City Council

City Manager Wants His Staff Producing More News

Thursday, February 22, 2018

City Manager George Lahanas told Council this week that he is having his staff produce weekly emailed newsletters. He said that there is otherwise little opportunity for citizens to get news about the City.

Recent Council Votes Add Uncertainty to City’s Legacy Debt

Monday, February 12, 2018

A special investigation by ELi suggests that, at best, recent City Council approvals of special pension credit purchases will add uncertainty to the City’s legacy debt. At worst, they may add to the City’s financial load. ELi's Alice Dreger reports.

Council’s Budget Retreat Postponed Pending Analysis of Public Input

Thursday, February 8, 2018

The City has cancelled this Saturday's annual City Council Budget Retreat, putting it off until external consultants can report the public's response to ideas for the budget. ELi's Alice Dreger reports on the delay and on the cost of the public input sessions.

Political Retaliation Suspected, But Documents Suggest Otherwise

Tuesday, January 30, 2018

Did Bell's Pizza receive a notice of violation on its shed because the business played host to the "Vote No" campaign on the income tax? ELi used the Freedom of Information Act to see what we could find. Kepler Domurat-Sousa reports.

Meadows and Altmann Call for MSU Trustees to Resign

Friday, January 26, 2018

Mayor Mark Meadows and Mayor Pro Tem Erik Altmann are calling on MSU Trustees to resign, with Altmann saying MSU's Athletic Director and "celebrity coaches" also should. Councilmember Shanna Draheim speaks of East Lansing's "strong partnership" with MSU.

Five New Tax Proposals Now Under Consideration

Wednesday, January 24, 2018

East Lansing's City Council decided last night to put five tax proposals to the public to see what they think, as Council continues to also seek citizen input on where to cut the budget. ELi's Jessy Gregg reports.

City Refuses to Release Government Communications Related to Fraud Lawsuit

Tuesday, January 23, 2018

In the aftermath of settlement of a False Claims Act suit, the City of East Lansing is refusing to release official government communications requested under the Freedom of Information Act. We spoke to the Reporters’ Committee for Freedom of the Press about this.

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