Last Wednesday, in a meeting about the mayor’s proposed budget for the Human Services Department, city council members raised alarms about what looked like a $150,000 cut to Law Enforcement Assisted Diversion–a successful pre-arrest diversion program aimed at reducing recidivism among low-level drug and nuisance crime offenders. 1,181 more words
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According to a criminal complaint unsealed in federal court today, Freitas gave insider bidding tips to Rizzo to help them win the deal – which they did – and also accepted a $35,000 bribe from Rizzo to make sure the bill was added onto the water bill so that Rizzo would save money.
Chuck Rizzo Jr. announced his resignation Tuesday from Rizzo Environmental Services amid a federal investigation and corruption charges against public officials in Macomb County.
Local 4 first broke the story that Rizzo Environmental Services had been cooperating with the federal investigators for months as they probed politicians who are alleged to have been shaking businesses down for cash and favors. 24 more words
The weekend before last, I took a second trip up to Vancouver, B.C. to visit Insite, North America’s only safe-injection site and, as such, the likely model for two proposed safe consumption sites (which will include space for people who smoke meth, heroin, crack, and other drugs as well as injection stations) in King County. 1,039 more words