At the end of the Civil War in 1865 the literacy rate for freed American Negroes was zero percent. By 1970 our literacy rate was 98.4 percent. Why? In segregated schools like I was educated in my four American Negro female and four American Negro male teachers maintained the academic standards that achieved the goal. An "A" was a score of 95 to 100. When the Russians on leading our 75 percent majority American Negro city's school board wanted to grade us on the "curve," my teachers met with our parents as a group. They told us and them that an "A" was a score of 95 to 100 and anything less would demean our race. I was an A student. Then we returned to Cleveland. I see y'all embraced the curve. Look at how you demean our race. I learned to read and write in "that" East Saint Louis, Illinois environment and I thank almighty God for my father's decision to raise his family there.

Mayors ending the year with deficits will engage in dereliction of duty

CLEVELAND, OH – By the end of 2020 Cleveland Mayor Frank Jackson will have recklessly created a deficit in the city’s general fund and committed the criminal offense of dereliction of duty if he hasn’t already laid off city workers or been negotiating new labor agreements as a result of tax collection shortages.  The language of the “dereliction of duty” local ordinance is found in Section 615.12(d) and (e) as the subsections. Subsection (f) of Cleveland’s codified ordinances makes the offense a second degree misdemeanor.  The crime should be upgraded to a first degree misdemeanor.

“(d)  No public official of the State shall recklessly create a deficiency, incur a liability or expend a greater sum than is appropriated by the General Assembly for the use in any one (1) year of the department, agency or institution of the State with which the public official is connected.  (e)  No public servant shall recklessly fail to perform a duty expressly imposed by law with respect to his or her office, or recklessly do any act expressly forbidden by law with respect to his or her office. (f)   Whoever violates this section is guilty of dereliction of duty, a misdemeanor of the second degree.”
These two lying lunatics unconstitutionally closed Ohio businesses and created conditions that have wrecked government budgets throughout the state as the United States of America heads into a Depression created by their reckless decisions not to obey the state’s 26 pandemic mitigating laws. Governor Richard Michael DeWine and his ex-quack health director, Dr. Amy Stearns-Acton, deserve to be cursed by Ohioans forever. 13 Ohioans were infected by the coronavirus on March 12, 2020. Not 117,000. 9 were Russian American Jews from Cuyahoga County who’d returned from Israel or attended an AIPAC conference and should have been quarantined, by law, to their homes.

Ohio’s end of 2020 “deficit” of nearly $3 billion will mean that Governor Richard Michael DeWine engaged in the same act of dereliction of duty as Jackson when his unconstitutional state closing dried up the tax revenue from its 88 counties and 1995 municipal cities, villages and townships.  Title 37 of Ohio’s revised  code required Dewine only to ensure that the “infected” were quarantined.  None of the state’s 26 pandemic mitigating laws include unconstitutional words like shutdowns, masks and social distancing.

There is no legal authority for the city of Cleveland’s council to enact a “mandatory” mask ordinance; or to penalize businesses that don’t operate in confirmity to “rules” instead of the laws that allowed them to open.  The 10th Amendment of the U.S. Constitution offers insight on the “Commerce Clause” found under Article 1, Section 8 and Clause 3.  “The Congress shall have Power to regulate Commerce with foreign Nations, and among the several States, and with the Indian Tribes.”

Ohio is plagued with elected and appointed officials who don’t know the duties of the public offices they hold that are “written” into laws in plain English because they don’t read.  Ignorance of laws is always one of their “fall back” excuses when I’ve interviewed elected and appointed officials during my time as a publisher and journalist.  “I didn’t know.”  Why?  “Because I did not read.”

The salvation to saving jobs is right now in the power of the “less senior” employees in public unions who may make up the majority; as the more senior public workers rush to retire.  They can use a term called “exigent circumstances” brought on by the pandemic and ask for across the board wage decreases for the amount of each government’s projected losses.  If the employees aren’t pressing to cut their own wages to save jobs, then Ohio’s mayors should have been using it to keep from ending the year in a deficit.

The Office of the General Counsel of the National Labor Relations Board issued a March 27, 2020 opinion that has been guiding every “unionized” workforce in the nation.  Employers do not have to negotiate layoffs with unions that have expired contracts.  They can simply lay off who they need to keep their business afloat.  That is one of the two opinions the NLRB delivered to governors, mayors, county commissioners and legislative bodies across the nation that were paying attention.

The second opinion is that employers with existing contracts must go through “good faith to negotiate” steps and deliver a last best offer to the union and its members.    Once the last best offer is on the table, and rejected by the union, the employer can implement it as long as the “effect” of the layoffs are included in the last best offer.

Mayors and councils who haven’t been reading the opinions from the National Labor Relations Board are going to end up losing arbitrator rulings on decisions the mayor makes when they execute layoffs without meeting all the legal conditions that authorizes them.

The coronavirus closing is an “exigent circumstance” beyond every government’s control.  The employers and elected officials in the “advanced” class of bureaucratic leadership have already been using the opinion since April to cut their budgets through workforce reductions.  That idiot miseducating Cleveland school children, Eric Gordon, thinks he’s going to get a tax increase in November 2020.  Any elected official “waiting to see” should have “already done.”

There is an “exception” to the duty to negotiate.  It’s when the employer can demonstrate that “economic exigencies compelled prompt action.”  The NLRB’s general counsel cited its ruling in Bottom Line Enterprises, 302 NLRB 373, 374 (1991).  The coronavirus is that exception and every public employee with or without a current contract is about to run into a “lay off brick wall” if they’re not at the table now and talking as councils are deliberating and about to approve 2021 budgets.

Cleveland’s deficit should be close to 30 to 40 percent as the businesses closed in the city are not returning.  The downtown Cleveland “destination location” slogan is dead.  The hotels, parking lots, buses and event venues are empty or closed.  The city will operate on significantly less revenue going forward.

Billions of dollars in federal funding that should have gone to stabilize and improve Cleveland east, west and south side neighborhoods was wasted.  Blaine Griffin got his moratorium on “dollar stores.”  Cleveland now has nearly “no stores” generating annual occupancy permit fees, sales taxes and employee income taxes at two percent.  The best plan was the one anarchists destroyed.  A built up downtown.  There are no recovery plans the politicians whose genius killed the economy can envision to bring it back.

To save jobs the amount of money cut from each “elected official” and public employee worker’s wages should be the amount of the expected deficit.  30 to 40 percent.  Greed won’t let it happen.  The more senior public workers want their best pension years at the highest wages for a pension fund check that’s not coming when Ohio declares bankruptcy.

Jackson can’t make it on $96,000 instead of about $160,000.  Council can’t make it on only $53,000 a year for the part-time job.  The self-serving council Kevin Kelley leads won’t enact an emergency ordinance establishing a 3o to 40 percent lower wage for themselves.   The $40,000 a year I earned as East Cleveland’s mayor for the full-time job, doing a better job then than they do now, isn’t enough money for them. East Cleveland councilmembers earn $4500 a year.  $88,000 in Cleveland.

It’s why thieves like Basheer Jones and Jeff Johnson lie about living in Cleveland while living elsewhere. The money is better in Cleveland politics.

Kentucky U.S. Senator Mitch McConnell has warned governors, mayors, county commissioners and more that the federal government is not going to send money to pay public employee pensions. States like Ohio will have bankruptcy as the pension fund option as voters are not going to cover public employee pensions by voting for tax increases. It’s over.

U.S. Senator Mitch McConnell has already said the 23 states that created their own public employee union pension debt nightmare will have to dig themselves out of their own “how do we pay for it?” holes.   Federal money isn’t going to public employee pensions.  He’s recommended that states use bankruptcy to dissolve the debt.  They should have followed the “right to work” of the 27 states that don’t have a public employee “union” problem.

As East Cleveland’s mayor I faced a roughly $600,000 to $800,000 deficit my last year in office in 2009.  Police and fire were the 24 hour workers and the biggest overtime abusers.  They made the most money and the city was picking up a larger percentage of its contribution to their pension than the other workers.  They’d also wrecked cars, damaged cars and cost the taxpayers more money in litigation than any other group of workers.  24 were placed on a lay-off list.  The majority in the ranks of supervisors.

The Fraternal Order of Police (FOP) represented the patrol officers, sergeants and dispatchers as “separate” unions.  The supervisors thought they had “bumping rights” until I told them and the FOP representative, Otto Holm, that the contract I negotiated with the help of Kenneth Adams and the late Almeta Johnson had not authorized bumping rights “between” unions.  Only “within” the same union.  So a sergeant in an FOP lodge that represented supervisors could not bump a patrol officer represented by another union.  Patrol officers could not “bump” the dispatchers.

I was dealing with the “exigent circumstances” of an anticipated shrinkage in income tax collections, a cut in the local government fund under Governor Ted Strickland’s fucked up way of handling the state’s finances, and I’d boosted the police department’s staff from 34 in 2006 to about 73 by 2009.

For three year’s I’d kept the city out of fiscal emergency and balanced budgets.  Crime had been cut by 40 to 75 percent in every category.  Homicides dropped from 12 the year before I took office to 5 in 2008.  Cops hadn’t killed anybody.  I fired Todd Carroscia for a high speed chase.

What I wanted “to keep the 24 cops working” was a reduction in the city’s percentage of pension contribution, a 10 percent cut in wages, a higher medical contribution as my “best” recollection of events from 12 years ago.  I had a freeze on hiring and money was already starting to come in from the “vacant property registration ordinance” I’d written.  $600,000 was expected from it in 1010.  $1.2 million by 2011.  I wasn’t worried about the deficit with the cuts.  It was projected to be eliminated by mid-2010.

All three of the police unions had to agree.  I had 12 unions total to negotiate contracts with and manage.  The dispatchers and supervisors agreed.  The patrol officers said no.  Lay off their bosses.  Strategically they didn’t realize they were fucking themselves with the supervisors who’d remain after I got what I wanted … anyway.  Exigent circumstances.

Cleveland children without computers and internet are not being educated. The children in the schools superintendent Eric Gordon closed won’t graduate. He gets $1 billion a year to educate 36,000 children; enough to make them all geniuses. Now he wants a tax increase in November when he should be resigning.

Holm realized what was going on and asked if he could meet with the presidents of the three locals.  During the meeting it was obvious from his “posturing” that Holm hadn’t read the contracts.  I gave them 45 minutes to return with an agreement or I’d move forward with the lay-offs as planned.  They returned with the agreement from all three unions.

Gary Norton was the “mayor-elect” and I was in my last remaining 45 days or so in office.  He ran his fucking mouth and said the “reductions” I’d negotiated were not needed.  Seriously.  I forget who on council agreed with him as they were calling themselves being “for the union.”

Since I was prevented as mayor from leaving the city in a state where I knew its finances were in deficit conditions before my term of office expired, I pressed council to approve the cuts with a caveat.  They could let them expire at midnight my last day in office with “last minute advice” memo I left for Norton to make sure on January 1, 2010 that he renew them if he didn’t want to end his first year in office with a deficit.

Norton spent his first day in office with Ralph Spotts trying to get then Judge Sandra Walker to issue him a search warrant to enter my apartment to steal the the 40 caliber Smith & Wesson I’d worn; and a 40 gigabyte hard drive laptop I’d paid for before I left.  His mind wasn’t on managing the city’s finances.  Sandra said “no.”  He filed a “replevin” without council authorization.  Council enacted a resolution to end his litigation and awarded me the property I’d already purchased.

Norton told council in January 2010 he wasn’t enforcing the vacant property registration ordinance.  He also didn’t keep the police cuts I’d negotiated going.  It’s now history that 33 months after I left office this thieving fool returned the city to fiscal emergency. That makes me the only mayor since the city started electing them in 1985 to keep East Cleveland out of fiscal emergency for all four years of my term in office.

Norton overspent in 2010 and 2011; and by 2012 the city was over $9 million in debt.  Today, with the cost of police civil rights abuses, the debt in East Cleveland exceeds $100 million and the claims against the city are growing. Voters recalled him in 2016.  Such a stupid child.

One of the worst decisions Norton made was in not fighting to keep Huron Hospital open after Cleveland Clinic spent over $8 million to renovate it. That recklessness cost the city its largest employer or roughly $1.1 million annually in income taxes; and council never saw a dime of the $8 million Cleveland Clinic chief executive officer Delos Cosgrove caused its finance officials to transfer “somewhere.”

There is no record of East Cleveland city council ever approving a resolution giving Norton the authority to negotiate, sign the agreement or receive the money.  It’s as if the money just disappeared as no records show “the municipal government” as “officially” as ever having received it. The only resolution council enacted during Dr. Joy Jordan’s presidency was one in 2011 that instructed this criminal he had no authority to negotiate.  Closing the hospital created yet another “loss in revenue” exigent circumstance he completely ignored.

Municipal management is not rocket science.  Elected and appointed officials have to read and pay attention to the money and their city’s economic conditions; and adjust “quickly” to meet them. With two months left until the 2020 books are closed, if a mayor and council have not yet already cut their budgets it’s too late.  They’ve “recklessly created a deficit.”

Pursuant to Sections 2935.09 and 2935.10 of Ohio’s Revised Code, any citizen “with knowledge” of the deficit can file a criminal complaint against them with the city’s municipal court judge.  It’s the “glad to have a good job with a pension” judge they elect and who they can unelect if he or she doesn’t obey the statute and process it.

All of the NLRB’s general counsel’s memos on navigating the coronavirus crisis are here.  The link I’ve shared includes the NLRB memo referenced in this article.  It’s a criminal act to “recklessly create a deficit” or “incur a debt” when it’s known very publicly that tax collections are down.

Eric Jonathan Brewer

Cleveland's most influential journalist and East Cleveland's most successful mayor is an East Saint Louis, Illinois native whose father led the city's petition drive in 1969 to elect the first black mayor in 1971. Eric is an old-school investigative reporter whose 40-year body of editorial work has been demonstrably effective. No local journalist is feared or respected more.

Trained in newspaper publishing by the legendary Call & Post Publisher William Otis Walker in 1978 when it was the nation's 5th largest Black-owned publication, Eric has published and edited 13 local, regional and statewide publications across Ohio. Adding to his publishing and reporting resume is Eric's career in government. Eric served as the city's highest paid part-time Special Assistant to ex-Cleveland Mayor Michael R. White. He served as Chief of Staff to ex-East Cleveland Mayor Emmanuel Onunwor; and Chief of Communications to the late George James in his capacity as the Cuyahoga Metropolitan Housing Authority's first Black executive director. Eric was appointed to serve as a member of the state's Financial Planning & Supervision Commission to guide the East Cleveland school district out of fiscal emergency and $20 million deficit. Former U.S. HUD Secretary Alphonso Jackson told Eric in his D.C. office he was the only mayor in the nation simultaneously-managing a municipal block grant program. Eric wrote the city's $2.2 million Neighborhood Stabilization Program grant application. A HUD Inspector General audit of his management of the block grant program resulted in "zero" audit findings.

As a newspaper publisher, Eric has used his insider's detailed knowledge of government and his publications to lead the FBI and state prosecutors to investigations that resulted in criminal prosecutions of well-known elected officials in Ohio; and have helped realign Cleveland's political landscape with the defeat of candidates and issues he's exposed. Eric's stories led to the indictments of the late Governor George Voinovich's brother, Paul Voinovich of the V Group, and four associates. He asked the FBI to investigate the mayor he'd served as chief of staff for public corruption; and testified in three federal trials for the prosecution. He forced former Cuyahoga County Coroner Dr. Elizabeth Balraj to admit her investigations of police killings were fraudulent; and to issue notices to local police that her investigators would control police killing investigations. Eric's current work has resulted in Cuyahoga County Judge John Russo accepting the criminal complaint he guided an activist to file against 24 civil rights-violating police officers in the city he once led for operating without valid peace officer credentials. USA Today reporters picked up on Eric's police credentials reporting from his social media page and made it national.

Eric is the author of of his first book, "Fight Police License Plate Spying," which examines the FBI and local police misuse of the National Crime Information Center criminal records history database. An accomplished trumpet player and singer whose friendship with Duke Fakir of the Four Tops resulted in his singing the show's closing song, "Can't Help Myself": Curtis Sliwa of New York's Guardian Angels counts Eric among his founding chapter leaders from the early 1980's role as an Ohio organizer of over 300 volunteer crime fighters in Cleveland, Columbus and Youngstown, Ohio. For his work as a young man Eric was recognized by Cleveland's Urban League as it's 1983 Young Man of the Year.

Known in Cleveland for his encyclopedic knowledge of government and history, and intimately-connected with the region's players, every local major media outlet in Cleveland has picked up on one of Eric's stories since 1979. There is no mainstream newspaper, television or radio outlet in Cleveland that does not include an interview with Eric Jonathan Brewer in its archives over the past 40 years.


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