Criminal Justice

Monday, April 1, 2024
7:00 p.m. — 9:00 p.m. EDT

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601 Lakeside Ave Cleveland, OH 44114 (Directions)

Cleveland City Hall, Council Chambers (or watch on YouTube)

Cleveland City Council is the legislative branch of the government of the City of Cleveland in Ohio. In this meeting, residents may address council with public comments, and council typically introduces legislation and votes on legislation. Council does not typically discuss legislation in detail at this meeting; that happens in council’s committee meetings.

There are 17 elected Cleveland City Council members representing the 17 wards of the City of Cleveland. Each ward has approximately 25,000 residents. Council Members are elected to serve a four-year term. Council members serve two roles in their duties: to draft and enact legislation for the city of Cleveland and act as ombudspersons for their constituents.

Council members:

  • Joe Jones
  • Kevin Bishop
  • Kerry McCormack
  • Deborah Gray
  • Richard Starr
  • Blaine Griffin, council president
  • Stephanie Howse-Jones
  • Michael Polensek
  • Kevin Conwell
  • Anthony Hairston
  • Danny Kelly
  • Rebecca Maurer
  • Kris Harsh
  • Jasmin Santana
  • Jenny Spencer
  • Brian Kazy
  • Charles Slife

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Edited and summarized by the Cleveland - OH Documenters Team

Note-taking by Janelle James

Public commenters express concern about violence

Live reporting by Christina Easter

City Council meeting cancelled for the eclipse

Good evening Cleveland and beyond! I will be live tweeting this evenings City Council Meeting starting at 7:00. Please watch along now or later on TV 20 or the YT link below.
#CLEDocumenters @signalcleveland @cledocumenters…

05:29 PM Apr 1, 2024 CDT

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@signalcleveland @cledocumenters Learn about City Council, its members, committees, and how to find your ward here -
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@signalcleveland @cledocumenters On the Agenda for this evening: Public Comment, Special Resolutions, First Reading Legislation (Emergency Ordinances), Second Reading Legislation, and Third Reading Legislation. Obtain a copy of the Agenda here -…
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@signalcleveland @cledocumenters Here we go (without audio apparently).
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@signalcleveland @cledocumenters We have audio and Public Comment begins first with B.A. from Rocky River who speaks on weapons being shipped by the U.S. Government to Israel; benefits people have in Israel that Americans do not have such as healthcare, education, etc.; and tax dollars should be spent here.
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@signalcleveland @cledocumenters Next public commenter represents New Era Cleveland in the Buckeye area who states experts are expecting "us" to have a violent summer and wants to work with city council members and Mayor Bibb on a cease fire resolution for this summer.
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@signalcleveland @cledocumenters Next public commenter is from Ward 3 speaks on demanding a cease fire; acknowledges council members meeting with some from the community to speak on the cease fire; when we say free Palestine it means free Cleveland too b/c people need food and other things.
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@signalcleveland @cledocumenters Next public commenter is ZZ from Olmsted Township representing the Palestinian Youth Movement states the ongoing genocide is creating a lot of criticism; there are a lot of hate crimes that are not being talked about; it took 17 weeks to pass a cease fire and questions CC.
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@signalcleveland @cledocumenters Learn about the Palestinian Youth Movement here.
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@signalcleveland @cledocumenters Next public comment is James Richards who talks about the Lee Harvard master plan states he wants to speak on the non-community involvement in the Plan - wants members of the community voice heard in the new development.
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@signalcleveland @cledocumenters Next public commenter is Brenda Bickerstaff (Ward 9) represents Citizen for a Safer Cleveland who speaks on respect for Black women - speaks on a post on FB that the commission would get rid of the mayor, chief, and safety director and this is not true b/c it has to be recall.
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@signalcleveland @cledocumenters Next Basher Jones (Hough) states he fought to have public comment; asks what is going on when we cannot speak on what's in your hearts; that it is sad we watch the killing of babies and cannot speak because of fear; Clev will not thrive until the eastside looks like the westside
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@signalcleveland @cledocumenters Next is Condolence Resolutions, then Congratulations Resolutions read by the Clerk of Courts.
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@signalcleveland @cledocumenters Next First Reading Legislation - Emergency Ordinance 368-2024 related to the Healthy Home Initiative; 369-2024 related to accepting funding from the federal government for assistance with emergency rental assistance program.
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@signalcleveland @cledocumenters EOs 371-2024 related to Port Control entering into contract for services; 373-2024 related to LED Display Boards to be located near 5252 Marginal Rd.; 386-2024 related to Sustainable Renewable Contract; 387-2024 related to Residential Parking tax exemption.
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@signalcleveland @cledocumenters Continuing with EOs 391-2024 related owners of sports facilities who use a tax supported facility and receives financial assistance from the state or city.
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@signalcleveland @cledocumenters Next first reading of EOs to be passed - 374-2024 related to issuance of a permit for the Zombie Run and Lurch event in Sept.; 388-2024 related to amending Cleveland ordinances related to criminal and civil enforcement and vacant property and inspections.
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@signalcleveland @cledocumenters The Clerk reads the motion to suspend the rules and the legislation just read be placed on final passage - and there are 15 yeas for passage.
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@signalcleveland @cledocumenters Next is Second Reading EOs: 231-2024 related to grant from the OH Dept. of Educ. for the 2024 summer food service program at George Forbes; 315-2024, 316-2024, 317-2024, and 318-2024 each related to issuance of bonds to refund certain city debt; 319-2024 related to debt.
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@signalcleveland @cledocumenters Fifteen (15) council members vote yea in support of suspending the rules and placing the Second Reading EOs on final passage; and legislation is passed with 15 yeas.
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@signalcleveland @cledocumenters Next there are no Introductions, no Announcements. There will not be a meeting on April 8 due to the eclipse and Blain Griffin, council president encourages people to go to councilman Michael Polensek's (Ward 8) meeting on Wednesday for updates on road closures and other info
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@signalcleveland @cledocumenters Polensek states anyone wanting information on plans related to the eclipse and 52 cadets who were recently seated.
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@signalcleveland @cledocumenters Next Kris Harsh (Ward 13) who speaks on building a stadium under the lake; and requests employees be given the opportunity to go outside to see the eclipse because there will not be another one for 70 yrs.
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@signalcleveland @cledocumenters The meeting is adjourned and the next meeting is April 15, 2024. Have questions? Think we got something wrong? Send any inquiries on the meeting or tweets to @cledocumenters or email us at

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Cleveland City Council

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