A2Politico: Please Don’t Interrupt Your Councilmember While He’s Ignoring You

A2Politico: Please Don’t Interrupt Your Councilmember While He’s Ignoring You

by Patricia Lesko Ann Arbor’s mayor, Chris Taylor (“Mr. Congeniality” according to a 2015 article in the Ann Arbor Observer), has been singing and dancing around Wards 3 and 5 on behalf of his City Council candidates Zachary Ackerman and Chip Smith. In Ward 5, the challenger David Silkworth reports that he’s having success convincing residents to remove […]

Ecology Center/Recycle Ann Arbor & The Landfilling of Our Recycling

Ecology Center/Recycle Ann Arbor & The Landfilling of Our Recycling

by Patricia Lesko I recently received a long email with the Subject line: City of Ann Arbor Action – MONDAY NIGHT!! from someone named Doug Selby. In his email, Mr. Selby urges me to attend the next City Council meeting to pressure Council members to award the contract to run our Materials Recycling Facility (MRF) […]

City Vendor Records Reveal Handful of Board/Commission Members Paid $1.33M

City Vendor Records Reveal Handful of Board/Commission Members Paid $1.33M

by Patricia Lesko NextDoor is a city-wide listserv where neighbors can post everything from requests for babysitters to football tickets for sale. Neighbors have also taken to posting information about local city government. In Feb. 2017, a neighbor in the Dexter-Miller NextDoor neighborhood posted a comment about the Ann Arbor Downtown Development Authority’s (DDA) proposal […]

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 […]

A2Politico: But, Soft! What Hare-Brained Budget Allocation Through Yonder Fiscal Prudence Breaks?

A2Politico: But, Soft! What Hare-Brained Budget Allocation Through Yonder Fiscal Prudence Breaks?

by Bryan Kelly IT IS OPEN season on the public purse. Budget negotiations for the 2016-2017 fiscal year are nigh. The City Administrator’s plan has been submitted to City Council. In the current forecast, a $1.7 million deficit in the General Fund is expected to accrue. No matter. At this theoretical stage, no idea is […]

A2Politico: BAMNing for a Soupçon of Minority Enrollment at U-M? Sacrebleu & Maize

A2Politico: BAMNing for a Soupçon of Minority Enrollment at U-M? Sacrebleu & Maize

by Bryan Kelly SO IT’S COME to this: protesters from BAMN (By Any Means Necessary), the radical Trotskyite organization with a heart of gold, “bulldozing” through a barricade at a Board of Regents meeting at the University of Michigan to spout demands for better minority enrollment. All the while, the Regents sit docile, ice tinkling […]

A2Politico: Why is Chris Taylor Chatting With “Friends” Behind Our Backs?

A2Politico: Why is Chris Taylor Chatting With “Friends” Behind Our Backs?

by P.D. Lesko LET’S START WITH the good news: Ann Arbor Mayor Chris Taylor is reaching out to residents and trying to keep in touch about important matters such as city government, transit and public safety and the environment. It’s a heck of a lot more than the former mayor ever did. He never sent […]

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