Public commenters spoke in favor of putting federal American Rescue Plan Act money into a violence prevention fund, for a resolution supporting access to abortion pills in Ohio, and about the need for more affordable and accessible housing for Cleveland’s seniors.
The Public Comment CLE website has all of the week’s comments and transcripts, edited by Cleveland Documenter Gennifer Harding-Gosnell.
Charles See was one of three public commenters who spoke in support of legislation to put $15 million of Cleveland’s American Rescue Plan Act money into a long-term fund to pay for violence prevention efforts. Dale Anglin, from the Cleveland Foundation, which would manage the fund, also spoke in favor of the legislation. See said that there is growth in the number of service providers working to address community violence and that ongoing funding is needed to support the network.
Patrick Murray, Ward 15, is a member of Cleveland West Side Village, a mutual support organization of West Side seniors. He said Cleveland has many seniors living on low incomes. They cannot afford townhomes that cost more than $300,000 and that have several stories, making them not physically accessible for many seniors. The city needs to focus on making more affordable and accessible housing available, he said.
Ellen Kubit, Ward 3 , spoke in support of a City Council resolution that opposed Ohio Attorney General Dave Yost’s signing of a letter that warned CVS and Walgreens against dispensing or mailing medication used for abortions. Walgreens has said it won’t dispense the medication, mifepristone, in Ohio. Kubit said now is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to play a role in making sure that politicians aren’t making decisions for people about their bodies, reproductive health care or family planning. Another commenter, Mary Ellen Arendas Szamborski, also of Ward 3, also spoke in favor of that resolution and in favor of another resolution supporting a reproductive rights ballot initiative.