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Residents want more notice, better access to information on local government meetings 

Residents want more notice, better access to information on local government meetings  by Doug Breehl-Pitorak and Rachel Dissell    In June, Cleveland City Council passed a law that allowed it — and other city boards and committees — to meet virtually or in person with 12 hours’ notice for members of the public who might want … Continue reading

The Pace of Passage: How Quickly City Council Makes Laws and What That Means for Clevelanders 

The Pace of Passage: How Quickly City Council Makes Laws and What That Means for Clevelanders  by Doug Breehl-Pitorak,  Cleveland Documenters (Plain Press, October 2021)   During a July forum for mayoral candidates, Cleveland City Council President Kevin Kelley answered what seemed like a simple question: “What are your thoughts on what constitutes adequate public notice and … Continue reading

Council members balk at $20M ‘blank check’ for citywide broadband pilot

Council members balk at $20M ‘blank check’ for citywide broadband pilot by Lee Chilcote (Plain Press, October 2021)   A proposal to allocate $20 million to help bridge the digital divide in Cleveland by creating citywide broadband met with some opposition at Monday’s city council meeting, with some members asking why there wasn’t more community involvement or a concrete plan … Continue reading

Utilities for All holds vigil at City Hall to remember those who died due to utility shutoffs

Utilities for All holds vigil at City Hall to remember those who died due to utility shutoffs by Bruce Checefsky (Plain Press, October 2021)           Seven deaths from hypothermia were reported during a single month earlier this year after utility companies shut heat off in the middle of the winter to customers unable to pay their bills. … Continue reading

General Election– What’s on the Ballot?

General Election– What’s on the Ballot?    In the General Election set for November 2nd, Cleveland registered voters will have the opportunity to weigh in on who they would like to see as their next mayor, either Justin Bibb or Kevin Kelley.     Early voting begins on October 5th. Information about hours for early voting and how … Continue reading

Advocates for free eviction help urge increased commitment by the City of Cleveland to fully funding the program

Advocates for free eviction help urge increased commitment by the City of Cleveland to fully funding the program by Chuck Hoven      United Way of Greater Cleveland, the Cleveland Legal Aid Society and CHN Housing Partners have teamed up in a public private partnership with the City of Cleveland to offer free help to qualified Clevelanders … Continue reading

Activists sleep out at City Hall to draw attention to the urgent need to address lead poisoning

Activists sleep out at City Hall to draw attention to the urgent need to address lead poisoning by Bruce Checefsky      Childhood lead poisoning has increased dramatically since COVID-19. Day care closures and stay-at-home orders have confined young children to their homes, increasing the likelihood of exposure to the toxic metal. Many medical centers where testing … Continue reading

City of Cleveland Primary Election is set for September 14, 2021

City of Cleveland Primary Election is set for September 14, 2021 (Plain Press, September 2021)           The date for the Primary Election in the City of Cleveland is set for September 14, 2021.  Cleveland registered voters will be able to vote for their choice of mayoral candidates and city council candidates with primary races. Ballots are available in … Continue reading

Participatory Budgeting Cleveland (PB CLE) to launch budget recommendations

Participatory Budgeting Cleveland (PB CLE) to launch budget recommendations by Bruce Checefsky (Plain Press, August 2021)     Town meetings were first established in the earliest New England settlements as a form of direct democracy in which most or all members of a community come together to discuss policies, laws, and budgets for their community. The first town meeting was … Continue reading

City of Cleveland is quietly blocking citizen planning efforts for safer, bike-friendly streets

City of Cleveland is quietly blocking citizen planning efforts for safer, bike-friendly streets by Lee Chilcote (Plain Press, August 2021)     For more than a decade, community developers on Cleveland’s near west side have been working to create a new, improved streetscape on Lorain Avenue between West 25th and West 65th Street. It was always about more than potholes and … Continue reading

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