Joe Davis, Sr.
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Alderman Davis issues statement regarding the One Summer Plus Pilot Program

Statement from Alderman Joe Davis, Sr. August 11, 2014

By - Aug 11th, 2014 09:27 am

There recently have been public statements made to the press regarding my support of Community Advocates‘ proposal for the One Summer Plus Program in the City of Milwaukee that is being spearheaded in Chicago to reduce violence for at-risk youth. As you may well know, the Common Council’s Community and Economic Development Committee has the appropriating authority to recommend funding on behalf of the City of Milwaukee for the United States Department of Housing and Urban Development funds which includes the Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) funding.

Andi Elliott, interim CEO of Community Advocates, states that she “told (Alderman) Davis the agency had enough to run the (One Summer Plus) program” in a recent article with the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel. She further states that my response was “(Davis) said he thought it was a great idea and he could help support it.” These statements from Andi Elliot are false because it is a fact that I have never spoken to, nor have I ever met with, Andi Elliot, and the characterization of my comments leaves an impression that impropriety has occurred.

With this in mind, I have requested the City Clerk to submit a communication file (file #140603) regarding this issue for a special CED Committee meeting before the next Common Council meeting in September. It is imperative that I as the CED Committee Chairman operate with transparency and that information transmitted from partnership agencies that perform services for the City of Milwaukee is accurate and truthful.

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