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Thursday, September 4, 1975


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inancial problems plague city as
new Council, Mayor take over

It's been a long year for the
folks at City Hall in more ways
than one. Otuside of the annual
brouhaha which accompanies
each city election, an assorted
host of additional headaches --
most of them financial - have
plagued the traditional Monday
evening Council meetings and
shaken Ann Arbor's political, as
well as lay circles from the in-
side out on a number of memor-
able occasions.
Although the newly elected
Council and Mayor escaped the
now historical five dollar mari-
juana law melee that had pre-
occupied their predecessor's de-
liberations for months in 1973,
an issue to rival the dope con-
troversy, in the name of Com-
munity Development Revenue
Sharing (CDRS), landed in the
body's collective lap last winter
and has been making waves
ever since.
THE CDRS funds, which total
an impressive $2.4 million, are
federal monies returned to the
city earmarked for low and
moderate income citizens. Un-
der the direction of Housing and
Urban Development (HUD) offi-
cials, citizen's groups and city
officials have been debating the
channeling of these funds for
over half-a-year now.
The political haggling began
last year when former Mayor
James Stephenson appointed W
J a m e s Stephenson appointed
William Colburn to head up one
of t w o citizen's committees
charged with studying uses of

the revenue sharing funds. This
move incited furious opposition
from local Democrats who ac-
cused Colburn, a former Repub-
lican councilman, University
professor and long-time. friend
of Stephenson's of acting in a.
rubber stamp capacity for what-
ever priorities the GOP mayor'
quietly mapped out for the
CDRS monies.
Stephenson, Colburn and mem-
bers of the committee vehem-
ently denied the charges, how-
ever, testifying before council
severa Itimes to the fairness of
the committee's operation, and
for a brief period the opposition
subsided. However, come early
December when Colburn an-
nounced his 25 member com-
mittee's tentative prioritiescfor
the appropriation of the funds,
the wraggling started anew.
CHARGING t h atiColburn's
outline for allocation of the
funds sidestepped the federal
government's actual intent for
the monies' direction, Democrat
and Human Rights Party (HRP)
council members denounced the
recommendation as "distress-
"I'm not very pleased with it
(the committee's recommenda-
tion) at all," said Councilwoman
Carol Jones (D-Second Ward)
following Colburn's announce-
ment. "My initial reaction is
that there is way too much
money being allotted to city
hall-type operations. There is no
doubt that more money needs
to be put into the hands of the

community, and that hasn't been
Echoing J o n e s' disappoint-
ment with the Colburn commit-
tee p r o p o s a 1, Councilwoman
Kathy Kozachenko (HRP-Second
Ward) called the allocations "in-
adequate and ill-defined."
"COLBURN is very manipula-
tive, and can successfully and
charmingly indicate where he
feels the needs lie," said Koza-
chenko, "but what I think he
and the committee owe to the
citizens of Ann Arbor are the
facts and substantial data justi-
flying how they arrived at the
figures they did. You can't just
pull figures out from thin air."

Kozachenko accused Colburn
of granting too little money to
community services and low in-
come housing, while allocating
excessive amounts to public
works, environmental protec-
tion, and historical preservation
operations. "(Those services)
aren't as vital as someone need-
ing to go to the hospital," she
Despite this marked disatis-
faction with the handling of the
CDRS funds, a Republican dom-
inated council approved the Col-
burn recommendation and scoot-
ed it off to HUD officials for
final review. However, the tra-
vesty recently' took on a new
twist since Democrat Albert,

Wheeler's election to the May-
or's seat last April.
THE CITY'S GOP councilmen
charged Wheeler with throwing
Ann Arbor's finances into
"grave jeopardy" because of a
letter the Mayor sent to HUD in
May which Republicans contend-
ed would delay the CDRS fund-
ing for one full year.
Wheeler explained in the let-
ter that he wished "to review
and probably recommend some
changes in the Housing Com-
ponent, and also in the Housing
Assistance Plan," adding "My
basic concern is to cooridnate
as much as possible, the use

0Wide services are offered of
local Women's Crisis Center

At first glance, the nine by
twelve quarters of the Women's
Crisis Center, tucked in the
wings of St. Andrews Church
on N. Division, are quite deceiv-
ing, save for the closer inspec-
tion that reveals an amorphous
center whose services sprawl
throughout the entire Ann Arbor
"Our counseling covers a lot
of range," said B. J. Kronemey-
er, one of the Center's m o r e
than 100 active volunteers.

OFFERING peer counseling
on family problems, rape, prob-
lem pregnancy and a miriad of
other concerns, the Crisis Cent-
er also sponsors organized oc-
tion groups designed to bolster
women's awareness on salient
feminist issues.
A microfiche machine, con-
taining an updated referral
guide for any woman-related
problem is located in the organi-
zation's office and acts as a ra-
dar device, tracking down com-
munity resources.
"The trigger that got people
together to form the Center,"

Jan BenDor, one of Che found-
ers of the Women's Crisis Center
recounted, "was *he simu'tan-
eous attack on rape on two
women in the city of Ann Arbor
in the fall of 1971."
BY THE spring of 1972, the
project was well underway and
"it was the first time that wo-
men got together to do some-
thing abou tigv ing
thing about giving assistance to
rape victims," BenDor added.
Now, boasting a fine ph on e
counseling operation which in-
cludes a 24-hour on-call service
for rape victims, the Center em-
ploys women who've had exper-
ience with rape incidents eith-
er personally or through others.
And the office is also frequent-
ly by visitors seeking immed-
iate help or general guidan ;e in
any area during days and eve-
"YOU'VE got people on the
phone, people being counseled
and people walking in for help
all at the same time and it gets
very hectic around here," ex-
claimed Kronemeyer describing
the atmosphere at the center.
Trained in all espects of couni-
seling, Kronemeyer who h a s
been focusing her effucts on
phone counseling explained,
"During the day I usually get
information-request calls about
legal or medical referrals and
in the evening wd get mostly
crisis calls."
The one-year veteran of the
three-year-old Crisis Center esti-
mates the well-used service re-
ceives some 100-150 calls p e r
those calls are required to at-
tend a weekend-dengh "em-
pathy training" session as well
as a subsequent eight hour prob-
lem-solving training sessioa. The
only prerequisite needed for en-
rollment .in the courses is de-
After acquiring the skills for
phone counseling, according to
Kronemeyer, "If you've got the
time and energy, you can do as
much as you can." In fact,
many women learn the funda-
mentals of rape and problem
pregnancy counseling'n addition
to the phone-counselor tra ning
although the latter is not re-
quired for the aforementioned
However, considering the ef-
fort expended on the part of
the Center in providing crunsel-
ing training program, BenDor
stressed, "Participation is only
useful for six months or more."
In the case of call receivers, a
half year committment is man-
INSPIRING community know-
ledge in such areas as rape pre-
vention and self defePise, t h e
Women's Crisis Center has dis-
patched a rape education group
which works closely with . Ann
Arbor school system and poce

Daily Photo by STEVE KAGAN
ANN ARBOR'S OWN, Shakey Jake, is shown here hawking one of his many wares: a
teeshirt with a picture of himself on the front. Jake is friends with newcomers and
oldcomers alike, so the next time you pass him on the street, ask him "what's hap-
Shakey Ja-ke intigues
del'ights local crowd

Doily Photo by STEVE KAGAN
SHOWN HERE is one of the many scenes from the Briarwood Shopping Center located at State Rd. and the I-94 Freeway. The
indoor mall features everything from movie theatres to head shops.

B riarwook

The late'st in

If in your first exploratory wanderings
about the city, you happen to encounter a
baggy suited, highly animated figure hawk-
ing copies of the Ann Arbor Sun in low,
raspy tones, go over and ask him what's
happening, because its Shakey Jake, an in-
tegral part of Ann Arbor's street scene.
To describe Jake merely as a local charac-
ter would be unfair - but explaining to those
new to Ann Arbor exactly who, or what Jake
is, presents several problems. He remains a
semi-mysterious figure to most, emerging oc-
casionally to play his guitar on the diag, and
spending much. of his time as unofficial dis-
penser of good will at Dooley's, a popular
watering hole near the corner of Maynard
and Liberty Streets.
JAKE sees himself simply as an enter-
tainer. And for an entertainer, any audience
will do, whether it is a crowd on the diag to
hear one of his impromptu concerts, or one
interested listener on a muggy June night at
"Been an entertainer all my life," Jake
announced after polishing off a coke, the most
potent beverage he claims to drink. "I been
in all fifty states, and every city in the
"I HITCHHIKED all my life, don't never
stay in no city for very long. I've been every-
where, Mexico, Italy, China . .."
"How was China, Jake?"
"Oh, it was real nice, that's where all the
silk comes from."
BORN IN New Orleans 75 years ago, Jake
Woods said his mother, Millie, nicknamed
him Shakey when he was very young. Jake's
freewheeling, gregarious manner mellowed
out when he spoke of his mother, who died
last January in Saginaw at the age of 94.
"My mother was the best friend I ever
had," said Jake, his harsh, raucous voice
softening. "I promised her before she died
that I would keep on playing. A mother will
do things for you nobody else, like take care
of you when you're sick."
While Jake is seemingly a fixture in Ann
Arbor, he makes his home in Saginaw, shut-
tling regularly between the two cities via

thumb. Asked where he stays in Saginaw,
he says only "hippies."
PEOPLE may not know much about Jake,
but they all seem to know him. From a cen-
trally located table at Dooley's, Jake en-
thusiastically greeted anyone who happened
to say hello or cast a friendly glance. Jake
was especially accommodating- to the wo-
men, whistling with approval and telling
them to "have a good night."
Jake admits. that his guiding philosophy
in life is "womens," and for that reason, he
has never married.
"I'm a busy man, I don't want no one wo-
HE WON'T admit to any favorites - no
favorite guitarist, city, song, or anything
else. Jakes seems to. look at the world
through his sunglasses in a highly even
handed perspective, speaking well of any-
body who has been good to him, and re-
flecting fondly, if somewhat hazily, on the
places he has been.
"I never have no specials, treat every-
one the same." "Life," pronounced Jake,
"is what you make it."
Color is important to Jake, with his striped
bowtie and ornate rings, which were given to
him by "friends." If it doesn't have flash,
Jake isn't interested.
"I DON'T buy a pair of shoes unless they
are white, red and all other colors," he said.
He is sure that he would feel "naked" with-
out his sunglasses.
"I ain't gonna wear nothing but sunglasses,
I don't wear no cheap rings either," he add-
ed. His suits, he said, number "about 200."
Although Jake has every intention of doub-
ling his 75 years, he has no qualms about
facing the end of the line.
A regular church goer, Jake is at peace
with the world.
"WHEN I DIE, I just want to get it over
with, I don't want to hang around."
So, as Shakey Jake approaches octagenar-
ianism with an effortless ease few of us
can ever hope to possess, his music remains
as imnortant to him as ever. As long as
Jake has his guitar, he'll b'e a happy man.
"I just love to play my guitar everyday
and every night for the rest of my life."

shopping extravaganza

Newly arrived from the sub-
urbs I was happily checking out
the town's amazingly central-
ized assortment of bars, dogs,
street people, food co-ops, bi-
cycles and funny little stores
whose shaggy-haired managers
sat meekly knitting or reading,
when upon, the advice of my
misled roommate I hopped a bus
to a place she had vaguely call-
ed "Briarwood."
As we pulled into the parking
lot of the place, my amaze-
ment of the city's uniquely alive
downtown dissolved. There be-
fore me stood Ann Arbor latest
extravaganza in shopping, other-
wise known as an indoor mall.

trip around," exclaimed .>n e'
young furry-haired shopper, who

ike many of the customers
drops in just to walk around gap-
ing at the sleek space aged de-
cor on the steps in the center
court watching the waterfall and
meditating on a giant sizedI
Open for two years, Briar-
wood is designed to serve a re-
gional market. It houses approx-1
imately 120 stores full of shoes,+
dresses, Pizza palaces, movie
theaters as well as the big dad-
dies of them all - Sears, J. C.I
Penny, and Hudsons.
While most are simply nart of
a regional or national chain, a
few home-owned specialty shops1
are blended in for spicing. In.
these, a more relaxed atmos-I
phereprevails and managementI


and employees are willing tor
talk and joke around with thet
customers. t
"OH YOU live there? So doE
I," the cashier points to an ad-
dress on a customer check then
proceeds to exchange complaints
of the ill repair in her apart-
ment complex.1
Later she tells me that she e
likes her work at the mall. "I'ver
worked at Hudson's and itt
seems there are more personnelc
problems, small stores when your
have a problem you can get to1
the owner."
In Murphy's Landing, anotherE
owner-operated, househoid bou-
tique, one of the owner explainst
why the store made its movec
from a formerly downtown lo-
cation, Kerrytown location: "We

needed more space - wa have
ten times the amount of space
here than before, and there just
wasn't any traffic in Kerrytown
except on Saturday - but you
can't make it on just one day
a week."
ALTHOUGH the store is pros-
pering as never before he indi-
cates a dislike for the sterile
mall atmosphere. "It's a con-
trolled environment - like a
cave that you come into at
nine each day. I don't particu-
larly like it - you don't even
know when the weather chang-
The summer customers seem
to prefer the outdoors in spite
of the mall's air conditioning.
"Business is really down in the
See BRIARWOOD, Page 11


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In more than a few Michigan counties, political
campaign speeches typically revolve around the
usual proverbial theme of motherhood and apple pie,
with perhaps an occasional populistic reference to
allegedly incompetent Federal bureaucrats who
"recklessly plunder millions and millions of your
hard-earned tax dollars" thrown in to lend the topic
a somewhat current tone.
The politicians themselves are almost exclusively
dull, drab and totally uninspiring people, elevated to
public office virtually by accident.
BUT NOT in this city. The state representative is

a lively discussion of a wide-ranging set of issues
and philosophies relevant to both state and national
Esch and Bursley are Republicans. Bullard is a
THE 33-YEAR-OLD Bullard was first elected to
the state house in 1972, riding the crest of the
McGovern vote in city precincts dominated by stu-
dent residents. He only narrowly won re-election in
1974, after both Republican and Human Rights
Party (HRP) opponents charged that he used his
legislative position merely to "grandstand" for







versity facilities for showing sex movies, both na-
tional wire services -prominently headlined the affair.
SOME VETERAN political observers from both
major parties claim that Bullard's flamboyant pub-
licity stunts may make it impossible for him to
exercise much influence within the generally con-
servative legislative environment in Lansing.
Bullard, however, doesn't agree. "I don't see it as
a problem," he says, pointing to victories in the
areas of student and tenant rights. "There's a cost
to outspoken advocacy, but it's a question of what
people want."


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