Friday, August 31, 2007

More Banks Protests

First we had Chris Smitherman, now we have the 4th Street Crowd complaining about certain proposals for the Banks project.

MIAMI 14, Ball St. 13

Love and honor to Miami,
Our college old and grand,
Proudly we shall ever hail thee,
Over all the land.

Alma mater now we praise thee,
Sing joyfully this lay,
Love and honor to Miami,
Forever and a day.

The Enquirer - Close game goes Miami's way

I didn't get to do this must last season, since the team was very bad. This year I have hope, at least after the first win!

Thursday, August 30, 2007

Brinkman Defeated in His Anti-Gay Lawsuit

Ohio Representative Tom Brinkman had his case thrown out. Brinkman has sued to end Miami University's domestic partner medical insurance program. Brinkman's efforts were among the more cruel and hate filled efforts to hurt gays and lesbian in Ohio. Here's hoping Brinkman stops his anti-gay crusade. Not likely, I know.

Harris Anti-Poverty Plan

The Enquirer Politics blog has word on Greg Harris's plan to curb poverty in Cincinnati.

Wednesday, August 29, 2007

Hard Times, Hard Times Come No More

Here we have the downside of getting valid population count, we find out that over a quarter of the City live in poverty. These statistics show the real battle that is being waged in large cities across the country, one of class.

The Effects of Sprawl

It appears the Exurb of West Chester is feeling the pain of sprawl. They need government, but I would bet they'll get such a big fight to become a city and create an income tax that they would just save time by moving out now, before things eventually become so run down. Unplanned growth breeds problems that pied-eyed land developers don't mention when they get the permits to build on the farm land they buy up.

Tuesday, August 28, 2007

Harris on Police Reform

CityBeat has the story on Greg Harris's call for the reform of the police department. Speculation is that this will somehow hurt Greg. With whom? Do any senior police supervisors actually live in the city? The conservatives on the police force and their boosters who will be pissed about this weren't going to vote for Greg anyway. This opens up Greg to voters who are looking for two things: honest policy on the CPD and for someone willing to break with the conventional moderate Democratic wisdom about how to act with the police, unlike Cecil Thomas.

Porkopolis: Confirm This Rumor

I shall echo Greg Flannery's desire for rumor confirmation. The rumor appears to be that the Enquirer is in negotiations to buy the on-line version of the Post, and will keep it going in some form. The question is: will they keep it going as on ongoing news gathering outlet? If they just buy the website address and link it over to the Enquirer page, no big deal. If they keep an on-line news outlet with real reports writing original articles, then that is really something of note.

New Stage - New Season

New Stage Collective have announced their new season, read the details over at the Conveyor.

Blackwell Retireing from CPS

CPS superintendent Rosa Blackwell is retiring after the current school year. Her tenure has been one filled with budget woes. What type of candidate should the school board be looking for? What do the candidates for school board think?

Friday, August 24, 2007

City Council Candidates

Here's the list (pdf) of the candidates of for Cincinnati City Council that have filed:
Melanie Bates
Jeff Berding
Chris Bortz
Laketa Cole
Minette Cooper
David Crowley
John Cranley
John Eby
Pat Fischer
Andre Harper
Greg Harris
Brian Garry
Leslie Ghiz
Justin Jeffre
Joan Kaup
Sean Robert Lackey
Sam Malone
Chris Monzel
Mitch Painter
Michael Earl Patton
Steve Pavelish
Roxanne Qualls
Cecil Thomas
Charlie Winburn
Wendell Young
George Zamary
So Malone filed as did Jeffre. There are 6 independents. I'll be collecting websites for each candidate as I locate them.

[Via the Enquirer Politics blog]

Thursday, August 23, 2007

Smitherman, Not Councilman

NAACP President Chris Smitherman did not file for City Council today:
Chris Smitherman, the head of the Cincinnati NAACP chapter and a former city councilman, did not file to run for city council.
The Enquirer had that as a sidebar to the additional announcement that Jim Tarbell did file his petitions to run for Cincinnati School Board. That had been rumored previously and seems a little bit strange. I guess I dont' see Jim having the drive from schools that he did for the City. I'll be interested in his platform.

Also, in yesterday's Enquirer Politics blog post about who had or was going to file to run for council there was one name they did not mention: Child Beater and Republican endorsed candidate Sam Malone. Did he file his petitions?

Dream a Different Dream

Club Dream is closed. Great news for Main Street. The promoters and club owners did not do a good job of programming and attracted the murders.

What I would like to know most, is there evidence that the murders of the two men outside of the club actually were inside. I would say all evidence points to a clear answer of yes. If the owner doesn't see why he was running a bad club, then he deserves to have it shut down.

The negative on this is for Midpoint. This is slated to be a venue for the late September music festival. As of now it is still listed as a venue. Will it be able to open up under new ownership for the festival?

Wednesday, August 22, 2007

Local Programming Survey

In case you've missed the obvious, Cincinnati has little local programming on our broadcast outlets. What's left? On local TV and Radio, why specific programs are actually local? If you have a list or a few programs you regularly listen to that are locally based AND the topics are locally based, post your list. Note: Sports shows count, if they cover local teams. Local talk radio counts, if they talk about local issues. I'm interested in putting together a list to see how bad it has gotten. I fear we are facing the same problem in all areas of business, where the nation corporation takes over local markets. Here the problem is that we lose out on our local culture when we have no local programming.

Monday, August 20, 2007

Vice Mayor Crowley

Mayor Mallory has accounced Councilman David Crowley will become Vice-Mayor as Jim Tarbell leaves office. The press announcement:
Cincinnati – At 1pm today, Mayor Mark Mallory announced that he will appoint Council Member David Crowley as Cincinnati's next Vice Mayor. In Crowley, Mayor Mallory chose a principled leader who shared his vision for Cincinnati and would be a strong advocate to carry out that agenda on City Council. Crowley, who has served on Council for almost six years, will replace Jim Tarbell whose resignation is effective September 3rd.

“David is the perfect choice for Cincinnati,” Mayor Mallory said. “He is a man of principal who is unafraid to stand up for what he believes. Crowley will be a strong partner in advancing my vision for Cincinnati.”

Crowley is running for re-election for his fourth and final term and is eager to begin working in his new role. "I have big shoes to fill, Jim Tarbell has done a fantastic job as a Council Member and as Vice Mayor. I am however, truly excited about the opportunity to continue to serve our great city in this expanded capacity,” said Crowley.

“I want to thank Mayor Mallory for his confidence in me and this opportunity to further serve the citizens of Cincinnati. I intend to work closely with him—as a team—on an agenda that continues the resurgence we are seeing in Cincinnati. I have a lot of experience with this town, I know the great potential we have because I’ve seen it first hand,” he added.

Crowley looks forward to continuing the close working relationship he has had with Mayor Mallory over the last two years. Highlights include working together on a budget that preserved funding for swimming pools, health centers, human services programming, and the Human Relations Commission. Additionally they combined to create the Office of Environmental Quality, which recently hired a new director and began work on strategies to reduce the City’s energy usage.

Council member Crowley intends to be a Vice Mayor who projects the positive. He acknowledges there are problems but will recognize the efforts of the many good people throughout the City who volunteer their time and work on a daily basis to make Cincinnati better. “I want to let them know that their efforts are appreciated. It is not always those who get the attention who are making a difference—I want to work closely with those who are making a contribution and making a difference.” He said.

Mayor Mallory and soon to be Vice Mayor Crowley will focus on issues that strengthen and grow Cincinnati, including improving public safety, investing in our neighborhoods, expanding economic opportunities for all, and ensuring a healthier environment.
I'm not clear if Crowley will retain the title after the November election.

Saturday, August 18, 2007

Cincy Brew Ha-Ha: August 24 & 25

Yet Even More Bar News

In what will shock virtually no one, alchemize/decibel lounge is closing its doors. Hipsters are a mighty fickle bunch.

In Other Drinking News

Crowley's celebrates 70 years of drinking. This has been my favorite bar in Mt. Adams since I first starting going up the hill in the mid 1990s. I look forward to 70 more years of drinking and singing along with with Frank songs on the Jukebox.

Fifth & Vine Has Its Own Brew

Check out the Conveyor for my take on the new beer from Christian Moerlein.

Thursday, August 16, 2007

Polling Council Races

Polling for Cincinnati City Council is often like reading tea leaves. This week's CityBeat digs into one such poll which shows a weak spot for at least a couple of incumbents.

I think this poll is going to lull some candidates into a false sense of security. Cole and Winburn top that list. They both appear to be trying to appeal to both the Black community and the Westside. You can win if you get votes from both camps, but those camps make for conflicting positions on issues.

I wonder who paid for this poll. The article indicates it was paid for by certain candidates. That would logically indicate that the results would be skewed to prior election results and demographics as well as to the voter base of the candidates paying for it. Since Ghiz appears to have confirmed her campaign was one of those paying for it, I would surmise this is a GOP poll. This is why I think Winburn did so well.

The article points out that this poll was conducted prior to the Qualls appointment, so the details of the poll are moot, but the trend of vulnerable incumbents is still likely valid.

As of now I only see two locks and one near lock on council seats: Cranley and Qualls are locks, with Crowley nearly a lock. The other six seats are not locked in the least. There are many candidates who could slide into one of those six spots. It is possible that Cole and Winburn fall short. They more than likely will win, but they will both need to campaign for it, not just go through the motions. Winburn will have the money to, will Cole?

Ghiz, Monzel, Berding, Bortz and Thomas all could easily lose. I would say at least two of the three will. Who else gets on council? Here is where the candidates who run the most vocal and solid campaigns get the edge. Harris, Bates, and Kaup have the potential. Smitherman likely will fade from his attention in this poll. Cooper could ride her name into office if the turnout goes her way. It will be a big fight and I see it getting nasty.

If there are campaign staffers out there reading this, please make sure you provide sources when you "lead" dirt on your opponents. What ever blog or journalist you give them will most likely not post anything about it without some support for its validity.

The Banks Going Bust?

Kevin Osborne from CityBeat has the latest on the Banks project and to no one's surprise, the developers want more money and more time to finish the project.

OK, I am ready to give up on it. I want the park to be built, but I don't see that there will be any benefit to building a new neighborhood from scratch. It will not be done for decades. Let's take that money and build up Downtown, Over-the-Rhine and the rest of the urban core that can be restored quickly. Buildings and entire blocks of OTR can be restored for far less money in a matter of a couple of years. Give the Money to 3CDC to bring more residents to existing neighborhood blocks. More residents bring more retail which brings more jobs. The people pushing for the Banks at this point are exurbanites who want a place to go spend a few hours before and after the Bengals/Reds games. It is not worth millions of public dollars to give non-county residents a twice a year place to drink beer.

Battle of the Network Weeklies

I didn't know this before I arrived to check out Game Show Night (every Wednesday on Fountain Square), but I was to witnessr a grudge match of epic proportions as CityBeat faced off against arch rival Cin Weekly.

In a hard fought battle of Fountain Square Family Feud, the CityBeat Team soundly defeated the Cin Weekly Team. It wasn't really close.

Lots of thinking went into each question. Some of the answers were clever. On naming local beers one person answered "Pabst." On the other team one player came up with the classic answer to naming a dish soap: "cheese." Yes, that contestant had made several trips to the beer booth.

As a neutral observer, I can attest that both teams had fun. I didn't hear about any trash talk, but I was certainly hoping for some. Let's hope we can see a rematch soon. I would like to see the editors square off in a battle of trivia.

Club Nightmare

Another person was murdered near Club Dream in OTR early this morning. This isn't the first time this has happened. Exactly three weeks ago in nearly the same place at nearly the same time, an employee of Club Dream was murdered.

What is the problem here? Who is running this club on Wednesday nights? What type of atmosphere is being created to attract this type of violence? Why isn't the club hiring security, and when I say security I mean off duty police officers, not a big guy who can fight. What Club Dream must do is stop catering to criminals. Keep out the drug dealers (or the wanna be dealers).

UPDATE: The Enquirer has more on the story, including the identity of the victim: 22 year old Bryan Couch, of Western Hills.

Wednesday, August 15, 2007

Top Cats Closed

Bars come and go and Top Cats on Short Vine is reportedly closed.

New Blog in Town

We have yet another new Cincinnati based blog. It is billed as a "Blurg," which I guess is defined in the About Page. Does the About page really need to include a swipe at me? (Cough, Cough)

Joe Wessels: Justin Jeffre Running

Joe Wessels is reporting that Justin Jeffre is running for city council. I have no idea why he is doing this. This would be the third time he has run for a Cincinnati area public office. His name recognition hasn't been enough for him to make any significant dent in actually getting votes. There are no reports that he will be able to raise any money, so I see this as a replay of his run for Mayor. He still is not on the ballot, so, there is no guarantee he will make the deadline for signatures a week from Friday.

Joe's Post article today will have more on the rest of the field.

UPDATE: Westender brings up a great question on comments: Is Jeffre getting the Green Party Endorsement?

Tuesday, August 14, 2007

Midpoint Schedule Is Out

The Midpoint Music Festival has announced the showcase schedule for all bands during the festival.

Mike Breen has more on the conference and pre-parties.

Long Tall Cincy

UncleRando asks a good question Is a New Signature Tower Needed here in Cincinnati? I would would parse this question into two distinct parts. First, does the Cincinnati Skyline Needs a new high point? Second, does Cincinnati's office space market needs another skyscraper?

Wendell Young In It To Win It

Joe Wessels is doing great first hand reporting and the news that Wendell Young is not stepping aside for Roxanne Qualls. Read all about it on Joe's blog.

Questions: Will Cooper or Garry be asked to step down? Garry has a team out campaigning and has been visible. I've not seen much from Cooper yet.

Monday, August 13, 2007

More Qualls Fallout

Joe Wessels is reporting that the Dems may endorse Roxanne Qualls for Council. That would mean one candidate would not retain that endorsement. Joe reports the rumor that Wendell Young will be stepping down as a candidate. Young was a long shot candidate, who has not be garnishing much attention.

Will a double endorsement help, hurt, or do nothing for Qualls?

Art Academy Growing

The Art Academy of Cincinnati is expanding its campus with the recent purchase of the building adjacent to their Jackson St. location. This new building at the corner of 12th and Walnut was most recently owned by Fifth Third Bank.

The article doesn't indicate when this new building will open, but with it the 12th street Arts corridor increases its footprint.

Turn Them In

Nothing should be stopping people from turning in the mindless thugs who killed a 19 year old kid and defiled the efforts of hundreds of people to have a day of peace and community building. Solving the violence problem in Cincinnati starts with those who know about this crime (and other like it), turning in the criminals. You don't have a functional community if you don't adhere to the most serious law on the books, murder. Avondale and Evanston are two good communities infested with fear and ignorance that keeps murderers on the streets. I truly hope they are caught quickly.

Thursday, August 09, 2007

It's Roxanne

Roxanne Qualls is the pick to to replace Jim Tarbell on City Council on September 3rd.

Qualls is believed to be a lock now for a council win. This hurts ever incumbent but Cranley, to a degree. Some think Bates, Harris, and Kaup will actually benefit from Qualls' coattails. I don't know if Council Race have significant coattails, but if Charter groups the candidates together, there might be a growing voting block that could help. This will not help Bate or Kaup with money.

Wednesday, August 08, 2007

Local Business Group Fronted by GOP

You are not going to get much more of a hardline Conservative than Steve Chabot's chief of staff. Chabot's office hasn't been doing anything the last 8 years to promote the City of Cincinnati or Downtown, so I don't see Gary Lindgren doing much to improve Downtown or anywhere in the City.

The CBC should be a group pushing for Street cars and light rail. Will this guy do anything to help that along? I don't know, but expect him not to push for anything that would improve the way of life that doesn't fit a conservative agenda. If I am wrong about that, it will be a welcomed surprise.

Forty Under 40

This year's Business Courier of Cincinnati Forty Under 40 winners have been announced.

Tuesday, August 07, 2007

Tarbell to Resign

Jim Tarbell is reportedly resigning from Council.

The Enquirer has the story. Speculation will now fly as to whom will be appoint to council. The assumption is that it will be either Joan Kaup or Melanie Bates. I will not be betting on Joan Kaup. Word on the street is that she's not the pick. Logically she is heir apparent to Tarbell on the issues. She is the top advocate for Downtown, OTR, and arts currently running. The PTB may see Bates as more of an establishment candidate and better able to capitalize on being an incumbent. Would she have to resign from the School Board? If it is not one of these two, then Charter is corrupt.

Also, Who is going to be the next Vice Mayor? Cranley?

Monday, August 06, 2007

Sheriff's In Town

Has Over-the-Rhine changed over the last year? One place I don't see a real change is in front of the Jordan market at 12th and Main Street.

Sunday, August 05, 2007

Who Wrote the Headlie?

Bias in the media comes in many ways. One way is in the language that is used. In today's Enquirer we get this headline Unborn baby dies in wreck. The article lead reads as follows:
"A woman was seriously injured and her fetus died in a two-car accident on U.S. Route 50 in Clermont County on Saturday, according to the Ohio Highway Patrol."
I would like to know if the Editor who wrote this headline would come forward and explain why "unborn" was used instead of "fetus" and why the injury of the women doesn't rate part of the headline? This plays into the propaganda war that has surrounded the abortion debate. In Cincinnati it is my opinion that the local media, particularly the Enquirer, either have editors putting their bias into headlines or story choice, or if not their own opinion, they are playing into the significant extreme anti-abortion readership in the Cincinnati area.

UPDATE: The updated Store on Monday had an updated headline: Crash kills unborn child.

Saturday, August 04, 2007

Pete, Please Excuse This

Via comments here's a video slide show opposing all current and former elected officials running for Cincinnati City Council. It is is a totally improbable and unwise to have 9 members of council with no experience in public office trying to run the city. That might be the Mayor's Dream, but it would be disaster. The video is fun, though.

Friday, August 03, 2007

Cincy Blues Fest Tonight and Saturday

Don't forget to check out the Cincinnati Blues Festival tonight. This year one of the highlights is the King Records Tribute Stage, which occurs tonight. For info, check out

AFL-CIO Council Endorsements

CityBeat has reported the Union's endorsement list for Cincinnati City Council. I hope those not happy with the fiscal five understand that the AFL-CIO endorsed two of that lot: Berding and Cole. Why was Wendell Young not endorsed? I know they have to love Smitherman for his anti-business stance on the Banks project, but does that warrant dumping Young?

Anti-Jail Tax Has the Signatures

Surprisingly the motley crew of stumbled their issue onto the ballot.

Why isn't anyone questioning the deadline to turn in signatures they appeared to determine on their own?

Thursday, August 02, 2007

Top TwoThree Best Blogs Announced

I thought this was supposed to be after today's conference, but a big congratulations go out to Drew Steinbrecher and Michelle Lentz for their respective blogs and, who "tied" for best blog.

I guess they are giving away three iPones since the article lists Kevin Dugan of, as the Chamber member winner.

Wednesday, August 01, 2007

Vote for CityBeat's Theatre CEAs

The 11th Annual event takes place on Monday August 27th. I can't find the voting deadline anywhere, but it surely is very soon so hit the CEA website and get your vote in.

Made The Enquirer

The Top Ten Cincinnati blogs hit the Enquirer today. There are some really good blogs out there. Most of the other nine I've read before, but not all. Hit the link and have a read. I'll likely add most of these to my blogroll. If you are the 10 best, you deserve to be on the blogroll.