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Today we are talking about the next City Council meeting, coming up Monday, May 16th. We talk about the agenda, but the way we do it is that Molly has a rant, Jess has a rant, and then Molly has another rant. At the end of the episode, we’ll be looking ahead to the summer, and talking about some changes that are coming to the pod then and beyond!Links we referenced:This week’s agendaSurvey is going to be up for just a bit longer. It’s annual, so this is your last shot until 2023… Nominate us for Best Local Podcast of Washtenaw; That deflection definition; And we last talked about the resolution to ask the University of Michigan to build more housing in this episode, if you want to go back and relisten. Come check out our episodes and transcripts at our website, annarboraf.com. Keep the conversation going with fellow Ann Arbor AFers on Twitter and Facebook. And hey, if you wanted to ko-fi us a few dollars to help us with hosting, we wouldn't say no.Support the show
Today we are talking about the next City Council meeting, coming up Thursday, May 5th. We’ll be touching on a few interesting agenda items, including budget, tax collection, and spending…a.k.a.: money, money, and money.Links we referenced:this week’s City Council agenda;our annual survey is up. Come tell us things! also, maybe nominate us to be a finalist in the local podcast category of the annual Best In Washtenaw awards? August primary election: Who’s running? What’s a millage again? and speaking of voting, want to check whether and where you’re registered to vote? Come check out our episodes and transcripts at our website, annarboraf.com. Keep the conversation going with fellow Ann Arbor AFers on Twitter and Facebook. And hey, if you wanted to ko-fi us a few dollars to help us with hosting, we wouldn't say no.Support the show (https://ko-fi.com/annarboraf)
Today we are talking about the next City Council meeting, coming up Monday, April 18th. We’ll be touching on a few interesting agenda items, including road bonds, water and sewer rates, and something that may or may not be housing.Links we referenced:NACA resolution, where the whereases are chef's kiss White paper on middle-income needs analysis and NACA championshipOur annual survey is up!  Let us know what you like and what you want more of.Nominate us for Best Local Podcast of Washtenaw (You can nominate us up to once per day per device. We wouldn't be sad if you set an alarm to remind yourself. Not that that's what we do or anything.)Come check out our episodes and transcripts at our website, annarboraf.com. Keep the conversation going with fellow Ann Arbor AFers on Twitter and Facebook. And hey, if you wanted to ko-fi us a few dollars to help us with hosting, we wouldn't say no.Support the show (https://ko-fi.com/annarboraf)
We talk about the next City Council meeting, coming up Monday, April 4th. We’ll be touching on a few interesting agenda items, including ARPA, ARPA, and more ARPA.Links we referenced:This week’s agenda.The ARPA funding resolution.Those infamous amendments.Derrick Miller’s letter on how Ann Arbor’s Community Action Network and Ukraine are linked.Bill Lopez’s iconic Twitter thread reinterpreting Oscars fashion as public health graphs.Podkeeping:Fill out our annual survey!Nominate us for best local podcast of Washtenaw!Come check out our episodes and transcripts at our website, annarboraf.com. Keep the conversation going with fellow Ann Arbor AFers on Twitter and Facebook. And hey, if you wanted to ko-fi us a few dollars to help us with hosting, we wouldn't say no.Support the show (https://ko-fi.com/annarboraf)
Today we are talking about the next City Council meeting, coming up Monday, March 21st. We touch on a few interesting agenda items, including parking, police contracts, and a permanent city administrator.Links from today’s episode:Vote for us as one of Washtenaw’s best podcasts!this week’s agendaEve Ewing’s article on the concerns of police labor unionsFiona Apple getting informed and getting involved on transparency in courts (spoiler: it’s adorable)Come check out our episodes and transcripts at our website, annarboraf.com. Keep the conversation going with fellow Ann Arbor AFers on Twitter and Facebook. And hey, if you wanted to ko-fi us a few dollars to help us with hosting, we wouldn't say no.Support the show (https://ko-fi.com/annarboraf)
Today we are talking about the next City Council meeting, coming up on Monday March 7th at 7:00pm. We’ll be touching on a few interesting agenda items, including American Rescue Plan Act funds, infrastructure, and a couple of important rezonings.Links we referenced:This week’s agendaThe ARPA Funds Recommendation memoThe Infrastructure memoCome check out our episodes and transcripts at our website, annarboraf.com. Keep the conversation going with fellow Ann Arbor AFers on Twitter and Facebook. And hey, if you wanted to ko-fi us a few dollars to help us with hosting, we wouldn't say no.Support the show (https://ko-fi.com/annarboraf)
Today we talk about the next City Council meeting for about one hot second and spend the rest of the time on the one thrilling Top Ten list you didn’t know you needed.Municipal reports that made the Top Ten (but actually 3) (but really 6):Moving Together Towards Vision Zero, the city’s comprehensive transportation plan published in 2021;Reimagine Washtenaw, a 2014 corridor improvement study;Ann Arbor’s Sustainable Energy Utility, a 2021 report on the feasibility of a local SEU;A2Zero, the city’s living 2030 carbon neutrality plan adopted in 2020;The 2017 Affirmatively Furthering Fair Housing Survey, an assessment of access to fair housing and community assets, as well as a tool to address and reduce residential segregation and areas of concentrated poverty; and 2015 Washtenaw County Housing Affordability and Economic Accessibility report, Ann Arbor solutions on pages 38-40. Molly’s Honorable Mention goes to the City of Ann Arbor 2021 Annual Crash Review.A couple of articles to start your journey with Jess's forever crush Ada Louise Huxtable:The Tall Building Artistically Reconsidered, a human-scaled path into thinking and talking about big structures;A Look at the Kennedy Center, a devastatingly hilarious critique of both bloated buildings and bloated politics.Come check out our episodes and transcripts at our website, annarboraf.com. Keep the conversation going with fellow Ann Arbor AFers on Twitter and Facebook. And hey, if you wanted to ko-fi us a few dollars to help us with hosting, we wouldn't say no.Support the show (https://ko-fi.com/annarboraf)
Today we are recording a special episode, a breakdown (in more ways than one) on the East Medical Center Drive Bridge decision. We’ll be talking about how folks got informed and involved, and how it went sideways anyway.  This may go without saying, but there are lots of swears.  Discretion for sensitive ears is advised.Support the show (https://ko-fi.com/annarboraf)
Today we are talking about the next City Council meeting, coming up Monday, February 7th.. We’ll be touching on a few interesting agenda items, including transit-oriented zoning, deer, and That *** Bridge.  (There are a few swears in this episode, so heads up for sensitive listeners.)Things we referenced: - this week’s agenda;- a video of the November Transportation Commission discussion of EMCD Bridge;- the staff response to DC-3, a resolution requesting staff generate a report on the 68 parcels affected by the proposed TC-1 zoning district;- the Ann Arbor Community Academy is accepting applications now through February 18th, and everyone should do it;- the community budget priorities survey for Ann Arbor’s ARPA funds is live and accepting feedback between now and February 14th;- and, since we referenced CM Erica Briggs’ newsletter multiple times, you can read it for yourself if you like, with this week’s letter and all her archives here. Come check out our episodes and transcripts at our website, annarboraf.com. Keep the conversation going with fellow Ann Arbor AFers on Twitter and Facebook. And hey, if you wanted to ko-fi us a few dollars to help us with hosting, we wouldn't say no.Support the show (https://ko-fi.com/annarboraf)
Today we are talking about the next City Council meeting, coming up Tuesday, January 18th. We’ll be touching on a few interesting agenda items, including memos, memos, and more memos.Links we referenced (or think you might find useful):- this week's agenda;- A Brookings Institute article on workforce housing and middle-income housing subsidies, and a Smithsonian article on company towns; these get at some more reasons why the UM Housing resolutions are problematic that we didn't get to cover in the episode;- the local Affordable Housing learning series; - an article on DTE's proposed rate increase;- the City's sidewalk snow removal report; - and a love letter (aka Twitter thread) full of maps listeners created of AAPS walk zones. Come check out our episodes and transcripts at our website, annarboraf.com.   Keep the conversation going with fellow Ann Arbor AFers on Twitter and Facebook.   And hey, if you wanted to ko-fi us a few dollars to help us with hosting, we wouldn't say no. Support the show (https://ko-fi.com/annarboraf)
Today we are talking about the next City Council meeting, coming up Monday, January 3rd. We’ll be touching on a few interesting agenda items, including sidewalks, safety, water, and poetry.Linked in today's episode:- this week's agenda- Unarmed Responder response memo- Coalition for Reenvisioning Our Safety Facebook page- Pedestrian Safety Improvements Around Schools report (the map Molly referenced is on page 3)- Stormwater Management, Soil Erosion, Site Plan code amendment- Energy Commission's love letter to - I mean resolution recognizing the DDA for its decarbonization and sustainability- Eve Ewing's poem, "upon seeing a picture of a car in a school book"Come check out our episodes and transcripts at our website, annarboraf.com.  Keep the conversation going with fellow Ann Arbor AFers on Twitter and Facebook. And hey, if you wanted to ko-fi us a few dollars to help us with hosting, we wouldn't say no. Support the show (https://ko-fi.com/annarboraf)
Today we are talking about the next City Council meeting, coming up Monday, December 20th. We’ll be touching on a few interesting agenda items AND some non-agenda items. +10 Internet Points to the person who finds the "Plowy McPlowface" reference first and tweets it to #a2council. Links we referenced:- the meeting agenda- Michigan's Redevelopment Ready Program- Ann Arbor's work legalizing mushroomsCome check out our episodes and transcripts at our website, annarboraf.com. Keep the conversation going with fellow Ann Arbor AFers on Twitter and Facebook. And hey, if you wanted to ko-fi us a few dollars to help us with hosting, we wouldn't say no. Support the show (https://ko-fi.com/annarboraf)
Today we are talking about the next City Council meeting, coming up on Monday, December 6th. We’ll be touching on a few interesting agenda items, including sidewalks, dollars for climate, and justice, and offer some ways for you to get involved. A quick process note: we record this a few days before the Council meeting, which means there will likely be some changes to the agenda between now and then.Links we referenced:-Sidewalk snow removal report-September 2021 Transportation Commission meeting video, discussion of sidewalk snow removal- Annual Council legislative policy agenda- Politico article about police reform in Washtenaw County- Coalition for Re-envisioning Our Safety (CROS) Petition- A2Zero plan and A2Zero investment plan- Independent HR investigationCome check out our episodes and transcripts at our website, annarboraf.com. Keep the conversation going with fellow Ann ArborAFers on Twitter and Facebook. And hey, if you wanted to ko-fi us a few dollars to help us with hosting, we wouldn't say no. Support the show (https://ko-fi.com/annarboraf)
Today we are talking about the next City Council meeting, coming up Monday, November 15th. We’ll be touching on a few interesting agenda items, including cars, churches, and the return to in person meetings.Links we referenced:- the A2 Humans Who Wonk thread on how to follow along with a development- NYT article about how police spend their time- the brand-new Renters Commission is now accepting applications! Come check out our episodes and transcripts at our website, annarboraf.com. Keep the conversation going with fellow Ann Arbor AFers on Twitter and Facebook. And hey, if you wanted to ko-fi us a few dollars to help us with hosting, we wouldn't say no. Support the show (https://ko-fi.com/annarboraf)
Today we are talking about the next City Council meeting, coming up Monday, November 1st. We’ll be touching on a few interesting agenda items, including staff changes, a potential sustainable energy utility, and the election that concludes this week, and offer some ways for you to get involved. A quick process note: we record this a few days before the Council meeting, which means there will likely be some changes to the agenda between now and then.Come check out our episodes and transcripts at our website, annarboraf.com. Keep the conversation going with fellow Ann Arbor AFers on Twitter and Facebook, or catch cohost Michelle with music by women (and the occasional Council recap) on wcbn.org Tuesdays 6am-9am. And hey, if you wanted to ko-fi us a few dollars to help us with hosting, we wouldn't say no. Support the show (https://ko-fi.com/annarboraf)
Today we are talking about the next City Council meeting, coming up Monday, October 18th. We’ll be touching on a few interesting agenda items, including the "Moving Together" plan, menstruation, and Medical Center Drive.Links: - University of Michigan's environmental metrics and the PCCN (President's Commission on Carbon Neutrality) report- Ann Arbor's A2Zero Climate Action Plan and Moving Together Towards Vision Zero Comprehensive Transportation Plan- the city's Equitable Engagement Initiative - the City Administrator's recommendations on ARP funds- Ann Arbor's crash map! The East Medical Center Drive bridge intersection with pedestrian and bike crashes is on page 32. Come check out our episodes and transcripts at our website, annarboraf.com. Keep the conversation going with fellow Ann Arbor AFers on Twitter and Facebook, or catch cohost Michelle with music by women (and the occasional Council recap) on wcbn.org Tuesdays 6am-9am. And hey, if you wanted to ko-fi us a few dollars to help us with hosting, we wouldn't say no. Support the show (https://ko-fi.com/annarboraf)
Today we're talking about the next City Council meeting, coming up Monday, October 4th. We’ll be touching on a few interesting agenda items, including council rules, sustainability, and a quick rant about fatphobia.Links:- to this week's Council agenda,- to the benchmarking ordinance, and- to the episode previewing the November 2021 ballot.Come check out our episodes and transcripts at our website, annarboraf.com. Keep the conversation going with fellow Ann Arbor AFers on Twitter and Facebook, or catch cohost Michelle with music by women (and the occasional Council recap) on wcbn.org Tuesdays 6am-9am. And hey, if you wanted to ko-fi us a few dollars to help us with hosting, we wouldn't say no. Support the show (https://ko-fi.com/annarboraf)
Today we are talking about Ann Arbor's next election, with applications for absentee ballots going on now and then voting happening from early October through November 2nd. The ballot has been finalized; there are no candidates, only four proposals, all pertaining to amending Ann Arbor's city charter. Proposed Ann Arbor City Charter Amendments: - Proposal A: Best Value Purchasing - Proposal B: Ranked Choice Voting for the Election of City Officers - Proposal C: Emergency Procurement - Proposal D: The $25,000 Dollar Limit Tl;dr: the pod votes YES on all four.How to vote:- by mail: request a mail-in ballot- by dropoff: drop-off a mail-in ballot at the ballot drop-off box at City Hall (301 E. Huron St)- in person (early): in the City Clerk's office at City Hall, M-F 8am-5pm, excluding lunch breaks 12-1pm and holidays, early October through Tuesday, Nov. 2nd;- in person (at the polls): Tuesday, Nov. 2nd, 7am-8pm; find your local polling place- read your ballot in advance: hereCome check out our episodes and transcripts at our website, annarboraf.com. Keep the conversation going with fellow Ann Arbor AFers on Twitter and Facebook, or catch cohost Michelle with music by women (and the occasional Council recap) on wcbn.org Tuesdays 6am-9am. And hey, if you wanted to ko-fi us a few dollars to help us with hosting, we wouldn't say no. Support the show (https://ko-fi.com/annarboraf)
Today we are talking about the next City Council meeting, coming up Monday, September 20th. We’ll be touching on a few interesting agenda items, including drive thrus, zoning, and we saved the best for the end of the episode: a preview of the proposed renters commission.Links we promosed:-the 538 article about the NFL's Rooney Rule;-Joyce Parker's withdrawal from the hiring process during the last city administrator hiring, expressing doubts that the city would hire a Black woman;- info on the interim city administrator interviews, coming up Tuesday the 21st, and the meeting link in case you'd like to watch;- and Portland's drive-thru rule, making it against code to deny any drive-through services to cyclists.Check out our episodes and transcripts at our website, annarboraf.com. Keep the conversation going with fellow Ann Arbor AFers onTwitter andFacebook, or catch cohost Michelle with music by women (and the occasional Council recap) onwcbn.org Tuesdays 6am-9am. And hey, if you wanted toko-fi us a few dollars to help us with hosting, we wouldn't say no. Support the show (https://ko-fi.com/annarboraf)
Today we are having a conversation with Alex Thomas about all things Ypsi Township.Alex's references:- Liberate Don't Incarcerate- the 2015 study on housing affordability and economic equity in Washtenaw County- the aborted move to rename Ypsi Township to Ford Lake Township - the Observer article documenting the 86% of the township's revenue that comes from law enforcement citations-Washtenaw County commissioners (next election is 2022!)He also hopes you'll check outYpsi Can I Share, a grassroots organization founded to encourage civic engagement; and theHuman History of Ypsi Special for Black History Month; and an alternative, authentic perspective on Ypsi, What's Left, for local grassroots online news. Come check out our episodes and transcripts at our website, annarboraf.com. Keep the conversation going with fellow Ann Arbor AFers on Twitter and Facebook, or catch cohost Michelle with Council recaps and other civic goodies on wcbn.org Tuesdays 6am-9am. And hey, if you wanted to ko-fi us a few dollars to help us with hosting, we wouldn't say no. Support the show (https://ko-fi.com/annarboraf)
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