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The Politics of Unscrambling Eggs: Hieftje, Teall & Hohnke Push $6.4 Million For Environmentally Regressive Single Stream Recycling

When Mayor Hieftje speaks, he likes to tell city taxpayers life is tougher elsewhere in Michigan. Life’s tough in Haiti and sub-Saharan Africa, too.  When Hizzoner plays this game, it’s like when your mother used to remind you at dinner that there were starving kids in India so you should darn well pipe down, eat […]

January 28th, 2010 | Posted in Best of A2P,Enviro,Recycling | Read More »

The Politics of Parks: It’s Not the Just The Grass That Needs to Be Cut

As always, with thanks to American lyricist Meredith Wilson: There’s trouble in River City. That’s trouble with a capital T that rhymes with M and that stands for mowing.  (chorus) Mowing. Mowing. Mowing. Mowing.  I say there’s trouble, right here in River City. That’s trouble with a capital T and that rhymes with P and […]

January 27th, 2010 | Posted in Money,Parks | Read More »

The Politics of Cooking the Books: Ann Arbor As A French Restaurant

The city’s General Fund is a train wreck. Property tax revenues are tumbling down like the walls of Jericho. Housing prices are falling. Ok. That last one is true. A2Politico being, well, A2Politico, and having a suspicious, cynical and curious nature, I went to the city’s web site, and took a look at the most […]

January 26th, 2010 | Posted in Best of A2P,Money,Scoops & Scores!! | Read More »

The Politics Of Email “Revelations”: Taking A MacBook To A Knife Fight

Ann Arbor is bleeding money. Since 2006, the cost of running our city government has increased $33 million dollars, or 35 percent. We have fewer police and firefighters than we did in 2005, but pay $13 million dollars per year more than we did in 2005 for the dregs of the emergency services Mayor Hieftje and […]

January 25th, 2010 | Posted in City Council | Read More »

The Politics of Business: Risk-taking Is For Suckers AKA Taxpayers

I have a tot who is a chef. Seriously. The kid can cook and bake like nobody’s business, and enjoys it. The word from the mouth of the babe is that perhaps we should start saving for tuition at the Le Cordon Bleu, or the Culinary Institute, in New York. I worked in the kitchen […]

January 22nd, 2010 | Posted in Ann Arbor SPARK,Economic Development | Read More »

The Politics of Captain Renault: Sabra Briere Is “Shocked” About Secret Backroom Dealing (With A Poll)

This dialogue is from the movie “Casablanca,” 1942 Rick: How can you close me up? On what grounds?  Captain Renault: I’m shocked, shocked to find that gambling is going on in here!  [a croupier hands Renault a pile of money]  Croupier: Your winnings, sir.  Captain Renault: [sotto voce] Oh, thank you very much.  [aloud]  Captain […]

January 22nd, 2010 | Posted in Ann Arbor Politics,City Council,DDA,Politics | Read More »

How Cheaply Can A Councilmember Be Bought Off?

We live in a small town. There are about 56,000 adult, non-student residents in Ann Arbor. That’s a relatively small political gene pool. I know of someone who won’t run for City Council simply because the Council member against whom he would have to run is his neighbor. If you’re A2P, you think, “So what? […]

January 21st, 2010 | Posted in Politics | Read More »

A2 Politicos Running For State Offices Disappear After Declaring. Is It Something In the Water?

County Commissioner Jeff Irwin (53rd District House candidate). Representative Rebekah Warren (State Senate candidate). Representative Alma Wheeler-Smith (Democratic candidate for Governor). Ned Staebler (53rd District House candidate). All four have launched their campaigns replete with write-ups in the press. I wrote about Wheeler Smith’s candidacy here. I posted about Staebler in October. Rebekah Warren’s kick-off got a […]

January 19th, 2010 | Posted in Uncategorized | Read More »

The Politics of Buying Local: Why I Haul My Lumber From Fingerle in My Japanese Car

I’m old enough to remember when the U.S. auto companies launched their “Buy American” marketing campaigns in response to another deep recession brought on by an oil crisis that had gripped the U.S., along with growing competition from foreign automakers. Lee Iacoca took charge of Chrysler and saved the company from bankruptcy. The Buy American […]

January 18th, 2010 | Posted in Econ,Economic Development,Money,The Foodist | Read More »

The Politics of Food: Ann Arbor Restaurant Week Hype? Caveat Emptor, Epicurians

In case you haven’t noticed, January 17-22 is Ann Arbor Restaurant Week, an event put on by the Main Street Area Association. It’s the second Ann Arbor Restaurant Week, and 26 joints are participating, according to Lisa Allmendinger’s piece in the A2Journal. The participating venues will offer “a $12.00 lunch and some restaurants are offering […]

January 15th, 2010 | Posted in Restaurant Reviews,The Foodist | Read More »

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