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Cathryn Kapp January 28, 2014 at 11:41 PM
A thoughtful neighbor just sent me this information from 1997 and I would doubt that it hasRead Morechanged. Chapter 1156 of the Cleveland Heights Zoning Code , Item # 1165.01 "MINIMUM PERFORMANCE STANDARDS FOR STRUCTURES AND USES" ITEM (d) states "No lighting shall shine directly on or be a nuisance to occupants of adjacent property, nor impair safe movement of vehicles on a street or highway."
Garry Kanter January 29, 2014 at 10:14 PM
I'm afraid it's too late to change the sign, but not too late to let your city council know thatRead Moreyou expect the charter to be enforced.
Garry Kanter January 29, 2014 at 10:16 PM
There's only one rule in politics: If you get away with it, it must be OK. In Cuyahoga County, it's Read More(improperly) the law director's job to enable this monkey business on behalf of city councils and mayors. Regarless of laws or facts.
Garry Kanter November 10, 2013 at 11:15 AM
Well, we can start with the cynical saturation of non-information and mis-information in support of Read MoreIssue 81, funded by corporations and willfully disseminated by the denizens of CH wards 1, 2 and 3.
John Hubbard November 11, 2013 at 11:01 AM
Garry -- It's reassuring to know you're on the committee that's responsible for choosing theRead Morecompani es that will implement the Master Facilities Plan. Your support in moving the plan forward makes this a better community!
Alice Jeresko December 16, 2013 at 11:43 AM
I probably shouldn't comment, since I don't know where the loan to Joey's came from. Maybe it isRead MoreCDB G funds which are federal, not local. But, its a LOAN, not a giveaway. Much, much larger loans have been made to other entities with no commentary. That said, Cleveland Heights has great restaurants with Dewey's and Marrotta's among them for healthy and delicious gourmet/custom pizzas and salads. Dewey's is a surprise, with good prices, some decent beer/wine options, and a fresh, pleasant dining room with great service -- not your typical take-out pizza joint. Kwabena, have you ever actually visited Deweys?
Garry Kanter December 16, 2013 at 09:48 PM
I've commented on every loan I know about. $200,000 to re-purchase the diners, $60,000 for theRead Morealre ady defunct Burgers and Beer, $50,000 to Phoenix to relocate. Want copies? I have them. The Medussa building purchase, but the details escape me. Council doesn't understand banking and underwriting, just splashy headlines.
kwabena de la warre sankofa December 30, 2013 at 01:56 PM
it's k-w-a-b-e-n-a, never "K", but one learns to forgive well-meant Western EuropeanRead Moreconve ntion...and yes, i have been to Dewey's and tasted their fare, thinking i bit into part of the box when sampling a slice...a typically pretentious atmosphere used to rationalize a ridiculously priced product of cardboard crust smothered in bland tomato sauce upon which float a few islands of machine cheese engaged in continental drift, and priced as if near twice better than equal and in some cases far superior products found on Coventry and certain locales along Mayfield as far East as Chesterland...there are better crusts, more tasty sauces and better cheeses found at some carryouts what sell $2 slices, and thankfully minus the faux-clubby pretentiousness of Dewey's best suited to pre-teens on a first date or the slightly smudged troops filing out of vans after a stirring bout of saturday morning sissy-soccer under the watchful eyes of relentlessly PC-conscious dual career parents;
Sam Bell October 31, 2013 at 12:19 PM
@Melissa: try here: http://www.clevelandheights.com/index.aspx?page=306
Melissa October 31, 2013 at 09:26 PM
Sam, Thank you for your post but those are the City Council meetings that start at 7:30. CityRead MoreCounc il also meets every Monday at 5:45 pm. They are held in a conference room but are open, except for an executive session period, to the public. It does not seem right that they meet and have no public record of it. Is this a Sunshine Law issue?
Diane Hallum November 01, 2013 at 12:23 PM
Melissa is correct. I attend as many of the Council of the Whole meetings as I can, because thatRead Moreis where "decisions" made by council are at least mentioned. No minutes are kept, as far as I can tell. People are allowed to attend and listen in. I have found that during these council of the whole meetings, the use of the Executive Sessions is abused by the council, causing me to have to leave for the lamest of reasons. I have resolved to stand up to these "executive session" requests after one such abuse this past Monday. Since the hiring of Tanisha Briley, more decisions are being made before these meetings take place, only because of her strong organizational skills and planning. To track the decision-making process now, I request the documents that are disseminated at these meetings. I encourage others to request these documents as well, to track what coucil is focusing on, how decisions are made, and on what it spends money. Also, Ms. Briley is planning, to the shock of council members, to hold budget talks with the public in attendence at the Nov. 12 and Nov. 25 city council meetings. I encourage all who can to attend these two important meetings.
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