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Wednesday, November 2,2011

Red Cedar: A facelift for the east side?

by Andy Balaskovitz
The City Council voted against asking Lansing residents permission to sell 12.68 acres of the former Red Cedar Golf Course back in May, but then changed its mind in August. Now, voters have the opportunity Tuesday to allow the city to sell off a portion of the abandoned golf course for redevelopment purposes.
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Wednesday, October 19,2011

Dedication to 'dedicated'

Does Carol Wood’s opposition to selling a portion of Red Cedar Golf Course contradict her support for selling green space near downtown in 2000?

by Andy Balaskovitz
However, contrary to its appearance back then, the park was not on the city’s inventory of “dedicated” parkland. Without such a designation ' and to some neighbors’ frustration at the time ' voter approval was not necessary for the city to sell off the land.
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Wednesday, October 12,2011

Lansing occupied

Setting the stage for an occupation at the Capitol this weekend

by Andy Balaskovitz
What started out as advertisements by the instigative, Canadian-based magazine Ad Busters has grown into a global social movement protesting the distribution of wealth and the grip on democratic politics held by the few (1 percent) with economic strength.
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Wednesday, October 12,2011

Sympathizers and naysayers

by Andy Balaskovitz
“I think we’ve got to keep the momentum going because it’s impossible to translate the issue of the greed of Wall Street into one demand, or two demands. We’re talking about a democratic awakening.
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Wednesday, October 5,2011

Board costs, a parking dilemma and mudslinging

The Lansing Housing Commission anticipates a “major expenditure of funds” with Oliver Towers proposal; LCC would have a parking problem; oh, and Bernero calls LCC’s position on wanting Oliver Towers “infantile.”

by Andy Balaskovitz
In a Sept. 7 letter to the Housing Commission Board from Executive Director Patricia Baines-Lake, she explains that negotiations will need to cover “concerns of LHC’s Board, the site’s location in a floodplain and a floodway, timing of the move and start of construction, resolution of the Fair Market Value differential ' .
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Wednesday, September 28,2011

Politics, labor and a golf course

Most City Council candidates aren’t on the same page as their union endorsers when it comes to the city’s Red Cedar Renaissance proposal

by Andy Balaskovitz
Jeffries and Wood, along with Councilman Derrick Quinney, were the three who blocked the proposal ' which asks the public to approve' allowing the city sell parkland for unspecified development ' from getting on Aug. 2 primary ballot. 1st Ward Councilman Eric Hewitt, who is not seeking reelection, said he too would have voted no, but he was absent.
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Wednesday, September 21,2011

The LCC-Davenport tug of war over Oliver Towers

Lansing officials say Lansing Community College had its chances to acquire the Oliver Towers property; LCC disputes it.

by Andy Balaskovitz
Interviews with city and LCC officials over the last two days revealed different recollections of what transpired since 2008, when voters rejected a millage to construct a new headquarters for the Capital Area District Library and a new home for the Impression 5 Science Center on the land where the shuttered senior citizens home stands.
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Wednesday, September 14,2011

Sales or service?

Some Stay Open. Some Stay Closed: The Road Ahead For Medical Marijuana Dispensaries

by Andy Balaskovitz
Within two weeks after the state Court of Appeals said on Aug. 23 that selling medical marijuana is illegal, the Greater Lansing Medical Marijuana Business Association held a meeting at the vacant Story Oldsmobile car dealership on Lansing’s east side to try and figure out what to do next.
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Wednesday, September 14,2011

Proposed Legislation

What's up Republicans' sleeves this legislative season?

by Andy Balaskovitz
About midway between the eastfacing Capitol building steps and Capitol Avenue Sept. 7, a tall sign held by a medical marijuana advocate read: “WHERE ARE THE DEMS TO STOP THIS S_ _ T?” If the goal is clarifying what seemingly everyone refers to as an unclear medical marijuana law, it’s a good question.
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Wednesday, September 14,2011

Pay Back

Dispensary owners consider filing suit against the city for not refunding licensing fees for opening a business

by Andy Balaskovitz
A group of former medical marijuana dispensary owners, joined by a Lansing-area attorney, is saying the same thing to the city of Lansing. The business owners want refunds for the fees they paid the city ' at least $1,000 for each dispensary ' as required by an ordinance adopted on June 27.
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