Den of the Cyphered Wolf

Tuesday, December 16, 2014

Southfield December 15, 2014 Regular City Council Meeting


Topics Discussed Include

  • A Zoning Ordinance Regarding Medical Marijuana
  • The recognition of Fern Katz and Darryle J. Buchanan whom after many years of service have left the Southfield Board of Education
  • The Recognition of Councilman/ State Representative Elect Moss and Mayor/Congresswoman Elect Lawrence who after winning elections are moving on to their new positions
  • The Elliot Larsen Act and LGBT Civil Rights in Employment


An agenda and related documents can be found here.

Southfield December 15, 2014 Special City Council Meeting



On December 15, 2014 The Southfield City Council held a special meeting to discuss end of the year budgetary matters.

Southfield Area Chamber of Commerce Farewell Reception For Congresswoman Elect Brenda Lawrence


On December 15, 2014 the Southfield Area Chamber of Commerce held a farewell reception for Congresswoman Elect Brenda Lawrence whom has served as Southfield's Mayor since 2001

Saturday, December 13, 2014

Southfield School Board December 9, 2014



Southfield Board of Education Meeting held December 9, 2014
Topics Discussed Include

  • The recognition of Fern Katz and Darryle J. Buchanan who are leaving or have left the school board.
  • Recognition For the Southfield High School Football and Engineering Teams
  •  K-8 Curriculum and Testing Standards

An agenda and related documents can be found at here.
Note: Due to technical difficulties roughly the first 15 minutes of audio were cut.

Southfield Police Southfield Citizen Observer Crime Bulletin December 1-7, 2014

Tuesday, December 2, 2014

Southfield City Council Meeting December 1, 2014



Southfield City Council Meeting held on December 1, 2014

Topics Discussed Include

  • A Demolition of A building on 9-Mile Rd
  • Permission for the Fire Department to Apply For A Grant that Would Allow for the Purchasing of New Radios and CPR Equipment
  • The Need for More Personnel in the Fire Department
  • Medical Marijuana Zoning
  • The Upcoming Roll-Out of the City's Mobil App

An agenda and related documents can be found here.

Thursday, November 27, 2014

Angry Black Man: Everything Old Is New

Okay so for the last few days I've been Tweeting about my Black Friday shopping list, mostly because I've been working my ass off to be in a position to actually enjoy the holidays rather than siting in a corner desperately trying to avoid my family so I don't have to have an uncomfortable series of conversations about how my life is going this year,

But part of me feels that spending so much of my attention on that stuff when the world is turning makes me look like a jackass so here goes.

My feelings on Ferguson and Michael Brown are complicated.  While it's barely relevant I actually was in St. Louis when the news of Brown's first hit for a family event and made it out just as the local news was picking it up. Part of me wants to say that colors my view but it 's more of an interesting fact that makes me think about it.

To sum up. I'm not angry but concerned and more than a bit forlorn.

First off all Michael Brown isn't a martyred saint. That's not to say he deserved to die but to me it looks as though his death was mostly an unfortunate accident. I suppose my point is that I have a problem seeing Michaal Brown as Emmett Till. In this specific case there is some gray and nuance and it rankles me that in pursuit of larger systemic societal  issues people are ignoring that nuance.

Let me be clear. Racism exists. In the context of Ferguson many people have made that point, including The Atlantic's Ta-Nehisi Coates, but I feel a need to separate systemic racism and unfair resource allocation, both of which need to be discussed and remedied, and the individual case of Brown's death.

Part of that comes from where I live. I don't live in Detroit but not far from it. I have a reluctance to talk about the issues of the city because I am an outsider yet I can't ignore that it has severe economic and political problems, many of which are catch-22s that are incredibly difficult to solve regardless of coming out of bankruptcy.

Whenever I ponder these issues my mind keeps going back to one theory. That the 1967 Detroit race riot was a flashpoint.



The riots had causes and the racial tension that precipitated them shouldn't be ignored, but I think to myself of all the waste, the stores that were destroyed, the stores that left, the people and minds that not just left but were permanently darkened by the riots. I think of all that that was destroyed, looking at the closed schools, abandoned blocks and boarded up stores and say to myself.

"Damn. We did this."



You know. I've seen people who were angry. And thought they should be but I thought we were past the days of riots.

Wednesday, November 26, 2014

Southfield City Council Meeting November 24, 2014



Southfield City Council Meeting November 24, 2014

Topics Discussed

  • The Awarding of the the Citizen Life Saving Award to Mr. Walter Sheppard
  • Drainage Issues and a Charter School on Lois Lane
  • A Brownfield Redevelopment Plan for Durr Corporation
  • A Tax Abatement for Covisint Corporation which is planning on moving into the Travelers Towers

An agenda and related documents can be found here.

Wednesday, November 12, 2014

Southfield Board of Education November 11, 2014 Meeting


Southfield Board of Education Meeting held November 11, 2014

Topics Discussed Include
  • Steps Adlai Stevenson Elementary Is Taking To Close Achievement Gap Between Its top third and Lower Third of Students
  • The Need for More Skilled Labor to Help Maintain Facilities
  • The First Reading of a Best Practices Resolution
An agenda and related documents can be found here.

Southfield Police Citizen Observer Crime Bulletin November 3-9, 2014

Southfield November 10, 2014 City Council Meeting



Meeting of the Southfield City Council Held on November 10, 2014

Topic Discussed

  • Utilizing PEG Money Gained From Local Cable Companies To Improve the Television Studio at Southfield-Lathrup Highschool
  • A Brownfield Redevelopment Plan For the Durr Corporation Facility Being Built at a Building Previously Owned by DTE off of Northwestern Highway
  • A Tax Abatement For Covisint Corporation
  • The Election of Officers For the Next Year


An agenda and related documents can be found at here.

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