Cleveland Catch-Up

Julia Bianco, Staff Reporter

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We boil down what happened in Cleveland this week.

Ohio Governor John Kasich dances around the question

Ohio’s Republican Governor John Kasich gave his most clear answer yet to the question of whether he will run for president in 2016, but he still hasn’t given a definitive yes or no.

“It’s a privilege to be governor of Ohio… and that’s my focus,” he told the Associated Press. “But if I think something else makes sense, if I think the field is lacking or there’s an opportunity, I’ll look at it. All my options are open.”

Kasich considered running for president in 2000 but dropped out due to a lack of fundraising.

Richmond Town Square in danger of joining the city’s ‘dead malls’

The Richmond Town Square mall is losing Macy’s, Wet Seal, Claire’s, Radio Shack, putting it in danger of joining the 27 other “dead malls” in the state.

Macy’s announced its departure earlier this month, and the store is currently holding closeout sales. It is one of the 14 Macy’s stores closing across the country. The store, which was the anchor of the mall, closed due to a lack of shoppers.

“We’re worried the mall is going to end up being like Randall Park Mall or Euclid Square Mall,” Richmond Heights Councilman Donald O’Toole told cleveland.com, referencing two Ohio malls that were forced to shut down due to falling revenue. “They’re giant eyesores in the middle of their cities.”

The mall has been on decline for a long time, with the widening income gap leading to success for high-end malls but failure for the rest. Malls also suffer from the large number of stores that have popped up elsewhere, making it even more difficult to fill the entire space.

Macy’s owns their retail space, and what will happen to it is unclear.

Group writes plan for legalizing marijuana in Ohio

Political action committee, ResponsibleOhio, is aiming to legalize the production, sale and medical and personal use of marijuana in Ohio by the summer of 2016.

The proposal wants to create a seven-member Marijuana Control Commission, appointed by the governor, who would regulate the 10 sites in which cannabis would be grown.

It also proposes a 15 percent tax on marijuana production, in conjunction with sales tax and commercial activity tax. The majority of the tax revenue would go towards municipal and township governments for police, road repair and other public services. Medical marijuana would be tax free.