Charles Pugh http://michiganradio.org en Pugh resignation comes in letter left at City Hall http://michiganradio.org/post/pugh-resignation-comes-letter-left-city-hall <p>DETROIT (AP) - A letter has been dropped off at Detroit City Hall announcing that Charles Pugh has resigned from the City Council.<br><br>A spokesman for emergency manager Kevyn Orr says in an email that the two-paragraph letter was left about 3 p.m. Friday at the 11th floor front desk.<br><br>Bill Nowling also says he doesn't know who left the letter.<br><br>The letter is signed "Charles Pugh" and says he has accepted "an offer for employment elsewhere."<br> Sat, 14 Sep 2013 13:19:00 +0000 The Associated Press 14423 at http://michiganradio.org Pugh resignation comes in letter left at City Hall This week in Michigan politics: Consolidating schools, creditors' bus tour, Detroit City Council http://michiganradio.org/post/week-michigan-politics-consolidating-schools-creditors-bus-tour-detroit-city-council <p>This week in Michigan politics, Jack Lessenberry and Emily Fox discuss the proposal to <a href="http://www.michiganradio.org/post/michigans-state-superintendent-wants-move-toward-county-wide-school-districts">consolidate school districts</a> into county-wide systems, the <a href="http://www.michiganradio.org/post/orr-cancels-detroit-bus-tour-creditors-pull-out">canceled bus tour</a> for Detroit creditors, and the new changes on the <a href="http://www.michiganradio.org/post/detroit-city-council-elects-new-leaders">Detroit City Council</a>.</p><p> Wed, 10 Jul 2013 13:43:46 +0000 Jack Lessenberry, Emily Fox & Michigan Radio Newsroom 13455 at http://michiganradio.org This week in Michigan politics: Consolidating schools, creditors' bus tour, Detroit City Council In this morning's news: Jenkins replaces Pugh, income tax bill, Orr meets with creditors http://michiganradio.org/post/mornings-news-jenkins-replaces-pugh-income-tax-bill-orr-meets-creditors <p><strong>Saunteel</strong> <strong>Jenkins replaces Charles Pugh as Detroit City Council President</strong></p><p>"Saunteel Jenkins is the new President of the Detroit City Council. The Council voted on new leadership after it lost its two former top officials. Jenkins replaces Charles Pugh, who has vanished from the public eye amidst allegations of a questionable relationship with a teenager," Michigan Radio's Sarah Cwiek <a href="http://www.michiganradio.org/post/detroit-city-council-elects-new-leaders">reports.</a></p><p><strong>Proposed legislation would let voters eliminate income tax</strong></p><p>Republican state Representative Bob Genetski is sponsoring legislation that would let voters decide whether to get rid of the state's income tax.<br><br>"He supports raising the state’s sale’s tax to make up for the lost revenue. Former director of the state House Fiscal Agency Mitch Bean says the plan would leave an $8.5 billion dollar hole in next year’s state budget," Jake Neher reports.</p><p><strong>Orr cancels bus tour with creditors </strong></p><p>Detroit emergency manager Kevyn Orr has canceled a planned bus tour meant to convince Wall Street creditors that the city's condition is dire and they should accept big losses on its debt.<br><br>"Orr says the tour could be rescheduled. But it increasingly seems that his negotiations with creditors are hitting a wall. City Council member Ken Cockrel echoes what many think--that resistance from creditors is speeding up Detroit’s timeline for a possible bankruptcy filing," Michigan Radio's Sarah Cwiek reports.</p><p> Wed, 10 Jul 2013 10:53:50 +0000 Michigan Radio Newsroom 13454 at http://michiganradio.org In this morning's news: Jenkins replaces Pugh, income tax bill, Orr meets with creditors Investigation suspended for Pugh, new Detroit City Council leadership selected http://michiganradio.org/post/investigation-suspended-pugh-new-detroit-city-council-leadership-selected <p>A police investigation of former Detroit City Council President Charles Pugh was stopped yesterday.</p><p>Police were investigating Pugh after allegations were made that Pugh had "inappropriate contact" with an 18-year-old student that he was mentoring at Fredrick Douglass High School.</p><p>According to the Associated Press, "the teen's mother fears that the case is harming [her son] psychologically."</p><blockquote><p>Madison Heights police said in a statement Monday they're honoring the family's request and postponing an interview with the teen.</p><p>The department says it isn't forwarding the case to prosecutors because it's necessary to speak with the victim "in order to do a complete and thorough investigation."</p></blockquote><p> Tue, 09 Jul 2013 18:44:10 +0000 Michigan Radio Newsroom 13443 at http://michiganradio.org Investigation suspended for Pugh, new Detroit City Council leadership selected In this morning's news: Detroit pension systems, consolidating school services, Detroit City Council http://michiganradio.org/post/mornings-news-detroit-pension-systems-consolidating-school-services-detroit-city-council <p><strong>Detroit's pension systems vs. Kevyn Orr</strong></p><p>Detroit has two pension systems and both have posted fairly strong funding levels. But emergency manager Kevyn Orr has questioned some of those numbers. Orr spokesman Bill Nowling says using more realistic projections changes the funding levels, but Detroit’s pension systems say their numbers are correct.</p><p><strong>Michigan schools might consolidate services</strong></p><p>Michigan schools could be forced to consolidate many of their services into <a href="http://www.michiganradio.org/post/michigans-state-superintendent-wants-move-toward-county-wide-school-districts">county-wide systems</a> if state lawmakers decide to go along with a plan released yesterday by state Superintendent Mike Flanagan. Flanagan wants services like transportation, food, and staff training to be handled at the county or regional level.</p><p>“And local districts, they can spend time on student achievement issues and not worry about all that other stuff,” Flanagan told Michigan Public Radio's Jake Neher.</p><p><strong>Detroit City Council will select new leader</strong></p><p>The Detroit City Council is expected to select a new president today. The board typically numbers nine but now has six members after two recently resigned and the former President Charles Pugh deserted his duties.</p><p> Tue, 09 Jul 2013 11:29:59 +0000 Michigan Radio Newsroom 13428 at http://michiganradio.org In this morning's news: Detroit pension systems, consolidating school services, Detroit City Council Charles Pugh should take responsibility for his absence http://michiganradio.org/post/charles-pugh-should-take-responsibility-his-absence <p>Tomorrow is the Fourth of July, what we call Independence Day, and a lot of politicians will say a lot of things, much of it nonsense, about what the Founding Fathers supposedly believed in 1776.</p><p>What is pretty clear, however, is that all of them thought we should have the freedom to determine our own destiny, and to be responsible for our actions. I know they were thinking mainly, if not exclusively, about the rights of property-owning white men.</p><p> Wed, 03 Jul 2013 11:57:28 +0000 Jack Lessenberry 13357 at http://michiganradio.org Charles Pugh should take responsibility for his absence In this morning's news: School district consolidation, wolf hunt, Detroit City Council leadership http://michiganradio.org/post/mornings-news-school-district-consolidation-wolf-hunt-detroit-city-council-leadership <p>Governor Rick Snyder has signed a <a href="http://michiganradio.org/post/buena-vista-inkster-schools-could-be-dissolved-under-bills-headed-governor">law</a> which would allow the state to consolidate small, financially struggling school districts with neighboring districts. Inskter in metro Detroit and Buena Vista in Saginaw County would be the first districts affected. Snyder also announced that a work group would be trying to develop a better system for fixing schools with looming financial problems.</p><p>"There is a new <a href="http://www.michiganradio.org/post/you-could-be-asked-vote-two-michigan-wolf-hunt-laws-november-2014">petition drive</a> to put a referendum on a wolf-hunting law on the November 2014 ballot. If it’s successful, this would be the second ballot challenge to a Michigan wolf hunt. This drive takes aim at the new hunting law adopted after a previous ballot campaign turned in enough petitions to suspend the earlier wolf-hunting law," Rick Pluta reports.<br><br>The Detroit City Council is holding off on replacing its leadership over lingering legal questions. The Council will vote next week on who will replace Charles Pugh as Council President. Pugh has been missing for several weeks, and he <a href="http://www.michiganradio.org/post/detroit-city-council-president-be-stripped-his-duties">has been stripped</a> of his pay and responsibilities. The Council will also select a President Pro-Tem, its second-highest leadership position.</p><p> Wed, 03 Jul 2013 11:35:57 +0000 Michigan Radio Newsroom 13356 at http://michiganradio.org In this morning's news: School district consolidation, wolf hunt, Detroit City Council leadership Detroit City Council President to be stripped of his duties http://michiganradio.org/post/detroit-city-council-president-be-stripped-his-duties <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Detroit City Council President Charles Pugh hasn't turned up at a council meeting</span><a href="http://www.michiganradio.org/post/pughs-whereabouts-unknown-allegations-inappropriate-relationship-17-year-old-boy" style="line-height: 1.5;"> for more than two weeks</a><span style="line-height: 1.5;">.</span></p><p>Today, <a href="http://www.freep.com/article/20130702/NEWS01/307020062/Detroit-council-Pugh">Joe Guillen of the Detroit Free Press</a> writes that the Detroit City Council will vote on a replacement for Pugh next week.</p><blockquote><p><span style="color: rgb(34, 34, 34); font-family: arial; font-size: small; line-height: normal;">Council members did not indicate during the meeting that they had heard from him.</span><br style="color: rgb(34, 34, 34); font-family: arial; font-size: small; line-height: normal;"><br style="color: rgb(34, 34, 34); font-family: arial; font-size: small; line-height: normal;"><span style="color: rgb(34, 34, 34); font-family: arial; font-size: small; line-height: normal;">“Who knows, by July the seventh, member Pugh, President Pugh or Charles Pugh might have resigned by then,” Councilwoman Brenda Jones said.</span></p></blockquote><p>The city's law department told council that Pugh's position as council president was vacated once Detroit's emergency manager, Kevyn Orr, stripped Pugh of his pay and duties.</p><p>A civil complaint was filed against Pugh for an inappropriate relationship with an 18 year-old boy.</p><p>Police are looking into the matter, but as <a href="http://www.deadlinedetroit.com/articles/5449/charles_pugh_madison_heights_investigation_hinges_on_shopping_trip#.UdMC5fm1HjU">Deadline Detroit's Jeff Wattrick</a> writes, the allegations "<span style="color: rgb(44, 44, 44); font-family: 'Open Sans', sans-serif; line-height: 20px;">are remarkably unsalacious&nbsp;at this point."</span></p><p> Tue, 02 Jul 2013 16:52:38 +0000 Mark Brush 13342 at http://michiganradio.org Detroit City Council President to be stripped of his duties Halfway through 2013, a new man in charge of Detroit, and a weakened governor http://michiganradio.org/post/halfway-through-2013-new-man-charge-detroit-and-weakened-governor <p>Well, we’ve just about made it halfway through the year.&nbsp; In fact, for most businesses and most states, Monday is the start of a new fiscal year. Michigan, however, starts its fiscal year October 1.</p><p>Why?&nbsp; Well, it has to do with an accounting trick to deal with a fiscal crisis back in the nineteen seventies. Yes, the more things change, the more some things stay the same.</p><p>But this has been a pretty momentous six months. On New Year’s Day, elected officials were still fully in charge in Detroit.&nbsp; Today, the city is being run by an emergency manager. Six months ago, while everybody knew Detroit finances were bad, nobody dreamed the total debt might be near twenty billion dollars. Fri, 28 Jun 2013 15:45:55 +0000 Jack Lessenberry 13293 at http://michiganradio.org Halfway through 2013, a new man in charge of Detroit, and a weakened governor In this morning's news: ACLU suit proceeds, Duggan considers write-in campaign, and Pugh disappears http://michiganradio.org/post/mornings-news-aclu-suit-proceeds-duggan-considers-write-campaign-and-pugh-disappears <p><strong>“Right-to-read” suit continues</strong></p><p>A Wayne County judge is allowing a suit against the Highland Park school district to proceed.&nbsp; “The suite says the district failed to comply with a state law that requires remedial assistance for students not reading at grade level in the fourth and seventh grades,” <a href="http://www.michiganradio.org/post/judge-allows-right-read-lawsuit-go-forward">reports </a>Michigan Radio’s Lindsay Hall.&nbsp; The “right-to-read” suit was filed by the American Civil Liberties Union last year.</p><p><strong>Duggan supporters consider write-in campaign</strong></p><p>Mike Duggan will announce his next steps today in the Detroit Mayoral race.&nbsp; Michigan Radio’s Sara Cwiek <a href="http://www.michiganradio.org/post/will-duggan-launch-write-campaign-well-know-friday">reports</a> that Duggan’s supporters are preparing a write-in campaign for him.&nbsp; Duggan was ousted from the race last week when courts decided he was ineligible after filing his paperwork outside of the approved dates.&nbsp; &nbsp;&nbsp;</p><p><strong>Detroit City Council President ousted</strong></p><p>Detroit City Council President Charles Pugh has been relieved of duty.&nbsp; Emergency Manager Kevyn Orr stripped him of his salary and authority after he failed to turn up for a final deadline Wednesday evening.&nbsp; Michigan Radio's Julia Field <a href="http://www.michiganradio.org/post/pughs-whereabouts-unknown-allegations-inappropriate-relationship-17-year-old-boy">reports</a> that Pugh is also under scrutiny after allegations surfaced of an inappropriate relationship with a high school student. Fri, 28 Jun 2013 11:57:35 +0000 Michigan Radio Newsroom 13291 at http://michiganradio.org In this morning's news: ACLU suit proceeds, Duggan considers write-in campaign, and Pugh disappears Pugh's whereabouts unknown, allegations of inappropriate relationship with 17-year old boy http://michiganradio.org/post/pughs-whereabouts-unknown-allegations-inappropriate-relationship-17-year-old-boy <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">This past Tuesday, Detroit City Council President Charles Pugh was absent for his second straight week of council sessions. His whereabouts for the last few days have been unknown and his public Facebook and Twitter pages were taken down last week.</span></p><p>Recently, Pugh is facing allegations that he had an inappropriate relationship with a 17-year old male student he mentored.</p> Thu, 27 Jun 2013 15:59:19 +0000 Michigan Radio Newsroom 13273 at http://michiganradio.org Pugh's whereabouts unknown, allegations of inappropriate relationship with 17-year old boy In this morning's news: Voting rights decision, Orr denies medical leave, Buena Vista layoffs http://michiganradio.org/post/mornings-news-voting-rights-decision-orr-denies-medical-leave-buena-vista-layoffs <p><strong>Michigan doesn't need to clear new election laws with the federal government</strong></p><p>"The U.S. Supreme Court’s decision striking down a key part of a voting rights law means the state of Michigan will no longer have to clear new election laws with the federal government," Rick Pluta <a href="http://michiganradio.org/post/us-supreme-court-voting-rights-decision-could-impact-areas-michigan">reports. </a></p><p>Two counties, Buena Vista in Saginaw County and Clyde in Allegan county, <a href="http://michiganradio.org/post/why-townships-michigan-were-subject-voting-rights-act">were covered </a>by the federal Voting Rights Act after failing to provide adequate help to Spanish-speaking voters in the 1970s.</p><p><strong>Kevyn Orr denies medical leave for City Council president </strong></p><p>Detroit’s emergency manager Kevyn Orr has denied City Council President Charles Pugh's request for medical leave. Pugh has been absent from Council meetings for a few days, and he has not returned phone calls. Orr says Pugh must report to work by 5:00 pm on Wednesday, or be stripped of his salary and responsibilities.</p><p><strong>Buena Vista School District lays off most teachers and staff </strong></p><p>The Board of Education for the Buena Vista School District near Saginaw approved layoffs for nearly all of its teachers and staff on Tuesday.<br><br>"School officials the district will have about $2,000 as of July 5. Board President Randy L. Jackson says the district still is making plans for fall classes. The board approved an application to request a $2.5 million loan from the state to help keep running," according to the Associated Press.</p><p> Wed, 26 Jun 2013 10:52:40 +0000 Michigan Radio Newsroom 13250 at http://michiganradio.org In this morning's news: Voting rights decision, Orr denies medical leave, Buena Vista layoffs Bing decries Council "sideshow," says he 'll no longer deal with city lawyers http://michiganradio.org/post/bing-decries-council-sideshow-says-he-ll-no-longer-deal-city-lawyers <p>Detroit Mayor Dave Bing went to the Detroit City Council Friday to formally tell them he wants to get rid of the city&rsquo;s top lawyer.</p><p>Instead, he walked out of an abruptly-recessed meeting <a href="http://www.freep.com/article/20120622/NEWS01/120622053/Crittendon-Bing-sideshow-City-Council-meeting?odyssey=tab|topnews|text|FRONTPAGE">he later called a &ldquo;sideshow.&rdquo;</a></p><p>Bing has been at odds with Detroit&rsquo;s corporation counsel, Krystal Crittendon, for weeks now.</p> Fri, 22 Jun 2012 23:15:32 +0000 Sarah Cwiek 7992 at http://michiganradio.org Bing decries Council "sideshow," says he 'll no longer deal with city lawyers Detroit City Council approves financial board picks, moves ahead with consent agreement http://michiganradio.org/post/detroit-city-council-approves-financial-board-picks-moves-ahead-consent-agreement <p>The Detroit City Council is moving ahead to implement the city&rsquo;s consent agreement with the state.</p><p>The Council had delayed appointing its two members to a nine-member financial advisory board while the city&rsquo;s corporation counsel challenged the consent deal in court.</p> Thu, 14 Jun 2012 23:12:12 +0000 Sarah Cwiek 7901 at http://michiganradio.org Detroit City Council approves financial board picks, moves ahead with consent agreement Lots of action, uncertainty as Detroit-Lansing standoff continues http://michiganradio.org/post/lots-action-uncertainty-detroit-lansing-standoff-continues <p>The standoff between Lansing and some Detroit city officials over a lawsuit showed little sign of fizzling out Tuesday.</p><p>But it also appears the state might be looking for ways to give the city some leeway if the contentious situation continues much longer.</p><p>The standoff began last week when Detroit&rsquo;s corporation counsel, Krystal Crittendon, went to court asking for a judge&rsquo;s opinion about whether the consent agreement between the city and state should be voided.</p> Wed, 13 Jun 2012 03:45:43 +0000 Sarah Cwiek 7860 at http://michiganradio.org Lots of action, uncertainty as Detroit-Lansing standoff continues Detroit officials count city money in the face of consent agreement legal challenge http://michiganradio.org/post/detroit-officials-count-city-money-face-consent-agreement-legal-challenge <p>Detroit Mayor Dave Bing and the City Council are sitting down this morning to discuss keeping the city afloat financially.</p><p>Bing and Detroit&rsquo;s Chief Financial Officer have warned the city might run out of money by the end of this week.</p><p>When Detroit signed a consent agreement with the state more than two months ago, it was supposed to keep the city out of just this position.</p><p>But the city&rsquo;s top lawyer, Krystal Crittendon, is challenging the deal&rsquo;s validity in court.</p> Mon, 11 Jun 2012 14:28:19 +0000 Sarah Cwiek 7832 at http://michiganradio.org Detroit officials count city money in the face of consent agreement legal challenge Deadline passes, and still no plan to keep an emergency manager out of Detroit http://michiganradio.org/post/deadline-passes-and-still-no-plan-keep-emergency-manager-out-detroit <p>Detroit&rsquo;s elected officials had hoped to resolve some big questions about the city&rsquo;s financial future Tuesday.</p><p>But that didn&rsquo;t happen.</p><p>Both Governor Snyder and Detroit Mayor Dave Bing say the only way for the city to avoid an emergency manager is to get big union concessions.</p><p>Bing had hoped to get those concessions by the end of January. But the self-imposed deadline came and went without a deal.</p><p>In the meantime, the Detroit City Council met to discuss drastic actions the city might have to take if no agreement materializes soon.</p> Tue, 31 Jan 2012 22:55:29 +0000 Sarah Cwiek 6031 at http://michiganradio.org Deadline passes, and still no plan to keep an emergency manager out of Detroit Next 2 months crucial for Detroit water system's future http://michiganradio.org/post/next-2-months-crucial-detroit-water-systems-future <p>The next two months will be crucial in determining the long-term future of Detroit&rsquo;s water and sewerage system.</p><p>Detroit owns and operates the municipal system that serves more than three million people in southeast Michigan. It&rsquo;s been under federal oversight for wastewater violations since 1977.</p> Tue, 13 Sep 2011 21:21:15 +0000 Sarah Cwiek 4142 at http://michiganradio.org Showdown looms over Detroit budget http://michiganradio.org/post/showdown-looms-over-detroit-budget <p>The Detroit City Council has set up a meeting to override Mayor Dave Bing&rsquo;s likely budget veto.</p><p><a href="http://www.crainsdetroit.com/article/20110524/FREE/110529950/mayor-bing-will-veto-budget-that-detroit-city-council-trimmed-by-50-million#">Bing said last week he&rsquo;ll veto the Council&rsquo;s budget proposal</a>. He has until the end of this week to do so.</p><p>The two sides are at odds over the Council&rsquo;s decision to cut an additional $50 million from Bing&rsquo;s proposed budget.</p> Wed, 01 Jun 2011 01:16:00 +0000 Sarah Cwiek 2698 at http://michiganradio.org Showdown looms over Detroit budget Detroit officials eye immediate, long-term money problems http://michiganradio.org/post/detroit-officials-eye-immediate-long-term-money-problems <pre> The city of Detroit is ramping up efforts to cobble together a budget and a five-year deficit elimination plan. </pre> <pre> Detroit City Council members got a copy of Mayor Dave Bing&rsquo;s deficit elimination plan Tuesday. </pre> <pre> The Council wants more cuts than Bing proposed. Tue, 10 May 2011 19:38:30 +0000 Sarah Cwiek 2430 at http://michiganradio.org Detroit officials eye immediate, long-term money problems