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24

Jul

2014

Sandra Svoboda

On The Craig Fahle Show: The DJC looks at Mayor Duggan’s fundraising

As part of WDET’s partnership in the Detroit Journalism Cooperative, WDET’s Bankruptcy Reporter and Next Chapter Detroit Blogger Sandra Svoboda teamed up with Bridge Magazine’s Mike Wilkinson to look at Mayor Mike Duggan’s campaign finances. They look at his Super PAC from last year’s election, and discuss the other fundraising efforts he has underway. Theircollaborative reports are the first to document Duggan’s campaign finances and […]

24

Jul

2014

The Center for Michigan

In Bridge Magazine: Can Detroit pay its bills after bankruptcy?

Detroit is known by its most unwelcome attributes: It has one of the highest murder and violent crime rates in the country. And it currently is known as the most populous U.S. city to ever seek bankruptcy protection. Can it also enjoy the biggest recovery? In a comprehensive piece, Bridge’s Mike Wilkinson answers questions about the city’s recent past to get a hint at its future: Does the city generate enough money to fix what ails Detroit if billions in debt are cut? Are the city’s costs too high? Does it pay its workers too much? Are pensions too generous? Can the city endure a reduction in both spending and revenue and revive what is by most measures the most dysfunctional large city in America?

24

Jul

2014

Michigan Radio

On Michigan Radio: Gov. Snyder says pensioners’ vote means faster emergence from bankruptcy

Gov. Rick Snyder is praising Detroit pensioners for approving the city’s bankruptcy restructuring plan, saying “it was hard.” But Snyder admits the bankruptcy is far from a done deal. Other creditor groups are still opposed to the plan and are likely to fight it in court next month. That’s when the trial phase of the bankruptcy begins.

23

Jul

2014

Sandra Svoboda

They voted, now what? Looking forward to the bankruptcy trial

Now that pensioners have voted in favor of the city’s bankruptcy restructuring plan, attorneys will use the results in the case’s confirmation hearing. WDET’s Sandra Svoboda spoke with Wayne State Law Professor Laura Bartell about what the balloting means and what the next steps are in the historical case.

23

Jul

2014

Sandra Svoboda

Join Us: Here’s more information about tonight’s community meeting

In advance of WDET’s Community Meeting tonight fro 6-8 p.m. at Matrix Human Services at 13560 E. McNichols, Detroit, MI 48205, WDET Bankruptcy Reporter and Next Chapter Detroit Blogger Sandra Svoboda interviewed Wayne Ramocan of the Osborn Neighborhood Alliance about how neighborhood groups are working hard to address the issues of blight, park maintenance, and creating sense of community. More details about meeting which is open to the public, can be found here.

22

Jul

2014

Sandra Svoboda

On The Craig Fahle Show: Discussion of vote results, next steps in case

Detroit Free Press reporter Matt Helms joins Next Chapter Detroit’s Sandra Svoboda to review the results of voting on the Plan of Adjustment by creditors and pensioners. Detroit retirees voted to accept the pension cuts, and with “yes” votes from the majority of both classes of pensioners, the city is one step closer to solidifying a potential restructuring plan.

22

Jul

2014

The Center for Michigan

Mayor Duggan’s money: A new fund, a database of his donors

As Mayor Mike Duggan works to revitalize Detroit, a Detroit Journalism Cooperative project looks at who’s giving him money. Here’s a new, searchable database of his donors…and the first look at his new “Detroit Progress Fund,” which Duggan says will be different than Mayor Kilpatrick’s civic fund and Gov. Snyder’s controversial NERD fund. It’s original reporting by Bridge Magazine and WDET.

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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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