Mayor Jackson: Q Deal is a Good Investment in Cleveland Neighborhoods

In an opinion piece published in The Plain Dealer today, Mayor Frank G. Jackson explained to readers why the Quicken Loans Arena Deal is a good investment in the city’s neighborhoods.

Last week, Cleveland City Council passed legislation approving the city’s $88 million commitment to the Q Transformation Project.

“The Q deal is one of the best the city of Cleveland has ever made for the benefit of our residents and neighborhoods. And it’s one of the best I’ve seen in my 27-year career in public office,” Mayor Jackson wrote. “The deal requires the Cavs to extend their lease at the Quicken Loans Arena until 2034. The project is a forward-thinking investment in Cleveland’s neighborhoods, with big results now and in the future.”

Read the full piece on Cleveland.com by clicking here.

The Mayor also explained last week in a Facebook Live video, posted below, more about the Q Deal and why it is a good investment for the City of Cleveland.

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Mayor Announces Plans to Improve Cleveland’s Tree Canopy

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Mayor Frank G. Jackson, a key proponent of local environmental sustainability, announced this week the City of Cleveland’s new tree canopy goal at a tree planting event at Citizens Academy.

This is the third and final portion of the Cleveland Tree Plan. Created by Mayor Jackson, the plan aims to reforest the Forest City through citywide collaboration. Mayor Jackson and the Cleveland Tree Coalition commit –with the help of residents, businesses, government and community organizations –to grow the City’s canopy from 19 to 30 percent by 2040. The long-term goal is to reach 40 percent canopy.

“A focus on sustainability helps ensure our city’s longevity,” said Mayor Jackson. “We are working together not only to improve urban forestry, but to design a city that advances environmental, economic and human health for all.”

The city’s current tree canopy is 19 percent and expected to fall to 14 percent by 2040 without proactive measures. The Cleveland Tree Coalition will plant more than 50,000 trees in Cleveland by 2020. The City of Cleveland commits to planting and maintaining 5,000 of those trees.

Mayor Jackson unveiled the new goal at an Arbor Day Celebration hosted by Western Reserve Land Conservancy, a partner in the plan to reforest the city.

“Trees are absolutely essential to the human and environmental health of our communities,” shared Rich Cochran, president and CEO of the Land Conservancy. “Every neighborhood deserves the many benefits of a robust tree canopy which is why Western Reserve Land Conservancy has partnered with residents, businesses, institutions and Cleveland Tree Coalition partners to reforest our city.”

Cleveland Tree Coalition Chairs Sandra Albro and Jill Ziegler; Western Reserve Land Conservancy President and CEO Rich Cochran; Breakthrough Schools CEO Alan Rosskamm, Northeast Ohio Regional Sewer District Sustainability Manager Jenita Warner; and Holden Forests & Gardens Interim CEO Paul Abbey also provided remarks during today’s event.

The Cleveland Tree Plan and the tree canopy goal are part of Mayor Jackson’s Sustainable Cleveland 2019 initiative, a 10-year plan to create a “Green City on a Blue Lake.” It engages people from all walks of life, to work together to design and develop a thriving and resilient Cleveland region that leverages its wealth of assets to build economic, social and environmental well-being for all.

As part of its sustainability efforts, Cleveland also is celebrating the Year of Vibrant Green Space. The City encourages citizens to participate in the various events supporting environmental education, plant trees and rain gardens, purchase local foods, visit parks and more.

For more information on the Cleveland Tree Plan, the tree canopy goal and the City of Cleveland’s commitment to sustainability, visit Sustainable Cleveland at www.sustainablecleveland.org

Road Work News: April 28, 2017

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Thanks to Mayor Frank G. Jackson’s enhanced budget, made possible by Issue 32, the City of Cleveland is embarking on more street improvement projects in 2017 than years past. Projects span all neighborhoods and wards throughout the city.

Here are some highlights about this year’s road work:

  • Street resurfacing began on April 27, 2017 and will continue through the summer, weather permitting. The first resurfacing project took place in Ward 4 on Parkview Avenue near the intersection of Martin Luther King, Jr. Boulevard.
  • Potholes are serviced year round, weather permitting.  The Department of Public Works has increased its pothole crews from three to 10 as a result of the passage of Issue 32.
  • Thanks to Issue 32 funds, the City of Cleveland has reinstated street sweeping services.

Click here to view streets projects scheduled for today.

Base Cleveland Veteran News

April 27, 2017

Thank You Veterans

Prepared and distributed monthly to Veterans and supporters of those who served 

Special Events

End of the Vietnam War Ceremony

An end of the Vietnam War ceremony will be held on the Veterans Memorial Plaza at Mall A at 5 PM Sunday, April 30, 2017.  The ceremony will include the reading of the 418 Vietnam Veterans from Cuyahoga County killed in Vietnam.

15th Annual Rally for the Troops

The “15th Annual Rally for Troops” will be held at the Greater Cleveland Veterans Memorial, also known as the Fountain of Eternal Life at 11 AM Sunday, April 30, 2017.  John “KIKS” Kikol, the rally organizer stated that ‘the purpose of the Rally is to acknowledge the sacrifices of our active military, veterans from wars past and present and Ohio’s Gold Star Families who have lost a loved one in combat or active duty.”

Today less than one half of one percent (or approximately 1,250,000 men and women) are actively serving our country in the uniform of our military and they are the true defenders of our daily freedoms, which many of us take for granted. They stand between us and the societies that want to destroy our western way of life and take away our freedoms. The Rally wants to emphasize that me must continue to express our never-ending support and prayers for our active military and their safe return to their families.

Unfortunately many of our veterans return home with missing limbs and invisible wounds (post-traumatic stress disorder or P.T.S.D.) that will haunt them for a lifetime and we must continue to express our demands that our government in the form of the Department of Veterans Affairs make extra effort to attend to their daily needs. We unfortunately read in the media of suicides by our veterans that sometimes includes their spouse and children. These men and women need immediate counseling in an effort to reduce and try to eliminate these troubled souls.

Monica Robins of WKYC is the Master of Ceremonies and will open the Rally with the singing of the National Anthem. Speakers include Marine LtCol Chalkley, 3/25 Inspector-Instructor; Matthew Slater, Director of Veteran Services and Valor Homes;Michele Weiland, Facility Director Lorain VA Outpatient Clinic; Edward Pfahl,Vietnam Army Veteran and Jack Newman, 30-year Navy veteran, representing NEOPAT.

The Rally is open to the public and there is no cost to attend. As in past years, assuming good weather, an expected one thousand plus motorcyclists will ride to the Rally from various Harley Davidson dealerships. The Rally for Troops will begin promptly at 11:00 AM with the 3/25 Marine Color Guard from Brook Park Ohio presenting the Flag. After the speakers conclude their remarks there will be a reading of the names of the “Two Hundred and Seventy-Nine” Ohio’s Fallen Heroes from Operations in Iraq and Afghanistan. The Strongsville VFW Post 3345 will honor Ohio’s “Two Hundred and Seventy-Nine” Fallen Heroes with a 21-gun salute and Taps. The members of the Cleveland Firefighters Pipes and Drums will conclude the Rally with Amazing Grace.

As in past years, Cleveland Rock N’ Roll Harley Davidson located at 4985 W150th in Brook Park Ohio, will host a post Rally for Troops gathering at their dealership will food and entertainment. Thanks to Mike Davis for his support of the Rally. Additionally, thanks to Eighth Day Sound for their annual support of the sound equipment for the Rally since the first year.

For more information on the Rally for Troops please contact John “KIKS” Kikol Organizer at kiksharley@aol.com or call 440-263-8121.  The 2017 other rides or events supporting firefighters and law enforcement are the Firefighters Memorial Ride on May 28th, the Cops Ride on June 25th  and Never Forget 9/11 Ride and Ceremony on September 10, 2017. For more information on the Firefighters Memorial Ride go to www.firefightersmemorialride.com and Cops Ride go towww.copsride.com

  • USS COD Submarine Memorial:  opens for daily public tours May 1, 2017 10 AM – 5 PM 
  • Fallen Comrade Ceremony

A ‘Fallen Comrade Ceremony’ will be held Sunday, May 7, 2017 at the Trinity United Methodist Church at 1581 Cambridge Blvd., Columbus 2-3:30 PM

This special Fallen Comrade Ceremony honors living warriors and the resulting “soul injuries” that occurred from their military service and/or combat experiences. We thank them for their service and offer a safe place to remember those lost. Family members affected by their loved ones’ service are provided a safe place to remember. Caregivers and other civilians have the opportunity to show support.

Military currently serving, veterans, families and all civilian community members are encouraged to participate.

Child care will be provided.  A time of gathering and fellowship will follow.

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  • Louis Stokes Cleveland VA Medical Center Events Calendar

http://www.cleveland.va.gov/calendar.asp

  • Ohio Veterans Memorial Park Events Calendar

http://www.ovmp.org/

  • Cleveland Senior Day

The Cleveland Department of Aging presents the 28th annual Senior Day Wednesday, May 24, 2016 at Cleveland Public Hall.  For more information, www.cleveland-oh-gov/aging

  • Cleveland Tank Plant Homecoming Military Show and Swap Meet

The International Exposition (I-X) Center and the Military Vehicle Preservation Association announced the 42nd annual MVPA International Convention will be held in conjunction with the Cleveland Tank Plant Homecoming Military Show and Swap Meet June 22-24, 2017 at the I-X Center.  www.IXClevelandTankShow.com

  • USS COD Dutch Friendship Day:  join the COD as they reenact COD’s WWII rescue of 55 crewman from the Dutch Submarine 019 at 2 PM Saturday, July 8, 2017.
  • Annual Veterans Day Ceremony and Parade

The City of Cleveland will partner and host the annual Veterans Day ceremony and Parade on Friday, November 10, 2017

Read more here… Base Cleveland Veteran News for May 2017

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City to Receive Additional Benefits from Cavs, Pending Admissions Tax Extension

“I am pleased to recognize the Cleveland Cavaliers’ commitment to continue and expand their community benefits in the City of Cleveland if Ordinance 305-17 becomes effective this week:

  • They have added to last year’s work at Fairfax Recreation Center by now agreeing to refurbish basketball courts in every City recreation center.
  • They have agreed to ensure—in  years 2024 through 2034—that the City’s General Fund will receive no less than an equal amount to the amount paid from Admissions tax to the trustee for the Q Transformation debt.
  • And they have agreed to invest the proceeds of their playoff watch parties in a Habitat for Humanity home program throughout the City of Cleveland.”

– Mayor Frank G. Jackson

Base Cleveland Veteran News – 4-15-17

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Prepared and distributed monthly to Veterans and supporters of those who served 

Special Events

National Day of Service for our Veterans

United Way’s Day of Service for our Veterans event will connect veterans to much-needed United Way basic need services and other community resources. These services will include:

  • Health services
  • Housing services
  • Job services
  • Emergency assistance & benefits
  • Legal/ court issue services
  • VA benefits
  • Haircuts

Friday, April 21, 2017 9 AM – 1 PM at the Tri-C Metro Recreation Center Gym at 2900 Community College Avenue, Cleveland

Lunch and light refreshments for our Veterans.  For more information contact Shenise Johnson-Thomas, United Way of Greater Cleveland, 216-436-2130

USS COD Submarine Memorial:  opens for daily public tours May 1, 2017 10 AM – 5 PM

Fallen Comrade Ceremony

A ‘Fallen Comrade Ceremony’ will be held Sunday, May 7, 2017 at the Trinity United Methodist Church at 1581 Cambridge Blvd., Columbus 2-3:30 PM

This special Fallen Comrade Ceremony honors living warriors and the resulting “soul injuries” that occurred from their military service and/or combat experiences. We thank them for their service and offer a safe place to remember those lost. Family members affected by their loved ones’ service are provided a safe place to remember. Caregivers and other civilians have the opportunity to show support.

Military currently serving, veterans, families and all civilian community members are encouraged to participate.

Child care will be provided.  A time of gathering and fellowship will follow.

https://www.eventbrite.com/e/central-ohios-fallen-comrade-ceremony-honor-the-living-tickets-31809471987

Louis Stokes Cleveland VA Medical Center Events Calendar: http://www.cleveland.va.gov/calendar.asp

Ohio Veterans Memorial Park Events Calendar: http://www.ovmp.org/

Cleveland Senior Day
The Cleveland Department of Aging presents the 28th annual Senior Day Wednesday, May 24, 2016 at Cleveland Public Hall.  For more information, www.cleveland-oh-gov/aging

Cleveland Tank Plant Homecoming Military Show and Swap Meet
The International Exposition (I-X) Center and the Military Vehicle Preservation Association announced the 42nd annual MVPA International Convention will be held in conjunction with the Cleveland Tank Plant Homecoming Military Show and Swap Meet June 22-24, 2017 at the I-X Center.  www.IXClevelandTankShow.com

USS COD Dutch Friendship Day
Join the COD as they reenact COD’s WWII rescue of 55 crewman from the Dutch Submarine 019 at 2 PM Saturday, July 8, 2017.

Annual Veterans Day Ceremony and Parade
The City of Cleveland will partner and host the annual Veterans Day ceremony and Parade on Friday, November 10, 2017.

Click here to read more.

Cleveland to Host 2018 & 2019 USA Triathlon Age Group Championships

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The Greater Cleveland Sports Commission (GCSC), in partnership with the City of Cleveland and Cleveland Metroparks, announced April 12 that the Cleveland will host the 2018 and 2019 USA Triathlon Age Group National Championships.

USA Triathlon’s largest annual event will take place on Aug. 11-12, 2018 and Aug. 10-11, 2019 at Edgewater Park and the surrounding neighborhoods in Downtown Cleveland.

“We’re extremely excited that Cleveland was selected to host the USA Triathlon Age Group National Championships for two years in a row,” said David Gilbert, President and CEO of the Greater Cleveland Sports Commission. “This is USA Triathlon’s Superbowl. What better place to showcase their event than the City of Cleveland, which has successfully hosted many Olympic sport National Governing Body championships. We have an incredible lake, beautiful all-purpose trails throughout Cleveland Metroparks and a community who will welcome these athletes and spectators with open arms.”

USA Triathlon’s event will feature approximately 5,000 athletes and another 10,000 spectators from across the United States. We expect that 4,500 of those athletes and 8,500 spectators will travel to the Greater-Cleveland area from outside of the region. This event is projected to generate $6.5 million in revenue per event year, providing a total economic impact of $13 million for Northeast Ohio.

“USA Triathlon will be proud to bring our nation’s most dedicated triathletes to Cleveland, a city with a rich sporting history and countless attractions,” said Rob Urbach, USA Triathlon CEO. “We are encouraged by the enthusiasm and commitment of the city, the Greater Cleveland Sports Commission and Cleveland Metroparks, and we look forward to excellent championship events in 2018 and 2019.”

The USA Triathlon Age Group National Championships feature a Saturday Olympic-distance triathlon, for which athletes must qualify to compete. The race, which covers a 1,500-meter swim, 40-kilometer bike and 10-kilometer run, will qualify top athletes in each age group to represent Team USA at the International Triathlon Union Age Group World Championships. The World Championships will be held in Lausanne, Switzerland, in 2019, and Edmonton, Alberta, in 2020.

The championship race will be followed by a Sunday sprint triathlon that is open to public competitors. Sprint athletes will cover a 750m swim, 20k bike and 5k run along the shore of Lake Erie overlooking downtown Cleveland.

The course is set to include a swim portion at the beach of Edgewater Park. The remainder of the Olympic-distance route may showcase the neighborhoods of Detroit-Shoreway, Downtown Cleveland, St. Clair-Superior and University Circle. Specific race routes are still being finalized with the City of Cleveland and USA Triathlon.