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Thursday, December 20, 2012

Troy Schools Need Police Liaison Officers

 from Rhonda
            Trying to wrap my head around the devastating murder of innocents in Connecticut has been especially difficult during this season of what is supposed to be a loving, sharing and giving time of year. Going to Troy High school this month and enjoying the band, orchestra and choir concerts and seeing the talented students and dedicated teachers brings the loss into sharp relief.  The lives of Newtown 6 year olds that will never be.
            While the country, the White House and school districts consider how to make our citizens and children safer, I hope that they will consider all issues that create these tragedies. Troy Police Chief Mayer spoke at the council meeting the other night about how the TPD is working with the Troy School District to have additional safety measures in place. That is reassuring.
            But having worked in the Troy High School main office briefly and in Niles High School, I cannot emphasize enough the importance of the presence of a police liaison officer. The in-school officers in the high schools were dropped in down economic times. However, there are some things that are just worth whatever it costs. This is one of them.
            The officers are incredible. They have the pulse of what is going on in and out of the school setting. They are on top of potential danger and trained in dealing with stressful, life threatening situations. While I was at THS, the officer helped to save the life of a parent who we determined over the phone might be having a heart attack in his home. I was so grateful that the officer was in the school at the moment I took that call and was able to get help for the parent and save him. It was awe-inspiring.
            Then there was the incident when a caller threatened a Troy elementary school over the phone and said a gunman was in the building. The Troy Police department secured the school in minutes and tracked the caller down in a matter of hours and arrested the person. This is excellent police work. It is necessary to our sense of security.
            How do we find a way to make the liaison officers a part of our schools again? I trust that there will be all versions of safety protocols for schools, parents and visitors, even greater than there are today. City government will discuss police staffing levels and costs in budget sessions. As a parent I ask what price can we put on our children’s and our family’s safety?
            These police liaison officers presence offer a comfort to students in today’s scary times (even thought they may not admit it) and is surely a comfort to staff. Campus aides perform a function in the building, certainly. But there is no substitute for a police officer. I do not want to debate gun control here. Suffice to say that if someone is going to be armed in a school, my money is on the trained professional from the Troy Police Department. I hope the school district can find a way to put them back in the schools where they play a vital role in the safety of our school communities.

Sunday, December 16, 2012

Bad leaders protect their turf with recall "reform"

It's a damn good thing we recalled Janice Daniels when we did. Teapublicans in the state legislature want to make buyer's remorse more difficult to fix. As in the case with Janice Daniels, when voters in Michigan and the around the country get a good understanding of the tea party yahoos they've elected, they often want to get rid of them, just as we did.
But last week the tea party folks in Lansing tightened up the rules -- a lot -- to make it really hard to get rid of the bad politicians.
These are the people who have the GALL to tell you they care about the right's of the voters. They (read the Bob Gosselins and Glenn Clarks) want one thing only -- unlimited power not tainted by desires of the people.

from the Detroit News

Lawmaker recalls

Legislation aimed at making it harder to recall elected officials passed both houses under the protests of Democrats.

The legislation would shorten the number of days in which petition signatures can be gathered from 90 to 60, and limit the number of recall attempts to one per lawmaker per term.

"This is going to make it virtually impossible to recall someone," said Byrum, who is term-limited. "I question the timing of this legislation -- not that it's 2:30 in the morning (Friday), but that it's the lame-duck session."

Supporters of election reform said it's needed to allow politicians to vote their consciences without having to worry about being recalled. All but one Democrat -- Sen. John Gleason of Flushing -- voted against the reforms, saying the right of recall is part of the Democratic process.

Sen. Tupac Hunter, D-Detroit, called the legislation "cowardly, selfish, downright swinefully arrogant."

Like right-to-work legislation passed Tuesday, Senate Minority Leader Gretchen Whitmer claimed Republicans were rushing it through to avoid public scrutiny.

"You're trying to inoculate yourselves against recall," said Whitmer, D-East Lansing. "You should be ashamed of yourselves."

"Small government" Troy conservatives hand power back to state

from Linda


Residents of Troy, beware! Most of the residents have started to wake up, but we still need to help those who haven’t.

Wednesday, I sat in Judge Langford Morris’s courtroom and listened and watched while the Show Cause Hearing in the Secretary of State’s lawsuit against Troy was taking place.

A little background; our city operates under Home Rule, as do many other cities. In a nutshell, this means that the city operates under its municipal charter and also becomes solely responsible for registration of voters and for conduct of all election within its boundaries.

Here is a little background on Home Rule from the Michigan Municipal League.

The 1908 state constitution and in particular Article VIII, Section 21, gave the electors of each city and village the ability to frame and adopt a charter and “pass all laws and ordinances relating to its municipal concerns, subject to the constitution and general laws of this state.”

As noted by the Constitutional Convention of 1907 through its “Address to the People” the idea was to give each city or village the ability “to frame, adopt and amend those charter provisions which have reference to their local concerns.” . . . .“each municipality is the best judge of its local needs and the best able to provide for its local necessities.”

In 1963, Michigan citizens approved a new constitution which included many of the home rule provisions . . . .while Article VII, Section 34 seems to strengthen the hand of local control by stating that “The provisions of this constitution and law concerning counties, townships, cities and villages shall be liberally construed in their favor.”

Much as in 1908, convention comments from the drafting of the 1963 constitution indicate the idea was to give local units of government a broad framework by which to operate. The comments describe Article VII, Section 34 as “a new section intended to direct the courts to give a liberal or broad construction to statutes and constitutional provisions concerning all local governments.”

So, why sue Troy? Read the following and see if you can see a common thread here.
After the recall, City Council held a study session to appoint an interim Mayor until our next election date of November, 2013, per our city charter. It was quite clear that councilman Wade Fleming desperately wanted to be the one. Unfortunately, he wasn’t chosen. Thus, began the fun and games.

Coincidentally, soon after, the Secretary of State threatens to sue Troy indicating State law presides over our charter and ultimately does sue.

Many of you have heard of Robert Davis, the political activist from Highland Park that goes around making a career out of suing for various things. Well, he jumped on the bandwagon and also sued Troy and was in court today. Guess who was right there giving him and his attorney paperwork and information on Troy? Dan Brake! Remember him? He’s running for mayor. Not only was Brake offering misinformation, but he was also helping brew another theory from the minds of the Gosselin/Clark show.

Concerned Troy Citizens “are Troy residents, business owners & activists who are concerned about the direction that certain public officials want to move our city to.” and they are fighting “for common-sense values in Troy City Hall --- rid of the special interests that want bigger government, higher taxes and unnecessary spending that results in diminishing our core services like police, fire and roads.”

They are the Gosselin/Clark show just like TCU, just another change of name. Well, they were pushing hard for a February election and were also in court. They wanted Ed Kempen or Dan Brake for Mayor. They have known our process for replacing the mayor for a while now. If this group is concerned about big government and spending, why are they so adamant about a special election and suing the city of Troy? POWER! They lost their Tea Party candidate in the recall and need a fix.

Glenn Clark was all over the media today inferring he represented the citizens of Troy and he is glad there will be a special election, the citizens deserve it. What the citizens don’t deserve is Glenn Clark.

Bob Gosselin, the Oakland County Commissioner, was also right there with Brake and Clark. He can’t be left out of anything that may manage to help his guys get their power back.

These guys were all over the attorney for the Secretary of State and the reporters like bees on honey. It was so blatantly obvious that they were pushing this, that it was disgusting. Now, they will tell you that they did it for you!

Yes, the Gosselin/Clark show, is brought to you by a power hungry group that will tell you anything THEY think you want to hear.. They will pull out the fear card, tell you not to believe anything that has been supported by fact because it just isn’t so and will use the smoke and mirrors, conspiracy theories, blame the recall group, and what other low, scheming methods they can come up with, just to regain POWER and take back THEIR city.

Well, I have said my piece and this is OUR city! I am very upset today because the Home Rule City act has just been thrown under the bus and those masquerading as “Concerned Troy Citizens” helped to push it there. The recall laws are not exactly clear and in need of clarification. As one of the defense attorneys said today, if Sonny Elliot said it was sunny, it was clear and blue sky outside. The same for “foggy” and “stormy”. Well, if he were in court today, he would say it is “foggy and stormy.”

I’ve not heard of any other municipal recall that received such “special treatment” from the Secretary of State. What is additionally baffling is that Chris Thomas, Director of Elections implied he read about our process in the newspaper. In today’s hearing, the attorney for the Secretary of State said “the State does not follow city elections.” She went on to say that the “public interest is in the State’s favor.” What public? Gosselin, Clark, Brake, Dr. Ross and Janice’s attorney. (Yes, Dr. Ross was also hounding everyone today.) So why the lawsuit? You be the judge. From the conversations I overhead today, the fat lady hasn’t sung yet.

These guys are on a roll; trying to push their agenda by implying misconduct of others, etc.

I haven’t given up on our fine city. On the contrary, I am on a mission to make sure that all residents are fully educated on this and each and every issue in the city. Please join me in telling all your friends and neighbors the truth from Troy. This should not be limited to Troy residents. This group’s reach extends beyond our city limits. Tell everyone you can about the disastrous deeds that this so-calling “concerned” group has wreaked on our city and plans to continue doing. Don’t give up, fight back!

Wednesday, December 5, 2012

Yes, Doug Tietz DOES have major conflicts of interest as a Troy city councilman!

Heavens! Concerned Troy Citizens has caught those wicked people at TRUST in a LIE! Just read below! 

Wow! CTC sure caught TRUST up to no good! TRUST had to respond to explain why they told an absolute... TRUTH.

And then to prove they were telling the truth they supplied the proof.

So how do the critics of TRUST respond to this? How do they feel that CTC was wrong?

It just shows that to some people facts and truth simply don't matter. It's all about the game to them.

Monday, December 3, 2012

Dan Brake - The Man Who Would Be Mayor

Ah, Dan Brake.
He wants to be mayor. See him below. Looking like a leader at a library funding debate. He said "Don't fund it!" He joked the library wasn't a library at all - just a football.
Ha. Ha. Ha.
And just who is flanking him? Why it's his two political mentors! Bob Gosselin (group shudder) and Janice Daniels (group guffaw).

Mr. Brake wants to mayor sooo very badly that he was among the folks, if not the one and only, who started this whole election disaster. See for yourself.
And for all Tietz chatter at tonight's city council meeting about who is only speaking to whom... it's interesting that Brake only wrote to Tietz and Henderson...
If you peer at the names Brake Sharpied out, you can see all the names. (Nice going, Mr. Brake -- kinda like giving your check numbers out on YouTube!)

Brake letters

But perhaps the most impressive Mr. Brake has shown himself to be, as he desires to become mayor of our fair city, was tonight at the city council meeting playing Matlock.

Brake: "Aha, city attorney! You claimed you had NOT spoken to the Secretary of State! I hold in my chubby little hand a letter from the SoS's office PROVING that you spoke to them! And I'm using Janice Daniels' words against the city manager to tell you I don't have faith in you, too! And I say checkMATE!"

And then the city attorney responded.
City Attorney: "Yes, it's true that I didn't speak to them. But the city clerk did (ya dim bulb, ya!)."

Because either Brake or those big shot tea party officials in Lansing dont know the difference between a city attorney and a city clerk. Sigh.

Will there be a day we remember Janice Daniels as one of the more intelligent TCU-ers to seek office?