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In Controversies’ Shadows, Council Decides What to Ask of HUD

Monday, April 8, 2019

East Lansing's City Council is set to use a new method tomorrow night to decide what to ask for in terms of federal Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) funding. ELi's Alice Dreger explains what might be requested, and why it matters. 

Lahanas Says New Budgeting Software will Increase Transparency

Monday, April 8, 2019

The City of East Lansing has contracted to use “Priority Based Budgeting” software including a “community facing dashboard” that allows viewers to see how city revenue is being spent.  ELi's Jessy Gregg reports on the City's recent contract authorization.

Fired by East Lansing, Whistleblower Keeps Pushing

Monday, March 18, 2019

Troy Williams says the City of East Lansing fired him because they knew he wasn't going to shut up. And with nothing left to lose, he's definitely not shutting up. In a new interview with ELi, Williams describes more of what he's seen, and what he's hoping Governor Whitmer's team will do.

Revealed: Who the City Notified about the eBay Land Sale

Friday, March 15, 2019

The City has released one list showing who staff notified about an eBay auction of a major public asset. Former Lansing Mayor Virg Bernero didn't make the list, but showed up on the scene a day before the auction closed. What else have we now learned about this controversial million-dollar deal?

Council Debates Options for Video Recordings of Meetings

Thursday, March 14, 2019

Should East Lansing continue paying about $150,000 per year for a local company to record audio and video of City Council and Planning Commission meetings? The City Manager believes the service is critical to government transparency. ELi's Brad Minor reports.

Regulation of Scooters Coming

Monday, February 25, 2019

Here comes local regulation for electric rental scooters. What might that involve in terms of where scooters are ridden and parked, how much companies pay the City of East Lansing, and what ridership data of yours local government officials will be able to see? ELi's Jessy Gregg and Alice Dreger report.

City Manager Did Not Seek to Track Mercury Spill

Thursday, February 21, 2019

What finally moved East Lansing's City Manager to ask what might have happened to mercury spilled at the City's wastewater treatment plant, a full year after it was revealed that the spill had been spread around town?

What the City Won’t Report

Thursday, February 21, 2019

The City of East Lansing has recently begun publishing e-Dialog reports on what happened at City Council. ELi's Publisher Alice Dreger explains why we encourage you to read those reports, but to sign up for ELi's weekly news summary as well.

Council Renews Lahanas’ Contract with Salary Bump

Wednesday, February 13, 2019

East Lansing's City Council unanimously approved a new contract for City Manager George Lahanas last night, voting on a different version than the one released to the public on Friday. Council praised the contract and Lahanas. ELi's Alice Dreger reports.

Big Raise for Lahanas? Plus Bonuses?

Monday, February 11, 2019

East Lansing's City Council is looking at giving City Manager George Lahanas a new contract with a big raise plus lucrative benefits. If passed tomorrow night, the raise will be backdated to the day the City implemented an income tax to deal with its financial crisis.

Renderings Versus Reality in East Lansing

Tuesday, January 15, 2019

Developers like to show pretty pictures as they ask for City Council approval. Here at ELi, your public service nonpartisan news source, we like to bring reality to bear. Have a look?

City Says It Can’t Find “Park Place” Site Plan

Wednesday, December 26, 2018

ELi asked for the Park Place site plan application, which was supposed to have been submitted December 17, under the Freedom of Information Act. But the City says it can't easily locate it. What's the story?

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