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Coleman Young Makes Hud's Wanted List

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Day
5
Month
November
Year
1975
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When the U.S. Marshals come to arrest Coleman Young and Cari Levin for tearing down H.U.D.-owned abandoned houses in Detroit, they can oppose the Marshals with Detroit's finest, led by "Hawkeye" Tannian. Chief Tannian, a vociferous advocate of "gun control" tor the civilian population by any means necessary (including amendment of the state constitution), was photographed on the firing range with his .357 Magnum pistol in hand. It was reponed that Tannian fired a ZjPout of a possible 250 score, which should cause Detroit aera H.U.D. director Elmer C. Binford to have second thoughts baout "busting" Young and Levin. The stance taken by the Mayor, which was characterized by the media as "militant," is one that merits support. Council President Cari Levin has long been a persistent foe of H.U.D. , whose failures in Detroit have been chronicled for years-with Don Ball of the Detroit News being deserving of particular praise for his incisive analyses. The fact that local government has chosen to act dramatically, in the interest of the public welfare of Detroit's citizens, is an interesting indicator of the strain that is being placed on federal-city relations by present day political and economie realities. We are now seeing the emergence of sharp criticism, directed against the "bureaucratie bungling of federal papershufflers," being levelled by officials who were once identified as strong proponents of federal intervention to save the cities. The conceptions of the "New Frontier" and the "Great Society" are held to have been frustrated by insensitive bureaucrats, held together by an endless maze of "red tape." Among the more prominent converts to the new new political wisdom are said to be Edmund G. Brown, Jr., and Michael Dukakis, the newly elected "liberal" govemors of California and Massachusetts, respect ively. The electorate is said to be shifting in the direction of increased dismay with the expansión of governmental employment which is said to have produced no improvement in eitlver the quantity or quality of services to the citizenry. It is said that the speeches of the erstwhile liberáis will increasingly sound like the familiar re f ra in s of George Wallace and Ronald Reagan as the Federal Government is flayed by the new "populists." On the other hand, New York Mayor Abraham Beame is being depicted as a "down and outer" from the depression era who is begging-for a hand out from Washington. Ron Nessen, Gerry Ford's press secretary, likens New York City to a ward "daughter" "strung out1 on narcotics who must kick her "jones" by going "cold turkey." The cure prescribed by Ford entails layoffs of more municipal employees in New York, as well as the curtailment of other programs, such as New York's free tution system in university education. There appears to be a split in the federal government over the desirability of support for New York City in its hours of fiscal crisis. Vice-President Rockefeller, after close and persistent consultation with his brother David (Board Chairman of the Chase Manhattan Bank), urges Federal support to forestall default by the City on its obligations to its individual and institutional bondholders. The Senate of the United States is working to develop such a plan for presentation to the Congress. Mayors of other cities across the land are lobbying for New York City, since the crisis in investoi confidence in municipal obligations affects the capital improvenients programs of local governmental units throughout the U.S. Politica] pundits are now preparing the obituary columns for cities as institutions. The city is being discussed trom a perspective that assumes as inevitable the inability of local units to"responsibl " administer public services within a fiscally sober framework. Proponents of regional government are sniugly confident that t Ii is turn of political events will strengthen their efforts to lop off even more control from big city residents. Amidst this controversy, it is enheartening to sec Detroit officials prepare to defend the interests of local autonomy against the intransigence of federal authority. Perhaps we should farm a dcfense committee to insure fair trials for Detroit's city fathers (and mothers) when they are charged by the "Feds." Young and Levin should be granted personal bonds, since they each have roots in the community, and would most likely appear for their day in court. lheir actions are consistent with the time honored tradition of "self-help" to abate nuisances, which has been enshrined in American law. The Justice Depart ment, of the U.S. government. will have to deal with the ironie facl that the Detroit Pólice Department-armed with sophisticated Communications gear and weaponry purchased with federal L.E.A.A. grants will form an impenetrable ring of steel around the sites of demolished st niet ures. U.S. Marshals fresh trom the battles of Boston aiul Louisville will experience tlie silent hostility of an enraged population committed to the preservation of local prerogatives againsi the threatened encroachment of Washington. The delegation of Detroit leaders, who beseeched President Ford for funds with which lo "Move Detroit Forward," will withdraw their request, leaving the field clear foi Abe Beume and the Rockefeller brothers. For once we can contémplate truly official protests at the Federal Building. The unes have been drawn; which side are you on'.'