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Wednesday, January 28,2015

Comedy of errors?

BWL resolution exposes anew City Council’s failure to communicate

by Mickey Hirten
The firing of J. Peter Lark as head of Lansing Board of Water and Light neatly sets the theme for the dramatic comedy that will play out in City Hall over the coming year. The first act certainly had its Shakespearean overtones. The king, Lark, is deposed. A princeling drawn from the ranks — Dick Peffley — ascends to the throne, interim CEO. His first act? Kill the queen. He fires Lark´s second in command, chief administrative officer Sue Devon. The King´s council — BWL´s Board of Commissioners — is riven with intrigue and factions. The City Council feels slighted and is preparing for battle. This isn´t Shakespeare, it´s “Game of Thrones.”
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Wednesday, January 28,2015

State of the City

Criticism mounts even before Bernero has spelled out his plans for the Lansing Board of Water & Light

by Todd Heywood
When Virg Bernero takes the stage Thursday night at Lansing Community College, it will be to deliver perhaps the most anticipated State of the City address in his 10-year tenure as mayor. Folks will be waiting for details on how he plans to fix issues with the Lansing Board of Water & Light.
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Tuesday, January 27,2015

Down to the deed

Three finalists chosen for Ingham County Register of Deeds

by Todd A. Heywood
Three finalists were chosen for the Ingham County Register of Deeds post today, Derrick Quinney, Carol Wood and Carol Koenig.
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Tuesday, January 27,2015

Popular pooch titles

Bella and Buddy most popular dog names in Ingham County

by Belinda Thurston
TUESDAY, JAN. 27 — Step aside Spot. Make room for Bella and Buddy. Those are the most popular dogs names in Ingham County, according to the Ingham County Treasurer’s Office.
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Thursday, January 22,2015

LPD probe

Lansing School Board member subject of criminal investigation

by TODD HEYWOOD
THURSDAY, JAN. 22 – Nicole Armbruster, who resigned Monday from the Lansing Board of Education, is under criminal investigation by the Lansing Police Department, sources tell City Pulse. Sources, who spoke on the condition of anonymity, said the police are investigating allegations that she embezzled from the Lewton Elementary School PTA. The Lansing School District’s website said she is the PTA’s vice president and that one of her three children is a third grader. Armbruster, 35, declined to comment on the investigation when reached by telephone last night. She said she had resigned for personal reasons.
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Wednesday, January 21,2015

High court countdown

Michigan marriage equality goes to the Supreme Court

by TODD HEYWOOD
Whether same-sex couples have the right to marriage in the U.S. is headed to the U.S. Supreme Court, led by a case originating in Michigan. On Jan. 16 the court agreed to hear a quartet of cases coming from the U.S. Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals; including DeBoer v Snyder, a case from Michigan challenging the constitutionality of the state’s ban on same-sex marriage. Parties to the cases will have a total of two and half hours to address two specific legal questions, the court ordered.
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Wednesday, January 21,2015

Lansing´s south side responds with pride

In last week´s City Pulse, former Ingham County Commissioner Mark Grebner cast a negative light on south Lansing. Here are two responses.

by Guest Column
It’s hard to tell a story about a place and a population that the would-be storyteller doesn’t know. This has to be why — in last week’s City Pulse — Mark Grebner couldn’t fit south Lansing into a “narrative.” After all, he acknowledged that South Lansing isn’t his kind of place and that the residents just aren’t “[his] people.” As the Ingham County commissioners representing south Lansing, we proudly claim south Lansing, and we feel compelled to tell at least part of its story.
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Wednesday, January 21,2015

Eye candy of the week

by Daniel Bollman, AIA
Property: 5600 W. Mount Hope Ave., Lansing Owners: Beth and David Kallman Darius B. Moon, Lansing’s most prominent Victorian-era architect, is probably best known for his elaborate urban Queen Anne houses. This Gable Front and Wing, which Moon designed for his cousin, is conside...
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Wednesday, January 21,2015

Breaking up is hard to do

by Mickey Hirten
Divorces can be so messy and expensive. Lansing´s Board of Water & Light has been there before, in love with its general managers ... until it isn´t. The breakups — this is the third in 10 years — have a tabloid-TV quality: Grievances aired publicly, the blame game, lawyers and large alimony settlements. The Jan. 13 ouster of BWL general manager J. Peter Lark, orchestrated by Lansing Mayor Virg Bernero, follows form. It reflects the increasingly ineffective oversight of the state´s largest municipally owned utility by part-time, inexperienced commissioners and Bernero´s gradual disillusionment with his trophy executive. The result of it all is that the mayor wants the utility´s general manager to report to him like other city department heads. “We need greater accountability.” Bernero said. “This isn´t a new problem.”
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Wednesday, January 21,2015

Chain of command

LANSING MAYOR WANTS BWL GENERAL MANAGER TO REPORT TO HIM

by Mickey Hirten
If Lansing Mayor Virg Bernero gets his way, the next general manager of the Board of Water & Light will report right to him, not indirectly through the utility´s Board of Commissioners. Bernero has been coy about the formal change he´ll propose for BWL at the state of the city address Jan. 29. But not about what he wants city voters to approve. “The structure is wrong,” Bernero said, referring to the relationship between the utility, the commissioners and the city as well as the chaos and cost surrounding the firing of the last three general managers.
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