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Cleveland City Council’s three women share their reflections on politics and public policy

by Jack Barnes Plain Press, March 2021      On January 26th the Cuyahoga Democratic Women’s Caucus organized a “Conversation with Cleveland City Councilwomen” via Zoom hosted by its Chair, Cynthia Demsey. The hour-long event featured all three of the women on the 17-person Cleveland City Council reflecting on their paths to public service; on being women in … Continue reading

City Council Health and Human Services Committee seeks information about the status of City of Cleveland’s COVID-19 vaccine distribution

City Council Health and Human Services Committee seeks information about the status of City of Cleveland’s COVID-19 vaccine distribution by Bruce Checefsky Plain Press, March 2021  The City of Cleveland COVID-19 vaccine program has been anything but easy. A shortage of vaccine supplies on the federal level has hampered the distribution process coupled with miscommunication on … Continue reading

COPING WITH COVID-19: 

Isolation, lack of technology concerns for seniors during pandemic by Brie Zeltner (Plain Press, February 2021) Angela Smith can’t access her email– she has no computer, no tablet, no high-cost data plan, and the library’s closed. Smith, 48, is taking care of her 74-year-old mother, Minnie, in the Cedar Extension High-Rise senior apartments on East 30th … Continue reading

CareSource invests $5 million in fund to make Cleveland homes lead safe

(Plain Press, February 2021) CareSource, the state’s largest Medicaid managed care organization, will invest $5 million to help Cleveland families and property owners protect children from lead hazards in their homes.  The commitment, which the Dayton-based nonprofit called “unprecedented,” recognizes the profound effect that housing has on health, CareSource officials said. Exposure to the brain-damaging environmental … Continue reading

Precinct Committee members select Martin Sweeney to represent District Three in Cuyahoga County Council

(Plain Press, February 2021) At a January 14th virtual Candidate Forum, three candidates –Brendan Heil, Ryan Ross, and Martin Sweeney — vied to be the representative for Cuyahoga Council District 3 for the remainder of the term of retiring County Council member Dan Brady. The term expires in 2022. The candidates were not seeking a vote of … Continue reading

Industry changes over time, some still survives on Madison Avenue

by Alana Whelan (Plain Press, February 2021)             Madison Avenue has largely been a hub for industry and residential housing, both dating back to the 1890s, when the National Carbon Co. office was built at W. 117th Street.     Madison Avenue stretches all the way from W. 58th Street in Cleveland, into Lakewood, and ends perpendicular with Rocky … Continue reading

“Defund the Police” Is A Misleading, Irresponsible Slogan

To the Editor: (Plain Press, February 2021) As Cleveland, Ohio embarks on a new election season, I’m concerned about the growing narrative pitting communities of color against police officers.  I support the principles embodied in most versions of Defund the Police legislation.  But citizens rarely hear these principles. Instead, we repeatedly hear the misleading and irresponsible Defund the … Continue reading

Reader seeks answers about purpose of surveillance camera

To the editor: Dear Members of the Cleveland City Council Safety Committee, (Plain Press, February 2021) My name is Paula Miller and I live on the near west side of Cleveland near Fulton and Lorain. I noticed there is a surveillance camera located in the parking lot of McCafferty Health Clinic on Lorain Avenue.  The camera … Continue reading

Unofficial Public Comments site seeks to bring public comment period to Cleveland City Council meetings

(Plain Press, February 2021)  A new online page called “Unofficial Public Comments at Cleveland City Council” started by Cleveland residents with the help of a group called “Our Revolution” hopes to convince Cleveland City Council to create a public comment period at their future City Council Meetings. The page can be found on Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/unofficialpubliccomments.  The page … Continue reading

Cleveland City Council Health and Services Committee to meet weekly and welcomes public comments and questions

(Plain Press, February 2021)  Cleveland City Council will begin to hold weekly hearings to update the community on COVID-19, the vaccine rollout and other issues affecting residents, Councilman Kerry McCormack, chair of the committee announced in the following statement released by Cleveland City Council on January 21st.    New information about COVID-19 and the vaccine rollout is … Continue reading

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