Vote YES on Proposal A! - The People’s Community Benefit Ordinance
Vote NO on Proposal B!
Council President Jones and Council Members Castañeda-Lopez and Sheffield voted against the“Enhanced” Ordinance" - Proposal B
Vote YES on Proposal A!
1. The People’s CBO puts forth that Detroiters can negotiate without being monitored by City Council Members or representatives from the Administration. In a real CBA the negotiations are between the community and the developer.
2. The People’s CBO provides community real returns on our investment (ROI) of tax dollars. We’re investing our tax dollars in these projects, what are we getting out of it?
3. The People’s CBO ends in a legally binding agreement between the developer and the community. Without being legally binding, it’s not a real Community Benefits Agreement
Council Member Benson’s “Enhanced” Ordinance
In July Council Member Scott Benson introduced his ordinance, which has been
recognized by many in the community as not being a Community Benefit Ordinance
at all. Benson’s ordinance resembles an elaborate engagement process kept under
the control of Planning & Development and City Council. Benson’s ordinance
expressly forbids community from entering into a legally binding contract with
2. Council Member Benson’s “Enhanced” Ordinance makes official separate and unequal practices between Down ‘Greater Downtown’ and our neighborhoods.
Benson's Ordinance calls for hands off approach to development in Downtown and Midtown, which means they are exempt.
3. Council Member Benson’s “Enhanced” Ordinance expressly forbids community from entering into a legally binding contract with developers.
A legally binding agreement is the heart of a CBA. His Ordinance guts the meaning of a CBA. Benson’s Ordinance depends upon the trickle down effect; that our communities will miraculously benefit from economic development when Detroiters know better.
Council President Jones and Council Members Castañeda-Lopez and Sheffield voted against
Member Sheffield spoke to the fact that without a legally binding agreement Benson’s ordinance wasn’t actually a Community Benefit Ordinance.
Member Leland clearly demonstrated his lack of understanding of Emergency Management and Community Benefits by connecting them in his statement. Council President Jones redressed him for comparing an effort organized by Detroiters on behalf of Detroiters and State imposed suspension of democracy.
On , Member Benson introduced his ordinance, which has been recognized by many in the community as not being a Community Benefit Ordinance at all. Benson’s anti-community ordinance is merely an orchestrated engagement process that will keep all the development deals under control of Planning & Development. It expressly states that community cannot sign any deals and actually legislates ‘business as usual’ for development deals that use public funds and resources in Detroit.