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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 »

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


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


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


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


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 »

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


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 »

In Ward 3 Debate, Kunselman Goes After DDA & Alleges Political “Cronyism” A Problem in Ann Arbor Government


The Ann Arbor chapter of the League of Women Voters sponsors candidate debates each election cycle for City Council races. On October 5, 2011, the League gave Third Ward Democrat Stephen Kunselman the chance to strut his political stuff against Republican opponent David Parker. Parker and Kunselman tackled questions about the proposed street millage renewal, the […]

October 6th, 2011 | Posted in Ann Arbor Politics,Boards and Commissions,City Council,DDA,Featured | Read More »

A2Politico Grilling the Media: AnnArborChronicle.com Calls Hieftje a Big Fat Lyre (Politely)


The AnnArborChronicle.com has been tweaking its brand, as of late. The site, described by Publisher Mary Morgan as a chronicler of local government, has been doing more than just repeating what happened at meetings. The site has been posting original reporting (including a recent tip that former Second Ward Council member Jane Lumm pulled nominating […]

August 8th, 2011 | Posted in DDA,Econ,Featured,Media,Taxes | Read More »

Library Lot Underground Parking Garage Retaining Wall Collapses: DDA Contractor Has History of Wall Collapses on Projects


A2PNotes: This is filed under “Scoops & Scores” because you read it here first. The Ann Arbor Downtown Development Authority and Christman Construction released a joint statement today concerning the retaining wall collapse that happened over the weekend at the site of the Fifth Avenue underground garage site. The statement, titled, “Christman response to incidences […]

March 28th, 2011 | Posted in Ann Arbor Politics,Best of A2P,DDA,Infrastructure,Scoops & Scores!! | Read More »

Developmental Education: Serving Time on the Board of the Downtown Development Authority


This is the first post by Newcombe Clark on the subject of downtown development. Newcombe ran for Ann Arbor City Council as an Independent candidate this past Fall, and A2Politico did an interview with him about his political aspirations. He is also a partner in the Moravian project, a development that was proposed for a […]

February 9th, 2011 | Posted in DDA | Read More »

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