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Street Closures Downtown this Weekend!

Posted May 27th, 2016 @ 10:52 AM by

Heads up! Traffic snarls and bus detours.

At what point should a public employee be fired?

Posted May 26th, 2016 @ 9:40 AM by

At what point is a public employee so belligerent, so incompetent, so obstructionist that they should be fired? I spent 8 years as an elected official and I’ve seen staff be not cooperative because the mayor didn’t want them to be or because they disagree. And I get it. It’s part of the political system, but when has it gone too far? Last night I witnessed an amazing display of disregard for elected officials and the committee that is the lead on a very public project. Are our elected officials to just stand by while county staff run the show? If our elected officials can’t get information and be part of the process, what chance does the public have?

Day Center Debacle Continues . . .

Posted May 25th, 2016 @ 7:53 AM by

6 years later, in summer of 2017 we may have a day center . . . but will it be incomplete? And underfunded? And understaffed? And set up for failure? It appears to be headed that way – but hopefully the city council and county board will step in! Committees throughout the city and county are saying enough is enough, do this right. Again, catching up from vacation, but the Health and Human Needs meeting is tonight (5:30 room 351) and advocates should plan to attend!

So, This Happened While I Was on Vacation . . .

Posted May 25th, 2016 @ 7:14 AM by

ACLU hammers the Madison Police Department for its discriminatory blue-lining practices towards tenants! Wait, what? What does the police department have to do with tenants? Plenty.

What’s Left of the County Week Ahead

Posted May 24th, 2016 @ 8:18 AM by

Only missed one meeting yesterday . . . 15 meetings left. Homeless Resource Center Concept paper, letting homeless use county address to get state i.d. and diversion workgroup.

What’s Left of the City Week Ahead

Posted May 24th, 2016 @ 7:46 AM by

Ok – I’m back from vacation. Didja miss me? 16 meeting left, 2 cancelled. Liquor licenses that are under extra scrutiny in the annual review, the 5 year parks & open space plan and choosing cheap electricity over affirmative action are the areas of interest.

Tenant Resource Center is Hiring

Posted May 13th, 2016 @ 12:09 AM by

Tenant Resource Center is hiring! Lead Case Manager/Program Director. Resume and cover letter due noon on Thursday, June 2nd.

Invest In Community, Not Cops

Posted May 12th, 2016 @ 8:34 AM by

Seriously, looks like the cops are gearing up to ask for 10 more cops for the next several years . . . at a cost of an additional $5M a years. What if we invested that money in community services instead? What a SIGNIFICANT change that would be in our community!

Mo’, Freakin’ meetings!

Posted May 12th, 2016 @ 8:27 AM by

Seriously . . . this makes 5 meetings this week with 31 hours notice or less . . . I think that’s a new low. There’s also a cancellation.

Ending Homelessness Plan: A Procedural Disaster

Posted May 11th, 2016 @ 8:20 AM by

I could not be more frustrated. We have blown a HUGE opportunity to have a community plan to prevent and end homelessness that people would have buy-in to and we could all rally around. But its been a bit of a disaster from the get-go and it continues to be a joke. A plan, for a shelf somewhere, but we can check the box in our HUD grants and get the point.

Public Hearing Tonight to Raise Bus Fares

Posted May 11th, 2016 @ 7:40 AM by

Monthly bus passes going up from $58.00 to $67.50. I can park in my local parking ramp for a month at night cheaper than that.