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Wednesday, November 20,2013

Buddhist association request moves forward

Committee approves plans for Buddhist church relocation, parking lot for Chamber of Commerce and two brownfields. Plans head to full Council.

by Andy Balaskovitz
Thursday, Nov. 20 — A Lansing City Council committee today approved plans for four separate redevelopment projects, including a special land use request by a religious organization that the city’s Planning Department recommended denying.
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Tuesday, November 19,2013

E.L. ranks high statewide in LGBT rights

Human Rights Campaign gives East Lansing high marks for LGBT policies

by Andy Balaskovitz
Tuesday, Nov. 19 — Human Rights Campaign, the nation’s largest advocacy group for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender rights, has ranked the city of East Lansing near the top in Michigan when it comes to offering LGBT protections.
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Wednesday, November 13,2013

What master plan?

Churches migrate to commercial zones. But what’s the point of a master plan when City Council votes to ignore it?

by Andy Balaskovitz
For the second month in a row, the Lansing City Council is considering whether to allow a church to move into one of the city’s commercial corridors.
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Wednesday, November 13,2013

The year ahead

Picking a president and the strong representation of women on Council

by Andy Balaskovitz
At the outset of 2014, the eight-member Lansing City Council will huddle together — in open doors and behind closed ones — to negotiate electing a new president for the year.
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Friday, November 8,2013

Spiral goes nude

Spiral Video and Dance Bar celebrates 15 years with first fully nude dancers following federal court decision

by Andy Balaskovitz
Friday, Nov. 8 — Spiral Video and Dance Bar in Old Town celebrates 15 years in business Saturday with an all-new kind of show: Fully nude dancers. It’s a party that couldn’t have happened for the 14-year anniversary.
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Wednesday, November 6,2013

Private sector benefits

The growing tide of private-sector businesses offering same-sex partner benefits, and those in Lansing that still don’t

by Andy Balaskovitz
Fourth Ward Lansing City Councilwoman Jessica Yorko said publicly at the end of an Oct. 28 Council meeting that she finds it “somewhat appalling” that insurance company Jackson National Life does not offer its Michigan employees same-sex partner benefits.
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Wednesday, November 6,2013

Brown Clarke: ‘All options are open’

Councilwoman-elect Judi Brown Clarke is not dispelling rumors about a future run for mayor, other higher office

by Andy Balaskovitz
Wednesday, Nov. 6 — Lansing City Councilwoman-elect Judi Brown Clarke made a big splash in the local political scene Tuesday when she placed first in a field of four candidates and ousted 10-year veteran Brian Jeffries from the Council. It appears the ripple effect may be felt for years to come. On a taping of “City Pulse on the Air” this afternoon, Brown Clarke said she has “all options open” when asked to respond to speculation that higher political office is in her future, including the Mayor’s Office.
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Tuesday, November 5,2013

Kids in the Hall

Council considers another church’s request to move to commercial corridor after Planning Department recommends denial

by Andy Balaskovitz
Tuesday, Nov. 5 — For the second time in a month, the Lansing City Council is considering a request from a local church to relocate into a commercial corridor in the city. In both cases, the city’s Planning Department recommended denying a special land use permit because such a use in commercial space is not compatible with the city’s Master Plan.
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Thursday, October 31,2013

Be here now

A closer look at City Council attendance records from 2010 to present

by Andy Balaskovitz
Thursday, Oct. 31 — Fourth Ward City Councilwoman Jessica Yorko has the worst meeting attendance record among her peers going back to 2010, but it was that first year in office that’s brought her numbers down. After 2010, her record is comparable to the other seven Council members.
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Wednesday, October 30,2013

'Lack of cooperation'

Lansing’s internal auditor scrounges for information about city’s contract with information technology company, but finds nothing

by Andy Balaskovitz
The city of Lansing paid nearly $200,000 to a local information technology company on July 5, but the city’s internal auditor doesn’t know what for.
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