ZOINKS! Bus Fares Raised!

Posted December 14th, 2012 @ 7:16 AM by

Ok, I didn’t go to the meeting, took this all off the MABAA listserve – here’s a summary of what I learned about the bus fares that will be going up. (Yeah, you thought that issue was dead, didn’t you – and just about everyone else!)

Bed Bugs!

Posted December 13th, 2012 @ 8:30 AM by

Just a new fact of life? Or is there something you can do? WARNING: Reading this may make you itch or creep you out!

Are Lake View Hill Tickets REALLY Being Dropped?

Posted December 13th, 2012 @ 7:28 AM by

Court dates for tomorrow have not been dropped, and no one is answering the question.

City Lobbying Priorities for next State Legislative Session

Posted December 12th, 2012 @ 7:26 AM by

For some very good reasons, I did not make it to the meeting yesterday where the alders gave their input into this agenda. But here it is . . . do you see anything missing?

Managing Scarce Homeless and Housing Services

Posted December 12th, 2012 @ 7:10 AM by

Here’s a little frustration of mine with homeless and housing services. Here today, gone tomorrow (or next week). Too much need!

What the Council will Talk About Tonight

Posted December 11th, 2012 @ 1:39 PM by

The following items, plus whatever the public comes to talk about.

Entitlements? Or Human Rights? Or Criminalization?

Posted December 11th, 2012 @ 8:15 AM by

Yesterday was Human Rights Day and the National Law Center on Homelessness and Poverty issued a report card on the Human Right to Housing – we didn’t do well.

Safe, decent, affordable housing is a basic human right, recognized globally and defined with specificity in international law. But while the U.S. was a leader in establishing and championing international human rights law and institutions over 60 years ago, and continues to speak out as a leader on the global stage, unfortunately here at home our words do not match our reality.

Cut Food Stamps?

Posted December 11th, 2012 @ 7:14 AM by

Action Alert from the Wisconsin Council of Churches. This drives me nuts, this is the one benefit that people down on their luck can apply for and get and get quickly. Unlike medical care, disability, housing assistance, child care assistance, etc.

City Week Ahead

Posted December 10th, 2012 @ 8:33 AM by

Very full week ahead.

Be Careful Who Your “Friends” Are!

Posted December 10th, 2012 @ 12:04 AM by

I recently attended the Educate to Elevate Conference in Madison, and I was very skeptical going in. While I left the conference just as skeptical, I think there were a few good things that came out of it. It is never bad when people get together and discuss ways to improve education. I also had […]

Parisi’s Appearance – A little Defensive!

Posted December 7th, 2012 @ 1:06 PM by

This was the first time most people had an opportunity to interact with our County Executive Joe Parisi – here is video of his committee testimony (without my snark) and the beginning (the rockier part) of the 1.5 hour discussion in the hallway, it did get better are this, but he didn’t like the video taping.