Thursday, April 09, 2009

Cobo Deal Dies

Judge Isidore Torres of the Wayne County Circuit Court ruled less than an hour ago that Mayor Kenneth V. Cockrel, Jr. did not have the statutory authority to veto the City Council's rejection of the Cobo deal. I hate to say, "I told you so" - but I did.
The majority of attorneys that I've talked to have told me that - with the way the Michigan Legislature structured the Cobo deal - Mr. Cockrel did not have such an authority. Some of have even gone on to argue privately that he reasonably should have known that he didn't have said authority.

- Warrendale (Detroit) Blog. March 10, 2009

I have to admit that I'm still a little upset about this. Detroit needs to have Cobo expanded and renovated. Our suburban neighbors need to have Cobo expanded and renovated. All of Michigan needs to have Cobo expanded and renovated. Transferring the facility to a regional authority is, in my opinion, the best way to do this.

There is no small amount of political grandstanding in the whole affair. It is, however, a reality that politicians will always grandstand - especially during an election year.

Judge Torres was obviously hoping that some type of a negotiated settlement would resolve this matter. However, that never happened.

Mayor Cockrel will most likely appeal this decision. This will give the Michigan Court of Appeals and, most likely, the Michigan Supreme Court an opportunity to opine. However, that process will likely take weeks if not months.

The City Council will almost certainly do something or another about this once they return form their spring recess - in another two weeks. Since this is right before the special mayoral election, I highly doubt that whatever they do will be productive.

In the meantime, we as Detroiters simply sit by - without the kind of convention center that our economy needs and without the kind of city government that we pay for.

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