Nov. 9 2011
At 10:30 p.m., the mayor walked into the Green Door Blues Bar on Lansing s east side where Washington was celebrating a victory over Lynne Martinez to congratulate her. It was not against Jody but more...
NEO Center provides resources to help entrepreneurs get ahead
Nov. 9 2011
Wednesday, Nov. 9 — Starting a business can be a daunting task, but the Center for New Enterprise Opportunity can help ease the process
2011 Election
Nov. 2 2011
We’re part way there in Lansing. We’re not a crime-ridden dump like Saginaw or Flint, but we don’t quite have the buzzing, go-to downtown like Indianapolis or Madison either. The Stadium...
The underbelly of local politics
Nov. 2 2011
Over the past two weeks in the At-Large race, a campaign consultant for At-Large incumbent Derrick Quinney, a labor-backed, labor-employed candidate (he s an executive with the state AFL-CIO), accused...
A look at campaign finance report filings since Friday.
Nov. 2 2011
* Martinez said she returned this contribution out of fear it would have violated campaign finance laws for accepting a contribution from a corporation. ** MichiganMessenger.com reported Monday that this...
Millage: Part deux
Nov. 2 2011
For the second time in six months, Lansing voters will be asked to support an increase in the city s operating millage rate to bolster revenue for police and fire protection as well as local road maintenance....
Nov. 2 2011
The City Charter is a 28-page document that outlines the duties of elected officials, boards and commissions, as well as the general regulatory structure of the city including assessments and taxation....
Nov. 2 2011
The City Council voted against asking Lansing residents permission to sell 12.68 acres of the former Red Cedar Golf Course back in May, but then changed its mind in August. Now, voters have the opportunity...
Nov. 2 2011
The Mid-Michigan chapter of the American Red Cross announced last week that the Mid- Michigan Food Bank, a pilot program of the American Red Cross that used to run the program, will merge with the Greater...
Michigan Rail Summit throws diverse parties into transports of joy
Nov. 2 2011
Judging by the upbeat toots and chugs heard at Monday afternoon s Michigan Rail Summit in Lansing, there s one toy that inspires Republicans and Democrats, environmentalists and business leaders, Feds...
Bob Trezise Jr. moves on, albeit just a few blocks from Washington Square to Michigan Avenue: An exit interview
Oct. 26 2011
A new cooperative landscape is already taking shape in Michigan. Earlier this month, the Collaborative Development Council, a group of senior development gurus, came to Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder and the...
Oct. 26 2011
Cool autumn days are here and Halloween is just around the corner. There is no better way to enjoy the autumn than to stroll through Mason to admire the stunning residential architecture, including the...
The candidates are sparring over whether Lynne Martinez received favoritism from the Ingham County Land Bank, as opponent Jody Washington charges
Oct. 26 2011
Washington cited an article in Michigan State University’s student newspaper, The State News, that said a “$20,000 match The candidates are sparring over whether Lynne Martinez received favoritism...
The Nov. 8 election could move the Lansing School District into a brighter future by selecting three candidates with “vision,” or the Board of Education could remain locked in conflict and controversy, experts say.
Oct. 26 2011
“It’s a matter of the school district really being at a crossroads,” said Ruben Martinez, director of the Julian Samora Research Institute at Michigan State University. “Someone...
Ferguson, LCC and Oliver Towers
Oct. 19 2011
One rumor was that Ferguson influenced Carol Wood, Brian Jeffries, Eric Hewitt and Derrick Quinney to cast the prevailing votes against advancing the deal to a public hearing a decision that sent Davenport...
Oct. 19 2011
Architecture critic Amanda Harrell- Seyburn says: At first glance the secondstory windows on 918 N. Larch Street appear to be mistakenly askew windows should be symmetrical, right!? Quirks like this are...
Does Carol Wood’s opposition to selling a portion of Red Cedar Golf Course contradict her support for selling green space near downtown in 2000?
Oct. 19 2011
However, contrary to its appearance back then, the park was not on the city’s inventory of “dedicated” parkland. Without such a designation and to some neighbors’ frustration at...
Forum will address state’s racial disparity in suspensions, expulsions
Oct. 19 2011
Monts, the field director of the American Civil Liberties Union’s Michigan chapter, was peeking down the hatch of a big piece of infrastructure nobody wanted to build, but that has managed to snake...
Oct. 19 2011
Lansing is known as "The City in the Forest," having been designated a Tree City 23 times. But now the city’s forestry chief tells me his depleted ranks can hardly keep up with the demands of chopping...
Secret ballot on Oliver Towers?
Oct. 12 2011
Meyer told the committee: “I polled every member this afternoon. This decision was made this morning, I polled every member and have concurrence with the exception of one that was a voicemail and...

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