City Pulse - News <![CDATA[Lansing report]]> LANSING — Seems like every day we’re hearing something new about drones, whether it’s military use of drones overseas, Amazon floating the idea of creating a drone delivery system, journalists using drones to report stories — or even just a neighbor down the street who bought a drone for fun.]]> <![CDATA[East Lansing ballot battle]]> Underneath the Marriott Hotel in downtown East Lansing is a 30-year-old parking ramp. Most assume it belongs to the Marriott, but that assumption is wrong. The city owns the property, and under agreements it is required to maintain the facility in working condition. To shed this responsibility, the City Council in 2008 asked voters for permission to sell the property to the Marriott. Despite 57 percent of voters saying yes to the proposal, the measure failed because it didn’t reach 60 percent, as required by the City Charter.]]> <![CDATA[Eyesore of the week]]> ]]> <![CDATA[It´s about Thyme]]> <![CDATA[11 Council candidates]]> In a surprising turn of events, At-Large Lansing City Councilman Vincent Delgado decided against seeking election to the seat he was appointed to earlier this year. He is not running primarily to spend more time raising his children to be “good citizens,” he said Tuesday after the 4 p.m. filing deadline.]]> <![CDATA[Murky waters]]> <![CDATA[Gardin of positivity]]> When James Gardin stepped onto the stage at Mac’s Bar on Saturday, he admitted he was overwhelmed by the crowd. Eight songs and over an hour later, however, there was no sign of nerves or tension. The crowd’s participation— singing along, heads swaying and hands waving — served as a salute to Gardin’s inspirational brand of hip hop.]]> <![CDATA[Lansing report]]> <![CDATA[Not enough from Niowave]]> The battle between downtown residents and the high tech firm Niowave is moving from detente to direct conflict. At issue is whether the company should continue to receive over $650,000 in various tax breaks despite apparently not yet living up to its end of an agreement to complete improvements to a 14,000-square-foot pre-fabricated addition — a pole barn — adjacent to the company’s downtown headquarters in the old brick Walnut Street School.]]> <![CDATA[Eye candy of the week]]> ]]> <![CDATA[Access denied]]> <![CDATA[The long haul]]> <![CDATA[Dievendorf departs]]> <![CDATA[What is Proposal 1 all about?]]> <![CDATA[Yorko vs. Bernero]]> FRIDAY, April 10 — Fourth Ward Councilmember Jessica Yorko has accused the Bernero administration of keeping housing inspection data from the public in order to “cover up” issues with staffing at the Code Compliance office.]]> <![CDATA[Eyesore of the week]]> ]]> <![CDATA[Land blank]]> The houses sit side by side on Bluff Street, a block north of Oakland Avenue near downtown. Their lots are overgrown with trees and weeds and trash. The windows are boarded up. Inside the houses are in even worse condition. In one, the ceiling is caving in and the walls are scarred with water stains. The other has been gutted to the wood frame. Two City of Lansing recycling carts sit in front of the buildings, stinking from the rotting garbage. ]]> <![CDATA[Blind justice]]> <![CDATA[In the name of Schuette]]> <![CDATA[‘Free the weed’]]> It´s the first Saturday in April, Hash Bash in Ann Arbor, and at the University of Michigan the crowd is primed, lighting up in public without fear or harassment or arrest. The odor of burning pot accompanied by promarijuana signs, young and old wearing marijuana themed shirts. This year’s Hash Bash included the traditional “smoke-in” protest and an extralong list of speakers, among them Lansing Mayor Virg Bernero. He was joined by poet/activist John Sinclair, whose arrest 44 years ago for possessing two joints initiated Hash Bash activism, and by stonercomic Tommy Chong, Michigan Rep. Jeff Irwin of Ann Arbor and others.]]>