April 29th, 2010 By | News | Posted In: City Council, Public Transit, Ethics, Urban Planning

Jeffre Files Ethics Complaint


That didn’t take long.

Less than 48 hours after it was revealed that the Ohio Ethics Commission issued an advisory opinion last year stating Cincinnati City Councilman Chris Bortz shouldn’t take part in decisions about a proposed streetcar project, a formal complaint has been filed with the commission.

Justin Jeffre, a local progressive activist and ex-performer with the Pop band 98 Degrees, filed the complaint today.

“Councilman Bortz has ignored the Ethics Commission’s advice and voted on funding matters connected to the $128 million project during the past year,” Jeffre wrote. “According to media reports, aside from the properties his family’s business owns and manages along the proposed route, Councilman Bortz also holds a 4 percent stake in Jeff Ruby’s Steakhouse — which is also on the proposed route.

“Given these facts, and as stated above, I hereby offer this letter as a formal complaint, and I hereby request formally an ethics investigation into this matter."

The Ethics Commission’s advisory opinions — like the one issued to Bortz in June 2009 based upon his request — aren’t binding. The commission will start an investigation and issue a formal ruling only if someone files a complaint.

Citing advice given to him by the city solicitor and private attorneys, Bortz has continued to be involved in streetcar decision-making that comes before City Council.

Bortz works for his father’s firm, Towne Properties, which develops and manages several residential and commercial real estate projects citywide, including apartments and condominiums within a few blocks of the tentative streetcar route.

Streetcar supporters, including Bortz, have touted the project’s economic spinoff effect, alleging it can spark redevelopment and increase property values within a three-block radius.

Bortz’ involvement with streetcar decisions has been criticized by project opponents including local NAACP President Christopher Smitherman and ex-Congressman Tom Luken.

Jeffre is a member of the local NAACP chapter.

04.29.2010 at 04:30 Reply
progressive activist? Jeffre is a hard core left wing loon with an irrational hatred of wealth.


04.29.2010 at 08:28 Reply
Activist? Justin Jeffre is a leftist guerrilla & race baiter. Progressive he's not. He's one of those wealth distributors, but you can't touch his cash from back in his Milli-Vanilli phoney baloney days. Poochy Jeffre will get a tune change when Mallory gives the concrete contract to Smitherman's brother. I look for Jeffre's ethics complaint to get flushed down the drain. Bortz'll lawyer up, end of story. Jeffre needs to get a job or into some constructive learning, too much idle time on his hands. A sock puppet for the NAACP.


04.30.2010 at 08:10 Reply
As usually Mrs. cop Fannie does not know what the Hell she is tking about!


04.30.2010 at 10:28 Reply
FBK: Frankie, is that you? The mama of the bank robber? Whattya got about 18 more years? FYI, I have no idea who Mrs. cop is anyway. Move on Frankie, you're finished.