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City Administrator Memo To Council: “At this time, I am not proceeding with reducing the number of fire stations”

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by P.D. Lesko John Hieftje and his political pals have a reputation of ignoring public opinion. Perhaps the most egregious example was a 2008 Council meeting at which petitions with 6,000 signatures were presented to Council to urge them to put the question of whether to spend $75 million dollars to build a new city [...]

January 14th, 2013 | Posted in Featured,Fire,Safety | Read More »

Ann Arbor Cronyism & “Double-Dipping” Scams Go Prime Time in Detroit Water Department Scandal

Caught Red Handed

by P.D. Lesko Bonnie “remained confident” in Clyde. Ma Barker “remained confident” in her boys. Detroit Water and Sewerage Department Director Sue McCormick said Friday she “remains confident” in former Ann Arbor Police Chief Barnett Jones. Her department also sent  out a press release January 11th affirming confidence in Jones and pointing out his long background [...]

January 12th, 2013 | Posted in Ann Arbor Politics,Featured,Police,Politics,Safety | Read More »

Interview: 22nd Circuit Court Challenger Michael Woodyard Pledges To Dispense Justice “Fairly.”

Michael Woodyard

by P.D. Lesko Michael Woodyard is either Gandalf or Saruman, it just depends on whom you ask. He is challenging Judge Timothy Connors for his seat on the 22nd Circuit Court, a seat Connors has either warmed, or filled admirably, depending on whom you ask. In Washtenaw County, local lawyers simply don’t run against judicial [...]

October 8th, 2012 | Posted in County Politics,Crime,Elections,Featured,Interviews,Politics,Safety | Read More »

Ann Arbor Mayor and Council Member Live in Highest Crime Neighborhoods

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by P.D. Lesko It pays, literally, to live in at least one of the high rent neighborhoods in Ann Arbor. Specifically, outgoing Ward 2 Council member Tony Derezinski’s neighborhood. Between January and September 2012, within a 1 mile radium of Derezinski’s home, there were just 27 crimes reported, the majority of them forced entry burglaries. [...]

October 2nd, 2012 | Posted in Crime,Featured,Police,Safety | Read More »

A New Copyright Lawsuit May Result in the Prosecution of Educators & Students Who Share Digital Materials

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by Ernesto Van Dersar John Wiley & Sons, one of the world’s largest textbook publishers, is continuing its efforts to crack down on BitTorrent piracy. The company has now named several people who allegedly shared Wiley titles online, and is demanding a jury trial against them. If these actually go ahead it will be the first [...]

April 19th, 2012 | Posted in Books,Crime,Edu,Featured,Higher Ed.,K-12 | Read More »

Take This Job and Shiv It! Michigan Republicans Push to Monetize the Operations of Prison System & Prisoner Labor

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A2P Notes: This is the debut of Amy Kerr Hardin on A2Politico. However, it is not her first foray into politics or writing. She is an experienced political consultant, and in her neck of the woods (near Traverse City, Michigan) she has worked on multiple candidate campaigns. Get her answering machine and you will hear [...]

March 18th, 2012 | Posted in Crime,Featured,Michigan politics,Politics,Taxes | Read More »

Ann Arbor Mayor: “Closing 1/2 of City Fire Stations Will Result In Much Better Fire Coverage.”

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At Monday’s City Council meeting John Hieftje evidently wanted to make sure he understood exactly how deep in his own personal pile of horse manure he was standing. So, Hieftje pointedly asked the new Fire Chief, Chuck Hubbard (below), a 20-year member of the AAFD, “if the city would actually experience better service if it [...]

March 13th, 2012 | Posted in Featured,Fire,Money,Safety,Taxes | Read More »

Lanx Satura [sat-ahyuhr]: Ann Arbor’s Mayor Hieftje Talks About Crime Spree

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John Hieftje sat down to an interview with AnnArbor.com’s “editorial board,” almost one year ago to talk about the city’s budget. The city’s CFO Tom Crawford tagged along, primarily to nod, as it is commonly known around City Hall that Crawford uses his fingers to count, and that certain staffers in the finance department do [...]

March 2nd, 2012 | Posted in Columns,Crime,Featured,Fire,Lanx Satura [sat-ahyuhr],Police,Safety | Read More »

Ann Arbor Crosswalk Ordinance Mess Gets National Attention

Rear_ended

by P.D. Lesko On The Atlantic’s web site, writer Micki Maynard quotes David Askins of The AnnArborChronicle.com explaining how the pedestrian crosswalk ordinance mess has gotten so out of hand. Askins, with a straight face one presumes, sums up the political pile up thusly: “The basic idea that ‘I’m smarter than you’ is one that I [...]

December 2nd, 2011 | Posted in Ann Arbor Politics,City Council,Featured,Politics,Safety,Transportation | Read More »

WHISPER: After $4.9 Million Face Lift, Photos Show Larcom Basement Filled With Mold, Unrepaired 8 Months After Flood

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by P.D. Lesko “I just hope everyone who’s asked to sign a petition gets all the information about the condition of the spaces we’re trying to replace and the cost of not doing anything,” said Council Member Chris Easthope, who’s worked on the plan for a new police-court building for several years.—Ann Arbor News, April [...]

September 21st, 2011 | Posted in Best of A2P,Featured,Money,Police,Safety,Scoops & Scores!!,Taxes,Whisper | Read More »

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