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BOARD MEMBER JAMES M. CARNEY SPONSORS RESOLUTION OPPOSING CLEVELAND'S PROPOSED PLAN TO FINANCE GATEWAY PARKING GARAGES

 BOARD MEMBER JAMES M. CARNEY SPONSORS RESOLUTION OPPOSING
 CLEVELAND'S PROPOSED PLAN TO FINANCE GATEWAY PARKING GARAGES
 CLEVELAND, Feb. 13 /PRNewswire/ -- Cleveland School Board Member James M. Carney, Jr. today announced a new resolution opposing the City of Cleveland's proposed plan to finance the Gateway Sports Complex parking garages.
 The following is a statement from Carney, regarding the new resolution:
 "I am a sports fan and a sports man - I'm crazy about those fabulous Cavaliers. But I am first an elected public official totally committed to the best interests, present and future, of the students of the Cleveland City School district. We can no longer afford to subsidize free and private enterprise at the expense of the public schools. Some of my peers disgust me and the following media excerpts may help to define why. Stay tuned for the book and the TV mini-series.
 "The Cleveland Edition, Roldo Bartimole, 5/10/90 -- The Forces Behind Issue 2...the proponents (of Issue 2) had the use of the mayor's and county commissioners offices...along with help from the governor's office...most major corporate businesses...
 "Plain Dealer, Catherine L. Kissling, 12/13/90 -- ...(mayor) White did not explain the disparity between the amount of taxes promised voters in the Gateway tax campaign...and the dramatically lower tax bill...that Gateway planners now say they expect to pay...
 "Crains Cleveland Business, Editorial, 12/3/90 -- The revelation last week that more public money might need to be tapped to make the Gateway stadium-arena complex happen is an unsettling development even for this project backer.
 "Crains Cleveland Business, Letters, Richard A. DeColibus, 1/28/91 -- Your attitude of total unconcern that the reported original $4.7 million in property taxes may now be $500,000 seems to say, Well, hey, they lied to us by a factor of nine, but why worry about money that would just be wasted on public education anyway. I suggest setting a precedent that any lie is acceptable to get one elected or one's favorite project approved is simply not a good idea.
 "Plain Dealer, C.L. Kissling & Benjamin Marrison, 7/3/91 -- Cuyahoga County Commissioners unanimously approved a resolution agreeing to either lend money to Gateway or help it obtain a loan...the resolution did not place a cap on the amount of money the county would guarantee...
 "The Cleveland Edition, Editorial Cartoon, 9/5/91 -- What Cleveland Board is entrusted to protect the public's interests and money..but does absolutely nothing?...The Gateway Board of Directors.
 "Plain Dealer, C.L. Kissling, 9/14/91 --...opponents (of property tax exemption for Gateway) distributed a copy of...an essay by Mayor White that stated, The Cleveland Schools alone would realize an additional $15.6 million per year in real estate taxes from the Gateway project. White...yesterday said no one ever contended that Gateway would immediately generate $15 million or more for the schools.
 "Plain Dealer, Letters, Wayne R. Tinker, 9/22/91 -- I'm going to share a wondrous vision I had revealing that Gateway officials will handle these (parking) matters with the same inventive daring that's gotten them where they are today...The Cleveland School system was promised all parking revenues over and above...from the first 1.8 million vehicles. When the school board complained about this arrangement, Mssrs Sweeney and Sinagra, to make sure the schools would get absolutely nothing, sponsored state legislation to have the entire downtown area chartered as a separate township named, Jacobsville.
 "Plain Dealer, C.L. Kissling, 9/25/91 -- ...Gateway had originally planned to build only a 200 plus car garage...expecting to finance it with parking revenues.
 "Plain Dealer, Thomas Suddes, 11/20/91 -- ...it seemed cruel that as the House voted...to cap Gateway's taxes...35,000 Cuyahoga County General Assistance clients will lose their pitiful $100 a month...it'd be a cheap shot to refer to the Gateway project as bread and circuses. Gateway is no such thing. Because, as the GA cutbacks show, while there may be public money, however found, for circuses, there is none for bread.
 "Plain Dealer, T. Suddes, 12/31/91 -- Voinovich OK's Gateway tax-cap bill.
 "Plain Dealer, T. Suddes, 12/4/91 -- Gateway to ask state to back credit.
 "Plain Dealer, T. Suddes, 12/12/91 -- Gateway now seeks $12 million loan.
 "Plain Dealer, Vindu P. Goel & John Funk, 12/18/91 -- Gateway expected to seek CSU aid for more State cash.
 "The Cleveland Edition, Roldo Bartimole, 12/19/91 -- ...the Gateway ...Board...doesn't meet with Boyle, Hagan and Petro in public, but privately...the hunger fighters were speaking to the county commissioners (in public) who, along with politicians from the city to the state level, have bestowed upon those enjoying the best of times hundreds of millions of dollars in subsidies with no end in sight.
 "Plain Dealer, C.L. Kissling, 12/21/91 -- Hagan wished he owned a piece of the Cavs which, he said, was likely to increase in value...we didn't give them the kitchen sink...but they got probably some of the plumbing, he said...
 "Plain Dealer, Terry Holthaus, 12/25/91 -- Cuyahoga County is considering selling $75 million in industrial...bonds to help finance... Gateway.
 "Plain Dealer, C.L. Kissling, 12/27/91 -- (City of Cleveland) Bonds considered for Gateway...Mayor White confirmed...because...Gateway does not have the financial strength to...build the two parking garages.
 "Plain Dealer, T. Suddes, 12/29/91 -- ...Gateway...which has shown remarkable creativity in finding new pockets from which to extract money...outdid itself last week...get some college bulletins printed up...University of Gateway...some offerings...Theology 101: The Wages of Sin...Business 202: The Art of the Deal...Political Science 303: Problems of Democracy...
 "Plain Dealer, editorial, 1/10/92 -- A few raised fees and the layoffs of some school crossing guards got the city through the year.
 "Plain Dealer, letters, 1/10/92, Jacque P. Riedel -- Gateway...looks like the construction of a golden goose by powerful business interests, using political tools at the expense of the taxpayers. Whatever happened to private enterprise?
 "Point of View, Roldo Bartimole, 1/11/92 -- Gateway and the commissioners continue to have two things going for them. A bought news media that won't even follow the basic rule of getting both sides and a city whose social activists are comfortably being taken care of...so they've lost their social voices.
 "Plain Dealer, C.L. Kissling, 1/19/92 -- Gateway's 50-50 leans heavier on the public.
 "Point of View, Roldo Bartimole, 1/25/92 -- ...tax for the Gateway ...construction has, as of the end of 1991, produced $23,908,533.83 in income. That includes all of the sin tax money from county residents and...interest earned...Gateway has...actually received some $14.8 million of the total...wonder what that money could do for the ill, the unemployed, impoverished children, the homeless, the lack of safety... poorly funded public education...Ask Mary Boyle, Tim Hagan and Mike White.
 "Plain Dealer, B. Marrison, 1/28/92 -- City must cut services, finance chief says.
 "Plain Dealer, C.L. Kissling & B. Marrison, 1/31/92 -- job cuts in White's budget.
 "Plain Dealer, C.L. Kissling & B. Marrison, 2/11/92 -- The administration of Mayor Michael R. White wants the city to build and finance two parking garages for the Gateway Complex without sharing in their profits. Finance Director Stephen J. Strnisha...is also a Gateway Corporation trustee...
 "The Sun Newspapers, editorial, 9/19/91 -- ...those same school board naysayers are mounting another...attack...they plan to attack the equally beleaguered Gateway project...what objections does the Cleveland City Schools have...that...the district will be 'cheated' out of revenues...it's true that the district could use the cash...State Senate members cannot listen (to school board members)...they must opt for the wiser, long-range tune penned by Cuyahoga County and the city of Cleveland officials..."
 The resolution opposing the city of Cleveland's proposed financing of the Gateway Complex parking garages is sponsored by three board members, Jim Carney Jr., Gary Kucinich and Stanley Tolliver.
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 /CONTACT: Jim Carney Jr. of the Cleveland Board of Education, 216-333-0616/ CO: Cleveland Board of Education ST: Ohio IN: SU:


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