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Focus City of Dayton Cleanups on Neighborhoods

April 1, 2010
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This an email sent to FROC and Dayton City Commissioners and the Mayor
While I am in favor of all the efforts to clean up Main street,  I believe a much more critical  & urgent need is in Five Oaks itself. Take a drive down the alley between Fountain and Santa Clara…it looks like a garbage dump in some third world country. Also, I walked from my house on Manhattan down Richmond to the Post office and was completely disgusted by what I saw, trash everywhere. The brick  house on the corner of  Manhattan and Richmond has a parking pad full of trash. Drive from Richmond  unto Delaware toward Main Stand the scene is the same.
My neighborhood is in the worst shape I’ve ever seen as far as trash is concerned.

Two things are very  evident. 1/Many of my neighbors are absolute slobs.
And,  2/the city is falling flat on its face insofar as code enforcement is concerned.

Cleaning Main street may be important, but the truth is the neighborhood is what needs a focus far more than Main st.

Gary Staiger

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IS THE WAR IN IRAQ/AFGHANISTAN OFF THE RADAR?? Where is the Outrage??

April 8, 2008
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The Polls say we Americans overwhelmingly think that we never should have gone into Iraq and that nearly half of us say we need to get out within a year.

That’s the polls.

Visble manifestations of that oppostion seem to be far and few between.

CBS News/New York Times Poll. March 28-April 2, 2008. N=1,368 adults nationwide. MoE ± 3 (for all adults).

Looking back, do you think the United States did the right thing in taking military action against Iraq, or should the U.S. have stayed out?”

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Right Thing Stayed Out Unsure
% % %

ALL adults

34 62 4

Republicans

68 26 6

Democrats

13 85 2

Independents

32 62 6

“From what you know about the U.S. involvement in Iraq, how much longer would you be willing to have large numbers of U.S. troops remain in Iraq: less than a year, one to two years, two to five years or longer than five years?”

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Less Than
A Year
One to Two
Years
Two to Five
Years
Longer Than
Five Years
Other/
Unsure
% % % % %
46 22 14 6 12

How is it that we can have such opposition to the Bush Administration’s war policies and yet not be able to get a dozen people to join an anti-war protest here in Dayton? Where is the outrage?? Bush comes to the Air Force Museum and 35 people show up to a demonstration called by the Montgomery County Democratic Party, including just Two Union reps [in a supposedly Union town], ONE party Chairman and NO ELECTED OFFICIALS.

Over the five years this vigil has been held I have personally invited Democratic office holders Nan Whaley, Dean Lovelace, Mayor McLin, Joey Williams, Debbie Lieberman and Dan Foley MULTIPLE TIMES to join the anti war vigils at the Dayton Dragon’s games, and not one of them has shown up yet.

I ask again, Where is the Outrage? and, perhaps as important, Where is the”leadership” of the local Democratic party on this critical issue??? and, please, don’t respond with that lame crap about how “we are LOCAL elected officials and anti-war issues are not our thing…” I’m not buying it, and you should be ashamed to offer it as an excuse for your inactivity.

If the opposition is there on paper and the physical manifestation is not, we have to ask why? There are indeed answers, including the fact that for much of the US mainstream media the war is simply something that they are not given very much attention to, excepting the parroting of the McCain-Bush bullshit about how well the “surge” is working …[though today’s NY Times reports that insurgent attacks in Baghdad more than doubled in March over February’s numbers...]

By way of example, the author Eric Boehlert, from the website Media Matters, notes in an April 2 column:

Last November, I noted that ABC’s Nightline, its long-running signature news program, had essentially boycotted Iraq as a news story. I found that over an 18-week span, from mid-July through late November, Nightline aired approximately 230 separate news segments, only one of which was about events on the ground in Iraq. In the 17 weeks since then, Nightline has continued to look the other way, which means that over a nearly nine-month span, during which time more than 300 reports aired, Nightline has effectively ignored the war in Iraq as a news event.–

Excerpetd from his excllent article

Myth: the American Public Tuned out Iraq Fact: The press tuned out Iraq

http://mediamatters.org/columns/200804020003?lid=214108&rid=6438606

It sems that the unfortunate reality is that most people, despite their poll answers, are simply disconnected to the war in their daily lives. The images we are NOT seeing is the reality of this evil war.

How’s this for complicity?? In March 2003, on the eve of the Iraq war, a directive arrived from the Pentagon at U.S. military bases. “There will be no arrival ceremonies for, or media coverage of, deceased military personnel returning to or departing from Ramstein [Germany] airbase or Dover [Del.] base, to include interim stops,” the Defense Department said, referring to the major ports for the returning remains.

The answer from our “elected representatives, our “leaders”??

Senate Backs Ban on Photos of G.I. Coffins: June 21, 2004.

http://www.camerairaq.com/2004/05/caskets_photogr.html

And the money?? The Billions and Billions [and trillions] of dollars BORROWED from China, Japan and other countries? Off the “books” and payable by our children, grandchildren and great grandchildren [and theirs…]

The money that could be used to pay for comprehensive medical care far beyond any of the presidential candidates offerings..The money that could be used to repair our falling apart infrastructure of bridges, roads and waterways. The money that could be used to provide a college education for every person who had the gumption to go to school and improve themselves and our nation?? And so much much more.

The War goes on, and the American public, having been lulled into complacency, appears comatose in the face of impending disaster, unable or unwilling to take the time to do the right thing, get up off their asses & confront our “leadership” and demand an end to this evil war.

Wake up America . It’s way past time for the wake up call.


PROGRESS REPORT ON CITY of DAYTON PROSTITUTION ORDINANCE/STRATEGY

December 3, 2007
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Starting in January, getting caught in a compromised “situation” with a prostitute in Dayton will get you sent back to “school”, John School, that is. Convicted offenders of city anti prostitution laws will be required to attend a type of aversion therapy as part of the sentencing process. According to Assistant City Manager Julie Howington, city officials felt that while work continues on details for a zone specific ordinance, that immediate measures were also needed.

Ms Howington emphasized that the “John School” was something that the city could implement with a minimum of extra effort, working in coordination with local law enforcement agencies and the courts. While details about exact curriculum are sketchy at this time, “John Schools” usually involve lectures on STD’s, legal ramifications and also usually include interactive sessions with former prostitutes /social agencies to address other more direct societal – personal impact issues.

The blowback to the initial discussion from citizens & community organizations centered on the negative connotations inherent in using signage to designate the targeted zones, and,  it appears that if used at all, such signage will be very  limited in scope. “the police know where the areas of activity are”, Howington said,

Two tasks forces have been established by the Managers office, one with City law enforcement, the law department and the managers office, and another, involving Montgomery County personnel, including the sheriff. “involving the Sheriff and County is critical,”said Howington, ” they control the Jail, and have access to funding sources for rehabilitation programs not available to city government. We want to do more than just add to the jail burden, hopefully to find some rehabilitation avenues where at least some of the newer, younger prostitutes might be helped out of that life. ”

Ms Howington acknowledged the intractability of the problem, noting that” people have been working on this for hundred of years without much really changing. The hope is that you can have some effect, to help some women, deter some “johns” and make a difference in the neighborhoods impacted by prostitution”

“It is also good that this discussion is now more public, ” Howington said, “too often people want to avoid dealing with issues like prostitution, pretending it isn’t happening. A public focus gives us more latitude to do more.”


The Ministers, the Dayton City Anti-Discrimination Ordinance and the Future

November 25, 2007
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It’s Saturday, at the 2nd Street Market, and I’m talking to one of the vendors when I hear a muffled hello. Turning, I see the HAT moving down the aisle…it’s Mayor McLin. Taking the opportunity in hand, I walk up  and tell her, “I am very glad for the stand that you took Wed at the City Commission meeting in the anti-discrimination ordinance “debate”. ” Smiling broadly, she replied, “Oh, thank you so much”. Ms McLin acknowledged that there had been quite bit of pressure brought to bear on the Commission, but, that she and the other members who voted for the ordinance had concluded the time for discussion was over and a decision needed to be made. I’ll make mention that I was not the only one to make a positive comment on this issue to her. Politics in the air at the Market!

Some may dismiss this slight woman as a “figurehead” mayor, but in my estimation it took a quite a bit of extra spine/courage to stand up to the Interdenominational Ministers Alliance’s assault on the ordinance. This same cabal has opposed progressive initiatives based on questions of sexuality for years. They seem to have a degree of credibility that may not be justified by the actual numbers of their followers, which I think is an open question. And, I don’t mean being able to get 30-40 people to attend a city commission meeting…maybe that is everybody you represent? Those in the “know” about Dayton’s semi-underground political culture are fully aware of the checkered past of some of the leaders of this group and that, in part, is why the extra spine displayed Wed needs to be applauded. (more…)


Musings an Miscellania 11/17/07

November 17, 2007
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NY Times movie Critic A O Scott discusses movies about the Iraq War in a short video”column http://www.nytimes.com/interactive/2007/10/26/movies/20071028_IRAQMOVIES_FEATURE.html

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MSNBC’s Keith Olbermann: How to Really Support Our Troops [VIDEO]

Olbermann is the antithesis of the Faux News O’Reilly/Hannity spin cycles. http://www.alternet.org/blogs/waroniraq/68165

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HOMOPHOBIC  MINISTERS WANT TO DERAIL DAYTON CITY GLB ANTI-DISCRIMINATION ORDINANCE

On the local front, it appears that much of the Interdenominational Ministers Alliance opposition to the City of Dayton’s proposed ordinance granting gays and lesbians equal protection against discrimination is driven by homophobic hysteria. Members of the alliance have ties to national church groups with strong stands against homosexuality, especially the Southern Baptist’s. I find it very troubling that an organization ostensibly geared toward fighting discrimination would employ discriminatory tactic to deny others equal protection under the law.The proposed ordinance is scheduled for discussion and a vote at the next City Commission meeting Nov 22 @6 pm. Commissioners should ignore the homophobic rantings of the local Talibanist’s and pass this legislation post haste

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State may cut benefits for kids Parents fighting Medicaid limits on mental-health care/

Saturday, November 17, 2007 3:56 AM

THE COLUMBUS DISPATCH

<p>Keegan McCann, 6, walks to the car with his father, Jay, after being picked up from school at Ohio State University's Harding Hospital. Keegan, who is severely autistic, attends the school 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. five days a week.</p>

KIRK IRWINDISPATCH

Keegan McCann, 6, walks to the car with his father, Jay, after being picked up from school at Ohio State University’s Harding Hospital. Keegan, who is severely autistic, attends the school 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. five days a week.

“Bye, Dad.”Simple words to most parents; they hear them every day.

But they were very special words to Jay McCann when he heard them for the first time recently from Keegan, his 6-year-old, severely autistic son.

“That moment felt like the day he was born,” McCann said. “I saw a rebirth of my son.”

A rule proposed by the Strickland administration has McCann and other parents concerned that their children may be deprived of the specialized services they now receive.

The administrative rule, which would limit some services eligible for Medicaid payments in an attempt to head off action from the federal government, is scheduled for a public hearing Monday before the Joint Committee on Agency Rule Review. (more…)


Montgomery County Democrats Defeat Endorsement Motion

October 26, 2007
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October 26, 2007

 

Both the Executive Committee and the Central Committee of the Montgomery County Democratic Party, at our October meeting last night, defeated my motion concerning endorsement procedures. Chairman, Mark Owens, discouraged the tabling of the motion and encouraged a thorough discussion. In the discussion, one Central Committee member said that she had been active in the California Democratic Party and that one of the by-laws of the California Party agreed with my proposed motion: that the Party could make no endorsements prior to the filing date for candidates.

After a resounding defeat in the Executive Committee, I was surprised that, when the vote came in the Central Committee, a significant number of hands were raised in support of the motion. The motion was defeated by 2 to 1.

See my opinion article: “The Mission of the Democratic Party Should Be to Empower Democracy”

Written by Mike Bock and reposted from DaytonOs: http://daytonos.com/


Community/Business Comments Delay “No Ho Zone” Ordinance

October 24, 2007
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A spokesperson for Dayton’s Public Affairs office said following up on citizen and business comments and concerns is delaying consideration of an city ordinance that would designate certain areas of the city as “No Ho’ Zones”, the object being to give police another enforcement tool to work with.

According to the Public Affairs office the concerns include the negative aspects of actually labeling residential or business areas as restricted as well as possible constitutional issues. Another factor is the delay are efforts to evolve other avenues of approach, including concurrent development of social/health projects and the “John School” concept. Accordingly, the legislation has now been delayed at least two weeks, possibly longer as the City law department continues to work on the language and to address the concerns raised.

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Back in the neighborhood, the March of the Ho’s continues relatively unabated.


Dayton City Law Department Reviewing No Ho’ Zone Legalities…

October 12, 2007
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Updating details about recently announced efforts by the City of Dayton to address prostitution issues , Tom Biedenhorn, of the Public Affairs office, said that the City Law Department is currently reviewing proposed language for an ordinance creating restricted activity, or, “No Ho’ Zones”,  in different parts of the city. The ordinance, part of a wider effort at addressing the prostitution issue, is expected to come before the City Commission by the end of October or early November. As currently envisioned, the ordinance would provide a way for police to arrest alleged prostitutes for loitering after a 1st warning to leave the targeted area. Loitering laws have been challenged as unconstitutional infringement on the rights of people to”gather peaceably” and, according to Mr Biednhorn, addressing this question is part of the Law Departments charge in crafting the wording of the ordinance.

Community feedback has been negative from some quarters, with neighborhood associations [not specified] objecting to identifying the target areas with signs , fearful that this would present a negative view of the area to people unfamiliar with the problem. In this view police already know the areas and the signs are unnecessary provocations. Others have raised objections to the general concept, arguing that it could have negative effects on housing valuations and possibly create insurance related issues.

Concurrent with ordinance drafting are plans involving the Sunrise Center to develop “John Schools” where offenders convicted of solicitation would be required to attend programs aimed at deterrence conditioning. Also on the table, but not as visible, are plans to work with the courts and social service agencies to develop direct assistance programs for women seeking avenues out of the “life”. Dayton Municipal court currently has a limited diversion program operated in cooperation with the Center for Alcohol and Drug Addiction Services [CADAS] but, with limited funding of only $30,000 per year, the number of women directly assisted is quite small, ten having completed the program, five of whom have re-offended with Soliciting offenses. The Municipal Court Probation department is seeking additional funding for the program.

In 2006 Dayton-wide arrests for prostitution related crime reached 1, 496. Of this number 1,062 were between the ages of 21 & 40 . The arrests cover public indecency , soliciting for prostitution, promoting prostitution etc. Statistically, prostitution related crime in Dayton rose 23% from 2005 to 2006. 68% of arrestees were repeat offenders, 68% have been raped, 82% physically assaulted and, a disheartening 85-90% showing evidence of crack cocaine use/addiction.

“We are not going to completely solve this millennium old problem with any of these programs”, Biedenhorn said, “it is a bit of a whack-a-mole issue, but, hopefully we can reduce the number of moles being whacked…”


CITY OF DAYTON MAKES MOVES ON PROSTITUTES:Targeting No Ho’ Zones

October 6, 2007
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Blogging the news…an article in this morning’s Dayton Daily describes city officials efforts to address Dayton’s growing reputation as a “sex for sale” destination as chronicled on this and several other Dayton weblogs. Two ideas promoted here, establishing “No Ho’ Zones” [not how the city describes them] and promoting “John Schools” , are key parts of a City effort to address the prostitution issue. A city ordinance would enable police to issue tickets to known sex workers in a designated zone and then, upon a second offense, arrest them for loitering, a misdemeanor offense. It is not clear from the article exactly what the penalties would be. It is likely that parts of North Main, West 3rd and Xenia Avenue would be areas initially given the no tolerance designation.

Efforts like this are to be applauded as they indicate a positive response to a problem that, at least to this observer, has been getting worse and worse. There have been days when I have id’d as many as a dozen different hookers operating on N Main. Cops I have spoken to have shown me lists of known prostitutes with over 20 names on them…and expressed the frustration they feel with the revolving door of arrests and and seemingly simultaneous release of the women taken to the jail. In addition , the Montgomery County jail has a general policy of not accepting hookers, thereby overburdening the city jail system.

The proposals are a step in the right direction and I like the idea of adding pictures to the listings of people who have been convicted of loitering to solicit. A list of August arrestees can be viewed at                                       http://prostitutionconvictionsdaytonohio.wordpress.com/
Concurrent with, but not discussed in the DDN article, are efforts by the city to establish rehab programs that offer prostitutes solutions and alternatives. Dayton City Commission Clerk Len Roberts has been researching the availability of state and federal funds for this purpose but I am unaware of any results so far.

Arresting prostitutes and establishing No Ho’ zones will only accomplish limited relief, in some cases just setting up a “whack a mole” situation where new areas become destinations for hooker hunters. Establishment of the John Schools is crucial to reducing demand, as is the continued efforts at public embarrassment. Unfortunately for society, real solutions will continue to be elusive so long as economic and social conditions combine to push both men and women into seeking sexual gratification at the expense of personal dignity.

Coincidentally, this morning’s New York Times has an article, JOINING TREND, BULGARIA WILL NOT ALLOW PROSTITUTES which you can read at http://www.nytimes.com/2007/10/06/world/europe/06bulgaria.html?_r=1&ref=world&oref=slogin


Hooker Update/The Future is Ours??

September 18, 2007
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Last week a small group of BusinessPeople and a Santa Clara Neighborhood Association member met with County Commissioner Dan Foley and two County officials {Sunrise Center & Criminal Justice Council} concerning the prostitution issue on Main St and Dayton in general. The discussion ranged from a general overview to what specifically can be done.

The Sunrise Center has received a Weed & Seed grant to be used to explore options that include research and development of rehabilitation and deterrence programs which could include “john schools”. According to a pamphlet on Prostitution & community solutions I recently received from the Dept of Justice recidivism among graduates of the john school’s is very low. Different cities John School programs include lectures on STD’s confrontations with ex prostitutes etc. Some include making the johns perform community service in the areas where they were picked up, picking up trash and other unsavory tasks. A possible approach.

Another angle of the discussion concerned a “Million Dollar Murray” solution. An interesting article on this appeared in the New Yorker . http://www.gladwell.com/2006/2006_02_13_a_murray.html

The essence of it being that sometimes it is cheaper to provide concrete solutions [housing, child care] than to continue to arrest the same people over and over again. It was posited that if there were 500 prostitutes in Dayton [a number pulled out of the air that may not be far off…] what if 50 of them accounted for 50% of the arrests? Perhaps targeting those women would do more to alleviate the problem. This assumes that many of the  450 are part timers or ones who don’t get caught.

Arrests peaked in 1999 and have dropped off considerably since then. The last couple of years # have been “flat” [thanks to DDN tip on this]. Possible reasons vary, with the reduction in the # of cops assigned to the Vice squad considered a major factor. Economic issues also play a role, a downturn in the overall economy tends to e reflected in a rise in women resorting to prostitution as a “money solution”. The consensus of the discussion was that a Nevada type “legalization” solution was not in the cards and that aiming at development of programs to help women get out of the “life” offered the most concrete “solution”.

It will be interesting to see if County & City officials can get on the same page with this. More information will be forthcoming as I get it.


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