East Cleveland Responds
I received your letter about your decision not include the city of East Cleveland in your annual “Rating the Suburbs” edition (June 2007). Unfortunately, the city of East Cleveland does not maintain crime statistics. A collective bargaining agreement approved by the former mayor and City Council for Local #500, the International Association of Fire Fighters, resulted in a minimum-manning clause that dramatically increased firefighter overtime and caused the elimination of 18 police officer and administrative support jobs. It has been a nightmare for my administration to wrestle with this very bad agreement and implement overtime reduction strategies.
Even more unfortunate is that council chose not to address this issue during the 2007 budget hearings last year and spent less than 20 minutes talking to the police chief about the needs of the police department. Council rewarded us by removing funds from police communications and increasing council’s budget by $30,000 to pay for a $300 an hour contract lawyer, to cover the costs of a retreat and to pay someone to help them learn Parliamentary Procedures, which are available free online. I believe they also discussed purchasing comfortable chairs for them to sit on during the two council meetings they hold every month.
At any rate, it’s not likely that East Cleveland will have the crime statistics you’ll need for next year. That’s too bad because the work my administration has been doing with the sheriff and our own police personnel seems to, anecdotally, be paying off.
Eric J. Brewer
City of East Cleveland
West Side Love
Thanks for another great “Rating the Suburbs” issue (June 2007). Northeast Ohio is fortunate to have so many impressive communities. One note: You commented in your Editor’s Column that Rocky River was the last West Side suburb to take the top spot, back in 1999. We were pleased to have Westlake awarded that distinction in 2001.
Economic Development Assistant
Department of Planning and
City of Westlake
I grew up in Kent and didn’t have the pleasure of enjoying The Press (“When The Press Was News,” June 2007). I don’t believe, though, that I’ve enjoyed a magazine article more in years. This was a love letter to The Press, but also to Cleveland. Thank you to Andy Netzel for capturing the moment in time perfectly. I was a journalism major, but never sought work in the field. After reading Andy’s article, I wish I had. I’m an instant-gratification girl, so I like the convenience of instant and up-to-the-minute news available on the Internet. It won’t replace for me, however, enjoying the morning’s newspaper over my first cup of coffee. We need to keep our rich journalistic heritage alive in Cleveland.
• Due to an editing error, Jay Casey’s July story “Playing It Off” listed the wrong year for the “Miracle of Richfield” game. The game occurred April 29, 1976. It was the team’s sixth year in existence.
• The July Party Scene article for the Alzheimer’s Association’s Celebration of Hope benefit incorrectly identified the evening’s award recipients. Dr. Robert Friedland and Bonnie Marcus were
honored for their contributions.