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by Andy Brownfield 08.01.2012
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Cincinnati Voters to Decide on Four-Year Terms

City Council approves ballot measure for non-staggered option

Cincinnati voters will decide in November whether to double the length of their council members' terms. City Council voted 6-3 on Wednesday to put the ballot initiative before voters. The measure would have all nine members run at the same time, instead of a competing ballot initiative that would have staggered their terms. “We are the only major city in Ohio that still has two-year terms for its leaders, and the cities that we compete with are also moving to four-year terms, including Louisville and as far as St. Louis, Minneapolis, Denver and Atlanta,” said Councilwoman Laure Quinlivan, who spearheaded the effort. If approved by voters, the change wouldn’t affect council members serving currently and would go into effect in 2013. Not every council member was thrilled with the idea. “I think accountability is paramount, and I don’t see going from two-year terms to four-year terms as increasing the accountability citizens want,” said Councilman P.G. Sittenfeld, who was one of three new faces to join council in last year's election, which saw four Republican incumbents booted from City Hall. “I’m sure it’s not lost on my colleagues that last November the electorate was craving change and wanted change, and if we had been in the middle of a four-year cycle they wouldn’t have had the opportunity to make that change and a substantial portion of this council … wouldn’t be sitting up here today.” Sittenfeld equated an election to a job evaluation. He, along with councilmembers Chris Smitherman and Charles Winburn, voted against the ordinance. Quinlivan has said her rationale for pushing four-year terms would be to eliminate the cycle that currently has sitting council members spending half of their terms campaigning. Councilman Cecil Thomas said four-year terms would allow council members to focus on longer-term projects as well. “Four years gives us plenty of time to gel together, to work together,” Thomas said. Councilman Chris Seelbach attended all four public hearings council held throughout the city and called the number of people who support four-year terms “unbelievable.” Seelbach said he himself was “semi-conflicted” over the proposed changes, but was not conflicted over whether voters should have that choice: He voted in favor. Mayor Mark Mallory was sure to remind councilmembers before their vote that they are forbidden from using city resources to campaign for a ballot initiative.
 
 

Trapped Among Our Great Escapes

0 Comments · Wednesday, August 1, 2012
I had hope that time would allow cooler heads to prevail in the discussion of the Aurora, Colo., tragedy. By now, more than a week has passed, but something feels different this time. Maybe it is more personal because the attack took place at a movie theater and, being a film critic, it struck too near to home for me.  

Being There

0 Comments · Wednesday, August 1, 2012
On Labor Day, 1994, I got a phone call from twin brother’s friend in Seattle, Wash., where my twin, Jered, lived. This friend told me that Jered was in a Swedish Hospital in serious condition. He also told me Jered had AIDS. This was the first I’d heard about it.  

Cincinnati, You're Very Attractive

8 Comments · Wednesday, July 25, 2012
We, as humans, really love getting compliments. Next to free stuff, there are few things we appreciate more. Compliments make us feel like we’re special or have done something smart, even if it’s as simple as choosing an item from the fast-fashion store that ends up earning praise from an acquaintance. “I like that shirt,” she says, platonically. “Thanks, I got it at the mall,” we say, not at all sarcastically.  

The Pride of Cincinnati

1 Comment · Wednesday, July 18, 2012
A native, I’ve now had (ahem) approximately 40 years of experience watching how things go down in Cincinnati. And I remember at least 30 of them. More importantly, I’ve been able to see the evolution of Cincinnati’s society and culture. And recently it has felt like I’ve had a front row to that part of evolution where the monkey-man stands erect.   

Free Jazz, Free Living

0 Comments · Wednesday, July 18, 2012
Games aren’t always won by the most talented, the high-flying slam-dunking, ankle-breaking, one-on-one sensations with all the speed, power and hops of the greatest phenoms with the multi-million dollar free agent deals. No, sometimes, more often than you might think, the difference maker is one of the old-heads coming off a perfectly timed screen heading along the baseline just as the pass arrives to meet him at the three-point line as he steps back and fires quickly, instinctively, because he just knows every beat in this measure.   

How 'Magic Mike' Taught Me to Let Go and Have a Good Time

1 Comment · Wednesday, July 11, 2012
Is it possible to get burned out on, or overwhelmed by, simple human interaction? My recent nightlife apathy stems from equal parts unwillingness and utter lack of motivation to take on the potential hours-long task of getting from Point A (leggings and hot rollers) to Point B (prettified and in a reasonable parking space). As the great Peter Gibbons said, “It’s not that I’m lazy, it’s that I just don’t care.” But I want to.  
by Hannah McCartney 07.05.2012
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Cool Centers Offer Extreme Heat Relief

Cincinnati Recreation Centers provide a place to cool off during heat emergencies

It's really, really hot outside. The kind of hot that justifies a Popsicle-only diet, ruins every attempt at a hairstyle and makes a blanket look repulsive. But It's also the kind of hot with the potential to pose serious, life-threatening health risks to some members of the population. If you're not lucky enough to be working in an office with blasting AC during the swampiest parts of the day or have/are able to afford AC where you live, know that there is somewhere to go for relief. The Cincinnati Recreation Commission hopes to offer some relief from Cincinnatians without steady access to cool air during heat emergencies with a comfortable, cool place to sit and rest in hopes of preventing heat-related illnesses. According to the City of Cincinnati Health Department's website, an excessive heat warning is declared when the heat index will exceed 105 F for more than three hours per day for two consecutive days — conditions that pose exceptional health hazards to the elderly, children and infants, outdoor workers and individuals with illnesses that affect their ability to respond to extreme heat. These "Cool Centers" are available to the public only during regular CRC business hours, and provide only resting area; access to amenities and services still requires an admission fee. To find a Cincinnati Recreation Commission facility near you, click here. Can't make it the CRC? Spend some time perusing shelves at a library, troll a mall, see a movie, visit a museum. To read the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's tips for dealing with extreme heat, click here. 
 
 

Like We Were Made for it

How Cincinnati came to acquire the 2012 World Choir Games

1 Comment · Tuesday, July 3, 2012
Sometimes the greatest discoveries in life arise from a Google search.That’s exactly what led Todd Duesing to stumble upon the 2012 World Choir Games — a fortuitous click of his mouse that, unbeknownst to him, would help pave the way for an unparalleled boost in morale in the Cincinnati urban riverfront.  

Found in Translation

Preparing to host international visitors has been a labor of love

0 Comments · Tuesday, July 3, 2012
More than 4,000 volunteers have stepped up to take on a job no one asked them to do: welcome the expected 90,000 national and international choirs, families and visitors to Cincinnati for the World Choir Games.   

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