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.

Mo’ Mo’ Meetings

Posted May 11th, 2016 @ 7:33 AM by

This one is so rushed they have three members appearing by phone . . . what’s the rush – a liquor license for a marathon event? 27 hours notice of the meeting.

City: Why So Hostile? Local Democracy Needs a Re-boot!

Posted May 10th, 2016 @ 8:02 AM by

Why is it ok to belittle, berate and be so openly hostile to people trying to participate in their democracy with the decks stacked against them? Last week was a low in public participation as I have never seen before in this city that I love. I just feel sick seeing how citizens giving input or testimony get treated by the City of Madison. Watch as Susan Schmitz from Downtown Madison Inc throws a fit and yells at a citizen who gave input at the City Council meeting, the police chief calls a person “ludicrous” and I get told not to show up to a public hearing and get chastised for being critical of something that they asked for input on and the input session on the Department of Civil Rights Director scheduled on a Friday night not surprisingly gets two members of the public to show up.

Mo’ Meetings

Posted May 10th, 2016 @ 7:04 AM by

I grow so tired of this . . . every week, 3 – 10 extra meetings that didn’t get posted on Friday, often with 24 – 48 hours notice, today its 26 hours notice, 26 hours notice and 30 hours notice. Last night the Homeless Issues Committee had to be cancelled because the CITY failed to post it properly – the county got it done.

School Board Week Ahead

Posted May 9th, 2016 @ 10:09 AM by

5 meetings – including layoffs and upcoming budget.

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