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Westwood Works and Mary Kuhl

1 Comment · Wednesday, September 22, 2010
When a group of Westwood residents decided to form Westwood Works (WW) last winter, they envisioned it as a more positive, productive counterpart to the Westwood Civic Association, which is known for its strident rhetoric. One of WW's first actions was to invite the nonprofit ArtWorks to paint a public mural in the neighborhood.  

Bortz Bungles Ethics Disclosure, Harms Streetcars

2 Comments · Wednesday, May 5, 2010
If anyone is to blame for the controversy over why Councilman Chris Bortz ignored an Ohio Ethics Commission advisory opinion regarding his votes on the city's streetcar plan, it's Bortz himself. Why ask for an opinion at all if he wasn't going to follow it? And once the opinion has been issued, it would be better to come clean about it rather than wait for the slow burn of its release almost a year later, which makes the whole affair look sordid.  

NAACP, Councilman Clash Over Streetcars

2 Comments · Wednesday, April 21, 2010
While much of the local media attention during the past several days was focused on Cincinnati City Council's vote to approve $2.58 million for the proposed streetcar system, another controversy involving the long-discussed project was brewing that went barely noticed.  

Jason Haap and Local NAACP

0 Comments · Wednesday, March 10, 2010
Many people have a love/hate relationship with Jason Haap, who operates The Cincinnati Beacon Web site. Say what you will about him, but he has a knack for raising issues before others do and that was the case recently with the need for bilingual signage at Fountain Square.  

Possible Utility Sale Sparks Voter Referendum

Issue 8 would change process for sale of Cincinnati Water Works

0 Comments · Wednesday, October 21, 2009
The possible sale of the Greater Cincinnati Water Works has prompted the latest voter referendum from the We Demand a Vote Coalition. Under a scenario being studied, the city-owned utility could be sold to a newly created regional water authority, overseen by a board of trustees and regulated by rules spelled out in Ohio law. If Issue 8 is approved, however, a public vote would be required before city officials could sell the Water Works.  

Winners and Losers

Ups to C.I.R.V. and streetcars, down to Smitherman, not sure about Environmental Justice

0 Comments · Wednesday, June 24, 2009
Cincinnati actually got some positive national press about its police for a change. The New Yorker did a glowing article about the Cincinnati Initiative to Reduce Violence (C.I.R.V.), the program begun in July 2007 that targets gang members for intervention and helps them get jobs. This is what happens when the department opens itself to new ideas.  

Maureen Dowd's Plagiarism, Cincinnati's Connection to a British Scandal and Problems at NPR

2 Comments · Wednesday, May 27, 2009
I no longer regularly read the New York Times op-ed columnist Maureen Dowd. I take no delight in her Pulitzer-winning nastiness, even when I applaud her target being skewered. For sheer vitriol, she has few rivals outside cable TV. So it was with schadenfreude that I read about her passing off an entire paragraph, almost verbatim, from Talking Points Memo blogger Joshua Marshall as her own and offering an explanation that further undermines her credibility.  

Power to the People

Ghiz proposes elections, not appointments, for city council vacancies

2 Comments · Tuesday, February 17, 2009
If you think voters always determine who occupies a seat on Cincinnati City Council, think again. Some of the most memorable names in Queen City politics got their entry to City Hall by means other than winning at the ballot box, including Jim Tarbell, Todd Portune, John Cranley, Roxanne Qualls and Dwight Tillery, among others. Now City Councilwoman Leslie Ghiz is asking her colleagues to place a charter amendment on the ballot that would seek to change how council vacancies are filled. She says her proposal is fairer to voters than the current system for selecting replacements.  

Train Wreck

Ballot initiative coalition led by NAACP chapter targets city's streetcar plan

4 Comments · Wednesday, January 7, 2009
A diverse coalition of groups led by the NAACP's Cincinnati chapter that blocked Hamilton County officials from increasing the sales tax in 2007 to build a new jail has set its sights on another project: the city's proposed streetcar system. A petition drive has been launched to place an issue on the November ballot to prevent Cincinnati officials from spending money on the streetcar project without first getting approval from city voters.   

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