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Cleveland Documenters examine opportunities for members of the public to speak at Cleveland City Council meetings

Cleveland Documenters examine opportunities for members of the public to speak at Cleveland City Council meetings by Doug Breehl-Pitorak (Plain Press, April 2021)         The lack of a public comment period – a space for residents to speak – at Cleveland City Council meetings is once again on the civic radar. A group called Clevelanders for City … Continue reading

Dennis Kucinich considers Cleveland mayor’s race

Dennis Kucinich considers Cleveland mayor’s race by Bruce Checefsky (Plain Press, April 2021)      Dennis Kucinich hasn’t officially announced his candidacy for mayor, at least not yet, but he did file paperwork with the Cuyahoga County Board of Elections this past December to form the “Re-elect Mayor Kucinich” campaign fundraising committee. He previously served as Mayor of Cleveland from … Continue reading

Justin Bibb launches his mayoral campaign

Justin Bibb launches his mayoral campaign by Bruce Checefsky                                                                                      (Plain Press, April 2021)      Justin Bibb launched his 2021 Cleveland Mayoral campaign in mid-January. Since then, he’s been busy working the social media platforms of Facebook, Instagram and Twitter, and participating in live streaming programs including The City Club of Cleveland Forum on Politics and Public Policy, as … Continue reading

Cleveland City Council President Kevin Kelley considers running for mayor

Cleveland City Council President Kevin Kelley considers running for mayor by Bruce Checefsky        (Plain Press, April 2021)      Cleveland City Council President Kevin Kelley is near the end of his two-month Neighborhood Listening Tour across the City of Cleveland. The tour, which began in February as a way to learn firsthand from community members about their immediate … Continue reading

Next Cleveland Consent Decree Community Conversation: 6:00 pm, April 14

Next Cleveland Consent Decree Community Conversation: 6:00 pm, April 14 By Rich Weiss, Neighborhood & Community Media Association of Greater Cleveland (Plain Press, April 2021) Have you ever wondered: “How is the dedication to community engagement reflected in the Cleveland Police Department’s current budget?” Do you have a handle on: “What is the CPRB (Civilian Police … Continue reading

What can Cleveland do to be a more welcoming city to low-income families with children?

What can Cleveland do to be a more welcoming city to low-income families with children? by Chuck Hoven (Plain Press, April 2021)         Cleveland has an opportunity to create a more just society within our borders. A unique time has come when we, with proper planning, can take advantage of federal dollars and address the needs of … Continue reading

Forum examines protections for tenants

Forum examines protections for tenants by Jack Barnes On March 17th Organize! Ohio hosted a zoom forum event called “Expanding Tenant Protections: Pay to Stay and Source of Income” as part of the Ohio Fair Lending & Vital Communities Brown Bag Forum series. Moderated by Cuyahoga Affordable Housing Alliance (CAHA) Chair Phil Star, meeting attendees heard from … 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

“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

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

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