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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 »

Four Years Later Ethics Problems Still Haunt EMU Governmental Relations Director


The only former Ann Arbor City Council member having a worse time of it politically than Downtown Development Authority Board member Joan Lowenstein (former Ward 2 Council member) is former Ward 3 Council member Leigh Greden. Lowenstein, who has contributed to and backed a bushel of losing Council candidates in Wards 1, 2, 3, 4 […]

September 9th, 2013 | Posted in Ann Arbor Politics,Boards and Commissions,Edu,Featured,Higher Ed.,Politics | Read More »

Five Council Members Launch An Unprecedented Effort To Curb Cronyism


by P.D. Lesko “We keep seeing the same names.” “It’s like there is some ‘professional class’ of board appointees.” “We need to draw from a larger group of citizens.” “I want to open the door for a closer examination of the appointment and confirmation process.” So the debate went on at Ann Arbor City Council’s […]

May 14th, 2013 | Posted in Ann Arbor Politics,Boards and Commissions,City Council,Featured,Politics | Read More »

Mayor Proposes Citizens Advisory Commission Should Continue To Be A Whites-Only Country Club


by P.D. Lesko John Hieftje is proposing to reappoint 10 people to the Downtown Area Citizens Advisory Commission (CAC) at City Council’s May 13th meeting. By law the CAC Board is charged with advising the Board of the Downtown Development Authority, on downtown development and TIF plans. The CAC has openings for 15 people, but between October 2009 and […]

May 13th, 2013 | Posted in Ann Arbor Politics,Boards and Commissions,Featured,Politics | 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 »

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 »

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 »

The Politics of Grandstanding: Washtenaw County Commishes Need A Time Out

To hear the various members of the Washtenaw County Board of Commissioners (BOC) tell it, various commissioners have at various times over the past four months: 1.  Tried desperately to get rid of per diems (and failed). 2.  Voted against getting rid of per diems because, well, there are “financial controls” in place now to […]

December 15th, 2010 | Posted in Boards and Commissions,County Politics | Read More »

The Politics of Progressive Money-Grubbing: City Staff, Mayor & Council Members After Money From A Company That Invests Millions To Thwart Equal Pay and Equal Rights Nationwide

Ann Arbor city staff are always sniffing around for grant money. It’s part of the job for many of them, and we benefit from their hard work. However, it matters where money comes from just as much as it matters where we spend our money. The 2006 film “Blood Diamond” showed quite clearly the connections […]

December 1st, 2010 | Posted in Boards and Commissions,Enviro | Read More »

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