City Council Posts

Below are essays I’ve written exploring Ann Arbor City Council issues in depth and providing more background on the decisions of your elected representatives.

A Million Dollars and Counting

I scanned Legistar and quickly found multiple examples of how “Best Value” contracting policy has been implemented, at a cost to taxpayers. In just a preliminary search, I identified where this new scoring criteria – combined with Council discretion, rejecting staff recommendations – has cost the City over a million dollars.

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Thank You (But Not Goodbye)

Thank you to everyone who has reached out to tell me how much you appreciate this newsletter. These last four years, I have tried desperately to help residents understand the whole of our agendas through primary sources, while separating out my own opinions/editorial....

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Finance and Fireplaces

Update Nov 3, 2022: New information surfaced since this blog post was published on Sunday, October 30, 2022. An amendment to the campaign finance report for the ballot question committee “Ann Arbor Climate Voters” was posted to the County’s website on Monday, October...

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Voters Not Insiders

One of the most significant agenda items from the October 3, 2022 City Council meeting was a failed effort to put a ballot question to voters in November 2023. The resolution in agenda item DC-3 would have allowed voters to consider changing our City charter to...

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Moving Forward With Right To Renew

Agenda item C-1 on the September 6, 2022 Council meeting is the draft ordinance for Right to Renew (“Just Cause” for eviction). C-1 (22-1468) An Ordinance to Add Section 8:531 to Chapter 105 (Housing Code) of Title VIII of the Ann Arbor City Code - (Right to Renew and...

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