Monday, December 14, 2009

CFP celebrates, plans to continue

Members of Cincinnatians for Progress, who helped defeat Issue 9 on November 3, gathered last week at City Cellars to celebrate their accomplishments and to plan for the future.

Originally intended to disband following the election, committee co-chairs Joe Sprengard and Bobby Maly said that the group will continue to exist in some form, citing the groundswell of creativity and support that it was able to muster in a few short months.

"If there is another initiative, we will beat them again," Sprengard said.

Rail advocate John Schneider updated the crowd on the Cincinnati streetcar plan and Ohio's "Quick Start" passenger rail proposal, saying that both are still in line for funding from several state and federal sources.

Photo: Sean Donovan, with Jim Tarbell lurking.

Previous reading on BC:
Ballot language requiring rail vote passes out of committee (9/2/09)
Monzel asks Cincinnati to cease and desist all streetcar activity (8/10/09)
Partnership selected to manage streetcar project (6/15/09)
Cincinnatians for Progress has new website, endorsements; WeDemandAVote two-thirds of way to ballot (6/9/09)
Give Back Cincinnati sessions to focus on streetcars (1/29/09)