Dave Bing http://michiganradio.org en Detroit's historic Brewster-Douglass housing projects will soon be gone http://michiganradio.org/post/detroits-historic-brewster-douglass-housing-projects-will-soon-be-gone <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Detroit’s historic Brewster-Douglass housing projects will finally come all the way down sometime this spring.</span></p><p>The<a href="http://www.freep.com/article/20140310/NEWS01/303100115/brewster-douglass-demolition-detroit-projects"> final stage of the ongoing demolition effort </a>at the 18.5 acre site started Monday. Officials say it will last for another two months, while land restoration will continue throughout the summer.</p> Tue, 11 Mar 2014 09:00:00 +0000 Sarah Cwiek 16805 at http://michiganradio.org Detroit's historic Brewster-Douglass housing projects will soon be gone Detroit News columnist talks about Duggan and Bing http://michiganradio.org/post/detroit-news-columnist-talks-about-duggan-and-bing <div><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">In less than two weeks, Detroit will have a new mayor.</span></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Mike&nbsp;</span>Duggan's<span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;term begins January first. Outgoing Mayor Dave Bing has been making his "farewell tour" around Detroit.</span></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">What is the Bing legacy? And what might we expect from his successor?</span></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">We turned to Detroit News business columnist Daniel&nbsp;</span>Howes<span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;for some perspective.</span></p><p><em style="line-height: 1.5;">Listen above.</em></p> Fri, 20 Dec 2013 15:24:12 +0000 Stateside Staff 15778 at http://michiganradio.org Detroit News columnist talks about Duggan and Bing In his farewell speech Bing says, 'I will remain involved in Detroit's transformation' http://michiganradio.org/post/his-farewell-speech-bing-says-i-will-remain-involved-detroits-transformation <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Detroit Mayor Dave Bing says he’s pleased with how his administration has “moved the needle forward on Detroit’s future.”</span></p><p>Bing talked about his accomplishments and challenges as mayor in<a href="http://www.detroitnews.com/article/20131211/METRO01/312110043/Bing-final-address-Detroit-mayor-Proud-say-didn-t-quit-?odyssey=tab|topnews|text|FRONTPAGE"> a farewell speech</a> to the Detroit Economic Club Wednesday.</p> Wed, 11 Dec 2013 23:38:01 +0000 Sarah Cwiek 15653 at http://michiganradio.org In his farewell speech Bing says, 'I will remain involved in Detroit's transformation' Detroit fire commissioner resigning http://michiganradio.org/post/detroit-fire-commissioner-resigning <p>Detroit Fire Commissioner Donald Austin is resigning.</p><p>Austin had to deal with declining city budgets and rising discontent among the city’s firefighters during his tenure as Detroit Fire Commissioner.</p><p>He was hired by Mayor Dave Bing in 2011 to oversee Detroit’s overworked fire department.</p><p>In announcing Austin’s resignation, the outgoing Detroit Mayor praised his leadership of the fire department.</p> Tue, 03 Dec 2013 20:57:56 +0000 Steve Carmody 15519 at http://michiganradio.org Detroit fire commissioner resigning Bing, Snyder team up to expand Detroit public safety initiative http://michiganradio.org/post/bing-snyder-team-expand-detroit-public-safety-initiative <p>A successful program that utilizes volunteers to fight crime is growing in Detroit.</p><p><a href="http://www.detroitnews.com/article/20131104/METRO01/311040063/Snyder-Bing-announce-public-safety-initiative-Detroit-neighborhoods?odyssey=mod|newswell|text|FRONTPAGE|s">Governor Snyder and Mayor Dave Bing announced Monday</a> that the Americorps Urban Safety Corps program will extend into five Detroit neighborhoods.</p><p>The program empowers Americorps members to recruit and mobilize community volunteers for public safety efforts.</p> Tue, 05 Nov 2013 02:02:58 +0000 Sarah Cwiek 15127 at http://michiganradio.org Bing, Snyder team up to expand Detroit public safety initiative Keeping up with the Detroit bankruptcy trial http://michiganradio.org/post/keeping-detroit-bankruptcy-trial <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span>&nbsp;&nbsp;</p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Today, we’re checking in with Detroit News business columnist Daniel </span>Howes<span style="line-height: 1.5;">, discussing what’s going on with the Detroit bankruptcy trial.</span></p><p>According to Howes, two phrases for us to consider this week are “status quo” and “collateral damage.”</p><p>How has the status quo failed? And what collateral damage would happen if Judge Steven Rhodes approves the Chapter 9 petition?</p><p><em>Listen to the full interview above.&nbsp;</em></p><p> Thu, 17 Oct 2013 19:37:12 +0000 Stateside Staff 14882 at http://michiganradio.org Keeping up with the Detroit bankruptcy trial Detroit Mayor Bing feeling sidelined, has advice for next mayor http://michiganradio.org/post/detroit-mayor-bing-feeling-sidelined-has-advice-next-mayor <p>Detroit Mayor Dave Bing will finish his term at the end of the year, and <a href="http://www.freep.com/article/20130913/NEWS01/309130021/kevyn-orr-mayor-dave-bing-emergency-manager-role-appointees-pushed-aside">according to Matt Helms of the Detroit Free Press</a>, Bing is going out feeling frustrated.</p> Fri, 13 Sep 2013 15:20:07 +0000 Mark Brush 14409 at http://michiganradio.org Detroit Mayor Bing feeling sidelined, has advice for next mayor $8 million gift nets Detroit new police, EMS vehicles http://michiganradio.org/post/8-million-gift-nets-detroit-new-police-ems-vehicles <p>Detroit has a substantial number of brand-new police and EMS vehicles—and they come as a donation from the city’s business community.</p><p>Some of Detroit’s most prominent business people <a href="http://www.detroitnews.com/article/20130822/METRO01/308220050/Detroit-rolls-out-new-public-safety-vehicles?odyssey=tab|topnews|text|FRONTPAGE">ponied up $8 million worth of new vehicles</a> to the city through the Downtown Detroit Partnership.</p><p>One of the biggest donors—automotive retailer and racing magnate Roger Penske.</p> Thu, 22 Aug 2013 23:09:54 +0000 Sarah Cwiek 14111 at http://michiganradio.org $8 million gift nets Detroit new police, EMS vehicles Detroit's Palmer Park launches splash pad--with a little help from firefighters http://michiganradio.org/post/detroits-palmer-park-launches-splash-pad-little-help-firefighters <p>Things didn’t go exactly as planned, but there was still a major celebration at Detroit’s Palmer Park Sunday.</p><p>Hundreds of people showed up for the launch of a splash park there—but found conditions were drier than expected because of a broken water main.</p><p>But, the city improvised. While workers tackled the problem, Detroit fire trucks came in to spray the kids, who didn’t seem to mind at all.</p> Mon, 19 Aug 2013 02:28:10 +0000 Sarah Cwiek 14043 at http://michiganradio.org Detroit's Palmer Park launches splash pad--with a little help from firefighters In this morning's news: pet coke removal, Jackson layoffs, and the DIA collection http://michiganradio.org/post/mornings-news-pet-coke-removal-jackson-layoffs-and-dia-collection <p><strong>Deadline set for the removal of pet coke</strong></p><p>Detroit Mayor Dave Bing has ordered the removal of all petroleum coke from the city's riverfront.&nbsp; Detroit Bulk Storage must remove the material by Aug. 27.&nbsp; The Associated Press <a href="http://www.michiganradio.org/post/detroit-mayor-sets-deadline-pet-coke-removal">reports</a> that the storage company failed to move the pet coke by a previous deadline set by Detroit's Buildings, Safety Engineering and Environmental Department.</p><p><strong>Jackson city employees face layoffs</strong></p><p>Some Jackson employees may be laid off after a blow to the city's budget.&nbsp; The Michigan Court of Appeals struck down Jackson's storm water fee as an illegal tax.&nbsp; Michigan Radio's Steve Carmody <a href="http://www.michiganradio.org/post/jackson-laying-city-employees-close-budget-gap-created-court-ruling">reports</a> that "since 2011, the city collected more than two million dollars from the fee to pay for street cleaning and leaf pick up. But without the storm water fee revenues, Mayor Martin Griffin says the city will have to cancel those city services and lay off the city employees who performed them."</p><p><strong>Oakland County leverages DIA millage</strong></p><p>Oakland County is trying to protect its contributions to the Detroit Institute of Arts.&nbsp; There is concern that the $23 million in annual millage money from several counties may fall into Detroit's creditor's hands rather than the DIA.&nbsp; Michigan Radio's Sarah Cwiek <a href="http://www.michiganradio.org/post/oakland-county-detroit-sell-dia-art-lose-regional-millage">reports</a> that "Oakland County officials have threatened to revoke its portion of the millage if the DIA’s assets are diminished, or if any of that millage money ends up going to pay off the city’s debts." Wed, 14 Aug 2013 11:46:39 +0000 Michigan Radio Newsroom 13975 at http://michiganradio.org In this morning's news: pet coke removal, Jackson layoffs, and the DIA collection In this morning's news: Detroit bankruptcy, Flint school district deficit, St. Petersburg, Russia http://michiganradio.org/post/mornings-news-detroit-bankruptcy-flint-school-district-deficit-st-petersburg-russia <p><strong>Detroit bankruptcy is topic of national conversation</strong></p><p>Snyder, Detroit's emergency manager Kevyn Orr and Detroit Mayor Dave Bing appeared on Sunday morning talk shows yesterday to talk about filing bankruptcy for Detroit. Snyder said he will push to protect the retired city workers whose pensions are on the table. He said the bankruptcy filing included protections for retirees and urged them to remain calm. Orr said on "Fox News Sunday" that there are going to have to be "concessions." Bing on ABC's "This Week" said now that bankruptcy has been filed, leaders have to take a step back before making a decision on a federal bailout.</p><p><strong>Flint school district faces more</strong> <strong>budget cuts</strong></p><p>The Flint School Board will take up a Deficit Elimination Plan tomorrow night. The district is <a href="http://www.michiganradio.org/post/flint-educators-take-school-districts-deficit-elimination-plan-week">wrestling with a nearly 16 million dollar deficit</a>. The Flint school district has made deep budget cuts but more cuts are likely if the district follows the plan to eliminate its deficit by June 2016. The Flint School Board has until July 31st to send its deficit elimination plan to the state.&nbsp;&nbsp;</p><p><strong>Lansing may end its relationship with St. Petersburg, Russia</strong></p><p>The Lansing city council will be meeting tonight to <a href="http://www.michiganradio.org/post/lansing-leaders-will-discuss-their-sister-city-relationship-st-petersburg-russia">discuss its sister city relationship with St. Petersburg, Russia</a>. St. Petersburg recently passed an anti-gay ordinance and police there arrested people at an LGBT rally. Members say they want to send a message to St. Petersburg officials by canceling Lansing’s two decade sister cities relationship with the city.<br> Mon, 22 Jul 2013 10:45:59 +0000 Michigan Radio Newsroom 13623 at http://michiganradio.org In this morning's news: Detroit bankruptcy, Flint school district deficit, St. Petersburg, Russia With an emergency manager in office, do city council budget proposals matter? http://michiganradio.org/post/emergency-manager-office-do-city-council-budget-proposals-matter <p><span style="color: rgb(34, 34, 34); font-family: arial; font-size: small; line-height: normal;">Earlier this morning, Detroit’s city council voted unanimously to override Mayor Dave Bing’s veto of budget cuts proposed by the council.</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;">Last week, the mayor rejected changes the city council wanted implemented in the city’s $1-billion budget for fiscal year 2013-14, including cuts to his own office. <a href="http://www.detroitnews.com/article/20130603/METRO01/306030349/Detroit-council-overrides-Bing-s-veto-budget-amendments?odyssey=tab|topnews|text|FRONTPAGE">The Detroit News reported</a>:</span></p><blockquote><p><span style="color: rgb(34, 34, 34); font-family: arial; font-size: small; line-height: normal;">“The council wanted deeper cuts to Bing's staff and quicker implementation of a new health care cost-sharing formula.</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;">Bing however did not turn down deeper cuts the council recommended for its own department and the consolidation of its divisions.”</span></p></blockquote><p><span style="color: rgb(34, 34, 34); font-family: arial; font-size: small; line-height: normal;">The council's override of Bing's veto was unanimous (8-0). Charles Pugh, the president of the council, said this was proof that the council was “standing united.”</span></p><p><span style="color: rgb(34, 34, 34); font-family: arial; font-size: small; line-height: normal;">But with Emergency Manager Kevyn Orr at the helm of the city’s finances, how much does a united city council matter when it comes to Detroit’s budget?</span></p><p> Mon, 03 Jun 2013 17:05:18 +0000 Michigan Radio Newsroom 12850 at http://michiganradio.org With an emergency manager in office, do city council budget proposals matter? City Council approves $1 billion Detroit budget http://michiganradio.org/post/city-council-approves-1-billion-detroit-budget <p>The Detroit City Council has <a href="http://www.detroitnews.com/article/20130524/METRO01/305240358/Detroit-council-OKs-Bing-s-1-1B-budget-amendments?odyssey=mod|newswell|text|FRONTPAGE|p">approved a more than $1 billion budget </a>for the city’s upcoming fiscal year.</p><p>That budget is nearly the same as the<a href="http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2013-04-12/detroit-mayor-dave-bing-proposes-1-billion-municipal-budget-1-.html"> one Mayor Dave Bing proposed last month</a>.</p> Fri, 24 May 2013 22:37:43 +0000 Sarah Cwiek 12741 at http://michiganradio.org City Council approves $1 billion Detroit budget In this morning's news: Medicaid reform, unexpected revenue for the state, and changes in Detroit http://michiganradio.org/post/mornings-news-medicaid-reform-unexpected-revenue-state-and-changes-detroit <p><strong>Controversy of Medicaid reform is being debated</strong></p><p>A bill is being debated in the Michigan house to reform Medicaid in the state.</p><p>"The federal government is offering to pay for an expansion of Medicaid that would add hundreds of thousands of Michiganders to the program. But Republican leaders in the state Legislature say they're not willing to expand the system without major changes." Michigan Radio's Jake Neher <a href="http://www.michiganradio.org/post/snyder-administration-has-concerns-about-medicaid-plan-says-its-good-start">reports</a>.</p><p><strong>Michigan projected to get $542 million more than expected</strong></p><p>The state of Michigan is projected to get nearly half a billion dollars <a href="http://www.michiganradio.org/post/michigan-projected-get-542m-more-expected">more than expected in revenue</a>.</p><p>"The state’s economic measurements remain mixed. Michigan still has one of the nation’s highest jobless rates. But Governor Snyder says improving revenue is evidence of confidence in the state’s economy," Michigan Radio's Rick Pluta reports.</p><p>The governor has suggested using the surplus to draw down federal transportation dollars, or cover a Medicaid shortfall.</p><p><strong>Changes are imminent in Detroit</strong></p><p>As of yesterday, Mayor Dave Bing will not be running for re-election, James Craig has been appointed Detroit Chief of Police, and more than half the incumbents on the Detroit City Council will not be seeking another term. The general elections will be held on November 5th. <a href="http://www.detroitnews.com/article/20130515/METRO01/305150345#ixzz2TMCiOct8">The Detroit News</a> has more.</p><p> Wed, 15 May 2013 11:26:26 +0000 Michigan Radio Newsroom 12574 at http://michiganradio.org In this morning's news: Medicaid reform, unexpected revenue for the state, and changes in Detroit What's next for Detroit Mayor Dave Bing? http://michiganradio.org/post/whats-next-detroit-mayor-dave-bing <p>Detroit Mayor Dave Bing announced this afternoon that he will not run for re-election.&nbsp;</p><p>But before he made the announcement, he spent nearly 20 minutes outlining his previous successes.&nbsp;</p><p>He concluded his speech with the mention of exploring "other options, including the office of Wayne County Exec."</p><p>Michigan Radio's Cynthia Canty spoke with Nancy Kaffer, an editorial writer for the Detroit Free Press.</p><p><em>To hear Kaffer's&nbsp;thoughts, click the link above.</em></p><p> Tue, 14 May 2013 20:58:49 +0000 Stateside Staff 12568 at http://michiganradio.org What's next for Detroit Mayor Dave Bing? Stateside for Tuesday, May 14, 2013 http://michiganradio.org/post/stateside-tuesday-may-14-2013 <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Detroit Mayor Dave Bing announced he will not run for re-election. What does this means for the city moving forward while currently under emergency management?</span></p><p>And we took a look at what's behind Michigan's high infant mortality rate.</p><p>And author, theologian, preacher, and social activist Jim Wallis joined us to talk about his book and <em>The Common Good</em> for America.</p><p>But first in the show, we got an update on the Palisades Nuclear Power Plant, where crews are trying to figure out what caused the release of slightly radioactive water.</p><p>The plant was shut down a little over a week ago because of the leak, and crews say they have discovered a new crack in a water tank that has been leaking on and off for at least two years. Michigan Radio reporter Lindsey Smith discussed the issue with us. Tue, 14 May 2013 20:52:36 +0000 Stateside Staff 12562 at http://michiganradio.org Stateside for Tuesday, May 14, 2013 Detroit Mayor Dave Bing won't seek re-election http://michiganradio.org/post/detroit-mayor-dave-bing-wont-seek-re-election <p>Detroit Mayor Dave Bing will not seek re-election.<br><br>Bing made that announcement after months of indecision. He frustrated reporters weeks ago when he pulled petitions for re-election, only to say he hadn't committed to running.</p><p>Then he called a press conference, and handed out pamphlets highlighting his successes in office.<br><br>Then he spoke for nearly 20 minutes about his achievements before announcing "that I have decided not to seek another term as mayor Detroit."<br><br>Bing said his political career might not be over.</p> Tue, 14 May 2013 16:37:18 +0000 Sarah Hulett & Mark Brush 12559 at http://michiganradio.org Detroit Mayor Dave Bing won't seek re-election Detroit mayor to reveal re-election plans at noon event http://michiganradio.org/post/detroit-mayor-reveal-re-election-plans-noon-event <p>DETROIT (AP) - Dave Bing has scheduled an announcement on his political future Tuesday, the deadline to file for a second 4-year term as Detroit's mayor.<br><br>Four p.m. Tuesday is the filing deadline.<br><br>Bing spokesman Bob Warfield said in an email Monday night that Bing would "make a major announcement about his political future" at noon Tuesday at the Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History.<br><br>The 69-year-old professional basketball Hall-of-Famer and ex-steel supply company owner was elected in 2009. He inherited a budget deficit of more than $300 million.<br> Tue, 14 May 2013 11:25:48 +0000 The Associated Press 12552 at http://michiganradio.org Detroit mayor to reveal re-election plans at noon event In this morning's news: a solution for BV students, an arrest at DTW, and Dave Bing's announcement http://michiganradio.org/post/mornings-news-solution-bv-students-arrest-dtw-and-dave-bings-announcement <p><strong>Buena Vista could hold summer camps for students</strong></p><p>There could be a solution for the students in Saginaw County’s Buena Vista district to finish out the school year.&nbsp; A plan to use federal funds to run voluntary “skills camps” that focus on reading, math, and writing will be presented this evening to the local school board.</p><p>"The Buena Vista superintendent says it’s a creative solution that would allow students to finish out the school year," Michigan Radio's Rick Pluta <a href="http://www.michiganradio.org/post/buena-vista-school-district-use-federal-funds-summer-camps">reports</a>.</p><p><strong>Man with pressure cooker arrested at Detroit Metro Airport</strong></p><p>On Saturday Hussain al Khawahir was taken into custody at the Detroit Metro Airport. He tried to enter the US from Saudi Arabia with an altered passport, and lied to security officers about why he was carrying a pressure cooker. Al Khawahir will have a bond hearing this afternoon, reports Michigan Radio's Kate Wells.</p><p><strong>Detroit Mayor to make announcement about future</strong></p><p>Detroit Mayor Dave Bing has scheduled an announcement for today at noon. Bing's spokesman Bob Warfield said that Bing would "make a major announcement about his political future." Today is the deadline to file for a second 4-year term as mayor, the Associated Press <a href="http://www.freep.com/article/20130514/NEWS01/305140027/Detroit-mayor-Bing-to-reveal-re-election-plans">reports</a>.</p><p> Tue, 14 May 2013 11:24:29 +0000 Michigan Radio Newsroom 12551 at http://michiganradio.org In this morning's news: a solution for BV students, an arrest at DTW, and Dave Bing's announcement Commentary: Will Mayor Bing run again? http://michiganradio.org/post/commentary-will-mayor-bing-run-again <p>I was mildly startled last week to learn that Detroit Mayor Dave Bing had picked up petitions he’ll need if he files to run as a candidate for another four-year term as mayor.&nbsp;</p><p>Now this doesn’t mean he is going to run. He has to decide, one way or another, by May 14, two weeks from today.</p><p>For months, I had assumed the mayor was not going to run. He’s had a battered and bruising four years. Thanks to Detroit’s crazy system, he had to win four elections in nine months four years ago.</p><p> Tue, 30 Apr 2013 13:05:20 +0000 Jack Lessenberry 12337 at http://michiganradio.org Commentary: Will Mayor Bing run again?