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Wednesday, September 30, 2015


10/12/2015 2pm

see our continuing comments 10/27/2015 (in italics) at the very bottom of this post

Well, if you trust the Cuyahoga County Board of Elections (which sorry we don't), after Wednesday's count there will be two candidates with relatively little public service experience vying for mayor of Maple Heights in the November Election.  Bill is a 1 term councilman (who caused many of the inhabitants of Maple Heights City Hall great angst) and Annette was "Mayor appointed" to serve on Charter Review in 2011, but has never held an elected office in Maple Heights city government.  Maple, by the way, is in Fiscal Emergency.  

As we see it, you'll either have another "white male" as mayor or one that is "white male" mayor approved.   Maple Heights has an estimated 70% African American population with considerable money circulation problems.  Whether you like African Americans or not, if money continues to largely circulate outside the community (that includes paying a large number of full time city employees who for the most part live and spend their money outside the city), Maple Heights financial problems will remain. That's bad for white and black residents. Regarding these taxes asked for ... they are temporary fixes at best and will not correct the long standing multitude of financial problems facing Maple; (what will help) money circulation within the community will.

We know at least one of the candidates wants more transparency in government, the other, "who the hell knows". 

Brownlee wants to restructure Maple's government to a city manager form of government.  (2)  (3)  That certainly won't be an easy task and it may or may not help the community.
Blackwell may try to keep the same folks around who were positioned when Maple went into Fiscal Watch and then Fiscal Emergency.

Both candidates are loose canons (meaning you don't know what the hell they'll do once they get in office).  Both candidates may shy away from dealing with the Department of Justice (2) (3), though it wouldn't be a wise move.

One will most certainly be replacing the current "issues with transparency" Law Director (When? No one knows), the other we hope will but we're skeptical.  Residents are going to have to carefully watch whoever is appointed to that position, including the Assistant Law Director position.

No matter which candidate lands in the mayor's seat, (ARTICLE V, THE EXECUTIVE) they will be handing out appointments.  This is what should really concern you!!!!

Be careful of those candidates who push taxes.  Think about who is being fed with your taxes (and we're also talking about school taxes). When those schools were built, who were the contractors? Who made money in the building of those schools?  Did residents participate in the building of those schools?  We're there any local contractors used (esp. Black contractors)?   Did those who dispensed our tax money insist that there be Black contractors/Maple Hts residents or Maple Heights/Black residents who would receive on the job training?  Are there any Black contractors being used now?  Look beyond the rhetoric you hear. Look at where your money goes and to whom the money goes.  

BHF: Black children do better when they know their history and culture. (2) see also: The Rise of Homeschooling Among Black Families.
A number of  HBCUs offer African American Studies. 

 [Go HERE for Maple Heights School report card]

As to candidates who will or could possibly have a seat on council come 2016 .. well, there's Toni Jones who seems to think "a resident speaking up (in 2011) about what she feels is a sitting mayor attacking the character of a Black female candidate without cause" is "playing the race card".   Ron Jackson and Edwina Agee (as did all of the current council members, including Brownlee first go round) voted for speed cameras in Maple Heights (without voter consent).  And then there's two uncontested wild cards, Stafford Shenett (an attorney), ... and Tanglyn Madden.

This is what we said in August 2012.  Click the link: MAPLE HEIGHTS LEADERSHIP NEEDS TO GO.   Adams, Cefaratti, Lansky and Albers will soon be gone, though whose to say who may linger in the background. 
Not sure if Jones or Trojanski will remain though our guess is they will.

Side note:  While we appreciate people's passions and comments, we've been dealing with Maple Heights city government for quite some time, and have put in the time and effort to try to understand how to create viable, diverse communities. 

And to those who comment:  Do you  know where your tax dollars go?  Do you attend council meetings?  Do you ask your council representative pertinent questions?  Have you ever asked for public records?  If not, why not?  Do you know how to create viable and diverse communities?  Have you done any research on how to create viable, diverse communities?  Do you understand the principle of money circulation and how to circulate money within a community (2) (3) (4) (5) (6)?  
If you're a politician, are you prepared to deal with the constant problems of running a government and criticisms thrown at you, and prepared to get calls late at night (or all through the night)?
As a politician, do you have the balls to criticize the police if necessary and deal with police union demands? 

We're not candidates or politicians and we don't bow down to any politician.  If you want to be in public office, get a thick skin and get used to the criticisms (and deal with them) or pack up and leave.

[Edited 10/04/2015]
"And to the person who left a comment in the comment section stating we promised to work together (??? WTH!!).  Since we did not attend any mayor's forum and we're not candidates or politicians who promised anything, your comment regarding what we said is misdirected.  ****We made no such comments. 

It's also very obvious that we have some commenters who have only been to the Maple Heights African American Gazette once or twice and are supporters of Ms. Blackwell (Which is fine - but that remark "Get Over It" was adolescent).  Look around.  You'll find links to not only "Codified Ordinances of Maple Heights", but also to organizations that are excellent resources.

Each commenter needs to do their own research and ask relevant questions of both candidates and go to council meetings and ask for public records.  Please do read the section "About Us".  Finally, ... Just because you're an African American doesn't mean we trust you or support you.  You have to earn our trust and support.  

We (plural) live here and we watch City Hall, this community and its leadership and community organizers and those who are considered community activists. We also speak out and ask for public records and place ourselves at grave risk for doing so in some instances."  

The Maple Heights News did video tape the mayor's forum and post on YouTube along with their other video tapes of council meetings, etc. 



You wanted an education, we're going to give it to you .... though you may not like what you read.

Click HERE

Codified Ordinances of Maple Heights

Residency Rules: The Detroit Experience


SADLUP said...

Shame on you for writing this article discrediting Annette M. McMillian Blackwell's win in the Primary election for Mayor of Maple Hts. What happened to the "4 losers working for the 1 winner" that you promised in the Candidates forum? And what happened to "earning respect" and "Working together as a whole" that you also promised. Ms. Blackwell is the best candidate for the job! PERIOD!

Maple Heights African American Gazette said...

Please read our comment at the end of the post

Anonymous said...

Please do a better job of informing the residents than what you have already done. Your biases do nothing more than discourage people from the electoral process. The people have spoken at the ballot box and now we have two people running for the Mayor's seat. It does not matter if you like either candidate. Don't insult our intelligence with your biased opinions. State the facts and present them as such so voters can make an informed choice.

Anonymous said...

The above poster has a right to her opinion. Just because she does not agree with yours does not make her comments misdirected. This publication should seek to educate and inform and not steer residents away from asking either candidate the real issues and how they will approach them. So your candidate of choice is out of the running. Get over it!!!