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Leaf Collection Resolution Goes Up In Smoke But Debate Provides, Literally, Hours of Entertainment

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by P.D. Lesko Ann Arbor City Council is, once again, on fire. When Ward 3 Council member Steve Kunselman proposed a change in the fee schedule related to permits for bonfires and controlled burns of prairie grass areas, Council marm Sabra Briere ahemed herself into the conversation to point out that Council rules require amendments [...]

May 21st, 2013 | Posted in Ann Arbor Politics,City Council,City Services,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 »

WHISPER: City & County Staffers Held Secret Meetings to Further Reduce Ann Arbor Police Staff

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On Sunday July 31, 2011, Ann Arbor Police Chief Barnett Jones and Mayor John Hieftje hauled out the dog and pony show for AnnArbor.com. In a lengthy piece meant to calm citizen concerns about a the sharp increase in violent crime in Ann Arbor—stabbings, shootings, armed robberies, assaults and, rapes—the two men talked about the [...]

August 1st, 2011 | Posted in City Council,City Services,County Politics,Featured,Police,Safety,Whisper | Read More »

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

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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 »

Weekly Whopper: A2 Streets Are Being Cleared of Snow So Slowly Because, “This Was One of the Wettest Snows in Two Years.”

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On February 3, 2011 A2Politico posted an entry that explained why Ann Arbor streets were being plowed so much more slowly than those tended to by the county and surrounding cities. In short, Ann Arbor’s Director of Operations, Sue McCormick, who directly oversees the plowing operations, had allowed the first five snow plows sent out [...]

February 24th, 2011 | Posted in City Services,Fact Check,Weekly Whoppers | Read More »

The Politics of Plowing: Data Show Plows Clearing Ward 2 Cul De Sacs Hours Before Many Major Streets

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My friend Greg McMillin—one of the few lucky guys in the city with a full size farm tractor—drove over to our house and plowed out our long driveway. Then, he plowed out our neighbor’s long, sloping driveway—not because they asked, but because he had been going around all day helping people out.  Our City Council [...]

February 3rd, 2011 | Posted in City Services | Read More »

The Politics of Safety Services: On Call Girls & On Call Firefighters, Roger Fraser Belts Out Blondie Classic “Call Me!”

At the recent City Council Budget Retreat, City Administrator Roger Fraser thrilled the standing room only crowd (the retreat was held in a largish, brightly lit closet to keep Council members on task and focused) with his rendition of the Blondie classic “Call Me.” For a quick refresher on the lyrics of the song, watch [...]

December 9th, 2010 | Posted in City Council,City Services,Fire,Safety | Read More »

The Politics of Technology: Tracking Employees Electronically Hits A2 City Government

Have you ever wondered about the slow pace of removing dead trees and replanting new ones, poorly plowed streets or huge potholes that are never filled? Wonder no longer! The City’s Diva in charge of SHOPerations, Sue McCormick, has told City Council the problem is that no one knows where City trucks are. Well, they sort [...]

November 3rd, 2010 | Posted in City Council,City Services,Money | Read More »

The Politics of Backdoor Privatization: Ann Arbor Residents To Pay $100,000 Each to Serve On All Volunteer Fire/Police Departments

This piece, below my comments, comes from Salon. I thought Alyssa Battistoni’s perspective was refreshing, and her look at backdoor privatization captures exactly what is going on in Ann Arbor. Here, in Lake Woebegone-on-the-Huron, where all the men have Ph.D.s, all the woman have Ph.D.s, but are doing “research” on their books at home while raising [...]

August 23rd, 2010 | Posted in Ann Arbor Politics,City Council,City Services,Fire,Safety | Read More »

The Politics of Taking Credit For Everything: A Look at the Incumbent’s Web site

On May 30, 2010, AnnArbor.com’s Ryan Stanton sent me a private email telling me that I should let him know what I thought my opponent should be “called out on.” It would be patently unethical for me to email back and forth privately with Stanton concerning what I think the Mayor needs to be called [...]

July 16th, 2010 | Posted in Ann Arbor Politics,City Services,Politics | Read More »

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