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Questioning Councilman McCormack’s response to Market Square Park shooting

To the Editor (Plain Press, November 2018)In early October, two members of our near west side community were victims of a crime when they were shot during an argument at Market Square Park. These two people live, work, and volunteer in our community and support their families and friends in our community. You would not know that … Continue reading

Former Executive Director of Cudell Improvement Anita Brindza speaks regarding the Cudell Improvement/Detroit Shoreway Strategic Alliance The fourth article of a series on the Strategic Alliance

by Victoria Shea (Plain Press, October 2018)           In her new office for the Western Elmwood Berea Corp., also known as WEBCO, former Executive Director of Cudell Improvement, Anita Brindza has several frames on her office floor and some boxes filled with what one assumes is paperwork. It is a much smaller and lonelier office than what … Continue reading

Cudell and Detroit Shoreway announce “Strategic Alliance”

By Victoria Shea   (Plain Press, July 2018)         The boards of Cudell Improvement and Detroit Shoreway Community Development Organization announced in a letter dated June 5th that the two neighborhood organizations have formed a Strategic Alliance that will take effect on July 1, 2018. NEWS ANALYSIS The letter, signed by Daniel Berry, the President of … Continue reading

Cleveland City Council needs to change the way it operates to avoid further corruption

by Chuck Hoven (Plain Press, May 2018)       The practice by Cleveland City Council of giving exclusive say to the sitting Council Representative over decisions about projects in their ward, in effect, creates what political scientists call “functional fiefdoms” and is an invitation to corruption and influence peddling. The recent guilty plea to 26 misdemeanor ethics … Continue reading

League of Women Voters back Ohio Issue One

(Plain Press, May 2018)       The League of Women Voters are backing Ohio State Issue One with a volunteer presence out in the community as well as with information on their website. If it passes, Issue One will change the way Ohio draws up congressional district boundaries. Literature from the League of Women Voters of Ohio … Continue reading

Primary Election set for Tuesday, May 8th

(Plain Press, May 2018) The Primary Election will be held on Tuesday May 8th. On election day, the polls will be open from 6:30 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. According to the Cuyahoga County Board of Elections, you will need one of the following forms of identification to vote: a current and valid Ohio driver’s license, … Continue reading

Ward 14 Town Hall meeting features update on MetroHealth Transformation Plan and panel discussion about housing resources

by Chuck Hoven (Plain Press, April 2018)       Ward 14 Council Member Jasmin Santana said, “I am overwhelmed by your support” as she greeted the one hundred and fifty residents attending her first Town Hall meeting, on March 22nd, at Lincoln West High School. Santana said this is “one of many town halls” she will … Continue reading

May 8thPrimary Election features a variety of contests and some issues

  (Plain Press, April 2018)       Early voting for the May 8thPrimary Election will begin on April 10th, 2018. If you are not yet registered to vote, the deadline to register and still vote in the primary election is April 9th. You can register at a local library, a public high school, an Ohio Bureau … Continue reading

Councilwoman Jasmin Santana shares motivations for running for City Council at Faith Swearing In Ceremony

by Chuck Hoven (Plain Press, March 2018)     Ward 14 Councilwoman Jasmin Santana, the first female Hispanic to be elected to Cleveland City Council, was sworn in at a Faith Swearing In, Ceremony held in the Family Ministry Center on Fulton Road, on February 23, 2018. Following the swearing in by Rev. Eliezer Negrón of … Continue reading

2017 – A terrible year for democracy here

by Roldo Bartimole (Plain Press, January 2018)                      As we slide toward the end of 2017 it’s hard to see this as a year of progress or advancement. Quite the opposite. Yes, Cleveland elected the familiar, if not exciting, Frank Jackson for a record four-year, fourth term. A Cleveland caretaker mayor. Not the first nor … Continue reading

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