Cincinnati city manager Harry Black makes a statement about his job and plans to stay. Carrie Cochran/The Enquirer
Carrie Cochran/The Enquirer
If keeping up with today’s news cycle wasn’t enough of a “dumpster fire” for all you news consumers out there, Cincinnati had an actual fire in a dumpster Wednesday afternoon.
Yes, you read that right. We had a literal dumpster fire on West Ogden Place Downtown to cap off one of the most hectic days of news in recent memory.
As Urban Dictionary would describe it, a dumpster fire is:
- A complete disaster
- Something very difficult that nobody wants to deal with
- Events with lack of planning or preparation
- Something that gets progressively worse even when you’re sure it can’t possibly go any more wrong.
While a lot of what happened was highly organized, much of it wasn’t. Here’s a chronological order of everything that has happened today (and things that may still happen):
Student walkouts: Hundreds walked out in Greater Cincinnati
This was about the furthest thing from being a dumpster fire by any measure, but it nevertheless contributed to the overall chaotic nature of Wednesday.
Students around the Greater Cincinnati region participated in a National School Walkout, joining thousands of other students around the country. Students are calling on Congress to pass gun legislation to keep them safe.
Wednesday’s protests were largely student-led and not school sanctioned, but at the majority of schools, it seemed administrators and students were working together.
Expect to see more protests in the weeks to come.
City Manager Harry Black: ‘I am here to stay’
The big question of Wednesday was “will City Manager Harry Black resign?”
After much speculation and dueling on Tuesday and contradicting statements from Cincinnati Mayor John Cranley and Black, 13 private citizens showed up to City Council’s scheduled meeting voice their support for Cincinnati’s embattled “CEO.”
According to The Enquirer’s Sherry Coolidge, Cranley said he has tried for days to convince Black to step down voluntarily, arguing the city manager’s leadership style is hurting morale and making it difficult for the city to carry out its daily business.
“The forces that are out there are going to continue doing what they’ve been doing,” Black told reporters after council’s meeting. “They will basically use innuendo, conjecture and greatly embellishing what might be factual as a means of tarnishing my reputation and my character.
After Mayor John Cranley has asked for Harry Black’s resignation, Black said that he has no intentions of resigning.
The Enquirer/Carrie Cochran
Mayor Cranley held a brief press conference in his office, deriding Black’s leadership and said he’d seek a public hearing for employees who feel the city manager has behaved inappropriately by bullying them and retaliating when they raise legitimate concerns.
New program to help domestic violence survivors at their ‘most dangerous point’
Let’s pause for a moment with some encouraging news.
Survivors of domestic violence in Hamilton County can now opt to receive a text message or email once a civil protection order has been issued and served to their abuser.
Thanks to Hamilton County Clerk of Courts Aftab Pureval, Hamilton County Sheriff Jim Neil, Hamilton County’s Court of Common Pleas Judge Amy Searcy and Women Helping Women President and CEO Kristin Shrimplin, survivors can know immediately when an order has been served and seek the tips and help should they need it.
Lawyers for FCC, schools talk as deadline for stadium passes
It’s past 5 p.m., which was a deadline given to the Cincinnati Public School board by FC Cincinnati General Manager Jeff Berding to make a decision about a West End soccer stadium.
“Tonight FC Cincinnati received a letter from the attorney for Cincinnati Public Schools,” a statement from the team said. “As a result, FC Cincinnati did not move ahead with the purchase of needed property for a West End stadium, property that was scheduled to close today.”
FC Cincinnati hopes to build a stadium on the site of Stargel Stadium in Cincinnati’s West End neighborhood.
The Enquirer/Mike Nyerges
FC Cincinnati officials earlier Wednesday doubled their original offer – $750,000 each year for a decade and to pay a “consistent annual amount thereafter” – they would pay to Cincinnati Public Schools should the school board grant their proposal to bring a soccer stadium to the West End.
The school board scheduled an emergency meeting for 1:30 p.m. Wednesday, posting notice of it less than two hours prior to the session’s start. Only five out of seven members could show.
FC Cincinnati officials told The Enquirer Monday a finalized stadium plan must be complete by March 31 to meet an MLS deadline.
“The Board of Education will not consider a proposed land agreement with FC Cincinnati unless the club promises to pay its fair share of property taxes,” the letter to FCC said.
Got all that? Let’s do it again. (Next week, please.)
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