At this evening’s Cleveland City Council meeting, Ordinance Number 496-10, the 10-year no-bid contract for LED products and a promise of 350 jobs from Sunpu Opto has been tabled!suspend consideration of a pending motion.  For all intents and purpose the Ordinance appears to be dead.  There will be further discussions as to why the Ordinance was tabled.  It was expected to be voted on as early as Monday June 7th.

Although the Ordinance may be dead.  The issue should be kept alive.  The City should still be pursuing a strategy to procure and enter the market of LED Lighting, only now, in a way that is more transparent, open and competitive and based on the merits and credibility of the companies and products that respond to the City’s needs.

Brian J. Cummins
Cleveland City Councilman, Ward 14
bcummins[at]clevelandcitycouncil.org

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News Updates-
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Mayor Frank Jackson kills Sunpu-Opto deal, says city will start over again to find LED light supplier
By Mark Gillispie, The Plain Dealer May 24, 2010
http://blog.cleveland.com/metro/2010/05/mayor_frank_jackson_kills_sunp.html

Cleveland’s controversial light deal with a China based company is dead Council tables the measure at Mayor’s request
By: John Kosich, newsnet5.com, 5/24/2010
http://www.newsnet5.com/dpp/news/local_news/cleveland’s-controversial-light-deal-with-a-china-based-company-is-dead

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2 Responses to “CLE Ord. No 496-10 has been TABLED”

  1. John Polk Says:

    Thank you, Councilman, for the clarity and straight talk you’ve provided on this issue. It’s a welcome change from business as usual.

  2. Ed Morrison Says:

    There’s tremendous expertise in this city and region.

    Next time, hopefully, the Jackson Administration will reach out with a more sensible approach: A tight focus on a strategic outcome (making Cleveland a center for lighting innovation, for example) and flexibility and transparency on execution.

    This deal tried to pick a winner. It resembled industrial policy on a local level.