Timeline of the Ward 15 Redistricting

The new, updated page for this timeline is:

Below is old version.


July 2, 2008 – Cummins proposes 3 different plans to reduce number of seats on City Council by Six.

Brian Cummins’ Proposals for City Council Size Reduction (PDF file format)
(courtesy of Bill Callahan)

November 2008 –
Voters approve measure to reduce number of seats on Cleveland City Council by two, to a total of 19.

March 4th – Public Meeting at Applewood center with some City Councilmen: Cummins, Santiago, Matt Zone, Kevin Kelly, and Anthony Brancatelli; discussing the possibility of a reduction in City Council Size

(I’ve found no mention whether the proposed ward boundaries were explicitedly announced at this meeting). According to Anthony Fossaceca , the discussion only focused on the probability that one unspecificed west-side ward would be eliminated. I don’t know whether it is just coincidence that

March 6th – Brian Cummins’ initial reaction after being told the day before that his lose his seat on city council due to redistricting.

March 6th – Henry Gomez’s reaction to the redistricting

March 7th – Bill Callahan’s Reaction

March 9th – Henry Gomez’s report


March 12th – Sweeney announces that he will not schedule a vote (one of his powers as City Council President) for the City Council on the proposed ward redistricting. No rescheduling date has been publicly announced.

March 13th –
Plans announced for a protest at the steps of Cleveland City Hall, on Monday, March 16th to protest the proposed ward redistricting.

(I just found out the oldbrooklyn blog, great to see a few new bloggers from the Old Brooklyn neighborhood, I’ve been alone (and/or unaware of others, besides the Ferris’es from Brooklyn Centre) for a while now..).

March 16th – Protesters from ward 15 gathered at city hall to express their disapproval of the pending ward redistricting.

Henry Gomez’s Initial report of the Protest
March 17th –
Henry Gomez’s 2nd report of the March 16th Protest. He and others at the protest remarked a similarity in atmosphere of the protest with several scenes in the movie ‘Milk.’

April 1st – proposed deadline for the final recommendations for redistricting from Triad consultants. Deadline for city council to pass plans for ward redistricting. If they do not pass anything, this power goes to Mayor Frank Jackson.


A list of who’s who (Catch up with the names).

Bill Callahan – local blogger.

Brian Cummins – Ward 15 Councilman, Old Brooklyn

Henry Gomez – Plain Dealer’s and cleveland.com (operated by Plain Dealer)’s city hall reporter
Martin Sweeney – president of Cleveland City Council

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