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Ken Lanci is a hit with the the black community, criticizes Frank Jackson

Ken Lanci is a hit with the the black community, criticizes Frank Jackson

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Ken Lanci, Cleveland mayoral candidate, is hit with black community, criticizes traffic enforcement cameras
Pat Galbincea, The Plain Dealer By Pat Galbincea, The Plain Dealer
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on May 30, 2013 at 8:57 PM, updated May 30, 2013 at 8:58 PM
CLEVELAND -- Cleveland mayoral candidate Ken Lanci criticized the new traffic enforcement cameras to be established in predominantly black neighborhoods and vowed Thursday night to have an office that's accountable and transparent.
Lanci spoke to about 80 at the Lil Africa Village Party Center on East 68th Street and Superior Avenue who repeatedly clapped their approval of his speech and answers to questions.
"It's important for people to know I am a native Clevelander and a self-made businessman...not a politician," said Lanci, 63. "My job as mayor will be to work for the greater good of the community."
Lanci received applause when he held up a red and white that read "Stop Targeting East Siders on Red-Light Cameras."
"I am for programs that increase the safety of our neighborhoods," he said. "I won't support programs that unfairly target residents who can least afford these punitive measures. These cameras and resulting fines are nothing more than a money grab from the people least able to pay."
Lanci, who will run for mayor as a Democrat, said several times throughout the evening that when incumbent Mayor Frank Jackson took office in 2006, the city had a poverty rate of 27 percent. In the 2011 census report, the city's poverty rate had risen to 34 percent.
"The red-light cameras are yet another example of just how out of touch Mayor Jackson is with the overwhelmingly difficult conditions facing the residents of Cleveland."
Before he spoke, Lanci marched with members of the Imperial Women and other organizations for 30 minutes while leaders Kathy Wray Coleman and Black on Black Crime founder Art McCoy protested the handling of the Nov. 29, 2012 shooting in which police fired 137 shots in East Cleveland at the end of a nearly 30-minute chase that killed apparently unarmed Timothy Russell, 43, and Malissa Williams, 30.
"I don't fault the police or the police chief," Lanci said. "The problem starts at the top...the chief executive officer of any company gets the glory, but also gets the grief. These people don't see the mayor as a leader who is solving the city's problems.
"Do I have the vaccine to cure the problem? No, but I have plans and ideas which will help solve it."
Lanci is CEO and chairman of Consolidated Graphics Group, Inc. of Cleveland, a marketing company.
He also told the crowd later that he was shocked that Amanda Berry, Gina DeJesus and Michelle Knight could be locked up in a Cleveland home for a decade and not have anybody notice.
"It's beyond comprehension that nobody knew these girls were in that home for so long," he said. "We need to have all homes that are partially boarded checked out. I plan to be going in neighborhoods to bring people together so there is trust and interaction between city officials and its citizens.
"My job will be – if you elect me and give me the chance to do it -- to make sure you are protected," he said. "You can't cut budgets and the number of police on your police force and make the streets safe."
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Ken Lanci, Cleveland mayoral candidate, is hit with black community, criticizes traffic enforcement cameras
Pat Galbincea, The Plain Dealer By Pat Galbincea, The Plain Dealer
Email the author
on May 30, 2013 at 8:57 PM, updated May 30, 2013 at 8:58 PM
CLEVELAND -- Cleveland mayoral candidate Ken Lanci criticized the new traffic enforcement cameras to be established in predominantly black neighborhoods and vowed Thursday night to have an office that's accountable and transparent.
Lanci spoke to about 80 at the Lil Africa Village Party Center on East 68th Street and Superior Avenue who repeatedly clapped their approval of his speech and answers to questions.
"It's important for people to know I am a native Clevelander and a self-made businessman...not a politician," said Lanci, 63. "My job as mayor will be to work for the greater good of the community."
Lanci received applause when he held up a red and white that read "Stop Targeting East Siders on Red-Light Cameras."
"I am for programs that increase the safety of our neighborhoods," he said. "I won't support programs that unfairly target residents who can least afford these punitive measures. These cameras and resulting fines are nothing more than a money grab from the people least able to pay."
Lanci, who will run for mayor as a Democrat, said several times throughout the evening that when incumbent Mayor Frank Jackson took office in 2006, the city had a poverty rate of 27 percent. In the 2011 census report, the city's poverty rate had risen to 34 percent.
"The red-light cameras are yet another example of just how out of touch Mayor Jackson is with the overwhelmingly difficult conditions facing the residents of Cleveland."
Before he spoke, Lanci marched with members of the Imperial Women and other organizations for 30 minutes while leaders Kathy Wray Coleman and Black on Black Crime founder Art McCoy protested the handling of the Nov. 29, 2012 shooting in which police fired 137 shots in East Cleveland at the end of a nearly 30-minute chase that killed apparently unarmed Timothy Russell, 43, and Malissa Williams, 30.
"I don't fault the police or the police chief," Lanci said. "The problem starts at the top...the chief executive officer of any company gets the glory, but also gets the grief. These people don't see the mayor as a leader who is solving the city's problems.
"Do I have the vaccine to cure the problem? No, but I have plans and ideas which will help solve it."
Lanci is CEO and chairman of Consolidated Graphics Group, Inc. of Cleveland, a marketing company.
He also told the crowd later that he was shocked that Amanda Berry, Gina DeJesus and Michelle Knight could be locked up in a Cleveland home for a decade and not have anybody notice.
"It's beyond comprehension that nobody knew these girls were in that home for so long," he said. "We need to have all homes that are partially boarded checked out. I plan to be going in neighborhoods to bring people together so there is trust and interaction between city officials and its citizens.
"My job will be – if you elect me and give me the chance to do it -- to make sure you are protected," he said. "You can't cut budgets and the number of police on your police force and make the streets safe."
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Pat Galbincea, The Plain DealerBy Pat Galbincea, The Plain Dealer Email the authoron May 30, 2013 at 8:57 PM, updated May 30, 2013 at 8:58 PMCLEVELAND -- Cleveland mayoral candidate Ken Lanci criticized the new traffic enforcementcameras to be established in predominantly black neighborhoods and vowed Thursday nightto have an office that's accountable and transparent.Lanci spoke to about 80 at the Lil Africa Village Party Center on East 68th Street andSuperior Avenue who repeatedly clapped their approval of his speech and answers toquestions."It's important for people to know I am a native Clevelander and a self-madebusinessman...not a politician," said Lanci, 63. "My job as mayor will be to work for thegreater good of the community."Lanci received applause when he held up a red and white that read "Stop Targeting EastSiders on Red-Light Cameras.""I am for programs that increase the safety of our neighborhoods," he said. "I won't supportprograms that unfairly target residents who can least afford these punitive measures. Thesecameras and resulting fines are nothing more than a money grab from the people least ableto pay."Lanci, who will run for mayor as a Democrat, said several times throughout the evening thatwhen incumbent Mayor Frank Jackson took office in 2006, the city had a poverty rate of 27percent. In the 2011 census report, the city's poverty rate had risen to 34 percent."The red-light cameras are yet another example of just how out of touch Mayor Jackson iswith the overwhelmingly difficult conditions facing the residents of Cleveland."Before he spoke, Lanci marched with members of the Imperial Women and otherorganizations for 30 minutes while leaders Kathy Wray Coleman and Black on Black Crimefounder Art McCoy protested the handling of the Nov. 29, 2012 shooting in which policefired 137 shots in East Cleveland at the end of a nearly 30-minute chase that killedapparently unarmed Timothy Russell, 43, and Malissa Williams, 30.

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