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Monday, March 18,2013

For Wood, the road to Council is easier than mayor’s office

Why Carol Wood thinks her easy primary victory Tuesday was different from her failed mayoral run

by Andy Balaskovitz
Wednesday, Aug. 3 — Incumbent Carol Wood easily made it through the City Council primary election Tuesday, taking 55 percent of the vote. In 2009, she lost her bid for mayor 62 percent to 37 percent to Mayor Virg Bernero.
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Monday, March 18,2013

Holding off on bike parking

Public Services Committee chairwoman decides to delay Council vote on bike parking regulations, citing the need for more feedback, detailed guidelines

by Andy Balaskovitz
Thursday, Aug. 4 — City Councilwoman Jessica Yorko has decided to hold off on putting new bike-parking regulations up for a Council vote Monday, likely until September.
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Monday, March 18,2013

Another shot at golf course proposals

The Bernero administration will try again for Lansing City Council approval of a ballot initiative to permit the sale of golf course parkland.

by Andy Balaskovitz
Thursday, Aug. 4 — The Bernero administration will try again this month to get approval of putting the sale of Red Cedar and Waverly golf course land on the ballot, this time in the Nov. 8 General Election.
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Monday, March 18,2013

Does Council meet too often?

A proposal to amend the City Charter to require fewer City Council meetings in a year dies in committee, blocked by Wood and Hewitt with Quinney’s support

by Andy Balaskovitz
Monday, Aug. 8 — Lansing City Clerk Chris Swope’s cost-saving plan to cut the number of yearly City Council meetings in half — putting it in line with most other Michigan cities — failed to make it out of a Council committee last week.
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Monday, March 18,2013

Kids in the Hall

The administration stops replaying Committee of the Whole on TV; refueling budget disputes; and a golf update

by Andy Balaskovitz
Tuesday, Aug. 9 — Most of the action at Monday’s City Council meeting arose outside of scheduled business on the agenda. It began with the administration’s notice that it stopped replaying Committee of the Whole meetings on public access television.
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Monday, March 18,2013

AG: More cannabis rules are coming

What’s in store for the Michigan Medical Marihuana Act? Attorney General Bill Schuette has a few ideas.

by Andy Balaskovitz
Wednesday, Aug. 10 — What does Attorney General Bill Schuette, a former Michigan Court of Appeals judge who advocated against the state medical marijuana initiative in 2008, think about as he drives to his Lansing office and perhaps passes a few dispensaries on his way?
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Monday, March 18,2013

Mayor against this pastor

Bernero denounces planned Lansing visit by “despicable” pastor Terry Jones

by Andy Balaskovitz
Thursday, Aug. 11 — Controversial pastor Terry Jones is planning a Lansing visit, but he won’t be welcomed by Mayor Virg Bernero.
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Monday, March 18,2013

Endorsement tallies

Progressives, civil rights organizations endorse Rory Neuner’s City Council campaign

by Andy Balaskovitz
Friday, Aug. 12 — At-Large Lansing City Council candidate Rory Neuner is appealing to local, statewide and national progressive groups. The 4th Ward Progressives, Equality Michigan Pride PAC and the Gay and Lesbian Victory Fund all announced endorsements for Neuner’s campaign this week.
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Monday, March 18,2013

Will it move this time?

Committee of the Whole to discuss and possibly vote on land-sale proposals Monday night

by Andy Balaskovitz
Friday, Aug. 12 — Monday’s Lansing City Council agenda is thin, but the Committee of the Whole, scheduled to meet directly after Council, will discuss two land-sale proposals for the former Red Cedar and Waverly golf courses.
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Monday, March 18,2013

Kids in the Hall

Council members vote down a donation; inaction on land-sale proposals

by Andy Balaskovitz
Tuesday, Aug. 16 — A seemingly harmless late item added to the City Council’s agenda Monday turned into a heated debate and a failed resolution to allow a Council member to donate money to a local community group.
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