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CLE State of the City: city leaders believe crime, housing, education are key issues

Posted at 10:34 PM, Oct 09, 2018
and last updated 2018-10-09 23:17:10-04

Some key Cleveland leaders believe they've identified critical city issues they hope will be the focus of Mayor Frank Jackson's Oct. 10 State of the City address. 

Cleveland council member Michael Polensek told News 5 he believes core issues are public safety, police staffing levels and vacant and condemned homes awaiting demolition.

"We're seeing neighborhoods at risk today, more than ever before, and you're hearing that from citizens and businesses," Polensek said.

"We are approaching again another record for homicides this year."

"More police on the street, more community engagement, more community policing, we're not seeing that."

Cleveland council member Kevin Conwell believes education and improving the Cleveland Schools is the core issue.

Conwell said the districts graduation rate is up by 22 percent since 2011, but he said the district was given an "F" in its latest state report card.

"In my state of the city, the first thing first is the school system," said Conwell.

"It's sad when the CEO has to sit back and have to explain "F's" that's not right.  We must open up, we need more resources for the children and the schools."

The Mayor's State of the City address will take place on Oct. 10 at Cleveland Public Auditorium, doors open at 6 p.m., with remarks starting at 7 p.m.

Free parking is available across the street from Public Hall in the Willard Garage, attached to Cleveland City Hall and will become available at 5 p.m.

For security reasons, attendees are asked not to bring big bags to the venue.

In addition, these prohibited items will not be permitted by Cleveland Police in the building. Please be sure to review the list before you attend.

Examples of prohibited items include: weapons or firearms, aerosol cans, umbrellas with metal tips, mace, pepper spray and more. 

Attendees requiring handicap parking can park on East Mall Drive to the west of Cleveland Public Hall.

Wheelchair accessible seating will also be available for those who need it.  Please let a volunteer usher know if you require assistance locating accessible seating when you arrive at the venue.