Saturday, February 28, 2009
Friday, February 27, 2009
The city commissioners invite you to come in from the cold. Dave Waddington, Dan Kaman and Bob Warner will host their 8 a.m. Saturday coffee hour amongst the palm trees and balmy weather inside the Sandusky City Greenhouse. Mike Pisarsky, horticulture services superintendent, will speak for 30 minutes about the city’s ongoing battle with the emerald ash borer, an invasive Asian beetle. The next 30 minutes will be open for discussion about any topics ongoing in the city. The greenhouse is located at 620 Elm St., and the public is encouraged to attend.
Thursday, February 26, 2009
Update: Not a single person who reads this site can remember that op-ed? It was a detailed list of things that the city could do to bring business to downtown and revitalize the local economy. Nobody remembers it?
Information technology in today's world.
Glenn Beck on the devaluation of the US Dollar. Scary stuff. Beck put this out on the internet for circulation. This is what happens when we monetize debt or create money to "stimulate" the economy. Where is this country headed?
Wednesday, February 25, 2009
Bailey: Who owned the car you were driving?
Nuesse: The city of Sandusky Police Department.
Bailey: Was it a marked car or unmarked car?
Nuesse: It was an unmarked police car.
Bailey: Did you offer to pay the ticket?
Nuesse: Yes I did.
Bailey: Who did you tell that you would pay the ticket?
Nuesse: I asked Captain Frankowski where the ticket - where I should pay the ticket.
Bailey: And what was his response?
Nuesse: His response was, "Chief you shouldn't pay the ticket. You're not in violation."
While we're at it, take this suggestion for other staff positions: Look at what other city's are doing to trim their budgets and see if Sandusky can do the same.
Tuesday, February 24, 2009
You be the judge: Click on the image for full size.
Eh. I don't know. I suppose it's not clearly marked, but given the fact that he's the city manager, and nobody else parked there because it actually is marked, you start to wonder why he seems to be the only person unaware that it was a handicapped spot. But then again the only way you'd notice the handicapped marking was if you're looking for it. It's a fine line I guess. Defendable I suppose, but it's indicative of the kind of guy who pulls up and parks next to the door - because well - he's the city manager. On the other hand because he's city manager you'd think that he'd know it was a handicapped spot.
Splitting hairs? Perhaps. But this guy fired the city's Police Chief over the same type of pettiness.
Monday, February 23, 2009
They talked about a whole bunch of budget issues. They bickered a little. They joked a little. They made a big deal out of $50,000 that would be spent on cleaning up the G&C Foundry property because that amount of money was comparable to an "FTE" (Stahl's acronym for what it costs to pay a full time employee.) The commission is coming to grips with the fact that the city is facing nearly a million dollar budget deficit and cuts will have to be made in some way or another.
The idea of teaming up with Erie Metroparks to clean up Lions Park came up. Great idea, but I don't see how they're going to help Sandusky clean up the park without benefiting in some way. Are they going to ask to slap EMP signs up or something? Why would they want to help? Where's the catch?
Like I said, this is going to be brief because posting the minutes would be an easier way to carry out discussions about city budget issues. I think I'll check on how to do just that...
Then the audience participation started. Nuesse's federal suit was on everyone's minds...
Saturday, February 21, 2009
The next city commissioner meeting is Monday night at 5:00 pm.
[You have to click on the "City Derailed Joint Dispatch" video in the sidebar. The SR still doesn't permalink each video.]
*Reference the state of the city address right after Kline makes a token denial about the sexual harassment charges, defends his statement by saying the city has conducted it's own investigation, and then indirectly stated that budget issues are more important than personal integrity and professionalism.
Friday, February 20, 2009
The most glaring examples of the double standard was when full time police officer Jim Fitzpatrick was investigated. The SPD would not bring in outside investigators. But when that reserve officer (what's his name?) was charged for importuning, acting Chief Sams brought in an outside investigator to "avoid the appearance of impropriety."
It'd be nice to have the SR articles for this feature - but I can't remember the name of that reserve officer or how to find the article. Does anybody remember his name?
Thursday, February 19, 2009
The event was publicized on the City's website (on their events calendar.) That's where the SR gets their information about city events too, I'd imagine.
From the city's website: (Notice the air times on Channel 81)
If you wade past the steady torrent of bickering and claims that Smith's bad decisions somehow reflect poorly on our local school systems, there are few comments on the SR that interest:
I also have it from several sources that Smith's mother passed away recently (last year?) from cancer. She was in her 50's. My point being that Smith is no stranger to tragedy. One can't help but wonder how the different events wore on him which may have brought him to making a bad decision or two.
I'm not defending his actions, but these facts should be considered before casting stones from the safety of our anonymous glass houses...
Wednesday, February 18, 2009
Full text of decision here.
The "opinionated" seem to come out of the woodwork for this case, so have at it. There's no better place to get your information than the source, so read the document.
SANDUSKY, OHIO -- Police in Sandusky say a man attacked a high school gym teacher after accusing him of having sex with his stepdaughter.
The attack happened Sunday. Police say Charles Griggs was told by his 18-year-old stepdaughter that she had sex with 29-year-old Drew Smith at least twice in Smith's Huron home.
Smith is a gym teacher and football coach at St. Mary Central Catholic in Sandusky.
Smith's roommates pulled Griggs off and called police.
Griggs has been charged with burglary and aggravated menacing. Smith has been charged with two counts of sexual battery.
Both men have been released on bond
There are a few readable comments under the SR. Most notably the fact that males are treated differently when accused of these types of crimes. Somebody mentioned a recent local case that I don't recognize. Has there been any recently about female teachers having sex with male students? I wasn't aware of any...
Tuesday, February 17, 2009
Whether you voted for him or not, it's pretty hard to deny that the media was in the tank.
CM in the SR comments:
Most Americans simply aren’t paying attention. Most are [not?] up to speed on recent events to engage in an intelligent conversation about what is happening to our nation. When I mention the word socialism to most people I get one of the following responses:
1. “You’re crazy. Why can’t you just give Obama a chance?”
2. “What’s so bad about socialism?”
3. “What is socialism?”
4. “You just don’t like him because he’s black.”
5. “You must be a Republican.”
6. “Well George Bush was an idiot. At least Obama is articulate.”
7. “I don’t keep up with politics. Nothing I say will make a difference anyway.”
These are actually the most common responses I get. A few of the people I talk to are aware of the direction our country is heading in and I encourage those people to talk to everyone they know about it. They are just as frustrated as I am at the levels of ignorance and apathy out there. "
Even if Americans were paying attention, do you think they'd actually get it?
Sunday, February 15, 2009
Thank You 411 for letting people know how the girls were not trying to beat the train, and that they were the unlucky ones. We have tried to live with everything that people say about my daughter and her best friend and they don't care how they hurt someone. Their sisters have to live with not having her around, and all the good things that would have happen if they were alive, so now all we have are the memories of the 16 years that we had with them. We also have the Kids Fest in the summer for kids to enjoy a good day of fun. Our Love will always be there and no one can change that. Thanks again! They were only 16 and were put in an adult situation. Everyone makes mistakes.
Being written about in the pages of our local paper is almost a curse. The internet has a way of bringing out the worst in people, and so having your name in the paper probably gives some people that queasy feeling because you just know somebody is going to make tasteless comments about you or a family member. I note on many threads the efforts that family members make to defend loves ones, but a good defense doesn't take away the fact that someone out there had the gall to make an unsympathetic comment about a situation they probably know little about. (i.e. "Bobaluey" who seems to think because his dad works for the railroad that he is somehow justified to make comments about the victims of an accident.)
The families turned a tragedy into something positive.
Saturday, February 14, 2009
1. This keeps getting better and better.
2. No wonder Crandall bailed early on.
3. The Register didn't interpret the lawsuit correctly. City should hire within.
4. Kline's behavior is demeaning, paternalistic and harassing on it's face.
5. In any place but Sandusky, Kline would be on administrative leave.
6. Only in Sandusky could something like this happen.
7. Sandusky is a three ring circus.
8. Nuesse is attractive. This is no suprise.
9. [Difficult to read. Skip.]
10. Kline should be on administrative leave.
11. Nuesse should've reported this immediately, not months or years after the fact.
12. Cirigliano is biased for not admitting the allegations.
13. [Link to this site]
14. Nuesse is breaking up the Good Ole Boy system in Sandusky. Attagirl.
15. How much has this cost the taxpayers? Anyone involved in this mess should be fired.
Bailey said he couldn’t bring up Kline’s sexual advances during Nuesse’s Civil Service hearing because Judge Joseph Cirigliano ruled they were “irrelevant.”
And you thought Judge Joseph Cirigliano was on the straight and narrow. I suppose the sexual advances were "irrelevent" in Cirigliano's view though.
“I obviously disagreed,” Bailey said. “If someone tries to be a little too friendly to someone of the opposite sex in a workplace, and she rejects those advances, how can that not have had an effect on (Kline’s) decision (to fire her)?”
Three city commissioners said they were “shocked” or “extremely surprised” by the sexual harassment allegations.
“I’ve heard the rumors, as everyone has,” ex-officio mayor Craig Stahl said. “But this is the first time I’ve seen them.”
You heard the rumors, as everyone has?! Did they concern you Mr. Stahl?!
16: "...slightly rubbing them while he addressed the supervisors." ?? Looks like Nuesse has plenty of witnesses to call. We'd have to see a list of the supervisors present, but as far as that conspiracy against her by the command structure - there has to be at least one supervisor who will tell the truth about what happened in that meeting.
And if this particular allegation is true, the Commissioners need to immediately place Kline on administrative leave pending the outcome of the federal suit. After all, isn't this the way Sandusky does it? Nuesse was placed on leave in order for Sandusky to make a case against her!
Kline didn’t return phone calls Friday.
Big shocker there.
This is a pretty ill-advised comment:
Most city officials declined to comment on the situation, but city commissioner Bob Warner offered a vote of confidence for city manager Kline.
“I still support Matt,” he said. “I’m in construction, and these things pop up from time to time. Sometimes they’re true; sometimes they’re not. You just have to wait and see how the investigation plays out.”
Does Bob Warner support Kline 'unconditionally?' Because that's what it sounds like he's saying. He admits that he doesn't know how the investigation is going to turn out - but he's going to publicly voice his support for Kline anyway?
Another city commissioner who spoke on the condition of anonymity said he now believes Nuesse is innocent.
“Her persistence is unwavering,” he said. “Why would she go down this path and keep going if she was lying? She could’ve just taken a settlement and walked away.”
Can you imagine coming to a town like Sandusky and having this happen to you? You're new in the area, and it's a beautiful area. You're expecting to work with a group of enlightened people - because after all, they've hired a female police chief! Sandusky must be ahead of it's time! A shining example of tolerance and progressive thought - certainly an atmosphere that wouldn't tolerate sexist bahavior or sexual harassment! These guys must really think outside the box. After all, they passed over several of their own to hire me!
[Bailey] didn’t file a suit immediately because he was hoping the city would drop the case or reach a settlement with his client.
“They really didn’t give us a choice,” he said. “I was hoping this would be over by now.”
Come on, Ron. You know better than that.
Thursday, February 12, 2009
As a Catholic Priest, he obviously doesn't support abortion, but he seems to be giving a pass to Obama on the issue. I'm intrigued by the idea that if pro-lifers want to change society - the government is not the place to take the fight.
Wednesday, February 11, 2009
Oh yeah, this sounds like a wise purchase. Because they desperately needed it for the ice rescue on Saturday and plus we're in an 'age-of-plenty' right now.
"Did you call Ozie Jackson to see if he could produce those invoices?" Bailey asked, referring to the man who physically filled out the grant form for Nuesse."No," Foran answered."Why not?" Bailey asked. "He could have produced those invoices and cleared up the whole thing for you.""I didn't think he'd talk to me -- a non-governmental employee," Foran answered."Would it surprise you that he talked to me?" Bailey asked. Foran shrugged his shoulders. "I didn't think he would talk."
Good reason, dude. (Or could it be that Foran was only trying to find information that would lead to a certain pre-determined conclusion?)
This isn't the first time Foran's credibility has been brought up.
From this article in the Register:
The former F.B.I. special agents who conducted the interviews for the Murman report have worked together before, Darden noted in his report.
The Alliance referenced James Neff's "Mobbed up", published in 1989, and articles from the New York Times for some history on investigators Patrick J. Foran and Martin McCann Jr.
In a case relating to the Teamster's Union, federal prosecutors concluded that the statements of Foran ad McCann were not credible, Darden observed.
According to "Mobbed Up," McCann and Foran cannot give sworn testimony without being subject to perjury charges because they pleaded the Fifth Amendment, which protects them from self-incrimination.
"The city hired investigators who cannot testify, or if they do, there will be serious credibility problems," Darden wrote.
He went on to explain that more time is needed to investigate these assertions, since it's equally plausible that "Mobbed Up" or the New York Times published incorrect or incomplete information.
"This is just one aspect of the investigation that needs to be investigated," Darden wrote.
Monday, February 9, 2009
Video work takes a lot longer than writing, so bear with me. If you see no updates on the site for awhile, just check back. I hope to have the MD project up in a few days.
From discussions with the Save Our Shorelines folks, this site came up: EcoCityCleveland is a website that describes best waterfront development practices from people who have experience with such things. I thought it a good read about how to develop a waterfront that promotes sustainability and attracts folks instead of making them feel like unwanted neighbors.
Exactly my point:
Whoever is talking in the background makes some pretty funny comments. At one point she says, "Are we on Lake Erie?" "No, Lake Erie is not part of a public park" (or something like that.)
Also, watch this link for Bob Bratton (Ottawa County Sheriff) get really really really emotional about the whole thing. For as many years as he's been in law enforcement it's surprising to see him flip out like this. (Yes Sheriff, there are people who really like to ice fish out there.) The comments he makes about the bridge sound pretty anecdotal. He acts like all 134 of those ice fisherman crossed a makeshift wooden bridge - which is pretty doubtful) in order to put their lives in danger.
So why cry about it? The rescuers are doing their job and they're getting paid for it. It's almost like the Sheriff doesn't want to be bothered. In other words: These idiots justify your job. So be thankful for idiots.
On another note, ask your local lawman about whether or not he "likes" crime. If he says, "no" he's lying. Crime enables him to have a job. So in a way he's dependent on other people either being idiotic and endangering themselves or committing crimes so he can make a living.
Saturday, February 7, 2009
Friday, February 6, 2009
Thursday, February 5, 2009
How is your economy doing? Has this recession forced you to change anything in your life?
It has mine. For the first time, our family has gone to the "envelope" system promoted by Dave Ramsey. We've made a committment to get out and stay out of debt. We don't eat out as much. We group errands to save gas. We watch movies at home instead of going out. We pinch pennies and we hound the kids about turning off bedroom lights. Water doesn't run if you're not using it. We take shorter showers, if we take showers at all. (Just kidding.) Our way of life has changed for the better.
How has your life changed? Do you have any insight into financial conservatism that many people have adopted lately?
This "fact sheet" has been out for quite awhile, but it's interesting to read the city's perspective on the project.
We're at a crossroad. The situation is dire. This development of battery park is critical. It is essential that we get this right. It's one of the single most important issues that face Sandusky!
"I am convinced that this project is essential to Sandusky's future and that of our children."
Wednesday, February 4, 2009
If this is all the city has they better be looking at ways to get more money into the general fund as Nuesse is going to clean their clocks. I at first thought the city had a case but after watching all this unfold I cannot believe we the tax payer are paying this judge $400 an hour to listen to the drivel the city is using as a case. If it wasn't for the judge getting paid by the hour he would have thrown this out long ago. We need to get rid of Kline and the city commissioners that allowed this to go on.
Whenever Kline and Co. opens the door for a lawsuit against the City - even if we want the defendant to prevail because we agree that he/she has been wronged by public servants - the tax payers end up paying for the settlement.
This is why I get angry about how they handled the Nuesse case. I don't know the ins and outs of the case. I only know the information that I have access to. This means that I don't know what it was like to work for Nuesse on a daily basis. Maybe Sams and Co. have a point when they say she was a bear to work for. Maybe she ignored them. Made them feel unappreciated (awww, sorry guys!) That's still no excuse for how they handled it. There's a way to get rid of nuisances - and this isn't the way to do it. You build a case against that person. You show a hardened and well established pattern. (If you can.) You make it full proof and you get the public behind you before you make a move.
They did none of this. They whined and acted like unprofessional weenies who didn't want to work for a woman.
And now we get to pay a settlement because of their behavior.
If you think I'm wrong, speak on it. I'm fair.
All bickering in the comment section under this SR article can be neutralized with a single comment:
AngryWhiteDude wrote on Feb 4, 2009 1:55 PM:
Let a free market economy decide. The government, even voted on by the people, should not dictate how this group of business owners should run their businesses. If you don’t want smoking in bars, go to only those that don’t allow smoking. If you want to smoke or don’t mind it, go to those that allow smoking. If enough people don’t want smoking or vise a versa, those bars that do not offer what the bar going public want, will go out of business. This is the very essence of free market capitalism.
Kinda related: Am I the only person who skims the SR comments looking for something that resembles a structured paragraph, with correct punctuation and line breaks for easier reading? Am I the only person who ignores the rest of it?
Also annoying: When a comment appears to be a response to another commenter, as if arguing in the comments section is really going to change the viewpoint of somebody who feels strongly enough about given topic to leave a comment in the first place. Who has time to follow these confusing back and forths besides the people leaving the comments?
If you're going to bother leaving a comment, make it a single supported paragraph, several if you must, with readable sentences. Or a one-liner - but only if it's funny. Is that too much to ask?
If you were able to watch it, what happened? (Woops, maybe I should read the comments first before I start asking questions.)
I listened to this in the background today for about two hours. They spent alot of time talking about dispatch and how lousy some other officials are. I don't think they made a single dent in addressing the actual charges for which she was fired. I can only imagine that their strategy is to put political pressure on the Commission to get her rehired. I guess that is why she hired a showman attorney and not an employment attorney.
My wife concurs that it was kinda boring, unremarkable.
I imagine it's difficult to stay on task (talk about the actual charges, evidence in support of) when the actual charges are an embarassing example of pettiness. Also, I really don't think she'll go back to working for this city. I'd like to be proven wrong, but i think her main concern at this point is keeping her law enforcement career viable.
...And let's go through those charges that could potentially end her career:
1. The parking ticket.
2. Allegedly lying about status of dispatch - which was probably just a biased interpretation of what she said. Somebody prove me wrong.
3. Stopped beat cops from taking free coffee.
4. Wouldn't let Captain Sam have a new website.
5. Stopped everybody from parking in the big circle.
What did I forget?
Tuesday, February 3, 2009
- I met with the gentlemen from the CRG tonight. Stay tuned for the video story on the Marina District. Production takes some time. Click on link below to view their website
- By the looks of the poll in the sidebar, readers want more local opinions. We'll post "letters to the editor." Send them to firstname.lastname@example.org
- Web traffic is steadily increasing. I attribute that to word of mouth, emails to friends to spread the word. We appreciate it!
- We'd like to turn this site into a news aggregate for local organizations and non-profits. If you have an event or announcement, please send it to us and we'll provide a link to your website for more information.
Don't be embarassed Big Chuck and Mary Joe! I would've gotten into it too - but I figured knocking on the door asking to take a picture was "weird" enough!
Monday, February 2, 2009
Can't we all agree that this Marina Disaster episode is all about making someone some money at the cost of public trust and loss of confidence in the city government? Who on the city commission (present or past commissioners) may know the identity of the land grabbing MD business associates behind the curtain who have yet to be exposed as the silent investors and members of the secret LLC? Could there be some additional conflicts of interest that have not yet come to light? How will we ever know if the city commission is not held accountable for any of their past misdeeds especially after abusing the city charter by circumventing the voter referendum petitions?
I don't know enough about the marina district - from the city you can only see what they give you. And we're all free to look at the propoganda right here. I don't know if I'm able to research it any more because all the information they want to give you, they've already given you. In reference to the above conflicts, I fear a certain [former] commissioner on this issue. I worried about it when he ran for office and I worry about it even after he's left. We'll never know what goes on behind the curtain and that's what bothers me the most.
Can you replace Surf's Up with a water front park that is more valuable to the citizens of Sandusky than the current property?
If you can, point out the location and explain how it would make more sense than to keep what we already have and utilize it better.
There is no comparison to the site we already have of which condos will be placed on the existing land. Nowhere can you replace such a site line. As far as the Cleveland Road land, that is not considered waterfront property. Deep Water and Gradel property have pollution problems that will cost millions of dollars to clean up and Tricor we already own and nothing can be developed of which we own the land. I can't see where ODNR is going to approve of any these sites. I don't want the city to stick us in a crappy piece of land with a couple of picnic tables and call it a park.
Sunday, February 1, 2009
What say you?
That's like somebody saying: "It's okay, say whatever you want." And then under their breath: "I know where you live."
We guard the identities and personal information of our online users with every shield available to us. So the venal public official you justly or unjustly criticize is never going to know who you are.
I feel so assured.
The Register knows who you are if you weren't smart enough (or cared in the first place) to use an anonymous email address and fake mailing address. Also, your identity is not "secure." A court subpoena by somebody who feels 'libeled' by an SR commenter could free up that information and there's nothing the Register can do about it.
I understand where Nick is coming from and agree that registration was a good idea, he just doesn't seem to be doing a very good job of convincing the naysayers. Remember pal, people around here have a reason for feeling paranoid about getting hit with speech crimes.
Don Lee asks: Can we now just have American history month?