Analysis: Breaking down the two-faction framing of Ann Arbor’s city council politics

Not many Ann Arbor residents pay attention to the workings of local government. For many of those who do, a kind of popular wisdom frames their thinking: Ann Arbor's 11-member city council is made up of two opposing factions. A look at some voting data shows that the popular two-faction framing is too simplistic. Background … Continue reading Analysis: Breaking down the two-faction framing of Ann Arbor’s city council politics

Opinion: Michigan Daily’s reporting on councilmember’s remarks at a meeting doesn’t do the job the paper defined for itself

The Michigan Daily published a piece by Ben Rosenfeld early last week related to the arrest three months ago and subsequent conviction of sitting Ann Arbor councilmember Zachary Ackerman. He was charged initially for violating Michigan's so-called "super drunk driving" law, and was convicted of a reduced charge of operating while impaired. Here's a link to … Continue reading Opinion: Michigan Daily’s reporting on councilmember’s remarks at a meeting doesn’t do the job the paper defined for itself

Opinion: Ann Arbor ordinance misrepresents city charter

Members of city councils in Michigan are elected to office. So voters can toss an incumbent who stands for re-election, if they're dissatisfied with the representation they're getting from the councilmember. Or for any reason they like. Last year, Ann Arbor's city council enacted a new local ordinance that describes the procedure to be used … Continue reading Opinion: Ann Arbor ordinance misrepresents city charter

Opinion: Prepping for Hash Bash 2019, Ann Arbor’s suspension of sidewalk permits isn’t supported by city code

The city of Ann Arbor is making plans for the Hash Bash, to be held on April 6. Advance preparations include clearing sidewalks of vendors, by suspending (for one day) some already-issued sidewalk occupancy permits. The one-day suspension appears to be unsupported by the specific local laws that the city administrator has cited to justify … Continue reading Opinion: Prepping for Hash Bash 2019, Ann Arbor’s suspension of sidewalk permits isn’t supported by city code

Opinion: Better fare media, please

Appearing on change.org recently was a petition that calls on Ann Arbor's public transit board to make it easier for kids to board public buses, and claim the reduced fare to which they're entitled. Specifically, the petition calls  on the Ann Arbor Area Transportation Authority's board of directors "to revise its current policy on student fares … Continue reading Opinion: Better fare media, please