Week of 4.24.17

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JVS Trade Secrets

“And life goes on,” said Connie Holzer, honorary chair and keynote speaker at the JVS Trade Secrets fundraising dinner. (It attracted record attendance - 560 @ $150 and up – to the Troy Marriott.) Holzer’s unique business experience did not even begin until her car dealer husband of 52 years died when she was 70 years old. Although the economy was in the dumps, she mortgaged the home where she had raised six children, got concessions from their 130 employees, and rebuilt the Tom Holzer Ford dealership into the 4th ranked regionally and 10th ranked nationally. “You are never too old to begin a new life,” she concluded. Women to Work recipient Kimberly Baker, whose fairytale life crashed when her husband went to jail for tax fraud, praised Judy Richmond and the JVS computer program. She attended it on a scholarship. “And now..because of people in this room... I can feed my kids,” Baker said, apologizing for her tears. The venue provided ample space to display the event’s traditional pick-your-own-prize raffle of 62 items, the main cocktail hour diversion.
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May 2017

MIDNIGHT TRAIN TO NOWHERE: A budget proposal by the Trump administration may be the final blow to plans for a regional mass transit system for southeast Michigan. A proposed Regional Transit Authority (RTA) millage failed in November 2016, when voters in Oakland and Macomb counties rejected the four-county millage, while passing in Wayne and Washtenaw counties. Deal was, it had to win in three of ...more»
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Palladium changes decision postponed

By Lisa Brody
News Editor
04/14/2017 - A decision to amend the special land use permit and then to consider terminating it for the Emagine Palladium/Four Story Burger– in essence terminating their ability to sell alcohol on the premises – was postponed until Monday, May 8, by the Birmingham City Commission after owners Paul Glantz and Jonathon Goldstein were unable to attend the commission meeting on Thursday, April 13.

At their meeting on February 27, city commissioners renewed all of the Birmingham Class B, Class C and microbrewery liquor licenses for 2017, other than for Four Story Burger, formerly Ironwood Grill, in the Palladium Emagine Theatre, at 250 N. Old Woodward, for failing to file for a special land use permit for changing the establishment's name and menu.

A public hearing to consider the licensee renewal was set for March 13. After a lengthy discussion with Jonathon Goldstein, one of the owners, during the March 13 public hearing, commissioners requested that the city's planning board review a completed site plan packet and special land use permit change request, which was held on March 22, before commissioners renewed the liquor license. Commissioners renewed the establishment's liquor license on March 27.

However, the public hearing to consider an amendment to the original special land use permit and final site plan to permit the establishment to change the name of the restaurant was still necessary, and scheduled for April 13, along with a public hearing to consider terminating the special land use permit for non-compliance.

Commissioners have been repeatedly perturbed that owners Paul Glantz and Jonathon Goldstein have not made themselves available to the commission, sending alternate representatives before the commission. An attorney for the company, along with Goldstein's wife, Lauren, were in attendance on April 13, but that did not satisfy commissioners.

"We want them to take the situation seriously," commissioner Stuart Sherman said. "Follow the rules. We put down the rules to protect everyone."

The commissioners then postponed the public hearings until their meeting on Monday, May 8, and told their representative to convey to Glantz and Goldstein that if that date is not convenient for them to attend, they would move the public hearing until they can make it.

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