Nine Council Members Now Support Public Comment Ordinance

Two more members of Cleveland City Council have agreed to support the ordinance calling for public comment at council and committee meetings, bringing the total number of co-sponsors of the ordinance to nine.

Joseph Jones, Ward 1; and Kevin Conwell, Ward 9 are the latest council members to join Kerry McCormack, Ward 3; Basheer Jones, Ward 7; Mike Polensek, Ward 8; Jasmin Santana, Ward 14; Jenny Spencer, Ward 15; Brian Kazy, Ward 16; and Charles Slife, Ward 17, in support of the proposed legislation.

Clevelanders for Public Comment and Council co-sponsors are asking for quick action on the public comment ordinance following the comprehensive research and analysis conducted in advance of crafting the legislation. 

A synthesis of the full research and detailed explainer can be found here: https://cle4publiccomment.com/proposed-ordinance-analysis-and-explanation

This resident led movement has been gaining traction over the past few months. The Cleveland City Club will host “Breaking the Silence: A new tradition of public comment in Cleveland?” a special virtual forum on April 21 at noon. This forum is a moderated conversation featuring Jessica Trivisonno, author of the proposed ordinance, and two City Council members, B. Jones and Slife, who support the ordinance. Following the conversation, there will be a 30 minute mock public comment demonstration.

For more information or to register: https://www.cityclub.org/forums/2021/04/21/breaking-the-silence-a-new-tradition-of-public-comment-in-cleveland

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