Recycling in East Lansing // Matt Kazmierski

EL Recycling Cart and Truck

Recyling in East Lansing is bi-weekly, and I have noticed a ton of recycling bins around town that are put out on the wrong weeks.

I created myself a Google Calendar reminder so that I know which weeks I should put our bin out… but I’m wondering what could be done so all residents can keep track of when their bins should be put out. I feel like the City could post different calendar files/links to subscribe to for the different areas of the … Read more →

What Happened to voting for the best candidate? // Scott Bame

I don’t vote color. I vote the best candidate. Back when Debbie Stabenow who was holding office as an Ingham County commissioner and running to be a state rep. I helped her in her campaign. Once elected she lied to me deliberately on how she voted on a specific bill. She said she would vote for the bill and did not, but said that she had voted for the bill. The next year a similar bill was introduced and she again said she would … Read more →

Tolerance…and Opportunity // Bill Weckesser

Tolerance in East Lansing took a hit yesterday as my John James yard sign was deliberately bent over.

We have an historic opportunity in Michigan to elect our state’s first African American US Senator! This is so important. The symbolism of an African American representing Michigan—home of the infamous Detroit riots—cannot be denied.

For many in East Lansing voting for an African American republican for high office will be a litmus test of the depth of their convictions for racial equality and social justice. … Read more →

DRW Illegal Trading Litigation? // Eliot Singer

City Center II Rendering

I can find nothing recent about the CFTB litigation against DRW for illegal trading. Months ago there was an article commenting on how long the judge was taking.

I would not expect this to factor into East Lansing government decision making. Ever since the Meadows faction hired Staton as city manager and gave him bonuses for development, the city’s ethic has been: give us your crooks, deadbeats, and cronies yearning for a free ride.

MEDC however has a legal requirement that any litigation be … Read more →

Possible Settlement with City Center II Developer? // Eliot Singer

City Center II Rendering

From the latest ELi story on the Project Formerly Known As City Center II, it appears DRW, the big-league Chicago day-trader, is going to settle with the former developer, in order to put an end to litigation and get those $10 million legacy MBT credits and brownfield money.

The MBT credits and 2008 brownfield were assigned to the lender and there is no evidence they were ever returned to PDIG/CCTP in the Cuyahoga settlement. There is also no evidence the lender assigned the credits … Read more →

Latest Tax Giveaway for Project Formerly Known As City Center II // Eliot Singer

City Center II Rendering

1) Revelation that DRW/Convexity was going to ask for a brownfield waited until after the vote on income tax.

2) There will be no money to pay for public services for the project for the duration of the brownfield (which could have been spread out longer, at 50/50 tax increment, if any tax diversion is warranted). I see there has been another shooting in the Grove St. garage, and with reduced property tax millage, the contribution toward public safety from the DDA TIF district … Read more →

Latest News on Lotto 1 Project // Eliot Singer

Center City Blueprint

In response to “ Fire Marshal Review Missing …”:

Failing to follow proper procedure is same-old, same-old, for East Lansing development projects. Council, city manager, city attorney, and planning department have long been way in over their heads trying to tackle big projects, especially since their number one objective is to get new buildings up, not to protect the public interest. Obviously, failing to check fire safety is incredibly irresponsible, but these are basically the same people (minus Triplett) who fast-tracked approval of St. Anne’s Lofts after the … Read more →

Selling Lot 4 and Dublin Square // Eliot Singer

Previous development plans involving the city’s foolishly purchased Evergreen properties (City Center II, Park District RFP) have also included Lot 4, adjacent to Dublin Square. Voters said no to the attempt to sell Lot 4 for the DTN/Strathmore project, because of anger over City Center II and suspicion Strathmore shell companies were still involved (which documents from the Cuyahoga trial confirmed).

It is too late to put selling Lot 4 on this November’s ballot.

 

– Eliot Singer

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More on serial tax delinquencies // Eliot Singer

Because it sounds like this Dublin Square thing is another hurry-up, no-scrutiny deal, I thought I’d better get the facts out faster than ELi can do a story.

For those who have forgotten or missed earlier episodes: No, not everybody does it. In my many years of perusing records, I am only aware of three would-be developers who use tax delinquencies as a cash flow strategy. One in Lansing, exposed by MLive if I remember correctly, admitted he used not paying taxes on time … Read more →

Refinancing the Evergreen Bonds // Eliot Singer

Something else that was mentioned in the ELi story about the Dublin Square project was the DDA wanting to refinance the bonds for the Evergreen properties.

We went round and round about this for years and years. City officials, with DDA approval, did something incredibly stupid issuing those bonds in 2009 to buy properties at 3 times market value when the economy was in collapse and with a developer who should never have been allowed within a million miles of public money. Rather than … Read more →

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