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City Vendor Records Reveal Board/Commission Members Getting More Than Just “Tacos” for Their Time


by Patricia Lesko NextDoor is a city-wide listserv where neighbors can post everything from requests for babysitters to football tickets for sale. Neighbors have also taken to posting information about local city government. In Feb. 2017, a neighbor in the Dexter-Miller NextDoor neighborhood posted a comment about the Ann Arbor Downtown Development Authority’s (DDA) proposal […]

February 28th, 2017 | Posted in DDA,Econ,Featured,Investigations,Money | Read More »

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

Teall 1/1 AW

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 »

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 »

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


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

Caught Red Handed

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 »

Ward 1 Council Candidate Making False Claims About His College Record


by P.D. Lesko A2P Notes: This is filed under Scoops & Scores because you read it here first! Fibbing about one’s academic credentials can have dire consequences. Scott Thompson, the former CEO of Yahoo was brought down in May 2012 by making false claims that he had earned a degree in Computer Science from a […]

June 25th, 2012 | Posted in Ann Arbor Politics,Best of A2P,City Council,Elections,Featured,Investigations,Politics,Scoops & Scores!! | Read More »

Dirty Air + Contaminated Water = Glowing Enviro Endorsements in One Michigan County


by P.D. Lesko “John Hieftje has the strongest environmental record of any Mayor in the Midwest. He’s championed the city’s Greenbelt, the clean energy initiative, commuter rail, bicycling and our terrific parks system. These programs set Ann Arbor apart. John’s leadership has set the standard for progressive mayors everywhere.” —Mike Garfield, Environmental Activist So why […]

June 15th, 2012 | Posted in Best of A2P,Enviro,Featured,Investigations,Scoops & Scores!! | Read More »

Local Media Used As A Collective Patsy to Mislead Public About Police Dispatcher Outsourcing Facts


Documents released by Ann Arbor city officials in response to a recent FOIA request revealed that the March 31, 2011 meeting to discuss “police dispatch” was set up via email and included Ann Arbor’s interim City Administrator Tom Crawford, management consultant Kerry Laycock, and Gregory Dill, director of administrative services for Washtenaw County. By April, […]

August 10th, 2011 | Posted in Best of A2P,Featured,Investigations,Police,Safety,Scoops & Scores!! | Read More »

Savaged: Snyder Treasury Appointee Who Implements EM Takeovers Abused City Credit Card, Ignored Auditor Warnings & Plunged Town Into Deep Debt


By Chris Savage The Peter Principle: In a hierarchy every employee tends to rise to his level of incompetence. In February of this year, Roger Fraser resigned after nine years as Ann Arbor City Administrator to assume the role of Deputy State Treasurer for Local Government Services working under State Treasurer Andy Dillon (though, as […]

July 29th, 2011 | Posted in Best of A2P,City Council,City Services,Econ,Featured,Investigations,Money | Read More »

City Managers Push Service Cuts While Spending Over $1.1 Million On Cell Phones & Texting


A2P Notes: This is filed under “Scoops & Scores” because you read it first here. In response to multiple FOIAs, information released by city officials shows that perks including monthly car allowances, city-provided cars, mileage reimbursements, cell phone allowances, cell phone costs, meals, stays at resorts and spas, entertainment and travel for Ann Arbor’s top […]

June 20th, 2011 | Posted in Best of A2P,Econ,Featured,Investigations,Money,Scoops & Scores!!,Taxes | Read More »

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