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Joint letter to DA John Chisholm
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Joint letter to DA John Chisholm

Joint letter from members of the Common Council to District Attorney Chisholm

Outrage at ambush of MPD officer & other police shootings
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Outrage at ambush of MPD officer & other police shootings

Joint Statement from All Members of the Common Council

Taking “Home” out of Home Rule
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Taking “Home” out of Home Rule

Joint Statement from All Members of the Common Council

Council will recognize state championship sports teams
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Council will recognize state championship sports teams

These two state championship teams will be recognized for their teamwork and victories during the 2015 Wisconsin Interscholastic Athletic Association state volleyball and soccer tournaments.

Arena district proposal to be heard Tuesday by ZND Committee
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Arena district proposal to be heard Tuesday by ZND Committee

Testimony to be heard only from principals, city officials

DSHA basketball player Arike Ogunbowale to be honored at Tuesday’s Common Council Meeting
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DSHA basketball player Arike Ogunbowale to be honored at Tuesday’s Common Council Meeting

Divine Savior Holy Angels High School basketball player Arike Ogunbowale will be honored at the Common Council meeting tomorrow

Members of the Common Council Respond to Ald. Dudzik’s Remarks
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Members of the Common Council Respond to Ald. Dudzik’s Remarks

Joint Statement from members of the Common Council

Compete Milwaukee = a promising pathway to jobs
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Compete Milwaukee = a promising pathway to jobs

Joint statement from Aldermen Ashanti Hamilton and Willie C. Wade.

Finance Committee Creates All-Hands-On-Deck Approach to Public Safety
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Finance Committee Creates All-Hands-On-Deck Approach to Public Safety

Additional Police Officers Will Be One Part of Comprehensive Strategy Throughout All City Departments

Germanson to receive 2014 Frank P. Zeidler Public Service Award
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Germanson to receive 2014 Frank P. Zeidler Public Service Award

Kenneth “Ken” Germanson will be presented with the 2014 Frank P. Zeidler Public Service Award tomorrow (Wednesday, September 3) at City Hall.

Amnesty during August on pet licensing late filing fees
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Amnesty during August on pet licensing late filing fees

The late filing fees of $12 for an unspayed or unneutered cat or dog, and $6 for a spayed or neutered cat or dog are being waived for City of Milwaukee pet owners through August 31.

Proposal to lift cap on taxicab permits, create legal path for network company vehicles gets second look Tuesday
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Proposal to lift cap on taxicab permits, create legal path for network company vehicles gets second look Tuesday

“The Council is poised to adopt ground-breaking legislation that in my opinion will be looked at by other large cities and communities across the nation.”

Historic Preservation Commission looking for public input on plaquing  program
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Historic Preservation Commission looking for public input on plaquing program

The Historic Preservation Commission will be discussing the new plaquing program for historic locations throughout Milwaukee at its next meeting

Council President Murphy and Alderman Stamper issue statements on girl’s shooting
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Council President Murphy and Alderman Stamper issue statements on girl’s shooting

The jointly issued statements below from Common Council President Michael J. Murphy and Alderman Russell W. Stamper II address the Clarke Street Elementary School playground shooting Wednesday

Council President Murphy and  Alderman Stamper issue statements  on girl’s shooting
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Council President Murphy and Alderman Stamper issue statements on girl’s shooting

The jointly issued statements below from Common Council President Michael J. Murphy and Alderman Russell W. Stamper II address the Clarke Street Elementary School playground shooting Wednesday that has left a 10-year-old girl in grave condition.

Council will honor former officer severely wounded in 2009 shooting
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Council will honor former officer severely wounded in 2009 shooting

News release from the Common Council

Joint statement of Alderwoman Milele A. Coggs and Alderman Willie C. Wade
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Joint statement of Alderwoman Milele A. Coggs and Alderman Willie C. Wade

Our view of SB 324 – the proposed change to state law that would scale back the hours available to Milwaukee residents (and hundreds of thousands of other state residents) to cast their ballot during non-work day hours – is shameful and hypocritical.

Common Council to honor Vel Phillips & Willie Hines
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Common Council to honor Vel Phillips & Willie Hines

Attorney Vel Phillips and former Common Council President Willie L. Hines, Jr. will be recognized during tomorrow’s (Tuesday, March 4) regular meeting of the full Council at City Hall.

Milwaukee City Channel expands offerings to include second streaming feed online
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Milwaukee City Channel expands offerings to include second streaming feed online

City channel adds second video feed.

Public Meeting in Riverwest Next Week
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Public Meeting in Riverwest Next Week

A joint public meeting with Alderman Nik Kovac and Alderwoman Milele A. Coggs will be held at 6 p.m. on Monday, September 23, 2013.

Time Warner’s digital conversion benefits Time Warner, not Milwaukee
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Time Warner’s digital conversion benefits Time Warner, not Milwaukee

Joint Statement from Common Council members Jim Bohl, Robert Bauman and Tony Zielinski

Council vote clears way for new NML downtown HQ tower
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Council vote clears way for new NML downtown HQ tower

The Common Council voted today to approve the creation of Tax Incremental District 78, which will help fund the addition of a 1.1 million square foot office tower to the Northwestern Mutual Life Insurance campus in downtown Milwaukee.

Referendum on same-day registration a chance to make residents’ voices heard
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Referendum on same-day registration a chance to make residents’ voices heard

Joint Statement from members of the Common Council

Council members donning denim for a good cause
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Council members donning denim for a good cause

Several Common Council members will be trading in their suits and business attire for blue jeans this Thursday (March 21) during a noon hour photo shoot at City Hall.

Common Council approves two new facets of Milwaukee Jobs Act
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Common Council approves two new facets of Milwaukee Jobs Act

The Common Council enabled the Milwaukee Jobs Act to take two more significant steps toward putting city residents back to work Wednesday, approving funding that increases the number of positions in the LEAP program and dramatically expands the Neighborhood Ambassador program.

Immigration reform holds promise for Milwaukee, U.S., aldermen say
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Immigration reform holds promise for Milwaukee, U.S., aldermen say

The City of Milwaukee and the U.S. stand to benefit under much needed immigration reform principles announced by President Obama earlier this week, Alderman Joe Davis, Sr. and Alderman José G. Pérez said today.

Historic Preservation, Clerk’s Office team up to document condemned convent
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Historic Preservation, Clerk’s Office team up to document condemned convent

Milwaukee’s Historic Preservation Commission is teaming up with the Wisconsin Historical Society and the Public Information Division of the City Clerk’s Office to collect photos of the building and document its history on an interactive website.

Council President Hines & Ald. Witkowski to announce process changes for FPC confirmations
Search continues for missing young men
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Search continues for missing young men

Search continues for missing young men

NAACP’s One MKE town hall encourages civic engagement
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NAACP’s One MKE town hall encourages civic engagement

The One MKE Summit begins at 9:30 a.m. and continues throughout the day with workshops starting at 11:30 a.m. and dealing with a variety of issues.

Council members applaud 911 cell phone shift vote by County Board
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Council members applaud 911 cell phone shift vote by County Board

The Milwaukee County Board of Supervisors today approved a compromise plan that will allow Milwaukee Police Department dispatchers to begin handling all 911 cell phone calls that originate in the city – a cooperative move that will save taxpayer dollars.

Common Council approves long-awaited Historic Preservation revisions
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Common Council approves long-awaited Historic Preservation revisions

The Milwaukee Common Council Tuesday morning signed off on revisions to the city’s Historic Preservation Ordinance aimed at clarifying and streamlining the process for obtaining permission to do work on historic sites, as well as updating other procedures.

Public vetting process needed for Fire and Police Commission appointments
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Public vetting process needed for Fire and Police Commission appointments

Joint Statement from Alderwoman Milele A. Coggs, Alderman Nik Kovac, Alderman Ashanti Hamilton, and Alderman José G. Pérez

Major Revisions proposed for City’s Historic Preservation Ordinance
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Major Revisions proposed for City’s Historic Preservation Ordinance

Major Revisions proposed for City’s Historic Preservation Ordinance

Common Council makes cuts in approved budget, preserves property tax relief
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Common Council makes cuts in approved budget, preserves property tax relief

The 2013 amended city budget approved today by the Milwaukee Common Council provides some property tax relief for residents, while holding steady on crucial city services.

U.S. Civil Rights Division now accepting tips from Milwaukee citizens about MPD
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U.S. Civil Rights Division now accepting tips from Milwaukee citizens about MPD

Residents who believe Milwaukee Police officers have violated their rights have an outlet for their concerns starting today.

CWNA annual meeting Thursday to feature elected official town hall
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CWNA annual meeting Thursday to feature elected official town hall

Aldermen Michael J. Murphy and Jim Bohl invite residents to the Annual Meeting of the Capitol West Neighborhood Association at 6:00 p.m. on Thursday, October 18, 2012 at the St. Matthew Evangelical Lutheran Church Hall.

Common Council members call for County to codify changes in Medical Examiner’s procedures
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Common Council members call for County to codify changes in Medical Examiner’s procedures

Several Council members met with the Milwaukee County Medical Examiner’s Office on Friday (Sept. 28) to discuss concerns related to the Derek Williams case.

Joint statement from Alderman Nik Kovac, Alderwoman Milele A. Coggs, Alderman José G. Pérez and Alderman Ashanti Hamilton
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Joint statement from Alderman Nik Kovac, Alderwoman Milele A. Coggs, Alderman José G. Pérez and Alderman Ashanti Hamilton

Today’s announcement that Pierce Elementary School and La Escuela Fratney have been chosen as GE Foundation Demonstration Schools is great news.

Common Council members question Medical Examiner on Williams investigation
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Common Council members question Medical Examiner on Williams investigation

In their ongoing efforts to provide clarity and transparency about the investigation into the tragic death of Derek Williams in Milwaukee Police custody, Alderman Willie L. Hines, Jr., Alderwoman Milele A. Coggs, Alderman Willie C. Wade and Alderman Ashanti Hamilton met with the Milwaukee County Medical Examiner this morning, expressing their concerns and seeking answers.

Common Council to deliberate on Mayor’s proposed 2013 City Budget
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Common Council to deliberate on Mayor’s proposed 2013 City Budget

Today, Mayor Tom Barrett delivered a 2013 proposed executive budget to the Milwaukee Common Council that provides some relief to property taxpayers, includes no employee layoffs and maintains police staffing, but also includes an agreement to have the city absorb police patrols in parks and 911 communications duties from the county.

U.S. Attorney’s insight needed in Williams death investigation
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U.S. Attorney’s insight needed in Williams death investigation

We are respectfully requesting that the office of the U.S. Attorney conduct an investigation into the case of Derek Williams, who died last year while in the custody of Milwaukee police.

Common Council members to meet with Medical Examiner on Williams investigation
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Common Council members to meet with Medical Examiner on Williams investigation

The Common Council members intend to relay their constituents’ concerns to the Medical Examiner

Common Council Sets Standards for Elementary School Playgrounds
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Common Council Sets Standards for Elementary School Playgrounds

The Milwaukee Common Council today passed a measure that will require all new elementary schools in the city to provide a minimum amount of safe, open play space to help children stay healthy and active.

Tragedy in Oak Creek
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Tragedy in Oak Creek

Joint Statement from Members of the Common Council

City health benefits now cover all families
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City health benefits now cover all families

The Common Council voted Tuesday to extend health and dental benefits eligibility to registered domestic partners of city retirees and to the children of all registered domestic partners.

Common Council approves Milwaukee Jobs Act initiative
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Common Council approves Milwaukee Jobs Act initiative

The Common Council today approved creation of the Milwaukee Jobs Act -Transitional Jobs Program – a multifaceted effort to create employment opportunities for city young people and job seekers from areas of the city that have been particularly hard-hit economically.

Film screening, event to mark Nelson Mandela Day
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Film screening, event to mark Nelson Mandela Day

Alderman Ashanti Hamilton and Alderman Joe Davis, Sr. are co-hosting a documentary film screening and event Wednesday marking International Nelson Mandela Day, in honor of the Nobel Peace Prize winner and former president of South Africa.

Milwaukee Recreation Keeps it Cool
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Milwaukee Recreation Keeps it Cool

On weekdays when the temperature is predicted to be above 85 degrees (or when the city issues a heat advisory), the Milwaukee Department of Public Works attaches industrial-strength sprinklers to the fire hydrants at seven Milwaukee Recreation playgrounds.

Chief Flynn should provide answers in public forum
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Chief Flynn should provide answers in public forum

Joint Statement from Alderwoman Milele A. Coggs, Alderman Ashanti Hamilton, and Alderman José G. Pérez

New alcohol beverage license applicants: please make an appointment
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New alcohol beverage license applicants: please make an appointment

The License Division has begun handling new alcohol beverage license applicants by appointment only.

Watching the Watchdog – Joint Statement from Members of the Common Council
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Watching the Watchdog – Joint Statement from Members of the Common Council

The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel’s recent investigations into the police department have misled the public about important facts relevant to the safety of our community.