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Sep

2014

Sandra Svoboda

On Detroit Today: A bankruptcy update on WDET’s daily show

Host Laura Weber Davis gets a bankruptcy update and discusses the ongoing water shutoffs in and around Detroit with bankruptcy reporter and Next Chapter Detroit blogger Sandra Svoboda. Earlier this week, Judge Steven Rhodes denied a request to halt the shutoffs happening to thousands of customers behind on their bills. Sandra also tells Laura that Emergency Manager Kevyn Orr could take the stand today, after two other witnesses scheduled before him. Detroit Mayor Mike Duggan is expected to testify later this week. Sandra and Laura also discuss the motion Judge Steven Rhodes heard in court yesterday regarding a potential lawsuit in state court concerning an Open Meetings Acts complaint about City Council.

30

Sep

2014

Michigan Radio

Jack Lessenberry says…

Just because bankruptcy Judge Steven Rhodes refused to halt water shutoffs doesn’t mean he’s not sympathetic to those who can’t pay…Lessenberry writes it’s a “complex and highly emotional issue. But I think both sides need to acknowledge this much: First, Judge Rhodes did not say he wasn’t sympathetic to those who may have their water turned off. He said stopping the shutoffs wasn’t within his legal power.” Here’s more.

30

Sep

2014

Detroit Public Television

On DPTV: Frontline and Detroit’s blight

On a special, Detroit Public Television-produced Frontline episode, Reporter Christy McDonald and Producer Bill Kubota tell the story of the efforts to support neighborhoods across the city using social media technology and innovative financing. As they report, vacant structures in any city mean trouble. They are a haven for predators, drug dealers and drug users, and fast declining property values for the entire neighborhood. But in Detroit, an infusion of federal funds, new technology and community involvement are helping Detroit Mayor Mike Duggan speed up the removal of blight in the City and save at-risk neighborhoods from becoming blighted through code enforcement and new homeownership programs.

29

Sep

2014

Sandra Svoboda

Day 13: Detroit’s Bankruptcy Trial

Detroit Emergency Manager Kevyn Orr could take the stand today. But there are two witnesses ahead of him, according to city attorneys. First is Vyto Kaunelis, a consultant with OHM Advisors, an environmental, architecture and planning firm. He’s likely followed by Ken Buckfire, of the Miller Buckfire banking restructuring firm.

29

Sep

2014

Sandra Svoboda

Day 12: Detroit’s Bankruptcy Trial

After nearly two weeks off so creditors could react to settlements reached in the case, Detroit’s bankruptcy confirmation hearing resumes today. Up first on the city’s witness schedule: financial analyst Gaurav Malhotra. Emergency Manager Kevyn Orr is scheduled for later this week. But first, Judge Steven Rhodes granted a request to proceed with a lawsuit against the city for alleged Open Meetings Act violations in how the Detroit City Council handled the talks related to Orr’s transition.

29

Sep

2014

Sandra Svoboda

Bankruptcy Judge: No halt to water shutoffs

Judge Steven Rhodes this morning denied a request to halt the water shutoffs to thousands of customers with past due bills. “The harm to the city would be significant,” he said. Following the two-day evidentiary hearing last week, Rhodes read his decision from the bench before the bankruptcy trial proceedings resumed. He said he would […]

28

Sep

2014

Michigan Radio

From Lansing: Loan board approves $1 billion for Detroit recovery

A state loan board has approved $1 billion in loans to help with Detroit bankruptcy recovery. Of that sum, $325 million is allocated to bankruptcy exit financing that will also aid Detroit in restoring its credit rating. Here’s a report from Rick Pluta, of the Michigan Public Radio Network.

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Next Chapter Detroit is a place to explore and understand the city’s bankruptcy, its impact on people and neighborhoods and its long-term implications. Powered by coverage and conversations from the media outlets of the Detroit Journalism Cooperative, the site provides fact-based reporting from trusted sources and opportunities for citizen engagement.

WDET’s Sandra Svoboda is your site guide. A veteran Detroit journalist and 24-year area resident, she’ll share stories, add insight and ask questions to help decode the bankruptcy process and the city’s restructuring.

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