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Toledo Sister Cities Announces International Festival

Mayor Bell to Serve as Honorary Chair

Mayor Michael P. Bell will join representatives of Toledo Sister Cities and Great Lakes Consortium to announce the Toledo Sister Cities International Festival at a press conference on Tuesday, February 23 at 10 a.m. in the Toledo Sister Cities offices.

SMB Toledo: Building Your Online Community

Time: February 23, 2010 from 7:30am to 9:30am
Location: Toledo Museum of Art: Green Room
Organized By: Mike Driehorst

Event Description:
The first Social Media Breakfast-Toledo event of 2010 is set.

David Murray, Director of Social Web Communications for The Bivings Group of Washington D.C., will detail ethics and methodologies to enable businesses and organizations to realize value from their social media endeavors.

City Council afraid of Unions will let the voters decide on levys

This is a good thing. Toledo will go into receivership and we can start over. Its the only way the financial problems will be solved. There are not enough taxpayers in Toledo to support the current infer structure so something has to happen. It will be painful for awhile especially for the city workers but it has to be done. Prolonging the situation will just make matters worse. Hopefully, some of the city elected officials will be replaced with ones that will act for the good of the city and not for their own self interests.

Toledo Budget Update

Mayor Michael P. Bell today sent to members of Toledo City Council and the City's union leadership an updated forecast for 2010 revenue and the current state of the anticipated deficit. That information is attached electronically to this release. To date the administration has identified $25.6 million in deficit reduction measures.

The Mayor met on Wednesday with the union leaders to present them with the potential cost savings to be achieved through employee concessions, which would affect all employees in all funds and agencies. The concessions and deficit reduction measures, coupled with the ballot initiatives the administration has proposed for council action would remediate the 2010 deficit without seriously affecting the level of service provided to Toledo residents. All measures would nevertheless pursue a long-term improvement in the efficiency of internal operations for the City of Toledo.

On Thursday the administration will meet with representatives from the State Auditors office and on Friday there will be a budget working meeting with members of the administration, city council, department directors and union leaders. Public input sessions are also being scheduled to allow citizens the opportunity to offer suggestions and weigh in on the service priorities they feel need to be addressed.

The Mayor has committed to providing multiple draft budget scenarios to City Council by March 1 to allow them time for discussion and action before the March 31 deadline.

Does Toledo Mayor Mike Bell pander to blacks and reward race hustlers?

...the controversial payouts to two former city employees who claimed they were fired illegally by former Mayor Carty Finkbeiner were not settled last night.

Council put off for at least two more weeks voting to approve $300,000 for Dwayne Morehead, former co-executive director of the city's youth commission, and $150,000 for Perlean Griffin, formerly director of the Office of Affirmative Action.

You hear all of the talk about the need to re-brand Toledo. What do you think? Is the solution to Toledo's problems branding?

23% (8 votes)
77% (27 votes)
Total votes: 35

Toledo Makes Top National News...Again

The second most-watched news clip on CNN this morning is headlined: "Daylight Rape on City Street."

Rick Sanchez mentions Toledo, three, four, five times or more....

Here's the link:

Bizjournals ranks Toledo in bottom 5 for being able to start a small business

Another ranking politicians will want to ignore.
Last place in the small-business-vitality rankings again belongs to Detroit, which continues to pay the price for the decline of the domestic automotive industry. The Detroit area lost 298,000 jobs during the past five years—an employment decline of 16.3 percent, easily the worst in any metro. It also experienced short-term drops in population and the number of small businesses.

Joining Detroit in the bottom five, in descending order, are Youngstown, Dayton, and Toledo, Ohio, and Milwaukee.

Affidavit ties Sanders to TPS investigation and Foley - contrary to public statements that they did not know what was going on

Toledo Free Press has the latest breaking news.....I think there are more involved. Blade also now has a story on the auditor findings.
Foley signed checks and Sanders provided tips. Is this an example of a district out of control? This is the behavior that is bred when there is a lack of accountability by the local media and by the board. Larry Sykes is oddly quiet about this whole thing.

iPhone video of South Toledo standoff

Not very newsworthy by itself, but does show how far we have come and how close we are coming for citizens to be able to broadcast news live.

Toledo Fire and Rescue Swearing In New Recruit Class

The Toledo Fire and Rescue Department will swear in the new Recruit Class for 2010. Ceremonies will be held in Toledo City Council Chambers at 9:00 a.m. on Friday, January 8, 2010.

What: Toledo Fire and Rescue 2010 Recruit Class swearing in

When: Friday, January 8, 2010
9:00 a.m.

Where: Toledo City Council Chambers

Toledo constuction jobs down

Toledo is down, but not as much as other areas of Ohio. Bizjournals has the rest.

Ohio statewide lost 11 percent of its construction jobs, or 22,200 over the 12-month period. Cleveland-Elyria-Mentor had the biggest Ohio loss, at 22 percent, ranking it at 318. Youngstown-Warren-Boardman was down 11 percent, ranking at 167; Canton-Massilon, Dayton and Lima each lost 10 percent, tying at 143; Toledo was down 9 percent, ranking at 121; and Akron lost 8 percent, at 98th.

Bell swearing in scheduled for January 4, 2010

Mayor Elect Michael P. Bell will be sworn in to office on January 4, 2010 at 3:00 p.m. The ceremony will take place in The Courtyard at Cousino’s Navy Bistro with a short reception following.

After the ceremony and reception the Mayor will attend the City Council’s organizational meeting.

Mr. Bell was elected Mayor with 52.3 percent of the vote total. He ran as an Independent in his first bid for elective office. Toledo’s former fire chief and former State Fire Marshal, he received his education in the Toledo Public Schools and the University of Toledo.

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