City and DOJ Announce Police Assessment Resource Center to Act as Consent Decree Monitor

Today, Mayor Frank G. Jackson and U.S. Attorney Steven M. Dettelbach announced the selection of The Police Assessment Resource Center (PARC) as the Independent Monitor team in place to assess and report on the Cleveland Division of Police’s implementation of the settlement agreement.

As stipulated by the settlement agreement, the Monitor will be appointed for a period of five years and will regularly report on whether the requirements of the agreement have been implemented, and whether this implementation is resulting in constitutional and effective policing, professional treatment of individuals, and increased community trust of the Cleveland Division of Police.

Read biographical information for each member of the Monitor team here.

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Cleveland Animal Care & Control to Host City Dogs Reunion

Cleveland Animal Control will host their first annual “CITY DOGS Reunion” from 1:00 – 3:00 pm this Sunday, September 27th at Wade Oval in University Circle. The event is open to all dogs adopted from the Cleveland City Kennel and their families; however, space is limited and registration is required.


The reunion, sponsored by Marc’s grocery store, will include obedience training, contests, activities, photograph areas, prizes and more. Jennifer Mauger of L’Chaim Canine Training will be on hand to offer training tips and answer questions. The new CITY DOGS Adoption Van will also be on site.

“This is our chance to celebrate how far we’ve come since we launched the CITY DOGS program and to thank the wonderful adopters who have welcomed our dogs into their homes,”  said Chief Animal Control Officer Ed Jamison.

“So far this year, 258 dogs have been adopted from the kennel. We are hoping that this event and others like it increase our adoption numbers.”

Families bringing their dogs to the event must show proof of valid license and current rabies vaccination. Dogs must be on leash throughout the event. To register for the CITY DOGS Reunion, please visit<

For more information on the CITY DOGS Reunion or to schedule a meet and greet with an adoptable CITY DOG, please email or call 216-664-3476.



HUD Awards City of Cleveland and Cuyahoga County Grants for Lead Abatement

Today, the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) presented the City of Cleveland with a Lead Hazard Reduction Demonstration Grant check for $3,714,272 and the Cuyahoga County Board of Health with a Lead Hazard Control Grant check for $3,231,610 to address lead hazard reduction throughout the city and county. The grant funding announced today will help reduce the number of children, families, and homes that experience lead poisoning in the City of Cleveland and Northeast Ohio.

The grant money will help fund the Lead Hazard Control (LHC) Program in the City of Cleveland Department of Community Development. The program is designed to strategically advance efforts to increase lead-safe affordable housing while eliminating the possibility of childhood lead poisoning in the City of Cleveland. The program provides lead risk assessments, identifies lead–based paint and provides grants to control lead-based paint hazards. The program strives to use a single approach to address various housing, health, and safety needs for low- and very low-income families with children under the age of six. These efforts will significantly improve the health of the community and quality of the housing stock.

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Cleveland Police and Community Relations to Host Meetings on Violence, Prevention, and Safety

The Cleveland Division of Police and Community Relations Board will host a community meeting in each police district this Saturday, September 19 at 11:00 am. The purpose of these meetings is for community members and the Division of Police to discuss ways each community can address violence, prevention, and safety in their respective neighborhood.

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Mayor Jackson and Chief of Police Calvin Williams address gun violence in the city during a press conference.

Meetings will be held at the following locations:

Cudell Recreation Center – 1910 West Blvd

Police Representative: Thomas McCartney, First District Commander

 Michael Zone Recreation Center – 6301 Lorain Ave

Police Representative: Thomas Stacho, Second District Commander

Lonnie Burton Recreation Center – 2511 E 46th St

Police Representative: Patrick Stephens, Third District Commander

Zelma George Recreation Center – 3155 Martin Luther King Jr Dr

Police Representative: Deon McCaulley, Fourth District Commander

Glenville Recreation Center – 680 E 113th St

Police Representative:  Dennis Hill, Fifth District Commander

In addition to the community meetings this week, the City of Cleveland and Division of Police encourage residents to attend monthly Block Club meetings in their community beginning October 24th.

For more information about the meetings listed above call (216) 664-3290.

Mayor Jackson Kicks Off 2015 Sustainability Summit

On Wednesday, September 16 and Thursday, September 17, Mayor Frank G. Jackson will welcome more than 500 local business leaders, government officials, non-profit leaders, students, educators and residents to his seventh annual Sustainability Summit: Sustainable Cleveland 2019. The two day event will be held at Cleveland Public Auditorium from 8:00 am to 5:00 pm both days.

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Sustainable Cleveland 2019 was founded in 2009 by Mayor Jackson to build a thriving “green city on a blue lake”. The initiative creates a framework for Clevelanders from all walks of life to work together to build a robust and resilient region by focusing attention on annual key areas fundamental to a suitable economy – 2015 is the Year of Clean Water.

The City of Cleveland is pleased to welcome two dynamic keynote presenters to this year’s Summit: Naomi Davis, Founder of Blacks in Green, an award-winning economic development organization based in West Woodlawn, Chicago with a national network; and Marcus Eriksen, who embarked on a 2,000-mile, 5-month journey down the Mississippi River on a homemade raft to study the ecological impacts of plastic marine pollution. For more information on the Sustainability Summit and keynote speakers, visit



Cleveland Animal Care and Control to Introduce New CITY DOGS Adoption Van

Cleveland Animal Care and Control will introduce the Division’s latest adoption tool during the 43rd Annual Labor Day Parade & Festival at Luke Easter Park on Monday, September 7.

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The Division will introduce a new, colorful 22 ft long and 10 ft. high Ford Transit van for the purpose of transporting CITY DOGS to off-site events, community festivals, and other venues to meet with potential adopters.

The adoption van features artwork created by nationally syndicated cartoonist Jenny Campbell and was made possible by a generous grant from the Kenneth A. Scott Charitable Trust, a KeyBank Trust.

“We’ve needed this for a long time,” said Chief Animal Control Officer Ed Jamison. “The ability to go out and meet with potential adopters greatly increases the likelihood that one or more of these dogs will find a loving home.” According to Jamison, 224 CITY DOGS have been adopted so far this year; however, on any given day, 50 to 60 others wait at the kennel for their chance at a happy ending.

When fully fitted, the custom interior of the van will include spacious accommodations for 12 dogs as well as a desk area and internet access for completing adoptions on the road.

About the CITY DOGS Cleveland program.

The CITY DOGS program was launched by Cleveland Animal Care and Control (CACC) earlier this year to showcase the great dogs that end up in the City Kennel through no fault of their own. All CITY DOGS have been evaluated by CACC staff, vaccinated, spayed or neutered, licensed, and microchipped and all have earned the seal of approval of loving CITY DOGS volunteers.

CITY DOGS ready for adoption can be viewed at Meetings can be arranged by emailing or by calling the Adoption Hotline at 216.664.3476


City to Host Symposium on Best Practices in Zoning

The City of Cleveland Planning Commission and Urban Land Institute will host a one-day symposium on Wednesday, October 21st from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 pm at the Global Center for Health Innovation to explore how the needs of building and development have changed since implementation of the city’s current zoning code in 1929.

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In addition, the symposium will focus on how the City of Cleveland can adopt new zoning tools that will draw from best practices and create attractive, walkable, healthy, and sustainable communities.

The symposium will feature a conversation with civic leaders, city staff, Community Development Corporations, private developers and other known stakeholders about their experience with the current zoning code and related regulatory procedures. Several nationally renowned speakers will outline the principals, benefits, and practical challenges of modern zoning regulations.

Speakers will also discuss strategies and specific regulatory tools that can be implemented to incentivize the development of healthy, walkable, mixed-use neighborhoods that offer a variety of transportation and housing options for all citizens. Scheduled session for the forum include: Making Safe Streets, Form-Based Codes 101, Planning as Politics, as well as many others.

To register for the symposium or for more information, visit