First of all, I want to give Detroit’s city lawyer Corporate Counsel Krystal Crittendon a round of applause. When it was time to look out for Detroit’s best interest, she stepped up and filed a lawsuit on its behalf. The city charter clearly states that Detroit cannot enter into a contract with its debtors. That contract being the current Consent Agreement with the state. In December of last year, Bing and the City Council told everyone the state owed the city of Detroit $284.6 million on live TV. It is that $284.6 million that is the source of contention in Crittendon’s lawsuit. Under the city charter, Detroit cannot enter into a Consent Agreement with the state because they owe the city of Detroit a large chunk of money! However, Mayor Bing has now changed his tune.
Detroit will not pursue the money he (Bing) once said the state owes the city. We need to borrow $80 million from the state or we go broke, the state is going to take over Belle Isle, and the state fair has gone to Novi. Oh, and because Krystal Crittendon filed a lawsuit to stop this process, Mayor Bing is looking to remove her from office because she would not resign. What is his reason? Krystal Crittendon’s legal challenge adversely affected Detroit’s bond rating and ability to finance its ongoing operations, which could cost millions of dollars. In short; What Governor Snyder wants, he gets!
That is the major reason why Detroit can’t get over the hump. Those who were elected to fight for it continue to sell it out and those who do the right thing are made the villains. The people no longer trust their leadership and I don’t blame them. Crittendon’s challenge to the Consent Agreement was the right thing to do for the people. If Detroit is to have a Consent Agreement, it is only right that it does not go against the city charter. It is appalling that she must now lose her job. Without Crittendon’s challenge, Snyder and Bing are free to go after Detroit’s union contracts. That is really what this is all about. More pay cuts and job losses for Police, Firemen, and city workers. That in itself is a damn shame! Holla if you hear me!