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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.

 

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:

•  Collect signatures at the polls on Election Day.  Sign up here to work at a polling location on Election Day or during early voting at the Board of Elections building.
•  Check the updated signature collection calendar for other  opportunities.
•  Contact Rep. Schuring and other legislators to let them know that you want redistricting reform that mandates bipartisan approval of maps, no gerrymandering, undivided communities, and transparency.
•  Pick up petition booklets and drop off completed booklets here.
•  Sign up for the LWVGC Fair Districts e-newsletter to receive regular updates on signature collecting opportunities.
•  Make a donation.
•  Endorse the proposal.
•  Recruit friends to help. Have them contact Catherine LaCroix.

To view a webinar on how to collect signatures, click here

For information on local training sessions on the Fair Districts proposal and/or on how to manage petitions and collect signatures, click here.

 

Coming Events: 

 

League of Women Voters of Greater Cleveland
Shaker Chapter Presents:

 

City Council, School Board & Library Forum

Wednesday, December 13, 2017
6:30 pm – 8:30 pm
Stephanie Tubbs Jones Community Building
3450 Lee Road, Shaker Heights, OH 4420

 

Building Shaker’s Future: Q & A, Comments and Dialogue

 

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.

 

A moderated discussion with brief comments by Mayor of Shaker Heights, Earl Leiken.

Moderated by Amy Hanauer.

Submit questions/comments at the event or to president@lwvshaker.org or on Twitter at #lwvshaker

 

 

Northeast Ohio Public Policy Forums:

The 2018 schedule of forums is being completed and we will update soon!

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

 

Shaker Schools News

Next Meeting Dates:
December 11, 2017, January 9, 2017
Monthly Board Meetings at 6:00 p.m.  in the High School small auditorium, 15911 Aldersyde Drive. 

 

January 23, 2018. Special Meeting/Work Session at 5:00 p.m. The meeting will take place at the High School small auditorium, 15911 Aldersyde Drive.

 

Residents voted in May 2017 to support the Shaker Schools with a 3.75-mill bond levy, to raise $30 million for the District’s most urgent and critical capital needs. 

Read the LWV Shaker Chapter 2017 Bond-Levy Committee Report.  

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, November 27, 2017 at the Bertram Woods Branch
Monday, December 18, 2017 at the Main Library, Room B 

 

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.

 

In the coming weeks, Shaker Library will make presentations to Shaker Heights City Council and the Shaker Heights Board of Education to discuss its intentions for the future. 

 

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:

 

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

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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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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. 

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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.