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State enacts emergency expansion of low-income utility assistance program

(Plain Press, September 2022)           The Public Utilities Commission of Ohio (PUCO) on Wednesday July 20th took emergency action to broaden eligibility for a state assistance program in the face of rising natural gas prices.      Hours later, the Ohio Department of Development did the same for low-income electric customers following an executive order inked by Gov. Mike DeWine.      Both … Continue reading

Summer Resource Fair at Market Square Park

Homeowner’s bills higher in Cleveland than in Mentor

To the Editor: (Plain Press, February 2022) I would like to comment on your article in the December 2021 Plain Press on property taxes. I grew up in Mentor and own the home I grew up in, and currently rent it out. The property taxes for that house are much lower than the Cleveland house I currently live … Continue reading

Coalition of community groups rally to “Stop Evictions Now!”

Coalition of community groups rally to “Stop Evictions Now!” by Chuck Hoven (Plain Press, November 2021)                 A coalition of groups of community activists from throughout Northeast Ohio converged on Public Square on October 20th for a “Stop Evictions Now!” rally as part of a coordinated national effort to speed the distribution of already allocated federal dollars designed … Continue reading

Utilities for All sends correction to Plain Press article and additional information on vigil at City Hall

Utilities for All sends correction to Plain Press article and additional information on vigil at City Hall To the editor: (Plain Press, November 2021)                 Utilities for All (UFA) is in appreciation for the Plain Press reporting on the UFA V]igil at City Hall to remember residents who died due to utility shutoffs in the October issue.  We … 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

Cleveland City Council issues statement about group attacking Cleveland Public Power

(Plain Press, January 2021)    On Christmas Eve 2020, Cleveland City Council released the following statement about Consumers Against Deceptive Fees, a group that did a number of mailings to Cleveland residents this past year:      Recent tax filings from the dark money group Partners for Progress clearly establish that dark money interests that funded the HB 6 … Continue reading

FirstEnergy statements could support broad scope for PUCO-ordered audit

FirstEnergy statements could support broad scope for PUCO-ordered audit Evasive legal responses don’t say what happened after funds from ratepayers went into a money pool. by Kathiann M. Kowalski This article provided by Eye on Ohio, the nonprofit, nonpartisan Ohio Center for Journalism in partnership with the nonprofit Energy News Network. Please join our free mailing list or the … Continue reading

FirstEnergy fights against disclosing more details about alleged HB 6 bribery cases

FirstEnergy fights against disclosing more details about alleged HB 6 bribery cases Case filings and delay of possible nuclear bailout combine to block Ohioans from learning more before voting. This article provided by Eye on Ohio, the nonprofit, nonpartisan Ohio Center for Journalism in partnership with the nonprofit Energy News Network. Please join our free mailing list or the … Continue reading

Ohio regulators decline to force FirstEnergy to hire an independent auditor

The order agrees that spending should be open to review but first requires the company to review itself. Ohio regulators decline to force FirstEnergy to hire an independent auditor The order agrees that spending should be open to review but first requires the company to review itself. by Kathiann M. Kowalski    This article provided by Eye … Continue reading

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