Highland Park http://michiganradio.org en Financial emergencies found in 2 more communities http://michiganradio.org/post/financial-emergencies-found-2-more-communities <p>LANSING, Mich. (AP) - Review teams have found financial emergencies in two more Michigan communities.<br /><br />The state treasurer's office says Governor Rick Snyder has 10 days to make a decision on the financial conditions of Royal Oak Township in Oakland County and Highland Park, near Detroit.<br /><br />The reviews are part of a process that could lead to the appointment of emergency managers.<br /> Sat, 25 Jan 2014 14:28:00 +0000 The Associated Press 16172 at http://michiganradio.org Financial emergencies found in 2 more communities Highland Park financial review team to meet with public http://michiganradio.org/post/highland-park-financial-review-team-meet-public <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">This afternoon, the public will have an opportunity to address the state panel looking into Highland Park's finances.&nbsp;</span></p><p>Governor Snyder appointed the review team earlier this month&nbsp; after a preliminary review<a href="http://www.michigan.gov/treasury/0,4679,7-121-1755_1963-317594--,00.html"> found</a> the city in "probable financial stress."</p><p> Tue, 17 Dec 2013 11:11:00 +0000 Michigan Radio Newsroom 15712 at http://michiganradio.org Highland Park financial review team to meet with public Detroit's bankruptcy case being watched by other financially troubled Michigan cities and schools http://michiganradio.org/post/detroits-bankruptcy-case-being-watched-other-financially-troubled-michigan-cities-and-schools <p><a href="http://www.michigan.gov/treasury/0,4679,7-121-1751_51556_64472-201116--,00.html">Cities across Michigan </a>are closely watching what happens to Detroit in bankruptcy court this week.</p><p>More than a dozen Michigan cities and school districts are currently under some form of state oversight.</p> Tue, 03 Dec 2013 11:59:00 +0000 Steve Carmody 15506 at http://michiganradio.org Detroit's bankruptcy case being watched by other financially troubled Michigan cities and schools Highland Park mayor shot and wounded in Detroit night spot http://michiganradio.org/post/highland-park-mayor-shot-and-wounded-detroit-night-spot <p>The mayor Highland Park is nursing a gunshot wound.</p><p><a href="http://www.mlive.com/news/detroit/index.ssf/2013/11/highland_park_mayor_shot_at_de.html#incart_river_default">Numerous media outlet</a>s are reporting Highland Park mayor DeAndre Windom was just an innocent bystander when a man pulled a gun at a Detroit nightclub Saturday night.</p><p>Windom was apparently shot in the leg. The alleged shooter was taken into police custody. &nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;Windom’s injury does not appear to be serious.</p> Mon, 18 Nov 2013 00:04:02 +0000 Steve Carmody 15321 at http://michiganradio.org Highland Park mayor shot and wounded in Detroit night spot The city of Highland Park is under financial review again http://michiganradio.org/post/city-highland-park-under-financial-review-again <p><span style="color: rgb(34, 34, 34); font-family: arial; font-size: small; line-height: normal;">A state financial review board gave one school district a reprieve, but steered the city of Highland Park back toward a state takeover. &nbsp;Highland Park has been under some form of state receivership since 2002. The new review was required by the new emergency manager law.</span><br /><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;">Highland Park Mayor Deandre Windom&nbsp;said he still hopes to convince the state to accept his city’s deficit elimination plan.</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;">“We’re going to sit down and explore our options and make sure we’re all of one accord and make sure the citizens of Highland Park are aware of us moving forward,” he said following the meeting of the state Emergency Loan Board.</span><br /><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;">The next step is for another team of financial experts to conduct a deeper review of the city’s finances before making its recommendation to Governor Rick Snyder.</span><span style="color: rgb(34, 34, 34); font-family: arial; font-size: small; line-height: normal;">&nbsp;</span></p><p> Tue, 22 Oct 2013 14:36:34 +0000 Rick Pluta 14939 at http://michiganradio.org The city of Highland Park is under financial review again Books at Highland Park high school get tossed out - How could they have done it differently? http://michiganradio.org/post/books-highland-park-high-school-get-tossed-out-how-could-they-have-done-it-differently <p>There has been public outrage ever since a collection of African-American history materials were found in a dumpster outside Highland Park's high school.&nbsp;<a href="http://www.aclumich.org/issues/education/2013-06/1848" style="line-height: 1.5;">The ACLU of Michigan was one of the first to report the incident.</a></p> Fri, 12 Jul 2013 17:20:16 +0000 Michigan Radio Newsroom 13487 at http://michiganradio.org Books at Highland Park high school get tossed out - How could they have done it differently? Outrage after Highland Park high school's library material gets dumped in the trash http://michiganradio.org/post/outrage-after-highland-park-high-schools-library-material-gets-dumped-trash <p>There has been a firestorm of protest in Highland Park after the discovery that a large collection of history books, film and tapes from the city's high school was tossed in the trash.</p><p>Some 50 protestors gathered outside the high school in Highland Park, a member of the school board quit, and several people climbed into dumpsters to retrieve what they could.</p><p>The protests focused not only on the discarded books but on the way Highland Park's emergency manager Donald Weatherspoon is running the district.</p><p>One of those people who searched through the dumpsters to retrieve as many books as possible is Paul Lee. He is a Highland Park resident and an historian who helped build the collection of black history books, videos and movies.</p><p>Here is a video he shot while looking through the dumpster:</p><p><a href="http://youtu.be/cjjQdOkyVwk" style="margin: 0px; padding: 0px; border: 0px; font-size: 11px; cursor: pointer; color: rgb(39, 147, 230); font-family: arial, sans-serif; line-height: 11px;" target="_blank">http://youtu.be/cjjQdOkyVwk</a></p><p> Tue, 09 Jul 2013 21:58:35 +0000 Stateside Staff 13445 at http://michiganradio.org Outrage after Highland Park high school's library material gets dumped in the trash Stateside for Tuesday, July 9th, 2013 http://michiganradio.org/post/stateside-tuesday-july-9th-2013 <p>Should garages be able to be turned into living spaces? It's happening in Dearborn and a possible clampdown in city ordinances is causing concern.</p><p>Plus, how much land should we preserve for our kids and grandkids? We took a look at one group that's successfully saving northern Michigan's natural treasures.</p><p>And, we spoke with a former Marine sniper-scout who's now a student at Michigan State University. He’s made a film to honor his fallen comrades.</p><p>Also, Pat Kelly, the granddaughter of the longest-serving lighthouse keeper on South Manitou Island, joined us to talk about the special lighthouse tour happening tomorrow.</p><p>First on the show, there has been a firestorm of protest in Highland Park after the discovery that a collection of history books, film and tapes from the city's high school was tossed in the trash.</p><p>Some 50 protestors gathered outside the high school in Highland Park, a member of the school board quit, and several people climbed into dumpsters to retrieve what they could.</p><p>The protests focused not only on the discarded books but on the way Highland Park School District's emergency manager Donald Weatherspoon is running things.</p><p>We started by turning to one of those people who searched through the dumpsters to retrieve as many books as possible. He is a Highland Park resident and an historian who helped build the collection of black history books, videos and movies.</p><p>Paul Lee joined us today from Highland Park.</p><p> Tue, 09 Jul 2013 21:43:42 +0000 Stateside Staff 13448 at http://michiganradio.org Stateside for Tuesday, July 9th, 2013 Four police officers from Highland Park to be charged for corruption http://michiganradio.org/post/four-police-officers-highland-park-be-charged-corruption <p>Just call him “Big Dog.”</p><p>That’s allegedly how Highland Park police officer Price Montgomery prefers to be addressed, at least when he’s soliciting $10,000 bribes, or trafficking drugs while wearing his firearm and police badge.</p><p>At a press conference Friday morning, the FBI broke the news that it’s arrested four Highland Park police officers, including Montgomery.</p><p>They’re in custody and being charged with armed drug trafficking and taking bribes. If convicted, they could face up to 55 years in prison.</p> Fri, 25 Jan 2013 22:13:13 +0000 Mark Brush & Kate Wells 10938 at http://michiganradio.org Former Highland Park emergency financial manager headed for 2013 trial http://michiganradio.org/post/former-highland-park-emergency-financial-manager-headed-2013-trial <p>After years of legal wrangling, Highland Park’s former emergency financial manager will go on trial for alleged embezzlement next year.</p><p>A Michigan Supreme Court ruling this week <a href="http://www.wxyz.com/dpp/news/criminal-charges-will-stand-against-former-highland-park-emergency-financial-manager-art-blackwell">reinstated charges against Arthur Blackwell III.</a></p><p>Blackwell was emergency financial manager from 2005-2008. He’s accused of writing himself $264,000 in checks from city funds.</p> Fri, 28 Dec 2012 21:59:37 +0000 Sarah Cwiek 10556 at http://michiganradio.org Highland Park water plant shut down indefinitely http://michiganradio.org/post/highland-park-water-plant-shut-down-indefinitely <p>Highland Park’s mayor say the city’s water treatment plan will remain shut down indefinitely, while crews are working to repair serious problems that have plagued the facility for months.</p><p>Problems range from accumulating sludge to non-functioning valves and water meters. Windom says water quality has not been affected, but the problems are so pervasive that he shut the plant down pre-emptively.</p><p>Highland Park mayor DeAndre Windom says while the repairs are ongoing, the Detroit water and sewerage department will provide water directly to Highland Park residents.</p> Mon, 03 Dec 2012 23:24:40 +0000 Sarah Cwiek 10192 at http://michiganradio.org Highland Park water plant shut down indefinitely Crowd Funding Helping Light up Highland Park http://michiganradio.org/post/crowd-funding-helping-light-highland-park <p>Crowd funding is helping to light up Highland Park's streets.</p><p>Last year, D.T.E. energy removed 13 hundred street lights, poles and all, when the city was unable to pay its light bill for over 5 years.</p><p>So A. J. O’Neil, a café owner, decided to lead a group to buy solar streetlights that would have little ongoing expense.</p><p>"I think", he says, "that Highland Park is going to show that providing lighting without that monthly bill is doable in a urban environment."</p> Tue, 27 Nov 2012 22:16:55 +0000 Michigan Radio Newsroom 10091 at http://michiganradio.org Commentary: Right to read? http://michiganradio.org/post/commentary-right-read <p><font color="#000000" face="Arial" size="2"><font size="4">The ACLU filed a lawsuit yesterday that may change the entire conversation we&rsquo;ve been having about education, in this state and perhaps beyond. Their focus is on the battered and impoverished little enclave city of Highland Park, which is embedded within Detroit.</font></font></p> Fri, 13 Jul 2012 15:47:08 +0000 Jack Lessenberry 8258 at http://michiganradio.org Commentary: Right to read? ACLU sues state, Highland Park schools over 'right to read' http://michiganradio.org/post/aclu-sues-state-highland-park-schools-over-right-read <p>The Michigan ACLU has filed what it calls <a href="http://www.aclumich.org/righttoread">a &ldquo;groundbreaking&rdquo; lawsuit </a>against the Highland Park school district, and state education officials.</p><p>At issue: The state&rsquo;s responsibility to make sure every child can read.</p><p><a href="http://www.legislature.mi.gov/%28S%28yqre5555emtd51vilgaqckv1%29%29/mileg.aspx?page=getObject&amp;objectname=mcl-380-1278">State law says</a> school districts must provide any special assistance &ldquo;reasonably necessary&rdquo; to bring a child up to grade level in reading.</p> Thu, 12 Jul 2012 20:32:03 +0000 Sarah Cwiek 8252 at http://michiganradio.org Teachers face uncertain futures in three Michigan school districts http://michiganradio.org/post/teachers-face-uncertain-futures-three-michigan-school-districts <p>DETROIT (AP) - Teachers in three school districts run by the state are laid off with many not knowing if they&#39;ll have jobs when classes begin.<br /><br /> Charter operators have yet to be selected to run new systems in Muskegon Heights and Highland Park.<br /><br /> State-appointed emergency managers have shopped Muskegon Heights in West Michigan and Highland Park near Detroit to charter operators as part of plans to pull the cash-strapped districts from near-fiscal ruin.<br /> Sat, 07 Jul 2012 14:04:54 +0000 The Associated Press 8182 at http://michiganradio.org In this morning's Michigan news headlines... http://michiganradio.org/post/mornings-michigan-news-headlines-40 <p><strong>Thunderstorms cause power outages</strong></p><p>Utilities say more than 200,000 homes and businesses across Michigan are without power following several days of thunderstorms and hot weather, the Associated Press reports. From the AP:</p><blockquote><p>DTE Energy Co. says about 175,000 of its customers were without power Thursday morning after a new round of damaging thunderstorms made its way across the state, knocking down trees and power lines. Since Tuesday, DTE says about 300,000 of its customers have been affected. The National Weather Service says wind gusts above 60 mph were reported as storms crossed the state Thursday. The Flint Journal reports 23,800 Consumers Energy customers without power in Genesee County. WSGW-AM reports 5,500 without power Midland and Gladwin counties.</p></blockquote><p><strong>Appeals court reinstates Blackwell case</strong></p><div align="left"><font face="Times New Roman"><span style=" font-size:12pt">The </span><span style=" font-size:12pt">state Court of Appeals has reinstated an embezzlement case against the former emergency manager for Highland Park. Sarah Hulett reports:</span></font></div><div align="left"><blockquote><p>Arthur Blackwell&nbsp;II is accused of taking $264,000&nbsp;in payments that were not authorized by state officials.<font face="Times New Roman"><span style=" font-size:12pt"> The appeals court decision reverses a lower court ruling - which had dismissed the case. The lower court agreed with Blackwell - who said as the city&#39;s emergency manager, he had the authority to sign the checks to himself. The appeals court says there&#39;s enough evidence that Blackwell acted improperly to try him.</span></font><font face="Times New Roman"><span style=" font-size:12pt"> Blackwell was appointed to fix Highland Park&#39;s finances in 2005, by then-governor Jennifer Granholm. </span></font><font face="Times New Roman"><span style=" font-size:12pt">Wayne County Prosecutor Kym Worthy says she&#39;s pleased with the appeals court decision</span></font>.</p></blockquote><p><strong>Debate over sand dune development</strong></p><p><font face="Times New Roman"><span style=" font-size:12pt">Governor Snyder signed legislation recently </span><span style=" font-size:12pt">allowing </span><span style=" font-size:12pt">Great Lakes property owners to use tillers to dig up plants on the shoreline</span><span style=" font-size:12pt">,</span><span style=" font-size:12pt"> as long as they get a federal permit. But another fight is brewing over relaxing environmental rules to make it easier for developers to build on sand dunes. Rick Pluta reports:</span></font></p><blockquote><p><font face="Times New Roman"><span style=" font-size:12pt">Michigan has very stringent rules that prohibit building on environmentally sensitive dunes. Developers say it is possible to build on dunes set back from the shoreline without harming the view, or causing other environmental damage. </span></font><font face="Times New Roman"><span style=" font-size:12pt">The measure to relax those rules stalled just before the Legislature took its summer break, but negotiations continue in an effort to break the impasse. </span></font><font face="Times New Roman"><span style=" font-size:12pt">James Clift is with the Michigan Environmental Council. He says there may be some room to relax the rules, but he says the state needs to ensure the Great Lakes shoreline is protected. </span></font></p><p><font face="Times New Roman"><span style="font-size: 12pt;">&ldquo;So if the state of Michigan isn&rsquo;t stepping up, these are dunes that are globally rare resources that are going to be under development pressure.&rdquo;</span></font><font face="Times New Roman"><span style=" font-size:12pt"> </span></font></p><p><font face="Times New Roman"><span style="font-size: 12pt;">Clift says the dunes are a draw for tourists, and also serve as habitat for rare or threatened species. </span></font></p></blockquote><p> Thu, 05 Jul 2012 12:06:51 +0000 Rebecca Williams 8152 at http://michiganradio.org In this morning's Michigan news headlines... Commentary: Charter Schools, Going too far? http://michiganradio.org/post/commentary-charter-schools-going-too-far <p>There something I&rsquo;d like to ask the Emergency Managers of the school districts in Muskegon Heights and Highland Park. Simply, are you sure you know what you are doing?&nbsp; Have you thought this through, not only from the point of view of your district, but in regards to the future of education and the state of Michigan?</p><p>What I am referring to is the decisions by both superintendents to turn their entire districts over to charter school systems. In other words, to essentially privatize education.</p> Tue, 19 Jun 2012 14:08:05 +0000 Jack Lessenberry 7933 at http://michiganradio.org Commentary: Charter Schools, Going too far? Highland Park to charter all its schools in the fall--only way to save the district? http://michiganradio.org/post/highland-park-charter-all-its-schools-fall-only-way-save-district <p>Another Michigan school district in deep financial trouble will be turned over to a charter operator for the coming school year.</p><p>The emergency manager of the Highland Park Public Schools<a href="http://www.detroitnews.com/article/20120618/SCHOOLS/206180404/Highland-Park-district-seeks-charter-all-its-schools?odyssey=tab|topnews|text|FRONTPAGE"> announced the plan Monday</a>.</p><p>Joyce Parker says the district&nbsp; will likely start the next school year with a roughly $15 million deficit, and only about 800 students.</p> Mon, 18 Jun 2012 22:58:06 +0000 Sarah Cwiek 7925 at http://michiganradio.org Feds say Highland Park's Davis created fake non-profit for spending sprees http://michiganradio.org/post/feds-say-highland-parks-davis-created-fake-non-profit-spending-sprees <p>Highland Park School Board member and union activist Robert Davis&nbsp;<a href="http://michiganradio.org/post/school-board-member-who-fought-financial-review-teams-indicted-theft">was indicted last month </a>on charges of theft by federal prosecutors.</p><p>They accused Davis of stealing more than $125,000 from the ailing Highland Park school district.</p><p>Today, more details emerged from the indictment.</p><p>Robert Snell of the <a href="http://www.detroitnews.com/article/20120507/SCHOOLS/205070329/Feds-Davis-used-money-from-schools-lavish-spending?odyssey=tab|topnews|text|FRONTPAGE">Detroit News</a> reports on &quot;newly unsealed federal court records&quot; the paper obtained.</p><p>The records allege Davis controlled a bogus nonprofit group, &quot;Citizens United to Save Highland Park Schools.&quot; The feds say Davis used the group&#39;s bank account for &quot;an $84,000 spending spree at car dealerships, hotels, bars, restaurants and a custom-clothing store.&quot;</p><div style="overflow: hidden; color: rgb(0, 0, 0); background-color: rgb(255, 255, 255); text-align: left; text-decoration: none; border: medium none;">From <a href="http://www.detroitnews.com/article/20120507/SCHOOLS/205070329#ixzz1uD9FDwax">The Detroit News</a>:</div><blockquote><p>The financial information was included in an FBI search warrant affidavit requesting permission to raid Davis&#39; home in Highland Park last year.</p><p>The affidavit does not specify which car dealerships were patronized. But Davis paid a St. Clair Shores dealership $21,450 for a used silver Mercedes-Benz CLK320 coupe in May 2009, according to the Secretary of State.</p><p>That&#39;s at the height of the time Davis was stealing money from the school district, according to federal prosecutors.</p></blockquote><p>The sixteen-count indictment says Davis stole the school district&#39;s money between 2004 and 2010. If convicted, he faces the possibility of 10 years in prison on each of the counts of the indictment.</p><p>Davis made headlines before the indictment was made public by successfully&nbsp;<a href="http://michiganradio.org/post/court-ruling-victory-highland-park-activist-other-public-act-4-opponents">winning a court battle</a>&nbsp;against the state&#39;s financial review teams for violating the Open Meetings Act.</p><p>Davis has maintained his innocence and his lawyer did not offer a comment on the newly unsealed records, telling the News he had not seen them yet. Mon, 07 May 2012 19:05:04 +0000 Mark Brush 7370 at http://michiganradio.org Agreement lets Highland Park schools stay open through the school year http://michiganradio.org/post/agreement-lets-highland-park-schools-stay-open-through-school-year <p>The Detroit school district has stepped in to help make sure the Highland Park public schools stay open for the rest of the school year.</p><p>But there are still plenty of questions about what happens after that.</p><p>The state had to advance Highland Park money last week, or the district would have gone broke.</p><p>And the state did&mdash;but with the provision that the money couldn&rsquo;t go to the Highland Park school district, per se.</p> Sat, 03 Mar 2012 02:28:37 +0000 Sarah Cwiek 6484 at http://michiganradio.org