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6:20 am
Wed April 16, 2014

Battle Creek Restaurant Owners Criticize Plan to Allow Food Trucks

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Officials have revised the ordinance since public discussion in November
Restaurant owner Ross Simpson said discussions over allowing food trucks in downtown Battle Creek has seemed like "negotiation by ambush" that's "more for show than substance." Reading from a prepared statement, Simpson told city commissioners at their meeting Tuesday night that proposed changes to mobile vending rules have been done "in a relative vacuum" and that downtown restaurant business owners have not been included enough in the process.
6:49 pm
Mon April 14, 2014

Memo Shows Former Battle Creek City Manager Had Concerns About Relationship Between Police Employees

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Memo was issued less than a week before Ken Tschiyama retired as city manager
Former City Manager Ken Tsuchiyama's move to have Inspector Maria Alonso report directly to him was prompted by concerns that a romantic relationship between her and Deputy Police Chief Jim Saylor could ultimately "compromise the integrity of the department," according to a memorandum issued earlier this year.
6:43 pm
Mon April 14, 2014

Western Michigan University Working With Kalamazoo Public Safety After Saturday Disturbance Near Campus

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Crowd of about 2,000 was dispersed by tear gas on Saturday
  • Source: Mlive
  • | Via: Kalamazoo Gazette
KALAMAZOO, MI - Western Michigan University is working with Kalamazoo Public Safety in the aftermath of Saturday's riot on Lafayette Ave. "to determine how and why the Saturday, April 12, disturbance occurred near the campus," according to a statement released Monday by the university.
10:27 am
Mon April 14, 2014

Kalamazoo City Commission to Discuss Poverty Reduction Proposals Monday Night

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One report estimates that 46% of the city's children live in poverty
  • Source: Mlive
  • | Via: Kalamazoo Gazette
KALAMAZOO, MI -- The Kalamazoo City Commission will talk about poverty in the city at a work session tonight. Commissioners in January outlined five priorities for the city for 2014 and 2015, including that the city commission will take an advocacy role in working toward reducing poverty.
6:14 am
Mon April 14, 2014

Kalamazoo Public Safety Says Event Grew, Fights Broke Out Before Tear Gas Was Used

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One arrest, no injuries reported
  • Source: Mlive
  • | Via: Kalamazoo Gazette
KALAMAZOO, MI - The initial gathering of people near Western Michigan University's campus for what is known as "House Crawl" was peaceful early on Saturday, but as the crowd grew to an estimated 2,000 people, fights began breaking out, police say. Tear gas was used shortly after 5 p.m.

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