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June 2007

June 2007 David Pepper on Campaign Finance (p. 6) Where Divergent Views Collide FREE Clowning

David Pepper on Campaign


(p. 6)

Where Divergent Views Collide
Views Collide
6) Where Divergent Views Collide FREE Clowning with the Charter Party (p. 8) The Cincinnati
6) Where Divergent Views Collide FREE Clowning with the Charter Party (p. 8) The Cincinnati


Clowning with the Charter


(p. 8)

The Cincinnati Beacon

Clowning with the Charter Party (p. 8) The Cincinnati Beacon Get Published? What rubbish! When The

Get Published? What rubbish!

When The Cincinnati Enquirer decided to infil- trate the blogosphere -- feeling intimidated by the threat posed by blogs and the “new me- dia” -- they unveiled over 30 blogs of their own and an interactive feature called “Get Pub- lished.” That way, they could get free content from unpaid citizen writ- ers.

But this was not “citizen journalism” in a grass- roots sense. It was a corporate attempt to monopolize the democ- racy of blogs.

But who needs The En- quirer s “Get Published!” feature, when you can simply publish yourself!

To learn more, just visit Then click the button labeled “Rubbish.”

Notes ‘n Dotes

! Did Jeff Berding,

Chris Bortz, and Leslie Ghiz get drunk off wine during the City ! s budget negotiations? If you have any evidence, let us know!

! Have you seen this man?

have any evidence, let us know! ! Have you seen this man? Black Males Under Arrest!

Black Males Under Arrest!


Senior Analyst




Ever since Cincinnati en- acted its anti-marijuana ordinance, thousands of people have been ar- rested, earning perma- nent marks on their crimi- nal records.

But how do these arrests

look from the perspective

of race?

From the law's inception through May 10 of this year, 577 whites have been arrested. " For that same time period 3,644 blacks have been arrested. " 20 " people of unidentified race have also been arrested along " with 2 " Asians."

This means that about " 6 blacks have been ar- rested under the ordi- nance for every 1 white. " Yet surveys show

the ordi- nance for every 1 white. " Yet surveys show This man is more likely

This man is more likely to go to jail than white people.

have been arrested since the " ordinance was enact- ed " for possession of small amounts of marijuana -- not for drug dealing."

The average amount of marijuana confiscated during these arrests was 7 grams. " Analysis by race of the arrests since the law was enacted show that " overwhelmingly the ones arrested are black. "

It is interesting to note " the neighborhoods where whites were arrested."

The " following numbers reflect the arrests just for the calendar year 2006 and do not include Janu- ary through May 10 " of this year. "

The largest number -- 90, in fact -- were arrested in Over-the-Rhine.

(con! t on p. 2)

that " marijuana usage between the races is ap- proximately the same. And census data shows the City is 53% white.

Many people who speak out against the " new jail penalti-

es " under the

Cincinnati mari- juana ordinance " express concerns about African Americans suffering pref- erential enforcement.

Penalties may " include 30 days in jail for a first of- fense and 6 months for a second offense.

Under the " Ohio Revised Code, " possession of less than 100 grams is not a criminal offense, but it is criminal under Cincinnati ordinance. " Thousands

Another 98º Star in a New Reality Show

by Jason A. Haap, MA

The gimmick

The Dean of Cincinnati

should seem

obvious at first

Nick Lachey became a household name

98 Degrees, Jeff Timmons, is starring on

-- using


when the Cincinnati native and member of pop band 98 Degrees starred on a reality show. Now, another member of

genre of reality programming to make boy band members

a new reality show for VH-1 to be re-

look ridiculous.

a new reality show for VH-1 to be re- look ridiculous. Jeff Timmons leased this fall.

Jeff Timmons

leased this fall. Recently, Timmons gave The Cincinnati Beacon an exclusive

sneak peek at the upcoming program.

The premise of the new show (which has not yet been named) was to take guys from different boy bands to see how they would make music together -- so VH-1 contracted Jeff Timmons, Chris Kirpatrick (from InSync), Brian Abrams (Color Me Badd), and Rich Cronin (LFO).

"The intent at first might have been to make people look foolish," explained Timmons. "The writers would put us in situations that made us less than com- fortable, but we were used to doing things that make us look that way."

"We were all in 'boy bands,'" continued

(con ! t on p. 2)

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“The List” – Cincinnati’s Big Money Contributors p. 12

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Black Males

(con ! t from p. 1)

Other neighborhoods where more than

20 whites were arrested in 2006: 42 " in

the Central Business District " and along

the riverfront, " 29 " in East Price Hill, 25 in West Price Hill, 25 in California, and

21 in Fairview. " The Cincinnati Police

Department sometimes combines Clifton with University Heights, and when they do that the combined neigh- borhoods had 20 whites arrested for possession of small amounts of mari- juana.

In case you were wondering, there was 1 white arrested in Hyde Park under this ordinance. " There were 7 blacks ar- rested in Hyde Park, which certainly does not reflect the racial composition of

this overwhelmingly white and upscale neighborhood. " A similar discrepancy can be seen in the combined neighbor- hoods of Clifton and University Heights. " As mentioned above there were 20 whites arrested, compared to 120 blacks.

These data are very troubling, and show that the law seems to be en- forced in a racially biased manner.


The data are " from the Cincinnati Police Department statistics, which can be found in the Cincinnati web site, " Click on De- partments, then Cincinnati Police, then Statistics. " 2006 and 2007 Part I and Part II Arrests were examined. " Only drug arrests under section 910-23 of the Cincinnati Municipal Code (posses- sion of less than 200 grams of mari- juana) are included.

Turn Freedom Center into Ohio River Museum

are included. Turn Freedom Center into Ohio River Museum Slave Museum offered at After all, it

Slave Museum



After all, it was the Ohio



River that symbolized



freedom. But the theme



"Ohio River" just lends

I remember

itself to so much more that it could become a




big pen e



more effective tourism spot, and a more likely



a v e s

repeat destination loca-

used to be sold. Okay.

tion for Cincinnati resi- dents.








once, there

seems little










As with the CMC, the place could combine in- formation with family friendly, attractive, and interactive exhibits. Aquariums with Ohio River animals. Incorpo- rate Tall Stacks with the concept. Include a river- boat section, with mod- els, and hands-on things for kids.

On Ohio River Museum would touch on so many subjects - from literature to science to biology to chemistry to history (which would include a permanent Underground Railroad exhibit as part of the larger whole).

It may be cliche to men- tion, but a definition of madness is to repeat the same behavior and to expect a different result.

The Freedom Center has shown us, consistently, that it cannot succeed.







by Jason A. Haap, MA The Dean of Cincinnati

The Freedom Center (called "The Slave Cen- ter" by African American critics) remains a doomed project. But who can be surprised? I vis- ited the place once, and never intend to return an attitude vastly differ- ent than my take on something like the Cin- cinnati Museum Center, or the Contemporary Art Center. I have family passes to each.

At those places, there are lots of things to see and with which to inter- act. I can't tell you how many times I have gone to the CMC with my son. Though the three main museums do not change (for the most part), there is constantly a sense of freshness and fun and discovery associated with a visit. But what is



pose. But again, I see no


second viewing.


Oprah. Not bad,


I remember lots of text and graphics on expen- sive looking presentation boards. But if I wanted to spend an afternoon reading, I would just buy a book for a fraction of the cost of admission to the Center.

I also seem to remember something about dining utensils that are like what slaves might have used. I am not im- pressed.

The Freedom Center should be reinvented as "The Ohio River Mu- seum." The reason is elementary: such a con- cept would envelope the social justice issues in- herent in the story of the Underground Railroad.


New VH-1 Reality TV Show

(con ! t from p. 1)

Timmons, "so no matter what, as much as we were well received, we all had negative reactions to our music or our image. We had already been through that kind of scrutiny."

Perhaps the challenges of overcoming a genre de- signed to make people look ridiculous is easy to over- come for a boy band mem- ber. Of course, there still remains the question of how the production team will edit together the mate- rial.

"I haven't seen any of the edits, so who knows how that will turn out," admitted Timmons. "I trust the team around this show."

But not everyone from 98 Degrees has such trust in the reality show genre.

The Cincinnati Beacon s own Justin Jeffre offers a different perspective.

"Having been on a reality show, and seeing my friends be portrayed a cer- tain way, it is obvious to me that while something like The Newlyweds may have been one of the more 'real- istic' shows on TV, there is no question that the cam- eras change things," ex- plained Jeffre. "Producers

try to pull together stories that don't necessarily hap- pen in real life the way they get depicted on the screen. At the end of the day, it is about entertainment."

"I was actually asked to be on a couple of reality shows, like The Surreal Life," Jeffre continued, "but I have no interest because it seems to me that they are just trying to make people look like clowns because that is profitable. They are really not inter- ested in the stories of who those people actually are."

"If people are looking to see reality on TV," con- cluded Jeffre, "then I sug- gest non-commercial chan- nels, like Free Speech TV and Link TV on Dish Net- work."

Despite the "unreality" of the genre as a whole, the prospect offers someone like Timmons a chance to showcase some of his other projects.

"I'm working with a lot of up-and-coming artists -- some female artists and rock bands," said Timmons. "I'm doing some non- traditional approaches." According to Timmons, the VH-1 program is not a ca- reer boost, but an opportu- nity for some of his projects to gain exposure.

"We didn't think it was go- ing to be a launching pad for our careers," said Tim-


really funny."

"It ended up being

was go- ing to be a launching pad for our careers," said Tim- mons. really funny."

June 2007

The Teachings of Mr. Pig

by Jason A. Haap, MA The Dean of Cincinnati

A few weeks before he died, I spoke with Findlay Market BBQ extraordinaire, Mr. Pig, and he shared some of his theories about what has really been hap- pening in Over-The-Rhine.

According to Mr. Pig, ten years ago, there emerged two compet- ing visions for the future of down- town Cincinnati. In one corner, independent entrepreneurs and urban pioneers inhabiting the center city. In the other, corpora- tized developers in league with the City ! s Blue Chip Companies, hoping to colonize the center city with development aimed at their own clientele.

And what if the independent en- trepreneurs got there first? Young creative class types bring- ing bars and night life and Bo- hemian lifestyles, managing to co-exist (in some capacity, any- way) with many of the people who lived in the neighborhood before their arrival. Who would feel slighted by such a move? "

Do big-money corporate types like feeling snubbed by youthful, and disorganized small business

development dollars. Then, once

this population is counted, move them the hell out of the way. (Townhouses in the West End, Huntington Mead-

ows, etc.)

But what about the urban pioneers in the center city? How can they be scared away?

Step 2: !


down Vortex









shooting unarmed

black men to death, over and over, until the natural result oc- curs. Riots. Organize a police slow down, and let crime take over. " Refuse to respond to calls about drugs deals and vandalism. " Scare everyone away. Let the City collect lots of abandoned buildings. Drive down the price of real estate.

Step 3: Incorporate.

What if the plan was to establish a corporate entity to benefit from federal dollars being funneled into the City from the 2000 cen- sus to help with the large-scale purchase and redevelopment of real estate? What if riots, police

and redevelopment of real estate? What if riots, police people with no comprehensive plan? What could

people with no comprehensive plan? What could these big money interests do to take con- trol of an entire center-city devel- opment project—when so many key locations were being taken up by independent investors? And, how could a redevelopment overhaul plan get subsidized by federal dollars? What if the big power players strategized their moves?

Step 1: !

Count " em & Move



Wait for the 2000 census. Estab- lish that areas are filled with high poverty so they qualify for federal


slow downs, and other small- scale acts of community terror- ism were designed to scare peo- ple away to give access to large parcels of property?

What if that is where 3CDC en- ters the picture?

What if this is all part of a plan to re-inhabit the City with a profile of wealthy young urban dwellers seeking jobs at Blue Chip Com- panies?

Step 4:! Media Blitz

Take control of the corporate media environment. " Get the president of the area ! s major daily paper to sit on your corpo- rate board. " Through an online portal, like, part- ner with televised news, and get WCPO! s I-Team to run fluff sto- ries on what great work 3CDC is doing in Over-The-Rhine. " Sway public opinion through indirect means whenever possible.

These were just some musings by one man in the final days of his life. His political ideologies may be gone, but you can still buy his BBQ at Findlay Market.

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June 2007 FREE The Labor Report More Power to the People? The growing grassroots movement

The Labor Report

More Power to the People? The growing grassroots movement for social justice

by Justin P. Jeffre

In an era of hostile corporate takeovers of public spaces, re- sources & decision making, it's clear that there's a political force pushing back & reclaiming power for the citizens that deserve it most. AMOS, organized labor, & the NAACP are a growing political force that may not be getting a lot of media attention, but Cincinnati's power players are increasingly taking notice. The Banks Working Group consisted of five white males until the growing coalition of labor, religious congregations & civic organizations came together & flexed their political muscles by demanding minority inclusion.

Though most people wouldn't have known it from the lack of coverage these groups receive from corporate media outlets, they moved City Council & the County Commissioners to add two African Americans (Steve Love & Robert Richardson) after the Banks

Working Group had been meeting for a year. (The coalition also pushed the seven member work- ing group to move back a deadline they said couldn't be moved.)

This is not the first time corporate media has ignored newsworthy actions. On March 6th, hundreds of people representing labor un- ions, AMOS, civil rights leaders from as far as Atlanta Georgia, members of the South West Ohio Green Party & the NAACP gath- ered on Fountain Square with banners, drums, shopping-carts & one person wearing an eagle cos- tume to protest the poverty wages that too many local fortune five hundred companies pay their jani- tors. They said that corporations like Convergys have a responsibil- ity to pay living wages to the hard working men & women in our community because the city has given them special tax incentives to the tune of $52 million in recent years. (con ! t on p. 5)

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The Buzz’s Lincoln Ware Calls Out Insurance Giant Western and Southern on its Treatment of African Americans

by Kevin O ! Donnell, SEIU

Treatment of African Americans by Kevin O ! Donnell, SEIU care. Graves has cleaned the Western

care. Graves has cleaned the Western and Southern head- quarters for six years, and has never received a raise or even a cost-of-living adjustment. She and her family are forced to de- pend on public assistance to get by.

Other guests on the show in- cluded Gary Hughley, Vice President of the AMOS project, a faith group with 40 member congregations in the Cincinnati area. “We ! re working hard with organizations that value work- force development and minority inclusion,” said Hughley. “We need decent wages, health care benefits, and other things to help lift people out of poverty in our community.”

An affiliate of Western and Southern, Eagle Realty, recently requested $21 million in public subsidies from the City to build luxury condos, despite the dire need for affordable housing in Cincinnati.

(con ! t on p. 5)

Lincoln Ware, local radio talk show host on The Buzz, dedicated a recent hour-long show to the dis- criminatory corporate prac- tices by the Western and Southern Group, an insur- ance company headquar- tered in Cincinnati. For decades, Western and S o u t h e r n a l l e g e d l y charged 56,000 African Ameri- cans higher life insurance pre- miums because of their race. It wasn ! t until last year that the Ohio Department of Insurance and Western and Southern en- tered into a consent order to address the problem.

In the meantime Western and Southern continues to stand in the way of good jobs in Cincin- nati. “Twelve hundred janitors have come together for a voice, but Western and Southern and its cleaning contractor Execu- tive Management Services are holding out on us,” said Doris Graves, a local janitor at the Western and Southern ! s office downtown. “Because of West- ern and Southern, there ! s no process to give us a voice to stand up for our families and our communities.”

The janitors who clean Western and Southern are primarily African-American, and are paid as little as $28 per night with no access to affordable health

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Allied Media Conference Hits Motor City

by Gavin Leonard

Since 1999, the Allied Media Conference has been held on the 3rd weekend of June in Bowling Green, Ohio. But on June 22-24, the conference moves north to Detroit in what promises to be the biggest and best set of training, workshops, panel discussions – and parties – yet. Whether you ! ve been go- ing for years, or the 9th annual AMC will be your first, you won! t regret the trek up I-75. "

For the past 10 years I! ve probably averaged 4 confer- ences every year. As a local ac- tivist with regional and national connections, I ! ve been a partici- pant and presenter of more than my fair share of get-togethers. But in 2007, the AMC is the one and only conference I ! m going to.

As Josh Breitbart, the long time organizer – or “bridge between the founders and the new crew

– or “bridge between the founders and the new crew Power to the People (con !

Power to the People

(con ! t from p. 4)

organically for the past few years. We may be looking at the problems from different perspec- tives but more & more people are realizing we have to get or- ganized & work together to make sure that everyone gets treated fairly."

When Lt. Gov. Lee Fischer saw coalition members on May 23rd, he said, "I want you to know that obviously I just found out about this in the last 24 hours, so I ap- preciate you allowing me to go by and do this." He proceeded to tell an audience of about 250, "Gov. Strickland and I are Democrats but we are unabash- edly pro-business. When we have an economy that prospers, everything gets better."

Despite an explosion of technol- ogy, great increases in worker productivity, soaring corporate profits, more tax shelters and corporate welfare, tens of mil- lions of American workers have seen a large decline in their real wages. Working Americans work longer hours for less pay than any industrialized nation on the planet. "

of organizers” – puts it, “I've never seen a project move from

a tiny crew of organizers to a

collective sense of ownership as

dramatically as the AMC has. It's

a testament to the quality of

what the founders built and to the critical need we have to gather and build for a better world.” "

The AMC sets itself apart be- cause the organizers work year- round to ensure the conference grows more relevant every year. They build upon past suc- cesses, and they constantly pay attention to building new audi- ences. For instance, during the past 2 years, the AMC has been building relationships and de- veloping partnerships with young people and youth organi- zations across the country.

Jenny Lee, a Detroit local who has been involved with the AMC for years, says “The AMC is the only national media gathering that intentionally develops youth participation, ownership and leadership within the media jus- tice movement. " We have no doubt that the young people who attend and help organize the Allied Media Conference will be the next generation of leaders in this movement." "

And it ! s not just talk. More than simply catering to young people, women, or people of color, they actually work to provide leader- ship development opportunities for a variety of folks. Examples

With a Democratic majority on council some wonder why the city is subsidizing poverty wages & why clawback provisions aren't being vigorously negoti- ated & enforced.

"I think it's important that we build coalitions. " I don't think this is a single fight," said Christo- pher Smitherman, president of the NAACP and a former coun- cilman. He explained their strat- egy is to operate within coali- tions "so we find issues that dif- ferent organizations agree with, and the NAACP, with labor, with AMOS, as an example, come together and move as a unified front on those issues."

Determined to keep the pressure on, the coalition showed up at a Business Courier event at the Zoo on May 23rd. When asked about this growing movement, Matt Ryan, an SEIU organizer, said, "I think it's been happening

in 2007 will include: 2006 youth participants leading sessions, INCITE! Women of Color Against Violence organizing a track of sessions, a youth media lab, and an amazing and huge team of local Detroit organizers."

"The AMC is for everyone who sees communication as a key to changing the world,” said Josh Breitbart. So whether you ! re a professional filmmaker, the

tightest emcee on the block, or a total beginner, you can meet great people, learn new skills, and get inspired by great ideas at the Allied Media Conference. "

Registration is on a sliding scale, and some travel stipends are also available.

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“We need to call on our local elected lead- ers to take a moral stand to help families in our community,” said one caller, Reverend Damon Lynch III. “We can ! t allow companies with a track record like Western and Southern

to continue mistreating members in our com- munity.”

After the radio show, Doris Graves joined other janitors and community leaders to deliver 2,000 signed petitions calling on the

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June 2007 A Closer Look The Cincinnati Beacon Jason A. Haap, MA President, Content and Audience

A Closer Look

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Jason A. Haap, MA

President, Content and Audience Awareness

Justin P. Jeffre

President, Community Outreach and Minister of Information

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President, Publishing and Professional Development

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Campaign Finance Reform: The Struggle

by Hamilton County Commissioner David Pepper

From a campaign finance standpoint, the 2006 County Commission race was a mess!"" While I was proud to win, it was a case study of what can hap- pen under a broken campaign finance system, and why people lose faith in politics.

" Certain individuals gave more than $50,000 or $100,000!" People appointed to influential positions
Certain individuals gave more
than $50,000 or $100,000!"
People appointed to influential
positions contributed to the can-
didate who appointed them."
Businesses with valuable
County contracts were asked
for, and gave, large amounts. "
About $3 million got spent in
total, with a massive amount
pouring in over the final weeks. "
Much of the problem exists be-
cause there are no contribution
limits at the County level - unlike
in City, state and federal
elections. " " As one side begins
accumulating contributions from
individuals of $10,000, $25,000
or more, the other side must
compete, or lose. It quickly
spins out of control from there.

In my case, knowing the fund- raising prowess of my opponent, I tried to raise a large amount, generally through modest contributions. " " By the end, as generously funded attack ads against me piled up, we had to make a decision. " " I could sim- ply lose under the onslaught of negative ads, or I could compete. " " Knowing I led the polls, I chose to compete - but

that was an expensive

proposition. " " I not only had to ask some people for more sup- port than I would have liked, I had to take out large loans to keep pace. " " The risk paid off (although the debt is still there). " " Few candidates could even contemplate taking such a risk.

" This type of out-of-control spending creates an unequal playing field. " " Equally bad,
This type of out-of-control
spending creates an unequal
playing field. " " Equally bad, it
understandably makes citizens
highly skeptical of our system.

The lack of contribution limits is worsened by contributors having too much direct interest in County decisions - either be- cause they do business for the County, or because they are

individuals the Commissioners

County, or because they are individuals the Commissioners have appointed to important boards and committees (and

have appointed to important

boards and committees (and are

therefore making important pol- icy decisions and recommenda- tions on behalf of citizens).

For these individuals, when a

commissioner comes calling for

fundraising dollars (with unlim-

ited contribution amounts), what are they going to say? At what



# (con! t on p. 7)

Stranded! The Lonely 3CDC Parking Garage

by Jason A. Haap, MA The Dean of Cincinnati

Imagine being a young woman, all alone, stuck in the middle of the night at Fountain Square with no way home, with no one to help, with only a parking ticket that the pay machines won ! t accept.

Without acceptance of that magic ticket from the dysfunc- tional machine, your car cannot get out of the garage. With no one responding to the “Help” button, you are left alone.


Welcome to the latest threat brought to us by 3CDC ! s “new and improved” parking system at the Fountain Square garage.

Welcome to Fountaingate.

Think the scenario depicted above sounds like a conspiracy

meant to discredit 3CDC – our City ! s corporatized version of urban planning?

According to Kristy Marcelle from Northside, this scenario made for a very troublesome reality after spending an eve- ning downtown with friends.

For whatever reason, the ma- chine would not accept her

parking ticket, and therefore she was not able to get her car out of the garage.

“It was a frustrating experience,” said Marcelle. “Luckily I was with someone who parked in the same garage, and I was able to get a ride home.”

(con! t on p. 7)

I was with someone who parked in the same garage, and I was able to get

June 2007


The Green Party Challenge:

No Influence Peddling!

by Josh

by Josh  




Ohio Green















for Cincinnati





freer to make independent decisions if elected. "


them not to accept


from some of


the people and groups that

A close examination of cam- paign finance reports shows that certain people regularly contribute to a group of can- didates who are able to maximize their exposure with expensive media advertising."

Once they're in office, there's




contributions. "


Some in this race will raise close to $100,000, and others will raise quite a bit more. " In the Green Party, we under- stand that broad political ex- posure usually has a price tag, but we also think that excessive fundraising un- dermines democracy. "

It leads to political alienation. " Regular people, without high- powered connections or large


common perception that

the politicians will return the favor by seeking opportuni- ties to help those donors' companies, employers, friends, and relatives at the public's expense. " In Cincin- nati, there is a growing his-

incomes, see candidates raising two or three times as much as they make in a year - just to campaign for City Council. " Many of them con- clude that such politicians only care about the wealthy. " This attitude leads to low voter turnout and general mistrust of elected officials, two signs of an unhealthy society. "

tory of major commitments of public money that gives cre- dence to that idea. " Multimillion-dollar deals made


the benefit of Saks, Con-

vergys, and Kroger, preferen- tial misuse of Tax Increment Financing programs, and other less-publicized initia- tives, all point to an inappro- priate influence over how our city's money is spent. "

Local Greens believe that candidates who agree to run without money from these sources will be more respon- sible to their constituents and

Although identifying the most

likely influential contributors (both people and entities) is

an inexact process, we have

compiled a partial list based on historical contribution


(con ! t from p. 7)

For critics of 3CDC, it is trou- bling that private property can be held hostage by dys- functional technology.

Since cash cannot be used at the exit, the new parking system encourages people to carry their tickets with them. Such handling can subject the tickets to damage – such as folding, wrinkling, tears, etc. Such damage may make the ticket unreadable by the machine.

But Marcelle claims no such problems plagued her ticket, which appeared in perfect working order.

For Marcelle, the issue has left her feeling apprehensive about not only parking at Fountain Square.

“I'd be weary about parking in that garage by myself in the future,” she said.

Bill Donabedian of 3CDC did not respond to inquiries re- garding the potential danger of this situation given his management strategy for the parking garage.

Campaign Finance

applying limits to contractors of state and county government, but not to

(con ! t from p. 7)

others. " " This has caused even more complications at the County

say no? Again, this leads to poor practices, as well as public cynicism about the whole system.

level - where many citizens and family members (including, perhaps, foster parents) will face limits, at the same time that others can continue

What can be done to reform? " " It starts with reasonable limits, and full disclosure.

to give $100,000 checks. " " The process of sorting between who faces limits and who doesn't has become a bureaucratic, costly nightmare.

At the County level, Todd Portune and I immediately enacted ethics reforms to County appointed boards and commissions. " " All current and future members must disclose prior campaign contributions (as well as business relationships, etc.) with County elected officials. " " And dur- ing their terms, these members are not to contribute to Commission candidates. " " That way, the deci- sions they make represent citi- zens, " independent of County Com- mission campaigns.

My proposal is simpler. Let's have a reasonable limit on ALL contributors to County races. " " Whether it be the city level ($1,000 per person), Con- gressional level ($2,200), or the old state level ($2,500), let's pick a rea- sonable number that applies to ALL contributors. " " Very simple. " " No costly bureaucracy. " Easy to enforce. " Let's make sure there is disclosure of who's giving to whom, including in the closing weeks when money starts flying. " " My good

Only the state legislature can im- pose contribution limits. " " In the wake of their November 2006 elec- tion loss, the Republican legislature

friend State Representative Tyrone Yates is pushing for reasonable lim- its in Columbus, and I support his effort.

rushed through a campaign finance reform bill. " After more than a dec- ade of doing nothing while they held statewide offices, it now looks like this "reform" was partisan payback for their loss. " Unfortunately, the bill creates numerous headaches in

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traditional) are not welcome to join Charter. That gave Rothfuss an idea: join Charter, and then get a bunch of social outcasts and weirdos to join – a hostile takeover, of sorts, from the S.I.P.

“We want to infiltrate the Charter Party,” said Rothfuss. “I! ve al- ways wanted to be an elitist.”

So while some may question why any of this matters, Charter! s ac- tions get at the heart of the cur- rent political landscape – one mistrusted by many, viewed as exclusive and filled with insiders.

(con! t on p. 9)



by Zak Nordyke

In the summer of 2005 when I was still in college, my mom (Joan Barlage) made a five hour journey to Murray, Kentucky to visit. This small college town isn’t exactly the entertainment capital of the world, so one must be creative to avoid boredom. The university had opened a state-of-the- art fitness center, so I joked that this could be the perfect opportunity for her to get a “buff” body. Surprisingly, she said, “We don’t have many other options, so I might just as well do something to im- prove my health.”

We journeyed over to the fitness center and I put my mom through a workout.

It was absolutely horrible! (con ! t on p. 9)

Clowning around with the Charter Party: The S.I.P.

by Jason A. Haap, MA The Dean of Cincinnati

Dave Rothfuss has a career as co-owner of Unselfish Produc- tions (an event planning busi- ness), and as a musician in the band “2 Night Stand” – but he also has an alter-ego of sorts, a political persona designed to ridi- cule the absurdities of the politi- cal process. Enter “The Singing Secretary,” complete with ragged straw hat and huge sunglasses.

A singing secretary? Such a monicker begs several questions, like “A secretary for whom?” That would be Sean Holbrook, a larger than life candidate for Cincinnati City Council running as part of the Social Ironist Party (S.I.P.). Somewhere along the line, the Holbrook team decided that all press inquiries would be handled

in the form of a song, and voila – The Singing Secretary was born.

For the past few months, Dave Rothfuss has been actively blog- ging satiric posts at The Social Ironist Party ! s official website:

(Full disclosure:

Beacon provides hosting for the S.I.P. site.)

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Now, why, you might ask, should someone care about any of these shenanigans? That ! s where the Charter Party comes in.

A few months ago, The Charter Party (which touts itself as an open and transparent political party who welcomes anyone to join) returned my membership check, telling me that people af- filiated with the media (be it print, online, traditional, or non-

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Jeff Cramerding, Executive Direc- tor of Charter, did not return our message asking about this appar- ent hypocrisy.

Rothfuss, whose answers always push the line of satire, thinks he knows why.

“The Charter Party is like a country club for politics,” he explained. “Joining an elite and exclusive group like that is going to be great for my ego.”

Rothfuss said the chance to get his own people into Charter is a great opportunity for the Sean Holbrook City Council campaign.

“I really want to get hooked up on their insider deals so I can make lots of money,” said Rothfuss.

When asked about the Charter Party ! s political platform, Rothfuss continued with his quirky but in- sightful line of reasoning. “Non- partisanship is cute, but I want this to be about the photo- opportunities.”

In all seriousness, The Singing Secretary ! s clowning around with The Charter Party and Jeff Cra- merding plays with a very real is-

sue – one that gets at the heart of not only the political lifestyle, but also at the heart of free speech and the basic rights of Americans to participate in their local gov- ernment.

Though the Charters talk about themselves as if they are one of the oldest independent political parties in the country, the truth is that Ohio only recognizes two po- litical parties: Democrats and Re- publicans. Charters are not a party, they are a committee – with private membership lists and pri- vate rules.

So the Charter Party, which pro- fesses to be about open and transparent government, really just masquerades as a political party. In reality, they are a private club where certain people can be de- nied membership according to the whims of Jeff Cramerding.

And even if Cramerding invents rules as he goes along (as he did when he denied my membership based on my participation in non- traditional media), there is nothing to force him to play by his own rules. (Welcome to “Chartergate.”)

The Singing Secretary empha- sizes this point, joining Charter to expose their hypocrisy while gain- ing more exposure to the quirky satire of the S.I.P.

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Tuesday-Thursday: " Joan mainly used nautilus machines to tone and tighten her major muscle groups. This equipment made it easy for her to maintain good lift- ing form while staying safe. On weight training days, we selected four exercises: two upper-body and two lower-body -- each per- formed for 30 seconds. " Joan ! s goal was to go through the entire four activity circuit three times.



(con ! t from p. 8)

She didn ! t under- stand any of the ter- minology I used, and

the weight was either too light or too heavy." It seemed that every 5 seconds she would yell, “This is hurting my joints.” When we left the gym, I threw my hands up in defeat, furi- ous that I could not figure out the proper exercise routine for my mom.

This anger drove me to become a personal trainer/fitness coach. For three straight months I read every health magazine, watched countless exercise videos, and trained any friend or family mem- ber that wanted to get in shape. I decided to put these new skills to use by taking on the job that cap- tured my interest in the first place -- getting my mom in great shape.

This time, I came equipped with an array of tools and techniques. I was able to take my mom from 145 lbs and 28% body fat to 127.5 lbs and 23% body fat in about 6 months.

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New Favorite Spots Await

by Amanda Griffin

Take the time to free yourself of suburbia & make your way back downtown. Adventure is lurking on every corner, just waiting to be rediscovered.

Although we have all heard sto- ries of turning this city around, stadiums, art galleries, & the new Fountain Square are only a mere step in the right direction. It is the residents who truly make this all of this come to life.






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many ways.


Just lunch can become a day of adventure. On any given after- noon you may spot the kung fu ninja fighter with tainted skin spouting out jargon from one cross walk to the next. The career woman ready to take on the world in her JC Penney suit & reeboks. Or the lowly artist belly up at

Kaldis stirring controversy from a wooden seat.

When was the last time you truly walked about listening to the chimes that flow from steeples in every direction, taken a deep breath & known that this is a liv- ing city? Have you ever made your way to the Carew Tower, only to find yourself on the 49 th floor taking in views of the entire city & beyond from one vantage point?

On any given afternoon you can try out your skills on the nearly empty outdoor skating rink. Music of the 80s acts as your inspiration to lace up your skates & dust off those old leg warmers that until now had served no purpose. The playgrounds & the wading foun- tain are yet another reason to search for your inner child & en- joy the day. It is amazing how many people have yet to experi- ence Tuckers on a Saturday morning or find their way to Find- lay Market for fresh cut flowers.

Embrace all that is good right here before us. Take advantage of life ! s little adventures & dis- cover your own favorite spots.

June 2007

The Soapbox

Prohibition II: History and Weed

by Michael Earl Patton

It is odd that we “stay the course” or even “surge” in the Drug War when we already have the precedent of Prohibition." We are repeating the same mis- takes seeing the same effects. " We make the mild stuff illegal and put it in the same category as the hard stuff. " The result is that the consumers of the mild stuff switch over to the hard

that the consumers of the mild stuff switch over to the hard stuff. " And an

stuff. " And an industry that could

be regulated and taxed is driven

underground, protected by cor- rupt officials. " Profits go up, cash is king, and criminal gangs start to get involved. " Disputes are settled by gunfire rather than lawsuits.

Prohibition, or the Noble Ex- periment, made the manufacture and sale of all alcohol illegal, starting in 1920. " Before Prohi- bition most Americans who drank consumed beer and wine. " These items were too bulky to be transported and hidden in anything like the quantities before. " Consumers determined to obtain their alco- hol switched to harder forms such as gin, whiskey, and rum." These were more easily con- cealed as they were smuggled in from overseas and Mexico—I mean Canada.

In Cincinnati we treat marijuana much like the harder drugs."

And why not? " It is bulkier, easier to detect by smell, and is detected in drug tests for longer periods of time. " The reasoning seems to be that if we cannot stamp out the trade in the hard drugs like cocaine, meth, and heroin, we can at least stamp out the trade in marijuana.

And thereby drive the pot smok- ers to the harder drugs. " Are our leaders that ignorant of history? " Did they not learn that clamping down on beer and wine sales during Prohibition I led to the collusion of public officials with organized crime, the St. Valen- tine ! s Day Massacre, and many other shootings? " After we in- creased the penalties for mari- juana in Cincinnati during Prohi- bition II didn!t we have a record number of murders?

Prohibition I was repealed by popular demand in 1933. " When will we repeal Prohibition II? "

Tom Brinkman on School Choice: Where Democratic Voters and Republican Politicians Meet

The Cincinnati Beacon: Why do you value "School Choice"? How do you respond to those who say you are pulling stu- dents, and resources, from a

struggling public school district

sources from the "poor" Postal Service. Their cries ring hollow.

The Cincinnati Beacon: Many Cincinnati charter schools serve

a black and urban " population --

Party and the African American community -- at least locally?

Tom Brinkman: The local Re- publican Party has a proud his- tory of supporting African Ameri-




stereotypical profile for a

can candidates. " Ken Blackwell

The Cincinnati Beacon: " What

Tom Brinkman: See my answer

Tom Brinkman: Monopolies do not allow for choice and lead to

tyranny. Our nation and its citi- zens have thrown off tyranny throughout our history. We have universal choice in almost eve- rything except K to 12 educa- tion. In that area only the rich have choice and this has lead to

Democrat. Considering the rela- tively low number of African Americans registered as Repub- licans, what do you make of this discrepancy? " Why do Demo- crats oppose schools that Democratic voters choose, and conversely why do Republicans support an issue that their voting base does not utilize?

is a prime example. " Certainly there is a disconnect between all parties and a majority of the citizens, as can be seen by the low voter turnout in local elec- tions.

decisions, if any, do you see Democratic leaders making lo-

greater distance between our richer and poorer citizens.


Tom Brinkman: The Democrat

best interest of one of their larg-

cally that harm the African American community? Do you

School choice gives students a chance to find an educational opportunity that fits them. Public schools win when students go to charter schools and use vouch- ers. They retain levy money that does not follow the student and thus have much more money to

Party is controlled by Big Labor and the teachers at public schools do not like the competi- tion that Charters and vouchers give them. " Therefore, Demo- crats must tow the line when it comes to support of public edu- cation even when it is not in the

see any decisions being made by area Republicans to benefit the African American commu- nity?

above about the teacher unions for things that local Democrats do to the African American

spend on fewer students.Their




arguments sound like those at the post office who criticized Fed Ex and UPS of taking re-

The Cincinnati Beacon: " How would you describe the "discon- nect" between the Republican

(Con !t on p. 11)


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(con ! t from p. 10)

Democrats have run the City of Cincinnati for over 35 years and the decline has occurred on their watch. " Cincinnati is poorer and more dangerous than ever before, under their watch. " Republicans try to reach out to the African American community, but it is not a Republican city. Bush only received 30 percent of the vote in 2004.

The Cincinnati Beacon: How do you see school choice working out in the Cincinnati" educational landscape in the next ten years?

Tom Brinkman: Voucher re- quests are double what they were last year. This occurred despite the Cincinnati Public School attempts to keep in- formation from eligible stu- dents and parents. Charter Schools continue to grow and prosper. Perhaps the Cincin- nati Public Schools will learn to coexist with school choice. (Hey, I can dream, can't I?)


Not the Best in Ohio

by Cincy News Ache

The Associated Press Society of Ohio awards prizes in five classes, based on the circulation of the newspaper. The Enquirer competes against just five other newspapers for prizes -- the Ak- ron Beacon-Journal, the Cleve- land Plain Dealer, the Columbus Dispatch, the Dayton Daily News and the Toledo Blade.

The competition gives three awards for General Excellence, so each paper has a 50-50 chance of getting at least a mention. It's a coin flip.

When the awards were handed out a few weeks ago, the En- quirer lost. First place for Gen- eral Excellence went to Cleve- land, second to Akron and third to Columbus.

In all, there were 109 awards in 31 categories. The Enquirer won 19 awards, including six first- place awards, including Best Business Writer (Alexander Coolidge), Best Investigative Reporting (imagine that, for a package on eminent domain)

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and Best Web Site. The En- quirer was strongest in photog- raphy, where it won three firsts for Best Spot News Photo, Best General News Photo and Best Photographer -- all for Glenn Hartong, who deserves the recognition.

That's the good news. The big winner was the Columbus Dis- patch, which won 30 awards and eight firsts. The Cleveland Plain Dealer won 28 awards and 11 firsts. The Enquirer was shut out in 14 categories, in- cluding General Excellence, Best Columnist, Best Feature and Best Community Service.

In 15 categories where writing and reporting were most impor- tant, including "best section" awards, the Enquirer didn't do well -- just two firsts and eight awards overall. The Dispatch received 16 awards and seven firsts. The Plain Dealer: 14 awards and three firsts. There were four awards given for Best Community Service. Columbus won the top two, followed by Akron and Dayton. Cincinnati's over-the-top Marcus Fiesel cov- erage -- clearly the paper's highest priority story since August -- got an honorable men- tion for Best Breaking News. The Enquirer also won a second

tion for Best Breaking News. The Enquirer also won a second in that category for its

in that category for its coverage of the shooting involving rapper T.I.

I point this out to show just how

weak the Enquirer's news op- eration has become. Start with 19 awards. Take out seven that went to photo, four to sports, and one each to the web site, Borgman and the recently de- parted Byron McCauley. That means the heart of the news operation won just five awards, and two of those were honor- able mentions. There were zero for features, graphics and head- lines.

This is a newspaper that doesn't know how to excel. I'm not sure

it wants to.



by Michael Earl Patton

One way to change the ethnic composition of Cincinnati is to

restrict housing options. " At a landlord training seminar, the Cincinnati police recommended landlords not rent to people who have any kind of drug

conviction. " The

held to explain the chronic nui- sance premises ordinance, which holds landlords civilly and criminally liable if their property exceeds the quota for police runs. The message was clear: rent to someone who has had a drug conviction, even for possession of a marijuana joint, the landlord runs the risk of fees, fines, and even jail.



The chronic nuisance premises ordinance sets quotas for po- lice calls to service “nuisance activities,” which include such diverse activities as assault, drug possession (including marijuana), prostitution, loud noises, curfew violations, tru- ancy, and kidnapping. " Each multi-family dwelling is allowed 3 calls per month and a certain

number per year, depending on size. " For example, buildings with 2 or 3 apartment units are allowed 6 calls per year. " If that number is exceeded the owner is warned that the building is “in danger” of being declared a chronic nuisance and they must develop a plan accept- able to the police to reduce the nuisance calls within 13 days."

The key is cooperation with police. " If police determine the landlord is cooperative, they said they would not pursue penalties. " And the police em- phasized not to rent to people with drug convictions. Not even sexual offenders were so men- tioned.

For whatever reason, African- Americans are convicted much more often than other groups for drug crimes. " Reports indi- cate that people are arrested and sentenced to jail for an average of 7 grams of marijuana. " Were most of the convictees black? " Whether they were or not, the CPD is recommending to landlords that they NOT be allowed to rent an apartment anymore in Cincinnati.

The net effect will surely be to change the ethnic composition of Cincinnati."

June 2007


June 2007 FREE Cincinnati’s Big Money Contributor List This list was complied by Josh Robert

Cincinnati’s Big Money Contributor List

This list was complied by Josh

Robert and Marilyn Rhein

Krekeler (Convener of the Southwest Ohio Green Party) based on historic contributions patterns. These individuals, lobbyists, or PACs traditionally

Gilbert and Mary Richards Jack Rouse Jeff Ruby William Rumpke John and Lynn Schiff

give more money to more can-


Robin Sinclaire

didates than anyone else.


Robert and Mary Ruth Smy-

Individuals and/ or Lobbyists

T. Justin and Kristen Acker- mann Jeffrey Anderson Thomas Atkins Troy Blackburn Neil Bortz Mike Brown Otto Budig Thomas and Karen Cassady Robert and Susan Castellini Martin and Manuel Chavez Stanley Chesley Robert Coletti Thomas and Cathy Crain John Davies Tim and Sharon Dodds W. Stuart and Martha Dornette Richard and Joyce Farmer Henry and Elaine Fischer David and Elizabeth Hendy Michael Hoch George and Amy Joseph Ronald Joseph Robert and Mary Kohlhepp John Leffler Lindner Family Anthony, Joseph, Jerome, and John Maas Robert and Cynthia Muhl- hauser Quentin and Jeanne Nesbitt John and Frances Pepper

junas James Verdin Alexander Warm Geraldine Warner Richard Weiland James and Alison Zimmerman "

Political Action Committees

Cincinnati Bell Convergys Fifth Third Bank Frost Brown Todd, LLC Home Builders Association Keating Muething & Klekamp Procter & Gamble Good Gov- ernment PAC Realtors PAC Taft, Stettinius & Hollister Vorys Sater Seymour & Pease LLP Western Southern "

NOTE: This list is a variation on the recently issued “Likely

Killers” list.

Could this be

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