The problem isn’t really winter walking; it’s lack of commitment to public safety

As bad as walking conditions have been, the real problem isn't snow removal; it's lack of commitment to public safety. Photo by Jim Miller.
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Social media has been filled over the past few weeks with complaints about walking throughout Cleveland Heights as the snow piles up. This Facebook post by Jim Miller sums up the frustration, but – to use the appropriate cliche – it’s only the tip of the iceberg. While I continue to clear boulders of ice […]

The police are using Twitter – and look who’s got something good to say

After the shooting, the CHPD kept the community informed via Twitter
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On Saturday of Thanksgiving weekend, a 16-year-old boy named Artwon Oliver was shot  and killed at the intersection of Lee and Superior roads in Cleveland Heights. According to the reports (here are 2 from the Plain Dealer: first report, Nov. 27; follow up, Nov. 30), he had been at a house party nearby (which police […]

Let’s get serious about world-class policing in CH

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It’s time to commission a third-party study to understand what our police department does right and what it needs to do better. After reading the front-page story in Sunday’s Plain Dealer about the Cleveland Heights police department’s homemade rules for reporting sexual assault crime statistics, I felt both angry and validated. Every time the Cleveland […]

How Cleveland Heights is – and isn’t – dealing with juvenile crime

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I met Cleveland Heights Police Chief Jeffrey Roberston for the first time last week, and he changed my mind. And then didn’t. We were in a community meeting, organized by City Council Member Bonita Caplan and attended by a small group of concerned citizens – mostly from the Forest Hills neighborhood. Their concerns were wide-ranging, but […]

Before the city council elections, let’s define ‘excellent’

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If you want to get a rise out of a Cleveland Heights City Council member, float the suggestion that our city government is just OK. For example, several weeks ago – in the aftermath of the Coventry flash mob and an unrelated violent assault near Lee Road – I sent a note to the entire […]

Flash Mobs

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Teenage crime, unruly behavior and so called “flash mobs” in Cleveland Heights and surrounding cities have been a real challenge to the spirit of our community this summer. Since the emergency curfew was enacted in an attempt to restore public safety in the Coventry and Cedar Lee business districts, I’ve spent a lot of time […]