City Attorney

Something for Nothing in Park Place Deal?

Friday, December 7, 2018

Could developers tie up the debt-ridden, publicly-owned Evergreen Avenue properties for eight more months with an exclusive purchase agreement, and wind up paying nothing for the privilege? Looks like it.

What If the Center City Developers Don’t Build the Senior Housing?

Tuesday, December 4, 2018

The $132 million public-private deal known as the Center City District project is designed to have 92 rental apartments for people aged 55 and up. That's not because of high market demand. So what happens if the developers don't build that housing? ELi's Alice Dreger reports.

Committee Proposes Historic District Boundary Changes

Monday, November 26, 2018

A public hearing this Wednesday will center on whether Oakwood Historic District should be changed. Which properties are involved, and what would the effect be? ELi's Alice Dreger reports.

You Want to Know What's Coming?

Wednesday, November 21, 2018

We have news, so much news, and we don't want to wait until after Thanksgiving break to let you in on it.

City of East Lansing Hides Public Lawsuit Information

Monday, November 19, 2018

The City of East Lansing won't release material that would show in what lawsuits it is engaged. An attorney for the Reporters Committee for Freedom of the Press explains why East Lansing's taxpayers have a right to this information.

What Does ELi Face Under the Current Administration?

Thursday, November 8, 2018

Recently a reader asked us why we didn't explain the reasoning behind Mayor Pro Tem Erik Altman's actions related to medical marijuana, and suggested that we were afraid to push for real answers. ELi's Publisher Alice Dreger explains why it's not quite that simple.

Landlords Push Back at Attempts to Limit Rental Periods

Tuesday, November 6, 2018

Some East Lansing landlords are pushing back on Council Member Aaron Stephens' attempts to limit rental periods. They argue the City Attorney has the facts wrong, and have sent their own attorneys in. ELi's Alice Dreger reports.

Stephens Moves Against Illegal Landlord Practice

Wednesday, October 24, 2018

East Lansing’s City Council is poised to outlaw the practice of East Lansing landlords who require renters pay more than one month’s rent at a time. Alice Dreger reports.

City Threatens Arrest Over Approved Driveway

Thursday, July 26, 2018

The City is threatening to arrest a property owner over construction of a driveway for which he had a permit, had an inspector's go-ahead, and had the support of a majority of the Zoning Board of Appeals. Why?

Old Whitehills Beats Medical Center Again

Monday, July 23, 2018

Facing strong opposition from Old Whitehills, neurosurgeon Christopher Abood has withdrawn his attempt to get more parking at his medical center on Saginaw Street. The mayor expressed displeasure at how things have gone at the location. ELi's Alice Dreger reports.

Whistleblower: “Everyone Else Pays for Their Own Sidewalk”

Tuesday, July 17, 2018

If East Lansing's City Attorney doesn't have to pay for his sidewalk, why should the City make you pay for yours? A whistleblower is now pushing that question in federal court. ELi investigates the latest claims and counter-claims in the case.

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