2017: the sound and the fury

2017 sucked graphic from esrati.comFor the record: I hated Faulkner in high school. But, if the title fits- so be it.

Last year was a struggle. Ending with me laid up for 4 days in bed with a cold that wouldn’t quit. It was like a detoxification period. Pour fluids in, sweat them out. Binge watch Netflix. Repeat.

For the record: “The Punisher” was better than expected- would love it if someone could tell me what gangster classic film they were paying homage to with the carousel scene. Black Mirror season 4- provocative as ever. Really liked “Kill the DJ” and “Archangel.” Do not watch the new Will Smith movie “Bright” unless you have a high tolerance for bad writing, bad directing and stupidity.

Serious stuff about 2017.

The School Board continued to be insane. Replaced their marketing RFP with an RFQ for the beginning of the year. As I jumped through the idiotic hoops for a second time, I find out that someone I trusted and cared about, betrayed my trust – and screwed me, my mother and the disabled veteran who you’ve read about on this blog. On the verge of losing my business from their need for cocaine, tattoos and Kate Spade handbags- a true friend stepped in and saved it all.

If all of you made an extra effort to buy Pizza Factory Pizza this year, you would be helping me make it back to that person.

In the midst of the betrayal discovery, I released the video about the pepper spraying in the jail of a second inmate in restraints. This video wasn’t as disgusting as the one where Sgt. Judith Sealey tortured Amber Swink by pepper spraying someone fully helpless- but, when the odds are 5-1 it was still bad. While my video did get on 22/45- Cox did their typical dipshit move of ignoring it until they could get un-watermarked video- and ran the story without credit.

The sad thing is, at the end of the year, Sealey was still promoted, and retired on medical disability. The jail is still an embarrassment. Phil Plummer is still Sheriff- (and actually considering running for higher office) and it’s business as usual at the jail- understaffed, unsafe and inhumane.

The school board then voted to award a marketing contract to The Ohlmann Group, despite never having looked at the RFQ on the analysis. They spent a ton of money running a digital campaign along with bad billboards- and then complained about it and the work that was done for them. It did make for entertaining video DPS Fails School Marketing 101. But it was just more writing on the wall of how off the tracks DPS had derailed under the reign of Rhonda. Next up, Rhonda hires 2 African American women to her cabinet to manage marketing and PR– right after her handpicked right hand quit and filed an EEOC complaint.

In the midst of that mess at DPS we did a little digging into the ringmaster of the circus- Dr. Adil Baguirov and found that the carpetbagging board member might also be a little more decietful than meets the eye. On April 5th we publish the research and video: International Man of Mystery: Adil Baguirov – which should have started a chain of events leading to his removal from the school board at the least- and possible ethics and criminal charges at the most. Nothing happened- until I forced his resignation 2 days after election day in November. With Trump complaining about voter fraud and Paul Manafort being prosecuted for money from the same place Adil has been getting funded– I’m still wondering why this hasn’t been a bigger news story.

Of course, the BOE, the Ohio Elections Commission, the Ohio Ethics Commission and the Secretary of State still are playing all kinds of games with zero oversight. When I went to file to run for the Montgomery County Educational Services Center I was greeted with line and verse how I wasn’t eligible to oversee an organization that now has control of direct tax dollars from my district and my city- and serves as a double-dipping retirement home for former Superintendents.

We’ll return to this issue in 2018 and see who has the last laugh.

While piecing my business back together, my disabled veteran friends life falls apart. He stops taking his meds, self-medicates and ends up in jail. I shared this with you in Pink Slip. He’s been thoroughly screwed over and over by a country that he swore an oath to protect. The VA actually rejected his disability filing- saying he didn’t show up for an evaluation, despite the fact that I’d told them over and over that he was currently incarcerated- for his mental illness. This is another fight waiting to happen in 2018- and we’ll see who has the last laugh again.

After many months of piecing together the evidence of what my former friend and employee had done, we had our “day in court”- well, actually the grand jury.  Typically, the joke is you can indict a ham sandwich in a grand jury- since no defense is mounted- just evidence presented. Before I left the room- one juror asked me for a job, another called out as I left- “Don’t worry, not everyone is like her.” Seemed like they were on my side. The DPD Detective went before them 2 weeks later- and must have said something different- because next thing you know- “No true bill.” In Montgomery County, under “Prosecutor” Mat Heck, you can spend 2 weeks in jail for being near a nickle bag buy- but, if you steal enough money to buy a low-end luxury car from your boss, his mother and a disabled veteran- you walk.

This is yet another issue to be revisited in 2018. We’ve already won a civil case against her for the money she stole from the veteran. Thank you to Terry Posey Jr. of Thompson Hine for representing the veteran pro-bono.

In the midst of this mess, a prospective client cold calls my business looking for help. They’d paid The Ohlmann Group a shit-ton of money to grow their business- and were less than happy. We started work at picking up the pieces and fixing the most broken e-commerce site we’d ever seen. Everything Ohlmann had done had to be undone. It’s not the first time, nor will it be the last time that my business is turned to as the Agency of Last Resort- after Ohlmann and others like them have done a client wrong. We also had to resurrect a very popular Dayton events site after another agency (some people who used to work for me mutinied in 2012 started their own thing in 2013) screwed it up. And while these clients made a huge difference in bouncing back from the thief’s damage, the best news came when we were on a winning team for a huge VA contract that will hopefully bear fruit by the middle of 2018, and we won solo our first government contract with the Cincinnati VA to produce some videos.

Since the Dayton Daily news won’t admit that they’ve basically become a click-bait company, this site was here to tell you why it’s now the Dayton Day-Old News– printed in Indianapolis in the afternoon. The skeleton staff that’s left has little institutional knowledge left- and a hatred of this blog. It pains them deeply to admit that there is someone else doing their job, unpaid, better, than they do. I won’t win a Pulitzer or a MacArthur Fellowship Grant for doing this, but, if you appreciate it, donations are accepted. Feel free to nominate me for either award- lol, hell, I can’t even get on a TEDx stage in this town.

August brought the near downfall of DPS as Rhonda Corr single handily pushed the union contract to the last day before folding the day they were supposed to strike. Her incompetence, which we had documented throughout her reign of terror was still being tolerated by the Board who is now under the rule of Rev Robert Walker, who seems oblivious to what is going on around him. Somehow, evaluations that were carefully worded to outline her failings got changed and turned into a sugary sweet rendition of a lie, which as usual, came back to bite them when the lawyer investigating the EEOC complaint un-earthed the real underbelly of the beast, giving the board (with newly added Rev Harris replacing Baguirov) reason to put Rhonda on paid administrative leave pending her ouster from Dayton.

In between, the union settlement and the vote of no confidence in Corr or the School Board by the DEA, this site caused a mini-meltdown on the sixth floor of DPS HQ- when I released just the short cell phone video of a teacher being dragged down the hall. While they tried to sweep this whole thing under the rug, and more people left the district including coaching legend Jim Place, and the distraction of Rhonda’s impeachment process began, we kept digging to finally come up with the full video- and the travel records of a principal who’s gone more than most– and seems to be getting preferential treatment.

So many DEA members have thanked me for the work I’ve done here on esrati.com for the last year and a half, but, while it’s nice to get some recognition, I still feel that I’ve failed the district. My goal has always been to help it get better, and while the new board will be taking over soon, and Joe Lacey did not get re-elected, we still have a long way to go. I’m confident that Dr. Lolli is an order of magnitude better than Rhonda Corr, but, I still believe their are a whole bunch of people in high places who shouldn’t have jobs in this district, and I don’t know if this board or Superintendent has the skills to separate the wheat from the chaff. Judging by the supposed selection of the rookie Rev William Harris to lead this board in 2018, overlooking the recognized talents of John McManus to run a board meeting properly, I wonder.

I still think Rev Walker and Sheila Taylor and even McManus should be deposed on what happened with the Corr evaluations, and the Baguirov investigation (or non-investigation) before being allowed to continue with their duties.

In 2018, I hope to see the following: progressive democrats rally to run for every single seat on the central committee and end the Monarchy of Montgomery County– where friends and family get (s)elected and the rest get dealt with behind closed doors.

The Board of Elections, Ohio Ethics Commission, Ohio Elections Commission and Secretary of States office investigated for unfairly applying rules to un-endorsed campaigns and candidates.

The story of my library eviction will be coming to you shortly, and we’ll hope that the powers that be, do the right thing and my second civil rights case in Dayton turns out to prove me right again. It shouldn’t be this hard to be a citizen in Dayton.

It’s also time to begin to tackle the issues of Reconstructing Dayton, a PAC I started to try to bring change to Dayton- the point on the globe- not the clusterduck of fiefdoms that shouldn’t exist. Almost every story above- has something to do with ad hoc boards working with tax dollars without real oversight by professionals. From the School Boards and the ESCs to the Library, Learn to Earn, the Port Authority and all the “Development” organizations- we’ve got a veritable mess of “local control” that’s out of control thanks to the missing fourth estate.

The Greeks said: scientia sit potentia ~knowledge is power. Gordon Gekko riffed and said “The most valuable commodity I know of is information.

The people of Dayton deserve to be more than mushrooms. They’ve been kept in the dark and fed night soil for too long.

Welcome to 2018.

That which didn’t kill me in 2017, made me stronger. Hang on for the ride.

 

What to do with the Fairgrounds?

Fairgrounds to Future meeting noticeThere will be the first of the community input meetings tomorrow night on what to do with the Fairgrounds. It’s nice that Premier (Miami Valley Hospital) and the University of Dayton have decided to involve the community. They’ve hired a planning firm out of Columbus to help with the process. Of course, the last time the County asked for plans for the Fairgrounds and two companies went all out with their ideas- they were tossed aside, and the Fairgrounds got handed to the Meds and Eds neighbors for a song.

I’ve been to many of these “community input” type events before. To me, they are kind of like asking a few hundred amateur house painters to get together to do the Mona Lisa.

That aside- suppose the Greene wasn’t already in existence, or the Fairfield Commons Mall, or the Dayton Mall area- or Austin Landing, and we were going to build another faux downtown, just South of the real Downtown, what would we have? Another bunch of buildings to compete with the buildings that are already under-utilized.

We know MVH needs parking. They’ve been building more and more lots, along S. Main, Warren, etc. They already have a few garages. What they really need is less people driving to work- and they’ve already tried to build housing for their employees- and it still didn’t help, much. The main reason people feel weird about having to live down here is, the only grocery store isn’t very nice. So, sure, you could put a grocery super store on 12 of the acres- but, you could also put a Trader Joe’s on Wyoming where Patterson Kennedy Elementary school sat- and people would be overjoyed.

We don’t really need a super-amazing suburban style grocery.

So, what do we need? Well, the city said no to a dog park, to a skate board park, and instead built Riverscape with a rink you can’t play hockey in. We’re building yet another concert venue- as if the Fraze and the Rose aren’t enough. We’ve got a mini-white water run, for all 1000 kayakers around.

And, UD still has huge parcels of unused land along Stewart street. Including a huge parking lot, a band practice green and some soccer fields and tennis courts. In the meantime, Brown Street has a gazillion chain food options- which get slammed at meal time- and sit idle the rest of the time- esp. in summer when the students are mostly gone.

What is needed is some synergy between Brown Street, and whatever we’re going to “plan to build” and yet- they are a big block away.

So unless you look at what’s going to happen with the Stewart street corridor- the Fairgrounds remain sort of an island.

Maybe, what needs to happen is that all of what sits off Stewart- needs to be tucked away on the Fairgrounds or by UD Arena and Welcome stadium- with a free street car to circle from the Arena to Campus and around the Hospital.

Instead of huge parking garages off smaller streets- we just should build a huge one by the highway and the stadiums- and let people take the street car to the developments? Or to work at MVH, or UD?

And, at the corner of Brown and Stewart- right next to campus- we build a 5000 seat hockey arena, with 2 sheets of ice, to accommodate all the East coast kids- and the loss of Hara. Along with a second garage there, you solve the problems of Brown Street, plus bring people in for either hockey, or smaller shows than the big arena or the Nutter Center can take.

Then at the Fairgrounds- put a dog park, a skate park, a velodrome to add on to our bike friendly city cred. Why can’t we have a big park for year round events? A huge pool, wait, didn’t we used to have one by NCR and Old River?  Maybe it’s time to bring one back?

Building more shopping, or housing, isn’t really going to add anything to our mix. Solving some of the circulation and entertainment misses in our community could make a huge impact.

I’m going to be there- only to ask that we don’t look at the Fairgrounds as an island- because, that’s what it’s been for the last 100 years. It’s time to look at the whole area and figure out what would make Dayton a better place to live.

I’d love to hear your thoughts.

 

 

A Dayton candidates night and a voters fright

Last Wednesday night, instead of working, or doing something fun, I went in for a two hour reminder of why Democracy no longer works in America.

(full disclosure- my firm has done some work and printing for the following candidates or their businesses, Jocelyn Rhynard, Shenise Turner-Sloss, Darryl Fairchild, Karen Wick-Gagnet)

When this country started, it was easy to pick people for elected office. You’d have a town hall of all the white male property owners, they all knew each other, and they chose the people based on personal knowledge and it was done.

Now, we just let anyone on the ballot, at least anyone that can make it through the political parties barricades and hurdles enforced by the board of (S)elections, and then to raise as much money as possible to run for an office that very few of the candidates and even fewer of the voters really understand.

Both the Dayton City Commission and the Dayton Board of Education positions are limited in their actual scope and power. This is by design. They are only allowed to hire a few people, and are there as a corporate board, to guide and review the performance of the leader they hire, be that person called a City Manager or a Superintendent. Instead, we’ve got ego-maniacal demi-gods running who think they not only steer the ship, but also are the guys running the engines, standing guard duty, manning the radar, cooking the food and even scrubbing the decks- all for a mere pittance on the school board and on a salary way richer than it should be for the city commissioners, who only have to show up for one meeting a week.

That said. Sorry about the audio in this video. The PA provided by the City of Dayton at the Northwest Recreation Center badly needed a new XLR cable, but, we’re too busy giving away millions to downtown investors to spring for $15 for a new cable (or less if you go to CCT). I’m even sorrier for what was recorded.

Of the school board candidates, only one actually talked about what we might need to do to change the way we deliver education in the classrooms to move achievement forward- that from Mario Gallin, a former school member who works at Ruskin for East End Community Services and still attends every board meeting. The Ruskin/EECS educational delivery method is based upon the Geoffrey Canada, Harlem Children’s Zone model of comprehensive wrap around services. The only other candidate to mention anything of the like was slate member Paul Bradley who spoke of the Oyler school in Cincinnati which he knows about because his fiancee worked there.

The seating and speaking arrangements were telling. First came “the slate” from the left, then the soloists, who have their own alignments, and the sole incumbent, Joe Lacey who cited parenting duties for calling him away and leaving early. Then the Commission candidates, less Joey Williams. In an unprecedented concession, Priority Board Chairman David Greer allowed Jeff Mims to have Williams time allotment, which judging by Mims reactions to questioning the city’s loss of funds due to internal errors, was a mistake. Mims got defensive and blamed the mess on former planning director Aaron Sorrel, which Darryl Fairchild was quick to call him on. Somehow, despite massive failures in her past, City Manager Shelley Dickstein always gets a hall pass, no matter how much taxpayer money is wasted, and the city commission is never to blame either.

The “slate” is four candidates running together for the school board. Insiders believe them to be hand-picked by Mayor Nan Whaley. Mohamed Al-Hamdani, William E. Harris Jr., Paul Bradley, and Karen Wick-Gagnet have hired a campaign manager (Nan’s old campaign manager) Uriah Anderson, who works for the ever popular Burges & Burges out of Cleveland. They are the folks Sinclair and the Health and Human Services levies both hired (hence the dual billboards around town). This kind of money, power and help hasn’t been seen since the “Kids First” slate ran in 2001 with the sole goal of putting a ton of money into the hands of demolition contractors, construction companies, architects and adding a $645 Million jolt to an ailing Dayton economy.

If you want to read an interesting excerpt on Kids First, follow this link. They spent over $200K on a campaign where all their opponents collectively spent $13,000 between 5 candidates. Note that the four seats that are up this time- were filled by unopposed candidates (Lacey, Roundtree, Lee and Baguirov). The last cycle, we had 4 candidates for 3 seats, and newcomer John McManus spent north of $35K to unseat Nancy Nearny by a mere couple of hundred votes forcing an automatic recount, while the other incumbents Walker and Taylor waltzed on in.

When asked (by me, via Chairmen Greer) why the slate hired an outside consultant, and how much they paid them, the room seemed to turn on Mohamed Al-Hamdani who tried to pass off the question with “we haven’t paid them anything yet” – while defacto saying their campaign manager worked for Burges. The slate is keeping quiet about how much they’ve raised or spent, and because the first reporting deadline isn’t until Oct 28th- the voters will have very little time to learn who is buying their candidates and for how much.

Needless to say, if you look back to the Kids First promises, and the whys, the district is in the exact same sorry shape now as then. Still at the bottom of the barrel for educational achievement, yet with a much higher staff turnover, more turmoil, a third less students, funded by an ever shrinking property tax base (often thanks to Nan Whaley and her love of tax abatement as economic development). The only difference between that slate and this one is that the Kids First slate actually would openly embrace charter schools, while anyone running for school board now has to categorically blame them for the failing of the district.

I still plan to listen to the candidates again, yet, I threw up a little when I heard Reverend Harris saying that he was going to concentrate on truancy as his platform. This is the simpletons solution to educational improvement- and why I also laughed at Dr. Roberson’s entire presentation of his case for why he should be superintendent. The other single issue candidate seems to be Jo’el Jones, who thinks all of our problems can be solved by the office of family and community engagement rising from the ashes. I agree it’s needed, but, it won’t solve the problems of this sinking ship.

While there is no doubt more to Jocelyn Rhynard than her four kids in the district, and her involvement in her kids school, River’s Edge, I didn’t feel she had a fully formed plan and was way too nice in her response about how she’d work with current superintendent Rhonda Corr. Going back to being on the campaign trail with former Dayton City Commissioner Dick Zimmer, it’s always bothered me that procreation counted as qualification for office- he’d start out with “I was born in Dayton, grew up in Dayton, had 9 kids and 19 grandchildren” – as if he chose where to be born, grow up. Mim’s also tells the same sorry story about how he told his family to move to Dayton when he was 3 months old. Rhynard, like Gallin, actually attends school board meetings regularly. Jo’el Jones is also sometimes there. I’ve never seen any of the slate attend.

We need more than platitudes and feel good stories- which is also part of Mohamed’s approach. He’s got a great story to tell of how he came as an immigrant and Dayton’s been good to him, but, he moved back into the city the same day he filed to run, a part he conveniently leaves out.

Hopefully, in the Wednesday night Dayton Education Council candidates night at Ponitz High school (741 W. Washington Street) – starting at 6pm we’ll here speeches sounding more like cogent solutions to stop the turmoil, turnover and terrible achievement scores instead of homilies and grand standing.

If any candidates need an example of what a plan to improve school/student performance looks like, I offer this video I made last December to make a case for a trans-formative plan to discussion. Of course, since no one on the board cares about anything except their own agenda- it was never discussed.

If you are looking to research candidates online- here are the websites I can find:

Of course in most of my searches, more shows up about many of these folks on esrati.com.

Thanks for reading.

Gifts for the person with everything- and gifts for Dayton

Yes, this is a list of products that I hope you’ll buy from Amazon, where I will get a cut. But to keep it interesting, it’s also a list of things you can’t buy (unless you are part of the 1% and can control elections) and, of course, if you really want to make a difference- you’ll do all your shopping locally with independent retailers.

And- I’m going to start out with the most outrageous gift that will change your life: The Squatty Potty. Watch the video- and buy from this link- read the reviews- seriously: http://amzn.to/1HpUmAg

A gift you can’t buy- a real website for the Montgomery County Board of Elections- that has a complete list of every office you can run for, who is in it, when the term expires, and the requirements to run. That would help clear the poop from the system locally.

Tired of selfie stills? Want to make action movies like a pro? From the folks that make the DJI “Drones”- comes the Osmo a stedi-cam like no other. Buy here- http://amzn.to/1ljQyGy

A gift you can’t buy- real news from the local media. No, it’s not news when there is a traffic accident, or a shooting, or another drug bust. That’s only relevant is you were in the accident or the resulting traffic jam, knew someone in the shooting or it happened on your street. Real news is why our Dayton Public Schools suck, why Sinclair is failing to meet real needs for truck drivers, welders and the medical programs. All have a waiting list, despite claiming they’re on it. Real news is why our local politicians keep buying buildings for which there is no public use, giving away tax revenue to companies that move inside downtown, or about businesses that are successful in our community.

We'll keep the light on for you

We’ll keep the light on for you

Turning on the lights, automatically. I’ve had a timer on my porch light for years- it sucked to program, it sucked to change the time for Daylight Savings Time- then, this happened: http://amzn.to/1HpWrMM it even works on motors- and most importantly- doesn’t burn out CFL bulbs. Me likey.

What you can’t buy- true transparency and sunlight on the meetings of the Dayton City Commission- no more illegal work sessions where the commission meets to do all the actual discussion of the issues before they come and rubber stamp them in public. Follow the damned charter and the state sunshine laws already.

Keep the heat on while being super cool- get a Nest Learning Thermostat. Seriously. This one will save you money and make you really happy and comfy in your own home or office. Installation is a breeze- and I can now control the temps in both my home and office from my phone. This product keeps getting better with software updates- and my utility bills keep coming down. I have the first generation, they are now on the third. http://amzn.to/1HpXfB5

Best thing I’ve ever bought to save money, and they let you know how you do compared to people in your area as well.

What you can’t buy? Take a look at a heat map of economic activity for Dayton. See the cold spots on the West Side- while Miller Lane and Austin Landing are hot. It’s time to look at comprehensive regional investment and stop tilting the playing field. First step- Countywide income tax- flat rate at 1.5% divvied up based on a formula based on square miles, population, political overhead and need. Same thing for school taxes. Reward lean organizations with low overhead- that utilize regional assets like the regional dispatch center, or pay their politicians reasonably, or have the lowest ratio of administrators to workers, with MORE money- and penalize the high overhead ones. Make it easy for small businesses to calculate tax rates by not having to worry about every single jurisdiction. Make it about the region- not filling the pockets of the Gunlocks, Singers, Mills of the region.

If you are paying out the nose for cable- my suggestion is to invest in a HD antenna, and a TiVo. Seriously. I’ve had a TiVo for a long time- and there is so much good TV on broadcast, and services available via online- that you just need a box to coordinate it all. I’ve got a series II HD and a Romio – make sure you buy the lifetime service contract instead of annually- they last forever. Here are your choices- http://amzn.to/1Hq0gBo The new Bolt looks amazing- but, I got a rocking deal on the Romio. So much better than any cable company DVR- I’m amazed that Apple or Amazon hasn’t bought TiVo yet. Great recommendation engine- like Netflix- with search functions built in- find everything coming up with Allison Janney in it- and it records everything- from West Wing to interviews.

While we’re on the subject of unified entertainment- it’s time we move to unified government. Really. We can’t afford to keep paying for 1,000 or more elected offices (I’m guessing – since there is no unified list- I’m thinking of adding it to this website) and finding 1,000 people qualified to do this political horseshit.

Need proof that the local Dems are incompetent? Mike Turner has run for Congress virtually unopposed for 15 years. Need proof that the local Republicans are incompetent- look at the County Commission. One real countywide system. Ditch the local school systems too. Distribute the poor kids equally throughout – since there is no greater indicator of poor test performance than poverty. This shouldn’t be that hard- should be easy- just like TiVo.

I bought a carpet cleaner on one of the Amazon deals of the day. Used it yesterday. While it cleaned the carpets great, it kept reminding me of how much I actually love my Dyson vacuums. It’s about industrial design- the cleaner has the cord coming out of the base- and I was running over it constantly- my Dyson has the cord coming out up top- near where I’m maneuvering it from. Yes, they are expensive, but the “Amimal” I’ve got at the office is still humming almost 20 years later- and I’ve been able to fix it myself with parts bought online and video from YouTube. http://amzn.to/1IcZ6cI Design is everything- and on the new one I bought for the house it is even easier to use the attachments. Do yourself a favor- upgrade.

For a local change of pace- how about having elections that don’t suck. This means a well informed electorate- that actually comes out and votes- knowing more than what is in the pathetic League of Women’s Voter guide. Cutting down the number of offices would go a long way toward this- as would having a real BOE website- but, most importantly- let’s have real debates. Not these moderated forums where the moderator has control. There is no moderator once elected- we actually need to see candidates questioning the people they are elected to serve with. It’s about finding out who really knows what the issues are.

And, that’s it for my Holiday gift guide. Do you have any other things that you can’t live without that I should add to my list? Just remember- Esrati.com is free- and pretty much uncensored- so if you like what I’m doing here- help me out and start your Amazon buys from one of these links- and a tiny percentage of every purchase comes back to me- to help pay for hosting, domain name registration and rewards me just a little bit for taking time to dig deeper into what happens in Dayton.

 

 

Warren Price we hardly knew you

I interrupt my cross-country motorcycle trip to bring you this update: Dayton can’t have two strong personalities in charge.

The exiting of Warren Price barely 9 months into his job as Nan’s bitch boy is reminiscent of the short stay of the last “change agent” city manager we hired- Bill Estabrook.

Estabrook came to town with great fanfare as Mike Turner’s man for the job, but when he actually tried to lead the city as a City Manager, stealing the limelight from Turner, he had to go.

Rule number one for any incoming city manager from outside the market, when in public, make extra sure the puppet strings are clearly showing. Start every sentence about anything positive with “Thanks to the Mayor and Commission, Dayton is…”

Last time this hit the fan, an internal candidate who had been passed over was put in charge as an interim, until they found Valerie Lemmie. The Lemmie/Turner team managed to dance the dance better than any we’ve ever seen.

Look for recently returned airport director Terrence Slaybaugh to step in. If it weren’t for the fact that he’s done such a good job at the airport, the only stumbling block is if he refuses to accept the term “interim.”

Shelley Dickstein would take the “interim” title in a heartbeat, but, it’s doubtful that she’ll be anointed. Stan Earley has been interim before, and could also be the interim, but, he’s been passed over more times than Manziel throws interceptions.

The reality is, the mayor wants the job. The only thing stopping her is that the party or the commission doesn’t get to name a replacement- the voters do. It’s too late to add a candidate to the upcoming election, meaning a “special election” would be needed. One thing’s for sure, if they choose Nan to step in, Gary Leitzel wouldn’t run for mayor- despite being the best qualified- because the idea of working with Nan would be his worst nightmare.

I don’t know what’s more entertaining in politics these days- the clown posse Republican presidential field- or the “leadership” of Dayton.

I’m getting back on my motorcycle and trying to forget about this latest three-ring circus.