The View from Ward 2: Issue #34

Halloween 2020

Last week, the City issued a press release detailing how Lakewood will approach Halloween this year. The City is permitting trick-or-treating to occur between 6:00 PM and 8:00 PM on Saturday, October 31st and is encouraging everyone to review and follow the Ohio Department of Health’s “Celebrating Halloween” guidance.
In its press release, the City highlighted the following from the “Celebrating Halloween” guidance:
For Parents/Guardians of Trick-or-Treaters

  • If taking your children trick-or-treating, limit the number of houses you visit and ask your children to stay as far from treat-givers as possible. For small children, consider holding the bag for them.
  • Wipe off candy wrappers with sanitizing wipes when you arrive home. (NOTE: Never wipe unpackaged food with wipes.)
  • Allow children to eat only factory-wrapped treats. Avoid homemade treats made by strangers.
  • If your child is at greater risk of complications from COVID-19, contact your doctor before allowing participation in Halloween activities.
For Community Members
  • For trick-or-treating, reach out to neighbors to discuss ways to ensure 6-foot social distancing, how candy can most safely be distributed, and the need for face coverings.
  • Refrain from having children select their own treats from a bowl/common container or set up a hand-sanitizing station. Consider placing treats on porch steps or a table in the driveway with a sign asking children to take only one. Or use other creative ways to distribute treats, such as using a candy “slide” made of PVC pipe, or hanging treats from a wall or fence.

Outdoor Dining Extension

At last week’s City Council meeting, Council unanimously passed Mayor George’s proposed resolution to extend conditional use permits until the end of the state of emergency. Typically, outdoor dining permits expire on October 31.
Restaurants can continue serving patrons outdoors and restaurants that have yet to apply for an outdoor dining conditional use permit may do so at any time throughout this state of emergency. I anticipate that we will see the use of outdoor heaters and potentially the proliferation of outdoor dining igloos.
I am looking forward to seeing and supporting our restaurants that take advantage of this opportunity as the weather becomes cooler.

 One Lakewood Place Development Update

Since the beginning of the year, Mayor George’s administration has twice requested that City Council enter executive session to provide briefings on the status of the One Lakewood Place development. This means that my colleagues and I cannot divulge any matters that were discussed during these sessions. Since then, a member of Mayor George’s staff provided statements regarding a settlement agreement that were later published.
I cannot confirm any of the statements because City Council has not been briefed on or presented with a settlement agreement. Any settlement agreement must be approved by City Council at a public meeting. It is my understanding that if there is a settlement agreement, City Council will be voting on its approval at a City Council meeting in October.
I look forward to providing you a more substantive update soon.

Lakewood Democratic Club Meeting

At last week’s Lakewood Democratic Club meeting, we had two great featured speakers - Reggie Greer and Rick Neal, who discussed the importance of the upcoming presidential election. Reggie is the National LGBTQ+ Vote Director for the Biden campaign and Rick is the Ohio Deputy Coalitions Director for the Biden campaign. They each spoke passionately about the Biden campaign and encouraged us to stay engaged in the weeks leading up to the election. Reggie also expressed that Joe and Kamala have made it clear that they are allies to the LGBTQ community and want to fight for them. Thank you both!
You have probably noticed that Lakewood is booming with Biden/Harris yard signs. On September 19th, the Club distributed 400 signs, raising over $2,000 to benefit our efforts in distributing sample ballots (see picture above) and doorhangers in the community!

Cleveland Stonewall Democrats 20th Anniversary

A big congratulations to the Cleveland Stonewall Democrats, who celebrated their 20th anniversary on September 20th! I am proud to stand with this group in the fight for LGBTQIA+ equality in Ohio and am looking forward to the next 20 years!


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