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Beth Bashert

City of Ypsilanti

Ypsilanti’s city council is one step closer in filling the Ward 1 vacancy on council.  


City of Ypsilanti

Ypsilanti’s City Council is now accepting applications to fill a Ward One vacancy on council.  

City of Ypsilanti

Three Ypsilanti City Council members will take the oath of office Monday night, November 9th after being elected on November 3rd. 

City of Ypsilanti

Ypsilanti’s City Council will appoint a new council member Tuesday night to fill a vacancy in Ward 1.  

City of Ypsilanti

Ypsilanti’s city council is now accepting applications from residents interested in filling the Ward 1 vacancy on council.  

City of Ypsilanti

Ypsilanti’s city council will meet for the first time Tuesday night since former Mayor Beth Bashert resigned from office last month.  

City of Ypsilanti

Ypsilanti’s city council will discuss making improvements to Frog Island Park tonight.  

City of Ypsilanti

The City of Ypsilanti is making plans to reopen city hall to the public. 

City of Ypsilanti

Ypsilanti’s city council has approved street closures to allow restaurants and bars to expand their seating areas outdoors because of COVID-19.  

City of Ypsilanti

Ypsilanti’s city council is considering making cuts to balance the city’s budget.  

The City of Ypsilanti has released information as to why they didn’t receive a federal CRISI grant that would’ve helped them build an Amtrak platform in Depot Town.


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The City of Ypsilanti has partnered with Eastern Michigan University to make face masks.  


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The City of Ypsilanti is putting a hold on setting its budget goals for the next fiscal year until they have a better idea on how the COVID-19 crisis will impact their operations.  


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The coronavirus pandemic has forced Ypsilanti's city council to meet online instead of in-person. 


Plans to build an Amtrak platform in Ypsilanti's Depot Town have been put on hold for now.  


Beth Bashert
Beth Bashert

While we adapt to life in a coronavirus crisis, staying engaged and serving others as best we can is of crucial importance.  The Mayor of Ypsilanti is spending some of her "Stay Home, Stay Safe" time reaching out to the community's senior citizens.  Seniors are most at risk in this crisis and are more likely to be disconnected from electronic communication.  Beth Bashert joined WEMU's David Fair to discuss her outreach efforts, community observations during shutdown, and explain current and future city operations. 


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The Ann Arbor Ypsilanti Regional Chamber hosted a discussion Wednesday on what local municipalities plan to do when it comes to the sale of recreational marijuana.  89.1 WEMU's Jorge Avellan attended the event at Weber's in Ann Arbor and has the story.


Ypsilanti City Council tonight will consider a proposal to form an Arts Commission.  Twice before, council has tabled such resolutions.  89.1 WEMU's David Fair and Deb Polich of The Arts Alliance want to know will tonight be the night?  In this week's 'creative:impact,' Ypsilanti mayor Beth Bashert discusses the city's goals and aspirations when it comes to the arts and the role an arts commission would play. 


Ypsilanti's first same sex married couple recalls their wedding process on the 15th Anniversary of the first legal same-sex marriage in the United States.  Lisa and Beth Bashert have been together for over 30 years, first having the legal right to get married in Ypsilanti, Michigan in 2014.  That right has changed a few times since then, and the Ypsilanti mayor and her legal partner say it's been an emotional and legal roller coaster as they struggle to marry the person they love. 

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This week on “In The Public Interest,” our bi-weekly conversation with the League of Women Voters of the Ann Arbor Area, 89.1 WEMU’s Lisa Barry talks with league member Margaret Leary about the upcoming 2020 census.

       

Beth Bashert
Beth Bashert

Ypsilanti City Council this week is expected to decide the future of the Peninsular Park Dam.  Will it be removed from the Huron River?  Will it be preserved?  WEMU’s David Fair talks through the economic, environmental, and community character issues that have been at the center of the ongoing debate with Mayor Beth Bashert.


Ypsilanti City Council unanimously accepted the resignation of city manager Darren McClary Thursday.  It has raised issues of implicit bias and governmental transparency.  It may also be a red flag as to the working relationships between the Mayor Beth Bashert and members of city council.  The Mayor addresses these issues in a morning-after perspective conversation with WEMU's David Fair.

City of Ypsilanti

Ypsilanti’s City Manager, Darwin McClary, has resigned.

The decision came following a special Ypsilanti City Council meeting on Thursday.

89.1 WEMU’s Lisa Barry spoke with Mayor Beth Bashert about what was behind the resignation.


A new year brings a new path for Ypsilanti's outgoing mayor Amanda Edmonds.  Deciding not to run for another term, Edmonds was replaced by Beth Bashert as the city's new mayor after winning the recent November election.

89.1 WEMU's Lisa Barry spoke with Edmonds about her four-year term as mayor of Ypsilanti and what she plans to do next.


Beth Bashert
Beth Bashert

Ypsilanti City Council member Beth Bashert will be the city's next mayor.  She joined WEMU's David Fair to talk about her plans for the city.


Beth Bashert
City of Ypsilanti

Beth Bashert will be the Mayor of Ypsilanti for the next four years.  Bashert won a five-way race on Tuesday against candidates without party affiliation, Anne Brown among them.  Brown had sought to run against Bashert in the August primary, but failed to turn in petition signatures in time to qualify for the ballot.  So, she launched an independent, write-in campaign.  The other candidates were Mickeila Tate, Adrienne Hirschfelder and Sheila McSpadden. Bashert will replace outgoing Mayor Amanda Edmonds who decided not to seek re-election after one term in office.

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Voters in Ypsilanti are used to seeing their candidates run as Democrats.  That’s not the case this time around.  When the November 6th general election rolls around, voters in the city will find that four of the five candidate options for mayor are running as independents.  89.1 WEMU’s Jorge Avellan wanted to find out why that is.  And, along the way, the candidates helped define some of the issues that drove them to run.  


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There are five candidates seeking to become Ypsilanti's next mayor.  Sitting Mayor Amanda Edmonds decided against seeking re-election.  2nd Ward City councilwoman Beth Bashert was unopposed in the August primary but now faces a run-off with four others.  Anne Brown has previously served on Ypsilanti City Council.  Adrienne Hirschfelder is a lecturer at Eastern Michigan University.  Mickiela Tate is an Ypsilanti resident dipping into local politics for the first time, and Shiela McSpadden is a write-in candidate seeking her first elective office.  Four of the five candidates gathered at Riverside Arts Center for a public forum Tuesday night.  McSpadden did not participate.  89.1 WEMU's Jorge Avellan was there. 


Amanda Edmonds
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Ypsilanti's city council will meet tonight and discuss if they will censure Mayor Amanda Edmonds after an investigation was conducted on a controversial trip to China.
 


Anne Brown

Another candidate has entered the race to become the next Mayor of Ypsilanti.  Former Ypsilanti City Councilwoman Anne Brown becomes the second to announce a bid to succeed current and outgoing Mayor Amanda Edmonds.  Democratic 2nd Ward city councilwoman Beth Bashert announced her candidacy prior to Edmonds announcing her decision not to seek a second term in office. 

              

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