Thursday, November 16, 2006

Detroit City Council Is Ineffective by Akindele Akinyemi


For decades, Detroiters have had an inept form of city government that is totally disfunctional. More recently, we elected Martha Reeves to the Detroit City Council. Even though there is an effort to recall Martha Reeves in Detroit we are still stuck with a bunch of babbling idiots who do not have any clue to make Detroit a world class city.

We should take into consideration several options:

1. Council by districts. This is one way of bringing accountability to the areas that elected council member should represent. This idea is popular with young adults in the city and would encourage them to break into politics. On the other hand, older people in Detroit do not like this idea.

2. Consolidation. Consolidate the Detroit City Council into Wayne County Government. This is an idea that a city and county that have been merged into one jurisdiction. As such, it is simultaneously a city, which is a municipal corporation; and a county, which is an administrative division of a state. Examples of this includes:


Athens and Clarke County, Georgia (one community within Clarke County retains a separate government)

Augusta and Richmond County, Georgia (two communities within Richmond County retain separate governments)

Indianapolis and Marion County, Indiana (four communities within Marion County retain separate governments.)

Jacksonville and Duval County, Florida (four cities within Duval County retain separate governments; all other rural land is incorporated by Jacksonville, preventing any annexation by them)

Kansas City and Wyandotte County, Kansas (this "Unified Government" contains Kansas City and three other communities; a county relationship is maintained with the rest of the communities within the county)

Louisville and Jefferson County, Kentucky

Nashville and Davidson County, Tennessee (seven communities within Davidson County retain separate governments, although all participate in the metropolitan government in a two-tier system)

Baton Rouge and East Baton Rouge Parish, Louisiana

Lafayette and Lafayette Parish, Louisiana

3. Setting up a council-manager system of government. In the council-manager form of government, an elected city council (typically between 5 and 11 people) is responsible for making policy, passing ordinances, voting appropriations, and having overall supervisory authority in the city government. In such a government, the mayor (or equivalent executive) will perform strictly ceremonial duties or will act as a member and presiding officer of the council.

The council will hire a city manager or administrator who will be responsible for supervising government operations and implementing the policies adopted by the council. The manager serves the council, usually with a contract that specifies duties and responsibilities. Ideally, the manager is apolitical, but this is often difficult.

The other thing about the Detroit City Council is that there are too many members that sit around the table. We recommend cutting the City Council from 9 members to 5 members. The reason is because Detroit is shrinking as a city and its population continues to decrease so should the number of council members.

Also, Detroit City Council should institute term limits. Every 2 years City Council should run for office just like State Representatives, County Commissioners and Congress. They should serve three terms like state representatives the should be eligible to run for County Commissioner.

If we continue to do the same thing and keep the same thing in place then Detroit will never go Anywhere.

14 comments:

FreeMan said...

Coopted Puppet - Divide & Conquer is a tactic that Hitler used to take over Germany - Districts will make it easier to remove progressive members of the City Council
Consolidation = colonialism removal of Self Determination of Michigan's largest city that has a Black Afrikan Majority Population
Term limits were developed by White European-Americans to limit Politicians that benefit the common person 1945 against Roosevelt & are UNDEMOCRACTIC!
Proposal 2 shows that the Racially Hostile Suburbs will vote against their Majority Population's Interest Women to subjugate Black Afrikans

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akindele akinyemi said...

To Freeman:

This demonstrates how old and paranoid you really are. There are no progressive members of the City Council.

You even went as far as demonstrating your ignorance by saying this:

"Consolidation = colonialism removal of Self Determination of Michigan's largest city that has a Black Afrikan Majority Population
Term limits were developed by White European-Americans to limit Politicians that benefit the common person 1945 against Roosevelt & are UNDEMOCRACTIC!"

Term limits are not undemocratic and most states use this practice.

Proposal 2 shows that the Racially Hostile Suburbs will vote against their Majority Population's Interest Women to subjugate Black Afrikans

The same hostile suburbs who voted for Jennifer Granholm voted on your precious proposal 2.

You needed proposal 2 because you are uneducated and need a crutch.

FreeMan said...

There are progressive members of Detroit City Council -
Term limits are undemocractic & their history is based on repression of Politicians that served the Common people
Term limits are used to control party members to follow party rules & to remove Black Afrikans from political positions since the 1965 voting Rights act
I needed Affirmative Action because I a victim of US Racism against Black Afrikans that still exists today

Afrknsci said...

City council is ineffective only because of the city charter... city council by district be ineffective also nothing would change until you change the charter so keep dreaming

Who would expect whites to vote agianst white privledge? I knew once it was on the ballot it was good as passed. They didnt abide by the laws anyway so what has really changed. Dont fall for the bannana in the tailpipe.

akindele akinyemi said...

There are progressive members of Detroit City Council -

who are not doing a damn thing.

Term limits are undemocractic & their history is based on repression of Politicians that served the Common people
Term limits are used to control party members to follow party rules & to remove Black Afrikans from political positions since the 1965 voting Rights act

Liar. you are pissed off at term limits because we can vote your so called progressive leaders out at any time.

I needed Affirmative Action because I a victim of US Racism against Black Afrikans that still exists today

AA benefitted white woman more so than black people so again you needed AA because you are uneducated.

akindele akinyemi said...

city council by district be ineffective also nothing would change until you change the charter so keep dreaming

only someone who is stuck in Detroit can say this. all other municipalities vote by districts but not us. we love being stuck in neutral when it coems to this subject.

people are going to push harder for districts whther you like it or not.

FreeMan said...

I was uneducated because the White European-American school system never taught me that the 1st People were Black Afrikans - that the foundation of the World's Major Religions were founded in Afrika - that the 1st Great civilization was in Black Afrika - Egypt under control by Black Afrikans - I was uneducated because I did not know that Haiti defeated the French in 1804 & delivered themselves from Slavery & Colonialism - I was uneducated because I did not know the the US Constitution means "Negroes free or slave have no rights that the White man is bound to respect" I was uneducated because I didn't know that Kwame Nkrumah was the 1st Self Determinate Afrikan nation after the end of Western Slavery of Black Afrikans 1960s - I was uneducated because I didn't know that US President Eisenhower & FBI Direct Hoover were Black Afrikans that passed into White European-American society to be allowed an opportunity to accomplish their professional goals - I was uneducated because I did not know that the US would invade a country when its leaders begin to operate to the benefit of its majority poor population - I was uneducated because I didn't know that if I struggled for Equality under the US law for Black Afrikans I could be killed by the US government-
Yes - I was uneducated but Praise God - "the Truth shall make you free" Bible

akindele akinyemi said...

all that Black knowledge you have does not translate into getting out of poverty, not living paycheck to paycheck, teaching prosperity for a brother in the hood, pay your bills on time, mocing up the ladder or even moving out of the hood.

There are alo of paranoid fools like yourself who talk Black and talk about how black people were kings and queens in Africa but live like slaves today.

FreeMan said...

The goal of a servant leader is to reach accross to your oppressed brothers & sisters and help the community to grow together - It is not individualistic - not selfish & not materialistic
It is based upon love of yourself & your people!

akindele akinyemi said...

The goal of a servant leader is to reach accross to your oppressed brothers & sisters and help the community to grow together - It is not individualistic - not selfish & not materialistic
It is based upon love of yourself & your people!

Coopted Fool- I have told you time again that I have no interest in helping everyone in my community becuase they don;t want help.

The women lie about they want a man.

The brothers lie about they want a woman.

BOTH sexes are not interested in upliftment.

I only reach those who want to be reached.

Love my people? My people don;t love me so why try to save them all?

FreeMan said...

Coopted Puppet - if you were a Christian you would understand that your lack of compassion is not biblical
"And the servant of the Lord must not strive; but be gentle unto all men, apt to teach, patient," 2 Timothy 2:24 Bible

akindele akinyemi said...

coopted fool-it is not my desire to save all of my people. for what? so I can be rewarded by getting shot or stabbed or robbed?

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