Home

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.

 

Vote for the LWV of Ohio!

The League of Women Voters of Ohio is one of three finalists for the Strengthening Democracy Award at this year’s National Convention.  The Ohio League was cited for its decades-long fight to end gerrymandering and mobilizing citizens to pass Issue 1.  You can cast your vote here for LWV of Ohio and read more about this honor here.

 

ISSUE 1 – the Next Step
LWV Joins Congressional District Lawsuit

The League of Women Voters of Ohio announced participation in a lawsuit challenging the state’s U.S. congressional districts as unconstitutional. The federal lawsuit, filed by the American Civil Liberties Union in the Southern District of Ohio, alleges the current map violates Ohioans’ right to have their votes count and their voices heard.

Ohio‘s current congressional map is clearly gerrymandered and unconstitutional,” said LWV Ohio Executive Director Jen Miller. “Voters demonstrated their understanding of this issue and hunger for change at the ballot box on May 8. We look forward to seeing the benefits of Issue 1 during the creation of future maps, which starts in 2021. But the fact remains that the current map needs to be addressed now. This lawsuit could lead to fair maps for all Ohio voters in the 2020 election, and create a strong framework for future map making under the Issue 1 process.”

 

Drawn by the majority party in 2011 under Ohio‘s old redistricting process, the current map has reliably resulted in a 12-4 Republican-Democratic district split, regardless of overall vote totals. According to this complaint, Ohio‘s current congressional map violates the First and Fourteenth Amendments of the Constitution.

“The League of Women Voters of Ohio has been advocating for an end to gerrymandering for decades, including revealing the hyper-partisan backroom dealing that went into drawing the current congressional map, and tracking the predictable results of Ohio‘s congressional elections since 2012.” said Mary Kirtz Van Nortwick, LWV Ohio Co-President. “We have always been committed to defending democracy and advocating for the voices of everyday Ohioans in their government, even when it is not easy.”

LWV Ohio joins the lawsuit alongside the lead plaintiff, the Ohio A. Phillip Randolph Institute, an African-American trade union and civil rights advocacy organization, as well as an individual plaintiff from each of Ohio‘s sixteen congressional districts. The defendants listed in the complaint are OhioGovernor John Kasich, Ohio Secretary of State John Husted, Ohio Senate Majority Leader Larry Obhof, and Interim House Speaker Kirk Schuring.

“We remain incredibly proud of the bipartisan compromise that went into passing Issue 1 and are committed to its successful implementation. We would not be participating in this suit if its goal were to stymie or undermine the reforms of Issue 1,” added Miller. “Rather, we feel this can set the stage for the best possible outcome in future redistricting processes by establishing a fair baseline and has the potential to bring fair districts to all Ohio voters even sooner.”

 

Coming Events: 

Northeast Ohio Public Policy Forums:

 

Ohio Gun Laws: What are our options?

Tuesday, July 17, 2018
7:00 – 8:30 pm
Cleveland Heights-University Heights Main Library
2345 Lee Rd., Cleveland Heights, OH 4418

 

This panel will offer an informed perspective on Ohio gun laws and current attempts to change them. Find out how you can help to impact this issue.

Representatives from:
League of Women Voters of Ohio Lobby Corps
March for our Lives Cleveland
Moms Demand Action
Ohio Coalition Against Gun Violence
Ohioans for Gun Safety
Moderated by Darrielle Snipes, Ideastream/WCPN

 

Redistricting and Voting Rights in Ohio

August Date is being determined
7:00 pm
CWRU Siegal Lifelong Learning facility
25700 Science Park Dr #100, Beachwood, OH 44122

 

Representative Kathleen Clyde (D), Ohio House District 75
Dr. David B. Cohen, Director, Ray C. Bliss Institute of Applied Politics
Senator Frank LaRose (R), Ohio Senate District 27

 

Moderator: Thomas Suddes, Editorial Writer, Cleveland.com

 

Ohio’s school report cards: What do they really tell us? What
should they?:
A discussion about how we evaluate our schools

Wednesday August 29
7:00 pm
Cleveland Heights High School small auditorium
13263 Cedar Rd, Cleveland Hts, OH 44118

A discussion about how we evaluate our schools
Moderated by Patrick O’Donnell Plain Dealer Education reporter

Co-sponsors: CH/UH PTA, Plain Dealer/Cleveland.com. CWRU Lifelong Learning,
LWV-GC. Corporate sponsor: First Interstate LTD

Waste and Recycling in Cuyahoga County or
why you cant “wish-cycle” your way to sustainable waste
management

Thursday August 30, 2018 7pm
Fairview Park Library 21255 Lorain Rd, Cleveland, OH 44126

 

A talk by Diane Bickett, Exec Dir. Cuy Cty Solid Waste District
To learn more click here

 

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

 

Shaker Schools News

Next Meeting Dates:


July 10, 2018. Monthly Board Meeting at 6:00 p.m. The meeting will take place at the Administration Building, large conference room, 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, August 20, 2018 at the Main Branch, Meeting Room B
Monday, September 17, 2018 at the Main Branch, Meeting Room B
Monday, October 15, 2018 at the Bertram Woods Branch
Monday, November 19, 2018 at the Main Branch, Meeting Room B
Monday, December 17, 2018 at the Main Branch, Meeting Room B 

 

Shaker Heights voters approved the proposed operating levy funding the Shaker Heights Public Library. The small increase will be the first millage increase for Shaker Library in over 20 years. The LWV Shaker Chapter endorsed the levy. 

 

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

 

The cost of this increase to Shaker Heights property owners will be $67 per $100,000 of home value—a little more than 18¢ per day. Two-thirds of the funds this levy will generate are to be allocated to repairing and upgrading the Library’s facilities. The remaining one-third of the funds will 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.

___________________________________________________________________________________

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. 

http://www.vote411.org/sites/all/themes/vote411/images/Vote411_biglogo.gif

 

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.