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27

Mar

2015

Sandra Svoboda

Detroit: Police command officers violated terms of bankruptcy order

Attorneys for the city of Detroit claim the Detroit Police Lieutenants and Sergeants Association violated the terms of Judge Steven Rhodes’s Confirmation Order in the bankruptcy case by seeking the addition of association members’ spouses, who are city retirees, to active association members’ health care plans. In the motion filed in bankruptcy court this week, the […]

25

Mar

2015

Sandra Svoboda

Atlantic City’s EM Report: Recommends cuts and layoffs, not Chapter 9

Like Detroit, the casino town on the Jersey Shore faces declining revenues, retiree obligations and other expenses it can’t pay for. Gov. Chris Christie appointed an emergency manager earlier this year, and former Detroit Emergency Manager Kevyn Orr is advising. The duo released a report Tuesday (see below), calling for layoffs and cuts but not […]

25

Mar

2015

Sandra Svoboda

Catching Up: Some Detroit bankruptcy tidbits of the last week

The “grand bargain” doodle will be on display on the DIA. The feds report on poor management of grants in Detroit. Jones Day opens a permanent office in Detroit. Here’s catching up on some Detroit bankruptcy tidbits.

25

Mar

2015

The Center for Michigan

In Bridge: Those blight removal plans? Here’s how they’re going

Blight removal was a much-discussed part of Detroit’s bankruptcy trial. As head of the Blight Removal Task Force, billionaire Dan Gilbert took the stand and talked about the need for removing vacant homes. Then-Emergency Manager Kevyn Orr testified about how the $440 million contained in the Plan of Adjustment would go toward fighting blight over a decade. Mayor Mike Duggan has touted the pace at which the city is tearing down dilapidated structures. Now, Bridge Magazine, a Detroit Journalism Cooperative partner, maps out just where the city’s demolition efforts are focused and why. Click here for the article and find the link to the interactive map down the page.

23

Mar

2015

Sandra Svoboda

Court expert witness now advising Financial Review Commission

During Detroit’s bankruptcy trial, Martha Kopacz served as the judge’s “expert witness” to help him assess whether the city’s restructuring plan would be feasible for the city after it exited bankruptcy. Now Kopacz is advising the Financial Review Commission. That’s the nine-member panel that includes the mayor, the city council president and several members the governor appoints. Here’s more from WDET.

23

Mar

2015

Detroit Public Television

Tavis Smiley on location in Detroit this week

Tavis Smiley, PBS’s popular late night television host, is in Detroit this week to tape five episodes of his award-winning program, Tavis Smiley. Detroit Public Television will film the show in front of a live audience at Wayne State University. Tickets to be part of Smiley’s live studio are available.

19

Mar

2015

Detroit Public Television

On MiWeek: Should Detroit’s city council get a raise?

Detroit Public Television’s MiWeek team discusses whether council members should get a raise, especially so soon after city exited bankruptcy. MiWeek airs on WTVS and online here. The station is a partner in the Detroit Journalism Cooperative.

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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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