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A2P Foodist Restaurant Review—The Original Cottage Inn


Restaurant Review: 2.5/5 stars (fair, satisfactory)—Ratings range from zero to five stars and reflect the reviewer’s reaction to food, with ambiance, service and price taken into consideration, as well.   The Original Cottage Inn 512 East William Street Ann Arbor, MI 48104 Hours Mon-Fri 11:00am-11:00pm Sat 11:00am-12:00am Sun 11:00am-10:00pm (734) 663-3379 Reservations suggested   In December […]

January 29th, 2013 | Posted in Arts & Leisure,Restaurant Reviews,The Foodist | Read More »

Auditors Catch Ann Arbor City Attorney Double-Dipping & New Council Members Press For Full Details


by P.D. Lesko Usually, employees get fired for filching money or abusing an employer-issued credit card. Except in Ann Arbor. Auditors past and present, in fact, have sent the city’s Audit Committee letters of warning about sloppy financial controls, employee misuse of expense claims for reimbursement, and abuse of city-issued P-cards (credit cards) for years. John […]

January 25th, 2013 | Posted in Ann Arbor Politics,City Council,Featured,Politics | Read More »

While Fire & Police Cut, Taxpayers Paid Over $1.5M Dollars For City Employee Cell Phones


In Ann Arbor, despite repeated cuts to services, cuts to police and fire, and hikes in fees for parking, parking fines, water, sewer, solid waste and city programs, cell phone allowances for city staffers, many of whom have desk jobs, continue to be paid out like clockwork. In fact, between 2009 and 2012, the amount paid annually for cell phone allowances almost doubled.

January 24th, 2013 | Posted in Best of A2P,Econ,Featured,Interviews,Money,Scoops & Scores!!,Taxes | Read More »

A2P Foodist: Ann Arbor Restaurant Week Descends—55 Restaurants Participate, 6 Make the A2P Tasting Menu

restaurant week

In 2010, A2Politico posted this in a piece about Ann Arbor Restaurant Week titled, “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 […]

January 21st, 2013 | Posted in Arts & Leisure,Featured,The Foodist | Read More »

City Administrator Memo To Council: “At this time, I am not proceeding with reducing the number of fire stations”


by P.D. Lesko John Hieftje and his political pals have a reputation of ignoring public opinion. Perhaps the most egregious example was a 2008 Council meeting at which petitions with 6,000 signatures were presented to Council to urge them to put the question of whether to spend $75 million dollars to build a new city […]

January 14th, 2013 | Posted in Featured,Fire,Safety | Read More »

A2P Foodist: Restaurant Review—Great Plains Burger Co.


Restaurant Review: 3.5/5 stars (good, reliable)—Ratings range from zero to five stars and reflect the reviewer’s reaction to food, with ambiance, service and price taken into consideration, as well. Great Plains Burger Co. 1771 Plymouth Road, Ann Arbor, MI 48105 Hours 11:00 am–10:00 pm Mon-Sat, Sun 11:30 am–9:30 pm Ph (734) 769-6900 No reservations needed or […]

January 13th, 2013 | Posted in Featured,Restaurant Reviews,The Foodist | Read More »

Ann Arbor Cronyism & “Double-Dipping” Scams Go Prime Time in Detroit Water Department Scandal

Caught Red Handed

by P.D. Lesko Bonnie “remained confident” in Clyde. Ma Barker “remained confident” in her boys. Detroit Water and Sewerage Department Director Sue McCormick said Friday she “remains confident” in former Ann Arbor Police Chief Barnett Jones. Her department also sent  out a press release January 11th affirming confidence in Jones and pointing out his long background […]

January 12th, 2013 | Posted in Ann Arbor Politics,Featured,Police,Politics,Safety | Read More »

Proposed Solid Waste Plan Includes New Building, Paid Garbage Collection, Reveals Single-Stream A Disappointment


by P.D. Lesko Bernie Madoff sold a “sure thing.” He went to prison for life. Single-stream recycling was sold as a “sure thing” by Ann Arbor city staffers, politicos and their cronies. It would double collections and save taxpayers millions. Since its launch in July of 2010, it has, in fact, done neither. According to a draft […]

January 8th, 2013 | Posted in Best of A2P,Enviro,Featured,Recycling | Read More »

High Overhead & Debt Load Push DDA Parking Revenues 98 Percent Below National Average


by P.D. Lesko “Hieftje gives out seats on city boards and commissions at parties, like they were candy,” says a political insider. John Hieftje’s propensity to populate the city’s boards and commissions with yes men (and women) and unqualified political cronies has long irked political insiders and haunted city residents, whose input and feedback Hieftje’s […]

January 4th, 2013 | Posted in DDA,Econ,Featured,Money,Taxes | Read More »

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