Update 09/29/2014 at 8:00PM: Cincinnati City Manager Harry Black told council members in a memo Monday evening he will meet with Mahogany's owner Liz Rogers.
"Due to threatened litigation, I have been intentionally measured in public statements on this subject," Black wrote in the memo. "To be clear, I intend to meet with Mrs. Rogers, soon, in order to discuss this situation."
Black told council he would report back on the results of his meeting with Rogers, and seek direction on how to proceed.
Early voting that was set to begin Tuesday won’t happen after all.
The U.S. Supreme Court has put a hold on in person, early voting in Ohio. The ruling will remain in effect until the court acts on an appeal by state officials. And since that appeal has not yet formally been filed , it means the Golden week, when Ohioans can both register to vote and cast a ballot at the same time, will not be allowed.
As Hamilton County works on the 2015 budget, Commissioner Greg Hartmann is floating an idea he thinks could save money. He'd like to combine the city and county prosecutor offices.
"The city prosecutor's office makes absolutely no sense to me," says Hartmann. "It's an obvious overlap. When I was a county prosecutor I walked into that courtroom on my first day in municipal court and there was another city prosecutor in the same courtroom prosecuting the same crimes that just happened to have been committed in the city limits."
Cincinnati Council will vote on a resolution this week asking Ohio lawmakers to exclude marijuana possession convictions when considering whether people should have their criminal records expunged.
From 2006 to 2010, people in Cincinnati who had possessed even small amounts of marijuana were charged with misdemeanors that now appear on their criminal records. That was stricter than state law, which resulted in a citation and no records.
Those city misdemeanor convictions are making it difficult for some people to expunge, or clear, their criminal records.