Monthly Archives: October 2011

Cincinnatians For Progress Files Charges Against COAST with Ohio Election Commission

Things have gotten even more interesting as today, Cincinnatians for Progress filed a complaint against COAST (Cincinnatians Opposed to Additional Spending and Taxes) alleging that they “knowingly made false statements to affect the outcome of the Issue 48 election vote.” (The full press release is included below) These false statements include falsely accusing the city of re-appropriating from public safety to pay for the Streetcar as well as mischaracterizations of what the ballot language claims to do. Yesterday, CityBeat covered an incident where Chris Smitherman (endorser of Issue 48) lied about the content of the Issue 48 ballot language on Facebook, even after he was correct by a follower. As CfP explains “COAST has conducted a relentless campaign of deliberate misinformation about Issue 48 in the face of definitive evidence that their statements are wrong. Not only are the facts widely available in local media and city records, they have been provided directly to COAST officials by the city. Our goal in filing this action [is] to assure that city voters can cast their ballots based on accurate, authoritative information.”

UPDATE

Chris Finney of COAST responded to the Enquirer:

Finney’s response:

“These advocates of spending the City into bankruptcy object to certain Tweets of COAST. We stand firmly behind those tweets. The City is using monies it could otherwise spend on police and fire protection for the Streetcar project.

The advocates of Cincinnati’s Streetcar, who claim inexplicably that it will result in $1 billion of economic development for the City, have filed a complaint that essentially alleges that none of the $7 to $9 million spent on the streetcar to date by the City could have been used for police or fire protection.

We know this fiction the City is spinning is untrue. COAST stands firmly behind its Tweets on this topic. The City could effectively use some or all of these funds to bolster police and fire protection if they so chose.

Let us give you just one example, the City may not spend capital funds on assets that have a life less than five years. How did they pay for the temporary streetcar signage that they so proudly unveiled two months ago?”

Finney’s “one example” isn’t even a valid one. According to the suit and an article from Fox19 dated August 16, 2011, “The Mayor says the signs cost $2,000 and that no general fund revenue money was used to pay for them. It came out of the grant money that’s being used solely for the streetcar.” The money for the signs came from Federal funds and grants that would not exist if the streetcar project wan’t planned. Basically, if there was no streetcar project, there would be no Federal grants.

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October 28, 2011

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

In an action filed today with the Ohio Elections Commission, Cincinnatians for Progress formally charged COAST with knowingly making false statements to affect the outcome of the Issue 48 election vote.

The case cites twenty instances in the past two months in which COAST made false statements in violation of Ohio Revised Code Section 3517.22. Most claim the city has taken funds away from fire services to fund the streetcar project.

The Revised Code specifies those found guilty of violating Section 3517.22 “shall be imprisoned for not more than six months or fined not more than five thousand dollars, or both.”

Cincinnatians for Progress is leading the effort to defeat Issue 48, which would prohibit the city from investing in rail transit until 2021.

COAST has conducted a relentless campaign of deliberate misinformation about Issue 48 in the face of definitive evidence that their statements are wrong. Not only are the facts widely available in local media and city records, they have been provided directly to COAST officials by the city.

Our goal in filing this action to to assure that city voters can cast their ballots based on accurate, authoritative information.

http://blog.cincinnatiansforprogress.com/2011/10/cincinnatians-for-progress-files.html

Final Friday OTR Skate

Final Friday OTR Skate – Halloween Edition

Final Friday OTR SkateJoin Far-I-Rome Productions in collaboration with the Cincinnati Film Festival and the Cincinnati Rollergirls for the Halloween edition of the Final Friday OTR Skate! The fourth and final OTR Skate of 2011 takes place October 28, 2011 at the Over-the-Rhine Recreation Center, 1715 Republic St., Cincinnati, OH 45202.

In the spirit of Halloween, costumes are encouraged (tip: avoid costumes that could get caught under someone’s skates!). The OTR Rec Center will also be taking new and gently used Halloween costumes and bagged candy for kids at the Rec Center.

The Cincinnati Rollergirls will be on site to offer 5-minute skate lessons and demos, and the Cincinnati Film Festival will be screening scary short films by local filmmakers. The OTR Skate will feature DJ sets by DJs Apryl Reign and Diamonn Gurr, free Wii, ping pong, pool and foosball and an after party at the Drinkery starting at 11 pm.

Cover for the OTR Skate is $3, which includes skate rentals. Proceeds benefit the Over-the-Rhine Recreation Center to fund youth programming. The OTR Skate is an 18 and up event.

Final Friday OTR Skate
October 28
8:00pm -11:00pm
Over-the-Rhine Recreation Center
1715 Republic Street

DJ Sets by Apryl Reign and Diamonn Gurr

Admission $3 (includes skate rental)

FREE Wii, foosball, pool and bumper pool, courtesy of the OTR Rec Center

AFTER PARTY at the Drinkery starting at 11 pm

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FINAL FRIDAY OTR SKATE is a bi-monthly adult skate held on Final Friday at the Over-the-Rhine Recreation Center.  The event is highlighted by live DJs and interactive art installations, as well as support from local food and goods vendors. The OTR Skate is designed as both a unique Final Friday experience and community outreach effort – a portion of the proceeds benefit the OTR Rec Center, and many of the artists and musicians involved have offered their services in support of the effort.

FAR-I-ROME PRODUCTIONS is an independent special events production company that focuses on unifying the music & arts community under one roof through innovative events.  Founded in 2010, Far-I-Rome Productions has spanned genres and brought together the corners of the cities with events like the Clifton Heights Music Festival, Turntables ‘n’ Snares, Tune-In Park and the Final Friday OTR Skate.  Far-I-Rome Productions is based in Cincinnati, Ohio.

For more information on Far-I-Rome Productions, visit: http://www.fariromeproductions.com
For more information on the Over-The-Rhine Recreation Center, visit http://www.cincyrec.org