Cincinnati City Council

Hate to say I told you so.

But I told you so.

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Updated 3:15 p.m.

The unprecedented stand-off in Cincinnati City Hall continues over whether Cincinnati City Manager Harry Black stays or goes.

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Cincinnati council has for now rejected an attempt to delay the implementation of the city's responsible bidder ordinance.  

There were not enough votes to call for a "pause" Wednesday and the issue is likely to be debated again next week.  

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The City of Cincinnati recently won a federal appeals court case that challenged a portion of the responsible bidder ordinance, but it appears a clear council majority is ready to delay implementing it for 60 days.

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Companies getting "Job Creation Tax Credits" from Cincinnati could soon have to pay a minimum qualifying wage to get those credits.

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A Cincinnati Council committee and the Cincinnati Public School (CPS) Board are holding a joint meeting Tuesday afternoon and the proposed FC Cincinnati stadium for the West End is on the agenda.

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Cincinnati City Council is rejecting Mayor John Cranley's most recent selection to serve on the Southwest Ohio Regional Transit Authority (SORTA) Board.  

The group voted six-three Wednesday against the appointment of Rayshon Mack.  

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With three new members, Cincinnati City Council is sworn in and gets to work, the region continues to suffer the effects of the opioid epidemic, Macy's announces the closing of its downtown store, the Ohio governor and senate races take shape and FC Cincinnati still waits to hear about its bid for a Major League Soccer franchise.

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Cincinnati's new City Council took office at mid-day Tuesday in a ceremony in the Music Hall ballroom that was at times moving and inspirational.

On Tuesday morning, at Music Hall, Cincinnati's re-elected mayor and the nine council members elected in November will take their oaths of office for four year terms.

Six of those council members will be incumbents returning for a final term on council before the term limits law kicks in. Three will be brand-new council members, two of which won as first-time candidates.

On the surface, it may not look as if much has changed.

"On the surface" is the operable phrase there.

Let’s look at the newcomers and the people whose seats they will be taking.

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Cincinnati council had a four hour meeting Wednesday as it wrapped up business for the year and the current term of council.

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A five-member majority of Cincinnati City Council has voted to let the new city council deal with the decision on building a $17 million District 5 police headquarters in College Hill.

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WVXU politics reporter Howard Wilkinson talked with News Director Maryanne Zeleznik Monday morning about Mayor John Cranley's naming of Christopher Smitherman as vice mayor and David Mann as chair of the Budget and Finance Committee. Does the Smitherman choice have implications for the 2021 mayor's race, when Cranley will be term-limited out? 

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Charlie Winburn first served on Cincinnati's City Council from 1993 to 2001, then returned to council in 2009. The Republican leaves office at the end of this month due to term limits. He will continue serving as Executive Pastor of Renew Community Church and as a life coach.

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Kevin Flynn is leaving Cincinnati City Council at the end of this month after serving one four-year term. Flynn is an attorney with the law firm of Griffin Fletcher & Herndon LLP. A member of Cincinnati's Charter Party, or Charter Committee, he is the only council member to attend every council meeting and special session since December, 2013. While Flynn could have run for another term this year, he announced as early as fall of last year that he would not seek re-election.

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Friends and family of former Cincinnati mayor and council member Bobbie Sterne will gather next Wednesday at Memorial Hall to remember her and her contributions to the life of the city.

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A five-member majority of Cincinnati City Council gave FC Cincinnati what it wanted Monday afternoon - $37 million for infrastructure improvements around a $200 million soccer stadium the club wants to build in Oakley.

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WVXU politics reporter Howard Wilkinson talked with News Director Maryanne Zeleznik Monday morning about the life of a Cincinnati political icon, former council member and mayor Bobbie Sterne, who died last week at the age of 97. She was a kind and gracious person who was passionate about the issues she cared about. She had been an Army nurse on the beaches of Normandy during World War II, so there was nothing that could happen at Cincinnati City Hall that could rattle her. 

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John Cranley won another term as Cincinnati 's mayor, defeating Council Member Yvette Simpson by a wide margin. All six Cincinnati City Council incumbents were re-elected Tuesday. They will be joined by two new Democrats and one new Republican on council. 

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Next Tuesday voters will decide who will lead the City of Cincinnati over the next four years, Yvette Simpson or John Cranley.

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As we near election day there is increased interest in how much current Cincinnati City Council members have accomplished this year, and the race for mayor between John Cranley and Yvette Simpson heats up. Ohio teachers say DACA, the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program, is an education issue.

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Cincinnati council members are running out of patience with the company responsible for streetcar ticket vending machines.  

The units have caused problems since revenue service began more than a year ago.  Problems include difficulty when using credit cards, and the machines unexpectedly shutting down.  

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Ed. note: Tales from the Trail is a column that will take you behind the scenes of politics to see some of the funny, and sometimes outright bizarre things that happen on the campaign trail, based on Howard Wilkinson's recollections of 43 years of covering politics. 

Charles P. Taft II – better known to generations of Cincinnati voters as "Charlie" – is a Cincinnati politician I never knew; he passed away in 1983, the year after I arrived in Cincinnati as an Enquirer reporter. I was one of two Enquirer reporters assigned to write his obituary. 

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In an emergency, when seconds count, three and a half hours can feel like an eternity. On July 18, 2017 that's the amount of time Cincinnati's 911 system was down. It was a record failure for the city's emergency system but it wasn't the first.

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Cincinnati Council voted 6-3 Wednesday to allow a major expansion project at Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center to go forward, despite the continuing objections of many Avondale residents who say they will feel the impact of construction.

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A deeply-divided Cincinnati City Council committee will allow the full 9-member council to decide the fate of a proposed $650 million expansion of Children's Hospital Medical Center in Avondale.

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Cincinnati City Council met Wednesday but couldn't act on legislative items because three members were absent.  

It takes seven votes to suspend a rule needed to pass most ordinances. With three members missing, there were only six votes.  

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A Cincinnati Council committee did not vote Monday night on a plan that would turn over day to day operations of the Metropolitan Sewer District to a citizen board. Council members want more time.

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Cincinnati City Council strikes a compromise on human services funding, Hamilton County Clerk of Courts offers employees wage hikes and paid family leave and Ohio begins its next fiscal year with a $65 billion budget.

Cincinnati Council settled a dispute today over how an extra $350,000 in human services money would be spent.

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