Candidates’ Finance Reports Reveal Expensive Council Election

Tuesday, December 8, 2015

Image: The six candidates: top row, Erik Altmann, Shanna Draheim, Mark Meadows; bottom row, Steve Ross, Jermaine Ruffin, Nathan Triplett.

More than $112,000 was spent in total by the candidates in the very costly November election for East Lansing City Council, according to post-election financial statements filed last week. And this amount does not include the cost of unprecedented involvement in an East Lansing election by the Lansing Regional Chamber of Commerce.

Your ELi: Our FOIA Appeal

Saturday, December 5, 2015

Above: Screenshot of the presumably satirical "Steve Meadows" Facebook page.

This coming Tuesday evening, I will be representing ELi at the Ingham County Board of Commissioners’ meeting. We are appealing the County’s response to a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request related to the “Steve Meadows” mystery.

Mayor’s Handling of Planning Commission Appointment Criticized

Thursday, December 3, 2015

Mayor Mark Meadows’ handling of an appointment to Planning Commission this week is receiving sharp criticism because Meadows failed to interview all three candidates or to do so cooperatively with the Chair of the Planning Commission, as is standard practice.

Council Amends Code of Ethics to Address Campaign Contributions

Wednesday, December 2, 2015

Above: Pat Wolff of the Tamarisk Neighborhood testifying during the public hearing last night.

Last night, East Lansing’s City Council unanimously approved a change to a portion of the City’s Code pertaining to Ethics. The change aims to make more transparent when someone with active financial business before Council has made a relatively recent campaign contribution of more than $100 to a seated Councilmember deliberating on the matter.

New Council Moving Quickly on Blight, Rentals Issue, Campaign Contributions’ Ethics, and Protected Trees

Tuesday, November 17, 2015

Image: Some of the blighted buildings downtown that may be demolished if a new "dangerous buildings" ordinance passes.

The new East Lansing City Council meets for the first time this evening, and their first agenda indicates this Council intends to move quickly on a number of politically hot issues, including blighted vacant buildings downtown, the ethics of campaign contributions, and a question of whether the City or the State should have say over whether landlords can make certain changes to nonconforming rental houses.

Lame Duck Triplett Pushing Landlord-Friendly State Bill

Friday, November 6, 2015

Above: Nathan Triplett and Mark Meadows

ELi has learned—and has confirmed with multiple sources—that East Lansing’s Mayor Nathan Triplett has been pushing a landlord-friendly bill at the State level for many months and that now, since being voted out of office on Tuesday, Triplett has been working with East Lansing landlords to push the bill through quickly.

Election Results Analysis for the Data Hounds

Wednesday, November 4, 2015

Editor’s note: A lot of folks in East Lansing love Nate Silver’s analyses of national election data. Well, East Lansing no longer has Nate Silver—he graduated from East Lansing High School in 1996—but we do have Chris Root, who spent much of today geeking out on the voting data charts available at the Ingham County Clerk’s website for yesterday’s East Lansing City Council election. Only ELi brings you this kind of drilling-down of the data!

Meadows, Draheim, and Altmann Win Council Seats

Tuesday, November 3, 2015

Image above: Erik Altmann, Shanna Draheim, and Mark Meadows, the winners of the East Lansing City Council race

Mark Meadows, Shanna Draheim, and Erik Altmann have won the election for East Lansing City Council. They will join sitting Councilmembers Ruth Beier and Susan Woods on November 17, 2015. (There is no meeting of City Council before then.)

At that meeting, the new members of Council will be sworn in, and the first order of business will be for the five to elect the Mayor and Mayor Pro Tem from among the five.

Election Results Coming In

Tuesday, November 3, 2015

10:30 PM

Mark Meadows, Shanna Draheim, and Erik Altmann have won the election. Here are the totals available from the County website. It looks like these are final, except for certification.

Erik Altmann


Shanna Draheim


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