Den of the Cyphered Wolf

Monday, August 31, 2015

Southfield Police Crime Bulletin August 17-23, 2015

Southfield Police Crime Bulletin August 10-16, 2015

Thursday, August 27, 2015

Southfield City Council Meeting August 24, 2015

Southfield City Council Meeting Held on August 24, 2015

Topics Discussed Include

  • Racist Political Flyers
  • A Tribute to the Late Fire Chief Rowley
  • Automation Alley/Smart Zone
  • DTE Power Outages

An agenda and related documents can be found here.

Saturday, August 22, 2015

Our Competition Isn't Downtown Detroit. It's Brooklyn

Okay while I occasionally try to pretend otherwise I am not an economics expert all the same one of the reoccurring themes in my brain droppings is that the petty poaching and conversly the complaining about petty poaching in the Metro-Detroit business scene does nobody good.

The reason why it's happening is because up until recently the pool of large companies in the area up for grabs was limited and I'm not going to lie and say that's no longer the case but but focusing on how to steal companies for each downtown is treating the symptom not the disease.

Instead effort could better be expended on trying eliminate the barriers to economic activity. Revising zoning and usage laws, training the existing workforce and recruiting outside the state to reverse the brain drain, pumping money into research so that the next great breakthroughs occur here instead of the coasts or even overseas, investing in infrastructure to better allow trade, and creating safe spaces that can provide access to tools and technology for innovation.

Instead of all that stuff I hear my political leaders discussing more and more how we can play pass the potato with the few businesses that are here and I feel that attitude is contributing to an overall stagnation.

Worse I feel and have always felt that that sort of anti-regionalism is why the state is so slow to deal with problems like transportation and education as municipalities who share common interests are more inclined to protect their little bit of turf rather than work together and actually get something done.

I don't know what to do about it but it's what I think.

Friday, August 21, 2015

DTE Energy Presentation August 17, 2015

On August 17, 2015 DTE Energy made a presentation to the Southfield City Council regarding Tree Trimming Activities

Wednesday, August 19, 2015

Southfield August 17, 2015 City Council Meeting

Southfield City Council Meeting Held August 17, 2015
Topics Discussed Include

  • Potential Soup Kitchen and Homeless Shelter Regulations
  • DTE Energy Tree Trimming
  • Southfield-Troy Smart Zone
  • A New Investment Firm (The Bogdahn Group) Being Given Responsibility For the SERS (Employee Retirement) Fund
  • Zoning Ordinance Amendments For Vehicular Storage

An agenda and related documents can be found here.

Thursday, August 13, 2015

Why Do We Never Move?

I have finally decided to give my writing a good go yet I find myself uncertain as to what to write. I wish not to be jubilant nor flippant for there have been events that temper those emotions in me so instead I will forgo my normal dishonesty and be earnest. I will be earnest in what I desire and my arguments for it.

I want prosperity. I want personal and more over familial prosperity. I want myself and my kin to be able to do as we please unhampered by a lack of funds. That desire is the guiding star of my politics. I shall not call myself a Democrat but I do honestly believe that a great public good can be achieved when we all give a little of ourselves to obtain it.

Due to my reticence to humor I feel the most poignant point I can make at this moment is that, we have failed to finance our roads; we are failing to finance our schools. We should be ashamed, not only of the wound we commit to ourselves but to the wrong we do to our progeny.

The world may seem to move quickly but government moves slowly. The world our children inherit will be the one which our hands build. But out of greed those hands are tied and bound as the world, no not the world, my home slides backwards. Instead of rising into the dawn we plunge ourselves further into the night. I do not like my home being the butt of national jokes. I do not like cringing as people I have great respect for laugh at our wretched condition, which to be honest we have cast upon ourselves through our inability to dream,  to look into the black night and see the light of the stars, to chase those suns no matter how distant. The dawn may be far away but it will arrive through diligent work. We must rise from the muck, take up the gavel, take up the level, take up the ledger and yes take up the tomes of those who have puzzled their hopes before as we do now and for Christ's sake get to work!

The reason why our government does not is not foolishness but because they have taken the temperature of the people.  We want everything but will pay for nothing. This is not how a dream, not how a life is built. Yet that is what we have told to them. "Do what you can to fix our problems as long as we do not have put in for them." And we wonder why nothing gets built, why nothing gets fixed.

Before we shake the fist at them we should look to ourselves and ask do we really want things to get better. Do we want better schools, do we want better roads, do we want better laws or shall we remain and mire in the doomed status quo until the cost of our stagnation becomes to obvious and contemptible to bear.

Thursday, August 6, 2015

The Passing of Fire Chief Keith Rowley

After a days long search Southfield Fire Chief Keith Rowley's body was found on Monday August 3 in Lake St. Clair not far from where he went missing. Funeral details can be found here.

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