Emails/Texts Reveal Council Members Staged Homeless Support for Library Lot Sale Vote

Emails/Texts Reveal Council Members Staged Homeless Support for Library Lot Sale Vote

by Patricia Lesko The Ann Arbor Independent used FOIA to obtain emails, Tweets and text messages sent over several weeks prior to the April 17 City Council meeting between a trio of Council members and Caleb Poirier, founder of tent community Camp Take Notice and a member of the M.I.S.S.I.O.N. Board of Directors. In those electronic communications, […]

Humane Society of Huron Valley (HSHV) to Hold Free Pet Adoption Day

Humane Society of Huron Valley (HSHV) to Hold Free Pet Adoption Day

by Wendy Welch The Humane Society of Huron Valley (HSHV) hopes to find loving homes for nearly 100 dogs, cats and small mammals on Saturday, April 29, a free adoption day. The Humane Society of Huron Valley, located in Ann Arbor, is an independent 501(c)(3) non-profit organization. HSHV is not affiliated with any other humane […]

Study: Number of Kids Living in Poverty up in Washtenaw County Since 2008

Study: Number of Kids Living in Poverty up in Washtenaw County Since 2008

The Ann Arbor Independent Editorial Team The Michigan League for Public Policy reports that child poverty in the state has gone up since 2008. In Washtenaw County, 13.4 percent of the county’s children ages 0-17 live in poverty, that’s up 2.3 percent from 2008 levels.  Comparing Michigan counties from 2008-2015, 72 counties saw their child poverty […]

Washtenaw County Public Health Warns of Possible Exposure to Measles

Washtenaw County Public Health Warns of Possible Exposure to Measles

by Susan Cerniglia The Michigan Department of Health and Human Services has confirmed a second case of measles in a Michigan adult. Washtenaw County Public Health is providing information to local residents because of potential exposure to measles at two local restaurants on Thursday and Friday of last week. Anyone at either of the following locations […]

Starting April 4, Local, County and State Police to Target Traffic Enforcement in County Roundabouts

Starting April 4, Local, County and State Police to Target Traffic Enforcement in County Roundabouts

The Ann Arbor Independent Editorial Team This video prepared by MDOT demonstrates how drivers should be using a roundabout. It’s not the traffic flow seen in many of Ann Arbor’s roundabouts. This is why the Washtenaw County Sheriff’s Office released a guide on how drivers should approach a roundabout. Together with the guide, April 4 -May 1 […]

ADP Cutting Jobs, Closing Ann Arbor Office

ADP Cutting Jobs, Closing Ann Arbor Office

Automatic Data Processing LLC is cutting 16 additional positions, after announcing in September that it would let go about 79 employees as it closed its Ann Arbor office. The facility at 175 Jackson Plaza will close around March 30, according to a notice filed with the state and sent to Ann Arbor Mayor Christopher Taylor on Monday. […]

Sierra Club Endorses Anglin, Eaton, and Kunselman for Ann Arbor City Council

Sierra Club Endorses Anglin, Eaton, and Kunselman for Ann Arbor City Council

The Sierra Club, Huron Valley Group, and Sierra Club, Michigan Chapter today formally announced several endorsements of incumbent City Council members, each facing challengers in the Democratic primary in August. “We are very pleased to announce today that the Sierra Club has endorsed four community leaders who will stand up for our city parks and […]

A2Politico: Doing Less for Longer—A Politician’s Dream

A2Politico: Doing Less for Longer—A Politician’s Dream

by P.D. Lesko KIRK WESTPHAL CAUSED the political firmament to tremble (convulse, really) when he was just rumored to be prepared to pitch the idea of changing the length of City Council members’ terms from two to four years. The self-employed Ward 2 Council member, who is in his first term, hasn’t said anything officially […]

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