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Wednesday, March 5,2014

And the award goes to …

Milton Scales, the lone Meridian Township trustee to vote against a non-discrimination ordinance

by Andy Balaskovitz
Back in November, Meridian Township Trustee Milton Scales was the only board member to vote against an ordinance that prohibits discrimination in employment and public accommodations based on sexual orientation and gender identity. While he supports equal protection for LGBT individuals, he thinks changes should come from the state level, rather than a local one.
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Wednesday, March 5,2014

BWL Watch

by Andy Balaskovitz
At a community forum last month, Lansing resident Griff Canfield openly questioned why the Board of Water and Light required three line workers to clear downed wires after the storm hit.
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Saturday, March 1,2014

LPD moving out of North Precinct

Lease expires Aug. 31 at the building in Prudden Tech Centre; city reportedly wants to move operations to far south side

by Andy Balaskovitz
Friday, Feb. 28 —The city of Lansing is going to move out of the North Precinct police station by the time its lease expires on Aug. 31.
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Wednesday, February 26,2014

Is new pot shop legal?

City attorney looking into “resource center” on Michigan Avenue after Councilwoman Washington raises concerns

by Andy Balaskovitz
The smell of pot was heavy in the air inside Michigan Avenue’s newest business. TNT, calling itself a medical marijuana “resource center,” opened at 1825 E. Michigan over the weekend. It’s been doing a steady business.
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Wednesday, February 26,2014

A question of power

From seating charts to setting the agenda, the Lansing City Council tangles over questions of authority

by Andy Balaskovitz
On Monday night, for the second Lansing City Council meeting in a row, Council President A’Lynne Boles and Councilwoman Kathie Dunbar argued over procedural rules average voters probably don’t care about.
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Wednesday, February 26,2014

Building outside of the box, with boxes

From historic preservation to urban gap infill, developer Harry Hepler transitions into a new kind of housing

by Andy Balaskovitz
Lansing developer Harry Hepler is coming off a figurative two- to three-year vacation. Emerging, like others in his business, from a recession that caused a lending freeze from banks, Hepler has spent some time thinking about a new way of building homes.
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Friday, February 21,2014

Expand representation, get new communications team

State Rep. Sam Singh keeps pressure on for expanded BWL board representation, overhauling communications staff

by Andy Balaskovitz
Friday, Feb. 21 — State Rep. Sam Singh says it’s “imperative” for the Lansing City Council to move on a City Charter amendment that would expand representation on the Board of Water and Light’s governing board.
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Thursday, February 20,2014

Breaking: Lark’s emails ‘discovered’

BWL releases emails from general manager during the storm outage it said it didn’t have

by Andy Balaskovitz
Thursday, Feb. 20 — Turns out Lansing Board of Water and Light’s general manager, J. Peter Lark, does have emails from the December power outage. Documents delivered to City Pulse from the BWL this morning show a series of emails between Lark and BWL managers and commissioners, among others.
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Wednesday, February 19,2014

Banns could follow the ban

LGBT community sees upcoming trial as a chance to allow marriage equality in Michigan

by Andy Balaskovitz
As recently as a year ago, if you were to project states like Michigan, Virginia and Utah with Massachusetts and California as beacons of marriage equality, you might have been considered a hopeless optimist.
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Wednesday, February 19,2014

BWL Watch

County treasurer wonders how much the BWL is worth; review team not impressed with documents released; WLNS hears it over linemen salaries

by Andy Balaskovitz
Ingham County Treasurer Eric Schertzing wonders: What’s the Board of Water and Light worth? Ever since a Lansing financial review team questioned how much the utility would bring to city coffers, it’s easy for Schertzing’s question to lead to selling the BWL to a priv...
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