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Wednesday, December 7,2011

Clearing out

Occupy Lansing calls it a season and plans to clear Reutter Park, vowing to be back in the spring. Mayor’s Office coordinates with protesters in last week.

by Andy Balaskovitz
The decision was made Monday night at the downtown Capital Area District Library across the street from Reutter Park during the group s General Assembly meeting. The decision goes beyond a deal reached last week with Mayor Virg Bernero that would have ended overnight camping.
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Wednesday, December 7,2011

All in or patchwork?

LCC Board of Trustees decision on college’s pool looms; President Knight recommends “a substantial expenditure” to upgrade it or close it

by Andy Balaskovitz
The job of president for any college is to think about the long-term issues and long-term needs of the college, Knight said last week in an interview. And so I continue not to think well of a patchwork (fix) because all I m doing then as they often say is kicking the can down the road.
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Wednesday, November 30,2011

A house gets its ‘before’ picture

Ingham County Land Bank gives 530 Pacific Ave. a second chance

by Lawrence Cosentino
Sure enough, the leaky, abandoned house on Lansing s south side is slated for a $50,000 renovation in the next three to four months. The Land Bank bought the two-story 1925 house across from the old John Bean factory in July for $6,371 in back taxes owed by the absent owner.
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Wednesday, November 30,2011

Time to tow away road commissions

by Kyle Melinn
She is rubbing people the wrong way with her micromanaging of personnel decisions as she tries to get more minority representation into the workforce, but Rodgers isn’t running a one-woman crusade. And change for the better doesn’t come without upsetting the applecart.
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Wednesday, November 30,2011

Coincidence, pattern or attack?

For LGBT advocates, a series of unfortunate legislation

by Andy Balaskovitz
When Jones, a Republican state senator from Grand Ledge, gives his side of the antibullying saga that took place at the Capitol four weeks ago, he blames Democrats namely Whitmer , the Democrats Senate leader for staging what turned out to be a national media frenzy.
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Wednesday, November 30,2011

Eyesore of the week

by Nyssa Rabinowitz
Property: 1635 Vermont Ave., Lansing Owner: Lois Goddard Taxpayer: Lois Goddard Assessed: $27,600 Owner says: Unable to be reached for comment Architecture critic Amanda Harrell- Seyburn says: Every once in a while the simplest structure surprises vertical wood siding at 1635 Vermont Ave.
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Wednesday, November 23,2011

Who’s running besides Schor?

by Kyle Melinn
Only six months ago, the names of possible replacements for termlimited state Rep. Joan Bauer, D-Lansing, next year in the Lansing-based 68th House District looked like a grocery list.
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Wednesday, November 23,2011

City Pulse wins libel suit

by City Pulse
But in a written opinion issued Thursday, Visiting Circuit Judge Richard D. Ball said, The record in this case shows the description of plaintiff on the front cover of the publication, when read with the content of the article, is substantially true. City Pulse had argued that the substantial truth doctrine in libel law should prevail in this case.
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Wednesday, November 23,2011

Eye candy of the week

by Amanda Harrell-Seyburn
Whether you travel a short distance for a staycation or a long distance, eco-friendly lodging is one of the best ways to carbon offset travel. The Cozy Koi Bed and Breakfast at 720 Seymour St. is the only bed and breakfast in the Lansing city limits and a Green Lodging Michigan Partner, recognized by the state for its environmental efforts.
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Wednesday, November 23,2011

Going forth with a plan

Lansing announces its non-motorized transportation plan

by Andy Balaskovitz
A familiar cast of bicycling advocates, Public Service Department representatives, 4th Ward City Councilwoman Jessica Yorko and about 15 Lansing-area residents attended the announcement.
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