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

Updated: Ann Arbor’s City Seal Ordinance: Less than an hour of legal work (turns into 13 more hours when the city rechecks records)

[Note: A week after this piece was published, the City of Ann Arbor appears to have checked through the city attorney staff electronic time records again. Some additional time records, were found and provided on Dec. 12. The additional records show 13 hours of work that was done on the city seal ordinance before the item was … Continue reading Updated: Ann Arbor’s City Seal Ordinance: Less than an hour of legal work (turns into 13 more hours when the city rechecks records)

Four new councilmembers don’t mean Ann Arbor’s next city council will lack collective experience

When the newest edition of the Ann Arbor city council convenes its first regular meeting after the Nov. 6 elections, four out of 11 people at the table will have no experience as councilmembers. First-timers on the council are Jeff Hayner (Ward 1), Kathy Griswold (Ward 2), Elizabeth Nelson (Ward 4), and Ali Ramlawi (Ward … Continue reading Four new councilmembers don’t mean Ann Arbor’s next city council will lack collective experience

A democratic case against voting? The case of one Michigan city’s mayoral race

Voters in Ann Arbor, Michigan, will have a somewhat unusual choice on Nov. 6. If they participate in the mayoral election, their vote won't affect the election outcome—because only one candidate is eligible be elected. But under the city charter, each voter who chooses to participate in the mayoral election, will have an incremental negative … Continue reading A democratic case against voting? The case of one Michigan city’s mayoral race