City Council Swear-In Ceremony

Although New Years Day generally represents a fresh start for people all over the world, it’s particularly true today for a few Clevelanders today (Monday, January 1, 2018), as five new council members were sworn in during a special ceremony..Last November’s hotly contested election resulted in a sizable turnover in Ward representation and made way for the following Council members:  • Former Councilman Joe Jones returns to City Council after defeating Terrell Pruitt in Ward 1 by a margin of eight votes. • Kevin Bishop, topped nine other candidates, including a write-in, to capture Zack Reed’s open Ward 2 seat.  • Basheer Jones, narrowly defeated TJ Dow in the official count for Ward 7 to become the first Muslim ever elected to council. • Anthony Hairston, topped nine other candidates in a race to capture Jeff Johnson’s Ward 10 seat.  • Jasmin Santana, defeated Ward 14 Councilman Brians Cummins to become the first Hispanic woman elected to City Council.

Extended Summer Hours at 8 City of Cleveland Rec Centers

The City of Cleveland Division of Recreation will extend hours at eight recreation centers for the summer. Wednesday through Saturday from now through August 12, 2017, these rec centers will remain open until 11 p.m.
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Made possible in part by the generosity of the Cleveland Foundation, the extended hours are aimed at keeping youth engaged in positive activities during the late evening hours at recreation centers as an alternative to being on the street. We are excited to announce new programming for youth and young adults which includes yoga, ballet and chess. Updated programs and activities are the result of Mayor Frank G. Jackson’s Healthy Neighborhoods Initiative and the Office of Prevention, Intervention and Opportunity for Youth and Young Adults.

Participating recreation centers include:

· Lonnie Burten, 2511 East 46th St.
· Cudell, 1910 West Blvd.
· Glenville, 680 E. 113th.
· Zelma George, 3155 Martin L. King Blvd.
· Michael Zone, 6301 Lorain Ave.
· Earle B. Turner, 11300 Miles Ave.
· Fairfax, 2335 E. 82nd Street
· Thurgood Marshall, 8611 Hough Ave.

Normal business hours for recreation centers are 11:30 a.m. to 8 p.m. Monday through Fridays and Saturdays from 9:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. Each recreation center will offer youth basketball leagues as well as game room activities and swimming programs. Off-duty police officers will be present at each facility.
Check locations and schedules on the Division of Recreation website.

 

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SEIU Endorses Jeff Johnson For Mayor Of Cleveland, Launches Grassroots Justice Team

CLEVELAND, OHIO – The Service Employees International Union District 1199, representing nearly 30,000 members, today endorses Ward 10 Councilman Jeff Johnson to be the next Mayor of the City of Cleveland. 

“Councilman Johnson has demonstrated a real commitment to the people of Cleveland, standing up to corporate and political opponents to lift up the voices of people throughout the city,” said Becky Williams, President of SEIU District 1199. “The failed leadership of Frank Jackson has left too many people without good jobs, safe neighborhoods and struggling to survive in the most impoverished city in the nation.”

“With Frank Jackson as Mayor, Cleveland now has the highest homicide rate in 10 years, he has risked millions of taxpayer dollars by closing public square to bus traffic, willfully denied nearly 40,000 Cleveland residents their right to vote on a citizen initiative for higher wages, and spends money in downtown that would be better served in our neighborhoods,” continued Williams. “Jeff Johnson’s vision for Cleveland will mean less working people having to struggle to provide for their families and will solve the challenges that face our community head on.”

In addition to the endorsement for Johnson, SEIU District 1199 has launched a grassroots ‘justice team’ that will work independently of the Johnson campaign to activate, communicate and educate Cleveland voters about the real issues facing working people in the upcoming election with a focus on voter registration and empowerment. 

Cleveland Police Reform Roundtables Sep 15th & 20th: Proposed Use of Force Policies

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The City of Cleveland, Cleveland Division of Police, the Department of Justice, the Monitoring Team, and the Cleveland Community Police Commission have now come to the point in the police reform process where it is time for community feedback on the CPD’s revised Use of Force policies. We are collectively hosting two community roundtables, one on the Eastside and one on the Westside, each covering the same content. You are invited to attend one of the roundtables:

  Eastside Roundtable RSVP                          Westside Roundtable RSVP

5:30- 8:30pm, Thursday, September 15th        5:30-8:30pm, Tuesday, September 20th

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2500 East 22nd Street                                       4909 Lorain Avenue

Cleveland, OH 44115                                        Cleveland, OH 44102

If you are interested in attending a community roundtable, pleas use the RSVP links above or send an RSVP to the Monitoring Team at info@clevelandpolicemonitor.com. The roundtables will include an overview of the Use of Force policy, with an opportunity for small group discussions for community members to inform the policies.

The policy is not complete or finalized.  It reflects CPD’s efforts to date to create a policy that conforms to the requirements of the Consent Decree.  None of the Court, Monitor, City, or Department of Justice have yet approved the policies.  The policies are likely to change further as community feedback is incorporated.  Regardless, the development of the policies is far enough along that community input is timely and necessary.

You are invited to read the policy by going to the Monitoring Team’s website. You may also engage in the process by using our online community feedback form to submit any thoughts on the policy by visiting the Monitoring Team’s website.

We hope you strongly consider being part of this important conversation about how we can work together to create a Use of Force Policy consistent with the goals and interests of the Cleveland community.

This outreach is a part of our ongoing effort to engage the Cleveland community in the police reform process. Earlier this year, we sought community input on the Cleveland Division of Police body-worn camera policy, the mission statement, and several other key policies.  On behalf of the Cleveland Police Monitoring Team, We want to thank everyone who participated for their engagement with and contributions to the discussion surrounding police reform under the federal Consent Decree in Cleveland.

We look forward to hearing your thoughts on the Use of Force Policy and seeing you at one of the community roundtables.

Cleveland Police Monitoring Team

Area Youth Invited To “Play Ball!” At League Park

The City of Cleveland is inviting local area youth to come “Play Ball!” at historic League Park this Saturday, September 27, 2014 from 10:00 a.m. until 2:00 p.m. Baseballs, bats, gloves, and other equipment will be provided by the Department of Public Works.

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“Due to the overwhelming response and attendance from the grand opening ceremony, we wanted to ensure that everybody had another opportunity to visit the facility before the end of the season,” said Director of Public Works Michael Cox.

“The ball field will be open and youth will have a chance to hit the ball from the very spot that Babe Ruth hit his 500th home run on August 11, 1929.”

All visitors are welcome to tour the park and stop-by the Baseball Heritage Museum.

League Park is an important part of history, not just to Cleveland but to the sport of baseball. If you missed the grand opening join us on Saturday – tour the museum, hit the ball and run the bases.

When:

Saturday, September 27, 2014

10:00 am – 2:00 pm

Where:

League Park

E 66th St & Lexington Ave

What:        

Local area youth invited to play baseball at League Park

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Area Youth Invited To “Play Ball!” At League Park

The City of Cleveland is inviting local area youth to come “Play Ball!” at historic League Park this Saturday, September 27, 2014 from 10:00 a.m. until 2:00 p.m. Baseballs, bats, gloves, and other equipment will be provided by the Department of Public Works.

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“Due to the overwhelming response and attendance from the grand opening ceremony, we wanted to ensure that everybody had another opportunity to visit the facility before the end of the season,” said Director of Public Works Michael Cox.

“The ball field will be open and youth will have a chance to hit the ball from the very spot that Babe Ruth hit his 500th home run on August 11, 1929.”

All visitors are welcome to tour the park and stop-by the Baseball Heritage Museum.

League Park is an important part of history, not just to Cleveland but to the sport of baseball. If you missed the grand opening join us on Saturday – tour the museum, hit the ball and run the bases.

When:

Saturday, September 27, 2014

10:00 am – 2:00 pm

Where:

League Park

E 66th St & Lexington Ave

What:        

Local area youth invited to play baseball at League Park

Pictures From League Park’s Grand Opening

A few months ago, I did a  #ThrowbackThursday post on Instagram dedicated to Cleveland’s baseball roots and the Tribe’s  first home, League Park. I figured it’d be the perfect time to copy and paste an excerpt from that post.

In 1887, a professional baseball team was organized here and that team built a new park on 39th & Payne.. In 1890, the park was struck by lightening and much of it was destroyed by fire. The Cleveland Spiders finished out their season in the partially destroyed park and built a new, improved park at 66th & Lexington, it’s known to some baseball historians as League Park I. It was a wooden structure with seating for 9,000. Frank Robison (owner) and his brother had financial interests in the local traction company so they built their park where their street car lines intersected. In 1899, the Robisons took their talents (and most of the Spiders’ talents) to St. Louis and the Cleveland team was eliminated from the National League. In 1901, however, they joined their current home, the American League and 10 years later, League Park was destroyed and rebuilt with accommodations for 21,000. League Park was home to the Spiders, Cleveland Naps, Cleveland Buckeyes (Negro League), Cleveland Indians and a practice field for the Cleveland Browns at one point. It was purchased by the city in 1950 with intent to turn it into a recreational area. The park is on the National Register of Historic Places and is NOW undergoing a $6 Million renovation.

Today, the Park became the first professional baseball field to be converted in to community use, as the field will host the city’s recreational league games, as well as home games for Rhodes and Lincoln West’s high school baseball teams.

The field also will be available for rent for private groups at a rate of $1,000 for six hours.

The refurbished park includes a new artificial turf baseball field designed to League Park’s original dimensions, including a 460-foot span from home plate to the center field wall, and a 45-foot-high right field fence. The park also features a museum, a walking track, a community room and the historic ticket house has been refurbished.

Pictures of the aforementioned, as well as highlights from today’s appearance by the Cleveland Blues vintage baseball team and an unveiling of a sculpture of late Cleveland City Councilwoman Fannie M. Lewis, who 20 years ago began the effort to rehab the historic baseball park, can be found below.

 

 

Planning On Tailgating?! Here’s What You Need To Know..

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As football season returns, the City of Cleveland would like for all fans and visitors to have a safe, enjoyable experience at every Cleveland Browns home game; this includes traveling to and from FirstEnergy Stadium, tailgating, and parking in downtown Cleveland.

“Whether you plan on heading straight to the game or tailgating, we want everyone to have an enjoyable and safe time when they come downtown,” said Michael McGrath, Director of Public Safety. “When you have tens of thousands of people converging on one area of the city in a short period of time, there’s always the potential for any multitude of traffic hazards and we want to mitigate those concerns.”

To accomplish that goal, the City of Cleveland is increasing its efforts to improve the flow of traffic, minimize the risk for pedestrian/vehicle accidents and offer a fun, safe tailgating experience.

Vehicular and Pedestrian Traffic – Pedestrian Bridge

The Division of Police and the Division of Traffic Engineering have developed a plan to move traffic more efficiently prior to and after every Cleveland Browns home game. The first portion of this plan involves keeping the pedestrian bridge (see attached map) closed indefinitely. The pedestrian bridge is closed throughout the year except for the 10 Cleveland Browns home games. By keeping the bridge closed, the Division of Traffic Engineering will be able to implement a safer pedestrian route to FirstEnergy Stadium and improve the traffic flow around the stadium. Signage will be posted to notify the public of the bridge closure and to redirect them towards alternate routes along East 9th Street or West 3rd Street.

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In addition to public safety improvements, dividing the pedestrian traffic from the vehicular traffic allows for a free flow of vehicular traffic in and out of the parking areas before and after games.

  • To access the stadium from the Huntington parking garage, fans should exit and head towards West 3rd Street then head north to the southwest and northwest gates of the stadium.
  • To access the stadium from Willard parking garage, fans are encouraged to exit the garage and head towards East 9th Street, then towards Erieside Avenue, then towards the southeast and northeast gates of the stadium.

Vehicular and Pedestrian Traffic – Traffic Control  

In addition to the closure of the pedestrian bridge, the Division of Traffic Engineering has redesigned various traffic control measures to improve safety and walkability during game day.

  • Alternative Traffic Routing – West 25th Street, Superior Avenue, Prospect Avenue, East 14th Street and East 18th Street will now be a part of the game day traffic plan with added signage and signal timing changes.
  • Redirection of traffic along the Marginal roadways – Traffic will be able access I-90 at East 55th. Traffic will not be permitted to access East 9th Street from the Marginal so as to not conflict with pedestrian traffic.
  • Pedestrian fencing – Additional fencing will be added to prohibit pedestrians from walking onto the Shoreway or Shoreway ramps
  • Police officers and traffic controllers – The following intersections will now be staffed with traffic controllers: West 9th Street and St. Clair Avenue, West 9th Street and Superior Avenue, West 6th Street and St. Clair Avenue, West 6th Street and Superior Avenue, West 25th Street and Detroit, and all Muni Lot access driveways to and from the Shoreway. In addition to these intersections, all driveway access points to North Marginal Road from the Coast Guard Station and Burke Airport will be staffed.

Tailgating 

The Cleveland Division of Police and Department of Public Works endeavor to provide all visitors and patrons of every Cleveland Browns home football game with a safe and   family-friendly environment before, during, and after game time. For many Browns football fans, tailgating is a popular event all around the City, especially inside the City’s municipal parking lot off of the east Shoreway (Muni Lot).

Due to the safety challenges and concerns associated with tailgating on public property, the Cleveland Division of Police and Department of Public Works have implemented the following rules and procedures to create a secure event inside the Muni Lot. These rules and procures will be in effect at all home games. On Saturday, August 23, 2014, tailgating start time will be 7:00 a.m.  Please note: No tailgating is permitted in the Willard parking garage behind City Hall.

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  • Lot Operation and Fees – the Muni Lot opens promptly at 7:00 am for all regular and pre-season season weekend home games. Vehicles are not permitted to enter the premises before that time.  The fee to park in the municipal lot is $20 dollars. You will be charged for all spaces that you occupy. Cleveland Police will not permit vehicles to line-up or stage on the Shoreway before game time.
  • Alcohol and Safety – Open containers, consumption of alcohol and public intoxication are all prohibited in the Muni Lot. If you plan to consume alcohol during any sporting event always ensure you have a designated driver. Please exercise caution at all times and if you see something, please say something.
  • Sanitation – There will be 50 portable restrooms, 75 trash cans and 3 dumpsters in the Muni lot during all regular season games. Private latrines are strictly Please make sure all trash is disposed of properly before you leave any lot.
  • Parking – Parking restrictions are put in place in downtown Cleveland for each Browns home football game – typically for three hours before each game and until two hours after the game’s completion. Look for bright neon signs attached to posts, poles and parking meters in those areas affected by the restrictions. Violators will be ticketed and towed if parked in violation. All associated fines and fees to have an automobile released must be done at the One Stop Vehicle Impound Center located at 3040 Quigley Road.

Grand Opening of League Park

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On Saturday, August 23, 2014, Mayor Frank G. Jackson will join other officials, sports figures, and members of the community as the City of Cleveland announces the opening of historic League Park. The opening ceremony will include the unveiling of the Fannie M. Lewis sculpture, the League Park ribbon cutting, an appearance by the Cleveland Blues Vintage baseball team, a Home Run Derby, and many events and activities for people of all ages.

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WHO:      

Mayor Frank G. Jackson

TJ Dow, Cleveland City Councilman Ward 7

Senator Sherrod Brown

Andre Thornton, Master of Ceremonies

Michael Cox, Director of Public Works

WHAT:    

Grand Opening Ceremony for League Park

WHEN:    

Saturday, August 23, 2014  – 1:00 pm

WHERE:  

E 66th St & Lexington Ave

Cleveland, OH 44103

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#TBT: In honor of our @Indians, who are currently #ChasingOctober, we decided to dedicate this week's #ThrowbackThursday #Cleveland's #Baseball roots and the #Indians first home, #LeaguePark. In 1887, a professional baseball team was organized here and that team built a new park on 39th & Payne.. In 1890, the park was struck by lightening and much of it was destroyed by fire. The #ClevelandSpiders finished out their season in the partially destroyed park and built a new, improved park at 66th & Lexington, it's known to some baseball historians as #LeagueParkI. It was a wooden structure with seating for 9,000. Frank Robison (owner) and his brother had financial interests in the local traction company so they built their park where their street car lines intersected. In 1899, the Robisons took their talents (and most of the Spiders' talents) to St. Louis and the Cleveland team was eliminated from the National League. In 1901, however, they joined their current home, the American League and 10 years later, League Park was destroyed and rebuilt with accommodations for 21,000. League Park was home to the Spiders, #ClevelandNaps, #ClevelandBuckeyes (Negro League), #ClevelandIndians and a practice field for the #ClevelandBrowns at one point. It was purchased by the city in 1950 with intent to turn it into a recreational area. The park is on the National Register of Historic Places and is NOW undergoing a $5 Million renovation. #CLEVELANDOVEREVERYTHING #ClevelandOhio #216 #CLE #TribeTown #GoTribe #RollTribe #Windians #GoonSquad #Tribe

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