City Pulse - News <![CDATA[Lansing report]]> <![CDATA[Seat at the table]]> The region’s largest planning body has been drawn into a conflict between the Capital Area Transportation Authority and the City of Lansing. At the heart of the debate: how CATA should be represented on the Tri-County Regional Planning Commission? ]]> <![CDATA[Eyesore of the week]]> Although beautiful themselves, icicles indicate a critical, possibly detrimental condition. The constant series of winter freezes and thaws encourage the formation of large icicles. As evidenced by the storm that struck the Lansing area last winter, ice is heavy and if not removed, can damage trees, utility wires and buildings. A standard gutter filled with ice weighs an additional five pounds per each lineal foot. Extended along the length of a building, the additional weight can detach the eavestrough or distort the eave.]]> <![CDATA[Offense and defense]]> As about 600 people assembled to hear a speech by the Rev. Al Sharpton at Michigan State Universityīs Wharton Center Feb. 26, several attendees noted, with a touch of regret, that they were missing the MSU- Minnesota basketball game. Sharpton gave them reason to be happy with their choice, and not just because the Spartans lost that night. No Big 10 squad mixes defense with offense as deftly as Sharpton does all by himself.]]> <![CDATA[Mixed match]]> <![CDATA[Mercury spill]]> <![CDATA[Charges filed]]> Former Lansing School Board Member Nicole Armbruster has been charged with one count of embezzlement and six counts of uttering and publishing by the Ingham County Prosecutor’s office. All seven charges are felonies. ]]> <![CDATA[Animal cruelty]]> The nightmare doesn’t leave her head: the puppy shivering, whimpering, maybe barking till it was voiceless in below-freezing temperatures, sitting in its own feces and trapped in a crate. It can’t fend for itself, feed itself or free itself. “I couldn’t sleep the first two nights thinking about this dog crying in the woods,” said Kristine Gilbert-Gigante, 34, of Lansing.]]> <![CDATA[Eye candy of the week]]> Built in 1924, this building originally served as the headquarters for training the 1st Battalion, 119th Field Artillery. It accounts for one of the five armories designed by Ann Arbor architect Lynn W. Fry, who had coincidently served as an artilleryman in World War I.]]> <![CDATA[Arrested development]]> It’s Dec. 12, the day before controversial speaker George Will is scheduled to address the winter graduating class. The Michigan State University Board of Trustees meeting is packed with people who registered to speak in opposition to Will. Later in the meeting the board takes up a proposal to increase President Lou Anna K. Simon’s salary from $520,000 a year to $750,000 a year.]]> <![CDATA[Fair share]]> <![CDATA[A house divided]]> ]]> <![CDATA[Power talk]]> THURSDAY, Feb. 19 — Former Lansing Mayor David Hollister had some advice today for Mayor Virg Bernero on his proposed City Charter amendments to reform the Lansing Board of Water & Light: Slow down. Pointing out that BWL’s board is “in the process of regionalizing” by bringing in nonvoting members from outside of Lansing, Hollister advised the mayor: “Be cautious and go slow.”]]> <![CDATA[Check and balance]]> Late campaign finance reports and a bounced check may have Ingham County Commissioner Bryan Crenshaw facing a criminal investigation and charges. Ingham County Clerk Barb Byrum, a Democrat, has asked state officials to investigate whether Crenshaw, also a Democrat, may have committed perjury when he signed his campaign finance compliance affidavit on Jan. 2. The requests for investigation were made by letter on Jan. 20 to the Michigan State Police and the Attorney General’s Public Integrity Unit.]]> <![CDATA[Being in Lansing]]> I studied finance at Michigan State University and took a job on Wall Street with Wells Fargo Securities Investment Banking. I worked two years of 80 hour weeks out in the “big city” and decided perhaps it wasn’t for me. Each time I would visit campus, I had a hard time returning to NYC. I missed the area, the people, and MSU. It was summer 2013, when I finally came home. Upon returning to the area, I established a financial advisory/insurance business. I needed a new barber, dry cleaner, etc. It was nearly a whole year before I took my father’s suggestion and headed to Arkie’s to get a haircut. Why had I been so stubborn? After one cut from Duane Stoolmaker, I realized that I had found my barber. Needless to say, I am not planning on finding a different barbershop any time soon. ]]> <![CDATA[Eyesore of the week]]> ]]> <![CDATA[Open government]]> <![CDATA[Wasted efforts]]> It began when a pressure gauge in the Waste Water Treatment Plant in East Lansing broke the day after Thanksgiving 2013. Somewhere between one and half and three pounds of the mercury — a toxic heavy metal — spilled onto the facility floors. A maintenance supervisor used shop vacuums to clean up the spilled liquid metal. According to documents released by the city of East Lansing, he poured the collected mercury down a drain located in a sink in the facility’s shop. He didn’t report the spill to supervisors.]]> <![CDATA[Lansing City Council seat]]> THURSDAY, FEB. 12 — Business consultant and former journalist Walt Sorg has applied to fill the Lansing City Council seat. City Council is seeking an applicant to replace former at-large member Derrick Quinney. Sorg is the only candidate known to have submitted an application. Lansing City Clerk Chris Swope says he won’t release the names of applicants until the application process is closed.]]> <![CDATA[Congressional race]]> State Rep. Gretchen Driskell’s announcement that she’ll run against U.S. Rep. Tim Walberg in 2016 wasnīt lost this week in national Democratic circles. David Nir, who covers campaigns for the highly read progressive blog "The Daily Kos," lead off his daily update Tuesday with, "Good news for Democrats. Team Blue has landed one of its first legitimate recruits in the arduous battle to reclaim the House." ]]>