As of yesterday morning, there were three confirmed Covid-19 cases, three hospitalizations, and no deaths in the past twenty-four hours. Last week's positivity rate was 0.7 percent.
City council makes it easier to build and rent accessory dwelling units. The new law permits ADUs in more zoning districts, allows construction of detached buildings, and removes a requirement that owners must live on the premises. Councilmember Ali Ramlaw argued unsuccessfully that removing the owner-occupancy requirement would encourage investment purchases, driving up costs for prospective homeowners. MLive
The State Street Art Fair wants to reduce its police presence in favor of unarmed private security. Fair director Frances Todoro-Hargreaves, who also serves on the city’s police oversight commission, asked council to reevaluate policies requiring police at major events, and offered her fair as a test case. Police chief Michael Cox expressed a willingness to discuss police deployment with the commission and Art Fair organizers to ensure that the city’s largest annual event is neither over nor under policed. MLive (subscriber exclusive)
Michigan Public Service Commission advances A2Zero goals. Citing a lack of accessibility, affordability, and variety in the types of renewable energy offered by DTE’s Voluntary Green Pricing program, as well as a slow rollout of green energy sources, Ann Arbor intervened in two cases before the commission last year. Its ruling includes a commitment by the utility to lower costs, to complete feasibility studies on a planned 23-megawatt solar array on the former city landfill, and a goal to develop 440 MW of new solar capacity statewide. a2gov.org
Ann Arbor Public School announces 2021-22 schedule; Rec & Ed to offer before and after school programs. Full-time, in-person classes will begin on August 30, instead of after Labor Day as in past years, with slight adjustments to the bell schedule and school year calendar. A remote learning option will be available. Despite backlash from working parents, AAPS will not provide before and after care next school year, but AAPS Community Rec & Ed will add some before and after-school programming. Parents will be contacted when classes open for enrollment in the coming weeks.
“The Rock” painted with alternating pro-Palestine and pro-Israel messages. A Jewish student, Samii Stoloff, tried to end the weeks-long conflict by painting the Rock with a Pride-themed design. Pro-Palestine students arrived while Stoloff was there, but decided they would accept the design and left. The next day, it was marred by a slur against Israel. Michigan Daily
Son of legendary U-M football coach Bo Schembechler says his father punched him when he complained about sexual abuse by U-M sports doctor Robert Anderson. Matt Schembechler spoke at a press conference alongside former players Daniel Kwiatkowski and Gilvanni Johnson who said they also complained to Schembechler about Anderson, but he refused to take action. Detroit News
U-M grad drowns while paddleboarding in Silver Lake. The 23-year old woman was paddleboarding with a male friend on Saturday. The man returned to shore and told investigators that he waited for his friend there but she never returned. Search and rescue found her body on Sunday. The beach was closed after the accident but has since reopened. MLive