Tuesday, August 23, 2005

How Mayor Ford Creates Jobs

Here's but one brief example...

The federal Environmental Protection Agency had the City of Toledo tied up in a lawsuit for over a decade involving our wastewater system's dumping of untreated sewage into the Maumee River after heavy rain. Instead of doing the right thing for our community, our river and lake, Finkbeiner devoted the resources of the city's law department to fight the Clinton Administration.

Jack Ford, after being elected Mayor, worked out a consent decree with the EPA, settled the lawsuit, and got on with the business of restoring our environment through a $450 million jobs investment called the Toledo Waterways Initiative - securing state and federal dollars to leverage city funds that has put hundreds of people in Toledo to work with great engineering and building & construction trades jobs. Read here about the project being on time and on budget.

Finkbeiner's attorney's were always busy defending the City over Carty's irresponsible behavior and ethics problems, anyway.

Bottom line: Half-baked gimmicks and cheap nostalgia are no substitutes for responsible leadership.

31 Comments:

Anonymous Sepp said...

I see how they fixed the storm water overflow problem when I'm out on my boat. The city put warning signs up in every place on the river where the storm water comes out.

11:53 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Anyone else notice this picture from the Toledo Waterways Initiative web page? Problem is, those signs aren't up along the Ottawa River for sewage overflows, the signs are there because the Dura Rd. landfill continues to leak a mixture of various cancer-causing chemicals into the river. When the TWI is complete, don't expect those signs to come down.

12:23 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

What about the jobs that Ford has LOST -- O-I, etc. He has lost a lot more than he has created. This post is spoken like a true campaign operative. Are you on the Ford payroll? Spin, Frank, Spin... This post is like a gasping breath from a dying campaign. All Ford has left is to attack Carty. Watch that happen in the next few weeks.

1:07 PM  
Blogger ToledoJoe said...

Thats the best Ford can do. I settled a lawsuit that cost Toledo millions of dollars in the end. Thats taxpayer money he is spending. I would not be too proud about that. Actually it is kind of a joke to take credit for it.

1:12 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

This post is as bad as Ford's commericals.

1:13 PM  
Blogger Frank said...

You fellows can pitch a fit, but how do you think most of those folks who are working will vote?

1:33 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Even The Blade is having a tough finacial time. Any bets that they'll be leaving soon? Here's a link to an interesting recent story from the WSPD web-site:

http://www.post-gazette.com/pg/pp/05229/554929.stm

The Blade is in some real bad finacial shape. Expect the Blocks to sell out in a few years.

1:44 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

A quote from the story:

"We will be required to make hard decisions in regard to the newspapers," Block told analysts. "The two newspapers we own are old media businesses suffering from all the problems and challenges of old media. Only good cost control will buy us time."

The only questions is how much time will it buy?

1:48 PM  
Blogger Frank said...

Media critics, eh?

We are fortunate to have a locally owned newspaper - many communities don't have that advantage. There's more commitment, history, and advocacy for a community with a local.

You'd think Clear Channel/WSPD would have better things to worry about: say the impeachment process for the Governor who once owned some of their stock, the Iraqi quagmire and ever mounting Americn casualties, or maybe the President's plummeting polling, even why gas is at $2.70 a gallon.

Looking forward to the responses on this one...

2:01 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

"locally owned newspaper "??????
Frank, its owned out of Pittsburg. AND its ALREADY for sale. Seems like this democratic paradise cant support their liberal paper enough so it can show a profit. I hear clearchannel is doing fine tho, so if the blade fails, at least we'll have a news source.

As far as the governor - now we're spouting about stock that Tax'em Taft USED to own? What cars did he used to drive? That's about as relevant.

Also, why is it in one post you poopoo polling results when it shows Jack Ford is down, but in this one you yourself refer to polls when they talks about the presidents results??

What is it frank? Are polls worth the paper theyre printed on or not? Or are they worth talking about only when they say what you want them to?

Personally, Im with the former - I think all polls are for the birds, but you need to pick one stance and stick with it.

Billy

2:58 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Locally owned? That's a good one. If its locally owned, then why does Ford have to travel to Pittsburgh to meet with them? Nice attempt at a defense of The Blade though. It's no secret you're in The Blade's pocket. How does it feel?

A new day in Toledo is coming.

3:36 PM  
Anonymous Sepp said...

Glad to hear that the local smear rag is for sale. Biased crap and agenda is all it spouts. I think if Noe were a democrat we'd never have heard a peep.

5:01 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

"not a peep"

Are you kidding me, does your coservative thinking cloud your brain so much that you think that the blade would give a democrat a free pass even when he steals millions of dollars from tax payers. Get a life. You have some serious problems. Thank God i am not a conservative. I think i would kill myself.

6:48 PM  
Anonymous Melvin Purvis said...

I can smell a WSPD rat from your post.

Why don't you have the guts to identify yourself, Bob?

7:09 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I have to strongly agree with Melvin here. Will the real Bob Frantz please stand up?

8:50 PM  
Blogger billy said...

A couple conservatives respond and all of a sudden theyre Bob Frantz. Tell me which exact comments are attributed to bob, and what is incorrect about them?

8:57 PM  
Blogger Subcomandante Bob said...

Get the real story on the Blocks and their plans here:

http://toledotales.blogspot.com/2005/08/proposal-to-rename-toledo-as.html

9:19 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Personal response to Szollosi bloggers, in response to accusations on this board:

(The following is copied and pasted from my post on www.frantzrantz.blogspot.com)

--Bob Frantz

***********************************
Sorry to be the first to comment on my own post, but I HAVE to show this to you:

While posting the link to Szollosi's blog site, to display his unending campaigning for Mayor Ford, I read the rest of the comments on his post...two of which accused ME of posting anonymously!

***************************

Melvin Purvis said...
I can smell a WSPD rat from your post.

Why don't you have the guts to identify yourself, Bob?

7:09 PM
Anonymous said...
I have to strongly agree with Melvin here. Will the real Bob Frantz please stand up?

***************************

Quick question for Frank and his line-up of Kool Aid drinkers: With my voice booming these very same views out every day to tens of thousands of people in NW Ohio...when have I EVER been anonymous?

Hilarious!

PS.
I have my own blog site...no need to post on anyone else's. Clear enough, Frank?

7:34 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Bob Frantz can type and run a radio show at the same time. WOW. I guess i was wrong about him

8:14 AM  
Blogger Frank said...

I never accused the disc jockey of being anonymous or anything. Take it easy, muchacho.

8:26 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

*Hands Bob Frantz a prozac pill* Simmer down!

9:48 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Ford is going to need to create one more job -- one for himself after he gets creamed by Carty. Losing by 22 points in August as the incumbent is not a good sign, especially when he is pouring through his money in the primary. If Ford keeps spending like this, he'll quickly lose the only advantage he has -- money. If Carty wins by more than 10 points in the primary, watch his fundraising take off and, in the end, he'll bury Ford in the last two weeks on TV. A message to the Ford campaign -- all rats need to get out of the sinking ship as fast a possible.

11:00 AM  
Blogger Tony said...

Yes, losing by 22pts. in a "poll" of 300 people, with a margin of error of almost 6%...oh yeah, and almost 30% undecided...thats not a "poll", thats a high school homecoming king survey...just the fact that the poll has almost a 6% margin of error should be enough to clue, even you all, in to the fact that it is a worthless "poll"

11:24 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

How many private sector jobs have been created in Toledo since Ford took office? How many have been lost? That's what everyone is concerned about. Last year didn't Ford say that Toledo has lost 16,000 jobs?

12:28 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Tony, nice attempt to dismiss the poll but you overlook some key trends. I've been involved in local Democratic politics for years and, for the time being, am a big fan of Wilkowski (the best candidate in the race). Even giving Ford the full benefit of the +/- 6%, he is still down 10%. Undecided's usually break about 2 to 1 AGAINST the incumbent, especially when the candidates are known. After the primary, Ludeman votes go for Carty and Wilkowski votes are a wash -- half for Ford and half for Carty. My prediction, if the election were held today head-to-head with these numbers -- Carty at 62% Ford 38%. That's almost impossible to make up. Even going negative on Carty won't work -- everybody who supports him already know he has some worts and they don't care. This is not some unknown candidate who Ford can try to "redefine." Going negative won't work in this campaign. Sorry, Tony, but I hate to be the bearer of bad news. This campaign is over.

1:46 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Following up, the other post was also right. Ford is blowing through cash like a drunken sailor on, in my opinion, BAD t.v. ads. Who produced those? It almost reinforces that Ford has been asleep at the wheel for 4 years. For most people, "Quiet" = "Lazy." The whole t.v. campaign so far has been a waste of money.

What do we take away from Carty -- "Carty Gets Results." Enough said. Great contrast between the candidates and Carty has a better message out for a heck of a lot less money.

The previous post is right, after the primary, watch the money pour into Carty's campaign. I bet Carty has a better media campaign the last two weeks of the campaign. To win, all he needs to do is a simple message -- With Carty, Owens Corning stayed downtown and built a world-class headquarters, with Ford he was still looking for O-I's telephone number as the moving were on their way. Carty -- 5/3rd field, the Docks, Ford -- 4 years of empty promises about the arena and Southwyck. Those are your easy to understand measuring sticks.

With that said, if Wilkowski had the resources (and unfortunately it does not look like he will), he'd clean both of their clocks. Ludeman is hopeless. The Republican's should have run Sarantou, he'd have a decent shot this year and an even better shot in four years. Carty and he are the best person-to-person campaigners that we have in Toledo, although I might also put Quilter in that group. Don't discount Carty's ability to connect with voters one-on-one.

Just my thoughts for what their worth. The next two months should be a great ride. Ford is in some serious trouble.

2:30 PM  
Blogger ToledoJoe said...

I agree. Ford is in some deep trouble. The only way he can win is to find some way to steal it. Those ads are embarassing. I thought they were a joke when I first saw them. Frank will win.

3:15 PM  
Blogger Frank said...

No fair making predictions without your names...

4:13 PM  
Anonymous Sepp said...

I'm surprised that Jack hasn't hired an army of consultants which has been a trademark of his when dealing with the city's problems. Remember the 80 grand spent on a "consultant" to fix the Erie st market's woes onlt to have them report that it was laid out wrong? For 80 grand, I'll tell Jack to buy some vivarin.
Why will Carty win? Because people can still name things Carty had done 8 years ago and have no recollection of Ford doing anything during the last 4.

9:59 PM  
Blogger billy said...

" Remember the 80 grand spent on a "consultant" to fix the Erie st market's woes"

See that's the point - $80 grand invested with zero return on an enterprise that should be left to its private owners.

10:59 AM  
Anonymous Sepp said...

And that 80 grand was just 1 example. Seems there were "consultants" consulting on a plethora of different projects gobbling up cash for zero return.

12:15 PM  

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