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February 8, 2008

Tune Your Radio To Mix 92.3 & Hot 102.7 To Listen To Exclusive Interviews With Mayor Kwame Kilpatrick

Mayor Kilpatrick will be on Frankie Darcell's "Talk of the Town" on Mix 92.3 today from 12:30 p.m. until 1:30 p.m.  Then, the Mayor will be on HOT 102.7 with Reggie Reg at 4:15 p.m.  Be sure to tune in today!

In case you can't tune in to "Talk of the Town" at 12:30 p.m. today, check it out on WADL Detroit TV 38 at 7:30 p.m. tonight and again Saturday at 7:00 p.m.

Mayor Showcases Investment Made For City Operations

Mayor Kilpatrick visited the Department of Public Works Russell Ferry Garage to rollout a new partnership between the city's General Services Department and the Genuine Parts Company NAPA program designed to make city vehicle repair more efficient with a partnership between the city's.

Mayor Showcases Investment Made For City Operations
Mayor Showcases Investment Made For City Operations
Mayor Showcases Investment Made For City Operations
Mayor Showcases Investment Made For City Operations

Mayor Kilpatrick showed-off two new vactor trucks recently purchased for $300,000 each by the Detroit Water and Sewerage Department (DWSD) to clean blocked catch basins, flooded streets and flooded basements. The Mayor also unveiled DWSD's state-of-the-art control center.

Mayor Showcases Investment Made For City OperationsMayor Kilpatrick on Friday also cut the ribbon at the Greater Resource Recovery Authority's newly refurbished Southfield Transfer Station. This new transfer station will provide residents and commercial haulers with a convenient drop off point for their trash. More than $3.5 million was invested by the Kilpatrick Administration on six state of the art compactors and other facility enhancements. The new facility can receive as much as 1,500 tons per day. The transfer station is open Monday through Friday from 8:00 a.m. until 6:00 p.m.

Mayor To Congress: Don't Block Our Progress
Mayor Kilpatrick urges "No" vote on HR 2176 & 4115;
says new off-reservation casinos threatens Detroit's comeback

Testifying before the House Resources Committee on Wednesday, Mayor Kwame Kilpatrick sought to defeat proposals to authorize two new off-reservation Indian casinos outside his city, saying that the proposed casinos undermined $1 billion in new investment and close to 10,000 Detroit jobs.

"There is real optimism about the future of our city," Mayor Kilpatrick said Wednesday. "There are signs of growth and recovery throughout Detroit. These dramatic improvements to the City of Detroit are not just happenstance. A very prominent economic driver to these accomplishments has been the establishment of three casinos within the City's boundaries. This was the intention of voters statewide in Michigan when they approved casinos for Detroit in 1994," he said.

"The people of Michigan have spoken very clearly that they approve of three private Casinos in the city of Detroit.  They spoke again in 2004, amending our state's constitution, to require that future efforts to open Casinos be brought back before voters.  Congress should not approve of this clear effort to short circuit our process and mandate off reservation casinos," Mayor Kilpatrick concluded.

Media Hype, City Pain
Karima Sorel
The Michigan Citizen

Below are excerpts from a commentary that appeared in a recent edition of The Michigan Citizen.  It's an interesting perspective you should take time to review.


"...With the power of media comes responsibility that allows readers to understand the issues, evaluate the facts and make decisions.

Although fair and unbiased has proved to be a lofty goal for all, it is a standard by which journalists hold themselves.

In printing its most recent attack on the Mayor, the Free Press showed blatant disregard for such journalistic integrity using the headline "A $9-million lie," and calling for Kilpatrick's resignation.

No legal charges have been made, no formal complaints filed, no investigation from sources other than the unnammed that provided the Skytell messages.

Were the messages obtained legally? Ethically? Who knows. Are the messages complete? Edited? Doctored in any way? Who knows.

Media ethics demand reporters restrain themselves from rushing to judgment or implicating guilt where none has been found. Typically newspaper and television reporters commit to language such as "appears to be," or "alleged" in an attempt to uphold these ethics. Until perjury or other misconduct is proven in a court of law or, at least charged by law enforcement, that person is innocent of a crime. Abuse of power is not restricted to the Mayor's office. The news outlets have charged Kilpatrick with perjury based solely on their findings.

In addition to The Free Press' reports regarding text messages, they have run several front page stories and editorials concerning the $8.4 million paid in the Whistleblower settlement. The funds used to pay out that settlement could never have gone to the schools, or to libraries, or to pave roads. The city of Detroit is self insured and covers its own liabilities from funds budgeted..."



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