Author: Lucas Day

Lucas Day is the City Desk Editor for East Lansing Info (ELi). He comes to us with a degree in Journalism from MSU and has worked previously with The State News, The Graphic/Petoskey News-Review, The St. Ignace News, and Great Lakes Echo. He is currently earning a Master of Social Work degree at MSU while covering government reporting for us. Click here to read more about our staff.
ELPD Chief Kim Johnson on Leave

ELPD Chief Kim Johnson on Leave

Few details are known at this time, but City Manager Robert Belleman has confirmed the ELPD chief is on leave.

Council Approves Glencairn Overlay, Unhappy with El Fresco Shrinkage

Council Approves Glencairn Overlay, Unhappy with El Fresco Shrinkage

Council hopes to hear a plan that does not downsize the El Fresco area so much before it is scheduled to open on April 29.

Albert El Fresco Tweaks, Illegal Parking Discussed by DDA

Albert El Fresco Tweaks, Illegal Parking Discussed by DDA

Albert El Fresco will return to downtown East Lansing later this month.

Michigan Waterways Stewards: Meet the New Coalition Conserving Local Waters

Michigan Waterways Stewards: Meet the New Coalition Conserving Local Waters

Michigan Waterways Stewards are working with local businesses, organizations and volunteers to clean up the Red Cedar River and other Michigan bodies of water.

Path to Healthy Pension Funding Laid out to Council

Path to Healthy Pension Funding Laid out to Council

For years, the city has struggled with its underfunded pension plan. Now, there appears to be a path forward – but there is work to do.

ELIPOC Amendments Approved by Council

ELIPOC Amendments Approved by Council

Though controversial, the amendments to the ordinance regulating the city’s police oversight commission are meant to provide clarity, and not change how the commission functions.

Council Not Sold on Proposed Short Term Rental Legislation

Council Not Sold on Proposed Short Term Rental Legislation

The city’s lobbyist spoke at the March 12 discussion-only City Council meeting to update Council on proposed legislation that would regulate short term rentals. Council was not in favor of the legislation in its current form, however.

Spin Scooters Banished, Tree Maintenance Approved by City Council

Spin Scooters Banished, Tree Maintenance Approved by City Council

City Council permanently revoked Spin scooter company’s license to operate in East Lansing at last night’s meeting.

Equitable Hiring, Modernizing Systems Among Priorities Set by Council

Equitable Hiring, Modernizing Systems Among Priorities Set by Council

City Council held a special meeting to narrow down a large list of priorities for 2024 and 2025.

Secontine Investigation Released, Finds One Charter Violation

Secontine Investigation Released, Finds One Charter Violation

A report from independent investigator J. Randall Secontine explores alleged charter violations and gives insight to some factors that stressed out city staff members.

Secontine’s Investigation to be Released

Secontine’s Investigation to be Released

The East Lansing City Council voted to release investigator Randall Secontine’s report at its Feb. 20 meeting.

Council Tackles Variety of Issues in Tuesday Meeting
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Council Tackles Variety of Issues in Tuesday Meeting

Glencairn rental restriction overlay public hearing set, rejected projects discussed and minutes of Nov. 2 special meeting finally approved during 90-minute session.

Brookover Negotiates EV Charger at Car Wash; Gas Station and B&B Proposals Rejected
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Brookover Negotiates EV Charger at Car Wash; Gas Station and B&B Proposals Rejected

City Council heard another statement condemning the election of Singh as mayor pro tem over Watson.

Video of Nov. 2 Special Council Meeting Released On City YouTube Channel
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Video of Nov. 2 Special Council Meeting Released On City YouTube Channel

The video was uploaded to the city’s YouTube channel, but not added to the meeting calendar like other recordings. City manager tells ELi it was an “oversight.”

Police, Public Works and Other City Departments Lay Out 2024 Priorities
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Police, Public Works and Other City Departments Lay Out 2024 Priorities

City strategic planning will continue at 9 a.m. Saturday at the Hannah Center.

Lansing NAACP Speaks Against Perceived Bias from Council
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Lansing NAACP Speaks Against Perceived Bias from Council

Following statements by the NAACP’s James McCurtis and Councilmember Dana Watson, Council heard presentations from city department heads about 2024 priorities.

Council Rejects Israel-Hamas Ceasefire Resolution
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Council Rejects Israel-Hamas Ceasefire Resolution

Despite emotional testimony from many personally impacted by the conflict, the resolution drafted by the Human Rights Commission was rejected 4-1.

Council Kicks off 2024 with Stacked Meeting Agenda
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Council Kicks off 2024 with Stacked Meeting Agenda

Tuesday’s meeting includes 10 items on the business agenda, 3 public hearings and a mysterious closed session.

What Does ELi See Ahead in 2024?

What Does ELi See Ahead in 2024?

Here are the stories on the reporting and editorial team’s radar in the new year.

A Year in Review: What ELi Covered in 2023

A Year in Review: What ELi Covered in 2023

With the year coming to an end, we look back at top stories and issues in the City of East Lansing.

Council Takes a Long Look at Finances
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Council Takes a Long Look at Finances

During public comment, speakers requested the city support a ceasefire in the Israel-Hamas conflict.

Overlay in Glencairn to be Considered After Widespread Confusion, Protest
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Overlay in Glencairn to be Considered After Widespread Confusion, Protest

The interim planning director and a Council member work to explain the overlay ordinances. But the debate is expected to continue.

Council Floats Regional Strategy Following Deer Management Presentation

Council Floats Regional Strategy Following Deer Management Presentation

The deer management plan and January cull were approved 4-1 at the Nov. 28 meeting.

Overlay Districts, Bias All Broached at Eventful Meeting
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Overlay Districts, Bias All Broached at Eventful Meeting

City Council heard from 20 members of the community during the public comment portion of Tuesday’s meeting.

More Work Needed for Use of Force Recommendations; ELPD Being Investigated by State

More Work Needed for Use of Force Recommendations; ELPD Being Investigated by State

Facilitators will revise the use of force report and recommendations based on ELIPOC and community feedback.

The Numbers: Analysis of Data From Nov. 7 Election

The Numbers: Analysis of Data From Nov. 7 Election

Kerry Ebersole Singh ran well ahead of other candidates in a City Council election that saw a strong turnout.

Following in His Father’s Footsteps, George Brookover Is Mayor of East Lansing

Following in His Father’s Footsteps, George Brookover Is Mayor of East Lansing

Erik Altmann, Mark Meadows and Kerry Ebersole Singh are sworn in, joining George Brookover and Dana Watson on City Council.

Ebersole Singh Runs Way Ahead of Pack; Meadows, Altmann to Return to Council
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Ebersole Singh Runs Way Ahead of Pack; Meadows, Altmann to Return to Council

In unofficial results from Tuesday’s election, Dan Bollman narrowly missed out on the third slot. Noel Garcia finished fifth, Joshua Ramirez-Roberts was sixth, Rebecca Kasen seventh and Chris Wardell eighth.

Special Council Meeting: Assertion Charter Was Violated Found to be Without Merit, City Attorney Will Settle Two Lawsuits
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Special Council Meeting: Assertion Charter Was Violated Found to be Without Merit, City Attorney Will Settle Two Lawsuits

The agenda for the Thursday meeting was added to the city calendar on Wednesday.

Mysteriously Delivered Packet Tells Story of City Raises and Promotions

Mysteriously Delivered Packet Tells Story of City Raises and Promotions

Councilmember George Brookover expressed discomfort with the actions taken by the outgoing interim city manager. Randy Talifarro, the new city manager and finance director respond.

Everything You Need to Know Ahead of Tuesday’s City Council Elections

Everything You Need to Know Ahead of Tuesday’s City Council Elections

Here’s a roundup of ELi’s election coverage leading up to the polls opening throughout the City of East Lansing on Nov. 7.

Campaign Expenses Reveal Big Differences in Resources Available to Candidates
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Campaign Expenses Reveal Big Differences in Resources Available to Candidates

ELi analyzes and breaks down financial records from the Ingham County Clerk.

$550,000 of EL Taxpayer Money at Risk Due to Cyber Scam

$550,000 of EL Taxpayer Money at Risk Due to Cyber Scam

A vendor’s email was compromised by an outside entity. The city is working with the MSP and FBI to recover the funds.

BWL Project Tabled, New Gas Station Moves to Council

BWL Project Tabled, New Gas Station Moves to Council

The proposed BWL training facility was tabled for further community engagement. The upgrade to the gas station at the corner of Abbot and Saginaw Highway was approved 5-1 by Planning Commission.

People with Disabilities File Most Housing Discrimination Complaints in East Lansing, Analysis Shows

People with Disabilities File Most Housing Discrimination Complaints in East Lansing, Analysis Shows

The required analysis, presented during the Oct. 10 discussion-only City Council meeting, reviewed demographics, affordability and housing complaints.

Where the Eight City Council Candidates Stand on Ballot Initiatives

Where the Eight City Council Candidates Stand on Ballot Initiatives

Responses of “yes” or “no” to the ballot initiatives may give insight into candidates’ political views.

City Council Candidates Explain their Visions for Development, Affordable Housing

City Council Candidates Explain their Visions for Development, Affordable Housing

This is the third short-answer question posed to the eight East Lansing Council candidates.

What are Council Candidates’ Plans to Help Retain City Staff?

What are Council Candidates’ Plans to Help Retain City Staff?

ELi is providing a series of stories with candidate responses to questions generated by readers. This is the second of the series of four packages.

Where do Council Candidates Stand on Moving City Elections?

Where do Council Candidates Stand on Moving City Elections?

ELi is providing a series of three stories with candidate responses to questions generated by readers.

ELIPOC Discusses Goals for Next Six Months

ELIPOC Discusses Goals for Next Six Months

The commission also discussed the “sustained” allegations against an ELPD officer for repeatedly calling a woman after getting her phone number while on duty.

Q&A with ICHD: Where Do We Stand with COVID-19 and What Should We Be Doing?

Q&A with ICHD: Where Do We Stand with COVID-19 and What Should We Be Doing?

“More tools in our toolkit” are helping to reduce the strain on the healthcare system and the health of people in the community.

ELi’s Voter Guide for the 2023 City Council Election

ELi’s Voter Guide for the 2023 City Council Election

All the information you need to be prepared for the upcoming Nov. 7 election.

Middle School PE Teacher Who Used Racial Slur Suspended Again for ‘Unprofessional Verbal Interaction’

Middle School PE Teacher Who Used Racial Slur Suspended Again for ‘Unprofessional Verbal Interaction’

ELPS community has been responding to the recent five-day suspension of Dennis Petrowitz and is planning a “No More Harm” demonstration on Friday.

Robert Belleman to Serve as Next City Manager of East Lansing as Council Approves Contract

Robert Belleman to Serve as Next City Manager of East Lansing as Council Approves Contract

By Lucas Day Concluding a drawn out saga that stretches back to early August, the East Lansing City Council voted 4-1 Tuesday (Sept. 19) in favor of approving a contract for Robert Belleman to serve as the next city manager. Belleman comes to East Lansing following a recent controversy. He was removed from his previous…

ELPAT Hopes to be Part of Force that Pushes ELPS Past Last Year’s Issues

ELPAT Hopes to be Part of Force that Pushes ELPS Past Last Year’s Issues

The team’s goal is to bring together dozens of parent voices and communicate with the school district through a single channel.

City Releases Proposed Contract with City Manager Appointee Robert Belleman
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City Releases Proposed Contract with City Manager Appointee Robert Belleman

City Council will vote on the contract at their Tuesday meeting.

Meet East Lansing City Council Candidate Mark Meadows

Meet East Lansing City Council Candidate Mark Meadows

ELi is providing introductions to the eight East Lansing City Council candidates. In the seventh installment in our series, Lucas Day provides a profile of Mark Meadows. Why is Meadows running?

Meet East Lansing City Council Candidate Erik Altmann

Meet East Lansing City Council Candidate Erik Altmann

ELi is providing introductions to the eight East Lansing City Council candidates. In the first installment in our series, Lucas Day provides a profile of Erik Altmann. Why is Altmann running?

ELPD Social Worker Gives Long Awaited Presentation to Police Oversight Commission

ELPD Social Worker Gives Long Awaited Presentation to Police Oversight Commission

Commissioners also discussed during the Aug. 2 meeting reported incidents of ELPD officers looking in parked cars and seeing guns.

Calls to Dial Down Rhetoric After Contentious City Manager Hiring Process

Calls to Dial Down Rhetoric After Contentious City Manager Hiring Process

“I don’t mind dissent,” Councilmember Dana Watson said last night. “I do mind certain temperatures of it.”

Mayor Pro Tem Jessy Gregg Explains How Council Could Reconsider Hiring Belleman as City Manager
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Mayor Pro Tem Jessy Gregg Explains How Council Could Reconsider Hiring Belleman as City Manager

Gregg doesn’t have the power to formally call for revisiting the vote. Only Mayor Ron Bacon and Councilmembers Dana Watson and Noel Garcia can do that.

Finalist for EL City Manager Was Removed from Post as Cincinnati’s Director of Economic Inclusion

Finalist for EL City Manager Was Removed from Post as Cincinnati’s Director of Economic Inclusion

Cincinnati’s City Manager removed Collin Mays from his directorship following an HR investigation, documents show. Mays denied wrongdoing and subsequently resigned.

Council Interviews Four City Manager Candidates after Another Drops Out
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Council Interviews Four City Manager Candidates after Another Drops Out

All candidates responded to 21 questions from council members before going into interviews before city staff and then attending an evening reception at the Hannah Center.

City Manager Candidates’ Names Released; Interviews Coming Monday
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City Manager Candidates’ Names Released; Interviews Coming Monday

The five semi-finalists were chosen from a pool of 14 applicants; only six of the applicants live in Michigan.

Goal Setting, New Hires Part of Back-to-Back ELPS Meetings

Goal Setting, New Hires Part of Back-to-Back ELPS Meetings

Parents also gave a presentation on the Safe Routes to School (SRTS) initiative during the fast-paced regular meeting.

Kerry Ebersole Singh, Christopher Wardell and Erik Altmann Seek EL Council Seats
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Kerry Ebersole Singh, Christopher Wardell and Erik Altmann Seek EL Council Seats

The deadline for filing for candidacy in the East Lansing City Council race passed today at 4 p.m. and it looks like there are either seven or eight candidates running for the three open seats on the November ballot. Interim City Clerk Marie Wicks told ELi at 4:54 p.m. today, “I can confirm that Mark…

Council Settles on Interview Process for City Manager, Approves Ballot Initiative to Expand Council
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Council Settles on Interview Process for City Manager, Approves Ballot Initiative to Expand Council

Five candidates accepted and two alternates approved to take part in a full day and evening of interviews scheduled for Aug. 7.

Ask ELi: Parks, Recreation & Arts Director Explains Increases in Fees

Ask ELi: Parks, Recreation & Arts Director Explains Increases in Fees

Cathy DeShambo replied to questions about the recreation fee structures and provided a link to the department’s budget document.

East Lansing Native Joshua Ramirez-Roberts Announces Bid for City Council

East Lansing Native Joshua Ramirez-Roberts Announces Bid for City Council

With Ramirez, there are now 5 candidates running for 3 open seats.

Council Majority Moves 2 of 3 Charter Amendments to the Ballot
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Council Majority Moves 2 of 3 Charter Amendments to the Ballot

It appeared as though voters would be deciding in November whether or not to expand the East Lansing City Council from five to seven members – briefly. Mayor Ron Bacon had started reading the final item on the business agenda at the Tuesday (July 11) City Council meeting when City Attorney Anthony Chubb interjected. “I…

Development Agreement with PK Tabled, Mash Bar Approved at June 20 Council
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Development Agreement with PK Tabled, Mash Bar Approved at June 20 Council

Council discussed new strategies for the future when making deals with large developers.

Rebecca Kasen Formally Announces Run for City Council
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Rebecca Kasen Formally Announces Run for City Council

The list of candidates continues to grow, but no word yet if Bacon and Gregg are running for reelection.

Racial Disparities, Data Struggles Among Findings in First ELIPOC Annual Report
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Racial Disparities, Data Struggles Among Findings in First ELIPOC Annual Report

Commission Chair Erick Williams calls the April 2022 police shooting at Meijer a “learning opportunity” and offers recommendations for the future.

Charter Amendment Proposals Bring Robust Discussion to June 13 Council Meeting

Charter Amendment Proposals Bring Robust Discussion to June 13 Council Meeting

Two former mayors,Liz Schweitzer and Diane Goddeeris, voiced their opposition to the proposed changes, particularly with regard to shifting council elections to even-numbered years. 

Complaints Spur Conversation, Recommended Policy Investigations at June ELIPOC Meeting
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Complaints Spur Conversation, Recommended Policy Investigations at June ELIPOC Meeting

Two new commissioners and ELPD Lt. Adam Park made their first appearances at the police oversight commission meeting.

Human Rights Commission Tells Council to Use Subpoena Power to Investigate Landlord DTN
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Human Rights Commission Tells Council to Use Subpoena Power to Investigate Landlord DTN

After a closed session, the commission voted unanimously to ask Council to use its subpoena powers to investigate DTN in a civil rights complaint.

Change EL’s Council from 5 to 7 Members? This and Lots More on Tuesday’s Agenda.
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Change EL’s Council from 5 to 7 Members? This and Lots More on Tuesday’s Agenda.

Three big surprises on this coming Tuesday’s City Council agenda.

East Lansing Resident John Metzler to be Honored by Peace Education Center

East Lansing Resident John Metzler to be Honored by Peace Education Center

The annual meeting is a chance to celebrate the center’s work and honor community members and students.

Council Denies Starbucks Drive-Thru Hours Extension; Approval of Employee Retention Bonuses Tabled

Council Denies Starbucks Drive-Thru Hours Extension; Approval of Employee Retention Bonuses Tabled

June as Pride Month and Juneteenth as a holiday are now formally recognized in the City of East Lansing.

A Tale of Two Lawsuits (against East Lansing)

A Tale of Two Lawsuits (against East Lansing)

Twin cases provide insight into the risks and costs of suits against the city from large, national groups.

MSU Tragedy Remembered, Budgets Approved at May 23 City Council Meeting
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MSU Tragedy Remembered, Budgets Approved at May 23 City Council Meeting

A resolution was passed recognizing and honoring the lifesaving actions of first responders and those impacted by the mass shooting on the MSU campus.

ELPD’s Social Worker Provides Care to Residents, Visitors and Officers Alike
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ELPD’s Social Worker Provides Care to Residents, Visitors and Officers Alike

Taylor Knickerbocker said she tries to interact with the community as much as she can and typically ends up in a police car to do outreach each day.

Board of Education Approves Ashley Schwarzbek to be Next ELHS Principal

Board of Education Approves Ashley Schwarzbek to be Next ELHS Principal

A long conversation about bias, responsibility and moving forward as a community preceded the school board’s unanimous decision to approve Ashley Schwarzbek as the next principal of ELHS.

Pumpstock Returns June 3; Donations Being Accepted

Pumpstock Returns June 3; Donations Being Accepted

The festival in Bailey Park will showcase five bands on the main stage and four more acts performing on a local stage.

Ashley Schwarzbek Recommended to Fill ELHS Principal Role

Ashley Schwarzbek Recommended to Fill ELHS Principal Role

The recommendation will go before the ELPS Board of Education in a special meeting this week or next week.

MacDonald Middle School Teacher Under Scrutiny for Using N-Word Apologizes (Updated)

MacDonald Middle School Teacher Under Scrutiny for Using N-Word Apologizes (Updated)

A long-time physical education teacher has issued an apology after the May 10 matter.

EL Fire Department Looks to Increase Training, Improve Communication in Budget Proposal
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EL Fire Department Looks to Increase Training, Improve Communication in Budget Proposal

Funding from MSU and the state is up while personnel services are down in the projected fire department budget. Learn more from ELi.

Council Holds a Mystery Closed Session, Considers Downtown Tax Increase

Council Holds a Mystery Closed Session, Considers Downtown Tax Increase

Get the news of what happened at East Lansing’s Council meeting this week.

East Lansing Police Chief Kim Johnson Explains How and Why Staffing Is Going Up
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East Lansing Police Chief Kim Johnson Explains How and Why Staffing Is Going Up

The goals and objectives of the department for the coming year include working with a number of community groups and serving EL’s diverse population.

Hours of Future Trowbridge Starbucks Drive-Thru to be Decided by Council 

Hours of Future Trowbridge Starbucks Drive-Thru to be Decided by Council 

City Council is likely to make a decision on the matter on Tuesday, May 9.

Tensions High at Police Oversight Commission Following the Release of MSP Investigation of Meijer Shooting

Tensions High at Police Oversight Commission Following the Release of MSP Investigation of Meijer Shooting

Public and commissioners voiced differing opinions on the ELIPOC’s relationship with the ELPD.

EL Mayor, Interim City Manager Claim Racism is Behind Anonymous Complaint

EL Mayor, Interim City Manager Claim Racism is Behind Anonymous Complaint

City Council approves hiring an independent attorney to investigate the allegations.

Council Looks to Cast Wide Net in City Manager Search, Find Candidate With Public Safety Experience

Council Looks to Cast Wide Net in City Manager Search, Find Candidate With Public Safety Experience

An executive recruiter from MML, who will lead the search, laid out the hiring timeline.

Citizen Group Successfully Pushes for New Approach to Small Cell Tower Installations

Citizen Group Successfully Pushes for New Approach to Small Cell Tower Installations

While CELL has just organized, the group has already produced a 57-page guidelines document.

East Lansing Homeowners Can Now Formally Disavow Racist Property Covenants

East Lansing Homeowners Can Now Formally Disavow Racist Property Covenants

The Brookfield neighborhood’s covenant still includes discriminatory language.

FlixBus Provides Route from Frandor to Detroit, Grand Rapids

FlixBus Provides Route from Frandor to Detroit, Grand Rapids

Company hopes to make travel between cities easier for college students.

School Board Hears Safety Update and Plan for Hiring New ELHS Principal

School Board Hears Safety Update and Plan for Hiring New ELHS Principal

Superintendent Dori Leyko lays out the safety steps taken so far; public comments indicate parents want more.

Oversight Commission Questions ELPD Use of Cameras, Treatment of People In Psychological Distress

Oversight Commission Questions ELPD Use of Cameras, Treatment of People In Psychological Distress

Police use of force policy continues to be a topic of discussion; commission is looking to fill three openings.

City of East Lansing to Receive More than $340,000 From Latest Opioid Settlement

City of East Lansing to Receive More than $340,000 From Latest Opioid Settlement

In a 4-0 vote, City Council approved a resolution to accept the funds.

Affordable Apartment Project Shifted to Local Specialist Developer; Aims to House Lower-Income Families Downtown
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Affordable Apartment Project Shifted to Local Specialist Developer; Aims to House Lower-Income Families Downtown

If the project known as “Building C” shifts to a new, local developer who specializes in affordable housing, the number of income-restricted apartments built downtown may go up from 74 to 99. And they’ll be designed for families.

Council to Appoint Committee to Study Cell Tower Installation Following Contentious Meeting

Council to Appoint Committee to Study Cell Tower Installation Following Contentious Meeting

A Crown Castle representative interacted directly with members of the CELL citizen group.

Council Tries to Find Path Forward Following Exodus of City Employees

Council Tries to Find Path Forward Following Exodus of City Employees

Another Assistant Director’s resignation came to light today, after last night’s Council meeting involved a discussion about what is happening with hiring attempts.

Mayfield Resigns as East Lansing High School Principal

Mayfield Resigns as East Lansing High School Principal

Superintendent Dori Leyko cites “privacy and confidentiality reasons” for providing little information.

New Citizens’ Organization Hopes to Help Guide 5G Cell Tower Installation
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New Citizens’ Organization Hopes to Help Guide 5G Cell Tower Installation

A group of East Lansing homeowners are trying to preserve neighborhood aesthetics.

East Lansing’s City Manager Search Will Be Led by Michigan Municipal League

East Lansing’s City Manager Search Will Be Led by Michigan Municipal League

The search will be national and is expected to take at least four months.

Bacon and Talifarro Speak about Exodus of Top City Employees

Bacon and Talifarro Speak about Exodus of Top City Employees

Mayor Ron Bacon addressed rumors while Talifarro described “an emotionally challenging and arduous time.”

City Seeks to Work with Residents on Tree Plantings in East Lansing
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City Seeks to Work with Residents on Tree Plantings in East Lansing

Forms are available for those who would like to plant trees in front of their houses.

Concerns About Erecting 5G Towers in Neighborhoods Persist After Public Meeting
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Concerns About Erecting 5G Towers in Neighborhoods Persist After Public Meeting

City officials say they cannot block installation of the towers because of a state law.

East Lansing Adjusts Poverty Exemptions for Property Taxes

East Lansing Adjusts Poverty Exemptions for Property Taxes

Board of Review is no longer able to step outside Council’s guidelines.

Protests, Other Events Scheduled in Reaction to Shooting at MSU

Protests, Other Events Scheduled in Reaction to Shooting at MSU

One week later, community continues to find ways to heal and speak out.

Protest and Vigil Focus on Gun Violence, Perennial Trauma

Protest and Vigil Focus on Gun Violence, Perennial Trauma

Students and other members of the community gathered on Wednesday to mourn and to vow to take action.

Students Describe Confusion, Fear During Hours-Long Manhunt

Students Describe Confusion, Fear During Hours-Long Manhunt

MSU sophomores waded through scary misinformation while barricaded in their dorm room.

Today in East Lansing: Vigils, Support Systems, Closures

Today in East Lansing: Vigils, Support Systems, Closures

ELi brings you this rundown of what is happening today, to keep you informed about delays and closures along with opportunities for public grieving and private support.

East Lansing Council Discusses Creating Youth Commission, Addresses Cell Towers

East Lansing Council Discusses Creating Youth Commission, Addresses Cell Towers

Council announces former city clerk Marie Wicks will return as interim clerk; council members also receive their committee assignments.

MSU School Safety Expert Weighs in on Climate at East Lansing High School
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MSU School Safety Expert Weighs in on Climate at East Lansing High School

ELi spoke with MSU Prof. Glenn Stutzky to get his take on ongoing concerns in East Lansing’s public schools.

Edsall Resigns as School Board President, and a New School Safety Plan Is In the Works
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Edsall Resigns as School Board President, and a New School Safety Plan Is In the Works

Kath Edsall resigned as president rather than facing a vote to remove her. A new safety plan was presented and public comment brought many strong comments. ELi brings you details from the four-hour meeting.

Excitement Building Around ELHS Wrestling Program

Excitement Building Around ELHS Wrestling Program

The Trojans program continues to grow in numbers and wins.

EL High School Closed Friday, as School Board Continues to Face Backlash
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EL High School Closed Friday, as School Board Continues to Face Backlash

ELi brings you a wider look at what’s going on with the tensions in East Lansing Public Schools.

East Lansing High School Teachers and Students Describe Fear and Exhaustion from Ongoing Violence
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East Lansing High School Teachers and Students Describe Fear and Exhaustion from Ongoing Violence

“There was a firearm within four feet of me,” a student who rushed to help a teacher told the East Lansing Public Schools Board of Ed. “I had no clue.”

Special East Lansing District Identified as “Ripe for Redevelopment”
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Special East Lansing District Identified as “Ripe for Redevelopment”