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Cleveland’s mayor

Posted by Ed on December 9, 2003

The mayor of Cleveland is not popular at the moment. The city has a projected budget deficit of about $60 million dollars for 2004. Admittedly, this probably isn’t entirely her fault, but her means of controlling it are harsh, short-sighted and extremely poorly timed.

She plans to cut the number council employees by about 700, with the heaviest losses being taken by the police, fire and medical services. And just to rub salt in the wound, many empoyees are being sacked on December 22nd. No wonder they’re calling her ‘the bitch who stole Christmas’.

Environmental services will suffer too, with the city’s recycling programme also being cut this month.

The Plain Dealer has a special report.

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