Tuesday, May 17, 2016

Detroit City Council to host district meeting tonight

Detroit residents in District 7, which includes the Warrendale neighborhood, as well as neighboring communities may share their concerns and discuss any community-related issues at the City Council community meeting this evening, May 17.  The meeting will be  from 7 – 8:30 p.m. at Evangel Ministries (13660 Stansbury Ave., near Grand River Ave.).

Citizens and community organizations have the opportunity to identify specific concerns, addresses of problem locations, or other community-related issues and may request discussions or public hearings on issues related to their neighborhoods. Requests for discussions before or presentations to the City Council should be made to the Legislative Policy Division staff at (313) 224-4946.

Representatives of City departments also will be present to note complaints and explain departmental plans and policies.

Thursday, April 28, 2016

Minority Business Development Agency invests $1.5 million in Detroit

The U.S. Department of Commerce Minority Business Development Agency today announced that the Michigan Minority Purchasing Council will receive a grant to operate an MBDA Business Center in Detroit.

This federal funding will be distributed annually during a five-year period with a start date of April 1, 2016.  The agency intends to release $301,225 per year for each of the next fives for the center in Detroit.

This grant program is designed to help minority-owned firms across the nation create jobs, develop their business, and compete in the global economy.  A key component of MBDA’s Business Center Network is providing minority firms with access to technical expertise and resources to grow their businesses.    

According to data from the U.S. Census Bureau’s 2012 Survey of Business Owners, minority-owned firms in the United States increased from 5.8 million in 2007 to 8 million in 2012, and employed 7.2 million people in 2012. In Michigan, there are currently 158,946 minority-owned firms, that contribute more than $23.6 million annually in economic output.  These firms employ more than 147,000 local residents.

Tuesday, March 29, 2016

The need for change within the Detroit Police Department

Mayor Mike Duggan and Chief James Craig have made a lot of progress bringing improvements to the Detroit Police Department. There are, however, moments that show just how much work needs to still be done.

One particular resident of the Warrendale neighborhood, who lives on Tireman Street near Rouge Park, discovered that two men were burglarizing her home on the morning of Wednesday, January 27. She called 9-1-1 to report this a total of three times, with her final call being logged at 9:47 a.m.

At 9:49 a.m., records from the Detroit Police Department show that her complaint was routed to police dispatching. The problem is that there weren't any police officers available to respond to her call.

And so her plea for help sat in their system.

Three Detroit Police vehicles drove past her home and this resident tried to flag each of them down to let them know that these intruders were still in her home stealing her belongings. Unfortunately, none of them stopped.

Each of those police cars were already en route to another call where someone else desperately needed them.

It wasn't until 12:06 p.m. - almost two and a half hours after her last call to 9-1-1 - that police officers with Scout 6-2 finally arrived at the scene. By that time, the perpetrators had already fled the scene. The burglary on Tireman Street has become another in a long series of unsolved felonies in Detroit.

Mayor Mike Duggan and Chief James Craig have made a lot of progress bringing improvements to the Detroit Police Department. Moments like this, however, show just how much work still needs to be done.

Saturday, March 26, 2016

Attempted robbery at Chase Bank in Detroit

Chase Bank - Photo by Frank Nemecek
There was an attempted robbery at the Chase Bank (17733 W. Warren Ave.) located at the southeast corner of W. Warren Avenue and the Southfield Freeway. This incident happened at approximately 1:15 p.m.

Luckily for everyone who was in the bank at the time - except of course the robber - there was an off-duty Wayne County Sherrif deputy in the branch when this happened. Wally Beydoun of the Wayne County Sherrif's Department managed to stop the crime without incident.

The Arab American News has complete coverage of this attempted robbery on their website here.

I commend Beydoun for remaining calm during a difficult situation and thinking so quickly.

Friday, March 11, 2016

3 charged in murder of Detroit firefighter

David Madrigal was a 26-year veteran of the Detroit Fire Department who lived on Vaughn Street in the Warrendale neighborhood for years. This past December, though, he was found murdered in his home on Vaughn near Tireman.

After almost three months, the Detroit Police Department has made three arrests in connection with this crime. Timmy Lynn Soto, age 32, of Detroit; Nicole O'Neill, age 33, of Detroit, and Christian Rasnick, age 19, of Trenton will all face felony charges in connection to Madrigal's murder.

The Detroit Free Press has more on this story here. My deepest gratitude goes out to each of the police officers who worked to bring these three individuals to justice.

Thursday, March 10, 2016

Chyna comes to Detroit this Friday

Chyna - Photo by Pinguino K
Actress and former WWE superstar Chyna will make a special appearance at the Toy Chest Bar (18728 Ford Rd.). The wrestling legend will be there this Friday evening, March 11.

Doors will open for Chyna's appearance at 7 p.m. A special meet and greet will happen for fans a little later with entertainment continuing until 2 a.m.

Chyna, of course, came to prominence with the WWE in 1997 as part of the D-Generation X. She later appeared on The Howard Stern Show, two episodes of Pacific Blue, and 3rd Rock from the Sun.

Since her retirement in 2011, Chyna has been teaching English in Japan. This Friday will be her only scheduled appearance in the Detroit area.

Toy Chest Bar is located on the north side of Ford Rd, approximately three blocks west of the Southfield Freeway, at the southern end of the Warrendale neighborhood.

Tuesday, March 08, 2016

My pick for President

Today is the day.

Today is the day that voters across Michigan go to the polls to choose their preferred candidate in the presidential primary.

Will it be Hillary Clinton or Bernie Sanders for the Democrats?

Among the Republicans, we can choose among luminaries like Donald Trump, who recently spent time in Detroit letting everyone know that his hands - and, by logical extension, his penis - are all of more than adequate size. (Side note: I really, really wish I could say that I was making this part up. Sadly, it's all true.)

Other worthy Republicans include U.S. Senator Ted Cruz of Texas, U.S. Senator Marco Rubio of Florida, and Governor John Kasich of Ohio.

Each of these candidates has their own set of pros and cons. However, in my opinion, there is one person who outshines them all.

One candidate with hands large enough to make Donald Trump's seem small and dainty.

One candidate with more experience than Clinton, Sanders, Cruz, Rubio, and Kasich combined.

One candidate who we can count on to lead us during our darkest hour.

One candidate who we can count on to lead us towards the light.

Ladies and gentlemen, I urge you to go to the polls today and choose Chewbacca. Let the Wookie win!