Cronyism is not a “mistake.” Doing favors for those with connections is cronyism. No one familiar with government in general and East Lansing government in particular thinks retaining wall gate was an innocent mistake. That’s why it was called retaining wall gate in the first place.
Remember this happened in the context of even worse government misconduct with City Center II and St Anne’s Lofts and all the lies and cover up.
I said long ago the only way to restore credibility is accountability.