Sehvilla Mann

Local Government/Education Reporter

Sehvilla Mann joined WMUK’s news team in January 2014 as a reporter on the local government and education beats. Before that she covered a variety of topics, including environmental issues, for Bloomington, Indiana NPR and PBS affiliates WFIU and WTIU. She’s also written and produced stories for the Pacifica Network and WYSO Public Radio in Yellow Springs, Ohio. Sehvilla holds a B.A. in French from Earlham College and an M.A. in journalism from Indiana University.

Andy Robins / WMUK

The City of Kalamazoo can and should improve the way that people travel through it. That’s the message of the Complete Streets Coalition, a grassroots group that’s recently been holding rallies around the city.

In particular, members say the city’s one-way streets confuse people and push traffic into neighborhoods. WestSouthwest spoke with Complete Streets members Jim Ferner and Laura Livingstone-McNelis about what the group hopes to see change.

Voters in Kalamazoo County have approved a property tax proposal intended to help homeless families find housing. The millage passed with 56 percent of the vote.

Public Housing Commission member David Artley says he expects the funds to make a difference for hundreds of families.


Voters in Kalamazoo County will decide whether to approve a property tax proposal on Tuesday. It would raise money over six years to help homeless families find housing. Supporters say it’s essential that children have homes or they won’t do well in school and won’t thrive as adults. But opponents say there are better ways to help them.

Sehvilla Mann / WMUK

This is a special year for Kalamazoo city elections. That’s because in 2014, Kalamazoo voters changed how they're done. Voters will now elect a mayor directly. And commissioners will serve four-year, staggered terms. This year’s election is unique, a transition from the old system to the new one. They're the biggest changes Kalamazoo has made to its city elections in nearly a century.


The City of Portage’s ballot this Tuesday includes a proposal that would decriminalize possession of small amounts of marijuana.

The proposal would amend Portage’s city charter. If it passes, people over 21 found with less than an ounce of marijuana on private property would get a pass as far as the city’s laws are concerned.