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The Politics of Pandering: Holding Meetings About Public Safety in Private


by P.D. Lesko When Republican Marcia Higgins was elected to Ann Arbor City Council in 1999, there were over 240 police officers patrolling the town. Ann Arbor had just about as many police officers as the city of Dearborn has today. Dearborn, with 100,000 residents, the 19th District Court, a new Amtrak station (paid for […]

May 29th, 2013 | Posted in Ann Arbor Politics,City Council,Elections,Featured,Politics | Read More »

Leaf Collection Resolution Goes Up In Smoke But Debate Provides, Literally, Hours of Entertainment


by P.D. Lesko Ann Arbor City Council is, once again, on fire. When Ward 3 Council member Steve Kunselman proposed a change in the fee schedule related to permits for bonfires and controlled burns of prairie grass areas, Council marm Sabra Briere ahemed herself into the conversation to point out that Council rules require amendments […]

May 21st, 2013 | Posted in Ann Arbor Politics,City Council,City Services,Featured,Politics | Read More »

Five Council Members Launch An Unprecedented Effort To Curb Cronyism


by P.D. Lesko “We keep seeing the same names.” “It’s like there is some ‘professional class’ of board appointees.” “We need to draw from a larger group of citizens.” “I want to open the door for a closer examination of the appointment and confirmation process.” So the debate went on at Ann Arbor City Council’s […]

May 14th, 2013 | Posted in Ann Arbor Politics,Boards and Commissions,City Council,Featured,Politics | Read More »

Mayor Proposes Citizens Advisory Commission Should Continue To Be A Whites-Only Country Club


by P.D. Lesko John Hieftje is proposing to reappoint 10 people to the Downtown Area Citizens Advisory Commission (CAC) at City Council’s May 13th meeting. By law the CAC Board is charged with advising the Board of the Downtown Development Authority, on downtown development and TIF plans. The CAC has openings for 15 people, but between October 2009 and […]

May 13th, 2013 | Posted in Ann Arbor Politics,Boards and Commissions,Featured,Politics | Read More »

Downtown Area Citizens Advisory Council (CAC) Calls Resolution to Rein in DDA Board “Irrational.” Records Reveal All CAC Board Appointments Expired in 2012.


by P.D. Lesko The Downtown Area Citizens Advisory Council (CAC). Sounds official, right? It is supposed to be a group of no more than 15 mayoral appointees who, by Council resolution, live within the downtown area and “advise the DDA and City Council with regard to implementation of the Downtown Development Plan and Tax Increment […]

May 1st, 2013 | Posted in Best of A2P,Boards and Commissions,Featured,Investigations,Politics,Scoops & Scores!! | Read More »

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