SB5 won’t save you- revisit the Northwest Ordinance first

In their infinite wisdom and pursuit of non-problems, the Ohio House and Senate have now used draconian measures, SB5, to do something that could have been quite simple: all they had to do was outlaw union dues going to political efforts. Of course, maybe if they outlawed corporations from political efforts too- we’d really get somewhere.

But, in the rush to “cut costs” for the people of Ohio- they missed our biggest overhead issue: too many jurisdictions. End of story. One of the reasons Kansas City won the Google Fiber test- was that there was only one government bureaucracy to deal with. On the other hand- we’ve got the Miami Valley Regional Planning Commission working on our “strategy for a future”- “Going Places” and coming up with seven different strategies- none including elimination of jurisdictions:

In addition, he said, the regional plan has put together data that the local jurisdictions can use when they update their land use plans.

“The bottom line is the databases and background material is going to be there for them to use and save money ultimately,” Spang said. “They don’t have to go out and hire an consultant to do work we’ve already done.”

It will be up to the 77 voting members of the commission’s board whether the plan is given teeth by steering federal dollars to transportation projects that comply with it.

In the end, Spang said, the power of the plan will be in how it’s incorporated into the planning of the 82 political jurisdictions that are members of the regional planning commission.

“That’s ultimately where the enforcement of the regional land use plan will be,” Spang said. “It will be at the local level.”

via Public asked to help decide how region will look in 30 years.

82 political jurisdictions are the problem people- not the unions, not the “heartbeat bill” – and not texting while driving (although good advice- enforcement is hard). Let’s go to 88 local governments in Ohio and 88 school boards- and start there. A good case could be made that we have too many counties as well.

Unfortunately, SB5 has passed- and now it’s up to the voters to decide in what is going to be an expensive and nasty process of trying to sort the good parts of it– and the bad parts of it- and fix what the legislature broke- further sidetracking us from what we really should be doing.
Note- there is one part of SB5 that makes the Dayton Charter issues that I’m fighting to repeal an issue:

Voters also can petition for a referendum on local employment agreements if the new contract leads to a tax increase, according to the legislation. (ibid)

Good luck with that one Dayton- you’ll have to try to get more signatures than is possible to get it on the local ballot (you can contribute to the legal fund to overturn our draconian petition process now, please)

Rules written in 1784 need to be revisited. As do City Charters written in 1913. Then we can start dealing with ones written in 1983- and maybe, Ohio can stop making the news for all the wrong reasons.

Freddy Kroger leaves Dayton- takes a classic building with him

Ecki Building remains

The end of the historic Ecki Building

Freddy Kroger is gone- the Kroger store on Wayne Avenue, long known by a whole list of aliases- because of its disgusting appearance- is no more.

Now, we’re greeted with clean floors, a well lighted store with clean ceilings, new colorful graphics around the perimeter and shelving that seems a bit more modern. The deli/bakery area still seems a little dark and mysterious compared to the appearance of a newer Kroger Marketplace, but overall, it’s a lot nicer.

My mother, 83, still thinks it’s a wonderful place. She’s always impressed with the produce- and finds the staff more than helpful at getting special orders like buckwheat flour, or buttermilk dry mix.

The parking lot is still a bit dangerous with the steep pitch that can turn a grocery cart into a soapbox derby demolition car- and the outside signage still looks a little rough- but, overall- it’s not an embarrassment to Kroger- or the neighborhood anymore.

What’s sad is that the Kroger Company didn’t do this long ago. Had they invested the pittance they did- maybe we could have avoided going on the wild goose chase for a “new and improved” super Kroger at the corner of Wayne and Wyoming.

The city, without a contract or a performance guarantee by either Kroger or the “developer,” Midland Atlantic, went on a 6 year calamity course.

First- they tried eminent domain to aggregate over 80 lots to make room for the new store. Then, when the Supreme Court ruled that eminent domain for private business was a long stretch, went on a mad spending spree. First- they declared the neighborhood “blighted” to guarantee that it would be as people would defer maintenance on their soon-to-be-torn-down homes. Then, multiple appraisals, multiple options to buy, and a whole bunch of money and time spent. Then, buying the corner buildings for $800,000 as the final step in their grand plan- only to be told by Kroger- sorry, we’ve changed our mind.

All this- in spite of the property that met the requirements over on Brown Street- and a plan floated by local developer Jeff Samuelson- utilizing the former Cliburn Manor DMHA space- which is now another empty field of dreams.

So, as the bulldozers did their job yesterday- probably costing the taxpayers at least another $50K- we did what we’re so good at doing in Dayton these days- built yet another empty lot. Of course, we’ll be lucky if the-cash strapped city can mow it more than twice a year- despite the millions wasted on this wild goose chase.

Had we spent the millions on appraisals on refurbishing the Ecki building and seeded the neighborhood with incentives to fix and upgrade the properties- we’d have been better off. Of course, if Kroger hadn’t let Freddy take over the store- we’d have avoided the whole mess.

Kroger has been a horrible citizen in the city of Dayton- with the abandoning of the Gettysburg store after a less than 20-year run. The Wayne Avenue and the Smithville Rd. stores always looked like poor stepchildren to the suburban stores. But, that’s the advantage of being the only national chain around.

I’ll be very disappointed if the city gives the corner over to Kroger for one of their gas stations- Kroger doesn’t deserve any favors at this point. In fact, they should take responsibility for the planting and maintenance of this corner for as long as they operate at the current location. It’s the least they could do in return.

Let this serve as a case study of how to always have an exit strategy before investing public dollars in private ventures- our investment should have strings attached, at least a guarantee of matching dollars returned to the community for any investment we make.

Insurance free health care in Dayton?

Yesterday, I talked about Quality of Life- and what could we do differently in Dayton that would give us a competitive advantage over other communities in recruiting people to move here.

Here’s an idea: since we have a duopoly in health insurance- with United Health Care and Anthem, and a duopoly in health care- in Premier Health Partners and Kettering Health Network- why don’t we just, as a community, cut out the insurance half?

Everybody is eventually going to have to buy insurance- or have health care, imagine if we just paid a flat fee per month to either Kettering or Premier (or better yet- a single fund)- and we skip the whole insurance middle man thing.

Health providers are constantly complaining about the low “reimbursement rates” from insurers and Medicare/Medicaid- so, we come up with a simple plan that cuts at least the insurers out. I’d also prefer if we started paying the doctors for keeping their clients healthy- instead of paying for procedures. We could have a community focused on healthy living- including healthy diets, healthy food, healthy offerings at restaurants etc.

The money saved by having a healthier community due to awesome preventive health care would lead to greater productivity and a higher standard of living.

As part of the condition- the hospitals would have to agree to operate like non-profits- with no huge salaries for administrators. Since the new health care provisions in “Obama Care” restrict the insurance companies to take no more than 20% for overhead- we’d have to have some kind of community-based oversight- to make sure that our health goals are being met.

I’d rather give my money to a doctor than an insurance company to manage my health care for me- wouldn’t you?

The real question is are the hospitals willing to take the challenge that creating a healthy community can beat the hell out of fighting with insurers for every nickel and dime for procedure-based medicine.

Considering that the insurance companies pay their people at the top way better than the health providers- it should be a no brainer to cut them out of the money.

One caveat that the hospitals probably won’t like- is that they’d have to go to a single price system- offering procedures at the same rate- insurance or no-insurance, but the savings in administrative costs alone ought to make it worthwhile. No more collection agencies- no more billing nightmares.

Who knows- maybe we could become the mecca of medical tourism in the US with this innovative approach.

Remember- we did teach the world to fly- maybe we can teach the insurance companies how to go fly a kite.

What would Dayton advertise? What could Dayton advertise? QOL!

Jay, a reader, always sends me interesting pieces to stimulate a post. Unfortunately, as this isn’t a paying gig, I often don’t get to write about everything I’d like to- but, this letter from a CEO about why he’s giving up on Detroit- should be a wake-up call for Dayton- and Ohio. There is a reason we’re losing a couple of congressional seats- and making babies won’t solve it. We have to be perceived as a desirable place to live and work. Note the word desirable-

from the CEO letter:

We don’t have a perception problem, we have a reality problem. Most young, highly talented knowledge workers from places like Seattle or San Francisco or Chicago find the even the upper end suburbs of Metro Detroit to be unappealing. I think long term residents including many leaders are simply so used to the dreary physical environment of Southeast Michigan that it has come to seem normal, comfortable and maybe even attractive. Which is fine so long as we have no aspiration to attract talent and capital from outside our region.

My fears were confirmed when I began trying to gather local economic development literature to use as a recruiting tool. The deficits which so dog our region are sometimes heralded by this literature as assets.

via Michigan CEO: Soul-Crushing Sprawl Killing Business | Rust Wire

The post has some nice maps with the migration patterns out of Detroit. What was once the 4th largest city in America and the city that produced what we needed to win WWII- is now suffering a fate that Cleveland and Dayton will soon be facing if we don’t get our priorities in order. I am not total gloom and doom- I’m sure in another 50 years, Dayton will be doing just fine- it’s the next 20 that will hurt.

More than anything, I’m sure of one thing- “Economic development” efforts by the government are a total waste of time and resources- as are arguments about tax burdens. When GE, the nation’s biggest corporation, can pay its executives millions- and still claim to have made no taxable income in 2010– we should get the message that the rich have fully and completely taken over our government- and that taxes are only for little people.

I don’t expect our federal government to make things right either. When the former CEO of Countrywide does no jail time for swindling billions and placing the failures of the little homeowners for the downfall of the entire global economy- while the Feds pursue and jail a guy for faking his income on a loan– we should know full well we’re screwed.

If you get the feeling, with the latest budget cuts and threatened privatization of everything from prisons and roads to economic development offices in Ohio, that it’s an every entity for itself – see who survives community death match- I’m right there with you. There is no time for arguing over the spilled milk of who let NCR leave Dayton- or Iams leave Dayton, or GM leave Dayton. And there is no way we’re going to have cash to lure 1 big employer or 1,000 little ones as Dayton Mayor Gary Leitzell likes to talk about- we only have one option: differentiation through innovation- and it has to be built on truth- not puffery or dreams.

We have to make good news fast- and show that we’re a better place to live than Austin TX, Chicago IL, LA or NYC.

And it shouldn’t be too hard- have you seen the cost of living in those places? Have you tried the commute in LA?

While I don’t give a crap about the Wright brothers- the history of innovation of our community is strong- by individuals- not by our community. It’s time to stop having group think about everything- and make some promises: in Dayton (the entire Montgomery/Greene County region) we’re going to improve quality of life for every citizen by at least 10% in 10 years and 25% in 20. Simple goal.

How will we do it?

Eliminate government overhead and increase spending on quality of life offerings. Instead of having hundreds of people elected to do whatever it is they do- let’s just elect a president and house of representatives to the region. That’s right- one leader- and a group of reps to argue about what we need to fix first. The president is full time- the reps are 1 meeting a week for $250 each.

  • One school system, with a Superintendent and a house of representatives that meets once every two weeks. The system must balance all schools in the region with academic, economic and racial metrics.
  • One safety force- with one chief for police and fire.
  • One set of building and zoning codes- with one chief officer who is elected.
  • One parks and recreation system, one street maintenance division, one trash recycling system- etc. You get the point.
  • One tax levy for all- one tax rate for all- and most importantly- one metric that counts- quality of life.

The metrics: how smart, fit, happy, healthy, wealthy, safe and optimistic are we? If it’s not getting better- we have an instant election. If we’re making progress- we don’t. Quality of life (QOL) will be the only metric that matters.

When you get right down to it- the idea of having scheduled elections and term limits is stupid- and doesn’t do us any favors. The goal should be to have the best people running the show- and to keep them as long as possible. You wouldn’t change managers every two years in a profitable business- or tell the coach who wins all the games he can’t keep coaching because his term limit is up.

If there is one thing I’ve learned about living in Dayton proper- is that you almost have to work hard to have the community you want. You also have to have a zeal for adventure to find stuff to do that’s fun- not that it’s not all there, but that our perception is that it’s not. Maybe it’s because we’re too busy keeping track of all these little fiefdoms- maybe it’s because we’ve grown in size (sprawl) without making adjustments to our organization to account for the changes?

It’s time to re-evaluate the whole shooting match. It’s time to organize our leadership about what we want for results- not about working with what we have.

Start innovating- start thinking about what kind of community we want and build a radical new system that’s built to support that vision and it’ll happen. Keep doing what we have and, well- look at Detroit.

There should only be one goal of our government- one focus: quality of life. Let’s innovate our way into the forefront of forward thinking communities by adopting a simple focus- and then advertise the hell out of it.

I think we can fill some empty houses that way- a lot better than spending money to tear them down.

 

 

 

Sexy new interface for Esrati.com on iPad

For those of you reading the site on the iPad, WordPress just released a new plugin- onswipe– that allows for a magazine style format on your device.

Of course, if you are still not a wordpress or website wizard, think about joining me for my next Websitetology seminar on Wed April 13th.

I’ve installed it- and it looks really sexy cool. Let me know if you like it or not.

Cheers.

How to make sense of Governor Kasich

Does John Kasich really have a plan? I’ve heard some pretty smart folks call him an idiot- and these are people who have to actually deal with him. Some have called him a mad man- as in mad – crazy. But maybe he’s taking his orders out of an uninspired book I read years ago- by a “Mad Man” as in Madison Avenue- Jean-Marie Dru’s Disruption: Overturning Conventions and Shaking Up the Marketplace (Adweek Magazine Series)

The premise was (from Amazon’s Review:

replacing business-as-usual advertising and marketing philosophies with radical new thinking. He contends that this shift in thought will better position new and established products, brands, and services for the competitive battles to come.

Kasich models himself as “not business as usual” kinda guy- even though he’s straight out of a business as usual business that was thinking totally upside down- the “investment banking” crew on Wall Street thought nothing of turning true common sense investment practices into a winner-take-all casino- where chutzpah was what separated the men from the boys.

So, without thinking about the long-term implications of things- we have passed some really crazy throw the baby out with the bath water laws like SB5, halfway through the voter photo ID rule and now- the idea of parents taking over failing schools:

Ohio Gov. John Kasich plans to tuck a “parent trigger” provision into his budget bill.

That would mean schools in the bottom 5 percent of the state’s performance index for three straight years would be eligible for a parent take over.

Ohio has 3,446 public schools serving 1.78 million students.

The California Teachers Association, a union representing 325,000 educators, has some advice for Ohio: deliberate carefully, consult with those who have dealt with the practical side of takeovers, make sure the process for takeovers is transparent and provide opportunities for open debate.

Parent Revolution, an organization that successfully lobbied for the law change last year in California, helped parents at McKinley Elementary in Compton petition for the take over.

The school district challenged the petition; the parents sued over the constitutionality of the district’s petition signature verification process; and the California State Board of Education has yet to finalize regulations, according to Parent Revolution spokeswoman Linda Serrato.

State Rep. John Patrick Carney, D-Columbus, said he is concerned about Ohio being used as a guinea pig.

“Really, in Compton, we don’t know what the result will be,” he said. Passionate parents may want to take over a school but may lack expertise on how to run it, Carney said on Wednesday.

via California only state with law allowing parents to take over schools.

With a cursory examination of this idea- I’ve got to wonder- what happens when the parents that take over the school- no longer have kids in the school? Keeping community groups engaged and working on something is easy when the initial outrage is there- but the long run is difficult. How is this really a solution? Or is it only another tool to Poke the Box (as Seth Godin calls his latest book) and elicit some kind of emotional response to force people to talk about a very real problem- schools that suck.

Again- Poke the Box is another guru book suggesting you might not actually have to make the change- just force the issue to the forefront. But the problem with this is in business things can change on a dime- in law, it’s almost set in stone- and hard to change.

Kasich may be brighter than we think- and actually opening some avenues for change with his prodding- the problem is his blind and loyal following in the State House- isn’t so bright. We generally elect affable people who aren’t exactly rocket scientists- otherwise we wouldn’t have had to go back to the ballot to change the State Constitution which they allowed to actually write in the exact locations of the Casinos for example.

The long term problems that this kind of disruptive strategy (if in fact it is a conscious strategy and not the rantings of an idiot savant) could be huge for Ohio- and that’s generally why laws are debated and discussed more than what we’ve seen (SB5 was passed very quickly and the government ID for voting even faster).

There are many who are being alienated by Kasich shown by his quick rise in disapproval ratings. Yet, smart thinkers are already planning to use these shakeups to experiment with some new ideas. For example, the idea of charter universities- may enable our current universities to do an end run around some of the accreditation policies that are making it incredibly difficult to hire is some tech fields- for instance the people who know the most about Social Media and web development don’t have masters or doctorates required to teach in Ohio- and aren’t interested in the low pay or slow pace of academia when they can be working in the field with no degree at all. Charter universities may be able to hire these people in teaching laboratories where they can teach and do at the same time.

If you start looking at John Kasich’s actions through the filter of Disruption or Poke the Box- it may help you to make sense out of what’s happening in Columbus. The question is- will it lead to a renaissance for Ohio or a Wall Street style house of cards that melts down and is rebuilt on the same bad foundation?

Time will tell.

Mike Manning RIP

There are a lot less journalists today than when I was growing up- the son of Cleveland Plain Dealer copy editor. And while bloggers and internet sites may give you a lot more choices in where to get your info- the hard core “newsman” is a dying breed.

They knew their beats- inside and out. Had their sources- on speed dial. Asked the right questions, drew the right connections- all under a time-squeeze deadline.

Mike Manning Sr. was one of those guys. I can’t tell you how many times my phone used to ring, and he’d be on the other end asking for some insight or checking facts. I remember him working for both Cox and Sinclair- but, his history probably had him working with more people in tv news in this town than Don Wayne and Jim Baldridge combined.

He probably taught more young journalists how to get the real story than a J-School.

He passed away – and the DDN obit is a single liner. I wish I could tell you more- but, I’m on a deadline- gotta go.

Mike Manning was a piece of Dayton’s Institutional Knowledge Memory Bank that won’t ever be replaced.

Mike- RIP. #30

One budget cut Kasich won’t make

Despite being a reported $8 billion in the hole, and needing to sell off roads, prisons, the cash cow liquor business, and ticking off every single state employee with SB5, Governor Kasich hasn’t made a peep about the payroll of the highest paid state employee- OSU Buckeyes football coach Jim Tressel.

In addition to the original two-game suspension, Ohio State also said Tressel must pay a fine of $250,000 of his estimated annual salary of $3.5 million, must attend a compliance seminar, will receive a public reprimand and must apologize for his actions.

via Tressel wants to sit out 5 games along with suspended players.

Despite screwing up and risking the entire 2010 season to forfeiture because of NCAA violations- not a peep about cutting the coach’s pay. Either we’re hurting for dough- or we’re not? And- is he willing to forfeit his pay for an entire season for his failings?

Of course there is the argument that OSU football brings in millions of dollars to the state, and an entire economy is built around it- but, hey, $3.5 million per year? Where’s the outrage? Did collective bargaining get him this windfall?

The best part is his employees work for the state for room, board and maybe a diploma- with zero collective bargaining rights at all. Kasich loves slave labor?

And what about the highly paid College President at OSU- he clears over a million a year? And the former lobbyists and legislators who are making $300K a year (Joyce Beatty comes to mind)- could we make some payroll cuts among the ratified air friend force on the state payroll?

If we aren’t well on the way to a plutocracy, I’m not sure what else to call it. Maybe we can start by stop calling Tressel coach- and instead call him by the title his pay and benefits amount to: King.

Voter fraud? Really?

After just spending over 60 hours going door to door, following the walking lists provided by the Montgomery County Board of Elections I feel qualified to share a little secret: the only fraud committed in voting is the actual list of registered voters.

While the BOE lists hold over 100,000+ names in Dayton of “registered voters” while the census says that we only have 108,000 people over 18 (93%), the even more fascinating statistic is that maybe 1 out of 3 homes has a voter registered. There are a lot of people who aren’t registered, don’t want to be registered and have no interest in voting. I know- I tried to register people. They gave up long ago.

Yet, according to our idiot House Speaker Pro Tem Lou Blessing we’ve got a huge problem with “people voting more than once”- so big in fact, that we now need to require our citizens to present a photo ID- as if our voter registration process isn’t already difficult enough- and our voter rolls way out of whack:

Legislation to require photo identification for voters who cast their ballots on election day or cast absentee ballots in person is expected to come up for a House committee vote on Tuesday.

Under current voter ID requirements, there have been instances of people voting more than once, said Rep. Lou Blessing, R-Cincinnati, joint sponsor of House Bill 159. Blessing also is House speaker pro tem, the House’s number two leadership post.

“Anybody and everybody will be able to get an ID that doesn’t have one at no cost,” Blessing said.

Ellis Jacobs, senior attorney for the nonprofit Advocates for Basic Legal Equality in Dayton, said, however, that the bill would make it harder for people to vote.“It creates an obstacle course for the 11 percent of the public that doesn’t have an ID,” said Jacobs.

via Legislation would require photo ID to vote | Ohio politics.

Does anyone in the House have the brains to ask for proof of this alleged voting fraud? And, if there is double voting going on- could it possibly be because we’ve got a system of 88 different Boards of Elections- all filled with political party patronage positions? Utilizing five different data vendors? Three different “approved” voting systems? Hmmmm….. A little room for some of that great consolidation the governor keeps talking about? Like one database for all voters- with a simple registration process- and a vote by mail system so that the ballots are all maintained by one authority? It works in Oregon.

But, the real problem isn’t being addressed at all: the reason people have lost faith in voting in the first place. Starting with the choices we’re provided. In a country where you can literally buy 300 different brands of cereal- we’ve put a system in place that only allows us to choose between the lesser evil usually presented to us as Clown number 1 and Clown number 2. Not only are we restricted in choice, but, given the system- the introduction of Clown number 3 makes you wonder if you are “throwing your vote away” by voting the way you really feel. Instant run-off balloting would solve much of this feeling of voter alienation- where at least they could vote the way they really feel- instead of playing odds.

And last but not least- while you have to pass a test to drive, and to cut hair, and to get a GED – the only people taking a citizenship test in this country are the people who really want to be here- immigrants. The average voter can barely explain how our system of representational “democracy” works- never mind the people who actually run for office.

If you need proof of how stupid you can be and get elected in the City of Dayton- I have a document a reader sent to me- written by a former member of the Dayton Public School Board, a former teacher in our schools- written to the Board of Elections to explain why she didn’t have proper records of donations:

Nellie Maclin Terrel letter to BOE

The text:

Dear Board of Election
To whom it may concern. Nellie Maclin Terrell make a reasable attemp to location date of check from contributors.
Nellie Maclin Terrell
12-9-97

She was handed the BOE stationery and told what to write. She was a Democrat- and note, Tom Ritchie Sr and Greg Gantt were both on the board back then.

Frankly, allowing people who can’t write a simple note to be on the ballot, never mind elected is the real crime in this country. Let’s give the voters who still go to the polls- a reasonable benefit of a doubt that they aren’t the ones responsible for the hapless mess we have.

Photo IDs aren’t the answer- IQ tests for politicians are.

The sanctity of the 500 signatures is a farce

The Board of Elections stands between the people and the primary. Instead of letting the people decide who should advance to a general election, the sacred law says you must turn in 500 “valid signatures” of registered Dayton voters.

It’s the LAW. So, signatures that they can’t read- or aren’t close enough to a signature on file- get dismissed. Never mind the purpose of the process- to give the people a choice, it’s about the board of elections following the rules.

Since 2001, one third of candidates have been dismissed. The average correct number of signatures turned in: a pathetic 60%. And, even if you know you have a valid signature, that the BOE disqualifies- there is no process for amending or correcting- it’s all up to the graphologists at the BOE.

The funny thing is- the wishes of the 500 people can be absolutely ignored due to a strange clause in the charter. A group of five “nominating committee” members (who don’t even have to sign a petition they are on) gets to choose who should be on the ballot if the candidate dies or withdraws.

Yep, Jesus Christ could circulate a petition, get 500 signatures, get on the ballot- then withdraw and his nominating committee- five people- could choose to put Lucifer on the ballot and the voters could do nothing.

Note- if only two candidates had passed the hurdle- the voters won’t even be able to recall Lucifer from his ill-gotten seat, because the standard is to collect 25% of the “registered voters’ ” signatures- which is 25,000 plus 40%- or 35,000 signatures. Considering we only had 37,000 people vote in the general- and that it takes approximately one hour to collect 10 valid signatures, well, you get the picture.

This is just one more reason, the charter needs to be challenged in court, struck down as unconstitutional (the right to petition government is part of the First Amendment) and the simpler Ohio Revised Code should be applied (it has no “nominating committee” or requirement of a Notary Public signing off on the circulators’ signature).

As to the supposed reason for the 500 signature threshold- to keep “lesser qualified” candidates from the ballot- to avoid confusion- that reasoning has already been struck down by the U.S. Supreme Court after being tested in California. Read about the issues of Ballot Access on Wikipedia.

The only people who benefit by not having a primary are those already in power. Those who have the power to put changes to the charter on the ballot with a mere three votes [corrected]- but haven’t.

It is for this reason- that I’m working on a lawsuit to throw out the provisions of the Dayton Charter- and put a constitutionally legal set of laws in place- those of the Ohio Revised Code.

While most of you don’t think about your constitutional rights- I do. I’ve fought the city before for your right to speak at commission meetings (and won in 5 courts) and am now doing it again.

Contributions to the legal fund would be appreciated: http://electesrati.com/index.php?option=com_civicrm&task=civicrm/contribute/transact&reset=1&id=5&widgetID=1

Or, you can just risk having Lucifer as your next commissioner.