An opportunity lost, and now we’re paying the cost
Statement from Alderman Joe Davis, Sr. April 17, 2015
Last year, I put forward a proposal to spend $300,000 to fund the One Summer Plus (OSP) program here in Milwaukee using city Community Development Block Grant funds. The program, a summer youth employment initiative that includes behavioral therapy programming, saw striking results in Chicago, where violent behavior by participants (mainly inner city youth) dropped significantly.
But my proposal was aggressively attacked by the Barrett Administration, and (in my opinion) one reporter went so far as to manufacture false information to discredit my effort.
But now we are seeing a deadly outbreak of violence, and the Mayor wants to spend $2 million in police overtime to combat it, and we’re seeing MPD literally chasing and rounding up some of the very young people who would have benefited from the OSP program.
I wish the administration and some of my colleagues would have had a little responsible foresight last year to invest $300,000 in CDBG funds to help our youth.
But it now appears that they let politics get in the way of doing what is right, and sadly, we’re seeing that failure being played out now on the streets of Milwaukee.
Press Releases by Joe Davis, Sr.
Statement from Alderman Joe Davis, Sr. October 30, 2015
“The amendment provides the opportunity for minority-owned businesses to be a part of this diverse, catalytic and transformational Milwaukee project – as they should be.”
Statement of Alderman Joe Davis, Sr. September 2, 2015