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Wednesday, April 23,2014

Discontent at the market

Lansing officials say City Market vendors should adapt to lack of parking; Bernero calls the problem a ‘growth spurt’

by Andy Balaskovitz
One by one, vendors at the Lansing City Market would furrow their brows or shrug their shoulders when asked: How are things going at the market?
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Wednesday, April 23,2014

From the farm to Congress

Ingham County Treasurer Eric Schertzing says upbringing will resonate with rural 8th Congressional District voters

by Andy Balaskovitz
A humble, hard-working farmer from Bunker Hill Township. Responsible with money, progressive on social issues. That’s the portrait Eric Schertzing paints of himself — and it is one that he believes will make him the next congressman from Michigan’s 8th District.
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Monday, April 21,2014

Kids in the Hall

Lansing City Council approves tax incentives for GM, Montgomery Drain petition

by Andy Balaskovitz
Monday, April 21 — The Lansing City Council tonight unanimously approved a pair of tax incentives for General Motors Co., as well as gave Ingham County Drain Commissioner Pat Lindemann unanimous support for moving forward on the Red Cedar Renaissance project.
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Wednesday, April 16,2014

Who are we to judge?

Happy Easter from City Pulse — may you find a place of worship that doesn’t view your sexual orientation as a sin

by Andy Balaskovitz
If you thought “open” places of worship and “affirming” places of worship for the LGBT community is simply a matter of word choice, guess again. It is the difference between one religious organization defining your sexual orientation as a sin versus wholly acceptable.
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Monday, April 14,2014

Sierra Club to BWL: Retire Eckert by 2017

Environmental group urges Lansing Board of Water and Light to invest in long-term renewable energy, not short-term “Band-Aid” fixes to aging coal plant

by Andy Balaskovitz
Monday, April 14 — The Sierra Club over the weekend formally urged the Lansing Board of Water and Light to not spend millions on short-term pollution controls at its aging coal-fired Eckert plant, but rather on sustainable energy and upgrading transmission.
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Wednesday, April 9,2014

Seeing art through

The Lansing City Council is preparing for public art, but who will pay for it?

by Andy Balaskovitz
The Lansing City Council is in the process of establishing a formal commission to review and facilitate public art, but an underlying question that needs to be dealt with is: Will the public pay for it?
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Tuesday, April 8,2014

Kids in the Hall

Standing up for LGBT community as state mounts same-sex marriage appeal; Red Cedar project gets public hearing after lawsuit announced last week; Allen Market Place opens space for Sleepwalker Spirits and Ale

by Andy Balaskovitz
Tuesday, April 8 — Let’s savor this one for a moment: In what could have been yet another messy dispute this year over legislative process, the Lansing City Council came together Monday night to pass a resolution extending strong support for the LGBT community.
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Friday, April 4,2014

In solidarity, in a few weeks

City Council President A’Lynne Boles will not allow a vote Monday on a resolution to support the LGBT community due to short notice — Jessica Yorko asks, “Why wait?”

by Andy Balaskovitz
Friday, April 4 — Lansing City Councilwoman Jessica Yorko wants the Council to show solidarity with the LGBT community after a hate crime took place in Ypsilanti Monday and as the attorney general mounts an appeal to a federal court ruling striking down same-sex marriage in Michigan. But a formal recognition won’t happen on Monday, according to Council President A’Lynne Boles.
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Thursday, April 3,2014

Bernero not running in 8th

Tempted to fix “broken” Washington, but Bernero sticking to mayor’s office

by Andy Balaskovitz
Thursday, April 3 — While Lansing Mayor Virg Bernero was tempted to try and fix a culture of divisive politics in Washington, he will not pursue an open Congressional seat to try and fix it.
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Thursday, April 3,2014

Updated: Frandor owner suing city over Red Cedar project

In lawsuit filed today, Frandor Shopping Center owner claims redevelopment costs should be paid by developers, not surrounding property owners

by Andy Balaskovitz
Thursday, April 3 — The owner of Frandor Shopping Center is suing the city of Lansing, claiming business owners in the shopping center will be on the hook for helping pay tens of millions of dollars to redevelop the former Red Cedar Golf Course he says should be paid by private developers.
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