We Needed a Change in 2013. What We Need In 2017 Is To Take Back Our City. 


#TOCB (Take Our City Back) because I feel that the city hasn’t been in the hands of the residents since Dan Paletko became Mayor. I’ve watched since Paletko was elected to office and with a majority of Council members in lock step with him have taken our City away from us ‘the residents of Dearborn Heights.’

Over the years residents who have asked begged or demanded change in our city have been called Give me, Give me people, Whiners, complainers, that group of people and much more. Over time the residents of Dearborn Heights have been ignored so much that they stopped caring about their City. They stopped voting believing that no matter what they do nothing will ever get better. You just look at the post on Facebook and right here most say the same ‘It doesn’t matter they never do what we ask them to.’ Ignore and say No long enough the people will lose faith in those that they have elected. The Mayor has done that here in Dearborn Heights he has made sure with a nod and a wink to his department heads that you don’t have to do what the people want they don’t matter. The Mayor and his ‘Yes’ votes on the council have made sure to sideline the residents and what they’ve asked for. It’s such a simple thing just ignore what they are asking for and in time they will go away. That is just what happened, for the most part, residents have gone away. They don’t get involved in the City residents don’t go to council meetings… Why would you? If you are going to get insulted while you are trying to bring something to their attention.

Oh I know we elect and we pay, but that doesn’t mean anything in Dearborn Heights. The numbers on an election day bear witness to the fact that residents don’t vote in large enough numbers to make them listen. That is just what the Mayor and several on the council have counted on for years. This election is set to go the same way that all the rest have gone unless we the majority in Dearborn Heights get out and vote to make the change we so desperately need. That is why I came up with ‘Take Our City Back’ that’s how I feel I pay my taxes, I pay for those who are working for the City. I pay the salary of those who are elected to office. Yet we the majority hold no power what so ever. I want to take our City back from those who don’t care to take back from those who have for so long ignored what we’ve been asking for. Take back our City from an administration who has gone unchecked for years. Take Back Our City from a Mayor who has taken advantage of all of us. Just think about it for a moment residents out of frustration and being ignored have decided to ‘check out’ of the process by doing that the Mayor has gotten away with so much. He came up with an ordinance that let him retire from our City stay in office and now is running for reelection. That gave him the right to take his salary and his pension (that he earned) and if elected again he will collect both as he is now.

Who was paying attention to put pressure on the pension board not to give him a pension based on over 25 years on the council at his salary as a Mayor? No one. Who was shouting that he had a separation of service for over 6 months and wasn’t entitled to collect a pension based on a Mayor’s salary? No one. That’s our money paying for it you would think we should have said something right?  Now the Mayor gets his pension based on calculations of over 25 years of service at a Mayor’s salary. Instead of a pension based on a council salary for 20 years or more. He hasn’t been Mayor for over 25 years yet he’s gotten a pension based on that salary. Click here for something interesting

This is what I wrote back in 2013 during that election The Taxpayers are the Backup Plan for the Mayor..

This past October I wrote this,

When I first got wind of this months ago I was livid I can honestly say I couldn’t stand the fact that this man our Mayor was even considering this. This subject is now public now that it’s come up at an open study session. My anger on this subject was purely personal I don’t like the Mayor I don’t think he’s done a good job for this City. I don’t think Mayor Dan Paletko has been transparent. I don’t think that Mayor Dan Paletko gives a *&^% for the residents. This way of thinking skewed my thought process on this subject I fully admit it. Plain and simple I don’t want him to get away with anything I just want one time for us the residents to have a win. I as a resident I can say this I believe that the only way we are going to have a true win will be 2017 when we all stand together and vote Mayor Dan Paletko out of office.  No matter what our City Council decides to do we can have the last say in 2017 remember that and let’s get it done. Read the full post

This is just one thing just one subject it’s more than just ‘we need a change’ it’s moved way beyond that now. We needed a change in 2013 what we need in 2017 is to Take Back Our City.

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We Need a Leader Who Is An Honest Broker.


These days, the Mayor likes to talk about how the economy has improved in Dearborn Heights. But let’s not forget how we got there. Remember that massive TAX INCREASE (Headlee Override) that the Mayor demanded was necessary to maintain our Police and Fire Departments and keep our senior centers open back in 2011? Here are some of his quotes that should help jog your memory:

 

“If the millage doesn’t pass, draconian cuts would be required to keep the city solvent in 2012 with further cuts in coming years that would leave the city’s government a shell of what most residents know it as”.

 

In a memo, the Mayor outlined a scenario if the millage didn’t pass that would: Eliminate the recreation department including, closures of all recreation facilities, parks and senior centers; laying off between 30-50% of public safety employees; closure of one of the city’s two fire stations; outsourcing of all EMS services; 20 percent pay cuts for all general government employees; and a no-overtime policy, even in emergencies.

The Mayor enjoys reminding us of his background as an accountant. Unfortunately, his degree didn’t provide him with the ability to plan for the future, since he was completely unprepared to handle the economic downturn that occurred here. Something that many others on City Council saw coming. Our Mayor did eventually come up with a plan, which was simply to threaten our way of life unless we coughed up the cash. Fast forward to today, and we, the taxpayers, are still paying for his mistakes and lack of foresight.

We need a leader who is an honest broker that will bring transparency and oversight to a City Hall that has run amuck.

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When You Want To Take A Shot Don’t Shoot Yourself In The Foot.


At the last City Council meeting  7-25-2016 the Mayor took his best but I’m sure not his last shot at the one person he fears can take away his kingdom. Just what did our glorious leader attack is rival on? The fact that she’s a renter. Laughable considering the Mayor himself rented for years before he inherited the house he now lives in from his mother. This display is just another pathetic attempt by the Mayor to try to stop the momentum of Lisa Hicks-Clayton. When you have to criticise someone for doing the very same thing you did for years you are desperate and it shows. What does it matter if you live in a rented home or not? Property taxes are still collected for that property.

When the Mayor ran the first time shortly after winning his bid for office he filled for divorce he bought furniture and moved out to his new rental home on Mayburn. He lived there without anyone saying a damn word about it for years. It’s called life and these things happen in life. If anything Mr. Mayor you showed with your little display the other night just how worried you are. All the posed photos in the world standing and looking as if you are in charge are meaningless when you have to scrape the bottom of the barrel to come up with this kind of attack. You must be in trouble what happened Mr. Mayor? Those poll numbers not what you expected them to be? Mr. Mayor people who live in glass houses should not throw stones.