Mallory's Briefings Return
After a holiday hiatus, Mayor Mark Mallory's weekly Tuesday press briefings returned today. Here's some stuff you might want to know:
1. He'll give the State of the City speech Feb. 4, 6:30 p.m. at Playhouse in the Park, Mount Adams. Invitations will be sent out this week. "I think we had a very successful year last year, so we'll have a lot to talk about."
2. January is National Mentoring Month, and he'll be having a press conference Thursday, 10 a.m., Cintas Center, to talk about mentoring initiatives, including a new one he'll announce then.
3. The deadline for neighborhoods to apply to get a mural by MuralWorks this year is Jan. 15. Call 333-0388 or go to http://www.artworkscincinnati.org/.
4. Friday, he expects recommendations from the Go Cincinnati study, led by Councilman Chris Bortz and Chamber of Commerce president Ellen van Der Horst. Among them, he's sure - a recommendation to push ahead on streetcars. "I'll have to sift thorugh them, see what I like, see what I don't like."
5. He likes the idea of a Cincinnati Film Festival. "Let me tell you, I am very interested in that concept. We have a very rich film industry in the city of Cincinnati, considering we are not L.A., Chicago or New York." The $120,000 in funding mentioned by CityBeat writer Kevin Osborne, Mallory said, "doesn't seem like a lot of money to me."