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Welcome to the Home Page of the Shaker Heights chapter of the League of Women Voters of Greater Cleveland.  You may join the League or renew your membership by mail or online using a credit card. Just click the “Join” link at the top of this page.

 

Online Voter Registration is available now in Ohio!
To register or update your voter registration Click here. 

 

Shaker Heights Candidates Forum Night

 

Click here to watch the video of our Candidates Forum with candidates for Shaker Heights City Council, Shaker Heights Board of Education, and Municipal Court Judge K.J. Montgomery discussing their positions, what they do, and answering questions.

 

Election 2017 Voter Guides

Learn about the candidates and issues on YOUR BALLOT. The League of Women Voters has the information you need. VOTE411.orgis a 1 stop shop, providing nonpartisan general, state and local election-specific info to the public. 

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Judicial Races:

Judge4Yourself.com and JudicialVotesCount.org. You’ll learn how the candidates are rated, how voting for judges works in Ohio, and much more.

 

To print out our 2017 Voters Guide, click here.

 

Time to address Gerrymandering in Ohio’s Congressional districts

LWVGC for Congressional Fair Districts Update
Fall Jumpstart
Policy Forums, Candidates Nights, Issues Rallies — All Great Places to Take Your Petition
Fall — and fall election time — is a great time for activists. We can’t list all events, but League of Women Voters Forums and Candidate Nights happen just about every day all fall.  You are welcome to bring your petition to any League-sponsored event that is open to the public.  Are you active in another group? Take your petition there, too!  And ask them to help!
Festival Time!
Does your community have an event?  Edgewater Park is a lovely place on a fall weekend day!
Check our updated signature calendar for more ideas.
We cannot expect the Ohio General Assembly to solve this problem for us — The only way to get meaningful reform is to get our proposal on the ballot.
We all need to continue to collect signatures.  If each of you collects just 10 signatures, that would be 5,000 more.  If each of us helps, we can get this job done before the snow begins to fall.

Learn more, get updates about the Fair Districts proposal and congressional redistricting reform campaign. Go to the websites of:

 

Fair Districts = Fair Election
League of Women Voters of Ohio 

 

Training sessions in the Greater Cleveland area

For information on local training sessions on the Fair Districts proposal and/or on how to manage petitions and collect signatures, click here.

 

Cuyahoga County petition staging locations 

Anyone interested in helping the redistricting reform effort can visit these locations to sign a petition, pick up a petition booklet for collecting signatures, drop off completed booklets, and get more information. To view a list of these locations and hours, click here.

 

Redistricting reform in the news:

View a Cleveland 19 news feature with LWVGC member Heather Macalla discussing the reform effort.

 

DONATE

Click here to make your contribution online.
Your contributions is important!

 

ENDORSE

Click here to add your name to a growing list of endorsements

 

There is also an online self-training webinar (click here) for signature collection. (The webinar does not provide information about the proposal.) Signature gatherers must view the entire video, which is a little over 20 minutes long, in order to maximize the collection of valid, legal signatures.

 

Coming Events: 

 

Northeast Ohio Public Policy Forums:

 

Home Rule for Northeast Ohio Communities: Should it be stronger or weaker?

Tuesday, October 17, 2017
6:30 – 8:00 p.m.
Lakewood Public Library
15425 Detroit Ave., Lakewood, OH 44118

 

Moderator: Tom Beres, Reporter, WKYC-TV 

Panelists:
Tom Bier, Ph.D., Senior Fellow, Maxine Goodman Levin College of Urban Affairs, Cleveland State University
Babara A. Langhenry, Director of Law, City of Cleveland
Thomas Suddes, Columnist, Cleveland.com, Columbus Dispatch, Dayton Daily News
Michael Summers, Mayor, City of Lakewood

 

This forum will cover the pros and cons of an issue that impacts Northeast Ohio communities almost every day. Who has the right to control laws regarding such issues such as gun control, fracking, police, and schools? Should it be local communities? Or should the Ohio legislature in Columbus set the laws for your city?

 

In addition, some have argued that strong Home Rule laws in Ohio have contributed to sprawl and other public policy that may by damaging to Northeast Ohio as a whole. 

Click here to register.

 

A Look At The Political Crystal Ball for 2018

Thursday, November 16, 2017
7:00 – 8:30 pm
Parma Snow Branch of the Cuyahoga County Public Library
2121 Snow Road, Parma, OH 44134

 

Moderator: Andrew Tobias, Reporter, Cleveland.com

Panelists:
Matthew R. Cox, Lobbyist, attorney, political operative; Founder and President, Capitol Partners
Michael F. Curtin, former Columbus Dispatch columnist, publisher, author of “Ohio Political Almanac”, former member, Ohio House of Representatives (D)
Mary Anne Sharkey, Political consultant, former politics editor, Plain Dealer

 

 

For videos of past Northeast Ohio Public Policy Forums click here.

 

Shaker Square: Its past, present, and future

To watch the video of this forum, click here.

 

Moderator: Steven Litt, The Plain Dealer
Panelists:
Brandon E. Chrostowski, Founder, Edwins Leadership & Restaurant Institute
Peter Rubin, President, The Coral Company
Edward W. Rybka, Chief of Regional Development, City of Cleveland
Captain John Sotomayor, Cleveland Police 4th District

 

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

 

 

Shaker Schools News

 Next Meeting Dates: 

  • September 12, 2017. Monthly Board Meeting at 6:00 p.m. The meeting will take place at the High School small auditorium, 15911 Aldersyde Drive. The district will recommend a district architect for the capital plan and provide a conceptual review of projects for the summer of 2018. 

  • September 26, 2017. Special Meeting/Work Session at 5:00 p.m. The meeting will take place at the High School small auditorium, 15911 Aldersyde Drive. Subject to change, there is no planned discussion of the capital plan. 

  • October 3, 2017. Finance and Audit Committee Meeting at 7:00 p.m. The meeting will take place at the Shaker Heights Administration Building, Large Conference Room, 15600 Parkland Drive. The district will provide an update about the capital project planning process.

 

Residents voted to support the Shaker Schools (click here for election results) with a 3.75-mill bond levy, to raise $30 million for the District’s most urgent and critical capital needs. 

Read the League’s LWV Shaker Chapter 2017 Bond-Levy Committee Report  to learn more.

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 May 2018.

 

 

Time to address Gerrymandering: Links to previous forums on the topic

 

Ohio’s Congressional Districts are still not fair. Learn more about redistricting and redistricting reform efforts at the Fair Districts = Fair Election and LWV of Ohio websites.

 

You can also view materials from the Feb. 26 forum at the First Unitarian Church, “Boundaries that Matter,” featuring speakers Mark Salling, director of CSU’s Northern Ohio Data and Information Service, and Paul Moke, former president of the ACLU.  Click here to view a PDF of Dr. Salling’s presentation slides. To view a video of the entire forum, click here.

 

The League of Women Voters has been working for more than 30 years to reform redistricting in Ohio. Click here to view an updated timeline summarizing the history of these efforts.

 

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.

 

League of Women Voters Shaker Heights Chapter Presents:

Mayor Earl Leiken’s 2017 State of the City address

 

To view the address, click here.

 

In his address, the Mayor discussed 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 since he took office in 2008.

 

State of the Schools 2017

On February 28, Dr. Gregory Hutchings shared information on Shaker Schools and the progress being made as well as goals for the future. To watch the video, click here.

 

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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.

 

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

 

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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.

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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.

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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

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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

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