News
News Home
Quick Bites
Exploradio
News Archive
News Channel
Special Features
NPR
nowplaying
On AirNewsClassical
Loading...
  
School Closings
WKSU Support
Funding for WKSU is made possible in part through support from the following businesses and organizations.

Meaden & Moore

NOCHE

Area Agency on Aging 10B, Inc.


For more information on how your company or organization can support WKSU, download the WKSU Media Kit.

(WKSU Media Kit PDF icon )


Donate Your Vehicle to WKSU

Programs Schedule Make A Pledge Member BenefitsFAQ/HelpContact Us
Government


Environmental group challenges Bay Village door-to-door curfew
Solicitors -- including non-profits and political canvasser -- want to be able to visit until 9 p.m.; the city says no
by WKSU's KABIR BHATIA


Reporter
Kabir Bhatia
 
In The Region:
The city of Bay Village is butting heads with an environmental advocacy group over privacy, safety and free speech issues when it comes to door-to-door soliciting. WKSU’s Kabir Bhatia reports.
Bay Village curfew challenged

Other options:
Windows Media / MP3 Download (1:44)


Last summer, Bay Village joined neighbors Westlake and Fairview Park in scaling back curfews for solicitors from 9 p.m. to 8 p.m. or sundown, whichever comes first.

Ohio Citizen Action, which was canvassing at the time, argues that’s taking away valuable time to talk about important political issues and infringing on free speech. The group is suing, and recently prevailed in a similar case near Cincinnati. 

David Hudson of the First Amendment Center at Vanderbilt University, says the case could hinge on whether Bay Village can prove the issue is one of privacy and safety.

“If the court views it as a reasonable time, place and manner restriction, I would certainly advance the safety interest as well. But aside from safety interests, I think the city should probably try to pin its case on the privacy rationale. Certainly over the last 20 years, courts have been more sensitive to privacy concerns.”

For its part, Bay Village is saying just that.

“The (City) Council had numerous complaints about concerns of safety in the community as far as cars stopping children in the neighborhood, etc.," says Law Director Gary Ebert. "I'm not saying that's due to solicitation. It's just one of the issues that council was concerned about." 

Ebert says the town has had safety concerns ever since 10-year-old Amy Mihaljevic was abducted and killed in 1989"so Bay Village is very sensitive to that issue from a safety standpoint.”

Ebert did say another restriction -- that solicitors must register with the city -- has been revised and Ohio Citizen Action has agreed in principle. Non-profits will not have to pay a fee or go through as rigorous a registration process. Ebert says the two sides are continuing to negotiate, to try to head off the case going to federal court.
Listener Comments:

If you knock on my door after sundown and I don't know you, you better be ready for a beating. Me and my dog will f* you up- curfew or not.


Posted by: Doug (Bay Village) on January 22, 2013 11:01AM
Add Your Comment
Name:

Location:

E-mail: (not published, only used to contact you about your comment)


Comments:




 
Page Options

Print this page

E-Mail this page / Send mp3

Share on Facebook




Stories with Recent Comments

Farm-to-School: Cafeteria lunch is fresh and local at Tallmadge High School
Great job Tallmadge City Schools! So glad to have a progressive business manager and superintendant!

World premiere at Cleveland Institute of Music is fanfare for a new theme
J'ai une grande admiration pour Daniil Trifonov que j'ai vu en concert deux fois à Paris je ne lui trouve pas d'égal c'est un ange tombe du ciel

Kent's journalism school faculty protest presidential search secrecy
There really was too much secrecy behind the selection process. Hopefully the letter by the faculty members will convince the board to provide more information ...

Belgian cargo ship creates new export route between Antwerp and NEO
The vessel is registered in Amsterdam, The Netherlands. Not in Belgium ;)

Exploradio: Tracking Ohio's champion trees
Absolutely loved this story. We lost 3 of our larger ash trees last year due to EAB. Big, beautiful trees are something to be treasured, and many times they tru...

Ohio's rules on fracking and earthquakes are a first
I'm right in the middle of the issue. Like oil independence, but hope there is pre- and current-drilling assurance re dangers from pollution, earthquakes and th...

Bridgestone exec indictments are latest step in a billion-dollar price-fixing case
Why is O.P.E.C Not investigated and charges brought against it and it's member companies? It sounds exactly the same...

Ohio's new drilling rules rely on known earthquake faults
requiring drillers to place seismic monitors when they drill within 3 miles of known fault lines. This comment really upsets me!! What good does an instrument t...

Kasich's gubernatorial ad focuses on his blue-collar roots
John Kasich is the biggest con-man in America. He will say one thing and then do the opposite. He is terribly successful at fooling the public and he is worki...

Cab drivers who refuse to drive Gay Games taxis will be replaced
the irony is that most americans distrust or hate muslims much more than they hate gays!! silly ignorant bigots-GO HOME!!!

Copyright © 2014 WKSU Public Radio, All Rights Reserved.

 
In Partnership With:

NPR PRI Kent State University

listen in windows media format listen in realplayer format Car Talk Hosts: Tom & Ray Magliozzi Fresh Air Host: Terry Gross A Service of Kent State University 89.7 WKSU | NPR.Classical.Other smart stuff. NPR Senior Correspondent: Noah Adams Living on Earth Host: Steve Curwood 89.7 WKSU | NPR.Classical.Other smart stuff. A Service of Kent State University