Explanation of Cuyahoga County’s secret $66 million stimulus deal: The Wake Up for Monday, September 12, 2022

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We were stunned when Cuyahoga County Council announced it would allocate $66 million in federal grants to give to hand-picked member projects. “No slush fund,” said the municipal council.

But how did they come up with the plan? Ohio law prohibits governments from making decisions outside of public gatherings. So we checked her emails – 45,000 pages of it.

The results are startling in a county that overhauled its government structure 13 years ago to create more accountability.

– Laura

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sunshine law: Cuyahoga County officials forged a secret agreement on how $66 million would be spent on stimulus funding and put forward projects for their “lists” without public hearing or voting, reports Lucas Daprile. Daprile is examining documents that show an opaque process that left community groups confused and allowed council members to control who received applications for the multimillion-dollar federal funds.

wolf flight: When it comes to separating its animal residents from its human visitors, the Cleveland Metroparks Zoo turns to the Association of Zoos and Aquariums for standards and guidelines. But Peter Krouse reports that this was not enough to stop a Mexican gray wolf from escaping a holding area outside the exhibit and briefly roaming a public sidewalk on Labor Day morning. The incident likely provides a learning opportunity for the zoo and the Maryand-based AZA.

election motions: Election officials across Ohio have recently been hit by requests for public records that appear to be preventing them from discarding 2020 presidential election records that they might otherwise discard this month. Sabrina Eaton reports that Geauga County has received so many large requests for information about the 2020 election over the past three or four months that it would need to hire more workers to fill them all.

intel: Ohio dignitaries and Intel executives on Friday celebrated the groundbreaking of a $20 billion silicon chip fab in suburban Columbus by touting the high-paying tech jobs needed to keep the plant and suppliers statewide to occupy. Laura Hancock reports that Intel will manufacture silicon wafers in Columbus, which will be cut into tiny chips, then shipped around the world and packaged into cores of PCs, servers, mobile devices and other technologies.

Today in Ohio: President Joe Biden was there, as was Ohio Governor Mike DeWine. All sorts of politicians, both Democrats and Republicans, cheered the groundbreaking of Intel’s New Albany plant. We talk about a rare bipartisan celebration on Today in Ohio, cleveland.com’s half-hour news podcast.

President Joe Biden speaks during a groundbreaking Friday for Intel’s new computer chip factory in New Albany, Ohio. (Manuel Balce Ceneta, Associated Press)AP

biden: The top candidates of the Democratic Party in Ohio are meticulously distancing themselves from the president. But Andrew Tobias reports that Joe Biden was still visiting the state on Friday to promote passage of the CHIPS bill and the groundbreaking of Intel’s massive new Columbus-area factory.

Intel training: Kent State University and Lorain County Community College will lead projects aimed at developing a semiconductor manufacturing workforce in the state when construction of a $20 billion chip factory begins in central Ohio, reports Laura Hancock.

payday loan: Ohio lawmakers, who wanted consumer-friendly payday loan reforms, fought an uphill battle with the industry until they finally passed legislation in 2018 capping interest rates at 28%, despite consumer complaints and later comments from a judge who said it was a Attempted to circumvent the law.

Republican chair: Ohio Republican Party leader Bob Paduchik survived an attempt by state party officials to replace him less than two months before the November general election. Jeremy Pelzer reports that after more than an hour of debate on Friday, the Ohio State Central Committee decided not to hold the leadership election until January.

The Electric Gardens, luxury apartments in Tremont.

The Electric Gardens, luxury apartments in Tremont.Megan Sims

rental market: With a recent study showing that the average asking price for rentals in the Cleveland area is now nearly $1,050 per month, what are you getting for $1,050 per month in today’s market? Megan Sims lists what’s available by location, features, and size.

parquet floor: Laura Johnston insisted on hardwood floors when she finished her loft to create a bedroom-and-bath suite. Carpeting has become increasingly popular over the millennium.

CDC card: On the latest CDC map, Cuyahoga County and most of Greater Cleveland remained yellow or were designated as having COVID-19 transmission, reports Julie Washington. Ashtabula, Lorain and Portage counties were among northeast Ohio counties classified as red due to their high levels of COVID-19 transmission.

home sales: The cleveland.com database of home sales and other real estate transfer details has been updated with transactions for August 2022.

East Cleveland: A grand jury has indicted two former East Cleveland police officers for accepting bribes to provide a man with fake police reports so he could commit insurance fraud, reports Cory Shaffer. Von Harris, 52, and Demarkco Johnson, 28, were charged on Friday with multiple counts of bribery and record tampering and one count of insurance fraud.

body found: A body washed up on the shore of Lake Erie in Lakewood Saturday night, police said. The Lakewood Police Department is currently investigating the matter but has released few details, reports Megan Sims.

Trent Reznor

Trent Reznor founded Ban Nine Inch Nails in Cleveland in the late 1980s. (Evan Agostini, Invision/AP file photo)Evan Agostini/Invision/AP

NO: It took more than two years. But Trent Reznor and Nine Inch Nails will finally make their way into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame. Troy Smith reports that the museum will host Nine Inch Nails Fan Day on Friday, September 23.

induction artist: Microsoft Theater, the venue for this year’s Rock Hall induction ceremony taking place on November 5 in Los Angeles, announced that Pink, Sheryl Crow, Lenny Kravitz, Alice Cooper, Brandi Carlile, Olivia Rodrigo, Alanis Morissette and Miley Cyrus are all scheduled for their appearance, reports Troy Smith.

orchestra collaboration: The Cleveland Orchestra and the Cleveland Institute of Music join forces to expand their collaboration and share resources, reports Marc Bona. The partnership increases the visibility of the CIM Orchestra, which typically performs two or three concerts a year at the Severance Music Center.

Black buttons: The Black Keys’ Friday concert at the Blossom Music Center was a great soundtrack to a beautiful night in northeast Ohio. Troy Smith reports that the Black Keys of 20 years ago, consisting of guitarist/lead singer Dan Auerbach and drummer Patrick Carney, are long gone with their loud blues explorations fit only for a dirty basement. They’ve found a niche that allows them to cruise nicely while generating big hits and have mostly stuck with it.

house of the week: The mansion at 3145 N. Park Blvd. was designed by New York architect Linn Kinne in the early 20th century. in Cleveland Heights was once owned by Case Western Reserve University, which used it as its president’s residence. Joey Morona reports that the home is on the market for $1.4 million.

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— Curated by Laura Johnston with contributions from Cliff Pinckard

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