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Friday, February 01, 2008

City Council: We're Not Retreating

It might've sounded innocent enough, Jeff Berding's proposal to send all council members on a "professionally facilitated planning session" with the mayor and city manager. But apparently some didn't think so.

The idea, which Berding pushed for a vote on Wednesday even after Mayor Mark Mallory urged sending the idea through a committee for more discussion. So when the vote happened, the idea failed, 5-4. Those in favor: Berding, Chris Bortz, Laketa Cole and Leslie Ghiz.

Berding said he just didn't want it "indefinitely hanging out there. I'd like it resolved one way or another."

Roxanne Qualls said she didn't disagree that having a plan might be helpful, she just thought it should be an effort led by the mayor.

Cecil Thomas said: "I believe we charge our city manager to have a plan." He also said that council's committee structure is designed for hashing out plans.


at 2:43 PM, February 01, 2008 Anonymous Anonymous said...

Does Berding still think he's mayor? Maybe he and Cole should go on a retreat together to discuss backstabbing:

"That´s right: The man who professed to stop publicly criticizing other Democrats told guests they shouldn't vote for Crowley, John Cranley, Cecil Thomas and Laketa Cole. Realistically, the warnings about the first three candidates aren't out of the blue -- Berding has frequently clashed with the trio on various issues. But his advice about Cole is shocking as she bucked the party last year and sided with Berding and a coalition of Republicans and Charterites on council during the budget approval process."


at 4:47 PM, February 01, 2008 Anonymous Anonymous said...

So Council couldn't come up with a plan to make a plan?

at 7:22 PM, February 01, 2008 Anonymous Anonymous said...


So wait a sec, since he's not the Mayor he's not allowed to have ideas?

at 10:22 PM, February 02, 2008 Anonymous Anonymous said...

Whose in charge?

Not Mallory...so, maybe, Berding?

at 10:55 AM, February 03, 2008 Anonymous Anonymous said...

The main problem with the city government is that council works part time and their main focus is given to their day jobs. Someday maybe councilmembers will put Cincinnati first.

at 1:20 PM, February 03, 2008 Anonymous Anonymous said...

I just want to clarify:

We vote to put people in office because they claim to have plans and visions.

THEN, some of them vote to hire someone (with our money) to give them plans and vision?

I have an idea: Let's hire the "professional" people who seem to have the ideas, fire council, and give the professionals the salaries we pay council.

It saves money, it gets rid of petty politics, we eliminate stupid decisions, and we moght actually have people working to make Cincinnati better.

at 2:46 PM, February 03, 2008 Anonymous Anonymous said...

10:22, Berding doesn't think a Black man should be running a city.

at 7:44 PM, February 05, 2008 Anonymous Anonymous said...

I don't either.

at 9:28 PM, February 05, 2008 Anonymous Anonymous said...

Agreed - see what's happened to Detroit, Gary, Atlanta, D.C., New Orleans, etc etc etc.

at 4:12 PM, February 18, 2008 Anonymous Anonymous said...

The Freedom Museum is never going to be self supporting and doesn't even enjoy the attendance of many of the residents of Cincinnati. Turn it into a riverfront casino and see how our revenues would jump.
Schools would see increased funding, the downtown would be revitalized and taxes on homeowners would be reduced. Put it to a vote.

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