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Wednesday, January 15,2014

‘Red Cedar Village’ fears

Early skepticism from East Lansing City Council members on proposed housing at Trowbridge Village Lifestyle Center

by Andy Balaskovitz
A student ghetto. Burning couches. A loss of commercial enterprise. It’s a housing image the city of East Lansing has struggled with for years, and one City Councilwoman Ruth Beier hopes to avoid at Trowbridge Plaza.
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Wednesday, January 15,2014

Why Goodrich’s can’t stay

Closing for six to eight months plus renovation costs was not an option for Goodrich’s Shop-Rite

by Andy Balaskovitz
Goodrich’s Shop-Rite, the family owned business based in East Lansing’s Trowbridge Plaza, is unable to close for six to eight months to renovate the 26,000-square-foot grocery store.
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Monday, January 13,2014

Kids in the Hall

Boles, Brown Clarke will lead the Council in 2014; committee assignments announced. Bernero: ‘Is the old factionalism dead? That’s my hope.’

by Andy Balaskovitz
Monday, Jan. 13 — In marked contrast to the past two years of drawn out, contentious votes to elect City Council leadership, it took the Council less than five minutes tonight to install Councilwoman A’Lynne Boles as president and newcomer Judi Brown Clarke as vice president.
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Friday, January 10,2014

It’s Boles and Brown Clarke

Sources say Council leadership has already been decided: Boles for president, Brown Clarke for VP

by Andy Balaskovitz
Friday, Jan. 10 — A’Lynne Boles and Judi Brown Clarke will lead the Lansing City Council in 2014, two sources familiar with the deal say. Boles would be the Council president, while newcomer Brown Clarke would hold the vice presidential spot.
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Thursday, January 9,2014

The fix was in

BWL prearranged speakers at its public board meeting Tuesday

by Andy Balaskovitz
Thursday, Jan. 9 — For those who questioned whether the roster of speakers at Tuesday night’s Board of Water and Light meeting was arranged, it was.
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Thursday, January 9,2014

Gearing up for a fight

Wood’s coup fails; who will be next City Council president?

by Andy Balaskovitz
Lansing City Councilwoman Carol Wood tried extending her presidential reign over the Council this week, only to have it shut down by the city clerk and city attorney.
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Thursday, January 9,2014

Are payments to the city limiting BWL’s emergency response planning?

by Andy Balaskovitz
The city of Lansing’s demands for payments from the Board of Water and Light contributed to the utility’s poor response to the region’s ice storm power outages, according to BWL’s vice chairman.
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Thursday, January 9,2014

What if another ice storm hits tomorrow?

by Andy Balaskovitz
The BWL is moving quickly to address restoration and communications issues that would have improved its response to the ice storm outages.
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Thursday, January 9,2014

Change in governance?

by Andy Balaskovitz
While a majority of BWL’s customers are in the city of Lansing, the utility’s title may be a slight misnomer. It provides water or electricity (or both) to East Lansing, DeWitt and nine townships, including Delta, Lansing Meridian and Delhi.
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Thursday, January 9,2014

Who is J. Peter Lark?

by Andy Balaskovitz
Before joining the BWL in July 2007, General Manager J. Peter Lark, 62, was chairman of the Michigan Public Service Commission, appointed by Gov. Jennifer Granholm in 2003. In that role in 2006, he wrote a 48-page report for Granholm called “Michigan’s 21st Century Electric Energy Plan,” a roadmap for developing more renewables and energy efficiency.
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