What Will the Council Talk About Tonight?

Posted March 21st, 2017 @ 3:38 PM by

3 pages!!! But only two items actually separated, so they will talk about 2 items plus whatever you want to speak to! This is the last council meeting of this session . . . the next council will be completely new! Or, more than likely, practically all the same. Alder Gruber will be out and Arvina Martin or Bradley Campbell will be new. And there are races in District 1 – Barbara McKinney, District 8 – Zach Woods, District 10 – Mo Cheeks, District 14 – Sheri Carter. My guess is, they all stay in office.

Check Out PD’s New Local Government Guide!

Posted March 21st, 2017 @ 8:28 AM by

Progressive Dane will be unveiling our Local Government Guide tomorrow night at our General Membership Meeting tomorrow night at the Downtown Public Library. Join us for that and more!

County Week Ahead

Posted March 19th, 2017 @ 7:47 PM by

26 Meetings . . .12 of start between 5:00 and 6:00 on Wednesday.

City Week Ahead

Posted March 19th, 2017 @ 7:06 PM by

28 meetings, I think – and several don’t have agendas – and some meetings I know are happening but there is no sign of them, I just put them in here anyways!

More Rules Don’t Apply to the Chief

Posted March 17th, 2017 @ 9:15 AM by

How is it that our chief law enforcement officer, Police Chief Mike Koval doesn’t have to follow the rules? First, he gets found guilty, but gets no punishment. (that never happens to you and me) And now, the good ol’ boys want to grant him further privileges, and $22,000, for being found guilty? The council should be thanking Sharon Irwin and Shadyara Kilfoy-Flores for doing what they didn’t have the guts to do, and they should pay their legal bills – and it would likely be far less than $22,000.

82 ways to get involved in Local (city) Government!

Posted March 15th, 2017 @ 7:49 AM by

According to the city website, 10% of city committee seats are vacant! Want to get involved in local government? Apply!

Trump Gutting Housing and Homelessness Programs

Posted March 15th, 2017 @ 7:35 AM by

Washington Post reports are $6 billion in cuts and elimination of CDBG funds entirely, National Low Income Housing Coalition has it as high as $7 billion. Ben Carson says – “don’t worry, it won’t be that bad“.

Not Officially Scheduled Meetings & Round Up

Posted March 15th, 2017 @ 7:20 AM by

I got some miscellaneous to talk about, meetings, input (about police) needed, random stuff.

Police Chief Mike Koval Found Guilty!

Posted March 14th, 2017 @ 2:30 PM by

Madison Police Chief Michael Koval has been found, by the Madison Police and Fire Commission, guilty of violating MPD Code of Conduct for verbally harassing Sharon Irwin.

The PFC fully agrees with both the language and the spirit of the Standards of Conduct. The PFC, in its limited range of authority (hiring, promotions, discipline), continually attempts to ensure that all sworn officers, from patrol officers to the chief, fully understand, appreciate, and adhere to those Standards. We hire the Police Chief. In our role of hiring the City of Madison Police Chief, we expected our Police Chief, as the leader of the Department to serve as an example for the entire Department, and always be beyond reproach no matter how frustrated or how harassed he or she may feel. Respondent failed in this instance.

Of course, he was not disciplined.

Mo Meetings

Posted March 14th, 2017 @ 11:09 AM by

4 added meetings – surprise, surprise – 3 are Food Policy Committee related. 1 cancellation.

$166M Jail plus $242M Alliant Energy Center = Fiscal Disaster

Posted March 13th, 2017 @ 7:13 AM by

Now, I’m not an expert on the county budget, nor the traditional fiscal conservative, but there is no way in hell this is going to work! The most the county has borrowed in their last 10 budgets is $49M and they are already paying back $29M a year in debt service. This would multiply that by 10 – even if its spread out over multiple years, it seems unlikely we can afford all this in the age of Trump. And if they have the money for all this, what if they put $100,000,000 into affordable housing?

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