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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.

 

Coming Events:

Getting to Know Your Government Better

A series of Town Hall Meetings
Presented by Cuyahoga County Councilmember Shontel Brown

Thursday, June 15, 2017
6:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Stephanie Tubbs Jones Community Building
3450 Lee Rd., Shaker Heights, OH 44120

 

Every third Thursday in the months of April, May and June, featuring Representatives from Federal, State and Local Government offices. 

 

LWV Greater Cleveland Annual Meeting:
Making Democracy Work by Fighting for Fair Districts

Saturday, June 3, 2017
Sign-in – 9:15 am; Business meeting – 9:30 am
Catered lunch – Noon; Speaker – 12:30 pm
Canalway Center at the Cleveland MetroParks Ohio
and Erie Canal Reservation
4524 East 49th Street in Cuyahoga Heights

 

Speaker:  Rep. Stephanie Howse (D), Ohio House District 11

“Ohio Voting Rights, Women’s Health, and Education issues

 

Lunch fee: $10 per person

RSVP by MAY 26
For mail-in registration form click here
To register online click here

 

Annual Meeting is a business meeting, but also a social event, with lunch and a speaker to follow the business meeting. This is an excellent opportunity to meet other League members, learn about League activities, and come to understand the organization, principles, and culture that form the basis of League’s mission and action. Feel free to bring guests.

 

 

Northeast Ohio Public Policy Forums:

 

Transportation in Northeast Ohio. Where’s the equity?

06/14/2017 at 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm
Urban Community School, 4909 Lorain Avenue
Cleveland, Ohio, 44102

 
Ginger Christ, reporter, Plain Dealer, will moderate. Panelists include:
Derek Bauman, vice chairman, All Aboard Ohio
Grace Gallucci, executive director, NOACA (Northeast Ohio Areawide Coordinating Agency)
Hunter Morrison, senior fellow, Maxine Goodman Levin College of Urban Affairs
Akshai Singh, member, Clevelanders for Public Transit

 

The Election for Mayor; a discussion about the future of Cleveland 

Tuesday, August 29, 2017
CWRU Tinkam Veale Student Center, CWRU Campus
11038 Bellflower Rd., Cleveland, OH 44106

 

Moderated by Leila Atassi, Reporter, Cleveland.com

 

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

 

Shaker Schools Bond Levy Passes 

 

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:

 

Ohio’s Congressional Districts are still not fair. Go to the Fair Districts = Fair Election website and volunteer now to fight for fair districts!

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 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 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.

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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.