How Ann Arbor project got $20M earmark still a mystery to local lawmakers
ANN ARBOR, MI — The fact that a $20 million earmark for a riverfront redevelopment in Ann Arbor was quietly added to the state’s budget in July came as news to many this week. Ann Arbor lawmakers said they didn’t make the funding request and it remains a mystery who sponsored it or how it got in a budget bill approved by the Michigan Legislature and Gov. Since it’s going to stay private land, it’s not a true public space, Rabhi argued, questioning putting public funds toward it. We paid for this out of our pockets, this $20 million.”Read more Ann Arbor development stories. MORE FROM THE ANN ARBOR NEWS:Ann Arbor project could replace neighborhood street parking with bike lanesPittsfield Township postpones action on first applications for marijuana retail storesEx-city attorney tells judge Ann Arbor needs strong reminder about FOIA lawMan accused of secretly recording hundreds in Ann Arbor bathrooms back in jail with $800K bondUniversity of Michigan reports record $1.7B in research spending in 2022mlive.com
See who’s running for new 33rd District state House seat in Ann Arbor area
ANN ARBOR, MI — A contest is shaping up for Michigan’s new 33rd District state House seat in the Ann Arbor area. The new district created by the state’s independent redistricting commission is heavily Democratic and includes much of the southern half of Ann Arbor and stretches southwest into other parts of Washtenaw County, including Pittsfield Township and Saline. Brabec was elected to represent the 55th District in 2020 and is seeking a second two-year term, now drawn into the new 33rd District, one of seven new state House Districts that cover parts of Washtenaw County. The Ann Arbor News/MLive will be providing more in-depth candidate coverage leading up to the elections. MORE FROM THE ANN ARBOR NEWS:See who’s running in new Michigan Senate district stretching from Ann Arbor to JacksonAnn Arbor ballots set: See the 12 people running for mayor and City CouncilHere’s who’s running for new Michigan House seat in Ypsilanti areaSee who’s running for Michigan’s new 15th District Senate seat in Ann Arbor areaSee who’s running for new Ann Arbor-area seat in Congressmlive.com
Wayne, Monroe county candidates to run for Michigan House seat covering part of Washtenaw County
Click here)WASHTENAW COUNTY, MI - A new Michigan State House district that unites parts of four counties, including the southeastern corner of Washtenaw County, will see contested primaries on both sides of the aisle. Four candidates — two Wayne County Democrats and two Monroe County Republicans — have filed in the hopes of representing the newly-drawn 31st Michigan House of Representatives District, stretching from Metro Detroit to rural Lenawee County. The new district then dips south in Monroe County, picking up Milan, London, Exeter, Dundee and Raisinville townships, areas represented by Bellino and State Rep. TC Clements, R-Lambertville. It also includes one piece of Lenawee County, Macon Township, currently part of another district represented by Rep. Bronna Kahle, R-Adrian. Read more Washtenaw County election coverage here.mlive.com
Family of Breonna Taylor joins Michigan lawmakers to introduce package of police accountability bills
LANSING, MI — Several Michigan Democratic lawmakers were joined by members of Breonna Taylor’s family on Tuesday to unveil a new package of bills aimed at preventing police misconduct. Supporters of the package say the legislation represents an effort to improve public safety and strengthen public trust through accountability measures. The bills would require law enforcement to report use of force, misconduct complaints and the results of any investigation of misconduct to the Michigan Commission on Law Enforcement Standards (MCOLES). Brabec called for qualified immunity for law enforcement officers to end after they use unreasonable force, which Brabec called a hurdle for families attempting to seek justice. To end qualified immunity would place more civil liability on officers, who are regularly shielded from lawsuits, she said.mlive.com
We asked. You answered. Here are the Ann Arbor women who inspired you.
In honor of Women’s History Month, we asked our readers to tell us which local women inspire them and why. The list was the brainchild of Sarah Parlette (my A4 co-writer extraordinaire), who said:“Women’s History Month is about celebrating awesome women and Ann Arbor has so many. From owning and managing their own small businesses to organizing social justice protests and COVID relief efforts, these women are one of the reasons why Ann Arbor is great. Know someone who loves Ann Arbor? All About Ann Arbor is powered by ClickOnDetroit/WDIV.
We asked. You answered. Here are the Ann Arbor women who inspire you.
ANN ARBOR, Mich. – Ann Arbor has some really inspiring women. She is very involved in her local community with many local charities. Marsha was my supervisor as a referee at Ann Arbor Rec Ed. AdMarsha Mumm has inspired students, players, youth, and families of all kinds through her leadership within Ann Arbor Rec Ed for 40 years, her 32 years of teaching at Greenhills School in Ann Arbor, and her countless associations with recreational/athletic/wellbeing initiatives in the A2 area. She is awesome, a true community collaborative leader.” - Susan S.AdWant to see another list of amazing Ann Arbor women?
Equitable distribution of COVID vaccine topic of Michigan Medicine virtual town hall
WASHTENAW COUNTY, MI -- Changing the distribution process of the COVID-19 vaccine to ensure it’s more equitable is the main focus of a virtual town hall meeting Thursday. “COVID-19 and the African American Community: Equitable Vaccine Distribution” is being hosted by Michigan Medicine from 6 to 7:30 p.m. Feb. 25, and is being livestreamed on the Program for Multicultural Health at Michigan Medicine’s Facebook page. The event features discussions on the COVID-19 vaccine distribution process, how to increase vaccinations among African Americans, and what changes need to be made to ensure equitable vaccine distribution. Those wishing to submit questions before the event, can do so here. Read more:New Michigan vaccine data shows disparities along racial linesLiquor license suspensions upheld for 8 violators of Michigan’s dine-in banJohnson & Johnson vaccine effective against COVID-19, analysis says, clearing way for FDA authorizationmlive.com
Leaders urge skeptical Washtenaw County residents to get COVID-19 vaccine
ANN ARBOR, MI – Michigan leaders are urging hesitant Washtenaw County residents to put their skepticism aside and get the COVID-19 vaccine when it becomes available to them. Gilchrist is chairman of the COVID-19 Task Force on Racial Disparities, which aims to reduce disparities and determine ways to provide vaccines to communities across the state. Michigan effort to eliminate COVID-19 racial disparities working, state leaders sayCharles Wilson, Washtenaw County’s community health promotion supervisor, and State Rep. Felicia Brabec, D-Pittsfield, cited the Tuskegee Syphilis Study as a reason the Black community lacks trust in the vaccine. Unless residents get the vaccine, things will not “get back to normal,” U.S. Rep. Debbie Dingell, D-Dearborn, said. “But there’s been a disparate impact of COVID on the Black community and the communities of color.mlive.com
House bill would require schools to employ at least one school counselor
LANSING, MI - Michigan schools would have to have at least one guidance counselor on its payroll should a new House bill pass. State Rep. Felicia Brabec, D-Pittsfield Twp., introduced House Bill 4156 this week, which would require at least one counselor for every 450 enrolled students in K-12 public school districts and public school academies. “As a clinical psychologist, I recognize the importance of meeting the mental health needs of students in Michigan. “These are all factors that greatly impact the success of students in school.”The study states Michigan schools had one counselor responsible for 691 students in the 2018-19 school year. The biggest educational priority at the moment for House representatives is the $2.1 billion K-12 funding proposal from Republicans.mlive.com
Washtenaw County joins Ann Arbor in rejecting pollution cleanup deal with unanimous vote
WASHTENAW COUNTY, MI — Washtenaw County has decided against a negotiated legal settlement pertaining to the cleanup of the Gelman dioxane plume. Some officials would like to join city of Ann Arbor officials in seeking Gov. The Washtenaw County Board of Commissioners was the final local body tasked with voting on the settlement. Ann Arbor is considering seeking the federal Superfund cleanup instead, as Scio and Ann Arbor townships tried doing several years ago. Expert explains cleanup plan for Ann Arbor dioxane plume in 7 new videosAnn Arbor officials oppose deal to let polluter discharge dioxane into ‘pristine lake’In drama-filled meeting lasting past 2 a.m., Ann Arbor council rejects deal with pollutermlive.com
Ann Arbor pollution cleanup deal finds more support, but county may reject it
ANN ARBOR, MI — The Huron River Watershed Council is in favor of a legal settlement with polluter Gelman Sciences, but Washtenaw County may reject it. Expert explains cleanup plan for Ann Arbor dioxane plume in 7 new videosThe Watershed Council joins Scio Township in accepting the new cleanup deal with conditions, though Ann Arbor last month rejected it, arguing it’s not enough. Ann Arbor is now considering seeking a federal Superfund cleanup instead, as Scio and Ann Arbor townships tried doing several years ago. The county is a co-plaintiff in the legal case with Ann Arbor, Scio Township, the Watershed Council and state of Michigan. MORE FROM THE ANN ARBOR NEWS:Ann Arbor officials oppose deal to let polluter discharge dioxane into ‘pristine lake’In drama-filled meeting lasting past 2 a.m., Ann Arbor council rejects deal with polluterMaps show how Ann Arbor, Washtenaw County voted in 2020 electionHigher turnout benefited Biden, but Trump still gained votes across Washtenaw CountyDemocrats win all 9 Washtenaw County board races, but some were closemlive.com
Democrats sweep Washtenaw County State Rep. races
ANN ARBOR, MI - Voters have elected four Democrats to represent Ann Arbor-area communities in the Michigan House of Representatives. Brabec, who represents District 4 on the Washtenaw County Board of Commissioners and is a clinical psychologist. Lasinski, a former Ann Arbor School Board member, will fulfill third and final term. The Ann Arbor Democrat and former county commissioner was first elected to the state House in 2016 and re-elected in 2018 by a nearly-identical margin over Holland. In the 54th District, State Rep. Ronnie Peterson, D-Ypsilanti Township, won his third and final term.mlive.com
Democrats win all 9 Washtenaw County board races, but some were close
ANN ARBOR, MI — All nine Washtenaw County commissioner seats were up for grabs in the Nov. 3 election, and in most cases Democrats won handily. But some races in more rural parts of the county were close, with neck-and-neck results being reported into the early morning hours Wednesday. See results for November 2020 election in Ann Arbor, Washtenaw CountyBeeman, D-Manchester, defeated Republican challenger Ken Siler with nearly 52% of the vote. Three other incumbents — Andy LaBarre, Jason Morgan and Katie Scott — won against Republican opponents in heavily Democratic Ann Arbor districts. MORE FROM THE ANN ARBOR NEWS:Ann Arbor voters OK new taxes for affordable housing, filling sidewalk gaps8 issues, races and trends to watch this election in Ann Arbor and Washtenaw CountyAnn Arbor sets record for absentee voting, election results expected by midnightSee results for November 2020 election in Ann Arbor, Washtenaw Countymlive.com
A roundup of county-level races on the Nov. 3 ballot in Washtenaw County
3 Washtenaw County commissioner hopefuls advance in primary electionTwo districts where the GOP has had some success in the last decade are District 2, covering the northeast part of the county, and District 3, covering the southwest. Shink, D-Northfield Township, now faces Republican Scott Inman and Green Party candidate Eric Borregard as she seeks reelection in District 2. Three other incumbents — Andy LaBarre, Jason Morgan and Katie Scott — are seeking reelection against Republican opponents in Ann Arbor districts. Washtenaw County voters also will decide contests for countywide offices. Democratic incumbent Larry Kestenbaum faces Republican Gary Greiner and independent write-in Doristeen Taylor in the county clerk race.mlive.com