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Dozens of Kalamazoo citizens showed up to learn about the proposed zoning changes to commercial zoning districts and commercial development standards in Kalamazoo. The first Q&A was held in the Van Deusen Room, located at 315. South Rose Street. Christina Anderson, City Planner for the city of Kalamazoo was present to share proposed changes to current zoning of properties in the city.
Changes to the zoning code and map are intended to update old standards created in 2005 and support economic development with streamlined regulations aligning with Imagine Kalamazoo and the 2025 Master Plan.
Questions of equity, intentional community input and transparency were leading talking points of tonights community input session. The next meeting is scheduled for, Thursday, April 27 at K College Athletic Complex, Hornet Suite-1600 W. Michigan Ave, from 7 PM – 8:30 PM. The final in-person session will be held at the Edison Neighborhood Association, Wednesday, May 3rd, from 6 PM-7:30 PM.
On Monday morning, authorities rushed to the shooting at Covenant School.
Three children and three adults were killed on Monday when a female shooter opened fire at a private Catholic elementary school in Nashville, according to officials. Police shot and killed the alleged shooter, according to authorities.
The shooter, who officials said was equipped with “at least” two assault rifles and a handgun, and the victims’ names and ages have not been made public by the authorities.
The Covenant School in Nashville, where the incident took place, is a private Christian school for students in pre-school through the sixth grade, when students are roughly 11 or 12 years old.
Street Politics choppin’ it up with Christy Gray, Tax Preparer & Consultant. For more information on services at: 269-743-7230 or 269-220-1000
Office location: 516 1/2 Commonwealth PL*Kalamazoo, MI 49006
What KPL Aides are asking for. The actual petition from Change.org
Library aides and hourly custodians are the largest group of employees at KPL. We are a diverse group of employees and perform a wide variety of tasks within the Library, providing customer service, circulation tasks, helping with program preparation, among many other things. If you are a regular patron, you have probably interacted with us many times. We work for the library because we are passionate about serving our community. We have recently formed a union and are currently negotiating our first contract with the Library.
During our recent negotiations, KPL administration gave us a wage proposal of $12/hr, going up to $12.74 for the 2024/25 fiscal year. Not only is this not a living or a competitive wage, it is actually less than some employees are already making. These employees (who have already not seen a raise for over a year) would not see a raise until at least 2025. This is an unsustainable situation in an environment where we have seen an immense rise in the cost of living just over the past year. We feel that in these times, a wage of $15 an hour is appropriate and achievable for KPL.
KPL is a cherished institution in Kalamazoo, and we love working for the Library. But under current conditions it’s simply unsustainable for many of us. We are asking for the library to live up to its professed progressive values and compensate all employees fairly!
Let KPL Board Trustees know that your support KPL Aides Fight for $15! Click>>>KPL Board
Kalamazoo, MI- As small, yet visible protest could be seen as library patrons, community members and visitors In front of Kalamazoo’s downtown library. Kalamazoo Public Library’s regularly scheduledBoard meeting open to the public. The protest is over KPL Aides negotiating a living wage. Library Aides are the most visible employees of the organization. The Aides provided anything from customer service, circulation tasks, helping with program preparation among services provided.
Recent negotiations with KPL administration presented a proposal of $12/hr to KPL Aides and to go up to $12.74 for the 2024/2025 fiscal year. A echo of support shared with the Board and the audience, that the proposed wage is not a living wage or a competitive one. Additionally, the proposed wage is less than some employees are already making and would not see a raise until 2025. The newly formed union of aides and custodians are asking for a sustainable, living wage of $15.
If you would like to support KPL Aides, send an email to the library board or administration. https://www.kpl.gov/about/board-and-administration/
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
February 24th, 2022
Breastfeeding Support, Breast Milk/Infant Feeding, Infant Formula Recall, and Infant Formula Shortage
There is an infant formula shortage happening right now due to the supply chain issues caused by the global pandemic. There is also a recall of Similac, Alimentum or EleCare infant formula. The FDA is advising consumers not to use Similac, Alimentum or EleCare powdered infant formula.
If caregivers are combining breastfeeding and infant formula feeding, breastfeed more often to increase milk supply and reduce the need for infant formula. See the USDA WIC Breastfeeding website for more information.
If families who are considering weaning from breastfeeding, consider waiting to avoid introducing or increasing formula use
It is possible to bring back a milk supply after you stopped breastfeeding, or to start producing milk even if the baby wasn’t initially breastfed. A certified lactation consultant can help. Please see the Kalamazoo Breastfeeding Coalition’s website at https://www.kzoobfcoalition.org/ for a list of Certified Lactation Consultants.
Now more than ever it is important that families feel supported with breastfeeding and/or pumping. Kalamazoo and the Greater Kalamazoo area have so many resources for breastfeeding support. These breastfeeding support resources are listed on the Kalamazoo County Breastfeeding Coalition website https://www.kzoobfcoalition.org/
Breastfeeding is a safe infant feeding option. Breastfeeding helps protect infants from foodborne illness and infections. Cronobacter and Salmonella illnesses have been linked to formula use, and breastfeeding is a safer alternative to consider. Maintaining and increasing human milk supply is important, particularly when infant formula availability may be limited.
Donor milk/Milk sharing:
- For families who are breastfeeding and supplementing with infant formula or using infant formula and have concerns about Cronobacter and Salmonella contamination, they can contact their healthcare provider to see if their babies are eligible for donor milk.
- The FDA suggests that a decision to give donor human milk to your infant should be made in consultation with the baby’s health care provider and that only screened donor human milk should be used.
- If you have an oversupply of human milk, consider donating extra milk to Bronson’s Mother’s Milk Bank.
If you know of anyone who is pregnant, struggling with breastfeeding and/or pumping, they can visit our website to inquire about all the great lactation resources we have in Kalamazoo https://www.kzoobfcoalition.org/
Katie Pearson BA, CCLS
Co- Chair of the Kalamazoo Breastfeeding Coalition
Sokhna Heather Mabin BA, BS, EYT~Herbalist~Adv Doula~CLC
Co- Chair of the Kalamazoo Breastfeeding Coalition
MJ& Q, entrepreneurs kick it on Street Politics. We’re talking Vice President, Kamala Harris, Fair(affordable housing) and the anniversary of January 6, 2021 at the White House.
Kalamazoo, MI- January 13, 2022, was the first Kalamazoo Public School Board Meeting of the year. The first order of business for the Board was to elect the President and Vice President. Once President Sholler-Barber and Trustee Harrison were unanimously voted to stay in their current roles, the meeting went on. A father of a KPS student was present to voice is dismay at the lack of training that KPS employees have breaking up student fights at school. His daughter suffering a concussion and no longer wanting to attend her school.
Others in attendance used their public speaking time to voice continued concern of rising COVID cases and lack of transparency with rate of exposure numbers. Public comments to KPS BOARD
Communities all over the nation are divided on continuing to stay in person or go virtual. In 2020 PACCT BOARD worked in solidarity with Demand Safe Schools, National Day of Resistance.