This Side of Town

Madison Police: SWAT Team to Get Body Cameras?!

Posted May 31st, 2016 @ 7:38 AM by

What? Public Hearing 5:00 on Wednesday.

One School Board Meeting

Posted May 31st, 2016 @ 7:24 AM by

Thursday, June 2 6:00 Title VII Parent Committee Meeting – Doyle Administration Bldg. 545 W. Dayton Street Madison, WI 53703 Room 100A – American Indian Science and Engineering Society Updates – Title VII Program Updates – Title VII Tutor Program Updates

County Week Ahead

Posted May 31st, 2016 @ 7:22 AM by

6 meetings, 3 of them are at 5:30 on Thursday, 2 before noon this week.

City Week Ahead

Posted May 31st, 2016 @ 7:01 AM by

9 meetings, 2 don’t have agendas. Only 4 meetings start at 5:00 or after.

Street Closures Downtown this Weekend!

Posted May 27th, 2016 @ 10:52 AM by

Heads up! Traffic snarls and bus detours.

At what point should a public employee be fired?

Posted May 26th, 2016 @ 9:40 AM by

At what point is a public employee so belligerent, so incompetent, so obstructionist that they should be fired? I spent 8 years as an elected official and I’ve seen staff be not cooperative because the mayor didn’t want them to be or because they disagree. And I get it. It’s part of the political system, but when has it gone too far? Last night I witnessed an amazing display of disregard for elected officials and the committee that is the lead on a very public project. Are our elected officials to just stand by while county staff run the show? If our elected officials can’t get information and be part of the process, what chance does the public have?

Day Center Debacle Continues . . .

Posted May 25th, 2016 @ 7:53 AM by

6 years later, in summer of 2017 we may have a day center . . . but will it be incomplete? And underfunded? And understaffed? And set up for failure? It appears to be headed that way – but hopefully the city council and county board will step in! Committees throughout the city and county are saying enough is enough, do this right. Again, catching up from vacation, but the Health and Human Needs meeting is tonight (5:30 room 351) and advocates should plan to attend!

So, This Happened While I Was on Vacation . . .

Posted May 25th, 2016 @ 7:14 AM by

ACLU hammers the Madison Police Department for its discriminatory blue-lining practices towards tenants! Wait, what? What does the police department have to do with tenants? Plenty.

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.

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