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Wednesday, November 2,2011

Follow the money

A look at campaign finance report filings since Friday.

by Andy Balaskovitz
* Martinez said she returned this contribution out of fear it would have violated campaign finance laws for accepting a contribution from a corporation. ** MichiganMessenger.com reported Monday that this contribution is from a not-for-profit corporation, which also would have been illegal.
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Wednesday, November 2,2011

Ballot proposals

Millage: Part deux

by Andy Balaskovitz
For the second time in six months, Lansing voters will be asked to support an increase in the city s operating millage rate to bolster revenue for police and fire protection as well as local road maintenance. All eight City Council candidates support it.
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Wednesday, November 2,2011

A charter revision: Is it worth it?

by Andy Balaskovitz
The City Charter is a 28-page document that outlines the duties of elected officials, boards and commissions, as well as the general regulatory structure of the city including assessments and taxation. It establishes the process of adopting new legislation.
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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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