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Wednesday, September 11, 2013

Restoring the Revenue: Fixing Detroit’s lighting issues through educational training, the Wind and the Sun.

by The Friends of George Cushingberry Jr.
Sept. 11, 2013


Why should we accept failure?  Accepting mediocre work as a solution is unacceptable for Detroit.  Replacing streetlights in the city powered by DTE with solar powered streetlights made in Detroit will create jobs and opportunity for everyone. Recently the City of Highland Park tore out their streetlights and converted to Solar Power because they cost too much to operate. Why not Detroit, Hamtramck and any other city in Michigan doing the same thing? (click here to read about the City of Highland Park Lighting effort)

 
Our Future is NOW
We have solar powered everything else and we call ourselves technically savvy but, we are operating City Government like the 1940’s when it comes to technology innovation. We have done well as a city and we can do much better.  An electrician by the name of Roland Cornish in Lansing Michigan once told a group of students that "there is a big difference in electronics and being an electrician".  We have people that are very good at hot rigging home for illegal electric service.    Why can’t we train them to work FOR the people by paying them a living wage to maintain the electrical infrastructure for the city?    By training them and hiring them we are creating a circular revenue stream of working people in the City and neighborhoods. Unions like the  International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers (www.Ibew.com) and public school programs will address the shortage by finding and training kids and adults who want to work.
 

Solar Power and Wind is our friend
December in Michigan is a cloud covered mess sometimes. When that happens, we have a backup through the use of wind generated energy.   Using a combination of strategically located wind turbines and solar power, the City of Detroit will cut energy costs in half. Our city is being challenged to be great again through innovation and creation of positive ideas. The adversity that has found us will soon be converted to positive energy.  The new district structure will give neighborhoods a voice they have never had before.   If City Council members have to live in the District they represent, this should also hold true for City Workers to live in the City.  Although not required, we can provide more incentives to build homes in Detroit where the jobs are.  
 
Johnson Recreation Center
If we are all talking about running government like a business, then City employees living within the city limits would have a %50 reduction in property tax and, other incentives like (discounted air fare and tickets to sporting events for example) that are given to private company employees.  The re-opening of Johnson Recreation Center for the neighborhood is essential to revitalize the neighborhood. Recreation Centers are a vital part of the life of the City and they must be revisited.  Paying high priced consultants to fix a low price problem is an economic imbalance that can be corrected.
 

George Cushingberry Jr. and
A young man registering to vote for the 1st time
Getting on I-75, I-94, I-96, and the Lodge northbound at 5pm is a testament to the need for a regional light rail system.  The energy saved in lighting costs can be re-invested into City-Wide and regional transportation systems with the passenger cars built in Michigan inside a converted Packer plant for instance. All of the plant’s power needs are generated through bio-diesel engines, wind and solar power. If we are using the retirees pension program to fund joint business ventures and real estate, we can divert that funding to rebuild the city by purchasing entire tracts of land for development into things like, affordable housing and entrepreneur zones with City Wide Wi-Fi as an example.  A good business always re-invests their profit into their primary assets like the people and where they live. The Friends of George Cushingberry are always open to ideas that will revitalize and re-energize the city. If you have other ideas please use our comment section at the end of this article to share your ideas with us.
The Boundaries of District #2

 
These are the type of changes that our City needs to prosper and, you will get it if you Elect George Cushingberry to the Detroit City Council. He is the man for YOU in District #2. 


#PushCUSH for Detroit
 
 
 

 

 

 

 

Thursday, September 5, 2013

Restoring the Revenue: Green Jobs and Justice for our City / Vote by November 5th 2013 @ 8pm

By The Friends of George Cushingberry




If you are living in the City and looking for your garbage to be picked up in a timely manner, help is on the way!  Green jobs IS the way to re-invent and re-vitalize the land mass we call the City of Detroit.   Opportunities in manufacturing products from the land are abundant.   Green jobs in energy will spur development of domestically produced fuel that will cut costs for truckers and city owned vehicles. The increased costs of development will be reinvested into the community because of the increase in people needed to do work. 

Someone has to fix the numerous pot holes, keep the water running, and process the information because one or two people cant do it alone.


Bio Fuel Trucks and Teamsters
We already have the services of Michigan State University's agriculture extension that can work in a partnership to foster research and development of alternative energy sources.  In a partnership with the Teamsters, Union truck drivers will be encouraged to use alternative fuel made from Industrial Grade Hemp grown in Michigan.  Converting all city vehicles to run on bio fuels will stimulate and invigorate activity, ideas and positive thinking that the world can use to make a better place.  We want to  have the second coming of Berry Gordy with a green thumb. (click here for information on Hemp Fuel)



Air Force 4 - US Secretary of State's
Personal Aircraft/Mid Range
I want to give another big shout out to the Green and White with the impending land development project for the old State Fairgrounds.  Let by MSU Alumnus Earvin "Magic" Johnson and Marvin Beatty, jobs will be created with the addition of one of Magic's signature theatre complex with a new Amtrak rail station. The complex will also serve as one of the central hubs for the City Wide/Regional light rail system.  Debating over 3.3 miles for a light rail track is an insult to City Residents who can walk that distance when we really need a city wide system that will include transportation to and from Metro Airport and, the renovated Tuskegee Airman International Airport with commercial air service. The upgraded airport will handle aircraft from Southwest, Delta, Magic Johnson Enterprises, Jay-Z, John Travolta, and anybody else who wants to come here and do business. These are the projects that will create jobs and not debate jobs. This will be a benefit to the community and create job opportunities for City residents along with creating a new revenue stream for the City.

One Home at a Time
We need to create jobs!
Regional recycling centers located in strategic areas of the city by district will create job opportunities for Detroit citizens to get jobs. Senior Citizen positions will be available for people who want to work up to 20 hours a week just to keep busy.  In the northwest corner of District 2, there are tracts of land that needs to be revitalized through the construction of homes using concrete made from Industrial Hemp. Hemp-Crete is a cross between Concrete and the male Cannabis plant.  It is mixed together to make things like drywall so that you can use it to rebuild a  home.  Detroit will have it's own version of HGTV ( www.hgtv.com )where people will have the opportunity to "pimp their home" with construction and home modernization ideas. (click here for information about Hemp Crete)


Sen. Virgil Smith & Rick Bowers
Our opponent in District 2 does not support Magic Johnson's plan for Detroit and, has vowed to defeat the entire process in favor of upscale homes at prices that are not affordable to anyone making under $100,000 a year.  There are many other land areas in Detroit including District 2 that have open tracts of land to build a gated community.  If elected, I would prefer more public employees providing timely garbage pickup, lights, road maintenance, City Wide Wi-Fi zones, Police, and Firefighters.


#PushCUSH for Detroit
A vote for Rick Bowers is a vote for Rick Snyder and the GOP.  If you care about this City then I am empathically asking you to vote early for me at WC3!  Wayne County Community College's East and West Campus locations will be open Monday through Friday from 9am to 5pm to allow you to vote early by absentee.  You have to check a box saying that you need to vote early because you will not be available to vote in person on election day of November 5th.  In other words, you can go to work on Nov. 5th and don't have to rush  from work or home to vote. With this length of time to vote, you have NO excuse to not vote and participate in your government.

Hopefully our City Clerk's office will have a web page online saying that your application has been processed and your vote will be counted.

#PushCUSHingberry for Detroit City Council!

Vote early for me at these locations:
Together we can change and maintain Detroit for a better quality of life.

Sincerely,
The Friends of George Cushingberry Jr.  Candidate for Detroit City Council
The Man for YOU, in District #2

www.cushforcouncil.com








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