WXYZ Editorial: Lighting up Detroit and Councilman Scott Benson arrested

WXYZ Detroit - Detroit is often the location of good news and bad news in the same week.  The city took two steps forward when the Public Lighting Authority (PLA) installed its 10,000th new LED streetlight.  And it took one step backwards when Detroit City Councilman Scott Benson was arrested in Southfield on suspicion of driving drunk in a city owned car. Improving Detroit's image is a constant struggle! 

A few months ago, Otis Jones, the executive director of the PLA, told Channel 7's editorial board his team was installing 500 lights a day and was on pace to eventually add 50,000 new ones to Detroit neighborhoods. The PLA is currently more than 1,000 lights ahead of schedule. It also closed on $185 million in bonds that will pay for the relighting of Detroit. The lower interest rate on the bond sale will enable to city to purchase 15,000 more lights than originally planned.

So far, along with strong support from his board and city officials, Jones has kept his promise. And in doing so, he is providing new lights and hope to city residents who lived in the dark far too long! This is a major accomplish and we hope they stay on track.

A big distraction to Detroit's progress was the recent arrest of City Councilman Scott Benson. He becomes the second new member of council to find himself on the wrong side of the law.  He is entitled to due process and we will patiently await the results of his blood test. But we are  tired of these kinds of incidents that tarnish the image of our city.  It's a new day in Detroit.... and elected leaders must carry themselves in a responsible way at all times. 

I’m Mike Murri, Station Manager

Broadcast: July 3 - 6, 2014

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