The Republican National Convention held here last week was the perfect opportunity for our Cleveland community to express its true identity to a national and global audience. By all accounts, we nailed it. As County Executive Budish said, “visitors and viewers from around the world saw first-hand what a great place this is to live, work, and play.” Our identity as a vibrant, thriving, and beautiful city and region was clearly enhanced over the several days of the convention.
It’s not easy to spot a credit card skimmer. ID thieves plant these illegal devices on point-of-sale registers to skim off your information when you swipe your bank or credit card. By design, skimmers are camouflaged or hidden.
One of the biggest obstacles the Department of Consumer Affairs faces in preventing scams is human nature. Scam victims often tell us that the calls they got were so real, and so worrying, they ignored a nagging feeling something was amiss. It was only AFTER they paid money that they clearly saw all the red flags and realized they’d been scammed.
Empowerment through education. These three words sum up the purpose of the community outreach programs the Cuyahoga County Sheriff’s Department has to offer. As 2016 comes to a close, there still is time for you to get involved in one of our most popular community programs – Strategies Against Violent Encounters (S.A.V.E.)
The Division of Children and Family Services is dedicated to assuring that children at risk of abuse and neglect are protected and nurtured within a family and with the support of the community. Annually we have approximately 1700 children in temporary or permanent custody. But not all of them are due to abuse or neglect. In any given year up to 300 children are in our care because the child’s needs require critical treatment or intervention their parents cannot provide.
Since the RNC, you have probably been wondering what is going on with the big, green bikes that are scattered throughout Cleveland. Those bikes are leaving but don’t fret, they have been replaced by the new, shiny red UHBikes! After years of collaboration, and planning Cleveland’s formal bike share program UHBikes, sponsored by University Hospitals, launched with 250 bikes at 30 stations.
Here at Cuyahoga County we are always looking at how we can improve the impact of our programs, while at the same time being mindful of the fact that we are stewards of your tax dollars. Effectively gathering and then using program data is a principal piece of these efforts. After all, if we don’t track it how can we improve upon it?
I’m not sure when they started giving out “I Voted Today” stickers, but my consecutive general election streak will be hitting number 42 on November 8. That’s a number that might impress my 18 year old son who will cast his first vote in a general election this fall, but no doubt it pales in comparison to many of my fellow Cuyahoga County citizens. This will now be the 11th Presidential election in which I have cast a ballot. Over the years I’ve pulled mechanical levers, punched out chads, and filled in dots. I’ve pulled back curtains, voted absentee, and voted early.
Ohio is a state still largely reliant on carbon intensive forms of electricity generation to power our lights and computers and machines. Over 80% of our state’s electricity generation comes from fossil fuels with just over 60% coming from coal, which is the worst fuel source for Co2 purposes you can think of.
If you want to improve government services you have to tackle complex issues. Sometimes even something as seemingly simple as a long line can be a challenge to overcome. As leaders in county government we have made a promise to ourselves and to the residents of the county that we want to improve government services. We want to make them faster, more accessible, better.
WELCOME TO CUYAHOGA COUNTY’S BLOG. We are excited to launch this blog for YOU – Our residents, businesses, partners, visitors and so many others who are making Cuyahoga County a great place to live, work and play. Here you will find updates on what we are doing and conversations about ideas that excite us. We will share our plans for the future of our county, and Look forward to your ideas, feedback and suggestions.