kewame kenyatta http://michiganradio.org en Detroit Council member Kwame Kenyatta won't seek re-election http://michiganradio.org/post/detroit-council-member-kwame-kenyatta-wont-seek-re-election <p>Councilman Kenyatta says his time on city council will end after his current term ends in 18 months.</p><p>He told the <a href="http://www.detroitnews.com/article/20120502/METRO01/205020381/Kenyatta-plans-exit-from-Detroit-council?odyssey=tab|topnews|text|FRONTPAGE">Detroit News</a> he wanted to announce his departure early to give constituents plenty of time to come up with a new representative on council.</p><p>Kenyatta was first elected to Detroit City Council in 2005, and had also served as a Wayne County Commissioner, and as vice president of the Detroit Board of Education.</p><p>Kenyatta told the News his reasons for leaving were &quot;the recent consent agreement with the state, a perceived lawlessness in the city and the feeling that he&#39;s accomplished all that he can as a council member.&quot;</p><blockquote><p>&quot;At this point in time, my contribution has come to its limit and end,&quot; Kenyatta said. &quot;I think politics in the city of Detroit is no longer people oriented, people based. I&#39;m also frustrated by a sense of lawlessness in the streets, a lack of direction.</p><p>&quot;We need people without a political agenda to be committed to getting us back on track. I think that&#39;s where the remainder of time on this earth should be spent.&quot;</p></blockquote><div style="overflow: hidden; color: rgb(0, 0, 0); background-color: rgb(255, 255, 255); text-align: left; text-decoration: none; border: medium none;"><p>Kenyatta was one of four Detroit City Council members who voted against the consent agreement with the state, saying the agreement is equivalent to &quot;the overseer returning to take control of the plantation.&quot;</p><p>Kenyatta told the News he would devote his time to motivational speaking and trying to repair &quot;some of the social ills of the city,&quot; once he&#39;s out of office.</p><blockquote><p>Asked if there was a book in his future about his time in Detroit politics, Kenyatta laughed and said, &quot;Oh, I&#39;m already working on that.&quot; Wed, 02 May 2012 14:53:55 +0000 Mark Brush 7295 at http://michiganradio.org Detroit Council member Kwame Kenyatta won't seek re-election Detroit city council discusses legal options in water fight http://michiganradio.org/post/detroit-city-council-discusses-legal-options-water-fight <p>Members of the Detroit City Council plan to sit down with their attorneys today&nbsp;to see if they can have any say in a new deal for managing the city&rsquo;s water system.&nbsp;</p> Thu, 17 Feb 2011 13:58:20 +0000 Steve Carmody 1324 at http://michiganradio.org Detroit city council discusses legal options in water fight