There’s not a whole lot to say but Thumbs DOWN for a bad deal for Tre Sorelle Cioccolato on Monroe Street and Columbus Avenue. In a situation that’s more common than most people apparently realize, the “Three Sisters” are responsible for a retroactive increase in property values — including the eight months before they owned the building. It’s legal, we’re told — but it hardly seems fair, especially when the only recourse is to spend more money suing the previous owners. Lesson, if there can be one: be aware real estate taxes run a year behind — so negotiate with the seller about pending property taxes when you buy.
Thumbs DOWN to the string-along game played by Western Reserve Schools superintendent Doug Solet, who vowed to fight to clear his name of sexual harassment charges, but took a plea deal on a disorderly conduct charge. Add his name to the list of people we should be able to trust, but can’t.
Thumbs UP to Cedar Fair CEO Dick Kinzel for boosting Ohio’s business climate in a national ad campaign. We’ll take any good word we can get.
Thumbs DOWN to passing the buck downward: Responding to a “suggestion” from city commissioners the city get an agreement by today from the developers of the downtown marina project, City Manager Matt Kline said: “The attorneys have it. It’s out of my control.” Never mind the deadline was extended again, this time to Aug. 25, and commissioners are afraid it’ll be extended again — who’s the attorneys’ boss? That’s you, Mr. Kline.
Thumbs UP to cheaper toilet paper, and anything else local county sheriffs can save money on with group buying power. Dare we say it: Regional cooperation?