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Nov

2014

Sandra Svoboda

State oversight panel holds second meeting

Detroit’s Financial Review Commission, created by the “grand bargain” legislation, holds its second meeting Friday. The agenda includes reviewing budget timelines and the city’s Plan of Adjustment. The panel also will discuss audit activities. The nine-member group plans to meet at 9 a.m. in the Michigan Gaming Control Board Meeting Room at 3062 W. Grand […]

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Nov

2014

Sandra Svoboda

Challenge to state EM law to proceed

A judge is allowing a challenge to Michigan’s emergency manager law to go forward in federal court in Detroit. Filed last year, the lawsuit challenges the constitutionality of the law on the grounds that it violates rights of due process, voting and representative government under the U.S. Constitution. Defendants in the case are Gov. Rick […]

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Nov

2014

Sandra Svoboda

Visiting Bankruptcy Attorneys: Breaking down the bills

WXYZ-TV7′s Jim Kiertzner and Adam Brewster are digging through bills from bankruptcy attorneys and reporting on what they’re finding. They join Laura in the studio, along with WDET’s bankruptcy reporter and Next Chapter Detroit blogger Sandra Svoboda to break down the findings and discuss who spent what, and more importantly, why they did it.

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Nov

2014

Sandra Svoboda

The Bankruptcy Bonanza: WXYZ-TV7 reports on attorneys’ fees, expenses

While the true cost of Detroit’s bankruptcy won’t be known likely for months, one local media outlet has jumpstarted its investigation into at least a preliminary estimate of the total bill for taxpayers. WXYZ-Channel 7′s Jim Kiertzner, an investigative reporter, and Adam Brewster, a producer, have been reviewing thousands of pages of attorneys fees and expenses charged to the city in the case. Here’s what they’ve found so far…

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Nov

2014

Sandra Svoboda

On Detroit Today: Life after bankruptcy from the national perspective

Detroit’s bankruptcy has focused attention largely on the city’s balance sheet, what cuts retirees face, what settlements were reached with creditors and how much money the city plans to spend on city services going forward. Watching all this with a national perspective has been Bruce Katz. He’s a vice president at the Brookings Institution and founder of that group’s Metropolitan Policy Program. He spoke with WDET’s bankruptcy reporter and Next Chapter Detroit blogger Sandra Svoboda about what’s beyond the city’s balance sheet in the Chapter 9 case.

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Nov

2014

The Center for Michigan

In Bridge Magazine: Making city government work

“Got a problem? You ought to know who to call.” Bridge Magazine’s Phil Powers heard Mike Duggan say that two summers ago when he was running for Detroit mayor. “Although campaign rhetoric, it sounded like a simple and common-sense way to think about running a city,” Powers remembers. But what Powers says he didn’t then understand was that Duggan was hinting at what may be a very important structural reform for long-term progress in what is still Michigan’s largest city. Here’s what’s happened since.

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Nov

2014

Sandra Svoboda

On Detroit Today: Does Detroit need the financial review commission?

Host Bankole Thompson delves into the Detroit Financial Review Commission with Rep. Thomas Stallworth III, AFSCME Council 25′s chief negotiator Ed McNeil, Financial Review Commission member Bill Martin and WDET’s Detroit bankruptcy reporter Sandra Svoboda.

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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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