Week of 7.24.17

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Detroit Music Weekend Gala

The inaugural Detroit Music Weekend began Friday night at the Detroit Opera House where 200 music lovers gathered for the Gala ($750 & $1,000 tickets). They savored cocktails and passed hors d’oeuvres in the lobby, pausing for brief welcoming remarks delivered from the top of the grand staircase by founding director, Music Hall’s Vince Paul. A soaring operatic selection sung by soprano Nicole James signaled it was time for dinner, which was served at dramatically decorated tables set on the stage. There were interruptions to thank sponsors, board members and event coordinator Laura Raisch, and to salute Michigan Opera Theatre founder David DiChiera. His pancreatic cancer diagnosis has dictated his retirement but has not affected his good humor nor his bearing.
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oakland confidential

August 2017

HORSE RACES: Democratic aspirations of taking a majority hold on Congress after the 2018 General Election will hinge on the party’s ability to take two dozen congressional seats, which may include upsets in Michigan’s 8th and 11th Districts, according to recent rankings of 82 districts by The New York Times. The piece split the districts into eight groups to watch, based on competitiveness ...more»
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Special event ordinance delayed again

03/17/2017 - Rochester city council members on Monday, March 13, delayed voting on whether to finalize changes to the city's special events policy, which would require additional records from those seeking event permits in the city.

The delay, which was the second since Monday, February 27, was due to a lack of a full council in attendance, as council members Stuart Bikson and Ben Giovanelli were absent. Council in February voted 3-2 to approve the amendment, but a second vote with at least one more council member was needed to finalize the ordinance, Rochester City Clerk Lee Ann O'Connor said.

The amendment requires non-profit organizations seeking special event permits in the city to provide tax documents and a GuideStar report during the application process, if possible.

A change to the ordinance's fee structure was approved by council on February 13, by a vote of 5-2, with Bikson and Peterson voting against it. The fee change will go into effect on January 1, 2018,

The change in the ordinance's fee structure will increase the reimbursements to the city for services it provides for events that aren't specifically sponsored by the city. Under the future rate structure, all non-profit organizations will be required to reimburse the city for 75 percent of all costs the city incurs that are above $100. Currently, the city requires non-profits to reimburse 10 percent of costs the city incurs above $1,000. Those costs include support from police, fire, public works and other expenses.

Council is expected to take up the matter of the amendment's second reading at its next council meeting on Monday, March 27.

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