Monthly Archives: February 2014

District 1 Alert – City Council Evening Meeting – Tues Feb 18, 7pm

Detroit People’s Platform District 1 Alert
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District 1 Platform Members and allies are encouraged to attend Tuesday, February 18 at Leland Missionary Baptist Church, 22420 Fenkell (@ Lamphere) at 7pm. Map: http://goo.gl/maps/zwuf4

All nine council members are scheduled to attend this evening community meeting.

Update: On February 4th, City Council approved the transfer of city land to Olympia Development of Michigan (ODM). The land transfer will make way for construction on the new $650 million dollar project that uses $450 million in public funds. The city council voted to give away the land for this project, 39 city lots, for one dollar, without enforceable community benefits or community oversight.

Platform members and allies able to attend are encouraged to thank council members Jones, Castaneda-Lopez and Tate who voted ‘no’ for standing with their community. Members and allies are also encouraged to ask council members Jenkins, Sheffield, Benson, Cushingberry, Leland, and Spivey, who voted ‘yes’ to explain their vote and demand they support community benefits that are enforceable and include community oversight.

City-Wide Platform Members receiving this, please share with those from District 1 in your networks. Thank You!

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Update: Hockey Arena/Catalyst Project: City council approves land transfer

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City council approves land transfer for new arena without enforceable community benefits or oversight.


Detroit, February 5, 2014. People’s Platform Hockey Arena / Catalyst Project Update.
Many Detroiters are disgusted but not surprised that the transfer of city land to Olympia Development of Michigan (ODM) was approved yesterday by the city council. The land transfer will make way for construction on the new $650 million dollar project that uses $450 million in public funds. Yesterday, the city council voted to give away the land for this project, 39 city lots, for one dollar.

The council members voting ‘yes’ on the land transfer were Jenkins, Sheffield, Benson, Cushingberry, Leland, and Spivey while ‘no’ votes came from Jones, Castaneda-Lopez and Tate.

Some of the votes from the newly seated council were surprising, especially in the face of intense community dissent. Dissenters questioned the wisdom of giving away so many public dollars to build a second [or new] hockey arena for the Detroit Red Wings as the city reels from bankruptcy, the foreclosure crisis, and deep cuts to social services that effect all Detroiters, and residents of the region.

Tate’s ‘no’ vote was unexpected but inconsequential. In his explanation, the council member went out of his way to define his dissent as being due to the lack of commitment to create post-construction jobs and not due to the call from community for oversight.

Council new-comer and Detroit’s first Latina council member, Raquel Castaneda-Lopez, was very engaged, hosting multiple meetings, gathering community input and negotiating with OMD, the Downtown Development Authority (DDA) and the Detroit Economic Growth Corporation.

The ongoing struggle over enforceable community benefits with oversight will carry beyond this decision on the arena. Last year, the Community Benefits Agreement Policy Group presented city council with a draft community benefits agreement ordinance that will benefit Detroiters city-wide and set a precedent for equitable development.

Platform Member Follow-up
People’s Platform members and allies are encouraged to call and thank council members Jones, Castaneda-Lopez and Tate who voted ‘no’ for standing with their community. Members and allies are also encouraged to contact council members who voted to approve the deal yesterday, ask them to explain their vote and reiterate the need for community benefits that are enforceable and include community oversight.

2014 DETROIT CITY COUNCIL CONTACT INFO
(updated Feb 5, 2014)

Brenda Jones, Council President, At Large
313.224.1245 – bjones_mb@detroitmi.gov

Saunteel Jenkins, At Large
313.224.4248 – councilmemberjenkins@detroitmi.gov

James Tate, District 1
313.224.1027 – councilmembertate@detroitmi.gov

George Cushingberry, Jr., District 2
313.224.4535 – cushingberryg@detroitmi.gov

Scott Benson, District 3
313.224.1198 – bensons@detroitmi.gov

Andre Spivey, District 4
313.224.4841 – CouncilmanSpivey@detroitmi.gov

Mary Sheffield, District 5
313.224.4505 – sheffieldm@detroitmi.gov

Raquel Castaneda-Lopez, District 6
313.224.2450 – castaneda-lopezr@detroitmi.gov

Gabe Leland, District 7
313.224.2151 – lelandg@detroitmi.gov

LEARN MORE, DOWNLOAD, PRINT & SHARE RESOURCES from http://unitingdetroiters.org

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Update: City council approves land transfer for new arena

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City council approves land transfer for new arena without enforceable community benefits or oversight.


Detroit, February 5, 2014. People’s Platform Hockey Arena / Catalyst Project Update.
Many Detroiters are disgusted but not surprised that the transfer of city land to Olympia Development of Michigan (ODM) was approved yesterday by the city council. The land transfer will make way for construction on the new $650 million dollar project that uses $450 million in public funds. Yesterday, the city council voted to give away the land for this project, 39 city lots, for one dollar.

The council members voting ‘yes’ on the land transfer were Jenkins, Sheffield, Benson, Cushingberry, Leland, and Spivey while ‘no’ votes came from Jones, Castaneda-Lopez and Tate.

Some of the votes from the newly seated council were surprising, especially in the face of intense community dissent. Dissenters questioned the wisdom of giving away so many public dollars to build a second [or new] hockey arena for the Detroit Red Wings as the city reels from bankruptcy, the foreclosure crisis, and deep cuts to social services that effect all Detroiters, and residents of the region.

Tate’s ‘no’ vote was unexpected but inconsequential. In his explanation, the council member went out of his way to define his dissent as being due to the lack of commitment to create post-construction jobs and not due to the call from community for oversight.

Council new-comer and Detroit’s first Latina council member, Raquel Castaneda-Lopez, was very engaged, hosting multiple meetings, gathering community input and negotiating with OMD, the Downtown Development Authority (DDA) and the Detroit Economic Growth Corporation.

The ongoing struggle over enforceable community benefits with oversight will carry beyond this decision on the arena. Last year, the Community Benefits Agreement Policy Group presented city council with a draft community benefits agreement ordinance that will benefit Detroiters city-wide and set a precedent for equitable development.

Platform Member Follow-up
People’s Platform members and allies are encouraged to call and thank council members Jones, Castaneda-Lopez and Tate who voted ‘no’ for standing with their community. Members and allies are also encouraged to contact council members who voted to approve the deal yesterday, ask them to explain their vote and reiterate the need for community benefits that are enforceable and include community oversight.

2014 DETROIT CITY COUNCIL CONTACT INFO
(updated Feb 5, 2014)

Brenda Jones, Council President, At Large
313.224.1245 – bjones_mb@detroitmi.gov

Saunteel Jenkins, At Large
313.224.4248 – councilmemberjenkins@detroitmi.gov

James Tate, District 1
313.224.1027 – councilmembertate@detroitmi.gov

George Cushingberry, Jr., District 2
313.224.4535 – cushingberryg@detroitmi.gov

Scott Benson, District 3
313.224.1198 – bensons@detroitmi.gov

Andre Spivey, District 4
313.224.4841 – CouncilmanSpivey@detroitmi.gov

Mary Sheffield, District 5
313.224.4505 – sheffieldm@detroitmi.gov

Raquel Castaneda-Lopez, District 6
313.224.2450 – castaneda-lopezr@detroitmi.gov

Gabe Leland, District 7
313.224.2151 – lelandg@detroitmi.gov

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URGENT ACTION ALERT! Hockey Arena/ Catalyst Project

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PEOPLE’S PLATFORM – URGENT ACTION ALERT!

Hockey Arena/ Catalyst Project

We need 1000 Detroiters to make a telephone call for fairness and justice.

UPDATE: On Tuesday February 4, 2014 at 10am Detroit City Council will hear public comments and vote on the Land Transfer for the Hockey Arena / Catalyst Project.

WE’RE FOR EQUITABLE DEVELOPMENT THAT BENEFITS ALL DETROITERS , WE’RE FOR GOOD JOBS FOR DETROITERS AND WE’RE FOR ENFORCEABLE BENEFITS WITH REPRESENTATIVE COMMUNITY OVERSIGHT.

ACTION: Call Council and demand that they refuse to approve the transfer of public land for the so-called “Catalyst” Development Project without an enforceable community benefits agreement with representative community oversight to ensure community benefits are realized.

Make sure that the jobs and other community benefits Illitch/ Olympia Development of Michigan (ODM) promised are actually delivered!

STRATEGY: Use the new district map to contact your district Council Member, call both ‘at large’ city-wide Council Members Jones and Jenkins. Also consider calling Council Members Castaneda-Lopez and Leland whose votes are important around this issue.

We’re NOT
anti-development!
We’re FOR
equitable
development

2014 DETROIT CITY COUNCIL CONTACT INFO
Brenda Jones, Council President, At Large
313.224.1245bjones_mb@detroitmi.gov

Saunteel Jenkins, At Large
313.224.4248councilmemberjenkins@detroitmi.gov

James Tate, District 1
313.224.1027councilmembertate@detroitmi.gov

George Cushingberry, Jr., District 2
313.224.4535cushingberryg@detroitmi.gov

Scott Benson, District 3
313.224.1198bensons@detroitmi.gov

Andre Spivey, District 4
313.224.4841CouncilmanSpivey@detroitmi.gov

Mary Sheffield, District 5
313.224.4505sheffieldm@detroitmi.gov

Raquel Castaneda-Lopez, District 6
313.224.2450castaneda-lopez@detroitmi.gov

Gabe Leland, District 7
313.224.2151lelandg@detroitmi.gov

LEARN MORE, DOWNLOAD, PRINT & SHARE RESOURCES from UNITINGDETROITERS.ORG

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