Akron City Council doesn't often have caucuses, but will have one Tuesday.
The caucus will be from 3 to 5:30 p.m. in council chambers on the third floor of Akron City Hall, 166 S. High St. (The ending time is firm because of a Housing Appeals Board meeting that starts at 6 p.m.)
Council President Garry Moneypenny called the caucus at the urging of some council members, particularly Councilman Russel Neal, Jr.
Topics are expected to include fire department promotions, the results of the recent Safe Surrender program and the possibility of adding speed bumps in Akron neighborhoods to slow down motorists. Councilman Mike Freeman has long been a proponent of speed bumps.To read more or comment...
Have you ever noticed how often Cleveland and Akron come up as the punchline in a movie or television show?
Those who live in Northeast Ohio often bristle at the negative mentions, and applaud the fleeting positive associations.
A Beacon Journal colleague who complained about one of the leads on a story about Cleveland getting the 2016 Republican convention today made me wonder how various newspapers chose to start their stories about this historic opportunity. So, for your reading pleasure, here are a few samples. You can decide if they put Cleveland in a positive or negative light. (Links are included to the full stories.)
USA Today: Cleveland's last shining moment of greatness -- a pro sports championship, no less -- is half a century old and peeling like an old bleacher seat.To read more or comment...
The Akron Planning Commission has two new members.
Akron City Council this week approved the appointment of former Akron Councilman Ken Jones and former Chief of Staff Rick Merolla to the commission. They will each serve five year terms.
Jones, a Ward 5 councilman, lost in the last election. Merolla retired last summer after a long tenure with the city.
Fusco said Jones and Merolla will be "a very good fit" for the commission with their previous experience.To read more or comment...
Akron is hoping to land the new Goodyear Tire & Rubber Co. plant.
Akron City Council passed a resolution this week urging Goodyear to pick Akron for its new $500 million factory.
"We've proven to Goodyear that we are willing to do what it takes," said Councilman Jeff Fusco, referring to the package that the city, Summit County and state put together to convince Goodyear to keep its headquarters in Akron. "We have the talent, infrastructure and loyalty. We are asking them to give us a shot!"
Mayor Don Plusquellic previously sent a letter to Goodyear leaders and spoke with the head of the search committee.To read more or comment...
David Pepper, the Democratic candidate for attorney general, held a news conference in Akron today to criticize state cuts to addiction services funding to local communities.
The cuts begin today and will total $20 million statewide.
"Ohio's heroin crisis is spiraling out of control, and this is the exact wrong time to be cutting critical addiction treatment funds," Pepper said in a news release. "Instead of more cuts from Columbus, we need proactive leadership that adds both treatment and enforcement to finally get this crisis under control."
The Associated Press reported that a state change in how it funnels federal dollars to local communities for addiction services will result in a $20 million shortfall. The state will distribute $63 million in 18 months rather than over a year to address cash flow problems.To read more or comment...