Wednesday, April 28, 2010

Cool Warrendale Thing: Getting Recognized

I know this is totally self-serving, even by modern blogosphere standards, but I'm a little excited at the moment. Two different people have stopped me in the past two hours to tell me how much they like the Warrendale (Detroit) Blog.

And no, before any of my smart alecky friends or family members ask, neither of them was my Mom.

There's an old Bohemian proverb that says, "Worldly fame is like grass in the field." I shouldn't let this tiny bit of recognition get to my head. However, it's still super cool when random people on the street take the time to tell you how much they like your work.

Therefore, at risk of setting myself up for a fall later, I take a tiny bit of totally self-serving, self-indulging pleasure in proclaiming the fact that I was recognized by my fans as the Cool Warrendale Thing of the Week.

It's been a pleasure to bring this site to everyone for almost five years now.

2 Ex-DPS Officials, 2 Vendors Indicted

A federal grand jury has indicted the former chief of risk management at Detroit Public Schools, charging Stephen Hill with looting the financially ailing district of more than $3 million for himself, family members and friends, U.S. Attorney Barbara McQuade announced in a news release.

Also charged in this indictment are Hill’s onetime assistant as well as prominent Detroit businesswoman Sherry Washington and her sister, Dr. Gwendolyn Washington of Southfield. The Washingtons are accused for their roles as partners in Associates for Learning, which is a vendor hired to administer a health awareness program for the school district. However, district officials contend that their firm performed little work while receiving more than $3 million.

2 ex-DPS officials, 2 vendors indicted for bribery, extortion | Detroit Free Press

Mailbag: Update on Leslie School

Rev. Jack A. Kozak wrote in to ask:
Frank, what is happening with the old Leslie School on Plainview? I am a 1971 graduate!
Several people have asked me the same thing. I believe this question is worthy of its own post.

The former Leslie School (6250 Plainview) is currently vacant and unused. However, the building is in good condition and is well-secured.

The Detroit Public Schools are currently offering Leslie School for sale. Their asking price is listed as simply "make an offer."

Tuesday, April 27, 2010

Protesting Stupidity

The Lafayette Building (144 W. Lafayette in downtown) was demolished last year when George Jackson of the Detroit Economic Growth Corporation decided that there are too many jobs in Detroit.

Since then, someone has been posting flyers around Detroit protesting this demolition. I don't know who has been doing this. All that I know is that I want to give him or her a hug.

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Ten Good Reasons to Show Historic Schools Some Love

Today is Historic Schools Day, according to the Council of Educational Facility Planners.

The National Trust for Historic Preservation has a few thoughts on historic schools that I wanted to share with everyone. Needless to say, I thought of Kosciusko and the three other schools in the Warrendale neighborhood that have been nominated to the National Register of Historic Places when I read this.

PreservationNation � Blog Archive � Ten Good Reasons to Show Historic Schools Some Love

Monday, April 26, 2010

Tip of the Week: Prevent Burglaries

It's a sad fact of life in Detroit today that there are people who literally have nothing else to do but figure out ways to break into your home while your away. I started my (irregular) Tip of the Week feature more than a year ago after one Warrendale couple had their home broken into four times in under a year; suggestions came pouring in as to what they could do to secure their home better.

Since then, my Tip of the Week has also covered money saving opportunities and a few other things. However, I feel that it's time to revisit the one that got this all started: preventing burglaries.

The Detroit Police Department has a few suggestions as to what homeowners can do to prevent burglaries. I encourage everyone to watch this and take notes. Personally, I realized that I need to change the screws on my front and side doors while watching this. I'm sure everyone else will find something that they can do to protect themselves in this video.



Preventing burglaries is your Tip of the Week.

Friday, April 23, 2010

1,000

The Warrendale, Detroit group on Facebook finally crossed the 1,000 member mark today. It brings current and former residents of the Warrendale neighborhood together to share their love of this place.

In honor of this milestone, I dedicate "A Thousand Miles" by Vanessa Carlton to everyone who loves the Warrendale neighborhood.



Vanessa Carlton - A Thousand Miles

Mayor Bing Fires Two Top Aides

Yesterday, Mayor Dave Bing was scrutinized by the City Council for hiding appointees.

Today, according to the Detroit News, he has fired two of his appointees.

Coincidence? I think not.

Mayor Bing fires two top aides | The Detroit News

Detroit Police Step Up Traffic Enforcement

I am pleased to report that the Detroit Police Department has noticeably stepped up traffic enforcement on Paul St. in the Warrendale neighborhood.

I look forward to seeing more of this throughout Warrendale.

Strip Club Manager Arrested for Hiring 14 Year Old

The Detroit Police Department, working with the Wayne County Prosecutor’s Office, has arrested and charged the manager of All Stars (14541 W. Eight Mile) with child sexually abusive activity for allegedly employing a 14-year-old girl as a topless dancer, Chief Warren Evans announced today. The club is approximately seven miles from the Warrendale neighborhood.

Officers from DPD’s Mobile Strike Force and Sex Crimes unit on Wednesday evening arrested Andrew Hutson, 31, at the club after Prosecutor Kym Worthy signed a warrant charging him with a 20-year-felony. Because of this and many other problems at the club, Chief Evans said he will move to have the club stripped of its business and liquor licenses.

Andrew Hutson - Scum Bag

According to investigators, the girl has danced topless at the club for approximately two months, typically working several nights per week. The girl’s mother, who investigators say has tried unsuccessfully to control her daughter, says the girl suffers from mild mental retardation. Investigators say the girl would claim to be staying at a friend’s house and go to the club. On an average night, the girl allegedly would earn upwards of $350, much of which she had to turn over to the club for the privilege of dancing and to tip the DJ and other employees.

“It is sickening by itself that this defendant allegedly knowingly allowed a child to dance in his establishment,” Chief Evans said. “But to profit from it is a whole other level of exploitation.”

Once the mother learned what her daughter was really doing, she retrieved her from the club and immediately called police.

“The facts alleged in this case are truly disturbing because this is exploitation of a young female at the most base level,” said Prosecutor Worthy. “Our youth are not some cheap commodity, to be used and cast aside. We are sending a clear message that if you hire underage women you will face criminal charges.”

Detroit Police have had numerous dealings with All Stars, Chief Evans said. In the past six years, there have been three fatal shootings and eleven non-fatal shootings at the club. Consistently, Chief Evans said, club operators have attempted to thwart DPD’s efforts to inspect the establishment and have even filed lawsuits claiming harassment by police in an apparent effort to avoid being subject to routine inspections.

“It is exactly because of the type of alleged behavior we have uncovered here that we make a point of conducting inspections,” Chief Evans said. “This case clearly validates the serious concerns we have had about this club in particular.”

Armed with this and other information, Chief Evans said his officers now will begin the process of attempting to have the club’s business and liquor licenses either suspended or revoked, citing a clear pattern of illegal activity and a lack of cooperation with law enforcement. Last year, the city was successful in shutting down another night club with a history of violence and other illegal activity, the Platinum Lounge.

“Many of these clubs are centers for significant crimes, including a large number of shootings.” Chief Evans said. “We are heading into summer when that type of activity increases. The operators of these establishments need to understand that we are going to be vigorously enforcing violations of any kind and we will go after their licenses if they don’t clean up their act.”

Hutson is expected to be arraigned this afternoon in 36th District Court.

Thursday, April 22, 2010

M-39 Concepts

The Michigan Department of Transportation hosted a community meeting last night at Renaissance High School (6565 W. Outer Dr.) to discuss their plans to renovate the Southfield Freeway. They plan to renovate the Southfield Freeway from W. Eight Mile Rd. south towards Allen Park.

This project is currently scheduled to start construction in the spring of 2011.

There were several points that were discussed. One in particular was the question of whether M-DOT should maintain one lane of traffic in each direction or if they should close the freeway.

Several pros and cons of each option were discussed. The one point that seemed to decide the issue in the minds of residents who attended this meeting was the fact that, by closing the freeway instead of maintaining one lane of traffic, M-DOT would be able to complete their work in just one full construction season (likely March 2011 through November 2011). If, however, a lane of traffic was maintained then work on the freeway would almost certainly continue into 2012.

M-DOT asked each resident in attendance to vote on their preference between a freeway closure and maintaining one lane of traffic. Closing the Southfield Freeway was their clear choice by a 6 to 1 margin.

Focusing on the Warrendale neighborhood, it was also announced that the Sawyer street pedestrian bridge will be rebuilt.

It was also confirmed by M-DOT representatives that the current resurfacing of the Southfield Freeway in the Warrendale area will be completed in approximately one month.

Finally, representative from M-DOT shared different design option as to what the various pedestrian bridges and other features of the redeveloped Southfield Freeway should look like. Residents had an opportunity to share their thoughts on them.

M-DOT announced towards the end of this meeting that there will be at least one, possibly two, more meetings of this type before their design is finalized. The next meeting will be in May, although the exact day and location has not been confirmed.

As always, I will continue to update this story as it develops.

Council Members Say Bing's Budget Hides Appointees

The song "Castaway" by the Benassi Bros. came on as I was reading this article about the City of Detroit's budget. It contains the line, "queen of my castle that's made of sand."

For some reason, that song just seems very appropriate.


It turns out that, according to the City Council's fiscal analyst Irv Corley, Mayor Dave Bing's claim to have brought the City's deficit down to $85 million is "understated by $39 million."

Council members say Bing's budget hides appointees | The Detroit News

Wednesday, April 21, 2010

Discussing Dateline

Chris Hansen returned to his native Detroit for a special episode of Dateline NBC, entitled "America Now: City of Heartbreak and Hope" that focused on Detroit. The show aired this past Sunday and, since then, newspapers and the blogosphere have been running over with criticisms of that episode.

Everyone names one positive thing about Detroit that Chris Hansen didn't cover (e.g., the re-opening of the Westin Book-Cadillac Hotel in 2008, the RiverWalk, and so on.) The absence of such and such is then used to emphasize the fact that the overall report was biased against Detroit.

I've delayed posting about this because I thought it was a lot about nothing. However, we're now in day of three of "blow back" stories, I finally feel compelled to opine.

Yes, there are positive things about Detroit that Chris Hansen did not mention in his Dateline NBC report.

However, there were also some negative things about Detroit that Chris Hansen did not include in his Dateline NBC report either.

Dateline NBC, after all, is only an hour long. There is no way that Chris Hansen, or any other journalist for that matter, could possibly cover all of the positive things about Detroit as well as all of the negative things. The best anyone could do is to offer viewers a balanced perspective on the subject.

Overall, approximately 40% of Chris Hansen's report focused on the positive aspects of Detroit by my estimates.

40%.

The rest of Chris Hansen's report was either negative (approximately 45%) or neutral (15%).

Have Detroiters finally become so hypersensitive to criticism that a story that's only 40% positive is cause for outrage?

I mean, really!

Ladies and gentlemen of Detroit, it is simply time for us to get on with our lives. It's time for us to put our energy towards improving our city so the next time a national journalist comes to town, he or she has lot more positive stories to report.

Rouge Park Appreciation Day

The Friends of Rouge Park have announced that the Annual Rouge Rescue and Rouge Park Appreciation Day will expand into a three day event this summer. It will happen from Friday, June 4 through Sunday, June 6 in Rouge Park. A series of events are planned throughout the weekend.

On Friday, June 4, at approximately 4:00 p.m., the new Growing Together Sculpture at Spinoza and Rouge
Park Drive will be dedicated.

Saturday, June 5 is reserved for cleaning up of Rouge Park and other volonteer work.

Discovery Rouge Park Day will be held on Sunday, June 6. This will be a day for discovering all that our wonderful park has to offer.

As always, I will keep everyone updated on this as the event draws closer.

Tuesday, April 20, 2010

Detroit Police Overtime Reductions Save Taxpayers Nearly $7 Million

Since Mayor Dave Bing appointed Chief of Police Warren Evans, the Detroit Police Department has reduced its overtime spending by nearly 30%, resulting in a $6.7 million savings so far this fiscal year. The city’s fiscal year begins July 1st and ends June 30th of each year.

In the first three quarters (July-March) of fiscal year 2008-09, the Detroit Police Department spent approximately $23.3 million in overtime expenses, the vast majority on sworn personnel. Chief Evans was appointed just days into the new fiscal year. During the same period of the 2009-10 fiscal year, the DPD has spent $16.6 million. This is a 28.6% reduction, or $6.7 million in savings.

“Mayor Bing has directed all city operations to manage their resources more effectively and that’s what we are doing,” Chief Evans said.

“Without any additional revenue, we have returned 100 officers to street patrol and have registered consistent reductions in homicides and non-fatal shootings. We also have made great strides in improving our average 911 response times,” Chief Evans said. “The fact that we have been able to do this while reducing overtime expenses by nearly 30 percent demonstrates that the Detroit Police Department is beginning to run more efficiently and effectively.”

Chief Evans said he has been able to reduce the department’s overtime without negatively impacting services largely by moving the 100 officers back to patrol duties, which is where a majority of overtime is generated. He also says that stronger performance accountability standards and closer scrutiny of how and when overtime is approved has played a big role.

“In addition to relying far less on the use of overtime in general, we are being much more strategic with the overtime that we do use,” Chief Evans said. “We don’t want overtime to be an excuse for not identifying a more efficient way of getting things done. Overtime should be the last resort, not the first.”

Monday, April 19, 2010

Jeri Ryan is Warrendale's Official Celebrity

I always pay attention to how people find their way to the Warrendale (Detroit) Blog. Thanks to Google Analytics, I'm able to keep track of these things.

It turns out that one of the most common sources of traffic to my site is simply people who type "Jeri Ryan" into an internet search engine. On average, one new person every day comes to the Warrendale (Detroit) Blog every day as a result of this.

This is the result of my blog post last summer about 7 of the 9 people that I endorsed for the Detroit City Council making it past the primary. I entitled that post 7 of 9 and only later remembered that was also the character Jeri Ryan is famous for playing on Star Trek: Voyager.

Ever since then, there has been a steady trickle of Jeri Ryan fans coming to my site. They are a welcome addition to the hundred or so other people who visit my site each day for news about the Warrendale neighborhood and Detroit in general.


As a result, I would like to use my awesome authority as Warrendale's chief blogger to hereby proclaim Jeri Ryan to be the Official Celebrity of  the Warrendale, Detroit neighborhood. I'm sure Ms. Ryan will be honored by this, if she ever finds out about it.

Detroit Police Boost Emergency Response Time

Detroit's Police Chief Warren Evans announced this morning that the Detroit Police Department's average response time to emergency calls had dropped from 34 minutes to 24 minutes. He credits this improvement to having an additional 100 police officers on the streets as well as a Mobile Strike Force in high crime areas.

I commend Chief Evans and everyone else within the Detroit Police Department for making this improvement. This represents a 29% improvement in less than year.

However, I am also painfully aware of the fact that the response time in Detroit is still dramatically higher than national averages. The New York Police Department took a certain amount of heat earlier this year when their average response time climbed all the way to 4 minutes, 10 seconds. Most major departments have an average response time of approximately 8 minutes.

Regardless, I am proud of the fact that the Detroit Police Department is moving in the right direction and is doing so at an impressive rate.

Detroit police boost emergency response time | The Detroit News

Detroit's Historic Buildings

I love seeing my friends on the national news, especially when they have a positive story to tell. Karen Nagher, a friend of mine and the executive director of Preservation Wayne, was on ABC World News to talk about some of the historic buildings that are still left in Detroit.



I believe that Detroit does need to downsize in order to accommodate for its smaller population. The entire cities of Boston and Phoenix as well as all of Manhattan can fit inside of the Detroit city limits, with room still left over. However, I strongly believe that this can be done without destroying any of the buildings in Detroit that are on the National Register of Historic Places.

As of right now, the plans that Mayor Dave Bing has put forth do not jeopardize any of these important resources. However, the Bing Administration did approve the demolition of Tiger Stadium in Corktown last year, shortly after preservationists finished raising the money needed to restore it. This was followed shortly thereafter by demolition of the Lafayette Building downtown, even though interested and qualified developers were prepared to restore that one as well.

Friday, April 16, 2010

Tax Season is OVER!

I took a part-time job at Jackson-Hewitt in order to earn some extra cash during the tax season. This has meant that, between taxes and my normal work, I've been working 60+ hours every week since January.

Now, however, it's over. I'm back to only having one job to worry about.

And this pretty much sums up how I feel.

Congrats to Campus Martius Park

Campus Martius Park in downtown Detroit was named the top urban park in the United States by the Urban Land Institute this morning. The park will receive the first ever Amanda Burden Urban Open Space Award, which was named after New York City's Planning Commissioner Amanda Burden. This award recognizes the park as an outstanding example of a public destination that has enriched and revitalized its surrounding community.

Campus Martius Park, which is operated by the non-profit Detroit 300 Conservancy, is a two acre park that offers year-round programing in the heart of downtown Detroit. There is ice skating in the winter months, concerts in the summer, as well as various special events throughout the year.

The park is also home to Detroit's official Christmas Tree. The lighting of that tree has become to be the start of the holiday season for me.

I congratulate everyone at Detroit 300 Conservancy on this honor. They have done a spectacular job since this park was re-established in 2004. I am proud of their work.

I also want to thank the Urban Land Institute for recognizing this project. I hope that many more such project will follow.

Tuesday, April 13, 2010

Homicides Down 25% in First Quarter of 2010

Detroit’s murder rate, as well as its rate of non-fatal shootings, dropped significantly compared to levels one year ago, Police Chief Warren C. Evans announced last week.

Criminal homicides in the first quarter of 2010 were down 25% over the first quarter of 2009. This marks the third consecutive quarter, Mr. Evans's entire tenure, in which criminal homicides have been down over the same quarter the previous year.


Meanwhile, the rate of non-fatal shootings also continues to decline. In the first three months of 2009, there were 232 non-fatal shootings while there were 200 in the first quarter of 2010, a reduction of 15%.

Mr. Evans gives the lion’s share of the credit to the officers of his Mobile Strike Force, who have been deployed daily into the city’s crime “hot spots” since the new unit was established in October. The Strike Force consists of the Gang Enforcement, Tactical Mobile, Traffic Enforcement, Fugitive Apprehension and Firearms Investigation units. Twice daily, Strike Force staff analyzes crime data and trends and deploy officers into the areas believed to pose the greatest potential for violent crime on that shift.

“Just as firemen rush into a fire, these officers go into the hottest areas of the city where we see the most gun violence and the risk to their own safety is the highest,” Mr. Evans said. “They are getting guns off the street, as well as the people who use them, and are making Detroit a safer place for its citizens.”

Since Mayor Dave Bing appointed Mr. Evans, homicides have declined every month but one (August) compared to the year prior. Before Chief Evans took the helm at the Detroit Police Department midway through 2009, criminal homicides in the city already were 50% higher than the first half of 2008. The city was on track to see an astonishing 500-plus murders for the year had that trend continued unabated.

In stark contrast, however, criminal homicides in the second six months of 2009 - Mr. Evans half - were down 20% over the same time frame of 2008 and the city finished the year with 364, up only slightly from the 2008 total of 342.

In addition to reducing the number of homicides, Mr. Evans said that his Homicide Unit continues to perform exceptionally well, closing 65% of the number of new cases it recorded in the first quarter. Homicide closures at the Detroit Police Department are based on obtaining a warrant and making an arrest. Closed cases include ones solved from the current year or prior years.

Helping to boost the Department’s closure rate have been dozens of homicide arrests made by the Special Response Team, which Evans has assigned to serve high-risk murder warrants.

“The Detroit Police Department used to lag behind most other departments nationally, but during the past nine months has maintained a closure rate at or above the national average,” Mr. Evans said. “To so significantly reduce our homicides and increase our closure rate at the same time is remarkable and is making an impact.”

Mr. Evans said that the combination of the Strike Force approach and the arrest of such a significantly higher number of murder suspects has changed the dynamic in the city long plagued by spiraling homicide rates.

“Because of these two things, there are fewer illegal guns on the streets of Detroit and fewer of the people known to kill with them,” Mr. Evans said. “We have a strategy – a formula – that that clearly is working.”

Mr. Evans pointed to the arrest of three individuals over the weekend made by officers of the Mobile Strike Force. Officers stopped to investigate the individuals, who were impeding traffic by standing in the middle of the street. As they approached the suspects, they were all observed to wearing rubber gloves. One of the suspects then reached into a backpack, which officers discovered contained a handgun. When officers searched the other two men, they recovered handguns from them as well.

“This is a perfect example of how our proactive approach to enforcement is preventing crimes,” Mr. Evans said. “We don’t know what kind of crime these individuals may have been planning to commit, but it certainly had at least the potential to end up with a homicide.”

Now you can anonymously text crime tip information to Detroit Police at 847411 (TIP411). All tips must begin with the letters "DPD" followed by the tip information.

Saturday, April 10, 2010

Gang Squad TV

I invite readers to tune into the National Geographic Channel at 10:00 p.m. tomorrow, Sunday, April 11, to see Inside Detroit's Gang Squad. This is a one-hour documentary show centered around the efforts of the Detroit Police Department's Gang Enforcement Unit's efforts to reduce gun violence in the city.

Under Chief Warren Evans, the Gang Enforcement Unit is now a part of DPD's Mobile Strike Force, which has played an important role in getting more than 1,000 illegal guns off the streets of Detroit so far this year. This squad has also helped to reduce Detroit's homicide rate by approximately 25% over the past year.



The infamous bus stop shooting, which happened last year in the Warrendale neighborhood, is featured prominently in this program. The one year anniversary of that shooting will be upon us soon.

If you're not able to see this program tomorrow evening, it will also air:
  • Monday, April 12 at 1:00 a.m.;
  • Wednesday, April 14 at 9:00 p.m.;
  • Thursday, April 15 at midnight;
  • Sunday, April 18 at 3:00 p.m.; and
  • Wednesday, April 21 at 5:00 p.m.

Wednesday, April 07, 2010

Construction Delays to Begin

The Michigan Department of Transportation will resurfacing a portion of the M-39 Southfield Freeway in the Warrendale neighborhood. Work will begin this coming Friday, April 9 as lanes are closed.

According to M-DOT, this work will be restricted to overnights on weekdays and all times during the weekends. Overnight lane restrictions will begin at 9:00 p.m. and will be removed by 5:00 a.m. the following mornings. Weekend work will run continuously from 9:00 p.m. Friday until 5:00 a.m. Monday.

In addition to the resurfacing work, crews will patch sections of concrete pavement that carry the freeway under I-96. Weather permitting, crews will close two lanes on northbound M-39 under I-96 for patching beginning at 9:00 p.m. Friday, April 9 until 5:00 a.m. Monday, April 12. In order to allow for proper cure time, patching work will take place on weekends in April and May.

All work is expected to be completed in early June. This project is funded by the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act.

Monday, April 05, 2010

Tip of the Week: Stay Safe at the Gas Station

All too often, someone in Detroit has been the victim of a crime while they were filling their gas tank. (I mean, besides the price of gas.) Luckily, the Detroit Police Department has a few tips on how you can stay safe.



Staying safe at the gas station is your Warrendale Tip of the Week.

M-39 Concepts

The Michigan Department of Transportation will host their second in a series of community workshops on the Southfield Freeway later this month. It will happen on Wednesday, April 21 at 5:30 p.m. in the cafeteria at Renaissance High School (6565 W. Outer Dr.). Parking will be available in the student lot.

This is not confined to the Warrendale neighborhood. However, since the Southfield Freeway bisects Warrendale, I believe it is of the importance of ensuring a good plan for the freeway is paramount.

Results from the first workshop's brainstorming activity will serve as the basis for mixing and matching ideas. Everyone is invited to attend, even if you weren't able to attend the first workshop.

Freep Publishes "Plans"

The Detroit Free Press yesterday published what they described as a compilation of the various plans for rebuilding Detroit. One can find it on-line here.

Quite frankly, I'm unimpressed. These "plans" seem more like a loose collection of wish lists, in my opinion, than actual plans.

For example, everyone talks about shrinking Detroit to accommodate for its declining population. The problem is that Detroit continues to lose population at a rate that's faster than we can shrink the city.

One then has to ask: what are we doing to stem these populations losses?

If we can't stem the population loss then we're just going to have to shrink the city continuously every few years. Eventually, we'll reach the point where there isn't a Detroit left.

There are also a multitude of issues that aren't addressed at all in any of these "plans." This includes things like the fact that Detroit residents pay some of the highest property taxes in the nation on top of being one of the only places with a municipal income tax and a utility tax.

Barrow Sues for New Election

Tom Barrow, who ran for mayor of Detroit against Dave Bing last year, filed a lawsuit in the Wayne County Circuit Court last week. He is seeking a new election.

The immediate reaction of many throughout Detroit is to say, "no way". I, however, am not as quick to dismiss this one.

The controversy stems from the fact that 41,485 absentee ballots were cast on election day that cannot be verified. Because of problems with the City Clerk's office, one simply cannot be certain who those 41,485 people actually voted for.

The security seals that are normally placed on ballots to prevent tampering were broken while they were in the custody of the City Clerk. Because of that, the Wayne County Board of Canvassers weren't able to audit them.

Since the official results show Mr. Bing winning election by 19,707 votes, the fact that there are 41,485 unverifiable ballots is something that troubles me greatly. There is simply no way of knowing who legitimately won this election.

Saturday, April 03, 2010

Happy Easter!

Easter Sunday is tomorrow. I'll be back to blogging in full strength on Monday. In the meantime, I wanted to take a moment to wish a very happy Easter to everyone in the Warrendale neighborhood and beyond.

I hope that everyone gets to spend this weekend with the family and friends that they love.

Happy Easter, everyone!

Thursday, April 01, 2010

Update on Kosciusko and Other Historic Schools

The Detroit Historic Designation Advisory Board will have a hearing regarding the ninety-three Detroit Public School buildings that were nominated to the National Register of Historic Places. This meeting will happen on Thursday, April 8 at 4:00 p.m. in the Committee of the Whole Room on the thirteenth floor of the Coleman A. Young Municipal Center (2 Woodward Ave. in downtown Detroit).

Of the ninety-three schools that have been nominated to the National Register, four of them are in the Warrendale neighborhood. These include Dixon Middle School (19500 Tireman St.), Herman/Rogers Academy (16400 Tireman St.), Kosciusko Elementary School (20220 Tireman St.), and Rudiman Junior High School/ Cody 9th Grade Academy (7350 Southfield Rd.).

The public is encouraged to attend.  However, comments should be limited to discussion of the historical or architectural significance of these buildings.

Comments may also be submitted in writing to the Historic Designation Advisory Board.  Their address is 204 Coleman A. Young Municipal Center in Detroit, Michigan 48226.

Once these applications have been reviewed at the local level (again), they will go back to the Michigan State Historic Review Board on May 10.