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Mayor Karen Weaver to Deliver Her First State of the City Address

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Flint Mayor Karen Weaver will give her first State of the City address before residents, community leaders and government officials Thursday, August 4, 2016 at 5:30 p.m. at Flint City Hall. Mayor Weaver and her team have been meeting with top officials, stakeholders, and City employees to better understand the work being done by many dedicated individuals and what more needs to be accomplished to move Flint forward on the road to recovery. Mayor Weaver will present the goals of her administration to the resilient Flint community and her plan to rebuild Flint the right way.

When:     Thursday, August 4, 2016  5:30 p.m. 

Where:    Flint City Hall (Council Chambers)
1101 S. Saginaw St. Flint, MI  48502

 

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Mayor Weaver addresses Clinton’s Flint visit.

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Hillary Clinton made a quick stop this weekend in Flint, Michigan to address the city’s water crisis. Her rivals have called the visit a ploy to shore up the African American vote. Flint Mayor Karen Weaver, who met Clinton yesterday and has endorsed her for president, weighs in on the issue.

Repost from MSNBC.

http://www.msnbc.com/tamron-hall/watch/mayor-weaver-addresses-clinton-s-flint-visit-618667587568

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Rapper Snoop Dogg meets with Flint Mayor Karen Weaver

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Rap star Snoop Dogg talks with Flint Mayor Karen Weaver on Saturday, January 30, 2016 at the Ivy House. (Kristin Moore)

Eric Woodyard | ewoodyar@mlive.com By Eric Woodyard | ewoodyar@mlive.com
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on January 30, 2016 at 6:30 PM, updated January 30, 2016 at 7:34 PM

FLINT, MI – Rap star Snoop Dogg has a concert scheduled at Detroit’s Masonic Temple tonight.

But before he hit the stage in the Motor City, he made a surprise trip to Flint.

Snoop Dogg met with Flint Mayor Karen Weaver for over an hour at the Ivy House, during a water drive, to discuss ways he can assist with the water crisis.

“What I appreciated is he wanted to get a thorough understanding about how long this has been going on and what’s been happening,” Weaver said. “He came and just wanted to sit down and talk about what’s been going on in Flint.”

Instead of just distributing water, Weaver said Snoop Dogg talked about things he wanted to do to support the people of Flint.

Over the next week, she plans to stay in contact with Snoop Dogg to put some things in motion for the city but wouldn’t go into detail about what exactly will happen. They’re planning both immediate and long-term action, according to Weaver.

“Somebody said, ‘Well, you don’t have any ties to Flint, what made you come here?'” Weaver said. “He said, ‘We do have ties, we’re people.'”

Weaver said she’s always been a Snoop Dogg fan since he burst on the music scene with hip-hop producer Dr. Dre to release his “Doggystyle” album in 1993.

Dr. Dre protégé and Flint native Jon Connor was also on site with the legendary rapper as he wore a “Flint Lives Matter” t-shirt. R&B singer Keyshia Cole also visited Flint on Friday.

“What is really nice is that he signed on for the long haul,” Weaver said. “We don’t want attention just now. We’ve needed it for a long time. We have it. The impact is going to follow some of our kids and families for the rest of their lives. We can’t let the attention go away.”

See the full article here: http://www.mlive.com/news/flint/index.ssf/2016/01/rapper_snoop_dogg_meets_with_f.html
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Powers returned to Flint mayor, no staffing changes announced.

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Repost from Mlive.com

 

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Gary Ridley | gridley@mlive.com By Gary Ridley | gridley@mlive.com
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on January 22, 2016 at 4:12 PM, updated January 22, 2016 at 4:13 PM

FLINT, MI – In a unanimous vote, the state oversight board has returned power to Flint’s mayor.

The governor-appointed Receivership Transition Advisory Board is voted 5-0 during a Friday, Jan. 22, special meeting to return some powers, including appointment authority, to the mayor.

“I’m pleased about it,” Weaver said after the vote. “It’s another good day to help bring Flint back.”

A proposed resolution would authorize the mayor to appoint a city administrator and the head of each executive department of the city government. The appointees would serve at the pleasure of the mayor.

Positions impacted by the change could include police and fire chiefs, finance and public works directors, city attorney, chief personnel officer and planning and development director.

Weaver declined to comment on any potential changes to staffing at the city.

The board has served as a state-appointed overseer of the city since the city’s last emergency manager, Jerry Ambrose, was removed in April 2015. Current City Administrator Natasha Henderson, who was appointed by Ambrose, was initially given appointment powers following the emergency manager’s departure.

The approved proposal requires Weaver to submit, in writing, the minimum qualifications the mayor would use to select a new appointment and the salary range for the position. The state’s oversite board will have to approve the submission prior to the appointment.

Prior to the vote, Weaver, who is stuck in Washington, D.C., because of a snow storm, addressed the board via cellphone. She thanked the board for holding the special meeting, but said efforts to move the city forward need to continue.

“We have a lot of work yet to do,” Weaver told the board.

City council President Kerry Nelson called on the board to reinstate the council’s power to serve as a check on the mayor. Councilwoman Monica Galloway told the oversight board that it has to hold the mayor accountable for decisions, and ensure the city’s leadership doesn’t work like prior administrations that left the city in financial trouble.

Galloway also told Weaver to look at the leadership already in place at the city.

“You don’t always need to reappoint somebody,” Galloway said.

 

See the full article here: http://www.mlive.com/news/flint/index.ssf/2016/01/powers_returned_to_flint_mayor.html#comments

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