Portsmouth’s Worst Pain in the Neck

Filed under: Jim Kalb,Uncategorized — tkm March 10, 2008 @ 0:0 am

Recently, at a chiropractor’s waiting room, I ran into Mayor Jim Kalb, Portsmouth’s worst pain in the neck. I asked him if he was in any pain. He said if he could stop me from coming to City Council meetings, maybe neither of us would need to see a chiropractor. I asked him about being subpoenaed by Greenup County to testify about the Indian Head Rock he had stolen from Kentucky. A lady sitting next to me suggested breaking the rock in half, with each state getting half. That might work if Kalb didn’t have rocks in his head. I told him to just give the rock back and quit embarrassing our city. He said defiantly he was going to display the rock in the Marting building after it was turned into city offices. I said that citizens of Portsmouth had already voted by a two to one margin against turning Marting’s into city offices and that he should be trying to get the city’s money back from the Marting Foundation to pay to tear the building down.

Kalb said his blood pressure was rising as a result of talking to me. His voice was also rising, so I asked him to tone it down. He was embarrassing the city not only by stealing a historic rock but also by raising his voice in a public waiting room. Where did he think he was, at a City Council meeting? He moved on to the subject of Ohio’s Sunshine Laws, claiming that my husband Bob was violating those laws by closing his letters to Kalb by saying, “If you have any further questions contact me.” I pointed out that he still does not understand the Sunshine Laws. He still does not understand why he and Clay Johnson and the City Council were ruled by Judge Marshall to have violated the Sunshine Laws when they met in groups of three to hatch the Marting scam. I had to end our conversation, because it was my turn to see the chiropractor. I was glad to get some relief from Portsmouth’s worst pain in the neck.

Mayor Jim Kalb: A Fool and a Tool

Filed under: Jim Kalb,PORTSMOUTH,Uncategorized — tkm January 17, 2008 @ 19:0 pm

As was evident at the January 14, 2008, Portsmouth City Council meeting, Mayor Kalb continues to blame others for the city’s financial difficulties instead of doing his homework on how to successfully manage a budget; click the 1-14-08 Council Meeting video of Mayor Kalb on the following link http://portsmouthcitizens.info/blog/?page_id=47.  It is no secret that I have a low opinion of Kalb’s ability to run the city and sometimes wonder how he ever kept a fulltime stock boy job at Kroger’s.  But it may come as a surprise to most people to learn that perhaps the most influential and wealthiest person in Portsmouth, C. Clayton Johnson, doesn’t think much more of Kalb’s abilities than I do.

On Wednesday, October 24th, 2007, my husband Bob and I were eating lunch at Williams Restaurant on Chillicothe Street, and we were seated next to C. Clayton Johnson and his guest from out of town.  We recognized Johnson, but based on the content of his conversation with his guest, in a voice loud enough for others in the restaurant to hear, he obviously didn’t recognize us.  At least I don’t think he would have dared to express the opinions he did if he knew the woman sitting at the next table next to him was Teresa Mollette, who was responsible for getting his sale of the Marting building to the city invalidated in the courts.

During this lunch I overhead some very critical opinions expressed by Johnson about Portsmouth, about Mayor Kalb, and about others. I am not sure who Johnson’s younger guest was, but he might have been from a development company.  What became clear in the course of their conversation was that Johnson and his guest were both graduates of Ohio Wesleyan University, and very proud of it.  His guest apparently didn’t know much about Portsmouth, and Johnson was filling him in.

About Mayor Kalb, Johnson said that he was only an uneducated stock boy from Kroger’s.  Kalb’s predecessor, Mayor Bauer, was doing an adequate job for us, Johnson said, but he had been recalled as result of voters being stirred up by some agitators.  As a matter of fact, Johnson told his guest, one of the individuals involved in getting the City Manager fired in the 1980’s was then-councilman Harald Daub, who was still causing trouble now.  Johnson told his guest that he, Johnson, had led a group in the 1980’s that got Daub and two other councilmen recalled, and Johnson said it was probably a good time for that group to be reorganized.

The problem with Portsmouth, Johnson said, is that we have many ignorant residents who do not even know how to set an alarm clock.  Both Johnson and his guest chuckled over that characterization.  Johnson was willing to admit that there were some successful people in Portsmouth besides himself.  He said there were about a half a dozen lawyers in Portsmouth who were very successful.  Johnson also noted there are a couple of doctors who are making a million dollars or more a year in Portsmouth, but he failed to point out they are making millions from the citizens of Portsmouth.  It is revealing but not surprising that Johnson measures success by money and whether or not a person is a graduate of Ohio Wesleyan, as if Ohio Wesleyan was the Harvard of Ohio.

Kalb, of course, is not a graduate of any college.  He is not even a regular high school graduate.  He attended a vocational school.  There are some very smart people who are not college graduates and who are vocational school graduates.  But Kalb is not one of them. Kalb is, unfortunately for the citizens of Portsmouth, a fool, but he is also a tool, a useful tool to Johnson and the other unelected officials whose interests he serves so obediently.  You would think Johnson would have at least a little respect for Kalb, since he is so useful to them, and that he would have a little more respect for those who aren’t millionaires, instead of ridiculing them to out-of-town guests as people who don’t even know how to set an alarm clock.

Isn’t it time we took back the city of Portsmouth from millionaires like Johnson and tools like Kalb?


Filed under: Jim Kalb,Uncategorized — tkm January 2, 2006 @ 16:0 pm

It always astonishes me the people who are actually occupying positions in public offices that should require some amount of experience and a fair share of intelligence lack both.In Portsmouth, Ohio we have a mayor who insists on spending far more than we take in, and who continues to base all the solutions on tax, tax, tax, while refusing to face reality and refusing to take battle against a group of inept leaders and professionals that are out-of-control with taxpayer monies. At some point in time the corrupt politicians and the unelected privileged of our City took charge and the citizens gave up the fight.

In today’s society it is more important to the media to secure their loyalty to the SOGP than how effective they are in the performance of their duties. So as the news media in our city salivate over acceptance from the SOGP, the city falls apart.  While the mayor is certainly sociable and jovial, the truth is we made a major mistake in electing him, and trusting him with our city and our future, and even our lives are proving to be quite costly and dangerous.

Every time he talks about how he is cleaning up the City, I feel like jumping into my car and driving around town to see what has changed. I do that every day and I can tell you that nothing has changed and nothing will change.

It should not surprise us that the only thing flim-flam Kalb is good at is pulling the proverbial wool over our eyes. To solve the problems of this city you need more than lip service. You need experience. Many of Kalb’s appointments and proposals are DOA simply because he has failed to research, plan and advertise prior to enactment.

Hopefully the city will survive the ineptness vomited out of this city hall. Hopefully in the future we can elect some honest blood in Portsmouth, Ohio.

posted by tkm


Filed under: EMINENT DOMAIN,Jim Kalb,Uncategorized — tkm October 24, 2005 @ 22:0 pm

To the citizens of Portsmouth, Ohio:

If you want to know how little regard your Mayor, Mr. Kalb, has for you and the LAWS of this city, then please read this.

On 10-10-05 City Council had to vote on the very controversial right of Eminent Domain. The council voted not to use Eminent Domain by a vote of 5 to 0 with Mr. Loper not voting as he was absent.

Then on 10-14-05 our Mayor went ahead and used it to close the deal for developer Neal Hatcher. They transferred the property at 1111 3rd St. to the City and then to Mr. Hatcher. This is the path of Eminent Domain. They violated the City Charter in doing so. They are telling us the law is only there to keep us little people under control.

If Mr. Rau and Mr. Hatcher have reached an agreement and want to deal that is a private matter. Our Mayor should not be involved. This behavior will only get worse if they get away with it. If we don’t clean up our government then why bother with cruisefest.

James K. Wilson, Chairman
Citizens for Responsible Government


Filed under: ELECTION,Jim Kalb,Uncategorized — tkm October 1, 2005 @ 10:0 am



NOVEMBER 8, 2005  


Supported Collection of TAXES without a DEBT
Supported 1st Marting SHAM Purchase
Signed 2nd MARTING SHAM Agreement
Inaction Involving RAW SEWAGE in Taxpayers basements
Supports EMINENT DOMAIN to violate property owners rights
Supported a TRASH COLLECTION SYSTEM that is inadequate
Supports RAISING TAXES without a PLAN
Accepted City Clerk’s unlawful actions with 1996 recall petitions
Voted COUNCILMEMBERS Medical insurance–Action proven UNLAWFUL

Supported Collection of TAXES without a DEBTSupported 1st Marting SHAM PurchaseSigned 2nd MARTING SHAM AgreementInaction Involving RAW SEWAGE in Taxpayers basementsSupports EMINENT DOMAIN to violate property owners rightsSupported a TRASH COLLECTION SYSTEM that is inadequateSupports RAISING TAXES without a PLANAccepted City Clerk’s unlawful actions with 1996 recall petitionsVoted COUNCILMEMBERS Medical insurance–Action proven UNLAWFULCLICK: VOTE TRENT WILLIAMS

(posted by tkm)