11 years, 2 executives: Is Cuyahoga County’s charter meeting expectations? Plain Dealer Nov 11, 2021

Plain Dealer November 11, 2021:
11 years, 2 executives: Is Cuyahoga County’s charter meeting expectations?
By and 
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Cuyahoga County Executive Armond Budish on the day he announced his candidacy at the new Ernst & Young Tower in Cleveland on Thursday, May 30, 2013. Budish would go on to succeed Ed FitzGerald, in background on left. On right in background is Rep. Marcy Kaptur. (Lisa DeJong/The Plain Dealer)The Plain Dealer

 

Cuyahoga County Health and Human Services Levy (March 17, 2020 ballot) Forums on 3/5/2020 and 3/10/2020

(Ideastream photo)

Cuyahoga County Health and Human Services Levy
To be on the March 17, 2020 ballot

Educational Forums:
Thursday March 5, 2020 at Shaker Heights Public Library @7pm
the flyer is here

William Tarter, Jr., Center of Community Solutions, Public Policy and External Affairs Associate
David Merriman, Interim Director of Cuyahoga County Health and Human Services

Moderated by Marcia Goldberg, League of Women Voters
Mr. Tarter’s presentation slides are here
Follow up resources from The Center for Community Solutions are here

16500 Van Aken Blvd, Cleveland, OH 44120
Cosponsored by League of Women Voters-Shaker Chapter, Shaker Heights Public Library and The City Club of Cleveland

Tuesday March 10, 2020 at Rocky River Public Library @7pm
the flyer is here

•William Tarter, Jr., Center of Community Solutions, Public Policy and External Affairs Associate
•David Merriman, Interim Director of Cuyahoga County Health and Human Services

Moderated by Janice Patterson, League of Women Voters
1600 Hampton Rd, Rocky River, OH 44116
Sponsored by Rocky River Public Library, League of Women Voters-Rocky River, Westlake/North Olmsted, Bay Village, Fairview Park and Lakewood Chapters and The City Club of Cleveland

Materials to read:
Levy increase on the ballot next year
by William Tarter, Jr. The Center for Community Solutions 11/18/2019

Tax increase for health and human services merits your support, despite Cuyahoga County’s bad messaging
cleveland.com editorial  1/7/2020

Two health-care leaders pledge oversight of how Cuyahoga County would spend tax increase
by Courtney Astolfi, cleveland.com 12/19/2019

Cuyahoga County releases first details about how health and human services tax increase would be used
by Courtney Astolfi, cleveland.com 12/19/2019

Greater Cleveland Partnership Reluctant to Endorse Cuyahoga County’s Health and Human Services Levy 
by Kim Palmer, Crains Cleveland Business 12/19/2019

Cuyahoga County Asks Voters For Health And Human Services Tax Increase
by Nick Castele, Ideastream 12/10/2019

Cuyahoga County proposes tax increase for health and human services
by Courtney Astolfi, cleveland.com 11/8/2019

Explaining Cuyahoga County’s Health And Human Services Levy Deficit
by Nick Castele, Ideastream 6/3/2019

 

Cuyahoga County Plastic Bag Ban January 2020

      
Thank you Governor DeWine for supporting home rule and protecting Lake Erie.

Please tell your Ohio State Senator to let local areas determine their own laws, especially on plastics which can harm our lakes and rivers

This from the Sierra Club of Ohio:
EVERYONE make calls to Governor DeWine’s office applauding his position against the container law preemption bills and for local government freedom to develop solutions to plastic pollution. (Pats on the back are always nice, and hopefully it will encourage him to hold strong on his position and veto any bills that may make it to his desk)  (614) 644-4357

To find your Ohio State Senator (or Rep.), click here

Here are tools we can use to educate about the Cuyahoga County Single-Use Plastic Bag ban

 

“The 2020 Census: what does it mean for Ohio and Cleveland?” a forum on September 12, 2019

“The 2020 Census: what does it mean for
Ohio and Cleveland?”
Thursday September 12 7pm

the flyer is here
the forum write-up is here
the forum video is here

with panelists:

Lisa Neidert, Univ of Michigan Institute for Social Research

Daniel Ortiz, Policy Matters Ohio

Michele Pomerantz, Cuyahoga County Government

The forum will begin with brief comments from County Executive Armond Budish, Co-Chair of the Cuyahoga County Complete Count Committee of the 2020 Census

Moderated by Rich Exner Cleveland.com 


Rich Exner, cleveland.com

CWRU Siegal Beachwood Landmark Centre
25700 Science Park Dr., Suite 100, Beachwood, OH 44122

Cosponsored by Cleveland.com, LWV-Greater Cleveland and CWRU Siegal Lifelong Learning
   

 

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.

Whats on the ballot Nov 6? Cuyahoga County Charter Amendments: A forum to help understand the proposed changes Oct 6, 2018


The flyer is here
Saturday October 6, 2018 at 2pm
Whats on the ballot Nov 6?
Cuyahoga County Charter Amendments:
A forum to help understand the proposed changes
Westlake Porter Library 27333 Center Ridge Rd, Westlake, OH 44145
featuring
The Honorable Ronald B. Adrine, chair of the Cuyahoga County Charter Review Commission, and other members of the Commission.
Moderated by Marcia Goldberg, former LWV-Greater Cleveland Co-President
Attendees may also verify their voter registration and collect a mail-in ballot application before or after this meeting.

“Is Northeast Ohio a Sanctuary Region?” a forum on Jan 17, 2018

League of Women Voters Cleveland Hts/Univ Hts Chapter and Heights Public Library Present:

Is Northeast Ohio a Sanctuary Region? 
Laws and policies: Where does our region stand on immigration?

The Cleveland.com preview for the forum is here

Video from forum

Wednesday January 17, 2018
From: 7:00-8:30pm
Heights Library Main Branch
2345 Lee Road Cleveland Hts 44118

This panel will take an informed perspective on current Cleveland Hts, Cuyahoga County, Ohio and U.S. immigration policies and laws.

Panelists:
Kahlil Seren, Councilperson, City of Cleveland Heights

Farhad Sethna Esq., Immigration-America

Lynn Tramonte, Deputy Director, America’s Voice

Moderated by Elizabeth Knowles Esq, Immigration & Human Rights Law Clinic, University of Akron

Free and open to the public

 

How metro Cleveland and Akron stack up against Buffalo, Cincinnati, Columbus, Detroit and Pittsburgh – 9/15/2017 Cleveland.com

How metro Cleveland and Akron stack up against Buffalo, Cincinnati, Columbus, Detroit and Pittsburgh
9/15/2017  Cleveland.com
by Rich Exner
The link is here