Tuesday, November 15, 2011

3 Questions for Mayor Dave Bing



Mayor Dave Bing of Detroit is scheduled to address the public tomorrow evening regarding the City of Detroit's financial status. As someone who has been covering the City of Detroit's budget since before he was Mayor, I have 3 questions for him that I hope he'll be able to answer.

1 comment:

DAVID L. MALHALAB said...

Mayor Bing is wrong and misguided to support the shot spotter technology - Detroit needs basic items - not a luxury item that covers such a small area....
It may not even be legal to use Narcotic Forfeiture Fund money to purchase this item - (unless the City bends and twists the facts)

Mayor Bing is being mislead, that this will be better for DPD than other needed items - updating the aging fleet of old police cars - obtaining scout cars with working computers, oscillating lights, sirens...in car video system that works...
DPD needs to comply with DOJ requirements, including a computer to track officer citizen complaints, and jail space to reduce prisoner medical costs...

The Mayor and the media have not addressed the current high costs of prisoner medical costs....

The Mayor MUST now help seat a Retired DPFF Pension Board member, as required by City Charter and State Law....Retirees have given up a 13th check, while the City and active unions benefited from a sick time agreement - and Retirees had their medical costs increased - but the City and others are preventing a Retiree Board Member...that is wrong....

The City just completed Act 312 contract with the DPOA / LSA ...why didn't this include the items the Mayor wanted??? Negotiations will begin in 2012 for a new contract.

DPD needs to raise hiring standards - to get better qualified officers which will reduce lawsuit payouts...

Ps..Detroit City Council President,Charles Pugh - agreed to another $8500. / 10% pay cut on WXYZ TV 7...Anchor Stephen Clark asked about a Council paycut - Pugh danced and dodged saying the Council took a pay cut and that they couldn't cut their own pay because a Compensation Committee sets their pay - Clark asked - 'Why don't you just give it back'...Pugh agreed / $8500...LET'S SEE IF HE FOLLOWS THROUGH...