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John Litten


John Littenlitten

Lakewood City Hall
12650 Detroit Avenue
Lakewood, Ohio 44107

(216) 302-8333
John.Litten@lakewoodoh.net

Term Expires 12/31/2019

Ward 3:

John was elected as Ward 3’s representative on Lakewood City Council in November 2015. A 1997 graduate of St. Edward High School, John married Carrie Daw (LHS ’94) in 2002. They bought their first home on Wyandotte Ave. in 2003, and they now live on Chesterland Ave. with their three children Joshua, Brendan and Amelia.

Previous to joining Lakewood City Council, John was a member of the Lakewood Citizens’ Advisory Committee, the board of Keep Lakewood Beautiful, President of Winterhurst Hockey Association, coach with the Lakewood Soccer Association, parish council at St. Luke Church and a member of the Lakewood Hospital Association. He continues as a block club captain and as a baseball coach in the Lakewood Recreation Department.

Professionally, John began work as a summer camp counselor at Camp Christopher, where he would go on to be program coordinator (2001-2005) and Director (2005-2012). He wrote a book about the leadership lessons learned through the experience. From those roots, in 2012 John took a new challenge as executive director of the St. Vincent de Paul Society – a community-based non-profit, devoted to person to person service to others, through things like emergency assistance with rent and utilities, clothing and food. They run some of the largest food pantries in Ohio and served over 260,000 individuals last year alone.

John holds a B.F.A. in Graphic Design from Ohio University and a M.P.A. from Cleveland State University.

John’s priorities are safety, sustainability and service. He has dedicated himself to having a block club on every street in ward 3 (email if interested in being a block club captain!), so that we can meet our dedicated safety forces half way with the engagement and involvement of our residents for a better, safer and even more beautiful Lakewood.

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    Standing CommitteeChairMembers
    HousingDavid AndersonDan O'Malley, Tristan Rader
    Public SafetyTom BullockJohn Litten, Dan O'Malley
    FinanceDan O'MalleyTom Bullock, Meghan George
    Public WorksTristan RaderDavid Anderson, Tom Bullock
    Rules & OrdinancesMeghan GeorgeTristan Rader, John Litten
    Health & Human ServicesJohn LittenDavid Anderson, Meghan George

     

     

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    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
    February 25, 2019

    COUNCIL PRESIDENT SAM O’LEARY ANNOUNCES TOWN HALLS

    LAKEWOOD, OH – City Council President Sam O’Leary will be hosting his first two town halls of the year on March 5th from 7:00PM-8:30PM in the Lakewood Library Main Branch multimedia room and Thursday, April 18th from 7:00PM- 8:30PM in the Lakewood Library- Madison Branch conference room. Councilman O’Leary invites all Lakewood citizens to come for meaningful discussion and to hear about the City’s progress moving forward.

    “In my eight years of serving this community, these town halls are an excellent opportunity for citizens of Lakewood to engage directly with their local government and I’m excited to hear feedback from the community,” Council President O’Leary said. “This community is full of good ideas and insights, and we make this community better every time we have these conversations.”

    Councilman O’Leary’s upcoming town hall events follow in the footsteps of Mayor Michael P. Summers’ “Listening to Lakewood” events held at different locals throughout the city. “We recognize the fundamental importance of meeting our residents where they are, which is out and about in the community. Most people don’t have the time or the interest to come to a City Council meeting, but that doesn’t make their voice any less valuable or their input any less insightful,” President O’Leary said. “Often when making a decision, we have the data, but we need the perspectives of our neighbors to make sure City policies make sense for them.”

    Who: Councilman Sam O’Leary
    What: Town Halls- Open to the Public
    When: Tuesday, March 5th 7:00PM-8:30PM & Thursday, April 18th, 7:00PM-8:30PM
    Where: Lakewood Public Library- Main Branch conference room (March 5th date); Lakewood Public Library- Madison Branch meeting room (April 18th date)

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    Contact: Councilman Sam O’Leary; [216-200-8002 / Sam.OLeary@lakewoodoh.net]

    About Council President Sam O’Leary: Sam O’Leary is a lifetime resident of Lakewood and graduate of the Lakewood City Schools. Sam grew up on Clarence Avenue, but moved to Clifton Boulevard when he returned to Lakewood after studying public policy at The George Washington University in Washington, D.C.

    From early involvement in numerous political and civic campaigns, to serving on the Board of Zoning Appeals and the Tax Incentive Review Council, Sam has committed himself to knowing Lakewood, its residents, and the issues we face as a city. These experiences inform Sam’s vision of Lakewood as an historic and unique residential city complimented by vibrant commercial corridors that comprehensively serve the shopping, dining, and recreational needs of our citizens. To that end, Sam strives to develop and support partnerships between public, private, and non-profit stakeholders that turn eyesores into economic engines, while preserving our delicate balance of residential and commercial interests.

    Sam has been representing Ward 2 on Lakewood City Council since 2014 and was elected Council President by his colleagues in 2016 and 2018.

     


     

    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
    NOVEMBER 13, 2018

    Lakewood City Council seeks applicants for Boards & Commissions

    Lakewood City Council is seeking volunteers ready to engage with the community and advise their local government. The following opportunities are available:

    • Two vacancies on the Heritage Advisory Board
    • One vacancy on the Planning Commission
    • One vacancy on the Board of Nuisance Abatement Appeals

    The Heritage Advisory Board meets monthly and advises the City and the community on matters related to historic preservation. A detailed description of the Heritage Advisory Board and its duties is located in Chapter 1337 of the Lakewood Codified Ordinances. Two four-year terms are available effective January 1, 2019.

    The Planning Commission makes official reports and recommendations on proposed changes to the City’s Zoning Code, oversees changes to the use or development of land, and holds public hearings on the same. A detailed description of the Planning Commission is located in Article VII of the Third Amended Charter of the City of Lakewood. One six-year term is available beginning January 1, 2019. Planning Commission members should possess related expertise in the above areas and be available for up to 5 hours of service per month.

    The Board of Nuisance Abatement Appeals hears appeals from property owners whose properties have been designated as nuisances under Section 510.01 of the Codified Ordinances. The Board of Nuisance Abatement Appeals meets infrequently as-needed and performs a necessary due process function for residents.
    Additional information about these boards and commissions, including agendas and minutes, are located on the City’s website at: http://www.onelakewood.com/apply-register/boardscommissions/.

    Applicants are asked to email or deliver a cover letter and résumé for consideration to the Clerk of Council. Positions will remain open until filled.

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    For more information, please contact Maureen Bach, Clerk of Council, at (216) 529-6054.

    Clerk of Council Maureen Bach
    Email: Maureen.bach@lakewoodoh.net

    Mail/Deliver: Maureen Bach
    Clerk of Council
    12650 Detroit Avenue
    Lakewood, Ohio 44107


    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
    NOVEMBER 13, 2018

    HELP WANTED: Council President Sam O’Leary seeks applicants for
    Animal Safety & Welfare Advisory Board

    Lakewood City Council President Sam O’Leary is seeking applicants for a two-year appointment to the Lakewood Animal Safety & Welfare Advisory Board effective January 1, 2019.

    The Animal Safety & Welfare Advisory Board is made up of 11 Lakewood residents who advise the City and the community on animal issues. Recently, the Board has performed outreach to the community on the new dog ordinance, organized a spay and neuter event, and provided support for the Spooky Pooch Parade.
    Applicants should be able to commit to one monthly meeting and additional sub-committee meetings and project work as-needed. This is an unpaid volunteer position.

    Additional information about the Animal Safety & Welfare Advisory Board including agendas and minutes, are located on the City’s website at: http://www.onelakewood.com/apply-register/boardscommissions/.

    Applicants are asked to email a cover letter and résumé for consideration to Council President Sam O’Leary at sam.oleary@lakewoodoh.net.

    For questions or more information, please contact Maureen Bach, Clerk of Council, at (216) 529-6054 or maureen.bach@lakewoodoh.net

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    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
    NOVEMBER 16, 2017

    Lakewood City Council Seeks To Fill 2 Board Vacancies 

    Lakewood City Council is seeking a volunteer to fill a Board of Building Standards/Architectural Board of Review vacancy.  The unexpired term ends December 31, 2019.  This Board considers architectural proposals for commercial and residential properties, reviews applications for variances to the City’s Building Code, and reviews sign proposals.

    Council is also seeking a volunteer to fill a Lakewood Heritage Advisory Board vacancyThe term of this unexpired seat ends December 31, 2018.  The Lakewood Heritage Advisory Board educates, informs and makes recommendations to City Officials and the community on matters related to historic preservation.

    Applicants must be residents of Lakewood, have a desire to serve their community in a volunteer capacity, and be able to contribute the number of hours necessary to adequately contribute to the particular board’s mission.

    Applicants are asked to send a cover letter and/or résumé, to Lakewood City Council, 12650 Detroit Avenue, Lakewood, Ohio 44107 or email those materials to mary.hagan@lakewoodoh.net.

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    For more information, please contact Mary Hagan, Clerk of Council, at (216) 529-6053.


    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
    October 17, 2017

    Lakewood Empowers Young People to Say Something and Save Lives!
    Lakewood Promotes National Sandy Hook Promise Say Something Week

    Lakewood in partnership with Sandy Hook Promise, a national, nonprofit organization led by several family members whose loved ones were killed in the tragic mass shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School is naming October 16 to 20, 2017 as Say Something Week.

    Say Something teaches students in Middle School and High School how to look for warning signs, signals and threats, especially in social media, from individuals who may want to hurt themselves or others and to Say Something to a trusted adult to get them help. The program is based on research conducted by Dr. Dewey Cornell and Dr. Reid Meloy, two leading national experts in threat assessment and intervention.

    The weeklong series of events includes Say Something training at Harding and Garfield middle schools.  When it comes to violence, suicide and threats, most are known by at least one other individual BEFORE the incident takes place. In fact, 80% of school shooters told someone of their violent plan prior to the event.  Additionally, 7 out of 10 people who complete suicide told someone of their plans or gave some type of warning or indication. Imagine how much tragedy could be averted if these individuals said something?

    Say Something Week raises awareness and educates students and the community through training, media events, advertising, public proclamations, contests and awards. Say Something Week reinforces the power young people have to prevent tragedies and Say Something to a trusted adult to protect a friend from hurting them self or others.  The City of Lakewood and Sandy Hook Promise is asking schools, student clubs, parents and community leaders to visit www.sandyhookpromise.org/bringSaySomething to learn how to begin using Say Something in their schools, homes and community.


    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
    September 20, 2017

    City Council is looking for residents to serve on Winterhurst Committee

    City Council is forming a citizens committee to evaluate the future of the Winterhurst Ice Rink Facility.

    If you are interested in volunteering on this committee call Lakewood Clerk of Council Mary Hagan at 216-529-6053 or submit an email to mary.hagan@lakewoodoh.net.   Experience as a skater, hockey player, coach or involvement in ice rink related activities/general athletic facilities management is a plus.

     


    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
    September 7, 2017

    Board of Building Standards/Architectural Board of Review Vacancy

    Lakewood City Council is seeking a volunteer to fill a Board of Building Standards/Architectural Board of Review vacancy.  The unexpired term ends December 31, 2019.  Applicants must be residents of Lakewood, have a desire to serve their community in a volunteer capacity, and be able to contribute the number of hours necessary to adequately review plans coming before the Architectural Board of Review/Board of Building Standards.

    This Board considers architectural proposals for commercial and residential properties, reviews applications for variances to the City’s Building Code, and reviews sign proposals.

    Applicants are asked to send a cover letter and/or résumé, to Lakewood City Council, 12650 Detroit Avenue, Lakewood, Ohio 44107 or email those materials to mary.hagan@lakewoodoh.net. The submission deadline is 5 p.m. September 29, 2017.

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    For more information, please contact Mary Hagan, Clerk of Council, at (216) 529-6053.

     


    Mobile Stroke Unit to “Go Live” to Help Save Lives in Lakewood
    New City Council members tour unit after city finalizes contract 

    LAKEWOOD, October 17, 2016: During its Committee of the Whole meeting, Lakewood City Council members had an opportunity to tour the Cleveland Clinic’s Mobile Stroke Treatment Unit and discuss how Lakewood residents will benefit from new advances in stroke care.  Council President Sam O’Leary invited the unit to City Hall following the completion of the contractual agreement to bring the unit to Lakewood.

    Within the next several days, following the completion of protocols and training among Cleveland Clinic officials and Lakewood dispatchers and paramedics, the unit will help first responders save lives in Lakewood.

    The unit c rew showed Council members the technology available for on-site stroke diagnosis and treatment, including a mobile CT scanner and a mobile lab that allows the crew to do lab tests on board. If appropriate, the crew will be able to administer tPA – a medication that can break up blood clots and give patients a better chance at survival and living without disabilities often associated with a stroke. Upon receiving treatment, patients are transported to the most appropriate hospital.  Before arriving at Lakewood City Hall, the unit crew had just treated a stroke patient with tPA on board the unit as they transported him from his home in Euclid to the Cleveland Clinic’s main campus.

    “Deployment of the Mobile Stroke Treatment Unit in Lakewood was negotiated as part of the master agreement between the city, Cleveland Clinic, and the Lakewood Hospital Association, endorsed by City Council late last year,” says Council President O’Leary.  “Now that the city and Cleveland Clinic have come to contractual terms on the use of this precious resource, we are proud to say that this life-saving technology reinforces the city’s status as a local leader in stroke care.”

    “Stroke is the number one cause of serious long-term disability in the United States, and treating stroke patients faster both saves lives and reduces disability,” said Andrew Russman, D.O., Medical Director of the Mobile Stroke Treatment Unit at Cleveland Clinic. “In the fight against stroke, the mobile stroke treatment unit is at the forefront of our emergency response capability. We have seen tremendous success for patients in the last two years with the mobile stroke treatment unit, and we look forward to bringing mobile stroke care to the doorsteps of the residents of the City of Lakewood.”   Since Cleveland Clinic began its Mobile Stroke Treatment Unit program two years ago, more than 2,500 patients have been serviced by the unit crew.  Of those, 91 have received tPA on site.

    “Last year when City Council announced our approval of the master agreement, we reassured Lakewood residents that the fully-staffed emergency department would be open 24/7/365 at the old hospital site until it transitioned to the new Cleveland Clinic family health center,” said O’Leary.  “We kept that promise.  And now we can say that the most advanced emergency stroke care can actually come to your home, so life-saving treatment can be started even before you get to an emergency department.”

    You can watch a video to better understand how the Mobile Stroke Unit works and who benefits most.

    mobile-stroke1 mobile-stroke2

     

     

     

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    1. Legislation is proposed by Council members, the Mayor or administration or by citizen initiative (petition). Under Article III, Section 8 of the City Charter, “each proposed ordinance shall be introduced in written or printed form and shall not contain more than one subject, which shall be clearly stated in the title,” with the exception of general appropriation ordinances.
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    8. The Mayor signs the legislation.
    9. The proposed legislation becomes a local law.

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    Q:        When does Lakewood City Council meet? 

     A:        At seven-thirty (7:30) p.m. on the first and third Monday of every month, or, if such Monday falls on a Holiday, on the Tuesday following. Only Special Council Meetings or committee meetings are held in the month of August. All regular City Council meetings are held in the Council Chambers at City Hall. In addition, there are seven (7) standing committees of Council that meet at the discretion of the appointed chair.

    Q:        How long is a Council Member’s term? Are they full time? How much do they get paid? 

    A:        Each council member serves a four-year term. They work part-time. In 2014, Council voted to increase their salary from $7,000 to $13,000. This was the first increase in 32 years. This increase is phased in:  Four (4) Ward Council members began receiving the new salary in 2016.  Three (3) At-Large council members began receiving the new salary in 2018. Council members also have the option to receive full health care benefits through the city.