Archive for August 2006

We’re No Safer But City Council Is

August 31, 2006

A bulletproof seating platform and velvet ropes that restrict access to Cincinnati City Council members during their meetings are just two of the changes that await the group on its return from summer break next week.

Cincinnati Police Capt. Vince Demasi held a briefing today with council members’ staffs to inform them about new features added to council chambers and new policies designed to improve the safety of elected officials.

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Mallory Snubs Love

August 30, 2006

A local businessman who heads a task force drafting policies about minority inclusion for the Banks riverfront project recently was slated to take a trip with other local officials to view a similar project in Atlanta, but was abruptly uninvited by Cincinnati Mayor Mark Mallory.

About two weeks ago, Reds owner Bob Castellini invited a group to travel on his private jet to visit Atlantic Station, a residential and retail project in Atlanta that was developed by AIG Global Real Estate Investment Corp. AIG is among the finalists being considered to build Cincinnati’s multimillion-dollar Banks project, along the riverfront between the Reds and Bengals stadiums.

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Panel to Give Recommendation on The Banks Next Month

August 29, 2006

An advisory panel will give its recommendation to Cincinnati and Hamilton County officials in September about which developer should build the multimillion-dollar Banks riverfront project.

The Banks Working Group met today and announced it will be ready to issue its recommendation sometime next month. Reds owner Bob Castellini, who is the working group’s chair, said it had been gathering information on potential developers for the past 90 days and assessing what they’ve seen.

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The Finney Invitation

August 28, 2006

Responding to reader requests, here is the full text of the invitation that attorney Christopher Finney sent out to supporters Aug. 23, seeking sponsors for a “meet and greet” event for Phil Heimlich on Oct. 4.

From: Christopher P. Finney, Esq
To: Christopher P. Finney, Esq
Sent: Wednesday, August 23, 2006 10:04 PM
Subject: Heimlich Meet and Greet — Wednesday, October 4, 2006

Can you help our “East-Side Meet and Greet” for Phil Heimlich?

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Heimlich’s Backers Starting to Sound Desperate

August 25, 2006

Phil Heimlich’s political mentor is looking for a few good conservatives to co-sponsor a “meet and greet” with Heimlich in Anderson Township, and — harkening to the politics of personal destruction era of the 1990s— calls Heimlich’s campaign opponent “pathetic” in the mass e-mail invitation.

Attorney Christopher Finney, a conservative activist who has advised Heimlich for years, sent the invitations Wednesday night to dozens of registered Republican voters. The e-mail asks people to agree to co-sponsor the Oct. 4 event so their names can be used on invitations, adding, “If you can pitch in a little something to help cover expenses, that would be appreciated. We are trying to make sure this is no-net-cost for the campaign.”

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Auditor Says County Wrong on Jail Tax Figures

August 25, 2006

In their rush to pass a sales tax proposal before this week’s deadline to qualify for the November ballot, the Hamilton County Commissioners miscalculated figures and overstated the savings for property owners, according to the county auditor.

Auditor Dusty Rhodes sent a memo Wednesday to commissioners chastising them for releasing inaccurate data about property tax reductions. Commissioners and their administrator, Patrick Thompson, should send any calculations to the auditor’s office for vetting before they are released to avoid such errors in the future, Rhodes said.

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ACLU and Leis Reach Agreement on Over-the-Rhine

August 24, 2006

Hamilton County Sheriff Simon Leis Jr. and the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) have reached a settlement that ends a legal dispute about whether deputies are subject to the terms of the Collaborative Agreement when they patrol Cincinnati’s Over-the-Rhine neighborhood.

The settlement calls for Saul Green, the monitor appointed by a federal judge to oversee the Cincinnati Police Department’s compliance with the Collaborative Agreement’s terms, to review the use of force policies and training practices used by the sheriff’s office. Under the deal, the ACLU or any other party to the Collaborative Agreement will be allowed to discuss with Green any differences that might be identified in the review.

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