ResponsibleOhio, the $20-million campaign
to legalize marijuana, learned on July 20 that its petition fell nearly
30,000 signatures short of putting a proposed constitutional amendment
on the ballot Nov. 3.
Juan Alvarez was one of 10 undocumented
workers from Guatemala recruited by Jorge Padrilla, an undocumented
Mexican, to do the framing and drywall work for an addition at the Ohio
Theta House fraternity on Joselin Street in Clifton Heights last July.
The city of Cincinnati on July 10
released documents showing what it would have offered Police Chief
Jeffrey Blackwell had he left the department last May after discussions
with City Manager Harry Black.
When the eyes of the nation turn to the
All-Star Game in Cincinnati this week, viewers will likely see a
pristine version of the city. What they won’t see are hundreds of vacant
houses blighting nearby neighborhoods — a haunting reminder the
foreclosure crisis is still thriving in Cincinnati.
gray early morning of June 24, a charter bus idled outside the
Elizabeth Campbell Surgical Center in Mount Auburn waiting to take a
group of Planned Parenthood supporters from Cincinnati to the state
capitol building in Columbus.
A group calling itself the Cincinnati
Educational Justice Coalition packed 60 people into a small conference
room at the West End YMCA June 18 to discuss solutions to a
long-standing issue — the stubborn gap separating low-income Cincinnati students from their more well-off peers.
The Cincinnati Police Department on June 19
lost its first officer in the line of duty since 2000. Cincinnati police
officer Sonny Kim, 48, was shot and killed by a gunman in Madisonville
as he responded to a 911 call about a man with a gun acting erratically.
Cincinnati City Council’s Budget and Finance
Committee on June 15 wrangled over the city’s upcoming $1 billion
budget, passing the operating portion of that financial plan but leaving
a fight over capital spending for another day.
The Southwest Ohio Regional Transit
Authority on June 5 released the dollar amounts for the two lowest bids
for the first 10 years of streetcar operations. One bid is under the
city’s budget, while the other is not.
On June 1, the state of Ohio stopped
asking job seekers on applications whether they have been convicted of a
crime, and a proposed measure would remove questions about criminal
history from all public job applications across the state.
The city of Cincinnati recently drew up
resignation documents for Cincinnati Police Chief Jeffrey Blackwell,
according to a May 29 report by the Cincinnati Business Courier.
That revelation has led to speculation over whether Blackwell was on the
verge of being dismissed from his position, though city officials say
that isn’t the case.