municipal

Village Fair raises conflict disclosure question

An effort to provide a day of fun for those in need at the annual Birmingham Village Fair ended with questions about a potential conflict of interest involving a city commission member at the commission meeting on Monday… >>>

Birmingham approves parking garage contracts

Although no emergency repairs are needed at any of Birmingham’s five parking structures, work will commence at four of the facilities following approval on Monday, September 20, by city commissioners. >>>

Birmingham updates public notice signs

The Birmingham City Commission on Monday, September 20, approved changes to it's zoning ordinances to clarify regulations regarding public notice signs at construction sites throughout the city. >>>

The Morrie to expand outdoor dining

Outdoor dining at The Morrie, 260 N. Old Woodward in downtown Birmingham, will be expanded to by 32 seats in 2022 following special approval on Monday, September 20, by the Birmingham City Commission. >>>

education

Tik Tok inspired vandalism hits Seaholm

Several bathrooms at Seaholm High School in Birmingham have been vandalized in recent days, including the new restroom across from the Little Theater, which had every light fixture broken, in what the principal called an apparent “Tik Tok challenge.” >>>

public safety

Pedestrian killed in Woodward accident

A Birmingham woman died on Friday, September 17, after being struck by a vehicle on Woodward Avenue while she was trying to cross the roadway at Brown Street, police said. >>>

Three arrested for fighting in Birmingham

Three people were arrested in the early morning hours on Sunday, September 19, after getting in a fight at N. Old Woodward and Oakland avenues in Birmingham that sent one man to the hospital with injuries. >>>

Thefts from cars investigated by police

Birmingham police are investigating a pair of potentially connected thefts discovered on the evening of Tuesday, September 14, near Forest Avenue and Woodward. >>>

Downtown Support Campaign

Downtown Newsmagazine has launched a membership campaign for donations to the publication to allow us to remain strong and grow while still remaining free to most homes in the Birmingham/Bloomfield area. Publisher David Hohendorf’s letter to the local community explains the background on the membership effort. >>>

longform features

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The role of wind and solar in the future of power

Early August – specifically August 10 – will be remembered as an important day for the environment. The United Nations issued a grim Code Red alert about the fate of the increasingly hotter planet. That same day the U.S. Congress passed a stripped-down $973 billion infrastructure deal which calls for the electrification of the nation’s transportation system while eliminating funding to clean up the nation’s reliance on fossil fuels to power its electric grid. At the same time, U.S. Department of Energy Secretary Jennifer Granholm, former Michigan Governor, in selling to broadcast media a $3.5 trillion Budget Reconciliation Bill, announced that the nation must double the size of its electric transmission grid so it can harness the power of wind and solar energy – 80 percent of a utility's energy portfolio to power the electric grid must come from renewable sources, such as wind and solar, by 2030, and 100 percent of renewables by 2035. >>>

Voting rights: The historic and ongoing skirmishes

Depending on your point of view, the 2020 general election was the most secure in history, or rife with fraud, bringing forth illegitimate results, at least at the presidential level. According to a survey done by Public Policy Polling, released on July 31, 2021, 56 percent of those polled in Michigan think the 2020 presidential election results were legitimate, while 36 percent – over a third of those asked – currently do not, and eight percent aren't sure. >>>

oakland confidential

2022 LIFEBLOOD

Let’s talk campaign money, and lot’s of it, starting with Congresswoman Elissa Slotkin (D-Rochester, Rochester Hills, northern Oakland, parts of Livingston and Ingham counties) who, in the recent campaign donation reporting period, which ended June 30, hauled in $1,048,232. >>>

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