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Wednesday, July 23, 2014

HOTTEST WEDDING EVER?

RUSSELL WHITE, AN AWESOME TALENT AND GOSPEL SINGER

Monday, July 21, 2014

STATEMENT RELEASED BY FAMILY OF TIMOTHY RUSSELL, VICTIM IN 2012 CLEVELAND POLICE CHASE

AFRICAN AMERICAN LEADERSHIP SERIES - JULY: CHARLES LEWIS REASON, LINGUIST AND EDUCATOR, BORN ON THIS DATE IN 1818

Sunday, July 20, 2014

AFRICAN AMERICAN LEADERSHIP SERIES - JULY: NEW AFRICAN AMERICAN INDIANAPOLIS FIRE CHIEF, ERNEST MALONE, TALKS ABOUT DIVERSIFYING DEPARTMENT

Saturday, July 19, 2014

FIRE PROTECTION:: ARE MERGERS THE WAY TO GO? A CONTINUING DISCUSSION

A friend just passed this to us.  With the Maple Heights police chief retiring/resigning, and Maple Hts in fiscal watch, politicians may want to keep looking at this. (Article published in 2004)
 
According to this article, you  don't have to reduce the number of firefighters if you consolidate into one agency; however, that takes cooperation by politicians and fire chiefs from other cities.
 

"One big fire department?

Sunday, February 29, 2004

By Martin Stolz

Today: As part of a yearlong series examining regional government, The Plain Dealer looks at fire protection.

Inside: Boots and ladders. What fire departments in Cuyahoga County spend in a year, and what it takes to put a ladder truck on the road.

Next month: How will race influence the discussions about regional government in Northeast Ohio?

Fire chiefs in the suburbs surrounding Portland, Ore., took some time in the late 1980s to consider why they had seven fire departments to protect an area the size of Columbus, Ohio.

The conclusion?
�Gosh, this is stupid.

In 1989, they began merging into one department and since then, taxes for fire service have dropped 50 percent while safety has dramatically improved."
 
 
Continued HERE
 
 
The one problem we see though is the (what looks like in Maple Heights and various other cities) continued institutional racism in that branch of the safety forces.  Lawsuits will continue unless the fire unions and politicians address this. 


Mergers among Northeast Ohio communities unlikely, despite all the talk and collaboration http://www.cleveland.com/open/index.ssf/2014/04/officials_arent_optimistic_tha.html
 
 
 263 F3d 513 Cleveland Branch v. City of Parma, Ohio | OpenJurist  http://openjurist.org/263/f3d/513/cleveland-branch-v-city-of-parma-ohio


Luke v. Cleveland - Third Amended Complaint
http://www.clearinghouse.net/chDocs/public/EE-OH-0093-0001.pdf


Where's the Fire Station
http://www.cleveland.com/region/images/fire3.pdf


Maple Heights Fire Chief Explains Closure of Fire Station #2
http://youtu.be/tVw8jSyjy4I


Regionalism - cleveland.com
http://www.cleveland.com/region/plaindealer/index.ssf?/region/more/1.html

Regionalism - cleveland.com


Regionalism - cleveland.com