Lansing politics

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The internet has triggered profound changes in print journalism. Sometimes, local grassroots journalists step in to help communities stay informed. We talk to two “citizen journalists” from the Lansing area about why they do what they do and the influence they think they have.

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In November, the city of Lansing will ask its residents to renew a millage that currently funds police and fire services, plus road maintenance. We talk with Lansing Police Chief Mike Yankowski.

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Third ward Lansing city council member Adam Hussain addresses issues like the South Washington Park apartments and the latest marijuana ordinance.

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Elected officials in the city of Lansing are grappling with security at the HUD subsidized South Washington Park Apartments and with creation of a city marijuana ordinance. The city council’s Public Safety committee is involved in both issues. We talk with two of the committee’s members, Carol Wood and Kathie Dunbar.

South Washington Park Apartments photo
Courtesy photo / Lansing Housing Commission

Public officials are working with the residents of Lansing’s South Washington Park Apartments, trying to improve living conditions there. We learn more about the challenges from two members of the Lansing Housing Commission, Patricia Baines-Lake and Tony Baltimore.

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Scott Pohl / WKAR

City Attorney nominee Jim Smiertka joins us to talk about the problems facing the Lansing City Council and how he could play a part in solving them as the next City Attorney.

Lansing is waiting to learn more about the status of a discrimination complaint with HUD involving city officials. We talk with city council member Carol Wood about that and about Jim Smiertka, the appointee awaiting confirmation as Lansing’s next city attorney.

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Scott Pohl / WKAR

Lansing City Councilperson Kathie Dunbar plans to vote against a proposal for the council to hire an outside attorney to look into a murky separation agreement for  ex city attorney Janene McIntryre. We find out why and hear her thoughts about a proposed medical marijuana moratorium and ordinance for Lansing.

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WKAR file photo

A leading figure on the Lansing City Council wants the body to hire its own attorneys to get to the bottom of a generous separation agreement involving former city attorney Janene McIntyre. Current State talks with council President Judy Brown Clarke and Lansing State Journal reporter Eric Lacy.

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There’s a growing call to do something about the proliferation of medical marijuana dispensaries in Lansing. We talk with an proponent of a marijuana moratorium and ordinance in Lansing, city councilwoman Carol Wood, and the owner and CEO of one of the city’s newest dispensaries, Michael Mayes of Greenwave.

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File photo / WKARLansing Mayor Virg Bernero gave his annual State of the City address last night. We talk with Eric Lacy of the Lansing State Journal about the mayor’s remarks.

Lansing Mayor Virg Bernero gave his annual State of the City address last night. We talk with Eric Lacy of the Lansing State Journal about the mayor’s remarks.

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Scott Pohl / WKAR

The Lansing City Council has been trying to learn why and how former city attorney Janene McIntyre received a roughly $160,000 severance deal when she left the city recently. City councilperson Jody Washington updates the situation.

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Kevin Lavery / WKAR

The departure of Lansing city attorney Janene McIntyre has not been fully explained. We talk with Judi Brown Clarke, President of the Lansing City Council.

David Hollister, Mark Bashore, Eric Scorsone photo
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In his annual State of the City report, Lansing Mayor Virg Bernero said the city is financially strong. But that’s in the short term. Officials say in the coming year, Lansing must gain control of its $600-million in unfunded retiree health care and pension debt. Wel talk with two members of the Lansing Financial Health Team.

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courtesy / City of Lansing

Lansing Mayor Virg Bernero is at the U.S. Conference of Mayors in Washington. Current State’s Kevin Lavery talks with Bernero about Lansing’s fiscal health and other challenges in the coming year.