Aw! Pity Mr. Giardini, the king of the good old boys in Lorain Democrat politics! We bloggers keep sticking our noses into his backroom dealings, and he just doesn’t like it. I feel so sorry that he feels so persecuted. NOT!
What am I talking about? Well, if by chance you saw this Buckeye RINO blog entry, or this Word of Mouth blog entry, or especially, this That Woman’s Weblog blog entry, then compared them with this editorial of the Lorain Morning Journal, then you see that the perceived preferential treatment for Lorain’s good old boys, specifically Lorain City Democrat Party Chair Anthony Giardini’s legal client, Lorain County Commissioner Ted Kalo (who’s seeking re-election, but I urge Lorain County voters to cast a ballot for Nick Brusky, instead) wasn’t a story that was playing well with some of Lorain’s stakeholders.
Lorain County Community Action Agency (LCCAA), a faith-based non-profit quasi-governmental agency that, among other things, runs the Head Start program in Lorain County, has two mortgages on its downtown Lorain HQ properties, and soon they will be required to make a balloon payment, creating a financial hardship for the agency. Lorain City Council is weighing the opportunity to buy the mortgages from the lender, thus ameliorating the financial hardship on the agency.
Meanwhile, Ted Kalo’s flooring business, also located in downtown Lorain, had to file for bankruptcy in recent months and now foreclosure proceedings have begun on the business property. Someone had the bright idea to relocate LCCAA into a portion of the Kalo business property while Kalo continues to use the remainder in order to stave off foreclosure. That bright idea would have been put into motion once city council had acquired the mortgages of the LCCAA property. Hmmmmm . . . ok, I had a problem with that, and so did some others, which is why you’ll find protests of the scheme recorded at each of those first 4 links in the 2nd paragraph of this blog entry.
Guess what? Lorain City Council decided that they will take up the LCCAA mortgage matter WITHOUT considering a relocation from LCCAA’s current HQ to the Kalo property. The Morning Journal quotes Mayor Anthony Krasienko thus:
“We didn’t want it to appear that we were bailing him [Kalo] out in any way.”
I think it’s nice for the politicians to realize that bloggers (here’s another from WoM) and journalists are paying attention to what’s going on.
Anthony Giardini doesn’t think it’s so nice. He wrote a letter to the Morning Journal to complain about the way this scheme was portrayed. He closes his letter with these sentences:
“Meanwhile, guys like Ted and myself and my partners have kept this part of downtown occupied and thriving. Our thanks for sticking it out and making large investments is your column comparing us to the likes of those criminals on Wall Street. To say the least, it was disappointing and disheartening. I have come to expect that sort of thing from certain political people and certain “bloggers” but not from responsible journalists.”
Certain political people, huh? Why, Giardini and Kalo wouldn’t be political people, now would they? How dare certain political people question the likes of Giardini and Kalo. And then the bloggers pile on! How terrible! And then even responsible journalists are asking questions! Horrors!
We should be thanking Giardini and Kalo for sticking it out and keeping the downtown occupied and thriving.
NEWS FLASH!!! Large sections of downtown aren’t occupied, and, overall, the downtown isn’t thriving to well. Many of the things that stakeholders say that downtown needs fail to get the attention and approval from the good old boys. Well, in that case, Giardini and Kalo, thanks for SQUAT!
Next up on this blogger’s agenda regarding Mr. Giardini: Ask Mark Provenza to resign as Law Director for the city of Lorain.