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Wednesday, January 22,2014

Outside BWL review team aims for transparency

Public forums will be held in early February in Lansing, East Lansing and Delta Township

by Andy Balaskovitz
Wednesday, Jan. 22 — The chairman of a 10-member panel conducting an external review of the Board of Water and Light announced his plan for transparency today following reports this week that some of the team’s work might be done in private.
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Tuesday, January 21,2014

Trowbridge Plaza plans stand

Developer hasn’t withdrawn proposal, East Lansing official says

by Andy Balaskovitz
Tuesday, Jan. 21 — The developer of a $24 million plan to redesign Trowbridge Plaza has not formally withdrawn his plans from city officials, despite a report in the Lansing State Journal today that suggests he did.
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Thursday, January 16,2014

Jones singles out parents who are medical-marijuana patients

State Sen. Rick Jones says he’s protecting children, while medical-marijuana advocates cry foul over proposed child-custody bill

by Andy Balaskovitz
Thursday, Jan. 16 — State Sen. Rick Jones, R-Grand Ledge, introduced legislation Wednesday that could halt a parent’s or guardian’s use of medical marijuana if a judge determines that it’s “not in the best interest” of their children.
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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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