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  1. Grandma Suzanne,

    The Arab American News (AAN) Publish AAPAC endorsements, the editor also served on AAPAC executive board.

    Both organizations do great job in serving the community. AAPAC is a paid membership organization and according to their web site, and only members can vote. Therefore their endorsements are to some degree a reflection of the members in attendance at the time of the vote. But the members are from the Arab American community and represent also to some degree the community views.

    Their website is not showing any endorsements for the general election, it shows only the primary.

    The AAN is a free newspaper and rely on marketing revenues to stay in business, Its deeply rooted in the Arab American Community and carry a lot of respect.

    AAPAC website don’t list the members names and how many paid members they have. But their events are packed by politicians, community organizations members and activists.

    Check their on website for additional information.

    http://www.aapac.org/

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  2. I tried contacting several members of AAPAC regarding a promise the mayor allegedly made to them during his interview with them. They never responded to my emails or USPS letter. To me that’s like pleading the 5th when someone catches you doing something you shouldn’t and you don’t want to incriminate yourself.

    I also sent a letter to the Arab American News editor and Press and Guide to please investigate this matter. Did not receive a response from the Press and Guide. Did receive a response from the editor of the Arab American News. He told me the mayor did not make the statement during the newspaper interview he held with him. Hmmm, funny how he turned that around since I hadn’t even asked him about his interview but that of the AAPAC.

    Bottom line. I feel AAPAC, Dearborn Press and Guide and the Arab American Newspaper can no longer be trusted as sources of information or objective discernment in following up on an important matter if it has any political shadowing. It is obvious to me the three listed above have put their agendas over informing their members or readers of the truth.

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  3. the Doctor Is In,

    Are you serious. Its free and the publisher place the paper around the city. I read the paper for events and some local advertisements.

    The paper is not the endorser AAPAC is.

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  4. After reading in the local Arab News, I discovered that they have recommended the mayor Paletko in their list of who they “suggest” you vote for. How did he do that? I considered this newspaper above reproach, an intelligent way of informing any who read it of their findings. It is quite obvious that they have buckled to some kind of low on this one. I heard Mrs. Badalow say to them at a meeting that there would be no favoritism for ANYONE, all citizens treated the same, all opportunities the same for all. I didn’t hear mayor Paletko say anything like that. I heard his usual blah, but no where did I hear that fairness was in his agenda. Now I am thinking that there is something amiss in this activity.

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  5. Public information that are published on TV should be accessible by the public similar to most other municipalities. all public meeting that are subjects to open public meeting Act should not requires FOIA, The officials must read the charter and pay attention to what they say publicly during council meetings. (Why the officials wants to make it hard to access public information?)

    “Section 18.2. – Records Open to Public.

    All records of the City shall be public and open to inspection at all reasonable times. All books, papers, records and accounts of any officer elected or appointed, or of any office or department of the City, shall be the property of the City, and shall at all times be subject to audit, examination or inspection by any member of the Council, or by any person employed or designated by the Council for that purpose. All such books, papers, records, files and accounts shall be kept in such place as may be designated by the Council.

    State law reference— Mandatory that Charter provide that all records of the municipality shall be public, MCL 117.3(1); freedom of information act, MCL 15.231 et seq”

    The temporary appointments must an emergency according to city charter.

    “c)Temporary appointments. In the event of an emergency, an appointing authority may appoint persons to work temporarily in his particular department although such persons have not been examined nor placed on an eligible list and shall notify the civil service commission of such appointment within five (5) days thereof. At no time shall this temporary employment continue after the civil service commission certifies a list of eligibles for this position. Such list of eligibles shall be made within six (6) months of such temporary appointment.”

    Pictures and sound put public officials in the correct place according to their public records.

    Click on the link and enjoy history.

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  6. “Councilwoman Horvath you were at the fore front of this issue back then you went toe-to -toe with the Mayor about this.”

    You can’t erase public records, and nothing better than pictures and sound combined as video record.

    Councilwoman Horvath record as public official is beyond any doubt one of the most transparent and ethical in our city history and shall remain that way. Ms Horvath will never compromise her standards of ethics and honesty. She will do what must be done according to:

    Sec. 2-159. – Certification and appointment.
    (c)Temporary appointments

    Please click and enjoy government as suppose to be.

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  7. “Below you will see one of the many documents submitted to Council in a packet at the time the claim was made.”

    Please post the entire claim as presented to the city clerk as clear as possible since its a public document.

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  8. Maybe the Mayor should brush up on his City Charter. If asked all employees who’s job is controlled by him will be out walking door to door for him. Putting out signs for him and any number of things they may not be doing it on City time. They sure as hell wouldn’t dare to say no to doing it on their own time. Remember they work for HIM.

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  9. Section 18.2. – Records Open to Public.

    All records of the City shall be public and open to inspection at all reasonable times. All books, papers, records and accounts of any officer elected or appointed, or of any office or department of the City, shall be the property of the City, and shall at all times be subject to audit, examination or inspection by any member of the Council, or by any person employed or designated by the Council for that purpose. All such books, papers, records, files and accounts shall be kept in such place as may be designated by the Council.

    State law reference— Mandatory that Charter provide that all records of the municipality shall be public, MCL 117.3(1); freedom of information act, MCL 15.231 et seq

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  10. Section 4.12. – Solicitation for Political Contributions or Support.

    The City, an employee of the City, or an elected or appointed official of the City may not personally, or through an agent, coerce, attempt to coerce, or command another employee of the City to pay, lend, or contribute anything of value to a party, committee, organization, agency, or person for the benefit of a person seeking or holding elected office, or for the purpose of furthering or defeating a proposed law, ordinance, ballot question, or other measure that may be submitted to a vote of the electors.

    (Res. of 5-22-07, passed at referendum on 11-6-07)
    State law reference— Political activities by public officers and employees, MCL 15.401 et seq.

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  11. Sec. 2-160. – Soliciting for political purposes.

    During his working hours, no employee in the classified civil service shall directly or indirectly make, solicit or receive any assessment, subscription or contribution for any candidate for public office under the City Charter. Any employee violating the provisions of this section may be removed from office by action of the civil service commission.
    (Code 1969, § 1.111)
    State law reference— Political activities by public employees, MCL 15.401 et seq

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  12. Section 4.17. – Anti-Nepotism.

    The following relatives and their spouses of any elected official or of his spouse are disqualified from holding any appointive office or employment of the City of Dearborn Heights during the term which the said elected official is elected, to-wit, child, grand-child, parent, grand-parent, brother, sister, half-brother or half-sister. All relationship[s] shall include those arising from adoption. However, this section shall in no way disqualify such relatives or their spouses who are bona fide appointive officers or employees of the City at the time of the election of said elective official or in case the relationship arises after the persons were in such case an officer of the City

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  13. Sec. 2-159. – Certification and appointment.

    (a)Certification of eligibles. Whenever any certification is made by the civil service commission from an eligible list to fill a vacancy, an initial job opening, or promotion in the service, the names of the three (3) persons standing highest on the list shall be certified, and the appointing authority shall appoint one (1) of the persons so certified to fill such vacancy.

    (b)More than one vacancy to be filled. If there is more than one (1) vacancy to be filled from an eligible list, the number of names to be certified shall equal the number of vacancies plus two (2).

    (c)Temporary appointments. In the event of an emergency, an appointing authority may appoint persons to work temporarily in his particular department although such persons have not been examined nor placed on an eligible list and shall notify the civil service commission of such appointment within five (5) days thereof. At no time shall this temporary employment continue after the civil service commission certifies a list of eligibles for this position. Such list of eligibles shall be made within six (6) months of such temporary appointment.

    (d)Appointment of an employee in the classified service to a position in the unclassified service. Any employee in the classified service receiving an appointment to the position in the unclassified service shall automatically, without request, be given a continuing leave of absence and shall retain his seniority as of the time of promotion.

    (Code 1969, § 1.110

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  14. Section 18.9. – Council: Claims and Accounts.

    The Council shall pass upon all accounts and claims against the City. Every claim for tort shall, so far as possible, state in detail the time, place and cause of alleged injury. All claims whether arising out of contract or tort shall be made under oath and shall be filed with the Clerk for consideration by the Council within sixty (60) days after the cause of action in every case has arisen. It shall be a sufficient defense to any action for the collection of any demand or claim against the City that such claim has not been filed with the Clerk as hereinbefore provided.
    State law reference— City liability for injuries, MCL 691.1401 et seq

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  15. Section 18.18. – Violation: Punishment.

    All violations of the Charter or of any ordinances shall be punishable, unless otherwise herein provided, by a fine not to exceed Five Hundred ($500.00) Dollars, or by imprisonment for a period not to exceed ninety (90) days, or both fine and imprisonment in the discretion of the court, except that if the authority of the court is extended to levy a higher fine or impose a greater sentence, the court, in its discretion, may do so to the extent it is lawfully permitted under such statute or ordinance.
    State law reference— Limitation on penalties, MCL 117.4i(10)

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  16. Section 18.8. – Council May Hold Public Hearing.

    The Council shall have the power to hold hearings on any matter within its province, and to compel by subpoena, the attendance of witnesses and the production of books, papers and data in any hearing pending before it. Such subpoena may be served by any person of legal age. Each witness shall be entitled to receive the same fees for attendance as is provided by law for the payment of witness fees in the Circuit Court for the County of Wayne. The Council may by ordinance prescribe the method to more effectually carry out the foregoing provisions. Any person who having been personally served with subpoena willfully destroys the same, may be punished with a fine not to exceed Five Hundred ($500.00) Dollars or imprisonment not to exceed ninety (90) days, or both in the discretion of the court.

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