Detroit expanding vaccine eligibility amid surge in COVID-19 cases
DETROIT – Michigan currently has an 11.3% COVID positivity rate, hospitalizations went from 1,404 last week to 2,144 already this week. READ: Detroit expands COVID vaccine eligibility to all residents 16 and olderWith those numbers in mind, Duggan is opening up vaccines to Detroiters age 16 and older starting Monday. Dr. Joneigh Khaldun voices concern as COVID cases in Michigan increaseThe Chief Medical Executive of the State of Michigan Dr. Joneigh Khaldun spoke with Local 4 about the recent surge in COVID-19 cases. Monday’s update includes a total of 8,202 new covid cases and eight additional deaths over the past two days. On Saturday, the state reported 652,569 total cases and 16,026 deaths.
Detroit Mayor Duggan responds to HGTV star Nicole Curtis’ lawsuit over ownership of home
Lake Orion native Nicole Curtis, who hosts Rehab Addict Rescue on HGTV, filed a lawsuit against the Detroit Land Bank Authority, claiming she owned a home on East Grand Boulevard. Curtis planned to renovate the home, but the Land Bank listed the home for sale about a month ago. In the meantime -hats off to #flint land bank😁😁😁 pic.twitter.com/N86wVHErXc — Nicole Curtis (@nicolecurtis) March 20, 2021According to the Detroit Land Bank Authority, the previous homeowners lost the home in January 2017. But the Land Bank cannot legally give her the property,” Duggan said. “She can have 100 critical stories, the Land Bank is not going to break the law.
Detroit expands vaccine eligibility to manufacturing employees living or working in city
The eligibility includes Detroit residents working at manufacturing plants in the city or the suburbs, as well as suburban residents employed at manufacturers located inside Detroit. DETROIT – Thousands of manufacturing employees living or working in Detroit are now eligible to receive the COVID vaccine under another expansion of access announced Tuesday by Mayor Mike Duggan. The eligibility includes Detroit residents working at manufacturing plants in the city or the suburbs, as well as suburban residents employed at manufacturers located inside Detroit. We thank the Mayor and the City of Detroit for this opportunity. All other eligible manufacturing employees can schedule their appointments at TCF by calling 313-230-0505.
Detroit Mayor Duggan: 85% of city streets cleared, contractors face penalties
DETROIT – A majority of residential streets in Detroit have already been cleared of snow, but Detroit did not meet its 24-hour goal of clearing the streets. Officials said city workers with the Public Works and General Services Department will be joining to assist with the work that’s left. As a result, a portion of pay will be cut for city contractors who did not make their 24-hour rule. “A couple of contractors are gonna have a deduction from their fee because the city workers had to do part of their work. They’re hoping to have all the streets cleared by Thursday.
Detroit Mayor Duggan announces plan to clean up 2,000 alleys in the city
DETROIT – Detroit Mayor Mike Duggan said he has a plan to clear out 2,000 alleys in the city this year. This year we’re gonna do it 2,000 more times,” Duggan said. “If you have a block club and you want to petition for an alley clean up, we’ll come do it. But you, as neighbors, are gonna have to go through twice a year and do a follow-up,” Duggan said. “If you want your alley cleaned up, you can apply right now and we will get to you this year.
Detroit Mayor Duggan announces expansion of COVID-19 vaccine eligibility
Detroit Mayor Mike Duggan, talks Thursday, April 23, 2020, in Detroit about the initiative to give about 51,000 K-12 public school students in Detroit computer tablets and high-speed internet to help transition from classroom to virtual learning during the coronavirus pandemic. As schools closed in March as part of the state's stay home order to slow the spread of the virus many suburban districts quickly moved teaching online. Detroit lagged because nine of 10 students don't have access to tablets, computers or the internet. (AP Photo/Carlos Osorio)(Copyright 2020 The Associated Press. All rights reserved.)
Detroit Mayor Mike Duggan breaks down how first doses of Moderna COVID-19 vaccine will be distributed
DETROIT – The city of Detroit received its first doses of the Moderna COVID-19 vaccine this week, and on Tuesday, Mayor Mike Duggan broke down how it will be distributed. Duggan said 30 employees of the health department will receive their first doses of the vaccine Wednesday. Next week, home health care workers will receive the vaccine, followed in January by those in nursing homes and assisted living facilities. (There will be) no discipline or punishment.”The city, Henry Ford Health System nor the Detroit Medical Center have mandated the vaccine. Henry Ford Health System will be on hand to administer the vaccine to first responders from the Detroit Fire Department and to educate people and answer any questions.
Michigan Gov. Whitmer appoints Detroit CFO Dave Massaron as new state budget director
Dave has been an outstanding CFO for the city of Detroit and I congratulate him on taking this new opportunity. He helped set Detroit on a course of continued financial stability while ensuring continued service levels we’ve maintained, even during COVID-19. Dave leaves the city in a strong financial position, which has made it possible for us to sell up to $250 million in bonds to transform more of our neighborhoods through Proposal N. I wish him well and know he will be just as successful as our state’s budget director. Mike Duggan
Mayor Mike Duggan names Trisha Stein as new Chief of Staff for City of Detroit
DETROIT – Mayor Mike Duggan has named Trisha Stein as the new Chief of Staff for the City of Detroit. Stein replaces Alexis Wiley, who has served as Chief of Staff since May 2014. Mayor Mike Duggan's OfficeStein will take over as Chief of Staff on January 1. Before Stein joined the police department, Stein served as interim director of Planning & Development from 2014-15, where she developed the investment strategy and implementation plan for the city’s HUD entitlement funds, according to a press release. “Trisha is one of the most widely respected and effective public administrators in Michigan and the City is fortunate to have her as its new Chief of Staff,” Mayor Duggan said.
Detroit Mayor Mike Duggan gives update on where city stands in fight against COVID-19
DETROIT – Detroit Mayor Mike Duggan provided an update on where he believes the city stands in the fight against COVID-19. While Detroit’s COVID-19 numbers remain relatively low, Duggan said the surrounding suburbs and out-of-state areas are forcing the city to take immediate action. READ: ‘3-week pause’: Michigan announces stricter COVID rules: What to knowDuggan said Detroit businesses are being shut down because of irresponsible behavior in the surrounding communities. Mark Hackel released a statement in response to Duggan’s COVID-19 update:"Early on during this pandemic, the City of Detroit led the state in the number of COVID cases and deaths. Whitmer hopes Michiganders ‘double down so we can avoid a stay-home order’While announcing the new MDHHS order for three weeks of stricter COVID-19 regulations, Michigan Gov.
Motor City Match winner celebrates opening of nail salon in Detroit
DETROIT – The Motor City Match program has helped more than 13,000 businesses in Detroit, ranging from boutiques to nail salons. On Monday, a Motor City Match winner celebrated the opening of her nail salon located in the basement of an apartment building on Second Avenue. After spending years working at salons in the suburbs, she wanted to bring the luxury to the city. Vang said getting to this day took over two years, dealing with a variety of hurdles such as the coronavirus pandemic. As I always say, I want to serve the city that have raised me.
Judge temporarily halts sale of former State Fairgrounds site for redevelopment project
DETROIT – Amazon has committed to a major distribution center in the city of Detroit on the former state fairgrounds site. That deal was announced in August and had already been signed off on by the Detroit City Council. On Thursday, a group opposing the sale, called the State Fair Development Coalition, got a temporary restraining order in Wayne County Circuit Court against the project. The city claims the sale price for the land was $16 million, which is above the appraised value. “The city was never provided notice of the plaintiffs' request for the temporary order or an opportunity to respond,” said Detroit Corporation Counsel Lawrence Garcia.
Detroit mayor pledges $50 million to keep affordable housing in city
DETROIT – As Detroit continues to come back, Mayor Mike Duggan wants to make sure the city is affordable for everyone. On Tuesday, Duggan, along with nonprofit organizations and JPMorgan Chase, announced a $50 million pledge to keep affordable housing in the city. The overall goal is to raise $75 million to develop housing, such as the Saint Rita building. Affordable housing can quickly evaporate when new jobs and businesses move into the city. But over the last few years, Duggan said of 4,000 affordable housing units that have expired, all have been renewed.
Fight over blight: Detroit group launches campaign against Proposition N
DETROIT – A community group launched a campaign Saturday against Proposition N.While most Detroiters want to see blight removed from their city, a new bond has some uneasy. The group Call 'Em Out is trying to get residents to vote against the new bond set to be on the ballot in November. “They have double bookings, they have mismanaged money, they have paid vendors who were not on the approved vendors list,” Agnes Hitchcock said. Hollier lives in Detroit and said his neighborhood has blight too. “They haven’t worked in the past and that’s why it’s so important for us to get it right now,” Hollier said.
Prominent Detroit protester shifts focus to starting nonprofit organization
DETROIT – A prominent protester in the city of Detroit has stopped lending her voice to protests and has instead shifted her focus to starting a nonprofit organization. For the first seven days of protests in Detroit, everyone involved got to know the voice of Gabrielle Wilson. But she’s no longer protesting because she thinks she can have more of an impact by creating a nonprofit organization for middle class Black families. “I am one of them.”Detroit Mayor Mike Duggan said Wilson got his attention during the protests. Local 4 has heard from other protesters who have stopped because more aggressive groups pushed them to the side, criticizing them for wanting peaceful protests.
Prominent Detroit protester shifts focus to starting nonprofit organization
Prominent Detroit protester shifts focus to starting nonprofit organizationPublished: September 1, 2020, 5:26 pmA prominent protester in the city of Detroit has stopped lending her voice to protests and has instead shifted her focus to starting a nonprofit organization.
Dedicated road lanes from Detroit to Ann Arbor for autonomous vehicles announced
DETROIT Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer with other state and city leaders, like Detroit Mayor Mike Duggan all gathered outside the historic Michigan Central Station to talk about a new project. The project will allow autonomous vehicles to travel from Detroit to Ann Arbor, the Michigan Connected Corridor. What may be the worlds most sophisticated roadway will be built here in Michigan, Whitmer said. READ MORE: Michigan plans dedicated road lanes for autonomous vehicles
Detroit City Council staffer killed in apparent murder-suicide
DETROIT – Detroit Mayor Mike Duggan and others in city hall are mourning the loss of a beloved staffer. Deandree Watson was killed in Westland during an apparent murder-suicide over the weekend. Watson worked as a policy analyst in the office of Detroit City Councilman James Tate. Our dear friend and colleague will forever be missed.”“I am shocked and deeply saddened by the passing of DeAndree Watson. I extend my deepest condolences to DeAndree’s family, friends, Councilman James Tate, Detroit City Council and his many colleagues at the City of Detroit,” Duggan wrote in a Facebook post.
Mayor unveils plans to revitalize long-abandoned row houses in Southwest Detroit
DETROIT Mayor Mike Duggan unveiled a plan Tuesday to revitalized the long-abandoned row houses on Porter Street in Southwest Detroit. The row houses are just around the corner from Western International High School. Lifelong resident Frank Apoloni said the neighborhood used to be exclusive. This is where all the rich people used to live.With an assist from the citys strategic neighborhood fund, the Murray Building is now set to become a 12-unit development. Theres a lot of people who want to live down here, but the places arent ready for them, Apoloni said.
Are Detroit bars, restaurants following COVID-19 rules or will they be shut down again?
DETROIT Detroit Mayor Mike Duggan was clear that if bars and restaurants in the city didnt follow coronavirus (COVID-19) regulations, the city would take them to court to shut them down. Detroit is desperate to avoid an outbreak like the one from Harpers Restaurant and Brew Pub in East Lansing. Harpers was packed after regulations were lifted, and there are now at least 85 coronavirus cases linked to the bar. City officials are very concerned that some Detroit bars, restaurants and clubs arent following safety guidelines. What health officials discovered was that not all business owners understood the rules of capacity, masks and social distancing.
Detroit mayor warns bars, restaurants to remain at 50 percent capacity amid COVID-19 pandemic
DETROIT As Michigan sees an uptick in new coronavirus (COVID-19) cases, Detroit Mayor Mike Duggan wants to ensure bars and restaurants are following the rules and staying at 50 percent capacity. We cant have that happen.READ: Appeals court: Michigan gyms, fitness center remain closedLast weekend some Detroit bars, restaurants and nightclubs were packed with people. Just like Harpers Restaurant and Brew Pub in East Lansing, where officials are reporting at least 43 new COVID-19 cases are connected to that one location. Detroit officials said there was no social distancing going on at all at bars and restaurants in the city. Duggan wouldnt identify any of the restaurants.
Detroit Mayor Mike Duggan talks auto insurance changes
READ: Michigan launches website to make sure drivers are prepared for auto insurance changesIt’s the medical coverage portion of your auto insurance that, up to now, had to be unlimited and the most expensive in the country. Detroit Mayor Mike Duggan lobbied hard for insurance reform since Detroiters pay exorbitant premiums. WATCH: Detroit mayor walks through process of lowering auto insurance cost“You have to act for yourself or it won’t change,” Duggan said. You can keep your unlimited coverage if you want to. READ: Michigan governor and state agency announce order requiring auto insurance refunds due to COVID-19
Detroit business owner disagrees with protesters demand to end Project Green Light
The idea behind Project Green Light is to use cameras linked to police to keep the community safe. 2 was to end Project Green Light. Now there are Project Green Light cameras all over the city. Beydoun said hes seen an increase in business because of Project Green Light. It will be up to them if Project Green Light continues or is shut down, Beydoun said.
‘Detroit Will Breathe’ meets with Detroit mayor, chief of police to discuss protesters list of demands
DETROIT – Protest organizers met with Detroit Mayor Mike Duggan and police chief James Craig on Tuesday to present them with their list of demands. The protest group has marched in the city for the last 11 days. Tristan Taylor is an organizer of the group “Detroit Will Breathe." They had a closed doors meeting with Duggan and Craig where they shared their list of 24 demands. READ: Detroit protest leaders list 11 demands ahead of meeting with mayor, police chief
Mayor Mike Duggans message to Detroit as protests against police brutality continue
DETROIT Mayor Mike Duggan said hes fine taking heat from people angry over the city wide curfew. READ: Protesters march in Detroit for 6th straight nightThere have been no incidents of looting or fires set in Detroit over the six days of protesting, unlike in other major cities across the country. A combination of the pride of Detroiters and the professionalism of the Detroit Police Department has kept us safe so far. Duggan said. Every single night 65, 70 percent of arrests are coming from, last night to see La Jolla, California and the Bronx in New York? READ: Standoff between protesters, Detroit police ends in arrests for violating curfew
Gov. Whitmer, Mayor Duggan join unity march through Detroit in honor of George Floyd
Gretchen Whitmer and Detroit Mayor Mike Duggan joined a unity march through Detroit to honor the life of George Floyd. Whitmer and Duggan joined local clergy and law enforcement members, starting in Highland Park and ending on Woodward Avenue near Wayne State University. We need to stand up and we need to speak out and we need to take action, Presbyterian leader Bob Agnew said. As the march neared Wayne State, everyone turned the corner at Warren Avenue and took a knee, giving Floyd a moment of silence. We know that we are at a tipping point in this country and we cannot let this day only be a day, Whitmer said.
Watch: Detroit police chief, Mayor Duggan held briefing on protests
DETROIT Detroit Mayor Mike Duggan held a press conference at 2 p.m. on Tuesday to address the citys response to recent protests. READ: Detroit officials proud of peaceful protestors downtown Monday; city curfew to remain in effectWho: Mayor Mike Duggan, Detroit Police Chief James Craig, and Denise Fair, Chief Public Health Officer for City of Detroit. Mayor Duggan and Director Fair will also give an update about Covid 19. READ: Protest in Detroit ends peacefully without arrests, violenceOn Monday, the group of 300-400 marched through Corktown, Mexicantown and then returned to Downtown Detroit. Detroit police say 40 individuals were arrested during Mondays protest -- comparably less than the number of people arrested during the weekend protests Downtown.
LIVE STREAM: Detroit Mayor Duggan, Police Chief Craig hold briefing on COVID-19, protests
DETROIT Detroit Mayor Mike Duggan is expected to hold a press conference at 2 p.m. on Monday to address the citys response to coronavirus concerns. Duggan will likely address the ongoing response to protests in the city, as well. Detroit Police Chief James Craig will also speak. Watch it live in the video player above at 2 p.m.Last Thursday, Detroit reported zero new COVID-19 deaths for the first time since March. Latest COVID-19 data here.
Watch live: Detroit Mayor Mike Duggan holds press conference after violent night of protests
Published: May 30, 2020, 12:50 pm Updated: May 30, 2020, 2:03 pmDETROIT Detroit Mayor Mike Duggan is holding a press conference Saturday afternoon after a violent night of protests in the city made national headlines. Duggan will be joined by Detroit Police Chief James Craig, Maurice Hardwick with Live In Peace Movement, Rev. The press conference is scheduled to begin at 2 p.m. Saturday. On Friday night, a total of 61 people who participated in a George Floyd protest in Downtown Detroit were arrested. Floyds death has sparked protests against police brutality across the country.
LIVE STREAM: Detroit Mayor Mike Duggan holds coronavirus briefing
Published: May 29, 2020, 11:00 amDETROIT – Detroit Mayor Mike Duggan is expected to hold a press conference at 2 p.m. on Friday to address the city’s response to coronavirus concerns. Watch it live in the video player above at 2 p.m.On Thursday, Detroit reported zero new COVID-19 deaths for the first time since March. Latest COVID-19 data here.
LIVE STREAM: Detroit Mayor Mike Duggan holds coronavirus briefing
Published: May 27, 2020, 10:00 amDETROIT Detroit Mayor Mike Duggan is expected to hold a press conference at 2 p.m. on Wednesday to address the citys response to coronavirus concerns. Watch it live in the video player above at 2 p.m.Detroit COVID-19 data: Tracking cases, deaths
LIVE STREAM: Detroit Mayor Mike Duggan holds coronavirus briefing
DETROIT Detroit Mayor Mike Duggan is expected to hold a press conference at 2 p.m. on Friday to address the citys response to coronavirus concerns. Watch it live in the video player above at 2 p.m.Detroit COVID-19 data: Tracking cases, deathsIn addition to highlighting the most recent infection and death trends, the Mayor will outline the process for businesses planning to reopen as soon as Tuesday to pick up masks and gloves in advance of their reopening. The Mayor also will preview next weekends Everybody vs. COVID-19 online festival to provide a range of entertainment while promoting social distancing and Census 2020 participation. Council member Janee Ayers also will thank several partners who supported her effort to obtain no-touch thermometers to supply all DFD fire houses DDOT.
Detroit’s Ford Fireworks to be held Aug. 31 as TV-only display without crowds
DETROIT – Detroit Mayor Mike Duggan announced the annual Ford Fireworks will be held on Monday, Aug. 31, without crowds, due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. The event, typically held in late June to celebrate upcoming Canada Day and the Fourth of July, brings thousands of Metro Detroit residents to the Detroit Riverfront to enjoy the show. This year’s event will be a televised-only display without the usual crowds on the Riverfront and around Downtown Detroit. “The Ford Fireworks this year will honor them and their brave work.”This year’s Ford Fireworks show is themed, “We Are One Together.” The Parade Company’s Rooftop Party presented by Ford, one of the non-profit’s largest fundraisers, will not occur this year. WATCH: 2019 Ford Fireworks on Detroit RiverWhile Michigan Gov.
LIVE STREAM: Detroit Mayor Mike Duggan holds coronavirus briefing, update on Ford Fireworks
DETROIT Detroit Mayor Mike Duggan is expected to hold a press conference at 2 p.m. on Wednesday to address the citys response to coronavirus concerns. Watch it live in the video player above at 2 p.m.Detroit COVID-19 data: Tracking cases, deathsIn addition to highlighting the most recent infection and death trends, the Mayor join with the Detroit Parade Company to update on the 2020 Ford Fireworks and outline more than 90 miles of road construction projects planned for this summer, many of which are already underway using the Mayors safety protocols.