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Monday, March 18,2013

Kids in the Hall

A budget shortfall surfaces, Bernero talks medical marijuana, and brownfield and neighborhood incentives are approved

by Andy Balaskovitz
Tuesday, June 14 — Lansing Mayor Virg Bernero told the City Council on Monday that the city needs to tap $1 million in reserves to cover an unanticipated shortfall in the current budget.
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Monday, March 18,2013

Unveiling a filling station

The historic filling station in Old Town is poised to reopen as a coffee and sandwich shop

by Andy Balaskovitz
Wednesday, June 15 — From eyesore to eye candy in two years, the renovation of the historic filling station at the corner of Grand River and Capitol avenues in Old Town is on the verge of completion.
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Monday, March 18,2013

Neighborhoods and dispensary owners

Two sides are apparent in the process of adopting medical marijuana dispensary regulations. A public hearing on the draft ordinance is scheduled for Monday night.

by Andy Balaskovitz
Friday, June 17 — Who has been giving more input to Lansing City Council members about regulating the city’s medical marijuana dispensaries? Neighborhood groups or dispensary owners?
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Monday, March 18,2013

Chasing cash in D.C.

The mayor is in Washington to track down federal money for REO Town and the old Verlinden plant

by Andy Balaskovitz
Monday, June 20 — Lansing Mayor Virg Bernero is in Washington today to make the city’s case for about $2 million in federal grant money that would revamp Washington Avenue in REO Town and repurpose the former General Motors Co. manufacturing site on Verlinden Avenue.
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Monday, March 18,2013

Business speaks

Neogen CEO not too keen on “noisy dispensaries” or their clientele on Michigan Avenue

by Andy Balaskovitz
Wednesday, June 22 — The CEO of a global corporation headquartered in Lansing said today the number of medical marijuana dispensaries in Lansing is “very embarrassing” when he welcomes international clients into town.
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Monday, March 18,2013

Against the ordinance

Lansing Planning Board’s recommendation to City Council: Don’t adopt the proposed medical marijuana dispensary ordinance as drafted

by Andy Balaskovitz
Thursday, June 23 — The city of Lansing’s Planning Board voted unanimously tonight against the proposed medical marijuana dispensary ordinance.
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Monday, March 18,2013

Cannabis round up

‘Lansterdam,’ a board recommendation, the mayor’s dispensary ordinance and perhaps futile cries for a moratorium extension culminate days before City Council votes on a medical marijuana dispensary ordinance

by Andy Balaskovitz
Friday, June 24 — In the week leading up to the Lansing City Council’s scheduled vote Monday on the proposed medical marijuana dispensary ordinance, a group of concerned business owners and neighborhood groups have rallied in opposition to proposed dispensary regulations, calling for tougher rules in attempts to limit the number of dispensaries in the city.
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Monday, March 18,2013

The best city clerk in the state

Lansing City Clerk awarded top honor in the field

by Andy Balaskovitz
Friday, July 1 — Lansing City Clerk Chris Swope is the best in the state at what he does. The Michigan Association of Municipal Clerks, a statewide organization representing clerks in Michigan’s smallest villages to the biggest cities, says so. The association annually awards the best city, township and village clerks in the state.
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Monday, March 18,2013

Time’s almost up

With a Saturday deadline, few medical marijuana dispensaries have applied to the city clerk for licenses they need to operate under Lansing’s new ordinance

by Andy Balaskovitz
Thursday, July 7 — When the Lansing City Council established medical marijuana dispensary regulations June 27, it gave existing businesses 10 days to apply with the city for a license to operate.Of the 41 operating businesses, only “three or four” have applied for licenses. If the rest don’t apply by Saturday, City Clerk Chris Swope said today, they will be violating the city’s new ordinance.
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Monday, March 18,2013

Kids in the Hall

A vote on dispensary license fees, cap postponed; bike parking rules introduced

by Andy Balaskovitz
Thursday, July 7 — The Lansing City Council postponed a vote scheduled for today on a maximum number of medical marijuana dispensaries it will allow and what their licensing fee will be.
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