Target to open store at new mixed-use community in Midtown Detroit
DETROIT - A Target store is coming to Midtown Detroit and will be the anchor tenant in the new City Club Apartments mixed-use community. “This important announcement is a testament to Detroit’s strong leadership and continued momentum,” said City Club Apartments CEO Jonathan Holtzman. “I applaud Mayor Mike Duggan, the planning and other departments, City Council President Brenda Jones, City Council, the Midtown neighborhood and Sue Mosey. It has been a major and coordinated effort to secure approvals on our initial plans from the planning and zoning departments, attract Target as an anchor tenant and complete our agreement with the landowner.”The Target store will offer grocery and general merchandise. “City Club Apartments Midtown will combine the service and amenities of a five-star hotel with engaging, connected and walkable urban apartment living,” said Holtzman.mlive.com
Virtual infinite scholars college fair
(Copyright 2020 by WDIV ClickOnDetroit - All rights reserved.) This is the fourth year Detroit City Council President Brenda Jones has hosted the Infinite Scholars Program. President Jones is set to host a virtual college fair every night this week from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. The event will feature over 70 colleges and universities providing “onsite” admission and scholarships and information to local graduating high school seniors. There will be a different set of colleges and universities featured every day.
Rashida Tlaib wins reelection in Michigan’s 13th Congressional District
U.S. Rep. Rashida Tlaib, D-Detroit, defeated a Republican challenger and secured a second term in Congress in Tuesday’s election. The Associated Press has called the race in Michigan’s most Democratic-leaning congressional district for Tlaib. With 64.34% of precincts reporting as of 5 a.m. Wednesday, she was leading 66.48% to 29.38% over Republican challenger David Dudenhoefer. She’s a member of “The Squad,” an informal group of four progressive freshmen congresswoman elected in 2018 that includes U.S. Reps. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, D-New York; Ilhan Omar, D-Minnesota; Ayanna Pressley, D-Massachusetts; and Tlaib. Tlaib claimed the general election after defeating a primary challenge from Detroit City Council President Brenda Jones, who briefly represented the seat after longtime U.S. Rep. John Conyers, D-Detroit, resigned amid sexual harassment allegations.mlive.com
U.S. Rep. Rashida Tlaib is heading back to Washington
click to enlarge Erik Paul HowardRashida Tlaib snaps a selfie in front of her new office in 2019. Looks like the famous "Squad" of progressive lawmakers is intact.U.S. Rep. Rashida Tlaib of Detroit is projected to win her re-election to Congress. The Associated Press called her victory early Wednesday, with more than 66% of precincts reporting.Not that it was ever really much of a question after the August primary , where Tlaib defeated opponent Brenda Jones by a wide margin. Last week, Tlaib and Ocasio-Cortez introduced a bill to create a federally chartered and supported public banking system .metrotimes.com
Detroit revival expands: East Jefferson Corridor redevelopment to begin with new Meijer store
DETROIT – An announcement Thursday is a sign that Detroit’s revival is branching out from Downtown -- Meijer is planing to open a new location on Detroit’s east side. The new, small-scale grocery store, a part of the Rivertown Market, will fill a major need in the neighborhood. Meijer opened a store at Eight Mile Road and Woodward Avenue in 2013 and the old Redford High School became a Meijer in 2015, but the east side still had a long trip to the grocery store -- until now. I just want to say thank you, thank you, thank you!”Usually a Meijer takes up blocks, but not this one. The Rivertown Market is going to be a scaled-down, urban footprint in the greening of Detroit Park on East Jefferson Avenue.
Detroit City Council approves sale of former State Fairgrounds site for redevelopment project
DETROIT – The Detroit City Council on Tuesday approved the sale of a portion of the former Michigan State Fairgrounds that will be developed into an Amazon distribution center, transit center and more. A digital rendering of the proposed Amazon distribution center at the site of the former Michigan State Fairgrounds. According to the city council president, the sale of the untaxed land will generate $42 million in tax revenue over the next 10 years. Jones and one other city council member reportedly voted against the agreement Tuesday, with six city council members voting in favor. The city of Detroit purchased 142 acres at the site of the former State Fairgrounds in 2018.
2020 Michigan Primary Election results: 5 key races we’re still tracking
Election Day has turned into Election Week in Michigan with the surge in mail-in voting. While a handful of key races were actually called on Election Night on Tuesday, many races remain in limbo while clerks sort out the remainder of ballots. (UPDATE: Dave Coulter has been declared the winner)Oakland County ProsecutorKaren McDonald is leading incumbent Jessica Cooper in the Democratic primary election for Oakland County Prosecutor. (UPDATE: McDonald has been declared the winner)Primary Election Results by county:🌟 Become an Insider 🌟Introducing WDIV Insider: A new way for loyal Local 4 fans to gain access and customize your ClickOnDetroit news experience. Learn more about WDIV Insider - and sign up here!
Rashida Tlaib wins Democratic nomination for U.S. House in Michigan’s 13th congressional district
DETROIT – Congresswoman Rashida Tlaib has won the Democratic nomination for U.S. House in Michigan’s 13th congressional district. Tlaib, the incumbent, beat Detroit City Council President Brenda Jones by a wide margin in Tuesday’s primary. “The 13th Congressional District raised me, and it is an honor to represent my neighbors in the United States House of Representatives,” reads a statement from Tlaib. Read more: ‘Squad’ member Rashida Tlaib wins primary in MichiganShe will now go against one of three Republican candidates in the November general election. Related: Latest Election newsMichigan Primary Election Results 2020Primary Election Results by county:
Progressives say primary wins latest sign of momentum shift
FILE - In this March 6, 2020 file photo, Rep. Rashida Tlaib, D-Mich., speaks at a campaign rally in Detroit. Her opponent in the primary was Detroit City Council President Brenda Jones. Y'all, we about to change the world.Beyond signaling momentum, the victories are giving progressives confidence about two upcoming tests. Next week, squad member Rep. Ilhan Omar of Minnesota will face a challenge from a well-funded opponent, Antone Melton-Meaux. In March, Marie Newman knocked off Illinois Rep. Dan Lipinski, an abortion opponent who compared progressive Democrats to a tea party of the left."
'Squad' member Rashida Tlaib wins primary in Michigan
LANSING, Mich. Squad member Rashida Tlaib won a challenge for her House seat in Michigans primary, in a rematch with the woman she narrowly defeated two years ago. Her opponent in Tuesday's primary was Detroit City Council President President Brenda Jones, who lost by 1 percentage point in 2018 when the primary field was larger. Jones on the same day defeated Tlaib to later fill out the remainder of John Conyers term. Andrew E. Bryant, 71, voted for Tlaib at New Providence Baptist Church on Detroits west side. "With Rashida Tlaib, Im probably not the best informed voter.The primary winner will be the overwhelming favorite in November's general election.
Michigan Primary Election Results for US House District 13, Rashida Tlaib vs. Brenda Jones, on Aug. 4, 2020
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'Squad' member Tlaib may be vulnerable in tough primary
Now the Michigan Democrat is the squad's most vulnerable member, as she faces Detroit City Council President Brenda Jones in the Aug. 4 primary. Now Tlaib is the squads most vulnerable member, as she and Jones are set to square off again in Michigan's Aug. 4 primary. In 2018, Jones finished a close second to Tlaib in a six-person primary for the seat long held by Democratic Rep. John Conyers, who stepped down amid sexual harassment allegations. Folks are wanting someone to make their case in their own words, said Conyers, who also ran in the 2018 primary. Black, white, Hispanic, Martian, I dont care who is in power, just do what you say youre going to do, he said.
Remembering John Lewis: Michigan leaders pay tribute to iconic civil rights leader
DETROIT Congressman John Lewis, a civil rights icon, has died at the age of 80 on Friday after a six-month battle with stage four pancreatic cancer. The youngest and last surviving member of the Big Six civil rights activists, Lewis dedicated his life to fighting for equality. Leaders react to passing of civil rights iconMichigan Governor Gretchen WhitmerCongressman John Lewis was a civil rights legend who stood firmly on the front lines of our nations history. He touched the hearts of America as a Civil Rights icon in this country for decades. I will forever remember his stories of the Civil Rights movement, constant words of encouragement and the reminder to get into good trouble.
Detroit City Council urges police reform amid national outcry against police brutality
DETROIT The Detroit City Council released a statement Tuesday urging the Detroit Board of Police Commissioners to adopt police reformations amid the national unrest over the killing of George Floyd. People across the country are protesting against police brutality and demanding change to prevent further tragedies from occurring in the future. Detroit organizers have demanded more widespread change that includes but goes beyond the police department, including a move to defund the police, make Detroit a sanctuary city, restore running water to all city residents and more. READ MORE: Detroit protest leaders list 11 demands ahead of meeting with mayor, police chiefLast week Detroit City Council President Brenda Jones announced her support for the peaceful protests demanding justice for Floyd and countless other Black Americans unjustly killed by police officers. We still see them and we will do right by them.You can read the Detroit City Councils full statement supporting police reform by clicking here.
'Now is the time for us to speak up: Detroit City Council President Brenda Jones releases statement on protests
DETROIT Detroit City Council President Brenda Jones released a statement regarding the killing of George Floyd and the protests that have followed his death. READ: Protesters march in Detroit for 6th straight nightFloyd was killed when an officer, who was caught on video, pressed his knee to Floyds neck. That officer, Derek Chauvin, is now facing a second-degree murder charge. The three other officers at the scene Thomas Lane, J. Kueng and Tou Thao were charged for the first time with aiding and abetting second-degree murder and second-degree manslaughter. READ: Prosecutors charge 3 more officers in George Floyds deathView Jones letter below:
Brenda Jones violated campaign finance laws with donations tied to city contractor, according to report
City of DetroitDetroit City Council President Brenda Jones. Detroit City Council President Brenda Jones violated campaign finance laws that are designed to prevent pay-to-play politics, according to a new report.While running for re-election to city council in 2017, Jones accepted nearly $10,000 in campaign contributions from top officials at First Independent Bank, which has a contract to operate a loan program for the Detroit police and pension fund, The Intercept first reported Jones, who is running against U.S. Rep. Rashida Tlaib for the congressional seat, is a trustee of the pension fund.Michigan makes it a crime for politicians on public pension boards to accept campaign contributions in excess of $350 from top leaders of contractors.Jones accepted $5,500 in campaign donations from then-First Independent Bank Chairman and CEO Barry Clay, according to campaign finance records. She also took $4,000 in campaign contributions from First Independence Bank board member Douglas Diggs.The conduct certainly looks to me to be in violation of the relevant law, Duke Law professor James Cox, who has studied ethics and pay-to-play issues, tells. It strikes me as pretty blatant.In the 2018 Democratic primary for the congressional seat, Tlaib defeated Jones by fewer than 1,000 votes. Prior to that contest, Jones won a special election to complete former Rep. John Conyers Jr.s term, spending five weeks in Congress.Tlaib, who has become a household name, raised a whopping $2.2 million during the current election cycle, according to campaign finance records.The primary election is Aug. 4.Jones could not be reached for comment.metrotimes.com
Detroit reports 19 new coronavirus deaths and more than 700 new confirmed infections
click to enlarge City of DetroitCoronavirus testing site at the former Michigan State Fairgrounds. Another 524 police officers, 126 firefighters, and 133 DDOT employees are under quarantine. Donafay Collins Duggan has made testing a priority in the city. On Thursday, the city became the first municipality in the U.S. to begin using testing kits that provide results within 15 minutes. We will be fighting the coronavirus for months.metrotimes.com
Coronavirus death toll nears 100 in Detroit, with 14 new fatalities reported
Other well-known Detroit figures who have died from the coronavirus are state Rep. Isaac Robinson , community activist Marlowe Stoudamire , and Wayne County Sheriffs Department Cmdr. Donafay Collins Detroit has dramatically increased its testing capacity and launched a drive-through testing site. Lower-income people tend to rely on public transit and come to work ill because they dont have paid sick days. Detroit and Oakland County have roughly the same number of deaths, but the countys population is nearly twice Detroits. There are a lot of reasons why Detroiters can be vulnerable and a lot of really good reasons we should practice social distancing.metrotimes.com
Council President Brenda Jones is challenging Rep. Rashida Tlaib for her congressional seat
click to enlarge Phil Pasquini, Shutterstock / Brenda JonesU.S. Rep. Rashida Tlaib and Detroit City Council President Brenda Jones. Detroit City Council President Brenda Jones officially announced Wednesday that shes going up against freshman U.S. Rep. Rashida Tlaib.Jones, 60, was among a large field of Democrats whom Tlaib defeated in the primary election in the 2018 Democratic primary.Tlaib narrowly beat Jones by fewer than 1,000 votes. "One, bring new resources to the district, Jones said. Three, focusing on issues that are important to the families and the people of the 13th Congressional District. "Rep. Tlaib is hard at work pushing groundbreaking policies to make direct payments to all Americans to weather this storm, leading legislation to save state and local governments from financial collapse, and preventing utility shutoffs, evictions, and foreclosures."metrotimes.com
Detroit blight bond faces uncertain future after heated City Council hearing
DETROIT It was a packed house for the Detroit City Council public hearing on whether to send a $250 million blight bond request to voters. READ: Detroit mayor outlines 2020 ballot proposal to fund blight programThe meeting started late because there werent enough council members to establish a quorum. City Council President Brenda Jones warned the crowd that she wouldnt tolerate any outbursts. I disagreed with every call I got today from a telemarketer (that) called my office to say, Tell council President Brenda Jones to vote yes,'" Jones said. The first two hours of the meeting were a back and forth between the Duggan administration, City Council, Detroit Building Authority and Auditor General, primarily over the efficacy and honesty of how the Detroit Building Authority has handled demolitions and money.
Elected officials meet with Detroit police chief, discuss concerns about facial recognition software
DETROIT - Rep. Brenda Lawrence and Detroit City Council President Brenda Jones recently spoke candidly with Detroit Police Chief Craig about the use of facial recognition technology. My job in Congress is to see we have accurate data, said Lawrence. After talking to the analysts who comb through potential matches, elected officials say software improvements are needed. However, they say the tour helped clear up misinformation. On Monday, Lawrence announced she plans on introducing legislation that would help prevent bias in facial recognition software.
Woodward and Jefferson may finally open up again after City Council rejects Spirit of Detroit Plaza renewal
click to enlarge Tom PerkinsA "road closed" sign on Jefferson near Woodward, the site of the Spirit of Detroit Plaza. Council president pro tem Mary Sheffield told thethat she voted against the plan because it called for the removal of the median, something she wasn't prepared to agree to without a longer-term study. "I like it, I enjoy it," she said. "Im just not sold on it being a permanent place here in the city of Detroit. "Council member Raquel Castaneda-Lopez was among those whod been in favor of keeping the plaza.metrotimes.com
Spirit Plaza may close by November after City Council vote fails
In a vote on Tuesday, Detroit City Council failed to pass a proposal that would have extended the time period for a downtown gathering space. The Detroit News reports that the city of Detroit was seeking a five-year extension for the Woodward Avenue closure between Larned Street and Jefferson Avenue that allowed for the pedestrian-only Spirit of Detroit Plaza.But in a 4-4 vote, City Council failed to reach a majority. The News also spoke with Brad Dick, a city group executive for services and infrastructure with the city, who said that studies have concluded that the plaza doesnt have a significant impact on traffic downtown.If the vote isnt reconsidered or brought before the City Council again, the plaza will be closed by November. The colorfully-decorated Spirit Plaza has been open since June 2017 and connected the esplanade down the center of Woodward Avenue to Campus Martius. Its used as a place for people to eat, congregate, play games, and as a gathering spot for various events.detroit.curbed.com