Dave Bing

Politics & Government
8:50 am
Thu September 27, 2012

Commentary: Detroit’s next mayor

Ten years or so ago, I went to talk to the powerful and flamboyant medical malpractice lawyer Geoffrey Fieger, probably best known for successfully defending Dr. Jack Kevorkian in a series of sensational, high-profile assisted suicide trials.

He said he was thinking about running for mayor of Detroit, and wanted my confidential advice. I told him I thought that was a brilliant idea, but that there were only three things wrong with it.

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Politics & Government
8:47 pm
Wed September 26, 2012

Game on: Mike Duggan all-but-officially in Detroit mayor's race

Mike Dugga
Mike Duggan

Detroit Medical Center chief Mike Duggan has all-but-officially thrown his hat into the Detroit mayor’s race.

Duggan filed papers Wednesday to create a campaign committee to raise money while he explores that possibility.

"I've never seen things this bad," Duggan said in a statement explaining his run. "This month we had 32 murders in 15 days, the city's plan to replace streetlights collapsed in Lansing, and the city just ran up another $40 million deficit in the last quarter despite the consent agreement.

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9:33 am
Wed September 26, 2012

Mike Duggan files papers for Detroit Mayoral run

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There's been talk, and now it's official. Mike Duggan has filed papers this morning indicating a run for the Detroit mayor's office. The seat is up for a vote in next year's election. Duggan is the CEO of the Detroit Medical Center. Update 10:17 a.m. - Mike Duggan released a statement this morning about forming an exploratory committee for a mayoral run. From the statement: "Exploratory Committee Chairman Conrad Mallett explained the formation of the committee was a legal necessity. Michigan law requires a committee be established in order to receive or spend money, even at the exploratory stage. 'Over the next 90 days, the Committee --Mike Duggan for Mayor Exploratory Committee-- will meet with citizens, block clubs, neighborhood organizations and community leaders to assess Mike's support in the city,' Mallett said. 'We'll also have a broad presence on the Web to give anyone and everyone a chance to weigh-in on what Mike and this team should do, including what problems, issues and solutions the average citizen wants addressed.'"
Detroit - Mike Duggan filed papers Wednesday morning to create an exploratory committee to run for mayor, taking the first official step to raise and spend money to build a campaign, his campaign confirmed. Duggan, the former one-term Wayne County prosecutor and current CEO of the Detroit Medical Center, filed papers to the City Clerk's office at 8 a.m.
Politics & Government
10:56 pm
Mon September 24, 2012

Shuttered Detroit fire station hit by vandals

A broken window at Engine 10 headquarters.
Sarah Cwiek Michigan Radio

Another shuttered fire station in Detroit has been vandalized.

City officials confirmed Monday night that the former Engine 10 quarters in southwest Detroit was hit by vandals, and that some copper piping was stolen.

A fire department spokesman would not release further details about the extent of the vandalism Tuesday, saying the department was still looking into it.

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Politics & Government
10:20 am
Thu September 20, 2012

Commentary: Acid test for Detroit

Does Detroit have any chance of avoiding bankruptcy and a state takeover of some kind? Frankly, I don’t know. The odds right now look bad for the city being able to continue governing itself.

But miracles and surprises happen. And right now, something is going on which should be a pretty clear test of whether those running the Michigan’s largest city can avoid disaster.

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Politics & Government
7:45 pm
Tue September 18, 2012

Detroit Council seeks restraining order against Bing

For the second time in as many weeks, the Detroit City Council is taking legal action to force the hand of Mayor Dave Bing.

During a Tuesday meeting, the Council voted to seek a temporary restraining order to stop proposed changes in the city’s health department.

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Politics & Government
6:51 pm
Tue September 18, 2012

Council warns Bing: Belle Isle plan dead without major changes

A sign on Belle Isle.
Sarah Cwiek Michigan Radio

Without major changes, it looks like the proposal to turn Detroit’s Belle Isle into a state park doesn’t have a shot with the Detroit City Council.

City Council members blasted the proposal at a meeting Tuesday, calling it, among other things, “ridiculous” and “terrible.”

Mayor Dave Bing and Governor Snyder outlined the plan last week. It calls for the city to lease Belle Isle to the state for 30 years. In return, the Michigan Department of Natural Resources would maintain the island. The state would also make some as-yet-unspecified major upgrades.

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Politics & Government
9:49 am
Thu September 13, 2012

Commentary: Restoring Belle Isle

There was some good news yesterday for those who care about this state. Governor Rick Snyder and Detroit Mayor Dave Bing announced a deal to turn Belle Isle, the city’s neglected jewel of an island park, over to state management for the next thirty years.

Under the agreement, the state would pour millions into Belle Isle, fixing up facilities that have become shabby. They would restore shelters and restrooms; shore up buildings that are starting to crumble, and make the park safe and family-friendly. 

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Politics & Government
7:17 pm
Wed September 12, 2012

Looking for information, Detroit Council subpoenas Mayor Bing

The Detroit City Council wants information from Mayor Dave Bing, and they say issuing a subpoena is the only way to get it.

The Council voted Wednesday to issue the subpoena.

Council member Saunteel Jenkin said it came to this because Bing has ignored repeated requests for documents.

“And this isn’t just [a case of] we asked last week, and we didn’t get it this week,” Jenkins said.

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Offbeat
2:26 pm
Wed September 12, 2012

Belle Isle to be overtaken by Photoshopped people?

A glimpse of the disturbing Belle Isle to come - from today's press materials about the proposed Belle Isle agreement.
State of Michigan/City of Detroit

Many Detroiters have long been suspicious of outsiders coming in to control their city, but once they lay their eyes on what Mayor Dave Bing and Gov. Rick Snyder have in store for the city's crown jewel, Belle Isle Park, they finally have real reasons to be afraid.

Belle Isle, it appears, will soon be overtaken by Photoshopped people from Pleasantville.

Only Detroiters won't have the pleasure of romping around their Utopia with Toby Maguire and Reese Witherspoon. They'll have to share the park with out-of-proportion picnickers, a cardboard blue heron, and a dancing DNR park ranger.

Politics & Government
1:40 pm
Wed September 12, 2012

Details of the proposed Belle Isle agreement

The James Scott Memorial Fountain on Belle Isle Park.
Mike Russell wikimedia commons

Today, Detroit Mayor Dave Bing and Gov. Rick Snyder announced a plan to manage and restore Belle Isle. The plan will go before Detroit City Council for approval.

It calls for park operations, maintenance, and improvements to be managed by the Michigan Department of Natural Resources under a 30-year lease agreement. MDOT would maintain roads and bridges on Belle Isle.

The city of Detroit would maintain ownership of the park.

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Politics & Government
7:22 am
Wed September 12, 2012

Announcement coming this morning on the future of Belle Isle

DETROIT (AP) - Gov. Rick Snyder and Detroit Mayor Dave Bing have called a news conference on the future of Belle Isle park, a tattered green gem that has been subject of a city-state power struggle.

Mayoral spokeswoman Naomi Patton says Bing and Snyder will announce a park leasing agreement at 9:30 a.m. Wednesday in Bing's downtown office.

Proposals for a Michigan takeover of the under-maintained 985-acre park have met fierce opposition from some local officials who call it a state power grab.

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Politics & Government
10:31 am
Mon September 10, 2012

Commentary: Ballot madness in Detroit

If you live in Detroit, I want to wish you good luck trying to wrestle with your election ballot this November.

The rest of us Michigan voters are going to be asked to decide six complex statewide ballot proposals, which is far too many. But Detroiters are going to face a total of ten proposals.

That would be ridiculous, even if this were an enlightened state like Oregon, where everyone is mailed a ballot so they have time to study the races and issues before casting an informed vote.

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Politics & Government
9:16 am
Wed September 5, 2012

Commentary: Watching the conventions

I grew up a pathetic political junkie of the worst kind. I've been avidly watching and occasionally attending conventions since I was eight years old. I was so pathetic that I would rather have watched Stuart Symington speak than Rocky Colavito play ball.

However, while that didn’t make me one of the cool kids, it does give me some basis for comparison, and there is no doubt that Michelle Obama’s speech to the Democratic National Convention last night was one of the best I have ever heard.

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Politics & Government
10:01 am
Wed August 22, 2012

Detroit Mayor to declare "No Violence Day in Detroit"

Bob Jagendorf Flickr

DETROIT (AP) — The 22nd of each month will become a "No Violence Day in Detroit" following a proclamation by Mayor Dave Bing.

Bing is expected to issue the proclamation Wednesday evening to the United Communities of America at Fellowship Chapel on the city's northwest side.

Concerns about violent crime in Detroit are rising.

Through Aug. 12, the number of homicides is one fewer than the 221 committed over the same period last year. Assault, larceny, rape and car theft reports are up.

The state police and Wayne County sheriff's office are assisting Detroit police on patrols in some city neighborhoods.

The United Communities of America helped organize a January "Thou Shall Not Kill" motorcade led by hearses through crime-ridden neighborhoods to call an end to killings in the city.

Politics & Government
11:57 pm
Tue August 21, 2012

Slowly, Bing plans for Detroit neighborhoods move forward

Detroit officials are showing off progress on some of Mayor Dave Bing’s signature initiatives.

Bing toured a rehabbed historic house in the city’s once-prestigious Boston-Edison neighborhood Tuesday. Boston-Edison has historically been one of the city’s stronger communities, but it’s seen blight creep in steadily over recent years.

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Law
5:01 pm
Mon August 20, 2012

Bing hopes judge will lift injunction on 12-hour police shifts

Detroit Mayor Dave Bing
Mayor's Office City of Detroit

Detroit Mayor Dave Bing says a judge’s order blocking 12-hour shifts for police officers will make it harder to balance the budget and keep the city safe.

"Absolutely. No doubt about it," he said. "I think some of the initiatives that we were putting forward was for two different reasons – once again, to make sure we stay within our budget, but also to keep as many police officers on the street as we possibly could and keeping them in the neighborhoods. So this doesn’t help."

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Politics & Government
4:59 pm
Mon August 20, 2012

Bing frustrated with delay as Lansing waits on light authority

Plan Phases from The City of Detroit Public Lighting Strategy Executive Summary
detroitmi.gov City of Detroit

Detroit Mayor Dave Bing says the pace of the city’s recovery is being slowed by delays in Lansing. The mayor says the Legislature is taking too long to create an independent authority to help Detroit and other cities keep their street lights on.

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Politics & Government
1:48 pm
Fri August 10, 2012

Bing's plan to light up Detroit

A still of a broken light from WXYZ's video
WXYZ 7 Detroit

Detroit Mayor Dave Bing announced a plan today that may help illuminate some of the city's darkest streets and freeways.

The plan aims to fix 3,300 reported burned out lights, broken light posts, or light outages in six months after the creation of a public lighting authority.

But in order to establish the new authority, the state Legislature must approve a bill allowing communities to establish lighting authorities.

Bing says the plan also needs the passage of a utility users' tax and suspension of an income tax rollback.

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Politics & Government
10:34 pm
Wed August 8, 2012

Massive changes in store for Detroit's water system

Photo courtesty of Birmingham Public Schools

Detroit’s Water and Sewerage Department will slash its workforce in a drastic overhaul set to take place over at least five years.

The move comes as city and department officials move to stem soaring water rates as they deal with rising maintenance and operation costs.

City and department officials say they’ll move to contract out most of the department’s non-core functions.

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