Explaining Cuyahoga County’s Secret $66 Million Stimulus Deal: The Monday, September 12, 2022 Revival

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We were taken aback when the Cuyahoga County Board announced it would be allocating $66 million in federal stimulus funds to allocate to projects hand-picked by members. “Not a slush fund,” the council said.

But how did they come up with the plan? Ohio law prohibits governments from making decisions outside of public meetings. So we checked their emails – 45,000 pages.

The results are astonishing in a county that 13 years ago overhauled its government structure to create more accountability.


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sunshine law: Cuyahoga County officials forged a secret deal on how to spend $66 million in stimulus funds, and without a public hearing or a vote, lined up projects for their “slates,” reports Lucas Daprile. Daprile is examining documents showing an opaque process that has puzzled community groups and allowed council members to control who received applications for the millions in federal funding.

wolf escape: When it comes to keeping its animal residents separate from its human visitors, the Cleveland Metroparks Zoo turns to the Association of Zoos and Aquariums for standards and guidance. But Peter Krouse reports that wasn’t enough to stop a Mexican gray wolf from escaping from an off-exhibit holding area at the zoo on Labor Day morning and briefly roaming a public driveway.. The incident is likely to provide a learning opportunity for the zoo and the Maryand-based AZA.

Election requests: Election boards across Ohio have been hit by recent public records requests that appear designed to prevent them from throwing out documents about the 2020 presidential election that they might otherwise throw out this month. Sabrina Eaton reports that Geauga County has received so many voluminous requests for 2020 election information in the past three to four months that it should hire more workers to accommodate them all.

Intel: Ohio dignitaries and Intel executives celebrated the grand opening of a $20 billion silicon chip factory in suburban Columbus on Friday by touting the high-paying tech jobs that will be needed to staff the factory and statewide suppliers. Laura Hancock reports that Intel will manufacture silicon wafers in Columbus that will be cut into tiny chips, then shipped around the world and packaged into central processing units in personal computers, servers, mobile devices and other technologies. .

Today in Ohio: President Joe Biden was there, as well as Ohio Governor Mike DeWine. All manner of politicians, Democrats and Republicans alike applauded the grand opening of the Intel factory in New Albany. We’re talking about a rare bipartisan celebration on Today in Ohio, cleveland.comhalf-hour news podcast.

President Joe Biden speaks during a groundbreaking Friday for a new Intel computer chip facility in New Albany, Ohio. (Manuel Balce Ceneta, Associated Press)PA

Biden: The main Democratic Party candidates in Ohio are carefully keeping their distance from the president. But Andrew Tobias reports that Joe Biden traveled to the state again on Friday to tout the passage of the CHIPS bill and the grand opening of Intel’s massive new factory in the Columbus area.

Intel training: Kent State University and Lorain County Community College will lead projects to develop a semiconductor manufacturing workforce in the state as construction of a $20 billion chip factory in the central Ohio begins, reports Laura Hancock.

Payday loans: Ohio lawmakers who wanted consumer-friendly payday loan reforms fought an uphill battle with the industry until they finally passed a bill capping interest at 28% in 2018. But Laura Hancock reports that at least one lender began providing loans in a workaround that prompted dozens of consumer complaints and subsequent remarks from a judge who said it was an attempt to evade the law.

republican chair: Ohio Republican Party Chairman Bob Paduchik survived an attempt by state party officials to replace him less than two months before the November general election. Jeremy Pelzer reports that after more than an hour of debate, the Ohio State GOP Central Committee decided on Friday not to hold a leadership election until January.

Les Jardins Electriques, luxury apartments located in Tremont.

Les Jardins Electriques, luxury apartments located in Tremont.Megan Sims

Rental market: With a recent study showing the median asking price for rent in the Cleveland area now approaching $1,050 per month, the question arises, what are you getting for $1,050 per month in today’s market? Megan Sims lists what’s available, in terms of location, amenities, and size.

Hardwood floor: Laura Johnston insisted on hardwood floors when she finished her attic to create a bedroom and bath suite. Since the millennium, carpeting has lost popularity.

CDC Map: On the latest CDC map, Cuyahoga County and most of Greater Cleveland remained yellow, or designated as having medium COVID-19 transmission, reports Julie Washington. Ashtabula, Lorain and Portage counties were among counties in northeastern Ohio classified as red, for high transmission of COVID-19.

door-to-door sales: The cleveland.com database of home sales and other property transfer details has been updated with August 2022 transactions.

East Cleveland: A grand jury has charged two former East Cleveland police officers with accepting cash bribes to provide a man with falsified police reports so he could commit insurance fraud, Cory reports Shaffer. Von Harris, 52, and Demarkco Johnson, 28, were charged on Friday with multiple counts of bribery and falsifying records, and one count of insurance fraud.

Body found: A body washed up on the shore of Lake Erie in Lakewood Saturday night, police said. The Lakewood Police Department is currently investigating the case but has released few details, Megan Sims reports.

Trent Reznor

Trent Reznor founded Prohibition Nine Inch Nails in Cleveland in the late 1980s. (Evan Agostini, Invision/AP file photo)Evan Agostini/Invision/AP

TIN: It took more than two years in the making. But Trent Reznor and Nine Inch Nails will finally make their way to the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame. Troy Smith reports that the museum will host Nine Inch Nails Fan Day on Friday, September 23.

Induction performers: Microsoft Theater, the venue for this year’s Rock Hall induction ceremony taking place Nov. 5 in Los Angeles, revealed that Pink, Sheryl Crow, Lenny Kravitz, Alice Cooper, Brandi Carlile, Olivia Rodrigo, Alanis Morissette and Miley Cyrus are all set to appear, reports Troy Smith.

Collaboration with the orchestra: The Cleveland Orchestra and the Cleveland Institute of Music are joining forces to expand their collaborations and share their resources, reports Marc Bona. The partnership adds visibility to the CIM Orchestra, which usually gave two or three concerts a year at the Severance Music Center.

black keys: The Black Keys concert Friday at the Blossom Music Center was a great soundtrack to a beautiful evening in northeast Ohio. Troy Smith reports that the Black Keys of 20 years ago, consisting of lead guitarist/vocalist Dan Auerbach and drummer Patrick Carney’s boisterous blues explorations only fit for a grimy basement, are long gone. They have found a niche that allows them to navigate amicably while generating big hits and have generally stuck to it.

House of the week: Designed by New York architect Linn Kinne in the early 20th century, the mansion at 3145 N. Park Blvd. in Cleveland Heights was once owned by Case Western Reserve University, which used it as the residence of its president. Joey Morona reports the home is on the market for $1.4 million.

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