Frank Jackson's first year


This morning on 90.3 WCPN's Sound of Ideas, a panel of esteemed journalists were discussing the first-year accomplishments of our great mayor, Frankie G. By the time I tuned in, they had finished outlining what I can only imagine was an illustrious list of accolades, and had moved on to pontificating about the future. Tax abatements, the great minds said. That's the issue Jackson will tackle next year. Somehow, I was unconvinced. So I decided to compile my own list of what we, the people, would like to see our great mayor do next year: 1. Leave City Hall. 2. Learn to speak in sentences that don't begin with the phrase "If I were paying attention." 3. Stop leaving love notes from Sam Miller lying around the office. 4. Talk to your brother, Nick. Rumor has it he's not so popular over at the school district. 5. Release that pile of public records you've been hoarding. Remember those minority-owned construction companies that were getting paid for not doing any work? Whatever happened to that investigation? 6. Try a new hairdo. Seriously, the Abe Lincoln look isn't helping your image. 7. Pay a little more attention to your land deals. Here in the Poorest City in America, we don't appreciate getting screwed by your developer pals. 8. Take a cue from your predecessor. Remember what happened when Jane Campbell spent four years doing nothing? You're on the right track, buddy. Just three more to go. — Lisa Rab


We welcome readers to submit letters regarding articles and content in Cleveland Scene. Letters should be a minimum of 150 words, refer to content that has appeared on Cleveland Scene, and must include the writer's full name, address, and phone number for verification purposes. No attachments will be considered. Writers of letters selected for publication will be notified via email. Letters may be edited and shortened for space.

Email us at

Support Local Journalism.
Join the Cleveland Scene Press Club

Local journalism is information. Information is power. And we believe everyone deserves access to accurate independent coverage of their community and state. Our readers helped us continue this coverage in 2020, and we are so grateful for the support.

Help us keep this coverage going in 2021. Whether it's a one-time acknowledgement of this article or an ongoing membership pledge, your support goes to local-based reporting from our small but mighty team.

Join the Cleveland Scene Press Club for as little as $5 a month.