LETTER TO THE EDITOR: The Votes of Local Democrats Hurting Education

LETTER TO THE EDITOR: The Votes of Local Democrats Hurting Education

The Votes of Local Democrats Hurting Education   Ann Arbor is quite often viewed as the liberal hot-spot of Michigan. Ann Arbor is a Democratic stronghold, as one cannot win an election in this town if they are a Republican. Our Governor, Rick Snyder is a Republican. He created a non-profit in Ann Arbor that […]

Ann Arbor Esperion Therapeutics’ Stock Rises 35.1 Percent

Ann Arbor Esperion Therapeutics’ Stock Rises 35.1 Percent

SHARES OF ESPERION Therapeutics surged in aftermarket trading Wednesday after the company reported positive clinical trial results for its experimental high-cholesterol drug ETC-1002. The company said patients who were treated with ETC-1002 had bigger reductions in their levels of “bad” LDL cholesterol than patients who took an older drug, Merck & Co.’s Zetia. Patients who […]

Joblessness Rises in Michigan and Ann Arbor

Joblessness Rises in Michigan and Ann Arbor

UNEMPLOYMENT RATES rose in 30 states last month, even as employers in two-thirds of the states stepped up hiring. The trends reflect an increase in job hunters nationwide as an improving economy encourages more people to seek work. The Labor Department said Monday that unemployment rates fell in eight states in July and were unchanged […]

A2POLITICO: Economic Development Groupies Circle The Bentleys to Defend SPARK

A2POLITICO: Economic Development Groupies Circle The Bentleys to Defend SPARK

by P.D. Lesko AT A RECENT mayoral candidate forum, unabashed supporters of “crony capitalism”—what President Obama’s former economic expert Dr. Lawrence Summers called the Michigan Economic Development Corporation’s programs—defended Ann Arbor SPARK, touting the organization’s accomplishments and the city’s need for economic development. Council member Christopher Talyor purported that SPARK “creates a culture of entrepreneurship, […]

Treasury Officials Confirm Local Economic Development Entities Divert Public School Funding

Treasury Officials Confirm Local  Economic Development Entities Divert Public School Funding

by P.D. Lesko While AAPS Superintendent Dr. Jeanice Kerr Swift publicly challenges Gov. Snyder and legislators over cuts to K-12 funding, local economic development groups siphon away millions of public school dollars through tax increment financing (TIF). Rep. Jeff Irwin says, “…nobody in Lansing is trying to unroll the cumulative impacts of TIF districts…” ACCORDING […]

Council Member: After Vote, SPARK CEO Beckoned Mayoral Candidate Out of Chambers and “Screamed” At Her

Council Member: After Vote, SPARK CEO Beckoned Mayoral Candidate Out of Chambers and “Screamed” At Her

by P.D. Lesko Please note: Kai Petainen is a member of The Ann Arbor Independent’s Editorial Board ANN ARBOR SPARK CEO Paul Krutko was “angry” and “screaming,” according to a City Council member who heard an exchange between Krutko and Ward 1 Council member Sabra Briere during the June 16 City Council meeting. A member […]

Forbes.com Writer—MEDC Report Proves Ann Arbor SPARK is Exaggerating Job Creation Claims by 90 Percent

Forbes.com Writer—MEDC Report Proves Ann Arbor SPARK is Exaggerating Job Creation Claims by 90 Percent

Please note: Kai Petainen is a member of The Ann Arbor Independent’s Editorial Board by P.D. Lesko ANN ARBOR SPARK is once again under fire for discrepancies in its job creation claims. Forbes.com writer Kai Petainen uncovered a detailed report prepared by Michigan Economic Development Corporation (MEDC) head Michael Finney for Gov. Rick Snyder that […]

Keeping Tabs—Locals to Watch In 2014: Yousef Rabhi

Keeping Tabs—Locals to Watch In 2014: Yousef Rabhi

On a path where politics and principles meet.  AT POLITICAL GATHERINGS, Washtenaw County Commissioner Yousef Rabhi is often the tallest man in the room and at 24-years-old, often the youngest. He is serving as the Chair of the BOC, one of four county commissioners elected by Ann Arbor voters. His mother, Peggy Rabhi, is a […]

In “Tense” Meeting Ann Arbor SPARK Executive Board Votes To Make 2012 and 2013 Audit Statements Available to The Public For First Time

In “Tense” Meeting Ann Arbor SPARK Executive Board Votes To Make  2012 and 2013 Audit Statements Available to The Public For First Time

Please note: Kai Petainen is a member of The Ann Arbor Independent’s Editorial Board. ON DECEMBER 4th Ann Arbor SPARK CEO and President Paul Krutko sent a letter to local elected officials, as well as the Ann Arbor City Administrator Steve Powers and Yousef Rabhi, Chair of the Washtenaw Board of County Commissioners. In that […]

City Administrator Defends Refusal of SPARK Board, On Which He Sits, To Release Audit Statements To The Public

City Administrator Defends Refusal of SPARK Board, On Which He Sits, To  Release Audit Statements To The Public

Please Note: Kai Petainen is a member of The Ann Arbor Independent’s Editorial Board. ANN ARBOR CITY Administrator Steve Powers (below) sits on the Executive Committee of Ann Arbor SPARK. SPARK is funded with public money from both state and local sources, as well as income generated from lending public money and investments in fledgling […]

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