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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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Monday, March 18,2013

Kids in the Hall

A cap and fees are set; the Council agrees to balance last fiscal year’s budget

by Andy Balaskovitz
Tuesday, July 12 — After more than an hour of debating what a fair cap on the number of medical marijuana dispensaries in the city should be, the Lansing City Council voted Monday to keep the number at what was proposed all along: 48.
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Monday, March 18,2013

Minaya in Miami

Rich Michaels, er Minaya, finds a job in Florida and assumes his real name

by Andy Balaskovitz
Thursday, July 14 — Rich Michaels in the Morning is Rich Minaya in the afternoons now – 1,400 miles away.
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Monday, March 18,2013

Human rights ratings

The Lansing Association for Human Rights grades Lansing City Council candidates on their stances on various LGBT issues. One candidate is “very surprised” by his “inaccurate” rating.

by Andy Balaskovitz
Friday, July 15 — A Lansing City Council candidate writes that he is “very surprised” by an “inaccurate” rating he received on gay rights issues by the Lansing Association for Human Rights after filling out the group’s nine-question campaign survey.
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Monday, March 18,2013

Speak out on snow removal assessment

Public hearing scheduled Monday on snow and ice removal

by Andy Balaskovitz
Friday, July 15 — The Lansing City Council is scheduled to hold a public hearing at its meeting Monday night on the city’s first snow and ice removal assessment roll.
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Monday, March 18,2013

Au naturel

Lansing City Council members express concern over the administration’s plans to naturalize some city parks

by Andy Balaskovitz
Wednesday, July 20 — City officials are moving forward with plans to naturalize areas in more than a dozen parks in the city. Meanwhile, four City Council members are expressing concerns over where it’s happening and the alleged lack of information about how it’s being done.
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Monday, March 18,2013

Kids in the Hall

Bicyclists encourage the Lansing City Council to adopt new bike parking rules

by Andy Balaskovitz
Tuesday, July 26 — An unusually high number of spectators wearing bicycle helmets filled the Lansing City Council audience Monday night as the Council held a public hearing on a proposed bike-parking ordinance.
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