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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 »

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 »

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 »

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 »

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

D'Oh

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 »

A2Politico Celebrates Citizen Activism With A New Annual Award

Karen_Sidney

by P.D. Lesko When I taught college, one writing assignment I most enjoyed was having my students compose letters to their elected officials. One woman chose to write a letter to the President. A couple of weeks later, she found her husband at their kitchen table, staring at an envelope. Why, he wanted to know, [...]

August 15th, 2012 | Posted in Ann Arbor Politics,Best of A2P,Featured,Karen M. Sidney Citizen Activism Award,Politics,Scoops & Scores!! | Read More »

Ward 1 Council Candidate Making False Claims About His College Record

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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 »

Evidence Surfaces That Ward 1 Council Candidate Committed Election Fraud in 2010

Sturgis, Eric

by P.D. Lesko A2P Notes: This is filed under “Scoops & Scores” because you read it here first! First Ward Council candidate Eric Sturgis often tells voters his political resume includes involvement in politics since the age of 18. It’s an impressive story. However, a closer look reveals disturbing patterns, and a young man who, [...]

June 22nd, 2012 | Posted in Ann Arbor Politics,Best of A2P,City Council,County Politics,Elections,Featured,Politics,Scoops & Scores!! | Read More »

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