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League of Women Voters Presents:
“State of the City”
Mayor Earl Leiken will deliver his State of the City address
Thursday, February 23
7:00pm, Stephanie Tubbs Jones Community Building
3450 Lee Road, Shaker Heights, OH 44120
In his address, the Mayor will discuss developments in the Van Aken District, how the city is working to create a thriving, healthy and inclusive environment for residents, and the accomplishments of the city’s government over the past year
The address is expected to last one hour, from 7 to 8 p.m with a Q &A to follow.
Discussions That Matter, Coffee, Conversation & Community
Boundaries That Matter: Redistricting State and Federal Election Districts
Sunday, February 26
First Unitarian Church of Cleveland
21600 Shaker Blvd., Shaker Heights, OH 44122
Given partisan gerrymandering, how will we be represented in Ohio’s state and federal congressional district legislatures in the future? Proposed changes are being discussed. How have Congressional districts been drawn? How might they be drawn in the future?
Mark Salling, Director, CSU’s Northern Ohio Data and Information Service (NODIS)
and Levin College Fellow
Paul Moke, Former President, ACLU of Ohio and Professor, Political Science and Criminal Justice, Wilmington College
Northeast Ohio Public Policy Forums:
The Impact of State Budget Cuts on Northeast Ohio Communities
Tuesday, March 21, 2017
7:00 pm – 8:30 pm
Parma Snow Branch CCPL, 2121 Snow Rd
Parma, OH, 44134
Brent Larkin, cleveland.com, will moderate. Panelists include:
Sharon Dumas, director of finance, City of Cleveland
Timothy J. DeGeeter, mayor, City of Parma
The Foster Care System in Northeast Ohio
Tuesday, April 18, 2017
6:30 pm – 8:00 pm
Lakewood Public Library Main Branch, 15425 Detroit Ave,
Lakewood , Ohio, 44107
Is the system broken?
Philip Morris, columnist, Plain Dealer, will moderate. Panelists include:
Prof. David Crampton, PhD, Jack, Joseph and Morton Mandel School of Applied Social Sciences, Case Western Reserve University
Edward L. Gilbert, author, attorney and foster care advocate
Kate Lodge, Vice President of Strategic Initiatives and executive director of A Place 4 Me, YWCA Greater Cleveland
Betsie Norris, Executive Director, Adoption Network Cleveland
Will Cleveland’s Eastside Gentrify? Can It Be Done Equitably?
Tuesday, May 9, 2017
7:00 – 8:30 p.m.
Cleveland Heights/University Heights Public Library
2345 Lee Road, Cleveland Heights, OH 44118
Moderator: Steven Litt, The Plain Dealer Art, Architecture, Urban Design and City Planning Reporter
Wes Finch, Founder and Chairman, The Finch Group
Mansfield Frazier, Journalist, Business Owner and Hough Resident
Michael Fleming, Executive Director, St. Clair Superior Development Corporation
Jason Segedy, Director of Planning and Urban Development, City of Akron
For videos of past Northeast Ohio Public Policy Forums click here.
Shaker Schools Bond Levy Update and Community Meetings
The Shaker Heights Board of Education voted unanimously to place a 3.75-mill bond levy, ($132/$100,000 of home value) on the May 2 ballot to raise $30 million for the District’s most urgent and critical capital needs. In doing so, the Board agreed not to pursue the option that would have included building a new Middle School. The Board chose to address only the most pressing needs of Shaker Schools legacy buildings and to develop a stable, permanent improvement fund for future repairs and maintenance.
The funds from the bond levy are intended to repair roofs, chillers, boilers and upgrade the technology infrastructure—the things that are essential in order to provide a warm, safe, dry and up to date educational environment.
Want to learn more about the Shaker Schools May 2, 2017 Bond Levy? Visit the Bond Levy website or follow them on Facebook at Committee for Shaker Schools.
If you want to learn the details of the Master Plan, review the documents posted on the District’s Master Planning page.
Shaker Library News
On December 14, the Library Board accepted the amended facility options study and recommendation to renovate/ upgrade both facilities. The facility study information can be found online. The Board felt it owed it to the community to fully explore OPTION 3: UPGRADE, and to give the community the opportunity to voice its support.
The Library Board underscored that it takes its responsibility to act as Shaker residents’ fiduciary seriously. The next step is to determine the final budget and to propose the funding means and tax level for community review. Preliminary financial projections were prepared as part of the study and the next thing the Library will do is to develop the final budget for the project. The earliest the Library would be on the ballot is November 2017. That is due in part to the work that needs to be completed and also out of respect for the schools’ process, as the Library wants voters to have the opportunity to address each issue separately.
Time to address gerrymandering:
Ohio’s Congressional Districts are still not fair. Learn more from:
All Sides with Ann Fisher on WOSU: Gerrymandering and Redistricting Across the Country. Aired November 17.
To listen click here.
Ideastream special broadcast on WCPN: Intelligence Squared U.S.: Gerrymandering: Is gerrymandering destroying the political center? Aired November 21, 9 p.m.
To listen click here.
City-Schools-Library Officials Forum
Building Shaker’s Future: Q & A, Comments, and Dialogue
To watch the video, click here.
See the graphic recording, shown above, by Johnine Byrne, at the Shaker Heights Main Public Library.
The Shaker Chapter of the LWVGC brought together representatives from the City of Shaker Heights (Shaker City Council Members Tres Roeder and Nancy Moore), Shaker Heights Schools (William Clawson, President, Shaker Heights Board of Education and Stephen Wilkins, Assistant Superintendent, Business and Operations), along with Shaker Heights Public Library (Chad Anderson, President, Shaker Heights Library Board of Trustees and Amy Switzer, Director, Shaker Heights Public Library) for a Q& A, Comments, and dialogue on their plans and vision for Shaker’s future. Watch the moderated discussion with opening comments by Mayor Earl Leiken. Citizens were encouraged to submit written questions in advance or at the event.
Documents that might be of interest regarding this forum:
Shaker Heights Public Library Facility Options Study click here
Shaker Heights Schools Master Planning Webpage click here
Recommendations of the Mayor’s Financial Task Force click here
Video of the Regionalism and Shaker Heights Forum
Thank you to Judy Rawson, Cuyahoga County Executive Armond Budish, Mayor Earl Leiken, Hunter Morrison and Edward Krauss for their presentation of the benefits that Shaker Heights and Cuyahoga County can realize through regional pooling of resources. If you’d like to see the presentation Click here to watch the video.
Video of the Internet Bandwidth Forum
Thank you to Lev Gonick, Deb Socia, Angela Siefer, Morris Wheeler, Patrick Holland and Craig Stout for educating us on the benefits of fiber optic broadband for Shaker Heights. If you weren’t able to attend the forum, here it is Click here to watch the video.
Video of The Van Aken Project in Shaker Heights
Thank you to Steve Litt, Mayor Earl Leiken, Luke Palmisano and Roby Simons for participating in a discussion of the Van Aken Development District. The city hopes the new district will add to the overall vibrancy of Shaker Heights – and to it’s tax base. If you missed it you can learn about the project and its proposed impact on the community. Click here to watch the video of the forum
For those who couldn’t make it, here is the speech Mayor Earl Leiken gave to the Shaker Chapter of the League of Women Voters of Greater Cleveland. Click here
Learn about the candidates and issues on YOUR BALLOT. The League of Women Voters has the information you need. We will be questioning the candidates in contested races and in some uncontested races. Visit Vote411.org.