Is Cleveland's Mayor largely a figurehead?

Submitted by lmcshane on Sun, 09/20/2009 - 16:48.
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let's hope not

I'd prefer something more animated, more colorful.

Miller White...who controls Jackson?

We know Forest City's Sam Miller largely controlled Mike White. 

Under Mike White--greenhouse produced flowers for the whole city, trees were planted, parks improved, rec centers worked for us, streets got plowed/paved, and drug houses were shut down.  We know that Mike White served as major-domo for Sam Miller, who made out and made out well--as we are building the juvenile justice center on Quincy on land sold to Sam Miller for a dime and bought back for millions. And, most likely, the Opportunity Corridor benefits Forest City, as well--by design.

I can't say anyone controlled Jane Campbell--directly...but her administration couldn't keep anything working for us. She did address gross overtime and sick time abuse by safety forces and I will give her that. GCP engineered her early retirement.

Jackson got some basic city services restored and city employees sometimes work when they feel like it, so as residents we have been thrown a bone.  But the staw buyer real estate transactions, demos for developers, and neighborhood social engineering through CDCs under Jackson would make your head spin, if you actually lived here. 

So, who controls Jackson? Greater Cleveland Partnership?   

The people behind our pollution

The people behind much of the power and so leadership and planning in Cleveland are the people behind coal and steel and other polluting old economy industries here, who put themselves in charge of our supposed "new economy"... like the leaders behind Cleveland Cliffs, behind our local venture capital, including our local energy funding, behind the Cleveland Foundation, and their energy strategy, behind University Circle Inc. and the Medical Center Company, behind Mittal, and so behind much of the pollution killing our economy.

They have a huge following, as they control $ billions.

For example, consider our Cliffs Natural Resources, previously Cleveland Cliffs... from their most recent 10-Q, from June 30, 2009:

Cliffs Natural Resources Inc. traces its corporate history back to 1847. Today, we are an international mining and natural resources company. We are the largest producer of iron ore pellets in North America, a major supplier of direct-shipping lump and fines iron ore out of Australia, and a significant producer of metallurgical coal.

Growth Strategy, Strategic Transactions and Other Significant Developments

We expect to increase our operating scale and presence as an international mining and natural resources company by expanding both geographically and through the minerals that we mine and market. Our growth through investments in North America, Australia and Latin America, as well as acquisitions in minerals outside of iron ore, such as coal, illustrates the execution of this growth strategy. 

Sound good for Cleveland's growth strategy?





I find the port and related logistics very interesting.

The 2004 plan had a flaw in that it did not give real logistical consideration to the purposed port relocation.

That’s the reason for 55th street, one simple criteria was used, closest to and most practically linked to rail and road. The current port is surrounded and is not ideally located, it has rail but not good interstate access.

The 2004 proposed island would have simply moved that further north and making it even less logically linked and doing that, that being linking it would require building more and costing more and it would still be forcing it through primarily the existing less than ideal access points. 

Then 55th is next to rail the same rails and also the interstate, it also leads into acres of developable land within a primarily industrial area.

Logistic and the relative containers are used on trucks, rail and ships.

So linking to the oceans is a matter of ship to ship transfers, Montreal has international shipping. Shipping is a matter of reducing the more costly modes less rail and then less roadway.

Ideally from ship to rail, then short halls or broken down at the destination.

Comprehensive rail logistic for the state would be very timely, reducing roadway logistics to a minimum a goal.

Do not be surprised but shipping from Cleveland to Chicago or Detroit by water is much cheaper than by rail and truck. If the services are there, if container vessels existed and were optimally configured to link with rail and distribution centers.

The state could offer Alstom a contract, get them to open a north American headquarters in Cleveland.


1) design a interstate high speed rail system

2) redevelop local commuter rail

3) redevelop local and interstate commercial rail and related logistics.

4) manufacturing of related equipment locally.




As a closed-loop biomass plant, the project would be carbon-neutral. The energy crop trees would act as a carbon sink, storing carbon in the trees’ tissues and roots. When harvested and burned, the stored carbon would be released, but the net carbon footprint would be zero, Raines said.

Renafuel LLC, a subsidiary of Cleveland-based Cliffs Natural Resources to take fast-growing, bio-engineered cottonwood trees and grasses grown in Ohio and press the biomass into cubes in a new factory Renafuel is building.




How Biomass Energy Works  

FirstEnergy's subsidiaries operate 18 power plants with a total system capacity of more than 14,200 megawatts. Of the total generation capacity,



56% (7,932 megawatts) is produced using coal

28% (3,945 megawatts) comes from nuclear plants

11% (1,599 megawatts) is fueled by natural gas or oil

5% (796 megawatts) comes from pumped-storage/hydroelectric/wind facilities*

*Long-term contracts with third-party wind suppliers.


Is this clean?  

MMCo produces 50MW of

MMCo produces 50MW of electricty

This option would double that production:

This option would supply those institution with electric power and 350 MW more, it cost is $500 Million.




I didn't think they generated any electricity

My impression is they buy electricity bulk on the cheap and distribute it through their private grid. Do you see where they have generating capacity?

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