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Detroit Mayor Dave Bing Outlines Impact of $50M City Council Budget Cut Staff – Detroit Mayor Dave Bing’s administration has issued a press advisory in response to the Detroit City Council voting to reduce Bing’s budget plan by an additional $50 million.

Last week, the Detroit City Council voted to override Mayor Dave Bing’s veto of changes made by the council to his $3.1 billion 2011-12 budget.

The council voted 8-1 to restore $50 million in cuts, including $12.4 million in public safety reductions. Councilman James Tate was the lone dissenter.

Bing’s budget includes $200 million in spending cuts. The city’s new fiscal year starts July 1. Detroit’s budget deficit stands now at about $155 million.

Today (June 13, 2011) the Bing Adminstration Issued the Following Advisory:

One week ago, the Detroit City Council voted 8-1 to move forward with a budget that reduces city services by $50 million beyond Mayor Dave Bing’s recommendation. City departments, which have the responsibility of managing their budgets, have analyzed the cuts and the staffing and service reductions that will result. Attached, please find a detailed summary of three high-priority areas that will be affected by the $50 million cut.

Public Safety (Police and Fire)
Parks, Recreation and Grass Cutting (General Services and Recreation)
Transportation (DDOT, People Mover and Woodward Light Rail)

Mayor Dave Bing issues the following statement:
“These cuts won’t solve our fiscal crisis. My administration reduced spending by $200 million in this budget and we did so responsibly, without hurting public safety or eliminating transportation services and park maintenance. We have to tell people the truth about the service reductions that we’re facing if we don’t reach a compromise.”

Below is the full impactoutlinee as issued by the Bing Administration:

2011-12 Budget Community Impact As Proposed by the Detroit City Council

City of Detroit

Dave Bing, Mayor

Public Safety Impact – Police

Proposed Police Cuts: $8,300,000

Reduces number of officers on the street
Prevents the hiring of 40 new, academy ready police cadets
Eliminates the Police Community Services Unit
Removal of all Community Relations Officers from precincts to compensate for loss of on-the-street personnel
Jeopardizes Federal Consent Compliance
Threatens precinct format

Public Safety Impact – Fire

Proposed Fire Cuts: $4,100,000

Reduction in Fire personnel
Potential Closure of Fire Stations
Reduced vehicle availability for Emergency and Fire Response
Diminishes fire safety efforts

Transportation Impact

Proposed Cuts: $8,183,370

Shuts down the People Mover
Eliminates Sunday and Holiday Bus Service
Eliminates 24hr service on major routes (2 a.m. – 5 a.m.)
Threatens the viability of the Woodward Light Rail Project
Must return more than $100 million in federal grants

Recreational/GSD Impact

Proposed Recreation/GSD Cuts: $7,500,000

Closes Butzel Family Center and one additional Recreation Center
Closes City of Detroit Marinas, Brennan Pool at Rouge Park, Gatliff Pool at Palmer Park and Belle Isle beach
Hart Plaza will be closed to sponsored events, beginning July 1, 2011
Restrooms on Belle Isle and at all city parks will be closed
Unable to cut and maintain the grass at city parks and vacant lots
Eliminates summer day camps for youth 3 -12
Required to return $6.4 Million to the Department of Natural Resources that was used for facility improvements
Jeopardizes Community Cultural Arts Grant Funded Programs
Limited Recreational Programming for seniors and youth throughout the year.$50m-city-council-budget-cut_20110613_dk?=9009

Dick Scott Classic Motorcycles is MOVING!!

That’s right we are MOVING to a BIGGER and BETTER location not too far away!!

We will be moving to 36534 Plymouth Rd, Livonia, MI 48150 THIS MONTH!!We will be located on the north side of Plymouth Rd, just west of Levan. Our building is directly next to the NEW Time out Bar & Grill!

Watch our Facebook & Twitter pages as well as this blog for the latest “Move News!” And of course we will be having an Awesome Party to Celebrate our New home!

Stay Tuned! You won’t want to miss a thing!

Video Gamer Wins Spot on Nissan Racing Team

Virtual reality is quickly becoming just reality in the world of car racing video games.

Fresno, California resident Bryan Heitkotter is making the move from the couch to the driver’s seat after winning an online racing competition held by Nissan on the Sony Playstation 3 gaming console.

Heitkotter finished in the top 32 of 53,000 entrants in a time trial using the Gran Turismo 5 racing simulator, then came in first in the next elimination round. The contest then switched to the Silverstone circuit in Great Britain where 16 competitors took part in a week-long racing camp using a variety of track-prepped Nissan cars, including the 370Z and GT-R supercar.

Along with their behind the wheel skills, the finalists faced a number of mental and physical tests that included a triathlon in order for the judges to evaluate their overall ability to perform at a professional level. The Californian will now undergo an intensive training program with Nissan before making his racing debut sometime next year.

If this sounds like a pure promotional stunt, consider that the winner of the first GT Academy in 2008, Lucas Ordonez of Spain, finished in 2nd place in the LMP2 class at the prestigious 12 Hours of Sebring this year, his first race in the top tier Interncontinental Le Mans Cup series. His team followed it up with a 5th place result at the 1,000 km of Spa in Belgium and will be competing in the 24 Hours of Le Mans, which runs June 11th and 12th this year.

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Riding in Storms: Tips for Summer

If you ride your motorcycle on any type of consistent basis, sooner or later you are going to get wet. It is a simple fact. You cannot dodge raindrops all of the time.

It is important to note that there is a big difference between a light summer shower and a full blown thunder and electrical storm. Even for the most experienced bikers, an electrical storm is filled with a number of dangers. In addition to lighting, riders have to be aware of road conditions, flying debris and limited visibility. In these conditions, it is best if every rider is made aware of a few simple motorcycle safety tips.

Getting out of Danger

If a storm seems imminent, the following motorcycle safety tips will help to keep you out harms way:

– Pull Over: Road conditions will deteriorate quickly during a rainstorm. As the water mixes with the oils and loose gravel, roadways will become slick, possibly making navigation more difficult. To reduce the risk of a motorcycle accident, consider pulling of to the side of the road.

– Stay Alert: At the first sound of thunder or sign of lightning, start seeking shelter immediately. A good rule of thumb is the five second rule. If there is more than five seconds between a flash of lightening and the corresponding thunder clap, the storm is still off in the distance.

– Find low ground: If lightning is near – less than three seconds between the lightening and thunder – it is important to seek the low ground. Pull your bike off to the side of the road and get as low as possible.

Being Prepared

In addition to getting out of danger, it is important to always be prepared. There simply is not an excuse for heading out onto the road without access to the following motorcycle safety resources:

– Helmet with Visor
– Heavy or Light Weight Motorcycle Rain Jacket
– Goggles
– Lightweight Motorcycle Rain Pants Covers

In the end, the key to riding safely in a storm is to understand your limitations. During severe weather, it is best to pull off and wait for the weather to clear before you continue your ride.

Tony Stewart and the #14 Office Depot Chevy Autograph Event Thursday, June 16th!

What: Race in to see Tony Stewart and the #14 Office Depot Chevy

Who: Office Depot

Where: 45580 Michigan Ave.

When: Thursday, June 16th

Event Time: 1 – 6 PM Tony Stewart Appearance* starts at 4 PM

*Wristband required. Limit 1 wristband per person. Wristbands will be available starting at 8 AM when the Office Depot on Michigan Avenue opens. Wristbands limited to the first 600 customers. Fans with a wristband must be in line no later than 5 PM to receive autograph. Event fliers available in the Chamber Office. For more information call 734-397-8000

Chicks 4 Charity Woman’s Life Chapter 827 – Stuff a Bus Event this Weekend!

What: Stuff A Bus

 Who: Showroom of Elegance and Chicks 4 Charity Woman’s Life Chapter 827
Where: 6018 Canton Center Road, Canton (Parking Lot)

When: June 10th, 11:30 AM – 6 PM

June 11th, 10 AM – 4:30 PM

Help Chicks 4 Charity STUFF A BUS FULL of Non-Perishable food items to help FAMILIES IN NEED throughout the summer. Suggestions: Peanut butter, jelly, Mac and Cheese, tuna, mayonnaise, ravioli, snacks, fruit and cereal bars, cereal, crackers and cheese etc.

Free Hotdog, chips and a soda for the first 200 people to donate on Saturday.

How to stay cool and safe riding a Motorcycle in 90+ heat

Riding in temperatures reaching triple digits can be as dangerous as riding in freezing temperatures. The beginnings of a heat stroke, as with hypothermia, can affect your judgment and impair your ability to operate a motorcycle safely.

The Warning Signs:

Symptoms include pale clammy skin, headaches, dizzy, nausea, loss of memory and fainting, muscle tremors, cramping and being tired and weak. Red skin with little or no sweating indicates a dangerous level of heat exhaustion. At this point immediate action must be taken to prevent a heat stroke.

The treatments are mostly common sense, but remember the victim may not be mentally capable of making the right decision. Move them into the shade or preferably air conditioned space. Spray water on the person, and get some air circulating around the victim with a fan and have them drink non-caffeinated fluids, cool but not ice cold.

Rinsing with cool water is fine, but do not apply ice to the victim as it will fool the body into closing skin pores to retain heat, making the situation worse.

Be aware that individuals with high blood pressure, those who are overweight are at a higher risk to suffer heat exhaustion and/or a heat stroke. High temperatures with high humidity combined with these risk factors and alcohol use or certain medications and the ingredients are all present for a tragic end to the ride.

Stay Cool on the Bike:

It’s not always possible to avoid riding when the temperatures reach triple digits, and even with temperatures hovering between 90-98 Fahrenheit the combination of high humidity exposes the rider to dangerous heat stress.

The best course of action may be to wear long sleeves and or a good mesh leather riding suit, especially on rides where the temperatures reach north of 98 degrees.

Our body is wonderfully adapted when it comes to keeping us cool. We can cool off a lot easier than we can warm up.

Motorcyclists however, are at a disadvantage when it comes to cooling because in extreme heat, the wind is not our friend. Temperatures over 100 degrees turn the environment around our motorcycle into a convection oven. Strong winds, even as low as 35 mph, snatches away our perspiration before it has had time to cool our skin, leaving us dehydrated and hot.

Add to that the radiant effect of sunlight on uncovered skin (such as wearing thin t-shirt, tank top or no shirt) and serious sun burn isn’t far behind. Wear long sleeve technical style shirts that runners wear made with a cotton/synthetic blend that keeps sunlight off your skin, but the fabric is breathable so you can feel the sweat cooling your skin as it evaporates.

You could also add a full face hybrid flip style helmet and evaporative vest on long hot rides to help keep you cool.

The vest helps lower your core temperature. But to maximize its benefit it must be worn next to the skin preferably under a lightweight vented or perforated jacket. An extra idea too maximize the vest benefits even more is to soak the vest in water before riding.

You can probably expect stares of disbelief as you cover up with a jacket in 100+ heat but you’ll be the one staying cool on the road!

The bottom line is when the temperature reaches triple digits, try to keep as much of your skin covered as possible and to drink fluids at every gas stop while cooling in the shade or inside the store. Riding through “Hell” is never fun, but at least it gives you something to talk about at your next bike night!

Heat Advisory for Wayne County

It’s going to be a hot couple days today and tomorrow. A Heat Advisory has been Issued at: 9:52 AM EDT 6/7/11 for all of Wayne County.

Heat advisory in effect until midnight EDT Wednesday night
The NWS in Detroit/Pontiac has issued a heat advisory, which is in effect
until midnight EDT Wednesday night.

Hot temperatures will lead to a high heat stress index today through
tomorrow. Those prone to heat stress could suffer, especially where no shade or air
conditioning is available. Strenuous outdoor activity could lead to heat injuries such as heat stroke,
heat exhaustion, or heat cramps. Hazardous weather,
Temperatures will rise to the low to mid 90s today and tomorrow.
Heat index values will range from 95 to 100 today and 93 to 98 Wednesday.
Overnight low temperatures will only drop to the low 70s, providing little
relief from the daytime heat.

Precautionary/preparedness actions:
A heat advisory means that a period of hot temperatures is expected. The
combination of hot temperatures and high humidity will combine to create a
situation in which heat illnesses are possible. Drink plenty of fluids, stay
in an air-conditioned room, stay out of the sun, and check on relatives and
neighbors. Children and pets should never be left unattended in vehicles
under any circumstances.

Advanced Notice of Downtown Street Closures

Penniman Ave. between Harvey St. and Main St.-Penniman Ave. business will be open during this time and pedestrian and sidewalk traffic will be available in this area drivers may want to consider Fralick for an alternate route

Ann Arbor Tr. between Harvey St. and Forest Ave.- An alternate route will be Harvey south to Wing St. east to Main St. north to Ann Arbor Tr. Forest Ave. and Ann Arbor Tr. businesses will be open during this time. Pedestrian and sidewalk traffic will be available in this area.

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June 5-11 is National Tire Safety Week!

RMA’s 10th Annual National Tire Safety Week will be June 5-11, 2011. More than 22,000 tire and auto service outlets participated in last years event.

This yearly event is sponsored by the Rubber Manufacturers Association to bring awareness to all consumers about the importance of proper tire care and maintenance.

Proper tire care and safety is simple and easy. The Rubber Manufacturers Association (RMA) recommends getting in the habit of taking five minutes every month to check your tires, including the spare.

Pressure Under-inflation is a tire’s #1 Enemy.
It results in unnecessary tire stress, irregular wear, loss of control and accidents. A tire can lose up to half of its air pressure and not appear to be flat!

Alignment Is your vehicle pulling to one side, or shaking?
A bad jolt from hitting a curb or pothole can throw your front end out of alignment and damage your tires. Have a tire dealer check the alignment periodically to ensure that your car is properly aligned.

Rotation Promotes uniform tire wear.
Regularly rotating your vehicle’s tires will help you achieve more uniform wear. Unless your vehicle owner’s manual has a specific recommendation, the guideline for tire rotation is approximately every 5,000 miles.

Tread Measure it — and inspect it.
Advanced and unusual wear can reduce the ability of tread to grip the road in adverse conditions. Visually check your tires for uneven wear, looking for high and low areas or unusually smooth areas. Also check for signs of damage.

If you think you may have a tire problem or are unsure of the condition of your tires, consult your dealership as soon as possible. You can stop by Dick Scott Chrysler Dodge Jeep Ram in Plymouth, Dick Scott Nissan in Canton or Dick Scott Motor Mall in Fowlerville during Tire Safety Week or anytime you have concerns about your tires.

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