Wednesday, December 06, 2006

CityLink Discussion On CityTalk Radio

Follow the link below to listen to Sunday's program on the CityLink court decision.

Program Title and Guests:
Latest Court Decision on CityLink
Martha Gitt - Economist & Environmental Engineer
Jim Wilson
Dave Petersen

Link

Listen for yourself. Gitt, Wilson and Petersen did a great job of clarifying the issues.

9 Comments:

Anonymous Anonymous said...

Great show!
Thank you.

4:08 PM  
Anonymous Carstairs said...

This was superb! Anyone who listened couldn't help but see how devastating a homeless mall would be in the West End, any community. Everyone did a fabulous job! Thank you soooo much!

9:39 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

That is a great show. I need to listen to that more often.

11:23 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

he same clown who tried to broker a deal to keep dale mallory's own neighbors from throwing his sorry ass to the curb is at it again. Dickie Weiland is working to shake down the HUD funded Empowerment Zone Corp. for half a mill. This is pocket change to this group. Aren't they the same bunch that consumed $1.6 mill in overhead last year alone. Kudos to this brave lady ,Jenny Edwards for shining the light on this never ending cycle of corrupt spending.
As a taxpaying citizen it is simply repulsive. I personally will work my entire life and my federal,state, and local taxes won't even begin to cover this one brokered deal. What a waste!
http://www.cincinnatibeacon.com/index.php/content/comments/dick_weiland_lobbyist_for_cincinnati/

7:14 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Good to see the watchdogs are looking at some vintage Mallory Mafia chicanery:

Watchdog questions Mallory aid to local firm
BY ANDREW WELSH-HUGGINS | THE ASSOCIATED PRESS
COLUMBUS - Ohio's legislative watchdog is investigating whether political influence played a role in reducing workers' compensation premiums for some companies.

One case involves a Cincinnati company and Mayor Mark Mallory, when he was a state senator.

Legislative Inspector General Tony Bledsoe asked six other lawmakers for records shortly after an audit was released last month that showed the Bureau of Workers' Compensation inexplicably lowered rates for 27 Ohio employers.


The report found there were no written policies or procedures to determine when workers' comp administrators would override the computer system to lower rates. The audit covered January 2003 through September 2005.

In late 2004, for example, the bureau eliminated a death claim affecting the premiums of Bertke Electric of Cincinnati, but did not put anything in writing, according to records released Wednesday.

The bureau reviewed Berkte's case at the request of then state Sen. Mallory, a Democrat who is now the mayor of Cincinnati.

"Mallory's office is pretty adamant about assisting this employer and does not seem interested that the employer did not file an appeal," medical claims specialist Kathy Little wrote in a Nov. 16 e-mail.

After the management company handling the workers' comp claim for Bertke questioned the bureau about this, an official explained it was done on an honor system.

"She asked if we would put that in writing, and I stated I believed we would not," bureau management analyst Donna Guenther wrote Todd Spence, the bureau's employer consulting director, on Dec. 13, 2004. "I assured her that this was a senior management decision and we would honor that."

The Bertke case involved a claim filed in 2003 by the widow of a longtime Bertke employee who had retired in 1984 and died in 2001 from asbestosis, the records show.

The claim was allowed in January 2004.

Bertke refused to talk to the bureau about its options and did not appeal the claim, then threatened to move the company to Kentucky, records show.

A message was left with Mallory seeking comment. Company president Kevin Bertke declined to comment Thursday.

One of the lawmakers asked for records, state Sen. Jeffry Armbruster, a suburban Cleveland Republican, also received a subpoena from the state inspector general in his capacity as a business owner who sought help from the bureau to reduce rates.

Bledsoe's Nov. 13 letter asked each lawmaker for two sets of records: Any documents related to premiums or claims before the workers' comp bureau, and information about specific companies the lawmakers apparently contacted the bureau about.

In addition to Armbruster, lawmakers who received letters from Bledsoe include state Rep. Jennifer Garrison, a Democrat; and Republican state senators John Carey, Joy Padgett, Kirk Schuring and Lynn Wachtmann.

6:56 AM  
Anonymous Carstairs said...

Saturday 12/9/06 Enquirer Business Section has this:

Mallory not listed in workers' comp report
Five senators, a representative on list
THE ASSOCIATED PRESS
Cincinnati Mayor Mark Mallory said Friday he was surprised to learn from a watchdog report that the Ohio Bureau of Workers' Compensation had no written policies or procedures to determine when officials could override their computer system to lower rates to certain companies.

Mallory, elected to two terms in the Ohio House and two in the Ohio Senate, was named in a report by the watchdog, along with Gov. Bob Taft and other elected officials who had sought help from the state insurance fund for injured workers on behalf of certain companies.

Legislative Inspector General Tony Bledsoe has asked six legislators to explain their efforts to lobby the workers' comp bureau on behalf of companies.


The six are Republican Sens. Jeffry Armbruster, John Carey, Joy Padgett, Kirk Schuring and Lynn Wachtmann and Democratic Rep. Jennifer Garrison.

A story in Friday's Enquirer Business section incorrectly stated the watchdog was investigating the case involving Mallory. The agency has not contacted Mallory or requested documents from him.

Last month, the bureau released a draft report for January 2003 through September 2005 that showed rates for 27 Ohio employers were lowered without explanation. In one case, the bureau eliminated a death claim that affected the premiums of Bertke Electric of Cincinnati but did not put anything in writing, according to records released Wednesday.

Mallory said he knew no one in Bertke's management but lent his support because he considered it part of his job.

"This is a company in my district that called my office to say they had problems with the BWC," Mallory said. "As a legislator, I relied on the department to do whatever they do by their process and procedures."

Mallory said he never felt that the bureau bent its policies for him.

"Constituent service is an important part of my job," Mallory said. "We never make demands for service; we ask what can be done. We certainly have never asked any department to do anything that would violate their rules or their standards."


On another note, did everyone see Channel 12 news yesterday where 3M & Big Daddy were the first ones to chip in on Metro's free ride program for freeloaders?

Big Daddy is going to be fun to watch, being the man behind the curtain who pulls the puppet strings on Jail4Dale in Columbus. We'll have to give Daddy several bottles of Geritol; goodness knows he'll need it.

11:19 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

This is groundbreaking radio. A group of people who are on the record as opposing Citylink came up with reasons to oppose Citylink.

How about a real discussion between sides on the issue?

3:22 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Has any one seen Male Dallory?

4:25 PM  
Blogger Male Dallory said...

Sorry for the lack of blogging. This is my busy season.

8:51 PM  

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