Tuesday, May 14, 2013
Primary election for at-large candidates is Aug. 6 ahead of Nov. 5 general election.
The filing deadline has passed for candidates for the Rochester Hills City Council and Library Board and it appears there might be an Aug. 6 primary ahead of the Nov. 5 general election. Three candidates—Kevin S. Brown, Sindy Gensman and Jeff Lauth—have filed for the city council's open at-large seat, according to the city clerk's office. With three candidates vying for one seat, an Aug. 6 primary is triggered, but that could change if a candidate withdraws before 4 p.m. on Friday, the clerk's office indicated. In District 1, Steph Morita is running. Incumbent Ravi Yalamanchi is term-limited and is not eligible for another term. Thomas Wiggins and Lisa Winarski will compete for District 4. Incumbent Nathan Klomp did not submit signatures …
City of Rochester election will be Nov. 5.
Five candidates have filed for four open Rochester City Council seats, according to the city clerk's office. Incumbent Mayor Stuart Bikson, Mayor Pro Tem Jeffrey Cuthbertson and Councilmember Cathy Daldin will look to retain their seats, while challengers Ann Peterson and Rob Ray lookin to join the council. The five candidates submitted petition signatures ahead of Tuesday's 4 p.m. filing deadline. The top three vote-getters will earn four-year terms, while the candidate with the fourth-highest amount of votes will be elected to a two-year term. There will not be a primary for the Nov. 5 general election. A message was left Tuesday with Rochester Hills' clerks office for candidate names.
Monday, May 13, 2013
Rochester Community Schools Board of Education to meet jointly with Rochester Hills City Council at 6 p.m. today at Rochester Hills Museum.
The Rochester Community Schools Board of Education will meet jointly tonight with the Rochester Hills City Council. The government bodies will meet at 6 p.m. today at the Rochester Hills Museum at Van Hoosen Farm, 1005 Van Hoosen Road in Rochester Hills. The agenda is as follows:
Construction is expected to last until June, but here's how you can get around it in the meantime.
Monday, May 13
Those looking to visit Rochester Hills City Hall to take care of personal matters or attend a meeting might be surprised by the presence of barricades at the front entrance and blocking off an adjacent parking lot. The gates currently restrict access to the front entrance as it undergoes extensive repairs. The work is expected to last until late May or early June. In a video produced by the City of Rochester Hills, which you can view on the city's YouTube page, visitors are instructed on where to find available parking and gain entry into the building.
City Council meets 7 p.m. today at Rochester City Hall.
The Rochester City Council will talk about the city's budget and appointments to various boards and commissions when it meets 7 p.m. today at Rochester City Hall, 400 Sixth Street in Rochester. The City Council will consider resolutions regarding its budget adoption for the 2013-14 fiscal year and recognizing the city's receipt of the prestigious Great American Main Street award from the National Trust for Historic Preservation. The council also will consider appointments to 31 seats on several boards and commissions, including mayor appointments to the Downtown Development Authority, Planning Commission and Principal Shopping District and City Council appointments to the Board of Ethics, Compensation Commission and Zoning Board of …
Saturday, May 11, 2013
Deadline to file for Rochester Hills seats is May 14.
The filing deadline for Rochester Hills candidates is 4 p.m. on May 14 for several open seats for the Aug. 6 primary and Nov. 5 general election. The following seats will be elected: 1 - City Council member at large — four-year term 2 - City Council district members: 2 Library Board members — 6-Year Terms The withdrawal deadline is 4 p.m. on May 17. At that time, the city will prepare the official list of candidates and addresses. Candidates must be a registered elector in the City of Rochester Hills, have residency of at least one year prior to filing deadline, not be in default of payment of any tax or other obligation owed to the city and file nominating positions of not less than 50 and not more than 75 valid signatures of registered …
Thursday, May 9, 2013
The Marketplace Fairness Act was approved this week in the U.S. Senate, and is headed to the Republican-controlled U.S. House for consideration. Both Michigan's senators voted for the bill, which would require merchants to collect state taxes on internet
Michigan's U.S. Sens. Carl Levin and Debbie Stabenow, both Democrats, voted in support of a bill that requires merchants to collect state sales taxes for online purchases. The Marketplace Fairness Act passed the U.S. Senate 69-27 on Monday. Next up, the legislation goes to the GOP-led House. President Barack Obama has previously said he supports the bill. Supporters say the bill would level the paying field for traditional local retailers and collect much needed tax revenue for state. Opponents, including anti-tax activists and retailers, say it will be overly burdensome on small businesses and would effectively result in a tax increase. Neither Levin nor Stabenow issued public statements after Monday's vote explaining their support of the…
Sunday, May 5, 2013
Patterson likens GOP House Speaker's leadership style to Adolf Hitler.
Oakland County Executive L. Brooks Patterson apologized to the Jewish community after comparing GOP House Speaker Jase Bolger's leadership style to Adolf Hitler on Friday, according to the AP. On Friday, Patterson tweeted, “To those offended I apologize." Patterson had called Bolger "Adolf Bolger" duing a taping of "Off the Record" for public television, the report indicated. He said Bolger had embarrassed himself with recent behavior, including removing Democrats from committee assignments after Democrats compalined about GOP lawmakers leaving a hearing on auto insurance legislation, the report indicated. Read more on the Oakland Press.
Friday, May 3, 2013
Michael Webber honored by Oakland County Executive L. Brooks Patterson.
Michael Webber, vice president of the Rochester Hills City Council is among Oakland County Executive L. Brooks Patterson's "Elite 40 Under 40" Class of 2013. Webber was chosen from more than 350 nominees for the honor, which highlights those who are excelling in their work field while giving back to the community. Patterson launched the Elite 40 Under 40 initiative in 2012 to identify young entrepreneurs and businesspeople who have demonstrated outstanding leadership, initiative and dedication in pursuing their careers and are improving the quality of life in their communities. The nominees must live or work in Oakland County. "They are creative entrepreneurs today and will be the leaders of our communities tomorrow," Patterson said in …
Wednesday, May 1, 2013
The 14th District Congressman says voices 'from every corner of Michigan' encouraged him to run for retiring Sen. Carl Levin's seat.
With a nod to retiring U.S. Senator Carl Levin, 14th District Congressman Gary Peters announced in a Wednesday morning email to supporters that he will run for Levin's seat. Praising Levin as "the best of what it means to be a true public servant," Peters said that supporters around the state asked him to consider running for the senior Senator's seat. "Following Carl’s decision, I have been humbled by the voices from every corner of Michigan who have enthusiastically encouraged me to run for the U.S. Senate," he wrote. "This is a critical time for Michigan, and our main streets and middle class need an independent voice fighting for them." He said his independent approach "is exactly what Michigan needs in the Senate right now." …