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Panel tackles police accountability and the use of body-worn police cameras

by Chuck Hoven (Plain Press, May 2015) At the April 18th meeting of the Greater Cleveland Civil and Human Rights Coalition, a panel of seven people with a variety of different areas of expertise weighed in on the question of whether or not Body-Worn Cameras will increase police accountability. Shakyra Diaz, a Policy Manager for … Continue reading

More details shared about plans for Aragon Ballroom building

by Chuck Hoven (Plain Press, May 2015) At a public meeting on April 8th at Lincoln West High School, Ali Faraj, owner of the Aragon Ballroom building at 3179 W. 25th Street shared more details about his plan to reopen the building as a banquet hall and conference center. Residents in attendance, while expressing appreciation … Continue reading

Palm Sunday Pony Ride

Hoops for Children’s Miracle Network

Despite setback, EDEN hopes to proceed with housing for homeless

(Plain Press, May 2015) Emerald Development and Economic Network’s (EDEN) plans to build a sixty-six-unit apartment building for the chronically homeless at 8301 Detroit Avenue will require changes in order to proceed. Some neighbors to the east of the development project on W. 81st Street went to the Cuyahoga County Court of Common Pleas to … Continue reading

COMMUNITY BOARD MAY 2015

A listing of a variety of free activities and resources for the Near West Side. ARTS AND CULTURE THE CLIFTON ARTS AND MUSICFEST will be held on Saturday, June 20 from 10 am to 6 pm at Clifton Blvd between West 112th and West 117th.  Applications are available for the $750 Student Scholarship entries. Student Scholarship … Continue reading

Money promised to Cleveland school children from Cleveland parking fees needs to be restored

SCHOOLS’ PORTION SHORTED BY $1 MILLION PER YEAR SINCE 2010 To the Editor: (Plain Press, May 2015) City council just passed a major increase to the parking fees in this city. Coupled with major increases in rates at private lots, the increase in funds generated by the parking tax must be sizeable. One of the … Continue reading

Beware of non-competitive political districts

To the Editor: (Plain Press, May 2015) Who is responsible, ultimately, for a justice system more concerned with the livelihood of police officers than the lives of minorities? In regions where Blacks and Hispanics outnumber Caucasians; the answer, ironically, is minority voters. They contribute repeatedly to injustice in justice systems by paying more attention to … Continue reading

Study places Cleveland Metropolitan School District performance in context

(Plain Press, May 2015) CMSD NEWS BUREAU (4/16/2015) When poverty, other student demographic factors and past performance are taken into account, CMSD ranked slightly above average statewide on most indicators last school year, two higher-education leaders say in the draft of a new report. Adjusting for these factors, CMSD also fared above average when compared … Continue reading

Ohio House plan would undermine Medicaid expansion program

(Plain Press, May 2015) The Ohio House of Representatives is planning to erect barriers to the state’s Medicaid expansion program that could jeopardize health coverage for hundreds of thousands of adults and children, a new report by Policy Matters Ohio says. “Ohio’s Medicaid expansion has been an unqualified success, with more than half a million Ohioans … Continue reading