Who’s serving on his advisory committee? So far, he won’t say.
Who’s serving on his advisory committee? So far, he won’t say. Back to the full article.
People who don’t like glass houses shouldn’t form stoning, “uh, uh, uh” steering committees.
I’ll wager that transparency-phobic Chris Abele will disband his conservatory committee rather than allow its meetings to be conducted in public.
With the ungodly power that Abele has been granted by his Republican buddies in the state Legislature, there’s good reason to tweak the Wisconsin Open Meetings Law. They should consider enacting special legislation to install a cyber-portal into Abele’s brain with a transcribed feed on the county website. That way, citizens could have open access to the various voices in his “meetings of HIS mind” as he plots the fate of the Domes and other county assets. Apparently, those are the only voices he listens to.
Abele is going to put an architect in charge of his committee? Looks to me like its primary purpose will be to come up with some glitzy, eye-catching replacement to get people to accept replacing this historic treasure. Don’t forget what happened with the Arena. At the first hearing I attended, there was very little interest in investing in another one. Then came the big rollout of new plans, with much fanfare and promises of economic development. Essentially the same thing happened with the Stadium.
The way to turn public trusts into private fortunes is to neglect or undermine them until they can be deemed failures. Walker started this process with our parks system and Abele is continuing down the same road. It won’t stop with the Domes.
My latest column in Milwaukee Magazine relates to this issue: http://www.milwaukeemag.com/2016/04/14/what-can-milwaukee-learn-from-houstonization/
@Barbara, we can also see that the Walker administration and Republicans are methodically working to create a failure in public schools so they can justify privatization of public education using public funds.
Dave K, I think that’s clear as well. In fact, I just made that statement this week!
PBS is airing an excellent one-hour documentary called 10 Parks That Changed America, with several showings in the next two days. It summarizes 250 years of parks history, from Savannah Square to Central Park and the High Line. It shows how public spaces helped shape and improve America. Great cities invest in their public spaces, which in turn spurs economic growth and high livability in a productive loop.
I’ve just noticed that this article is not an Op-ed and Urban Milwaukee was the entity named as having requested information from Abele’s office. Has Urban Milwaukee brought Ms. Small and her paranoia on staff?
@ Jeremy: Paranoia? Ms Small’s pithy exposes are the epitome of rationality and reason. Snarksters such as yourself can’t handle the truth and apparently it makes you uncomfortable when someone is willing to call a spade a spade. If that’s a problem, keep reading Don Behm over at the Journal-Sentinel. He doesn’t bury the proverbial “lead” in his reporting. He ignores it entirely.
The real mystery here is, how did Chris Abele get reelected?!?
He got reelected because he spent millions to run for a position that pays 100K a year
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