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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.

Pair of Major Road Projects Approved by City Council
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Pair of Major Road Projects Approved by City Council

City Council voted to approve projects that will have major impacts on two of East Lansing’s busiest roads at the Jan. 23 meeting.

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.

Council Attempts to Outline Ambitions for 2024-2025 Term
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Council Attempts to Outline Ambitions for 2024-2025 Term

The last two city departments presented their priorities, while the strategic planning process was met with some resistance.

Council Holds Three Public Hearings, Defers Decisions

Council Holds Three Public Hearings, Defers Decisions

The proposals for a car wash, bed and breakfast, and new gas station are on Tuesday’s City Council meeting agenda.

Council Will Consider Hagadorn ‘Road Diet’ Project
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Council Will Consider Hagadorn ‘Road Diet’ Project

The Transportation Commission unanimously approved recommending the plan be implemented for the stretch of road from Burcham Drive to Grand River Avenue.

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.

New Commission Gives Voice to Youth
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New Commission Gives Voice to Youth

“It’s a great way to bridge the gap between and learn what the commissioners see as important to their peers,” assistant to the city manager said.

Ask ELi: Checking in With City Manager Belleman

Ask ELi: Checking in With City Manager Belleman

He talked about new city hires, preparing for the first big winter storm and why Council meeting minutes have not yet been approved.

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.

Ask ELi: Belleman Gives Updates On City Happenings

Ask ELi: Belleman Gives Updates On City Happenings

The city manager responds to questions about Country Mills Farms, Council goal setting plans and an employee pay study.

City Leaders Urge Council to Move Forward with Charter Review Commission
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City Leaders Urge Council to Move Forward with Charter Review Commission

The letter signed by nine civic and school leaders supports putting the commission establishment on the 2024 ballot.

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.

New 530 Albert Ave Proposal Event is Not Today

New 530 Albert Ave Proposal Event is Not Today

The event will be rescheduled in the future.

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.

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.

Commission on the Environment Considers Amendment for Expansion of Granger Waste Services Clinton County Landfill

Commission on the Environment Considers Amendment for Expansion of Granger Waste Services Clinton County Landfill

Commissioners request clarification on what impact this will have on EL residents and will advise City Council as they decide whether or not to support the proposal.

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.

Interim City Manager Randy Talifarro Reflects on Tenure

Interim City Manager Randy Talifarro Reflects on Tenure

After 228 days on the job, Talifarro said he is glad to have had the opportunity to step into the crucial city role during a sometimes tumultuous time.

Proposed Trowbridge Road Revisions have Neighborhood Residents Concerned

Proposed Trowbridge Road Revisions have Neighborhood Residents Concerned

MDOT’s road reconfiguration plans are meant to “improve safety,” but those who live in the neighborhoods worry they could make travel more dangerous.

City Council Denies 530 Albert Development in 2-3 Vote
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City Council Denies 530 Albert Development in 2-3 Vote

The communitywide debate has been ongoing since May. With the Tuesday decision, the surface parking lot will stay a parking lot.

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.

No Decision Made by Council on 530 Albert Ave. Project
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No Decision Made by Council on 530 Albert Ave. Project

22 people spoke to Council about the affordable housing project during the Oct. 3 meeting, with majority speaking against the proposal. Council expects to make a decision at the Oct. 17 meeting.

EL Council Candidates Try to Distinguish Themselves in Crowded Field at Public Forum

EL Council Candidates Try to Distinguish Themselves in Crowded Field at Public Forum

ELi brings you what candidates had to say about the city’s workforce problem, redevelopment, climate change, public safety and lots more.

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.

ELi Voter Guide to the East Lansing Charter Amendment Proposals

ELi Voter Guide to the East Lansing Charter Amendment Proposals

Voters are being asked to consider three amendments on the Nov. 7, 2023, ballot.

Grove Street Rezoning Denied by City Council
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Grove Street Rezoning Denied by City Council

The proposal was defeated 3-2. Hagan Reality owners are not sure what their next steps will be for the properties but vow not to give up.

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…

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.

Council Expected to Vote Next Tuesday on Belleman Contract for City Manager

Council Expected to Vote Next Tuesday on Belleman Contract for City Manager

Investigation by ELi shows it’s been a rocky road to hiring a new city manager for East Lansing.

City Council Hears Grove St. Rezoning Proposal
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City Council Hears Grove St. Rezoning Proposal

Hagan Realty says the project will be good for the city, while residents of the 600 block of Grove Street continue to disagree.

Meet East Lansing City Council Candidate Joshua Ramirez-Roberts

Meet East Lansing City Council Candidate Joshua Ramirez-Roberts

ELi is providing introductions to the eight East Lansing City Council candidates. In the eighth installment in our series, Dustin DuFort Petty provides a profile of Joshua Ramirez-Roberts. Why is Ramirez-Roberts running?

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 Kerry Ebersole Singh

Meet East Lansing City Council Candidate Kerry Ebersole Singh

ELi is providing introductions to the eight East Lansing City Council candidates. In the sixth installment in our series, Dustin DuFort Petty provides a profile of Kerry Ebersole Singh. Why is Ebersole Singh running?

Meet East Lansing City Council Candidate Dan Bollman

Meet East Lansing City Council Candidate Dan Bollman

ELi is providing introductions to the eight East Lansing City Council candidates. In the fifth in our series, Dustin DuFort Petty provides a profile of Dan Bollman. Why is Bollman running?

Meet East Lansing City Council Candidate Rebecca Kasen

Meet East Lansing City Council Candidate Rebecca Kasen

ELi is providing introductions to the eight East Lansing City Council candidates. In the third installment in our series, Mya Gregory provides a profile of Rebecca Kasen. Why is Kasen running?

Meet East Lansing City Council Candidate Christopher Wardell

Meet East Lansing City Council Candidate Christopher Wardell

ELi is providing introductions to the eight East Lansing City Council candidates. In the third installment in our series, Mya Gregory provides a profile of Christopher Wardell. Why is Wardell running?

Meet East Lansing City Council Candidate Noel Garcia

Meet East Lansing City Council Candidate Noel Garcia

ELi is providing introductions to the eight East Lansing City Council candidates. In the second installment in our series, Mya Gregory provides a profile of Noel Garcia. Why is Garcia 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?

Council Could Change Voting Years from Odd to Even, But Mayor Says It Won’t

Council Could Change Voting Years from Odd to Even, But Mayor Says It Won’t

Mayor Ron Bacon says the Council won’t initiate a resolution to make the change, as he says the idea was to involve a “democratic sorting of that issue.”

ELi and League of Women Voters Ask What Voters Want to Know about EL Council Candidates

ELi and League of Women Voters Ask What Voters Want to Know about EL Council Candidates

Responses will be used to generate questions for the public candidate forum set for Sept. 14 at the Hannah Community Center.

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.”

Keeping Belleman ‘Would Have Paralyzed Saginaw County,’ Commissioner Says
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Keeping Belleman ‘Would Have Paralyzed Saginaw County,’ Commissioner Says

The meeting where Robert Belleman was fired from his job as Saginaw County’s controller included strong public statements for and against his termination, a recording obtained by ELi shows. Two commissioners who voted for termination spoke with ELi.

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.

Following Whitmer’s Ruling, Proposed East Lansing Charter Amendment Won’t Go to Ballot
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Following Whitmer’s Ruling, Proposed East Lansing Charter Amendment Won’t Go to Ballot

The controversial amendment proposing changing City Council elections from odd- to even-numbered years was ruled to conflict with the Home Rule City Act.

Controversial East Lansing Charter Amendment is Now in the Governor’s Hands
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Controversial East Lansing Charter Amendment is Now in the Governor’s Hands

Four other charter amendments have made it to the ballot, including one that’s confusing even to Council.

Candidates for City Council React to the Hiring of Belleman Over Dempsey
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Candidates for City Council React to the Hiring of Belleman Over Dempsey

Two candidates say they would have voted for Tim Dempsey, one shows disbelief, others are pragmatic and two haven’t yet responded to ELi.

In 3-2 Vote, Robert Belleman Chosen as Next East Lansing City Manager
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In 3-2 Vote, Robert Belleman Chosen as Next East Lansing City Manager

There was wide support for internal candidate Tim Dempsey in written communications and public comments. “This is a farce. This is an absolute farce,” one member of the community said after the vote.

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.

Questions Arise about East Lansing City Manager Semi-Finalists, Vetting Process 

Questions Arise about East Lansing City Manager Semi-Finalists, Vetting Process 

The five semi-finalists’ applications raise a host of questions following investigative research by ELi.

Thanks to FOIA, You Can Now See the Application Letters of the EL City Manager Candidates
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Thanks to FOIA, You Can Now See the Application Letters of the EL City Manager Candidates

View the packages using the links provided in the story; the interview process begins Monday (Aug. 7) at the Hannah Community 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.

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.

Lawsuit vs. ELPD, Solidarity vs. White Supremacy and a Mystery Closed Session: Council This Week

Lawsuit vs. ELPD, Solidarity vs. White Supremacy and a Mystery Closed Session: Council This Week

What came of that heavy agenda at EL’s City Council meeting Tuesday?

One Developer Off the Hook, Another Will Attempt Affordable Housing Downtown
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One Developer Off the Hook, Another Will Attempt Affordable Housing Downtown

East Lansing’s City Council has decided to relieve developer DRW Convexity of its responsibilities where downtown affordable housing is concerned and to give PK Companies a try instead. As part of their Park District project, Chicago-based developers DRW Convexity agreed to construct an affordable apartment building at a now-vacant lot known as “Parcel C” (333…

East Lansing Mayor Pro Tem Jessy Gregg Also Not Running for Reelection

East Lansing Mayor Pro Tem Jessy Gregg Also Not Running for Reelection

“I don’t think I am exaggerating when I saw that this job is slowly killing me,” Gregg wrote in an early-morning announcement today.

East Lansing Mayor Ron Bacon Will Not Run for Reelection

East Lansing Mayor Ron Bacon Will Not Run for Reelection

“I do not intend to run this cycle,” Bacon told ELi Wednesday evening.

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…

Big Stories Simmering in the City of East Lansing
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Big Stories Simmering in the City of East Lansing

Who has and hasn’t applied to be city manager? Why the chatter about moving city operations? And what’s going on with the independent investigation into the anonymous complaint? ELi brings you up to speed on these stories and more.

Big DDA and Council Meetings Set to Happen Tuesday
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Big DDA and Council Meetings Set to Happen Tuesday

ELi catches you up on big business in the city coming this Tuesday.

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.

How Interim City Clerk Marie Wicks Thinks about the Charter Amendment Proposals

How Interim City Clerk Marie Wicks Thinks about the Charter Amendment Proposals

As East Lansing’s Council decides whether to put three charter amendments to voters, we asked one experienced local official to articulate the pros and cons.

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. 

Council Hears From Public on Wide Array of City Topics (UPDATED)

Council Hears From Public on Wide Array of City Topics (UPDATED)

In other business, employee retention bonuses were unanimously approved, sidewalk repair assessments were stretched out and naming of a city art studio after a woman got support.

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.

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.

ELi Investigation Shows Unusual Uses of East Lansing Taxes for ‘Nongovernmental’ Charities
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ELi Investigation Shows Unusual Uses of East Lansing Taxes for ‘Nongovernmental’ Charities

Weeks after being advised by Lansing’s deputy mayor that giving cash away to a local charity violates state law, East Lansing’s mayor supported another $5,000 donation by his city. And why did former city manager George Lahanas start two “nongovernmental” charities from City Hall?

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.

Budget Shows City of East Lansing Looking to Grow Workforce; Could Get $7M Boost for Pensions

Budget Shows City of East Lansing Looking to Grow Workforce; Could Get $7M Boost for Pensions

ELi brings you an insider look at the City of East Lansing’s operations, revenue and spending as viewed through the lens of this year’s budget talks.

Mayor Signed Letter to Support Low-Income Project on Bailey Lot; Developer Answers Questions
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Mayor Signed Letter to Support Low-Income Project on Bailey Lot; Developer Answers Questions

A Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request turns up a surprising letter, and the vice president for developer ACD explains how a project would restrict who can rent there.

The Building C Question: Low-Income Housing or a Free Park Expansion?
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The Building C Question: Low-Income Housing or a Free Park Expansion?

The 2018 deal with DRW/Convexity and City Council is setting the stage for the current council to make a big decision.

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.

Proposed Parks, Recreation & Arts Budget Has a Big Focus on Equity

Proposed Parks, Recreation & Arts Budget Has a Big Focus on Equity

The proposed FY24 budget for ELPRA is just under $5.5 million, which is an increase of $189,330 from FY23.

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.

Ask ELi: Is East Lansing Ready for a Sudden Influx of Immigrants? (Updated)

Ask ELi: Is East Lansing Ready for a Sudden Influx of Immigrants? (Updated)

Four months after the 3-1 Council vote to declare East Lansing a sanctuary city, ELi gives an overview of what’s happening in the city to prepare should a sudden influx of immigrants occur.

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.

Bacon, Gregg, Kuhnmuench, Edsall Speak to Ongoing Controversy at City Council

Bacon, Gregg, Kuhnmuench, Edsall Speak to Ongoing Controversy at City Council

Mayor Ron Bacon spoke for about 13 minutes on the troubles at City Hall, covering a wide variety of topics and making many unexplained allusions. 

FOIA Shows Bacon Brought Government-Reorganization Draft to Lahanas

FOIA Shows Bacon Brought Government-Reorganization Draft to Lahanas

Mayor Pro Tem Jessy Gregg has said the matter is being overblown in importance, while records show Interim Planning Director Tim Dempsey has seen it as critical to understanding low staff morale.

Author of Eight-Page Memo Comes Forward, Challenging Anonymous Complaint

Author of Eight-Page Memo Comes Forward, Challenging Anonymous Complaint

Former employees of the City of East Lansing are shedding more light on the tensions that have existed within the government for months.

Jolly Pumpkin’s Offerings Could Be Expanded Downtown with Addition of Mash Bar
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Jolly Pumpkin’s Offerings Could Be Expanded Downtown with Addition of Mash Bar

“There are some amazing college bars here,” the applicant representing Mash told the DDA, “and that’s not really our niche.”

Just-Released 8-Page Memo Shows Plan to Remake East Lansing Government; Sheds Light on Resignations

Just-Released 8-Page Memo Shows Plan to Remake East Lansing Government; Sheds Light on Resignations

The plan called for a substantial remaking of the city government, amassing power in the hands of DEI Director Elaine Hardy.

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 Releases Anonymous Complaint Targeting Mayor and DEI Director for Overreach; Investigation to Follow

Council Releases Anonymous Complaint Targeting Mayor and DEI Director for Overreach; Investigation to Follow

The anonymous complaint has been released, as has a statement from Council.

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.

Here’s How to Celebrate Earth Day in East Lansing
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Here’s How to Celebrate Earth Day in East Lansing

No Mow May, recycling, conversation starters and ways to take action are all part of the annual spring event.

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

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