Tuesday, December 8, 2015

Three Catalytic Projects Public Meeting Summary & Frequently Asked Questions

La Villa Hispana, The Dream Neighborhood &
West 25th Street Corridor Initiative

The following information is a summary of three projects that are underway on the near west side of Cleveland.  The projects geographically are located within or in portions of the following neighborhoods that comprise City of Cleveland Wards 3, 12, 13, 14 and 15:
  1. La Villa Hispana: Clark Fulton and portions of Tremont and Ohio City.
  2. The Dream Neighborhood: Clark Fulton and Stockyard.
  3. West 25th Street Corridor Initiative: Ohio City, Clark Fulton, Tremont, Brooklyn Centre and Old Brooklyn.
In addition to the three community and economic development projects covered in the information below, a forth project  - The MetroHealth Transformation, being lead by MetroHealth, seeks to physically integrate Metro's main campus with the surrounding neighborhoods and also revolutionize care delivery and engineer new ways of working to ensure the health and wellness of those they serve in Greater Cleveland.

All of the partners listed and referenced for the La Villa Hispana, The Dream Neighborhood & West 25th Street Corridor Initiative are also partners working with MetroHealth to ensure the success of their planning and investments.
If you would like more information about any of the four projects and initiatives listed here, please send us an email indicating your interest and we'll be sure to include you on any future emails and mailings for updates or future meetings.

Media coverage:

La Villa Hispana

The Dream Neighborhood

West 25th Street Corridor Initiative

The MetroHealth Transformation 

Friday, December 4, 2015

Cleveland City Council Tobacco related Resolution and Ordinances

The following are two pieces of legislation and one resolution that have been introduced through the Cleveland City Council Health and Human Services Committee related to the regulation of tobacco products.  In addition to information and copies of the Resolution and Ordinances, additional information is provided below that was reviewed in the last three Health and Human Service Committee hearings held on 11/16, 11/23 and 12/2/15.

Here is a status of the pieces; copies are provided below:
  • Resolution No. 669-15; Tobacco Free Workforce Working Group - Resolution Declaring that the City of Cleveland will strive for a tobacco free workforce by January 2016, and establishing a working group of Council, the Jackson Administration, and community stakeholders to study employment policies of hiring only tobacco-free employees and offering smoking cessation programs to current employees.
    STATUS:  Passed out of the Health Committee, scheduled for hearing of the Council of the Whole, beginning 9:00 am, Monday December 7th, 2015.  Resolution 669-15 was first read on June 1st, 2015.
  • Ordinance No. 737-15; Raise Age for Tobacco Sales and DistributionOrdinance to amend Section 607.15 of the Codified Ordinances of Cleveland, Ohio, 1976, as amended by Ordinance No. 474-14, passed June 2, 2014, to raise the sales and distribution age from eighteen to twenty-one years for cigarettes, tobacco products and alternative nicotine products, including electronic cigarettes.
    STATUS: Passed out of the Health Committee, scheduled for hearing of the Council of the Whole, beginning 9:00 am, Monday December 7th, 2015. Resolution 737-15 was first read on June 8th, 2015.  Note: Section 4 of ordinance states: "That the amendments to Section 607.15 shall take effect sixty days after the effective date of this ordinance."  There is a consideration to increase the grace period to 90-days to allow for sufficient time for public education and awareness.

  • Ordinance No. 929-15; Partial Ban of Flavored  Tobacco Products - Ordinance to supplement the Codified Ordinances of Cleveland, Ohio, 1976, by enacting new Section 607.21, to ban the sale or distribution of flavored tobacco products, except in a retail tobacco store.
    STATUS: Ordinance has not been passed out of the Health Committee and is NOT scheduled to be heard by the Council of the Whole on Monday, 12/7/2015.  The next opportunity for this legislation to be heard in Committee hearing(s) is the week of January 4th, when council returns from winter legislative recess that begins 12/8/2015.  The next potential opportunity for a vote on this ordinance is Monday, January 8th, 2016.
The above legislative status information is provided by Councilman Brian Cummins, member of the Health & Human Services Committee.  Health Committee member information can be found here.

669-15-Res-Declaring City Will Strive for Tobacco Free Workforce by Brian Cummins