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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 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.

Major Marijuana Hearing Tomorrow, With Little Notice

Monday, October 29, 2018

Amidst Council Member Aaron Stephens' thwarted attempts to increase transparency, following little public notice, East Lansing's City Council will hold a special meeting and possible vote tomorrow on marijuana regulation.

As Lime Moves In, Scooter Regulation Debated

Thursday, October 11, 2018

Now that Lime scooters have dropped in East Lansing, the City is under increased pressure to figure out what (if anything) to do about regulating the riding and parking of electric scooters. Alice Dreger reports.

Fire Prevention Code Not Being Followed in East Lansing

Wednesday, September 19, 2018

Further investigation by ELi finds the City Manager has misrepresented the City’s code on fire safety, and the Fire Marshal isn't following the City's code. Now the City is demanding $1200 before it will release any fire review documentation on Center City.

East Lansing Submits Plan to Fund Pension Liability

Monday, September 17, 2018

East Lansing’s City Council has approved a plan to reduce the underfunded status of the City’s pension system. Michigan’s Municipal Stability Board will now decide whether to accept or reject it. ELi's Chris Root reports.

Fire Marshal Review Missing on Center City Project

Thursday, August 30, 2018

ELFD tells ELi there has been no Fire Marshal review of plans for the 12-story building now under construction on Grand River Avenue. It appears plans for the rest of the $132 million Center City District redevelopment project have also never undergone Fire Marshal review.

What to Do for Struggling Businesses Downtown? Council Debates the Issue

Tuesday, August 28, 2018

The Mayor Pro Tem questions whether there's really been a downturn in business downtown during construction, while two other members of Council advocate for more free parking downtown to try to rescue struggling shops and restaurants. ELi's Jessy Gregg reports.

Last-Minute Questions about the Income Tax Proposal

Monday, August 6, 2018

Could Council Members look at your income tax returns? Is the "Yes" side going to return the marijuana industry donations? Is the "No" side making factual misrepresentations? We've got answers to your last-minute income tax proposal questions.

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