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Wednesday, March 19,2014

Zeineh wins one against city

East Side attorney and property owner Edwar Zeineh wins judgment against city, prepares for appeal

by Andy Balaskovitz
District Judge Hugh Clarke Jr. has ordered Lansing to pay East Side property owner Edwar Zeineh $7,200 in attorney fees after the city wrongfully towed two vehicles from Zeineh’s property that blocked passage through an alley on the 2000 block of Michigan Avenue.
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Wednesday, March 12,2014

Budget skies clearing

In run-up to budget season, Lansing’s finances looking good — for now

by Andy Balaskovitz
Lansing may have turned a corner on its annual budget woes — at least in the short term. For the first time in a decade, the administration will propose a budget for the next fiscal year that doesn’t involve cuts to resolve a deficit.
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Wednesday, March 12,2014

If you build it...

Apartments inside Cooley Law School Stadium? Why not, city officials ask

by Andy Balaskovitz
For the past year, the Lansing Lugnuts and its host city have been working on a plan that makes $10 million worth of stadium maintenance and upgrades a whole lot sexier.
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Thursday, March 6,2014

Police relocation discussion postponed

Lansing School Board pauses discussion on leasing space for police operations, waiting for final lease agreement

by Andy Balaskovitz
Thursday, March 6 — The Lansing School Board will not discuss leasing 152,000 square feet at the Hill Center to the Lansing Police Department as was scheduled for its meeting tonight. Board President Peter Spadafore said the board is waiting for a final lease agreement to discuss the proposal further.
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Wednesday, March 5,2014

The ‘fast track’

The Bernero administration wants to close the police department’s North Precinct and spend $1M to move to the South Side

by Andy Balaskovitz
The Bernero administration has been quietly planning since the summer to move police operations out of the North Precinct to a community center owned by the Lansing School District on the far South Side.
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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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