Anti-illegal immigration protests will be held across the country this weekend, including one in Akron.
The We the People Convention is organizing the events against illegal immigration and amnesty for people who come to the United States illegally, according to Tom Zawistowski, who heads up the group, along with leading the Portage County TEA Party.
"I ask you to join me in standing up for American sovereignty and letting our elected officials know where we stand," Zawistowski said in a news release.
The Akron protest will be from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday on the pedestrian walkway off Sumner Street and Interstate 76. (Get off at the Wolf Ledges Parkway exit and go two blocks east to Sumner Street.) This is the only event being held in the Akron-Canton area.To read more or comment...
A disagreement about whether Akron City Council should go into executive session in the middle of a rare caucus Tuesday resulted in an even more infrequent occurrence -- a tie vote.
Council members had been talking about an ongoing lawsuit on fire department promotions when Councilman Jeff Fusco suddenly suggested that the discussion should be moved into executive session. A Beacon Journal reporter in the audience asked on what grounds when the discussion had been happening in open session.
Council members then voted on whether to go into executive session with Clerk Bob Keith initially miscounting the votes and saying the majority voted for it. As some council members started to leave the room, the reporter again objected, questioning the vote count. Bob Keith retallied and realized the vote was 6-6-1, which wasn't a majority. The discussion continued in open session, allowing the media and the public who attended to hear what was said.
The council members who voted for the executive session were: Fusco, Donnie Kammer, Garry Moneypenny , Russel Neal, Jr., Rich Swirsky and Mike Williams. Those voting against were: Mike Freeman, Bob Hoch, Jim Hurley, Marilyn Keith, Tara Mosley-Samples and Linda Omobien. Councilwoman Margo Sommerville, who entered the chambers in the middle of the disagreement about whether an executive session was warranted, abstained.To read more or comment...
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...