Comments on: Wiki Wednesday: Running for City Council it's like being there Tue, 16 Sep 2014 04:56:38 +0000 hourly 1 By: Dave Askins Dave Askins Thu, 23 Apr 2009 00:57:10 +0000 Re: [17] To elaborate on “Ford’s interview,” Michael Ford was brought back for a third interview, which was public, and the board eventually voted unanimously to enter into negotiations to offer him the position of CEO of the AATA. The board wished for “crisper” answers, but ultimately counted his mushi-ness somewhat in his favor.

On a personal note, it was nice to meet Hatim Elhady at the board meeting.

By: Hatim Elhady Hatim Elhady Wed, 22 Apr 2009 23:56:59 +0000 I met with AATA Board Chair David Nacht for a brief moment today after Ford’s interview. Hopefully we should be arranging something soon to discuss my AATA goals and other issues he might want to share with me.

Thank You Matt.

By: Matt Hampel Matt Hampel Tue, 21 Apr 2009 14:13:11 +0000 Well, here is one part of a power analysis of the AATA.

By: Hatim Elhady Hatim Elhady Tue, 21 Apr 2009 02:09:51 +0000 Pfizer* :-)

By: Hatim Elhady Hatim Elhady Tue, 21 Apr 2009 02:08:30 +0000 UM is bringing in 2000 new jobs in the old Phizer building. Does this mean 2000 more vehicles commuting to work in Ann Arbor due to the fare increase? To some it would be better to buy a car instead of paying $1.50 a day. How would this work with our environment? I believe these questions need to be recognized by all of us and not just a few of us.

There is definitely much I would like to do together with AATA as one can tell from my goals. I can only hope to look forward in working with the rest of City Council, if I make it to City Council regarding this and many other issues that may arise. This is a big issue and requires ALL City Council and RESIDENTS to push for what WE think is needed.

By: Hatim Elhady Hatim Elhady Tue, 21 Apr 2009 01:41:03 +0000 Hi Matt,

To be honest with you Matt that is exactly what I have been trying to figure out. Unfortunately, I do not have a clear cut answer for that. But I strongly believe being in that position will allow myself to explore all the ins and outs of what I can do and to what extent I can do it.

I believe in order to achieve my goal in creating transparency within AATA I have to understand all the resources I would gain, if I make it in City Council. It would be great if this goal is already drawn up and ready to go but it is not, which means I would need to put in hours dedicated to developing methods that are conducive to City Council and AATA.

Thank you Matt

By: Matt Hampel Matt Hampel Mon, 20 Apr 2009 19:45:10 +0000 (I should have used the subjunctive — Were you a councilperson — not to get ahead history :-)

By: Matt Hampel Matt Hampel Mon, 20 Apr 2009 19:30:59 +0000 Thanks for your response, Hakim. You clearly have cut some issues. But I asked what methods the Council has for influencing the AATA. As a councilperson, how do you think the City can influence the AATA?

By: Hatim Elhady Hatim Elhady Mon, 20 Apr 2009 18:35:00 +0000 Hi Karen,

Again, I do agree with Julie and yourself. My friends, whom are also students, and I love the fact of making an extra $20, especially because of our lack of funds due to increasing tuition. There are many, including myself, who feel the same way you do. I have mentioned before to a concerned individual:

We know the parking gets rough here and I know that MANY out of towners come visit Ann Arbor to watch the games in the Big House.

Keeping that in mind, many of these guests do not have a clue how to get around Ann Arbor, therefore circling the city causing this traffic congestion I mention.

A simple way to solve this is signs informing our guests to the different ways they can get to the 94 and 23, instead of the one way they can remember. I have been approached by these guests plenty of times, asking me for directions.

These signs will NOT cost much at all. The solution is not higher taxes, the solution is research. My goal is not to higher taxes, instead to find a better and cheaper way to use your tax dollars, at the current tax rate.


I also agree with you, The Stadium Bridge is an issue. I have heard mixed feelings about the Bridge. Engineers and the current City Council are aware of this issue and have considered the ramifications if all lanes are not opened soon. If they are not opened, it will be as you described it best a “nightmare” in the 4th Ward. But, nevertheless, we have to do all we can in the mean time, such as what I mentioned above to Karen.

Alan, if you did have to make a top 5 or more, if you like, about the issues the concerns you most about the 4th Ward, what would they be??

I am not only here to speak to you all but also here to listen.

Thank You Karen and Alan.

By: Alan Goldsmith Alan Goldsmith Mon, 20 Apr 2009 10:52:18 +0000 Hatim,

As someone in the 4th Ward, Football Saturdays and parking/traffice is not the biggest issue. The Stadium Bridges issue IS, which is going to make this year a nightmare. We all hate the traffic but if I had to make a top 100 list, it would be 97th or 98th.