From 2006 to 2010, marijuana possession became a fourth degree misdemeanor and cause for arrest in Cincinnati. During that time the City filed nearly 17,000 charges against people found to have between 100 and 200 grams of marijuana. Now, Council is considering retroactively reducing the penalty and allowing those arrested to ask a judge to seal their records, so it doesn't affect their future.
Cincinnati Council members will be busy Monday with a couple of big committee sessions.
Law and Public Safety meets at 10 o'clock. On the agenda, presentations from Police Chief Jeffrey Blackwell and Fire Chief Richard Braun. A public hearing is also scheduled on the city's now repealed marijuana possession ordinance. Many people were cited under the 2006 law before it was eliminated, and now at least some council members want information about how those convictions can be removed from peoples criminal records.
Cincinnati and Hamilton County have cleared the way to bring General Electric's Global Operations Center to The Banks.
City Council and the County Commission Monday morning approved several packages of incentives cementing the deal. GE is expected to bring nearly 1,800 jobs with an average total payroll of $142 million per year.
The five-year lease includes five, 5-year renewal options.
Earlier this year some Cincinnati Council members and city public school officials announced plans for joint meetings. The second such session was held Monday night and another is likely to be held next month.
The effort is called ACES, or Alliance for Community and Educational Success. Council Member P.G. Sittenfeld was one of the organizers.