City Pulse - News <![CDATA[Lansing report]]> LANSING — By all accounts, 2014 was a good election year for Republicans in Michigan. They increased their majority in the Michigan House of Representatives by three seats, now holding 63 to Democrats’ 47. Out of the 14 congressional races, Republicans won nine.]]> <![CDATA[Flawed festival financials]]> Lansing´s Common Ground Festival is a self-promotion machine. We already know that Jane´s Addiction (soon to be inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame), Here Come The Mummies and Grammy-nominated Alien Ant Farm will headline this summer´s showcase. Festival organizers promote what they compute as the annual economic impact to the city — nearly $4 million.]]> <![CDATA[Eyesore of the week]]> ]]> <![CDATA[Transportation and transition]]> Diane was returning from window shopping at the Meridian Mall on Feb. 27. As she settled into her seat on the CATA bus to downtown Lansing, she realized in horror the unthinkable had happened. “I looked down and it looked like one of my breasts was gone,” the 52-year-old said in a phone interview. “I was scared and I was panicked.”]]> <![CDATA[Lansing pay raise]]> MONDAY, MARCH 23 — A majority of the Lansing City Council has sponsored a resolution against the proposed 20 percent pay increase for them, the mayor and the city clerk.]]> <![CDATA[Top of the Town kickoff]]> FRIDAY, MARCH 20 — It’s that special time of year. Birds are chirping, flowers are blooming, young hearts turn to thoughts of love and Lansing area businesses, service providers, and public figures vie for the coveted top spots in City Pulse’s Top of the Town Awards.]]> <![CDATA[Lansing report]]> <![CDATA[Failure to enforce]]> This story has been updated to correct an error. On Feb. 20, Lansing firefighters were called to the new Market Place Apartments, next to the City Market, to respond to a small kitchen fire. The building´s suppression system extinguished the fire, but 11 of the 88 apartments were shut down after an inspection by the city’s code compliance office found smoke and water damage.]]> <![CDATA[Eye candy of the week]]> For a town that calls itself a “City of the Arts,” it is particularly fitting that East Lansing’s public art is approachable. Along Grand River, two sculptures tell the mythological story of Queen Cassiopeia and Andromeda. In the familiar tale, Cassiopeia claims that her daughter is more beautiful than the Nereids. Responding to Cassiopeia’s vain assertion, the gods threaten to send a sea monster to destroy her kingdom. To avoid this fate, Andromeda is offered as a sacrifice to the monster. The hero Perseus saves and later marries the princess. ]]> <![CDATA[Constitution protects speech and religion]]> <![CDATA[Lansing Report]]> <![CDATA[BWL news]]> FRIDAY, March 13 — The interim general manager of the Lansing Board of Water & Light would accept a permanent appointment — and wouldn’t need a long-term contract, he said Thursday.]]> <![CDATA[When government takes a life]]> ]]> <![CDATA[Don’t toy with BWL]]> As a former commissioner of the Lansing Board of Water & Light, I have a great respect for the value that the utility brings not only to the City of Lansing, but to the entire mid-Michigan region. The BWL provides our residents lower rates than our neighboring communities and gives our region a tremendous economic tool to spur new investment and growth here in our area.]]> <![CDATA[‘Commonsense reforms’ will strengthen BWL]]> There is at least one good reason Joe Graves Jr. is a former commissioner of the Lansing Board of Water & Light: He was part of the problem instead of part of the solution. His ridiculous critique of my commonsense reforms to bring more accountability to the BWL is another case in point. It’s hard to decide which of Graves’ misstatements deserves attention first, so let’s start with his interpretation of the City Charter.]]> <![CDATA[Turning the soil]]> As a panel of experts chewed over the obstacles facing the nation´s small farmers at MSU´s Kellogg Center Monday, a craggyfaced man in the back of the room rose to ask a question. "I invite you to spend two nights in migrant worker housing in Kent County," the man said. "Will you come?" The panelists agreed the housing must be terrible. The whole point of the "Less = More" conference was to call out the hidden costs of industrialized farming, from the runoff that turned Lake Erie into green poison last year to crates of immobilized sows to the neardemise of the small family farm.]]> <![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 University´s 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.]]>