After a marathon session, the Lansing City Council last night approved Mayor Virg Bernero’s proposed 2015-16 budget, but it was not a complete victory for the mayor. The council also rejected his plan to create a new layer of oversight to regulate the Lansing Board of Water and Light. Bernero proposed establishing the position of inspector general to review the BWL’s procedures to ensure greater accountability, but after hours of debate and several failed attempts to pass amendments, the city council instead decided to fund an audit of the BWL by an independent agency.
Last night, there was yet another episode in the dispute between Niowave and its residential neighbors in Lansing’s Walnut neighborhood. The Lansing City council’s Planning and Development committee heard from about ten exasperated Walnut residents about a plan that would let the high-tech company out of some of the requirements it agreed to last year to fix up a large metal building on its property.
Tomorrow evening at Lansing Community College, Lansing Mayor Virg Bernero makes his tenth State of the City address. In the speech, which has the theme "Lansing 3.0", the Mayor will review developments of the past year and share his agenda for 2015.
The sign on the vacant church building on Pleasant Grove in south Lansing says “Friendship Baptist,” but in recent months relations between two groups within the congregation have been anything but friendly.
The Lansing city council begins its 2014 term in three weeks, and for the first time in more than a decade, it will not include at large councilman Brian Jeffries. Jeffries served 11 years on the council until he was defeated last month by political newcomer Judi Brown Clarke.
Lansing residents go to the polls next Tuesday to vote in their next primary election. Four incumbents on the city council are facing challengers, as well as Mayor Virg Bernero. In these final days leading up to the Lansing primary, Current State is examining the key races from the voters’ perspective.
Yesterday we looked at the issues and candidates in the Second and Fourth Wards. Today, we discuss the race for the two at-large seats on Lansing's City Council. The incumbents Brian Jeffries and Kathie Dunbar are facing four challengers -- Ted O’Dell, Judi Browne-Clarke, Jonathon Smith and Keith Smith.
Lansing residents go to the polls next Tuesday to vote in their next primary election. Four incumbents on the city council are facing challengers, as well as Mayor Virg Bernero. In these final days leading up to the Lansing primary, Current State takes a look at the key races from the voters’ perspective.
Fourth ward incumbent Jessica Yorko faces off next Tuesday against three challengers: Chong-Anna Canfora, of the liberal political advocacy group Progress Michigan, attorney Bert Carrier Jr. and Larry Hutchinson, a stay-at-home father. The top two vote-getters will face off in November’s general election.
From the appointment of Detroit’s emergency manager to the ongoing fallout from Right to Work, March was a dramatic month in Michigan. And in Lansing, officials finally unveiled a controversial plan to address the city’s long-term structural budget shortfalls.
In Lansing, city leaders and many others have begun digging into pages of new recommendations for addressing long-term city revenue shortfalls. Former mayor Dave Hollister led the 14-person effort that began last November. The blue-ribbon Financial Health Team divided its work into two areas: long-term costs and debt and a regional approach to cutting and streamlining.
Today on Current State: The local impact of federal budget cuts; climate change in Michigan; Michigan farmers markets; the new dynamics of the Michigan Supreme Court; and Lansing's new city attorney designate.