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More than 50 demonstrators marched to the Cuyahoga County Justice Center, where Samaria Rice and other community organizers called on Cuyahoga County Prosecutor Michael O’Malley and other state and federal authorities to reopen a case against the police officers involved in the fatal shooting of Tamir Rice, Samaria’s son.
Leaders in Cleveland Mayor Frank Jackson’s administration provided an update today about how the city would spend its first round of $255 million in federal stimulus money. Standing in for the mayor, chief of staff Sharon Dumas outlined plans to spend the first batch of federal funding on revenue recovery, community and economic development, and public safety. She did not answer a reporter’s question about whether specific plans would be attached to future stimulus allocations.
Cuyahoga County held a grand opening for its new Diversion Center on a bright, chilly morning in early May. One by one, elected officials, judges and politicians stepped up to the podium to sing its praises. Outside the tent where the politicos were seated, leaders from Greater Cleveland Congregations, a faith-based group wearing bright yellow shirts, stood in the back and cheered.
It’s a happy ending to a sad, sordid chapter in the city’s history: Cleveland City Council last week voted to use $750,000-800,000 from its Neighborhood Transformation Initiative to help low-income tenants in the city’s Buckeye neighborhood stay in their homes. About 40 lease-purchase renters were defrauded by their former landlord, the Buckeye Shaker Square Development Corporation (BSSDC). The city will provide them with low-dollar mortgages and forgivable down payment assistance so they can become homeowners.
For more than a decade, community developers on Cleveland’s near west side have been working to create a new, improved streetscape on Lorain Avenue between West 25th and West 65th Street. Yet now, it turns out, the long-envisioned Lorain Avenue Cycle Track may not happen at all, or if it does, it could be so watered down as to hardly resemble the original, bold vision.
Exacerbated by a polarized political climate, an increasing number of reporters in the U.S. are facing unrelenting threats of violence and harassment from people online. Here in Columbus, several reporters have experienced harassment directly.
The NFL Draft is set to bring thousands of people downtown from April 29-May 1, drawing crowds despite the rainy, cold spring weather. Yet at the same time, right now it’s impossible to organize a simple block party in the city of Cleveland. That will soon change, as the city announced Thursday, April 29th that it will begin permitting large outdoor events.