Category: Prime Politics - Original Written by Bankole Thompson, Chronicle Senior Editor
Amidst speculations that there is a movement underway to draft Detroit Mayor Dave Bing to enter an already crowded field for mayor, Bing himself will tell Detroiters Tuesday afternoon what he plans to do.
Mayor Bing will appear at the Charles Wright Museum of African American History at noon to announce whether he will officially become a mayoral candidate and join former Detroit Medical Center CEO Mike Duggan, Wayne County Sheriff Benny Napoleon and others in seeking the city’s top post.
John Roach, spokesman for Duggan’s campaign said Monday night that whether Bing enters the race or not won’t affect the speed of their campaign.
“Mike Duggan knows what his platform is and he knows what his approach with voters has been,” Roach said. “He has been meeting voters face to face and whoever enters the race doesn’t affect how he approaches anything going forward.”
Political consultant Eric Foster said he still thinks Bing won’t run.
“If he does he cannot win. He hasn’t built a voter based beyond his last election that’s sustainable to allow him to be in the top two for the primary,” Foster said. “Additionally the optics of the failure of the city that happened under his watch like the appointment of an emergency manager, the consent agreement and the growing abandonment of neighborhoods is not a strong narrative to launch a campaign.”
However Foster said one advantage a Bing candidacy might create is that it will force the media to spotlight all of the remaining candidates and not just the perceived two front-runners Duggan and Napoleon.
“It forces the rest of the media to open up the examination and attention to all of the mainstream candidates and not just Benny Napoleon and Mike Duggan which is helpful to the other mainstream candidates like Fred Durhal and Lisa Howze.”
Eddie McDonald, campaign manager for Napoleon said their campaign is driven to get votes and not about who gets in the race.
“We are staying focus and going after many voters as possible,” McDonald said.
Last Updated on Tuesday, 14 May 2013 12:41
Category: Prime Politics - Original Written by Bankole Thompson
According to a report set to be officially released Monday by Detroit emergency financial manager Kevyn Orr, Detroit’s General Fund is in the negative and will remain so because the city is generating no revenue.
The long anticipated report will spell out the dire terms that the city is in financially as Orr works to get it back on a road to financial recovery.
“General Fund net cash flows are expected to remain negative due to the historical drop in revenues and increasing legacy liabilities absent significant structural changes. While the City is projecting to maintain a positive cash balance through December 2013, this is only as a result of the significant amount of payment deferrals and amounts borrowed from, and owed to, other funds, which is clearly not sustainable in the long run. Structural change must occur to address the City's operating deficit and cash burn. Further, there are a number of risks to the cash forecast that could negatively impact the City's ability to achieve its forecast,” according to the report coming out 45 days after Orr took over as emergency manager of Detroit.
The report shows that the city’s General Fund has relied on “deferring necessary payments and cash pooling to manage working capital needs.”
As of April 26, 2013, the General Fund had outstanding deferral and amounts of up to $226 million.
“This means that, to fund its day to day operations, the city's General Fund has deferred expenditures and disbursements and relied on other funds’ cash since it does not generate sufficient cash flow of its own and does not have adequate cash reserves. Without these deferrals and working capital strategies, the City would have $226 million less cash available for its operations. These tactics are effectively borrowings and are in themselves debt obligations of the City that must be repaid,” the report noted.
However, Detroit is expected to maintain a positive cash balance on paper through end of the year because of “the significant amount of payment deferrals and amounts borrowed from and owed to other funds, which is clearly not sustainable in the long run.”
Orr’s report says, “structural change must occur to address the city’s deficit and cash burn. Further there are a number of risks to the cash forecast that could negatively impact the city’s ability to achieve its forecast.”
Last Updated on Monday, 13 May 2013 21:59
Category: Prime Politics - Original Written by Cathy Nedd
The Honorable Minister Louis Farrakahn (National Representative of the Most Honorable Elijah Muhammad and the Nation of Islam) will return to Detroit on May 16th and 17th. Responding to a request, Farrakhan will speak before the Detroit City Council, to members of the clergy and to residents of the city. Acknowledging the Detroit's rich legacy, Minister Farrakahn opined about the city's present condition, saying "Detroit is where the Nation of Islam started. Detroit is almost considered now, a dead city. So we'll come back to Detroit where we began and loook at the condition of Detroit, pool our resources and try to buy properties in Detroit and start rebuilding one of the greatest cities in America where we're concerned." Speaking on Washington, D.C.'s Rock Newman Show (WOWC 1480 AM), Minister Farrakhan laid out his vision on how the city's blight could once again be transformed through a unified effort focusing on the best interest of the city. "We have a duty to that city. We're going to come and see what we can do to help the school system, to help the government, to help the people. And then let's try to own the city since the property is cheap and falling down why don't we pool what resoruces we have and start buying up buildings and making them worthy and creating opportuntiies. That is what we need to do when we come to Detroit." The Minister will make a public address on Friday, May 17th at Fellowship Chapel, 7707 W. Outer Drive in Detroit. Thedoors will open at 5:30 pm and the program will begin at 7 pm. For more information, contact Muhammad Mosque No. One at (313) 283-7245, or (313) 713-5181.
Last Updated on Sunday, 12 May 2013 09:39
Category: Prime Politics - Original Written by Cathy Nedd
Southfield Mayor Brenda Lawrence will host a Community Roundtable on Code Enforcement on Wednesday, May 22 at 7 p.m. in the Southfield Public Library Meeting Room, 26300 Evergreen Road.
To participate, residents must make reservations by calling the Mayor’s Office at (248) 796-5100. The discussion is limited to the first 25 residents to make reservations; however, others are welcome to attend. The Mayor’s Roundtables are designed to allow residents the opportunity to discuss predetermined topics that impact the quality of life in Southfield. City of Southfield department heads and staff will be on hand to answer questions related to the respective topic.
For more information, call the Mayor’s Office at (248) 796-5100.
Last Updated on Monday, 13 May 2013 16:06
Category: Prime Politics - Original Written by Roz Edward, National Content Director
DETROIT — Detroit Mayor Dave Bing picked up petitions Thursday to run for re-election, seeking his second full term in office. Bing's action amid all of the controversy and speculation regarding the mayor's perfromance thus far, is causing a stir in political and business circles throughout the city and Michigan's southeast region.
Add Tom Barrow, a four-time mayoral candidate, to the mix and the field of Detroit's contenders for the city's top job gets interesting. Barrow dropped off about 3,300 signatures increasing the number of mayoral candidates to seven.
Mayoral candidate front runners Benny Napoleon and Mike Duggan made news earlier this week when a poll conducted by Main Street Strategies, a Lansing-based political advocacy and communications firm, found Napoleon with the support of 39% of likely Democratic primary voters in Detroit, compared with 35% for Duggan.
Other candidates came in with far lower numbers: former state Rep. Lisa Howze at 9%, former Detroit city attorney Krystal Crittendon at 7% and state Rep. Fred Durhal Jr. at 4%. Tom Barrow, who is not a declared candidate, polled 5%.
In a head-to-head matchup, Napoleon's lead grows larger, the poll found, with 45% of voters favoring him and 35% for Duggan, with 20% undecided.
Last Updated on Friday, 26 April 2013 13:12
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