Mayor Jackson Expects Protests to Remain Peaceful

The City of Cleveland continues to prepare for peaceful protests leading up to and following the verdict in the trial of Cleveland Police Officer Michael Brelo. Mayor Frank G. Jackson stated that the city is working with citizens and leaders across the community to foster understanding and ensure order and public safety.

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“It is my expectation that protests remain peaceful and do not undermine the progress this community has made in ensuring that all citizens receive the respect they expect and deserve,” said Jackson. “Actions that cross the line – by citizens or police officers – cannot and will not be tolerated. We are all One Cleveland and we want the same thing:  peace, dialogue and positive change.”

During these potential protests, the City of Cleveland wants the community at large to:

  • Know that people have a right to protest peacefully
  • Understand that developments are fluid and situations may change quickly.
  • Be cautious and alert, but don’t be paralyzed by fear.
  • Avoid situations or areas where you may be concerned about your safety.
  • Use common sense, show respect, and remain patient.

Businesses and the community should remain alert to developments and use appropriate judgment. The City will closely monitor conditions and rumors and provide frequent updates as situations warrant.

 

City of Cleveland Preparing for Peaceful Protests

The City of Cleveland continues to prepare for peaceful protests leading up to and following the trial of Cleveland Police Officer Michael Brelo. Mayor Frank G. Jackson stated that the city is working with citizens and leaders across the community to foster understanding and ensure order and public safety. The verdict may be reached as early as next week and subsequent protests may be spontaneous or unpredictable.

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“It is my expectation that protests remain peaceful and do not undermine the progress this community has made in ensuring that all citizens receive the respect they expect and deserve,” said Jackson. “Actions that cross the line – by citizens or police officers – cannot and will not be tolerated. We are all One Cleveland and we want the same thing:  peace, dialogue and positive change.”

During these potential protests, the City of Cleveland wants the community at large to:

  • Know that people have a right to protest peacefully
  • Understand that developments are fluid and situations may change quickly.
  • Be cautious and alert, but don’t be paralyzed by fear.
  • Avoid situations or areas where you may be concerned about your safety.
  • Use common sense, show respect, and remain patient.

Businesses and the community should remain alert to developments and use appropriate judgment. The City will closely monitor conditions and rumors and provide frequent updates as situations warrant.

 

 

Mayor Jackson swears in Robert L. Davis as new Director of Public Utilities

This week, Mayor Frank G. Jackson swore in Robert L. Davis as the Director of the Department of Public Utilities. Mr. Davis has more than 28 years of experience as a utility professional including spending the past 14 years as the Director of Utility Services for the City of Warren, Ohio.

“Mr. Davis has a strong background in the field of Public Utilities and overseeing critical infrastructure improvements,” said Mayor Frank G. Jackson. “I am confident that his leadership and experience will create continuing success at the Department of Public Utilities.”

During his career, Mr. Davis has managed over $500 million dollars of capital improvement projects within water and sewer systems, oversaw upgrades to water pollution and distribution infrastructure, and has streamlined meter reading and collections processes.

Mr. Davis holds a Bachelor of Science from the University of West Virginia and a Class IV water license. He is the first African-American to be president of the Ohio section of the American Water Works Association (AWWA) and the first and only African-American in the history of the City of Warren to hold the positions of Superintendent of Water and Director of Utility Services.

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West 117th Repair Project: Pavement Replacement from Triskett Road to Western Avenue

On Thursday May 14, 2015, weather permitting, spot pavement replacement work will begin on West 117th at the bridge approaches over Interstate 90 from Triskett Road to Western Avenue.

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A temporary traffic control zone will be set adjacent to the bridge approaches, which will restrict traffic to one lane northbound and southbound. No detour is expected.

Access to all businesses, residences and side streets will be maintained during construction.  Advance notice signs will be posted to advise West 117th traffic of construction. This portion of the project will be in completed in late May 2015.

Mayor Jackson to Host Community Meeting on Public Safety

On Wednesday, May 13, 2015, Mayor Frank G. Jackson and Chief of Police Calvin D. Williams will hold a community meeting at Fairfax Recreation Center where they will provide a public safety update.

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WHO:

Mayor Frank G. Jackson

Calvin D. Williams, Chief of Police

WHAT:

Community Meeting

WHEN:

Wednesday, May 13, 2015

6:00 p.m.

WHERE:

Fairfax Recreation Center                

2335 East 82nd Street

Cleveland, OH 44101

 

Cleveland is Heating up this Week

As the weather gets warmer things are starting to heat up in Cleveland this week with so many great events planned that will attract visitors from all over to our city. Beginning on Tuesday, May 12, the Cleveland Cavaliers continue their exciting playoff run against the Chicago Bulls at Quicken Loans Arena at 7:00 pm. The Cavs free outdoor Fan Fest on Gateway Plaza begins at 4:30 p.m.

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In addition, the Cleveland Indians begin their home series against the St. Louis Cardinals at Progressive Field with the first pitch scheduled for 6:10 PM. The City of Cleveland would like to remind visitors and all those in the downtown area of the parking restrictions that will be in place for both games on Tuesday, May 12, beginning at 4:00 pm.

“No Parking” restrictions will be in place at the below areas.

  • Huron Road – from Ontario Street to Prospect Avenue
  • Prospect Avenue – from Ontario Street To East 14th Street
  • East 9th Street – from Euclid Avenue to Carnegie Avenue
  • East 4th Street – from Prospect Avenue to Huron Road

On Thursday, May 14, the Cleveland Indians continue their series against the St. Louis Cardinals at Progressive Field with at 12:10 PM scheduled start time. Later on the day, the Cleveland Cavaliers will host their Game 6 watch party at Quicken Loans Arena. The watch party will begin at 7:00 pm and tip-off is set at 8:00 pm. There are no current parking restrictions scheduled for this day.

In addition to the notification of parking restrictions, the City of Cleveland and Division of Police offer the following advice to improve your visit and downtown experience:

Arrive early. In order to ensure that you arrive at your destination without missing a second of the action, plan your commute beforehand and allow yourself extra travel time. If you are attending the Indians game, arrive early and explore the transformed Progressive Field renovations

Ride RTA. RTA will operate Red Line trains every 15 minutes to accommodate sports fans. Blue and Green Line trains will operate according to the regular schedule. All rapid lines will serve sports fans for at least 90 minutes after the game ends. Park for free at many of RTA’s rapid stations, buy a $5 All-Day-Pass and take the train to Tower City Station for an easy walk to the Q through the enclosed Walkway near Tower City food court. Plan your commute with www.riderta.com to enjoy all Downtown Cleveland has to offer.

Put Your Junk in Your Trunk! Valuable items should not be left in the interior of a vehicle where others can see them. Even better is to place these items in the trunk prior to arriving at your destination.

Be aware of increased pedestrian traffic in the downtown area.

If you see something suspicious, say something. Report any suspicious activity to safety officials.

The Bureau of Traffic will supplement their customary allotment of traffic enforcement officers with additional police officers and traffic controllers to facilitate traffic into and out of downtown and to assist with pedestrian traffic.  Numerous officers will be detailed to the area during the event for added security and crowd control.

Finally, on Saturday, May 16 and Sunday, May 17, the 38th annual Rite Aid Cleveland Marathon will commence.  Saturday’s events will feature a 5k run and a Kids’ Fun Run at Edgewater park beginning at 8:00 AM. The 10k, half, and full marathon will begin at 7:00 AM on Sunday.

The Cleveland Division of Police expects approximately 70,000 runners and spectators to take place in the festivities over the weekend and, as always, safety is our priority. See the course map here and familiarize yourself with the route if you plan to participate, watch, or travel during the duration of the event.

Parking along the race route will be prohibited until the Division of Police re-opens any closed routes. If you plan to travel close by the route on the day of the race, please expect delays and plan accordingly or utilize RTA.  Visit www.clevelandmarathon.com for more information on the race and details regarding the day of the event.

If you are traveling to or from the city this weekend, the Ohio Department of Transportation would like to remind motorists to be alert for detours and new traffic patterns! During Marathon weekend, the ramp from I-90 east toward Downtown will be closed at the I-490 split. Those traveling from the west who use I-90 to enter Downtown should “Opt for the Alternate!” and use I-490 east to I-77 north to reach Downtown venues!

  • Those who use I-77 south to exit Downtown will notice changes as the East 9th and Ontario Street ramps to I-77 south have been permanently relocated. Outbound I-77 traffic now uses Orange Avenue which is reduced to two lanes in each direction between Carnegie and East 14th Street. Motorists are advised to use alternate routes if possible.
  • Follow all posted signage and allow for extra travel time to reach, and depart, Downtown venues.
  • For a LIVE look at traffic speeds and cameras approaching Downtown, be sure to visit www.ohgo.com/Dashboard/ne-ohio for up-to-the-minute information!

Department of Economic Development to Lead “Lunch Mob” Initiative on East 6th Street

The City of Cleveland’s Department of Economic Development  will be sponsoring a week-long “lunch mob” event May 11th – 15th at local businesses along East 6th Street in Downtown Cleveland in an attempt to encourage Clevelanders to shop, patronize, and support those entrepreneurs affected by the East 6th street closure on April 13, 2015.

The City of Cleveland, along with partners Councilman Joe Cimperman, Downtown Cleveland Alliance, Investment Management Services, and Millenia Companies are encouraging everyone to stop by those affected businesses by purchasing breakfast, lunch, dinner, coffee, a beverage or other items from their respective businesses during the Lunch Mob week. Patrons can drop off a business card or fill out a contact information card for a chance to win an assortment of gift cards being donated by other local small businesses to be picked during a special drawing on May 15,  2015 at 1:30 pm. The following are a list of businesses where you can enter to win a gift card:

  • Dave’s Cosmic Subs

1918 East 6th Street, Cleveland, OH 44114

  • Tabu Coffee Company

1852 East 6th Street, Cleveland, OH 44114

  • Porcelli’s Bistro

1852 East 6th Street, Cleveland, OH 44114

  • Teahouse Noodles

1900 East 6th Street, Cleveland, OH 44114

  • Sapporo Sushi

1906 East 6th Street, Cleveland, OH 44114

  • Sam Klein Cigar Co

1834 East 6th Street, Cleveland, OH 44114

  • Moriartry’s Pub

1912 East 6th Street, Cleveland

On Friday, May 15, Councilman Joe Cimperman will pull the winning business cards from individuals who have supported the participating businesses during the Lunch Mob week. The Department of Economic Development has set a goal of making up for the lost week of sales at these businesses throughout the week-long event. That is why they are encouraging all Clevelanders to “Hit the Bricks on East 6th to Support Our Small Businesses!” the week of May 11 through May 15.

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