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.

The image above was composed by Johnine Byrne of See Your Words. It is a graphic recording of a  forum on building Shaker’s future. You can see the giant drawing, which captures the event, in the Shaker Heights Public Library’s Main branch. You can watch the video here.


League of Women Voters of Greater Cleveland
Shaker Chapter Presents:


State of the City 

Thursday, March 15, 2018
7:00 – 8:30 pm
Stephanie Tubbs Jones Community Center
3450 Lee Rd., Shaker Heights, OH 44120


Mayor Earl Leiken will discuss the current state of affairs in Shaker Heights and the work being done to create a thriving, healthy and inclusive community. 


Time to address Gerrymandering in Ohio’s Congressional districts


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

Fair Districts = Fair Elections
League of Women Voters of Ohio 


Read the LWV Ohio and Common Cause Report on Ohio’s Gerrymandering problem. click here


What you can do:


This week the Ohio Senate heard two days of opposition testimony on SJR 5. Over 30 opponents delivered thoughtful and persuasive testimony on the flaws within the Senate’s proposal and elevated the good government principles contained in our Fair Districts proposal (click “Committee Documents” to view testimony). Thank you to everyone who provided testimony and made calls to their legislators. Your work is making a difference!

In the face of our strong opposition, the Ohio Senate announced it was delaying a vote on SJR5, which had been expected on Wednesday. The Ohio House of Representatives also walked back their plans to introduce separate legislation and cancelled plans to hold redistricting hearings this week. Even more importantly, the Ohio Senate announced it would not place a proposal on the May ballot if the Fair Districts coalition did not support its plan. This is all fantastic news! These gains would not have been possible without the significant public pressure you have placed on the legislature. THANK YOU!

We are in talks with House and Senate leadership about potential changes to SJR 5 that would provide REAL Reform. We are committed to ensuring any proposal requires meaningful bipartisan approval, keeps communities together and prevents gerrymandering. Unless and until the legislature passes such a proposal, our campaign to collect signatures will continue full steam ahead.  The legislature has until February 7 to approve legislation that would put congressional redistricting on the May ballot. We will continue to keep you updated.

Catch Up on What’s Happening in Columbus
Recent news coverage includes stories from WKBN and the Akron Beacon Journal.  The Columbus Dispatch calls the Huffman proposal “nonpartisan,” which suggests they do not understand how it works.  Also, read this Cleveland.com editorial, “Blatantly skewed Ohio GOP congressional redistricting ‘reform’ plan belongs in the trash.”
Go to a campaign update and canvassing refresher training at these times and locations:
Thursday, February 207:00 pm, Euclid Library.  (Note corrected time.)
Want to help but are not able to collect signatures? Join our phone/email bank team! Contact lwvgc4fairdistricts@gmail.com for details.
New volunteers are always welcome!

•  Contact Catherine LaCroix
•  For more information on the Stop Gerrymandering effort, click here
•  To view a webinar on how to collect signatures, click here

Coming Events: 

Northeast Ohio Public Policy Forums:


Opportunity Corridor: Will the opportunity be realized? 

Wednesday, February 21, 2018
7:00 – 8:30 pm
Tinkham Veale University Center, CWRU Campus
11038 Bellflower Rd., Cleveland, OH 44106


The Opportunity Corridor provides a connection between west and east sides; through neighborhoods that would benefit from economic renewal. It has been condemned, extolled, and is now becoming a reality. But what will it do in reality? 


Stop Gerrymandering 202
An Update on the Campaign to reform how Congressional Districts are drawn in Ohio

Tuesday, February 27, 2018
7:00 pm
Beachwood Public Library
25501 Shaker Blvd., Beachwood, OH 44122


The Fair Districts=Fair Elections Coalition and the League of Women Voters of Greater Cleveland are hosting a petition training and strategy workshop. We’ll have the latest news on efforts to reform how Congressional districts are drawn in Ohio. 


Learn the correct way to manage petitions and get legal signatures. Get the word out about Congressional redistricting reform and educate others about the Fair Districts=Fair Elections proposal. We will have petitions for you to take with you and will give you the tools to get signatures correctly. 


Consumer Scams
How to spot, avoid & respond

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


Moderator: Teresa Dixon-Murray, Plain Dealer Banking & Personal Finance Reporter


Larissa Bungo, Assistant Regional Director, Federal Trade Commission
Sheryl Harris, Director, Consumer Affairs, Cuyahoga County
Sue McConnell, President, Better Business Bureau, Cleveland



Redistricting & Gerrymandering in America & Ohio

Tuesday, March 20, 2018
7:00 – 8:30 pm
CWRU Siegal Lifelong Learning Facility
25700 Science Park Dr., #100
Beachwood, OH 44122


Moderator: Richard Exner, Cleveland.com Data Reporter


David Daley, National political writer; Senior Fellow for FairVote; author of Ratf**ked: The True Story Behind the Secret Plan to Steal America’s Democracy; frequent lecturer and media source on gerrymandering; former Editor-in-Chief of Salon.com; former CEO & publisher of Connecticut News Project.


Catherine Turcer, Director, Common Cause Ohio, and Co-leader of Fair Districts Ohio


This forum will look at the Redistricting issue from a national and local perspective with experts in each area on the panel. We’ll discuss the latest information and the expectations for 2018, the 2020 Census and more. 


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


Shaker Schools News

Next Meeting Dates:

  • February 13, 2018. Monthly Board Meeting at 6:00 p.m. The meeting will take place at the High School, small auditorium, 15911 Aldersyde Drive.
  • February 22, 2018. 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. For public awareness, we inform that the district will provide an update about the capital project planning process.
  • February 27, 2018. State of the Schools at 6:00 p.m. The meeting will take place at the Shaker Heights High School, large auditorium, 15911 Aldersyde Drive.
  • March 13, 2018. Monthly Board Meeting at 6:00 p.m. The meeting will take place at the High School, small auditorium, 15911 Aldersyde 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, February 19, 2018 at the Main Library, Meeting Room B
Monday, March 19, 2018 at the Main Library, Meeting Room B
Monday, April 16, 2018 at the Bertram Woods Branch 


The Shaker Library Board will vote on placing a small millage increase on the May 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.


Gerrymandering: Interesting links on the topic


“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.  To listen click here.


Ideastream special broadcast on WCPN: Intelligence Squared U.S.: Gerrymandering: Is gerrymandering destroying the political center? To listen click here.


League of Women Voters Shaker Heights Chapter Presents:

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. 


Shaker Square: Its past, present, and future

To watch the video of this forum, click here

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. An interesting discussion about this significant neighborhood for both Cleveland and Shaker Heights.


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

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.


City-Schools-Library Officials Forum
Building Shaker’s Future: Q & A, Comments, and Dialogue

To watch the video, click here. 

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


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

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. 



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.