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YOUR ELi: Take the Money and Run

Saturday, April 4, 2015

Note: No bagels were injured in the course of ELi's spring fundraising campaign.

A huge thank you goes out to everyone who donated to ELi during our spring fundraising campaign! Our goal was to raise $8,000, and thanks to the generosity of our donors, we raised $8,535. Given this, ELi is now fully funded through the end of June.

ASK ELi: Yard Waste

Friday, April 3, 2015

Yard waste collection will begin on Monday, April 6, so this week we bring you answers to common and environmentally-oriented questions about yard waste.

What counts as yard waste? According to the City, “Yard waste includes leaves, plant materials, grass clippings and brush/limbs.”

How does it have to be packaged for pick-up? There are three ways to package your yard-waste for pick-up:

Council Meets with School Board

Wednesday, April 1, 2015

Above: Library Director Kristin Shelley presenting to City Council and the Board of Education last night.

The first half of this week’s City Council meeting was dedicated to a joint meeting with the East Lansing Public Schools Board of Education and was held at the Hannah Community Center. The meeting consisted largely of presentations and involved no apparent points of disagreement among or between the two governing bodies. Topics included the future of the Red Cedar School, enrollment levels, and the proposed City Charter amendment on public land sales.

Your ELi: Slow Motion Action

Saturday, March 28, 2015

Above: update of our spring fundraising campaign

First, a quick update on our spring fundraising campaign. As you can see from the graph above, we are just about $2500 short of reaching our end-of-March goal of $8000. If we meet that goal, ELi will be funded through the end of June and so we can focus our attention on bringing you critical reporting of the May 5 election (involving two possible charter amendments), progress on developments in town, and the information you need to make your life in East Lansing more informed, more connected, and hopefully better.

Council Capsule: March 24, 2015

Wednesday, March 25, 2015

Image: City Council meeting last night

This was a work session of Council so it was not videotaped or broadcast. Audio tape of the meeting is availble on the City's website.

Present: Mayor Nathan Triplett, Mayor Pro Tem Diane Goddeeris, Councilmembers Ruth Beier, Kathy Boyle, and Susan Woods

Your ELi: ELi Animated

Saturday, March 21, 2015

ELi's Spring Campaign continues as we aim to raise $8,000 by the end of March to keep ELi operational through the end of June. We have so far raised $4240 towards that goal.

To help explain why ELi needs money to operate, we've developed this informative animation. Thanks to ELi's Board member Stephen Thomas for creating this for the ELi team!

ASK ELi: New Charter School in East Lansing?

Friday, March 20, 2015

This week in Council Capsule we reported on remarks made to City Council by Brian Shaughnessy, principal and superintendent of the Cole Academy, a Lansing charter school. Shaughnessy told Council that Cole Academy wants to open a new school in East Lansing, with about 200 students, and that they are interested in the Bailey Community Center building (formerly the Bailey School).

Council Capsule: March 17, 2015

Wednesday, March 18, 2015

Image: Centennial sculpture, courtesy City of East Lansing

Present: Mayor Nathan Triplett, Mayor Pro Tem Diane Goddeeris, Councilmember Kathy Boyle

Absent: Councilmembers Ruth Beier and Susan Woods

ELi ON EARTH: Grafting East Lansing Trees

Monday, March 16, 2015

The time has come, my friends, to speak of many things: of scions and slips and grafting wax, of cabbages and clings, and why tomatoes grow in pots and whether March means spring.

ASK ELi: What's Up with Neighborhoods 1st?

Friday, March 13, 2015

Image: Neighborhoods 1st's Jim Anderson and Don Power.

Neighborhoods 1st, a political action committee (PAC), was very controversial in the November 2014 elections for its involvement in the land sale ballot question and the school board elections. An ELi reader recently asked ELi to find out whether Neighborhoods 1st is going to be involved in the May 2015 election and what we can know about them.

No Council This Week

Wednesday, March 11, 2015

There is no "Council Capsule" this week because City Council was cancelled last night, Tuesday, March 10. The stated reason was "lack of business."

ELi ON EARTH: Time Change Will Help the Lazy of East Lansing See Zodiacal Light

Monday, March 9, 2015

Image, courtesy of NASA: City lights are at the horizon on the left, zodiacal light is the faint, white light that starts in the center and angles up and left, while the light of the Milky Way starts in the center and angles up and right. 

In the astronomical spring days, about an hour before dawn, the observant East Lansing resident has a shot at seeing zodiacal light in the east.

Your ELi: Donate Now!

Saturday, March 7, 2015

UPDATE: $1,740 raised as of the morning of March 14!

Today we launch our spring fundraising campaign in the hopes of raising $8,000 for ELi by the end of March. The image you see above will be updated as we make progress towards our goal.

If we can do this, ELi will be funded through the end of June. That would allow us to provide you great coverage of East Lansing news through the May election involving two proposed charter amendments, through the end of the MSU and ELPS school years, and into the start of the 2015 summer festival season.

ASK ELi: Near-Campus Daycare Center Squeeze?

Friday, March 6, 2015

Image: Lori Strom, MSU’s Family Resource Center Coordinator

Before Council voted 3 to 2 to close the daycare at the Bailey Community Center, parents of that daycare's children and their allies said that this would have a detrimental effect on families who live and work downtown and on campus. To try to find out what the effect has been in some quantitative terms, I talked to Lori Strom, MSU’s Family Resource Center Coordinator.


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