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City Council approves all mayor's re-appointments
By Dan DuChene
Jun. 16, 2010   ·   3:42 a.m.

Jone Coleman, president of downtown business LookInTheAttic, shares his thoughts with City Council about the discussion and procedure taken to pass mayoral re-appointments, which he was being considered for the Downtown Development Authority.

After much procedure, Ypsilanti City Council approved six mayoral re-appointments to city boards and committees Tuesday, including the two postponed from earlier...read more

Council postpones two reappointments
By Mark Tower
Jun. 4, 2010   ·   4:57 p.m.

Two of Ypsilanti's volunteer board members were not reappointed on schedule Tuesday night, owing to a 4-2 vote by City Council to delay the appointments until...read more

Downtown properties to be rehabilitated
By Mark Tower
Jun. 4, 2010   ·   10:40 a.m.

The three properties located at 120, 122 and 124 West Michigan Avenue in downtown Ypsilanti will soon be rebuilt into commercial and office space and loft apartments, thanks to a planned $1.7 million investment by developers.

Three recently-vacated properties in downtown Ypsilanti, two of them condemned, will soon be renovated owing to recent purchase by a local development company and...read more

Ypsilanti Township authorizes litigation against Liberty Square
By Mark Tower
May. 28, 2010   ·   6:53 p.m.

Many of the homes in the Liberty Square complex on Grove Street in Ypsilanti Township are already boarded and ready for foreclosure sale. All 151 units, some of which are still occupied, will be condemned Tuesday, Ypsilanti Township has resolved.

Residents living in the Liberty Square complex of townhouses will see a sticker appear on their homes Tuesday, when the Ypsilanti Township Building Department places...read more

Ford plant granted tax exemption by township
By Mark Tower
May. 24, 2010   ·   5:44 p.m.

Ford Motor Company's Rawsonville Plan, located at the intersection of Textile and Bridge Roads in Ypsilanti Township, will soon be the new home for production of Ford's Electric Focus batteries, formerly produced in Mexico.

New machines and equipment will soon be wheeled into Ford's Rawsonville Plant in Ypsilanti Township as it begins manufacturing a line of batteries for the new global...read more

County Commissioner named in harrassment suit

County Commissioner Ronnie Peterson (above) and his housing manager, Glen E. Johnson, are being sued in federal court for alleged sexual harassment.   Photo by ewashtenaw.org

County Commissioner Ronnie Peterson (above) and his housing manager, Glen E. Johnson, are being sued in federal court for alleged sexual harassment.
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Peterson, Glen E. Johnson sued for sexual harassment.

By Jim Cavanaugh
Jan. 29, 2009    ·    6:11 p.m.


County Commissioner Ronnie Peterson, D - Ypsilanti, and his housing manager, Glen E. Johnson, are being sued in federal court for alleged sexual harassment.

The complaint, filed today in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Michigan, alleges that Johnson, who was responsible for the day-to-day management of Peterson’s 11 Ypsilanti rental properties, “has been subjecting actual and prospective female tenants…to discrimination on the basis of sex.”

Johnson, according to the text of the complaint, allegedly entered apartments of female tenants without notice, denied tangible housing benefits based on sex and took adverse action against tenants when they refused or objected his sexual advances.

The defendants are being sued under the Fair Housing Act as part of the Civil Rights Act of 1968. Although the complaint does not allege Peterson personally committed any of actions in question, it does say he is liable because he should have known of the discriminatory conduct of Johnson.

If found guilty, Peterson and Johnson face the possibility of monetary damages as well as other civil penalties.

"No woman should have to live in fear of sexual harassment in her home," Acting Assistant Attorney General Loretta King said in a press release. "Landlords should be on notice that the Justice Department vigorously enforces the Fair Housing Act throughout the United States."

“We are taking action because no one should face such inappropriate harassment in their own homes,” added Terrence Berg, acting U.S. attorney.

Peterson has served on the Washtenaw County Board of Commissioners since 2001. According to the complaint, Peterson has retained Johnson’s services since 2005.

Peterson’s attorney, Don Ferris, could not be reached by the time of publication.



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