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3:28 pm
Wed June 5, 2013

Mayor appoints Chesley to city commission

Cincinnati Mayor Mark Mallory is appointing retired lawyer Stan Chesley to the city's human relations commission.  City Council approved the selection today (yesterday) during its regular weekly meeting.

Chesley retired from practicing law after being disbarred in Kentucky for allegedly taking millions of dollars from a judgment involving clients who filed a lawsuit involving the diet drug, phen-fen.  
Mallory and Chesley have a long history of working together.  

Local News
1:55 pm
Wed June 5, 2013

$4 million for streetcar can't be rescinded, OKI says

Streetcar prototype
Jay Hanselman

The Ohio Kentucky Indiana (OKI) Regional Council of Governments has told the Hamilton County commissioners it is too late to take back $4 million pledged to the city of Cincinnati's streetcar project.

Two county commissioners, Republicans Greg Hartmann and Chris Monzel, had asked OKI to rescind the money because of cost overruns on the streetcar project and that the money should be used on other area infrastructure projects.

No can do, OKI director Mark Policinski told the commissioners in a June 4 letter.

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Roebling Suspension Bridge
5:24 pm
Tue June 4, 2013

Newest piece of infrastructure at The Banks debuts

New walkway on the Roebling Bridge opened today.
Holly Yurchison WVXU News

Local officials cut the ribbon Tuesday afternoon for the Roebling Bridge Pedestrian Connector to Theodore M. Berry Way  and the Walnut Street Fountain at the Cincinnati Riverfront access point.

The walkway connects downtown Cincinnati to the riverfront, and Cincinnati to Covington via the Roebling Bridge.

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City retirement
5:00 pm
Tue June 4, 2013

Cincinnati Council gets retirement system update Monday

Cincinnati City Hall
Jay Hanselman

Update 6/5/2013 at 10:20 am:  Documents received from the city show the pension system's unfunded actuarial accrued liability as of 12/31/2012 was $862,122,656.  That compares with the unfunded actuarial accrued liability as of 12/31/2011 of $728,428,380.  That means the unfunded balance increased by more than $133 million during that time.

One section of the report states:

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Local News
2:26 pm
Tue June 4, 2013

Democratic party staying out of Qualls-Cranley fight

A good old-fashioned family fight is a frequent occurrence in the Democratic Party, but this year's race for Cincinnati mayor won't be one of them.

The party leadership, in a recent blast e-mail to the party faithful made it clear they won't be taking sides in the battle between two Democratic mayoral candidates - Vice Mayor Roxanne Qualls and former council member John Cranley.

Caleb Faux, the Hamilton County Democratic Party's executive director, said neither candidate has asked the party for an endorsement.

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