Posted Friday, July 20, 2012
Roundtable: Patrick Shepherd, founder, Cleveland Stonewall Democrats; Kevin O’Brien, editorial writer, The Plain Dealer.
A Taxing Time for Cleveland
Cleveland schools will head to the November ballot with a levy request of 15-mills. It would raise almost $80 million to help the district move ahead with its curriculum make-over. The levy would be stiff hit, raising property taxes by $294 for the average homeowner. If passed, it would be the first new local operating money for the Cleveland system since passage of a levy in 1996.
Convention Center Parking
Cleveland’s new convention center will lack a key feature, parking. The $465 million convention center and adjoining Medical Mart will have no parking of their own. Patrons who drive to the venues will have to rely on existing downtown lots, above and below ground. This sounds like an oversight, but planners and business leaders say a pre-construction study concluded existing facilities were adequate and that the majority of convention-goers will fly into the city.
Early Voting Debate
President Obama’s re-election committee filed suit against state election officials over Ohio’s refusal to allow in-person absentee voting on the final three days before the November election. Democrats deny a political motivation for filing the suit, just as Republicans deny politics played a role in the absentee ban. Nearly 100,000 Ohioans cast ballots during the final three days in 2008 most of them in Democrat-rich big cities.
Special Guest: Alan F. Dutka, author, Cleveland’s Short Vincent, The Theatrical Grill and its Notorious Neighbors
A storied part of Cleveland’s shadier past is a downtown street known as Short Vincent. Running between E. 6th and E. 9th, Short Vincent was home to the Theatrical Grill and its less-swanky neighbors, a collection of bars, nightclubs and girlie shows. On Vincent, patron could wet his whistle, rub shoulders with entertainment stars, make an illicit bet, maybe even get his ashes professionally hauled. Dutka’s new book is the story of one of the town’s most notorious bygone attractions.