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Sunday, May 18, 2014


We are delighted that Councilman Bill Brownlee (District 5) has been successful in illuminating some of the functions/events in Maple Heights governance with his videos of council meetings, etc. 

This is a huge step in "open government" in Maple Heights.

Throughout 2012 and 2013 we watched what we consider obstruction to “open government in Maple Heights.

Unfortunately, this year we also witnessed the shocking and successful attempts by council leadership, to repeatedly silence Councilman Brownlee. This councilman does not yell, stomp his feet, wave his hands, or physically attack anyone.  Yet, the council leadership has sought this councilman’s physical removal from a council meeting (by a member of law enforcement [***]) on more than one occasion.

Can anyone recall when a councilman/woman was threatened with being physically removed by a member of the police force unless he/she stop talking?

Regarding "Music in the Park" series 2012/2013:
Meeting after meeting we've watched various members of Maple Heights city council and/or people who have backed the mayor, come out in support and praise of the Director of Human Services.   


There is no denial of the good works that come out of that department.  What we do object to, and that many (especially of European ancestry) fail to grasp, is the (in our opinion)  major highlighting of European culture (which is the director's background) over the culture and background of the majority of the residents who happen to be African American.  Research after research has exposed the systemic design to deny AfricanAmerican culture and history in the United States.


Our residents are in dire need of money; yet (in our opinion), the “Music in the Park” donations flow to those of predominantly European ancestry and to those who live outside the city.  This was pointed out to that department (again) last year, and the result was the use of the “N” word in the comment section of a 2012 (Music in the Park) post; followed by council (who were –and still are- predominantly of European background) contributing to a singer with the same ancestry; and the series staying pretty much the same.  This arrogance should have sent a chill (and “wake up call”) through the Maple Heights African American community. 


The cancelling (?) of the “Music in the Park” series (this year) which we’ve been told has always been funded through solicited donations, was seen by us as defiance for our persistence in asking that department  to highlight the culture/background of the majority in Maple Heights and giving the majority of those donations to those entertainment groups who represent the racial/cultural majority and who actually live in our city.  We feel it is and should have been the responsible and financially sound thing to do.


Anonymous said...

What seems to permeate through this government is intimidation. Don't speak or we'll have the police on your back. Don't write things we don't like or we'll have the law department and/or the police on your back.

The weapon/s used to silence seem to be the law/legal/law enforcement.

Anonymous said...

Noticed that there still are no black fire fighters in Maple Heights; and only 2 black police officers in Maple Heights.

Anonymous said...

These tactics will backfire on them. Councilman Brownlee will become more popular, and the department of human services will be seen in a less favorable light.

Government transparency shines a light on what goes on in government; and that's probably why the leadership in Maple Heights government dislikes a lot of transparency.