This Side of Town

Council Culture of Secrecy

Posted April 29th, 2016 @ 11:15 AM by

I’ve only been off the council for 7 years, but I find its culture of open whining about how hard it is to be on the council and its focus on itself instead of issues disturbing. But its culture of secrecy is even more concerning. Just look at the the charge of the committee that came up with the “government reform”, and their agendas, and how their minutes are written. None of the meetings had more than 72ish hours notice of the meetings – find out Friday at 4:30 for a Monday meeting for three of them, the other had 30 hours notice. This doesn’t appear to be a council that values the public in way shape or form. And I’m not sure what new leadership can do to fix it, given the ingrained culture of the current elected officials.

Om Village Video, Plant Sale and Tour de Tiny

Posted April 28th, 2016 @ 8:21 AM by

Plant sale and bike tour is next Saturday!

$69,000 to Chase Homeless People Away

Posted April 25th, 2016 @ 8:38 AM by

What if we were to use that money to pay for staff to work with homeless people to meet their needs, what would be more effective? Is this really our city’s priorities? Before they spend this money, they should do an equity analysis!

Madison Schools Week Ahead

Posted April 24th, 2016 @ 9:47 AM by

Here’s what I could decipher . . . the school board meetings are so cryptic to me . . .

County Week Ahead – Cancelled?

Posted April 24th, 2016 @ 9:25 AM by

It’s Passover, so 6 meetings, all cancelled.

City Week Ahead

Posted April 24th, 2016 @ 9:15 AM by

17 meetings . . . so, on an average week they add roughly 1/3 of the meetings after Friday evening, so expect 6 – 8 more meetings to show up this week, check back for Mo’ Meetings . . .

County Board Appointments Are Out!

Posted April 21st, 2016 @ 2:57 PM by

So . . . does it matter if the county board chair (our council president) or the county executive (or mayor) makes the appointments? Not really, there are always winners and losers.

What are our City’s Priorities

Posted April 21st, 2016 @ 11:11 AM by

You hear politicians say at budget time, that the budget reflects our priorities. Does it? Does it Really? Cuz I don’t like what I’m seeing, and I think it explains our little equity problem quite well, especially in terms of arrest rates. We’d rather police people, then help them avoid that route in life.

Madison City Ticket Resolution Day – Part 2

Posted April 21st, 2016 @ 6:39 AM by

If you’ve got city tickets, here’s your “LAST” chance to reduce or resolve them! (Seriously, you have lots more chances. Don’t believe the hype.)

4/20 Ben Masel Day

Posted April 20th, 2016 @ 9:40 AM by

Was reminded of this via facebook h/t to Irving (for the reminder) and Leslie (for Phil Ejercito’s awesome photo). Makes me sad. The world needs more Ben Masel’s, now more than ever.
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