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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.

 

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!
The Ingenuity Fest comes to Cleveland Friday, Sept. 22-Sunday Sept. 24.  This is a ticketed event but you may collect signatures outside.
The Ohio City Street Festival comes to the West Side Market neighborhood on Sunday, Sept. 2412-8 pm.  Collect signatures on public sidewalks around the event.
Does your community have an event?  There is a Fall Festival in Pepper Pike on Saturday, Sept. 23, and a great Homecoming Football Game in Shaker Heights, where the Shaker League will have a table.  (Contact lwvgc4fairdistricts@gmail.com about that one!)  Maybe there is something comparable for you close to home!
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: 

 

Shaker Heights Candidates Forum Night

Thursday, September 28, 2017
7:00 pm
Shaker Heights Middle School
20600 Shaker Blvd., Shaker Heights, OH 44122

 

Candidates for Shaker Heights City Council and Shaker Heights Board of Education will answer questions.

 

Northeast Ohio Public Policy Forums:

 

“Ohio Drug Price Relief Act” Ballot Issue:  A look at both sides

Tuesday, September 19, 2017
7:00 – 8:30 p.m.
Cuyahoga County Public Library, Bay Village Branch
502 Cahoon Rd, Cleveland, OH 44140

 

Panelists: TBD

Moderator: Jeremy Pelzer, Cleveland.com

 

The Ohio Drug Price Relief Act is a citizen-initiated statute slated for the November ballot. It would require the state of Ohio to pay no more for prescription drugs than the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs, which has negotiated a discount of up to 40 percent. Is this a good idea? Panelist will include people on both sides of the issue.

Click here to register.

 

The Ohio Board of Education a.k.a. the State School Board

Monday, September 25, 2017
7:00 – 8:30 pm
Shaker Main Public Library
16500 Van Aken Blvd., Shaker Heights, OH 44120

 

How can they help us? How can we help them?

 

With Board of Education member Meryl Johnson, Ohio Senator (R-6) and Chair, Senate Standing Committee on Education Peggy Lehner, and former Board of Education member Mary Rose Oakar.

 

The purpose of this program is to educate on what the State Board of Education does, its relationship to the Ohio legislature and, most importantly, how the public can help our elected officials on both the School Board and the legislature to be more effective.

 

Co-sponsored by the League of Women Voters of Greater Cleveland and the Shaker Heights Public Library.

 

Race & Infant Mortality In Northeast Ohio:
Why are black babies dying more and what can be done?

Wednesday, September 27, 2017
7:00 – 8:30 pm
Heights Public Library, Main Branch
2345 Lee Road, Cleveland Heights, OH 44118

 

Moderator: Brie Zeltner, The Plain Dealer
Panelists: Christin Farmer, Executive Director, Birthing Beautiful Communities
Dr. Arthur R. James, The Ohio State University Interim Executive Director, Kirwin Institute, Nationwide Children’s Hospital
Angela Newman White, Supervisor, Maternal & Child Health Program, Cuyahoga County Board of Health

 

Ohio has one of the highest rates of infant death for black mothers in the country. Northeast Oho is ground zero for the crisis, as more African-American babies are born in Cuyahoga County than in any other part of the state, and these babies die at three times the rate of those born to white mothers. 

 

Why is the problem so bad for the black community in particular, what role does racism in our neighborhoods and institutions play, and what can and should be done to fix it? Join us for a lively discussion, and bring your observations about how race influences the lives of Northeast Ohio mothers and their babies. 

 

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:
State of the City


Mayor Earl Leiken’s 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

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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Election 2017 Voter Guides

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.

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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.