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Laura April 16, 2014 at 08:32 AM
You are correct IF it is blinking. I was in court a couple years ago and was surprised to learnRead Moretha t yellow does not mean "proceed with caution" anymore. You can get ticketed for going through a hard yellow light. This law changed over 20 years ago, but I remember no public service announcements about it. The judge, however, chastised everyone for NOT knowing this new rule.
hae62 April 16, 2014 at 06:28 PM
I do not understand why it takes days to fix a simple traffic light..unacceptable.
Mark Itall April 17, 2014 at 10:49 PM
Agreed. This is on the county as they maintain the lights on Eleven Mile.
K. Scott April 14, 2014 at 04:43 PM
Nice ad Russell, but we are not the 1%, so we can't swing it. Good luck with sales. I'll beRead Morechanging my 9 volts.
RON Ostrodamus April 01, 2014 at 11:27 AM
If only you knew what goes on in Canadian nonunion shops used by both Ford and GM to thread, drillRead Morea nd inspect for defects major engine parts forged in Mexico. They hire their own immigrant labor and as jobs are scarce for the uneducated in Canada they pay them crap. If they survive the harassment of their supervisors and reach the glass ceiling of eleven years of back breaking labor they can be paid as much as sixteen dollars per hour. No wonder we have so many Canucks working this side of the border. Their supervisors by the way place tagged as defective parts by their quality control and place them back on the line to be shipped back to GM and Ford. No wonder so many car buyers swear by foreign cars? Look up laissez-faire, it means the maxing of profit no matter the social costs. Enoying your Mexican beer, your Russian Vodka? The only thing we can say is truly made in America today is your mom's apple pie. We can always return to the good old days of sweat shops, child labor, and slavery. Keep supporting an administration that invites out of state carpet baggers to due whatever they wish with your downtown. Oh, that is right Laura Harrison it is not our downtown it belongs to a DDA who politically support the campaigns of our elected officials.
Jack Manning April 10, 2014 at 09:46 AM
I drive through DT RO for only one exhilarating experience of seeing all the weird looking peopleRead Morewa lking the street. It's a treasure-trove of weirdness. And who including myself would want to miss the nights of "Cycle Mania." It's a night where the smell of sweat enhanced leather fills the air. Yes, DT RO is a treat to behold!
Mark Itall April 10, 2014 at 06:48 PM
Ron, the practice of Ford and GM dumping bad parts on the line to end up in cars is very old andRead Moresta rted here in the US. I had a friend who worked for Ford Transmission on the test/repair line. If the regular drive unit did not make the new transmission turn, they applied one with twice as much power and forced it to turn. They also beat the hell out of the casings with hand sledges to loosen things up. If it turned at all, it went back to the line and into your car. Oboy. Remember the Ford transmissions that jumped out of park? Made there, that way. Employees were given official reprimands if they took "too many" bad units off the line. Who cares that they were defective? Not Ford. GM did exactly the same.
RON Ostrodamus April 05, 2014 at 12:03 PM
Point taken butttttt....consider the thousands of dollars in damages these pot holes will cause ifRead Morew e wait that long and how hard it will be to hot patch pot holes in cold November and December. The only relevant issue I see is why you a long time resident along with others support again and again a mayor who is so enamored with wealthy outside developers, political attention from L Brooks, Jon Witz, and the media. Then add a complacent part of the problem infiltrated DDA who gang rapes the general fund for every nickel they can get by using TIF to keep it all in the downtown "family". Did I fail to mention the non resident owned mega bars, and landlords seeking higher and higher rents for the former retailers they forced out hoping to rent to more bars?. We all know they sacrifice soooo much for this city (gag) yet they cannot go out of their way to help fill ONE neighborhood pot hole? Sorry if I sound like a broken record but why, why, skip, why, why, skip, why?
DianeKH April 05, 2014 at 01:25 PM
Ron-I voted for Batman.
Ed Callahan April 11, 2014 at 05:37 AM
Shortly after I purchased my first home in a Northern Oakland County community, the townshipRead Moredecided to pave the road and add water mains. Did they pass a millage affecting everyone in the township? No! I had an assessment placed on my property taxes for a set period of time that would eventually pay for the portion of the water main and road that passed in front of my house. Now let’s look at Royal Oak and its proposal. The concrete in front of my house in Royal Oak has decades of life left in it and I am sure most streets in the city are in the same condition, but another resident who lives closer to downtown has a road that is falling apart. So the solution is to place a millage on the ballot during an off-cycle election in which city government will most likely have the best chance of passing the millage affecting everyone, but only benefiting the few. And I wonder which streets would receive priority in the plan? If I had to guess, I would say that the downtown would be first on the list, followed by a few token streets in the neighborhoods and other visible areas for public relations appeal. On another topic, I would really like to see the water bill issued by Royal Oak itemized showing the wholesale rate, and then the amount that Royal Oak covertly adds to that rate to fund sewer and water projects that mostly appear to take place downtown. For the sake of disclosure, we should all know what we are paying for.
RON Ostrodamus April 01, 2014 at 03:52 AM
I don't think you HAVE to call only Mike Skiba. Use caution with all insurance agents, CompareRead Morepolic ies from other companies before you sign on the...........line. Not all are the same. Believe it or not I was advised to keep my present policy by an honest agent from another company who cautioned me not to be convinced to change, Once you change you cannot go back and get the same deal.
Alison Gunn March 19, 2014 at 11:37 AM
The news report also had the Bean and Leaf listed as closing. Is this true??
Mark Itall March 19, 2014 at 06:48 PM
I didn't think there was a liquor license available, but there is: the one from the formerRead MoreFiddlehea ds on W. 13 Mile.
RON Ostrodamus March 19, 2014 at 09:14 PM
Relax Alison Bean and Leaf is staying. Channel 4 apparently does not want to embarrass our fearless Read Moreleader who is only afraid of disappointing his supporting DDA bar barons by admitting they made a mistake! I called them among others who called. Remember how they catered to the Kilpatricks up until the gavel fell for the final time? Mark can't the city stop it from being used at a bar saturated location? The landlord knew what what the city did not want a long time ago! What do we have a city attorney for?
Judy Davids (Editor) March 12, 2014 at 05:53 PM
Are you talking about Elie Wine Co.? They are moving to Birmingham. Last day in Royal Oak is April Read More30. They open at their new location on May 1.
RON Ostrodamus March 13, 2014 at 06:35 PM
Yes Judy. and I will greatly miss him as I watched his daughter grow up. His photo is on theRead Moreoverhea d entrance to E-Magine. turn around and look to the left. He speaks three languages and is an expert on rare estate grown wines that you would never find in you average wine shop no matter how tony it is. He was the real deal. He was being forced out because Coldstone wanted his location as they thought that side had more traffic. When Peets bowed out I guess they realized they shot themselves in the foot and so I am curious if they are still going to take that location. First his out of state landlord (Texas, or California-I forget) upped his rent big time and even after that gave him a notice to vacate. Don't worry about Elias 90% of his business comes from out of state and other countries. He does not need RO's BS. I am sure his walk in business will explode in Birmingham. RO's loss their gain.
RON Ostrodamus March 13, 2014 at 01:28 PM
Thanks for the heads up, you're hired as editor in chief starting now.
Bob March 14, 2014 at 09:15 AM
Oh dear, the Wolf is Loose.
B Lans March 14, 2014 at 11:19 AM
Idiocy, V.2
RON Ostrodamus March 17, 2014 at 04:45 PM
It belongs to the CNN. You will be arrested if you are caught on it. One problem is the occasional Read Moresuicide and CNN does not like anyone tampering with the tracks. This was once a serious problem from what I hear. I know it is safer than our CBD/DUI launch pad and motorcycle track called Main where it has always been permitted to risk your life. Starting this Spring they plan using more of public safety dollars to keep your kind off any downtown sidewalk where you may run over an innocent rat one night. Riddle: What do you call Royal Oak children or seniors riding their bicycles on the streets of our CBD? ans. "Roadkill".
RON Ostrodamus March 17, 2014 at 05:09 PM
Keep posting. Try a pro bicycle blog. My advice is not to go alone before the commission. You needRead Morea large group with you to receive a modicum of recognition and when riding anywhere in this city remember there is safety in numbers. Some clubs meet in front of our library.
RON Ostrodamus March 17, 2014 at 01:26 PM
Ask Tim Thwing he does whatever he wants to do and from what I hear does not even live in the city. Read MoreThis city and its downtown CBD is now owned lock stock and barrel by non residents and out of state LLC's and Tim Thwing calls the shots. As our mayor once told me. "If you don't like here move to Ferndale."
Debbie Campbell March 17, 2014 at 05:51 PM
Please be advised that the next Downtown Development Authority (DDA) meeting will be held onRead MoreWednesd ay, March 19, 2014. The meeting will start at 4:00 p.m. in the City Commission Chambers.--- Agenda Item #8:--Redevelopment assistance—400 Main (Fresard Site)
RON Ostrodamus March 18, 2014 at 12:58 PM
Linda O you hit the nail right on the head. I had a similar experience trying to obtain police toRead Morehe lp an obviously confused and drunk out of her skull young lady wandering the downtown and neighborhood in a panic. I found that dialing 911 does not connect you directly with our station. Its probably best to have the station number on your cell as back up which in (non-emergency)-248-246-3500
RON Ostrodamus March 18, 2014 at 01:21 PM
Thanks Debbie,Oakies need to show up and protest all abatements. They already purchased theRead Moreproperty for a song now the DDA wants to give away revenue that will be needed to provide the city services this development will use. Downtown is not a desperate inner city. Property values have soared with landlords getting over forty dollars a square foot in some cases. A ten year abatement at this stage in Royal Oak is OUT OF THE QUESTION, no city in its right mind gives more than five years now. If this is sanctioned by the DDA the next question should be who are those here tonight who will benefit from a favorable decision?? Another point is do we really need a hotel at this already short on parking location? The same group is proposing apartments at our gateway. That would be a better location for a hotel which would benefit both the zoo and our city by providing overnight stays for out of town visitors to both the zoo and downtown Detroit, as well as downtown Royal Oak. We forget that the zoo is a major attraction and that half of it sits in our city. What is good for the zoo is also good for Royal Oak. Do not forget the convenience of the nearness to the new Woodward corridor and light rail. We do not need a hotel in the center of major bars to take business away from the motels on Woodward. Common sense.
RON Ostrodamus March 13, 2014 at 09:54 PM
I believe you now. Still try calling ROSCO at city hall 248-246-3300 The snow has turned prettyRead Moremuch to rock now however maybe they can send a plow out there anyway. Let me know their response. Good luck.
TJO March 13, 2014 at 10:29 PM
Thank you Ron, I have lived in my house for over 20 years and have never seen anything like this.Read MoreTh e plow came after 4:00 so I have to wait until the morning to call, but this goes beyond careless. Someone needs to be held accountable for this.
TJO March 13, 2014 at 10:31 PM
And by the way, the mayor's house is 3 blocks to the right of this picture.
Judy Davids (Editor) March 05, 2014 at 11:29 AM
Did you take any photographs? If so send to judycdavids@gmail.com. Thanks!
Mark Chadwick March 05, 2014 at 01:51 PM
Sorry Cindy for the misinformation! I thought that's what the principal's message stated!
Laura March 06, 2014 at 08:53 AM
My daughter plays French Horn in the Wind Ensemble and I am proud of all of them. What a GREATRead Moregrou p of talented children. I grumbled about them not being able to afford a bus after all the fundraising they do all year, but it doesn't matter. Bloomfield Hills had busses and they didn't score as well! GREAT JOB, guys. Play on.
Todd T February 27, 2014 at 12:10 PM
they did a great job except for the last 2 snows, our side street is covered with huge mounds ofRead Moreice . they never plowed
Carolyn February 27, 2014 at 05:16 PM
They did do a very good job untl the last snow. We live on a dead-end street and our block isRead Moresolid ice. It is very hard to get out of our street. We called the city and ask to have it plowed again when it warmed up last week and was told they were not plowing any streets again.