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Tuesday, April 15, 2008

This Week With Mark Mallory

At his weekly press briefing Tuesday, Mayor Mark Mallory said:

1. He'll be making a pitch Friday to national meeting planners in town learning about the city. He's meeting with them at a downtown Skyline and trying to convince them to bring their clients' meetings and events here. Four groups who visited Cincinnati on similar tours last year have scheduled events here, he said, including the American Academy of Pediatrics and Optimist International. He says those four events will equate to 6,661 room nights in hotels and $1.9 million in spending.

2. He'll be making an announcement Saturday related to Cincinnati's Sister Cities program - 9 a.m., Duke Energy Center, downtown. He didn't say what the announcement would be, only that he plans to visit all of Cincinnati's seven sister cities during his term/terms as mayor and that he hopes to reestablish and maintain relationships with all of the cities.

3. He heard an update Monday on the progress of the Cincinnati Initiative to Reduce Violence, or CIRV. That's the anti-homicide program copied after a 1990s one in Boston. He said the effects so far here have been dramatic with a 42% overall decrease in killings and a 61% decrease in "group-related" killings. The program's aim is to convince people who've been involved in prior crimes that were connected to groups (they don't like to say "gangs" because they say it's more loosely knit neighborhood types, not Crips and Bloods-type stuff) and see that they carry the message to the rest of the groups. That message? If anyone associated with the group is caught doing a homicide, the rest of his or her cohorts will feel the heat of law enforcement too.

4. He's attending a reception Saturday of the Black Lawyers Association and a symposium Monday of information technology officers from the 30 largest companies in the region, including Cincinnati Bell, Fidelity and Comair. Why? "To highlight that Cincinnati is a hot spot for information technology."

5. Friday morning, he'll help plant in Laurel Park, the West End, 50 trees donated by Mike Albert Leasing to commemorate the company's 50th anniversary. Members of the cast of The Guiding Light soap opera are expected to be on hand to assist. Mallory said he has never watched the show.

6. Re the merger of Delta Air Lines and Northwest: "I think it's early yet. But I'm happy that Delta is committing that they're not apparently closing any hubs... Delta's presence in Cincinnati is very important to us."

7. The state legislature should pass a pending bill to give filmmakers tax credits for working in Ohio. "It is very, very important that we get that tool." He wants Cincinnati to be the "movie capital of Ohio."

8. He didn't know anything about the scandal in Columbus involving Attorney Gen. Marc Dann until he got a text about it Monday and went online to check out stories about it. Asked what he thought about it, he said, "It is what it is."

9. The plan to move ahead with streetcars could be on council's agenda next week. "A little more conversation needs to happen. We can probably get it wrapped up this week."


at 11:10 AM, April 16, 2008 Anonymous Anonymous said...

1)You could get more conventions if Cincinnati were not simultaneously dangerous and boring. Support the police to control crime, and figure out how Kentucky does it in terms of entertainment.

2)Please do go to all the sister cities. At least that way, you're temporarily not our problem. Take your brothers with you to temporarly reduce Cincinnati's white collar crime rate.

3)It would probably help to reduce violent crime more if you and your Council freinds would refrain from castigating the police any time they try to arrest an idiot out commiting a violent crime. Note also that inviting more criminals via CityLink will not help.

4)Cincinnati is not a hot spot for IT. India is. Although you are trying your level best to make our standard of living match theirs.

5)Good luck with the trees. Probably a species that will not thrive in an urban environment.

6)Technically, Delta is not in Cincinnati. You can call Hebron Greater Cincinnati if you like, but it's really not in your jurisdiction.

7)There is a lot of filiming in Cincinnati. Unfortunately, it seems to be at the Justice center for "Inside America's Jails".

8)I find it hard to believe you were in Columbus that long and don't still keep your ear to that political ground. It's not really your problem, though.

9)A little more conversation? Here, let me finish it for you. "Streetcars make no sense for Cincinnati now or ever. We will abandon this foolish idea forthwith and stop wasting taxpayer funds on this unwanted boondoggle". There, that didn't take a week.

You're welcome.

at 11:49 AM, April 16, 2008 Anonymous Jail For Dale said...

I'd like to see him add the removal of, the pocket veto of Bortz' resolution to limit the concentration of social service agencies and to forbid them when they will have a negative impact on a community; to his list of things to do. Between his brother Dale's clandestine, and paid support of Citylink, and the Mayor's left handed support through inaction; it makes one wonder why the Mallory's think importing felons from the prison system is preferable to the importation of jobs and taxpayers.

at 1:37 PM, April 16, 2008 Blogger Hey Barry Larkin! said...

Jeez anonymous 11:10. Sounds like you truly hate this city. Why don't you move elsewhere? Sounds to me like the Mayor is doing his best to highlight some of Cincinnati's best opportunities to outside business and planning agents. I don't see a problem with any part of his agenda. I mean really, who is against planting trees? The negativity on this blog KILLS me.

at 2:21 PM, April 16, 2008 Blogger Cheviot Sports Authority said...

hope he pitches better than he did last opening day.

at 2:54 PM, April 16, 2008 Anonymous Anonymous said...


I did live in the city for years. I got out when I could due to the same idiots running the joint now. It's sad, really, because it could be so much more than it is, if only the same jacklegs did not get elected over and over and over...

at 5:38 PM, April 16, 2008 Anonymous Anonymous said...


"I did live in the city..."

So, you no longer live in the city, why do you care?

at 7:45 PM, April 16, 2008 Anonymous Thomas said...

anon said:"Streetcars make no sense for Cincinnati now or ever."


Decade Streetcars Population
1890-00 yes gain
1900-10 yes gain
'10-20 yes gain
'20-30 yes gain
'30-40 yes gain
'40-50 yes gain
'50-60 no* loss
'60-70 no loss
'70-80 no loss
'80-90 no loss
'90-2000 no loss

*streetcar service ended 1951

at 11:18 PM, April 16, 2008 Anonymous Anonymous said...

Well there you have it - our whole population problem is >> Drum roll >> lack of street cars.

Good one.

at 7:41 AM, April 17, 2008 Anonymous Anonymous said...


Because the City continues to drag the entire region down with it. Because I still have freinds suffering in the city limits.
Because I can see the city that might be by looking at Newport, Evansville, or any number of areas with similar prospects.
Because every hairbrained idea the City comes up with, the rest of the county including me have to pay for.

That's why.

at 10:39 AM, April 17, 2008 Anonymous Anonymous said...


You know, you're probably right. The city shouldn't try any new ideas. It should just work as hard as it can to maintain status quo. It should spend all its resources to keep us isolated from any new movements that cities across the country are adopting. It should build a jail and a road and pay police and fire and nothing else. It shouldn't make attempts to increase our quality of life. You're 100% correct. I take back my support for the streetcar.

at 11:51 AM, April 17, 2008 Anonymous Anonymous said...


You are engaged in a classic logical fallacy known as a "Post Hoc" fallacy. A classic example is "The rooster crowed and the sun rose, so the rooster made the sun rise". I seriously doubt the termination of streetcar service was the controlling factor. Nice research, though.

at 5:50 PM, April 17, 2008 Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hello Jail for Dale!
I also want Council to vote on the Bortz resolution.
Mayor Zero claims St Vincent De Paul is the only social service agency in the Wesy End. I srarted a list....I'm up to 27 and still counting. Can you spell CCAT house Mark? I'll spot you the "T and A".
Things you know little about.

at 7:40 AM, April 18, 2008 Anonymous Anonymous said...


Who said anything about not trying new ideas? Having a competent city government that actually supports a professional police force and allows them to do their job would be a radical departure from typical Cincinnati ideas. Having a downtown that there is a reason to visit would be really unique.

at 1:08 AM, April 19, 2008 Anonymous Award-winning CincyJeff said...

10:39 am, are you suggesting that the streetcar is a new idea? Please tell me that's not what you meant.

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