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“We anticipate that there will be some adherence to a plan, unless certain circumstances require something different”: Jackson files stimulus plan

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.

Basheer Jones’ bold approach lifted Ward 7. But will that energy win him the election?

In the multifaceted race to replace Cleveland’s status-quo mayor Frank Jackson, there may be no other candidate as passionate as Basheer Jones. The second youngest candidate after 34-year-old Justin Bibb, Jones has garnered a dedicated base of the majority Black Ward 7 with fervent religiosity and a youthful ambition. Such energy has spurred numerous development badges just as it has doubts from his critics.

About 5,000 households have opted into city’s recycling program so far, officials say

About 5,000 of the city’s more than 150,000 waste division customers have opted into the city’s new recycling program so far, most of them on the west side, according to information provided by Sustainable Cleveland at a community meeting on Wed. Aug. 25. In the coming weeks, the city says it’s planning a big marketing push to increase signups before the Oct. 31 deadline.

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