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Council Capsule: January 6, 2015

Wednesday, January 7, 2015
East Lansing Council Greater Lansing Area MLK Holiday Commission

Each Wednesday morning, ELi provides you a "capsule" of what happened at City Council on Tuesday night.

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

ELi ON EARTH: Jupiter Moons, East Lansing

Monday, January 5, 2015
Europa, moon of Jupiter

Image: “Europa’s stunning surface,” courtesy of NASA and the Galileo Mission

Winter weather has come to East Lansing, making for cold and potentially good conditions for astronomy. Because of how precipitation works, the coldest nights are often the clearest in East Lansing, and so can make for good, if brief, looks at the sky. (Tip: Observation sessions can be extended if, along with your binoculars, you pack a flask of something warming from Jonnna’s and some boot warmers from Moosejaw in downtown East Lansing.)

YOUR ELi: If There's Another Disaster, Now We'll Be There

Sunday, December 21, 2014

Image: Direct messaging to coordinate restoration efforts last year during the outage

Remember the power outage that began one year ago today? It was a major reason why in the spring of 2014 I decided to found ELi as a 501c3 nonprofit organization that would serve the people of East Lansing through the labor of embedded citizen reporters.

ASK ELi: How Do I FOIA?

Friday, December 19, 2014

This week, our Managing Editor suggested that ELi investigate “whether it's possible to develop and, in fact, die from Seasonal Affective Disorder in the space of two weeks, and whether those of us unable to afford fancy sun lamps could just get really close to our desk lamps for an hour a day.”

The sun didn’t come out in time for me to feel energetic enough to investigate that question, so instead this week I’m answering a question I’ve gotten from a number of people in East Lansing over the last year:

COUNCIL CAPSULE: How Council Works

Wednesday, December 17, 2014

This week City Council is not meeting because of failure to have a quorum (a minimum of three Council members), so we’re taking the opportunity to help ELi readers understand how City Council works—and why we think Council Capsule is important as a result of how Council works.

YOUR ELI: The Challenges We Face at ELi

Saturday, December 13, 2014

Image of "Community" sculpture in Valley Court Park, courtesy of City of East Lansing

This week, along with a donation, one of our readers sent this note:

I think ELi is playing a very important role in catalyzing a more robust, and more democratic, discourse in town. I am grateful to you and all involved for doing what you do.

SHOW OF THE WEEK: Collage Concert Saturday to Mark 50th Anniversary of Civil Rights Act

Thursday, December 11, 2014

The East Lansing High School (ELHS) Arts’ Programs will host the 32nd annual Collage Concert this Saturday, December 13, at 7:30 pm in the ELHS Center for the Performing Arts. The Collage Coffeehouse and Art Show will be tomorrow, Friday, December 12, from 7-9 pm in the ELHS Student Union and the Collage Art Exhibit will also be open from 6:45-7:30 pm prior to Saturday’s concert as well. Admission is free but donations are accepted.

COUNCIL CAPSULE: December 9, 2014

Wednesday, December 10, 2014

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

Introducing YOUR ELI

Saturday, December 6, 2014

Image: Time-lapse photograph of Grand River Avenue by East Lansing photographer Dylan Lees

Do you ever hear people around town say, "In East Lansing, there's no there there," or "No one knows what's going on in this city"? If you've been reading ELi, you know we are working to change both of those perceptions. This new weekly feature, Your ELi, will help by giving you an overview of what's happening this week in your East Lansing.

COUNCIL CAPSULE: December 2, 2014

Wednesday, December 3, 2014

Image: Noa Ziv asks City Council not to close her daycare.

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

Ask ELi: Knowing What "Secure in Place" Means

Saturday, November 29, 2014

Image: ELPD's Lieutenant Steve Gonzalez, courtesy ELPD

This past week, East Lansing experienced two “secure in place” orders from the local police, including one on Monday involving the East Lansing Public Schools and another on Tuesday at MSU. What trips these orders? What do “secure in place” and “lockdown” orders really mean?

To find out, I talked to Lieutenant Steve Gonzalez of the East Lansing Police Department (ELPD).

What does it mean when ELPD or MSU Police recommends people “secure in place”?

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