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Cleveland City Council, Ward 16

Term: 4 yearsSalary: $80,133Incumbent Brian Kazy, who was appointed in January 2015 to fill the seat vacated by former Councilman Martin Sweeney, is being challenged by Ellen Cleary. Ward 16 stretches from the City of Lakewood border near West 117th Street to the border of the City of Brook Park; it includes the Bellaire-Puritas area of Cleveland’s West Side and parts of the West Park neighborhoods.
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What can the city do to create a more positive relationship between the Cleveland police and residents of the city's struggling neighborhoods? Should city officials do more to support the work of the Cleveland Community Police Commission?

Is there anything the city can do to improve the health of our children--specifically, to decrease infant mortality rates and to stop the scourge of lead poisoning?

What new city policies or actions would help Cleveland increase its population and employment opportunities?

Are there actions city officials could take to combat the opioid epidemic?

Age 30
Education St. Joseph Academy (High School) Loyola University Chicago (BA Psychology)
Current occupation Assistant Director of Housing for Case Western Reserve University
Qualifications for office Experience in commercial development, real estate, and urban planning. At CWRU I was responsible for getting roads repaired, snow removed, responding to neighborhood issues as well as guiding commercial development at Uptown which created 500 new jobs. Prior to that I ran a real estate portfolio in San Francisco worth $850 million. I understand how to navigate complex bureaucracy in Cleveland in order to make change happen.
Campaign Phone (440) 409-7723
Email address clearyforcouncil@gmail.com
Twitter @Cleary4Council
Community based policing- have police walk the streets and get to know residents. There have been many studies that illustrate if you want less police violence the solution is to hire more female police officers. That is a very quick improvement plan that overall will make for a safer environment for the public and for officers. Right now the police force is more gender imbalanced than active duty military. 88% of police are men, and 85% of active duty military are men (as of 2014). Hiring practices must change in order to have a more ethnically diverse police force, and women need to be officers to help de-escalate violence.

I definitely think that the Civilian Police Review Board and Office of Professional Standards needs to get through the backlogged cases, review and recommend stricter penalties to officers that violate the public trust. In addition the board needs to be composed of fewer appointees from the mayor's office because that doesn't allow for impartiality.

I truly believe the Cleveland Community Police Commission should be supported by city officials. Not only because it's in the Consent Decree, but because it's goal is to increase transparency and re-train officers for bias-free policing. It is exactly what the police force needs to be respected and trusted again in the eyes of the citizens.
YES! To decrease infant mortality rates the program First Year Cleveland has started programs for prenatal care to help alleviate the prematurity epidemic. The resources of doctor's visits, early vital monitoring, and better nutrition has already begun to help.

The initiative to provide "baby boxes" to give safe places for babies to sleep, along with essentials such as clothing and diapers to new parents has also helped. So far 140,000 baby boxes have been given away to any expecting parents who watch a 10 minute informational video. This has already started to improve the statistics on infant mortality in Northeast Ohio. Both of these programs need to be supported by the city or state in order to continue and keep providing better beginnings to all children.

Lead poisoning is another area where the city could and should get involved to help the most vulnerable group- children. Lead is shown to disproportionately affect children, cause aggression, and lower IQ scores. By some measures the lead crisis is worse in Cleveland than in Flint. In order correct this the city needs to get tougher on home/occupancy inspections and hold landlords accountable. So far the mayor has said that's not he route he plans to go down. Each year any rental property should be inspected for occupancy permits. Lead poisoning causes two of Cleveland's biggest problems: poor school performance and violence. It needs to be strictly monitored, abated properly and the city has to enforce those laws.
We need to incentivize the innovation economy, while aggressively courting established firms. Fewer businesses than ever make up the portion of the economy that is seeing rapid growth. The Amazon Headquarters search is a good example of how one company can disproportionately impact the fate of a city or region.That means paying attention to, and trying to anticipate the changes that are going to impact the workplace in the 21st Century. Good jobs come from economic growth, and this should inform Cleveland's strategy.

At the same time, one of the biggest hurdles facing the city is structural underemployment and understaffing. Our residents need to have access to job training if they are to get and keep good jobs. We can lighten this task in the future by improving CMSD, but in the mean time Cleveland must invest in bringing high wages, good benefits, and skilled workers together.
All the numbers show us that Cuyahoga county is the national epicenter for the opioid crisis, and there is so much more that we can be doing. As a board member for CWRU's Recovery House since 2012 (a sober living environment) I have the access and knowledge to what works and what doesn't when it comes to addiction services.

I’m glad that Cleveland Police officers have been provided with access to Naloxone (aka Narcan), but the fact that it took until June to make this happen shows how incompetent our civic leaders are. Either that, or they are focused on punishing drug users instead of seeing addiction as an illness that can be treated.

There a several steps that we can take, but I think one of the most cost effective is the addition of peer support coaches in Emergency Rooms. The program worked well in Rhode Island, and it’s become the model for several successful state initiatives. Cleveland needs to create robust treatment facilities to help those who are addicted in order to allow them better lives in the future.
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