Cleveland Kennel Celebrates “Home for the Howlidays” By Offering Reduced Adoption Fees

The Cleveland Division of Animal Care and Control is celebrating “Home for the Howlidays” by offering a special reduced adoption fee of only $40.00. This rate is available through the end of 2014 and includes spay/neutering services, first vaccinations, heartworm testing, microchip, and the mandatory Cuyahoga County license.

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“We hope our ‘Home for the Howlidays’ event brings much-needed attention to the many wonderful adoptable dogs at the Cleveland Kennel,” says Ed Jamison, Chief Animal Control Officer. “Through October of this year, 672 dogs had been reunited with their owners, 294 were adopted and 1,744 have been transferred to The Cuyahoga County Animal Shelter, The Cleveland Animal Protective League, as well as our many other animal rescue partners.”

The Cleveland Kennel is located at 2690 West 7th Street and is open to the public Monday through Saturday from 10:00 A.M. to 3:00 P.M.  To arrange a meet and greet with a specific dog, email the Cleveland Animal Control Volunteers at

Dogs currently available for adoption can be viewed at

Stop by the kennel and meet your new best friend who is dreaming of his or her very own “Home for the Howlidays.”


About Cleveland Animal Care and Control

The City of Cleveland Division of Animal Care and Control is an open admission shelter that provides 24 hour a day animal control services to Cleveland residents. The kennel itself is open to the public Monday through Saturday from 10:00-3:00, with Sunday hours coming early in 2015. For more information you can contact Chief Ed Jamison at: 216-664-3069 or



Mayor Jackson Holds “Open Discussion” with Media to Address DOJ Findings

Mayor Frank G. Jackson sat down with members of the media on Thursday to discuss concerns and answer questions in the wake of the recent Department of Justice report released just a week ago.

Mayor Jackson began by emphasizing that the city welcomes the findings of the Department of Justice and will embrace the opportunity to correct problems within the Division of Police.  The Mayor went on to explain that he had previously asked for the Department of Justice investigation back in December of 2012 in addition to working with a private consultant to review the Division’s Use of Force Policies.

The Mayor emphasized that the city and police will work towards an agreement over a consent decree with an independent monitor in place; however, he reiterated that the focusing solely on the Cleveland Police is inadequate when addressing the problems outlined in the Department of Justice report.

“My concern is that the report does not go far enough,” said Mayor Jackson. “There are problems in the Division of Police that we need to address, but there are also external factors that have a great impact upon how things happen internally. The report does not address those factors.”

Mayor Jackson also explained his long-committed stance that the term “systemic failure” is one that lacks accountability. “The Department of Justice report shows that there are problems within the Division of Police – and we will negotiate a consent decree to fix those problems and establish an independent monitor to ensure what we negotiate becomes fully implemented. However, to say that there is a systematic failure in the Division implies that people are not personally accountable for their actions.” My administration will hold people accountable for those actions.”

Finally, Mayor Jackson commended recent demonstrators in and around the city.  “I want to commend the demonstrators for their sincerity and commitment to this issue. They are firm in their belief over what is right and wrong. They have not lost sight of the substance and sincerity of their issues. I respect that and the way they have conducted themselves.”

View the full press conference here:

Holiday Food Safety Tips from the Cleveland Department of Public Health

Since so much of our holiday cheer and spirit centers on sharing good food with friends and family, we encourage you to follow these simple food safety tips to prevent your loved ones or you from developing a case of “Bah Humbug!” this holiday season.

Ten Holiday Food Safety Tips

Shop at the West Side Market for all your holiday dishes!

Shop at the West Side Market for all your holiday dishes!

Ten Holiday Home Food Safety Tips

  1. Wash hands before, during and after food preparation for at least 20 seconds.  Remember to wash hands between switching tasks such as handling raw meat and then cutting vegetables.
  2. Keep kitchen surfaces such as appliances, countertops, cutting boards and utensils clean throughout meal preparation by properly washing, rinsing and applying an approved sanitizer.
  3. Always use separate cutting boards for raw meat, poultry and fish and ready to eat foods like fruits and vegetables.  Using color-coded cutting boards makes the task at hand easy to remember.
  4. Use separate utensils to taste, stir and serve food. Remember, NO double-dipping!!
  5. Use a food thermometer.  It is the ONLY reliable way to determine whether that “bird” and other foods are cooked to the proper temperature.  Remember to cook your turkey to at least 1650F.  Never rely on “clear juices” to signal when your “goose (er….turkey) is cooked.”
  6. Refrigerate food within two hours of being served to prevent the growth of harmful bacteria that can lead to food poisoning.
  7. Use a refrigerator thermometer and make sure it is set at or below 410F.
  8. Never allow foods to thaw at room temperature, on the counter or in warm water.  Thaw food only in the refrigerator or in the microwave oven.  When thawing food in the refrigerator, remember to cover raw meat and place it on the bottom shelf so juices won’t drip onto other foods.  When thawing food in the microwave, cook it immediately afterward.
  9. If taking food to parties, make sure to observe the same safety habits as at home-keep foods well-refrigerated and cook them to proper temperatures.
  10. When baking, avoid eating foods containing raw eggs like cookie dough or cake batter.  Raw eggs may contain harmful bacteria that can lead to food poisoning. Finally, anyone suspected of having had gastrointestinal illness (sometimes called “stomach flu”) should not prepare meals for others.

Cooked Food Temperature Chart

Food Temperature Maintain Temperature For
Greens and beans (no meat) 1350F 15 seconds
Steaks, chops or roasts (pork, beef, veal or lamb) 1450F 15 seconds; 4 minutes
Ground meats (except poultry) 1550F 15 seconds
Poultry (chicken, duck, or turkey) 1650F 15 seconds

Statement from Mayor Frank G. Jackson

In December of 2012, I asked for a review by the Department of Justice to obtain an objective, transparent, outside evaluation of the Division of Police’s policies and operations related to the use of force.

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The City entered into this Department of Justice review committed to righting any unconstitutional wrongs proven to exist within the Cleveland Division of Police.  Today we continue in that direction.

The City of Cleveland Division of Police has made significant progress in implementing the types of changes designed to foster professionalism in our police force and to ensure a safe environment on our streets, but there is always room for improvement.

Although we may have disagreements on some facts or conclusions drawn, the City of Cleveland remains committed to continue making appropriate changes to the policies, procedures, and training that guide the use of force by the Division of Police.

We have the greatest opportunity, through a partnership between the City of Cleveland, Department of Justice, and the community, to create a template of how to do real community policing while recognizing the challenges of an urban environment.

We welcome the review, appreciate the thoroughness of the report, and look forward to working with you and the community.


Mayor Jackson to Introduce $100 Million Bond to City Council

Mayor Frank G. Jackson announced today that on Monday, December 8, 2014, his administration will be introducing to Cleveland City Council an ordinance for a $100 million bond as an investment in the future of the City of Cleveland. The $100 million bond will invest in four key components vital to Cleveland’s future: roads and bridges, the city’s emergency response fleet, various city-owned facilities, and new neighborhood projects.

Mayor Jackson to Introduce $100 Million Bond to City Council

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Mayor Jackson Addresses Members of the Media

“This bond is important because it will make investments not only in the facilities and services that our residents depend upon every day, but will also leverage private dollars to grow and build sustainable neighborhoods in some of the most economically challenged areas of Cleveland,” said Mayor Jackson. “To grow Cleveland, we need to create neighborhoods that produce and consume. This bond will help attract and leverage private investment and create the right economic conditions to establish those neighborhoods.”

During a press conference held in the Mayor’s Red Room, Mayor Jackson was joined by private investment partners who support the bond issuance. “I look forward to continue working with our private partners as we bring about stronger economic growth in all our neighborhoods,” said Mayor Jackson.

Ms. Beth E. Mooney, Chairman and CEO of KeyCorp

Ms. Beth E. Mooney, Chairman and CEO of KeyCorp

“City Council recognizes the need for significant investment in our properties, infrastructure and neighborhoods,” said Cleveland City Council President Kevin J. Kelley. “I look forward to reviewing the legislation and we will work quickly, but cautiously, to review and scrutinize all aspects.”

The first component of the bond is $35 million for repairs, maintenance, and resurfacing of city roads and bridges.

Investments in city roads and bridges will allow the city to utilize outside resources to fund the majority of street resurfacing and repair project costs, such as the Northeast Ohio Area-wide Coordinating Agency (NOACA) road resurfacing program. The resurfacing program funds 80 percent of a street or bridge repair cost if the municipality commits to the remaining 20 percent. The city is committed to using these resources and others to address problematic street conditions.

The second component of the bond is $20 million to upgrade the city emergency response fleet. New vehicle purchases will improve operating efficiencies for the city waste management and snow fleet. The city will also be replacing aging ladder trucks and pumpers for the Division of Fire and purchasing new passenger cars and motorcycles for the Division of Police.

The third component is $20 million to upgrade city facilities and make investments in future critical projects. Some of the facilities and projects that will benefit from this portion of the bond include the Willard Parking Garage, city recreation centers and parks, a new city kennel located at Detroit Avenue and West 93rd Street, and allocations towards the purchasing of Division of Police body cameras.

In recent years, the City of Cleveland has funded a $4 million new Fire Station, an $18 million new Third District Police Station, and $14 million in city-wide repairs to various police stations, fire stations, recreation centers, and parks.

The final $25 million will go towards new city neighborhood projects and investments outside of the city’s central business district. Previous public investments in city neighborhoods have resulted in positive private investment occurring; however, some neighborhoods, in spite of public investments, have not seen equal private investment.

The City of Cleveland believes that, through focused neighborhood planning and continued investment in the city infrastructure and facilities, the $100 million bond issue will provide essential public capital intended to leverage private investment in neighborhoods where it has been lacking.

“With this investment, we will not only have better roads, bridges, facilities, vehicles, and recreation centers, but it will also stimulate economic growth, and promote more private investments in the city’s neighborhoods that have the greatest challenges to private investments,” said Mayor Jackson.

The private investment partners in attendance on Wednesday’s press conference were: Ms. Beth E. Mooney, Chairman and CEO of KeyCorp; Mr. Alan Zang, President, NE Ohio, US Bank; Mr. Paul Clark, Regional President, PNC Bank; Mr. Jerry Kelsheimer, President & CEO, Fifth Third Bank, Northeastern Ohio; Mr. Sean P. Richardson, Executive Vice President of Commercial Banking, North Coast Region, First Merit Bank; Mr. Dan P. Walsh, Jr., President, Greater Cleveland Region, Huntington Bank; Mr. J. Stefan Holmes Senior Vice President of First Merit Bank;  Mr. Brian Tucker, Vice President of Corporate Affairs of Dollar Bank; Mr. Larry Slenczka, Vice President of Community Development for Dollar Bank; Carrie Carpenter, Senior Vice President, Regional Director of Public Affairs Charter One & Citizens Commercial Banking; Ms. Diane Downing, Senior Vice President of Corporate Affairs of Huntington Bank; Mr. Bill Elliott, Senior Vice President of Dollar Bank; Mr. Michael Taylor, Senior Vice President, PNC Bank.

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Celebrate “Small Business Saturday” to Support Local Cleveland Businesses

The City of Cleveland is proud to celebrate and participate in the fifth annual Small Business Saturday tomorrow, November 29, 2014. Falling between Black Friday and Cyber Monday, Small Business Saturday is a day to celebrate and support the small independently-owned businesses that help boost our local economy.

“Small Business Saturday was created in an effort to get shoppers to support locally-owned small businesses,” said Executive Small Business Development Director Kevin Schmotzer. “If you purchase locally from a small business, it is more likely that the dollars you spend will recycle and return to the local economy than revenue from a national retailer.”

The City of Cleveland Department of Economic Development and TV20 will be visiting and interviewing local small businesses on Saturday, November 29, 2014 (see provided itinerary) to showcase the high-quality goods and services available here in Cleveland.

Since its inception, Small Business Saturday has served as the ceremonial kickoff to the busy holiday shopping season for small, independently-owned businesses. In 2013, millions of consumers shopped at independently-owned small business spending $5.7 billion on the day – up from $5.5 billion in 2012.


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