This Side of Town

TAKE ACTION NOW! Mayor Kicking People off Public Property!

Posted August 29th, 2015 @ 7:36 PM by

He has the votes. The final vote is Monday. People could be removed from the City-County Building (or face trespassing tickets) by Tuesday. Need your help right now, and on Monday!

County Week Ahead

Posted August 29th, 2015 @ 7:35 PM by

Hmmm . . . I don’t know how we are supposed to know this, but the Sun Prairie Star says Joe Parisi is holding budget hearings:
September 1 — 5:30– 7 p.m., Fitchburg Public Library, 5530 Lacy Rd., Fitchburg.
September 2 — 5:30 – 7 p.m., Westside Community Service Building, 2598 W. Main St, Sun Prairie.

It’s certainly not on his website – last budget info on there is from 2013. Even the county board supervisors I talked to didn’t know about it!

Here’s the rest of the county meetings.

City Week Ahead

Posted August 29th, 2015 @ 6:56 PM by

It’s a real shitshow this week . . . ALOT going on . . . ALOT!

Homeless To Be Trespassing at City-County Building?

Posted August 28th, 2015 @ 12:50 PM by

This time, it looks like they have the votes on Monday! And they may be out by Tuesday! The mayor may finally win. (I hear he’s seeming less grumpy and excited about winning.) But I have to say, if he is worried about crime, violence and rape . . . sending people back to the bushes puts many of these folks at risk to be victims of theft, battery, and yes, rape. Imagine being a single woman hiding so you can sleep, but being afraid to sleep because of your safety. This is all so very backwards. See below for meeting details and what you can do!

Survey Results Don’t Match Mayor’s Narrative on Homeless at CCB

Posted August 28th, 2015 @ 10:34 AM by

This bothered me so much, I did a survey, with the help of Matt Kozlowski. Our survey results of 27 of the 40 – 60 people are below. Does it match what the mayor has been saying? Spoiler alert! NO!

City To Change How it Budgets?

Posted August 28th, 2015 @ 8:48 AM by

Last night the Common Council met for 3+ hours at the Pyle Center on campus and had a retreat on how it budgets and the comprehensive planning process coming up. Here’s what they had to say about the budget and their priorities.

Media, Where Art Thou?

Posted August 27th, 2015 @ 8:34 AM by

Why do you cover the mayor’s outrageous statements and NOT the actual news – the fact that two committees have unanimously voted down his crazy bench ordinance?

Mo’ Meetings

Posted August 27th, 2015 @ 7:28 AM by

6 meetings were added and 2 cancelled this week, 4 of these happened just yesterday, and 4 affect today, Thursday. And see my email about one of the cancelled meetings, I ended up more than a little irritated.

It’s Official – More Days in Single’s Shelter Starting Sept 1

Posted August 26th, 2015 @ 9:39 AM by

Homeless single men’s and single women’s shelter days are being increased to 90 days effective September 1st.

This is a temporary adjustment in an effort to encourage unsheltered homeless single adults to move inside.

If you have questions please contact Preston Patterson ( or Melissa Sorensen (

Committees 2 – Bench Ordinance 0

Posted August 26th, 2015 @ 8:50 AM by

There are 5 committees looking at the Mayor’s bench ordinance – so far two have voted. So far, both have UNANIMOUSLY voted against it. 3 committees left to go.

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