A Buffalo Renaissance Proclamation

Letter to Buffalo Rising readers by Mike Weekes (Candidate – Mayor of Buffalo – 2013):

Two score and fifteen years ago the Saint Lawrence Seaway was opened and ever since our city has continued a long, slow downward spiral of suburban migration, racial strife and the resulting economic malady that continues today.
We are engaged in a great economic downturn, an ineffective recovery. With hundreds of annual wonderful events, efforts, endeavors and investments that are reminiscent of those good old days, we are not moving in the right direction, overall. Recent corporate infusions can provide temporary value, but they are not sustainable as long as they remain outside of any coordinated, comprehensive plan.
In spite of these many bright, happy milestones in the Buffalo Story since the 1990s, there remains a void, a gap, keeping these mutually exclusive, yet interdependent outcomes from being part of a cultural transformation.
As long as there is a lack of leadership, structure, strategy and focus on customer and employee alike, there will never be a game-changing momentum.  We slow our rate of decent, but that decent remains nonetheless. 
I ask the people of Buffalo, from whence I came, to allow me the opportunity to restore leadership, strategy, structure – a focus of the citizen and the employee, as Mayor of Buffalo in the Election of 2013. Like you, I am an independent, I think for myself and say what I mean and will no longer buy the nonsense.  
Pretty good is no longer good enough!
Let us not say how great Buffalo once was, but let us enjoy a new Buffalo that takes the kinds of progress that Buffalo Rising highlights every week and make them part of the way we do business everyday! 
Let’s develop and execute a simple, specific, realistic comprehensive plan, with capable, qualified folks with the right values, with a robust process, valid measures and best of all effective outcomes that reverse the downward trend and restore our strength.
Lets honor those passionate, visionary, courageous folks that we read about in Buffalo Rising by developing and executing a plan that makes their accomplishments a way of life here. Let’s not settle for pretty good.  Let’s be great!
Let us hear from you, all the Pessimists, the Optimists, the Cynical, the Dreamers, the Schemers, the Rich, the Poor, the Single Moms, the Old, the Young, the Blue collar and the White collar, the White, the Black, the Latino, the Sudanese, the Irish, the Italians, the Polish and all.
Use this article as a means to voice your concerns, your ideas, and those characteristics and features of the service you receive from the City of Buffalo to form that strategy.
We will distill all these ideas into a consensus of no more than six strategic themes that will become a new action plan and we will communicate on a quarterly basis our progress to that vision you help create. Imagine a 2-page Buffalo Strategic Plan that everyone understands, most agree with and is measurable, specific and realistic!
Include your qualifications, if you would like to be bold enough to help.
In twelve years, by December of 2025, the City of Buffalo can be one of America’s Great Cities. But it depends on YOU!  It will happen with the systematic methodologies used by healthcare, non-profit, manufacturing and educational organizations all around the USA.
A Strategy for a City starts with the Voice of the Citizen…
Here are 101 Questions for you to consider, Buffalo. Which Three mean most to you and why? These will be used to compile a consensus of strategic themes that will lead to a set of strategic objectives. Email the author and speak up!
101 Questions Every Buffalonian Should Ask
 
What value, services, and products do I seek from the City of Buffalo?
 
How does the City of Buffalo need to perform, from my perspective, and how do they measure their own performance?
 
When I look at how the City of Buffalo is “organized” do I see gaps in key information, key performance requirements and results?
 
Where is there conflicting, little, or no information available?
 
If I were to develop a plan of action, to improve how well the City of Buffalo performs, what would the above tell me about where to begin?
 
Does the City of Buffalo and City Hall have a clear mission (why do they say they exist and how does that compare to your idea of their reason for being)?
 
Does the City of Buffalo have a clear vision (where does the City of Buffalo want to be at the end of this year, three years from now, ten years from now)?
 
How does the City of Buffalo promote and achieve ethical behavior?
 
As far as the City of Buffalo Workforce, what are the education levels, how are they engaged in the mission and vision?
 
What are the major assets that the City of Buffalo has to achieve their mission and vision (information, knowledge, technology, cultural, historical, heritage, tourism, etc.)?
 
How the City of Buffalo really governed and what is are the reporting relationships among those who lead the city?
 
Who are the key customers of the Coty of Buffalo and their customer groups as well as associated voice, requirements and critical characteristics and features of services needed?
 
Who are the key stakeholders of the City of Buffalo and what are their key requirements?
 
How do these requirements and expectations differ among different groups of customers and stakeholders?
 
Who are the suppliers and partners of the City of Buffalo?
 
What are the core competencies of the City of Buffalo?
 
What mechanisms does the City of Buffalo use to communicate within itself as well as to customers, stakeholders, suppliers and partners outside of City Hall?
 
What is the competitive environment at the City of Buffalo, including key strategic challenges, advantages?
 
What sort of system of continuous improvement does the City of Buffalo employ?
 
How does the City of Buffalo evaluate itself, assess organizational learning and innovative business or other key processes?
 
What comparative data does the City of Buffalo use to determine its state of affairs?
 
How does the Mayor of the City of Buffalo Lead?
 
How does the Mayor of Buffalo set the city’s vision and values?
 
How does the Mayor’s senior team deploy this vision and these values?
 
How well does the Mayor create a sustainable organization (where performance improvement, accomplishment of mission, strategic objectives, innovation, and agility happens on a regular basis)?
 
How does the Mayor of Buffalo create a workforce culture that delivers a consistently positive customer experience and fosters customer engagement?
 
How well does the Mayor of Buffalo create an environment of workforce learning?
 
How well does the Mayor of Buffalo develop and enhance the leadership skills of those in the workforce?
 
Is the development of future leaders a priority for the current Mayor of Buffalo?
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Does the Mayor of Buffalo encourage frank, two-way communication throughout City Hall, communicating key decisions and take an active role in recognition?
 
Does the Mayor of Buffalo have a focus on action to attain the mission and vision?
 
How does the City of Buffalo review and achieve accountability?
 
How does the City of Buffalo achieve fiscal accountability?
 
Is there transparency in operations, the selection and disclosure policy for governance?
 
Are there independent and internal audits and communications of findings?
 
How are senior leaders at the City of Buffalo evaluated for performance?
 
How is the well-being of the citizens of Buffalo made part of the strategy?
 
How does the City of Buffalo actively support key blocks and neighborhoods?
 
How well do these programs effectively assure well-being and desired outcomes?
 
How does the City of Buffalo establish its strategy?
 
How does the City of Buffalo conduct strategic planning?
 
What are the key steps in developing the strategic plan at the City of Buffalo?
 
How does the City of Buffalo ensure that key elements like strengths, weaknesses, opportunities and threats are included in the strategic planning development?
 
What are Buffalo’s key strategic objectives?
 
How do these key objectives consider stakeholders, core competencies, innovation and shifts and changes in economic and other circumstances?
 
What action plans come out of the above strategic planning process in Buffalo?
 
How are the above actions deployed?
 
What performance measures accompany the actions taken related to Buffalo’s plan?
 
How are resources allocated to achieve the City of Buffalo’s strategic action plans?
 
How is the City of Buffalo’s workforce plan tied to the strategic plan?
 
What performance measures are used to assess the workforce’s ability to meet the plan?
 
Are there any performance projections developed or maintained by the City of Buffalo?
 
Who does the City of Buffalo see as their customers?
 
How does the City of Buffalo obtain information from (listen to) its customers?
 
Are customers satisfied with how well the City of Buffalo listens to them?
 
Who are Buffalo’s future customers (or do we plan for less and less)?
 
How does the City of Buffalo determine customer satisfaction?
 
How does Buffalo determine how well it is performing compared to other cities?
 
When Buffalo fails to satisfy a customer, how is that information captures and how is that incident managed to restore the relationship and eliminate a repeat of the incident (how well does the City of Buffalo learn from its mistakes and develop good judgment)?
 
How does the City of Buffalo identify customer requirements for services?
 
How does the City of Buffalo build customer relationships?
 
How does the City of Buffalo enable customer to seek information and answers?
 
How does the City of Buffalo use data and other information to improve marketing, build a customer-focused culture and identify innovation opportunities?
 
How does the City of Buffalo retain customers or try to exceed expectation?
 
How does the City of Buffalo manage complaints and bring issues to resolution?
 
How does the City of Buffalo measure, analyze and improve performance through the use of data and information at all levels of the organization?
 
How does the City of Buffalo use comparative data to measure its performance?
 
How does the City of Buffalo use the voice of the customer to support organizational and strategic decision-making and innovation?
 
How does the City of Buffalo share best-practices from other cities?
 
How does the City of Buffalo build and manage its knowledge assets?
 
How does the City of Buffalo assure accuracy, integrity, reliability, timeliness, security and confidentiality in the data, information and knowledge it manages?
 
How does the City of Buffalo make sure the hardware and software it sued to manage information has the reliability, security and user friendliness required?
 
How does the City of Buffalo assess the capability and capacity of the workforce?
 
How does the City of Buffalo recruit and hire new workforce members?
 
How does the City of Buffalo manage the workforce to achieve desired outcomes, customer satisfaction, accomplishment of mission and vision and strategic objectives?
 
How does the City of Buffalo reinforce a customer focus through the workforce?
 
How does the City of Buffalo prepare it’s workforce for changes?
 
How does the City of Buffalo engage the workforce to build job satisfaction?
 
How does the City of Buffalo foster a culture of open communication?
 
How does the City of Buffalo encourage a high-performance workforce?
 
How does the City of Buffalo design and manage its work systems?
 
How does the City of Buffalo control the overall cost of its work systems?
 
What are the key processes managed by the City of Buffalo?
 
How does the City of Buffalo incorporate new technology into its key processes?
 
How does the City of Buffalo manage its supply chain?
 
How does the City of Buffalo perform process improvement to reduce variation and error?
 
How does the City of Buffalo reduce waste and non-value-added costs in its processes?
 
How does the City of Buffalo track and trend its performance, from a perspective of effectiveness (meeting the customer requirements) or efficiency (cost of services provided)?
 
What evidence is there of action taken in response to any tracking or trending of performance, from an effectiveness or efficiency perspective?
 
What are the current figures on customer satisfaction at the City of Buffalo?
 
How does the City of Buffalo incorporate these figures into the way it develops or manages key processes, services or other activities?
 
How do these figures affect future plans, strategies or actions?
 
What are the current levels of workforce capacity or capability?
 
What are the current levels of workforce health, safety and security?
 
What are the current levels of workforce engagement and satisfaction with the environment at City Hall or other City-run departments, offices, locations?
 
What are the current levels of actual performance for leaders and their ability to communicate?
 
What are the current levels of actual performance for leaders and their ability to meet ethical expectations, societal responsibilities and legal compliance?
 
What are the current levels of actual performance for leaders and their ability to manage the finances associated with Cit
y Hall and costs and revenues associated with Buffalo?
 
Is the City of Buffalo gaining or loosing market share in terms of residents, businesses, agencies lost, gained or retained?
 
Do the results and outcomes reflect a connection between strategy, workforce, customer, operations and leadership?
 
Is it time for a new Mayor of Buffalo?
 
There you have it.  101 Questions any citizen or businessperson or organizational leader can ask themselves in order to assess the state of affairs in the City of Buffalo.
 
You may not agree with many of these questions, but aren’t there at least a few that really resonate?  Which ones mean the most to you?
 
I’d like to hear from you, including the questions that you feel are the most important; where there is the biggest gap between your expectations for a City of Buffalo and the actual circumstances.
 
We can’t fix everything that’s wrong with the City of Buffalo, but this list can help us identify perhaps six key strategic themes, based on a consensus (more than a majority, but not quite a unanimous) picture of what matters to all of us here.
 
Tell me the three questions that you really think we need to answer.
 
Your input will drive a new strategic plan for the City of Buffalo and lead to measurable objectives we can put in place in January of 2014.  We can report on the actual outcomes for these six key strategic themes and their objectives, showing real progress.
 
We can have a city that is as good a place to live as any in the USA within four years and we can have one of America’s best places to live in twelve years. 
More than 8 out of 10 Buffalonians are less than satisfied with City Hall and the current Mayor of Buffalo.
 
It all starts with your three most burning questions from the List of 101.
 
Include your first name and email and you will receive a weekly update on the analysis of inputs from citizens like you who are tired of not having your expectations met.  By January 1, 2013, we will have a draft New Strategic Plan for the City of Buffalo that will ensure a focus on you, the customer citizen, the City of Buffalo workforce, operational excellence, real leadership, real performance and most of all, results!
These questions are based on a set of quality criteria created by the Malcolm Baldrige team at NIST.
Organizations for 25 years all around the globe have been using these criteria to provide excellence in leadership, strategic planning, customer and workforce satisfaction, but most of all, results!  But it works for non-profits, healthcare, manufacturing, education and even, yes, government!
To learn more, visit www.whataboutquality.com or email the author (michaellovesbuffalo@gmail.com) and participate in a campaign to make Buffalo Better – We Are Family!

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129 comments
BI
BI

Made yu thunked huh?

BI
BI

@Up and Coming ... Why isn't Brown making it easy to track progress beyond his speeches and numbers? In speeches, it is easy to isolate periods of time and shape the statistics to fit the speech. Events and bullet points only go so far. What about statistical trends that bring together the parts into a coherent picture and trying to understand what is important to the people that live in the city?

BI
BI

@94 Why would you limit "Working" to Sociology? and not another field of knowledge? What if ethnographic approach, which is a research method used in Business, Anthropology, Marketing, Journalism, Industrial Engineering, Design, Urban Planning... maybe I can list a few more, was applied to the city and its government to improve services and the lives of the people working there?

BI
BI

The comprehensive plan is OUT DATED and does not reflect the recent investments made by Coumo into the city of Buffalo. (No offense to Shibley's work) It needs revisited with a public review and additionally a PUBLIC performance indicator system that enables people to act. Though indicators exist scattered in the city and community, there is not one place for them to be seen. The city has yet to incorporate this into its comprehensive plan and as a result there are no trends in place to track progress. What can be said is that many efforts are unconnected, unrealized, and disjointed without a light seeing. It might be said that a lot of meaningful information is lost because they are not shared. Cities like Boston, Dallas, and Seattle have this done.

MICHAEL WEEKES
MICHAEL WEEKES

I believe this story received more action on BRO than any other in 2012!

Thank you, again, Buffalo - g'night...

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A little proofreading is in order:

"As long as there is a lack of leadership, structure, strategy and focus on customer and employee alike, there will never be a game-changing momentum. We slow our rate of decent, but that decent remains nonetheless."

Decent is an adjective meaning (1) polite and respectable, and (2) passable or adequate. Descent is a noun meaning (1) an act or instance of going downward, (2) a way down, (3) hereditary lineage, and (4) a sudden visit or attack.

LouisTully
LouisTully

If I say something nice about you will you offer me a patronage job like the others you've been dangling on this thread?

MICHAEL WEEKES
MICHAEL WEEKES

BRO READERS,

Thank you to locals and folks who visited Buffalo for the holidays for the hundreds of positive replies to the announcement of my mayoral campaign.

I especially enjoyed shaking hands with manyu of you on Elmwood Ave during Local Business day this weekend.

It warms my heart to know that, like me, you too are ed up with the busienss-as-usual at city hall.

I hope this time next year we are all planning a move into City Hall, bringing ethics, leadership, strategy and a focus on the employee and citizen, making Buffalo a great American city once again.

MICHAEL WEEKES
MICHAEL WEEKES

Remarks of Michael R Weekes to the Citizens of Buffalo – October 25th, 2012

Buffalo is the greatest place in the world. But we have a challenge.

We are genuine, authentic and have so much to be proud of, but we lack leadership, strategy and a focus on citizen. But there are many things we put up with and are less than delighted with.

Doing business with the City of Buffalo leaves a lot of room for improvement.

Let's create a workforce culture where City employees enjoy their job, where citizens delight in the service provided and the operations represent results that compete with any city in America.

Let's return values, energy, and excellence to City Hall so we can take the journey to a level of performance we can all be proud of.

Let's take the moments and memories and make them new reasons to attract more tourism, increasing revenue in genuine ways.

Let's leverage new technologies and innovation like bioinformatics, life sciences and healthcare to replace legacy industries we can no longer rely on for economic prosperity.

Let's connect SUNY to the East Side and the entire city in ways to fulfill the vision and needs of both parties in order to improve the quality of life, wellness and economic prosperity of us all.

Let’s increase our high school graduation rates by investing in Pre-K programs in neighborhoods, blocks and community agencies.

Let’s plant the seed for young minds who can aspire to a post-graduate journey in the life sciences, healthcare and other domains that our many educational institutions specialize in.

We all know how special this place is, but we MUST change and improve in order to sustain any progress. As we take time to recognize our assets, lets develop new value to move ahead.

Let's celebrate innovation and performance as well as our history, heritage and culture.

Please add your name to the petition to add the name of Michael R Weekes to the list of those running for Mayor of Buffalo in 2013.

I bring more than 25 years experience in helping organizations move from struggle to achievement, from fire-fighting to competitiveness. In twelve years we can be one of America’s great cities again, not only in our hearts but in real, measurable, realistic terms.

Let's Make the City of Buffalo and City Hall a place of excellence, energy and results. Thank you.

Michael R Weekes

Candidate, Mayor of Buffalo

To be a part of a New Buffalo, visit: https://www.facebook.com/michaelr.weekes

MICHAEL WEEKES
MICHAEL WEEKES

Remarks of Michael R Weekes to the Citizens of Buffalo – October 25th, 2012

Buffalo is the greatest place in the world. But we have a challenge.

We are genuine, authentic and have so much to be proud of, but we lack leadership, strategy and a focus on citizen. But there are many things we put up with and are less than delighted with.

Doing business with the City of Buffalo leaves a lot of room for improvement.

Let's create a workforce culture where City employees enjoy their job, where citizens delight in the service provided and the operations represent results that compete with any city in America.

Let's return values, energy, and excellence to City Hall so we can take the journey to a level of performance we can all be proud of.

Let's take the moments and memories and make them new reasons to attract more tourism, increasing revenue in genuine ways.

Let's leverage new technologies and innovation like bioinformatics, life sciences and healthcare to replace legacy industries we can no longer rely on for economic prosperity.

Let's connect SUNY to the East Side and the entire city in ways to fulfill the vision and needs of both parties in order to improve the quality of life, wellness and economic prosperity of us all.

Let’s increase our high school graduation rates by investing in Pre-K programs in neighborhoods, blocks and community agencies.

Let’s plant the seed for young minds who can aspire to a post-graduate journey in the life sciences, healthcare and other domains that our many educational institutions specialize in.

We all know how special this place is, but we MUST change and improve in order to sustain any progress. As we take time to recognize our assets, lets develop new value to move ahead.

Let's celebrate innovation and performance as well as our history, heritage and culture.

Please add your name to the petition to add the name of Michael R Weekes to the list of those running for Mayor of Buffalo in 2013.

I bring more than 25 years experience in helping organizations move from struggle to achievement, from fire-fighting to competitiveness. In twelve years we can be one of America’s great cities again, not only in our hearts but in real, measurable, realistic terms.

Let's Make the City of Buffalo and City Hall a place of excellence, energy and results. Thank you.

Michael R Weekes

Candidate, Mayor of Buffalo

To be a part of a New Buffalo, visit: https://www.facebook.com/michaelr.weekes

BuffaloQPublic
BuffaloQPublic

Unexpectedly, Part 2 comments . . .

Today, November 24, Michael Weekes received substantial publicity for his reconstituted Fundmoneum Museum quest for Buffalo via YNN News coverage.

It was reported that he had been away from Buffalo for 30 YEARS until two years ago.

Without question, that is pertinent info for weighing the viability of his purported candidacy.

BuffaloQPublic
BuffaloQPublic

It’s interesting that Michael Weekes mentions his intent to be an Examiner under the Malcolm Baldridge program. The tenets of total quality management (TQM) was the corporate rage in the U.S. many years ago but fizzled. Apparently, there were not widespread stellar results, as other philosophies became replacements.

So . . . would TQM be his “system methodology” for improving the City’s performance?

Re: 101 Questions

The Question Behind the Question, John Miller’s book

Re: “more than 8 out of 10 Buffalonians are less than satisfied with City Hall and the current Mayor of Buffalo”

How to Lie With Statistics, Darrell Huff’s book

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Paulsabo – re: “ you can’t elect an African American from the east side to manage the city . . . they only know how to make the city look like the ghetto”

Unfortunately insightful words seem to constantly fail you.

How did the City look after 16 years with a mayor elected from South Buffalo and 12 years with a mayor from the Westside? Please post a few Cityscape pictures showing shining examples of their management proficiency.

JohnMarko
JohnMarko

From all of the beautiful homes and shops to the large resorts and skyscrapers I've designed and were responsible for, not to mention all of the charitable work I've done, I'd say plenty - certainly a lot more than the BULLSHIT you're trying to spew here!

Thanks for proving to us all what a jerk you are, that's a contribution to humanity in and of itself!

Thanks for asking!

Quixote
Quixote

Michael:

You seem to be a well meaning fellow but c'mon man. Mayor?

whatever
whatever

weekes>"from Joe Schmo, the guy or gal at the corner tavern, the man on the street, the business owner, my dentist, the theater owner, the developer, the student...they're all dissatisfied."

Wow. So now it's grown even above the more than 80% … now up to "all"?

One thing I'd wonder is from how many different and diverse parts of the city were those Joe Schmo's you talked to? A very small non-diverse sample can mislead.

If that many citywide residents really disapprove, isn't it strange he got 63% of the vote in 2009 with a 26% landslide over a well known opponent?

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Buffalo_mayoral_election,_2009#Primary

"Mayor Byron Brown defeated South District Councilmember Michael P. Kearns by a 63%-37% margin."

Has much really changed in Buffalo over those 3 years? The 63% in '09 who voted for him is very near the 65% who approve of him this May's poll by Zeplowitz.

Looks like a trend. Yet you tell us a huge majority now disapproves.

To base it anecdotally on people who one personally encounters sounds like why some Manhattanites were shocked at Bush's '04 win because their neighbors were for Kerry, or why some red state Romney supporters also were on Nov 7 because nobody they knew favored Obama.

I'm not saying they should approve of the mayor, or that they can't possibly be persuaded to vote against him, or that anyone shouldn't run.

Just saying it sounds out of touch, at best, to keep claiming that he's very unpopular citywide right now. Then to invent numbers "more than 8 out of 10" calls credibility into question. If you'll make that up, why should we believe anything else you say isn't made up?

Even in Buffalo, if I wanted to I could easily find 10 people who really share my disapproval of Obama or Cuomo (or Brown)... but then to assume that proves a huge 80% majority of the whole city agrees with me about it - that would sound delusional.

grad94
grad94

well, if *lincoln* did it, then i guess everyone should do it. shall we all put our votes up on ebay to auction off to the highest bidder?

MICHAEL WEEKES
MICHAEL WEEKES

Thought for the day:

Who is Steve Casey, really and why do we even have a Deputy Mayor?

I heard a rumor that Steve Casey really runs City Hall.

I heard that Mayor Brown can't even achieve what he'd like to given the dominant role that Mr. Casey represents.

Is that true?

I watched a recent CitiStat show (#55 or #56) on Ch 22 Time Warner Cable and it seemed like Steve Casey is the individual who manages performance at City Hall.

Beyond the fact that we really have 2 Mayors (or maybe 1.5, I don't know) why is Mr. Casey so upset about thew fact that his district, Delaware never had any Clean Sweeps there?

And what are Clean Sweeps anyway and how are they part of any strategy based on what we care about.

Clean Sweeps seem to be events that try to make up for a general lack of services.

Am I running against Byron Brown or Steve Casey?

Any advice, information, ideas?

How is it good leadership to whine about not having had any clean sweeps in your district when it's not about YOU anyway?

I recall that the team from Oswaldo Maestre's 311 department attempted to explain to Mr. Casey that data drove the decision on where clean sweeps would be held, not where the deputy mayor thought they should be.

The worst part was the negative tone in the room, non-verbally communicating a clear lack of open communication or thought in the City Hall environment. This fear-based situation is exactly what keeps good ideas from bubbling up from the workforce, finding their way to improved services.

thank you.

MICHAEL WEEKES
MICHAEL WEEKES

Oh Buffalo61, thank you so much, whoever you are.

Yes, I am a man who dreams big, makes dreams come true, could live anywhere in the world and cam home to Buffalo and now I'd like to make it better. I won't apologize for that. and yes, I am a Bozo. You'd have to be to run for mayor and anyone would agree with that.

I always mention Canisius High School because it made me realize that I am a

MAN FOR OTHERS according to the Jesuits, so that aligns with a campaign. It is also my way to memorialize Mildred Campbell who sponsored me, one of Buffalo's greatest residents.

Uh, $100,000 is not nearly enough to run against Mayor Brown in this media-driven society, but it is a start. If I did not raise money, you'd never hear from me. If I raised $10,000 you'd hear from me for a month. I could not shoot for $1,000,000 although that's what it could take.

You obviously never imagined what a political campaign entails or what is at the heart of vision or passion.

The job fair I attended, at the last minute landed me the role of consultant to ECC Workforce development where I re-wrote their corporate training manual. They paid me $125/hr. to help them.

By the way, the WIVB interview with Lorey Schulz, in which I was the only pro-Buffalo person spoken to that day, led to other work.

So, as far as results go, I'd have to say I'm doing pretty good.

Parking is free one block west, but I live downtown, so parking is free for me.

Fandemoneum will open in 2014 as the Buffalo Entertainment and Sports Experience ans is now supported by the GBSHOF, the musicians HOF and the Broadcasters HOF.

I have sold several copies of the study plans for the Erie canal Packet Houseboat, soon to be featured in Wooden Boat Magazine.

I encourage you to dream your dreams, act on them, make mistakes and see what the future holds for you, but, please do dream. Don's waste time stepping on other people's dreams it makes you look bitter.

Thanks for this chance to celebrate my journey.

MICHAEL WEEKES
MICHAEL WEEKES

My numbers come from Joe Schmo, the guy or gal at the corner tavern, the man on the street, the business owner, my dentist, the theater owner, the developer, the student...they're all dissatisfied.

I suggest you study up on Harry S. Trueman - I'm like him, unqualified, inexperienced and optimistic. I am simply the real deal, genuine and authentic brand, just like Buffalo.

Buffalo needs a leader that you feel like you can talk to, someone who listens.

Do you see Mayor Brown having a coffee at Spot, a beer at BAR BILL, I can't say what the man feel and he's been here quite some time now. Could you see Byron Brown at Home Depot buying some Duck tape, does he sit in a lawn chair at a waterfront concert, eat clams at the hatch? These are real Buffalo things. Our leader needs to be Real Buffalo. He is not.

MICHAEL WEEKES
MICHAEL WEEKES

My apologies - and by the way, I'll take the B- and be joyful.

All stories boil down to the people and their unique, precious value. The story of Buffalo is the story of it's people, their diversity, their gifts, their experience.

Any endeavor has the people at it's foundation.

What moved me about the book was how honest it was, how genuine and authentic.

The best art is real and Studds was as real as any.

I'd love to write the Buffalo version of WORKING some day and have 70 pages of it done. No one has comprehensively captured an actual picture of Buffalo in spite of many attempts.

The other thing I liked is that EVERYONE was included, not just the "right kind of people". I have never been in the inner circle so I like the fact that other atypical characters found themselves as much a part of the story as any others.

It made me realize that my silly life did matter, and that we are all special!

Thank you!

buffalo61
buffalo61

Everyone, regarding Mike Weekes, please do your research on this bozo.

Self-published book. http://www.amazon.com/Everything-Is-Process-Michael-Weekes/dp/0615272444 (great reviews, huh?)

Let’s see….what were his aspirations before decided to run for mayor since he moved to Buffalo.

Open up Fandemonium Sports museum. Archived article in Buffalo News, August 2010.

Build himself a house (and soliciting help of course)

http://www.buffalorising.com/2011/02/ex-pat-seeks-guidance-ideas-and-lessons-learned-on-west-side-low-carbon-footprint-home.html

Here’s one that really hurt the community of Lockport…….(he successfully solicits a free place to build his canal boat and free labor to build it until they got taken by him.)

http://clarence.wgrz.com/news/arts-culture/61313-packet-boat-partnership

http://lockportjournal.com/local/x1669696065/Packet-boat-supporters-jump-ship

http://lockportjournal.com/local/x1561284262/Boat-building-suits-dropped

There were articles in the Buffalo News about this, but they are archived, and you must pay to read the entire article.

Well, so much for that…..let him move on to his next idea.

Oh, sports museum didn’t work, so let me open up a sports restaurant, (and ask for everyone’s memorabilia to decorate it.)

http://fandemoneum.wordpress.com/2012/06/19/welcome-to-fandemoneum-the-vuffalo-sports-museum-restaurant-to-be-located-on-the-buffalo-waterfront-in-january-2014/

Thirty-two years later, he’s still needs to brag about graduating from Canisius High School to sell himself. Judging from his grammar, punctuation, and spelling, I think he needs to go back and request to audit an English class.

Oh, here’s a link to him on TV looking for a job. Nice attire to wear to a job fair. He really doesn’t look like a marathon runner to me.

http://www.wivb.com/dpp/news/citybration_events_feature_job_fairs_090626

He’s currently solicting $100,000 in funds for his Mayor campaign. So far he’s received one donation of $50 by an anonymous donor the same day the fund was started. Hmmm, I wonder who that was? http://www.gofundme.com/1hr9qk

Money-saving tip….parking is $2 in quarters for 10 hours of parking across from Hutch Tech.

MICHAEL WEEKES
MICHAEL WEEKES

The Monstro-city Comes to Chippewa - we used to have whores and hop houses, but instead, just in time for Dec 21, 2012 we have the DOOMSDAY MACHINE - OMG - It's Sky Watch, but it doesn't watch the sky - it watches YOU, better than before!

But guess what - we don't want to be watched...Mayor Brown..

More cameras, better cameras, (that's how Mayor Brown defines quality of life here) connected to huge mechanisms to lift them into the sky -

I am furious - you should be to - I imagine these cost perhaps $200,000 or so - enough to educate 200 Pre-k inner city youth to help them move toward careers in medicine, bioinformatice or life scheives - to attend SUNY - god forbid - IF THIS DOESN'T CONVINCE YOU WE NEED A NEW MAYOR, WELL NOTHING WILL

Problem: there aren't any hooligans left downtown on Turkey Eve to witness (or be survailed by) this sin - they're all out in the suburbs drinking and remembering all those great moments and memories, when they were kids and used to enjoy Chippewa, 30 years ago.

MIKE4MAYOR

MICHAEL R WEEKES

CANDIDATE - MAYOR OF BUFFALO - 2013

MICHAEL WEEKES
MICHAEL WEEKES

Buffalo,

By the time we have 1000 comments, I will know the true voice of the citizen, what to say, what not to say, what matters and what doesn't. I will have all the themes that make up our true strategy, how we really define quality of life and what features we care about.

That's exactly why I wrote this article.

Happy Thanksgiving! and Thank you, Thank you, Thank you, all!

MICHAEL WEEKES
MICHAEL WEEKES

Would you rather go on a date with Mayor Brown - that would be fun, listening to him tell stories about going fishing with his father and they would go fishing and catch fish and...OMG!

Put Ch 22 on your DVR, invite a gal over and she;ll run out the door i nthe first 15 minutes.

I went on a date with a young lady who had a multiple personality disorder and she loved every question, all 101 of her....oh , did I offend anyone with that 1970s definition?

This is getting good.

By the way, this is a blog, I believe and by definition, dialog is encouraged...

MICHAEL WEEKES
MICHAEL WEEKES

Hey, Lincoln bought votes with jobs and he got the 13th Amendment...and where would we be without that...and if you're going to shoot that one down, well...

MICHAEL WEEKES
MICHAEL WEEKES

Thank you..I will and I appreciate the timne you took to not just say, wrong, but you enlightened me on a solution - any others folks? That's what I;m looking for!

MICHAEL WEEKES
MICHAEL WEEKES

I just don't want some old smelly trainer taking my locker away..because I didn't try hard enough...

MICHAEL WEEKES
MICHAEL WEEKES

Snarky? Sounds like a pet name.

Oh snarky, I love you...oh ,I love you too snarky..

whatever
whatever

…makes a wild claim then won't answer about what facts he's basing it on.

Great.

Did you just make up the "More than 8 out of 10" unsatisfied number?

Or is it based on something?

[cue the crickets]

whatever
whatever

weekes>"who hide under some anonymous user name"

First, the commenter to whom you were rude a few comments above in that little exchange doesn't seem to have "some anonymous user name".

Doesn't "John Marko" look like a real name?

So much for that excuse for rudeness.

Regarding your question about Mr. Marko's accomplishments - well, since he isn't campaigning for public office on here, it's unclear why that should be relevant.

Second, you're a hypocrite by embracing so many others with "anonymous user names" as long as they agree with you. Even mentioning possible job offers to them, lol - nice consistency!

Also, FYI - sarcastic doesn't contain an 'h'.

whatever
whatever

I doubt public financing would result in many more incumbents losing. For one thing it would still be very easy to get around those limits with 'independent' campaign spending (the type Ricchiazzi was going against Grisanti - even though that was an ineffective example). Also, there's still so many insider-friendly factors beyond money (party machines controlling the election board, etc).

What would have more impact would be making it much less difficult to get candidates names on primary ballots (state law changes would be needed for that), and City Charter changes to reduce Council terms to 2-years, and ideally having term limits of something like 8 years max for all city offices.

Non-partisan local elections could help make a difference too.

Unfortunately none of the above is at all likely, since the people who decide on the changes are the incumbents themselves who like having things as is.

whatever
whatever

weekes>"eliminate all parking fees in the city of Buffalo"

Wow. Well, that's how it already is weekday evenings and weekends.

But a big difficulty with doing that everywhere in the city on weekdays is there'd be pretty much no on-street parking downtown. Office workers every morning would park on the street for free and leave their cars in those spaces all day.

weekes>"Citizens should be able to come downtown for a meeting or to look at a lovely building without worrying if their hour is up."

Again, those citizens going to meetings or looking at buildings very likely wouldn't find a spot on downtown streets during weekdays if there was all-day unlimited free parking on those like you're proposing. Cars of office workers would be sitting in all-day-free spaces on streets, so mid-day visitors would end up needing to pay anyhow in parking lots.

EB_Blue
EB_Blue

Can you imagine going on a first date with a list of 101 questions in your hand for the date to read over a candlelight dinner?

Up and coming
Up and coming

I think that's two in one day? I see the beginnings of a beautiful friendship.

LouisTully
LouisTully

Indeed. Well, I'd rather have misguided passion than absolutely no passion whatsoever.

Cheers.

EB_Blue
EB_Blue

Folks who write in ALL CAPS are not allowed to be mayors of major American cities.

EB_Blue
EB_Blue

Buffalo's Comprehensive Plan, adopted the first year of Brown's term in 2006, says succinctly: embrace smart growth and sustainability, fix the basics, build on assets, and invest strategically.

http://www.buffalo.edu/news/10166

grad94
grad94

he's probably one of those candidates who needs his handlers to suggest a book and talking points on said book.

Up and coming
Up and coming

Ask Byron Brown the same question and see what answer you get from him....?

Up and coming
Up and coming

Sometimes an individuals passion is misguided. I'm sure we can all relate to that.

grad94
grad94

not bad. i give your answer a b-. here's why.

unlike many candidates for public office, you can name the author and title of an actual nonfiction book, and an especially significant one at that. studs terkel was an american treasure and "working" is a fascinating read.

but "working" is sociology. it is not actually about how cities work or don't work. plus you cut and pasted some book review blurbs rather than saying in your own words why the book was important to you.

townline
townline

Your first objective is a terrible. The least of this city's problems is parking and it's way below normal downtown market rate parking fees. Go read Donald Shoup's book on the disastrous impacts of cheap parking in a city. What exactly are you trying to accomplish by this?

elias
elias

do you believe in the american dream? apollo creed does...

grad94
grad94

well, i for one am ready to vote for paul wolf.

just one more annoying piece of unsolicited advice for mr. weekes: stop dangling jobs at everyone who writes a comment you like. it looks like vote-buying.

Pegger
Pegger

Wow! It takes real courage for a potential candidate to engage in a dialogue on this site! It's not for the faint of heart.

Paul Wolf
Paul Wolf

I give anyone credit who is willing to step into the arena and run for public office. Running for office is not easy, especially suffering through the constant criticisms and attacks one has to endure.

I can't believe that Mr. Weekes is being criticized for taking the time to engage and respond to comments here. It is refreshing to see a candidate that is willing to take the time to engage with people by reading and responding to posted comments.

In my opinion changing how city government operates requires the following:

- Public financing of elections to help make elections more competitive by encouraging more people to run for office. Byron Brown has a war chest of $1 million dollars. City Council Members on average have a war chest of $25,000 vs their challengers who average $1,000. In 2011 5 out of 9 Council Members did not have any primary opposition and not a single Council Member had any opposition in the General election. City Comptroller Mark Schoeder raised $100,000 and was elected without any opposition. The power of money that flows to incumbents shuts out new voices and prevents competitive races from taking place.

- We need a professional City Manager to run the day to day operation of city government. A City Manager who has the power to hire department heads based on qualifications and not on how many petition signatures one gets or how much money one contributed would be a significant change in City government.

- Comply with the City Charter. The City Charter contains excellent ideas that simply are not being followed such as: evaluating employee performance, quarterly meetings of city officials to develop and address a coordinated strategic plan for the city, independent audits by outside auditors, the development of an annual management plan, the creation of a Procurement Policy Board to develop better procedures for soliciting bids etc. It is all laid out in the City Charter but not being followed. Accomplishing such items requires focused leadership, which is not taking place.

LouisTully
LouisTully

Mike, you've pushed me so far away I might actually work for the campaign of whoever you would oppose. Reason #1: you responded to basically every comment on here. I would expect the individual who earns my vote would be able to find a better use of their time.

MICHAEL WEEKES
MICHAEL WEEKES

I knew a Black Rock Lifer who finally left his home of 60 years when he could not return home without the threat of being attacked in his own driveway. The fence and gate and lock didn't do the trick.

He testified against the young man who attacked him and that young man dispatched another young man, from his cell in the holding center, and put a gun to his head and asked him if he really wanted to testify against his detained buddy.

If I risk being inept in public relations in order to stand up against an unacceptable situation, well then I guess I won't be seeing you at the corner tavern, but if you have had enough, please consider a new leader.

Our Mayor is very polite, unfortunately he has failed to provide Black Rock with a quality of life where a single mom or her son or daughter can go get milk, bread and eggs without fear of bodily harm.

I respect your view, I count on it.

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