Mayor Don Plusquellic and other mayors nationwide are calling for a national policy on best police practices, including training on use of force, body cameras and sensitivity training.
Plusquellic also is continuing to push for the FBI to step in immediately to investigate police-citizen shootings.
“There needs to be national guidelines, taken from policies that have been successful in cities across the nation,” Plusquellic said this afternoon in a news release.
The mayors discussed these hot-button policing issues during a recent conference call involving 40 mayors from across the country.To read more or comment...
Happy birthday, Ralph.
Retired, long-time Congressman Ralph Regula is 90 today. Regula, a Republican from Navarre, served in Congress for 18 terms, retiring in 2009.
U.S. Rep. Bob Gibbs wished Regula a happy birthday on the floor of Congress this morning, saying that he has known Regula for three decades and learned a great deal from him.
"Ralph loved serving here because he cared about people and helping improve their quality of life," Gibbs said. "In this House, he was a pragmatic leader willing to find solutions to tough problems."To read more or comment...
Paula Sauter, deputy director of the Summit County Board of Elections, will speak at the Federated Democratic Women of Summit County's annual Holiday Gala Luncheon Saturday.
Sauter said she will discuss "the importance of voting and encouraging women to participate in the political process."
The luncheon will be from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. at St. George's Fellowship Centre, 32014 Ridgewood Road in Akron. Prizes will be awarded to the top three attendees wearing the best "spirit of Christmas" attire.
Tickets are $20 each. RSVP by calling 330-864-8280 by Wednesday.To read more or comment...
U.S. Sen. Sherrod Brown and 29 other senators sent a letter Monday that urges a delay in the planned closures of 82 mail processing centers nationwide, including the one in Akron.
The letter followed a report by the U.S. Postal Service, Office of Inspector General that found the postal service failed to fulfill its obligation to study the impact of the closures and properly notify local customers. The closures are expected to begin in January.
"The postal service fulfills an important function in everyday life," Brown said in a news release. "It's vital that the USPS take adequate steps to review these consolidations and their affects on American customers."
Plans call for four mail distribution centers in Ohio to be closed, with the mail instead processed in the next-closest, large city. For Akron, that would be Cleveland.To read more or comment...
Richard Viguerie, one of the leading figures in the conservative movement, will be the featured speaker at the Portage County TEA Party's fifth-annual fundraising dinner on Friday, Dec. 5.
Viguerie is the author of the recent book Takeover: The 100-year War for the Soul of the GOP and How Conservatives Can Finally Win It. He also helped pioneer the political direct mail industry in the 1960s and is chairman of a conservative website and newsletter. He will talk about the 2016 election and the role of the tea party in the conservative movement.
The event will be at 6:30 p.m. at Maplewood Career Center, 7075 state Route 88 in Ravenna. The Hooked on Harmony singing group will perform and a silent action will be held. Maplewood Career Center culinary students will prepare the meal.
Tickets are $25. Those who would like to attend are asked to mail a check payable to Portage County TEA Party to P.O. Box 253, Mogadore, Ohio 44260. Those wanting to donate items for the silent action may call 330-474-3878.To read more or comment...
The Summit County Republican Party will once again be recommending candidates to fill a judicial vacancy.
The party's executive committee will meet at 6 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 17 at the Portage Country Club, 240 N. Portage Path in Akron.
The committee will select three candidates to recommend to Gov. John Kasich to fill a vacancy on Barberton Municipal Court created by the election in the Nov. 4 election of Judge Todd McKenney to Summit County Common Pleas Court. McKenney is filling an unexpired term ending in January 2017.
Candidates interested in applying may send a written application and resume to Summit County GOP Chairman Alex Arshinkoff at 1755 Merriman Road, Suite 250, Akron, Ohio 44313. The deadline is 4 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 11.To read more or comment...
The documentary Heist: Who Stole the American Dream will be shown at 7 p.m. Monday at the Stow Public Library, 3512 Darrow Road.
The 2012 film looks at the influence of large corporations in the United States.
After the film, there will be a discussion of starting a ballot initiative in Stow and elsewhere calling on Congress to amend the Constitution to overturn the Citizens United case that freed corporations to give unlimited campaign contributions.
For more information, contact Anthony Hancovsky of Move to Amend Stow at 216-703-0425 or email@example.com.To read more or comment...
Akron City Council isn't expected to vote Monday on legislation that would boost campaign finance limits for next year's election.
Council President Garry Moneypenny said more time is needed to look into some of the concerns raised by citizens during public hearings held last Monday.
"We want to give it the fair due process it deserves," he said.
The legislation would boost limits by $100, which would raise the limit for mayoral and at-large city council candidates to $750 and for ward council candidates to $500. The limit pertains to contributions from individuals, campaign committees, PACs and political parties.To read more or comment...
Residents interested in getting work under Akron’s massive construction project can attend a meeting Monday to find out how.
The meeting will be from 1 to 5 p.m. at the Akron Urban League, 440 Vernon Odom Blvd.
Several local trade unions will be on-hand to provide information and answer questions about union apprenticeship programs and membership. The trades will include laborers, pipe fitters, operators, electricians and truck drivers.
Applications will be completed and collected on-site, and potential candidates must meet minimum requirements prior to training.To read more or comment...
The city of Akron scored a minor win in the ongoing dispute over fire department promotions.
The monitor in a federal court case involving Akron's last promotions this week denied a contempt complaint filed by the firefighter plaintiffs. The plaintiffs were challenging an agreement between Akron and the fire union that would allow promotions based on seniority.
David Cohen, the monitor, however, hasn't yet ruled on the agreement. He said in his contempt decision that he would discuss "the extent to which (if any) the provisions" in the agreement "can be folded into the promotional testing process" he is helping hash out between Akron and the plaintiffs.
Akron hasn't given a fire promotional test in a decade, due largely to a discrimination lawsuit filed by firefighters challenging the city's last exam. The case, now eight years old, is in the court of U.S. District Court Judge John Adams, with several pending appeals. The plaintiffs twice won a judgment against the city, with the amount of damages lessened in the second round.To read more or comment...