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Justin Bibb vows to modernize City Hall

Justin Bibb vows to modernize City Hall by Bruce Checefsky (Plain Press, October 2021)   For Cleveland mayoral candidate Justin Bibb, leadership is all about relationships. The 34-year-old son of a social worker and first responder advanced from the primary to the general election November 2 along with City Council president Kevin Kelley in the first mayoral … 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

Council of Cleveland Neighborhoods hosts mayoral candidates’ forum at Edgewater Park’s pavilion

Council of Cleveland Neighborhoods hosts mayoral candidates’ forum at Edgewater Park’s pavilion by Bruce Checefsky           The Council of Cleveland Neighborhoods (CCN) sponsored a Candidates’ Forum with mayoral prospects Ross DiBello, Basheer Jones, Kevin Kelley, Dennis Kucinich and Zack Reed on Tuesday, July 27, at the West Pavilion on the upper level of Edgewater Park. CCN … Continue reading

Mayoral candidates share thoughts on tackling poverty in Cleveland

Mayoral candidates share thoughts on tackling poverty in Cleveland      The End Poverty Now Coalition, a coalition of 26 community groups working to address issues of poverty in Cleveland, hosted a Mayoral Forum via Zoom on August 25th.      Organize Ohio Executive Director Larry Bresler said the End Poverty Now Coalition was formed in 2015-16 when local … 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

Plain Dealer/Cleveland.com act as stooges for Haslams and their lakefront scheme

Plain Dealer/Cleveland.com act as stooges for Haslams and their lakefront scheme by Roldo Bartimole (Plain Press, September 2021)        Aren’t you just thrilled that the Plain Dealer/Cleveland.com, as they like to say, will look at St. Louis and Cincinnati to see what WE might do with the lakefront dream offered by Jimmy Haslam, a guy noted for running … 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

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