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Wednesday, March 13,2013

Kids in the Hall

Back and forth with the mayor: a misogyny allegation from the 1st Ward and stalled developments downtown

by Andy Balaskovitz
Monday, July 9 — With a light agenda tonight, Lansing City Council members took the opportunity with Mayor Virg Bernero present to air some grievances.
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Wednesday, March 13,2013

Investigating climate change

MSU lands $750,000 grant to study effects of climate change and extreme weather events on watersheds

by Andy Balaskovitz
Monday, Aug. 27 — Forget about whether climate change is real or even man-made — the scientific community largely agrees that it is. Maybe we should discuss what would happen to ecosystems as a result of a changing climate and more intense weather events. Researchers at Michigan State University will have a chance to investigate those potential effects as it relates to watersheds as part of a grant from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.
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Wednesday, March 13,2013

Kids in the Hall

Walnut Neighborhood residents speak out against Niowave’s pole barn, want pending tax incentives tied to design improvements

by Andy Balaskovitz
Monday, July 16 — Six residents of the Walnut Neighborhood spoke out against local high tech manufacturer Niowave Inc. at tonight’s City Council meeting because of a building they say has ruined the look, feel and property values of their neighborhood.
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Wednesday, March 13,2013

25x25 jobs

New MSU research suggests renewable energy ballot initiative will be a two-fer: clean air and more jobs

by Andy Balaskovitz
Friday, Aug. 10 — Twenty-five times 25 equals 625, which is less than .01 percent of the number of jobs Michigan State University researchers say would be created under a successful proposed statewide ballot initiative.
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Wednesday, March 13,2013

Red Cedar plan picked

Review team recommends the Jerome-Ferguson plan to repurpose Red Cedar Golf Course, seeks to ask voters for permission to sell more than 12.5 acres

by Andy Balaskovitz
Monday, Aug. 13 — An overgrown golf course and two vacant car dealerships are three eyesores on Michigan Avenue that would get redeveloped as part of the Red Cedar Renaissance plan. But the announcement comes with a caveat: Voters must agree to sell more of the old golf course in addition to the 12.5 acres it approved for sale last November. How much more is unclear.
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Wednesday, March 13,2013

Kids in the Hall

A new Red Cedar ballot proposal would ask voter permission to sell off the entirety of the golf course for redevelopment, though the administration says that probably wouldn’t happen

by Andy Balaskovitz
Monday, Aug. 13 — The Bernero administration is seeking voter permission to sell off the remaining 49 acres of the former Red Cedar Golf Course for redevelopment, a stark change from a ballot initiative voters approved in November authorizing the city to sell just 12.5 acres of the park along East Michigan Avenue.
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Wednesday, March 13,2013

Streamlining health care

In an attempt to cut costs and align city employees with similar health insurance plans, changes start at the top

by Andy Balaskovitz
Thursday, Aug. 23 — The Bernero administration is seeking changes to health care coverage for cabinet officials in an effort to cut costs for the city and ultimately streamline health plans for all city employees.
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Wednesday, March 13,2013

Council Night

Red Cedar Golf Course ballot proposal, executive health benefits changes up for City Council vote Monday

by Andy Balaskovitz
Friday, Aug. 24 — After Mayor Virg Bernero announced his interest in a plan to redevelop more than just 12.5 acres of the former Red Cedar Golf Course, the City Council is scheduled to vote Monday on whether to place a ballot question before voters Nov. 6 that would support the plan.
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Wednesday, March 13,2013

Countywide parks millage?

Maybe, if Mayor Bernero is successful in getting Ingham County commissioners to approve a millage proposal at its meeting Tuesday night. But did the effort come too late to make November ballots?

by Andy Balaskovitz
Monday, Aug. 27 — Lansing Mayor Virg Bernero is seeking Ingham County Board of Commissioners approval for a four-year, countywide millage that would fund maintenance and operations for city-owned “parks that are considered regional assets,” a resolution before the board says.
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Wednesday, March 13,2013

Kids in the Hall

Council approves Red Cedar Golf Course redevelopment proposal, doesn’t reconsider sidewalk millage. Council member Robinson asks: What gives?

by Andy Balaskovitz
Tuesday, Aug. 28 — Third Ward Councilwoman A’Lynne Robinson was the only Council member to vote against asking voters to approve a new plan for the former Red Cedar Golf Course. She did so because she thinks the Council is inconsistent when it comes to placing ballot measures before voters.
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