streetcar price range faces tight Council vote; ultimate statements in Tensing trial; Mandel weaves politics into state work trips


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Just right morning all. Not anything will get a Monday morning began like an entire mess of reports, proper? Proper. Let’s do that.

Cincinnati Town Council may just face a tricky vote this week at the price range for the streetcar. The Southwest Ohio Regional Transit Authority, which manages the streetcar, has requested for $four.6 million to run it subsequent yr — $200,000 greater than projected. Ridership for the streetcar has lagged at the back of projections now and then this yr, and revenues for the machine are about $915,000 at the back of prices. That doesn’t imply the streetcar is within the purple but, alternatively. The machine has a $2 million surplus from its preliminary investment to tug from.

Up to now, 5 Cincinnati Town Council participants — stalwart streetcar supporters Chris Seelbach, Yvette Simpson, P.G. Sittenfeld, Wendell Younger and David Mann have indicated they strengthen SORTA’s price range request. Streetcar combatants Charlie Winburn and Christopher Smitherman have indicated they gained’t again the price range ask. Amy Murray and Kevin Flynn, who’ve each taken extra reasonable stances at the transit machine, haven’t tipped their palms but. The 5 sure votes are sufficient to cross the price range via Council, however one in need of the quantity had to chase away a possible mayoral veto. It’s unclear if Mayor John Cranley would veto the streetcar price range — doing so may just close down the streetcar and prompt thousands and thousands of greenbacks in clawbacks from the government, which issued Cincinnnati TIGER grants for massive parts of the mission. Council will have to cross the cheap forward of the tip of the fiscal yr June 30.

• Prosecutors and protection lawyers are anticipated to make their ultimate arguments lately within the retrial of former College of Cincinnati police officer Ray Tensing, and then the jury will start deliberations. The trial’s ultimate day follows an overly irritating collection of courtroom lawsuits Friday wherein Tensing himself testified about his capturing of unarmed motorist Samuel DuBose. Tensing mentioned his arm used to be caught in DuBose’s automotive and that he felt he used to be being dragged and feared for his existence when he shot DuBose within the head. Grant Fredericks, the prosecution’s knowledgeable video analyst, contradicted that statement previous within the week in a frame-by-frame research of Tensing’s frame digital camera photos, however Tensing driven again in opposition to that testimony.

“I imply no disrespect to Mr. Fredericks, however he wasn’t there experiencing what I used to be experiencing,” Tensing mentioned. “This used to be my belief and my trust as to what used to be going down.”

James Scanlon, a former Columbus Police Division detective, additionally attesting Friday because the protection’s use of pressure knowledgeable, subsidized up Tensing’s declare that he used to be justified in capturing DuBose as a result of he feared for his existence.

“My opinion is the movements of Officer Tensing had been affordable, justified and in keeping with known police practices,” Scanlon mentioned.

In the meantime, protests calling for a conviction proceed. The AMOS Challenge, a coalition of religion leaders, will dangle a rally at 6:30 p.m. this night wherein they are going to march across the Hamilton County Courthouse.

• Council participants Chris Seelbach and P.G. Sittenfeld will provide their proposals for brand new pedestrian protection tasks at a information convention in Northside lately at 11 a.m. The 2 want to allocate $500,000 within the upcoming price range for efforts to forestall accidents and deaths to pedestrians. The hassle comes after a lot of incidents wherein pedestrians had been harm and killed, together with the dying of Northside industry proprietor Sarah Cole, who used to be struck and killed by way of a driving force in the community final yr.

• The Cincinnati Making plans Fee Friday gave its approval to a $300 million clinic tower and parking storage mission in Avondale close to Cincinnati Youngsters’s Medical institution. That mission has some controversy round it, alternatively — the Avondale Group Council and a few citizens within the house oppose it. The plan calls for the demolition of 16 houses and the rerouting of Erckenbecher Street into an S-curve. Critics of the plan say the houses are in excellent form and that the homeowners unwittingly bought their houses now not realizing the foremost clinic growth plans. Avondale Group Council president Patricia Milton likened the plans to “backdoor eminent area” on the making plans fee assembly Friday. Youngsters’s says the clinic wishes room to develop to house extra sufferers and state-of-the-art clinical generation.

• The state of Ohio has decided on 3 corporations that can overview programs from hopeful medicinal marijuana companies, the Related Press studies. The state is accepting programs for 12 small-scale marijuana cultivators and 12 large-scale growers. Friday used to be the closing date for programs from potential small-scale growers, whilst large-scale growers have till the tip of the month. The Ohio Division of Trade decided on iCann Consulting, B&B Develop Answers and Meade & Wing to type via the ones programs, price them in accordance with each and every applicant’s operation plans, safety proposals, monetary preparations and different elements and choose the ones the state will grant licenses.

• Ohio Treasurer and U.S. Senate candidate Josh Mandel wove campaigning into each and every go back and forth he took final yr as treasurer, in keeping with studies he filed with the state. Mandel, who is needed to make use of marketing campaign finances to pay for any political journeys cut loose his legit tasks, says his marketing campaign is solely exercising an abundance of warning by way of over-reporting his political travels. However by way of paying for his journeys with money from the coffers of his 3 marketing campaign accounts, says Sheila Krumholz of the Heart for Responsive Politics, he may be obscuring how a lot — or little — paintings he’s doing on behalf of Ohioans on the ones journeys. Krumholz referred to as Mandel’s association some of the strange she’s observed.

“It’s excellent and to his credit score for being overly wary (on behalf of taxpayers),” Krumholz informed the Related Press. “However, possibly it obfuscates the truth that he hasn’t been doing the general public carrier he’s being paid to do, that his trip is closely weighted towards his marketing campaign actions.”

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