Wednesday, November 9, 2011
The levy would replace a current 1.1 mill levy, if approved
- Jason Lea
Wednesday, November 9, 2011
Mentor Public Library Board of Trustees voted to place a 2-mill additional levy on the March ballot. If approved, the library said it would revoke its current 1.1-mill levy that was aproved in 2008. That means the new levy would effectively replace the current levy, though it’s not a replacement levy. The new levy would produce $3.6 million for the library system, which is $1.7 million more than the current levy, said Library Fiscal Officer Colleen Snyder. The new levy would cost property owners an additional $28 annually per $100,000 valuation. The levy currently costs property owners $33 per $100,000 valuation. Part of the additional $1.7 million the library would receive would compensate for the $500,000 cut in state funding the library…
Opponents of Senate Bill 5 outmatched supporters in money, motivation and message.
In retrospect, Issue 2 never stood a chance. Opponents outmatched supporters in money, motivation and message. It's no surprise they had more votes, too. On Tuesday, about 60 percent of Ohio voters rejected Issue 2, Gov. John Kasich's plan to severely restrict bargaining rights for Ohio's unionized government workers. And the resounding defeat wasn't delieved with scant turnout during a boring off-year election. Turnout was 46 percent, the highest for an off-year race since 1991. The union-backed opponents were too strong, and cared too much. They viewed the fight to end Senate Bill 5 as a back-against-the-wall fight, and they campaigned that way. Opponents trotted out teachers and firemen and said the law would ruin important government …
Tuesday, November 8, 2011
Voters also reelect incumbents Robert Shiner, Carolyn Bucey and Janet Dowling
The voters of Mentor had a choice between the old and new this Election Day as all four City Council ward races were contested. Ultimately, electors decided to mix some fresh blood into Council, according to preliminary vote counts. Ward 3 candidate Bruce Landeg and Ward 4 candidate John Krueger have ousted their incumbent opponents, Ed Walsh and Ronald Micchia, respectively. Both Walsh and Micchia are long-time members of Council. Ed Walsh has served as a councilman for 34 years; Micchia, 18. Meanwhile, incumbents Ward 1 Councilman Robert Shiner, Ward 2 Councilwoman Carolyn Bucey and At-Large Councilwoman Janet Dowling will return to their seats. Ward 4 Krueger received 2,241 votes as compared to Micchia's 1,671. Krueger said he was …
Public workers celebrate Issue 2 victory at Cleveland rally.
Ohio voters overwhelmingly rejected Issue 2 on Tuesday, delivering a haymaker to Republican-led efforts to restrict bargaining rights for government workers and damaging the fortunes of Gov. John Kasich. The lead was so great that We Are Ohio claimed victory just after 9 p.m. Tuesday with only a fraction of the state's precincts reporting. Kasich conceded the race shortly afterward. About 61 percent of voters, or nearly 2.2 million, rejected the law known as Senate Bill 5, according to unofficial results. About 39 percent, or about 1.4 million, voted for the law. Results show Issue 2 lost in 82 of Ohio's 88 counties. At a victory party in Cleveland, public workers cheered loudly and chanted "We won!" as union leaders, including American …
Board President Thomas Tuttle and Mary Bryner ran unopposed
In what is the least surprising outcome of Election Day, Thomas Tuttle and Mary Bryner have been reelected to the Mentor Schools Board of Education. It is unsurprising because both incumbents ran unopposed. Their new 4-year terms will begin Jan. 1, 2012. They are joined on the board by Alan Mihok, William Shaw and Drew Sparacia. Tuttle and Bryner are respectively the president and vice president of the school board.
Where's your polling place? When can you vote? What's on the ballot?
Today is Election Day and we at Mentor Patch want to answer any and all of your last-minute questions. What's on the ballot? There are actually two places where you can get a look at the ballot issues and candidate races before you vote. The first is in the Patch Voter Guide; the second, on the Lake Elections Board web site. Where can I get more information on the candidates and ballot issues? Fortunately, we can help with that also. In addition to our Voter Guide, we also have Election Central with profiles on every local issue and profiles on each candidate. We'll also be having a live chat on our site today on Issue 2. Where can I get elections results? The Lake Elections web site updates throughout the evening as votes are counted. …
Friday, November 4, 2011
Gov. John Kasich visited Independence to tout the benefits of Issue 2 while opponents chanted and protested outside. Ohio voters will decide on Issue 2 on Nov. 8.
Gov. John Kasich came to the Cleveland area Thursday to rally a crowd of supporters days away from a crucial vote on Issue 2. Kasich is on a tour around the state to rally support for Issue 2, the ballot name for Senate Bill 5, the law that would restrict collective bargaining for public sector unions. Ohio voters will decide the fate of Issue 2 on Nov. 8. Speaking at a Building a Better Ohio event in Independence, Kasich linked the reforms in Issue 2 with the his larger goal of making Ohio more business friendly by removing unnecessary regulations and keeping taxes low. Kasich argued that Issue 2 will help local governments "get their act together" because it gives local officials "the tools they need" to control costs. "You need to tell …
Tuesday, November 1, 2011
Gov. John Kasich is expected to attend the Nov. 3 rally being organized by the Southeast Republican Club.
Gov. John Kasich is expected to attend a Nov. 3 rally in Independence to support Issue 2, the governor's plan to reform collective bargaining for public workers. The rally, organized by Pro-Issue 2 group Building a Better Ohio, is set to begin at 5 p.m. at the Independence Civic Center. Issue 2 is by far the biggest issue facing Ohio voters on Nov. 8. Debate over the collective-bargaining law also known as Senate Bill 5 has engulfed Kasich's first year in office and received national attention. In the run-up to the vote, Kasich has been attending rallies to talk about Issue 2. Supporters of the bill argue that it will help governments better control costs, therefore saving jobs and keeping taxes down. But opponents believe Senate Bill 5 is…
Thursday, October 27, 2011
Check out our coverage on the topic and then tell us where you stand in our poll.
Where do you stand? Do you think Issue 2 is necessary to keep costs in check? Or do you think it would take away important rights from workers? There has been plenty of conversation on Patch about Issue 2, from the comments to a few blogs: one with reasons for it and one with some thoughts from a former public employee. And Patch has followed the issue closely, from the start of the campaign to the most recent polls. For a look at all of the Issue 2 coverage, check out our topics page. Here’s a quick overview of the big points in Senate bill 5, the bill that will either be repealed or go into effect after Nov. 8. So, we want to know – if the election was today, how would you vote on Issue 2? Cast your ballot in our unscientific poll. And …
Monday, October 24, 2011
According to police, the people who took them did it as a lark and not for political reasons
- POLICE & FIRE
- Jason Lea
Monday, October 24, 2011
The Robert Shiner campaign signs that were stolen earlier this month have been found, Mentor Police Lt. Tom Powers said. Four young adults -- 2 women, 2 men -- are thought to be involved in the thefts. However, their names have not been released because no charges have been filed against them as of yet. Powers said one of the women who was questioned regarding the theft said she and her friends stole the signs because they were bored, not for any political reasons. They took Shiner's signs because "his signs were the one's (they) saw the most of," she said, according to Powers. About 70 signs were taken but they have been recovered and returned, Powers said. When called for this story, Shiner opted not to comment. Shiner is running against…