• Superior Elementary School - 5" and Deeper Potholes
    East Cleveland Ward Two Residents are upset the city has not taken into consideration the safety of the children as they cross the large pothole filled street.

  • Shame on Mayor Gary Norton for this situation
    City Council Members, Mayor, Citizens come out to the Ward 2 Meeting, Monday September 29, 2014 - Mout Nebo Missionary Baptist Church, 1290 Melbourne Road, 630 PM.

“Oh What A Terrible Web We Weave, When We Practice To Deceive”*

Posted by: | Posted on: September 30, 2014

A nearly packed group of residents from Ward Two and assembled media reporters watched and waited for East Cleveland City Council President Barbara Thomas to reveal her plan to fix the streets around Superior Elementary School at her monthly ward meeting September 29, 2014

It appears that some of the five people City Council were either not invited to attend or chose not to attend her important meeting.  However silently joining her were at Large Council man Brandon King and Council Vice President Thomas Wheeler who for the most part stayed silent.

Mayor Gary Norton is in hiding from media and anyone else asking about his spending money like it grows on trees.  A team of reporters attempted to find Norton at his East Cleveland House but “perhaps” they should have travelled to Shaker Heights where he most like would have been at the time.NortonCrossing

Once again this reporter finds it noble that another person has “fallen on her sword” just to protect Gary Norton and feed the media a success story.

Thomas states to the residents and media that she and her fellow city council members are going to work out a plan to use Community Development Block Grant Funds to fix the two pothole ridden streets around Superior Elementary School.  Her plan might have been believable had Mayor Gary Norton or any of his staff showed up to join this media show.  It also might have worked if there actually where funds left over in the CBDG Fund.

Because of her performance, Barbara Thomas has earned her combat badge this day by proposing something she can’t deliver.  And without Mayor Gary Norton having anything to do with this performance he, Norton has complete deniability.    Sadly the losers in this war of words are the children of Superior Elementary School if the parents and staff don’t unite.

* “Oh What a Terrible Web We Weave, When We Practice To Deceive” Show: “Gomer Pyle, U.S.M.C.”
Episode: “Opie Joins The Marines” (Season 2)

Good Cop and My bad Dollar Bill (From Cleveland.com)

Posted by: | Posted on: September 28, 2014

Imagine having to use up your good luck dollar bill to purchase a bus pass and the bill readers won’t accept it because it’s too old and colored by the wallet it has been held in for too many years.My Good Luck Dollar

This little blog entry is to pay tribute to a good police officer who does far more than what the job requires. Remember the good days when cops used to walk and beat and talked to everyone around the neighborhood.

As the RTA Rider I have had the chance to meet many of the transit police force and sometimes called them for help.  This is not about Text Transit Police but about a Transit Police Officer Jeff Loggins who saved my day by just exchanging his good dollar bill for my lucky and badly beat up dollar bill to help me make the trip downtown.

Me and Officer Loggins

Most of my time as The RTA Rider I just take trips on trains, buses, trollies and anything else that RTA features and I have done this for many years now.   Sometimes my trips are just to see how the route is running other times I wind up calling transit police when someone gets out of hand.

In all of my many rides which have even included C.E.O. Joe Callabresse catching the old 79B to Brookpark to pick up his car nothing compares to having such a nice gesture from Officer Loggins.  I hope Officer Jeff Loggins keeps my lucky dollar and it keeps him safe. Maybe he might even laugh from time to time knowing he helped out a reporter who wrote a thank you letter to him.


Our Mailbox this week (Readers write)

Posted by: | Posted on: September 27, 2014

I , Kathy Coleman, edit Cleveland Urban News.Com, Ohio’s most read digital Black newspaper and worked for the Call and Poist for 17 years. Crazy people cannot get to become the top Black online newspaper in Ohio. We get more readers than the Call and Post. Also, I have a bachelor’s degree and two master’s degrees. No discussion should precipitate the defamation of me on this site. Who did video, Ernest Smith? I do not know Lavelle Damney other than he harassed me and will be sued shorty. Please remove the defamation of me on this site or be on notice that you will be sued. The data have been collected.

This site is nothing more than Ernest Smith of OPN, a a non-job having pro-County Prosecutor Tim McGinty coward who will not stand behind the site and who loves White men like McGinty. Is he crazy and hearing voices? Ernie Smith is a phony.

Also, this site gets no readers whatsoever. You do not even rank because you lack the intelligence to draw readers You are sad and the person that did the video and then had me defamed on this site is allegedly getting paid by corrupt and racist Cuyahoga County Prosecutor Tim McGinty while posing as a community activist with
no job. Read us at http://www.clevelandurbannews.com


Clinkscale “falls on her sword” to save Mayor Norton in court

Posted by: | Posted on: September 26, 2014

Congratulations to former East Cleveland Prosecuting Attorney Michael Winston for winning the CV-14-821810 captioned as: TRACY L. UDRIJA DBA UDRIJA & ASSOCIATES vs. CITY OF EAST CLEVELAND.   The real case was Gary Norton running a vendetta against Tracy Udrija and just like any war story this case had its hero’s and losers.



Former East Cleveland Chief of Staff Collette Clinkscale came to the rescue of Mayor Gary Norton by taking all the blame over Tracy Udrija not being paid and having to sue the city for victory.  Clinkscale fell on her own sword which allowed Mayor Norton to disavow any knowledge of wrong doing in reference to Udrija.    Clinkscale because a true gladiator for taking all of the blame and nothing can be done to her as she is no long employed by East Cleveland which was a good tactical move by the Norton forces.


Mayor Gary Norton managed to “dummy up” on the witness stand only answering yes, No, and my favorite of his answers repeated was “perhaps.”   In general Norton sat up and acted like the king on a chess board alone while the other side has all of its most powerful pieces including a well liked queen such as what Udrija became to all watching.

Since we are equating this case to the game of chess board pieces and war jargon there was one shining night in the form of lawyer Michael Winston who proved to himself and everyone that he deserved to take a seat at the round table.  It was very enjoyable watching all of the deception being thrown up until when Clinkscale ended it all with her admission of guilt saving Gary Norton from total embarrassment.





fall on one’s sword

  1. Used other than as an idiom: To commit suicideby allowing one’s body to drop onto the point of one’s sword.
  2. (idiomatic,by extension) To resign from a job or other position of responsibility, especially when pressured to do so. [ quotations ▼]
  3. (idiomatic) To voluntarilytake the blame for a situation. [ quotations ▼]

VENDETTA (Where is Judge Judy?)

Posted by: | Posted on: September 26, 2014


noun \ven-ˈde-tə\

: a very long and violent fight between two families or groups

: a series of acts done by someone over a long period of time to cause harm to a disliked person or group

Source: http://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/vendetta


It appears that East Cleveland Mayor Gary Norton is acting out his vendetta against council clerk Tracy Udria as he proclaimed November 2013 to not pay her and also to fire her from work.

CV-14-821810 captioned as: TRACY L. UDRIJA DBA UDRIJA & ASSOCIATES vs. CITY OF EAST CLEVELAND filed 2/12/2014

Ronald K. Riley vs. Former East Cleveland Prosecutor MICHAEL DAVID WINSTON


In what seems to be treated much like a murder trial this case is simply about Gary Norton trying to keep from paying Udrija what is clearly money for work performed.  Sadly for the people of East Cleveland Norton’s vendetta is all about thirty thousand dollars and as the five day trial continues EC Law Director Ronald K. Riley is forced to create and torture Udrija in court with only the provision that East Cleveland refuses to pay the amount they clearly owe because her invoice had some spelling errors.


Mayor Norton who himself is the victim of a vendetta being served upon him in the case of GR-14-002984 STATE OF OHIO vs. GARY A NORTON JR (Garnishment of Norton’s money), now he does the same thing to council clerk Traci Udrija.

Sadly none of the current council members such as Barbara Thomas, Nathaniel Martin or the others have bothered to try and end this vendetta or even show up at the five day inquisition.

The case summary from day four shows the all white nine person jury (three females) that this is not only a waste of their time but a vendetta clearly being played out by Mayor Gary Norton.

Day Four included EC Lawyer Riley stalling for time by having everyone on the stand read aloud materials that make no sense just to stall for yet another court day.  This inquisition may just end on Friday September 26, 2014 with the star player Mayor Gary Norton finally taking the witness stand.  He and his whole administrative staff are in court concentrating on a vendetta while the children of Superior Elementary School work on plans to get their streets repaired and city fire fighters worry about not having a working ladder truck.


Seems like Judge Sweeney could use some help from Television Judge Judy because he continues to allow the assembled jury and a group of three watchers endure a case that could have been settled by Judge Judy in less than an hour.  Judge Judy would review the contract and see that East Cleveland does owe the money to Udrija so they should pay the money.