3 Comments · Wednesday, April 25, 2012
Many people think the mention of religion, politics or sex
are the topics that are most likely to cause frowns, anxious looks or
angry stares if they’re brought up during conversation in mixed company. I humbly submit, however, that they’re wrong.
by Danny Cross
Public hearings scheduled to discuss ‘same year’ vs. ‘staggered years’ options
Have you ever felt like
Cincinnati City Council members seem like they’re in perpetual
campaign mode, spending six months out of each two-year term trying
to explain to voters why the stuff they did during the previous year
and a half has earned them a second year-plus before they have
to start campaigning again? Us, too.
Council members in February went into a Government Operations
Committee meeting and came out with two different options for
four-year terms. They have scheduled three upcoming
hearings seeking community input on the proposals. One option
involves all nine members running in the same election every four
years, along with a “staggered terms” option that would involve four or
five members running every two years. Both options retain Council’s
eight-year term limit.
A majority of
Council supports four-year terms, according to Councilwoman
Laure Quinlivan. The chosen proposal will go on the November ballot,
and, if passed, will go into effect with the 2013 election.
“Council will be more
productive and collaborative with four-year terms,” Quinlivan said
in a news release. “Leaders in every major city in Ohio and
most every city we compete with have four-year terms to enable
strategic planning and long-term vision.”
An online survey is
available here for those who cannot attend a hearing. The following
is the schedule of remaining public hearings:
Tuesday, April 24: 6
p.m. at Southern Baptist Church, 3556 Reading Road, Avondale
Monday, May 7: 6 p.m.
at Oakley Recreation Center, 3882 Paxton Ave., Hyde Park
Tuesday, May 22: 6 p.m.
at Price Hill Recreation Center, 959 Hawthorne Ave., Price Hill
0 Comments · Wednesday, April 11, 2012
City Councilman Chris Seelbach plans to
draft a motion that will take out breed-discriminatory language
targeting pit bulls and harshen punishments for negligent owners in
Once the motion is drafted, it will
need a minimum of five signatures from other City Council
0 Comments · Wednesday, March 14, 2012
A Democrat who was challenging Hamilton
County Commissioner Greg Hartmann in this fall’s election has left the
race due to work commitments.
0 Comments · Wednesday, March 7, 2012
The first of four public hearings on proposals to extend the terms of Cincinnati City Council members will be held March 21. City Council has drafted two proposals
for consideration. Under one proposal, all nine council members would
run at the same time, while in the other, terms would be staggered so
some members would run every two years.
4 Comments · Wednesday, November 16, 2011
Fueled by the
wave of Democratic, pro-union voters energized by state Issue 2, a whopping four City Council incumbents were defeated in their bids to keep their seats. The biggest surprise losers were Leslie Ghiz and Chris Bortz, and it’s not just because the pool of voters
widened with more Democrats showing up this year. It’s clear that past
supporters of Ghiz and Bortz made a conscious decision to rebuff them this time.
5 Comments · Wednesday, August 17, 2011
Cincinnati voters can tell it’s an election year by the blatant demagoguery and pandering that’s going on. Instead of getting busy and crafting its own budget proposal to suggest specific cuts to avoid a $33 million deficit next year, Cincinnati City Council’s conservative majority is wasting time grandstanding about a relatively insignificant issue to garner headlines.
2 Comments · Wednesday, August 24, 2011
Forget about those last-minute summertime picnics, Labor Day fireworks and Halloween hayrides. I wish November would hurry up and arrive. That’s because it’s still 76 days away from the elections for Cincinnati City Council and the level of grandstanding by incumbents already has reached irritating proportions.
2 Comments · Wednesday, August 10, 2011
Protesters showed up at John Boehner’s West Chester office today only to find a note on the door that read, “Sorry, slackers — out on the golf course. :)” Staffers refused to answer any questions about local job creation except to point out that Boehner at that moment was paying a caddie and several different people to bring him drinks.
0 Comments · Wednesday, July 6, 2011
It’s refreshing to hear Cincinnati City Councilpersons discuss forward-thinking concepts — remember when they figured out a way to get the garbage picked up for free so no one had to pay for it? Buncha geniuses.