The People Win – Issues 48 & 49 (Now what?)


The long one year battle between East Cleveland Mayor Gary Norton Jr. and the citizens and City Council is finally over and the people have spoken through their votes.

Pay for doing the job of Mayor of the City of East Cleveland Ohio is $40 thousand per year.  No more perks or double dipping it is as the people set at forty thousand per year.

In January 2012 Mayor Gary Norton did major press releases saying how the city council was cutting his pay.  That was his first of many lies told to the public.  He next managed to get his personal Law Director, Ron Riley to type up an opinion stating that Mayor Gary was entitled to keep getting the double dipping pay until Election Day 2012.   That was yet another lie told to the public and media and most bought it hook line and sinker.

FACT, for this past year Mayor Norton has paid himself not only for doing two or three full-time jobs but he has done overtime and driven the city vehicle as his own personal car racking up at one time $2,500 in gasoline receipts paid.

NOW with the people voting YES on Issue 48, the pay has been set back at $40 thousand a year for Mayor of East Cleveland.  We the people also told the Mayor NO to Issue 49 where the Mayoral primary would move to September; that was a stupid idea.

HOWEVER, this now leaves Mayor Norton with a very large balance due payback to the city for the money he wrongfully paid himself this whole year.  He owes the city money and must work with City Council on a way we can put this unfortunate chapter behind us.

My suggestion is to offer Norton a lump sum payment and make sure that he returns control of Channel 9 back to City Council immediately.  If not, we will continue to be bamboozled by countless hours of the “Norton Network” on cable and that can only amount to problems.

Mayor Norton also needs to stop all of his “ Robot Calls” and instant Town Hall Meetings while we work this all out.  In other words Norton needs to just shut up and let City Council do what is needed to move us forward.  No more stupid press releases or stunts, it is time for this misguided mayor to say nothing for a change and move into Stealth Mode.

The Results are in:

48 – East Cleveland Referendum (by Petition)
Vote for not more than 1
(WITH 18 OF 18 PRECINCTS COUNTED)
YES . . . . . . . . . . . . 3,472 53.62
NO. . . . . . . . . . . . . 3,003 46.38
Over Votes . . . . . . . . . 15
Under Votes . . . . . . . . . 1,653

49 – East Cleveland Charter Amend – 115
Vote for not more than 1
(WITH 18 OF 18 PRECINCTS COUNTED)
YES . . . . . . . . . . . . 2,865 48.67
NO. . . . . . . . . . . . . 3,022 51.33
Over Votes . . . . . . . . . 3
Under Votes . . . . . . . . . 2,253

NUMBERED KEY CANVASS CUYAHOGA COUNTY, OH Unofficial Results
GENERAL ELECTION
RUN DATE:11/07/12 02:03 AM NOVEMBER 6, 2012
WITH 1077 OF 1077 PRECINCTS REPORTING
TOTAL PERCENT TOTAL PERCENT
01 = REGISTERED VOTERS – TOTAL 927,996 05 = BALLOTS CAST – PAGE 3 606,185
02 = BALLOTS CAST – TOTAL 617,141 06 = BALLOTS CAST – PAGE 4 5,624
03 = BALLOTS CAST – PAGE 1 617,141 07 = BALLOTS CAST – BLANK 95,439
04 = BALLOTS CAST – PAGE 2 603,676 08 = VOTER TURNOUT – TOTAL 66.50
– – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – –
01 02 03 04 05 06 07 08
– – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – –
0509 EAST CLEVELAND -02-A 905 . 546 . 546 . 542 . 539 . . . . 81 60.33
0510 EAST CLEVELAND -02-B 836 . 411 . 411 . 396 . 395 . . . . 103 49.16
0511 EAST CLEVELAND -02-C 670 . 325 . 325 . 319 . 315 . . . . 70 48.51
0512 EAST CLEVELAND -02-D 885 . 444 . 444 . 435 . 436 . . . . 79 50.17
0513 EAST CLEVELAND -02-E 668 . 366 . 366 . 355 . 356 . . . . 81 54.79
0514 EAST CLEVELAND -02-F 776 . 305 . 305 . 299 . 298 . . . . 60 39.30
0515 EAST CLEVELAND -03-A 714 . 366 . 366 . 360 . 359 . . . . 57 51.26
0516 EAST CLEVELAND -03-B 781 . 463 . 463 . 460 . 459 . . . . 107 59.28
0517 EAST CLEVELAND -03-C 1036 . 716 . 716 . 701 . 703 . . . . 177 69.11
0518 EAST CLEVELAND -03-D 673 . 382 . 382 . 378 . 373 . . . . 100 56.76
0519 EAST CLEVELAND -03-E 635 . 299 . 299 . 295 . 294 . . . . 45 47.09
0520 EAST CLEVELAND -03-F 801 . 468 . 468 . 463 . 460 . . . . 97 58.43
0521 EAST CLEVELAND -04-A 796 . 466 . 466 . 455 . 458 . . . . 94 58.54
0522 EAST CLEVELAND -04-B 922 . 565 . 565 . 554 . 556 . . . . 99 61.28
0523 EAST CLEVELAND -04-C 894 . 496 . 496 . 492 . 489 . . . . 81 55.48
0524 EAST CLEVELAND -04-D 1014 . 639 . 639 . 623 . 621 . . . . 60 63.02
0525 EAST CLEVELAND -04-E 1007 . 566 . 566 . 544 . 545 . . . . 126 56.21
0526 EAST CLEVELAND -04-F 886 . 527 . 527 . 488 . 487 . . . . 68 59.48






One Comment to The People Win – Issues 48 & 49 (Now what?)

  1. Valery Hill says:

    I don’t know which is more pathetic: smirkin’ Smedley cruisin’ the neighborhoods at six in the morning, distributing “Vote NO on Issue 48” flyers to his puppets at the polls, or Gary Norton lurkin’ around the poll sites, begging for votes like a drowning man begs for a straw. Whichever one you choose, it’s a great day for the citizens of East Cleveland when both of these clowns are finally brought to their knees. The prevailing rumor is that our man Smedley is looking for work elsewhere, and I wish him good luck with that! Mayor Norton, on the other hand, has dug himself a deep hole and he now owes the citizenry a serious bunch of money–money he’s already spent, no doubt. But just in case he’s smarter than that and his pockets are still lined with dollars, we need to be clear about whose money that is and when his debt should be paid; so listen up, Mr. Norton: IT’S OUR MONEY AND WE WANT IT NOW!

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