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Coffee & Conversation - Library Levy and Mike Schadek

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Saturday, February 4, 2012, 10 am

UA Public Library Meeting Room A

Kathy Panning introduced the Library Levy Presentation: Ann Moore, Amy Sharpe, Ruth McNeil, Bill Shkurti, Kate Porter, board members and officials of the library.

Learn About the UA LIbrary Levy

Vote for the Library buttonThe Library Levy will be on the ballot on March 6, 2012.  The most important thing to know about the proposed levy is that it's not a tax increase. Homeowners will continue to pay the same tax rate for the library levy as they currently do.

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Candidates' Night 2007

Leadership UA is proud to host its "Meet the candidates night" on Wednesday, October 24, from 7-9 p.m., 3600 Tremont Road.

Want to hear answers to these questions?:

  • What is your vision for Kingsdale?
  • How do you plan to solve the overcrowding at UA's basketball facilities and indoor swimming pools?
  • What is your answer to overcrowding at the Senior Center and where can Life and Leisure classes meet?
  • What have you learned from the church purchase failure?
  • What role do you see City Council taking in making changes within the schools?
  • Is the Council empowered to interfere with the school system in any way?
  • How do you propose to make UA Green?
  • How should appointments be made to boards and commissions?
  • Are UA citizens safer because of the sexual predator legislation passed this year?
  • What is your opinion on privatizing trash pick up?
  • What is the best way to lobby City Council?

The evening includes details on the pending Schools levy, a chance to hear from and ask questions of the three School Board candidiates (for three seats) and the five City Council candidates (for three seats). Call 487-8131 for additional details.

Did UA's mayor really say *that*?

Upper Arlington's Mayor Frank Ciotola said this to NBC-4 on tape regarding Onyx:

Words Can Hurt Us: Stop the Toxic Rage

The 15th anniversary of the Oklahoma City bombing on April 19 brings memories of a terrible time in American history, one we would hope to never be repeated. But in 2010 the threat of another murderous event seems all too possible.

Ciotola packs Library Board with his own recruits

New mayor starts term with closed-door decision

"...nearly all of the residents who were interested submitted their [Library Board of Trustees] applications by the deadline published by the city -- except for the three who were actually appointed, all of whom prepared their applications nearly two months late and within a few days of each other." Click on the newspaper image to see the full story with the chart.

During his effort to censor gay periodicals in the Upper Arlington Public Library in 2005, then UA Council member Tim Rankin said,

"If we have to put people on this [Library] board who reflect the values of the community, we'll do that."

According to a story in the February 4th, 2010 edition of ThisWeek [PDF] [JPG], it would seem that UA's new mayor, Frank Ciotola, has made good on Rankin's threat.

Within a few days of being elected Council President, Ciotola made it one of his first acts to appoint three hand-picked recruits to the Library Board. All 3 appointees:

  • delivered their applications directly to the current Council President, Frank Ciotola, not to the City Clerks Office (source: UA Clerk's Office)
  • submitted applications a month and a half after the posted November 16, 2009 deadline
  • completed their applications within 4 days of each other on Jan 6, 8 and 9th, 2010

Ciotola's appointees to the Library Board of Trustees had a fast track outside the normal process, which typically includes a review of applicants with other Council members.

Ciotola: "I wish the deadline had not been published"

And now Ciotola wants to remove what little transparency remains in the current Library Board appointment process. In the ThisWeek story, Ciotola said he wishes the Library Board application deadline had not been published at all!

Ciotola packs Library Board with Conservatives

During his effort to censor gay periodicals in the Upper Arlington Public Library in 2005, then UA Council member Tim Rankin said,

"If we have to put people on this [Library] board who reflect the values of the community, we'll do that."

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