Farmington/Farmington Hills

2016 Candidate Interview Mitch Swoboda for State Rep 37th District

July 28th 2016

2016 Candidate Interview Mitch Swoboda for State Rep 37th District (video) (Crystal A. Proxmire, July 28, 2016) Farmington Hills, MI – In the race for State Rep of the 37th District there are two Republican Candidates facing off in the primary: Mitch Swoboda and Matt Beer. The winner of the Republican Primary on Aug. 2 […]

Regional Transit May Not Make it to the Ballot

July 27th 2016

Regional Transit May Not Make it to the Ballot (Crystal A. Proxmire, July 27, 2016) Pontiac, MI – Efforts towards a regional transit plan could be stopped in their tracks if representatives on the RTA Board from Oakland and Macomb Counties do not vote to put the 1.2 mil question on the ballot. Oakland County […]

Farmington Council Considering Food Truck Limitations

July 22nd 2016

Farmington Council Considering Food Truck Limitations (Compiled, July 22, 2016) Farmington, MI – The Farmington Voice reports that the City of Farmington is considering changing the city’s ordinances in regards to food trucks. Councilperson Greg Cowley, who owns restaurant in the central business district, has been an “outspoken critic” of food trucks, according to the […]

Federal Judge Blocks Michigan Ban on Straight-Ticket Voting

July 21st 2016

Federal Judge Blocks Michigan Ban on Straight-Ticket Voting (Crystal A. Proxmire, July 21, 2016) Detroit, MI – US District Court Judge Gershwin A. Drain placed four preliminary injunctions to prohibit Michigan from enforcing a new law that bans straight-ticket voting. According the The Detroit News, “the real question the court must answer, Drain wrote, is […]

Patterson Presents Proposed Budget, Announces New 911 System

July 21st 2016

Patterson Presents Proposed Budget, Announces New 911 System (Office of Oakland County Executive L. Brooks Patterson, July 21, 2016) There is a major public safety enhancement in County Executive L. Brooks Patterson’s recommended three-year budget covering fiscal years 2017-2019. Oakland County provides for replacement of its 911 copper network which has reached the end of […]

Renew for the Zoo Offering Free Animal Themed Signs to Promote Detroit Zoo Millage

July 20th 2016

Renew for the Zoo Offering Free Animal Themed Signs to Promote Detroit Zoo Millage (Renew for the Zoo, July 20, 2016) ROYAL OAK, Mich. – Penguins, frogs and tigers are staking out their territory on lawns across Macomb, Oakland and Wayne counties to encourage support of the Detroit Zoo millage renewal.  The signs read, “Renew […]

Community Mourns Loss of LGBT Rights Activist Jeff Montgomery

July 19th 2016

Community Mourns Loss of LGBT Rights Activist Jeff Montgomery (Crystal A. Proxmire, July 19, 2016) Detroit, MI – Jeff Montgomery, LGBT rights activist and longtime Executive Director for Triangle Foundation (now Equality Michigan) has died.  Sean Kosofsky, Executive Director of The Tyler Clementi Foundation and former Policy Director for Triangle Foundation, shared the news Tuesday […]

2016 Candidate Interviews & Ballot Issues (Frequently Updated)

July 18th 2016

2016 Candidate Interviews & Ballot Issues (Frequently Updated) The oc115 believes in giving all political candidates a voice and a chance for readers to meet the people who want to represent them. So here is a series of video interviews. Not all races are listed, only those where we have an interview or story. “*” […]

Guest Column: The Value of Street Trees

July 15th 2016

Guest Column: The Value of Street Trees (Robert J. Gibbs, AICP, ASLA, July 15, 2016) Trees are an indispensable component of good neighborhoods. When the right species are planted in the right place and cared for properly, many benefits are realized. Street trees soften hardscapes, buffer pedestrians from moving vehicles, and create “outdoor rooms” that […]

Man Shoots Self at Heritage Park in Farmington Hills

July 9th 2016

Man Shoots Self at Heritage Park in Farmington Hills (Farmington Hills Police, July 9, 2016) Farmington Hills, MI – At approximately 11 a.m. July 8, Farmington Hills Police Officers responded to a report of a despondent man in a vehicle at Heritage Park.   As a precautionary measure, all campers and visitors at Heritage Park […]

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