Ann Arbor Chronicle

Publisher Mary Morgan & Editor Dave Askins Saturdays at 9:35 AM on “The Lucy Ann Lance Show”, 1290 WLBY

The Origins of the Ann Arbor Chronicle Mary Morgan worked for 12 years at The Ann Arbor News, filling roles as Business Editor and Opinion Page Editor. Last fall she teamed up with her husband to launch the online publication, The Ann Arbor Chronicle. (He’s known around town as “Homeless Dave” & the author of Teeter Talk, a series of vignettes recorded with locals while riding a teeter totter. But to really understand this you should just go ahead and visit www.homelessdave.com.) Many marvel at the fact that Mary had the foresight to leave The Ann Arbor News well before the announcement that it would be folding in 2009. (That’s right, Ann Arbor no longer has a daily print paper.) She and her husband say they launched The Ann Arbor Chronicle to fill a void – to create a daily news site that reflects and embraces the energy, oddities, and character of our community. Each Saturday Mary Morgan (and sometimes Dave Askins) talks with Lucy Ann about what’s happening in Ann Arbor. From government to neighborhood meetings, local businesses to local characters, and events past, present, & future, The Ann Arbor Chronicle is a must read for anyone who loves and lives in Ann Arbor. It will give you a new appreciation for your hometown. www.AnnArborChronicle.com


 

Ann Arbor Chronicle Interviews:

August 9, 2014: Mary Morgan, Chronicle Publisher – In a surprise announcement the owners of a popular digital publication focusing on Ann Arbor and Washtenaw County government affairs and civic discourse are shutting down their operation. The Ann Arbor Chronicle will cease publishing regular new reports.

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July 19, 2014: Dave Askins, Editor, AnnArborChronicle.comAfter winning the right to appear on the Ward 3 Council ballot in the August 5 Democratic Primary, Bob Dascola’s name was left off ballots that went to absentee voters. Now a judge wants to know why.

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July 12, 2014: Mary Morgan, Publisher, AnnArborChronicle.comCounty officials say there has been an increase in violent crimes committed by young people in our community. Now they are hoping more money targeted towards the problem will be the answer.

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August 31, 2013: Mary Morgan, Publisher, Ann Arbor Chronicle: What’s MUP?The Chronicle covers thousands of meetings, providing in-depth government coverage for our community. This week we find out about the Library’s involvement with the upcoming Bike Share program, as well as digital licensing (read the Chronicle report here.) Also, we learn what’s up with the Mixed Use Party (MUP), a group of students eyeing seats on Ann Arbor City Council. The Chronicle’s David Askins covered the MUP’s monthly meeting and you can read his report here. Click & Listen:

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August 24, 2013:  Mary Morgan, Publisher, Ann Arbor Chronicle:  Border to Border Trail, Cobblestone Farm, Downtown Dog Parks, & Y Lot – The Border to Border Trail spans a wide swath of land that connects several counties, including Washtenaw.  There are three areas in particular that the Washtenaw Bicycling and Walking Coalition would like the City of Ann Arbor to devote resources to for improvement projects.  Read the Chronicle report here.  Mary also updates us on a new initiative at the Cobblestone Farm, a survey concerning dog parks in Ann Arbor, and options for the Y Lot, which is currently being used by the city for surface parking. Click & Listen:

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August 17, 2013:  Mary Morgan, Publisher, Ann Arbor Chronicle:  Just Say “The Ride”; County Looks at Revenue Options; What’s Next for the Y Lot – Say,  “Aaahh”?  Not if the newly-named Ann Arbor Area Transportation Authority (AAATA) has its way.  They want the bus system to be branded only as “The Ride.”  Mary explains what’s behind the move.  Could there be a tax increase for Washtenaw County residents coming?  The Chronicle reports that commissioners are eyeing revenue options.  Also, Mary gives us the latest on the Y Lot (the old YMCA property across from the Library) and reports on zoning of property at Packard and Fernwood. Click & Listen:

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August 10, 2013:  Mary Morgan, Publisher, Ann Arbor Chronicle - Ann Arbor’s Primary Election yielded some interesting results this past week.  Mary tells us what happened and takes a look at the races in November.  Ann Arbor City Council approved a bike share program and voted to close a portion of Main Street during UM Football games.  There’s a battle over 7th Hour classes in the Ann Arbor Public high schools, and the Chronicle offers a guest editorial on the ACLU’s lawsuit filed this week. Click & Listen:

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Mary Morgan and her ScooterJuly 13, 2013:  Ann Arbor Chronicle:  The Passing of a Community Icon  – Mary Morgan, Publisher, Ann Arbor Chronicle:  When the death of Shaman Drum Bookshop founder Karl Pohrt was announced earlier this week it was especially poignant for the Chronicle’s Mary Morgan and Dave Askins.  Read Dave’s farewell here.  Did you know that the City of Ann Arbor is considering reducing weekly garbage service?  Mary explains why in our conversation and you can read more here.  She also updates us on the future of the former “Y Lot” at Fifth and Huron and other downtown projects that you can read about here. Click & Listen:

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June 29, 2013:  Ann Arbor Chronicle:   Pedestrians, Public Art, and Downpours – Mary Morgan, Publisher, Ann Arbor Chronicle: A proposed hotel on Ann Arbor’s westside is on hold.  Ann Arbor Planning commissioners want the project to include a better layout for pedestrians and bicyclists.  It’s a common theme that developers are facing in Ann Arbor.  (Read the Chronicle report here.)  The Public Art Commission considered whether to reward random acts of art.  Mary explains what happened with that idea, and we get her thoughts on the public art proposals for the Stadium Bridges.  Finally, who was that bearded man cleaning out storm drains in the middle of this week’s deluge? Click & Listen:

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June 22, 2013:  Ann Arbor Chronicle Click & Listen:

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June 15, 2013:  Ann Arbor Chronicle Click & Listen:

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June 1, 2013:  Ann Arbor Chronicle: Selma’s Cafe Finds Fiscal Sponsor – Mary Morgan, Publisher, Ann Arbor Chronicle: There might be new life for a breakfast fundraiser that had been hosted in a private home and had come under scrutiny lately.  An Ann Arbor non-profit is stepping in to help.  Read the Chronicle story here.  Also, talks are underway concerning a possible new downtown park.  A City of Ann Arbor committee is developing a survey to get public input.  The Chronicle was at the meeting and reports here.  In addition, we get a preview of a hot topic coming up at Monday’s City Council meeting – - what should the DDA fund?  Chronicle Editor Dave Askins explains in a column here.  Listen to our conversation with Mary about these topics at the link below. Click & Listen:

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May 25, 2013:  Ann Arbor Chronicle: Ann Arbor City Council Budget Approved – Mary Morgan, Publisher, Ann Arbor Chronicle: A proposed resolution to restore loose leaf collection in the City of Ann Arbor failed to pass, as Council approved its 2014 budget.   Local developer Tom Fitzsimmons won Planning Commission approval for his proposed Kerrytown Place development on the site of the former St. Nicholas Greek Orthodox Church on Main Street.  Also, the Park Advisory Commission was briefed on a rain garden that’s being installed at the Arbor Oaks park in the Bryant neighborhood, as one approach to helping that neighborhood’s chronic drainage and flooding problems. Click & Listen:

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May 4, 2013:  Ann Arbor Chronicle: Finding Money, Funding Projects – Mary Morgan, Publisher, Ann Arbor Chronicle:  Our talk this week centers around a common theme of how to pay for what we owe as well as what we’d like to have.  The Washtenaw County Board of Commissioners is considering a major bond issue to raise an estimated $350 million to fully fund its retiree health care and employee pension fund.  Is this the right thing to do?   The Ann Arbor Area Community Foundation made a major announcement this week to drive funding for arts and cultural programs.  Could this be the answer to funding public art, as well? Click & Listen:

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April 1, 2013:  Ann Arbor Chronicle:  Communication is the Key – Mary Morgan, Publisher, Ann Arbor Chronicle: A common theme of communications was discussed at several public meetings this past week, from downtown parks to the library. Click & Listen:

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March 23, 2013:  Ann Arbor Chronicle:  Downtown Development; City Council Candidates; and Washtenaw County Union Contracts – Mary Morgan, Publisher, Ann Arbor Chronicle: The Ann Arbor City Council meeting Monday lasted until Tuesday at 2 AM.  The Chronicle’s David Askins was there until the end, and publisher Mary Morgan gives us the highlights, including what happened with the proposed moratorium on downtown development.  Read Dave’s report here.  Listen to our conversation at the link below.  Mary also tells us about two candidates who have pulled petitions to run for City Council and reports on the contracts the unions have mapped out with Washtenaw County, just in time to avoid Michigan’s new Right-to-Work law. Click & Listen:

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March 16, 2013:  Ann Arbor Chronicle:  Budget Time – Mary Morgan, Publisher, Ann Arbor Chronicle:   Mary contrasts the budget planning differences between the City of Ann Arbor and Washtenaw County, and gives us an inside look at what’s at stake.  Read the Chronicle’s City Council report here and the County Board report here.  Listen to our conversation at the link below. Click & Listen:

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February 23, 2013:  Ann Arbor Chronicle:  UM Dorm Renovations Planned - Mary Morgan, Publisher, Ann Arbor Chronicle:   A major expansion of the dining hall at South Quad at the University of Michigan is planned, and it’s just one of several renovations underway at dorms at the Ann Arbor campus.   Read the Chronicle report here.   Ann Arbor City Council is mulling over a 6 month moratorium for new site plans, which would include the controversial parcel at 413 E. Huron.   Ann Arbor City Council recently postponed a decision on the moratorium.  Read more in the Chronicle here.  Listen to our conversation at the link below. Click & Listen:

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February 16, 2013:  Ann Arbor Chronicle:  413 E. Huron – Mary Morgan, Publisher: The Chronicle is reporting that Ann Arbor City Council may be considering a moratorium on downtown development.  Click here to read the report, and listen to our conversation at the link below. Click & Listen:

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February 9, 2013:  Ann Arbor Chronicle:  County Votes to Renegotiate Union Contracts – Mary Morgan, Publisher, Ann Arbor Chronicle: It’s now official.  A newly passed resolution from the Washtenaw County Board of Commissioners makes it clear how the board feels about Michigan’s new Right to Work law.  The Chronicle reports that the board is condemning Right to Work and instructing county administration with expediting union negotiations to ensure that the county’s 17 unions groups will be “grandfathered” from having to adhere to the new legislation.  Read more from The Chronicle here, and listen to our conversation at the link below. Click & Listen:

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February 2, 2013:  Ann Arbor Chronicle: County Board to Revisit Right to Work Issue – Mary Morgan, Publisher, Ann Arbor ChronicleNewly elected Washtenaw County commissioner Andy LaBarre is expected to bring forward a resolution that may condemn the state’s new Right to Work law and call for worker contracts to be renegotiated before the law takes effect. Read the Chronicle report here.  Also, did you know there is a Taxi Cab Board in Ann Arbor?  That’s right, and the Chronicle (who else?!) covers it.  Read more here, and listen to our interview with Mary at the link below. Click & Listen:

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January 26, 2013:  Ann Arbor Chronicle: – Mary Morgan, Publisher, Ann Arbor Chronicle: The Chronicle is an online publication that covers government meetings and civic affairs in the Ann Arbor region.  Each week Mary joins us with a look at what’s in The Chronicle. Click & Listen:

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January 19, 2013:  Ann Arbor Chronicle: Cleveland TV Station Interviews The Ann Arbor Chronicle – Mary Morgan, Publisher, Ann Arbor Chronicle: With the Cleveland Plain Dealer apparently poised to shift to an online emphasis, a Cleveland, Ohio TV station was in Ann Arbor recently to examine how such a shift from print to web has impacted our community.  Also:  Ann Arbor is reconsidering where it puts a downtown dog park (read the Chronicle report here), and the Chronicle reports on the county budget (read the Chronicle Ticker report here) and planning projects in Ann Arbor  (read more here and here.) Click & Listen:

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January 12, 2013:  Ann Arbor Chronicle: City of Ann Arbor Audit – Mary Morgan, Publisher, Ann Arbor Chronicle: An audit of the City of Ann Arbor’s finances shows they are “fair and accurate.”  The Chronicle reports, however, there were some problems identified with the City’s internal controls.  Read the report here, and listen to our conversation at the link below. Click & Listen:

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December 29, 2012:  Ann Arbor Chronicle:  Regional Transit; Dog Parks; Skate Park; and Planning Projects – Mary Morgan, Publisher, Ann Arbor Chronicle: Five individuals are being considered for two slots on the controversial Regional Transit Authority board.  Learn about the candidates and what’s at stake.  Also, several residents spoke out against a planned dog park as well as the skate park.  Find out why.  Plus, check out what’s being built in downtown Ann Arbor.  Update:  Two individuals have now been selected for the RTA.  Read more in the Chronicle here. Click & Listen:

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December 8, 2012:  The Ann Arbor Chronicle Christmas Song:  Mary Morgan, Publisher, Ann Arbor Chronicle - After witnessing thousands of hours of government meetings and reporting on them, Mary graces us with a beautiful rendition of “Let Us Vote” set to the tune of “Let It Snow.”  Click the link below to listen and, better yet, click here to watch the video! Click & Listen:

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December 1, 2012:  Ann Arbor Chronicle:  UM Students Weigh in with Ideas for the South State Street Corridor  – Mary Morgan, Publisher, Ann Arbor Chronicle: The stretch of South State Street between Stimson and Ellsworth could have a new identity in the near future.  Plans are underway to improve the corridor.  Read the Chronicle report here.  Also, there are a lot of questions regarding the future of the City of Ann Arbor’s Percent for Art program.   Mary reports on the recent Public Art Commission meeting.  Read her report here, and listen to our conversation by clicking the link below. Click & Listen:

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November 17, 2012:  Ann Arbor Chronicle:  AATA Increasing Service – Following the loss of support for the proposed countywide transit, AATA is now boosting its service to the Ann Arbor area with increased services planned for the popular Route 5 (Packard Road from Ann Arbor to Ypsilanti.)  Read the Chronicle report here.  Mary also reports on last week’s meeting of the University of Michigan Board of Regents, including several planned renovations.  The City of Ann Arbor’s Planning Commission is our Meeting to Watch this week.  Mary tells us that the agenda includes a resolution in Support of Adopting the Ann Arbor Climate Action Plan.  Make sure to read the Chronicle reports on that and other government and school board meetings to keep abreast of our elected officials. Click & Listen:

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October 27, 2012:  Ann Arbor Chronicle: Naming Rights – Mary Morgan, Publisher, Ann Arbor Chronicle: Pioneer High School is going to allow naming rights for its tennis courts and Planetarium.  One involves commemorating a former coach, while the other includes a $100,000 donation from an area business.  Read the Chronicle briefing here.  Mary also updates us on the possibility of a new centrally-located dog park.  Read her report from the Park Advisory Commission meeting here. Click & Listen:

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October 6, 2012:  Ann Arbor Chronicle: Talk on Taxes -  Mary Morgan, Publisher, Ann Arbor ChronicleAnn Arbor area voters will determine whether to approve a bond to pay for a new downtown library to be built in the same spot on Fifth at William where the current library sits. Now a third group has formed against the proposal.  Mary also updates us on other taxing issues.  The Ann Arbor Chronicle reports on county commissioners raising the economic development tax and a shifting of oversight of the accomodation tax. Click & Listen:

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September 29, 2012:  Ann Arbor Chronicle:  AATA Moves Forward with Regional Transit Authority ; Ann Arbor’s Manholes Could Become Part of Public Art Initiative – Mary Morgan, Publisher, Ann Arbor Chronicle: Mary sorts through the complicated issue of regional transit in Washtenaw County, updating us on the latest action by the Ann Arbor Transportion Authority. Read the Chronicle report here.  In addition, she reports on the latest meeting of the Ann Arbor Public Art Commission, which received a new idea for some unusual ways to incorporate art into the community. Mary’s Chronicle report is posted here.  Also, the Chronicle takes a look at absentee ballot requests and gives us the number requested by ward so far, in a write-up here. Click & Listen:

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September 22, 2012:  Ann Arbor Chronicle: Penny & Roe Stamps Donate Millions to University of Michigan – Mary Morgan, Publisher, Ann Arbor Chronicle - The Chronicle covered the University of Michigan Regents meeting this week, where attendees heard about a major gift to the university. Concerns have been raised over a planned whitewater feature for the Huron River. Mark explains who’s objecting and why. We also chat about national accolades from the Nieman Journalism Lab for the Chronicle. Also, at the start of this interview you’ll hear how prescient our Dean Erskine was about the Michigan/Notre Dame game when it came to star Denard Robinson’s performance, as we referenced John U. Bacon’s column on Denard in the Chronicle. Click & Listen:

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September 15, 2012: Ann Arbor Chronicle: Debate Over Animal Control Mary Morgan, Publisher, Ann Arbor Chronicle - Mary reports that the task force considering the future of how Washtenaw County handles animal control may not solicit requests for proposal and instead continue to work with the Humane Society of Huron Valley. Click here to read the Chronicle report. She also updates us on the recent Washtenaw County Board of Commissioners meeting where board chair Conan Smith brought up the idea of increasing some county taxes. We’ve linked to that Chronicle report, here. Click & Listen:

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September 1, 2012: Issues facing Ann Arbor Area Leaders Post Labor Day: Mary Morgan, Publisher, Ann Arbor Chronicle - Mary previews the upcoming week in local government, including the agendas for the Ann Arbor City Council meeting, Park Advisory Commission, and the Washtenaw County Board of Commissioners. Click & Listen:

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August 25, 2012:  Ann Arbor’s Crowded November Ballot (from Paying for Public Art to Paying for a New Main Library); Possibility of a New Ann Arbor Dog Park:  Mary Morgan, Publisher, Ann Arbor Chronicle - City of Ann Arbor voters will have three local millages to decide in the November Election.  Mary talks about what voters face, including the latest concerning the controversy over the public art millage.  She also reports on the Parks Advisory Commission meeting where, commissioners took a step forward toward getting another off-leash dog park in Ann Arbor. Click & Listen:

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August 18, 2012:  Significant Developments Are Brewing for Ann Arbor’s Public Art FundingMary Morgan, Publisher, Ann Arbor Chronicle - There may be a millage proposal for Ann Arbor voters concerning the funding of public art on the November ballot.  The question is, what exactly the voters will be asked. Click & Listen:

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August 11, 2012:  Ann Arbor Election Analysis; Ann Arbor Tax for Public Art:  Mary Morgan, Publisher, Ann Arbor Chronicle -  Mary walks us through the changes this past week’s Primary Election will bring to the make-up of Ann Arbor City Council.  Also:  A question of whether Ann Arbor voters  would approve a tax to pay for public art turns out to be more complicated than just putting it before voters to decide. Click & Listen:

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August 4, 2012:  Library Board Calls Special Meeting; The County Transit Merry-Go-Round ; What’s Holding Those Pants Up; Chronicle Election Day Plans- Mary Morgan, Publisher, Ann Arbor Chronicle Ann Arbor area voters will decide on a $65M bond proposal to fund a new downtown library.  Mary says an apparent oversight concerning the bond title is the reason a special meeting of the library board is scheduled for Monday, August 6.  Also:  Hear the latest concerning countywide transit, which the Washtenaw County Board of Commissioners has approved an amended version of the 4-party deal. Click & Listen:

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July 28, 2012:  Bezonki Awards; Justice Center Security Changes May Ramp Up Cost: Mary Morgan, Publisher, Ann Arbor Chronicle - Six awards were bestowed on four individuals and two organizations in the second annual Bezonki Awards (a nod to the monthly Bezonki Sunday Funnies by local artist Alvey Jones, published on the first Sunday of each month in the Chronicle.) The Chronicle selects people and groups doing good work that may go unnoticed by others. Mary lists the winners and why they were selected. We also talk about Dave Askins’ piece concerning possible changes coming to the brand new Justice Center attached to the Ann Arbor Municipal Center. Click & Listen:

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July 21, 2012:  Corn Dogs, Future of the Downtown Library, & Michigan’s Marquee Mary Morgan, Publisher, Ann Arbor Chronicle - Ann Arbor voters will decide on a November bond issue to fund a new downtown Library.  Also:  UM Regents vote to approve a mammoth electronic sign on Stadium Blvd. in between the Crisler Center and Michigan Stadium.   Click & Listen:

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July 14, 2012:  League of Women Candidate Forums, 4-Party Transit Agreement, and Head Start Mary Morgan, Publisher, Ann Arbor Chronicle - The Chronicle has been covering the candidates  you’ll see on Washtenaw County’s primary election ballot.  Mary reports on the state representative, county board, and water commissioner races. Click & Listen:

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June 23, 2012:  UM Regents Vote, But On What?:  Mary Morgan, Publisher, Ann Arbor Chronicle - During the budget votes at the University of Michigan Regents meeting this past week, Mary reports that there was major confusion over what votes were taken and at one point they actually started voting over.  Also:  Ann Arbor is one of only three cities in Michigan that still has a partisan election.  Is it time time to change. Click & Listen:

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June 16, 2012: Mary Morgan, Publisher, Ann Arbor Chronicle - Reports from the Washtenaw County Board of Commissioners and the Ann Arbor District Library:  Washtenaw County is taking steps to deal with the sale of synthetic marijuana, a substance sold legally in various forms at convenience stores and gas stations. Mary reports that the county’s public health officer has launched a program to eliminate the products known as “spice”.  Also:  The state will not reimburse the county for costs related to the Dexter tornado;  and the latest on the county’s take on a four-party public transit agreement, which would expand the governance and service area of the AATA.  In addition, the Ann Arbor District Library hosted the first of three forums to get public input about a possible new downtown facility. Click & Listen:

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June 9, 2012:  Mary Morgan, Publisher, Ann Arbor Chronicle - Countywide Transit: Ann Arbor and Ypsilanti City Councils each have passed the four-party public transit agreement, and the Washtenaw County Board of Commissioners has set a special work session to consider it this upcoming week. Mary tells us getting the commission to pass it won’t be easy. Also: The Ann Arbor DDA approves funding for Dan Ketelaar’s 618 S. Main project, and the Ann Arbor Planning Commission approves DTE’s new substation site plan . Click & Listen:

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June 2, 2012: Mary Morgan, Publisher, Ann Arbor Chronicle - Planning Ann Arbor: Even the trip to Gilligan’s Island was only supposed to be a three hour tour, but it took five hours for a The City Of Ann Arbor Planning Commission retreat and tour of the South State corridor this past week. Ann Arbor Chronicle’s Mary Morgan went along on the ride. Watch for her report soon on www.annarborchronicle.com and listen to our conversation below. Mary also tells us when to expect South Fifth (near the construction of the underground parking structure next to the library) to re-open to traffic, and gives her impressions from the Glacier Neighborhood’s patriotic Memorial Day Parade. Click & Listen:

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May 26, 2012:  Mary Morgan, Publisher, Ann Arbor Chronicle Advance Publications Drops Another Daily Paper:  The Chronicle has perfected its online news presence through its thorough coverage of Ann Arbor civic and government news.  It started its model before Ann Arbor’s daily paper folded and created its own online news operation, AnnArbor.com.  Now the owners of AnnArbor.com, Advance Publications, are rolling out a similar format at the New Orleans’ Times Picayune.  Mary, who was recently quoted in a Poynter article about this, gives us her impressions of the evolving media landscape.  Also:  Expansion of Ann Arbor’s North Main Task Force; update on City of Ann Arbor water and sewer rates; Ann Arbor’s sidewalk repair ordinance; animal control in Washtenaw County; and the Ann Arbor Library board praises director but elects not to award raise. Click & Listen:

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May 19, 2012:  Mary Morgan, Publisher, Ann Arbor Chronicle - Candidate Update on Ann Arbor Mayoral & Washtenaw County Commissioner Races:  Find out why Albert Howard won’t be on the Ann Arbor Mayoral ballot as a Republican, and why a series of technical glitches have forced Dexter’s Eric Borregard off the ballot for  Washtenaw County Board of Commissioners, at least for now.  Also, Mary explains what’s behind the Planning Commission’s vote to postpone action on a request to expand Knight’s Market. Click & Listen:

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May 12, 2012:  Mary Morgan, Publisher, Ann Arbor Chronicle - Elections; Animal Control Board; and Other Government & Civic News:  Mary gives us perspective on Ypsilanti’s rejection of two ballot issues and takes a look at the Ann Arbor City Council candidates who plan on running in the August Primary so far.  Also: Why the meeting on animal control services was cancelled, and Ann Arbor’s efforts to develop a greenway in the downtown area. Click & Listen:

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May 5, 2012:  Mary Morgan, Publisher, Ann Arbor Chronicle - How the Chronicle Reports the News; Covering the County Board of Commissioners - What’s the difference between describing what you see and telling a story about it?  Everything, if you are reporting the news.  Mary shares with us insight into how the Chronicle approaches its mission.  Also:  An update on the latest news from the County Commission, including the controversy over Sylvan Township’s default on a bond interest payment which the county had to pay. Click & Listen:

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April 28, 2012:  Mary Morgan, Publisher, Ann Arbor Chronicle UM Revisits Wall Street Parking Structure; Ann Arbor Art Commission Approves Art Funding for Argo Cascades; AATA Releases 5-Year Service Plan - When the University of Michigan first proposed building a parking structure on Wall Street near the UM Hospital four years ago, the neighbors gave protest. Now the UM is revisiting the idea, but Mary reports that this time neighbors seem more willing to work with university officials. Also, we learn more about the new Argo Cascades put in by the City of Ann Arbor, and how artists are being asked to submit proposals for a new art installation there. In addition, Mary updates us on the Ann Arbor Transportation Authority and the possibility of expanded bus service. Click & Listen:

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April 21, 2012:  Mary Morgan, Publisher, Ann Arbor Chronicle Washtenaw County Board of Commissioners Tackles Oil & Gas Drilling: Mary reports on the County Board Working Session which featured a host of speakers, both pro and con, concerning drilling for gas and oil. Locally, the Michigan company Paxton Resources has been securing mineral rights from property owners in the Saline area. Click here to read a Chronicle article posted prior to this past week’s meeting and watch for the latest article to come out soon. Also: Would Ann Arbor voters support a new downtown library? A new survey says yes. Click & Listen:

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April 7, 2012:  Dave Askins, Editor, Ann Arbor Chronicle An Analysis of Who Decides on Ann Arbor’s Marijuana Licenses:  This past week’s Ann Arbor City Council meeting featured several interesting developments concerning the sale of  medical marijuana.  Chronicle Editor Dave Askins takes a look at the role of the City Attorney and City Council in the decision-making of who gets such licenses and whether dispensaries can operate without one in the meantime. Click & Listen:

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March 30, 2012:  Mary Morgan, Publisher, Ann Arbor Chronicle – Farewell to Ann Arbor Police Chief Barnett Jones; Longtime Water Resources Commissioner Janis Bobrin Endorses A Successor; Preview of Monday’s Ann Arbor City Council Meeting - City of Ann Arbor officials and law enforcement personnel throughout the region paid tribute to Ann Arbor’s outgoing Police Chief.  Mary explains why Barnett Jones was able to earn the respect of so many while he was here.  Janis Bobrin, Washtenaw County’s Water Resources Commissioner (formerly called the Drain Commissioner) is backing Evan Pratt to take over her seat.  Mary gives us background on Pratt, including a special skill he has.  We also get a preview of Ann Arbor City Council’s Monday meeting where councilmembers may finally determine the next step concerning the enforcement activities against medical marijuana dispensaries.  (The link in the title at the top will take you to The Chronicle’s coverage of the previous Council meeting where this issue was delayed.) Click & Listen:

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March 24, 2012:  Mary Morgan, Publisher, Ann Arbor Chronicle Mary reports on the County’s $500K for Dexter tornado relief. She also updates us on the Maple Cove apartment project along North Maple. Two commissioners voted against the site plan and several others raised concerns, but it was approved by the Planning Commission.  Also, Josie Parker at the Ann Arbor District Library marked 10 years at the Library Board meeting but Mary says the most interesting aspect of the meeting was that the budget process has been delayed because of revenue uncertainties at the state level. Click & Listen:

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March 17, 2012:  Mary Morgan, Publisher, Ann Arbor Chronicle Discussion is underway about the possible commercial uses around the Huron River/Broadway/MichCon site. Mary reports on what transpired during a meeting of the Ann Arbor Master Plan Revisions Committee.  Read her report here.  Also, Ann Arbor voters will likely see a Parks Millage Renewal on the Fall ballot. Read the Chronicle report here. Click & Listen:

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March 10, 2012: Mary Morgan, Publisher, Ann Arbor Chronicle – The possible expansion of the AATA’s service area moved a step forward this week. Mary reports on Ann Arbor City Council’s vote to approve a four-party transit agreement. Also: Will Washtenaw County Board of Commissioners cut their pay? Commissioner Dan Smith is pressing for that. A report from the Planning Commission meeting on the Tim Horton’s site plan for State & Ellsworth, which includes a roundabout.  Click & Listen:

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March 3, 2012:  Mary Morgan, Publisher, Ann Arbor ChronicleEach month the Chronicle publishes its Monthly Milestone, and this month Mary writes about the parallels between transit choices and local media options.  Regarding transit, Mary points out we’re far from having public transit be a viable option for most of us and she explains why.  In addition, Mary reports on the Ann Arbor Public Art Commission’s four-hour retreat, and efforts to get more public art installed.  Also, through online mapping the Chronicle gives us an idea how Ann Arbor voted in the Republican Presidential Primary and what that could tell us about November.  Click the links to read the Chronicle articles and listen to our conversation through the link below. Click & Listen:

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February 25, 2012: Mary Morgan, Publisher, Ann Arbor Chronicle – University of Michigan Regents Prompt External Investigation of Child Porn Incident Involving Medical Resident: A UM internal audit recommends improvement of security and communications in the wake of a child porn investigation. But the UM Regents are now calling for the Ann Arbor school to hire outside consultants to investigate as well. Also: Mary gives us an update on the debate over whether Graduate Student Research Assistants should be allowed to unionize, and we talk about Dave Askins’ column on the increase in local governments digital information. Click & Listen:

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February 18, 2012: Mary Morgan, Publisher, Ann Arbor Chronicle - Pure Washtenaw: The Washtenaw region is about to get a big boost in publicity. The Chronicle reports that a combination of monies from the county, the Ann Arbor and Ypsilanti Convention and Visitor Bureaus, Ann Arbor SPARK, and the MEDC will fund a Pure Michigan ad campaign focused on the Ann Arbor area. Click & Listen:

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February 11, 2012: Mary Morgan, Publisher, Ann Arbor Chronicle - Fuller Road Station: The University of Michigan and the City of Ann Arbor have halted plans for the Fuller Road project, which had included a parking structure for UM employees. The city says its long-term plan for a train and bus station on will continue. The Chronicle reports on the project here, and includes a look at the historical timeline of the project as it had been initially proposed. Hear more about the decision to halt the project in our conversation with Mary below. Click & Listen:

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February 4, 2012:  Mary Morgan, Publisher, Ann Arbor Chronicle - The Ann Arbor Transportation Authority is requesting that the City of Ann Arbor postpone a decision on a transit agreement between Ann Arbor, Ypsilanti, and Washtenaw County.  Mary tells us what may be behind the move.  She also updates us on news from the Washtenaw County Board of Commissioners, including why the county’s attorney is has taken medical leave.   Click the links above to read each of the reports in the Chronicle, and listen to our conversation below. Click & Listen:

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January 28, 2012:  Mary Morgan, Publisher, Ann Arbor Chronicle-President Obama comes to Ann Arbor; Transit updates; Art Commission moves ahead with mural, justice center projects; Park Commission recommends ballfield renovations.  Click the links above to read each of the reports in the Chronicle. Click & Listen:

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January 21, 2012:  Mary Morgan, Publisher of the Ann Arbor Chronicle Washtenaw County Commissioners scheduled a retreat for this weekend, although they didn’t bother mentioning it at Wednesday’s meeting. Mary also reports on signs that the countywide regional transportation plan has some dissenters.  Also, do you know what realia is?  The Ann Arbor District Library specializes in many different kinds of realia that you can actually check out to enjoy in your own home.  (Click the linked areas above to read the Chronicle posts.) Click & Listen:

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January 14, 2012: Mary Morgan, Publisher, AnnArborChronicle.comPhil Powers’ Economic Dinner Club; Ann Arbor City Council Debates Countywide Transit; SEMCOG Forecast 2040; Update on Pall/Gelman Dioxane Plume Click & Listen:

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December 17, 2011:  Mary Morgan, Publisher, AnnArborChronicle.com - Reports from the Greenbelt Commission, Public Art Commission, and Ann Arbor City Council – Dexter’s Gordon Hall is petitioning for a variance for parking that could be determined in part by action from the Ann Arbor Greenbelt Commission.  Also, the latest on Ann Arbor’s Percent for Art Program and how mayoral appointments should be handled. Click & Listen:

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December 10, 2011:  Mary Morgan, Publisher of AnnArborChronicle.comMary sums up the year for Ann Arbor City Council in The Twelve Days of Christmas in Ann Arbor, and gives us perspective on the challenges councilmembers have had this past year. Click & Listen:

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November 26, 2011:  Mary Morgan, Publisher, Ann Arbor ChronicleAnn Arbor City Council on Public Art Ordinance & Greenbelt Boundaries; Ann Arbor District Library Revisits Future of Downtown Building  – With newly elected independent Jane Lumm at the table, Ann Arbor City Council gave initial approval to expanding the Greenbelt footprint and reducing the amount of money allocated to public art.  Read Chronicle Editor Dave Askins’ report here. Also, it’s been three years since the AADL last looked at redeveloping its downtown location, Mary now reports that there’s movement to revisit the process.  Read her report here.   Listen to our entire conversation with the Chronicle Publisher below. Click & Listen:

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November 12, 2011:  Mary Morgan, Publisher, Ann Arbor Chronicle:  Ann Arbor City ElectionsIndependent Jane Lumm, a former Republican, beats incumbent Democrat Stephen Rapundalo, and Ann Arbor voters approve all three proposals.  Mary analyzes the November elections for us.  Read the Chronicle article here. Click & Listen:

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November 5, 2011:  Mary Morgan, Publisher, Ann Arbor Chronicle: Click & Listen:

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October 29, 2011:  Mary Morgan, Publisher, Ann Arbor Chronicle: Click & Listen:

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October 22, 2011:  Mary Morgan, Publisher, Ann Arbor ChronicleThe Ann Arbor District Library has launched its Old News website where they have digitized past articles and photos of the old Ann Arbor News and other print papers from Ann Arbor’s history.  Read the Chronicle article here. Mary also updates us on the public hearing on the county budget, and talks about John U. Bacon’s column where he contemplates his future relationship with the University of Michigan following his critical book on the tenure of former football coach Rich Rodriguez.  Click the highlighted links to read the related Chronicle stories, and listen to our conversation with Mary below. Click & Listen:

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October 15, 2011:  Mary Morgan, Publisher, Ann Arbor Chronicle Click & Listen:

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October 8, 2011:  Mary Morgan, Publisher, Ann Arbor ChronicleHow is it the Washtenaw County Road Commission may implement a Road Millage (costing taxpayers) without taxpayer approval?  Mary explains.  Also:  The Resignation of Washtenaw County Commissioner Kristin Judge; Fireworks at the Main Street Area Association meeting this week; and the controversial Dreiseitl sculpture.  Click the highlighted links to read the related Chronicle stories, and listen to our conversation with Mary below. Click & Listen:

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September 17, 2011:  Mary Morgan, Publisher, Ann Arbor Chronicle Click & Listen:

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September 10, 2011:  Mary Morgan, Publisher, Ann Arbor Chronicle Click & Listen:

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September 3, 2011:  Mary Morgan, Publisher, Ann Arbor ChronicleAnn Arbor City Attorney Stephen Postema tells the Chronicle he has yet to decide whether to run for Circuit Judge.  Read the Chronicle post here.  Also, the Bezonki Awards are out and just in time for the Chronicle’s third anniversary. Click & Listen:

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August 27,  2011: City of Ann Arbor & University of Michigan Strike A Deal on Costs for UM Football Games - In the Chronicle’s Civic Ticker is a report that the University of Michigan has agreed to pay part of the costs of doing business on a Michigan Football Saturday.  The deal means the City of Ann Arbor is going to be cutting back on the services it provides, which will impact pre-game traffic.  In addition:  Public Art in Ann ArborRiverside Park Improvements and Trails Near FullerWhat’s in a Name?  UM Through the Ages. Click & Listen:

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August 20,  2011: Zoning of Medical Marijuana Dispensaries; Debating Dog Parks - Chronicle Publisher Mary Morgan reports on the impact of Ann Arbor’s new medical marijuana zoning ordinance on one dispensary business on State Street.  Read her report here.  Medical marijuana also came up at the Ann Arbor City Council meeting covered by Chronicle Editor Dave Askins.  Read more here.   Ann Arbor has two dog parks and some residents are calling for a third more centralized one.  Mary covered the Park Advisory Commission meeting this past week, and she tells us the discussion included an interesting stat on pounds of poo collected.  That’s right.  Someone at the city keeps track of that one.  Read her report here, and listen to our conversation below. Click & Listen:

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August 13,  2011:  Apathy at the Polls; Jane Lumm Enters Wards 2 Council Race; and Women Leaders Meet New AAPS Superintendent – Mary has written a moving piece on the paltry turnout at the polls, and she coins a new phrase that could help increase voting.  Read her column here.  The Chronicle also reveals that former City Councilmember Jane Lumm is getting back in the race, and wait until you hear who’s backing her.  Read the story here and here.  Mary also gives us her impressions of a recent event to welcome new Ann Arbor Public School Superintendent Dr. Patricia Green to the community.Click & Listen:

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August 6,  2011: Ann Arbor City Elections; Percent for Art ProgramThe Ann Arbor Ward 2 City Council race could end up a bit more interesting, as the Chronicle reports a former City Councilmember may jump in the race. Read the post here.  Also, the Percent for Art Program is coming under fire, and now the Mayor is re-examing how its administered.  An earlier Chronicle article hints at the politics of the Ann Arbor Public Art Commission here.  Listen to our conversation with Chronicle Publisher Mary Morgan below. Click & Listen:

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