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PRIMARY ELECTION IS MAY 8
EARLY VOTING STARTS APRIL 10

Click here for Cuyahoga County voter information and early voting dates and times
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The Shaker Chapter of the League of Women Voters of Greater Cleveland urges Shaker Heights voters to VOTE YES on Issue 1 (Redistricting) and Issue 7 (Shaker Library levy) when going to the polls on Tuesday, May 8.

 

SHAKER LEAGUE OF WOMEN VOTERS CHAPTER
ENDORSES MAY 8 LIBRARY LEVY

 

To learn more, you may read our
full report or a one-page summary sheet of the full report.

 

 

The Board of the Shaker Chapter of the League of Women Voters of Greater Cleveland has voted to accept the report of its Library Operating Levy Evaluation Committee, thereby endorsing and supporting Issue 7, the Shaker Heights Public Library’s Operational Levy on the May 8, 2018, ballot.

 

The Shaker Chapter of the LWVGC has followed its protocol in the evaluation of local levies by first forming a committee, which does the intense evaluation work and submits a final report for the board to vote on, as it has done for prior school levies and Shaker city tax levies.  

 

This Library Operating Levy Evaluation Committee, made up of six League members, spent over two months interviewing 20 local leaders and analyzing 39 documents–plus hours of discussion and writing time–to reach its conclusions as presented to the Board of the Shaker Chapter of the League of Women Voters of Greater Cleveland. The board voted in March to support the levy.

 

 

Click here to learn more about Issue 1 and why you should vote YES

 

League of Women Voters of Greater Cleveland
Shaker Chapter Presents:

 

2018 Annual Meeting of the
League of Women Voters of Greater Cleveland
Shaker Heights Chapter

Monday, May 14, 2018
Christ Episcopal Church
3445 Warrensville Center Rd., Shaker Heights

 

Check-in begins at 6:45 p.m.; Call to order at 7:00 p.m.

All members are welcome and encouraged to attend.

 

League of Women Voters of Greater Cleveland 4th Annual Meeting”
“Sustaining our Democracy”

Saturday, May 19, 2018
Sign-in – 9:15 am; Business meeting – 9:30 am
Catered lunch – Noon; Speaker – 12:30 pm

Canalway Center at the Cleveland MetroParks Ohio and Erie Canal Reservation
4524 E. 49th St., Cuyahoga Heights

 

Speaker: Cuyahoga Council member Sunny M. Simon, District 11, who will talk about efforts to improve sustainability in Cuyahoga County.

 

RSVP by May 7

Fee: $10 to cover lunch

Click here to learn more and register online.
For mail-in registration form click here.

All members are encouraged to attend!

 

Bipartisan Reform Heading to the Ballot on May 8
“Vote Yes on Issue 1” Campaign 

Thank you to all of the volunteers whose tireless efforts put pressure on our Statehouse! State legislators and Fair Districts advocates negotiated this bipartisan agreement that do the following:
1. Prevents uncontrolled partisan gerrymandering
2. Requires minority party support for a ten year map
3. Opens the process to public scrutiny and comment
4. Reduces the ability of mapmakers to split communities and counties.

We are very committed to this proposal, but we are not abandoning our petition signature collection.  We are going to keep collecting until we know this Bill passes in May.  If it doesn’t pass, then we will still have our signatures for November.

“How Can I Help?”

Education is key! Help us to identify groups where we could speak to explain gerrymandering and the need for fair districts.This effort is so important that we need to secure a path to the ballot in November as a backup. Take these easy steps to put us in a good “insurance” position:

  1. Turn in all outstanding petitions with signatures on them at one of our LWVGC dropoff locations. We need them in the bank!
  2. Help to check petition signatures. This is an at-home, on-line process that requires training. Sign up here with Fair Districts Ohio or email LWVGC if you are interested. Fair Districts only counts a signature in the tally if we have checked it against the voter data base.
  3. Continue to collect signatures. This is a good way to engage with voters and offer one on one education.  Check our updated signature collection calendar for ideas. Need talking points? Check out this Fair Districtsblog post and our own summary.
We Need Speakers
We will have opportunities to speak to groups around the area about gerrymandering, Issue 1, and Fair DistrictsContact us by email if you are interested in speaker training.

The Bill  that passed the Ohio General Assembly creates a bipartisan process that strongly encourages both major parties to cooperate and agree on a congressional map that better represents the views of Ohioans.

 

Coming Events: 

Northeast Ohio Public Policy Forums:

 

Single Payer Healthcare: How does it work?
Could it work in the U.S.?

Wednesday, April 25, 2018
6:30 – 8:00 pm
Lakewood Public Library (Main Branch)
15425 Detroit Ave., Lakewood, OH

Moderated by Ginger Christ, Healthcare Reporter for The Plain Dealer

 

Some think that single payer healthcare is the answer to our healthcare problems ad others think it will bankrupt the country and won’t work.  This forum will explore both sides with a particular emphasis on how it might impact Northeast Ohio.

 

ZERO WEEKS
A documentary exploring America’s Paid Leave Crisis

Thursday, April 26, 2018
6:30 – 9:00 pm
Cedar Lee Theatre
21163 Lee Rd., Cleveland Heights, OH 44118

 

This documentary explores America’s paid leave crisis and the importance of providing paid leave for American workers. After the screening, join advocates and legislators for a conversation about what you can do to advocate for paid family leave in Ohio.

 

City Club Forum:
Ohio Ballot Beat: The Bipartisan Congressional Redistricting Reform Ammendment
Issue 1

Thursday, April 26, 2018
12:00 – 1:30 pm
City Club of Cleveland
850 Euclid Ave, 2nd Floor, Cleveland, OH, 44114

 

For more information and to register click here. 

 

League members can get a 20% discount when they enter the code “Ballot18” when registering for this forum.

 

Women in Politics:
How to get more women to run for office in Ohio

Wednesday, May 16, 2018
7:00 – 8:30 pm
Cleveland Heights – University Heights Public Library
2345 Lee Road
Cleveland Heights, Ohio, 44118

 

Moderated by Mary Kilpatrick, Reporter, Cleveland.com

 

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

 

Shaker Schools News

Next Meeting Dates:


April 26, 2018. Finance and Audit Committee Meeting at 7:00 p.m. The meeting will take place at the Administration Building, large conference room, 15600 Parkland Drive.

 

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

Board meeting dates:


Monday, May 21, 2018 at the Main Branch, Meeting Room B
Monday, June 18, 2018 at the Bertram Woods Branch 

 

The Shaker Library Board will vote on placing a small millage increase on the May 8, 2018 ballot. The small increase will be the first millage increase for Shaker Library in over 20 years. 

 

The cost of this increase to Shaker Heights property owners would be $67 per $100,000 of home value—a little more than 18¢ per day. Two-thirds of the funds this levy would generate would be allocated to repairing and upgrading the Library’s facilities. The remaining one-third of the funds would pay for library operating expenses, including adding year-round Sunday hours. To learn more about the levy, click here.

 

For the City of Shaker Heights Sunshine Calendar, click here.

 

League of Women Voters Shaker Heights Chapter Presents:

 

2018 State of the City

For those of you who couldn’t attend Mayor Earl Leiken’s final State of the City Address, you can watch the video and learn about the current state of affairs in Shaker Heights and the work being done to create a thriving, healthy and inclusive community. 

 

State of the Schools 2018

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.

 

2018 City Council, School Board & Library Forum

Building Shaker’s Future: Q & A, Comments and Dialogue, moderated by Amy Hanauer

Watch representatives from Shaker Heights City Council, School Board and Library answer questions from the community, offer comments and dialogue on their plans and vision for Shaker’s future, with brief comments by Mayor of Shaker Heights, Earl Leiken.


Click here to view the video. 

 

For prior videos of forums we have hosted go to our Public Policy Forums page on the menu bar.

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