Only the little people get burned in Dayton Ohio

I’ve often said the worst thing that can happen to a property owner in Dayton is when your next door neighbors home is foreclosed on. Next thing you know, the copper wire, the copper plumbing, the furnace, the A/C, is all pulled out by scrappers and the cost to replace it it way more than the scrap value.

The second worst, if it doesn’t burn your house too, is having your neighbors home catch on fire. The hulking relic can stick around for years.

Unless of course, your a school board member and a friend of Mayor Nan Whaley.

The house next door to new School Board member Karen Wick Gagnet burned down on April 22nd 2018.

A few days later, demolition crews were knocking the walls down and making it a mound of rubble.

And, by June 22nd- it was being excavated and backfilled.

That doesn’t happen for the average taxpayer. There’s a house on Salem that burned so long ago- it’s covered in ivy.

That’s why we did a little video- “Burning Questions” which asks why there isn’t a standard protocol city wide for what has to happen when a building burns, complete with deadlines, bonding, and even a public auction if an owner can’t promise to take care of it.

It’s time that everyone gets the same treatment in Dayton. Not just the elected folks.

What should happen?

Within the first 30 days, a property owner has to fill out a plan complete with how they’ll pay, to either demo the property or begin repairs.

If that doesn’t happen, an instant auction will take place, with bidders able to take the property, as long as they can file a plan and have a bond for enough to cover the project.

If no bids come in, the building is demolished, the owner charged for the demolition, and the real estate is instantly put up for sale.

There is no reason for these hulking piles of trash should be allowed to stand.

First Montgomery County countywide citizen initiated referendum in the works

Reliable sources have informed Esrati.com that former Republican Party chairmen, Greg Gantt and Rob Scott are working together to write a referendum and collect the necessary 14,583 voter signatures to put the recently approved sales tax increase to the test on the November ballot.

The .25% sales tax increase was rushed through the county commission in a closely choreographed series of hearings where everyone and their mother who sucks at the county teat, got up and spoke in support of raising the sales tax.

The County Clerk of Courts Russ Joseph said we need it. He didn’t bother to mention that the stupid system of multiple municipal courts with their own clerks, staff and websites is a giant waste of money in Montgomery County– nor did he suggest ways to streamline government and save money.

The people from the “PreSchool Promise” came out in support also. An organization with ZERO public oversight, huge ad budgets, that exists to give public tax dollars to private companies running glorified day cares in many cases.

The list goes on.

The task of getting that many valid signatures stops most referendums on issues like this, as does the difficulty of writing acceptable ballot language. This is why we have so much overlap and duplication in government in Montgomery County.

Once the language is approved, petitions have to be circulated and then turned in at least 90 days before the November 6, 2018 election.

The tax increase is currently scheduled to go into effect on Oct. 1, 2018. No word on if the petitions are submitted that the hike would be delayed. The cost to retailers of having to implement the new rate should be considered by the County- and they should delay their action until after the issue has been decided once the petitions are approved.

This country was founded because of taxation without representation. To put this tax hike to the voters is the correct action.

Get tax credits, building burns weeks later

update 2 July 2:30 pm – edits in italics and strikethroughs.
The headline is wrong.

Mea culpa- The building that burned was 101 Bainbridge, not 15 McDonough.

The property is owned by the City of Dayton- and is adjacent to Garden Station- which was handed over to Weyland Ventures for nothing.

The building that got the tax credits, is still standing, and yes, it was given to Weyland Ventures- and they don’t seem to have to pay taxes- and still get tax dollars for historic tax credits.

June 20, 2018, the headline reads “Developer receives tax credits for $18M rehab project, Dayton tech company to expand.” Next thing you know, there’s a massive fire in part of the building.

I was heading downtown to shoot some drone footage of the fountains at sunset when I saw the smoke and shot this footage.

Of course, this “smokin hot” real estate is part next to of the insane giveaway by the City of Dayton of your tax dollars. First they bought the old Supply One HQ on Wayne Avenue for $450K, then gave it away to Weyland Ventures out of Kentucky. They threw in the community built “Garden Station” for free.  101 Bainbridge- Its parcel ID is R72 00604 0003

The city “sold” the property that burned last night on 24 March of 2016 to “OREGON INNOVATION DISTRICT LLC” which has an address in Louisville. There is  no sale price. The interesting thing about the property tax records- is that Oregon Innovation District doesn’t seem to pay property taxes. PARCEL ID: R72 00611 0061

The rest of us do have to pay taxes.

Here’s the info on the tax giveaway from the above mentioned Dayton Business Journal article:

A robotics and technology company will have new office space in downtown Dayton thanks to a historic tax credit approved Wednesday.

Gosiger Industries, currently located at 108 McDonough St., is planning to expand into the Dayton Motor Car Building after its development partner received $1.8 million from the Ohio Historic Preservation Tax Credit Program. The $18.2 million project would allow the company to occupy new office space in the six-story, 80,000 square-foot building at 15 McDonough St.

Louisville-based real estate development firm Weyland Ventures will rehabilitate and restore the iconic building from its heyday of Dayton’s auto manufacturing era. The concrete industrial building features expansive windows and open floor plates, and has long been underutilized. The building sits close to East Third Street, on the edge of the Oregon District, and is also part of the Dayton Motor Car Company Historic District.

The Dayton Business Journal previously reported Weyland also oversaw the renovation of the Wheelhouse building at 210 Wayne Ave.

According to the tax credit application filed by Weyland, Gosinger “has agreed to lease all of the space in the rehabilitated building to fulfill their space needs now and in the future.” The company intends to occupy part of the building immediately, and will sublease the remaining space. Weyland plans to begin the project by the end of the year, and is looking to complete it by December 2019.

Source: Developer receives tax credits for $18M rehab project, Dayton tech company Gosiger Industries to expand – Dayton Business Journal

While a ton of buildings burn in Dayton, it’s interesting that this is the one where before the fire is out, the Dayton Day-Old News is reporting “2 Juveniles” were caught and are being charged with arson.

There are arsons all over this city, and no one gets caught that quick.

Not only that, only if you are a friend of the Mayor, will the burned out building be torn down pronto asap. More on that story coming up soon- with video.

  • The timbers
  • The fire burned hot
  • What’s left after the fire
  • The garage on the left- the factory on the right

This low building connected to the tower was the original Dayton Motorcar Company, and had some really incredible timber construction based on the remains this morning. It also, was the historic part. I’m sure that before the tax credits were awarded, the insurance value was pennies, but, the moment the tax credits came through, the insurance value went up.

Something smells worse than the thick black smoke that could be seen for miles.

One YouTube commentor- Ronn Jane, said they worked there for 14 years in the last incarnation “The business was Called Dayton Warehouse Inc. Which closed in 1993. The Tall concrete building was full, all 5 floors full of cigarettes by the case. The old building in front on fire was office and storage of liquid 50 gallon barrels of dye and on third floor was powder dyes, Maytag washers and dryers, and BMW motor cycle’s. That place survived the great flood but is no match for fire..”

Revisions in italics and strikethroughs- Publishing since 2005, esrati.com is a solo operation, done in addition to running a business, and caring for my mother. I do the best I can. This post had some factual errors in it- I’m sorry. I’ve done the best I can to fix this mess, and move forward. The video is still spectacular- and the reality is, the City of Dayton shouldn’t be in the real estate business.
note- the building had burned before https://www.mydaytondailynews.com/business/vacant-dayton-industrial-site-set-for-reuse-master-plan/HcGl8vq4H6p0Ukrp5SVK3K/

The city also owns 101 Bainbridge after purchasing it for less than $100,000 in November 2013. But the city has prepared legislation authorizing the building’s transfer to Gosiger at some point, said Amy Walbridge of the city’s Office of Economic Development. The transfer would be a similar transaction as 15 McDonough St.

School board to meet illegally tonight

6/22/18, 12:24 PM, Denise Gum, “Confidential Secretary to the Board Office Dayton Public Schools” sent out an email on behalf of William Harris, board president announcing a “Special Meeting–Fiscal Year” to be held this afternoon. Despite multiple warnings from me, the Superintendent et al have not published an agenda in advance of this meeting. It is, if they hold it, an illegal, improperly noticed meeting.

I highly recommend anyone who cares about DPS to go to this meeting and pack their tiny conference room- and force this meeting to be rescheduled properly, with proper notice.

Her notice said:

In accordance with Section 3313.16 of the Ohio Revised Code and File: BD of the Handbook of Policies, Rules & Regulations of the Board, I hereby call for a special meeting of the Board of Education of the Dayton City School District, Montgomery County, Ohio, to be held on Friday, June 29, 2018 at 4:30 p.m. in room 6S-116 of the Administration Building, located at 115 S. Ludlow St., Dayton, OH 45402.

The purpose of the meeting is to allow the Board to vote on recommendations from the superintendent and/or treasurer.

The media is being advised of this meeting in compliance with the Ohio Sunshine Law.

6/27/18, 11:01 PM I sent an email to Superintendent Libbie Lolli, Cherisse Kidd, Denise Gum, John McManus, Jeremey Kelley, Jocelyn Rhynard

Dr. Lolli,
It’s 11pm on Wed.
Your meeting is scheduled for 4 on Friday.
No posted agenda on board docs.

No meeting.
Or I’ll haul you into court again.
This isn’t rocket science- but it is the law. Publish your agenda 48 hours in advance.

If you can’t hire competent people, you should quit

This morning, I sent another email- to everyone on the superintendents distro list:

As of 8:23 am this morning, there is no agenda posted.
This illegal meeting of the board should be cancelled.
If you can’t tell the public what you are discussing 48 hours in advance of a meeting scheduled on June 22nd.
If you don’t understand how notification is critical to the duties bestowed upon you by the state, either resign, or get educated.

If this meeting continues- as planned, you will be facing another lawsuit.
This mickey mouse game needs to stop.

I notified the Superintendent of her failure to post an agenda on Wednesday night around 11 pm.
That would have been too late to meet the 48 hour rule.

I would suggest she be held accountable and given a reprimand by the board.

The public is being insulted by their malfeasance.

If the meeting isn’t cancelled and is held today, I will be adding to my court case, or filing a new one against this incompetent school board.

Wick-Gagnet shows her ignorance of current events online

On another note, in a Facebook war, I posed a comment on board member Mohamed Al Hamdani’s wall.

(it saddens me that I’m following in the footsteps of the Dayton Day-Old news and turning Facebook posts into news)

Al-Hamdani’s original post:

Not surprised by the SCOTUS decision to uphold the Muslim Ban. As a people and as a country we have a long way to go to reach a more perfect union. We will be disheartened for a day and reenergized tomorrow. The fight continues…

And while that issue is very real, SCOTUS dropped another bomb, one that will affect our political junkie Al-Hamdani even more (I couldn’t call him a political beast because it wouldn’t be PC), and I commented-

David Esrati And now you won’t have a union sugar daddy to get you elected either.

This was a reference to JANUS v AFSCME, and stops the forced donations to unions by people who benefit from Union bargaining. It’s a serious blow to labor, and the generally liberal political clout that Unions have.

Board member Karen Wick Gagnet, who has become Al-Hamdani’s puppet, blindly following his lead, responds:

Karen Wick-Gagnet David Esrati … this is a totally bigoted statement. You are a bully and your comment in no way reflects any spirit of humanity in a manner we need to move positively forward. You have again shown your ugly, hateful side.
She is literally clueless. My is this the pot calling the kettle black. This is a woman who was my friend for over 2 decades, and a long time client, who fired me because of my continued scrutiny of a school board in chaos in the hope that they start acting ethically and honestly. The conversation continues

(I have no idea who Kristin Todd is, but she thinks she has something to contribute):

Kristin Todd This attitude is why you never get elected. You’re no better than Trump and equally need to seek counseling. I can provide you with many resources.

David Esrati Karen Wick-Gagnet you think this is bigoted? The ruling to stop unions from collecting dues from all members is going to flip liberal politics on its head, leaving the wealthy to run citizens united full tilt, with no opposition. As to my ugly hateful side, I find it fascinating that you’ve yet to do anything as a school board member other than support fighting losing lawsuits. And, it’s also interesting that when the hose next to you burns down, it’s cleared away in record time. Talk about privilege.
sequential comment:
David Esrati And I’m pretty sure Karen that you had no clue I was talking about the decision Janus vs AFSCME, because you aren’t that bright. Mohamed understood what I was talking about. Maybe, he should give you instructions on Facebook just like he does on the school board. You are good at playing follow the leader.
sequential comment:
David Esrati Kristin Todd who are you? What have you done? You don’t even know what the hell is going on here

sequential comment:

David Esrati Karen Wick-Gagnet read this, maybe you will understand: After Janus, Unions Must Save Themselves https://nyti.ms/2lG0TiA?smid=nytcore-ios-shareManage
nytimes.com
Wick then admits she had no clue what was going on- but continues her bullying with calling me hateful.

Karen Wick-Gagnet David Esrati … I may have not totally understood the issue and for that I apologize. However, the undertones of your original response to Mohamed and your response back to me is full of ugliness (nothing we need more of today). I may not be as “bright” as you, but I would trade any amount of brightness for kindness, love or compassion which is what I wish for you.

David Esrati Kindness is not calling someone a bigot, a bully, and denying my humanity. You don’t do your homework, you don’t read 2 newspapers daily, and you obviously don’t understand free speech, the sunshine laws, or the art of discussion. If I also mentioned  Kennedy resigning, you’d probably have to look it up. Good luck with your “free hugs” approach to everything. And, you aren’t as kind as you think you are. Reread what you said.
Kristin Todd David, darling.. It doesn’t take a “bright” person or someone who has done what you consider success to recognize a person filled with hatred and narcissism. The enire city knows that of you. You throw tantrums like a child behind your computer screen and we all feel very sorry for you. Thankfully no one has been ignorant enough to vote you into public office. Keep trying.
David Esrati repeat: who are you? What have you done? You don’t even know what the hell is going on here.
You don’t know me. Karen actually does.
And, no one knows you.
Cheers.
Kristin Todd David Esrati I hope whoever bullied you in elementary school apologizes because clearly you’ve carried that into middle age.
David Esrati You mean like you are bullying now Kristin?
Back to the main thread-
Karen Wick-Gagnet You’re right, I should not of used those harsh words. I’m sorry. Out … no more need to use this form of communication, it’s not healthy or productive for me. Best to you as you continue your journalistic practices.
If DPS had competent PR consulting, board members would know better than to engage in this kind of BS with a critic. However, they hired Marsha Bonhart and the Ohlmann Group. You reap what you sew.
I will have a camera at the board meeting this evening, despite my being out of state on business.

Final sales tax public hearing today 1:30 pm

For the second time in a week, the Dayton Day-Old News selectively quoted me at the first sales tax hearing. All they managed to get out of my presentation was that the sales tax was regressive, hurting those with the smallest incomes the most.

What they left out was the majority of my speech- where I pointed out that Montgomery County has WAY too many governments- all adding to overhead. Watch the video:

For those of you who would rather read- here’s the text:

A sales tax increase hurts the working poor much more than any other tax you could impose. They don’t have the option of leaving the county to save, or to order online from retailers that don’t charge tax. It takes up a larger percentage of their disposable income, since other than food, rent and energy, this tax applies.

Montgomery County is already one of the highest taxed counties in the state by the time we finish paying for Health and Human Services’ two levies, Sinclair’s two levies,  Metroparks levy, the Library Levy, school levies, and anything else- like a street light assessment in Dayton.

When you look at the cost to business to try to keep up with the different income tax rates for all 28 jurisdictions in this county- you can call that a tax as well. The overhead of having too many chiefs for a declining number of Indians.

In the meantime- Warren County- is the fastest growing county. Their taxes are lower. And, they even get a Sinclair campus with no tax levy. Go figure.

But, the real tax that nobody wants to talk about is the politician tax. We have way too many politicians in Montgomery County. That’s because we allow almost anybody with a back 40 to become a city. The City of Moraine. 6000 people. And they have to pay for a mayor and commission, and a city manager- for $145,000.

That works out to $25 per person per year to pay for a guy who’s job it is to do exactly the same thing the County Administrator does.

The list goes on. Why does Jefferson Township have a school district, with a superintendent and a treasurer when all their students total 315? If we used that formula for Dayton, we’d have 41 superintendents.

And for another example, why do we have a Vandalia, Miamisburg, Kettering, Oakwood, Dayton and county municipal courts- with a website for each- none of which allows basic online filing? Hint, Franklin County has just one site- and one municipal court system.

No, raising taxes isn’t the answer anymore. It makes us uncompetitive.

Just like all of little fiefdoms add to our overhead – and don’t add much back.

With every less police chief- we could have two or more sheriff’s deputies on the streets.

With every less “City Manager” we could have more money for paving and sweeping streets.

With every less Court website we might have a single one that actually works.

If you are to be leaders, you need to come up with a better answer than just hiking another tax.

It’s time to hike some of these banana republics out of business- and have logical rational leadership with lower overhead and better management skills.

At ReconstructingDayton.org we’ve begun working on the data sets and metrics to show Montgomery County Voters how much all of you politicians are costing them. Not only in pay per person they rule, but in how much payola per elected official it takes to get elected in Montgomery county so you can continue to raise our taxes to pay for all of you.

When voters see how much all these fiefdoms cost, maybe they will wake up and it will be time to slim down our governments instead of our wallets.

Thank you.

In between last week and this week, the supreme court issued a mandate for all online retailers to have to collect sales tax, regardless of if they have a presence in the state. And while some say “Amazon already does this”- it’s not entirely true- since Amazon also manages some sales for other retailers, who don’t have to charge sales tax- this will make ALL orders subject to the tax.

Maybe the Commissioners should consider their new windfall, and delay this tax. I’ve already heard there are people ready to gather 15,ooo signatures to put this vote on the November ballot. I’ll be helping them.

It’s time to bring some sanity to our tax structures in Montgomery County- watch this page on Reconstructing Dayton for more data on the breakdowns of cost per person for our elected officials, etc.  BTW- thanks to those of you who donated to help our cause last week. We’re a 501(c)(4) non-profit so you can donate, support a cause, and not have your name reported (just like the national PACs do it).

To say that YouthWorks, Pre-school promise (which is only in Kettering and Dayton right now) and the corporate welfare ED/GE program are critical to a functioning county government is an insult to the taxpayers, who have also been told that two Sinclair levies, two Health and Human Services levies, a Metroparks levy and a Library levy are also critical.

In today’s paper they even mentioned supporting the arts. How will the 25% of Montgomery County residents who are living in poverty, supposed to afford a ticket to the philharmonic before you increase the sales tax?

I can’t be there to speak today (I’ll be in court trying to get justice for a Service Disabled Veteran), so I’ll be sending a proxy.

If you want to go, it’s on the 10th floor of the County Administration building, 451 W. 3rd St. Dayton. Enter the parking garage from 2nd Street, and ask for your parking to be validated by the county commission. They shouldn’t be able to charge parking for a meeting. Festivities start at 1:30/