Tuesday, June 09, 2009

“Akron mayor announces plans to hire more police, form citizens panel”

An alternative title for this Beacon Journal story could easily have been: “Akron Mayor Attempts to Buy Off FOP Priot to Recall Election”

The significance of the timing is not lost on reporter Phil Trexler:

Plusquellic's news conference today comes in the midst of several competing issues:

A June 23 vote on whether to recall the mayor.

Wednesday's expected voting results from the local Fraternal Order of Police lodge, which represents about 800 Akron police officers and retirees, on whether to support the recall.

The ongoing U.S. Department of Justice review of the Police Department in the aftermath of community complaints and recent police-involved shootings.

And newly released FBI statistics that show a crime spike in Akron, which knocked it out of its long-held ranking as Ohio's safest big city.”

For some strange reason, the Mayor believes that to characterize any of this as political is, as he delightfully phrases it, 'crap'.'

TBMD has repeatedly criticized the recall effort. Akron elected this man, and we're suffering the consequences. That's how the system is supposed to work. There is really no difference in Mayor Plusquellic that wasn't known before the election. He wants to raise our taxes, he likes to travel to other countries to party at our expense, and he's generally busy throwing good money after bad on things like the Inventor's Hall of Fame, women's softball teams, exercise clubs, etc. To his credit, Akron hasn't become Youngstown or Cleveland, and is still relatively functional as a city.

So if you don't like him, or the direction the city is headed, find a candidate to beat him in the next general election.