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Still Pulling Strings: “Baby” Leigh Chairs Ypsi DDA and “Writes the Script” For AA Pols Via Email

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by P.D. Lesko “This job has been extremely rewarding but also extremely stressful,” he says. “I have no future political plans. I am looking forward to time off. I am looking forward to practicing law.”—Leigh Greden, September 2009, Ann Arbor Observer. In June 2009, the Ann Arbor News reported that Ward 3 Council member Leigh [...]

August 9th, 2013 | Posted in Best of A2P,Featured,Investigations,Scoops & Scores!! | Read More »

WHISPER: Ann Arbor Mayor Pro Tem Launches Campaign Website On Which She Pledges to “Reform Foreign Policy” and “Immagration”

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by P.D. Lesko “Ann Arbor is ranked as the 15th most intelligent city in United States by Lumosity, a cognitive training site, according to Business Insider….NerdWallet, a consumer advocacy website also recently ranked Ann Arbor as the 17th most educated city in America,” according to an AnnArbor.com post today. In 2011, Ann Arbor was listed among America’s 20 Geekiest [...]

June 27th, 2013 | Posted in Best of A2P,Featured,Whisper | 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.

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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 »

Emails Reveal DDA Threatens to Cut Money That Funds Job of Council Member’s Wife

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by P.D. Lesko There are five solid votes on City Council to bring to heel the members of the Downtown Development Authority Board of Directors. Those are the votes of Sumi Kailsapathy, Jane Lumm, Sally Hart-Petersen, Stephen Kunselman and Mike Anglin. The resolution needs six votes to pass, however. The DDA Board, comprised of a bushel [...]

April 29th, 2013 | Posted in Best of A2P,Boards and Commissions,City Council,DDA,Econ,Featured,Politics,Scoops & Scores!! | Read More »

Police, Fire, Parks, Millage Funds & Pools Soaked By City’s IT Fund For Millions of Dollars In Assessments

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by P.D. Lesko Dan Rainey, the City of Ann Arbor’s IT Director, raked in a six-figure salary as one of the highest paid employees in the city. Now, he’s off to work for former Ann Arbor Director of Public Services, Sue McCormick. Shortly after former City Administrator Roger Fraser took his pension and decamped for [...]

March 19th, 2013 | Posted in Ann Arbor Politics,Best of A2P,City Council,City Services,Econ,Featured,Investigations,Money,Politics,Taxes | Read More »

19 Top-Level City Staffers Lose Car Allowances, Including Police Chief and CFO

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Under former city administrator Roger Fraser, the amounts paid out in tax dollars for cell phone allowances increased almost 95 percent between 2009 and 2012. By 2012, 196 of the city’s 693 full-time employees had been given cell phone allowances. Likewise, between 2009 and 2012, according to information from city officials released in response to [...]

February 1st, 2013 | Posted in Best of A2P,Featured,Investigations,Scoops & Scores!! | Read More »

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

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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 »

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

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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 »

Readership of AA.com Plummets 75% According to Execs—Site Loses Another Key Staffer to the Freep

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by P.D. Lesko If the down-sizing and attrition continue apace at AnnArbor.com, Laurel Champion, former publisher of the Ann Arbor News, will be left to head the organization as Executive Vice President in Charge of, Well, Everything. Steve Pepple (pictured below, right), former Print Director for AnnArbor.com, has decamped to the Detroit Free Press. You didn’t hear? [...]

December 19th, 2012 | Posted in Best of A2P,Featured,Media,Scoops & Scores!! | Read More »

MLive Prez (Accidentally) Confims That AnnArbor.com Unique Visitor Count Has Plummeted By 643,000 Since July 2011

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by P.D. Lesko The history of the telescope is fascinating. This piece is not about that. However, it is about The Ann magazine’s futile and ultimately disappointing attempt to give readers insight into AnnArbor.com using what amounts to a journalistic telescope. Don’t get me wrong. Writing about AnnArbor.com and getting the Big Brush Off from [...]

December 3rd, 2012 | Posted in Best of A2P,Featured,Media,Scoops & Scores!! | Read More »

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