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Justin Bibb’s suburban controlled transition team is going to get him in trouble early on with Cleveland voters

CLEVELAND, OH – Mayor-elect Justin Bibb’s transition team selection shows he still doesn’t have a “statutory” clue about the “official duties” of a municipal mayor under the “Federal Plan” of government found in Title 7, Chapter 705 of the Ohio Revised Code.  His head is not in the governing documents he’s going to swear to obey after he is administered an oath of office to be delivered to the Clerk of Council pursuant to Section 705.28 of the Ohio Revised Code. The governing documents referenced in the oath of office contain the statutory words that will be used against him…

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Mayor-elect Justin Bibb doesn’t have to wait until January 1st to replace Mayor Frank Jackson after the board certifies the election and he’s fully complied with Section 3517.10 of the Ohio Revised Code

CLEVELAND, OH – There’s statutory language in Cleveland’s charter that’s similar to language found in the East Cleveland charter as it pertains to the “term and qualifications” of winning candidates for mayor.  It explains why after defeating Ralph Perk, Sr. for mayor of Cleveland on November 8, 1977, Dennis Kucinich was administered his first oath of office to “succeed” him on November 14, 1977. Cleveland voters exercised the power of local self-government in 1980 with modifications to Chapter 11, Section 68 of the Charter that expanded the term of the mayor’s office from two to four years.  Changes were made…

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Frank Jackson said the next mayor’s got to come from the streets and the streets are saying very loudly that Zachary Reed is going to be Cleveland’s next mayor

The trust that Zachary Reed has earned from Cleveland's American Negro community can be compared to the trust the Negro community had for George Forbes. The 1989 campaign between Mr. Forbes and then state senator Michael White shocked Clevelanders who didn't realize the city was majority Negro. For the first time two American Negro men of high political achievements for their respective lengths of service were competing for mayor. While both men were known in the American Negro community, Mr. Forbes was known longer, better and had demonstrated he could be trusted longer.

CLEVELAND, OH – I’ve observed Cleveland’s mayors up close as a journalist or political participant since Dennis Kucinich in 1978.  On the East Cleveland side since the late attorney Darryl Eugene Pittman in 1985.  In addition to serving in the elected office for for years, I served a year as former East Cleveland Mayor Emmanuel Weli Onunwor’s chief of staff and as a part-time Special Assistant for Cleveland Mayor Michael Reed White.  My former Director of Law in East Cleveland, the late attorney Almeta Johnson, served as Kucinich’s chief prosecuting attorney. On January 1, 2022 the mayoral candidate Cleveland voters…

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Mike White’s new Jeff Johnson and Basheer Jones is his protege` Justin Bibb

CLEVELAND, OH – In May 1984 Cleveland Councilman Michael Reed White was selected to replace State Senator Morris Jackson.  He had served for 17 years in the Ohio Senate representing the 21st Senate District that encompassed Glenville with different boundaries. Case Western Reserve University law school graduate Jeffrey Johnson was 26 and selected to replace White.  Johnson was his protege`.  White was 5 years away from initially challenging the late Mayor George Voinovich for the job he held in 1989.  Johnson the following year in 1985 would be admitted to the Ohio Bar Association to practice law. White confirmed on…

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Mark Naymik. A lynch mob formed to hang a Samaritan. I went for the savage carrying the rope. Friendship had nothing to do with my Ken Johnson stories.

CLEVELAND, OH – On July 30, 2021 at 10:54 p.m. WKYC employee Mark Naymik sought some vindication for a series of stories about one member of the 17-member Cleveland city council’s adopted sons, their jobs, homes and employers.  The former councilman’s name is Kenneth Johnson. The net result of Naymik’s WKYC and Cleveland.com stories is that the media outlets are responsible for pressuring over 44 American Negro men and women out of work.  The economic stability of their own lives and the lives of their families are disrupted; and he’s cackling on Facebook while being praised by his “friends” for a…

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Attorney Darryl Eugene Pittman made history in 1985 as East Cleveland’s first mayor since 1904; and one who had to implement a new form of government

CLEVELAND, OH – Attorney Darryl Eugene Pittman was elected on September 27, 1985 as East Cleveland’s first Mayor since 1904; and he died on July 10, 2021 the day before his 72nd birthday.  Darryl was a Columbia educated attorney born and raised in Youngstown, Ohio.  He was an older brother, a husband, a father, grandfather and one of the smartest men I knew.  Geek smart.  So is his brother … Ron. To his peers in Cleveland’s legal community Darryl was known as a good lawyer and partner in Pittman, Buchanan, Alexander, Hardiman & Wade. Two of his partners, Dean Buchanan…

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