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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.

 

The Board of the Shaker Heights Chapter of the League of Women Voters of Greater Cleveland has voted to endorse and support the Bond Issue-Levy, Issue 14, on the May 2, 2017 ballot, as proposed by the Shaker Heights Board of Education.

 

The League’s Shaker Chapter appointed a bond issue-levy committee to conduct interviews with administrators, School Board members and members of the School Board’s Finance and Audit Committee; review financials, and prepare a report about the bond issue-levy.  After careful deliberation and study, this committee recommended endorsing the levy.

 

Its findings were shared in a full report to the Shaker Chapter’s board before its members voted. This report, LWV Shaker Chapter 2017 Bond-Levy Committee Report, articulates the issue and explains the capital needs of district facilities, while addressing community concerns about Shaker’s level of taxation and the state report card.  

 

The League bond issue-levy committee commends the Board of Education for its thoughtful transparent process, for balancing school needs against community resources, and for including a permanent improvement levy as part of the levy package. 

 

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

 

May 2, 2017 Primary Election Important Dates:

3/18/2017

Absentee ballots start being mailed 

4/3/2017

Voter Registration Deadline for the 5/2/2017 Election

4/4/2017

Opening of Vote by Mail (Absentee) voting

4/29/2017

12:00 noon – Deadline for applications by mail for an absentee ballot to be mailed

5/1/2017

Voting in person at the Board of Elections ends 

5/1/2017

All Vote by Mail / Absentee ballots mailed anywhere in the U.S. must be postmarked on or before this date and received at the Board of Elections on or before 5/12/2017 in order to be counted

5/2/2017

All overseas Vote by Mail ballots must be signed and submitted for mailing by 12:01 AM EDT on or before this date and received on or before 5/12/2017 in order to be counted.

5/2/2017

6:30 a.m. – 7:30 p.m. – Election Day – Provisional voting at the Board of Elections

5/2/2017

All Vote by Mail / Absentee ballots returned in person must be received at the Board of Elections by 7:30 p.m. in order to be counted.

 

Coming Events:

 

“Democracy for Sale”

Friday, April 28, 2017
7:30 pm – 9:30 pm
First Unitarian Church, 21600 Shaker Blvd
Shaker Hts, OH, 44122

 

We invite you to this one-hour EPIX original documentary produced as part of the AMERICA DIVIDED series. Free and open to the public. On Saturday, April 29, 7 p.m. a second screening will take place at the West Shore Unitarian Universalist Church, 20401 Hilliard Boulevard in Rocky River.

 

Sustainable Shaker Task Force Presents:
Reduce, Reuse and Recycle: Tackling Waste in the Shaker Schools

Tuesday, May 9
7:00 pm – 8:30 pm
Onaway Elementary School Gym, 3115 Woodbury Rd, Shaker Heights, OH 44120

 

Discuss best practices and possibilities with members of the Task Force, students, teachers, parents, staff from the Shaker Schools, the City of Shaker Heights Public Works Department and the Cuyahoga County Solid Waste District.

 

 

“IMPACT: A Practice Guide to Political Action”

Wednesday, May 10, 2017
7:00 pm, Shaker Heights High School Large Auditorium

 

A Shaker League Forum co-sponsored by IMPACT (a group of Shaker families) entitled “IMPACT:  A Practical Guide to Political Action“.  This evening will feature speakers from local, county, state, and national political arenas on how citizen voices can be heard as well as an open house of grass roots organizations needing volunteers.  Stay tuned for more information.

 

Fair Districts Speaker Training

05/13/2017 at 9:30 am – 11:30 am
First Unitarian Church, 21600 Shaker Blvd
Shaker Hts, OH, 44122

 

Congressional redistricting reform – train to be a speaker 
Come if you wish to be a speaker for the redistricting effort or if you simply want to learn more. This training will also be valuable for anyone collecting petition signatures. Catherine Turcer of Common Cause Ohio will lead the training.

 

A 1:30 pm session at the Rocky River Public Library will present the same material. Those interested can attend either the morning east side or the afternoon west side event.

To register for the east side morning session click here.

 

Getting to Know Your Government Better

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

Thursday, May 18, 2017
6:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Harvard Community Services Center
18240 Harvard Ave., Cleveland, OH 44128

 

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

 

Northeast Ohio Public Policy Forums:

 

Will Cleveland’s Eastside Gentrify? Can It Be Done Equitably?

Tuesday, May 9, 2017
7:00 – 8:30 p.m.
Cleveland Heights/University Heights Public Library
2345 Lee Road, Cleveland Heights, OH 44118

 

Moderator: Steven Litt, The Plain Dealer Art, Architecture, Urban Design and City Planning Reporter

Panelists:
Wes Finch, Founder and Chairman, The Finch Group
Mansfield Frazier, Journalist, Business Owner and Hough Resident
Michael Fleming, Executive Director, St. Clair Superior Development Corporation
Jason Segedy, Director of Planning and Urban Development, City of Akron

 

Fracking and the Impact of the Utica Shale Oil on Ohio

Tuesday, May 16, 2017
7:00 pm – 8:30 pm
Solon Community Center, 35000 Portz Pkwy., Solon, OH 44139


Moderated by Dan Shingler, Crain’s Cleveland Business

 

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

 

Shaker Schools Bond Levy Update  

 

The Shaker Heights Board of Education voted unanimously to place a 3.75-mill bond levy, ($132/$100,000 of home value) on the May 2 ballot to raise $30 million for the District’s most urgent and critical capital needs. The funds from the bond levy are intended to repair roofs, chillers, boilers and upgrade the technology infrastructure—the things that are essential in order to provide a warm, safe, dry and up to date educational environment. Read the League’s LWV Shaker Chapter 2017 Bond-Levy Committee Report  to learn more.

 

Want to learn more about the Shaker Schools May 2, 2017 Bond Levy? Visit the Bond Levy website or follow them on Facebook at Committee for Shaker Schools.

 

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 November 2017. That is due in part to the work that needs 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. 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.  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

 

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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.