by Danny Cross
The private group hoping to purchase
Music Hall for $1 is now asking for $10 million in city contributions
to its effort to update the historic building, double the initial $5
million it asked for. The Music Hall Revitalization Co. says failing
to strike a deal before June 1 will jeopardize the proposed $165
million renovation. Among the updates the city is being asked to fund
are $75,000 buffers to block noise from the streetcar and a $150,000
escrow account to pay for any future disruptions due to the
City Council yesterday spent some time
considering ways to fix the city's retirement fund deficit.
Cincinnati's retirement board wants the city to contribute $67
million to the pension system this year, though Council has
reportedly contributed only about half of that.
CVG today will unveil its updated
Concourse A, which has undergone a $36.5 million renovation. It is part of the
airports attempt to lure a low-cost airline to the hub that formerly
Cleveland is the first Ohio city to
open one of the state's four new casinos, drawing about 5,000 to a
grand opening last night. Cincinnati's casino is expected to be the
last of the four to open, with Hollywood casinos scheduled to open in
Toledo May 29 and in Columbus this fall. Cincinnati's' Horseshoe is
scheduled to open next year.
Barack Obama's Super PAC is airing TV
ads questioning Mitt Romney's business record, specifically his
commitment to workers.
Prosecutors today decided to bring
charges against former News of the World editor Rebekah
Brooks, who along with her husband and four others will be charged
with conspiring to pervert the course of justice. The alleged
incidents occurred in response the phone hacking allegations, and the
charges are apparently quite embarrassing to Rupert Murdoch and
British Prime Minister David Cameron.
JP Morgan today said, “Surprise! We
lost a bunch of money!” Two years after congress tightened
regulations on Wall Street, the industry now fears that regulators
will now listen to their fears even less as they enact stricter
Humans are consuming more resources
than the earth can replenish, according to the World Wildlife Fund's
Living Planet Report for 2012.
Lady Gaga yesterday cancelled a
cold-out Indonesia performance in response to conservative protests
over her clothing and dance moves.
National police spokesman Boy Rafli Amar, responding to the
pressure, said Tuesday that the permit for her June 3 "Born This
Way Ball" concert had been denied.
Indonesia, a nation of 240 million people, has more Muslims than
any other. Although it is secular and has a long history of religious
tolerance, a small extremist fringe has become more vocal in recent
Hard-liners have loudly criticized Lady Gaga, saying the
suggestive nature of her show threatened to undermine the country's
moral fiber. Some threatened to use physical force to prevent her
from stepping off the plane.
Lawmakers and religious leaders, too, have spoken out against her.
by Danny Cross
City Council on Wednesday
overwhelmingly passed a measure that will offer benefits to domestic
partners of city employees. The measure was introduced by Councilman Chris
Seelbach and passed 8-1, the lone “no” vote coming from Charlie
Winburn. Seelbach told The Enquirer that domestic partner benefits
not only affect same-sex couples, but are also applicable to
non-married partners, which is an added attraction to lure talented
employees to the city. Covington officials passed a similar
If you owe the city of Cincinnati any
parking fines, now would be a good time to pay them. Cincinnati
police are going to start hearing descriptions of vehicles with
multiple outstanding tickets during roll call and then head out to
find them during patrols.
Eric Deters wants to be a real lawyer
again. The attorney/radio personality/cage fighter says his current
predicament — Kentucky law license suspension — is mostly because
someone making the rulings “hates him” and is not due to the “ethical
lapses” that caused his original 61-day suspension. If Deters can't
get the Kentucky Supreme Court to help him out he'll have to go in
front of a Character and Fitness Committee and explain all the crazy
stuff he's done.
Gov. John Kasich is making changes to
the state's Medicaid program, which he and its officials say will save
money, though it will cause disruptions in the form of some
recipients needing to find new providers, many of which have less
access to medical advice and financial help. A similar program
implemented in Kentucky last year resulted in complaints that
patients couldn't get services authorized and providers didn't get
paid on time, according to The Enquirer.
New Osama bin Laden documents published
online by the U.S. Government show concern over Muslim distrust of
his organization before he was killed last May, and much of which was due to the high numbers of civilians it was responsible for killing.
It's not very fun to be John Edwards
these days. Already charged with using $1 million in campaign money
to hide a pregnant mistress, testimony in his case for violating
campaign finance laws has revealed that his mistress had a better
idea in response to the National Enquirer's report on the affair: She
wanted to say she was abducted by aliens.
Jobless-benefits claims were down last
week, and the reduction was the greatest in three months. And U.S.
stock futures rose in accordance.
Target is done selling Kindles, and
although it didn't give a reason analysts suspect it is in response
to Amazon's attempts to get retailers who see the products in a store
to then purchase them online. Amazone last holiday season indroduced
a Price Check app that offered in-store price comparisons and up to a
$15 discount online.
Retired NFL linebacker Junior Seau was
found dead at his home yesterday in an apparent suicide. Seau, who
played in the NFL for parts of 20 seasons, was found shot to death.
He was 43.
0 Comments · Wednesday, May 2, 2012
City Council was posed to approve extending insurance benefits to the
same-sex partners of city employees as this issue went to press. Council
was set to vote May 2 on the plan, which was pushed by Councilman
Chris Seelbach, the first openly gay person to serve on the group.
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.