“Shaker Square: It’s past, present and future” Moderated by Steven Litt, Plain Dealer July 25, 2017

“Shaker Square: Its past, present and future”

Tuesday July 25, 2017 7:00-8:30p.m.
Moderated by Steven Litt, Plain Dealer
Cost: Free & Open to the Public
Shaker Public Library Main Branch, 16500 Van Aken Blvd 44120

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Brandon E. Chrostowski, Founder, Edwins Leadership & Restaurant Inst.
Peter Rubin, President, The Coral Company
Edward W. Rybka, Chief of Regional Development, City of Cleveland
Captain John Sotomayor, Cleveland Police Fourth District

Positive excitement is building around the possibilities for Shaker Square. This panel will focus on Shaker Square’s past, present and future; retail, housing and security. Join us for an interesting discussion about this significant neighborhood for both Cleveland and Shaker Heights.


Steven Litt (photo by Lizzie Litt)

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Tuesday July 25, 2017 7:00-8:30 p.m.
“Shaker Square: Its past, present and future”
Moderated by Steven Litt, Plain Dealer
Cost: Free & Open to the Public
Shaker Public Library Main Branch, 16500 Van Aken Blvd 44120

Tuesday August 22, 2017 7:00-8:30 p.m.
“The Ohio Board of Education aka the State School board”
How can they help us. How can we help them
w/Board of Education member Meryl Johnson, Peggy Lehner, Ohio Senator (R-6) Chair, Senate Standing Committee on Education, Former BOE member Mary Rose Oakar
Free and Open to the Public
Shaker Main Library 16500 Van Aken Blvd 44120

Tuesday August 29, 2017
“The Election for Mayor; a discussion about the future of Cleveland”
Moderated by Leila Atassi, Reporter, Cleveland.com
CWRU Tinkam Veale Student Center, CWRU Campus
11038 Bellflower Rd, Cleveland, OH 44106
7-8:30pm Free and Open to the Public

Wednesday August 30, 2017
Cleveland Mayoral Candidate Forum
moderated by Janice Patterson, League of Women Voters
Cleveland Public Library Main Branch
6:30-8:00pm (not final)

Tuesday September 19, 2017
“Ohio Drug Price Relief Act” ballot issue. A look at both sides
Moderated by Jeremy Pelzer, Cleveland.com
Bay Village Branch, Cuy Cty Library System
502 Calhoun Rd. 44140
7-8:30 p.m. Free & Open to the Public

Wednesday September 27, 2017
“Race and infant mortality in Northeast Ohio: why are black babies dying more and what can be done”
moderated by: Brie Zeltner, The Plain Dealer
Heights Library Main Branch
2345 Lee Road 44118
7-8:30 p.m. Free & Open to the Public

Tuesday October 17, 2017
“Home Rule for NE Ohio Communities. Should it be stronger or weaker?”
moderated by Tom Beres/WKYC-TV emeritus
Lakewood Public Library, 15425 Detroit Avenue, Lakewood, OH
6:30-8:00 p.m. Free & Open to the Public

Thursday November 16, 2017
“A look at the political crystal ball for 2018”
moderated by Andrew Tobias, Cleveland.com
Parma Snow Branch, Cuyahoga County Public Library 2121 Snow Road, Parma 44134
7-8:30 p.m. Free & Open to the Public

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“Shaker Square: It’s past, present and future” Moderated by Steven Litt


The history of Cleveland Day

Meet William Stinchcomb, the visionary behind creating the Cleveland Metroparks-Video (7/20/2017) Cleveland.com

The unforgettable Judge Jean Murrell Capers: editorial (7/20/2017) Cleveland.com

How the Cleveland Clinic grows healthier while its neighbors stay sick (7/17/2017) Politico

Report urges overhaul of troubled (PA) State System universities (7/13/2017) Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Carl Stokes-Promises Now Sadly Faded (July 10, 2017) Roldo Bartimole

Pittsburgh’s Latino community is small, diverse, growing — and anxious. (7/10/2017) Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Record Rendezvous: Cleveland cradle of rock ‘n’ roll sits empty, awaits new life (7/9/2017) Cleveland.com

John Spenzer, Cleveland’s first forensic scientist, loomed large 100 years ago (7/9/2017) Cleveland.com

There’s work to do to streamline Ohio Constitution (7/9/2017) Columbus Dispatch

How these wealthy Cleveland-area families acquired their fortunes (7/6/2017) Cleveland.com

The Time Cleveland Released 1.5 Million Balloons to Disastrous Effects (7/3/2017) Cleveland Scene

In Cleveland, climate change isn’t about rising seas. It’s about jobs and health (6/29/2017) PRI

Many small colleges face big enrollment drops. Here’s one survival strategy in Ohio (6/29/2017) Washington Post

2018 Ohio gubernatorial scramble revs up after next week’s budget signing: Thomas Suddes (6/24/2017) Cleveland.com

How to Combat Food Insecurity in Ohio-Video (6/23/2107) City Club

Results from Irish Town Bend forum and link to proposal (6/22/2017) Plain Dealer

One Ohio Town’s Immigration Clash, Down in the Actual Muck (6/18/2017) New York Times

Dan Egan, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reporter and author of The Death and Life of the Great Lakes, delivers the annual State of the Great Lakes address. (6/9/2017) City Club of Cleveland

Cleveland’s maritime muscle: Vintage photos of the city’s docks and port (6/6/2017) Cleveland.com


What’s the future of Shaker Square? Free forum Tuesday at Shaker Library will tackle the question (7/23/2017) Plain Dealer

Softening vehicle sales, rising automation halt growth in Ohio’s auto jobs (7/23/2017) Columbus Dispatch

Property tax deal proposed for NuCLEus project (7/22/2017) Fox8

10-year committee to streamline Ohio constitution ends work 4 years early; critics say there’s little to show (7/21/2017) Cleveland.com

Vacant Randall Park Mall to be transformed into Amazon Fulfillment Center (7/20/2017) Fox8

Northeast Ohio home sales post slim June gains; prices keep on climbing (7/20/2017) Plain Dealer

Cuyahoga County to hire consultant to help determine future of Justice Center (7/19/2017) Cleveland.com

Why are so many running for Cleveland City Council and can any challengers win? (7/18/2017) Cleveland.com

Easing of Ohio high school graduation rules is now law – but questions remain (7/18/2017) Plain Dealer

How urban agriculture swept through Greater Cleveland (7/17/2017) Cleveland.com

How Cleveland is digging deep to block billions of gallons of sewage from Lake Erie (7/16/2017) Plain Dealer

Lake Erie water quality has improved, but much more can be done, experts say (7/15/2017) Lorain Morning Journal

Cleveland school board will consider unusual property-tax deal for nuCLEus project (7/14/2017) Cleveland.com

Third-largest harmful algal bloom could potentially grow in Lake Erie this summer, forecasters say (7/13/2017) Cleveland.com

What you need to know about Ohio’s new graduation changes (7/12/2017) Dayton Daily News

Groups opposed to Quicken Loans Arena deal allowed into court challenge, Ohio Supreme Court says (7/12/2017) Cleveland.com

House budgeters defy Trump by allotting $300 million for Great Lakes cleanup (7/11/2017) Cleveland.com

South Euclid talking with other cities about forming regional building department (7/11/2017) Cleveland.com

ODOT says Opportunity Corridor boulevard construction is delayed beyond 2020 by lawsuit fallout (7/10/2017) Plain Dealer

Where Ohio ranks for taxes, and other trends identified in new study (7/10/2017) Cleveland.com

How Trump, Russia and purging voters is shaping the race for Ohio’s next elections chief (7/9/2017) Akron Beacon Journal

Kasich ok’s consolidating Lake Erie algae efforts (7/8/2017) AP/WBNS-10TV

Faith organizations breaking away from Quicken Loans Arena deal opponents (7/7/2017) Crain’s Cleveland Business

Governor at odds with lawmakers over Ohio teacher certification program (7/7/2017) News5

Gov. John Kasich’s Medicaid freeze veto survives House session, 11 other vetoes overturned (7/6/2017) Cleveland.com

Ohio bill gives state EPA more teeth in regulating landfills, Lake Erie dredging (7/6/2017) Cleveland.com

Ohio House passes bill to decriminalize concealed handguns in schools, other gun-free zones (7/6/2017) Cleveland.com

Toxic algae season arrives in Lake Erie; first bloom of 2017 reported (7/5/2017) Buffalo News

A Look at How Ohio’s 2018 Statewide Elections Are Shaping Up (7/4/2017) US News & World Report

Cleveland to roll out Opportunity Corridor plans showing how neighborhoods could benefit (7/2/2017) Plain Dealer

How can cities keep sewage out of Great Lakes? Dig. (7/2/2017) WRVO

The General Assembly flubs Ohio budget tests on Medicaid, wind energy: Thomas Suddes (7/1/2017) Cleveland.com

How the new Ohio state budget will impact you (7/1/2017) Dayton Daily News

Ohio Gov. John Kasich vetoes Medicaid freeze, signs state budget bill (6/30/2017) Cleveland.com

Eight Cleveland Mayoral Challengers Filed Nominating Petitions by Yesterday’s Deadline (6/29/2017) Cleveland Scene

Every Cleveland City Council member could face a challenge for re-election (6/29/2017) Cleveland.com

Westlake Finance Director claims victory in Cleveland Water Department lawsuit (6/29/2017) Cleveland.com

Natural Gas Jobs Could Continue Climbing in Ohio, West Virginia Report Says Nearly 2 Million Jobs Expected by 2040 (6/28/2017) Wheeling News-Register

Invasive Asian carp (the kind that jump) found beyond barrier to Great Lakes (6/23/2017) Cleveland.com

K&D Group closes financing package for Halle Building’s redo (6/23/2017) Crain’s Cleveland Business

Senate GOP health care plan guts Ohio Medicaid expansion (6/22/2017) Canton Repository

Energy Transfer Partners Ltd is struggling with its $4.2 billion pipeline in Ohio (6/22/2017) Crain’s Cleveland Business

Great Lakes aren’t doing so great, says new government study (6/20/2017) Cleveland.com

High school graduation requirements would be eased under Senate proposal (6/20/2017) Plain Dealer

Cleveland State University President Ronald Berkman to retire in 2018 (6/20/2017) Cleveland.com

All Cleveland City Council elections shaping up as contested races, with several primary contests possible (6/19/2017) Cleveland.com

Northeast Ohio air getting better, but don’t breathe easy just yet (6/19/2017) Plain Dealer

How do you retrofit an old industrial waterfront? Cleveland is finding out (6/16/2017) KUAR

Small Business Tax Cut Getting Much Attention As Shortfall Approaches A Billion Dollars (6/16/2017) Ohio Statehouse News

Cleveland Indians & MLB fail in efforts to dismiss lawsuit in Canada involving use of Chief Wahoo logo “as racist” (6/15/2017) Cincinnati.com

Cleveland banks raise prime lending rates to 4% to 4.25% range following Fed’s interest rate hike (6/15/2017) Crain’s Cleveland Business

Cleveland Clinic joint venture to offer individual insurance in five Northeast Ohio counties (6/15/2017) Plain Dealer

Cleveland police reform struggles to keep pace after two years (6/13/2017) Cleveland.com

Cleveland places 50% more kids in strong preschools, but falls short of goals (6/12/2017) Plain Dealer

State superintendent proposes cuts in Ohio’s state tests (6/12/2017) Plain Dealer

Cleveland and other cities have too many stores, and they’re still building (6/12/2017) Crain’s Cleveland Business

How NW Ohio farmers are trying to shrink Lake Erie toxic algal blooms  (6/11/2017) Plain Dealer

Playhouse Square plans 34-story apartment tower in downtown Cleveland’s theater district (6/9/2017) Plain Dealer

General Electric planning to sell GE Lighting, no immediate plans for Nela Park known (6/8/2017) Plain Dealer

Lots of legal arguments over Q arena deal, but no slam-dunk answers (6/7/2017) Cleveland.com

What you need to know about the Cleveland-Cuyahoga County jail agreement (6/6/2017) Cleveland.com

Major insurer Anthem to withdraw from Ohio health care exchange (6/6/2017) Cincinnati.com

Cleveland to take Q referendum issue to Ohio Supreme Court (6/5/2017) Cleveland.com

How Cleveland’s vacant homes, violent crimes and lead poisoning are linked: CWRU report (6/5/2017) Plain Dealer

Congressional Redistricting Reform On The Way In Ohio? (6/4/2017) WVXU

Campaign over Ohio ballot issue to cap drug prices heats up (6/3/2017) Associated Press

Effort to change how Ohio draws districts for Congress underway (6/1/2017) Dayton Daily News

Quicken Loans Arena transformation bonds delayed by petition fight (6/1/2017) Cleveland.com

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Jean Murrell Capers (1913-2017)

1948 photo (CSU)

Jean Murrell Capers by Marian Morton

Jean Murrell Capers (1913-2017) met head-on the challenges of being both female and black by maintaining her outspoken political independence. The daughter of teachers, she went to Western Reserve University on a scholarship, one of the university’s few black students at the time. She earned a degree in education and taught briefly before getting her law degree from Cleveland Law School.  She passed the Ohio Bar in 1945 and was appointed assistant police prosecutor by Mayor Thomas A. Burke in 1946. “[A]nother first for Negro women,” the Cleveland Call and Post announced proudly. [16]The newspaper later applauded Capers as the one of several “lady lawyers [who] bring beauty [and] brains” to the local legal community.  An accompanying photo shows a stylish Capers, smiling mischievously. [17]

Capers made her first foray into partisan politics in 1943, staging an unsuccessful write-in campaign for City Council. She also ran unsuccessfully for Council in 1945 and 1947. Like Cermak, she early gained the support of organized women’s groups, and in 1949, she got one of her few political endorsements from the Glenara Temple of Elks, of which she was a member. “[I]t is high time that Negro womanhood took its place in the sun of city politics,” said Republican leader and temple member, Lethia C. Fleming. [18]  In 1949, on her fourth try, Capers became the first black woman to be elected to City Council and the first Democrat to be elected from what had historically been a Republican ward.

Her four subsequent elections to Council reflected her ability to organize her ward and get out her supporters, doubtless impressed by her education, her political skills, and her glamorous appearance. Capers fought for a swimming pool for her ward’s children and offered a prize for the neighborhood’s cleanest yard.

But she also sparked plenty of controversy and made plenty of enemies.  She joined forces with Council member Charles V. Carr in an unsuccessful effort to make the possession (as opposed to the sale) of policy slips legal despite police efforts to crack down on the numbers racket. [19] And despite the opposition from local pastors, she got a license for a local bingo parlor. She criticized Cleveland’s ambitious slum clearance program: “In every instance since urban renewal began, the city has created more problems than it has cured.  This is reflected in increased crime and lower sanitation standards.”[20]   (Its critics often referred to urban renewal as “Negro removal.”)

Her opponents alleged that she had ties to rackets figures and pointed to her poor attendance record at Council meetings.  There were also allegations of voter fraud in her ward in 1952 and 1953.  In 1956, she was the only black member of Council to oppose the fluoridation of city water, further estranging her from the Democratic majority. [21]

Even though it had earlier praised her, Capers’ most outspoken critic became the Cleveland Call and Post, the city’s African-American and Republican newspaper, which accused her of being a lazy Councilman and a “wholly irresponsible person.” [22] She was a “vicious, skilled campaigner,” the paper claimed, whose sex “protected her from retaliation in kind.”[23]  Her sex did not protect her from savage attacks by the paper –  for example, for her opposition to the appointment of Charles P. Lucas, a black, to the Cleveland Transit Board in 1958: “the odor of selfish irresponsibility and putrid demagoguery … marked the conduct of Mrs. Jean Murrell Capers,” the paper spluttered. [24]  Everyone wanted her out of office except her constituents.

By 1959, however, although she was chairman of Council’s powerful planning committee, Capers had lost her Council seat to James H. Bell, the candidate endorsed by local Democrats.  Bell “ has retired, at least temporarily, one of Cleveland’s most colorful and successful political demagogues …. [who] was possessed of a vibrant sort of feminine attractiveness, an excellent family background, and a razor sharp mind, ” wrote the Call and Post. [25] Capers unsuccessfully filed suit in Common Pleas Court to set aside Bell’s “fraudulent victory.” [26] Undiscouraged, she ran unsuccessfully in 1960 in the Democratic primary for state Senate in a large field that included Carl Stokes, and in 1963, she lost a primary race for her old Council seat.

In 1965, Capers and her League of Non-Partisan Voters organized the movement to draft Stokes  to run as an independent mayoral candidate, a race which he lost.  Only two years later, however, the league supported Republican Seth Taft when he ran against Stokes for mayor.  Capers minced no words when she explained league’s about-face: “Mr. Taft has qualities superior to those of his opponent and has the broad personal knowledge necessary to administer the complex affairs of the city.  Stokes knows nothing about anything and is far too superficial in our judgement to serve as mayor.  Carl Stokes especially lacks the knowledge and understanding necessary to solve this city’s crisis in human relations.” [27]  Capers subsequently acted as the lawyer for Lee-Seville homeowners who fought off Stokes’ plan to locate public housing in their neighborhood.  In his embittered autobiography, Stokes called her “one of the brightest politicians ever to come out of Cleveland” but also accused her of being a hustler who supported him in 1965 only to get herself back into politics. [28]

In March 1971, Capers decided to run as an independent in the mayoral primary. She had joined the new National Organization for Women and hoped to win support from the emerging woman’s movement. In mid-summer, she discovered that she had missed the Board of Elections filing date for independents but persuaded a federal judge to overturn this early filing date. The date became a moot point since she did not get enough valid signatures on her petition and was disqualified from the mayoral race. Thanks to a divided Democratic Party, Republican Ralph Perk was elected mayor.

By 1976, Capers had become a Republican herself, and her former nemesis, the Call and Post, endorsed her candidacy for Juvenile Court Judge.  She lost this race, but Republican Governor James A. Rhodes appointed her to a municipal judgeship in 1977, a position she held until her retirement in 1986.  Reflecting on her long, difficult political career, Capers pointed to her double handicaps of race and gender, maintaining that her “detractors resented her not just because she was a black woman but because she was an educated black woman. ‘They still had the concept that the only place for a Negro woman was on her knees scrubbing the floors. If I had been a dumb Negro woman, I would have gotten along much better.’”[29]

In recognition of her long, difficult political career, Capers earned many professional honors. These include the Norman S. Minor Bar Association Trailblazer Award and induction into the Ohio Women’s Hall of Fame.

This essay is part of a longer piece written by Dr. Marian Morton, here

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“Wildlife in Northeast Ohio: why can’t we all just get along?” forum moderated by Jim McCarty, Plain Dealer July 17, 2017

Wildlife in Northeast Ohio: why can’t we just all get along? 

Monday July 17, 2017 6:30-8:00p.m.
Cost: Free & Open to the Public
Lakewood Public Library, 15425 Detroit Avenue, Lakewood 44107

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Moderator Jim McCarty, Plain Dealer

Jonathon D. Cepek, Wildlife Ecologist, Cleveland Metroparks
Lisa Petit, Chief of Resource Management, Cuyahoga Valley National Park
Harvey B. Webster, Dir of Wildlife Resources, Cleve Museum of Nat Hist

The rising populations of coyote, deer, raccoons, skunks and other animals have made coexistence a challenge in Northeast Ohio. This forum will discuss the current situation and some of the options for managing it

Jim McCarty

Sponsored by Lakewood Public Library and League of Women Voters-Greater Cleveland
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