I was saddened to see that Mackerel Sky will be closing, after celebrating 30 years. I met Tom and Linda in 1980, right after we first moved to Michigan, when they were co-owners of Brother Gambit, back when downtown East Lansing had a vibrant small, locally-owned, business community, which we regularly patronized, despite, at the time, living in west Lansing. There was still such a community, as well as vibrant historic neighborhoods and the top local school system, when we chose to buy a … Read more →
Today we received a second brochure touting a vote to tax ourselves more.
The brochure lists taxes on a $200,000.00 home at $169.28
If you go to the website https://clerk.ingham.org/Department/County%20Clerk/Elections/Election%20Results/August%202019%20Proposal%20Language.pdf
through the link at https://fixmeridianroads.com/the-solution to read the sample ballot language, it states the millage will be for 1.9428, which by my math equals $194.28 on a $200,000.00 home.
I’ve used a calculator to triple check my math. What am I missing?
Meridian Township but East Lansing Schools
I was born and raised in East Lansing… Walking to dinner in downtown the other night,
6:45 to 7:00 PM bright sun in the west… not a sliver of it on any part of Albert Ave.. Dreary cold shadows… Is this Progress PEOPLE??? no sunlight making it to our streets during How many months each year??? Do we really need this new development and especially these 12 story buildings How is this going to help the people of E.L. The TAX paying citizens of … Read more →
EAST LANSING PUBLIC SCHOOL’S BUSSING COSTS
The recent controversy about the transition plans associated with ELPS implementing their elementary school reconfiguration made me curious about ELPS’s bussing costs.
I was shocked to find that ELPS spent $1,171,207 on student transportation in academic year 2017-18. The graph below shows that this is a 61% ($443,478) increase in ELPS’s student transportation costs over the past eleven years. Note that contracting out ELPD’s general education bussing to Dean Transportation, through the Ingham Intermediate School District (ISD), beginning … Read more →
While we’re mindful that the general public is not always sympathetic to issues involving landlords and the city, we think it’s important to provide some perspective on Ordinance 1444; which will appear on the council’s business agenda at it’s meeting tomorrow (Tuesday, 12/4) night. This ordinance is an example of council involving themselves in the contractual dealings of a private business. Whether you’re business owner or not, you should be concerned that our council feels they have the right to do this.
For reference; … Read more →
Many parents with children in East Lansing Public Schools (ELPS) have been in an uproar the past couple of days over the crazy transition plans the school board proposed.
As ELPS begins to implement their elementary school reconfiguration, it is clear that no one has done any credible analysis of: (i) how the elementary school catchment areas should be drawn; (ii) how the school of choice decisions should vary across schools and grades; (iii) how permeable boundary requests affect these decisions; and (iv) what … Read more →
Dear City of East Lansing Pace Director Eldon Evans and City Manager George Lahanas
(cc: East Lansing Police Cadet M. Moore) (Open Letter on Public Response):
There is a Bird scooter blocking the sidewalk (to prevent a bike or wheel chair from being able to make safe passage down the street).
The street is a high traffic area at the corner of Abbot Rd and Whitehills Dr where many school children walk home. See picture. Please ask a Pace Officer to remove it.
According to City of East Lansing Assessment and Tax information, 327 Abbott Road, LLC, has yet to pay its summer 2018 real property taxes of $41,779.30, now plus interest, since August 31. This is the real property for Dublin Square.
Authentic Properties, LLC, owes $11,010.80 in summer 2018 personal property taxes, plus interest.
I have not checked whether past taxes referred to Ingham County have been paid, but the point is moot.
It is a violation of the city charter to do business with … Read more →
On November 6th, East Lansing residents will be voting to elect four school board members. There are currently six candidates running for the open seats. Below you will find some helpful, informational links on the various candidates.
If any of our Public Response readers have additional questions that they would like to ask the candidates, please reply to this email… and if we receive enough, we will put forth your questions to the candidates and post their responses in another email.
Lansing State … Read more →
The redevelopment concept known as Park Place has headed in a direction we’ve never seen before – with a complex and exclusive Purchase & Sale Agreement being negotiated before the project has even been formally proposed. What’s going on? East Lansing Info has the scoop at: