The View from Ward 2: Issue #7

City Council Meeting

The meeting began with Council unanimously passing a resolution appointing Sarah Kepple to the vacant At-Large Council Seat. Ms. Kepple was sworn in by Judge Patrick Carroll and cheered on by her friends, family, and Summit Avenue neighbors. Congratulations and welcome to Council! City Council presented the Lakewood Chapter of the League of Women Voters with a resolution commemorating their 100-year anniversary. The League of Women voters was founded in 1920 and since then has earned a reputation as one of the most trusted, non-partisan, grassroots organization in the country. The League works to inform Lakewood voters by providing information on elections, ballot issues, and sponsoring candidate forums. If you would like to learn more or become a member of the Lakewood Chapter click here. Another item of note is the approval of a liquor permit for Nature’s Oasis. This D1 permit will allow on premises consumption of beer purchased from the cafe. In the future, Nature’s Oasis would like to install a draft system to offer a small selection of local draft beers. They also applied for a D8 permit which would allow Nature’s Oasis to host beer and wine tastings.

Loving Lakewood: All-Stars LakewoodAlive Fundraiser

LakewoodAlive’s annual Loving Lakewood fundraiser was on Saturday. They really knocked it out of the park this year! The theme was All-Stars in celebration of the “heart, hustle and teamwork that has built Lakewood into a community of champions.” Michelle and I had a great time celebrating our community and raising money for a worthy organization, and it was fun to see everyone sporting their favorite jersey. Michelle wore her Megan Rapinoe kit and I donned my Shaquille O’Neal jersey. I have been called Shaq all my life, so it felt appropriate (because my last name, not my basketball skills).

Cleveland Stonewall Democrats

On Thursday, February 20, the Cleveland Stonewall Democrats held their March meeting, which included presentations from candidates seeking the Club's endorsement in the Spring primaries. I was glad to hear from so many impressive pro-equality candidates. Here's a list of the endorsed candidates:

If you're not familiar with CSD, it is the LGBTQIA+ democratic group in greater Cleveland. They are devoted to advancing equal rights for all people and working to elect pro-LGBTQIA+ candidates. To learn more about Stonewall, visit their website:

U.S. Census 2020

The 2020 U.S. Census is coming! What is the Census? The census counts every person living in the U.S., regardless of citizenship or immigration status. Why is the Census important? The results of the census impact state budgets and provide a basis for the distribution of federal funds (like Education and School Lunch Program, Food and Healthcare programs, SNAP, Children’s Health Insurance, Head Start and housing vouchers, Low-income Home Energy Assistance, Low-income housing Tax Credit Community Development Block Grants, Medicaid, Transit, and Schools and roads) and reapportioning congressional seats. Lakewood will benefit most when everyone is counted. Please make sure to participate. What should I expect? By April 1, 2020, every home will receive information about participating in the census. You can respond: (1) online, (2) by phone, or (3) by mail. You are required by law to participate, and the Census Bureau is required by law to protect your answers. Your data is confidential. For more information about the census, visit: