Jason Stein candidate for Cleveland Heights City Council
Cleveland Heights Age: 41
Education: B.A. Education
Qualifications: I was raised in Cleveland Heights and am the product of our CH-UH Public School system. Cleveland Heights City Council Member 2011 – present; Cleveland Heights Vice Mayor 2016 - present; Chair of Community Relations and Recreation Committee 2016 - present;Chair of Planning and Development Committee 2014-2015; Chair of Public Safety and Health Committee 2012 – 2013; Chair of Administrative Services 2011.
COMMUNITY RELATED ACTIVITIES – LAST FIVE YEARS: CH-UH School Lay Facilities Committee 2010 - 2011, CH-UH Library Board Trustee 2010 – 2011, Cleveland Heights Citizens Advisory Committee 2008 - 2011
1. Unique qualifications: I am a lifelong resident of Cleveland Heights. I attended Boulevard, Wiley and Heights High school (class of 1995). I am the product of Cleveland Heights. Now I am raising my children in this great City. The values of Cleveland Heights are my values. Having a home grown Cleveland Heights perspective is important on Council. Additionally, I have been active in Cleveland Heights for many years. I have a wide range of experiences and skills that include being a City Councilman, CH-UH Library Board Trustee, a member of the Cleveland Heights’ Citizens Advisory Committee, a member of the CH-UH Board of Education’s Facilities Committee, [and] an active Democrat.
I am proud of Cleveland Heights and am honored to be able to give back to this City and people that have given me so much.
2. Top issues: I. Attract new businesses to Cleveland Heights.*I want to improve and increase marketing of our great neighborhoods and districts *partner with the owners of Severance to re-imagine the property and*craft a strategic plan that will bring walk-ability and jobs to our commercial districts that are in the greatest need. II. Collaborate regionally to maintain our city services and save tax payers’ money.I am proud to be a leading proponent of regional cooperation in Cleveland Heights. Joining Cleveland Water, joint dispatch and E.D.G.E are a few examples of sharing services with our neighboring municipalities to improve service, reduce the cost of these services and save tax dollars.
I will continue to work regionally with our neighboring municipalities to make our city more efficient and prosperous. III. Support new developments/redevelopments while protecting community assets such as the Coventry Playground.
3. Commercial development: New developments and redevelopment of commercial and residential areas are needed to create additional tax revenues without raising the tax burden on our residents. Incentives such as tax abatement should be considered but only authorized after a thorough review of the facts and figures to determine the value to the City and our tax payers. Mayfield, Noble and Taylor Roads are lagging behind and are in need of additional City intervention to help improve these districts. An idea I have advocated for and continue to support is expanding the small business loan within these commercial districts. An idea I have advocated for and continue to support is expanding the small business loan within these commercial districts. I propose raising the maximum loan amounts, extending the loan pay back period and offering income tax rebates dependent on new job creation for qualified new and existing businesses.
4. Safety: I am proud of the work I have done to make our neighborhoods safer. I am particularly proud of initiatives such as the outh diversion program, Community Policing emphasis,Meet your police night every Thursday,Neighborhood Watch Program, Cleveland Heights Police Facebook page, Bike patrols and Citizens Academy. I continue to look for best practices and new ideas to improve safety and the quality of life for all of our residents.
5. City finances: I. Attract new businesses! We need to improve and increase marketing of our great neighborhoods and districts. II. I am proud to be a leading proponent of regional cooperation in Cleveland Heights. Joining Cleveland Water, joint dispatch and E.D.G.E are a few examples of sharing services with our neighboring municipalities to improve service and save tax dollars. I will continue to work regionally with our neighboring municipalities to make our city more efficient and prosperous. III. The City and schools should work together to market our schools to young professionals with school-age children.
League of Women Voters
The 2017 Voters Guide to Candidates and Issues is published as a public service by the League of Women Voters of Greater Cleveland, CH-UH and FutureHeights. The League of Women Voters is a non-partisan organization whose mission is to encourage the informed participation by citizens in government. FutureHeights is a nonprofit community development organization. Election Day is Nov. 7, 2017. Polls are open 6:30 a.m.-7:30 p.m.