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Election 2016 results — turnout varies widely in precincts in Plain Press service area

Election 2016 results – turnout varies widely in precincts in Plain Press service area (Plain Press, December 2016) Voters approved all three issues on the ballot in Cleveland this November. Of the three issues, the half percent hike in the payroll tax won by the smallest margin winning 51.36% to 48.64%, with 64,439 yes votes … Continue reading

Ward 15 Councilman Matt Zone elected president of National League of Cities: CARRIES ON ZONE FAMILY LEGACY OF PUBLIC SERVICE

  : by Jack Craciun III (Plain Press, December 2016) On November 19th, 2016, Cleveland Ward 15 Councilman Matt Zone was elected president of the National League of Cities (NLC) at the organization’s 2016 City Summit in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. Zone, who served as NLC’s first vice president in 2016, will lead the nation’s largest membership … Continue reading

Mayor Frank Jackson forgets where he came from

by Roldo Bartimole (Plain Press, December 2016)            Mayor Frank Jackson is soft putty in the hands of the corporate downtown plutocracy. The mayor, from the most deprived area of the city, has allowed and perpetuated for a decade Cleveland’s downtown to become a city within the city—pampered and showered with freebies. What downtown wants, … Continue reading

December 2016 Plain Press – PDF


What fool taxes himself or herself?

by Roldo Bartimole (Plain Press, November 2016)    If the Cleveland Establishment forces—you know them—can’t back a $15 an hour wage, then they shouldn’t tax the first $15 an hour of pay. Or even, not tax the minimum Ohio wage of $8.10. That would make the first $16,848 ineligible for the city tax. That would … Continue reading

Community groups demand a higher standard from Cleveland City Council – urge rejection of Police Review Board Ballot Issue 33

(Plain Press, November 2016)    Members from the Cleveland-based chapters of Black Lives Matter and Showing Up for Racial Justice (SURJ) are criticizing what they call weak revisions to the Police Review Board: a set of minor changes to appear before voters on this Election Day. The groups say Issue 33 is “a watered-down version … Continue reading

Concerns about West Side Market parking fees raised at community discussion

by Chuck Hoven (Plain Press, November 2016)    Residents and stakeholders in the area around the West Side Market attended a meeting at Franklin Circle Church on October 18th to discuss proposed parking rates for the West Side Market and Hicks parking lots. Mayor Frank Jackson’s Chief of Staff Ken Silliman presented the City of … Continue reading

Election 2016: Information available to see in advance “What’s On the Ballot”

(Plain Press, October, 2016)       With early voting beginning in Ohio on October 12th, area residents may be ready to check out what is on the ballot. Candidates for president and vice president of the United States are at the top of the ballot this year. There are five sets of presidential and vice presidential candidates … Continue reading

Tackling poverty is the most effective way to improve performance of students in Cleveland schools

by Chuck Hoven (Plain Press, October 2016)          The End Poverty Now! march was by far the largest demonstration in Cleveland during the Republican National Convention. The marchers brought their message before the national media to draw attention to a critical issue. The message should also be heeded here in Cleveland. Census bureau data published … Continue reading

October 2016 Plain Press – PDF