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.


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League of Women Voters Presents:
“State of the City”

Mayor Earl Leiken will deliver his State of the City address

Thursday, February 23
7:00pm, Stephanie Jones Community Building
3450 Lee Road, Shaker Heights, OH 44120


In his address, the Mayor will discuss his administration’s accomplishments over the past year working to create a thriving, healthy, and inclusive Shaker Heights.


Coming Events:


Annual Program Review Meeting

01/29/2017 at 1:30 pm – 3:30 pm
Member home, 13710 Shaker Boulevard, #906
Cleveland, Ohio, 44120


All members, please attend! Observers, your input is essential! Program planning allows local Leagues to identify policy positions that need to be developed or updated. These positions serve as platforms for our advocacy work, so it’s important that they be inclusive and up to date. This year we will be considering local (Shaker) (LWVGC) positions and state (LWV Ohio) positions in advance of the LWV Ohio convention to be held May 5 – 7 in Cuyahoga Falls.


Shaker Heights Chapter
For LWV members


Northeast Ohio Public Policy Forums:


The Proposed Merger of Cleveland and East Cleveland

01/31/2017 at 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm
Tinkham Veale University Center, CWRU Campus, 11038 Bellflower Road
Cleveland, Ohio, 44106


How could this happen? Should it?

Moderator: Nick Castele, Ideastream
Panelists: TBD


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


Shaker Schools Master Planning Community Meetings 


On January 10, 2017, the Board of Education, acting with the advice of its Finance and Audit Committee, voted unanimously to place a 3.76-mill bond levy on the May 2, 2017 ballot to raise $30 million for the District’s most urgent and critical capital needs. In doing so, the Board agreed to put aside a $50 million option that would have included building a new Middle School.


Upcoming Public Meetings 

  • January 17, 2017. Monthly Board Meeting at 6:00 p.m. The meeting will take place at the High School small auditorium, 15911 Aldersyde Drive. The board will vote on a second resolution to place a $30M bond and 1.25-mill permanent improvement levy on the May 2 ballot.

  • February 14, 2017. Monthly Board Meeting at 6:00 p.m. The meeting will take place at the High School small auditorium, 15911 Aldersyde Drive. The board will discuss the specific projects for the $30M capital plan.

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 understands and takes its responsibility to act as Shaker residents’ fiduciary seriously.  The next step is to determine the final budget and to propose 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 November 2017. That is due in part to the work that needs to to be completed and also out of  respect for the schools’ process, as the Library wants voters to have the opportunity to address each issue separately.


Time to address gerrymandering:


Ohio’s Congressional Districts are still not fair. Learn more from:

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.


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.  Citizens were encouraged to submit written questions in advance or at the event.


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




The Mayor’s Financial Task Force functions to provide the Mayor with a community-wide perspective on financial issues. Read the report: Mayor’s Financial Task Force Report 8/29/16.  


Shaker Heights Public Library Facility Options Study 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



Election 2016 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.


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.