Just three Cleveland City Council meetings remain this year if the Jackson administration wants to pass its proposed ARPA spending plan for the first half of the city’s $511 million in American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) funding.
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With Cleveland’s general elections approaching fast, organizations across the city have steadily announced mayoral forums probing candidates Kevin Kelley and Justin Bibb on a litany of Cleveland issues. In response to the flurry of these forums and other election-related events, The Land will regularly compile and update a list of events as we hear of them.
Cleveland City Council’s habit of invoking legal technicalities that alter the normal process for passing ordinances may seem mundane or bureaucratic, but it raises questions about why the rules exist if they are almost universally disregarded and how these practices bear on government accessibility and civic engagement.
If knowledge is power, then the skills to get public records are a superpower – one that will soon be available to all curious Clevelanders. Want information on how the city is spending taxpayer money? Looking for a police policy or court record? All you have to do is know how to ask. The Northeast Ohio Solutions Journalism Collaborative has teamed up with the Cleveland Documenters to create a new, free course.
At gatherings of Cleveland City Council, members of the public are not allowed to address the council. A group called Citizens for Public Comment is trying to change that in the run-up to the 2021 elections, hoping to foster public participation in decision making at a time when the mayoral race, and all 17 council seats, are up for grabs.