Private Information Used To Threaten, Embarrasses, Harass.


Some of you might have heard about a program that the City is involved with called WRAP.   This program gives a maximum subsidy of $25.00/ month to residents who qualify towards their water bills. Recently, it has come to my attention that someone in the City who has access to the list of residents who applied for this program has given the name of at least one person to Councilwoman Horvath. She is now using this information to embarrasses, harasses, and make false claims against this resident. The person that Councilwoman Horvath is gossiping about is Councilwoman Hicks-Clayton.
After hearing about this, I called Councilwoman Lisa Hicks-Clayton to first find out if it was true and second how in the world this could have happened? This is what she told me.

In late August, Lisa Hicks-Clayton applied for this program. At the time she did not know if she would even qualify for it.  However, she wanted to know how much time it took to apply and how long it would take for those who qualified to receive assistance.  She then went through the long application process. She subsequently withdrew from the program on September 15th as she never intended get assistance for her bill.   She said that was not the point of her applying. She just wanted to make sure she could answer any questions, if asked by a needy resident, about the program’s application process as accurately as possible.

Councilwoman Hicks-Clayton then said to me that it was very disturbing to her as to how anyone in the City would even know that she went through the process. I agreed and told her that I was going to write about this and I wanted answers as to how this happened. This is a privacy issue, I told her, and no one in the City should be talking about anyone’s business.                                                                                                          Today, Friday, October 21, 2016, Councilwoman Hicks-Clayton got back to me. She spoke to the director of the program who told her that the list of those who signed up for this program was sent to the Treasurer’s  office and the water billing department on September 10th, 2017.  The water billing is managed by the comptroller’s office. So, someone in one of those departments is giving out the names of people on this list.  Councilwoman Horvath got this information from a source unknown to myself or Councilwoman Hicks-Clayton.                                                                    The fact that this information was used by Councilwoman Horvath in any way to embarrass, harasses, or to malign Councilwoman Hicks-Clayton is disgusting. The fact that employees in this administration are showing anyone in the City the names of individuals who sign up for this program or any other program is a violation of privacy. Employees and elected officials of Dearborn Heights are entrusted with private information on each resident who lives here. They have access to our tax records, water records, and any property violations. To think that anyone of them can request this information and then turn around and use it to embarrass, malign, or intimidate residents is shameful and downright unethical. The utter gall of Councilwoman Horvath to not only get her hands on this information, but to then start gossiping about it disqualifies her in my eyes as being fit for office.
What is next?  Is every employee who qualifies for government assistance and/or is receiving it is going to be called out by Councilwoman Horvath?   Don’t kid yourself, many of our employees qualify and receive assistance.  I don’t know in what world the person who gave Councilwoman Horvath Councilwoman Hicks-Clayton’s name thinks that this was a great thing to do.  I think it isn’t.  Having access to this information is a privilege and it is entrusted to you it is not your right to have it. I demand that Council Chairman Bob Constan do a full investigation in order to find the person and department that disclosed this information to Councilwoman Horvath.  Councilwoman Horvath should be censured for her behavior and removed as the Council Chair Pro Tem. The employee(s) who gave this information to Councilwoman Horvath should be disciplined, if not fired from the City, immediately.
Be sure that if I heard this then there are at least four or five other people who know about this. Is it any wonder there isn’t a line of people waiting to run for office in this City?  Why would you want to when there is someone sitting on the council with you that is doing everything to get whatever information she can get on you to then try and turn it into something dirty.  Let’s be clear… if there wasn’t an administration that condoned this kind of behavior this wouldn’t have happened in the first place. It’s a shame that just for trying to go the extra mile this action would be turned into something negative. What’s happening to this City? Since when is this alright?  Since when do people do things like this to one another?
#TTP #wedemandmore

Rizzo Oh Rizzo

You can watch the Facebook Live video from last night’s Dearborn Heights Study Session Here. This is a closed group so you might have to join to watch because it’s a closed group I can share the address but can not embed the video here.

This video is from a Southfield council meeting and this resident has many concerns about Rizzo. I post this because at last night’s Dearborn Heights City Council meeting Rizzo was all about how they didn’t do anything wrong and that they are cooperating with authorities. Yes, they are after getting caught. As one resident pointed out this is how it’s done and business caught do just what Rizzo is doing.

Does the City of Dearborn Heights want to be associated with a company that is doing business this way? What does that say about the people that are running our City if we do still go ahead and sign the contract with them knowing what we know? Do we want to do business with a company that is no longer a Michigan owned company? Councilwoman Horvath sure doesn’t and she made that very clear last night saying over and over again that this company no matter what you say is owned by a Canadian Company. #Joemustgo just did what he always does this is no big deal and this doesn’t matter. Well,CM Joe, it matters to us, but you wouldn’t know about that because you don’t and haven’t given a crap about the ‘Us’ in the City. What does that say about your Councilman? Not much except you are willing to overlook all the bad for this company why?

Mary Jo from Rizzo is on a first name basis with all the council members referring to them by their first names over and over again. By doing this she right out the gate is putting them on the same level as herself as if she isn’t the vendor and they aren’t the ones she’s courting to do business with. She was aggressive and insulting to several council members calling them out for their beliefs. In one exchange she say’s to Councilwoman Horvath ‘Marge’ why do you have such a problem with a Candian company Canida does this and this for us.  You should watch the video to see all the rest of what this representative did.


Mary Jo had no problem over and over again talking about Waste Management in the most negative terms she could find. It was a disgusting display. Waste Management was allowed to speak after everything, but the representative from Waste Management was a professional and handled himself that way. Not refuting point by point the slanderous things that were said about his company. Only saying that they would be willing to extend the existing contract with Dearborn Heights and work with them to get this sorted out. The contract with Waste Management is up November 1st when Rizzo is set to take over.  Waste Management has lost several contracts to Rizzo in the past few years. Is it any wonder considering how Rizzo according to the investigation does business.


Rizzo Corruption, Dearborn Heights

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Other Cities Actually Practice Our Motto.

Dearborn Parks

What you are seeing here is from ‘The Back Fence’ The City of Dearborn official newsletter.  The City of Dearborn as you can see received grant funds from Wayne County. The City of Dearborn Heights years ago received these funds to put in our own splash park. I’m not sure if we’ve gotten funds since then. Our Commissioner is the one who would be putting in for those funds. Our Commissioner could only put in for these funds if there was a project in the first place. The City of Dearborn Heights big project was to put in another tennis court. The Crowley Park playscape included the input of residents. What? Say it isn’t so the City worked with the neighborhood residents and they had a seat at the table for what they wanted. Zip lines, Walking and Biking trails, and the fourth splash pad. Just in case you are wondering we have one splash park no zip lines and to my knowledge no walking or biking trails. Well, we do have sidewalks so I should be fair.


This is from that same newsletter several things here. The Department is ‘City’s Property Maintenance and Development Services Department.’ Residents can check to see if a house on their street is registered. They can do that online. Property owners can register online and the City is collecting contact information including email addresses so they can quickly contact property owners about concerns. No the City of Dearborn Heights doesn’t have any of this. We get ordinance sweeps want to know about a property you have to go to City Hall. That’s what one resident had to do last week about a construction site. She had to talk to two different departments at City Hall. She posted a video on Facebook and told the story there.

As City’s around us have advanced to the 21st century sad to say the City of Dearborn Heights hasn’t and we won’t with this administration. There are those on our City Council who are bound and determined to make sure we don’t advance. While the City of Dearborn Heights has the motto ‘City With A Future.’ Other City’s actually practice our motto.

#TTP #wedeservebetter