Mayor Michael R. White Interview, Parts One – Five (video)

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Michael R. White was Mayor of Cleveland from 1990-2002. He was interviewed for Teaching Cleveland Digital on July 24, 2013. Cameras by Jerry Mann and Meagan Lawton, Edited by Jerry Mann, Interviewed by Michael Baron. © 2013 Jerry Mann and Teaching Cleveland Digital.

Part one covers Mayor White’s formative years in the Cleveland neighborhood of Glenville, living in Cleveland during the election of Carl Stokes in 1967 and White’s election as the first African-American Student Union President at The Ohio State University in 1973.

Part two covers his work with Columbus Republican Mayor Tom Moody, his return to Cleveland, working with and learning from Council President George Forbes and his election to Cleveland City Council.

Part three covers the 1980’s in Cleveland when Mayor George Voinovich and Council President George Forbes were in power. White then speaks about being elected Mayor of Cleveland, and his first challenge as Mayor: the baseball team wants a new ballpark, so White spearheads the Gateway development.

From Wikipedia:

White, who grew up in Cleveland’s Glenville neighborhood, began his political career early on during his college years at Ohio State University, when he protested against the discriminatory policies of the Columbus public bus system and was subsequently arrested. White then ran the following year for Student Union President and won, becoming the college’s first black student body leader. He earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in 1973 and a Master of Public Administration degree in 1974.

After college, White returned to Cleveland. He served on Cleveland City Council as an administrative assistant from 1976 to 1977 and later served as city councilman from the Glenville area from 1978 to 1984. During his time in city council, White became a prominent protégé of councilman George L. Forbes. White then represented the area’s 21st District in the Ohio Senate, serving as a Democratic assistant minority whip.

In 1989, White entered the heavily-contested race for mayor of Cleveland, along with several other notable candidates including Forbes, Ralph J. Perk Jr. (the son of former Cleveland mayor, Ralph J. Perk), Benny Bonanno (Clerk of the Cleveland Municipal Court), and Tim Hagan (Cuyahoga County commissioner). Out of all the candidates Forbes and White made it to the general election. It was the first time two Black candidates would emerge as the number one and two contenders in a primary election in Cleveland history.

In Cleveland, incumbent Mike White won re-election against council president George Forbes, who ran as the candidate of black power and the public sector unions. Angering the unions by eliminating some of the city’s exotic work rules, White presented himself as pro-business, pro-police and an effective manager above all, arguing that “jobs were the cure for the ‘addiction to the mailbox,'” referring to welfare checks. [1]

White ended up winning the race receiving 81 percent of the vote in predominantly white wards and 30 percent in the predominantly black wards.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Michael_R._White

 

Newton D. Baker – The Civil Warrior (documentary)

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A Teaching Cleveland Documentary. Camera, production and editing by Jeremy Borison. Special thanks to Dr. John J. Grabowski, Tom Suddes, Greg Deegan and Brent Larkin. Also to the Cleveland Public Library, Cleveland State University Special Collections and the Western Reserve Historical Society.

“Regionalism and Shaker Heights” forum Aug 18, 2016

“Regionalism and Shaker Heights” forum Aug 18, 2016

“Regionalism and Shaker Heights” Aug 18, 2016
Issues facing almost all of Northeast Ohio’s suburbs

w/Panelists:
Armond Budish, Cuyahoga County Executive
Edward Kraus, Cuyahoga County Director of Regional Coordination
Earl M. Leiken, Mayor, City of Shaker Heights
Hunter Morrison, Director, NE Ohio Sustainable Communities
Consortium

Moderator:
Judy Rawson, Former Mayor, City of Shaker Heights

Thursday August 18, 2016 7-8:30 p.m.
Shaker Public Library, 16500 Van Aken Blvd, 44120
Cost: Free & Open to the Public
Cosponsored by
Shaker Public Library & League of Women Voters-Shaker Chapter

“Redistricting and Voting Rights in Ohio” forum August 25, 2016

“Redistricting and Voting Rights in Ohio” August 25, 2016

Panelists:
Representative Kathleen Clyde (D), Ohio House District 75
Dr. John C. Green, Director, Ray C. Bliss Institute of Applied Politics
Senator Frank LaRose (R), Ohio Senate District 27

Moderator: Thomas Suddes, Editorial Writer, Cleveland.com

Overall Theme:
As with weather, everyone talks about gerrymandering — drawing legislative districts to favor one party over another — but until recently, few in Ohio were prepared to do anything about it. Nonetheless, Ohio has recently reformed how its draws General Assembly districts — and reform of congressional “districting” is on some Columbus agendas. This panel explores the hows and whys.

CWRU Siegal Facility, 26500 Shaker Blvd., Beachwood OH 44122
Cost: Free & Open to the Public

Co-sponsored by the Case Western Reserve University Siegal Lifelong Learning Program, League of Women Voters-Greater Cleveland, Cleveland.com, Plain Dealer plus Lakewood and Cuyahoga County Library Systems
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Water Quality of Lake Erie and the Cuyahoga River Forum 9/15/16

Water Quality of Lake Erie and the Cuyahoga River Forum 9/15/16

Thursday September 15, 2016 7-8:30p.m.

Panelists:

Kyle Dreyfuss-Wells, Deputy Director of Watershed Programs, NEORSD

Jane Goodman, Executive Director, Cuyahoga River Restoration

Jim White, Director, Sustainable Infrastructure Prog., Port of Cleveland

Moderator: Jim McCarty, Metro Reporter, The Plain Dealer

Our panel addressed the vital water issues in Northeast Ohio, specifically in Lake Erie, the Cuyahoga River and the other creeks, streams and rivers that empty into the lake. We discussed harmful algal blooms, PCBs and Mercury pollution, invasive species, the impending removal of 2 dams on the Cuyahoga River, the ongoing conflict with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers over the disposal of dredged material, and the status and success of the NE Ohio Regional Sewer District’s multi-billion dollar tunnel project.

Cost: Free & Open to the Public

Fairview Park Branch, Cuyahoga County Public Library

21255 Lorain Road, Fairview Park 44126

Co-sponsored by the Case Western Reserve University Siegal Lifelong Learning Program, League of Women Voters-Greater Cleveland, Cleveland.com plus Lakewood and Cuyahoga County Library Systems

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“Marijuana Legalization in Ohio” forum Thursday October 13, 2016

“Marijuana Legalization in Ohio” forum Thursday October 13, 2016

Panelists:
Kelly Kefauver, Senior Legislative Aide to Senator Kenny Yuko, Ohio Senate
Breanna Stabler, Administrative Aide to Senator Kenny Yuko, Ohio Senate
Dr. Brian Bachelder, President of OSMA and Family Physician at Akron Gen Hosp
Garett Fortune, CEO, FunkSac, Compliant Packaging for the Cannabis Industry
Thomas G. Haren, Seeley, Savidge, Ebert & Gourash., L.P.A., editor, OH Marijuana Law Blog
Moderator: Jackie Borchardt, Columbus Bureau Reporter, Cleveland.com

Ohio became the 25th state to legalize medical marijuana earlier this year but the debate about cannabis reform is far from over in the Buckeye State. Rules for the medical marijuana program will be written in the coming months, and advocates as well as the national group that had spearheaded a competing ballot initiative are pushing lawmakers to make good on promises made when they approved the program. What will Ohio’s medical marijuana program look like? And what does the law mean for future marijuana reform efforts in Ohio?

Co-sponsored by the Case Western Reserve University Siegal Lifelong Learning Program, League of Women Voters-Greater Cleveland, Cleveland.com, Plain Dealer plus Lakewood and Cuyahoga County Library Systems
Corporate sponsor: First Interstate Properties, Ltd.

“Relationship Between Cleveland Police and the Community” forum 11/15/16

“Relationship Between Cleveland Police and the Community” forum 11/15/16

Panelists:
Blaine A. Griffen, Exec. Dir, Community Relations, City of Cleveland
Deon McCaulley, Deputy Chief, Cleveland Police Department
Dr. Rhonda Williams, Dir, Social Justice Inst, Case Western Res Univ

Moderator: Mark Naymik, Metro Reporter, Cleveland.com

Cleveland and cities across America say they are reinvesting in community policing as a way to rebuild trust between their police departments and the communities they protect. But community policing takes many forms and could take years to make a difference.

We take a look at what Cleveland is already doing, where the department is headed and what it’s learned in the past two years, which have been among the most eventful in the police department’s history.

Tuesday November 15, 2016 7-8:30p.m.
Cost: Free & Open to the Public
Tinkham Veale University Center, CWRU Campus
11038 Bellflower Road, Cleveland OH

Co-sponsored by the Case Western Reserve University Siegal Lifelong Learning Program, League of Women Voters-Greater Cleveland, Cleveland.com plus Lakewood and Cuyahoga County Library Systems

Corporate sponsor: First Interstate Properties, Ltd.

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League of Women Voters-Greater Cleveland

The Proposed Merger of Cleveland and East Cleveland. How could this happen? Should it?
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“Water Quality of Lake Erie and the Cuyahoga River” forum
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“Redistricting and Voting Rights in Ohio” forum
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