Mayor John Cranley

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Cincinnati Mayor John Cranley has used his veto power to fix what a council ordinance he believes would have resulted in a structurally unbalanced city budget.

On Wednesday, council voted 5-4 to reject a plan from City Manager Harry Black to boot cars with three or more unpaid parking tickets, a move that would have generated $600,000 for the city.

In Black's proposal, that money would be replaced with a $600,000 withdrawal from the urban development fund.

Parking Meters To Go Up In City Budget Plan

May 31, 2017
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Privatizing the City of Cincinnati's parking system was a key issue when John Cranley was running for mayor in 2013. He opposed the idea, and the plan to privatize eventually fell through. But parking in the city, and how much money the system should generate, is still a contentious issue.

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Each Friday on Cincinnati Edition we present an in-depth discussion of the developments behind the headlines. Cincinnati City Manager Harry Black presented the FY2017-2018 budget to Mayor John Cranley yesterday. We'll take a look at what is in the budget and how the city plans to deal with a projected $26 million deficit.

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Cincinnati Council spent a lot of time Wednesday discussing a mayoral appointment to the Southwest Ohio Regional Transit Authority (SORTA) Board. Normally such appointments are handled with no discussion.

Mayor Cranley's selection of Heidi Black was eventually confirmed by a 7-2 vote. 

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This week, Mayor John Cranley declared Cincinnati a "sanctuary city," a designation with no strict legal definition. 

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A Cincinnati Council committee has rejected a proposal to hire an outside independent counsel to investigate whether Mayor John Cranley had a role in firing former Police Chief Jeffrey Blackwell.  

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Four Cincinnati council members are calling for an investigation into the firing of the former Cincinnati Police Chief.   Jeffrey Blackwell was dismissed in September 2015. Terms of a settlement related to his departure came out earlier this week.

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The Cincinnati Park Board will have new leadership next year.

President Otto Budig announced during a board meeting Thursday morning he will not seek another term.  His appointment had expired in 2015.

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Last month the U.S. Census Bureau reported that the poverty rate in Ohio fell one percentage point, to 14.8 percent. But poverty in Greater Cincinnati continues to be a real and growing concern. 

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Cincinnati Mayor John Cranley says the state of the city "is strong and growing stronger."

Cranley delivered his "State of the City Address" Tuesday night to a crowd of 500 people at the 20th Century Theater in Oakley.

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Cincinnati Mayor John Cranley is making final preparations to deliver his "State of the City" address Tuesday evening at the 20th Century Theater in Oakley.  

This is Cranley's third speech. He said this year's theme will be values.

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Update 7/29/16 at 9:00 p.m. -Mayor responds to manager's memo:

Mayor John Cranley said in a statement Friday evening he does not "believe our form of government is undermined when you send a proposed ordinance to council for approval."

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PHILADELPHIA – Cincinnati Mayor John Cranley has been all-in for Hillary Clinton from the start of her campaign, helping her raise money in Cincinnati for her exploratory committee long before she officially announced her candidacy.

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PHILADELPHIA – Not all of the 63 Ohio delegates who will cast their votes for Bernie Sanders Tuesday night have come to peace with the idea of Hillary Clinton as the party's nominee, but Sanders' speech to the convention Monday night did bring many of them around.

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An online Enquirer report Thursday questioned whether the ongoing audit of the Metropolitan Sewer District is truly independent.  It questions if the city manager and city solicitor are playing too big a role in the review.

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Cincinnati has double the population of Dayton, Ohio, yet the cities share similar characteristics and face many of the same challenges and opportunities. WVXU political reporter Howard Wilkinson joins us as we talk with Dayton Mayor Nan Whaley and Cincinnati Mayor John Cranley about working together for the benefit of both cities, and their thoughts on the future for what could one day become a combined Cincinnati-Dayton metropolitan area. 

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Cincinnati Mayor John Cranley announced Wednesday he is appointing former Mayor Roxanne Qualls to the Music Hall Revitalization Company board.  

Cranley said he approached Qualls about the idea and the two discussed the appointment during lunch Tuesday.  

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  Late last month, Cincinnati Mayor John Cranley proposed raising the minimum wage for full-time city workers to $15 an hour. An increase in the minimum wage has been discussed all around the country. Just last week, California governor Jerry Brown signed legislation raising California'’s minimum wage to $15 an hour by 2022 and New York is following in California's footsteps.

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Cincinnati Mayor John Cranley vetoed the Fiscal Year 2017 tax budget resolution Friday, which city council approved earlier this week by a 6-3 vote.

The proposal sets the city’s property tax rate for calendar year 2017.  

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  Cincinnati Mayor John Cranley has reached the halfway point of his four-year term; and he says he most certainly plans to run for a second term in 2015.

The first two years have been a roller coaster ride for the 41-year-old mayor – a series of setbacks and victories, sometimes creating allies and often creating opponents with what his critics see as  bull-headed, my-way-or-the-highway approach to governing.

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