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Jose G. Perez

Alderman José G. Pérez represents the 12th District on Milwaukee’s South Side, and won the April 2012 election against incumbent Jim Witkowiak.

Perez grew up in the district he now serves, at S. 10th and W. Walker streets, and was the oldest of two children. He told the Journal Sentinel his grandfather came from Puerto Rico in the early 1950s when agents from the Grede Foundry went to the island to recruit labor.

According to his official biography, Perez dropped out of high school and started college at age 26, after early work experience ranged from investigating welfare fraud to developing gang prevention and youth development programs for non-profit organizations. Perez later enrolled at Cardinal Stritch University and was the first Latino Student Government Association President and the first recipient of the Multi-Cultural Image Award that is now institutionalized at the university. He also served as an intern for Congressman Gerald Kleczka in Washington D.C. through the Hispanic Congressional Caucus Institute (1996), for Milwaukee Mayor John O. Norquist (1997) and for the Milwaukee City Clerk’s office (1998). Perez obtained a B.A. in political science from Cardinal Stritch in May 1999.

Perez soon became MICAH’s executive director and led the organization in creating the Good Jobs and Livable Neighborhoods Coalition, a group of labor and community organizations that worked to ensure the Park East Land Corridor development would benefit the entire city. He also served as Hispanic/Latino Advisory Committee member for former U.S. Senator Russ Feingold.

In February 2004, José joined the American Federation of Labor and Congress of Industrialized Organizations as a National Field Representative, and he next joined the City of Milwaukee’s Department of City Development (DCD) in January 2006. He served DCD as an Economic Development Specialist working on business development, real estate development, planning, permitting and public housing until September 2009. Jose then became a Program Officer for the City of Milwaukee’s Community Development Grants Administration, where he managed the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act projects.

In addition to his university studies, José pursued many educational programs, attending several institutes and receiving certifications in finance, real estate, economic development, multicultural entrepreneurship, youth service, management skills and advanced leadership. Perez received The Business Journal’s Forty under 40 Community Leadership Award in 2008.

He ran for alderman as a champion of small business, and won by just 88 votes. Witkowiak fought for a recount, but Perez’s victory was upheld.

Though Pérez says he does not support the Hispanic Chamber of Commerce of Wisconsin’s pending lawsuit against the city in regard to women and minority enterprise programs, he otherwise supports the overall goals of the HCCW.

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Milwaukee Public Library Opens Up Future Library Space to Public on September 2-3
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Milwaukee Public Library Opens Up Future Library Space to Public on September 2-3

Library and Architects Seek Community Input on New Library on Mitchell Street

Asking for Sheriff Clarke’s help to stem south side auto theft crisis
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Asking for Sheriff Clarke’s help to stem south side auto theft crisis

243% increase in 8th Aldermanic District in five years

Removing Employment Barriers for Men

Removing Employment Barriers for Men

Ald. Jose Perez talks about barriers he once faced at summit for unemployed men.

Rash of morning street robberies on city’s near south side
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Rash of morning street robberies on city’s near south side

Joint statement from Alderman Bob Donovan and Alderman José G. Pérez July 22, 2015

City officials take on business leaders in basketball game to benefit Autism Speaks
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City officials take on business leaders in basketball game to benefit Autism Speaks

A team of Milwaukee public officials will face off against business leaders from around the city in a basketball game and charity event to benefit Autism Speaks on Saturday, June 13 from 4:00 to 8:00 p.m. at Journey House.

The passing of Alderman Joe Dudzik
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The passing of Alderman Joe Dudzik

Statement of Alderman José G. Pérez May 22, 2015

Plenty of Horne: Will Historic Building in Third Ward Be Saved?
Plenty of Horne

Will Historic Building in Third Ward Be Saved?

Third Ward review board defers decision on Historic Designation. And Milwaukee now has a Croatian sister city.

Plats and Parcels: Bay View’s Golden Age?
Plats and Parcels

Bay View’s Golden Age?

A proposal for five new apartment buildings in Bay View. And will At Random be razed?

Anti-Violence Plan Targets Poor Neighborhoods

Anti-Violence Plan Targets Poor Neighborhoods

City and community groups cite approach that cut violence by 30% in areas of Chicago and Baltimore.

Mexican Consulate Will Open in Milwaukee

Mexican Consulate Will Open in Milwaukee

The 51st such consulate in U.S. will serve city's growing Mexican population.

Ald. Pérez to propose stricter sex offender residency rules
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Ald. Pérez to propose stricter sex offender residency rules

Meeting on Wednesday will provide info about “troubling” developments

Walker Square neighborhood planning effort set to kick off
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Walker Square neighborhood planning effort set to kick off

Building on the momentum generated by activity in neighboring Walker’s Point and the Menomonee Valley, the Department of City Development, Alderman Jose Perez and the Walker Square Neighborhood Association are working with residents, business owners and other neighborhood stakeholders to develop a neighborhood Action Plan for Walker Square.

Alderman Perez seeks viewpoints on Walker Square
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Alderman Perez seeks viewpoints on Walker Square

Community meeting to be held to discuss city's ideas for housing, public spaces, commercial areas, bicycles and pedestrians

Important city documents for businesses now available in Spanish
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Important city documents for businesses now available in Spanish

“Milwaukee is fortunate to have a growing population of small business owners from the Spanish-speaking community.”

Friday Photos: Streetcar Signing Is Quite a Celebration
Friday Photos

Streetcar Signing Is Quite a Celebration

The mayor, business leaders and pols toasted the streetcar in Cudahy's Irish Pub, with Michael Cudahy on hand.

Eyes on Milwaukee: Milwaukee Streetcar Approved
Eyes on Milwaukee

Milwaukee Streetcar Approved

After years of debate, streetcar will finally move forward. Final engineering will begin immediately, and construction by the end of the year.

Plenty of Horne: Crowd Celebrates City Birthday Party
Plenty of Horne

Crowd Celebrates City Birthday Party

Politicians, PR people and other notables schmoozed away. The best rumor was that Chief Flynn might be retiring.

Eyes on Milwaukee: Streetcar Responses Shows Wide Support
Eyes on Milwaukee

Streetcar Responses Shows Wide Support

Eleven out of 15 aldermanic districts, and 76 percent of all respondents support the proposed streetcar starter system.

Eyes on Milwaukee: Streetcar Approved, but Held
Eyes on Milwaukee

Streetcar Approved, but Held

Large majority votes to approve streetcar, but parliamentary maneuver puts issue on hold until February 10th meeting.

Eyes on Milwaukee: Streetcar Backers Say They Have the Votes
Eyes on Milwaukee

Streetcar Backers Say They Have the Votes

Aldermen Witkowski and Perez now favor it, and touted plan to extend the line into their south-side districts.

News conference Tuesday to explore proposals for eventual, extended streetcar routes
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News conference Tuesday to explore proposals for eventual, extended streetcar routes

Several members of the Milwaukee Common Council and a member of the Milwaukee County Board of Supervisors will hold a news conference Tuesday.

Foreclosures Block by Block: Clarke Square
Foreclosures Block by Block

Clarke Square

On just one block of W. Mineral St., the homes lost 43 percent of their value. Overcoming the foreclosure problem is a slow process.

Foreclosures Block By Block: Five Neighborhoods With Foreclosure Problems
Foreclosures Block By Block

Five Neighborhoods With Foreclosure Problems

First in a series on five city neighborhoods that still have many foreclosed and abandoned homes.

Red Arrow Park decision demonstrates need for additional reforms
Press Release

Red Arrow Park decision demonstrates need for additional reforms

Joint Statement from Common Council members Ashanti Hamilton, Russell W. Stamper II, Milele A. Coggs, Willie C. Wade and José G Pérez

Plenty of Horne: Forest Home Library Replacement Decided, Mill Road Deferred
Plenty of Horne

Forest Home Library Replacement Decided, Mill Road Deferred

New library on Mitchell St. could bring "Third Ward-caliber energy" to the south side neighborhood, John Gurda predicts.

Council approves Milwaukee Promise funding to help city neighborhoods
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Council approves Milwaukee Promise funding to help city neighborhoods

News release and maps document from Alderman Ashanti Hamilton

Eyes on Milwaukee: Council Delays Streetcar Until January
Eyes on Milwaukee

Council Delays Streetcar Until January

Minority of aldermen were able to use city charter provision to delay project for one month, but a majority seems poised to approve it.

Milwaukee Youth Council to discuss children’s zone
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Milwaukee Youth Council to discuss children’s zone

The newly-sworn City of Milwaukee Youth Council will begin its term discussing several key initiatives.

Plenty of Horne: New Forest Home Library Coming
Plenty of Horne

New Forest Home Library Coming

Two proposals were unveiled at a public meeting of library board. Which one is better?

Milwaukee Public Library Seeks Development Partners
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Milwaukee Public Library Seeks Development Partners

Issues Request for Proposal for Forest Home and Mill Road Libraries

Milwaukee Children’s Zone to address achievement gap on the near south side
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Milwaukee Children’s Zone to address achievement gap on the near south side

Stakeholders from around Milwaukee’s near south side will be brought together in order to seek solutions to an achievement gap affecting less fortunate neighborhoods.

Plenty of Horne: Conference Touts Historic Preservation
Plenty of Horne

Conference Touts Historic Preservation

Conference at We Energies offers experts touting the huge environmental payoff for historic reuse of buildings.

RICH program, selling city-owned foreclosed homes for $1, receives unanimous Council support
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RICH program, selling city-owned foreclosed homes for $1, receives unanimous Council support

ews release from Alderman Russell W. Stamper, II

New location for Saz’s Catering opening in Walker’s Point
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New location for Saz’s Catering opening in Walker’s Point

Saz’s Catering has announced that they will move their operations to 201 W. Walker St.

Housing stock, affordable housing get boost from Common Council
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Housing stock, affordable housing get boost from Common Council

The Common Council has approved a new Housing Stock Improvement Program

Again, the justice system fails Milwaukee
Press Release

Again, the justice system fails Milwaukee

Joint Statement from Alderman José G. Pérez and Alderman Bob Donovan September 4, 2014

Historic Mitchell St. walk with Alderman Pérez and Mayor Barrett
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Historic Mitchell St. walk with Alderman Pérez and Mayor Barrett

Alderman José G. Pérez will be joined by Mayor Tom Barrett for a walk down Historic Mitchell Street.

Council approves minimum hourly wage ordinance
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Council approves minimum hourly wage ordinance

Joint news release and file from Alderman Hamilton, Alderman Kovac and Alderwoman Coggs

Community JOBS Resource Fair is Monday, July 21
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Community JOBS Resource Fair is Monday, July 21

Event will showcase opportunities available during $450M NML HQ project

Training Program Builds New Homes in City

Training Program Builds New Homes in City

Christian Center's YouthBuild program has built a dozen new homes while training young workers.

Listening to Mitchell, an interactive public art project of image and sound by  Sonja Thomsen and Adam Carr, coming to Milwaukee’s Historic Mitchell Street
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Listening to Mitchell, an interactive public art project of image and sound by Sonja Thomsen and Adam Carr, coming to Milwaukee’s Historic Mitchell Street

Seven block temporary public artwork excavates street’s present through the act of listening

Common Council to vote on measure condemning abduction of Nigerian girls
County Supervisor Peggy Romo West Hosts Premiere of “Cesar Chavez” Movie in Milwaukee
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County Supervisor Peggy Romo West Hosts Premiere of “Cesar Chavez” Movie in Milwaukee

Milwaukee County Supervisor Peggy Romo West will attend tonight's premiere of "Cesar Chavez: History is Made One Step at Time" at Southgate Cinema at 7:15 p.m., Friday, March 28, 2014.

Cesar Chavez city worker holiday proposal to be heard by Finance and Personnel Committee
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Cesar Chavez city worker holiday proposal to be heard by Finance and Personnel Committee

City employees would have the option of taking off on March 31 annually as a holiday observing the birthday of American labor and civil rights champion Cesar E. Chavez.

House Confidential: The House of Hank the Dog
House Confidential

The House of Hank the Dog

The Brewer's canine mascot has a nine-room Whitefish Bay home and 10,000 square foot lot to roam in, all worth $570,000.

Mayor Tom Barrett’s 2014 State of the City Address
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Mayor Tom Barrett’s 2014 State of the City Address

Milwaukee February 24, 2014 As Prepared for Delivery

Plenty of Horne: Murphy Announces New Committee Assignments
Plenty of Horne

Murphy Announces New Committee Assignments

The changes aren't radical but big winner is Ald. Kovac, who becomes chair of Finance and vice-chair of Steering and Rules.

Eyes on Milwaukee: Betting on the Common Council
Eyes on Milwaukee

Betting on the Common Council

Haven't got your fix with the Super Bowl? Gamble with friends on who will be the next council president.

The Other Mandela

The Other Mandela

The fundraiser for Rep. Mandela Barnes, just two days before his namesake Nelson Mandela died, had a big turnout.

Bike-sharing program moves forward with committee approval
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Bike-sharing program moves forward with committee approval

A public bike-sharing system for the City of Milwaukee picked up the endorsement of a key Common Council committee on Wednesday.

New anti-prostitution initiative meeting with success on South Side
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New anti-prostitution initiative meeting with success on South Side

News release from Alds. Bob Donovan and Jose G. Perez

FPC nominees to appear at community forum tomorrow
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FPC nominees to appear at community forum tomorrow

Reappointed Fire and Police Commission member Kathryn A. Hein and new Commission appointee Steven M. DeVougas will take part in a public forum tomorrow (Tuesday, October 22) evening at La Luz del Mundo Family Services, 1570 W. Greenfield Ave.

Plenty of Horne: Jon Richards Will Run for Attorney General
Plenty of Horne

Jon Richards Will Run for Attorney General

Like Abe Lincoln, Richards has been practicing law all across the state in preparation for his run.

Photo Gallery: Grand Opening of KK River Bike Trail
Photo Gallery

Grand Opening of KK River Bike Trail

Despite rainy weather, Mayor Barrett and a host of politicians celebrated the new bike trail.

Eighth annual Fatherhood Summit offers resources, advice for Milwaukee dads
Press Release

Eighth annual Fatherhood Summit offers resources, advice for Milwaukee dads

Aimed at giving Milwaukee fathers the tools they need and providing some dads with a much-needed second chance, the Milwaukee Fatherhood Initiative Summit kicks off this weekend with resource fairs, informational sessions and much more. The theme of this year’s eighth annual Fatherhood Summit is “Changing Milwaukee through Male Empowerment.” The event will be held […]

Going green is good news for workers and the environment
Press Release

Going green is good news for workers and the environment

Statement from Alderman José G. Pérez September 25, 2013

House Confidential: Ald. Pérez’s Tiny, Former Jesuit Home
House Confidential

Ald. Pérez’s Tiny, Former Jesuit Home

His tiny lot and 840 square-foot home make him a true man of the people. And not much of a gardener.

Common Council members call on state to house sex offenders elsewhere
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Common Council members call on state to house sex offenders elsewhere

Members of the Milwaukee Common Council sharply criticized a state program that houses dangerous sex offenders in residential neighborhoods this week, calling it “disruptive to neighborhoods” and a “foolish waste of taxpayers’ money.”

Information and assistance is available to help citizens deal with dangerous heat
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Information and assistance is available to help citizens deal with dangerous heat

Alderman José G. Pérez said family members, neighbors and friends are front line help when it comes to protecting infants and young children, elderly, and ill and vulnerable individuals during dangerously hot weather. However, he said individuals should know that they can reach out to his office for information and help if they have no […]

Where the Buffalo Roam

Where the Buffalo Roam

A new art project honoring Native American history will be constructed on the new Downtown to Bay View Bikeway

King Drive Owner Under Fire, Taxpayers Could Lose $212,000

King Drive Owner Under Fire, Taxpayers Could Lose $212,000

Ald. Coggs assails company for promising local grocery and leasing to Dollar Tree instead.

New legislation targets predatory schools, protects students
Press Release

New legislation targets predatory schools, protects students

Statement of Alderwoman Milele A. Coggs June 11, 2013

Photo Gallery: Mayor Barrett Bikes to Work!
Photo Gallery

Mayor Barrett Bikes to Work!

Mayor Barrett kicked off Bike to Work Week with his annual bike ride, and announced new city funding for bike-sharing.

Listening Session with Alderman Jose G. Perez
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Listening Session with Alderman Jose G. Perez

Alderman José G. Pérez is hosting a 12th District Listening session TONIGHT to meet residents and discuss issues that affect local neighborhoods and the city as a whole.

Photo Gallery: Politics & Poetry II
Photo Gallery

Politics & Poetry II

Aldermen join seasoned poets to tout today's election and celebrate the memory of poet Anita Brooks.

Immigration summit TONIGHT will feature key experts, timely discussions
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Immigration summit TONIGHT will feature key experts, timely discussions

The prospect of meaningful immigration reform and how it could affect Milwaukee will be one of several key issues discussed TONIGHT during an immigration summit hosted by Alderman Joe Davis, Sr. and Alderman José G. Pérez..

Immigration summit next week will feature key experts, timely discussions
Press Release

Immigration summit next week will feature key experts, timely discussions

The prospect of meaningful immigration reform and how it could affect Milwaukee will be one of several key issues discussed next week during an immigration summit hosted by Alderman Joe Davis, Sr. and Alderman José G. Pérez.

Alderman Pérez appointed to NLC national Hispanic leadership post
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Alderman Pérez appointed to NLC national Hispanic leadership post

Alderman José G. Pérez has been appointed to serve as a member of the board of directors of the Hispanic Elected Local Officials (HELO) for the National League of Cities (NLC).

Alderman Pérez invites residents to Zilber Clarke Square Community Listening Café
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Alderman Pérez invites residents to Zilber Clarke Square Community Listening Café

Alderman José G. Pérez invites residents to take part in the Zilber Clarke Square Neighborhood Initiative’s (ZCSNI) Community Listening Café at 6:00 p.m. on Thursday, March 7 at Ascension Lutheran Church, 1236 S. Layton Blvd. ZCSNI is hosting the event as a part of its series of community cafés aimed at discussing how residents can […]

District 12 welcomes Natural Resource Technology to the Freshwater Hub
Press Release

District 12 welcomes Natural Resource Technology to the Freshwater Hub

Statement of Alderman José G. Pérez March 6, 2013

Alderman Pérez part of this week’s “Around the Corner” episode on MPTV
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Alderman Pérez part of this week’s “Around the Corner” episode on MPTV

Alderman José G. Pérez makes an onscreen appearance in the Walker’s Point episode of “Around the Corner” airing tomorrow (Thursday, February 7 at 7 p.m.) and Friday, February 8 (8 p.m.), on Milwaukee Public Television. Alderman Pérez, whose 12th Aldermanic District includes the bustling, diverse, and historic Walker’s Point neighborhood, said he was honored to […]

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.

Same-day voter registration advisory referendum goes to voters on April 2, 2013
Press Release

Same-day voter registration advisory referendum goes to voters on April 2, 2013

Statement from Alderwoman Milele A. Coggs January 15, 2013

Common Council to recognize state champion Saint Anthony soccer team
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Common Council to recognize state champion Saint Anthony soccer team

At the start of its regular meeting Tuesday, the Milwaukee Common Council will recognize and congratulate the Milwaukee Saint Anthony soccer team on its WIAA Division 3 state title win this year. Media coverage is invited. In just its third season since organizing, the fledgling Milwaukee Saint Anthony Roman Legion soccer program fought its way […]

Family needs assistance to help pay for 15- year-old daughter’s funeral
Press Release

Family needs assistance to help pay for 15- year-old daughter’s funeral

Alderman José G. Pérez is inviting residents to help the family of Brendaliz Morales Rodriguez, who died earlier this week after being shot accidentally by a sibling, according to the family.

Eyes on Milwaukee: Witkowiak Runs Off to Siberia
Eyes on Milwaukee

Witkowiak Runs Off to Siberia

The former alderman is an obsessive marathon runner. And the city gets 2000 more trees.

Airborne Asbestos Plagues South Side?

Airborne Asbestos Plagues South Side?

A KK river restoration project may be causing asbestos and lead contamination while tearing down homes too near the river.

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

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

Concerned citizen brings health and safety issue to light
Press Release

Concerned citizen brings health and safety issue to light

I am very concerned about safety and health violations that have been brought to light related to the ongoing Milwaukee Metropolitan Sewerage District (MMSD) demolition project of certain properties along the Kinnickinnic River.

Alderman Pérez will speak during fundraiser to help disaster victims
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Alderman Pérez will speak during fundraiser to help disaster victims

Alderman Pérez will speak during fundraiser to help disaster victims

Murphy’s Law: The Rise of Chris Larson
Murphy’s Law

The Rise of Chris Larson

Is he a young liberal heavyweight? Or a punching bag for Republicans?

Prayer vigil planned in response to beating death outside club
Press Release

Prayer vigil planned in response to beating death outside club

Residents will hold a prayer vigil this evening (Wednesday, November 7) in the wake of the fatal beating of Mariano Lopez.

Council votes to support County Board’s Medical Examiner legislation
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Council votes to support County Board’s Medical Examiner legislation

County Board file establishes new policy for ME in cases involving death while in law enforcement custody

Common Council prioritizes televising Fire and Police Commission meetings
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Common Council prioritizes televising Fire and Police Commission meetings

The Milwaukee Common Council today approved a motion by immediate adoption that prioritizes Fire and Police Commission meetings among the lineup of programming on City Channel 25.

Supervisor Romo West Asks the Public to Help the Less Fortunate This Winter
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Supervisor Romo West Asks the Public to Help the Less Fortunate This Winter

Supervisor Romo West and city of Milwaukee Alderman Jose Perez join in appeal for help for community’s poor

Mayor Barrett Announces “Freshwater Way” As the Winning Street Name to Replace “Pittsburgh Avenue”
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Mayor Barrett Announces “Freshwater Way” As the Winning Street Name to Replace “Pittsburgh Avenue”

Popular Contest Produced Hundreds of Suggestions

Congregation plans prayer vigil tonight in response to parking lot shooting death
Press Release

Congregation plans prayer vigil tonight in response to parking lot shooting death

Parishioners at the St. Hyacinth Catholic Church will hold a prayer vigil this evening in the wake of a disturbing shooting that left a 35-year-old man dead in the parish’s parking lot this week.

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

Twelve members of the Milwaukee Common Council today sent a letter (attached) to Milwaukee County Executive Chris Abele and Milwaukee County Board Chairwoman Marina Dimitrijevic asking that specific changes be made into law regarding procedures and practices in the Milwaukee County Medical Examiner’s Office. The 12 Council members are urging changes in the Medical Examiner’s […]

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.

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

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.

Four More Years

Four More Years

The Common Council approves the reappointment of DCD Commissioner Rocky Marcoux for another term.

Deadline is Oct. 1 to apply for NSP2 Homebuyer Assistance program
Press Release

Deadline is Oct. 1 to apply for NSP2 Homebuyer Assistance program

Alderman José G. Pérez reminds residents that the deadline to apply for Neighborhood Stabilization Program 2 Homebuyer Assistance funding is fast approaching. Anyone wishing to utilize NSP2 assistance to purchase and rehabilitate a foreclosed home must have their applications (with accepted offers) submitted to the Milwaukee Neighborhood Improvement Development Corporation by Monday, Oct. 1 2012. […]

Bradley Tech students to unveil Milwaukee Observatory in historic Walker’s Point
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Bradley Tech students to unveil Milwaukee Observatory in historic Walker’s Point

Alderman José G. Pérez invites residents and visitors to the official ribbon cutting Saturday, Sept. 15 at 10:00 a.m. of the Milwaukee Observatory, a stunning, interactive public art installation by Bradley Tech High School students that documents and celebrates the history of the Walker’s Point neighborhood. The exhibit is set up on the lawn of […]

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

On a unanimous vote, the Milwaukee Common Council today passed a measure (see attached PDF) 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. “To combat the epidemic of childhood obesity and high rates of diabetes, this […]

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.

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

In the wake of last night’s public meeting at Rufus King High School about the Milwaukee Police Department’s handling of the Darius Simmons homicide investigation, we are calling on Chief Flynn to appear before the Equal Rights Commission to answer questions publicly about the case.

Rent-to-own initiative expanding on city’s near south side
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Rent-to-own initiative expanding on city’s near south side

A scattered-site project on the near south side of Milwaukee to renovate and transform vacant foreclosed homes into rent-to-own single-family homes is expanding, said Alderman José G. Pérez.

Murphy’s Law: Rocky Road
Murphy’s Law

Rocky Road

Some aldermen want to dump DCD head Rocky Marcoux, but Mayor Barrett disagrees.

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. That misleading information – whether deliberate or just sloppy – needs to be corrected by someone. And because there is no other daily paper in town, we have no choice but […]

Zoning Change to be Approved, if Owner Pays Back Taxes

Zoning Change to be Approved, if Owner Pays Back Taxes

Property owner might get a zoning change if he pays $68,000 plus in back taxes, and the city has found new funds for street repaving projects.

Eyes on Milwaukee: The Slow Demise of Sydney Hih
Eyes on Milwaukee

The Slow Demise of Sydney Hih

Sydney Hih could be saved, a witch hunt on North Ave, UWM has a baseball team (?), and Alderman Jose Perez wins a game for the Brewers.

Eyes on Milwaukee: Hines for Mayor, Coggs for Life, Thomas for 34%, and More City Politics
Eyes on Milwaukee

Hines for Mayor, Coggs for Life, Thomas for 34%, and More City Politics

Welcome to the seventh installment of Eyes on Milwaukee. This week the focus is all on City of Milwaukee elected officials following yesterday's election. I explore the likelihood that Willie Hines runs for Mayor, how the new Common Council will resemble the old Common Council, the wide disparity in vote totals between districts, Bob Donovan winning the war, the shocking number of votes Johnny Thomas got, and Spencer Coggs' new job.

Eyes on Milwaukee: Taxi Cabs, Elections, and More
Eyes on Milwaukee

Taxi Cabs, Elections, and More

Welcome to the first weekly installment of Eyes on the Street, a new column running down what's happening in urban Milwaukee. This week features taxi cabs, election news, a list of openings and closings, and the photo of the week.