Wednesday, November 18, 2009

Patton's Exit

In the gracious back slapping congratulations given at the last Council meeting of this Administration, Mayor Patton took an unexpected turn, a dig if you will, at the residents to whom he was to have served.

The following is a rough draft of his comments... (11/18/09 230 am)

I have high regard for our council members, they are hard working public officials who try to do what is best for their respective wards and the city as a whole. It is a tedious and time consuming job and they generally receive more criticism than praise. It is not easy trying to represent the public because the public likes to think, they, the public, are always right and that their desires should be followed.  I remember something I had heard from a speaker at a League of City's conference as a young councilman that said something like -- "The job of an elected official is to protect the people from themselves". -- And you know what, I can tell you from experience there is truth in that statement. We do not always agree up here, but there has always been significant respect for each other --- agreement up here. --- But in the end majority vote rules and we move forward. In my 12 years there has been rewarding, challenging, and down right difficult experiences. But today Solon stands stronger than ever through the cooperation of city council, department heads and city employees and many involved citizens. there have been great accomplishments for the betterment of our community. Many of those have been highlighted up here tonight. I would only add that a few that have not been mentioned:

  • Initiation and continuation of Deer Culling

    ... We had more people in these council chambers more often discussing that subject than any other item in my 12 years.  And you know what, it took guts for council to pass it, and then pass it again and then pass it again...
    And the accidents have gone down and ...destroying peoples lawns and gardens and all that sort of thing...
  • Aurora ...
  • Pettibone Rd Improvement ???
  • Bainbridge Rd Improvement Project will hopefully begining soon
  • Exapnded ... water reclamation
  • Added a great driving range at Grantwood that has improved it a lot
  • Returned Solon Home Days as our annual community festival
  • The increase in the year end fund balance has been mentioned

BTW Bill Weber and I went to grade school together at St. Rita's ...

All of these successes would not have been possible without the leadership and cooperation ... their knowledge and experience are directly tied to our success.  My management style has always been to hire the very best people and then cut them loose and let them do their job, check in with them, monitor their progress, if it needs to be tweaked it gets tweaked, but why hire the best people if you won't let them do their jobs.  So at this time I wish to express my genuine thanks to my senior management team ....  [incomp list]  Stanek, Busch, Frankland, Prasser, Matty ...

I also salute my colleagues on the Planning and Zoning Commission ... as well as those that are on the civil service commission ...

Clerk of Council ... Considerable work in scheduling and records management here at City Hall,

It likewise takes a lot of knowledge, experience, and savy to help manage the Mayor and his office. I really have been most blessed to have Sally as my very excellant assistant for 12 years. ...

Special ... equipment mamangement

I thank my wife Linda for her

I thank all the members of the Patton family for their support and ABUNDANT ADVICE [his emphasis] which was usually provided at the Sunday family dinner table.  Whether the advice was good, bad, OR EVEN DESIRED [his emphasis] is another question, but it certainly has ... It helped to keep my skin tough too.  ...

And last but certainly not least, I thank God for staying close to me every day for giving me a strong conscience and for helping me to stay focused during some tough times.

As has been said here tonight the best that any city official can hope for is to leave the community better off  than how he found it.  I feel most comfortable in saying ... 

I believe that I'm the first Mayor that has chosen not to seek re-election in over 70 years, ... I struggled about it greatly and [uhm] I don't know if I made the right decision for me but [uhm] I'm going with it and we'll see where it all goes.

When I speak to the grad ... I always use this annoymous littel reflection -- "It is important to have an end to journey towards, but in the end, it is the journey itself that counts" -- ...
I wish you a Happy Thanksgiving, Happy Holidays, and may God Bless Solon Ohio, Thank You.  [Applause, Standing Ovation].

Note: Active Draft, quotes above are being reviewed with the goal of being verbatim. Please comment or email any errors found.

Note: Any highlighting is meant as an editorial comment to focus the readers attention...

Sunday, November 15, 2009

Sore Loser, Shadow Govt

Some people know how to lose, others don't, and some are stuck in denial and continue with their lives as if they haven't lost.

For the last decade we've had to endure the whining of Mayor Wannabe Bob.  Bob has 20/20 hind sight.  He never gets proactively involved to prevent problems, he comes in after it hits the fan to gloat about how stupid everyone is and how he would do it so much better.  Bob is a Republican, but he's not partisan, if its not Bob, its not good, that goes for fellow republican's or even his supporters.  If Councilman EK knew what Bob / SolonJoe have to say about him, whoa, maybe he wouldn't have voted with him two weeks ago.  I think it is my duty to keep my councilman up to date, I've been remiss in that, I better shoot Ed some of Bob's criticisms.  If he thinks Rick took some shots at him, wait till he sees Bob's no hold bars whack.

So what has Sore Loser Bob been doing these days besides not talking to the Mayor Elect?  Well, Bob's gonna take his "Obama style web campaigning" into its next stage as the new Solon Shadow Govt. with his site.  Under the guise of fair and balanced news for the Solon Political scene you will be told that all the non-Bob's who were elected are buffoons worthy of ridicule and scorn.

So let's introduce a new feature - SJ Watch on what's Bob's newest criticisms of the non-Bob's are.

SolonJoe in his various forms has been Abuse Reported, Censored, Deleted, and Revoked several times now.  He's got a low profile right now, hoping to keep SolonJoe3 a little while longer.  One has to wonder if he's ready for another ID Revocation and reincarnation into SolonJoe4.

During his highly critical period timed perfectly with Bob's candicacy announcement when his posts held a shorter shelf life than day old bread, he put his material on  He claims its not his site but oddly the old site had only his content.  Now in the advent of Bob's latest loss at the polls, solonjoe has been retooled with a new look and feel borrowed from Bob's campaign site, most of Joe's content has been removed, it sports a new masthead with a jpg stolen from the Solon City site.  Maybe we can look forward to more pilfering from the official city site has he morphs to his ultimate goal as a shadow govt proclaiming his postition in opposition of the non-Bob's after it is too late to fix.

After the dust settles from his prior copyright infringements of city owned telecasts, maybe Bob will go back to his video forays with YouTube and JibJab...

So for now, what's new with SJ?

SJ cleared off most of the old content except for Grantwood and SolonJoe tabs...

The home page promises us
Grantwood update coming soon.
How many Solon residents actually use this facility?
Why do we continue to throw good money after bad?
More than 2 million dollars in the past 12 months!
We can also expect new material on Golf Carts, Zoning Cops, and CVS signage and wifi.  Yes I know these are the top of everyone's list of top concerns...

It's important to SJ that Web searches for (full names, only initials used here) BP (Wannabe Mayor, Recent Loser) and SD (Mayor-Elect) bring searchers to this new shadow govt web site.

Ironic that he'd use the old Gazebo photo on his masthead.  The Veterans Park is so ripe with cost over runs, I'm surprised he didn't feature that mess on his masthead along with a tab lampooning it.  If he does, remember, you heard it first here on SolonPol.

If you want Bob's whiny propaganda, go to SolonJoe, if you want the inside scoop, the straight poop, keep your browser tuned into SolonPol.

Tuesday, November 3, 2009

Public Domain Free For All

Today, many people use techniology with the mistaken idea that everything is free to use and abuse, if its on the net they can use it for anything.  While that certainly is the prevailing thought and behavior, they are sadly ignorant of the law.

We live in a capitalistic society where all manner of things are owned, and with ownership comes privilege.  Ownership by the government does not include ownership by the people.  If you don't believe that go to the nearest park, pitch a tent, plant a mailbox and tell me how long that lasts (as soon as you are released from custody).

Everything is owned by someone, nothing is owned by the collective people.

Public Domain is a desgination that means that the owner waived his copyright rights.  It has nothing to do with being owned by a Government Agency or being on the Public Record.

The government TV channel is freely available to the public, but it is owned jointly by the city and its contractor and it is copyrighted with "all rights reserved".  That means it is NOT in the public domain, it is an owned work which you may view for your own personal use.

Partisan Politics

is alive and well here in our non-partisan town.  But party alliegience is strong despinte its obselecence in this county where people change their party declarations to get on the ballot.

Some people mistakenly believe that the solution to all our problems is simply to change the color of their hats.  This simple proposal simply won't work, neither will fire them all.  The absurdity of replacing the corrupt party with a corrupt person of another party is as helpful as rearranging the deck chairs on the Titantic.


Monday, November 2, 2009

Bob's Blunder Train

By my estimation, Bob has made some serious Blunders.  I count 7.  None of them felonies, none of them tasteful.  I have talked to a lot of people along the way, since I found them a week ago.  Only a few were officially handed over to people of authority on Friday. 

Many people want to argue with me about theses issues, toward what end.  They are now out of my hands, the train has left the station.  The next post tonight will be the report of a public record.

Got to go, sorry no wifi, I'll see ya at the next stop. 

More Paulson Documents

by solonmabel, 11/2/09 9:59 ET 

For those of you who want some vital information regarding Mr. Paulson and his ability to serve, I have attached the following documents:

1) His signed plea agreement where he admitted that he intentionally engaged in a scheme to defraud his campaign contributors with some detail regarding his crimes;

2) The docket of the United States District Court which confirms his sentence and the requirment for outpatient mental health counseling;

3) The opinion letter from William Edwards, the First Assistant United States Attorney that was sent to the Sun Newspaper and copied to Mayor Patton which confirms that Paulson's felony record is not expunged and he still is disabled as a felon. 

Happy reading! 

Ed Note:  For a complete list of documents, see my profile at

Paulson's Crimes

by solonmabel, 11/2/09 9:56 ET
Bob Paulson is a thief that was caught and convicted of felonies. There is no other way of looking at it. It is the resposible thing to recognize Paulson for what he is and notify the public so that they are informed when the cast their votes. No responsible person would vote for Paulson if they understood his crimes.Paulson raised monies through fundraising activities and took thousands of dollars from contributors who perceived that these monies would be used for campaign purposes. Paulson took this money and paid personal credit card debts and other personal bills. The amount that he stole from his contributors was between $80,000.00 and $120,000.00. He paid the money back after he discovered that he was being investigated when the U.S. Attorney issued grand jury subpoenas for his records. Paulson realized that he was caught and tried to cover up his crimes.He pled guilty to felonies because he was guilty of felonies. As of today's date, he is still a convicted felon because you can not expunge federal felonies. 

Paulson has never publicly admitted his crimes (despite his guilty pleas) or admitted to the voters that the United States government still regards him as a convcited felon until today in the Sun paper interview. Many voters perceive that Paulson has no record, took little money and simply made bookkeeping errors. The fact is that he took thousands of dollars, took he money intentionally and is a convicted felon.

Should the qualifications of the Mayor of our great city be thief and felon. Should we give a "second chance" to someone who has manipulated the truth and minimized his crimes?

The answer is no. As the saying goes 'you can put lipstick on a pig, but its still a pig." Paulson is a thief and his lack of honesty and insight into his crimes should cause the voters to elect another.

Sunday, November 1, 2009

The Paulson Era

by solonmabel, 11/1/09 13:03 ET 

I wanted to remind all you voters out the about the PAULSON ERA in Solon history. How about a look at the Paulson Administration through the annals of the Plain Dealer! 

1. Paulson's lawyer, Pat McLaughlin, admits he stole money to pay personal credit card debt.

2. Paulson gets City Hall searched by the FBI!

3. Paulson dismisses hundreds of Solon traffic tickets of his brother and friends. So much for keeping Solon safe! His brother says its all who you know!

4. Paulson hates to pay taxes but only has one conviction! How about using Solon's tax exempt number to buy a grill for his backyard!

5. Paulson, the fiscal genious, uses Solon money to treat 76 employees to lunch at Quinn's for $18.00 a head! Great way to save money, huh Bob?

6. Finally, how about saving money by using Solon's postage machine to sent private campaign propaganda! Keep it up Bob? Do you really think you will save Solon money if elected? Didn't you break the law here Bob?

Wake up Solon!


Ed Note:  In the interest of free speech, this deleted post has been brought back to life.  Thanks to the forum reader who got this and sent it to me before it was deleted.

Shop to you drop

There's a story going round for some time. Ex-offender Bob has been shopping this story around for some time to anyone dumb enough to buy it and he found himself a new sucker today...

The story is "Don't talk about my felony convictions, my opponent is part of a vast left wing corruption conspiracy"...  Hey why not, "vast right wing conspiracies" worked for Dems.  

Some picky Solonites aren't thrilled with the idea of electing an ego manic felon as their next Mayor.  And who could blame them after seeing that incessant omnipresent head like "Max" whatever and the 30+ talking head videos, everyone has has exceeded their life time dosage of this guy.

So we have a guy who commingled campaign funds with personal expenses, got caught, and copped a plea.  Then said guy went on a decade long victimization rant about the "witch hunt" and "minor felony".

Then his issue of eligibity to hold office came up.  Is this America or Russia, why can't a felon hold office?  So again, he puts on his victim overhalls as he wades deep into a pool of political poop and cries "Dirty Accusations from the left wing corrtion conspiracy".  Now granted a true "Strong Leader" would just get out his typewriter and some stamps and request a rulling from the appropriate government bodies to end this once and for all.  But in an inane demonstration of his leadership, he took the road less traveled.

See we have a lot of bad Dems in this town.  But like any aweeping generalization there are exceptions.  Susan is just that exception, smart, responsive, caring, "refreshing" said the Solon Times Cartoonist, "the future" said the Solon Times Editorial.

But the "Strong Leader" wants to go with the broad brush, she must be one of them, fire them all, none of them is good, 100.00% of them are bad.  Sounds a little suspicious to me, but that's the argument put forth by this "Proven Administrator".

So he digs and digs and he finds that a recently convicted corrupt Dem official gave her a contribution in a previous campaign, just as he himself did (see he was convicted of being a corrupt public official).  Oh boy there's the tie in, there's the smoking gun!

Minor details, first the guy (J. Kevin Kelley) wasn't under investigation or convicted at the time of this contribution.  How was Susan to know he would be years later.  I give Susan lot's of credit for being a resourceful person, but crystal ball, gosh that'd be nice, but its OK if she doesn't have one.

... CHAPTER TWO ....

What's wrong with these people in Solon, they bought this load of crap before, why not now.  Maybe after hearing the same old whiny witch hunt victim story for the umteenth time they got tired of it.

What's a victim to do, whine some more, solve the problem?  Ah, I know, throw some crap.  So Bob builds the story, J. Kevin Kelley donated to Susan Drucker's campaign years ago and now he's a known felon so what does that say about Susan?  Well, actually nothing really.  So they make a stink and Susan does the right thing, she gives all contributions from felons (including Bob) to charity.  That's a leader, take a problem and solve it.  

She could have whined, she could have retaliated, she could have looked for a Sugar Daddy like her opponent has.  No Susan did the right thing.

And did that make the story go away.  No, Bob being a man with the sense of humor he is (unless it involves him, of course), builds a cute JibJab Staring You (tm) eCard, starring his opponent.  But he didn't stop there, he included, the current Mayor, Kelley, Day, and Dimora, all part of the evil left wing corruption conspiracy.  Now really who would ever confuse Susan and Jimmy?  Bob would.

Now someone with a little security sense wouldn't do that where it could be traced to them personally.  But who has acccused Bob of good sense?  Not I.  Most felons with good sense wouldn't even attempt to run for office.



How ironic that the self proclaimed victim of dirty stories is the one who's shopping them relentlessly.

Take it outside

I don't want to clutter up this blog with BSer's BS.  So I've given Bystander75 his very own fully dedicated blog.

It can be found at .