Sunday, October 24, 2010



Detroiters! Show up in force tomorrow morning by 9:45 a.m. Nov. 3rd at the City Council meeting,Coleman A. Young Municipal oppose a $150 million contract award to DTE; while workers have been laid off from Detroit's Public LIghting Department. Get a comment card when you arrive on the 13th floor and voice your opposition. See for background information. Prepared comments will also be available for those who want them.

A RELATED MESSAGE: Monday, November 1, 2010 11:29:55 AM
Subject: DTE wants to raise rates by $253 million for env. costs

Detroit Edison wants to raise rates by $253 million
Utility requests to raise costs by $253M, cite revenue loss, strain of environmental rules
BY Melissa Burden / The Detroit News

Detroit Edison's 2.1 million customers in southeastern Michigan could soon be paying more for electricity.

The Detroit-based utility on Friday filed a request with the Michigan Public Service Commission to increase electric rates by $253 million, citing increased costs to meet environmental requirements to reduce emissions from coal-fired plants; loss of revenue due to declines in commercial and industrial electricity demand; and rising costs for future retiree health care.
The filing came on the same day Detroit Edison's parent company, DTE Energy Co., posted third-quarter earnings of $163 million, up from $151 million in the same quarter a year ago.

Detroit Edison wants to boost the average residential customer's bill by about 6 percent, or less than $5 a month. Commercial and industrial customers would see varying increases.

"It takes the average residential bill from about $85 to $90 a month," Steve Kurmas, Detroit Edison's president and chief operating officer said of customers who use about 600 kilowatt hours per month.

The commission has a year to issue a final decision on the request, said Judy Palnau, a Public Service Commission spokeswoman.

But expect to see bills go up around May 1, because "about six months into (the commission's review), we're allowed to implement an interim rate relief," Kurmas said, adding that later can be adjusted up or down.

Kurmas said the company has worked hard to reduce its costs to help offset a rate increase for customers. The filing said that the company expects it will need $443 million in additional revenue, but is asking the state to approve $253 million more.

Electricity, he said, "remains an extremely good value."

"We absolutely recognize that every dollar comes difficult and has a burden on their personal family budget."

Residential customers last saw a bill increase — on average about $3 a month — around July 2009 through interim rate relief, Kurmas said.

In January, the PSC approved a $217.39 million rate increase for Detroit Edison, 42 percent less than the $378 million the company sought in its January 2009 filing. It also required the company to refund about $62.6 million to customers.

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1) Hood Research Recall Meeting – October 25th 6:00 pm
Location: 600 W. Lafayette Detroit, MI

2) DTE/ MPSC – Consumer Forum- October 27th, 4:00 p.m.
Location: Tabernacle Missionary Baptist Church on West Grand Blvd and Grand River. (DTE damage claim forms will be available includes fire and other)

3) We the People of Detroit Election Phone Bank for Virg Bernaro Campaign-
October 30, 2010 10:00 a.m. – 12:00 Noon Volunteers needed
Contact: for details.

4) November 2nd: Election Day and Tom Barrow's Michigan Court of Appeals Hearing at 11:00 a.m. regarding Dave Bing’s illegal possession of the office of Mayor.
Location: State of Michigan-Cadillac Place Building on 14th floor (former GM Building on West Grand Blvd between 2nd Ave and Cass, New Center area, Detroit)

5) Charter Convention #1 – November 6th & 7th at Schulze Elementary School 10700 Santa Maria, Detroit, MI 48221 N.W. Detroit. On November 6th: Saturday 9:00 a.m.- 5:00 p.m. the theme is: STRUCTURE, RELATIONSHIPS AND ALLOCATION OF POWER BETWEEN GOVERNMENT OFFICIALS. On November 7th: Sunday 1:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. the theme is: SERVICE DELIVERY AND ENFORCEMENT / GENERAL FUND DEPARTMENTS

6) Jobs, Training and Contracts meeting for Detroiters. Nov. 19th at 3:00 p.m. City Council Chambers 13th floor Coleman A. Young Bldg corner of Woodward and Jefferson.

7) Charter Convention #2- November 20th & 21st Brenda Scott Middle School, 18440 Hoover, Detroit, MI 48205 November 20th, Saturday 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. the theme is: SERVICE DELIVERY AND ENFORCEMENT / ENTERPRISE DEPARTMENTS . On November 21st, Sunday 1:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. the theme is: TAX POLICY, GROWTH, ECONOMIC AND NEIGHBORHOOD DEVELOPMENT

8) Charter Convention #3- December 4th and 5th, Cass Technical High School, 2501 Second Avenue, Detroit, MI 48201 December 4th, Saturday, 9:00 a.m.- 5:00 p.m. the theme is: EXECUTIVE, LEGISLATIVE BRANCH and OTHER ELECTED OFFICIALS PRESENTATIONS. On December 5th, Sunday, 1:00 p.m.- 5:00 p.m.: OPEN WORKING SESSIONS

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Thank you!

Friday, October 8, 2010

DTE Hearings on 85 Fires: Tuesday, October 12th @ 1:45 PM

City Council Hearing-#2 on 85 fires last month will be held this coming Tuesday, October 12, 2010 at 1:45 P.M. at the Coleman A Young Municipal Center. Your voices and presence are needed for the official public record.

Thursday, October 7, 2010

Voice of Detroit: New Online Newspaper

A new edition of the VOICE OF DETROIT, which is a recently-founded Detroit-based online newspaper, is ready. To read it, go to The newspaper covers the struggles and stories of the people of Detroit, and people nationally and worldwide from an independent, progressive viewpoint. Many of our stories you will not see covered in the daily news media. It is edited by Diane Bukowski, a seasoned investigative reporter who wrote for The Michigan Citizen for more than the last 10 years. She also writes some of the material..

DTE Fire Victims Info: To File Claims With DTE

If you or anyone that you know had damage to their property due to the fires on September 7, 2010 have them call DTE at 1-800-477-4747 and dial "0" to request a claim affadavit (form) in order to request reimbursement damages if you/they believe that the fires were due to DTE's lines. They will mail a claim form out to the requesting party. You may also go on and select "contact us" at the top of the page and complete an email requesting the same. It is suggested that "victims" obtain the assistance of an attorney or someone with some legal background to assure that the form is completed correctly to obtain positive results. Look for more detailed information on this website to come later.

Recall Strategy Meeting: Hood Research Monday, October 11, 2010

Those working on the recall petitions and those interested in participating should report for a strategy meeting on Monday, October 11, 2010 at 6:00 p.m. at 600 W. Lafayette (next to TV-4). Petitions will be turned in and new ones will be distributed. Call Theo Broughton at (313) 931-2700.

Wednesday, October 6, 2010

DPS Student Found!

Latresha Williams, age 17 has been found! Thank all who assisted in this effort! She had been missing from the DIA (Old Northern High School) since Monday. Last seen in school uniform with black top and black pants. She is 5'2' and dark skinned; her hair is pulled back in a ponytail (5'-6"). Last seen outside of the school at 3:40 pm on Monday walking with a man who is known in the neighborhood as "Kari". Kari stands 5'6" or 5'7", medium brown skinned and has scars on his face, usually seen wearing a red hat or cap. Kari is also known to be with boys from the Frederick Douglass School and brings them to DIA three times a week to pick up girls.

Latresha Willliams mother's name is Frances Williams (313) 363-6416 and Aurora Harris' number is 313 673-6313. This is being reported to the communty by Aurora Harris. HELP IS NEEDED IMMEDIATELY in anyway possible.

Tuesday, October 5, 2010

City Council Public Hearing on Fires Wednesday, October 6, 2010

City of Detroit City Council is holding a Public Hearing scheduled for Wednesday, October 6, 2010 at 3:00 p.m. in the 13th Floor Erma Henderson Auditorium at the Coleman A Young Municipal Building downtown (@ Larned & Woodward). City of Detroit Residents, DTE, Law, Fire and Police Departments; City Council Research and Analysis Division, and City Planning Commission will be present. Spread the word and plan to attend if you can!