From Presidential Elections to Public Safety Millage Request, Royal Oak's Year in Politics
Here's a round-up of some of the most important political stories from 2012.
Whoever said "it's all politics" must have been talking about 2012. Here are stories that were getting people's attention this year:
When the final results were in, 67 percent of voters said 'yes' to the public safety millage.
President Barack Obama and Vice-President Joe Biden were re-elected.
Unions were disappointed. Canadians were thrilled. All in all, reactions were varied as Michigan voters shot down all six statewide ballot proposals.
The Oakland County executive proved he's a stand-up guy during an Election Night appearance in Royal Oak.
Oct. 8: Bill Clinton Comes to Royal Oak
Royal Oak couple entertains the 42nd President of the United States in their Royal Oak home.
A Royal Oak man failed to yield on a flashing yellow, causing the accident, police say.
U.S. Senator Debbie Stabenow visits the Royal Oak home of Michael Chetcuti and Kyle Evans.
A political ad launched Monday for U.S. Senator Debbie Stabenow has a familiar face.
From City Hall
A six-page legal opinion clears Jim Rasor of inappropriate actions. But more questions surface in an email to commissioners.
Commissioners approve a basic plan and concept for the development of an 8-story hotel, an 8-story apartment building, a pair of office buildings and a 4-level off-street parking deck subject to a list of recommendations on landscaping, screening and site access, both vehicular and pedestrian.
Commissioners vote unanimously to have City Attorney Dave Gillam draft a broad ordinance that will protect against discrimination in employment, housing or public accommodation on the basis of height, weight, marital status, source of income, family responsibility, education association, sexual orientation, gender identity or HIV status.
July 3: Fresard Clock Safe for Now
Commissioners voted to support Troy-based Suburban Collection’s efforts to reestablish sign permits for the Jim Fresard Clock Tower. The car dealership business is interested in purchasing and operating the 44-foot tall clock tower for advertising.
From city officials to residents gather at the Royal Oak Public Library to learn about the proposed Detroit Medical Center outpatient facility and share their opinions about the development.
Battles in Lansing
The bill would have allowed concealed weapons in gun-free zones such as schools and sports arenas.
The bills were signed into law by Gov. Rick Snyder in mid-December.
Is Arts Beats & Eats a good thing for Royal Oak? Residents had their say during a more than two-hour public comment session at the City Commission meeting.
The charges were announced in August by Michigan Attorney General Bill Schuette.
Rep. Lisa Brown of West Bloomfield referenced her Jewish faith and anatomy while arguing against legislation restricting abortion in June.