Members and guests enjoyed the annual presentation of Mayor Earl Leiken on the "State Of The City 2017" on April 5, 2017 at the Cleveland Skating Club. The Mayor stated that Shaker Heights remains competitive with outer-ring suburbs in terms of housing, education ans an "AAA" bond rating.  The Mayor then made strong arguments in favor of the May 2nd school bond levy and renewed his call for the Shaker Library to merge with the Cuyahoga County Library system. He also gave an update on the Van Aken project. He stated that the vision for the Van Aken project is to be a business environment connecting , integrating and complementing surrounding neighborhoods. He said that Phase I of the development , which includes several restaurants and retail stores, is scheduled to open in the summer of 2018. There are also 100 apartments planned for for in Phase I that will be comparable to The View in Beachwood and others in University Circle. The Mayor also stated that the city is working hard on their Strategic Housing and Neighborhood Plan which includes a collaborative project with neighbors in the Moreland district called Moreland Rising to strengthen that community and new 21st century housing in Moreland and other locations.  Mayor Leiken then answered a number of questions from the audience.  

 Moderator Bob Ault mentioned that Mayor Leiken is an Honorary Member of the Rotary Club of Shaker Heights.