Mayor Frank G. Jackson lifted the city’s Proclamation of Civil Emergency upon its expiration May 31. This follows the Centers for Disease Control’s revised public health recommendations on masks and Governor Mike DeWine’s announcement that most health orders will rescind June 2.City of Cleveland employees are now required to be onsite for work no later than Monday, June 14. City Hall opens to the public Tuesday, July 6 with new enhanced security requirements. The Proclamation, which began in March 2020, mandated citywide health and safety measures designed to mitigate the spread of COVID-19.
City of Cleveland and United States Attorney’s Office Seek Community Police Commission Applications
The City of Cleveland and the United States Attorney’s Office for the Northern District of Ohio are seeking qualified applicants to fill remaining terms for two vacancies on the Cleveland Community Police Commission (CPC). Applications received may also be considered for other CPC vacancies that occur in 2021. The appointment period to fill the two current vacancies is through Sept. 2023. Starting June 7, candidates may complete an application on the City of Cleveland website or obtain paper copies at City Hall entrances and Cleveland Public Library. Applications are due July 7 at 5 p.m.
The CPC is a 13-person body created as part of the Consent Decree between the City and the Justice Department in 2015. The purpose is to foster improved police and community relationships and provide community input on the agreed reforms. The CPC consists of 10 civilian representatives and one representative from each of the three police union organizations: the Cleveland Police Patrolmen’s Association, the Fraternal Order of Police and the Black Shield. The two current vacancies are for the civilian representative positions.
The 10 appointed civilian members include representatives of faith-based organizations, civil rights advocates, business/philanthropic groups, organizations representing communities of color, advocacy organizations, youth or student organizations, academia, and individuals with expertise in the challenges facing people with mental illness or the homeless.
Commission members are picked by an independent selection panel appointed by Mayor Frank G. Jackson in accordance with the consent decree. The panel reviews all applications and recommends new CPC members. Members are then appointed to the commission by the mayor to fill out the appointment term. CPC members are not compensated and serve in a volunteer capacity. Applicants must live or work in the City of Cleveland.
For information on the CPC’s work during the Consent Decree period, visit http://www.clecpc.org/.
Cleveland Police Officer Terminated
Director of Public Safety Karrie D. Howard announces that Cleveland Police Officer John Kazimer has been terminated from employment. Kazimer was accused of violating of General Police Orders: Jury Duty and Patrol Section Duty Hours & Reporting On and Off Duty, as well as violating numerous Manual of Rules for the Conduct and Discipline of Employees of the Cleveland
Division of Police.
John Kazimer, 53, was hired in 2000. He was most recently assigned to the Ordnance Unit. John Kazimer was terminated from employment with the City of Cleveland, Department of Public Safety, Division of Police effective Thursday, June 3, 2021.
City of Cleveland Statement on H.B. 157
The City of Cleveland first shared a letter opposing House Bill 157 on April 19. The City also stands in opposition to the new language inserted into the proposed budget bill which allows workers to retroactively seek refunds for income taxes paid to cities where their principal place of work is located.
Parking Restrictions Announced During Home Baseball Games
As Progressive Field has announced that fan capacity will return to normal levels, the Cleveland Division of Police has instituted a parking ban in the area of Rocket Mortgage Field House and Progressive Field which will be in effect during home baseball games. Motorists are encouraged to check meters and signage prior to parking for games or events.
The parking ban extends from:
· Prospect Avenue at Ontario Street to E. 9th Street
· West Huron from Ontario Street to Prospect Avenue
· E. 4th Street from Prospect Avenue to West Huron
· High from E. 2nd to E. 4th Street
· E. 2nd Street from High to Prospect
· E. 9th Street Euclid Avenue to Bolivar Avenue
· Bolivar Avenue from E. 9th Street to E 6th Street
To view a map of the no-parking zones, click here.
City of Cleveland Distributes COVID-19 Vaccines
The Cleveland Department of Public Health (CDPH) will be distributing COVID-19 vaccines to students, parents and community members ages 12 and up during a vaccination clinic at St. Martin Deporres High School from 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. on Friday, June 4. Pfizer will be available to those ages 12-17, while Pfizer and Johnson & Johnson will be available to those 18 and older. Walk-ins are welcome, or register by visiting https://gettheshot.coronavirus.ohio.gov or calling CDPH at (216) 664-2222, Monday – Friday from 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.
The mass vaccination site at Cleveland State University’s Wolstein Center is also available for scheduling. To schedule an appointment at the Wolstein Center or at another vaccination site near you, visit https://gettheshot.coronavirus.ohio.gov.
Other Important Reminders
City of Cleveland Announces Participation in Nationwide “Month of Action”
Mayor Frank G. Jackson today announced that the City of Cleveland will be participating in the United States Conference of Mayor’s “Month of Action” Vaccine Challenge. The U.S. Conference of Mayors is launching its month-long challenge to get Americans vaccinated on June 4, with a goal of having 70% of Americans vaccinated by the 4th of July.
This effort is led by the United States Conference of Mayors in conjunction with President Joe Biden, the White House, and the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. Though more than 290 million shots have been administered in cities nationwide since December 2020, only 49% percent of adults have received one shot or been fully vaccinated.
To view the full press release from the U.S. Conference of Mayors, click here.
For more information on the “Mayors Challenge” including a list of participating mayors, see here. To learn more about the COVID-19 vaccine, head to vaccines.gov or call the National COVID-19 Vaccination Assistance Hotline at 1-800-232-0233.
City of Cleveland Encourages Residents to Practice COVID-19 Safety Measures
Mayor Frank G. Jackson lifted the city’s Proclamation of Civil Emergency upon its expiration May 31. In light of this, Mayor Jackson and the City of Cleveland strongly recommend and encourage residents to continue adhering to health guidelines:
- Get vaccinated. The Cleveland Department of Public Health (CDPH) offers vaccination clinics each week at various locations. To schedule an appointment or get information on CDPH vaccination events or other local vaccine providers, call the City of Cleveland’s COVID-19 Vaccine Call Center at (216) 664-2222
If you have not been vaccinated, continue to follow CDC guidelines:
- Continue to wear a mask that covers your nose and mouth in public settings and anywhere you will be around other people who do not reside in your household.
- Stay 6 feet apart from others who do not reside in your household.
- Avoid crowds.
- Avoid indoor areas that are poorly ventilated.
- Wash your hands often with soap and water. Use hand sanitizer if soap and water are not available.
City of Cleveland Establishes Call Center to Answer General Vaccine Distribution Questions
The City of Cleveland has established a call center that is currently available to answer general questions pertaining to the City’s vaccine distribution efforts and assist eligible individuals in scheduling an appointment to receive the vaccine.
- Call Center Number: (216) 664-2222
- Hours of Operation: Monday-Friday; 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
As a reminder, only individuals who meet the Ohio Department of Health’s criteria are eligible to receive the vaccine at this time. Due to limited supply, it will take time for eligible individuals to receive the vaccine. We ask for your patience. As we receive additional supply, we will be opening up additional vaccination sites and scheduling appointments for eligible individuals to receive the vaccine.
Upcoming Cleveland Transformation Alliance Meetings
The Cleveland Transformation Alliance Committee (CTA) is currently hosting public meetings via Zoom or Microsoft Teams. For more information on these meetings, please visit http://www.myCLEschool.org. See details for upcoming meetings below:
Cleveland Transformation Alliance Board Meeting
June 14th at 5:30 p.m. via Zoom
Meeting ID: 989 1022 3903
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