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Long-time EL Resident Occupies Immigration No-Man's-Land

Friday, January 9, 2015

Oscar Castaneda’s story is an American story, that of a bright immigrant seeking better opportunities for himself and his family. He found it in the United States, and in East Lansing, but the narrative of success and opportunity has taken an unexpected and negative turn that threatens to undo all that he and his family have achieved.

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.

Governor Disapproves of EL Marijuana Proposal, Now Set for May 2015 Election

Tuesday, January 6, 2015

Image: City Council tonight

A surprise discussion broke out tonight at City Council during dialogue about the subject of the last agenda item: the ballot proposal to change the City Charter to limit East Lansing’s ability to restrict marijuana possession. The published agenda had named only discussion of when the vote on the proposal would occur. With no prior notice to the public, Council and the City Attorney suddenly began discussing letters received from Michigan Attorney General Bill Schuette’s office and Governor Rick Snyder regarding the proposal.

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.

City Manager Formally Denies He Violated Campaign Finance Act

Wednesday, December 10, 2014

In his formal response to the Michigan Department of State regarding a complaint made against him under the Michigan Campaign Finance Act, City Manager George Lahanas has maintained he did not violate the Act by using a taxpayer-funded publication to disseminate his opinion on a ballot proposal. At issue is Lahanas’s use of the City’s September Dialog newsletter to tell residents he hoped they would vote “yes” on a development-related ballot proposal.

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.

Council Reviews Options for Dealing with Controversial Developer

Wednesday, December 3, 2014

Image: Todd Arend, representing PDIG at Council last night

At East Lansing City Council last night, further discussion of the proposal from PDIG to redevelop the corner at Abbot Road and Grand River was deferred until January—but not before many objections to the developer from citizens and a lengthy Council discussion about how and when the City might legally be able to end the project if concerns about the developer’s trustworthiness persist.

COUNCIL CAPSULE: November 25, 2014

Wednesday, November 26, 2014

Each week, ELi provides a "capsule" of what happened at City Council.

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

Work session: This was a work session, which means there was no video recording of the meeting.

Discussion of proposed amendment to the Code of Ethics: For a special ELi report on this, click here.

Council Debates "Transparency" of Campaign Contributions

Wednesday, November 26, 2014

Image: Nathan Triplett and Susan Woods at City Council

At City Council’s work session last night, Council entered into a lengthy debate about how, if at all, it should work to make sure East Lansing citizens know from whom Councilmembers have taken campaign contributions. The issue came up in response to a proposed amendment to the Code of Ethics from Councilmember Ruth Beier.

Developer's Owners Include Children, But Little More Revealed at Council

Tuesday, November 25, 2014

Image: Planning Director Tim Dempsey speaks at City Council

Tonight at City Council, Planning Director Tim Dempsey told Council that the development company PDIG—with which the City is actively negotiating on what would be the largest development in City history, at the corner of Grand River Avenue and Abbot Road—is owned in part by minor children.

ASK ELi TO INVESTIGATE: Has Hotel Indigo Pulled Out?

Friday, November 21, 2014

Each week at ELi, we take a question from a reader, investigate the answer, and bring you the result on Friday.

This week’s question from a reader: Did the failure of the parking lot sale authorization on Election Day cause Hotel Indigo to pull out of its plan to be a tenant in the proposed “Building A” in the Park District?

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