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Council Members Refuse To Back Away From Public Protest of Mayoral Nominee

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While members of the audience held up signs of protest against Albert McWilliams’s proposed appointment to the Ann Arbor Downtown Development Authority, Ward 3 Council member Stephen Kunselman, Ward 1 Council member Sumi Kailasapathy and Ward 5 Council member Mike Anglin all raised objections when it came time for City Council to approve the minutes [...]

October 8th, 2013 | Posted in Ann Arbor Politics,Boards and Commissions,DDA,Featured,Politics | Read More »

Council Members Rebuke Mayor Over Proposed Appointee’s Perceived Conflicts of Interest

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On August 20th, John Hieftje announced his intention to appoint Albert McWilliams to replace Newcombe Clark on the Board of the Ann Arbor Downtown Development Authority. McWilliams, who works for Quack Media, is in his 30s. He’s a self-styled joker, whose frontal lobe is ever-so-close to being fully developed. In proposing the appointment, Hieftje told [...]

September 4th, 2013 | Posted in Ann Arbor Politics,City Council,DDA,Econ,Elections,Featured | 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 »

Fighting Entrenched Cronyism One Vote At A Time

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by P.D. Lesko At the moment, Ann Arbor City Council members are trying to assert their Charter-mandated authority over the Board of the Downtown Development Authority like a parent trying to discipline a hopelessly out-of-control toddler in the midst of an epic temper tantrum. John Hieftje stars in this drama as the ineffectual parent, the [...]

April 23rd, 2013 | Posted in Ann Arbor Politics,Boards and Commissions,City Council,DDA,Featured,Politics | 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 »

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 »

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

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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 »

At the University of Michigan Hospital, the 1 Percent Tell the 99 Percent To Tighten Their Belts

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by P.D. Lesko Republicans, Tea Partiers and malcontents have blamed Obamacare for the rise in health insurance premiums. Republicans in Washington complain that Obamacare will result in soaring costs for health care providers. Progressive Washington DC think tank Think Progress offered a different explanation for the rising cost of health insurance premiums. In August 2012, [...]

December 10th, 2012 | Posted in Econ,Edu,Featured,K-12,Money | Read More »

So, How Much Did AATA Spend on Its Failed Regional Transit Scheme? It’ll Cost Ya $1,538 to Find Out.

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by P.D. Lesko Freedom of Information Act requests are governed by the notion that public government has the obligation to err on the side of transparency. It is also governed by the principle that if public records released would benefit the public, then those records should be released. In other words, when a FOIA request [...]

November 27th, 2012 | Posted in Ann Arbor Politics,Econ,Featured,Money,Politics,Taxes,Transportation | Read More »

Library Tax Proposal Goes Down In Flames—And the Political Firmament Trembles

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by P.D. Lesko On November 6, 2012 the firmament trembled in Ann Arbor—the political landscape opened up and swallowed local politicos and their monied donors whole, casting the owner of Main Street Ventures, members of the Downtown Development Authority Board of Directors, and local political bigwigs down to Dante’s 4th Ring of Hell, where the avaricious [...]

November 7th, 2012 | Posted in Ann Arbor Politics,Econ,Featured,Money,Taxes | Read More »

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