Jack Eaton http://wemu.org en Ann Arbor Job Applications Won't Ask About Crime Convictions http://wemu.org/post/ann-arbor-job-applications-wont-ask-about-crime-convictions <meta name="standout" content="http://www.mlive.com/news/ann-arbor/index.ssf/2014/05/felons_no_longer_required_to_d.html/><p>Ann Arbor City Council has approved a new hiring policy removing references to past felony convictions from most employment applications for city jobs.&nbsp;</p><p>The <a href="http://www.mlive.com/news/ann-arbor/index.ssf/2014/05/felons_no_longer_required_to_d.html">Ann Arbor News reports </a>exceptions to the change approved unanimously Monday night are for police and fire department applicants.<br /> Tue, 06 May 2014 13:09:30 +0000 Associated Press 45442 at http://wemu.org Ann Arbor Job Applications Won't Ask About Crime Convictions Ann Arbor City Council to Consider Resolution Outlining Specific Park Location on Library Lot http://wemu.org/post/ann-arbor-city-council-consider-resolution-outlining-specific-park-location-library-lot <p>Monday Ann Arbor City Council will consider a resolution that would designate about 10-thousand square feet of the surface lot on top of the Library Lane parking garage as the site of a future park.&nbsp; City officials have long stated a portion of the area will become park space, but this resolution would nail down the specific location.&nbsp;</p><p> Fri, 28 Feb 2014 06:51:10 +0000 Andrew Cluley 42171 at http://wemu.org Ann Arbor City Council to Consider Resolution Outlining Specific Park Location on Library Lot Ann Arbor Public Art Funding Clawback Closes In, Administrator Contract Rejected http://wemu.org/post/ann-arbor-public-art-funding-clawback-closes-administrator-contract-rejected <p>The battle over the future of <a href="http://wemu.org/post/plans-change-funding-public-art-ann-arbor-move-forward">public art</a> in Ann Arbor continues, with City Council approving the first reading of an ordinance amendment to allow them to return up to $840,000 to other departments.</p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">A six month extension of Public Art Administrator Aaron </span>Seagraves<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> contract was then rejected.</span></p><p>Council member Jack Eaton expects to bring the contract back up for a vote after final approval of the amendment to the public art ordinance to allow old "Percent for Art" funds to be returned.&nbsp; Eaton says he's sorry for Seagraves but democracy is sometimes messy.</p><p><br />Council member Jane Lumm wants proposed Art Projects at Argo Cascades, the Stadium Bridges, and the Kingsley Rain Garden completed.&nbsp; However she thinks a clean break needs to be made between the old program and one where the city partners with a non-profit organization.</p><p><br />Chair of the Ann Arbor Public Art Commission Bob Miller says a change would be good but it appears city council is holding public art administrator Aaron Seagraves hostage over the funding debate.<br /><br />Mayor John Hieftje is disappointed with council's vote on the administrator, and fears they may lose him even if the contract extension is approved in two weeks.</p><p><em>Earlier WEMU coverage of the Public Art Funding issues can be found here:</em></p><ul><li><a href="http://wemu.org/post/plans-change-funding-public-art-ann-arbor-move-forward"><strong>Plans to Change Funding for Public Art in Ann Arbor Move Forward</strong></a></li><li><strong><a href="http://wemu.org/post/public-input-sought-public-art-project-new-ann-arbor-rain-garden"><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Public Input Sought For Public Art Project At New Ann Arbor Rain Garden</span></a></strong></li></ul><p> Tue, 04 Feb 2014 09:28:59 +0000 Andrew Cluley 41060 at http://wemu.org Ann Arbor Public Art Funding Clawback Closes In, Administrator Contract Rejected Write-In Candidates Can't Stop Eaton, Anglin http://wemu.org/post/write-candidates-cant-stop-eaton-anglin <p>Democrat Jack Eaton claimed nearly 90 percent of the vote for Ann Arbor's fourth ward City Council race, and incumbent Mike Anglin won in the fifth ward with about 68 percent.&nbsp;</p><p>Eaton and Anglin were the only names on the ballot in their respective wards, but both candidates also faced write-in campaigns in the last few weeks before the election.&nbsp;</p><p>Eaton says the write-in efforts came without participation in debates and other campaigning so voters couldn't get a clear picture of these candidates.</p><p>Eaton's challenger was William Lockwood, while Anglin faced write-in campaigns from Thomas Partridge who announced his campaign months ago and Chip Smith who registered as a write-in candidate less than a month ago.<br />Eaton also faced a tongue-in-check write in campaign from a 20 pound carp that was pulled from a pond in West Park a year ago.</p><p> Wed, 06 Nov 2013 08:01:15 +0000 Andrew Cluley 37334 at http://wemu.org Jack Eaton Wins Ann Arbor 4th Ward Democratic Primary http://wemu.org/post/jack-eaton-wins-ann-arbor-4th-ward-democratic-primary <p>Jack Eaton has defeated long-time Ann Arbor City Council member Marcia Higgins in the city's Fourth Ward Democratic Primary.&nbsp; Eaton claimed nearly 65 percent of the vote.</p><p>Eaton says his campaign was focused on having the city provide basic services like police and fire.&nbsp; He says a narrow loss in the primary last year helped energize his campaign this year and increased his name recognition.</p><p>Nobody has filed to run against Eaton in the November general election.</p><p></p><p></p> Wed, 07 Aug 2013 04:21:38 +0000 Andrew Cluley 33242 at http://wemu.org Jack Eaton Wins Ann Arbor 4th Ward Democratic Primary Ann Arbor 4th Ward Democratic Primary Preview http://wemu.org/post/ann-arbor-4th-ward-democratic-primary-preview <p>A long-time Ann Arbor City Council member is facing a challenge from a candidate running for a seat for a third time in Ann Arbor's 4th ward.&nbsp;</p><p>WEMU's Andrew Cluley has more on tomorrow's democratic primary election between incumbent Marcia Higgins and challenger Jack Eaton.</p><p> Mon, 05 Aug 2013 11:21:54 +0000 Andrew Cluley 33135 at http://wemu.org