EAST CLEVELAND OHIO – The probe into why East Cleveland Schools are at the bottom of the list and parents and residents do not seem to be paying attention continues. Where are the missing public records lost under the direction of East Cleveland Board of Education President Dr.Una Keenon?
Even her own Oath of Office is missing or perhaps she did not event take an oath of office like President Obama has had to do twice. We have seen what the oath of office looks like so why didn’t Keenon take an oath of office and now why is it so important?
FIRST – Oath of Office for several of the members of the school board all seem to be missing or perhaps forged and today we look into what this all means.
WHAT is the oath of office and why is it important?
Before beginning his or her duties, a member shall take the oath of office, which may be administered by the treasurer, any member of the board, member of the General Assembly, judge of a court or any notary public (Revised Code Section 3313.10, 147.07, 3.24).
Following is suggested oath, but other oaths may be used:
Do you solemnly swear (or affirm) that you will support the Constitution of the United States and the Constitution of the state of Ohio; and that you will faithfully and impartially discharge your duties as members of the board of education of the _______________________ school district, _______________ County, Ohio, to the best of your ability, and in accordance with the laws now in effect and hereafter to be enacted, during your continuance in said office, and until your successor is elected and qualified?
The answer is : “I do.”
_____________________________________ Member’s Signature
WHO? Missing from the records is the Oath of Office from Dr. Una Keenon, Eve Lynn Westbrooks, and Tiffany Fisher. It appears that the disorganized record keeping of the East Cleveland Board of Education has lost, shred or they just never gave an oath of office to these ladies.
Two of the found oaths of office appear to have signatures that don’t match or need to be reviewed by the public to see if these are correct. The signatures of the people on them are correct but it appears that someone else signed the actual paper so we are asking for your opinion. Are these two documents correct or have they been forged? Reply to us at EC44112@gmail.com
Under the direction of school board president Dr. Una Keenon public records appear to be missing and ty not only include Oaths Of Office but documents that will tell where the money is being spent. It always comes back to chasing the money and right now those records are missing.
For the last twelve years only one person has tried to get those records revealed only to be stalled until 2016 before a court will hear her case. Now we are asking you to call the board of education and ask for the missing oaths of office and let’s see if they just forge documents or will admit to not taking an oath of office but they will have to do something if YOU ask for a simple public record.
EAST CLEVELAND OHIO – A special Saturday Meeting was called to order fifteen minutes late only to find the council clowns City Wide Councilman Brandon “LAND” King and Thomas Wheeler who demanded the meeting were absent. Of course Mayor Gary Norton Jr. and his sidekick Michael Smedley were not present as usual and everyone was successful made into fools by their actions.
Now on Monday August 31, 2015 the Ohio state finance group will also be made into fools as they read their reports and fail to have a plan in place from Mayor Norton. This time the joke is on the entire finance group as he will most likely walk out of their meeting if shows up at all.
EAST CLEVELAND OHIO – City council members agree to meet on Saturday August 29, 2015 to pass Mayor Gary A. Norton Jr’s last minute Economic Recovery Plan that should have been completed months ago. In classic Norton form he submitted his report when he wanted to and not as desired by the Ohio State Financial group which has not met for several months.
The group members took a unanimous vote to meet on Saturday to pass or fail the plan which is due Monday August 31, 2015 at the financial group meeting. Residents should plan to join city council at 10:00 AM Saturday and also come to the state financial group event Monday 10/31/15 1:00 PM East Cleveland Public Library.
CITY OF EAST CLEVELAND SPECIAL COUNCIL MEETING –
SATURDAY August 29, at 10:30 A.M.
Place: East Cleveland City Hall Court Room
▪ CALL TO ORDER BY THE PRESIDENT
▪ ROLL CALL
▪ REMARKS OF PUBLIC ON AGENDA ITEMS “ONLY”
▪ LEGISLATION RESOLUTION NO. 45-15 A RESOLUTION APPROVING THE MAYOR’S FINANCIAL [FISCAL RECOVERY] PLAN IN ACCORDANCE WITH SECTION 118.06 OF THE OHIO REVISED CODE FOR SUBMISSION TO THE FINANCIAL PLANNING AND SUPERVISION COMMISSION (“COMMISSION”) AND DECLARING AN EMERGENCY FOR THE PUBLIC SAFETY AND WELFARE.
Requested By: Mayor Gary A. Norton, Jr. Sponsored By: Council President Barbara Thomas
THIS MEETING IS OPEN TO THE PUBLIC BY:
COUNCIL PRESIDENT BARBARA J. THOMAS
EAST CLEVELAND OHIO – “Agenda Review” and a Special Meeting which confused everyone as they discussed prosecution of Mayor Gary Norton Jr. at first then merger with the city of Cleveland Ohio.
Councilmen Thomas Wheeler and Brandon King may consider Mayor Gary Norton Jr. their best friend and plead for him not to be prosecuted. The two councilmen seemed to be going along with the merger this meeting and their rants made residents completely confused.
Even after asking for help from the Cuyahoga County Prosecutor to prosecute the Mayor Gary Norton Jr. Councilman Brandon King had the merger commission back on the agenda. King suggested George L. Forbes and Darrell A. Fields to complete the merger list which already has Helen Forbes-Fields playing the most important part of this land firm. By adding King to their list this land firm could be making big dollars by investing small amounts of money.
Willa Hemmons not willing to risk losing her law license for Norton
EC Law director Willa Hemmons tells city council she can’t represent them in the Writ of Mandamus case filed by Norton sidekick Michael Smedley who has hired the same lawyers who represent the traffic camera folks. Finally Norton and the traffic camera people plan on having the police cars equipped with mobile cameras that they will split the profits with the city.
Clearly Norton and his men and women are playing their last hand at this game of poker at this political table and things are not looking good for the mayor of East Cleveland Ohio. The law director under order from Gary Norton passed out a flyer asking bribing council to stop the criminal prosecution against him and he will stop the civil suit from his trusty side-kick Michael Smedley.
Council will have an emergency meeting Saturday, August 29, 2015 to approve the last minute submitted Recovery Plan from Mayor Norton. This comes from new and self-appointed leader of finance Brandon King who says the folks from Ohio Attorney General and Auditor of State all talk directly with him. We will publish the notice when available.
EAST CLEVELAND OHIO – A record turn-out of citizens wanting to know what CDBG means and also why we have been coming to this event the last five years as the only person in the audience some years.
Community Development Block Grants (CDBG) is funding for Non-Profit groups and citizens
Every year the federal authorities who dish out funds to help cities forces East Cleveland to hold a meeting and give citizens a chance at having their home fixed or some selected groups can be funded with a simple application.
The Police Athletic League has been funded by this process despite allegations of misuse of funds and failure to file taxes. At this meeting director Community Development, Mr. Melran Leach has indicated that they will once again receive CDBG funds.
If PAL can get funds why can’t groups like Black on Black Incorporated and other such groups receive funding? It appears that all of Mayor Gary Norton’s 501(c)(3) groups have either received or plan on filing the papers to get money from Housing Urban Development (HUD).
Time is VERY Limited and this is money that can be received by 501(c)(3) groups simply by completing the application and hand delivering it to the Community Development Department with a witness or sending it via. Certified return receipt U.S. Mail or FEDEX to:
Department of Community Development, 14340 Euclid Avenue, East Cleveland, Ohio 44112 – attention: Ms. Barbara Johnson Office Phone: (216) 681-2198
DOWNLOAD – COMPLETE AND RETURN
Mayor Gary Norton Jr. and his staff will review the applications with some not being considered because they oppose the mayor or simply did not vote for Norton. Perhaps this attention on the web will keep Norton groups from receiving HUD money or at least give one person a chance to get some money.
Normally in a real city people could request to see the records of the Department of Community Development but East Cleveland has a history of not providing access to public records. But just for laughs and giggles ask for the records of who received CDBG funds for the last three years and see if they provide them to you; we think they will not.