William Baumann

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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B&B demolished a building on Kinsman and put grass seed over concrete; and it’s these criminal acts the Fed’s are investigating in the Jackson administration

CLEVELAND, OH – At the end of the day Ed Rybka is Mayor Frank Jackson’s “guy” over the building department the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) has been investigating.  How Jackson’s former council colleague has managed the building department sets the tone for all the corruption that’s been allowed to exist in the open under a mayor whose “statutory duty” is to be the city’s biggest corruption buster as its chief law enforcement officer.  So are his subordinates. Jackson, not the FBI, should know Navid Hussein owns Buena Vista Homes, LLC and the Moghul Corporation, and should know he and…

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Suppressing Black political growth behind Cleveland’s charter changes since 1937

CLEVELAND, OH – When Carl Stokes tested the Cleveland mayoral waters in his first campaign for the job in 1967, Call & Post Publisher William O. Walker, Jean Capers and Charles Carr paid attention to the city’s demographics.  Politics is “ethnic” not “racial,” and the city’s Black political leaders knew they had an ethnic voting base of 37 percent.  They also knew their Black ethnic brothers and sisters were the city and county’s largest demographic group and voting bloc then as they are today.   So instead of competing with the white ethnic candidates from the Democratic and Republican parties, they…

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Judge ignored his building employee’s bribe demands

More details are emerging about what appears to be at least a 5-year federal investigation of local government officials, landfill operations and contractors tied to demolition, tax evasion, misappropriation of block grant funds and environmental crimes. The investigation appears to have been launched when Steve Dettelbach was ex-President Barack Obama’s U.S. Attorney for the Northern District of Ohio. The name of Cleveland Housing Court Judge Ronald O’Leary surfaced in connection with the federal investigation during his 2017 judicial campaign while he was still employed by Mayor Frank Jackson as the head of the city’s building, housing and demolition departments.   At…

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