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Hagan is a whipping boy.
A knee jerk fed ex response. Look at the real problem, if you're going get rid of people, start with yourself. It's got to be a top to bottom review!Hagan touts cut in elected offices He'd consolidate county departments Monday, May 12, 2008Joe GuillenPlain Dealer Reporter Cuyahoga County will have six fewer elected officials -- and will consolidate duplicated jobs to reduce spending -- if Commissioner Tim Hagan gets his way. Hagan, who has favored reforming county government, said he is ready to make another push because the current structure is outdated. He said the county's shrinking population and declining government revenue demand a change. http://www.cleveland.com/news/plaindealer/index.ssf?/base/cuyahoga/1210581027265890.xml&coll=2
Interesting how Dimora screams he's not running for Commissioner again but it doesn't appear in the story.
I am not as well versed as others here on OU of the sins of Cuyahoga County but I am for a reform of some sort. There are too many fiefdoms in the county governmemnt that really don't answer to anyone especially the citizens, this has led to the rampant corruption and waste. I really don't think that it really is a Democratic or Republican issue. The real issue is that the current political machine has been in power too long and they felt they didn't have to answer to anyone because there has been nobody locally seriously challenging for power.I have not developed an opinion yet about the proposal floating around about a single elected county executive and a elected council.
I'm planning to vote no on Issues 5 and 6. This needs to be more of a citizen-driven, grassroots effort whereby the people of this county have the opportunity to voice their opinions. I feel like we should take the time to do this right instead of change for the sake of changing.
Here are the new county council districts: http://www.boe.cuyahogacounty.us/pdf_boe/en-US/CountyCouncilDistricts.pdfPretty ridiculously shaped, if you ask me.
I've been really anxious to see this. Not sure what to make of it yet... further consideration required. It's really hard to tell if Shaker Square is with the heights or with the hood. That's an awfully squggly border.
People often call my neighborhood "hood," including the guy who panhandles me as soon as I walk out the door. Besides, I think "hood" is a Latin term...
Euclid and Beachwood in the same zone...they are kind of similar. Kinda like a cheetah and a parakeet are similarI also can't believe Cleveland Hts, Shaker Hts and Univeristy hts are in 3 districts! Doesn't CH and UH share a school system, or is it just community services.Either way, I think the people of the heights are going to have more seats at the table than every other community. It will be a very Heights centered county government.
^ Good point Punch, the overall heights representation is pretty darned good. And consider that the entirety of ward 6, from Independence up through the 271 corridor, only gets one rep. The urban west side, including Lakewood, gets two, compared to Parma's one. Overall, my count is 6 predominantly urban wards vs. 5 predominantly suburban. I had feared the oppposite. So on those grounds alone, I guess I like the map.
It's been kind of fun reading about the various candidates throwing their hat in for the council seats or the county administrator position. But lord help us if Michael Troy Watson gets many votes from District 11 (East side of Cleveland, East Cleveland, Cleveland Ht.s).From Cleveland.com (http://www.cleveland.com/cuyahoga-county/index.ssf/2010/05/as_filing_deadline_looms_four_new_candidates_emerge_for_cuyahoga_county_council.html):He blames a "vast Jewish conspiracy" for the loss of his law license, the loss of the radio program and a pile of financial judgments and liens against him over the last decade. Watson listed more than $2 million in liabilities when filing Chapter 7 bankruptcy in 2004."I've stepped on the establishment's toes, and some of these toes happen to wear yarmulkes," said Watson, who hosts two programs on public-access television. "They've decided this guy is dangerous to the Jewish community. And they have tried to destroy me."If elected, Watson said one of his top priorities is to arm residents. He said he is a certified gun trainer and would like to establish a county program that helps senior citizens buy guns.I guess all you have to do to run is sign up, so should be no surprise it attracts a few nut cases.
He put the "crazy" in "crazy". Bad for business and for development.
I've had the chance to sit and listen to a few candidates speak and I think alot of these ward reps are going to be clueless. It's going to take them awhile before they realize this is not about bringing jobs or whatever to their little representative region. If it's going to work at all, it's going to be about creating real change, combining services, creating a system of policies for the entire region, instead of everyone having their own, which pits everyone against each other.
Can someone explain to me how the ward councilman and respective city mayors will interact on policy?
I'm not surprised by the executive race. I'm probably voting for Ken Lanci in November. However, the council is interesting. Probably the biggest shocker is that Chris Ronayne was defeated. In my district, James Levin didn't make the cut. But there's still hope because Jeff Kipp, director of LIVE Cleveland! and fellow Old Brooklyner, is running as an independent. And I was disappointed that Mike Piepsny, who is director of the Cleveland Tenants Organization and a good person, lost his race in the Berea area.So some of the people that are Cleveland boosters and have accomplished some great things are shut out.
Lanci's ideas on reducing taxes and streamlining govt sound great, but what exactly does he plan to do? You can't cut taxes without reducing services or adding some other type of user fees.... And I wonder how his plan would go over with the new council ward members, would they support such a plan? Seeing how the primary voters went, I see Fitzgerald cruising...
while we remain the highest taxed region in the country to support it.
What power does the new Cuy County admin have over RTA? Could there be a push to improve the rail infrastructure in the county?
^Technically it's not a state agency, but a county authority, but you're right about the county's limited influence on RTA. Anyone know how the RTA board appointment powers will work under the new county structure?
The Greater Cleveland Regional Transit Authority is an independent political subdivision of the State of Ohio. It was created in December 1974 by ordinance of the City of Cleveland, Ohio, and by resolution of the Board of County Commissioners of Cuyahoga County, Ohio. Operations at GCRTA began in September 1975. The GCRTA provides virtually all mass transportation within the County. The North Olmsted and Maple Heights transit systems merged with GCRTA in March 2005 to form a single transit system that will meet the needs of the public in Cuyahoga County. It is a multimodal system delivering bus, paratransit, heavy rail and light rail services.
Which is why all these burbs need to merge. It's tragic to see them beating each other over the head with redundant big box plazas. This proposal would be a non-starter if CH/UH/SE were all one entity.