Jump to content
Cygnus

Cincinnati: Mayor John Cranley

Recommended Posts

If there was one video that sums up John Cranley's mayorship, it would be Cranley driving a convertible through a giant banner to celebrate the opening of a new downtown parking garage:

 

http://www.bizjournals.com/cincinnati/news/2014/10/01/reinvented-tower-place-mall-adds-new-pizza-concept.html

 

A parking garage with a Domino's Pizza.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

If there was one video that sums up John Cranley's mayorship, it would be Cranley driving a convertible through a giant banner to celebrate the opening of a new downtown parking garage:

 

http://www.bizjournals.com/cincinnati/news/2014/10/01/reinvented-tower-place-mall-adds-new-pizza-concept.html

 

A parking garage with a Domino's Pizza.

 

Interestingly enough, Cranley's wife's family heirloom (Gold Star Chili) was closed in order to build this parking garage.  I think it and Subway were a couple of the last things to operate in there.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Poor John Cranley doesn't like receiving the same treatment he gives to anybody he personally dislikes:

 

He believes criticism is motivated not by facts, but "an oppositional approach to anything I recommend, even when it's a plan to reduce poverty."

 

From: Cranley aims to help city's poor - but at what cost? (http://www.cincinnati.com/story/news/politics/2014/10/27/cranley-aims-help-citys-poor-cost/17983091/)

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Council gives preliminary OK to plan to spend Cincinnati's $14 million surplus

 

"A Cincinnati City Council majority approved a plan to allocate a $14 million surplus proposed by Mayor John Cranley and City Manager Harry Black on Monday, but some council members said that not enough input had been gathered."

 

"The vote was the first test of a major Black proposal before City Council, although it was clear Cranley played a major role in what ideas the city manager offered. Sittenfeld, Seelbach and Councilman Wendell Young criticized Black for offering up ways to spend the surplus before most members even knew there was one and had a chance to weigh in."

 

Hmmm, one interesting expenditure in the plan...

 

"Giving $1 million to the Port of Greater Cincinnati Development Authority. The money will be used to reimburse the port for legal expenses it incurred when council and the mayor scuttled the proposed parking lease deal late last year. The port had been set to sell bonds to complete the transaction when council aborted the plan."

 

So Cranley's "pause" of the streetcar project cost the city $1 million, and his cancellation of the parking deal cost us another $1 million.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

^ I was thinking the exact same thing when I read the article.

 

However, it's not really that surprising. Cranley isn't a fiscal conservative any more than he is an urbanist. He is a political opportunist and ran on pitching neighborhoods against downtown and anti-streetcar against pro-streetcar. If you could say he's for anything in particular, it's transferring money from income-generating parts of the city like downtown to west-side neighborhoods that he considers neglected.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Cran man just endorsed Cecil Thomas over Charlie win burn for state senate.  One of the reasons he said was because he wants to keep Charlie on council as chairman of the budget and finance committee. 

 

Cranley is worried that if winburn is elected,  the new council member elected in 2015 might be a progressive and break his conservative council majority voting block

 

 

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Cecil Thomas is a Democrat.  John Cranley is a Democrat.  Winburn is a Republican. 

 

Anyone who is trying to represent the Hamilton County Democratic Party is going to officially endorse Thomas. Anyone who is thinking strategically is going to vote for Winburn.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

I'm so confused by him. If he was just against it, whatever, as long as his reasoning made sense. But it just never has. He makes such contradictory statements.

 

"It won't benefit anyone" followed by "those who benefit the most are the property owners along the route." Well, which is it? No benefit, or exactly what the people who want the streetcar have been claiming it will do?

 

Now this. Bicycles predate electric streetcars (the oldest form of rail which is functionally similar to our modern streetcar) by about 6 decades.  Maybe someone should send him a timeline?

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

I'm so confused by him. If he was just against it, whatever, as long as his reasoning made sense. But it just never has. He makes such contradictory statements.

 

"It won't benefit anyone" followed by "those who benefit the most are the property owners along the route." Well, which is it? No benefit, or exactly what the people who want the streetcar have been claiming it will do?

 

Now this. Bicycles predate electric streetcars (the oldest form of rail which is functionally similar to our modern streetcar) by about 6 decades.  Maybe someone should send him a timeline?

 

Just remember he's first and foremost a politician.  He's trying to save face after the streetcar and now the plan is to stop Wasson way rail while creating a wedge between bike and rail supporters

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

From the Cincinnati Streetcar Facebook page

 

 

We're getting up to speed on this Wasson Way situation. Apparently the mayor pulled some underhanded tricks last week that would lead to a ban on light rail FOREVER on this vital corridor. Let's keep a sharp eye on Wasson Way!

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

That Cincinnati Magazine article on Red Bike is such a shill for Cranley.  He's trying very hard to court some Urbanists - ditto on his interview with the Urbanophile a few months back.  Everyone needs to remind everyone else what his history is.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

That Cincinnati Magazine article on Red Bike is such a shill for Cranley.  He's trying very hard to court some Urbanists - ditto on his interview with the Urbanophile a few months back.  Everyone needs to remind everyone else what his history is.

 

The thing he said to Renn that most appealed to me, his suggestion that a metro government is a bad idea because in the long run it's better to have a denser city, he turned around and said the opposite a couple weeks later, that he would support merging with the county to eliminate redundancies and save costs.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

If the Mayor does anything that is remotely considered "urbanist" its purely by accident or for political cover (like bike share).


“All truly great thoughts are conceived while walking.”
-Friedrich Nietzsche

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

If the Mayor does anything that is remotely considered "urbanist" its purely by accident or for political cover (like bike share).

 

Oddly enough, Cranley just took credit for the bikes, but the city had been working on those for 2-3 years. The idea came out of Leadership Cincinnati's Class 34 and Transportation and Engineering worked hard to make it happen.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Ticket amnesty for canned goods? Not so fast

Sharon Coolidge, scoolidge@enquirer.com 7:33 p.m. EST December 5, 2014

 

Paying old 2014 parking tickets off with 10 cans of food that would be given to the Freestore Foodbank sounded like a win-win – people could clear tickets ahead of increased enforcement next year and feed the hungry.

 

But it's not that easy.

 

Councilman Chris Seelbach, who proposed the idea, called it a "good-will initiative." But Mayor John Cranley called the idea "reckless."

 

http://www.cincinnati.com/story/news/politics/2014/12/05/ticket-amnesty-canned-goods-fast/19972213/

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Ex-planning commission chairman: Cranley wants a panel that will heel to himself, developers

Dec 11, 2014, 5:15pm EST Updated: Dec 12, 2014, 6:07am EST

Chris Wetterich Staff reporter- Cincinnati Business Courier

 

 

The former chairman of the Cincinnati Planning Commission said he is not surprised Mayor John Cranley replaced him on the commission and believes the mayor has set out to remake the panel into a less independent body.

 

"The mayor and I have not agreed on issues related to planning for quite some time now, going back 10 years," said Caleb Faux, who also is the executive director of the Hamilton County Democratic Party.

 

http://www.bizjournals.com/cincinnati/news/2014/12/11/ex-planning-commission-chairman-cranley-wants-a.html?page=all

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

From the above article:

 

Cranley opposes form-based code. During the mayoral campaign, he said form-based code could lead to unwanted businesses opening up near residential areas and too much government control of property.

 

That sentence says it all.  Cranley just doesn't get it.

 

 

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Former Council Member Greg Harris:

 

However, [Cranley's] unwillingness to engage and instead ridicule and disregard the city's emergent and passionate "urbanist" base is troubling and short cited. We now have a loud, vocal and proud community of people who are passionate about Cincinnati; when I moved here in the 90's, everyone bashed the city. The mayor's inclination towards a politics of division may be effective, but that doesn't make it right. His closed mindedness on the role transit can play in supporting urban core clustered development is frustrating, as are his traditional views on street use (e.g. opposing Central Pwy bike lanes). From what I see, the people riding bikes for daily transportation are mostly not the privileged class. For reasons of health, safety and economics, work to get more bikes to low income kids and adults, and give them safe streets to ride on.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

This was from a facebook post forwarded by "Finish the Cincinnati Streetcar"...

 

According to a Facebook post by Senate owner Daniel Wright, Mayor Cranley's wife called Wright and threatened to 'have Senate shut down' because Wright named a hotdog in Cranley's honor (he's named hotdogs after many local politicos over the years). Cranley then proceeded to publicly call out Wright at the grand opening of Nick Lachey's bar last night and demanded that Wright apologize to Mrs Cranley. Wright took the post down in the middle of the night. One wonders how many phone calls Wright received from Cranley's henchmen insisting that he delete the post. Is there a thinner-skinned politician in the region than John Cranley?

 

https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=900470936630769&set=gm.875866812431687&type=1&theater

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

I was just watching an episode of Anthony Bourdain’s Part’s Unknown in which he travels to Mexico. There was a story about a popular restaurant that pissed off a daughter of some official, who called in the health department to shut the place down on a busy night. The parallel between the methods used by corrupt Mexican government officials and the Cranley clan is interesting.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

This was from a facebook post forwarded by "Finish the Cincinnati Streetcar"...

 

According to a Facebook post by Senate owner Daniel Wright, Mayor Cranley's wife called Wright and threatened to 'have Senate shut down' because Wright named a hotdog in Cranley's honor (he's named hotdogs after many local politicos over the years). Cranley then proceeded to publicly call out Wright at the grand opening of Nick Lachey's bar last night and demanded that Wright apologize to Mrs Cranley. Wright took the post down in the middle of the night. One wonders how many phone calls Wright received from Cranley's henchmen insisting that he delete the post. Is there a thinner-skinned politician in the region than John Cranley?

 

https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=900470936630769&set=gm.875866812431687&type=1&theater

 

I'm confused.  Why would Wright need to apologize to Mrs. Cranley?

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

A letter to Mayor Cranley from Milton W. Hinton and Calvert Smith, former presidents of the Cincinnati NAACP:

 

The NAACP is the most effective organization ever assembled to fight for civil rights and equality. Although nonpartisan, the NAACP's leadership has led it into the morass of partisan politics negating civil rights agendas. Such is contradictory to its constitution, bylaws and traditions.

 

It has come to our attention that an Enquirer article of 12-12-14 listed you among the supporters of the incumbent for president of the NAACP. By extrapolation that suggests your support of the leadership's decision to take legal action against the National office – and having done so just after you signed an agreement with it to have the much coveted Convention convene here in 2016. The Enquirer article noted that "things are in such a mess" and "in disarray" at the local NAACP chapter. Such "disarray" and "mess" can be directly attributed to the politicizing of the chapter. Your support of its leadership suggests you are a participant in the politicizing process.

 

The Enquirer named, as co-supporters of the leadership, an Independent city councilman, the County Republican Party Chairman and the Mayor of Cincinnati. In the previous NAACP election the Enquirer reported that another Republican (Hamilton County Prosecutor) gave the NAACP $25,000 just two months before he was re-elected. (His opponent was an African American female). What you have in common is that you are all politicians. You are the lone Democrat. Strange "bed fellows" indeed and all of whom seem to have more than a passing interest in who will lead the NAACP. But why?

 

When running for election you publicly rejected the support of COAST. Yet you publicly support the leadership of an organization which has a well publicized relationship with COAST. The Enquirer once reported "the NAACP and COAST have a successful track record of getting issues to the ballot and passed." You reject COAST support when campaigning but support the leader of the organization that partners with COAST. Seems a double standard.

 

The Republican Party's new "Growth and Opportunity Plan" developed after their loss of the Presidential Election, contains a section addressing ways in which the Republican Party can reach minorities. Section IV of the Plan, item 3 reads as follows:

 

"Establish a presence in African American communities and in black organization such as the NAACP."

 

Their efforts have been successful in Cincinnati. Conservative and right wing groups have established a "presence" in the local NAACP with the aid and consent of the leadership. At one point the National Office sent to the leadership a "cease and desist notice" as the leadership had endorsed a Republican candidate for council.

 

The Branch has become a purely political entity. With the weighty and voluminous matters facing our city, we are puzzled as to why you would choose to become involved in determining the next leader of the NAACP. Do you really support inclusion, a critical undergirding of the NAACP agenda, or like so many others similarly situated simply mouth that which is expedient for election?

 

Your support of the present leadership exacerbates the already over politicized local NAACP.


"It's just fate, as usual, keeping its bargain and screwing us in the fine print..." - John Crichton

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

One of Cranley's biggest political mistake was buddying up to Chris Smitherman.  He went so far as to call him a 'dear friend' in public on numerous occasions.  Smitherman is as unreliable and unpredictable as they get.  I predict there will be a falling out at some point...Just like everyone else has had with Smitherman.  Maybe not today, this week, this month, or this year, but the history shows us that that is a high probability

 

This whole backing of the local NAACP leadership, with numerous tea party and talk radio members, is bizarre.  But then again, if he is running for the house seat against Chabot in the future, things like this and the streetcar could solidify him

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

^C'mon, Cranley is not doing the stuff he's doing as mayor to position himself for a Congressional seat.  The demographics of that Chabot district make it a no-win situation for Democrats anyway.  He gets into fights that are completely unnecessary because he's watched to many TV shows and movies about politics, and wants to feel like he's a big shot.  He's got an effective majority on Council, and the only places he consistently loses that majority is when he tries to do something that is already in the works and purely spiteful against the previous administration.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

The demographics of that Chabot district make it a no-win situation for Democrats anyway.

 

I think that's why he moved from the west side to Mt. Lookout, so he wouldn't' have to run against Chabot in the 1st District. The 2nd District is more competitive because Brad Wenstrup doesn't have the name recognition or history.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Join the conversation

You can post now and register later. If you have an account, sign in now to post with your account.

Guest
Reply to this topic...

×   Pasted as rich text.   Restore formatting

  Only 75 emoji are allowed.

×   Your link has been automatically embedded.   Display as a link instead

×   Your previous content has been restored.   Clear editor

×   You cannot paste images directly. Upload or insert images from URL.


  • Recently Browsing   0 members

    No registered users viewing this page.

×
×
  • Create New...