The Local Area Watch
Reporting the news the news won't report in Grand Rapids, Michigan.

  • Hollywood Hogs Part II: The Road Show
    More on film-making boondoggles from the River City Zek ... The Michigan Economic Development Corporation just can't stop bragging about showering the gypsy caravans from Hollywood with taxpayer dollars. For third time in the past couple of weeks, the MEDC have announced another film tax credit boondoggle. This time it's...

  • Keeping the Fox in the Henhouse
    River City residents have given up on the Grand Rapids Public Schools, if the dismal turnout for the May 2nd school board election is any evidence. With less than 15,000 votes between them, pro-union candidates Monica Randles and Raynard Ross won the two open seats on the Grand Rapids Board...

  • Loony Tunes and the Real World
    As noted below, it is lunacy for the Michigan Economic Development Corporation to rain $40 million of taxpayer cash on Walt Disney Studios. This "bargain" is costing the taxpayers over $155K for each job that Disney projects will be created by its production of the film Oz here in Michigan....

  • Tuesdays with Tormala
    Former Grand Rapids City Commissioner Rick Tormala has a talk show every Tuesday from 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 noon on WPRR, which is broadcast on 1680 AM and 95.3 FM. You can also stream his show live through the internet at www.publicrealityradio.org. Rick's tag line is "Not right, not left----in...

  • Hollywood Hogs at the Taxpayer Trough
    When the taxpayers are subsidizing Disney to make a movie, you know Michigan film-making tax subsidy is lunacy. From the River City Zek ... Today the Michigan Economic Development Corporation, the people who decide which businesses get your tax dollars, proudly announced that they have forked over to Walt Disney...