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Cleveland Community Police Commission works to reform Cleveland Division of Police

by Chuck Hoven (Plain Press, October 2020)           Of late, much public discussion centers around the need for police reform. Here in Cleveland that effort is already underway. The Cleveland Community Police Commission has been working on reforming the Cleveland Police Department since 2015.    At its quarterly meeting held virtually on September 24th, the Cleveland Community Police … Continue reading

November 3, 2020 General Election

What’s on the Ballot? (Plain Press, October 2020)           Registered voters can check to see what is on the ballot by visiting the Cuyahoga County Board of Elections website at: boe.cuyahogacounty.gov and clicking on “What’s on my ballot?”. Fill in the information requested – election date, City, ward and precinct and nonpartisan election. If you don’t know … Continue reading

Ward 15 Councilman Matt Zone announces plans to resign from Cleveland City Council to take helm at Thriving Communities Institute

Ward 15 Councilman Matt Zone announces plans to resign from Cleveland City Council to take helm at Thriving Communities Institute To the Editor: (Plain Press, October 2020)           After 19 years on council, I will transition off by mid-November. This was a difficult decision to make; I love serving this community and particularly, the passionate members who … Continue reading

Empowering Youth, Exploring Justice (EYEJ) works to close the digital divide

Empowering Youth, Exploring Justice (EYEJ) works to close the digital divide by Colin Murnan (Plain Press, September 2020)       The EYEJ (Empowering Youth, Exploring Justice) is hard at work trying to close the digital divide in Cleveland. Founded in 2013, the organization works to give voice to the youth and promote change for the greater good … Continue reading

Cleveland Tax Abatement Study recommendations stir policy debate

Cleveland Tax Abatement Study recommendations stir policy debate by Bruce Checefsky                                                                               (Plain Press, September 2020)       Michael H. Norton, Chief Policy Analyst at Reinvestment Fund, summarized the 109-page Cleveland Tax Abatement Study at the Committee of the Whole Council Meeting streamed live on July 29 on YouTube. He concluded the presentation with six broad recommendations: Cleveland should … Continue reading

Cleveland City Council has a chance to do the right thing as it reviews tax abatement policy

Cleveland City Council has a chance to do the right thing as it reviews tax abatement policy by Chuck Hoven (Plain Press, August 2020)            Cleveland City Council announced in a July 23rd press release that it plans to hear a presentation from the Department of Community Development on a tax abatement study at its … Continue reading

Clevelanders for Public Transit Rally

Cleveland City Council declares racism a public health crisis

CITY COUNCIL POLICIES CONTRIBUTE TO CLEVELAND’S HIGH CHILDHOOD POVERTY RATE Cleveland City Council declares racism a public health crisis CITY COUNCIL POLICIES CONTRIBUTE TO CLEVELAND’S HIGH CHILDHOOD POVERTY RATE by Chuck Hoven (Plain Press, July 2020)    At its June 3rd meeting, Cleveland City Council declared racism is a public health crisis. The legislation was unanimously passed by … Continue reading

Minneapolis video inspires Black Lives Matter Cleveland protest at the Second Police District

Minneapolis video inspires Black Lives Matter Cleveland protest at the Second Police District by Chuck Hoven (Plain Press, July 2020)    Seeing four police officers roughly treating a black man on the evening of May 25, 2020, Minneapolis teenager Darnella Frazier had the presence of mind to stop and record an iphone video of what she saw. … Continue reading

Press conference announcing Fathers for Freedom March

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