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Making a Nuisance of Themselves

Owners, neighbors spar over law about rental properties

0 Comments · Wednesday, November 16, 2011
Even as a lawsuit against the city over its “chronic nuisance” ordinance meanders through the federal court system, City Council voted last month to expand the ordinance’s fines, opening a new chapter in the rancorous history of City Hall’s crackdown on troubled housing units and so-called absentee landlords.    

Banking on a Big Change

Ex-politico says a public bank would help Ohio’s economy

0 Comments · Wednesday, November 16, 2011
Two-time candidate for Ohio’s 2nd Congressional district David Krikorian has proposed that the state adopt a public banking system in the form of the Public Bank of Ohio (PBO), which would “alleviate the squeeze on credit, greasing the gears of capitalism for small business, the engine of economic growth.”  

Newcomers Join Council; Bortz, Ghiz Among Ousted

3 Comments · Wednesday, November 9, 2011
Voters sent a resounding message in Tuesday night's election, giving Cincinnati City Council's conservative majority its walking papers and returning control to Democrats after a tumultuous two-year term. In the process, two longtime incumbents known for their fiery tempers were defeated.   

School Board Incumbents Retain Seats; Kuhns Joins Board

Bolton: Levy loss “devastating”

3 Comments · Wednesday, November 9, 2011
There were no surprises in the Cincinnati School Board elections Tuesday night; Incumbents Eve Bolton and A. Chris Nelms held their seats and newcomer Alex Kuhns also won a spot on the board. The Hamilton County Democratic Party had stumped for the trio as a bloc and their names were the most familiar to voters.   

Once Again, Anti-Rail Initiative is Defeated

2 Comments · Wednesday, November 9, 2011
For the second time in two years, Cincinnati voters have rejected a ballot measure that sought to block the city's long-planned streetcar project. After a hard-fought campaign filled with heated rhetoric and election complaints, Issue 48 was defeated Tuesday night. A total of 35,655 votes were cast against the measure (51.54 percent), compared to 33,530 in favor (48.46 percent).  

Unions jubilant over SB5 repeal

Conservative City Council members swept away by tide

0 Comments · Wednesday, November 9, 2011
The post-election party celebrating the public's execution of Senate Bill No. 5 was jubilant and electrifying. Throughout the night at the Holy Grail Tavern downtown, cheers could be heard celebrating the waves of election reports as they came in.   

Trampling Over the Sixth Amendment

NKY courts play fast and loose with rules

0 Comments · Wednesday, November 9, 2011
According to a local public defender, people appearing in two Northern Kentucky courts — particularly the poor — are having their rights violated, and judges are responsible. John Delaney, who heads the public advocacy office that handles cases in Kenton and Campbell counties, says district judges in those counties are violating state and federal law in not appointing legal counsel to defendants who need them.  

Queen City Bike Rolls On

Ostendorf sees enthusiasm among local cycling community

2 Comments · Wednesday, November 9, 2011
Nern Ostendorf was named executive
director of Queen City Bike less than two months ago. CityBeat decided that was enough time to check in with the 24-year-old to discuss her new role and the organization’s latest initiatives for promoting cycling as a safe and healthy means of transportation.  

Senate Bill No. 5 Energizes Unions, Democrats

Critics question private sector’s motives

3 Comments · Wednesday, November 2, 2011
If the latest Quinnipiac University Polling Institute survey holds true, which reveals that 57 percent of Ohio’s registered voters favor repealing Senate Bill No. 5 while only 32 percent oppose it, then the controversial measure is doomed. And if the opposition to SB 5 does turn out in an off-year election to vote “no” on Ohio Issue 2 , after gathering an all-time state record of 1.3 million signatures on petitions, what exactly has influenced and incited so many?
  

Occupying Democracy

We the People, not We the Corporations

2 Comments · Wednesday, October 26, 2011
As our leaders loudly preach, democracy is something that we export to the rest of the world — to certain monarchies and autocratic regimes that rule Arab nations, for example. And it’s understandable though regrettable, they tell us, that there would be eruptions of pent-up anger at aloof upper classes in India, Greece, Spain and Israel. But a genuinely populist uprising to bring democracy, both economic and political, to the U.S.A.?
  

More Endorsements Released

COAST, Firefighters Union and Sheriff offer their endorsements

1 Comment · Wednesday, October 26, 2011
The Daily Beat blog has ongoing coverage of endorsements as they're released.
  

CPS Seeks a Little ‘Stability’

If approved, permanent levy would buy books, computers

0 Comments · Wednesday, October 19, 2011
When Cincinnati voters go to the polls in November, they will be asked to decide on a new, permanent funding source for local schools. The Cincinnati Board of Education is seeking a property tax levy, which is Issue 32 on the ballot. The measure is a permanent improvement levy for 7.95 mills. If approved, it would provide the school district with about $49.5 million annually.  

Assembling a Movement

The Occupy Cincinnati protest begins to refine its message

1 Comment · Monday, October 17, 2011
As of this writing, it is now nearly a month since Occupy Wall Street first occupied Liberty Square in the Financial District in New York City. What began with a handful of people has grown into a worldwide movement with at least 1,000 occupations popping up all across this country and around the globe.   

Book Explores Cincinnati Anti-Crime Program

Author David Kennedy reflects on local politics and CIRV's success

0 Comments · Tuesday, October 11, 2011
Don't Shoot: One Man, a Street Fellowship and the End to Violence in Inner-City America is one-part memoir and one-part academic report, filled with the sort of social science material that theses are based on. Kennedy was a principal in the founding of the Cincinnati Initiative to Reduce Violence (CIRV) in 2007.   

Rocking the Status Quo

Challengers shake up City Council race

1 Comment · Tuesday, October 11, 2011
In the dysfunctional world of Cincinnati City Council, the group that theoretically guides the direction of our fair metropolis is currently divided 5-to-4 about how to avoid a looming $33 million deficit next year. Just as it was divided in July. And just as it was in April. The seasons might change, but council's inaction doesn't.