Andrew Cluley

Reporter

 

Like many, I first came to this area when I started school at the University of Michigan, then fell in love with the community and haven’t left. After graduating from U of M in the mid 1990’s I interned at WDET for several years, while also working a variety of jobs in Ann Arbor. Then in 1999 I joined the WEMU news team.

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While working for WEMU I’ve covered the Ann Arbor City Council and School Board beats, Eastern Michigan University, Ypsilanti City Council and School Boards and the Washtenaw County Commissioners. Not to mention pretty much everything else in the area. I really enjoy covering local news, partly because it’s so overlooked by other media outlets. In many ways what happens at city hall or in your community school has a bigger impact on your life than what’s going on in Lansing or Washington D-C. I get the chance to track down these important stories and bring them to you every day.

When I’m not at work I love to follow sports, particularly U of M, and Detroit’s professional teams. Saturdays in the fall you can count on me watching Michigan football…and Sundays I’m probably suffering through another Lions debacle.

I also enjoy running and am proud of finishing the 2006 Detroit Marathon. Would love to run another, but I’m holding off until I think I have a realistic chance to complete one in under four hours.

Thanks for listening to WEMU and finding out a little bit more about me.

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Transportation
2:42 pm
Tue November 19, 2013

Ypsilanti Township Approved to Join Ann Arbor Area Transportation Authority

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Efforts to increase public transportation in Washtenaw County's urban core took another step forward last night.  Ann Arbor City Council has approved a plan for Ypsilanti Township to join the Ann Arbor Area Transportation Authority.  Council voted 11 to nothing in favor of the resolution last night.  

WEMU's Andrew Cluley has more.
 

Last month Ann Arbor City Council held off a vote on a resolution to approve adding Ypsilanti Township to the Ann Arbor Area Transportation Authority.

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Ann Arbor
2:12 pm
Tue November 19, 2013

Ann Arbor City Council Takes First Measure to Repeal Crosswalk Ordinance

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Ann Arbor is creating a task force to look at pedestrian safety and access, but even before the group meets a change in the city's crosswalk law is expected. 

Ann Arbor City Council took a pair of actions at their meeting last night with an eye towards pedestrian safety, but concerns remain about if they will do anything positive. 

WEMU's Andrew Cluley has more:

       

Andrew Cluley reports on A2 City Council's new pedestrian safety measures.

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City Council
1:52 pm
Tue November 19, 2013

Ann Arbor Council Limits Downtown Development Authority Financing by 2016

Starting in 2016 Ann Arbor's Downtown Development Authority will have new limitations on the tax increment financing revenue they can capture. After nearly a year of discussions Ann Arbor City Council has given final approval to an ordinance amendment that limits the tax increment financing revenue the Downtown Development Authority can collect.  Last night, City Council voted 9 -  2 in favor of the change. 

WEMU's Andrew Cluley has more:
 

Andrew Cluley reports a a measure to chance the way the DDA is financed

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Parks and Recreation
4:57 pm
Fri November 15, 2013

Ann Arbor City Council to Consider Ordinance Change to Help Charitable Events in Parks

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Supporters of Pizza in the Park say an ordinance change Ann Arbor City Council will consider Monday is important in keeping the event going year round.  

The City Council will consider second reading of the amendment that will waive the rental fee at all parks for events that are primarily designed for the charitable distribution of goods for basic human needs. 

Seth Best is with Camp Take Notice and a volunteer with Vineyard Church.  Best says the amendment is needed because they can't always hold Pizza in the Park at Liberty Plaza where council has already waived the fee. 

Best says as a former homeless person, Pizza in the Park is an important chance for homeless people to see a smiling face and meet kind people.  He says the Pizza in the Park volunteers work to clean up after the event and often leave Liberty Plaza cleaner than they find it.

WEMU's Andrew Cluley reports on Ann Arbor City Council considering final approval of an ordinance amendment to waive park rental fees for events that are primarily designed to share goods to meet basic human needs.

Transit
7:56 pm
Thu November 14, 2013

Public Comments Wanted on 6 Possible Ann Arbor Connector Routes

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WEMU's Andrew Cluley reports on the possible routes for the Ann Arbor Transit Connector.

Ann Arbor area residents have a chance to review and comment on six possible routes for a high capacity public transit connector service.  The routes linking the Plymouth Road U-S 23 area to the University of Michigan, downtown Ann Arbor, and Briarwood Mall were shared at recent public workshops. 

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Community
4:04 am
Fri November 8, 2013

Ann Arbor to Begin Negotiations on Sale of YMCA Lot

If a sale of the former YMCA site in Ann Arbor is completed with the owner of the Campus Inn and Bell Tower Hotel, the development will include retail, two floors of large plate office space, and residential space for the upper floors. 

City Council last night unanimously passed a resolution for city staff to negotiate with Dennis Dahlmann who bid $5.25 million for the property. 

CA Ventures increased their bid after the deadline, but council member Stephen Kunselman says it's important that city negotiates with the original high bidder.

Kunselman says it's been a decade that the city has been trying to decide what to do with this property so he's glad to see progress finally being made.  After expenses are covered the city will commit proceeds from the sale to affordable housing.

WEMU's Andrew Cluley reports on Ann Arbor City Council passing a resolution to negotiate the sale of the former YMCA property.

Community
3:53 am
Thu November 7, 2013

County Budget Approved by Ways and Means Committee

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The Washtenaw County Sheriff says if the proposed four year county budget is approved he will likely be unable to maintain current service levels if he hits budget targets.  

The County Commissioners Ways and Means Committee voted 7  to 2  for the budget last night that ranges from $103 million in 2014 to $106.5 million in 2017. 

Sheriff Jerry Clayton says he hopes his warning on possible service reductions starts a community conversation because he won't be running up overtime.  Clayton says he proposed a gradual reduction in the sheriff department returning a half-million dollars to the county annually. 

The county commissioners will have a public hearing on the budget proposal in two weeks.

WEMU's Andrew Cluley reports on the Washtenaw County Commissioners Ways and Means Committee giving a four year budget proposal initial approval, despite concerns from Sheriff Jerry Clayton.

Community
3:49 am
Thu November 7, 2013

Washtenaw County Economic Development Millage Increased, Faces Potential Challenge

Washtenaw County is increasing a tax for economic development and agriculture, but is likely also facing a lawsuit over the tax. 

The County Commissioners voted seven to one last night to levy a .07 mill public act 88 tax. 

Bill McMaster is the chair of Taxpayers United and served as director for the Headlee Amendment campaign in 1978.  McMaster says the tax is unconstitutional because it wasn't approved by voters.

County officials however say voter approval isn't needed because the act is from 1913, well before the Headlee Amendment was approved.  They say the state legislature recently reviewed Act 88 and didn't change it.

WEMU's Andrew Cluley reports on Washtenaw County's Economic Development tax increase and the likely lawsuit over the issue.

Elections
11:18 am
Mon November 4, 2013

Election Preview: AAPS Sinking Fund

For nearly a decade, Ann Arbor Public Schools have been able to fund a variety of facility upgrades through a sinking fund millage that brings in about $7.4 million a year. District voters tomorrow will be aske to continue the sinking fund from 2015 through 2019. 

WEMU's Andrew Cluley has more:

AAPS Sinking fund millage election preview

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Elections
11:13 am
Mon November 4, 2013

Election Preview: Ann Arbor's 1st Ward City Council Race

Ann Arbor's first ward council member, Sabra Briers is being challenged by independent Jeff Hayner in tomorrow's election.

WEMU's Andrew Cluley has more:

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Elections
3:35 pm
Fri November 1, 2013

Election Preview: Ann Arbor's 2nd Ward City Council Race

Ann Arbor's 2nd Ward City Council race may be the most hotly contested. Two of the three candidates have raised more money than all other council candidates in the city, combined. 

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Education
2:01 pm
Wed October 30, 2013

Budget Update: Ann Arbor Public Schools

Ann Arbor Public Schools have gotten some good news about cash flow issues that likely means the district won't need to borrow money to pay salaries next month. 

WEMU's Andrew Cluley has more:
 

Andrew Cluley reports on the AAPS Budget

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Community
2:02 pm
Tue October 29, 2013

Ann Arbor Officials Seek Conflict Of Interest Policy For City Council Members

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An Ann Arbor City Council member plans to introduce a resolution to create a conflict of interest policy for council members at their next meeting.  

WEMU's Andrew Cluley has more:
 

Andrew Cluley reports

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Health
2:39 pm
Mon October 28, 2013

University of Michigan Offers Free Healthcare Reform Course Online

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People interested in cutting through all the information and misinformation about healthcare reform can turn to an online class from the University of Michigan. U of M is offering a free online class to help everyone get a better understanding of US health care reforms

WEMU's Andrew Cluley has more on the Understanding and Improving the US Healthcare System class:

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Education
3:35 pm
Thu October 24, 2013

Ann Arbor Schools To Roll Out Enhanced Security Measures

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About 1/3 of Ann Arbor Public Schools buildings will likely have front doors with security cameras connected to buzzers by the start of school next year.

WEMU's Andrew Cluley has more.

Andrew Cluley reports

The Ann Arbor School board considered several options on how to roll-out enhanced security at the front doors of schools presented by district administrators. While it was just an informational item so no formal vote was taken, board members appeared to agree on a plan to have the buzzer doors added at 12 schools by next fall, and then go district ride the following year.

Superintendent Jeanice Swift says the board has been balancing several competing issues, adding that the 12 schools chosen to go first all have offices that don't have direct line of site with the front door.

She remarked that rolling out the enhanced security measures will include communication and education with families as well as the front office staff. Additionally, the district will also work on signs to help visitors know where to go and how to use the cameras and buzzers.

This two phase approach will cost about $85,000 in the first year, and $105,000 the following year.

   
 

Education
3:17 pm
Thu October 24, 2013

Ann Arbor Schools Likely To Renew Washtenaw Educational Options Consortium Agreement

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The Ann Arbor School Board will likely eventually renew their contract to participate in a consortium of three county-wide high school options, but have frustrations on the agreement.  The board discussion last night took place after a large number of Washtenaw International High School and the Early College Alliance spoke in favor of their programs. 

WEMU's Andrew Cluley has more:

Andrew Cluley Reports

Government
10:12 am
Wed October 23, 2013

Issues With Ann Arbor Streetlights Remain Unresolved

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The future of streetlights in downtown Ann Arbor is up in the air after City Council this week voted down a proposal to replace half of them.  

As WEMU's Andrew Cluley reports, the streetlights issue is part of ongoing funding issues between city council and the Downtown Development Authority. 

Ongoing dispute between Ann Arbor City Council and the Downtown Development Authority is now impacting the ability to replace old streetlights in need of replacement.

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Transportation
12:02 pm
Tue October 22, 2013

Ann Arbor City Council Delays Vote on Accepting Ypsilanti Township into the AAATA

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Ann Arbor City Council on Monday night postponed a vote on amending the articles of incorporation of the Ann Arbor Area Transportation Authority to include Ypsilanti Township.

As WEMU's Andrew Cluley reports, council voted eight to three last night to delay a decision until the second meeting in November.

Ypsilanti Township seeks to join the AAATA. Ann Arbor City Council says....not so fast.

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Community
5:02 pm
Mon October 21, 2013

Ann Arbor Could Soon Be Certified As 'Redevelopment Ready' Community

Washtenaw County could soon have two communities certified as Redevelopment Ready.  The Michigan Economic Development Corporation took over the program two years ago and is in the middle of re-certifying Ypsilanti, while Ann Arbor joins the list of  eight new communities to be evaluated.

WEMU's Andrew Cluley has more.
 

Andrew Cluley reports

 

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Transportation
10:27 am
Tue October 15, 2013

Ann Arbor Transit Update

Ann Arbor City Council got an update on a variety of public transportation projects at last night's work session.  As WEMU's Andrew Cluley reports, current progress could result in less traffic along the I-94 corridor and increased options in all five of Ann Arbor's wards.
 

Ann Arbor City Council gets update on variety of transit plans.

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Business
3:16 pm
Tue October 8, 2013

Ann Arbor Council Postpones DDA Appointment Of McWilliams

Ann Arbor City Council will likely vote again on a controversial appointment to the Downtown Development Authority board at their next meeting.  City Council took several actions connected to the appointment of Al McWilliams last night.  

WEMU's Andrew Cluley has more:

Andrew Cluley Reports

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Public Works
2:52 pm
Tue October 8, 2013

Ann Arbor Council Approves Solid Waste Plan Update

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The Ann Arbor City Council has approved an amended update to the solid waste resource plan. City Council last night unanimously approved the plan after making a couple of amendments.  

WEMU's Andrew Cluley has more:

Andrew Cluley reports

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Community
2:45 pm
Mon October 7, 2013

AAATA's Blake Transit Center Construction Update

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The Ann Arbor Area Transportation Authority continues construction of the new Blake Transit Center, with much of the brick and stonework up on the south-side of the building.

WEMU's Andrew Cluley toured the facility and has this report:

    

Andrew Cluley reports

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Arts & Culture
11:36 am
Fri October 4, 2013

The Arts Alliance Brings 'PowerArt' Project To Ann Arbor

Example of a vinyl-wrapped traffic box in Boise with artwork by David Spear.

Downtown Ann Arbor is expected to get some more artwork, this time on the outside of the grey metal traffic signal boxes that are often covered in graffiti.  

WEMU's Andrew Cluley has more:

Andrew Cluley reports

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Politics
9:47 am
Thu October 3, 2013

Ann Arbor City Council 1st Ward Candidate Forum

In the November Elections, there are three city council candidates on the in Ann Arbor's 1st ward. One has  already dropped out of the race.  As WEMU's Andrew Cluley reports, the remaining two candidates shared their thoughts Wednesday night at a League of Women Voters of the Ann Arbor Area forum.

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