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…
The team’s goal is to bring together dozens of parent voices and communicate with the school district through a single channel.
City Council will vote on the contract at their Tuesday meeting.
All the information you need to be prepared for the upcoming Nov. 7 election.
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?
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?
Commissioners also discussed during the Aug. 2 meeting reported incidents of ELPD officers looking in parked cars and seeing guns.
“I don’t mind dissent,” Councilmember Dana Watson said last night. “I do mind certain temperatures of it.”
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.
Cincinnati’s City Manager removed Collin Mays from his directorship following an HR investigation, documents show. Mays denied wrongdoing and subsequently resigned.
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.
The five semi-finalists were chosen from a pool of 14 applicants; only six of the applicants live in Michigan.
Parents also gave a presentation on the Safe Routes to School (SRTS) initiative during the fast-paced regular meeting.
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…
Five candidates accepted and two alternates approved to take part in a full day and evening of interviews scheduled for Aug. 7.
Cathy DeShambo replied to questions about the recreation fee structures and provided a link to the department’s budget document.
With Ramirez, there are now 5 candidates running for 3 open seats.
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…
Council discussed new strategies for the future when making deals with large developers.
The list of candidates continues to grow, but no word yet if Bacon and Gregg are running for reelection.
Commission Chair Erick Williams calls the April 2022 police shooting at Meijer a “learning opportunity” and offers recommendations for the future.
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.
Two new commissioners and ELPD Lt. Adam Park made their first appearances at the police oversight commission meeting.
After a closed session, the commission voted unanimously to ask Council to use its subpoena powers to investigate DTN in a civil rights complaint.
Three big surprises on this coming Tuesday’s City Council agenda.
The annual meeting is a chance to celebrate the center’s work and honor community members and students.
June as Pride Month and Juneteenth as a holiday are now formally recognized in the City of East Lansing.
Twin cases provide insight into the risks and costs of suits against the city from large, national groups.
A resolution was passed recognizing and honoring the lifesaving actions of first responders and those impacted by the mass shooting on the MSU campus.
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.
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.
The recommendation will go before the ELPS Board of Education in a special meeting this week or next week.
A long-time physical education teacher has issued an apology after the May 10 matter.
Funding from MSU and the state is up while personnel services are down in the projected fire department budget. Learn more from ELi.
Get the news of what happened at East Lansing’s Council meeting this week.
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.
City Council is likely to make a decision on the matter on Tuesday, May 9.
Public and commissioners voiced differing opinions on the ELIPOC’s relationship with the ELPD.
City Council approves hiring an independent attorney to investigate the allegations.
An executive recruiter from MML, who will lead the search, laid out the hiring timeline.
While CELL has just organized, the group has already produced a 57-page guidelines document.
The Brookfield neighborhood’s covenant still includes discriminatory language.
Company hopes to make travel between cities easier for college students.
Superintendent Dori Leyko lays out the safety steps taken so far; public comments indicate parents want more.
Police use of force policy continues to be a topic of discussion; commission is looking to fill three openings.
In a 4-0 vote, City Council approved a resolution to accept the funds.
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.
A Crown Castle representative interacted directly with members of the CELL citizen group.
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.
Superintendent Dori Leyko cites “privacy and confidentiality reasons” for providing little information.
A group of East Lansing homeowners are trying to preserve neighborhood aesthetics.
The search will be national and is expected to take at least four months.
Mayor Ron Bacon addressed rumors while Talifarro described “an emotionally challenging and arduous time.”
Forms are available for those who would like to plant trees in front of their houses.
City officials say they cannot block installation of the towers because of a state law.
Board of Review is no longer able to step outside Council’s guidelines.
One week later, community continues to find ways to heal and speak out.
Students and other members of the community gathered on Wednesday to mourn and to vow to take action.
MSU sophomores waded through scary misinformation while barricaded in their dorm room.
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.
Council announces former city clerk Marie Wicks will return as interim clerk; council members also receive their committee assignments.
ELi spoke with MSU Prof. Glenn Stutzky to get his take on ongoing concerns in East Lansing’s public schools.
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.
The Trojans program continues to grow in numbers and wins.
ELi brings you a wider look at what’s going on with the tensions in East Lansing Public Schools.
“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.”
If the “test” area for a new form-based zoning code works out, it could be implemented in other parts of East Lansing, too.
East Lansing residents are adamant they deserve a voice in where cell towers are built.
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“From the beginning, your honors, in the circuit court and before this court, this case has been a farce,” ELi’sattorney Brian Wassom said. “This is an exercise of Mr. Chapelle’s vanity and vendetta parading as a defamation claim.”
The mayor said he wants to “send out the clarifying call that we are that shining city on the hill.” But Councilmember Brookover said he thinks this will do little additional good, and could harm.
City of East Lansing staff say more than 50 new “small cell” towers may be coming around town.
More units of housing, but fewer residents. And a more diverse populace. What else changed about East Lansing from 2010 to 2020?
The vote came down 7-2-1 and puts a hard stop on the extensions in July 2023. ELi’s Lucas Day reports.
Following an acrimonious debate between City Manager George Lahanas and Councilmember Dana Watson, East Lansing’s deer cull has been put on hold and will be discussed at Council’s next scheduled meeting, Jan. 10, 2023.
It’s easy to wonder how many lives would be different had Ball lost his bid against an incumbent in 1992. He won by 69 votes, and the rest is local history.
The 146-page report prepared by CNA was presented to City Council at the Dec. 6 meeting.
Interim President Teresa Woodruff strives for positive relationship between the university and city.
Election Day ran smoothly throughout the city, despite long lines of students registering at the last minute to vote.
The annual event helps raise funds for Peace Education Center programming and organizing.
Should the park be used for a farmers’ market pavilion? Have space for a dog park? A performance venue? Find out from ELi what Planning Commissioners and Historic District Commissioners had to say this week.
Update: The Planning Commission has voted unanimously to recommend approval of the developers’ request to sell recreational marijuana alongside medical marijuana at the new High Society shop.
A lively scene downtown, especially at City Clerk sites, indicates high voter turnout in the 2022 Midterm Elections.
Revised plans may be available as soon as this Wednesday, Nov. 9, for the Planning Commission meeting. What are people asking for in terms of changes?
Members of the public attend Nov. 2 meeting to provide input to commissioners and city representatives.
Excitement for the $2 million improvements at Valley Court Park is tempered by concerns about some aspects of the proposal.
East Lansing environmental program updates include artificial intelligence being used to cut down on recycling contamination, urban forestry, grant opportunities and more.
Haven’t voted yet? Let ELi help get you up to speed.
The sentencing follows a guilty plea of tax evasion arising from what the DOJ describes as Chappelle’s near decade-long effort to prevent the IRS from collecting taxes he and his business owed.
Repairs on the railroad crossing on Harrison Road that are set to begin Oct. 17 will mean detours for drivers.
While East Lansing Public Schools has only one unfilled teacher position, custodians and support staff are still a problem.
Plus: ELi brings you a video taken just after the Sept. 11 downtown shooting showing some fleeing the scene while police rush in.
Annual event is expected to last about an hour.
As climate change makes severe weather events more common, East Lansing’s sewer system has been stretched to capacity.
Chris Martin tells ELi he does not currently plan to try a write-in campaign.
A total of 31 bullet casings from three different caliber guns recovered at the scene.
Numerous community members came to denounce Nessel’s decisions regarding the April shooting of a young Black man by ELPD officers at the Lake Lansing Meijer store.