Tuesday, October 30, 2012

Prophetic Word to Mayor John Hieftje of Ann Arbor

The vision that I saw, Hieftje was as Pharaoh. I saw a vision of Hieftje's right hand with five rings on each finger. Each ring had a name. One was named Public Opinion. 2. DDA (Downtown Development Authority) 3. DNA 4. UofM 5. False Peace/Safety according to 1 Thessalonians 5:3 And the voice which spoke to me said: "I have hardened Hieftje's heart for my glory".

Wednesday, October 17, 2012

Rare blog comments by former Ann Arbor Mayor Lou Belcher: Downtown Development Authority

4:19 PM on 9/18/2012
I very rarely comment on current A2 issues as I had my 11 elected years of comments but there seems to be some questions on the DDA and its mission. As I, and my fellow colleagues on council, wrote the law over 30 years ago , I am in a position to give some intent and purpose to its creation. It has certainly changed missions over the years and it has changed for one reason and one reason only.....MONEY and who controls it. As it began its life, the DDA board was to be made up of "downtown" residents and business owners. The only council participation was ONE NON-VOTING liasion member. It was to be administered from the planning department....we said we did not want to create another bureaucracy outside of city hall and we were determined not let it become another core wasteland like so many other Michigan cities. Please remember the DDA began with no money,no staff,no parking responsibilty and no one paid much attention to its existance. This all changed when this "orphan" started to generate (guesswhat) MONEY. No DDA funds can be spent outside the set bountries of the DDA and the DDA cannot buy or sell real property for the city....only the city council by a 3/4 majority vote can do that. The DDA was never intended to be another government. It has so because of MONEY and the Power MONEY brings. The council has abtacated responsibilities to the DDA because it could not balance its operating budget without the DDA's MONEY. The DDA has become the ATM for the city government. Look at the make up of the DDA board...it's a sub-committee of city council...really....the mayor, council members, former council members, county commissioners....follow the money. The DDA has worked!!! and if left alone to do its original mission it would work even better. ... the government, is only there to support the vitality of the all important core. Affordable housing and projects outside the DDA boundries should not be funded by DDA funds. Citizens....WATCH THE

Wednesday, September 19, 2012

Dominick Lanza, Former Fire Chief AAFD

This is smoke and mirrors 3 stations at 4 people equals 12, 5 stations at 3 people equal 15 so there is a reduction in the firefighters on duty of 3. Also add to that the 2 man wonder truck( no water or hose) responding instead of an engine on any given day it drops to 11. I dont work in Ann Arbor anymore because I refused to go along with the city's desire to dangerously reduce fire fighting capabilities and risk firefighter and citizens lives. I also wonder why the city can spread "propaganda" on this matter but the firefighters have a gag order? Perhaps the city doesnt want educated oposing opinions or factual information out so the public can make an informed decision. This problem could be solved easily if the University paid their fair share of the cost instead of being shielded by the state. Dominick Lanza, Former Fire Chief AAFD

WITH POLL: Ann Arbor officials get earful about proposal to close fire stations at community forum


Monday, September 3, 2012

Albert Howard so far running a quiet campaign to unseat Ann Arbor Mayor John Hieftje


Thursday, August 16, 2012

Mayor John Hieftje, Chief of Police John Seto

We recognize John Seto in his official capacity as the new police chief. Ann Arbor resident Blair Shelton (international media landmark case plaintiff) and I believe that now is the right time for law enforcement to return the DNA samples to the men who were wrongly accused. In addition, Mayor John Hieftje should issue a formal apology. Albert Howard Mayoral candidate

Wednesday, July 25, 2012

Eric Sturgis and Carol Kuhnke sign Albert Howard's petition. Was Ann Arbor Mayor John Hieftje in danger of being disqualified?

Working with Others: Albert Howard Moderator Mike Henry brought up an issue that Jack Eaton had raised with a Facebook post. [Eaton attended the Ward 1 forum; he's contesting the Ward 4 Democratic primary with incumbent Margie Teall, reprising their 2010 race.] The Facebook post in question was this: While attending the Juneteeth celebration at Wheeler Park, I saw “Democratic” candidate Eric Sturgis sign Republican/Independent candidate Albert Howard’s Nominating petition. Makes you wonder. Sturgis responded by asking, “Isn’t Albert Howard the same party as Jane Lumm?” [Jack Eaton, a Democrat, joined many other local Democrats in supporting Lumm, an erstwhile Republican who ran in 2011 as an independent. Howard contested New Hampshire's presidential primary in 2008 as a Republican, and more recently sought to gather signatures for nominating petitions in the Ann Arbor mayoral Republican primary this year, but did not achieve enough valid signatures. He's currently circulating petitions to run for Ann Arbor mayor as an independent.] A brief back-and-forth between Sabra Briere and Sturgis drew out the fact that Howard had tried to collect petitions as a Republican for mayor, failed to get a sufficient number of signatures and is now circulating petitions as an independent. Sturgis explained his signing of Howard’s mayoral nominating petitions. He described how he was approached by four people who were Ward 1 voters who said, “Hey, I’ll support you, I’ll put a sign out, and I’ll come around and help you in this certain area, but you’ve got to sign a petition.” So he asked who he was signing for. After he signed Howard’s nominating petition, he noted that his signature wouldn’t count, because he’d already signed John Hieftje’s mayoral nominating petitions. Sturgis said he’d told the petition circulator right after he signed that his signature wouldn’t count. Sturgis said he’s all for people running for office – because it’s one of highest forms of patriotism. He’s heard people use the phrase the “Ann Arbor Tea Party” – people who are against everything, Sturgis said. Democracy is about letting people get on the ballot. He supports Hieftje wholeheartedly, Sturgis said. He also knows Howard, he said, because he’s coached Howard’s kids. “I’m sorry I know people in the community,” Sturgis offered sardonically. By way of background on the issue of a person signing more than one candidate’s petition, Michigan’s election law stipulates that only the earlier signature counts: 168.547a Nominating petitions; signatures by voters, number, counting. Sec. 547a. If a qualified and registered voter signs nominating petitions for a greater number of candidates for public office than the number of persons to be elected thereto, his signatures, if they bear the same date, shall not be counted upon any petition, and if they bear different dates shall be counted in the order of their priority of date for only so many candidates as there are persons to be elected. But the Ann Arbor city charter differs from state election law. According to the city charter, a second signature invalidates both signatures: Circulation and Signing of Nomination Petitions SECTION 13.9. … (b) If any person signs a greater number of petitions for any office than there will be persons elected to that office, that person’s signature shall be disregarded on all petitions for that office. City clerk Jackie Beaudry told The Chronicle in a telephone interview that as a practical matter, the clerk’s office would not evaluate Howard’s signatures against those of Hieftje and possibly disqualify signatures for Hieftje. The nominating petitions are essentially for two different elections, she pointed out – a partisan primary compared to a the general election. She also noted that Hieftje likely had sufficient signatures, even without the signature of Sturgis. In addition, Hieftje has already been certified for the ballot and the ballots have been sent to the printer. Asked by moderator Mike Henry at the forum if she’d signed nominating petitions in the mayoral race, Kailasapathy indicated she had not.

Monday, July 16, 2012

Breaking News: Mayoral hopeful Albert Howard will appear on November 6, 2012 ballot against John Hieftje, city clerk office confirms at 10:47am est.

Breaking News: Mayoral hopeful Albert Howard will appear on November 6, 2012 ballot against John Hieftje, city clerk office confirms at 10:47am est.

Saturday, May 5, 2012

Albert Howard enters race for Ann Arbor Mayor

Albert Howard enters 3rd ward race for Ann Arbor Mayor, pulling nominating petitions on Thursday to run as an Independent.