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The Mayor's Office of Communications announced Thursday morning that Mayor Frank Jackson has been very busy. In order to keep residents apprised of all he's been up to, he'll be launching regular briefings in the coming weeks.
These briefings look like they'll be delivered via the Mayor's existing eNewsletter
, and will provide "information and insight" on the work being done at City Hall, "as well as other issues that impact [the] city."
As a foretaste, the newsletter's authors provided some highlights from the Mayor's proposed 2019 budget, released on Feb. 1
. These include the ongoing implementation of the Neighborhood Transformation Initiative; a $34 million investment in LED streetlights; the razing of blighted structures as part of the Safe Routes to School program; and the completion of a new city kennel.
"As Mayor, for the last 13 years I have focused on doing
the work," the letter said. "There is a lot happening right now and it’s happening for the good. We see increased service delivery, economic development and expanded opportunities for our neighborhoods. Through these briefings, I look forward to communicating with you as I continue to work and serve the great people of Cleveland."
Jackson's desire to promote his achievements and to communicate with residents is an abrupt about-face from recent months. These regular briefings, which are unlikely to be more than a series of themed press releases, may have been spurred by press coverage
focused on his routine absences from City Hall and the sluggishness and silence from his administration, for which Jackson has been lately taken to task.