Cleveland residents came to City Council with concerns about the Community Police Commission budget — which is about $224,000 short of what the new commission asked for during city budget hearings. Other residents want city officials to work on affordable housing and prevent residents from being displaced by development.
The Public Comment CLE website has all of the week’s comments and transcripts, edited by Cleveland Documenter Carolyn Cooper.
Community Police Commission budget
LaTonya Goldsby serves as the president of Black Lives Matter Cleveland and is a co-founder and board member of Citizens For A Safer Cleveland, which championed the Issue 24 ballot initiative that voters approved in 2021. Goldsby said it is imperative that the commission be able to hire extra staff and pay for an attorney as it starts its work, which includes oversight over police discipline. She pointed out that council cut the commissions proposed budget while adding more discretionary money for council members to spend in their wards.
Brenda Bickerstaff, a Ward 6 resident representing Citizens for a Safer Cleveland said the the Community Police Commission needs the budget it requested in order to pay for an attorney and staff as it begins its work.
Anthony Beard, of Collinwood, representing United Residents of Euclid Beach, said he has been a resident of Cleveland for 60 years and honorably served in the military. He said the residents of his community aren’t against the “greening” of Cleveland or where they live. He said they were not fairly consulted on the process that led to a decision to close down their mobile home community.
Robert Rice, of Clark-Fulton, representing the Greater Cleveland Housing Justice Coalition shared concerns about gentrification and aggressive realtors trying to snap up properties at low prices and other residents losing their homes because they couldn’t pay taxes or utility bills.