Monday, March 19, 2007

My Thoughts on Mayor Kilpatrick's State of the City Address

It's been almost a week since Mayor Kwame M. Kilpatrick delivered his 2007 State of the City Address. I was there to see it live and I feel remiss for not commenting on his speech already.

I liked almost everything that he said that evening. I was proud that he made a point of recognizing the widow and son of the late Dearborn Mayor Michael A. Guido. I was also glad that he recognized the new superintendent of the Detroit Public Schools, Dr. Connie K. Calloway.

I was thrilled that he talked about the importance of Detroit's neighborhoods. Even though Warrendale wasn't specifically mentioned, the simple fact that he made a neighborhoods such a center piece in his remarks is a wonderful contrast with previous mayors.

The only thing that I didn't like in the Mayor's Address was when he announced that Detroit would only hire 200 new police officers. According to The Detroit News, half of that number is simply a replacement for older officers who have retired from the department. That leaves a net increase in the number of police officers at only 100 - or roughly 1 new police officer per square mile of the city.

This is definately a step in the right direction. However, in my opinion, I believe that Detroit needs a lot more. If I were Mayor, I would have cut the amount spent on upgrading the Northwest Activities Center ($14 million, according to the Mayor's address) and used it to hire even more police officers.

As for the rest of his address, I loved every word of it.

6 comments:

DAVID L. MALHALAB said...

HELLO WARRENDALE
EVERYONE SEEMS IMPRESSED WITH THE MAYOR'S STATE OF THE CITY ADDRESS...BUT ME...
HE SAID HE WAS GOING TO HIRE, 200 MORE POLICE OFFICERS, EVERYONE CHEERED, BUT 200 DOES NOT FILE THE 30+OFFICERS A MONTH THAT RETIRE OR QUIT THE DEPARTMENT.
DPD IS 1,000 POLICE OFFICERS SHORT OF WHAT IS NEEDED FOR THE CITY WITH A CRIME RATE THAT IT HAS.
THE RECENT ACT 312 (POLICE ARBRITRATION AWARD) DEVASTATED OFFICERS WHO HOPED FOR A BETTER CONTRACT. THE RECIEVED A 11% RAISE - THAT EQUALS 2% OVER THE FIVE (5) YEAR LENGTH OF THE CONTRACT.
POLICE WILL PAY 10 - 20% MORE FOR MEDICAL INSURANCE, BUT THE AWARD WAS NOT SPECIFIC AND THE CITY IS TRYING TO GET THE ARBITRATOR TO EXPLAIN THE CITY'S LAST BEST OFFER, BECAUSE THE CITY DOESNT UNDERSTAND ITS OWN OFFER.
DPD OFFICERS NOW CAN RETIRE AT 20 YEARS..20 AND OUT..AND BLACK AND WHITE OFFICERS WILL LEAVE - THE BEST AND BRIGHTEST CONTINUE TO LEAVE FOR SUBURBAN DEPARTMENTS AND JOBS..
MARTY BANDEMER, PRESIDENT OF THE DETROIT POLICE OFFICERS ASSOCIATION, REMINDED ITS MEMBERS THAT IT WAS CHIEF ELLA BULLY CUMMINGS THAT MERGED PRECINCTS INTO
DISTRICTS TOOOOO LARGE TO PROPERLY PATROL. CUMMINGS SHUTTERED JAIL SPACE, SHE IS RESPONSIBLE FOR THE DANGEROUS WORKING CONDITIONS THAT FACE DETROIT POLICE OFFICERS.
IT IS CUMMINGS WHO HAS FAILED DETROIT RESIDENTS AND DETROIT POLICE OFFICERS - NOT DETROIT POLICE OFFICERS...
THE CITY WILL SOON FACE ANOTHER
MULTI MILLION $$$$$$ LAWSUIT. A FEDERAL LAWSUIT THAT ALLEGES THAT THE DETROIT POLICE DEPARTMENT HAD A POLICY..POLICY...OF NOT PROPERLY PROCESSING AND HIRING WHITE APPLICANTS TO THE DEPARTMENT, WHICH IS NOW 73% BLACK, AND HAS VERY LOW HIRING STANDARDS.
THIS IS IN ADDITION TO THE MULTI-MILLION $$$$$ LAWSUIT THAT IS IN THE COMPENSATION FAZE - GRACE VS. DETROIT(1990), WHICH FOUND THAT DETROIT FAILED TO PROPERLY HIRE APPLICANTS FROM THE SUBURBS....
KILPATRICK SHOULD HAVE FIRED
PC CUMMINGS ...HE DIDNT ANNOUNCE PLANS FOR A NEW JAIL / MEDICAL FACILITY THAT DETROIT NEEDS UNDER THE DEPT OF JUSTICE CONSENT DECREES.
KILPATRICK DIDNT ANNOUNCE NEW
PRECINCT BOUNDARIES THAT WOULD MAKE IT SAFER FOR POLICE OFFICERS AND RESIDENTS OR ENDORSE A 'VERIFIED RESPONSE SYSTEM' TO HANDLE THE B&E ALARM PROBLEM...
KILPATRICK HAS FAILED TO GUIDE THE POLICE DEPT TO QUALITY..THAT IT NEEDS..

Anonymous said...

You REALLY need to stop typing in ALL CAPS!!

DAVID L. MALHALAB said...

ANNON...
ITS EASIER TO READ
AND I AM NOT AN ACCOMPLISHED
TYPIST...
AND USE YOUR NAME...

cracktown! USA said...

Hey Frank - any word on that house?

Anonymous said...

I have a question that perhaps you can answer. I have a home in the Warrendale area that needs repair (leaking basement, sidewalk cracks, etc. ) Someone told me they heard of some grants or programs offered to homeowners to help with the cost of these repairs - in order to maintain the value of the neighborhood. Are you familiar with programs such as these? Thanks for any input.

Anonymous said...

Hello I am a Detroit Resident, and I use to be a Detroit Police Reservist. I think the Mayor should have Detroit Residents become Volunteer Police Reservist and patrol there neiborhors especially the young people volunteering. That way the young people feel important knowing they are doing something for the community and enjoying the benefits too.