We gave Thomas a call, but the phone number provided by her office is "temporarily not in service." Ditto for the mayor's assistant's phone line.
Meantime, Thomas and Mayor Gary Norton will address the issue at a public meeting tomorrow evening. The meeting is set for
The topic at hand — a city's finances and future — is a complex one. Residents routinely line up at City Council meetings to probe the matter, but any notions that a plan to address budget deficits, outstanding bills, health insurance, etc., are typically danced around or bypassed entirely.
Earlier this year, when Scene looked around and realized we were the only Cleveland news media outfit hanging around Norton's State of the City address, we wrote: Norton’s basic assertion that the ship was now righted, that bright new leaders were in place, that a merger would not be necessary, and that great economic advances were coming for his city in 2014, rang not only false but out-of-touch.
Clock's ticking on 2014, and the state is still demanding a financial plan.