City to Hold Community Conversation on Police and Community Relations

The City of Cleveland Community Relations Board will be holding a community conversation tomorrow, November 25, 2014, at Cudell Recreation Center to answer questions, provide information, and discuss relations between the City of Cleveland Police Department and the Cleveland community. The conversation will run from 6:00 to 8:00 pm.

In attendance will be: Mayor Frank G. Jackson, Director of Public Safety Michael McGrath, Chief of Police Calvin D. Williams, and Executive Director of Community Relations Board Blaine A. Griffin. Attendees are encouraged to RSVP to the Community Relations Board at 216-664-3290


11-24-2014 Community Conversation

City of Cleveland Website Hacked

Early this morning, at approximately 3:30 AM, the City of Cleveland was notified that our website was made unavailable due to an outside denial-of-service (DoS) attack. At no point was the content or control of the website ever compromised. The City of Cleveland and our website vendor are reviewing the incident and determining proper preventative measures to be added in order to ensure future attacks are thwarted. The website will be accessible when that assessment is completed and those measures are in place.

This incident is being considered a criminal matter and is being investigated by the Federal Bureau of Investigation.  The City of Cleveland website provides information on services and resources available to thousands of visitors and residents on a daily basis. The general public is encouraged to call 3-1-1 or 216-664-2000 for information on city services and programs.

City of Cleveland and OneCommunity Lay Groundwork for First Commercially Available 100 Gigabit Fiber Network

The City of Cleveland and OneCommunity are installing the nation’s first commercially available metropolitan 100 gigabit network. The 100 gigabit network will connect in downtown Cleveland, through Cleveland’s Health-Tech Corridor (HTC) to University Circle. The innovative $1.02 million project will be made possible through a recently-awarded, $700,000 Economic Development Administration Grant combined with supplemental funding from the City of Cleveland and OneCommunity setting a new “Gold Standard” for connectivity.


“EDA is pleased to invest in the strong regional collaboration being led by the City of Cleveland and OneCommunity to establish a network that will connect the Health-Tech Corridor,” said U.S. Assistant Secretary of Commerce for Economic Development Jay Williams. “This public/private partnership will drive innovation and job creation for the City and regional businesses to support entrepreneurs and advance the region’s reputation as a destination for innovation.”

“Health technology is an important, prominent and promising industry within the City of Cleveland,” said Mayor Frank G. Jackson. “With the announcement of this 100 gigabit network, Cleveland is established as a center for innovation, while providing our area businesses with a competitive advantage that will allow more job opportunities to be created for residents.”

Sue Workman, Case Western Reserve University Vice President IT Services/CIO adds, “This exciting federal grant illustrates the achievements possible when Cleveland organizations come together to serve the best interests of our community. The new technology will increase Internet connectivity on our campus by a factor of 50, and provide comparable gains in speed elsewhere along its deployment. We are proud to be part of this broad partnership, and look forward to the benefits the 100-gigabit connection will bring to students, faculty and staff at Case Western Reserve.”

Companies reliant on the transmission of Big Data recognize the importance of having the fastest broadband availability. By lighting up its 100 gigabit network, Cleveland and OneCommunity are enabling a first mover advantage in response to the insatiable demand for speed and availability posed by Big Data companies, data centers and wireless carriers.

Today, Big Data consumption demands the movement of more information at a significantly faster pace. This is especially true for companies involved with healthcare, technology and research.

According to ideastream President and CEO Jerry Wareham, “The Idea Center will be a node on this new network which will allow for the transmission of data and rich media including video and audio such as the award winning health information and education content developed by ideastream. The network will also provide the potential for advanced R&D and front-line opportunities.”

“Access to this 100 gigabit network unlocks the door to increased innovations in research and technology. It gives us an unparalleled edge in research and technology as well as the ability to share information from others who recognize the significance and importance of Big Data,” explains John Foley, CIO of University Hospitals.

Construction of the 100 gigabit network will commence in early 2015, designed to connect from Idea Center, numerous buildings and land parcels throughout the Health-Tech Corridor, to Case Western Reserve University and the University Circle area, to help drive economic development in the area. Targeted completion is slated for early summer.

“We are extremely enthusiastic about our partnership with the City of Cleveland and excited to be at the forefront of a project that is destined to become the new “Gold Standard” for broadband connectivity. Consistent with our mission, we embrace 100 gigabit as a job creation engine for the City. Offering the first 100 gigabit capability, specifically in the Health-Tech Corridor, incentivizes local and national fast-growing companies to locate and remain here,” says OneCommunity CEO Lev Gonick.

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Special Adoption Event at City Kennel

The Division of Animal Care & Control will host a special adoption event on Wednesday, November 26; Friday, November 28; and Saturday, November 29 making adoptable dogs available for the reduced fee of just $30.


The event marks the launch of the “City Dogs Project”, a new program designed to showcase the great dogs at the city kennel available for adoption. City Dogs may be any breed, but most are pit bulls or pit bull mixes. According to Chief Animal Control Officer Ed Jamison, the goal of the City Dogs project is to give potential adopters an opportunity to get to know the dogs as individuals.

“As a group, pit bull dogs are no different from other dogs,” Chief Jamison says. “Some are outgoing, some are shy, some are comedians, others are deep thinkers. It’s our goal to get them all home for the holidays.  Whether you’re looking for a couch potato or a running buddy, one of our great dogs is sure to capture your heart.”

All City Dogs have been vaccinated and have passed their ASPCA SAFER Aggression Assessment . All will be licensed and spayed or neutered, at no additional cost, before going home. Additionally, every City Dog has been nurtured by loving Cleveland Animal Care and Control staff and volunteers and has earned their seal of approval.

Information on our wonderful dogs can be found in the freshly painted lobby at 2690 West 7th Street, just off I 490 adjacent to Steelyard Commons.  The city kennel is open Monday through Saturday from 10:00 am to 3:00 pm. For more information, call 216.664.3476.

When might the City Declare an Emergency Snow Parking Ban?

A Snow Emergency Parking Ban is not currently in place for the City of Cleveland. However, it does not hurt to know when a Snow Emergency Parking Ban might be used, and why. Here’s how it works:

Read the “Snow Ban” policy here and see a list of “Emergency Snow Streets” that have posted signage. 


When and if snow accumulation exceeds 2 inches or more, the City of Cleveland Director of Public Safety will enact a Snow Emergency Parking Ban.

The ban allows plows sufficient time to remove snow and ice and move through city streets at a good pace. When a snow ban goes into effect, stopping, standing, and parking of vehicles will be restricted and prohibited on City streets with posted red and white signs.

Once the parking ban begins it will continue until further notice. Anyone who fails to comply will be ticketed and towed.

Additionally, the City of Cleveland may request voluntary compliance during periods of snow from residents who are parked in areas that do not have parking bans.

This will ensure that plows can service the entire width of the street, curb-to-curb, making the street clearer and safer and eliminating snow and ice build up around parked cars.

Parking bans are designated on streets that are identified as necessary thoroughfares for the transportation of food, fuel, supplies, medical care, health emergencies, and fire and police protection.

City of Cleveland’s Winter Weather Plan – Monday, November 17, 2014

The City of Cleveland has conducted snow removal operations throughout the weekend and this morning.  The Division of Street Maintenance currently has 27 drivers working on City of Cleveland roadways to keep them clear.

Residents are urged to take proper precautions to keep themselves safe in the cold weather and while shoveling snow.

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The City of Cleveland encourages residents to:

  • Park off-street whenever possible to give snow plows the ability to plow streets curb-to-curb.
  • Make a Family Communications Plan. Your family may not be together when disaster strikes, so it is important to know how you will contact one another, how you will get back together and what you will do in case of an emergency.
  • If you live with or near an elderly person, regularly check on these vulnerable citizens to ensure that they are warm, fed, and safe.

For more information and a list of cold weather tips, click here.

City of Cleveland’s Winter Weather Plan – November 14, 2014 at 9:00 AM

The Department of Public Works reports that the current conditions of roads in the city are in “fair to poor” condition. 29 snow plows are currently servicing the city’s main thoroughfares. At approximately 3:00 pm, the city’s snow removal efforts will begin transitioning into residential neighborhoods with a crew of 24 snow plows.

A third shift of snow removal trucks has been approved and will service residential streets beginning at approximately 10:00 pm tonight. If accumulation continues throughout the day, the city’s snow removal efforts will shift back towards the main thoroughfares.

Currently, the city has 17,000 tons of salt available. Tonight the city will be resupplied with an additional 1,400 to 1,500 tons of salt.


The City of Cleveland encourages residents to:

  • Please park off-street whenever possible. This allows plows to have curb-to-curb access and clear streets of snow more effectively.
  • Stay off the streets as much as possible for their own personal safety and to allow snow plows greater access to the city’s roadways.
  • If you must travel, use caution and remember not to “block the box” at intersections.
  • Plan ahead for the morning commute and allow extra travel time.
  • Pay attention to local news for weather advisories and visit and for additional information from the City of Cleveland.