, fined, and fired.

Since the County Prosecutors office didn’t issue an immediate statement condemning any of this, the Prosecutor should be asked to resign. This is his job, not mine.

Crimes were clearly committed in the county jail, not just on Oct 17, 2016, but over the last few years. It is his job to make sure that the people in charge of enforcing laws, aren’t committing crimes. Since Prosecutor Mat Heck can’t seem to do that, it’s time for him to go as well.

And in the hallways of the local media:

“How did Esrati get this story? How did he get the footage?”

“We can’t use it, he put his url on it. We’d have to credit him with breaking the story. We don’t do that- we just steal his stuff for our front page news”

“Did you see that he had the audacity to ask for donations? He can’t get paid for doing what he’s been doing for free”

“He said we don’t cover stuff because we get advertising revenue from political campaigns, the hospitals, the big businesses that run this city, how else can we stay in business? This town is going to shit because those morons they elect don’t have a clue on what they’re doing. It’s not our fault the people elect stupid people.”

“Nobody was bleeding, or died, that’s not news.”

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Why Montgomery County needs a chief ethics officer

Yesterday I released a video of the criminal pepper spraying of Charles Alexander Wade, while in restraints, at the Montgomery County jail. Normally, you’d expect your county prosecutor to take up charges against the perpetrator of a crime as clear as this, but there is a difficulty.

Sgt. John Eversole, Mr. Pepper Spray, is married to Erin Claypoole, a Montgomery County Assistant Prosecutor, Trial Team 3 Supervisor.

Of course, Sgt. Eversole, soon to be inmate Eversole, is probably crapping his pants today. Doug Brannon, the attorney in the Amber Swink case, has also secured Mr. Wade as a client, and has been doing public records requests to the Montgomery County Sheriff’s Office since November for the footage you saw last night. He called and asked how I got it. Eversole had been told the video would never see the light of day.

Brannon’s case just grew. Refusal to fulfill public records requests is a crime. Now that the footage is out, it can’t be covered up.

In other questionably ethical action, Plummer also has recommended one of his employees to a judgeship, in his role as chairman of the Montgomery County Republican Party. Plummer nominated Personnel Director Julie A. Droessler, Esq. for appointment to fill Judge Michael L. Tucker’s seat on the County Court. The position is filled by Governor Kasich by appointment as recommended by the local party. Tucker is vacating his term,  due to his election to the 2nd district court of appeals to fill the seat of retiring judge Mike Fain. Of course Tucker ran, unopposed as this is how we roll in Montgomery County. As to Droessler’s qualifications to be a judge? She’s a lawyer, and would owe Plummer a favor or many- since she has  zero trial experience.

When I asked Mrs. Droessler if she was in a personal relationship with the Sheriff, she asked who told me that, I wouldn’t say, and then she hung up.

Of course, since yesterday, there has been a steady stream of other information about the jail. Like this 100lb girl getting the WWF treatment in the jail in 2014. Read the story here:

I’m also trying to locate Joseph Guglielmo, the homeless veteran who was beaten into a coma in the jail.

The list of criminal behavior by jailers, the coverups, the abuse of power, the suicides, all point to a jail that’s more of a threat to inmates than the inmates are a threat to the citizens of the county.

The county commission, three democrats, have the ability to remove the Sheriff from office, but aren’t acting, because the county is already on the hook for millions in pending litigation, and has already paid out a ton of money in settlements. A protest is being scheduled for the next commission meeting on Tuesday, February 14th 2017 to be followed by a protest the following weekend.

Ir we had an elected chief ethics officer in the county, an independent prosecutor of sorts, issues like these conflicts of interest, might not be the major stumbling block.