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Mayor Frank Jackson and Cleveland police have announced that, over the coming weeks,  they’ll be rolling out new legislation aimed at improving the safety of motorized dirt bikes.

The proposal includes increasing penalties for illegal riding, prohibiting stunt riding, and avoiding chasing bikes with police cars. The city also plans to collaborate with dirt-bike advocates, often referred to as the Bike Life community, to increase outreach and education about the dangers and legality of the bikes, says Cleveland Police Chief Calvin Williams.

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The City of Cleveland has announced the $25 million Neighborhood Transformation Initiative, designed to spur development in throughout the city.

The money is part of “Healthy Neighborhoods,” an initiative announced last week by Mayor Frank Jackson. He says the funds will spur development and bring in about $40 million in additional, private funds in areas like Hough and Fairfax on the east side, and Clark-Fulton on the west side.

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Cleveland City Councilman Zack Reed says he’ll challenge Mayor Frank Jackson in this year’s election. For Ohio Public Radio,  WCPN's Nick Castele reports Reed is campaigning on safety and jobs.

Reed has served on City Council since 2001. He represents the southeast side of the city, and that’s where he announced his bid for mayor.

“We need someone in that office with fresh ideas, creative ideas, innovative ideas to transform these depressed wards into a platform and into a harbor which will launch new jobs and new economies for the people of the city of Cleveland.”

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For the past 10 months, a defendants in traffic cases received sentences higher than allowed under city code. 

In May of last year, the city did a routine update of its traffic codes. But during that process, the administration did not take an important step. Mayor Frank Jackson:

“We failed, meaning us, failed to send to council the second piece of legislation that should have been passed."

Cleveland Mayor Outlines 2017 Budget Proposal

Feb 21, 2017
Mayor Frank Jackson
RICK SENFTEN / WKSU

Cleveland Mayor Frank Jackson has laid out his plans for hiring workers and expanding services using the millions of dollars raised by the income tax increase approved by voters last November.

The mayor’s 2017 budget proposes more than $40 million in new spending on city departments. It adds 65 police patrol positions as well as about a dozen higher-ups. Jackson also wants to hire additional building and housing inspectors.

RTA

The Greater Cleveland Regional Transit Authority is hoping the  Federal Transit Administration will provide more time to find a solution to the Cleveland Public Square bus issue.

Zack Reed
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Yesterday’s announcement that popular Cleveland Mayor Frank Jackson will seek a fourth term hasn’t stopped Councilman Zack Reed from weighing a bid for the office. Reed says he will continue raising money and finding out if voters will support him. 

Mayor Frank Jackson
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Cleveland Mayor Frank Jackson will run for reelection. After weighing the pros and cons of an unprecedented fourth term, he made the announcement last night at Cuyahoga County Community College.

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Last month, Cleveland Mayor Frank Jackson announced a new cabinet-level position focused on reducing youth violence. Last week, Duane Deskins was sworn-in as chief of the office of Prevention, Intervention and Opportunity for Youth and Young Adults.

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The new Cuyahoga County Prosecutor, Michael O’Malley says rescinding the half-million-dollar agreement his predecessor had with Cleveland to buy police dash-cams was difficult. But he says his office could not function properly without that money.

Before leaving office, former Prosecutor Tim McGinty contributed the money from its trust-fund account to Cleveland. The money comes from forfeitures in criminal convictions. O’Malley says that left only $100,000 in the fund, which he says needs at least $350,000.

Cleveland school CEO Eric Gordon
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In Cleveland, voters passed a renewal of a tax levy for the city’s schools.  The levy first passed in 2012 was used to help fund the Cleveland Plan for reforming the city’s schools.

The CEO of the Cleveland Metropolitan School District, Eric Gordon, says the extension of the levy will allow the district to move on from what he called a period of disruption in the schools.

Mayor Frank Jackson
RICK SENFTEN / WKSU

The presidential race was the main driver for about 500 people who showed up to vote early at the Cuyahoga County Board of Elections yesterday . But local politicians were also there making a big push for their races and issues.

Cleveland Mayor Frank Jackson is stumping for a hike in the city’s income tax from 2 to 2.5 percent.

Cleveland Transgender Bathroom Law Signed

Jul 22, 2016
Mayor Frank Jackson
KEVIN NIEDERMIER / WKSU

Cleveland Mayor Frank Jackson signed legislation into law today giving transgender people the right to use restrooms or showers in places with public accommodations that fit their gender identity.

It changes the city’s anti-discrimination ordinance that gave private business owners the right to dictate which facilities transgender people could use.

Jackson says the new law is all about inclusion.

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 Two women who have been icons of Ohio Republican politics are in Cleveland this week, one helping to run the show and the other as a delegate at her fifth Republican National Convention.  WKSU’s M.L Schultze spoke with them separately about their goals for the party now that a convention each described as “like no other” is wrapping up.

Cleveland City Council President Kevin Kelley
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Cleveland City Council will begin hearings this week on a proposed income-tax increase to head off a projected budget deficit. Council will discuss the measure during meetings tomorrow, Wednesday and Thursday. Mayor Frank Jackson says if the income tax is not increased from 2 percent to 2.5 percent, mass layoffs and service cuts will be necessary next year.

Cleveland's Public Square is Rededicated After a Year-Long Construction Project

Jun 30, 2016
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Cleveland rededicated Public Square today after a year-long, $50 million renovation. Clevelanders gathered in the space for the ceremony.

Greater Cleveland Partnership Chairman Tony Coyne spoke about the civic meaning of the redesigned space.

George Voinovich
U.S. SENATE

Elected officials and the general public gathered at Cleveland City Hall today to pay their respects to former mayor, governor and U.S. Sen. George Voinovich.  Voinovich, who died last weekend at age 79, laid in state and will be buried tomorrow.

Throughout the day, about a hundred people passed by Voinovich’s coffin in the City Hall rotunda. During an afternoon ceremony, he was eulogized by Mayor Frank Jackson, Gov. John Kasich and Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine among others.. DeWine called Voinovich a friend to him and his wife, and a political mentor.

Mayor Frank Jackson
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UPDATE:  Check out Mayor Jackson's full state of the city speech at the end of this story.

Positive growth, economic disparity, some school improvements, dwindling revenues.                                         

These are among the highs and lows Cleveland Mayor Frank Jackson hit upon today in his 11th State of the City address.

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KEVIN NIEDERMIER / WKSU

Cleveland Mayor Frank Jackson has apologized to the family of Tamir Rice over a billing statement for the cost of ambulance transport after the 12 year old was shot by police. Jackson says the claim was settled a year ago by Medicaid, but re-sent this week to the executor of the Rice family estate for standard legal purposes.                                                               

Mayor Frank Jackson
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Cleveland Mayor Frank Jackson says city voters have a clear choice:  either approve a half-percent income increase or see services cut.  Jackson says a tax increase is the only way to balance next year’s operating budget because of stagnant revenues and rising costs. 

More than 100 protesters closed streets in downtown Cleveland yesterday, the day after Cuyahoga County prosecutors announced no criminal charges would be filed against the two police officers involved in the killing of 12-year-old Tamir Rice in November of 2014. The protests remained peaceful and there were no arrests, though invectives were thrown at police.

Mayor Frank Jackson told the media he understands the frustration here and in other parts of the country.

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