Archive for March, 2009
This is Tim. Gloria wanted me to let you all know that she is back home now and will be posting here herself again soon. The phone lines are open. Her best line is 216-351-0254.
This is Tim, posting to Gloria’s blog. Her location at Metro is the same as it was last November, the 3rd floor in the Towers, to the left as you get off the elevator. The room number is 334-1, and the telephone is 216-957-7188. Visiting hours go from early until 8:30 PM, officially, and the phone lines are open from 8 AM through 9 PM, I believe.
Here’s a note I’ve (this is Tim, posting for Gloria) been emailing around this evening:
Tomorrow, Friday, Gloria is being readmitted to MetroHealth Medical Center to adjust her medication intake for an operation she will have early next Thursday, March 19th.
After the operation on the 19th, we have no idea how long she will be kept in the hospital, but anticipate it will be another 4-5 days.
I’ll get the room phone number out to you tomorrow or Saturday. I’ll also post it to her blog, http://www.gloriaferris.net, so there is a point to which we can all refer back for details and at which we can converse.
And, for our blogger friends, no, I don’t at this point plan to live-blog the operation. My laptop’s replacement fan and heat sink have not arrived yet from China.
I was not for the reduction of our city council. Many city residents have grown accustomed, over the years, to using their councilperson as an ombudsman or as the liaison to city departments; economically challenging times are not times in which to change the rules without having an alternative in place. Having said that, I realize that a majority of our city’s voters did not agree with me, and now here we find ourselves with the task of reducing council.
Why not take a page from corporate playbooks and begin the reduction with attrition? Why not suggest that the two longest serving councilpeople "take one for the team" and offer to retire? With a cursory inspection I found that Jay Westbrook in Ward 18 and Ken Johnson in Ward 4 would be the elder statesmen asked to start the process. With the elimination of these two wards, one from the east and one from the west, the magic number of 19 wards is achieved.
Then, starting with the outside edges of the city, the block-by- block census figures could be used to reach the magic number of 22,500 per ward. A free-flowing parabolic construct could be used so that topography, historic municipalities and neighborhoods could be considered. In fact, the "scorpion’s tail" of Ward 19 could be eliminated; Ohio City could be nestled in one ward, and no ward would need to straddle the river. The Asian and Hispanic communities would remain intact as well.
Contiguous neighborhoods could remain strategic partners. Streets would no longer be ward boundaries. Neighborhoods would no longer be fragmented. Cohesiveness, economies of scale, efficiency, and transparency, all combined, would be the order of the day. In fact, to avoid having to do this again in another two years, two more elder statesmen could be asked to step down, Mike Polensek, Ward 11, and Roosevelt Coats, Ward 10. Asking this, and obtaining compliance with our wishes, would probably put us at a more realistic population number than the 427,500 presently postulated in the proposed ward-reduction plan.
The true beauty of this plan is that the team players who voluntarily stepped down could decide to retire, repurpose their lives, or run for one of the remaining ward slots. Given their status as elder statesmen, they would already have name recognition, their legislative record would stand behind them, and their campaign expertise would serve them well. Redrawing the precincts and wards will also give newcomers the opportunity to run for office, allowing the expansion of the dialogue. For the first time in years, the voters in Cleveland could elect effective leadership from a wealth of well-qualified candidates.
(This map is not my work product–I got it at the city meeting at the Jones Home last Wednesday.)