This case was a no-brainer, the big surprise being it made it all the way to the Ohio Supreme Court.
The village of Bratenahl in Cuyahoga County argued it was OK to hold a secret ballot to elect a council president, as long as the winner was announced in open session. The lower courts backed them up.
The Ohio Supreme Court, by an 8-0 vote, said let’s get real. On Wednesday, it found that open meetings require the public has “meaningful access” to deliberations that take place among a public body’s members, including being able to determine how the participants voted.
… Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine will be spending a week in Japan next month at a trade show and for good reason: Japan is Ohio’s top international investor, with 852 Japanese companies employing nearly 73,000 Ohioans. Honda Motor Co., Ohio’s largest manufacturer, leads the list with 15,000 employees. DeWine will be joined by the heads of JobsOhio, the state’s privatized economic development office, and the Ohio Development Services Agency.
… LeBron James hasn’t forgotten his roots. He and four of his former high school teammates played a pickup game of basketball Wednesday in Akron against students of the I Promise School. James was there to dedicate a new multicolored outdoor basketball court.
… Chevrolet kept its word when it proclaimed its first mid-engine Corvette Stingray would start at less than $60,000. On Thursday it announced the price: $59,995.
… You never know what you’ll see next when you’re in law enforcement. A trooper in the state of Washington pulled over to help what he thought was the driver in a disabled vehicle. Instead, he found a guy who had eight phones simultaneously playing the video game Pokemon Go.
… Japan surpassed China in June as the top holder of U.S. Treasuries. It increased its holdings of U.S. bonds, bills and notes by $21.9 billion to $1.12 trillion, the highest level in more than 2½ years.
… Fearing another mass shooting just days after the Dayton tragedy, police in Mahoning County made a quick arrest of an 18-year-old boy who made online threats against federal law-enforcement agents.
Grapevine is a quick snapshot of items recently in the news. Contact Jim Krumel, editor of The Lima News, at 567-242-0391 or at The Lima News, 3515 Elida Road, Lima, Ohio 45807.