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City Employment Terms go into effect without Council approval

Mayor imposes 10 percent pay cut, other reductions to city’s unionsBy Mike Sandula and Marcus WrightThe Michigan CitizenDETROIT — A day after Detroit City Council rejected the newly proposed City Employment Terms (CET), the plan was imposed anyway.Council voted 5-4 at its July 17 formal session to reject the newly proposed City Employment Terms. Council members Brenda Jones, Kwame Kenyatta, Andre Spivey and ...

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Bad policy causes increase in crime

David Fultz, Antonio Leonard, David Doxey Media reports indicate crime is increasing in the city. Do policy decisions, such as decreased street lighting in certain areas of the city, contribute to the increase in crime?Yes. Not just a decrease in street lighting but decreased funding for after-school programs. When young people have nothing to do and no supervision they end up in trouble.David FultzI think ...

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Language of possibility

By Shea HowellSpecial to the Michigan CitizenNearly 500 people gathered in the sweltering heat of Detroit to re-imagine a new world. Two women biked from Baltimore. People came from Arkansas, Ohio, Sweden and Australia. A group in Oakland, Calif., raised money to send committed community organizers to learn, document and report back. Wisconsin farmers and New York artists joined together with Detroiters to ...

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DPS funds disappear under EM Roberts

2012-13 budget reflects drastic shift to new state districtBy Eric T. CampbellThe Michigan CitizenDETROIT — This school year the Educational Achievement Authority (EAA), a statewide school district for so-called low-performing schools, will take over 15 former DPS schools and the federal dollars that come with them. The combined budgets of the EAA and DPS, $880 million, will be controlled by DPS Emergency M ...

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City eliminates 3 departments

Detroit severs ties to DDHS, DHWP, Workforce DevelopmentBy Mike SandulaThe Michigan CitizenDETROIT — Many city of Detroit workers will be out of a job July 13.The Detroit Department of Human Services (DDHS) — which was decertified by City Council on June 5 — Workforce Development and the Department of Health and Wellness Promotion (DHWP) were recently shut down by the city of Detroit.Attorney Richard Mack, ...

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Ratings report contradicts mayor, media

By Eric T. CampbellMichigan Citizen NewspaperDETROIT — Ingham County Judge William Collette denied July 11 a motion filed by Corporation Counsel, Krystal Crittendon, to reconsider a ruling on the legality of the city’s Fiscal Stability Agreement (Consent Agreement) with the state. In the wake of Crittendon’s court filings, Mayor Dave Bing has publically called for her resignation, saying her actions have co ...

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Group uses people power

Chalena Beasley, middle front, marches with co-workers to protest Michigan Court of Appeals refusing to grant immediate effect to its decision Public Act 4 signatures are compliant with state law. Beasley is a Detroit Public Schools teacher and three children who are DPS students. The court decision to grant immediate effect would nullify the law authorizing DPS Emergency Manager. MARCUS WRIGHT PHOTO By Mar ...

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Respond to calls instead of computer-generated data

Rev. Charles William, Jr., Cecily McClellan, Chris Griffith CITIZENS SPEAKDetroit Police Chief Ralph Godbee announced several weeks ago the Detroit Police Department (DPD) is considering using predictive policing which employs advanced technological tools and data analysis to take proactive measures to “pre-empt” crime. Should the DPD use predictive policing?It’s simply another means of profiling. Instead o ...

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Media questions

By Shea HowellSpecial to the Michigan CitizenHantz Farms has launched a media blitz. They are pressuring the city into quick action on its land grab. The City Council should stand firmly against this push. There is no reason to act before the Detroit Food Policy Council and the City Planning Commission complete their work on agricultural policies for the city.This past week the Wall Street Journal and Huffi ...

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‘Let the people vote’

Snyder vetoes ‘voter suppression’ bills; citizens urge the governor to place PA4 on the November ballotBy Zenobia JeffriesThe Michigan CitizenDETROIT — Gov. Rick Snyder has been criticized for much of his administration’s policy for urban centers since taking office. His partial veto July 3 of the election reform bills, known by critics as “voter suppression bills” has been well-received by many, yet the qu ...

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