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Gary A. Brown

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The Next Step in Working Toward a Thriving Detroit

(0) Comments | Posted June 26, 2013 | 11:31 AM

In 2009, I chose to run for Detroit City Council because I believed that we could bring a new direction that Detroiters trust. Voters granted me the honorable privilege to serve as the Council President Pro Tem for the past 42 months.

As an elected official, my focus has always...

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State Partnership Needed to Address Detroit's Fiscal Crisis but EFM Not the Answer

(3) Comments | Posted February 22, 2013 | 3:23 PM

The Financial Review Team, appointed by Governor Rick Snyder, released its report Tuesday on the current state of the City of Detroit's finances and deemed there is a "financial emergency." The report's findings are nothing new. It reflects the short-term and long-term financial issues we have been well...

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Substance on Public Safety Plan Lacking in Mayor Bing's "State of the City"

(1) Comments | Posted February 21, 2013 | 11:39 AM

Technically, Wednesday night's "State of the City" address was one of Mayor Dave Bing's better speeches of the four he has given. There were videos behind him as he delivered his address. As always though, it lacked substance and in my opinion he didn't spend enough time on...

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We Must Reduce the Number of Crime Victims in Detroit

(5) Comments | Posted January 28, 2013 | 2:14 PM

In Detroit, we have some of the finest police officers who are very capable. We need to place them in a more effective, supportive position.

The issues surrounding the Detroit Police Department (DPD) and its ineffectiveness to reduce crime have less to do with the officers and City resources --...

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A Thriving Detroit Remains My Long-Term Goal

(2) Comments | Posted December 21, 2012 | 7:59 AM

Nearly four years ago, I set out on a journey to make the quality of life better for the people of Detroit. I knew the change would not happen overnight.

As the City of Detroit nears the possible appointment of an emergency financial manager (read my previous...

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Emergency Financial Manager Is a Real Possibility for Detroit

(3) Comments | Posted December 10, 2012 | 11:07 AM

During the past 36 months in office we've had the tools and capacity to repair our fiscal house and restructure city government but not the political will. Special interests frequently became a roadblock to necessary implementation of fiscal reforms causing our deficit to increase while corrective measures were delayed.

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Detroit Is Moving Forward -- It's City Government That Is Broken

(3) Comments | Posted November 15, 2012 | 11:47 AM

Detroit is not a broken-down city. We are not going to fall into the river. Let's be clear on this fact. It's city government that is broken.

The business and philanthropic communities are moving forward with significant investments. They are not waiting on the City of Detroit...

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Getting the Lights Is a Priority

(1) Comments | Posted November 9, 2012 | 9:56 AM

Last week after Hurricane Sandy devastated the Eastern seaboard, they considered canceling Halloween trick-or-treating for the kids as many neighborhoods were in the dark. Every night in Detroit, we are with our kids on darkened streets. This has become the norm, but I don't accept it.

The street light outages...

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Progress on Financial Reforms and Restructuring Necessary to Get Closer to a Thriving Detroit

(1) Comments | Posted October 24, 2012 | 6:03 PM

Detroiters have come accustom to the talk of deficits, low cash flow and payless paydays during the past several years. The reality is that the City of Detroit still faces a fiscal crisis that will continue if implementation of reforms is not moved forward.

A thriving Detroit is possible with...

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Public Safety in a Thriving Detroit

(2) Comments | Posted October 3, 2012 | 2:52 PM

The primary purpose of city government is to provide municipal services that create the environment for residents and businesses to thrive. As we continue to address our fiscal crisis, I will paint a picture of an efficient police department.

This is part three of my series on...

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The Sacrifices Continue Following September 11 Tragedy

(2) Comments | Posted September 11, 2012 | 3:23 PM

Eleven years ago, our freedom was violated in a fatal, destructive manner. But we did not elevate to that level of hatred. Instead, we stood together with our fellow men, women and children to protect our nation and to recover.

Yes, we grieved for the loss. Yes, we wanted to...

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A City of Detroit With a Balanced Budget: What Does That Mean to You?

(1) Comments | Posted September 6, 2012 | 6:20 PM

As city leaders, we have done a poor job in articulating the benefit and impact to citizens and businesses of a City of Detroit balanced budget.

A city government operating with an annual deficit like Detroit has for more than a decade affects the rates we pay on debt. Bottom...

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A Thriving Detroit Is the End Goal

(1) Comments | Posted August 24, 2012 | 10:08 AM

An efficient City of Detroit government will not translate to a collapse; it will create the environment in which to thrive.

Change is hard! It's especially difficult when leadership fails to articulate the new vision of a Greater Detroit, as the achievable outcome. Detroiters who endure the sacrifice must be...

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Protect a Detroit Gem: Vote YES on County Art Authority to Support the DIA

(5) Comments | Posted August 6, 2012 | 2:00 PM

We have institutional gems in Detroit that other cities envy. Many times we take them for granted. One of these gems, which needs our support, is the Detroit Institute of Arts (DIA).

I support the Wayne County Art Institute Authority millage.

According to the City Council's Fiscal Analyst, the DIA...

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Comprehensive Veterans Hiring Handbook Available for Detroit and All Michigan-Based Employers

(0) Comments | Posted June 14, 2012 | 1:35 PM

Military veterans offer employers the work ethic and unique training that may take your business to the next level. Through recent federal and state legislation there are also dollars attached to hiring veterans.

The Detroit City Council Taskforce on Military and Veterans Affairs has issued a comprehensive

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Detroit Police Restructuring Necessary to Curb Crime

(1) Comments | Posted May 22, 2012 | 6:28 PM

The crime facing Detroit is not insurmountable and it's untruthful to say that it's citywide.

I don't need to use this space to rehash the crime that has led to this point. It is reported everyday in the news; however, what is often not reported is the opportunity to proactively...

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Veterans May Learn About Benefits Available to Them This Saturday at John D. Dingell VA Medical Center

(0) Comments | Posted May 3, 2012 | 1:23 PM

Michigan ranks last in the nation in accessing federal benefits available to military veterans and their families. The primary reason is a lack of information on available benefits to Detroit veterans.

In partnership with veteran service agencies, I will host a free Detroit Veterans' Benefits Seminar this Saturday,...

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Leadership and Implementation Will Repair Detroit Finances

(8) Comments | Posted April 5, 2012 | 3:40 PM

Hope is not a strategy. Leadership was the responsible step when Detroit City Council approved a consent agreement between the mayor, council and the State of Michigan in a 5-4 vote Wednesday night.

The constant delays that were occurring in making a decision would never...

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Mr. Mayor, Use City Council to Repair Detroit's Finances and Restructure City Government

(1) Comments | Posted March 9, 2012 | 3:56 PM

During the past 26 months, Detroit City Council has been more fiscally conservative than the Bing administration, when it comes to managing the City of Detroit's finances. We are reformers who have restored order and unity uncharacteristic of council bodies over the past decade.

City Council voted on deeper cuts...

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Detroit Citizens Key to Defining the Council Districts

(1) Comments | Posted February 7, 2012 | 1:42 PM

Two years ago there was a call to alter city government. Accountability among Detroit's elected officials was severely lacking. Transparency was nearly non-existent. Residents felt council members did not connect with them. These factors led citizens to push for a ballot vote in 2009 to create a City Council District...

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