Kevin Cronin's blog

A ClevelandBikes’ bike station for Northeast Ohio?

Submitted by Kevin Cronin on Mon, 01/16/2006 - 11:15.

People on REALNEO’s website are used to thinking about new ideas and the way we can help create the city and region we want to live in. Rather than passive acceptance, readers at REALNEO are active shapers of the community.  Our area is increasingly considering the importance of health activities, lifestyle and the comfort and attractiveness of the region.  As a region, we are focusing on regional assets, including our parks and lake.  With that in mind, I want to discuss ClevelandBikes, a two year-old nonprofit, and our project to develop an asset to meet these goals…a bike station, a new piece of the transportation infrastructure.

The Search for CEO for Cleveland Schools - Schools Host Community Meetings

Submitted by Kevin Cronin on Mon, 11/21/2005 - 21:47.

The Cleveland Schools are hosting a series of meetings to generate input from the community on what they want for a CEO. For a school system not always anxious for public input, this is a great way to start a search process.

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Arts and the Cleveland Mayor's Race

Submitted by Kevin Cronin on Mon, 10/31/2005 - 09:19.

Both Mayor Campbell and Council President Jackson met with the arts community last week.  Attendance was low, both at the Play House on the east with Campbell and Cleveland Public Theatre on the westside with Jackson. The Campbell strategy was to identify a top 20 list of reasons Campbell has advanced the arts, with art summits, expansion of live/work zones and public funding through the "1% for arts" set aside that is a part of public construction contracts.  She says her track record merits her return to office for another four years.  Jackson said, through his leadership, he deserves credit for these initiatives as well, and his record in council deserves the public’s faith and confidence that he will work to represent them well.  But what would be an election without an added dose of cynicism? 

Two Telecom Mergers, One Digital Divide

Submitted by Kevin Cronin on Thu, 10/20/2005 - 12:21.

The Ohio Community Computing Center Network, the umbrella organization for free public computer centers and teaching centers, has provided testimony to the Public Utilities Commission of Ohio stating that the SBC/AT&T Merger and the Verizon/MCI Merger are not in the best interests of the public.   The following is a summary, raising the concern that further telecom consolidation will reduce vital high-speed Internet opportunities for low-income urban and rural areas.  Today, high-speed Internet is critical for education, work and other activities of daily life.  While technological advances in more robust networks, immense Internet speed and additional services are exciting, if only a portion of spciety can participate in yet another technological evolution, Ohio will again be left struggling.  The testimony called for efforts to reduce the divide that finds low-income and rural communities with lower levels of broadband access and an end to telecom efforts to limit the rights of cities to invest in broadband services directly, on behalf of their residents.

My Own Civics Lesson - Reforming Ohio

Submitted by Kevin Cronin on Wed, 10/05/2005 - 09:02.

On Election Day, I stood at a polling location on Cleveland's eastside and talked to voters about Reform Ohio Now (RON) and issues 2-5 on the ballot in November. The voting location was JFK High School, one of the largest polling stations in ward one, the wealthiest and biggest voting ward in the African-American community. I was the one who learned a lot.

What Happens When the Federal Government Can’t Get Emergencies Right? Lessons From the Sourthern Evacuee Assistance Center

Submitted by Kevin Cronin on Wed, 09/14/2005 - 07:49.

What Happens When the Federal Government Can’t Get Emergencies Right? And what does it say about our level of preparedness for disasters, wrought by nature or terrorists, even after the 9/11 disaster and the debate, planning and funding that all follows?

NCAA Bans Names, Symbols and Mascots Using Native American Terms and Imagery

Submitted by Kevin Cronin on Mon, 08/29/2005 - 18:47.

Is a Cleveland Baseball Team Watching?

Earlier this month, the National Collegiate Athletic Association adopted a new policy to prohibit NCAA colleges and universities from displaying hostile and abusive racial/ethnic/national origin mascots, nicknames or imagery at any NCAA championship, beginning in 2008. So what is the leading name banned by the NCAA under the rule, calling for cultural sensitivity and respect? Simply, "The Indians."

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Film and TV As Economic Development -- Ohio should offer tax and economic incentives

Submitted by Kevin Cronin on Thu, 05/05/2005 - 12:56.

From pundits to populace, everybody seems to agree that Northeast Ohio needs to step out in a new direction, using the creative arts to drive a new economic resurgence. So why are we talking about the same old models of massive public construction, like a convention center, to bring about this new economy?

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Messing With the State Constitution?

Submitted by Kevin Cronin on Tue, 04/19/2005 - 10:51.

Messing With the State Constitution?

Secretary of State Ken Blackwell wants to pass a constitutional amendment to prohibit public governing bodies, the state, local and school board spending combined, from spending greater than the Midwest Consumer Price Index, population growth, inflation or 3.5% above spending for the prior year.  Sounds complicated? This a formula for gridlock, a procedural requirement that will tie the legislature and the Governor in knots, an odd goal for someone who wants to govern.

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The Entitlement of Voting

Submitted by Kevin Cronin on Sat, 02/05/2005 - 23:06.

The “right� to vote, the subject of nonviolent protests, bloody confrontations and solemn pronouncements by Supreme Courts and Congress for centuries, is very much in doubt. Like a desert mirage, the image of an effective election, with widespread, universal voting looms before us, but always out of reach. In a practical manner, the right to vote is defined, not by the United States Constitution or the lives lost to ensure a vote, but by the amount of money legislators, Governors and other state officials are willing to spend to implement fair elections.  The President and Congress should treat the right to vote as a full entitlement, guaranteed by the Constitution, and provide the money needed to ensure accurate elections. 

Strong Environmental Policies Generate Economic Leadership

Submitted by Kevin Cronin on Wed, 02/02/2005 - 09:02.

This morning’s PD cited a Michigan research paper that concluded that economic cars, hybrids and the like, will generate a stronger economic return for European manufacturers, who have adapted to meet the more aggressive, European environmental standards and are now poised to reap the economic benefit of this growing market in the US. As a result, the study says, the US government should assist, despite the current $400+ billion budget deficit, in the retrofit/reengineering of the US plants to be able to compete. Of course, the industry could have also asked for assistance in meeting the environmental demands decades ago to seize the leadership mantel now held by European manufacturers, but for decades, US auto industry opposed stronger environmental standards, rather than adapt. Another significant, unmentioned lesson also warrants noting: Sound environmental policy, environmental leadership, can generate economic leadership in a very short time.

Thoughts on Election - Cynicism and Politics Have Always Been Linked

Submitted by Kevin Cronin on Fri, 01/09/2004 - 09:53.

"As democracy is perfected, the office of president represents, more and more closely, the inner soul of the people. On some great and glorious day the plain folks of the land will reach their heart's desire at last and the White House will be adorned by a downright moron." H.L. Mencken (1880 - 1956)

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