Cuyahoga County Votes to Expand Resources for Community College-Spectrum News Nov 5, 2019

Cuyahoga County Votes to Expand Resources for Community College

By Ryan Schmelz Cleveland – Spectrum News Ohio

CUYAHOGA COUNTY, Ohio– The passage of Issue 3 renews a tax levy in Cuyahoga County that will help expand resources for its community college district.

53 Year-old father of three, Steven Brooks has spent many hours with IT hardware and walking the halls of Cuyahoga County Community College, or Tri-C, as it’s known, Brooks balances work and fatherhood.

“It’s very challenging, I’m kind of always tired but, you know, it keeps you going, it keeps you striving, it keeps you wanting to be better, “says Steven Brooks, Tri-C student.

And, with ten years in the IT field, he’s taking advantage of the resources to stay employable, and hopefully, even earn a promotion in his industry.

“It’s always changing, and I either go and learn something else or get left behind in old technology, which I’m not willing to do,” says Brooks.

The Tri-C Tax levy renews 1.9 million dollars and adds 400,000 dollars in funding to the school’s programs for students seeking an affordable higher education option and job training.  With the property tax increase, the owner of a 100,000 dollar home would pay an extra 14 dollars a year.

That tax increase is worth it for the non-partisan League of Women Voters. “Having a skilled, trained labor force is so important to this region. We’re a rust belt area, we need new technologies, health care center, and so many people can get their start in community college,” says Janice Patterson, League of Women Voters.

One of those students getting their start is 20-year-old student Balquise Alshafei, who lives on her own while managing life as a full-time student.

“It’s challenging, you know, it gets lonely sometimes,” says Alshafei.

But the tax levy will allow Tri-C, the lowest costing school in Ohio, to keep tuition affordable, so students like her can have more opportunity to reach their educational ceiling.

The Future of Political Debates City Club of Cleveland Aug 12, 2019

No Debate About It: The Future of Political Debates

Monday, August 12, 2019 at The City Club of Cleveland

Elizabeth Bennion, Ph.D.
Professor of Political Science & American Democracy Project Director, Indiana University South Bend, and Host of WNIT’s “Politically Speaking”

Harry Boomer​
Anchor Reporter, 19News/CW43, and Immediate Past President and Member, Greater Cleveland National Association of Black Journalists

Richard Davis, Ph.D.
Professor of Political Science and Director of the Office of Civic Engagement, Brigham Young University

John C. Green, Ph.D.
Interim President, University of Akron; Director, Ray C. Bliss Institute of Applied Politics; Distinguished Professor of Political Science

Moderator
Dan Moulthrop
CEO, The City Club of Cleveland

Read about it here:

 

Before RBG, a Cleveland judge made history; it’s time to recognize Unstoppable Florence Allen: Andrea Simakis Plain Dealer June 30, 2019

Florence Ellinwood Allen is sworn in as a Common Pleas Court Judge for Cuyahoga County in 1921. Prior to her historic election to the trial court bench, Allen, a mean piano player, wrote music criticism for The Plain Dealer. (Kent State University at Ashtabula)

Before RBG, a Cleveland judge made history; it’s time to recognize Unstoppable Florence Allen: Andrea Simakis

Plain Dealer June 30, 2019
The link is here

Links to Tapes of Candidate and Issue Forums for Cuyahoga County Communities, Fall 2019

Links to Tapes of Candidate and Issue Forums for Cuyahoga County Communities, Fall 2019

Cleveland Heights Candidate Forum (city council) – Thurs., Oct. 3

Cleveland Heights Charter Amendment Forum – Thurs., Oct. 10

Lakewood Candidate Forum – Wed., Sept. 25

North Olmsted Candidate Forum (school board) – Thurs., Sept. 26

North Olmsted Candidate Forum (council-at-large) – Thurs., Oct. 3

Shaker Heights Candidate Forum (mayor) – Thurs., Sept. 26

Shaker Heights Candidate Forum (city council) – Thurs., Sept. 26

Shaker Heights Candidate Forum (school board) – Thurs., Sept. 26

Try-C Levy Forum – Thurs., Sept. 26

Westlake Tax Renewal and Candidate Forum (school board) – Tues., Oct. 1

These are all produced by LWV Greater Cleveland and their chapters. Click on each one to read specific credit

How Do We Increase Voter Turn Out? a forum on May 29, 2019

The flyer is here
The forum summary is here
The video is here

Wednesday, May 29, 2019 7:00 – 8:30pm
How Do We Increase Voter Turn Out?
(aka where are the next 50,000 Cuyahoga County voters going to come from)
Rocky River Public Library 1600 Hampton Road 44116

Panelists
Erika Anthony, Director, Cleveland Votes

Mike Brickner, Ohio State Director, All Voting is Local

Anthony W. Perlatti, Director, Cuyahoga County Board of Elections

Moderated by Jen Miller, Director, League of Women Voters-Ohio

Cosponsored by Rocky River Public Library, Lakewood, Bay Village, Fairview Park, North Olmsted, Rocky River & Westlake Chapters

Food Insecurity in Shaker Heights, a forum on June 13, 2019

Food Insecurity in Shaker Heights
How big is the problem? What are we doing about it? How can we do better?
The flyer is here

The slides from the talk by Loren Anthes are here
Forum write up by Ryan Brady

Thursday June 13, 2019 at 7pm
Shaker Hts Public Library Main Branch
16500 Van Aken Blvd. 44120

Hunger is a growing problem in Shaker Hts that is estimated to impact over 5,000 residents yearly including children, adults and seniors. What are we doing to make sure every person has access to the food they need? How can we do better?

Learn from experts, city representatives and volunteers. You can be part of the solution in Shaker Hts.
Panelists will include
•Loren Anthes, The Center for Community Solutions,
•Kimberly LoVano, Director of Advocacy & Public Education Greater Cleveland Food Bank,
•Nancy Moore and Trey Roeder, Shaker Heights City Council,

•Representatives Little Free Pantry in Shaker Hts.

Cosponsored by The League of Women Voters-Shaker Chapter and the Greater Cleveland Food Bank

Links to the organizations mentioned in the forum:

Center for Community Solutions Research in Cleveland
Cleveland Foodbank Call for Advocate Assistance
Cleveland Foodbank Help Center
Heights Christian Church Community Meal
Little Free Pantry of Shaker Heights
City of Shaker Heights Senior Services

 

Waste Water and the West Side…what are the issues? a forum on June 5, 2019

The flyer is here

Wednesday, June 5, 2019
6:30 – 8:00pm
Waste Water and the West Side…what are the issues?
Lakewood Public Library-Main
15425 Detroit Avenue Lakewood 44107

Panelists
Frank Greenland, Dir. Of Watershed Prog., NE Ohio Reg. Sewer District

Janine Rybka, Director, Cuyahoga Soil and Water Conservation District

Mike Summers, Mayor, City of Lakewood

Moderated by Prof. Howard E. Katz, Cleveland-Marshall College of Law

Cosponsored by CWRU Siegal Lifelong Learning and the LWV Lakewood, Bay Village, Fairview Park, North Olmsted,
Rocky River & Westlake Chapters. Corporate Sponsor: First Interstate

Keeping Kids Safe in an Online World, a forum on June 17, 2019

Keeping Kids Safe in an Online World 
The flyer is here
The preview is here
The “parents guide” is here
The video is here

Monday June 17 at 6:30pm
Lakewood Public Library Main Branch
15425 Detroit Avenue

Children today are more connected to the world than any generation in history.

They have access to information and social networks at their fingertips, but with opportunity comes danger – predators lurking in the shadows of the internet. With the summer quickly approaching, now is the time to be informed about the dangers of our digital world. Parents often tell their children not talk to strangers and issue directions on how to stay safe in public places like malls and playgrounds. But how many parents give those same warnings about interactions on the internet?

Our panel of experts:
U.S. Attorney: Justin Herdman

FBI Special Agent in Charge: Eric Smith

Cleveland Metropolitan Schools Psychologist: Bill Stencil

Join Spectrum News 1 moderator Lindsay Oliver at 6:30 p.m. on Monday, June 17 at the Lakewood Public Library, 15425 Detroit Avenue, Lakewood, OH 44107, for a community discussion on Keeping Kids Safe in an Online World. Learn how predators are working together to prey on children online and how to talk to your children about internet safety.

To RSVP to this free community discussion, please RSVP to SpectrumNewsOH@Charter.com as space is limited, or use the contact us form below to send feedback and include your registration information.

This forum is being produced by Spectrum News 1, the U.S. Attorney’s office for Northern Ohio, the League of Women Voters of Greater Cleveland and the Cleveland Metropolitan School District. Special thanks to Lakewood Public Library for hosting the event.

https://spectrumnews1.com/oh/columbus/news/2019/05/28/town-hall–keeping-kids-safe-in-an-online-world

Cosponsored by U.S. Department of Justice, Cleveland Metropolitan School District, Spectrum News 1 and League of Women Voters-Greater Cleveland

MONEY IN POLITICS:  The impact of unchecked campaign financing and what we can do about it – April 10, 2019


MONEY IN POLITICS:  The impact of unchecked campaign financing and what we can do about it
The flyer is here
The video is here

WHEN:  7-8:30pm, Wednesday, April 10, 2019
WHERE:  Olin Hall, Room 124, University of Akron, 361 Buchtel Common, Akron 44304
MODERATOR:  Bruce Winges, Retired V.P. and Editor, Akron Beacon Journal
PANELISTS:
Cyndra Miller Cole, Lecturer, Bliss Institute for Public Policy, U. of Akron

William D. Rich, Emeritus Professor, University of Akron School of Law; Chairman, Summit County Board of Elections

Catherine Turcer, Executive Director, Common Cause Ohio

ABOUT THE PROGRAM:

It’s been nine years since The Supreme Court issued its Citizens United Ruling. While we know campaign financing has increased exponentially, what we don’t know is where all the money’s coming from.  Dark money, money from non-profit political action committees (PACs) that do not require source disclosures, has become more prevalent in state and local office campaigns.  What can we do, if anything, to shed light and stem the flow.

CO-SPONSORED BY:  The Bliss Institute of Applied Politics, University of Akron; The League of Women Voters of the Akron Area; The League of Women Voters of Greater Cleveland; Common Cause Ohio

“The Immigration Acts of 1921 and 1924 and how they changed Cleveland” a talk by Dr. John Grabowski on March 5, 2019


“The Immigration Acts of 1921 and 1924
and how they changed Cleveland”
The video from the forum is here:

The flyer is here
Dr. John J. Grabowski, CWRU Krieger-Mueller Joint Professor in History
with a brief update on Immigration 2019 in #CLE by Lynn Tramonte, Ohio Immigrant Alliance

The growth of major industrial centers such as Cleveland was made possible in large part by the migration of peoples of a variety of origins to provide the labor or entrepreneurial skills demanded by the changing economy. 

The Immigration Acts of 1921 and 1924 prohibited large-scale immigration and provided quotas that discriminated against Southern and Eastern Europeans. Given the chaos in Europe following the war, it is justifiable to assume that the “new immigration” would have continued unabated had not restrictions been put in place. Despite problems in Europe, and particularly persecution in the Nazi German state, relatively little migration to the U.S. and Cleveland took place from 1914-45.*

Dr. Grabowski will talk about the multi-decade impact of the severe reduction of immigration on Cleveland’s development. We will also provide an update on current immigration policy. Is history repeating itself?
*Encyclopedia of Cleveland History

Tinkham Veale University Center, CWRU Campus
11038 Bellflower Road, Cleveland OH 44106
Free and open to the public

Co-sponsored by the Case Western Reserve University Siegal Lifelong Learning, League of Women Voters-Greater Cleveland, Cleveland.com and The Plain Dealer
Corporate sponsor: First Interstate Properties, Ltd.