Monthly Member E-News  -   December 2, 2016
  • PES consensus meeting this Saturday - Dec. 3 
  • LWVGC membership - renew now! 
  • Winter 2017 Voter deadline - Dec. 10 
  • Carrie Chapman Catt needs YOU! 
  • Program planning meetings - Jan. 21, 28, and 29
  • VOTE411 a success
  • LWVGC voter hotline
  • Candidate forums
  • Voter registration

(See below for links to YouTube channel)  

  • Regionalism and the West Shore Communities 
  • Sports Stadium Financing in Cleveland
  • Relationship between Cleveland Police and the Community 
  • Primary Systems: What are the Choices for Ohio?
  • Proposed Merger of Cleveland and East Cleveland - Jan. 31
  • Will Cleveland's Eastside Gentrify? Can It Be Done Equitably? - Feb. 21
  • The Impact of State Budget Cuts on Northeast Ohio Communities - Mar. 21
Primary Elections Systems consensus meeting is this Saturday - Dec. 3

Saturday, Dec. 3, 9:30 am - 12:30 pm (approx.)
Brooklyn Branch, CCPL 
4480 Ridge Road, Brooklyn 44144 
For LWV members and their guests only
BYO lunch in case the meeting runs past noon.
Study materials are available on the LWVO website (click here).
More information on the LWVGC website, including links to the video and summary of Dr. Vladimir Kogan's talk on primary elections (click here). 

Membership renewal

If you received a renewal notice for LWV of Greater Cleveland, please renew ASAP to help continue our League's important work. You can renew by mail or by credit card. For a membership form or online renewal, click here.
Note: You are not up for renewal if you joined the League since January 31, 2016, or if you are a 50-year Lifetime member.
Please, consider including a donation along with your dues. Your donation will help make League membership affordable for others for whom dues and other costs are a barrier to membership and participation. To donate online by credit card, go to the LWVGC website donate page (click here) and click on the League of Women Voters of Greater Cleveland General Fund.

Winter 2017 Voter deadline - Dec. 10

Articles for the Winter 2017 Voter are due December 10, 2016. Send submissions to Wendy Duering: The printed Winter 2017 Voter will come out early January.

Carrie Chapman Catt needs YOU!

Carrie took it as her mission to secure the vote for women - then to found the LWV so we could use that right well and wisely. She died in 1947. The League was able to "Carrie" on only because new leaders were willing to step into her shoes. This year more than ever we need people who will work on issues that are central to our democracy - redistricting, money in politics, voting rights, and more. Six two-year board positions are up for election, and many additional opportunities are available. Prior experience is not required, just dedication and passion for the League's critical work of Making Democracy Work. Send me your name! Nominate your friend! Now is the time to make a difference.
-Conda Boyd, nominating chair; email:; phone: 440-899-2987

January program planning meetings

Three program planning meetings are scheduled for January. While the meetings are being organized by chapters, any LWVGC member may attend any one of the meetings in order to review LWVO and LWVGC program positions. Chapter positions will be reviewed in their respective chapter meetings.
Westside chapters
Saturday, Jan. 28, 9:30 - 11:30 am
Rocky River Public Library
1600 Hampton Road, Rocky River, OH 44116
Cleveland Hts.-University Hts., Hillcrest, East Cleveland chapters
Saturday, Jan. 21, 2:00 - 4:30 pm
Heights Library, Main; Meeting Room A
2345 Lee Road, Cleveland Heights 44118
Please bring finger food/munchies to share. Beverages will be provided.
Shaker Heights chapter
Sunday, Jan. 29, 1:30 - 3:30 pm
Home of Susan Troia
13710 Shaker Boulevard #906, Cleveland 44120

VOTE411 was a success

Starting in late summer, well before the November 8 election, we added all local races (U.S. Congressional, Ohio General Assembly, Judicial, State Board of Education, and Cuyahoga County Council) and tax issues to the League's national online voters' guide, We do not yet have statistics on usage for Cuyahoga County, but LWV Ohio reports that for the 2016 year (primary and general election), Ohio was third highest (at 6.88 percent of the total usage) in the country in generating traffic on the website, even surpassing several states with larger populations. Nationally 4.3 million users visited the site; Ohio had 224,301 new users. These numbers comprise both use of the candidate information and other voter information that is available on the site.

Candidate forums

Chapters cooperated on two major candidate forums, one of which was co-sponsored by the National Council of Jewish Women. These forums, which covered several statehouse contests and the race for Ohio State Board of Education District 11, were captured on videos that had hundreds of viewers on the LWVGC YouTube channel. Many viewers were directed to these forum videos from VOTE411.

LWVGC voter hotline

Volunteers with the LWV of Greater Cleveland also   handled about 200 phone calls from voters during the month before the November 8   election. Because we wanted to   answer all calls without having to be in our   Tower City office, we had all calls forwarded to a cell phone passed among the  volunteers. Callers were answered immediately or  they left voice mails and   their calls were returned. Thanks to our volunteers: Joanne Siegla (organizer),   Siobhan Leftwich, Laurel Rowen, Mary   Warren, Lynda Mayer, and Janice Patterson.

Voter registration

There were 70 voter registration events, many in cooperation with Northeast Ohio Voter Advocates (NOVA) and other organizations. We estimate that we registered over 500 voters. There were at least 30 volunteers involved in everything from our booth near the Republican National Convention to days of work at Cleveland State University, the Neighborhood Family Practice, and high schools. Well done, volunteers!

Videos of several important and interesting forums held this past month are now available on the LWVGC YouTube channel
Regionalism and the West Shore Communities
Held Nov. 14, 2016. Panelists: Armond Budish, Cuyahoga County  executive; Dave Greenspan, Cuyahoga County Council, District   1; Edward Kraus,   Cuyahoga County regional   coordinator; Mike Summers,   Lakewood mayor; Pam Bobst, Rocky River mayor. Moderator: Janice   Patterson 
Click here for video. 
Sports Stadium Financing in Cleveland 
Held Nov. 17, 2016. Panelists: Len Komoroski, CEO, Cleveland Cavaliers and  Quicken Loans Arena; Peter G. Pattakos, lawyer, sports fan and vocal   opponent of the "sin tax;" Tom   Chema, president, Gateway Consultants  Group. Moderator: Peter Krouse, metro reporter,
Click here for video
Relationship between Cleveland Police and the Community 
Held Nov. 15, 2016. Panelists: Blaine A. Griffen, executive director,  community relations, City of Cleveland; Deon McCaulley, deputy chief,   Cleveland   Police Department; Dr. Rhonda   Williams, director, Social Justice   Institute, Case Western Reserve University. Moderator: Mark   Naymik, metro  reporter,
Click here for video
Primary Systems: What are the Choices for Ohio? 
Held Nov. 19, 2016. Dr. Vladimir Kogan, assistant professor of political science at Ohio State discussed whether the current primary system contributes to the problem of uncompetitive and low-turnout elections and possible alternatives to Ohio's current primary system.
Click here for video

Northeast Ohio Public Policy Forums

All forums are free and open to the public.
How could this happen? Should it?
Nick Castele, Ideastream, will moderate. Panelists include:
Jeffrey Johnson, Cleveland councilman 10th ward
Kevin Kelley, Cleveland council president
Nate Martin, East Cleveland councilman at large
Gary Norton Jr., East Cleveland mayor
Tuesday, Jan. 31, 7:00 - 8:30 pm
Tinkham Veale University Center, CWRU Campus
11038 Bellflower Road, Cleveland 44106
Will Cleveland's Eastside Gentrify? Can It Be Done Equitably?
Steven Litt, Plain Dealer, will moderate. Panelists include:
Wes Finch, founder and chairman of The Finch Group
Mansfield Frazier, journalist, business owner, and Hough resident
Michael Fleming, executive director, St Clair Superior Development Corporation
Jason Segedy, director of planning and urban development, City of Akron
Tuesday, Feb. 21, 7:00 - 8:30 pm
Heights Library, Main
2345 Lee Road, Cleveland Heights 44118
The Impact of State Budget Cuts on Northeast Ohio Communities
Brent Larkin,, will moderate
Panelists TBD
Tuesday, Mar. 21, 7:00 - 8:30 pm
Parma Snow Branch, Cuyahoga County Public Library
2121 Snow Road, Parma 44134
NEO public policy forums are co-sponsored by the Plain Dealer/, Case Western Reserve University Siegal Lifelong Learning Program, the League of Women Voters of Greater Cleveland, and the library systems of Cleveland Heights-University Heights, Lakewood, and Cuyahoga County. Corporate sponsor is First Interstate Properties, Ltd.

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