Warren City Council says Mayor Jim Fouts’ ally posed as concerned citizen during public comment
WARREN, Mich. – The Warren City Council is investigating the appointment of an employee by Mayor Jim Fouts. Audio from a Warren City Council meeting last fall shows a man who said his name is William Benson join public comment. Warren City Council said he was not a concerned citizen. A shadow employee at City Hall,” Warren City Council Member Pat Green said. The Warren City Council continues targeted attacks on city employees with another press release against former Warren employee Jamie Roe.
Republican consultant resigns from city of Warren amid investigation into Fouts’ appointment
click to enlarge City of WarrenWarren Mayor Jim Fouts. A longtime Republican consultant who was surreptitiously hired by Warren Mayor Jim Fouts has resigned after the city council launched an investigation into the hiring. Fouts appointed Jamie Roe to serve as a “clerical technician” at least 10 weeks ago without the required approval of city council. On Tuesday, the city council agreed to investigate the hiring. “When Jim Fouts was on city council, he railed against political consultants working at city hall.metrotimes.com
Warren City Council to investigate ‘secret’ consultant hiring by Mayor Fouts
WARREN, Mich. – The Warren City Council has opened an investigation into the appointment of an employee by Mayor Jim Fouts. The council met Tuesday for a special meeting to discuss Fouts’ appointee Jamie Roe, who was hired as a clerical technician last March. “It just comes across as corruption in city hall. It scares the heck out of me of what we don’t know yet,” said Council President Pat Green“We became aware of a political consultant on city payroll -- getting benefits, 401K -- was also running campaigns during city hours,” Green later added. “My work with city hall has been no secret,” he said.
Warren City Council investigates Fouts over ‘secret’ hiring of Republican political consultant
click to enlarge City of WarrenWarren Mayor Jim Fouts. During work hours, he routinely uses Facebook and Twitter to make political statements. “When Jim Fouts was on city council, he railed against political consultants working at city hall. He has become the very thing he swore to destroy.”The Legal Affairs Subcommittee met Monday morning and referred the issue to a meeting of the full city council at 6 p.m. Tuesday.Council members say Fouts violated the city charter by keeping the appointment a secret. In June 2020, Warren City Council eliminated the job of Amanda Mika , whose salary more than doubled since she was caught holding hands with Fouts in 2014.metrotimes.com
Staff shortage leads to overtime budget concerns for Warren Fire Department
WARREN, Mich. – The city of Warren is struggling to find firefighters, leading to enormous overtime for the ones still on the job. As Michigan’s third largest city, Warren has six fire stations to help protect more than 40,000 residential housing units. According to latest statistics, the Warren Fire Department respond to about 15,000 calls and between 3,000 to 4,000 fires a year. Warren Mayor Jim Fouts said only a few took the overtime, leading to three fire personnel making more than $200,000 each for the year and three more making more than $190,000. Michigan’s Capitol Confidential, which first reported the story, said two employees logged more than 2,000 hours of overtime and nine others surpassed 1,000 hours.
Warren police bust drug ring selling cocaine laced with fentanyl
They believe the three taken into custody are the leaders of a ring selling cocaine laced with fentanyl that has killed three people in Warren. Jermaine Tate, 38, has been charged with conducting criminal enterprise, delivery/manufacturing fentanyl and three counts of conspiracy to deliver/manufacture fentanyl. Nathaniel Clark, 32, as been charged with conducting criminal enterprise, three counts of delivery/manufacturing fentanyl and three counts of conspiracy to deliver/manufacture fentanyl. Terry Jamal Gaskins, 34, has been charged with conducting criminal enterprise, three counts of delivery/manufacturing fentanyl and three counts of conspiracy to deliver/manufacture fentanyl. Authorities said they’ve been distributing cocaine laced with fentanyl, cut down to make a larger profit.
3 arrested in connection with Warren fentanyl ring, more arrests likely
WARREN, Mich. – An investigation into a large-scale group alleged to be manufacturing and distributing fentanyl across Metro Detroit culminated in the arrests of three people. (Stopping Narcotic Overdoses in Warren) began investigating in November after the death of a 47-year-old resident. Jermaine Tate, 38, has been charged with conducting criminal enterprise, delivery/manufacturing fentanyl and three counts of conspiracy to deliver/manufacture fentanyl. Nathaniel Clark, 32, as been charged with conducting criminal enterprise, three counts of delivery/manufacturing fentanyl and three counts of conspiracy to deliver/manufacture fentanyl. Terry Jamal Gaskins, 34, has been charged with conducting criminal enterprise, three counts of delivery/manufacturing fentanyl and three counts of conspiracy to deliver/manufacture fentanyl.
Warren City Council refuses to pay nearly $5 million in city bills over conflict with administration
WARREN, Mich. – The Warren City Council is refusing to pay nearly $5 million in city bills because the administration won’t pay for legal services that Mayor Jim Fouts says the council sought “illegally” earlier this year. The council voted on Dec. 8 not to pay city bills until the city paid a legal firm that was hired by the council in May. Warren City Attorney Ethan Vinson argues that the city council “exceeded the scope” of its authority when securing an attorney from Plunkett Cooney on May 12. The City Council is litigating the tax rates, city budget issues, and other matters in this lawsuit. The city council is committed to paying all city vendors and contractors as this is our legal obligation.
Warren opts out of rec weed in the most confusing way possible
There were also concerns that the proposed dispensaries would be located in residential areas or near schools, parks, libraries, and churches — inspiring a Defend Warren anti-weed billboard campaign.The settlement addressed the concerns, calling for the dispensaries to be placed in industrial or commercial zones. Attorneys and officials said the deal would result in a $70 million investment in the city, creating at least 300 jobs for Warren residents that will pay at least $15 per hour. The city already lost a case in court earlier this year, and then engaged in months of mediation that resulted in the proposed settlement, which council rejected.But Tuesday's meeting shook out in such a confusing way that we're left scratching our heads wondering what the hell just happened.City Council unanimously chose to ignore Fouts's veto, calling it "fake," thereports — effectively opting Warren out of recreational marijuana businesses.But the book isn't completely shut on rec weed in Warren, though. A recreational marijuana ordinance is expected to be introduced in January.Once the ordinance is in place, council can vote to opt back in. So we'll see.metrotimes.com
Warren mayor vetoes city council’s vote to reject marijuana settlement proposal
WARREN, Mich. – Days after the Warren City Council voted 5-2 to reject a marijuana settlement proposal, Mayor Jim Fouts has vetoed that vote. The proposal would have granted 28 licenses for medical marijuana provisional centers in Warren. Previous coverage:“Several members of the previous city council were fed by greed and corruption and charted a course behind closed doors at the direction of the mayor and the legal advice of city attorney Vinson.” Councilman Jonathan Lafferty said during Tuesday’s meeting. The city found itself in legal trouble after a Macomb County judge ruled that its marijuana licensing process under the former city council was done in secret and violated the Open Meetings Act. The current city council was presented with the settlement earlier this month to grant 28 new licenses in lieu of the original 15 licenses.
Morning Briefing Nov. 29, 2020: Researchers say US in ‘third COVID wave,’ Michigan gov. pushes for $100 million in virus relief
What to know today 🌅Detroit Lions fire head coach Matt Patricia, GM Bob Quinn after Thanksgiving lossThe Detroit Lions have fired head coach Matt Patricia and general manager Bob Quinn, the team announced on Saturday. 💰 ‘We simply cannot afford to wait’ -- Michigan governor proposes $100 million COVID relief planMichigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer wants state legislators to approve a $100 million COVID-19 relief plan when they return to session during December. The number of confirmed cases of the coronavirus (COVID-19) in Michigan has risen to 350,021 as of Saturday, including 9,036 deaths, state officials report. The state also reports “active cases,” which were listed at 175,700 on Saturday, near its highest mark on record.
Marijuana settlement proposal rejected by Warren City Council
WARREN, Mich. – The Warren City Council voted 5-2 on Tuesday rejecting a proposed settlement that would grant 28 licenses for medical marijuana provisional centers. Lafferty did not hold back on why he wanted to council to vote down a settlement of the lawsuit. Today the Detroit City Council voted to unanimously approve an adult-use recreational marijuana ordinance also known as Chapter 20 of the 2019 Detroit City Code, which allows adult-use marijuana licensing in Detroit. Passage of this ordinance by the full body of the Detroit City Council allows licensing for the following state approved categories: adult-use retailer establishment, grower, processor, safety compliance facility, temporary marihuana event, microbusiness, designated consumption lounge and secure transporter. The ordinance allows current medical marijuana licensees an opportunity at obtaining adult use licenses but works steadfastly to create an avenue of participation for residents of the city where this new industry will be located.
City employees in Warren to work remotely unless they are absolutely needed at City Hall
Following Whitmer’s announcement, Warren Mayor Jim Fouts reactivated the city’s remote work plans. Whitmer hopes Michiganders ‘double down so we can avoid a stay-home order’Most employees will be working from home unless they are “absolutely needed” at City Hall. Most employees will be working from home and those that work inside will be required to wear a mask, social distance, and sanitize while in City Hall. City Hall will be closed to the public until further notice,” Fouts said in a statement. Warren City Hall will be closed to the public until further notice.
Warren City Hall closes amid spike in cases of COVID-19
WARREN, Mich. – The city of Warren shut down City Hall due to the amount of COVID-19 cases within the building. Warren Mayor Jim Fouts made the decision on Sunday night to close the building. The mayor considers City Hall a coronavirus hotspot. Between City Hall, the police department and the court at least 23 city employees have tested positive for COVID-19. A department head in City Hall, a usually otherwise health man in his 50′s is hospitalized.
Local 4 News at Noon -- Nov. 9, 2020
DETROIT – Here’s what you missed on Local 4 News at Noon. Tracking COVID-19 in Michigan -- Outbreak prompts closure of city buildingsLocal 4 is tracking the latest on COVID-19 in Michigan. Warren mayor Jim Fouts took action after a recent surge in cases. Warren City Hall will be closed to the public all week. The police department and courts have also seen a spike in cases.
Warren City Hall closes temporarily due to COVID-19 spike
WARREN, Mich. – A rise in COVID-19 cases among city hall employees has led to the temporary closure of Warren City Hall. According to city officials Sunday, a department administrator is currently on a ventilator and sedated until his oxygen levels go up. City officials said Warren Police Department and District Court also have experienced significant spikes. All city employees will be tested and the court, city hall and police department will be disinfected. It is currently unknown when Warren City Hall will reopen.
What’s behind Election Day tensions?
WARREN, Mich. – In Warren, as voters went to the polls, there was security seen and unseen. Mayor Jim Fouts acted on the concerns of his constituents and deployed election polling place security in the form of uniformed and undercover police to guard against potential voter intimidation or threats of violence. Across the nation we are seeing, for the first time in modern history, businesses boarding up, police being deployed and hearing of possible threats of violence. Professor Dave Dulio teaches political science and is the director of Civic Engagement at Oakland University. Watch the video above for the full report
Local 4 News at 4 --Nov. 3, 2020
Here’s what’s coming up on Local 4 News at 4:What’s behind the tensions we’re seeing this election? In Warren, as voters went to the polls, there was security seen and unseen. Mayor Jim Fouts acted on the concerns of his constituents and deployed election polling place security in the form of uniformed and undercover police to guard against potential voter intimidation or threats of violence.
4 key Metro Detroit races to watch for in Nov. 3 election
DETROIT – Here are four key races in Metro Detroit to watch in the Nov. 3 General Election. There is Berman v. Pulver, Schroeder v. Breadon, Tisdel v. Anness and Turner v. Breen. Warren term limitsWill Warren Mayor Jim Fouts be forced to have the same term limits as the rest of the elected leaders in Warren? However, it’s unclear if there is anybody who actually lives in Macomb County who thinks that’s true. Follow here: Michigan General Election Results for Macomb County on Nov. 3, 2020ClickOnDetroit will have live election results after the polls close Tuesday, Nov. 3 -- follow here.
Police to step up neighborhood patrols in Warren
WARREN, Mich. – Police in Warren are launching a new effort starting Friday to make neighborhoods safer. Warren Mayor Jim Fouts said the people who live in Warren are concerned about the safety of their neighborhoods. The speed limit is 25 miles per hour and he said he gets calls about people doing 70 miles per hour. Fouts hopes the increased patrol in certain neighborhoods will protect children as we approach Halloween. He also hopes the police presence has a lasting effect on the relationship between residents and law enforcement.
Man faces judge in Warren hate crime, asks for forgiveness
WARREN, Mich. – Michael John Frederick Jr. is accused of firing shots into the home of a family of veterans, slashing their tires, smashing a window, vandalizing their truck with a swastika, expletives and the words “Not Welcome.”Frederick faced Judge Michael Chupa Thursday, where he said he wanted the Hall family to forgive him. I can say it’s not like me,” Frederick said. “People should be able to reasonably disagree about politics without it resorting to violence. Using violence, whether motivated by race or politics or hatred or acrimony," Chupa said. "I don’t care, that is not what America is about.”Anyone with information is urged to contact the Warren Police Department at 586-574-4877.
Warren man charged with terrorizing Black family insists it had nothing to do with race, asks for forgiveness
click to enlarge Warren District CourtMichael Frederick, 24, of Warren. 1 priority out of this is for Mr. and Mrs. Hall to forgive me. I am extremely regretful for what I did,” Frederick said, even after Judge Michael Chupa ordered him not to talk about the case. "We were terrorized for three weeks, so we want justice to be served," Candace Hall told WWJ on Wednesday. "It doesn't mean that we don't forgive him.metrotimes.com
Man confesses to crimes against Warren family in federal hate crime investigation
WARREN, Mich. – A press conference was held Wednesday afternoon to release details into the arrest of a man in connection with a hate crime investigation in Warren. Teams were sent out to knock on every door south of 11 Mile Road and west of Hoover Road. Investigators believe it was their Black Lives Matter sign that set off a 24-year-old delivery truck driver who lives with his parents around the corner. Police said he confessed to crimes against the Hall family and against another home that had “Pedophile” spray painted on the garage door because they had a Joe Biden sign. Anyone with information is urged to contact the Warren Police Department at 586-574-4877.
Arrest made in Warren hate crime spree, mayor calls suspect ‘racist terrorist’
“We were concerned about the safety of the Hall family and of the neighborhood,” Dwyer said. Warren Mayor Jim Fouts commended the department for their work and labeled the suspect a “racist terrorist" before saying there’s no place for racism in Warren. The suspect does not appear to know the Hall family personally. The 24-year-old suspect lives at his parent’s house in Warren, near where the Hall family lives. Despite the trauma that he caused the family, Candace Hall said she feels bad for the suspect’s family and that’s she’s praying for them.mlive.com
Mayor Fouts accused of violating state law over campaign-funded flyers opposing reduced term limits
click to enlarge City of WarrenWarren Mayor Jim Fouts. “There are many donors to the Mayor’s re-election committee that may not approve of their donations being used to fight a city ballot proposal.”On Nov. 3, Warren residents will vote on a ballot proposal to reduce mayoral term limits from five four-year terms to three. Other elected officials in Warren are limited to three terms.In August 2016, voters approved extending the mayoral term limits from three to five. But since then, Fouts has come under fire for racist, sexist, and misogynistic comments captured on audio recordings.If the ballot measure is approved, Fouts likely would be prevented from running for a fifth term in 2023.This isn't the first time Fouts has been accused of violating campaign finance laws. In July 2018, the Michigan Secretary of State's Office determined he violated the Michigan Campaign Finance Act for turning a State of the City speech into a fundraiser for a Political Action Committee.Fouts, who has been accused of violating campaign finance laws in the past, could not be reached Tuesday morning for comment.metrotimes.com
Police canvas Warren neighborhood in hate crime investigation
WARREN, Mich. – Police are going door-to-door in a Warren neighborhood looking for new clues into a series of racially motivated attacks on an African-American family. Warren police stepped up their search for a man who terrorized a family with violent actions and messages of hate. Shon Smith knew someone threw a rock through the window of the Hall family home on Sept. 9. She became emotional when she learned the same man fired shots a the home Sept. 7 and Sept. 10. “It brought tears to my eyes.”The police, the FBI and the two veterans targeted in the attacks believe they were targeted for a Black Lives Matter sign they placed in their window.
$3,000 reward offered for information in racially motivated attack on Warren veterans
WARREN, Mich. – Police are offering a $3,000 reward to help find who is responsible for a hate crime committed in Warren. The Warren Police Department released surveillance video of a man outside the home holding a gun. The house, owned by two Black veterans, was shot up Thursday night and Monday night. They are veterans," Dwyer said. “This is a hate crime.”UPDATE: FBI to launch federal hate crime investigation on attack on Warren familyAnyone with information is urged to contact the Warren Police Department at 586-574-4877.
FBI to launch federal hate crime investigation on attack on Warren family
WARREN, Mich. – Within two days, the Hall family had their tires slashed, swastikas drawn on their vehicles, shots fired at their home and their front window smashed. Warren police released video of a man outside the home holding a gun Friday and announced a $3,000 reward for information to help find who is responsible. The video captures a man wearing a mask and hood with a gun in hand stalking the family’s home in Warren. Eddie Hall and Candace Sparks-Hall were not home at the time and were notified of the shooting by their neighbor. Police said the FBI has been called in to launch a federal hate crime investigation.
FBI to launch federal hate crime investigation on attack on Warren family
FBI to launch federal hate crime investigation on attack on Warren familyPublished: September 11, 2020, 5:08 pmWithin two days, the Hall family had their tires slashed, swastikas drawn on their vehicles, shots fired at their home and their front window smashed.
$3,000 reward offered for information in racially motivated attack in Warren
$3,000 reward offered for information in racially motivated attack in WarrenPublished: September 11, 2020, 12:12 pmThe safety of a Warren family was shattered Wednesday night when someone slashed the veteran’s tires, wrote racial threats on their cars and smashed a window.
Macomb County veterans targeted in suspected hate crime
A Macomb County family and their home came under attack Wednesday night. The safety of the Hall family home in Warren was shattered at about 10 p.m. Wednesday. Outside, the couple found the tires slashed on Hall’s work truck, on Sparks-Hall’s car, and on their son’s car he received for graduating. Racist messages and a swastika were written on Hall’s work truck. Anyone with information is urged to contact the Warren Police Department at 586-574-4877 or the mayor’s office at 586-574-4520.
Warren police operation seizes 75 guns, $107,000 in drug money
WARREN, Mich. – Police in Warren responded to a recent uptick in crime with Operation SNAG, which helped get guns, drugs and criminals off the streets. City officials held a press conference Thursday to discuss SNAG, which stands for Saving Neighborhoods Against Guns. It includes a police task force getting deep into areas where there have been shootings and armed robberies. Police said more than two dozen guns seized are at a crime lab being tested. Warren mayor Jim Fouts commended the Warren Police Department for Operation SNAG and said the task force saved lives.
10-year-old killed in Warren crash after crane falls off truck
WARREN, Mich. A 10-year-old girl was killed at the scene of a crash on 10 Mile and Ryan roads in Warren Saturday morning, according to police. Police say a dump truck driver ran a red light and hit a car. The impact forced a crane on the truck to fall off and onto the car. The truck driver is a 60-year-old Chesterfield Township man who is in stable condition. My deepest sympathy goes out to the mother of the 10-year-old child as well as others in the family, said Warren Mayor Jim Fouts on Facebook.
It was a horrendous accident -- Warren girl killed in crash after truck runs red light
WARREN, Mich. A 10-year old girl was killed Saturday when a truck ran a red light and a tractor fell on top of her mothers car. ORIGINAL STORY: 10-year-old girl killed in Warren crash after dump truck driver runs red lightThe Mayor of Warren said that 10-year old should not have lost her life, because this tragedy could have been prevented. That accident killed a 10-year old girl, Saturday morning and Warren Mayor Jim Fouts is expressing his condolences. Police said a dump truck driver ran a red light and hit a car, with a 10-year-old girl and her mother inside. Whether it be a young girl or young boy, 10-years-old, just hit right there at the heart.
Warren officials come to agreement on library tax rate so summer tax bills can be issued
WARREN, Mich. Warren Mayor Jim Fouts and Warren City Council came to an agreement regarding the library tax rate for the fiscal year 2020/20201. They agreed the rate will be .6014. Their agreement has cleared the way for the summer tax bills to be issued. Below is the statement from the mayors office:In the best interests of Warren residents and in a spirit of cooperation, the Mayor and City Council avoided court action and agreed that the library tax rate for fiscal year 2020/2021 will be .6014. Their work has cleared the way for the issuance of the summer tax bills and generating the revenues necessary to operate.
Warren Mayor Jim Fouts upset after city council cuts his personal assistants job position
WARREN, Mich. Budget cuts have left the mayor of Warren without one of his closest aides. Last week, the city council cut the position of an executive assistant to mayor Jim Fouts. READ: Warren Mayor Jim Fouts warns businesses to enforce social distancing guidelinesAmanda Mika, was the mayors executive assistant and made $90,000 a year. You did in fact this evening remove my position from the budget, Mika said at a June 26 council meeting. There are no games being played in the budget, Green said.
Warren PD, community leaders to meet after violent confrontation between officer, Amazon driver
MACOMB COUNTY, Mich. The fallout from a violent confrontation between a Warren police officer and an Amazon delivery driver continues. Police and community leaders are expected to meet Friday in a face-to-face meeting where members from the National Action Network will meet with Warren police commissioner Bill Dwyer. The meeting comes after the Macomb County Prosecutors Office denied charges against the driver, 23-year-old Jaylen Bond. The Macomb County Sheriffs Office is having an independent investigation into whether excessive force was used. Warren mayor Jim Fouts took to social media and said the officer should be fired.
'Warren police demonstrate the need for more training, Wendell Anthony with NAACP says
WARREN, Mich. The Detroit branch of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) has issued a statement regarding an incident between a Warren police officer, who is White, and an Amazon driver, who is Black. Cellphone video of the Amazon driver being violently arrested by police as he was making a delivery went viral on social media. The driver was charged with resisting and obstructing a police officer, failure to obey a lawful command and failure to produce a drivers license. The recent physical take down of Mr. Jaylen Bond, an Amazon delivery service provider, by a member of the Warren Police Department, indicates the necessity for enhanced training, Rev. Dr. Wendell Anthony with the NAACP said.
Warren police dashcam captures altercation between officer and Amazon driver
WARREN, Mich. Newly released police dashcam video is shedding new light into the arrest of an Amazon delivery driver in Warren. The cellphone video of the Amazon driver being violently arrested by police as he was making a delivery went viral on social media, but Warren Police Commissioner Bill Dwyer said theres more going on. It's the video sparking outrage all over social media showing an amazon driver being manhandled by the cops after making a delivery. The officer had a legal reason to contact the driver as he was parked illegally, Dwyer said. Amazon released the following statement:
Warren police release dashcam video of altercation between officer and Amazon driver
WARREN, Mich. Police opened an Internal Affairs investigation after a confrontation between a white police officer and a black deliver driver. New dashcam video was released Wednesday by the Warren Police Department. Warren Police Commissioner William Dwyer is standing by his officers and is recommending felony charges for the delivery driver. Originally, it was thought the only thing that was done wrong was the Amazon vehicle being improperly parked, but Warren police said thats not the case. The driver was charged with resisting and obstructing a police officer, failure to obey a lawful command and failure to produce a drivers license.
Cellphone video shows confrontation between Warren police officer and Amazon driver
WARREN, Mich. Amondeuz Graham was on his way to get gardening supplies when he saw a confrontation between a Warren police officer and an Amazon driver. He stopped to record it, what his cellphone video shows is the middle of the confrontation, not what started it. On the video you see the White officer with the Amazon driver, who is Black, on the ground. The policy of the warren police department and the training provided to every officer is to deescalate every situation. Dwyer also confirms there is audio and video from the officers camera from start to finish of the confrontation.
Police order Art Van Furniture store to close early
WARREN, Mich. – Police ordered an Art Van Furniture store in suburban Detroit to close early Saturday because of unruly crowds, the city's mayor said. Police ordered the store on 14 Mile Road to close at 4 p.m., Warren Mayor Jim Fouts said. I’ve never seen anything this bad.”There were traffic jams to get into the store and fights were breaking out, Fouts said. “Employees are extremely mad and upset, and customers are extremely mad and upset," Fouts said. Liquidation sales began Friday at all Art Van Furniture, Art Van PureSleep and Scott Shuptrine Interiors in Michigan, Illinois, Ohio, Indiana and Missouri.
Art Van closures to leave thousands of employees without work
WARREN, Mich. – An announcement that Art Van is closing all of its stores will affect thousands of employees nationwide. The furniture giant operates under the brands Art Van Furniture, Art Van PureSleep and Scott Shuptrine Interiors. Levin & Wolf Furniture in Ohio and Pennsylvania will be sold to Robert Levin, pending court approval. Eight Wolf Furniture stores in Maryland and Virginia will also be liquidated. Of those, the closures will leave 262 Warren employees without work.
Warren City Council rescinds lifetime benefits after political trickery
click to enlarge Shutterstock.comThe past Warren City Council thought it had pulled a fast one on taxpayers, but the new council had other ideas.Just two months before the council members were term-limited out of office in November, they quickly and quietly approved a measure to give themselves and family members lifetime health insurance and dental insurance.On Tuesday, the new city council voted unanimously to rescind the lifetime benefits.New council president Patrick Green said the vote was important to restore residents faith in elected leaders. "It was very important for me and everyone up there, and the residents, that we make sure we're spending their tax dollars in the most prudent way possible," Green told The Detroit News after the meeting.Mayor Jim Fouts, who said he didnt know about the previous councils vote until weeks later, had pledged that he would not honor the lifetime benefits, which would have set the stage for a potential legal battle. Fouts called the previous councils actions unconscionable beyond my wildest imaginations.The previous council members who voted for lifetime benefits were Robert Boccomino, Kelly Colegio, Cecil St. Pierre, Keith Sadowski, Scott Stevens, Steven Warner, and Ronald Papandrea. The only returning council member is Papandrea, who voted Tuesday to rescind the benefits.metrotimes.com
Warren council members treat selves to golden parachute before leaving office
click to enlarge City of WarrenWarren Mayor Jim Fouts. Just two months before Warren City Council members were to be term-limited out of office, they quickly and quietly treated themselves to a golden parachute at taxpayers expense.The council voted unanimously on Sept. 10 to give themselves and their eligible dependents free lifetime health insurance and dental coverage. This was purposely not communicated with my administration and myself personally until after the 72-hour period for the Mayors veto.Fouts said he was even unaware of the vote until recently. We did not create this mess, but we will absolutely see it resolved.Council members who voted for the measure were Robert Boccomino, Kelly Colegio, Cecil St. Pierre, Keith Sadowski, Scott Stevens, Steven Warner, and Ronald Papandrea. The only returning council member is Papandrea, who couldn't be reached for comment.metrotimes.com
Warren City Council passes resolution giving lifetime health care benefits to members
WARREN, Mich. The Warren City Council passed a resolution that gives members lifetime health care benefits. Six of the seven council members will not return next term, including four term-limited members. He also said he thinks council members should have a chance at lifetime health care benefits. City Council members are term-limited so they could never work 25 years in their positions. The city said the City Council never got an analysis to determine how much money such a resolution would cost.
2019 Election Roundup: Controversial Mayor Fouts re-elected in Warren, Wimberly defeats Nolen in Inkster and Neeley unseats Weaver in Flint
Fouts took home 13,775 votes, or 57 percent overall, while Colegio finished with 10,191 votes, good for 42.5 percent of the total. Incumbent City Council members Sandra K. Watley, Steven Chisholm and Kim Howard won reelection and will be joined on the Council by newcomers George V. Williams, LaGina Washington and Dennard Shaw. Godbout among four Westland City Council members electedIn Westland, AAPAC-endorsed Councilman James Godbout fended off multiple challengers, winning his fourth Council term by less than 200 votes. Grand Rapids Mayor Bliss reelectedIncumbent Mayor Rosalynn Bliss was reelected for a second term in Grand Rapids, capturing about 83 percent of the 28,625 votes cast on Tuesday, according to a report from Mlive.com. State Rep. Neeley defeats Flint Mayor WeaverIn Flint, Mayor Karen Weaver was defeated in her bid for a second term on Tuesday, losing to State Rep. Sheldon Neeley.arabamericannews.com
Jim Fouts will be Warren mayor for 4th term
WARREN, Mich. Warren Mayor Jim Fouts faced a stronger challenge Tuesday in the general election, but ultimately he held on to his position as Warrens top official. Fouts will now enter a 4th term as Warren mayor. Warren Mayor Jim Fouts was elected to a 4th term on Nov. 5, 2019. Most recently, a recording alleged Warren Mayor Fouts threatened to shoot his former chief of staff. Warren voters also cast votes for city clerk, treasurer and six City Council seats -- here are the full Warren election results for Nov. 5, 2019:View more 2019 Michigan General Election results here.
Election Day in Michigan: 3 races to watch, voting information
But for now, there are still important items on ballots across Michigan, including school bond proposals, mayoral and city council races and community millages. Contact me: Email | Twitter)Morning Dive While we arent voting for any state-level offices today, a few noteworthy races are taking place. Most recently, a recording alleged Warren Mayor Fouts threatened to shoot his former chief of staff. Toy is the Livonia City Council president and also served in the Senate. Neeley previously ran for mayor in 2009, but lost to former Flint Mayor Dayne Walling.
Nov. 5 election in Metro Detroit: 3 races to watch
Most recently, a recording alleged Warren Mayor Fouts threatened to shoot his former chief of staff. (WDIV)Toy is the Livonia City Council president and also served in the Senate. Miller Brosnan has been endorsed by the Livonia Police Officers Association and the Livonia Lieutenants and Sergeant's Association. Neeley previously ran for mayor in 2009, but lost to former Flint Mayor Dayne Walling. Weaver is the first women to hold the office of Flint Mayor.
Nov. 5, Elections time in cities across Michigan, including some with Arab American presence
DEARBORN Several municipalities in Michigan will hold elections on Tuesday, November 5, with key positions up for grabs in many of the states and Wayne Countys most populous cities. In Westland, seven candidates will compete for four open City Council seats. Hamtramcks City Council race will feature six candidates vying for three seats. Voters will also elect candidates to the six-member City Council, which is divided into districts. In Sterling Heights, Mayor Michael Taylor is running unopposed for his seat, while nine candidates will compete for six two-year terms on the City Council.arabamericannews.com
Audio: Warren Mayor Fouts said he wants to 'shoot' former chief of staff 'through the fucking head'
click to enlarge City of WarrenWarren Mayor Jim Fouts. Warren Mayor Jim Fouts said in a disturbing new audio recording that he wanted to shoot his former chief of staff through the fucking head.Id like to take a 2x4, and Id like to beat the fucking shit out of him, Fouts said of longtime friend and supporter Henry Krzystowczyk. A source connected to the recording tellsthat the audio was not released until after Krzystowczyks death out of respect for the former chief of staff. "He was my friend and a strong supporter of my efforts on the Warren City Council," Fouts posted on Facebook following Krzystowczyks death. He has said in the past he will no longer respond to audio recordings.metrotimes.com