LANSING (CCN) — State Senate Minority Leader Jim Ananich responded to our story exposing problems at a group of Michigan cemeteries by calling on the State Attorney General's Office to investigate the situation. The Flint Township Democrat issued a statement as follows: “Families of the deceased deserve to know that those responsible for the upkeep of their loved ones’ final resting place are doing an honest job. I, along with many in the community, am disturbed by these reports of property negligence. This weekend, I asked the attorney general to investigate this with urgency. Family members shouldn’t be going through this and we’ll be doing what we can to help them.”
Democrat State Rep. Sheldon Neeley was one of the local elected officials who spoke during a press conference at one of the cemeteries on Friday in Burton at Lawndale Cemetery.
FLINT (CCN) — One of Flint's most famous "Water Warriors" is scheduled to speak before a special sub-committee hearing of the United States Congress on Monday. Nayyirah Shariff is scheduled to be one of six witnesses to appear before the Environment Subcommittee of the United States House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform.
Shariff is Director of Flint Rising which is a coalition of community organizations that has campaigned for the replacement of all damaged service lines in the City of Flint after the lead poisoning crisis to the drinking water system. The activists have also campaigned to increase health and education services for people living in the city. Shariff's work as an activist during the Flint water crisis was featured in a Lifetime TV movie and in a documentary by film maker Michael Moore.
U.S. Rep. Rashida Tlaib of Detroit is the vice chair of the sub-committee which issued a press release saying the hearing will "explore the negative health effects of living in heavily polluted areas as well as community efforts to hold industry and elected officials accountable for past and current actions.” The members are billing its a field hearing called, “Environmental Injustice: Exploring Inequities in Air and Water Quality in Michigan.”
FLINT (CCN) — The first-term city councilman for the 3rd Ward in the City of Flint has his sights focused on running for higher office. Santino Guerra went to Facebook to make it official after weeks of rumors about his potential bid to replace Sheldon Neeley as the 34th District State Representative in the State Legislature.
Guerra's post said: "Proud to announce that I am running for Michigan's State Representative 34th district! With the support from the community, friends, and family I'm ready to help the city, and the state move forward. I look forward to knocking doors and getting to know the people who live in the district well. Platforms, campaign activities, and so much more to come."
Guerra was the youngest person ever elected to the Flint City Council when he unseated incumbent Kerry Nelson at age 19 in 2017. He is currently facing a recall threat midway through his initial four-year term as a city councilman. Sufficient language was approved to allow a group to begin collecting signatures to force a recall election to remove him from office.
FLINT (CCN) — The recall effort against a Flint City Council member won't make it on the November 2019 ballot. A letter from Genesee County Clerk John Gleason informed recall leader Michael Doan Monday that his petitions contained only 332 valid signatures of registered voters within the 4th Ward who signed to remove Kate Fields from office. Doan needed to get 555 valid signatures. He turned in 825. READ MORE
FLINT (CCN) — An 8-0 vote to throw 1st Ward City Councilman Eric Mays out of a Flint City Council meeting Monday night for disorderly conduct has sparked a pledge to "see an attorney" about a potential lawsuit for discrimination. Councilman Mays expressed shock at hearing about the vote to throw him out of the meeting for disorderly conduct, asking, "They took an 8-0 vote to throw me out of the meeting after I had already left the meeting? They can't do that. You don't need to be (City Attorney) Angela Wheeler to know that's wrong." Mays then pledged to meet with an attorney to explore his options about possibly filing another lawsuit.
Councilman Mays already has one lawsuit against six of his eight colleagues pending in Genesee County Circuit Court. He said depositions begin next week. READ MORE
FLINT (CCN) — Genesee County Parks & Recreation Department Director Barry June waited six hours at a second meeting in front of the Flint City Council Monday night before finally walking away with a $6.2 million purchase deal on Flint's old "Chevy in the Hole" property near Kettering University. June's plan is to make the property part of the county's massive Flint River restoration project. READ MORE
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