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Story Archive - 2013

Stories occurring during 2013, including UA City Council and School Board elections (Carol Mohr won a seat on the School Board).

UAPA September Newsletter

This month's newsletter features:

This Wednesday's (September 25) meeting with administrators from UA Schools. Find out more about the status and prospects of the schools, including the replacement levy, Issue 52.

Our members, Carolyn Casper and Carol Mohr who are running for UA City Council and the UA School Board.

Book Club selections for September, Reducing Gun Violence in America and October, Citizenville.

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Carolyn Casper for Upper Arlington City Council

Carolyn Casper photoMeet Carolyn Casper, who is running for UA City Council. Carolyn is passionate about Upper Arlington and is very familiar with Council and how it works. She is an interested UA citizen who regularly attends Council meetings to keep informed about its operation and effectiveness. 

Carolyn is a UA native with strong ties to the community. She raised three daughters in Arlington as a single parent. UA has been home to her family for 60 years, and the Casper family has a long history of service to this community. 

Carolyn is a former state examiner with the Ohio Auditor's Office and was a Social Program Administrator with the Ohio Department of Job and Family Services. She is an ardent advocate for our schools, having served on many committees over the years, introducing the Child Assault Program to the UA schools and serving on PTO boards at all levels.

Along with three other women, Carolyn raised private funds for the beautification of the front of the High School. She also served on the committee that raised money to build the new football stadium. She has worked on every school levy campaign for the last 30 years. Carolyn is a graduate of Leadership UA and currently serves on the board as well as serving on the board of the UA Alumni Association.

Mike Schadek to Hold Community Meeting on March 1st

Coffee & Conversation - Library Levy and Mike Schadek

Coffee and Conversation logoCoffee and Conversation

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.

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.

UA City Council Candidates Forum

The five candidates for Upper Arlington City Council will present their positions and answer questions during a special Chamber luncheon forum on Thursday, October 11.

The candidates, Ed Seidel, Mary Ann Krauss, Dan McCormick, Erik Yassenoff, and Leslie Heath, all have agreed to participate in the forum, which will be held at Arlington Banquets & Conference Center, 1967 W. Henderson Road, beginning at 11:15 a.m. The event is sponsored by The Forum at Knightsbridge.

Chamber member David Kandel will moderate the discussion, which will include prepared questions from the Chamber’s Business Advocacy Committee as well as questions from the audience.

Attendance is open to Chamber members and non-members. The cost is $20 for members and their guests who register by October 8, and $25 for all others.

The five candidates are running for three vacant City Council seats. The election will be held Tuesday, November 6.

For more information about the luncheon or to make reservations, call the Chamber office at (614) 481-5710, e-mail your registration to admin@uachamber.org or visit www.uachamber.org.

Did UA's mayor really say *that*?

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

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."

Who deserves credit for Kingsdale?

City Council incumbent candidates Frank Ciotola's and Wade Steen's campaign flyers are proclaiming how they got Kingsdale done.

"With Linda Mauger and Don Leach both leaving Council, we need moderates to replace them --- members who will put the people's business first. We think Mike Schadek and Debbie Johnson are those two candidates."

--- UAPA Executive Cmte

But who really negotiated on behalf of Upper Arlington constituents for the best deal with developers? Who had the backbone to stand up and get the best deal for Upper Arlington?

As it turns out, Ciotola and Steen are two of the least deserving of all the praise they are heaping on themselves.

The market idealogues vs. the pragmatists

We heard it 100 times during the Kingsdale debate from Council's right-wing block --- "let the market dictate what goes in at Kingsdale". In this Columbus Dispatch story entitled 'Big-box approach OK'd for Kingsdale', Ciotola thought that UA was negotiating too aggressively on Regency's big box Target store proposal:

"I think municipalities are getting overzealous in dictating what the mix of development is instead of letting the market dictate," he said.

If UA had solely relied on market forces, as Ciotola suggests, Jacksonville, Fla.-based Regency would have "dictated" our future and we'd likely have a big box Target store or something like it at Kingsdale today.

A view of the Continental's proposed Kingsdale site from Tremont Road. Many of us breathed a sign of relief when Regency failed in their bid to build a big box Target store at Kingsdale. If Ciotola had been in charge of the negotiation, the market would have "dictated" the outcome and UA would likely have a Target store at Kingsdale!

And thanks to Council's moderate, pragmatic majority we will have something much better than Steen or Ciotola were willing to settle for.

The audacity of negotiation

Instead of the passive role of government that Ciotola recommended, the city staff and other Council members embraced their responsibility to the community to get the best deal for UA.

By effectively tempering market forces with the needs of the community as described in the Master Plan they brokered a Kingsdale compromise has been well received throughout our community.

The role of government

 

At the heart of the Kingsdale debate was how active and engaged City government should be in making economic development decisions.

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