Mayor Cranley Jumps of the Rails: Cui Bono Pt. 2 of 3
Are some groups so drunk on power that they are enabling Mayor Cranley to sabotage the Cincinnati streetcar project?
Looking at Cranley’s major campaign contributors, the top contributors seem to be lawyers, construction companies, car dealerships and insurance. Why would all these individuals whom possibly live outside the Cincinnati area conspire and care about the streetcar being stopped? Three motives for the three groups that converge.
Cui bono (Who benefits)?
First involved are the lawyers. Because of the lawsuits they can file and the potential earnings, they could acquire damages in court billing a client at $300 an hour for their services, they could stand to win a hefty sum of money. Their client doesn’t even have to do anything except make it appear as though the city reneged on contracts.
Second, a group of private construction companies are angry with the city for the settlement agreement regarding how it spends money on jobs for minorities. When the settlement agreement for bidding on construction contracts happened with the city specified the apprenticeships of inner-city minorities and low income individuals under-represented and under-served in the Cincinnati community, a main artery of money to the private suburban construction companies was cut.
Chris Seelbach majorly contributed to the development of the settlement agreement, an effort to stop gentrification before it happens in Cincinnati. A fear shared by many living in Over-The-Rhine.
Right now there’s a push to call the bid process and apprenticeships illegal. This has pushed the city sewer district into a corner that could develop fines for non-compliance at the federal level. To control how we spend our money to benefit the community is the goal of greedy private construction companies, who often cut off and control any competition from minority owned and controlled businesses.
One anecdotal story of a felon iron worker with child support payments, who can’t get hired with any other construction companies, was now left in jeopardy of returning to jail on child support charges. No amount of Mayor Cranley saying I understand will solve the immediate financial devastation of being unemployed.
Third are car dealerships and car insurance. Car dealerships go into every idea against mass transit, ever. Car dealers and automakers have fought progress in the city from the first subway project forward. Now anyone who drives as a privilege can barely afford to drive, while the working poor can barely afford the bus fare. Without any solutions for getting workers from point A to point B, those who exploit the capital and labor of others knows no boundaries.
Ohio citizens are required to carry liability auto insurance at the average $619/year and $51.59/mo. A realistic perspective of fair market rent in Ohio are $601/mo. and Ohio part-time minimum wage stands at $7.87/hour after taxes. $741.71/mo., insurance subtracted with rent at 601/mo, $140.71 is left over. Does $140.71 cover vehicle wear and tear, maintenance, upkeep, and medical. What about savings, nutritious food, personal hygiene products, clothes, phone bill, water, heat, fuel, electric and child care? (Note: this does not reflect the inflation of consumer price index, nor does it reflect the dependency of corporate America’s reliance on the destroyed social safety net and contract that is almost non-existent.)
December 10th, Cincinnati City Council overheard arguments after a snowstorm, with only Christopher Smithermann and Amy Murray in attendance. Smithermann made good points from his perspective about how Hamilton County Commissioner Tod Portune is handling the county’s bidding ordinance problem.
The Future of Cincinnati
These aforementioned groups use local media to steer Cincinnati into the ditch using the complicity Cranley and citizens. Cranley’s election with 19 percent of votes out of a 26 percent turnout is 2x lower than the 51.8 percent of people who voted in favor of the street car the second time around.The streetcar will be killed on Thursday regardless of the difference of $20 million or who picks up the end cost.
This time the cost will be the future reputation of Cincinnati becoming another little Detroit and have nothing to show for it’s decline. At least believing in ourselves to do better, like one of the minority owned business iron workers stated on the 18th at city hall, ‘the queen city will become quit city.’
No sexism intended but, the queen city will become the queef city because were always getting the shaft.
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