Christopher Taylor http://wemu.org en Ann Arbor Mayoral Candidates Share Thoughts On Economic Development http://wemu.org/post/ann-arbor-mayoral-candidates-share-thoughts-economic-development <div>Ann Arbor's Democratic mayoral primary is rapidly approaching on August 5th. Since incumbent Mayor John Hieftje isn't seeking re-election it offers the community a chance to chart a new course in a wide variety of areas. &nbsp;</div><p> Mon, 21 Jul 2014 09:00:00 +0000 Andrew Cluley 48970 at http://wemu.org Ann Arbor Mayoral Candidates Share Thoughts On Economic Development Business Organization Shares Economic Development Wishes Ahead Of Ann Arbor's Mayoral Primary http://wemu.org/post/business-organization-shares-economic-development-wishes-ahead-ann-arbors-mayoral-primary-0 <div><span style="line-height: 1.5;">From attracting and retaining businesses to new construction projects, economic development is an important issue in every community. &nbsp;Ann Arbor voters head to the polls August </span>5th<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> and economic development will be among the issues voters consider when casting their ballot for one of the four Mayoral candidates.&nbsp;</span></div><p> Fri, 18 Jul 2014 00:30:39 +0000 Andrew Cluley 48952 at http://wemu.org Business Organization Shares Economic Development Wishes Ahead Of Ann Arbor's Mayoral Primary Ann Arbor Mayoral Candidates Share Thoughts On Affordable Housing And Homelessness http://wemu.org/post/ann-arbor-mayoral-candidates-share-thoughts-affordable-housing-and-homelessness <div>Ann Arbor homeless advocates hope the large turnout at a mayoral forum on the issue will show it's a priority to voters. &nbsp;<span style="line-height: 1.5;">If nothing else all four City Council members appearing on the democratic ballot for mayor pledged to commit financial and political capital to ending homelessness in the city by 2018.</span></div><p> Wed, 16 Jul 2014 08:57:28 +0000 Andrew Cluley 48848 at http://wemu.org Ann Arbor Mayoral Candidates Share Thoughts On Affordable Housing And Homelessness Ann Arbor Mayoral Candidates Differ On Spending Priorities http://wemu.org/post/ann-arbor-mayoral-candidates-differ-spending-priorities <div>For the first time in 14-years, Ann Arbor will soon have a new Mayor. &nbsp; Whom voters elect will help determine the direction of the city's spending priorities.</div><p> Mon, 14 Jul 2014 12:28:49 +0000 Andrew Cluley 48662 at http://wemu.org Ann Arbor Mayoral Candidates Differ On Spending Priorities Ann Arbor Mayor Believes Big Projects During His Tenure Making Positive Impact http://wemu.org/post/ann-arbor-mayor-believes-big-projects-during-his-tenure-making-positive-impact <div>Ann Arbor Mayor John Hieftje thinks investments made during his tenure are already paying results and will continue to do so. &nbsp;The issue of spending priorities however is one voters will be looking at as the city chooses a new mayor for the first time in 14 years. &nbsp;</div><div>Hieftje points to the underground parking structure as helping grow the local economy. &nbsp;That's because he doesn't think the city's growing tech sector would have been possible without additional parking downtown. &nbsp;He says these jobs have helped keep the area more active, boosting restuarants and other businesses.</div><p> Fri, 11 Jul 2014 15:56:44 +0000 Andrew Cluley 48606 at http://wemu.org Ann Arbor Mayor Believes Big Projects During His Tenure Making Positive Impact Ann Arbor And Ypsilanti Mayoral Candidates Share Plans Together At Forum http://wemu.org/post/ann-arbor-and-ypsilanti-mayoral-candidates-share-plans-together-forum <div>Ypsilanti Mayoral candidate Amanda Edmonds believes Ann Arbor, Ypsilanti, and neighboring communities will succeed or fail together. &nbsp;She made these remarks Thursday at the Ann Arbor Ypsilanti Regional Chamber's unique mayoral forum that brought together candidates for the job in both cities. &nbsp;</div><p> Fri, 27 Jun 2014 08:25:28 +0000 Andrew Cluley 47970 at http://wemu.org Ann Arbor And Ypsilanti Mayoral Candidates Share Plans Together At Forum Literati Bookstore Hosting Ann Arbor Mayoral Debate http://wemu.org/post/literati-bookstore-hosting-ann-arbor-mayoral-debate <div>How will Ann Arbor's next mayor take on the challenges around the city's always changing downtown? &nbsp;That will be among the primary topics discussed Wednesday night at a mayoral debate hosted by <strong><a href="http://literatibookstore.com/" target="_blank">Literati Bookstore</a></strong>. &nbsp;</div><p> Tue, 24 Jun 2014 21:26:17 +0000 Andrew Cluley 47824 at http://wemu.org Literati Bookstore Hosting Ann Arbor Mayoral Debate Plans To Consider Re-Design Of Ann Arbor's Liberty Plaza Sent To Parks Advisory Commission http://wemu.org/post/plans-consider-re-design-ann-arbors-liberty-plaza-sent-parks-advisory-commission <div><div>Ann Arbor City Council is unified in concerns over Liberty Plaza but differ in their thoughts on how to move forward on improving the urban park. &nbsp;Council referred a resolution to start a re-design process to the Parks Advisory Commission.&nbsp;</div><div><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span></div> Tue, 17 Jun 2014 21:17:57 +0000 Andrew Cluley 47475 at http://wemu.org Plans To Consider Re-Design Of Ann Arbor's Liberty Plaza Sent To Parks Advisory Commission Ann Arbor City Council To Consider Plans To Improve Liberty Plaza http://wemu.org/post/ann-arbor-city-council-consider-plans-improve-liberty-plaza <div>In recent years there has been a lot of talk about the need for a downtown park above Ann Arbor's underground parking structure. &nbsp;Now Ann Arbor City Council will consider a resolution to pay for a re-design of the Liberty Plaza just to the northeast of the garage.&nbsp;</div><div><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span></div><p> Mon, 16 Jun 2014 13:14:27 +0000 Andrew Cluley 47283 at http://wemu.org Ann Arbor City Council To Consider Plans To Improve Liberty Plaza Meet Ann Arbor Candidates For Mayor Saturday http://wemu.org/post/meet-ann-arbor-candidates-mayor-saturday <div>Primary elections are less than two months away so candidates are getting busy knocking on doors and sharing their vision. &nbsp;Ann Arbor voters also have several chances to see all four Democrats running for Mayor in the coming weeks. &nbsp;</div><p> Fri, 13 Jun 2014 17:34:32 +0000 Andrew Cluley 47282 at http://wemu.org Meet Ann Arbor Candidates For Mayor Saturday Ann Arbor's 2015 Budget Includes Funds For Energy Efficiency Programs http://wemu.org/post/ann-arbors-2015-budget-includes-funds-energy-efficiency-programs <div>Ann Arbor's efforts to reduce carbon emissions through the <strong><a href="http://www.a2gov.org/government/publicservices/systems_planning/energy/Documents/ExecutiveSummary12_17_12.pdf" target="_blank">climate action plan</a></strong> received a boost in next year's budget. &nbsp;Council amended the $98 million general fund budget to include $125,000 for advocacy and education programs around reducing energy use.</div><div><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span>&nbsp;&nbsp;</div><div> Tue, 20 May 2014 19:11:56 +0000 Andrew Cluley 46142 at http://wemu.org Ann Arbor's 2015 Budget Includes Funds For Energy Efficiency Programs Ann Arbor City Council To Set 2015 Budget Monday http://wemu.org/post/ann-arbor-city-council-set-2015-budget-monday <div>Ann Arbor City Council Monday night will approve city administrator Steve Powers proposed $98 million general fund budget for next fiscal year. &nbsp;</div><div><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span></div><p> Fri, 16 May 2014 22:03:59 +0000 Andrew Cluley 45979 at http://wemu.org Ann Arbor City Council To Set 2015 Budget Monday University Of Michigan Class Led By Ann Arbor Mayor Hosting Forum Of Candidates To Be Next Mayor http://wemu.org/post/university-michigan-class-led-ann-arbor-mayor-hosting-forum-candidates-be-next-mayor <div>The 4 Ann Arbor City Council members seeking Mayor John Hieftje's job will participate in a forum in his <strong><a href="http://www.fordschool.umich.edu/" target="_blank">Ford School of Public Policy</a></strong> class Wednesday. &nbsp;The forum set to begin at 1 in the afternoon in Weill Hall will be open to the public. &nbsp;</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>Hieftje says he doesn't know exactly what the students will be asking <strong><a href="http://www.sabrabriere.org/Sabra%20Briere%20for%20Mayor.php" target="_blank">Sabra Briere</a></strong>, <strong><a href="https://www.facebook.com/SallyHartPetersen" target="_blank">Sally Hart Petersen</a></strong>, <strong><a href="http://www.kunselmanforcouncil.com/" target="_blank">Stephen Kunselman</a></strong>, and <strong><a href="http://www.taylorforannarbor.com/" target="_blank">Christopher Taylor</a></strong>.</div><p> Tue, 15 Apr 2014 21:14:07 +0000 Andrew Cluley 44430 at http://wemu.org University Of Michigan Class Led By Ann Arbor Mayor Hosting Forum Of Candidates To Be Next Mayor 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 Not Buying Edwards Brothers Property http://wemu.org/post/ann-arbor-not-buying-edwards-brothers-property <p>The University of Michigan can go ahead with plans to buy the Edwards Brothers property on State Street for nearly 13 million dollars.&nbsp; Ann Arbor City Council voted six to five Monday night against using the right of first refusal to match the university’s offer. &nbsp;</p><p> Tue, 25 Feb 2014 06:20:10 +0000 Andrew Cluley 42016 at http://wemu.org Ann Arbor Not Buying Edwards Brothers Property Julie Grand Running For Ann Arbor City Council Again http://wemu.org/post/julie-grand-running-ann-arbor-city-council-again <p>The former chair of the Ann Arbor Park Advisory Commission is once more seeking a seat on City Council.&nbsp;</p><p>Julie Grand has announced she will run for the third ward seat Council member Christopher Taylor is opting not to try to keep as he instead runs for mayor.&nbsp; Grand says she learned some lessons from her narrow defeat to Council member Stephen Kunselman in last year's democratic primary.&nbsp; She says however her philosophy remains the same.<br /><br />Grand says she is still running to try to make a direct impact on the quality of life in Ann Arbor.&nbsp; She says the city needs leaders who use data, best practices, and community engagement to make decisions on issues while also working on constituent services.</p><p> Thu, 16 Jan 2014 08:17:23 +0000 Andrew Cluley 40273 at http://wemu.org Sally Hart Petersen Announces She's Running For Mayor of Ann Arbor http://wemu.org/post/sally-hart-petersen-announces-shes-running-mayor-ann-arbor <p>Another Ann Arbor City Council member has announced she’s running for mayor.&nbsp; Second Ward Council representative Sally Hart Petersen today announced she will seek outgoing Mayor John Hieftje’s position.<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> </span></p><p>Petersen says her combination of leadership experience, skills and interests in the private, public, and non-profit sectors make her uniquely qualified to lead Ann Arbor into its next era of growth and sustainability.&nbsp; She says in addition to promoting growth, Ann Arbor's next Mayor needs to be a champion of civic engagement which she has done on council through surveying residents on a variety of topics.</p><p>Petersen says her top priority will be increasing city services.&nbsp; She says this will be possible if the private business sector is stronger so more revenues will be available to dedicate to services.</p><p>Hieftje announced last year he wouldn’t seek re-election.&nbsp; So far City Council members Sabra Briere, Stephen Kunselman, and Christopher Taylor have all announced they are running for mayor.</p><p>Petersen says she's thought about running for mayor for a long time and Hieftje's decision has really opened the door.</p><p> Wed, 15 Jan 2014 16:36:42 +0000 Andrew Cluley 40238 at http://wemu.org Sally Hart Petersen Announces She's Running For Mayor of Ann Arbor Sabra Briere announces intent to run for mayor of Ann Arbor http://wemu.org/post/sabra-briere-announces-intent-run-mayor-ann-arbor <p>First Ward Ann Arbor City Council representative Sabra Briere is running to be the next mayor of Ann Arbor.&nbsp;Briere announced she's running in a letter today.</p><div> Fri, 10 Jan 2014 20:14:56 +0000 Patrik Holubik & Andrew Cluley 40064 at http://wemu.org Sabra Briere announces intent to run for mayor of Ann Arbor Chair of County Commissioners Yousef Rabhi Not Running for Ann Arbor Mayor http://wemu.org/post/chair-county-commissioners-yousef-rabhi-not-running-ann-arbor-mayor <p><iframe frameborder="no" height="166" scrolling="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=https%3A//api.soundcloud.com/tracks/128705605&amp;color=000000&amp;auto_play=false&amp;show_artwork=true" width="100%"></iframe></p><p>The race to be Ann Arbor’s next mayor won’t include the chair of the Washtenaw County Board of Commissioners.&nbsp;</p><p>Yousef Rabhi today announced he won’t run for mayor this year.&nbsp; Rabhi says he expects it to be an interesting race, but likely won’t be endorsing any candidate.</p> Thu, 09 Jan 2014 18:08:05 +0000 Andrew Cluley 40013 at http://wemu.org Chair of County Commissioners Yousef Rabhi Not Running for Ann Arbor Mayor The Ann Arbor Street Art Fair, The Original, Will Get City Funding Help http://wemu.org/post/ann-arbor-street-art-fair-original-will-get-city-funding-help <p><iframe frameborder="no" height="166" scrolling="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=https%3A//api.soundcloud.com/tracks/126456246&amp;color=000000&amp;auto_play=true&amp;show_artwork=true" width="100%"></iframe></p><p><a href="http://www.artfair.org/" style="line-height: 1.5;"><strong>The Ann Arbor Street Art Fair, The Original</strong></a><span style="line-height: 1.5;"> has been running at a financial deficit the last few years. Event organizers put the annual losses at a range from $5,700 &nbsp;to $8,000.&nbsp;</span></p><p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Ann Arbor City Council&nbsp; is dedicating $10,000 to it's community events fund to help cover anticipated losses in 2014. City Council Member Christopher Taylor explains that the unique importance of the art fair makes it worth supporting.</span></p><p><strong>SEE ALSO:&nbsp;</strong><a href="http://wemu.org/post/shadow-art-fair-set-make-its-last-stand">The Shadow Art Fair Set To Make Its Last Stand</a></p><p><br />Overall, the city charges the four art fairs about $60,000 for barriers, extra safety services, and trash removal.&nbsp; $8,000 &nbsp;is paid by the original art fair.&nbsp; This fair also pays rent to the University of Michigan and has limited sponsorship options because it's located on campus.</p><p>Christopher Taylor also says that the the other three art fairs haven't requested funding from the city, but did write in support of the original art fair receiving assistance.&nbsp; He says the unique importance of the art fair to the city makes this investment worthwhile and doesn't serve as a precedent for funding other events.</p><p>Listen to Andrew Cluley's full report.</p><p></p><p><span style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Georgia, Times, serif; font-size: 15.555556297302246px; line-height: 21.99652862548828px;">&nbsp;</span><em style="margin: 0px; padding: 0px; border: 0px; font-size: 15.555556297302246px; vertical-align: baseline; color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Georgia, Times, serif; line-height: 21.99652862548828px;">— Andrew Cluley is a reporter and anchor for 89.1 WEMU News.&nbsp;Contact him at 734.487.3363 or email him&nbsp;<a href="mailto:aCluley@emich.edu" style="margin: 0px; padding: 0px; border: 0px; vertical-align: baseline; color: rgb(12, 76, 162);">aCluley@emich.edu</a>.</em></p><p> Wed, 25 Dec 2013 13:26:37 +0000 Andrew Cluley 39456 at http://wemu.org The Ann Arbor Street Art Fair, The Original, Will Get City Funding Help Christopher Taylor Running to be Ann Arbor's Next Mayor http://wemu.org/post/christopher-taylor-running-be-ann-arbors-next-mayor <p>Another Ann Arbor City Council member is seeking outgoing Mayor John Hieftje's job.<br />Third Ward Democrat Christopher Taylor today announced he's running for mayor in 2014.</p><p>Stephen Kunselman who also represents the third ward on council has already announced he's running, while Hieftje has said he won't seek re-election.</p> Fri, 20 Dec 2013 20:58:49 +0000 Andrew Cluley 39297 at http://wemu.org