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George Nemeth · links for 2008-10-28

October 28th, 2008

Clay Webb, from the U.S. Department of Labor’s Chicago Regional Office, sends this along:

Dear Neighborhoods, USA Members and Friends,

An award opportunity through the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF) will honor ten outstanding individuals who have made significant contributions to improve health and health care, especially to underserved communities across the United States. The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Community Health Leaders award was established in 1991 to recognize individuals who make extraordinary contributions to improve health and health care in their communities. You may know someone in your community who would be a good candidate for this award.

Only ten awards in the amount of $125,000 each will be made for the 2009 award cycle, so it is not an award opportunity that is widely available.

If so, the nominee would need to meet the following criteria:
Shows innovation in starting or enhancing a grassroots initiative which improves health or health care in their community
Is in mid-career with a three to ten year record of accomplishment
Has not received significant national recognition for their work
Is a citizen or permanent resident of the United States or its territories by the date full nominations are due
Is affiliated with a public or nonprofit organization that is tax-exempt under Section 501(c)3 of the Internal Revenue Code

While you may know of individuals who are high ranking health care employees or senior level officials, they would not likely be competitive candidates.

The nomination deadline is: November 7, 2008 (2 p.m. PMT)
Nominators will be notified if their candidates are selected to move to the full nomination stage.

In order to nominate a person who meets the criteria, you musty submit your nomination online at:
http://www.communityhealthleaders.org/leaders/nominate_leader/brief_nomination

The nomination is relatively simple and will not take long. It involves answering a few questions regarding who you are and how you know the individual you are nominating and information on the nominee along with a brief (250 word) description of why you are nominating that person.

To find out more information on the award opportunity please visit the website at:
http://www.rwjf.org/applications/solicited/cfp.jsp?ID=20422

or you may contact:

Helen Dundas, Administrative Coordinator
RWJF Community Health Leaders
hdundas@rwjf.org
Office: (609) 627-5809
http://www.communityhealthleaders.org

Have you been following Early Morning Asphalt, the blog by Kevin Kerwin of Authentic Films? If you’re not, here’s a sample of what you’re missing:

Love the segment of the farmer quoting Plato.

George Nemeth · links for 2008-10-27

October 27th, 2008

Bill Callahan sends around this note…

The Great Bank Bailout was first proposed by the Secretary of the Treasury and the Federal Reserve Chairman on September 18, less than 40 days ago. Just think of what’s happened since then. $700 billion in “capital infusions” approved for the financial industry. Wachovia acquired by Wells Fargo. WaMu acquired by JP Morgan Chase. National City acquired by PNC, using $5.5 billion in bailout funds. And talk — endless talk — about whether and how to bail out homeowners facing default and foreclosure.

Now think about what hasn’t changed: Since that day in September, despite all the talk, 1,271 new foreclosure cases have been filed in Cuyahoga County Common Pleas Court. And 596 more foreclosed Cuyahoga County properties have been sold at Sheriff’s sale.

This must stop. Now. But it won’t, unless we make it stop.

That’s why you need to be at the Justice Center this Thursday at 4 pm to help the Foreclosure Action Coalition tell our elected county judges: Enough is enough. It’s time to Freeze The Foreclosures!

The flyer for the Freeze The Foreclosures rally, with the list of sponsoring groups and other details, is at:
http://foreclosingcleveland.files.wordpress.com/2008/10/freeze_flyer_oct301.jpg

Please click on it, read it, make copies and share them with your friends and neighbors. And then JOIN US on Thursday.

See you Thursday.

Went to vote today and met a bunch of neighbors.

Reality 1: Colin Powell got it right. The woman is not ready.

  • Palin’s ‘going rogue,’ McCain aide says
  • “She is a diva. She takes no advice from anyone,” said this McCain adviser. “She does not have any relationships of trust with any of us, her family or anyone else.

    Reality 2: McCain mishandled the product.

  • Palin allies report rising campaign tension
  • “She was completely mishandled in the beginning. No one took the time to look at what her personal strengths and weaknesses are and developed a plan that made sense based on who she is as a candidate,” the aide said. “Any concerns she or those close to her have about that are totally valid.”

    But the aide said that Palin’s inexperience led her to her own mistakes:

    “How she was handled allowed her weaknesses to hang out in full display.”

    Meanwhile, Obama’s supporters leverage the Internet with a viral video.

    And a good explanation of Ohio polls.

    Ed Morrison · Links

    October 25th, 2008

  • Ohio lawmakers warn of politics in grant program
  • Euclid Corridor Project Leaves the Station
  • Blundering Mayor Jackson and City Council
  • Chamber kicks off Project 360
  • The Living Cities
    An August 2008 Forbes.com report that named Canton, Cleveland and Youngstown to its list of top-10 “fastest-dying cities” has generated much local discussion. Western Reserve PBS gave community leaders an opportunity to respond in a one-hour live broadcast.
  • It looks to me that David Daberko left one heck of a legacy.

    The Washington Post reported yesterday: a Cleveland institution has fallen.

    NCB cratered largely due to a misguided strategy to pursue the subprime market. One commentator notes:

    While it’s true that the weakened housing and credit markets made the most dramatic impact on National City in 2007, the crime for which it now faces the gallows was committed in 1999. That’s when former chief executive David Daberko changed the bank’s business mix by accumulating higher-yielding, but riskier, loans (most notably subprime mortgage loans).

    As Bill Callahan has documented, commercial banks’ subprime strategies dismantled twenty years of development in Cleveland neighborhoods in a matter of months. From yesterday’s Washington Post:

    Last year alone, 8,000 homes went into foreclosure in the city, whose population has shrunk below 450,000. With tax collections shriveling and a recession looming, the city is in its worst shape in years.

    Misguided meddling in local and statewide politics gave us the Greater Cleveland Partnership’s laughably deceptive “Learn and Earn” casino proposal and pushed Tim McCormack, a persistent critic of the business leadership, out the door — as McCormack believed at the time — to prepare the way for a convention center. Read more.

    (Looks like McCormack was pretty much right about that one.)

    And Daberko walked away with a nice severance.

    (Graphic from this story at the Dayton Daily News.)

    George Nemeth · links for 2008-10-25

    October 25th, 2008