The local democratic party did nothing to win any new seats, and Debbie Lieberman came within 1% of losing to Gary Leitzell, who only spent $6000 and barely campaigned.
No seats changed hands. No republicans were replaced, no incumbents got voted out. Phil Plummer who should be in jail instead of running it- got re-elected.
Mike Turner hasn’t faced a serious opponent since his first race.
The local dems endorsed Ted Strickland from the start as well as Hillary Clinton and we see how that turned out.
We don’t really hold elections here, we just rubber stamp decisions made in back rooms on who should be allowed to run.
an hour after posting: And one other thing happened, without anyone knowing in advance, from Thomas Suddes:
Then there’s the General Assembly. In January, Republicans, led by Speaker Clifford Rosen-berger of Clinton County, will hold 66 of the Ohio House’s 99 seats. That’ll be the biggest House majority either party has held since Ohio went to a 99-member House in 1966 – 50 years ago….
It takes 66 House votes – the number that Rosenberger will have – to pass a bill as an emergency measure. That may seem like inside baseball, but for this: Voters can’t challenge emergency measures in statewide referenda. If Republicans could’ve passed union-busting Senate Bill 5 as an emergency measure, voters couldn’t have killed SB 5 (as they did, resoundingly, in a 2011 referendum).
How does labor feel about that? Some labor groups even backed Portman in this election.
In the spring election, be it in May or March (I can’t remember, because they switch it up- and the Board of Elections site is worthless) the democrats will be selecting their new precinct captains and ward leaders. It only takes 5 signatures of registered dems to get on the ballot. It’s long overdue to throw out the stacked deck of patronage job holding precinct captains that keep allowing the Monarchy of Montgomery County to continue with their lame “leadership.”
This is also the year where three seats will come up on the Dayton City Commission- Mayor Whaley, Joey Williams and Jeff Mims. The question is who will really try to challenge them. Whaley raised half a million last time so she could raise your taxes, charge you for street lights, and raise your water and trash bill, while buying empty buildings and giving away Garden Station for $10. Williams has repeatedly won more votes than any other candidate, yet has done little but go with the flow. Mims, despite being a former educator, local and state school board educator- has zero problems allowing more tax abatement shortchange Dayton Public Schools.
But, consider everyone in the country who said Congress was broken, worthless and gridlocked, how many seats changed hands?
The city has approved hiring Bladecutters Inc. to work on the nearly 2-acre site, which has been stuck in limbo for several years after a student housing project failed to move forward. The city recently declared the property a nuisance, which will allow demolition crews to remove the problem conditions.
Note, the city contributed a million to the “developer” who was going to build “student housing” on the site. That money went bye-bye.
As to Rauch owning the Historic old Cox building on the corner, one wonders if the building inspectors will go after him for the unsightly exterior violations the way they go after people in my neighborhood for peeling paint (but neglect the dope houses).
And in other news, Dr. Tom Lasley and Learn to Earn staff all left on their all expense paid 8 year joyride at taxpayer expense, while the Dayton School Board is in the process of firing at least 32 para-professionals who are hands-on, in the classroom folks.
I can tell, Dayton is well on the way to being great again already!
You know when Hillary Clinton said she was broke- and yet had million dollar homes?
That’s sort of how any smart Dayton voter would normally look at raising their taxes to pay for “city services”- which is what issue 9 is ostensibly all about.
Right after Queen Nan got herself elected with half-a-million dollars of OPM (other people’s money) to a job that only pays $45K a year- she promptly decided to add an assessment to every property owner in Dayton to replace all our street lights with high efficiency LED street lights- but, wait, isn’t that what we already pay taxes for?
Now, she knows that after the shopping spree that bought all the empty downtown buildings she could get her hands on- and gave away tax abatement to 80% of downtown property owners- directly hurting the Dayton Public Schools who get a majority of their funding from property taxes- she comes out with issue 9. And to bait and switch- she’s hitched her wagon to “the pre-school promise” which is supposed to miraculously improve our school performance on incoming kindergartners. Except- pre-school doesn’t do that for kids who have other issues- like extreme poverty.
And here lies the problem- for years, Daytonians have believed that you can tax income and since 70% of it is paid by people who live outside the city- who can’t vote, it’s like “free money.” Well, the problem is, if you do that, and jobs and businesses can’t move- no problem, but as we’ve seen- Austin Landing and Pentagon Parkway have filled with new office buildings– where the employees pay NO INCOME TAX AT ALL- at least as long as they work in tall buildings and wear a white collared shirt (Austin Landing is the most unfair, illegal, taxation district in the country- where only the little people who work at Kohl’s and Kroger pay taxes).
That’s why Nan can buy any office building she wants with your money so cheap- some businesses have abandoned downtown Dayton, and some have abandoned Dayton altogether- because they don’t want to operate in the County with the second highest tax burden in the State.
But- back to the pre-school promise. We already have “5 star preschools” – there are 14 of them, run by the elected group charged with education- the Dayton Board of Education. And while people complain they are only open 4 days a week- if Dayton gave them the $4.5 M a year that was going to go to the quasi-public “Learn to earn” people, they could be open a fifth day- and even afford transportation for those pre-schoolers. But, no, then we can’t hand 20% of that money each year to Nan’s friends- and let them spend it on overhead, their own paychecks and with pre-schools and daycare facilities that aren’t “5 Star”- and, there is no income restriction- so they could even pay for third shift daycare for kid that belongs to a doctor who works at Miami Valley Hospital.
If Nan truly cared about education- she wouldn’t have given tax abatement to General Electric, CareSource, Emerson, the list is long.
And, if you really wanted to see DPS improve- she could spend the $4.5M each year for 8 years- to build out citywide wi-fi that would get every single kid in DPS online at home- with their new 1-to-1 chromebook- so they could really teach themselves how to code, or open an online business, or take part in the global economy. And we could offer low price access to people to compete with Time Warner and ATT to the rest of the citizens- to help bridge the digital divide.
Hell, we just gave CareSource half-a- million dollars today- despite the fact that their CEO makes $3 million a year- and it’s all paid with tax dollars from the feds.
We shouldn’t be taxing the poor people in Dayton to help CareSource, or General Electric, or create an alternative “board of pre-school education”- we should be spending money where it comes back to all of us- in services for all.
I filmed this video Wednesday afternoon, edited it Thursday, posted it on Facebook at 6pm last night and it had over 1,500 views inside of 16 hours.
Issue 9 is spending $35K on digital advertising. I haven’t spent a dime on advertising- but, if you want it to reach more people by election day- feel free to donate by sending money to [email protected] at paypal, or dropping off a check at 100 Bonner St Dayton Oh 45410.
It won’t take that much to get it in front of a whole lot of people- or you can just share it online. Watch and share.
First there was CityWide development- a quasi-government organization that sucked up tax dollars to fix up a house here or there. 30 years later, it’s a fricking bank, building spec buildings that it rents for sub-market rates and hurts local property owners who try to compete. This is the worst of governement.
We don’t vote on who runs CityWide, we barely pay attention to it. And we’ve never asked for our money back- because, well, it’s supposed to come back as the “vibrancy factor”- as in, if we fake looking successful, we’ll be successful. You know people like this- it’s called “fake it till you make it” and if you don’t “make it” – at least you look good doing it.
Then we added the Downtown Dayton Partnership. At first we paid a snake oil salesman a ton of money to “revitalize downtown”- until he ran out of town on a rail, and we started using it as a place to park people we liked and wanted to pay well with no real oversight. We even passed an extra tax levy to fund them. Their major contribution 15 years later- they hire a company from out of town (out of state really) to pay people minimum wage to be “ambassadors” (a fancy name for street sweepers) to keep downtown clean. Their big twice a year parties- Urban Nights, are done with- after mobs of kids of the wrong color decided to come en masse.
Next up, the Port Authority. What’s this? They build buildings for rich private companies, but don’t have to pay property taxes on them, because “we” own them. The idea is, we get income tax from them, so it’s all ok. Can’t give the money to the Dayton Public Schools, because they, well, suck, but- we can give money to city government, because, they do such a great job (at getting themselves and their friends re-elected).
Throw in the Dayton Development Coalition for good measure. They take care of our Congressman (and they used to take care of his now X-wife- remember “Get Midwest”)- because, well, he makes money come back to the companies we built the buildings for that don’t have to pay taxes. You shouldn’t pay attention to these people either- but if you’re wondering why Wright State is in a bunch of trouble, look to former Port Authority and Dayton Development Coalition “leaders” who are right in the middle of it.
Let’s be clear. All of Dayton’s eligible four year olds is about 1,500 kids each year. That’s about 1 % of the population. But, Dayton Public Schools, a public system, with lots of oversight, already provides FREE pre-school that’s “5 star rated” to about 400 students and isn’t at capacity. If they had some more money, they could provide transportation which would boost their numbers.
But, no- along comes Dr. Tom Lasley, with his “Learn to Earn” program. He thinks that if he gets every kid into pre-schools, even if they are run by someone in a house, and are “three star” or more, he’ll dramatically change the educational outcomes of Dayton Public Schools.
This is hooey. No amount of pre-school preparation are going to solve the fundamental problems facing Dayton kids. Hunger, homelessness, drug addiction, parents incarcerated, pre-school doesn’t fix that. “Learn to Earn” is a phrase I personally find revolting. I learn because I love learning. To me knowledge and education are a form of worship. It’s how we evolve. It’s not how we earn. This phrase, when applied to our community that is disadvantaged in so many ways, reminds me of “Work sets you free” which was what the Nazi’s put on the gates of hell. I don’t make that comparison lightly.
Of course, Issue 9 is also going to pay for more cops. Let’s talk about “more cops.” Dayton used to have a force of over 500. We are at near our lowest staffing levels ever. But, there are probably 600 cops in Dayton now- the problem is they work for the people who are giving money to this campaign. The hospitals all have private police forces, the universities all have private police forces, MetroParks has a private police force. They don’t answer to anyone. Need a clue how this works Dayton? Ask Samuel Dubose. Any more questions?
If we were going to raise taxes and wanted to improve our neighborhoods, and do something for all of Dayton- we could invest in free wifi city wide. All of the 15,000 Dayton Public School students will have their own computer next year- but many don’t have internet access anywhere but school. Bridge the digital divide with that money and you open the flood gates to online, self-guided learning for 15,000 kids- instead of preschool for 1500- and guess what, we can even let the taxpayers use it too.
Believe it or not, the United Nations Human Rights Commission declared internet access a fundamental human right back in 2011. No one declared preschool one.
Watch the video. Share the post. Vote no on issue 9.
We can raise taxes when it’s actually for the people, by the people, not another sell out to private enterprise.
While everyone is all excited about CareSource building a new building on the old Patterson High School site that they bought from the Dayton Board of Education for a cool million, just be aware that it’s probably the last money DPS will see from that property.
Because, of course, they sold it to the tax exempt Port Authority, who will then build the building for CareSource, and pretend to own it- or the City Commission will flat out abate it, or CareSource will claim non-profit status, despite paying their CEO $3 million plus a year.
Note- all of CareSource’s revenue comes from Federal money that is targeted to the poor. Instead of the government administering the distribution of money for health care, we’ve “privatized” it because, well, we don’t trust the government to spend our money wisely. That’s why the President of the United States only makes $400K a year, and generals make about half that. Pam Morris, CareSource CEO is worth more- and you wonder why your health care premiums keep going up?
Moving on- CareSource is in the campaign finance report for “Neighborhoods for Dayton’s Future” a sham Political Action Committee that is doing a great job of raising money and spending it outside our community- “for our future.” On 10/6/16 they wrote a check for $25,000 to raise taxes on their employees by .25% to help fund the city. Remember, they don’t pay property taxes that fund the schools, but they are willing to charge their employees- who are paid with Federal funds.
And- in another twist, to help your medical bills skyrocket- the Greater Dayton Hospital Association tossed in a cool $30,000 on 9/15/16. This is the organization that helps the two major health care operations in the area collude and maintain high prices for less than optimal care as reported by the New York Times earlier this year. If I was paid as much as their director to write this blog, I’d get you the link – and more. Note, CareSource’s CEO’s salary is set by her board, which has people from the hospitals on it, and CareSource in turn spends their money with the hospitals in one gigantic mutual admiration and back patting and wallet padding society.
This campaign has contributions from some strange places- but, before we get to those, if you look down the list- if you are a vendor with the city, you wrote a check, if you are a high level staffer, you wrote a check, if you are a city commissioner, you or your campaign wrote a check, if you are labor and you do contracts with the city you wrote a check, if you receive funding from the city- you wrote a check.
Remember how they keep selling Issue 9 by telling us that for the average person making $35K the cost is only dollars a week and how the tax is mostly paid by people who work in Dayton but don’t live in Dayton (taxation without representation)- note, the people who can vote, aren’t donating to this campaign at all. This is being sold to people as if they are stupid.
And, the only guaranteed by the legislation winners- Learn to Earn Dayton- donated $8,000 which is chump change to pay for a potential $4 million coming into your organization a year- of which 20% will go to pay their overhead and salaries.
This is anything but a “grassroots campaign,” the average donation from 150 donors was $1873.
Compare that with almost any other campaign in this community- that’s probably 10x the average.
If you wrote a check for $100 or less, you are one of a very small group of cheap-skates, most likely, low level party people who felt pressured to show support, or who thought it might help their career advancement in the Monarchy of Montgomery County.
Usually I point out donors of $1000 or more in this kind of article- but I think in this case- $2,000 is the starting point, since it’s over the average, and people from out of the area:
M.O. and Nancy Diggs Jr. $5,000
Jerome and Patricia Tatar $2,500
Crown Services $3,000
Friends of Nan Whaley (as if she really has any) $5,000
Ohio Council 18 AFSCME $5,000
Learn to Earn Dayton $3000 (why wouldn’t they buy their future sugar daddy some campaigning?)
Moodys of Dayton $2000
Susan Woodhull $2000
Huntington National Bank $2500
Roger Glass $10,000
Copp Integrated Systems $2000
Weston PAC 1101 Pennsylvania Ave Washington DC $1500
Malt Products Corp (of NJ) $2500
Shook Construction $5000
MV Commercial Const. $10,000
34 N. Jefferson LLC $2500
The aforementioned Greater Dayton Area Hospital Association $30,000
First Financial Bank $2500
CH2M Hill Engineers of Englewood CA $5,000
Hollywood Gaming $2500
Woolpert Inc. $10,000
Danis BLDG Constr. Co $2000
Passero Assoc LLC of Jacksonville FL $5,000
HMV Hoot of Brethesda MD $1000
SPT of Chicago IL $1000
Lyn Leibowitz of CO $250
Dayton Business Cors? $5000
Realtors Political Action Com. $2,500
Learn to Earn Dayton – another contribution $5,000
Hazen and Sawyer of NY NY $3,0000
Arcadis of Highlands Rance CO $2,500
Richard Lapedes and Maureen Lynch $2,500
John Scott $2001
Larry Taylor $2000
Michael Emoff $2500
Charles Simms $4500
John Stafford $2500
Tina Bustillo $3500
Peter Haley $2500
Crawford Hoying $50000
Fund Raising Net $4629
If that doesn’t make you queasy about this campaign- note that they also spend their money in strange places, much of it outside this community:
LJR Custom Strategies of New Orleans LA for polling- $11953
Politech of Las Vegas NV for consulting $2,800 plus aother $2,800
Rust Belt Strategies of Columbus – Program MGT Russ Joseph- $5000
Stand up for Ohio – Youngstown- program MGT $1750
Community BLDG Strategies of Kent Oh for consulting $5,0000 + another $5000
Burges & Burges of Cleveland for consulting $20,000 + another $10,000 + another $10,000- $40K total.
Ohio Organizing Campaign of Youngstown for Consulting $3,400
Angle Mastagni Mathews of Ft Worth TX $10,795 no purpose listed
The New Media Firm Inc of Washington DC for media placement- digital ads- $35,000
and their printing provider- seems odd, Spark Space Creative– of Dayton. This organization has the same name as a Columbus firm, but runs out of a house on Peters Pike by a former Lexis employee Errin Siske. Her website is a holding page. Yet, they spent $4830- no purpose given, $18,422.27 for printing, $9273.97 for printing, $10,409.42 for printing. That’s a lot of printing ($42,935.66) to be doing out of your house.
There are a lot of talented local firms that could have been hired- but, instead, they chose to bypass the Dayton talent. They spent $218,478.19
7:30 PM A dedicated reader took on the trouble of retyping the entire report- in a proper PDF- so it is accessible and searchable. It also has correct math. Although for the life of me- I couldn’t read some of the chicken scratch- so I can’t verify everything. But, compare the reports and see why this is important. Accessible 2016 10 27 Neighborhoods for Daytons future campaign finance report
Here is another video- shot on Tuesday, of Mayor Whaley and Jeff Mims trying to sell this tax hike at a forum sponsored by Alpha Phi Alpha. I didn’t ask a question, because of the format of the questioning- and maybe because the last time I asked a political question in a church I was thrown out (although I was assured that wouldn’t happen here).
The group Neighborhoods over Politics, NOP, held a forum on Wednesday 12 Oct, 2016 at CSU Dayton campus.
There were about 50 people in attendance including all four Dayton City Commissioners and the County recorder Willis Blackshear. Normally, more than 2 members of the city commission causes Sunshine law issues if discussing public business.
There was an employee of the group pushing to pass issue 9- the one that hasn’t filed a campaign finance report. When asked who was bankrolling his job, all the signs, mailings- it got kinda strange.
Sorry about the quality of the video- it would really help if organizations holding candidates nights etc would read this post before holding an event like this.
Everyone needs a microphone- and to step up to speak. Preferably in the same spot.
It also helps to have a handout with the names and titles of your panel.
The people from Learn to Earn- or whatever organization they were from, seemed to be oblivious to who I was- or why I was asking the types of questions I was… with a camera… because, local “journalists” don’t ask questions….
I’ll have a post opposing issue 9 and why up here once I complete some more research.
It’s really apparent that this plan creates some new slush fund entities with no public oversight- that can take tax dollars and funnel them to private business. This isn’t what government is supposed to do with our tax dollars.
The activist group Neighborhoods Over Politics (NOP) is hosting a Q&A on Dayton Issue 9- the tax increase from 2.25% to 2.5% this Wednesday, Oct 12, 2016 from 6pm to 8pm at Central State University West campus at 840 Germantown St. The event is free and open to the public.
But, this isn’t a post to explain why I think you should vote no on issue 9- it’s about the Q&A session- which you should go to and ask the questions yourself. There won’t be any huge dollars spent against this tax hike, if it’s to fail, it will depend on a grassroots effort.
Issue 9’s backers are claiming helps “every neighborhood” and includes a bizarre venture into pre-school by City Government- instead of the School Board.
Most of the other claims are to do the things they already are supposed to do but fail at- like cutting grass on vacant lots, or resurfacing streets or taking care of parks. Want to have an extra 2 million right off the bat- don’t buy real estate for which there is no public use- and then come back and say “we need more money.”
I’ll be at this session on Wednesday with my video camera to record it and put it up on YouTube.
“My kid could have done that” or “have you heard of Fiverr” are the next things out of most people’s mouths.
But, when I’m not writing this blog, making logos is one of the things I do for a living. So, yes, I’m biased, and no, your kid can’t really do it- unless they happen to be incredibly talented, like this guy:
In 26 years of business, I’ve had lots of college trained kids walk in here- who still couldn’t do a good logo. Alan could.
But, the real questions are; do you need a logo, what is a good logo, and how much is it worth.
Why do we have logos, brands, tribal marks? I can show you a multitude of logos, or just pick 2, and you’ll understand.
Paul Rand, one of the masters of graphic design said “… the ideal logo is simple, elegant, economical, flexible, practical and unforgettable.”
That’s a tall order list. If I said the word “swoosh” most of you would think Nike.
Yet, Phil Knight thought that there was no better logo than the 3 stripes of Adidas- because the stripes actually helped make the shoe better. He only paid Carolyn Davidson $35 for the original swoosh logo- and look at it now. (For the record, they came back to her and made up for their original stinginess).
But when you look at the two logos at right, you not only immediately know what the companies are- but, what they stand for. Apple, for sleek design, simplicity, friendly, a knowledge focused company. Harley for rugged individualism. Both brands have their cults- and their logo is their voice and soul. People tattoo these logos on their bodies.
If you want to learn about logos and branding, I always recommend the book “The Brand Gap” by Marty Neumeier.
He explains that a logo is not a brand. That a brand isn’t what you say it is- it’s what THEY say it is. He talks about two important concepts- the “hand test” and the “swap test.”
And, that’s where we come down to why does a city need a logo, what is a great one, and what is the value to a community.
Let me ask you what would Paris be without the Eiffel Tower? London without Big Ben? DC without the Capital, the Washington Monument? And you say those aren’t logos- and you are right- they are icons. Which is what a logo is too, when it’s well designed.
When it comes to city logos, there are a few that “represent” a city to me.
One really belongs to the Detroit Tigers baseball team- but, when you see that highly stylized D, you know immediately, you’re dealing with a motor city lover. The logo is bigger than the team, it’s the city.
The “I heart NY” logo was a response to the city’s recent bankruptcy, and drop in tourism, as part of an ad campaign by Wells Rich and Greene in 1977. The logo, sketched out in a taxi by Milton Glaser, was actually done pro bono. It helped re-position the city to tourists and became an icon almost instantly. After 9/11 it had an even deeper impact.
All four of the logos I’ve shown as examples of well done graphic design, have been part of merchandise sales in the billions of dollars. People pay extra for a shirt, hat, boots, computer, because of the logo and the brand- and the associative qualities they represent.
Which brings us around to the Dayton/Fairborn attempts at branding.
I’ll now explain the swap test. If you switch the swishy swooshs above the type- does it make any difference? In “The Brand Gap” Neumeier shows us the Nationwide frame logo that they later abandoned to return to their eagle- and the Polaroid logo. Almost anyone over 50- would think that the Nationwide logo- when replaced with the word Polaroid made more sense- and Polaroids color grid- could go anywhere.
See the graphic to the left. The Polaroid logo in the Nationwide frame makes better sense, to those of us who remember the old Polaroid film.
And that’s why both the Dayton and Fairborn logos lose me immediately.
But, there is more- when you turn those logos into black and white- especially the Fairborn logo- or try to embroider it- they kind of fail.
More colors, means more expensive. Less emphasis on the type- more on the swoshies.
And, again- what are we looking at? Fairborn looks like a bird- which I can almost buy. I actually like it better in one color. Dayton, reminds me of the emblem on an Asics running shoe- sort of. Is there an “A” in it? Hmmmm.
When I look at students portfolios, or even those of journeyman art directors, I look for an ability to make things fit in a more interesting way than I’ve ever seen them before. I look for subtle cues that there is something more than meets the eye.
A classic example of that is the FedEx logo done by Landor and Associates.
Once you see the internal arrow in between the E and the X you get why it’s great.
Even in black and white, that arrow is still there.
And then there is the “hand test”- take an Apple ad, cover up the logo- and you still know what the ad is for. The product is distinctive, the restraint, even the choice of fonts. There aren’t many brands that can do that. Harley comes close- to most motorcyclists- you can hear a Harley before you need to see one.
Circling back to the local branding exercises. No matter what Fairborn thinks, they are irrelevant. Dayton is where we all live. The little subdivisions and pop-up micro-republics are a joke. As much as I think of Kettering, if anyone had the right idea long ago- and wasn’t driven by racist behavior, Dayton would be all that mattered, as rightly it should. Regionalism is the only thing that’s going to make us relevant- not a logo, not a tagline, not a new office building, interchange, or technology.
The Dayton brand needs a boost- much like NY did. Detroit is bouncing back. Because a good brand, builds pride, gives people something to rally around. For me, I prefer to wear old UD gear that just says DAYTON in the old arch. Not because it’s great, but, it has a certain comfort level- using the standard athletic vernacular. I also have a few Dayton Ohio t-shirts that I like to wear that all look better than what the city just bought.
While we’ve run our flag up as the birthplace of aviation, I’m thankful to not see the Wright Flyer in the logo. But, when I think of Dayton, I think more of a city of industry, brought forward by devilishly smart iconoclasts who walked to the beat of a different drummer. I think of people who changed the course of so many things- from retail to beer packaging. There is value in our history, and in our friendliness and approach-ability. Although I always hated the “City of Neighbors” logo, there was more there than there is in this new concoction.
As to the price tag, had they spent that at a shop better known for branding, they might have gotten something really good.
11 Sept 2016. I have some more accurate numbers for the airport economy lot. I’ve updated the post to reflect them. This is more expensive than I first wrote.
There is more to the story than a city issued press release, but, you can’t count on the understaffed Dayton Daily news to know more. If you read the paper you’ve been seeing ads by the airport touting the new lower rate, and on the airport access road, there is the billboard- all bragging about the new $4.95 a day on airport economy lot rate- from the paper:
Dayton International Airport continues its expansive program of improvements through new parking rates and benefits.
The on-airport economy parking lot has a lower flat rate of $4.95 per day ($34.65 per week) when travel is booked in and out of Dayton International.
The newly reconstructed longterm parking lot was recently reopened and is a short walk from the terminal (the DAYrider courtesy shuttle is also available). With a maximum price of $14 per day, the long-term lot includes more than 1,100 parking spaces and is brightly lit with new LED lighting.
What did they leave out you ask? How about that the price used to be $6 a day for years to start? And, there are only 2 competitors for airport parking: a former client of The Next Wave, Park-n-Go, and Westwind. In order to run their shuttles onto the airport and advertise “airport parking” both are bound by rules and regulations and have to pay a 10% tariff on every customer. So, when the airport forces them to cut rates, the airport makes less all around. In Dayton airport parking ads those are the “hidden fees” that in fact come right back to them.
Do the math. The airport has 1100 2800 spaces in the long term lot- meaning the city leaves at least $2800 a day on the table. Multiply that times 365 and you have $401,500 $1,022,000 potentially less in parking income from the lot. Then you add up the advertising costs, newspaper, and billboards, and maybe some TV- and you’ve spent another $50,000 at least. They average about $300,000 a month on the economy lot- or 60,000 parking days, so at minimum, it’s $60,000 loss each month, times 12 or $720,000 they are really losing by the $1 price cut. There is also the potential that with the low price, the city is pulling people away from their more expensive options which are $14 long term, $18 garage, $20 valet and $24 short term.
Dayton Airport Parking Configuration
Park-n-Go has about 1100 850 total spots, with only a few hundred 350 committed to the self-park economy lot at $4.95 a day plus .50 for the city. They make most of their money from their valet service at $9.95 a day (plus $.99.5 city tax) which offers your car ready and waiting as you get off their shuttle- cleared of snow- or with the A/C already running. That price puts them well below the city close in lots- or the city valet rate, but with a “white glove” level of service. The city also collects an extra $.99.5 from each of these- making PNG still cheaper than any of the higher priced city lots.
Speaking of bad deals, in case you didn’t see the other story about the Airport- we’re also getting screwed with some of the highest fares in the country.
The average price of a domestic ticket dropped to $361 in the first quarter, down 7.8 percent from the same period in 2015, according to the U.S. Department of Transportation’s Bureau of Transportation Statistics.
Dayton International Airport saw a drop in average fare amounts for the first quarter of 2016. Prices for airfare averaged about $427.59, down from $431.57 in the first quarter of 2015.
When NCR pulled out of Dayton, one of their excuses was the lack of flights and the costs.
Maybe, the airport could focus on actually adding value to the community, instead of trying to put small independent business people out of business.
And maybe, we stop the insanity of having a regional asset, run by, and paid for, by a single municipality? The city of Dayton has way too many other things to work on, in the city- not in Vandalia.
If there is a real reason for regionalism, it’s that stupid moves like this, affect the whole region.
Tonight, the Dayton City Commission bought the hole in the ground where the Schwind and the Dayton Daily news used to sit. They spent $450K of your money. That hole still has to be filled in. The old Cox historic building- nope, they didn’t buy that. They left that with the demolition contractor, who no doubt will be the one they pay to fill the hole he left.
They also handed over the “Paru Tower” to the land bank- so they wouldn’t have to pay taxes to the schools. And Mayor Nan has the nerve to call herself the education mayor. Not only did they pay $500K for it- keeping it out of the hands of private developers who were willing to pay $350K for it- and pay taxes, they gave a commitment to the Landbank for $250K for “maintenance.”
Oh, and, they also decided to commit to a three way contract to build a multi-million dollar bandshell on Dave Hall Plaza to give free concerts, and contribute another $500k.
All in one evening. And remember, they want to raise taxes in November.
Because this was such an epic night of mis-directing tax dollars to private ambitions, instead of the public good, I decided to go down and speak. I had plenty better to do, which is why I’m writing this at 11:15 at night, at work.
Here’s what I said- give or take, before the three minute timer went off:
It’s nice to be here in a real, legal, political meeting, where I know I won’t be rudely interrupted or have the mic shut off.
You weren’t hired to be real estate speculators. You were hired to run a city and provide services to our citizens.
Former Mayor Paul Leonard said that he counts on me to try to keep you straight and honest. I take that as an honor. He asked me, “Whatever happened to being the safest cleanest city?”
And I wonder that too.
Because, frankly, I think the problem in this city is sitting in front of me.
How else do we have a police force that’s half the size, and can’t solve the murder of one of their own, over 16 years later?
Or find the murderer of SGT Major North Woodall?
Or find the cretin who stabbed a young girl on a school playground, in broad daylight?
Maybe it’s because you have money to buy buildings for which there is no public use.
Not just one, two, or three… but on a shopping spree.
There’s 601 E. Third. $450K
There’s the old Supply One on Wayne. $450K and you gave it away for $10
There’s the old Key bank. $500 K. And now- another $250K to hold it? Really?
And then there’s the Schwind and the Dayton Daily building which are now an expensive hole in the ground.
10 years ago, a local developer had a plan to turn the Schwind into student housing and still comply with the HUD deal. His plan cost $1.7 million then. You’ve spent twice that to tear it down and grow a money pit.
But, lets not stop there. We have a band shell. It’s in Island Park. Apparently, that’s not good enough for you. You want to spend half a million more to build a new bandstand… while people aren’t feeling safe in their homes.
You now have the nerve to be asking for a tax increase?
You’ve spent 5 million on empty buildings and a hole in the ground.
And I’m not even bringing up the $5 million plus you spent without a contract to secure property for the Wayne Avenue Kroger that never came.
The sad thing is it’s really hard to un-elect you thanks to our rigged charter.
But, it isn’t as hard to do a charter amendment anymore.
If you insist on spending millions more on real estate speculation and a band shell, it’s time that we start a charter amendment process to strip you of the ability to spend tax dollars for real estate for which there is no immediate public use.
Another charter amendment to stop you from giving tax breaks to companies that pay their CEO more than 10x what they pay their lowest paid employee.
To end tax breaks and incentives that aren’t equal opportunity open to every business, from the corner store-owner, to the corner office type.
And lastly, it’s time to stop the charade of allowing rich white men to control their own private police forces in the city of Dayton to protect their royal white rear ends.
If you want a cop that has police power, you get them from the City of Dayton, not the UD police, or the Miami Valley Hospital police or the Grandview police or even the Metroparks police.
They’ve all grown while our department has shrunk.
If you want to hire your own, you should have to pay a $50K a year license fee- so we can hire the cops we need so there isn’t blood in the streets-
Which I place fully in your hands.
So, go ahead, be real estate tycoons… because, I’m tired of paying for it, I’m tired of you supporting your supporters, like a certain demolition contractor, and I’m sick of seeing all of the development efforts focused downtown.
I would have continued with this:
There is often talk of West Dayton as a food desert. I don’t see you going into the grocery business…. Why is that?
Get back to basics.
For Kevin Brame. For Sgt Major Woodall, for the 7 year old who’s afraid to go on the playground now.
We, the people of Dayton don’t need any more real estate. We need you to protect our investment in our real estate.
It’s not about the empty buildings, it’s about the ones that still have people living in them.
Because we are supposed to have a government of the people, for the people.
But, I always have to stop at 3 minutes exactly- and they never respond. Because they don’t really work for us, or care what we say.
I’m going to be working with Neighborhoods over Politics [edit and addition- 20 aug 2016] with like minded people who give a shit, [end addition] to write the charter changes and to collect the signatures needed. We’ll be on the primary ballot next Spring, when Joey Williams and Jeff Mims and Nan Whaley will all be trying to get on the ballot for the fall.
If the voters have any common sense, and some good people chose to run, maybe, we can get rid of all three in the primary, change the charter to stop giving away the store to the rich, and actually get some things done.
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