White house director of African-American media--really?

I guess it's not just the private sector that--according to Obama--"is doing just fine." As is the custom with the Obama Administration, they released some potentially damaging information over a weekend.

While the Country languishes in a recession that has taken longer to recover from than any in history, the average wage increase was 8 percent for White House staff members.

It will warm your heart to know that your tax dollars are paying for 3 calligraphers making $85,000, $94,000 and $96,000 (I knew I should have listened to Sister Virginia about the importance of good handwriting)!

The Director of African-American Media (yes, you read that correctly) got an 86 percent pay increase and now makes $78,000 (obviously, he's worth every dime)! And not to slight another important voting minority group--the Director of Hispanic Media makes the same amount. I looked for the Director of European-American Media, but no luck. I guess if I were African-American or Hispanic I might be insulted that I needed a specially trained communicator.

Review of Ben Roberts as board of elections director

Great job
27% (12 votes)
11% (5 votes)
61% (27 votes)
Total votes: 44

Does Toledo Mayor Mike Bell pander to blacks and reward race hustlers?

...the controversial payouts to two former city employees who claimed they were fired illegally by former Mayor Carty Finkbeiner were not settled last night.

Council put off for at least two more weeks voting to approve $300,000 for Dwayne Morehead, former co-executive director of the city's youth commission, and $150,000 for Perlean Griffin, formerly director of the Office of Affirmative Action.


Inclement Weather Service Currently Being Offered

Toledo, Ohio ‑ The Toledo Area Regional Paratransit Service, TARPS, already is the nation’s second fastest growing transit service specifically for persons with disabilities and the fastest growing such service in Ohio. Plans and activities in place will advance this heavily used service even more.

American Red Cross releases $200,000 in aid to help communities affected by earthquake in Haiti

Tuesday, January 12, 2010 — The American Red Cross has pledged an initial $200,000 to assist communities impacted by today’s earthquake in Haiti, and is prepared to take further action as local responders assess the situation.

On Tuesday, January 12, less than one hour before sunset, a 7.3 earthquake struck Haiti near the capital of Port au Prince, causing catastrophic damage and loss of life.

· Initial estimates are that up to 3 million people may be affected.

Full El Tiempo interview with those being snooped on by former TPS manager Dan Burns

You can pick up and read the story in El Tiempo.
El Tiempo Article Kevin Milliken

Former TPS Administrator Ordered Probes of Private Citizens Investigations Occurred at Taxpayer Expense

The former business manager at Toledo Public Schools hired a private investigation firm at taxpayer expense to look into the backgrounds of five people who were private citizens at the time, including three people who would eventually be elected to the TPS board of education.

El Tiempo interview with those being snooped on by former TPS manager Dan Burns

Pick up this week's El Tiempo for the story.
El Tiempo Article Kevin Milliken

Bell announces picks for police, fire chiefs, public service director

Mayor-elect Michael P. Bell today announced his picks for Police Chief, Fire Chief, and Director of Public Service.
Mr. Bell confirmed that Chief Michael Navarre will continue to serve as Chief of Police Operations and Chief Mike Wolever will remain Chief of toledo Fire and Rescue. Both men are veterans of the Toledo safety services.
Chief Navarre joined the Toledo Police Department in 1977. He was appointed deputy chief in 1994 and was selected to succeed Gerald Galvin as Chief after a nationwide search for candidates in 1998.

Wilkowski joins energy law firm

Toledo, Ohio. Keith Wilkowski, a leading local government lawyer and most recently Toledo mayoral candidate, has joined the law firm of Marshall & Melhorn, LLC, as a Member. Mr. Wilkowski will chair the firm’s newly established Advanced Energy and Green Initiatives Practice Group. The announcement was made by Thomas P. Killam, a Managing Member and Chair of the firm’s Business Department.

Another reason to hate Microsoft

If you didn't already hate Microsoft, this may push you over the edge: "Security experts raised privacy concerns after a US National Security Agency official revealed that the Agency collaborated with Microsoft during the development stage of Windows 7. The revelation was made in a prepared statement by NSA information assurance director Richard Schaeffer, before the US Senate’s Subcommittee on Terrorism and Homeland Security, which operates under the Judiciary panel."

Taxpayers foot bill for employees being sued by ‘Joe the Plumber’

Taxpayers foot bill for employees being sued by ‘Joe the Plumber’
By William Hershey, Staff Writer
Updated 12:25 AM Sunday, November 15, 2009

COLUMBUS — Ohio taxpayers are right in the middle of the civil rights lawsuit that Samuel Joseph — “Joe the Plumber” — Wurzelbacher has filed against three former state employees, charging that they illegally accessed his confidential information through state databases.

Bell names advisory group to begin Mayoral transition

Mike Bell named a three-person Transition Advisory Group to advise him in structuring an orderly transition into the Mayor’s Office and recommend a process to select choices for leadership and staff positions in his new administration.

The Group consists of: Don Harbaugh, President of Toledo Molding & Die, Inc. and Member of the Toledo Regional Chamber of Commerce Board of Trustees.
Joyce Chappel, former Director of Human Resources for the City of Toledo and former
Director of the Ohio Department of Aging.
Joe Walter, Director of the Lucas County Emergency Management Agency and former

Black Swamp Conservancy to Host Regional Conservation Meeting; ODNR Director Logan to Attend

Perrysburg, OH (October 30, 2009) Black Swamp Conservancy will host its annual northwest Ohio land conservation meeting on November 19th.

Each year, Black Swamp Conservancy brings together a number of public and private conservation organizations and agencies to discuss the state of land conservation in northwest Ohio.

Alexander tosses in the towel

The Toledo Free Press is reporting that the embattled director of the YMCA, Robert Alexander, is going to retire. Is he tired of the fight?
The YMCA of Greater Toledo announced Oct. 28 that President and CEO Robert Alexander plans to retire on July 31, 2010.

The YMCA’s Board of Trustees has appointed Lee Dunn, YMCA Trustee for Life, to lead a search committee that will work with staff from YMCA of the USA, the national resource office for YMCAs, to find Alexander’s successor, according to a news release.

Background Checks Needed with Advent of Casinos

Issue 3 may open floodgates for criminals without proper regulations

COLUMBUS—House Republican Leader William G. Batchelder of Medina, today announced his commitment to safeguarding casino licenses and preventing individuals who have committed crimes in the past from obtaining a casino license, if Issue 3 is approved by voters this November.

Obama admin directs agencies to prep for amnesty:

October 2, 2009
Agency Plans for Visa Push by Residents Made Legal

Although President Obama has put off an immigration overhaul until next year, the federal agency in charge of approving visas is planning ahead for the possibility of giving legal status to millions of illegal immigrants, the agency’s director said Thursday.

Board of Elections - Problems With Election Ballots!

The Toledo Blade is reporting:

The Lucas County Board of Elections has 1,092 ballots that could be added to last week's Toledo primary election count, putting the final results for Toledo City Council in doubt.

The additional ballots include 166 absentee ballots accidentally left uncounted last Tuesday, Director Linda Howe said Monday.

She said two employees, a Republican and a Democrat, have received reprimands in their files and have come up with procedures to avoid a recurrence of the neglected ballots.

Response requested from Superintendent Foley - second request

Via e-mail from Steven Flagg:

For your information. Responses from John Foley to the original questions regarding the Scott auction are included in the text below. The auctions of TPS property have raised many questions within the Toledo community. Did they follow state law? Did we receive fair value for the property sold at these auctions? Why were property appraisals not completed for Scott and other auctions?

-------- Original Message --------
Subject: [Fwd: Re: Responses to your questions]
Date: Wed, 02 Sep 2009 12:24:56 -0400
From: Steven Flagg
To: John Foley

Mr. Foley,

Finkbeiner, His Last Effort To Screw-Up Toledo

Why would anyone appoint an economic development director with only four months left in his term? This tells me that someone wants the madness to continue well after he leaves office December 31, 2009. Wih a new mayor coming in, the new appointee will have to fight to keep his job. This gentlman is obviously competent. He was runner-up for the Port-Authority job. How is our new mayor going to justify firing him? If our new mayor doesn't fire him, Carty keeps his man in to manipulate him from his retirement. Why does Carty want to keep screwng up our city?

What should the YMCA do now in light of the neighbors' going to court ?

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