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Wednesday, October 23,2013

Bernero v. Jeffries

Is this the year Bernero gets his wish of breaking up Carol Wood and Brian Jeffries?

by Andy Balaskovitz
Lansing Mayor Virg Bernero and City Councilman Brian Jeffries live around the corner from each other, but their personalities are light years apart. In turn, those differences have caused a Grand Canyonsized political gap between the Mayor’s Office on the ninth floor of City Hall and Jeffries’ part-time Council office on the 10th floor.
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Wednesday, October 23,2013

No one up for challenging Swope

Lansing City Clerk Chris Swope running unopposed for second term in a row — he must be doing something right

by Andy Balaskovitz
Since being elected Lansing’s city clerk in 2005, Chris Swope has successfully lobbied to cut the number of required annual City Council meetings in half, consolidated voting precincts to save money and transitioned to a paperless form of getting Council information out to interested residents.
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Wednesday, October 23,2013

Who will stay and who will go?

A predictable mayoral race, a quiet 2nd Ward and close calls in the 4th Ward and At-Large

by Andy Balaskovitz
If there’s a foregone conclusion to any of this year’s mayoral and City Council races, let’s just come out and say it: Few would disagree that Virg Bernero is coasting to his third term as mayor.
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Wednesday, October 23,2013

2013: Split among organized labor

by Andy Balaskovitz
This election is an off year for unity among organized labor. Let’s take Mayor Virg Bernero and his slate, for example.
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Wednesday, October 23,2013

Questions surround pot question

In weeks leading up to Nov. 5 election, Lansing City Attorney’s Office still investigating what pot-related ballot question means

by Andy Balaskovitz
As of late last week, it’s still unclear what, exactly, a pot-related ballot question being decided by Lansing voters this election would mean for marijuana enforcement if it passes.
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Wednesday, October 23,2013

Taxes and the mayor

Charlotte income tax proposal is playing factor in mayoral race

by Andy Balaskovitz
Charlotte voters will decide if the Eaton County seat will become the 23rd Michigan city to levy a local income tax. The proposal, debated for nearly a year by City Council, would raise an estimated $1.1 million to $1.5 million annually if levied at the maximum 1 percent on residents and .5 percent on non-residents.
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Wednesday, October 23,2013

Changes in store for E.L. Council

Two four-year, one partial two-year term up for grabs on East Lansing City Council

by Andy Balaskovitz
The five-member East Lansing City Council will get at least two new members starting next year. Two seats are up for four-year terms. Another seat is up to complete the remaining two years of the term of Councilman Don Powers, who resigned.
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Monday, October 21,2013

Kids in the Hall

Council approves new UAW contract that gives employees pay raise, saves the city in health care costs

by Andy Balaskovitz
Monday, Oct 21 — The Bernero administration and the United Auto Workers union representing city employees ratified a new contract Friday afternoon that received unanimous City Council support tonight.
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Wednesday, October 16,2013

Per-diem pay?

Lansing City Council candidates disagree on whether Council salaries should be tied to meeting attendance

by Andy Balaskovitz
About a month ago, 4th Ward Lansing City Council candidate Chong-Anna Canfora called for moving the Council to an attendance-based salary — an apparent jab at her opponent, Councilwoman Jessica Yorko, and her attendance record.
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Monday, October 14,2013

Kids in the Hall

Riverview Church gets permit to expand into REO Town; Niowave saga officially ends

by Andy Balaskovitz
Monday, Oct. 14 — Despite objections from the city’s Planning Department and concerns from the LGBT community, the Lansing City Council unanimously approved a request tonight from a Holt-based church to expand into REO Town.
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