TED HUBBARD: People might start calling Hamilton County Engineer Ted Hubbard “chicken little.” As part of the local GOP’s circling of the wagons around Green Township to prevent an expansion of subsidized housing, Hubbard really stretched to stoke more fear. He told The Enquirer that a clause in a contract with the Metropolitan Housing Authority could make the county liable for paying millions of dollars in road upgrades around the agency’s housing, even though the same clause has been in similar deals for 20 years. Hubbard admits “he does not recall the county ever paying for such improvements in the past for CMHA projects.” Nevertheless, Hubbard sounded the alarm and the compliant Enquirer jumped.
MEGAN KETOVER: The pastry chef at downtown’s Hilton Cincinnati Netherland Plaza hotel has been selected to compete against 14 other pastry chefs on the new season of Top Chef: Just Desserts. The reality TV show, which appears on the Bravo cable network, premieres Aug.
JOHN KASICH: Ohio’s governor took office saying his top priority would be jobs. Recently released statistics show that Ohio’s unemployment rate jumped in June, the first increase since early 2010. The jobless rate was 8.8 percent, compared to 8.6 percent a month earlier. That represents about 517,000 people without employment, an increase of roughly 9,000 people. The vast majority of that number — about 7,000 — is due to budget cuts that resulted in the layoff of government workers. We’d like to point out the paychecks given to those workers were spread more thoroughly in the economy than the profits that will be pocketed by the contractors that Kasich and his ilk envision will step in and take their place.
JASON HAAP: The blogger known as “the Dean of Cincinnati” wants city officials to borrow a great idea from places like Denver, Orlando and Salt Lake City, where old parking meters are painted red and used to collect donations for homeless people. Many of the businesses that have sponsored the meters said they’ve noticed a decline in panhandling, as a result. In Denver, various public and private groups worked together to coordinate the program, which raised $36,000 before the meters were unveiled. Within the first month, 16,411 coins were donated at these various meters totaling approximately $2,000. This is a great, non-punitive method for reducing panhandling and helping those in need.