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Can you(us) believe this is happening?……………….



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In two weeks, Mark Provenza will begin his 90 day sentence for his conviction in an August drunk-driving incident.

What an excellent time to do my first poll on Muley’s Cafe 2.0


As Law Director for the city of Lorain:

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Just quit, Mark.

You have a problem, and the court wants you to help yourself first.

“You don’t destroy their house and destroy their lives and look over your shoulder four months later and say, ‘Hey, I’m sorry,'” Carroll said. “That doesn’t fly.”

You have endangered many people in many different ways, too many to discuss here. But you have endangered yourself more than any other person throughout this whole episode.

You could write anything you want to correct the wrongs you have caused, but as Mr. Henderson said so correctly:

“It’ll just be a piece of paper pretty much.”

You’ve been given 90 days in the slammer, your family is greatly embarrassed, you get to wear court-mandated Bling”, and your career could be in the dumper, all because you needed to have a drink?

Get a hold of yourself Mark.

Get right with yourself, Mark.

God will get right with you, Mark.

On His Terms !

Not yours.

Everyone thinks you should resign, including Lorain’s mayor Anthony Krasienko:

“In my opinion, I cannot see how he can effectively represent the city or its citizens as city law director, prosecutor after these events. It would be in the community’s and Mark Provenza’s best interest if he were to step down as law director, but Mark Provenza is an elected official and only he can remove himself from office.”

and Lorain auditor Ron Mantini:

“If it was me, I think I would resign, but that’s up to him because he’s an elected official. He has to decide what’s best for his family situation and his professional career.”

and Lorain councilwoman Melanie Szabo:

“In light of Mr. Provenza’s problems, I feel he should resign and seek the help that he needs. … I feel right now that he needs to get the help to get himself well.”

and a plethora of Lorain citizens want you to resign as noted here.

Do the right thing, Mark.

Resign ASAP

Save your family, your career and yourself and take this warning from the courts and turn your life around.

Being the Law Director is a prestigious job, one that would be hard for anyone to quit, but that is what is needed to save your law career. And I hope you make the right decision.

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Every four years, when we elect a new president, the outgoing commander-in-chief has complete power to pardon convicted felons. From drug dealers and junk-bond sellers to convicted embezzelers and terrorist, the outgoing president can free felons from jail and can commute their sentences.

And nobody can change his decisions.

Now, even though Lorain’s mayoral elections fall one year before a presidential election, a what-if scenario has emerged with this item in the news of late.

What If Lorain’s mayor had the same powers as our president?

Who would he pardon ?

Could one be Dennis Flores?

Convictions: 3rd degree misdemeanor of Solicitation

1st degree misdemeanor of Physical Control

Or possibly William Desvari?

Conviction: 1st degree misdemeanor of Falsification

Or possibly Craig Miller?

Conviction: 5th degree felony of Obstruction of Justice

Or possibly Lorain Police Officer Stanley Marrero

Conviction: 1st degree misdemeanor of intimidating a Witness, 2nd degree misdemeanor of Dereliction of Duty and 3rd degree misdemeanor of Public Indecency

Or City of Lorain employee Edwin Heyduk Jr.

Conviction: Drug Possesion, Trafficking, Illegal Manufacturing/Cultivating of Marijuana and Possesion of Criminal Tools

Sadly, here in Lorain, we have a lot to pick from when it comes to pardons.

Who would you pardon if you had that power ?

This is my pick…….

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Toledo city mayor Carty Finkbeiner get’s it…….

The mayor wanted all non-emergency city departments to close Nov. 26, Dec. 26, and Dec. 31. He said the move would save the city $1 million — $300,000 of which would apply to the general operating fund.

The Toledo city unions get it……

The city and three of its unions agreed in Lucas County Common Pleas Court Friday afternoon to decrease the number of employees who will be forced to take an unpaid day off next week.

Lorain mayor Tony Krasienko doesn’t get it.….

Ken Shawver, deputy safety and service director, will become the chief deputy safety and service director at a salary of about $64,000,

Chase Ritenauer, currently special assistant to the mayor/safety service, will fill the vacancy left by Shawver. Ritenauer’s salary will be about $60,000

Times are tough, the economy is in the tank, and Taxin’ Tony is on a spending binge.

Not what I call “being frugal”

Curious minds wonder what the budget deficit is about now……..

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Well, we got our bridge back………finally. After 165 days of bullshit from ODOT, at 1:59 pm today, the Charles Berry Bascule Bridge is open for traffic.

Official word came from Columbus, where our esteemed mayor was probably trying to see someone, or any one, from where he allowed Lorain Growth Association to make the official announcement.

Thanks for stopping in to visit ODOT

We hope you enjoyed your stay.

Sorry, we did not have any strippers for ya

Next time, don’t call us, we’ll call you.

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Competition is always good, especially when it comes to running city government. In recent years, competition has been lacking when it comes time to vote for our elected officials. Some examples:

2007 General Election

Lorain City

Lorain City Auditor

Ron Mantini

Precincts reporting: 52 – 100%

Votes: 7,932 – !00%

Lorain City Treasurer

Thomas Urban

Precincts reporting: 52 – 100%

Votes:7,668 – 100%

Lorain City Law Director

Mark Provenza

Precincts reporting: 52 – 100%

Votes 7837 – 100%

Lorain City 3rd Ward Council

Tim Howard

Precincts reporting: 6 – 100%

Votes: 706 – 100%

Lorain City 4th Ward

Bret Schuster

Precincts reporting: 6 – 100%

Votes: 1,218 – 100%

Lorain City 5th Ward

Eddie Edwards

Precincts reporting: 6 – 100%

Votes: 481 – 100%

Lorain City 7th Ward

Myroslaw Silecky

Precincts reporting: 7 – 100%

Votes: 1,031 – 100%

Lorain City 8th Ward

Craig Snodgrass

Precincts reporting: 8 – 100%

Votes: 1,773 – 100%


9 of the 14 elected positions up for grabs had no competition. None.

And some of these incumbents haven’t had competition for years, as noted in the following links……

More examples can be found here, here and here.

Competition is good, at least in Wilmington, N.C. as noted in this article:

Roger Lowery, chair of UNCW’s Department of Public and International Affairs, said he was surprised by the volume of interest, but not by the occupations of the applicants. More than a third of the candidates are directly involved in real estate and development.

“That industry is heavily regulated by local government” and they want to be well-represented, Lowery said.

I have to agree with that assumption, all you real estate people that want to see development in Lorain, step on up.

Small business owners or managers – about half of the candidates – also are often represented on public boards, he said.

All you business owners in Lorain, step on up.

Council members make $10,670 per year, plus a $350-a-month car allowance. They are also eligible for city health benefits.

Very similar to Lorain’s pay and benefits for council members.

And the number of candidates for that one position ~ 36 ~ simply amazing.

What drives so many to want a part-time, temporary position on a city council ?  Is it a desire to help a struggling city ?  Is it a chance to help move your city forward instead of backwards ?

I think there is a clue in this article as to why so many seek that position .

Note: No (R) or (D) behind any of those individuals seeking that one council seat.

I just hope come the next election cycle, we can have the same diversity in candidates as we enjoy as the “International” city.

A candidate from every ethnic group would be divine.

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