Monday, October 16, 2017

Ypsilanti City Council Preview

Tomorrow night at 7 pm the Ypsilanti City Council will be meeting in Ypsilanti City Hall. Here's the agenda if you'd like to take a look at it. There are two items on the agenda relating to the proposed International Village project. First, Economic Development Director, Beth Ernat, is giving a presentation on the trip to China she, the mayor, the mayor pro-tem, and the police chief went on. There is also a resolution to approve funding for independent legal services to investigate the aforementioned China trip. I anticipate much of the public commentary at the beginning of the meeting will be about International Village and the China trip.

There is also a first reading of an ordinance to establish a Citizens Police Advisory Commission. The commission would serve as liaison with the YPD, review, and report findings of police complaint investigations. There are also two recommendations from Sustainability Commission on establishing definitions of sustainable development as well as sustainable design guidelines.

#a2council preview

A yearling buck in Ann Arbor Township
Tonight at 7pm is the second Ann Arbor City Council Meeting for October. The agenda does not look too dense. There's one public hearing on site plans for a DTE substation at 2551 South State Street. The site, which is situated between State Street and the AAPS Balas buildings, is currently a DTE substation. I don't anticipate many comments from the public during this public hearing.

The agenda item that is likely to draw the most public comments is CA-16, "Resolution to Approve Amendment No. 1 to Contract with White Buffalo, Inc. for Combined Surgical Sterilization and Sharpshooting Management Services for the City’s Deer Population." I *think* the reason that this is just on the consent agenda is because the item comes from the amendment from last year's approval of the contract for services with White Buffalo. Perhaps someone who understands City Council process better than I do can clarify that point.

Wednesday, October 11, 2017

Odious human, Charles Murray, to speak at U of M this evening

Noted bigot, Charles Murray, is speaking at U of M this evening. If you're looking to brush up on what precisely makes Murray so terrible, I highly recommend Nathan J. Robinson's article, Why Is Charles Murray Odious? Here's an excerpt:
From his earliest days, Charles Murray was—to put it charitably—a shockingly oblivious human being when it came to matters of race. As a teenager in the 1950s, he and some high school friends staged a cross burning on top of a hill. Murray claims he was stunned when the residents of his Iowa town instantly thought the flaming cross was somehow racist. “It never crossed our minds that this had any larger significance,” he insisted. Forty years later, with the publication of The Bell Curve, Murray would once again profess himself surprised that people could view him as a racist. “I’m befuddled by it… I don’t know what to make of it,” Murray said when even old acquaintances began calling his book dishonest and bigoted. Murray wondered why he was being “punished” for producing perfectly valid social science research on a matter of public import.

Two U of M Professors named 2017 MacArthur Fellows

Two University of Michigan Professors, Derek Peterson and Jason De León, were just named to the 2017 class of MacArthur Fellows. Peterson studies eastern Africa's intellectual cultures in the History Department. While De León directs the Undocumented Migration Project which is a long term study of clandestine border crossings combing techniques from sociology, anthropology, and forensic science.

Tuesday, October 10, 2017

Last day to register for November election

Gentle reader, as you know, we take all elections very seriously here at Damn Arbor. We encourage you to vote in the upcoming November election. If your registration is not up to date (e.g. you have moved since the last election) today is the last day to update your registration for November's election. There are two countywide proposals on the November ballot (Special Education Millage and Public Safety Millage) as well as contested city council races in Wards 2, 4 and 5 in Ann Arbor. You wouldn't want to miss your last opportunity to participate in the final odd-year city council election, would you?

You can update your voter registration at your city clerk's office or at a Michigan Secretary of State Branch Office.

Thursday, September 28, 2017

Hippies versus Jocks on Ann Arbor Stories

The 1885 University of Michigan Football Team

Today's Ann Arbor Stories takes us back to a simpler time: 1970. That year saw Jackson County's infamous Goose Lake International Music Fest and someone filing a law suit in an attempt to ban football at Michigan Stadium. How does it all connect? To find out, you'll have to listen. It's a story of sex, drugs, rock & roll, and football on Today's Ann Arbor Stories.

Monday, September 25, 2017

Week of action planned at U of M

Following last week's protest against racist flyers and graffiti, Students 4 Justice are planning a week of action and agitation. If you are following our Twitter Stream, or are on North University now, you have probably noticed that the week of action has begun. As of press time, students are blocking access to the Central Campus Transit Center between CC Little and the UM Museum of Natural History. The Daily's Coiln Beresford and Matt Harmon are on the scene as well as postdoctoral fellow, Austin McCoy. Here are some of their Tweets from the scene.

Wednesday, September 20, 2017

March to protest racist flyers and graffiti tonight at U of M

Since September 1st there have been three major racist incidents at U of M. On September 1st incoming Latinx students painted The Rock cultural expressions of pride and community. Within 24 hours someone had painted "fuck Latinos" over it. On September 16th someone posted flyers that said "free Dylan Roof. On September 17th racist graffiti was found on the doors of three black students in West Quad. In response to these incidents there will be a march tonight from the steps of the Union to the President's House. The march will start at 7:30 pm and attendees are asked to arrive punctually.

Get critical with Nerd Nite tomorrow

Nerd Nite 48 is tomorrow at LIVE. Jessica Letaw will be speaking on architecture. Lindsay Blackwell will give a presentation on harassment in online communities. And Sara Wedell is going to connect our 21st President, Chester A. Arthur, to the Arthurian Legend. Sounds like a great evening.

Doors are at 6:30 and presentations start at 7. There is no cover thanks to the AADL.

Ypsilanti City Council votes to enter purchase agreement with International Village for Water Street

At 12:58 AM after 30 public comments as well as 29 comments at a public hearing Ypsilanti City Council voted 4 to 1 to 2 enter into a purchase agreement with International Village for the Water Street Property. Council members Beshert, and Vogt, as well as Mayor Pro Tem Brown, and Mayor Edmonds voted for the purchase agreement. Council member Richardson voted against the motion and council members Robb, and Murdock voted to abstain.

This means that the City of Ypsilanti and International Village are going to enter into a purchase agreement to ratify a development agreement with the city by December 31st. We will have more on this story as it develops.