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  • Vote Mike Gaynier For Cleveland Heights City Council

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    I had the pleasure of talking to Mike Gaynier who is running for Cleveland Heights City Council. Remember to mark your calenders for November 8th to vote! For more information on Mike Gaynier, take a look at his website.

    What do you hope to achieve if elected to Council?

    I want Cleveland Heights to be THE place professional and educated people WANT to live.  We are close to the Clinic, Case, UH, Severance Hall, and all the Museums. We need to leverage our location and our great neighborhoods and unique business districts to make our city their first choice.   We can strengthen our neighborhoods by filling the gaps in our business districts and spread the vitality we have in our thriving local business districts….Cedar/Fairmount, Coventry and Cedar/Lee, to the Cedar/Taylor area, to strengthen the East Side of Cleveland Heights. “We can impact what we’ve got with the resources we have to grow our tax base”.

    I want to see Cleveland Heights define specific goals and action plans for targeted development that includes all stakeholders (merchants, customers, residents and property owners), promote local business and surrounding neighborhoods on our new city website, reach out to current business owners to ascertain their long and short term needs and provide concierge style services for all businesses working with city departments.

    How would you accomplish that goal of making Cleveland Heights THE first choice?
    We need to have a Strategic Plan that is designed to reach that goal. I would push to bring in an outside consulting company to study what we are doing right and what we are doing wrong.  For example, what is our marketing plan to reach our target resident?  How are we allocating our police forces to combat real crime instead of papering cars with tickets which in turn drive away people we want to live here?   We need to design our website so it pushes out information to our citizens keeping them up to date on what the city is doing on crime, commercial development, and all the positive things that are happening here. We need to become the go to source for reliable, factual information about our city to counter the negative way we are so often portrayed in the media.

    You live around the corner from that duplex on Cottage Grove that was at the center of a shooting. What's your thoughts on that?
    We need to be asking questions on our approach to these problems, instead of trying to justify or make excuses for what happened.  We need to take a proactive, aggressive stance that addresses these housing issues. We put up with way to much criminal and disruptive behavior from these juveniles before we finally acted decisively.  And it has gotten worse in our neighborhood since the curfew was imposed on Coventry and Lee, which has relocated some of the behavior issues to neighboring streets.  We need more neighborhood police patrols, and that includes getting our officers out of their cars, talking to and confronting problem juveniles before they commit their next offense.  We cannot afford to tolerate offensive and disruptive behavior, and the crimes these youths commit in our neighborhoods.  We need to coordinate our efforts among all the stakeholders involved with troubled youths…the police, our housing department, the schools and social service agencies. We need to fast track nuisance tenants out of our neighborhoods. We were warned this was going to happen, yet failed to prevent it, which is extremely frustrating.

    What else would you push for on Council?
    I think getting our website current and connected to the tools of social media is absolutely critical.  Cleveland Heights is full of smart people who stay connected via the Internet. We can save money, more effectively market our city, and build up a lot of goodwill if we keep residents connected to what we are doing and what is happening.  If you can get an alert on a thunder storm on your smart phone, why can't we get timely, important information from our city every week?  We need to embrace information and transparency.

    We also need to build upon the recent success we’ve had collaborating with our neighboring communities, such as the salt dome and waste transfer deals we’ve made, and aggressively pursue more partnerships with Cuyahoga County to maximize service cost reduction opportunities, and promote the benefits of collaboration.  Cuyahoga County’s new, unified Economic Development Fund is an excellent opportunity for regional cooperation to produce fiscally sound economic development and growth.  Cleveland Heights must become the leading proponent of collaboration among our east side neighbors to reduce the cost of municipal service.

     

    Mike Gaynier is running for Cleveland Heights City Council. Remember to go out and vote November 8th.

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