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Mayor Justin Bibb’s office recently posted a position for a senior strategist to oversee the city’s efforts to combat lead poisoning that would report to the mayor. One of the issues the new cabinet member will have to tackle is the plummeting numbers of children screened for the toxin during the pandemic.
Issue 24’s supporters, many of whom have lost loved ones to police violence, have spent years advocating for civilian oversight of the Cleveland Division of Police. The amendment’s opponents say it grants too much power to appointed officials to solve issues the Consent Decree is already addressing.
While overall COVID-19 vaccination rates for Asian-Americans are relatively high in Ohio, Asian-American and Pacifc Island (AAPI) refugees and immigrants in Northeast Ohio – many who don’t speak English – have had to negotiate unique cultural and language barriers on their road to getting vaccinated.