Chuck Taylor lied in court

Evidence, in the form of a video, has made it’s way to the Ohio  High School Athletics Association commissioner that proves Dunbar Basketball Coach and Dayton Municipal courts Bailiff Chuck Taylor lied in court. The basketball player who was claimed to have not been on the bench- or left the bench for the brawl, who was supposedly, passing Taylor “in the hallway” has been clearly identified as on the bench, and involved in the altercation.

The Commissioner, Dr. Dan Ross, made Acting Superintendent Libbie Lolli aware of this evidence last week, although she claims in a conversation with me, this morning, to have not seen the video yet. She has requested a copy, and is “working collegially” Ross to sort things out. She will not comment on personnel issues when pressed, she did admit that Dunbar Principal Crystal Phillips is back in the building, but only that District AD Mark Baker and Chuck Taylor are still under contract.

Internally, there are clans forming, blaming various people for this whole fiasco. Some even blame me. Others that fingers are being pointed at by the people who couldn’t follow the rules and properly benched players- are former Coach Pete Pullen, former District AD Jonas Smith, former school board member, state representative and convicted felon Clayton Luckie (who is cousins with Smith).

The reality is, since Mark Baker has been Athletic Director and had his contract hastily renewed last year, and the district was under sanctions and scrutiny of the OHSAA, competent leadership would have immediately stepped in and made sure all the t’s were crossed and i’s dotted after the bench clearing brawl in January. They weren’t. And, now, after spending considerable money defending Dunbar- just so they could play 2 more games in the tournament, the district now risks being banished from state play.

Why kids should have to continue to suffer at the hands of incompetent adults is beyond me.

It’s time for the board to replace Libby Lolli, Associate superintendent Sheila Burton, staff attorney Jyllian Bradshaw, PR Chief Marsha Bonhart (who was Bakers boss), District AD Mark Baker, the Dunbar AD, Principal and the entire coaching staff of the basketball program.

It’s time to sue Chuck Taylor for the court costs.

And it’s time for Taylor to resign from not only coaching but working for the courts, where he routinely is expected to administer this oath multiple times daily:

Oath: I swear that the evidence that I shall give, shall be the truth, the whole truth and nothing but the truth, so help me God. Affirmation: I solemnly affirm that the evidence that I shall give, shall be the truth, the whole truth and nothing but the truth.

Only when these things have taken place, can this district start back on a road to recovery.

And, as an aside, Lolli refuses to publish her presentation on school closings in advance for the review session where the public is allowed to comment, and says she hasn’t given it to board members either. For something as important as school closings- for her to not allow more than 7 days of review of her findings, is further proof that this is not an administration that works for the public- but for itself. It’s this kind of thinking that has them in the paper with a crisis of the day.

She’s also unable to estimate how much the district spent with Attorney Brian Wildermuth on his trial to get Dunbar back in the tournament.


More shenanigans circling DPS board

At the three ring circus on Friday night, where the three “finalists” gave their dog and pony shows, a few other things were in process.

Image supporting Mark Baker for DPS athletic directorThe search to replace the athletic director had completed, and Dunbar grad, OSU standout and NBA player Mark Baker had been offered the job. He had resigned as the head coach of Middletown High School. And while Mark Baker would seem a perfect fit, after spending many years running tutoring programs and being involved in coaching young people, the board decided to meddle, rescind the contrat and offer it to a guy out of D.C.

Once again, apparently having a diploma from DPS discounts your value.

In the audience at the event, disgraced former School Board Member and State Rep, Clayton Luckie was strutting like a peacock. I’ve known Clayton since he was a junior banker at National City Bank. He used to claim that all he needed to win an election was his huge family to get out to vote.

He made a point of telling me David Lawrence will never be superintendent, and that he would run for office again, just like Marion Barry, and he’d “beat me.” And I’m sure he would, Dayton has no problem electing the selections of the Dem Party, or people of limited moral and ethical character. Former DPS AD Jonas Smith- is one of Luckies relatives. Missing money seems to be a family trait, there is a reason I call it the “Monarchy of Montgomery County.”

There is a group planning to protest the new hire at Tuesday’s Board of Education meeting. It won’t be pretty, if Dr. Baguirov is left to run the citizen participation part.



The Democrats who chose Strahorn to run for Luckie’s seat

Sunday afternoon I was one of the Democratic Party Central committee tasked with picking a replacement for Clayton Luckie for the Ohio 39th House seat, in light of his current ethics investigation and voluntary withdrawal from the race.

The district is reportedly one of the most Democratic leaning in the State, meaning whomever we picked, they were almost guaranteed a win. The opponent they will face is Jeff Wellbaum (two l’s), a first time candidate for the Republicans. Fortunately or unfortunately, there are two Jeff’s with almost the same name- the other is Welbaum (one 1) is a Republican running for the second district court of appeals.

Even with confusion, Jeff Wellbaum, an Iraq war vet, won’t stand a chance. His Facebook page has all of 29 likes.

So, the decision on Sunday was really about who would be the next State representative, being decided in the main meeting room of Montgomery County Democratic HQ. Procedure was stumbled through, but Victor Harris had one central committee member nominate him, and I may have been the second. I believe in choice- always have.

Vic, a retired U.S. Army Lt. Col., had made waves with the party 4 years ago, running against their chosen one, Roland Winburn in the 39th and taking about 40% in the primary. Harris had flyers on all the chairs introducing himself with a brief bio and a list of what he’d work for.

If you need to hand members of the Montgomery County Democratic Party a bio, you can already forget it- they go with who they know. Harris told us the reason we should vote for him is so that Fred Strahorn could concentrate on winning the 5th Senate seat back that he lost 2 years ago. He also mentioned he was a cousin of Clayton Luckie (who has a reputation for having a family so big that just their votes are enough to get him elected).

Harris had already made a fool of himself to me by listing “Will fight to bring back the Wright Brother’s boy-hood (sic) and bike shop from the Henry Ford Museum in Michigan to where it belongs in the Wright-Dunbar neighborhood in Dayton.”

Wow, Vic, really? That’s more important than school funding reform and updating the laws put in place by the Northwest Ordinance of 1785?

After their 5 minute speeches, questions were allowed from the floor, I threw out three relative softies, while a few others made one minute speeches in support of Strahorn, including one from former rep and senator Tom Roberts who had picked Strahorn as his successor.

I believed we should hear what the candidates reasons were for running, what they were doing now and how much time they will be able to commit to the race and finally- a harder question on what they would do to address the real issues (stated above). Strahorn shined in his response. Harris didn’t.

There are about 69 precincts in the 39th, the party called me twice, mailed me once and dropped a flyer at my door. They made a solid effort to get the precinct chairs to the meeting. A quorum was 39, they had 41.

When it came time for the vote:

Fred Strahorn was selected as the Ohio House candidate for the 39th District after a vote of 41-1 at the Montgomery County Democratic headquarters on Sunday.

via Democrats choose Strahorn to run for Luckie’s seat |

And no, I wasn’t the one person voting for Victor.

Not that these were ideal conditions, with the short time-frame to pick a replacement for the ballot, but all in all, the process was the most democratic thing I’ve seen in a while from the MCDP. The doors were open, the cameras were rolling, the only question is who are the people who are voting. There is no list on the Dem party site- and the tool they have (which is new) has my house in Precinct 1-D and my precinct Captain as Joan Wagner (wife of A.J. Wagner) but I’m the captain of 1-E (not). Maybe I wasn’t qualified to vote after all? Despite having a certificate of election.

From looking around the room, the decision of who to hand this seat over to was made by quite a few elected politicians, people with patronage jobs and retired folks. Not exactly a cross section of our community. I’m not suggesting that there is a better way, but, realistically, it’s a pretty tight knit group. I doubt that the party would have felt a need to rig the room, but, I’m not sure how anyone would check.

I’m sure that Fred Strahorn was the most qualified candidate they could field, and as someone who also knows Jeff Wellbaum, Fred is the right man for the job. Fred learned some humility after his defeat by Bill Beagle two years ago- it was Fred’s first real contested race. This time, he won’t take things for granted even though he has once again been given a hall pass to the halls of our state government.

Duplication and abdication: Urban League

Yesterday, I spoke about “The league of extraordinary gentle women” who rule over Dayton non-profits by being the gatekeepers to corporate guilt/gelt. They administer the doling out of millions a year in the forms of grants and operational funding of our insane patchwork of non-profits that supposedly provide valuable community services and arts and culture.

The problem is we have well over 4,000 mouths to feed, and with each corporate restructuring, consolidation, M&A and picking up and leaving, more power ends up in the hands of these powerful women. And when the going gets tough, like it has at the Dayton Urban League, the corporate cronies get going:

On Thursday, Board of Trustees chair Ginny Strausburg and members Emily Chambers, Robert Patterson, Steve Conklin, James Mitchell and Michael Powe resigned their positions, leaving 11 members on the board.

“After years of combined volunteer service by the undersigned Board members to the Dayton Urban League and life-long personal commitments to diversity, inclusion and social justice, sadly, we find that it is necessary that we take this action because we believe we can no longer be effective in our roles,” the letter of resignation said.

The six said in the letter that since June they have worked to raise funds and implement change so the League could continue.

via Six trustees resign from the Dayton Urban League.

Yesterday, I heard from several readers who are the recipients of this corporate payola that my post was way overdue, and that many are afraid to say anything about these bullies, for fear of getting the funding tap turned off.

It was also pointed out that almost every Dayton Urban League program was a duplicate of something else in the community. The only reason that this organization was funded was out of white corporate and community guilt. It’s interesting also that the DDN didn’t assign the reporter on the typical county beat, Lynn Hulsey- and instead stuck Ameila Robinson (writer of the “Smart Mouth” blog and fashion editor) on it. We’re still afraid of the race card in Dayton.

In the meantime, the paper writes:

While area politicians, business leaders and non-profit representatives plan to meet privately today to discuss ways to reopen the Dayton Urban League… State Rep. Clayton Luckie (D-Dayton) organized the meeting set for one week after the skills training and economic opportunities organizations closed.

Luckie said Thursday they will discuss “how do we work together to protect what we have and to save one icon.”

Dayton is all about hanging onto icons. We can’t let go of the Wright Brothers and the equal opportunity strap-hanger Paul Lawrence Dunbar (who was elevated to icon status to appease our systematic segregation system that we refuse to acknowledge). The reality is, State Rep. Luckie should be working his butt off to make sure Governor Elect John Kasich doesn’t destroy the state losing us the opportunity to come out of the 19th Century when it comes to transportation systems.

And so much for Mayor Leitzell’s suggestion of 250,000 people giving a dollar each-

From his analysis of financial records, Luckie estimated that it would take $500,000 and the return of programing to reopen the 63-year-old league’s doors.

Of course, the city and county are now “investigating” to see if they didn’t provide oversight:

Dayton and Montgomery County is investigating whether the organization misappropriated some of $454,000 used to help the needy pay rent. It is not clear if the city and county’s audit affected the league’s decision to close.

Considering we have an oversupply of housing (hence the need to tear down thousands of homes) the question of why rents haven’t dropped is never raised. A few ideas maybe? Another government organization that helps the needy afford homes, DMHA- has artificially boosted base rents with their government subsidies- where substandard housing can be rented at market rates to poor people. Another factor is that Single Room Occupancy has been virtually outlawed everywhere except if you are UD or WSU providing student housing. SRO allows weekly/monthly rents by the room- often times furnished- which can provide much simpler transition from homeless to home than all of these government programs.

The reality is, “the missing money” shouldn’t be the issue in the first place- the reasoning that we have multiple organizations engaged in the same thing- inefficiently and sometimes counter-productivity should be the first line of investigation. The second should be of these “Board members” and governmental overseers who were supposed to audit the books and take care of the money. Unfortunately, they all get another hall pass.

Yet again, another reason for a chief ethics officer in the County.