Leadership

Economic Development:

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The combined effect of safe, drinkable water, a strong public safety presence, and attractive neighborhoods, coupled with effective schools, provide a solid foundation for economic development. We have to all understand that economic development of any significance in the city of Flint is going to be a marathon rather than a sprint. Considerable work has to be done in all of the above areas to lure manufacturing concerns to our city. It’s ironic that General Motors in Flint decided to switch to Detroit water rather than the corrosive Flint River water in its manufacturing processes. Water is a major problem that has to be fixed, along with crime, and crumbling neighborhoods.

Small business development in the city of Flint is a smaller bite of the apple that can be more readily accomplished, first by making certain we retain existing small businesses, and, secondly investing more into the development of additional small businesses. When one looks at the major employer in the country, small businesses far surpass large companies in number of employees.

Again, grant money may be a source here, where foundations may be willing to fund innovative approaches to spawning small businesses in our community.

Neighborhood Revitalization:

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As Mayor, I will insist upon a more equitable distribution of government resources to impact every sector of the city of Flint, north, south, east, west, and downtown, rather than concentrating the bulk of city, state, and federal funds in the downtown Flint area. I will advocate with our Washington delegation to continue lobbying for demolition funds, however, with a slight twist—for every two structures that are demolished, funds are provided for one new built, so that our neighborhoods are rebuilt.

One of my priorities will be to straighten out Smith Village. The current situation there is a mess. It’s evident the subdivision was constructed for the sake of expedience and without a lot of forethought and planning. I will find money to either purchase and demolish and/or rehab the older homes in the neighborhood to improve the aesthetics of the area and make it more appealing to potential buyers, thereby saving the city’s huge investment in the area. The newly constructed homes there now are merely languishing because the neighborhood is not an attractive place to live.

A Big Win for Women

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Loretta Lynch won confirmation as the nation’s first black female attorney general Thursday from a Senate that forced her to wait more than five months for the title and remained divided to the end.

 

The 56-43 vote was enough to confirm Lynch, who is replacing Eric Holder. This is a big step for women everywhere.

 

Karen Williams Weaver, nominee for Mayor of Flint, commented on the appointment. “This is just one more glass ceiling that has been broken. It’s a long time coming. It gives women everywhere hope. That is one thing we want to restore.”

 

Lynch is viewed as a hard, but extremely fair, prosecutor. It will be her job to ensure things are done right.

 

For more information, click the link below to read the full article:

 

http://www.wnem.com/story/28876880/loretta-lynch-wins-confirmation-as-attorney-general#.VTk9NfAWav4.gmail

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The Public Should be Outraged!

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As a concerned citizen, and a lifelong resident of the city of Flint, I am saddened and disappointed about the situation we find ourselves in, in 2014. To listen to the rhetoric, the noise coming from the Emergency Financial Manager, Darnell Early, and the recommendations coming from the twenty two members comprising the Blue Ribbon Committee is outlandish.

 

First and foremost, the legitimacy of the committee is in doubt. According to The Charter Revision Handbook, Michigan Municipal League, page 5, a change in form of government requires a charter revision. More specifically, “revision of city charters may be initiated by a resolution adopted by 3/5 of the legislative body or by petition signed by at least five percent of the registered voters, unless the present charter provides otherwise.” Whichever way this is achieved, the decision to revise the charter is one that is voted on by the people.

 

Additionally, a nine member commission committee must also be selected to do the revisions, and none of these committee members can be an elected or appointed official. The committee must also be voted on by the people. These are just a few but very important violations committed by this Blue Ribbon Committee, which was put in place by the EFM.

 

Where is the outrage over such terrible violations of the city charter and the rights of the people of the city of Flint? Where is the open meeting discussion from the people? To take it a step further, city council asked for a special meeting to give the people and themselves adequate time to discuss the recommendations in a public setting, their request was denied as well. It’s beginning to be more shameful and ridiculous that this kind of behavior is being forced on the people.

 

We are being told that these are recommendations that we are going to vote on. The question in one’s mind is: are these legitimate recommendations by an illegitimate group? This has the perceived spirit of a return to 50 years ago; to fall under this kind of dictatorship! In order to not go back 50 years, the public should be well versed, and it should be openly discussed among Flint voters, not just 22, but 80,000 plus registered voters. The entire voice of the Flint residents should be the Blue Ribbon Committee. Are some of the recommendations good? That has yet to be determined; the process certainly was not.

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