Friday, November 26, 2010

Another Hatchet Job by the Dayton Daily News - Proof that they make up stories!

Today the DDN (Dayton Daily News) printed a story that is a complete load of lies and fabrication. You can read it here;

http://www.daytondailynews.com/news/dayton-news/mayors-leadership-council-has-disbanded--1013353.html

They followed up with a second article which is about to make them look equally as silly.

http://www.daytondailynews.com/news/dayton-news/dayton-mayor-brushes-off-critics-comments--1013225.html

The DDN has limited space to write a story and create controversy. On this blog I have unlimited space to publish the TRUTH.

The following is a draft of the letter sent by the co-chairs to my Leadership Council in early October.

Good Morning All:

We want to thank you for your participation in the Mayor’s Leadership Council. As with any new organization, the form and substance at the beginning is very likely to change over time. Thanks largely to your participation and input, we have crafted a go forward plan for the MLC.

In order to make the Mayor’s leadership Council more effective and meaningful to the membership and the Mayor, we will change the structure and timing of the meetings. Going forward, we will meet three times a year - the third Wednesday of January, May and September. Each meeting will last 1.5 hours. An agenda will be sent out to the entire group two weeks in advance. At this point, the members will be asked to submit specific agenda items they would like to address.

The meetings will be opened by comments from Mayor Leitzell, after which there will be a report by Jeff Samuelson, David McDonald and other members of the council who have submitted their topics in advance. This will keep the meetings relevant and timely. When advance notice topics have been addressed, the meetings will be opened to questions and concerns from the group. To begin with, we will allow four minutes per question till we see how our time goes. We will have the ability to call special meetings should the need arise.

Mayor Leitzell continues to encourage other groups to assist the city, and as a result has formed a group of eight members (lawyers, accountants, past city officials and developers) for a specific focus on economic development. This will be the mayor’s Economic Development Task Force.

The reporter spoke with several members of the council and myself. I have no clue how he concluded that the group was being disbanded. He had a copy of this letter. I did tell him that I felt that his paper tends to write spin on gossip and they should be in the business of reporting fair and accurate news. He objected to my opinion. The proof is in the pudding though and today's article is absolute proof that our newspaper makes up stories.

Several things are wrong in the stories and can be clarified. The group was not formed until March. The article reports January, two weeks after being sworn in. The week in January that is stated, I was at the U.S. Conference of Mayors in Washington D.C. So this is total fabrication. It states that some were concerned that I did not attend the meetings. The meetings were held on Wednesdays. It was known to many that I attend social events with my daughter on Wednesday morning and afternoons including a gym session at the YMCA. I had been doing such for many years. Besides that, both co-chairs are extremely capable people and I trust them to do what they need to do to move Dayton forward. I didn't need to be present at the meetings. I learned a long time ago that you gain greater authority by giving some up.

This quote by the paper

"Leitzell, a Republican-endorsed independent, is using the council to try to supplant his weak position on the Democrat-dominated City Commission to push his economic development agenda. All four commissioners are Democrats."


Is so far off that I think it deserves it's very own post - later.

The one article states that I felt "slighted" that I wasn't asked to comment at the press conference announcing that General Electric has chosen Dayton as a location for a $51 million investment. It is not true. I was surprised that they did not ask a county commissioner or myself to speak. Ted Strickland (Governor of Ohio)and Michael Turner (Congressman) were there and are certainly best qualified to do the talking. My only role was sending an email to the President of the University of Dayton on April 1, 2010 which is the day the story broke, from my office PC (public record) that simply stated

"Dan,

Should we plant a seed with GE that they need a satellite either at UDRI or Techtown so we can capture some of the $51 million they plan to invest regionally, within the corporation limits of Dayton? Just a thought ..... see article below.

http://www.daytondailynews.com/business/ge-will-invest-51m-in-area-630477.html"

He replied two days later stating

"Gary,

Last week, we have started to look into this and will keep you updated."

I won't take credit for making it happen because credit should go to all of those who did the work. I would like people to know that I was on top of this news from the beginning though. Of course you won't read about this story in the local paper or the one about this same reporter apologising to me for not understanding the full scope of my roofing project after taking a walk around my property. The DDN wants to create controversy but not hold themselves accountable for the creation of news.
This was another "non-story" because committees and councils reorganize all the time. This action was no different. It will probably cause them to lose a few more subscribers .....

Sunday, August 22, 2010

The Saga of the Roof

Re posted from my house blog at www.thisoldcrackhouse.blogspot.com

The local newspaper reporter contacted me last week because they want to run a story about me having a light schedule for the month of September as the mayor. Here is their story;

http://www.daytondailynews.com/news/politics/dayton-mayor-lightens-schedule-in-september-to-fix-the-roof-on-his-home--874524.html

The rumor that the reporter got was that I would be on vacation for the month of September. This is not true. I will be fixing my roof! I will be attending commission meetings, school board meetings, attending my regular morning news appearances and doing a few community related events. Weather will dictate if I attend the office but I have worked from my home for so long, I really don’t need to be in the office in order to much of what my job entails. I can communicate by phone from home and I can access my office computer from anywhere in the world and so email communications can be addressed.

Now for the real story that needs to be told. The slate part of my roof and the box gutters need to be replaced. The slate was put on in 1890 and has outlived its usefulness. The dormers and aluminum windows that were installed in the 1960s were not installed properly and the shingle that was used for flashing has deteriorated. This is specialty work. Box gutters and slate roofing is an art form that requires craftsman skills. We had five companies look at the roof and gutters. Four refused to do the work because it was too specialized for them. Including one guy who employs Amish workers! The fifth company quoted me $43,000. Not being a person who is put off by hard tasks I did the research and calculated that I could do the entire job myself for about $10,000 and still have some really cool tools to show for it at the end.

Since the newspaper plays on the aspect that roofing is not as specialized as mayoring let me describe and show for you exactly what I will be doing since, after all, it has been indicated that I will not be working hard.
Firstly, this fire escape has to be removed. It is already in very poor shape and removing it is likely to be more dangerous than replacing the roof.



This porch needs to be removed. Once gone I will make the decision to either replace with a smaller porch or to not replace at all.



Here is a view of the gutter from the back of the house. It is fortunate that the trim is actually made of metal. As you can see it is failing and the wood has rotted out.



Here is an interior view. I have been jacking up this part of the roof for the last three weeks so that I can put some struts back in. The original posts were removed about 40 years ago and since then the roof has been sagging.



People don’t know what box gutters are. Here is a picture of ours. You can see they are in bad shape. I will be replacing the tar, rubber and rusted metal with copper. Making copper gutters from sheets is an art form that I am willing to learn. Of course there are some areas where the wood base has rotted out and needs to be replaced. That is an art form as well.



I am posting this article because I want people to realize that this is no vacation. In fact, given the choice between being in an air conditioned office working the phones, meeting citizens, making speeches at dinner events OR doing hard physical labor 40 feet above the ground in hot weather crafting a roof that should withstand 100 years of brutal weather, most people would chose the former. However, I am not like most people. I am not afraid to do what it takes to get a job done right for the least amount of expense. Fixing this roof myself is worth $33,000 in real money to me. If you add income taxes that I pay out, it would have cost me over $50,000 to pay the only company willing to quote me a price. That is more than I make as mayor.

I look at this way. I am saving a piece of history by fixing this house properly. I am investing in my future stake in the city and I am showing people that I am not afraid to get my hands dirty trying something new.
One day the editors at the local newspaper will realize that. What is that old saying? Extra ordinary people achieve extraordinary things ....

Thursday, July 15, 2010

In the News Again

Dayton's Finest is Looking For Recruits



The window of opportunity is only open for a short time (until September 13, 2010) and won't present itself for a couple of years. If you have ever been interested or have the calling, inquire today! Visit http://www.joindaytonpd.com/

Thursday, July 8, 2010

The Good News About Dayton Public Schools!

Here is the stuff you will never see in the media. 33 Items that are positive. We are going to have to promote the good news ourselves ....

1. Dayton Public Schools has four Gates Millennium Scholars—more than any other Ohio district. The 2010 Gates Scholars are Sheldon Brown, Megan Edmonds and Victoria Whorton (Stivers School for the Arts) and Jordan Davis (Dayton Early College Academy). These awards bring the district’s total number of Gates scholars to 19 since 2000. The district also congratulations this year’s Gates finalists: British Calloway (DECA), Emory Beck-Millerton (Thurgood Marshall), Sharida Johnson (Meadowdale) and Tyrell Allen (Stivers).

2. Stivers School for the Arts ranks among America’s best public high schools for the second year in a row and has moved up from bronze to silver, according to U.S. News & World Report in a study released Dec. 9. Stivers is the only school in Montgomery County to receive the national honor this year and is one of only six schools in Ohio to be named a 2010 Silver Medal School. Nationally, Silver Medal Schools comprise 2.5 percent of the 18,743 schools analyzed in the study. The report was produced by U.S. News & World Report in collaboration with School Evaluation Services, a K-12 education and data research and analysis business. This is the third year the study has been conducted. Read more about it online at www.usnews.com.

3. Dayton Public Schools achieved above-average academic growth as defined by the state’s “value-added” rating on the 2009 Report Card, which means our students exceeded adequate yearly progress. Attendance was up. Our high schools improved in every subject area on the Ohio Graduation Test, and our graduation rate rose for the fifth year in a row.

4. The Dunbar boys basketball team defeated previously unbeaten Port Clinton to take the Division II title, completing a 25-3 season for the Wolverines and bringing their number of state titles to four (1987, 2006, 2007 and 2010).

5. Dayton Public Schools expanded its Positive Behavior program, bringing the total to seven schools, and will add between seven and nine more next year. The program, made possible by a $1 million grant from the Iddings School Based Mental Health Initiative, teaches favorable behaviors to students while preventing negative ones. District behavior specialists provide three levels of support, which include anti-bullying programs, social skills development, improved school attendance, behavioral screening, parent training, mentors, and intervention for chronic and severe behavior issues.

6. Dayton Public Schools was the first urban district in Ohio to close out a segment of its school construction in the Ohio School Facilities Commission process and is on target to open three more new schools at the beginning of the 2010-2011 school year, bringing the total completed to 18.

7. Seventy-two individual and team projects from DPS schools competed at the West District Science Day regional competition, held at Central State University. Six individual projects and one team project went on to represent the district at the State Science Day in Columbus in May. In addition, several individuals and teams won special awards.

8. Nine DPS students in grades five through 12 earned six superior ratings and three excellent ratings at State Science Day (May 2010) at The Ohio State University. Earning Superiors were Kemp fifth-grader Andrew Hagenbuch, Patterson Kennedy fifth-grader Billel Hamidi, Ponitz CTC junior Atlantis Drake, and Thurgood Marshall seniors Emory Beck-Millerton, Joshua Lower and Richard Melson Jr. Earning Excellent ratings were Stivers sophomore Toni Newman and Thurgood Marshall junior and senior Jhaelynn Elam and Eliza Straughter, respectively.

9. Thirty-two DPS students advanced to state-level National History Day competition in Columbus. Winners from district events compete against 600 or more entries in the state event. Originally sponsored by Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland, Ohio, in the 1970s, History Day, with its competitions, awards and educational activities, has grown into a national event based in Washington, D.C.

10. Ponitz Career Technology Center students took 20 honors in the Business Professionals of America regional competition, including 13 individual awards and two team awards. Five students advanced to state competition.

11. Thurgood Marshall senior Emory Beck-Millerton is the winner of the 2010 MLK Youth Award. Beck-Millerton is active in the National Honor Society, Army JROTC and the Academic Magnet Academy at Thurgood.

12. The Thurgood Marshall JROTC Black Knight Color Guard was selected to post the colors at Governor Ted Strickland’s State of the State address in January 2010.

13. A Wogaman PK-8 eighth-grader was one of 30 students from public, private and parochial schools competing in the 60th annual DPS District-wide Spelling Bee, competing through eight rounds before missing her final word. A Meadowdale sixth-grade student received fourth place.

14. Six Dayton Public Schools students were honored as the winners of the 23rd annual Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Scholarship Contest. Awards went to students from Thurgood Marshall, Stivers and Belmont high schools.

15. Belmont High School students created more than 70 pieces of original art that were on display at the K12 Art Gallery at the beginning of the year.

16. The Thurgood Marshall Black Knights Drill Team was accepted into the National High School Drill Team Championships, held in Dayton Beach, Florida. This is the 20th year the squad has been invited to this prestigious competition. Marshall cadets made it to the second phase of the US Army JROTC Leadership Bowl and will compete again in January.

The Black Knights also brought home 15 trophies from a meet in Trotwood, including first place honors in exhibition individual and dual, armed knock-out, unarmed squad drill, and armed squad exhibition.

17. Drawing inspiration from an enduring message of peace and equality, Dayton Public Schools students took home 30 of 37 grade-level awards and seven of 12 grade-group awards during the 25th annual Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Art, Poetry and Prose Contest. The students’ works were chosen from entries throughout the Miami Valley. Judges selected 12 grade-level winners in the contest (kindergarten-3, 4-6, 7-9 and 10-12) in three categories. The DPS grade-group winners, who received plaques and $25 checks, are Johnny Davis (Valerie), E’lexis Dawkins (WOW), Jacob Adams (Horace Mann) and Blake Lance (Dayton Technology Design High School) – art; Dupree Carr (Westwood) and De Shari Adams (Wogaman) – poetry; and Shyla Finley (Dunbar) – prose.

18. Horace Mann PK-8 School fourth-graders Zach Collins, Jasmine Eason, Kumari Gee, Haley Hagerdon, Allyson Hayes, Zharia Mallory and Justyn Ward will have their artwork on permanent display in the stairwells of the new parking garage at the Dayton International Airport when the structure is completed.

19. Stivers ninth-grade student Anthony Hoogsteden was recently honored by the city for his award-winning entry in the Sister Cities International Young Artists Showcase. This year’s exhibit, with the theme “A Reflection of Your Community,” featured 20 artists from around the nation celebrating the unique aspects of their communities.

20. Belle Haven seventh-grade student Stefan Harris participated in a session of the Junior National Young Leaders Conference, spending a week in Washington, DC, to learn about leadership and government. The program is sponsored by the Congressional Youth Leadership Council. Harris, who was nominated by his sixth-grade teacher, Carrie Stewart, was responsible for submitting an essay, finding a sponsoring mentor and raising money to fund the trip.

21. Meadowdale High School senior Emonte Scruggs won a qualifying boxing tournament to represent the United States as a Junior Olympian in Baku, Azerbaijan. Emonte traveled to Olympic camp then to Baku, Azerbaijan in the spring of 2010.

22. Stivers students took the top three places in a recent essay contest, sponsored by The Lincoln Society as part of the Kids Voting program. Winners were DeAisha Williams (third place – “The Importance of Lincoln”), Olivia Lower (second place – “Abraham Lincoln’s Presidency”) and Taylor Kingston (“The Unlikely Mender: Remembering Abraham Lincoln”).

23. Meadowdale High School achieved a first, sending a team to compete at the Piqua Regional Science Olympiad Tournament. The seven-member team competed in five categories, including elevated bridge, disease detective, mouse trap car, “Write Do It,” and trebuchet.

24. Ashley Swope, senior at Pontiz Career Technology Center, was recognized with an honorable mention at the 2010 Art in Architecture Student Design Competition. Each student received Becoming an Architect: A Guide to Careers in Design by Lee W. Waldrep.

25. Dayton Public Schools students were big winners in Montgomery County’s 2010 environmental calendar contest. Cover honors go to the grand prize winner, senior Jeremy Rosen from Stivers School for the Arts. Other winners are: Clarice Mueller-Johnson, Sevil Shakhmandarova, Shawn Brewer, and Courtney Payne, all from Stivers School for the Arts; Tyler Frazier and Travis Hutchins, Ruskin Elementary; and D’Laquahna Trammell, Longfellow Alternative Center.


Community Partnerships
26. Longfellow Alternative School’s long neglected 130-year-old auditorium was restored to its original splendor with a $100,000 grant from the Lowe’s Charitable and Education Foundation. Work was done by DPS facilities staff and Lowes volunteers. The changes will allow use of the auditorium for student projects and community events. Part of the funding was used to purchase new playground equipment for the preschoolers served by the school.

27. More than 400 students at Wogaman PK-8 School received new books to take home, part of a book give-away organized by the Dayton Chapter of the Links, Incorporated. The give-away, was part of a program themed “Freedom to Be Who I Am.” Students created projects based on the books they read and presented them during a special family night.

28. Airmen Acting, a mentorship group from Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, was formed to work with students at Meadowdale PK-8 School. Lead by SMSgt Dellaina Grundy, Airmen Acting mentors are present at the school daily, each working with two to four students several times each month. A group of Meadowdale students received a red-carpet tour of the base and the rare privilege of meeting the AFMC vice commander—just one example of the activities students enjoy, thanks to community partners.

29. More than 400 guest readers—from the superintendent to the mayor to area sports figures shared the tongue-twisting tales of Dr. Seuss and other literary treasurers with delighted students across the district on Read Across America Day. Sponsored by the Dayton Education Association and Dayton Public Schools, Read Across America Day features a wide variety of reading-themed activities in district schools.

30. Dayton Public Schools, in partnership with the Dayton Philharmonic Volunteer Association, accepted donations of gently used musical instruments for use in district programs. Instruments collected by the DPVA have been vital in helping to maintain instrumental music programs in DPS, according to the district’s music teachers. The donations have replaced many worn-out instruments, giving students an opportunity to make music. Since the drive began more than six years ago, hundreds of instruments have found their way to Dayton schools, creating band programs where there were none and helping students to discover their musical talents.

Other Notable Events

31. DPS families with children in pre-kindergarten through eighth grade enjoyed a free day of family fun at the Boonshoft Museum of Discovery, which included admission to the museum, entrance to the planetarium, live animals, tours, and a nature walk. The crowd (about 1,500) was so great that the museum closed its doors to other visitors to accommodate DPS families. It’s all part of the yearlong parent and family involvement program sponsored by the DPS Office of School Improvement and External Resources. Other events included the Dayton Art Institute, Dayton Metro Library, United States Air Force Museum, and Carillon Historical Park—all events have attracted large turnouts.

32. Local leaders, students, parents and community residents celebrated the groundbreaking for the new Belmont High School at 1127 Wayne Ave. The new $21.5 million, 124,000 square-foot high school, designed by Levin Porter Associates, will be set on 47 acres formerly occupied by the Ohio Department of Mental Health with a presence on Wayne Avenue, between Epworth and Watervliet. Belmont is part of the third and final segment of the district’s school construction plan and is projected to be completed by Aug. 2011.

33. Dayton Public Schools celebrated the opening of the David H. Ponitz Career Technology Center, the district’s 15th school in the school construction program. Now in Segment Three, the district will complete the building program in the 2011-2012 school year. Passage of a bond issue in 2002 made it possible to provide for the local share of 39 percent; the state funds the remaining 61 percent of the project.

Thursday, July 1, 2010

Taking on the Local Media.

On June 22, 2010 I emailed the following to the Dayton Daily News as a letter to the editor. They do not have to publish it. In fact they didn't publish it. The fact that they did not put my words in print indicates to me that they do not understand how important it is that they print accurate information and they do not understand that they are responsible for many of the misconceptions people have about the City of Dayton.

I think I will be writing more letters to the editor at the Dayton Daily News. If they fail to publish them, I will publish them here. Just like I had to do last year when running for office!


The June 16, 2010 article ‘Dayton metro area gets 9th worst ranking in U.S.’ does nothing except give citizens yet another out-of-context, “the sky is falling” dose of misinformation about our region’s economic health.

First, the Dayton region’s demographics are unfairly represented by the Brookings Institute. The Dayton Region trade area (Metropolitan Statistical Area) lists the population as 839,000 – focusing only on the four counties Jennifer Bradley mentions in the report. However, the total trade area population for the Dayton Region is 1.2 million, encompassing all or portions of seven counties.

When all statistics from these counties are added together, the region becomes much stronger statistically. Between 2000 and the end of 2008, both the City of Dayton and Montgomery County lost population, yet the Dayton Region as a whole gained 1.8% in population. The constant news reporting about the exiting of Mead, General Motors and National Cash Register would lead citizens to conclude that we have lost population in the double digits. Not the case. Additionally, hundreds of small companies have opened or relocated into the Dayton Region, even as those larger, newsworthy companies moved out.

Despite the economic pain resulting from the loss of GM and NCR, our region is making up for it with large, successful corporations like Wright-Patterson AFB, UDRI, Premier Health Partners, Kettering Health Network, Care Source, and others, along with the many small and medium-sized businesses that are continually forming in support of these large corporations and institutions. The Austin Road interchange development should turn the population numbers positive for Montgomery County in three to four years, and the Dayton and Cincinnati regions are currently in the process of merging as we speak. All of this bodes well for the Dayton Region.

Mrs. Bradley compares Dayton to Rochester and Buffalo, NY, Madison, WI, and Des Moines, Iowa, claiming they fared well with no big corporations. However, 39% of the Top 300 Cities in the US are successful because of significant amenities such as being located near an ocean or lake, in a warm climate, near mountains, or being a capital city. As any economist can tell you, capital cities are in a class by themselves and cannot be compared to other municipalities. Madison and Des Moines are both capital cities located next to large lakes, while Rochester is on Lake Ontario and Buffalo on Lake Erie. Not only can these four cities not be compared to Dayton, but taking a three-month window and predicting Dayton’s untimely demise makes it obvious that the Brookings Institute does not have an in-depth understanding of our region’s true health.


Shame on the DDN for not investigating the Brookings Institute report more thoroughly. Dayton did not deserve this headline.



Gary Leitzell
Mayor, City of Dayton

Tuesday, April 27, 2010

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Wednesday, April 21, 2010

First of Many

Here is my first episode of "Talk to City Hall" which should become a regular monthly production for me. This was filmed in my office last week. I'm sorry for not posting here more often. My schedule has been packed solid for three months but is becoming more manageable now that people are more familiar with my character. Hopefully I can post something at least once a week in future.



Monday, April 12, 2010

The Rest of the Story

Our fine local paper has published a story documenting my first 100 days in office. Personally, I do not find the story negative in any real way except that it fails to list a myriad of initiatives that have come about in the last few months. Before I continue, I would like to state this for the record. Much of the stuff that has been initiated should have been happening for the last 10 years at least. However, the reality is that I was not Mayor ten years ago and what is even more sad is that no one in Dayton stood up to the system and said "Enough is enough" during those same ten years. Until now.
The critics are coming out but I have realized that critics rarely step up to the plate to do their part. It took a "No name nobody from the neighborhood" (as I have been described) to get every ones attention.
I am charged with making common sense out of the consequences of decades of indecision. Can I really be expected to produce results in 100 days? One thing I have realized is that as a city organization we tend to be reactive. Not pro-active. I have often stated, and will continue to state that I am a problem solver, not a politician. I have taken many initiatives in the last few months that should help solve many time consuming problems. I have recognized many simple solutions that will reduce the waste of staff time.
Here is what the paper failed to print, probably due to space limitations and the fact that these types of headlines fail to sell newspapers.

My leadership council has volunteered to assist with making improvements in our building and zoning code regulations that inhibit small business growth and start up. In fact, several issues have been resolved because city staff has a clearer understanding of how an entrepreneur thinks. This understanding has already gone a long way in the facilitation of our existing pool of business start ups. In fact, many things have happened behind the scenes that the newspaper has never been aware of. I like it that way. They can write about success after it happens instead of failure before it happens!

I have made a point to to proactively talk with businesses when I hear that their lease is due to expire and that they have the option to leave. I will try to retain businesses here before they have to make a decision.

I am trying to develop a list of non-profits for Dayton but include in the list exactly what services they offer. There are over 1200 non-profits in Dayton and few are aware of who their competition is. Publishing such a list should enable consolidation and make our non-profits more effective in their ventures. This work involves utilizing several community entities and is still in the development stage.

I am also trying to establish a similar list for committees and boards in the area so people wanting to help can tap into what already exists. There is no need to re-invent the wheel.
I initiated a City of Dayton Employee Appreciation Week that helped lift employee moral and have begun looking into establishing an employee recognition program. This used to be done at city hall but was cut due to budgets. I am looking into using some of my own money and partnering with the business community to initiate a program once again.

Our department heads are being challenged to be entrepreneurial in their thinking. They are being asked to develop ways to enterprise their departments in such a way that it generates revenue for the city.

The city manager and myself have committed to meeting the county administrator and a county commissioner regularly on a monthly basis.

I am attempting to attend all meetings that involve our suburbs in an effort to reach out and solicit support from our neighbors. This has already had a positive impact.

We are pushing even harder for recycling efforts.

Our police department is being encouraged to become more transparent with regards to crime reporting so that our citizens have the needed tools to be more vigilant in their own neighborhoods.

We are aggressively increasing our databases so that we can communicate with our citizens and stakeholders. Our email database has almost doubled since I was elected.

I have regular appearances on Channel 2 and Channel 45 once a month in the mornings to talk for three minutes about good things happening in Dayton and the region.

The reality is that I cannot list all the small scale initiatives that I have taken in the last 100 days. None of these initiatives involved the vote of the commission. Most of them make sense when it comes to being more effective or efficient. More things have been initiated in the last few months then have been over several years. Things will continue to develop. When we run out of ideas, then it is time to look for new leadership. I hope I don't run out of ideas and I will always encourage citizens to submit theirs to city hall.

As for the video clip about me. It was also fair. It was snippets compiled of my conversation with the reporter. I can't figure out why they want to focus on my hands though. Maybe they think it reveals something about me. I would like to add though that that my hobby became my profession for over a decade. This is something that many people dream of. Instead of developing a career, I was able to design a lifestyle for myself that was the envy of anyone who truly understands what this entailed.

Saturday, February 27, 2010

Subtle Changes

Long time since I posted!
I am making subtle changes to the blog layout. You will see the word "Elect" disappearing as well as the word "For". That being said, there have been some subtle changes at city hall in the last 60 days. None of which required the vote of the commission. Our entire commission agenda is being posted online on the Monday BEFORE our commission meetings. These documents include the contracts as well as the legislation. For the first time you are able to view the entire package of information that the other commissioners and myself are expected to read every week before we vote at a Wednesday commission meeting.

You can visit www.cityofdayton.org and click on "Commission Meeting Agendas" under the heading "Popular Requests" and review the current year and month.

I have been very busy for the last two months but things are beginning to level off and I am able to move in a direction that I feel we need to move towards now that most of the people of influence have met me or heard me speak in public. I believe a few are still in shock but I don't get the sense that anyone is disappointed.

Other things have been initiated behind the scenes. They are somewhat small but will have an impact in the future. If I get some time I will document them here.

I have to figure out the best way to utilize this blog and my web pages. That may take a little while. I suspect that I will create new sights for my www.daytonmayor.org URL but will keep the original pages and posts available at the www.GoGaryGo.net sight for those political science students that I suspect will be studying my campaign over the next two years.

Several candidates running in elections this year have already consulted with me for ideas and advice on how to run an unconventional style of campaign.

"The times, they are a changing."

Tuesday, January 5, 2010

Swearing in






Now the hard work begins.