by Andy Brownfield
City Council approves ballot measure for non-staggered option
Cincinnati voters will decide in November whether to double
the length of their council members' terms.
City Council voted 6-3 on Wednesday to put the ballot
initiative before voters. The measure would have all nine members run at the
same time, instead of a competing ballot initiative that would have staggered
“We are the only major city in Ohio that still has two-year
terms for its leaders, and the cities that we compete with are also moving to
four-year terms, including Louisville and as far as St. Louis, Minneapolis,
Denver and Atlanta,” said Councilwoman Laure Quinlivan, who spearheaded the
If approved by voters, the change wouldn’t affect
council members serving currently and would go into effect in 2013.
Not every council member was thrilled with the idea.
“I think accountability is paramount, and I don’t see going
from two-year terms to four-year terms as increasing the accountability
citizens want,” said Councilman P.G. Sittenfeld, who was one of three new
faces to join council in last year's election, which saw four Republican incumbents booted from
“I’m sure it’s not lost on my colleagues that last November
the electorate was craving change and wanted change, and if we had been in the
middle of a four-year cycle they wouldn’t have had the opportunity to make that
change and a substantial portion of this council … wouldn’t be sitting up here
Sittenfeld equated an election to a job evaluation. He,
along with councilmembers Chris Smitherman and Charles Winburn, voted against the
Quinlivan has said her rationale for pushing four-year
terms would be to eliminate the cycle that currently has sitting council members
spending half of their terms campaigning.
Councilman Cecil Thomas said four-year terms would allow council members
to focus on longer-term projects as well.
“Four years gives us plenty of time to gel together, to work
together,” Thomas said.
Councilman Chris Seelbach attended all four public hearings
council held throughout the city and called the number of people who support
four-year terms “unbelievable.” Seelbach said he himself was “semi-conflicted”
over the proposed changes, but was not conflicted over whether voters should
have that choice: He voted in favor.
Mayor Mark Mallory was sure to remind councilmembers before
their vote that they are forbidden from using city resources to campaign for a
0 Comments · Wednesday, August 1, 2012
I had hope that time would allow cooler heads to prevail
in the discussion of the Aurora, Colo., tragedy. By now, more than a
week has passed, but something feels different this time. Maybe it is more
personal because the attack took place at a movie theater and, being a
film critic, it struck too near to home for me.
0 Comments · Wednesday, August 1, 2012
On Labor Day, 1994, I got a phone call from twin brother’s
friend in Seattle, Wash., where my twin, Jered, lived. This friend told
me that Jered was in a Swedish Hospital in serious condition. He also
told me Jered had AIDS. This was the first I’d heard about it.
8 Comments · Wednesday, July 25, 2012
We, as humans, really love getting compliments. Next to
free stuff, there are few things we appreciate more. Compliments make us
feel like we’re special or have done something smart, even if it’s as
simple as choosing an item from the fast-fashion store that ends up
earning praise from an acquaintance. “I like that shirt,” she says,
platonically. “Thanks, I got it at the mall,” we say, not at all
1 Comment · Wednesday, July 18, 2012
A native, I’ve now had (ahem) approximately
40 years of experience watching how things go down in Cincinnati. And I
remember at least 30 of them. More importantly, I’ve been able to see
the evolution of Cincinnati’s society and culture. And recently it has
felt like I’ve had a front row to that part of evolution where the
monkey-man stands erect.
0 Comments · Wednesday, July 18, 2012
Games aren’t always won by the most talented, the
high-flying slam-dunking, ankle-breaking, one-on-one sensations with all
the speed, power and hops of the greatest phenoms with the
multi-million dollar free agent deals. No, sometimes, more often than you might think, the
difference maker is one of the old-heads coming off a perfectly timed
screen heading along the baseline just as the pass arrives to meet him
at the three-point line as he steps back and fires quickly,
instinctively, because he just knows every beat in this measure.
1 Comment · Wednesday, July 11, 2012
Is it possible to get burned out on, or overwhelmed by,
simple human interaction? My recent nightlife apathy stems from equal
parts unwillingness and utter lack of motivation to take on the
potential hours-long task of getting from Point A (leggings and hot
rollers) to Point B (prettified and in a reasonable parking space). As
the great Peter Gibbons said, “It’s not that I’m lazy, it’s that I just
don’t care.” But I want to.
by Hannah McCartney
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Cincinnati Recreation Centers provide a place to cool off during heat emergencies
It's really, really hot outside. The kind of hot that justifies a Popsicle-only diet, ruins every attempt at a hairstyle and makes a blanket look repulsive. But It's also the kind of hot with the potential to pose serious, life-threatening health risks to some members of the population. If you're not lucky enough to be working in an office with blasting AC during the swampiest parts of the day or have/are able to afford AC where you live, know that there is somewhere to go for relief. The Cincinnati Recreation Commission
hopes to offer some relief from Cincinnatians without steady access to
cool air during heat emergencies with a comfortable, cool place to
sit and rest in hopes of preventing heat-related illnesses. According to the City of Cincinnati Health Department's website, an excessive heat warning is declared when the heat
index will exceed 105 F for more than three hours per day for two
consecutive days — conditions that pose exceptional health hazards to the elderly, children and infants, outdoor workers and individuals with illnesses that affect their ability to respond to extreme heat. These "Cool Centers" are available to the public only during regular CRC business hours, and provide only resting area; access to amenities and services still requires an admission fee. To find a Cincinnati Recreation Commission facility near you, click here. Can't make it the CRC? Spend some time perusing shelves at a library, troll a mall, see a movie, visit a museum. To read the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's tips for dealing with extreme heat, click here.
How Cincinnati came to acquire the 2012 World Choir Games
1 Comment · Tuesday, July 3, 2012
Sometimes the greatest discoveries in life arise from a Google search.That’s
exactly what led Todd Duesing to stumble upon the 2012 World Choir Games — a
fortuitous click of his mouse that, unbeknownst to him, would help pave
the way for an unparalleled boost in morale in the Cincinnati urban
Preparing to host international visitors has been a labor of love
0 Comments · Tuesday, July 3, 2012
More than 4,000 volunteers have stepped up to take on a
job no one asked them to do: welcome the expected 90,000 national and
international choirs, families and visitors to Cincinnati for the World