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Keep it to yourself: Public comment is a city council tradition in many places, but Clevelanders hear “Shhhh”

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.

Reporting from The Land and NEOSOJO leads to $50k Slavic Village donation

Slavic Village Development announced Monday that it received a $50,000 gift from an anonymous donor. The donation was made in response to a January 2021 story by Daniel Polletta, “Facing eviction, residents struggle to find help,” published by The Land, Ideastream, FreshWater Cleveland, paid for and commissioned by the Northeast Ohio Solutions Journalism Cooperative.

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