Detroit city charter http://michiganradio.org en Detroit town hall meeting ends abruptly amidst outbursts http://michiganradio.org/post/detroit-town-hall-meeting-ends-abruptly-amidst-outbursts <p>A community meeting with Detroit Mayor Dave Bing came to an <a href="http://www.detroitnews.com/article/20120927/METRO01/209270503/Detroiters-lash-out-Bing-administration-during-community-meeting?odyssey=tab%7Ctopnews%7Ctext%7CFRONTPAGE">abrupt and early end last night</a>.</p><p>Bing and members of his administration were booed and heckled offstage after about 20 minutes.</p><p>Before the meeting broke down, Bing took questions from a few people. Most were angry questions, about issues ranging from the city’s lagging bus system, to a proposal to let the state lease Belle Isle.</p> Fri, 28 Sep 2012 03:34:37 +0000 Sarah Cwiek 9280 at http://michiganradio.org Detroit Council ignores Snyder, approves proposed charter amendments for the ballot http://michiganradio.org/post/detroit-council-ignores-snyder-approves-proposed-charter-amendments-ballot <p>Despite opposition from Governor Snyder, the Detroit City Council <a href="http://www.detroitnews.com/article/20120907/METRO/209070408/1409/metro/Detroit-council-votes-override-Snyder-charter-proposals">voted to put four proposed charter amendments on the November ballot</a>.</p><p>Detroit and Lansing went through a long, contentious process before the two sides reached a consent agreement to keep the city from going broke.</p><p>But that agreement has faced resistance from some Council members.</p> Fri, 07 Sep 2012 23:59:40 +0000 Sarah Cwiek 9000 at http://michiganradio.org Drawing district lines for a changed Detroit City Council http://michiganradio.org/post/drawing-district-lines-changed-detroit-city-council <p>Detroit officials are fast-tracking a process to<a href="http://www.detroitnews.com/article/20120123/METRO01/201230381/Proposed-Detroit-City-Council-districts-unveiled?odyssey=tab|topnews|text|FRONTPAGE"> change the way Council members represent the city.</a></p><p>Detroit voters approved a plan in November to elect seven of nine City Council members by district, when they approved a new city charter. Currently, all nine members represent the city at-large.</p> Tue, 24 Jan 2012 00:57:43 +0000 Sarah Cwiek 5908 at http://michiganradio.org Drawing district lines for a changed Detroit City Council Election Results: Nov. 2011 http://michiganradio.org/post/election-results-nov-2011 <p><strong>Legislative Recall</strong></p><p>State Representative <a href="http://www.gophouse.com/welcome.asp?District=51">Paul Scott</a> is the first Michigan lawmaker since 1983 to be <a href="http://michiganradio.org/post/michigan-state-representative-paul-scott-has-been-recalled">recalled</a>. Scott was targeted by the <a href="http://www.mea.org/">Michigan Education Association</a> for his support of changes to the state&#39;s <a href="http://www.michiganradio.org/term/teacher-tenure">teacher tenure law</a> and <a href="http://www.michiganradio.org/term/education-funding">budget cuts to education funding</a>. <em>&ldquo;The recall election is widely seen as an early measure of voters&rsquo; discontent with what Scott, Governor <a href="http://michiganradio.org/term/rick-snyder">Rick Snyder</a>, and Republicans in Lansing have been up to,&rdquo; </em>Rick Pluta <a href="http://michiganradio.org/post/michigan-state-representative-paul-scott-has-been-recalled">explains</a>.</p><p><strong>Detroit City Charter</strong></p><p>Detroit voters <a href="http://michiganradio.org/post/detroit-voters-approve-new-city-charter">overwhelmingly approved a new city charter</a>. The charter changes the structure of the Detroit City Council by creating a new system where the majority of Council members are elected by district. The charter also creates a new Office of the Inspector General to investigate corruption, fraud, and waste. An elected charter commission had spent the past two years putting together the proposal.</p><p><strong>Flint Mayoral Race</strong></p><p>Flint Mayor <a href="http://www.michiganradio.org/term/dayne-walling">Dayne Walling</a> won <a href="http://michiganradio.org/post/flint-mayor-wins-reelection-may-end-losing-power">re-election last night</a>.&nbsp;But it may end up being a temporary victory, Steve Carmody reports:</p><blockquote><p>Dayne Walling celebrated his win last night with jubilant supporters.&nbsp;But they all knew that earlier in the day,&nbsp;Governor Snyder accepted a report&nbsp;that said the city of Flint is in a financial emergency.&nbsp;&nbsp; The governor is <a href="http://www.michiganradio.org/post/dayne-walling-wins-flint-mayoral-race-shadow-em-announcement">expected to appoint an emergency manager</a> to run the city. Flint officials could appeal the decision.&nbsp;But Walling says he&rsquo;s prepared to work with a manager appointed by the governor.&nbsp;</p></blockquote><p><strong>Benton Harbor</strong> <strong>Mayoral Race</strong></p><p>In <a href="http://michiganradio.org/term/benton-harbor">Benton Harbor</a>, City Commissioner James Hightower narrowly beat incumbent Mayor Wilce Cooke. <em>&ldquo;Cooke is likely to challenge the results, which came in 681 to 673, a difference of 8 votes. The state appointed an emergency manger to take over the city&rsquo;s finances during Cooke&rsquo;s second term as mayor,&rdquo;</em> Lindsey Smith <a href="http://michiganradio.org/post/benton-harbor-gets-new-mayor-denies-charter-amendments">reports</a>.</p><p><strong>Jackson Mayoral Race</strong></p><p>In <a href="http://michiganradio.org/post/jackson-mayor-karen-dunigan-defeated-challenger">Jackson</a>, Democrat Martin Griffin will <a href="http://michiganradio.org/post/jackson-mayor-karen-dunigan-defeated-challenger">become the city&rsquo;s next mayor</a> after defeating incumbent Mayor Karen Dunigan. Griffin has had the job before, he was Jackson&#39;s mayor from 1995-2006.</p><p><strong>Lansing Millage</strong></p><p>Lansing residents have <a href="http://michiganradio.org/post/lansing-voters-pass-public-safety-and-road-millage">voted to increase their taxes</a> to pay for public safety. The Lansing State Journal <a href="http://www.lansingstatejournal.com/article/20111108/NEWS01/311080028/Lansing-voters-OK-millage-police-fire-roads?odyssey=mod%7Cbreaking%7Ctext%7CFRONTPAGE">reports</a> that the millage would generate more than $7 million in the first year for police, fire services, and road maintenance.</p><p><strong>Ann Arbor Millage and City Council</strong></p><p>In Ann Arbor, voters <a href="http://michiganradio.org/post/ann-arbor-approves-millages-gets-new-council-member">approved a tax increase</a> to pay for future sidewalk repairs and &nbsp;renewed the city&rsquo;s street millage for another five years. The new sidewalk millage will cost the average homeowner in Ann Arbor about $13 a year. Voters also returned four incumbents to City Council. However, in Ward 2, Independent Jane Lumm beat incumbent Stephen Rapundalo. Wed, 09 Nov 2011 10:22:01 +0000 Zoe Clark 4900 at http://michiganradio.org Election Results: Nov. 2011