Janine R. Boyd- Cleveland Heights City Council Candidate UTE 12-31-15
JANINE R. BOYD
4022 Monticello Boulevard Cleveland Hts. OH 44121 Age: 41
Education: Beaumont HS, 89’; BA, Hillsdale College, 93’; MA MSU, 99'
Occupation: Government Affairs & Public Policy Advocate
Qualifications: Life long Cleveland Hts resident; over 15 years of experience in health and human services, advocacy and policy
Community: Trustee on the Board for Heights Emergency Food Center; active volunteer with each Cuyahoga County Health and Human Services Levy campaign since 2005; active volunteer with various local, state and national individual campaigns
QUESTIONS and RESPONSES:
1. Improve life: One of the most important issues facing CH is the issue of crime, and especially crime that involves youth offenders. Youth crime is, in fact, on the rise across the country. With Council currently, I am working to address the issue of youth crime by designing a juvenile diversion and mentoring program that will provide positive supervision, peaceful conflict resolution skills development, comprehensive treatment/counseling, tutoring and other vital services, in order to redirect CH youth offenders and youth who are at risk for committing crimes in the future.
2. School bond issue: I support any initiative that will enhance the education, safety and development of all children, and enriches the landscape of our neighborhoods. I am inclined to be supportive of the CH-UH facilities bond issue. However, given that the CH-UH facilities plan includes consolidating students and emptying 1-2 other buildings, I am concerned as a resident with the precedent our district has in terms of its use, or lack of use, of unoccupied school facilities, such as Millikin.
3. New development: Our economic and business development plan includes development of city-owned land. However our first priority is to fill the Economic Development Director position. That person in cooperation with staff and our City Manager should then update our policy on business lending practices which includes incentives to developers; and engage our local merchants and business districts regularly, and garner from them their perspective on the next best steps to further our economic and business development as well.
4. Revenue: Unfortunately, this trend is likely to continue under this particular state administration. City governments across Ohio, including CH, are forced to assess every area of spending as a result and will continue to consider regional partnerships that reduce spending on certain services.
5. Housing market: CH is, in fact, currently proactive in reducing foreclosed, vacant and abandoned houses. Our Housing Department works directly with the courts and the Cuyahoga County Land Bank to identify abandoned, vacant and foreclosed homes, which negatively affect neighboring property values and safety, as a “nuisance”, and demolish or refurbish those properties, as promptly as possible.
6. Regionalism: Regionalism is becoming more common as the dollars to communities from their states diminish, and many cities are considering cost containment strategies such as merging or sharing certain services. This trend will also inevitably impact residents across those cities. While there might be cost savings per household, there might also be under-staffed police and fire departments, or reduced emergency vehicles which would mean delayed response time.