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Wednesday, July 15,2015

McCloudy days at BWL

Bernero snubs Council, keeps appointee on board

by Todd A. Heywood
Despite having his reappointment nomination withdrawn late Monday afternoon by Lansing Mayor Virg Bernero, Lansing Board of Water and Light Commissioner Anthony McCloud will continue to serve in his position.
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Wednesday, July 15,2015

Oops

Ethics group violates state law, county clerk says

by Todd A. Heywood
A committee set up ostensibly to bring greater campaign transparency to city of Lansing elections has violated Michigan campaign laws, Ingham County Clerk Barb Byrum has determined. Citing reporting by City Pulse, Byrum on July 8 sent a letter to Walt Sorg, chairman of Lansing Citizens for Ethics Reform. The group was pushing an amendment to the city’s ethics law that would have required, among other things, registering lobbyists and providing public campaign financing. The city clerk refused to validate the petition drive after the city attorney said the proposal violated state law and the City Charter.
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Wednesday, July 15,2015

Certified: Uncovering Lansingīs hidden rental crisis

LOW-INCOME FAMILIES SUFFER FROM DEFICIENT HOUSING INSPECTIONS

by Todd A. Heywood
Bancroft Court is a quiet street nestled in the Genesee Neighborhood on Lansing’s near west side. The house at 816 is a mustard yellow two-story, three bedroom, single-family home built in 1916, decorated with flowers in a new bed. Children’s toys are on the porch and yard. The exterior masks an appalling interior.
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Wednesday, July 15,2015

Behind the inspection at 816 Bancroft Court

by Todd A. Heywood
The results of a city inspection of the rental property at 816 Bancroft Court not only found safety violations, but also revealed the complicated relationships inspectors share with tenants and landlords in the city. Larry Connelly, a city inspector, visited the property on Thursday based on a complaint filed by City Council members. That complaint was based on photos shared by City Pulse and an expression of concern for the tenant’s health and safety.
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Wednesday, July 15,2015

Overtime for MSU, ESPN

Appeals Court to hear case over releasing athletes’ names

by Brooke Kansier
A dispute between Michigan State University and the ESPN Sports Network over the university’s refusal to release 301 student-athlete names in campus police reports has moved to the state Court of Appeals. MSU is challenging a ruling by Ingham County Circuit Judge Clinton Can...
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Wednesday, July 8,2015

Eyesore of the week

by Daniel Bollman, AIA
Property: 114 Clare St. Lansing Charter Township Granted, this building is not located in the most visible or well-travelled precinct. However, the light industrial atmosphere of the area does not excuse the building’s deteriorated condition. The lot is overgrown with weeds and, a...
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Wednesday, July 8,2015

On their own

Gannettīs newspapers, LSJ included, cut loose

by Mickey Hirten
It happened without fanfare or public notice, but last week was significant in more than 100 communities, five of them in Michigan, most notably here in Lansing. The ownership of their newspapers shifted to a new company with an old name: Gannett. It owns the Lansing State Journal, the Detroit Free Press, USA TO- DAY, newspapers in 33 states, Guam and in England. And as of last Monday, itīs on its own. The old Gannett was a combination of newspapers and television stations. TV was the cash cow; print was the dead weight. Management gambled that separating the two very different businesses would increase the value to shareholders, so it did what other large newspaper/television companies have done —divorce.
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Wednesday, July 8,2015

Out in the cold?

City Council could ice BWL board reappointment

by Todd A. Heywood
Lansing Mayor Virg Bernero’s reappointment of a firstterm Board of Water and Light commissioner is in jeopardy after he refused to tell City Council members whether he would support selling the public utility. At least three members of the Lansing City Council said they are not prepared to approve the reappointment of Anthony McCloud, the third ward representative to the Lansing Board of Water and Light. Other Council members did not respond to inquiries from City Pulse about McCloud’s reappointment, which has been tabled until Monday in order have more members present for the vote. To be reappointed, he will need to gain a simple majority approval of those present.
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Wednesday, July 8,2015

Ethics plan dead

Initiative group says cost of legal battle prohibitive

by Todd A. Heywood
The ballot initiative to amend the city’s ethics ordinance, which would have created public financing of local elections and stricter rules on lobbying, is dead. Last week, Lansing City Clerk Chris Swope refused to approve the measure. And Tuesday, Lansing Citizens for Ethics Reforms said it will not sue to force the city to place the measure on the November ballot.
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Wednesday, July 8,2015

The Green Report: Special delivery

Rolling Remedies delivers medical marijuana to your doorstep

by Steve Green
Every time I go out in search of a dispensary to review, it requires logistical planning. I suffer from epilepsy and donīt drive, so this week I had the marijuana come to me. Just as I would order a pizza, I called Lansing-area marijuana delivery service Rollin Remedies. The call itself was incredibly simple. The man on the other end of the line was more open than a lot of my friends are when talking about marijuana over the phone. (Some people cringe if you even say the word marijuana over the phone.)
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