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Monday, December 13,2010

Parks and breaks

The Lansing City Council is scheduled to vote tonight on a parks maintenance agreement with Ingham County, tax breaks for Foresight

by Andy Balaskovitz
Monday, Dec. 13 — The Lansing City Council is scheduled to vote tonight on a five-year agreement with Ingham County that formalizes maintenance duties of city-owned park property in south Lansing.
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Wednesday, December 8,2010

The DEA is in town

More questions than answers remain after a federal bust of medical-marijuana growing facilities in Okemos

by Andy Balaskovitz
Five properties and at least 400 plants. That was the target and the take of the federal Drug Enforcement Agency on Nov. 30 at various addresses in Okemos used for growing medical marijuana.
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Wednesday, December 8,2010

A plan for the future

What is a master plan? What does it do? And why is Lansing’s 52 years old?

by Andy Balaskovitz
Lansing Planning Director Bob Johnson’s downtown office is modestly sized ' a computer desk, a small table and some bookshelves. Aerial views of Lansing dot the walls. One bookshelf is loaded with three-ring binders, and there are files upon files that explain why Lansing looks the way it does.
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Tuesday, December 7,2010

Kids in the Hall

The Lansing City Council approves a moratorium on new medical marijuana businesses — but not before 46 new ones sneak in at the last minute

by Andy Balaskovitz
Tuesday, Dec. 7 — A flood of new medical marijuana businesses came forward literally minutes before the Lansing City Council unanimously approved a moratorium against them.
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Monday, December 6,2010

Enough votes?

The opposition to a medical marijuana ordinance needs to find one more vote before tonight’s Lansing City Council meeting

by Andy Balaskovitz
Monday, Dec. 6 — Opponents to a moratorium on medical marijuana businesses in Lansing need to secure one more vote in order to block it at tonight’s City Council meeting.
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Friday, December 3,2010

Market Place and Mackinac

The Mackinac Center for Public Policy takes jabs at project labor agreements by way of downtown’s Market Place

by Andy Balaskovitz
Friday, Dec. 3 — Local developer Pat Gillespie appeared in an interview with the conservative think tank Mackinac Center for Public Policy in November to chat about his experiences with the Lansing City Council, tax incentives and downtown development.
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Thursday, December 2,2010

Here come the Feds

The federal Drug Enforcement Agency cleans out a medical marijuana growing facility in Okemos

by Andy Balaskovitz
Thursday, Dec. 2 — The federal Drug Enforcement Agency has raided a medical marijuana grow facility in Okemos. The man leasing space at the facility says the plant numbers were within the state’s medical marijuana law.
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Wednesday, December 1,2010

Just say no

The mayor calls a moratorium on new medical marijuana businesses ‘absolute nonsense’ and ‘Nixonian.’ Meanwhile, businesses scramble to get grandfathered in

by Andy Balaskovitz
The proposed ordinance would ban any new medical marijuana establishments for up to a year while the City Council and the city attorney draft an ordinance that includes licensing through the city clerk’s office.
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Wednesday, December 1,2010

Revitalization HQ

The former School for the Blind library and museum comes back to life as a ‘neighborhood empowerment center’

by Andy Balaskovitz
When walking through the former School for the Blind library and museum on Pine Street with Gene Townsend, the construction manager who organized its redevelopment, one of the first things he said was, “It’s amazing what you can get done in a few weeks.
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Wednesday, December 1,2010

Road trippin' to recovery

A look about mid-Michigan on the road to economic recovery

by Andy Balaskovitz
My journey went south, literally and figuratively, when I reached the unemployment office on Cedar Street. Little surprise, the drab, gray office in south Lansing kept a steady flow of 15 out-of-work employees either filing for or extending their unemployment benefits.
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