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Wednesday, March 13,2013

Kids in the Hall

Financial Health Team: Cities are screwed, now let’s fix it

by Andy Balaskovitz
Monday, Feb. 4 — Two members of the mostly mayoral-appointed Financial Health Team briefed the Lansing City Council tonight with a simple message on the team’s progress: Lansing, along with every other urban area in Michigan, is part of a broken municipal funding system.
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Wednesday, March 13,2013

'Witch hunt'

Dunbar alleges ‘politically motivated witch hunt’ against her, directed by Council member Brian Jeffries. Jeffries denies

by Andy Balaskovitz
Tuesday, Feb. 5 — Lansing City Councilwoman Kathie Dunbar claims she is the target of a politically motivated attack in which “several” Council members, particularly Brian Jeffries, are using a personal family matter to “impugn my character.”
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Wednesday, March 13,2013

Kids in the Hall

Yorko doesn’t think Council should have met in closed session over computer usage; marketing Waverly Golf Course; and bid transparency ordinance stalls

by Andy Balaskovitz
Monday, Feb. 11 — What started out as a discussion in closed session — then on to a four-member City Council committee — has now emerged before the full Council dais.
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Wednesday, March 13,2013

With grant, housing maintenance assistance expands

Greater Lansing Housing Coalition lands $80,000 grant for home repair program for low-income seniors

by Andy Balaskovitz
Wednesday, Feb. 13 — The Greater Lansing Housing Coalition will ramp up its free home maintenance assistance for low-income seniors thanks to an $80,000 grant it received recently from AARP.
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Wednesday, March 13,2013

Kids in the Hall

Mayor’s call for vicious dog ordinance, revised snow removal ordinance has Council support. Setting a date with Niowave. The computer thing.

by Andy Balaskovitz
Tuesday, Feb. 25 — Mayor Virg Bernero says the city needs to address its “vicious dog” problem and the “bureaucratic nightmare” of a snow removal ordinance. And it looks like the City Council agrees.
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Wednesday, March 13,2013

Journal looking to sell downtown office building

Lansing’s daily announces it's looking for a new building

by Andy Balaskovitz
Thursday, Feb. 28 — Update: The Lansing State Journal has announced that it’s looking to sell its downtown office building.
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Wednesday, March 13,2013

Bernero nominates first black and woman as city attorney

Foster Swift staffer tapped to head the city’s law department

by Andy Balaskovitz
Monday, March 4 — Lansing Mayor Virg Bernero’s pick to replace former City Attorney Brig Smith would be the city’s first woman and first African American to hold the job. Bernero announced at a press conference today that he plans to nominate Lansing native Janene McIntyre, 42, to the job. The appointment is subject to City Council approval.
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Wednesday, March 13,2013

Genesee plans

Movement in the Genesee Neighborhood as new owners look to redevelop Ottawa/Butler block and Genesee School

by Andy Balaskovitz
A prominent five-acre block of green space near downtown Lansing, for years a target for residential and commercial use by at least three Lansing developers, has been purchased by a Lansing-based trade association looking to build its new headquarters there.
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Wednesday, March 13,2013

Keeping college affordable in Michigan

An Obama administration official visits Lansing to make the case for higher education funding

by Sam Inglot
Monday, May 14 — A federal education official appeared at Eastern High School Friday to highlight the importance of higher education, financial aid opportunities and a push for federal programs that could help keep college costs down in Michigan.
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Wednesday, March 13,2013

Multimedia: Occupy Lansing holds ‘Laugh Riot’

Members of Occupy Lansing sing protest songs at the Capitol

by Sam Inglot
“Ha! Ha! Ha! Hee! Hee! Hee! Hee! Wallstreet shows terminal greed. Hee! Hee! Hee! Ho! Ho! Ho! Ho! Courts are owned by CEOs.”
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