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Campaign Finance Reports

2021 - January Continuing - $1,025 - 3 contributions

2020 - July Continuing - $285 - 3 contributions

2020 - January Continuing - $5,444 - 24 contributions

2019 - Post-Election - $17,240 - 51 contributions

2019 - Special Pre-Election - $3,778 - 32 contributions

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Plats and Parcels: City Creates Bronzeville Development Zone
Plats and Parcels

City Creates Bronzeville Development Zone

To spur development, limit chain businesses. Plus: a recap of week's real estate news.

Eyes on Milwaukee: Vacant Building Could Be Hub for Entrepreneurs
Eyes on Milwaukee

Vacant Building Could Be Hub for Entrepreneurs

Foreclosed office building at 76th and Capitol would see new life.

City Hall: Perez Gives New Committee Assignments
City Hall

Perez Gives New Committee Assignments

Newly-elected alders get their first assignments. But others still doing double duty.

Garden District ushers in the holiday season with multiple events this week
City Hall: Council Overrides Mayor Johnson’s First Vetoes
City Hall

Council Overrides Mayor Johnson’s First Vetoes

Actions finalize 2023 budget with no cuts to libraries or fire department.

City Closes Penthouse Lounge

City Closes Penthouse Lounge

After seven-item police report, Common Council votes for non-renewal of northside bar.

Mayor’s Office Adds ‘Vision Zero’ Czar

Mayor’s Office Adds ‘Vision Zero’ Czar

Newly-created position will coordinate citywide effort to eliminate traffic deaths.

Council Reverses Cuts, Raises Fees In Adopting 2023 Milwaukee Budget

Council Reverses Cuts, Raises Fees In Adopting 2023 Milwaukee Budget

But police will still see service reduction and drastic cuts will come in future years without changes at state level.

City Hall: Discrimination Lawsuit Will Cost City $400,000
City Hall

Discrimination Lawsuit Will Cost City $400,000

Council grumbles but okays settlement. 'A very bitter pill to swallow,' says Ald. Murphy.

City Hall: Council Beefing Up Negotiation Team In Advance of Public Safety Contract Talks
City Hall

Council Beefing Up Negotiation Team In Advance of Public Safety Contract Talks

Funding comes from City Attorney's Office.

City Hall: Mayor, Council At Odds Over How To Prepare For Fiscal Cliff
City Hall

Mayor, Council At Odds Over How To Prepare For Fiscal Cliff

But there is unanimous agreement that city faces a looming crisis.

Eyes on Milwaukee: Deer District Concert Halls Okayed Again
Eyes on Milwaukee

Deer District Concert Halls Okayed Again

Zoning committee endorses project. Not our call to decide who is or isn't a monopoly, note Bauman, DCD.

City Hall: Proposed Budget Amendments Reverse Library, Fire Department Cuts
City Hall

Proposed Budget Amendments Reverse Library, Fire Department Cuts

Majority of council supports $4.7 million amendment.

Deal Struck To Allow Pabst To Operate Historic Mansion as Venue

Deal Struck To Allow Pabst To Operate Historic Mansion as Venue

Attorney Mike Maistelman works with PTG, Alderman Robert Bauman and neighbors to craft agreement. Alderman otherwise fears demolition.

“Taste of the Gateway – Dining Days” kicks off on Wednesday, October 19
City Hall: Library Poised To Cut Services At 5 Branches In 2023
City Hall

Library Poised To Cut Services At 5 Branches In 2023

Council debates what libraries and if service could be restored.

Senseless gun violence ends a much-loved 12-year-old’s journey before it truly gets started
Press Release

Senseless gun violence ends a much-loved 12-year-old’s journey before it truly gets started

Joint statement from all members of the Milwaukee Common Council: Alderman Khalif J. Rainey, Alderwoman Milele A. Coggs, Alderman Robert J. Bauman, Alderwoman Nikiya Dodd, Alderwoman JoCasta Zamarripa, Alderman Michael J. Murphy, Alderman Mark A. Borkowski, Alderman José G. Pérez, Alderman Scott Spiker, Alderwoman Marina Dimitrijevic, and Alderman Russell W. Stamper, II

Transportation: 2023 Milwaukee Budget Includes $500,000 Protected Bike Lane Fund
Transportation

2023 Milwaukee Budget Includes $500,000 Protected Bike Lane Fund

But will council approve it?

City Hall: What Two Fire Stations Will Milwaukee Fire Department Cut?
City Hall

What Two Fire Stations Will Milwaukee Fire Department Cut?

Or will an influx of Medicaid money stave off cut?

Fall Perennial Exchange continues beautification efforts on the South Side
City Hall: Juneteenth Now An Official City Holiday
City Hall

Juneteenth Now An Official City Holiday

Ald. Milele Coggs leads the charge for full city recognition after 2014 'halfway measure'.

City Hall: Committee Backs Johnson’s FPC Nominees
City Hall

Committee Backs Johnson’s FPC Nominees

Council committee endorses two "immensely qualified" candidates to finally fill Fire & Police Commission.

City Hall: New Penalties For Landlords Who Don’t Fix Lead Hazards
City Hall

New Penalties For Landlords Who Don’t Fix Lead Hazards

Fees, citations, even demolition for non-compliance after child tests positive for lead.

Eyes on Milwaukee: City Seeking Affordable Housing Developers Who Need Funding
Eyes on Milwaukee

City Seeking Affordable Housing Developers Who Need Funding

Housing Trust Fund has $10 million to award to worthy projects.

City Hall: New $5,000 Fine For Not Reporting Stolen Guns
City Hall

New $5,000 Fine For Not Reporting Stolen Guns

Proposal includes a requirement to securely store guns in cars. MPD backing proposal.

City Hall: Mayor Johnson’s New HR Director Gets Committee Endorsement
City Hall

Mayor Johnson’s New HR Director Gets Committee Endorsement

Harper Donahue would move from the City of Madison to Milwaukee.

3rd Annual Frida Fest returns this weekend
City Hall: ARPA Funds Can’t Plug City Budget Hole
City Hall

ARPA Funds Can’t Plug City Budget Hole

Deficit keeps growing and even devoting every ARPA dollar to it won't solve problem.

Statement on Wilson Park Creek incident
Press Release

Statement on Wilson Park Creek incident

Alderman Scott Spiker and Common Council President José G. Pérez June 14, 2022

City Hall: Police Officers Lied About Vaccine Status
City Hall

Police Officers Lied About Vaccine Status

Two officers lied to take a taxpayer-funded trip, under advice from Lieutenant who retired before discipline could be issued.

RNC framework contract is a win-win for the City of Milwaukee
Press Release

RNC framework contract is a win-win for the City of Milwaukee

Joint statement from Common Council Members: Common Council President/Alderman José G. Pérez, Alderwoman Chantia Lewis, Alderman Ashanti Hamilton, Alderwoman JoCasta Zamarripa, Alderman Michael J. Murphy, Alderman Mark A. Borkowski, and Alderman Scott Spiker June 1, 2022

Statement on mass shooting at school in Uvalde, Texas
Press Release

Statement on mass shooting at school in Uvalde, Texas

By all Members of the Common Council: Common Council President/Alderman José G. Pérez, Alderman Ashanti Hamilton, Alderman Robert Bauman, Alderwoman Nikiya Dodd, Alderwoman Milele A. Coggs, Alderman Khalif J. Rainey,  Alderwoman JoCasta Zamarripa, Alderwoman Chantia Lewis, Alderman Michael J. Murphy, Alderman Mark A. Borkowski, Alderman Scott Spiker, Alderwoman Marina Dimitrijevic, and Alderman Russell W. Stamper, II

Summerfest Will Pay Full Cost of Policing For Second Straight Year

Summerfest Will Pay Full Cost of Policing For Second Straight Year

After the issue came to a head in 2019, city is being compensated for securing festival.

Eyes on Milwaukee: Taco John’s, Popeyes Opening Near Airport
Eyes on Milwaukee

Taco John’s, Popeyes Opening Near Airport

Plan Commission okays two new fast food places in vacant site at 5th and Layton.

City Hall: MPD Temporarily Lost More Than 8,000 Citations
City Hall

MPD Temporarily Lost More Than 8,000 Citations

Offenses including speeding, disorderly conduct, assault and battery had no follow-up after ticket issued.

City Hall: Committee Backs Kovac For Budget Director
City Hall

Committee Backs Kovac For Budget Director

A unanimous vote for alderman, whose resignation is expected to occur May 9.

City Hall: Perez Shakes Up Committee Assignments
City Hall

Perez Shakes Up Committee Assignments

Musical chairs game has new leaders at the helm of city's most powerful committees.

Statement on the election of Alderman José Pérez as Common Council President
Press Release

Statement on the election of Alderman José Pérez as Common Council President

By Common Council members: Alderwoman JoCasta Zamarripa, Alderman Ashanti Hamilton, Alderman Nik Kovac, Alderman Robert J. Bauman, Alderwoman Milele A. Coggs, Alderwoman Chantia Lewis, Alderman Michael J. Murphy, Alderman Mark Borkowski, Alderman Scott Spiker, Alderwoman Marina Dimitrijevic and Alderman Russell W. Stamper, II April 19, 2022

City Hall: Federal Grant Could Help Stave Off 1,300 Layoffs
City Hall

Federal Grant Could Help Stave Off 1,300 Layoffs

But only for a couple years. Milwaukee still needs state help.

City Hall: New Assessments Hike Residential Values By 17.7%
City Hall

New Assessments Hike Residential Values By 17.7%

Property values surging across the entire city, but won't necessary mean a tax increase.

City Hall: City Attorney Halts Plan To Sue Reckless Drivers
City Hall

City Attorney Halts Plan To Sue Reckless Drivers

Spencer submits last minute opinion saying the proposal is too broad.

City Hall: Committee Backs Bree Spencer Joining Police Oversight Board
City Hall

Committee Backs Bree Spencer Joining Police Oversight Board

Spencer would be the seventh member on Fire & Police Commission.

City Hall: Milwaukee Mask Mandate Expires
City Hall

Milwaukee Mask Mandate Expires

Lasted less than six weeks. But businesses and organizations can still require masks on their premises.

Eyes on Milwaukee: New Plans Aims To Grow 13th Street
Eyes on Milwaukee

New Plans Aims To Grow 13th Street

Extension of KK River Trail, traffic calming for Oklahoma Ave and safety improvements for S. 13th Street.

City Hall: Dimitrijevic’s Parental Leave Policy Passed
City Hall

Dimitrijevic’s Parental Leave Policy Passed

Council votes 10-2 in favor, but measure reduced from 12 to six weeks paid leave.

Plenty of Horne: Milwaukee Has a Singing Mayor Again
Plenty of Horne

Milwaukee Has a Singing Mayor Again

Acting Mayor Cavalier Johnson tries singing at city's 176th Birthday Party, before a big turnout of politicians.

Statement on the passing of Dr. Lester Carter
Press Release

Statement on the passing of Dr. Lester Carter

Alderman Khalif J. Rainey, Alderman Ashanti Hamilton, Alderman Nik Kovac, Alderman Robert J. Bauman, Alderwoman Nikiya Dodd, Alderwoman Milele A. Coggs, Alderwoman JoCasta Zamarripa, Alderwoman Chantia Lewis, Alderman Michael J. Murphy, Alderman Mark A. Borkowski, Alderman José G. Pérez, Alderman Scott Spiker and Alderman Russell W. Stamper, II.

City Hall: Anti-Harassment Policy Expanded After City Attorney Case
City Hall

Anti-Harassment Policy Expanded After City Attorney Case

Effort took more than a year, from investigation to enactment.

City Hall: Council Ends Redistricting With Anger, Tears
City Hall

Council Ends Redistricting With Anger, Tears

Council members call process unfair, unjust and infuriating. How did things go wrong?

City Hall: Milwaukee Enacts (Soft) Mask Mandate
City Hall

Milwaukee Enacts (Soft) Mask Mandate

Largely ceremonial rule applies to publicly-accessible buildings and businesses, ends March 1.

City Hall: Latino Leaders Could Sue Over Redistricting
City Hall

Latino Leaders Could Sue Over Redistricting

They demand council hire outside counsel. City Attorney defends his closed-door advice.

Voces de la Frontera Statement on Redistricting Decision
City Hall: Milwaukee Starts Over On Redistricting, Only To Adopt Same Map Again
City Hall

Milwaukee Starts Over On Redistricting, Only To Adopt Same Map Again

Effort to expand Latino influence won't stand up to legal challenges says City Attorney. Alderwoman says council "hoodwinked" and "railroaded."

Thank you, Governor Tony Evers
Press Release

Thank you, Governor Tony Evers

Statement from members of the Common Council: Alderwoman Chantia Lewis, Alderwoman Milele A. Coggs, Alderman Ashanti Hamilton, Alderwoman Nikiya Dodd, Alderman Scott Spiker, Alderman José G. Pérez, Alderman Michael J. Murphy, Alderman Nik Kovac, and Alderman Mark A. Borkowski

City Hall: Council Moving To Institute Mask Mandate With No Enforcement
City Hall

Council Moving To Institute Mask Mandate With No Enforcement

Would apply to all publicly-accessible, indoor businesses and organizations in the City of Milwaukee.

Eyes on Milwaukee: Layton Lofts Under Construction
Eyes on Milwaukee

Layton Lofts Under Construction

New apartment building joins busy commercial corridor, but contractor fighting city on utility use.

Eyes on Milwaukee: Micro-Hospital Planned Near Airport
Eyes on Milwaukee

Micro-Hospital Planned Near Airport

Development reflects national trend to build smaller emergency healthcare facilities.

Johnson Ceremonially Sworn In As Mayor

Johnson Ceremonially Sworn In As Mayor

Milwaukee's acting mayor hosts a ceremony of pomp and circumstance to tell his story.

Council Suspends Downtown’s ELMNT Lounge For 60 Days

Council Suspends Downtown’s ELMNT Lounge For 60 Days

Action taken after police and others argue over how a homicide near bar was handled.

Council adopts ordinance lowering recovery rate for assessable traffic calming improvements
City Hall: Council Halts Redistricting After Latino Pushback
City Hall

Council Halts Redistricting After Latino Pushback

After approving a map in November, council rejects it, to allow more community feedback.

City Hall: Pastors Demand “Tax and Take” Moratorium
City Hall

Pastors Demand “Tax and Take” Moratorium

City officials say it's not possible, as discussion of how to handle churches gets confusing.

City Hall: Half of Milwaukee’s Car Thefts By Children
City Hall

Half of Milwaukee’s Car Thefts By Children

The 'Kia Boyz' have helped drive 'astronomical' 58% increase in city's car thefts, nearly half by kids 16 and under.

City Hall: Barrett Vetoes Redistricting Map
City Hall

Barrett Vetoes Redistricting Map

Voces de la Frontera lobbied for a veto to push council to create third Hispanic district.

Garden District rings in the holidays with multiple events this week
City Hall: Group Introduces Nine Options To Create Three Latino-Majority Council Districts
City Hall

Group Introduces Nine Options To Create Three Latino-Majority Council Districts

But none have majority Latino voting age populations today. Will Barrett veto?

City Hall: Committee Endorses Dana World-Patterson’s Appointment To FPC
City Hall

Committee Endorses Dana World-Patterson’s Appointment To FPC

Human trafficking victims' advocate draws high praise from council members.

City Hall: Barrett Pushed To Veto New Council Map
City Hall

Barrett Pushed To Veto New Council Map

Voces de la Frontera calls for creation of third majority-Hispanic district.

City Hall: Council Okays ‘Warp Speed’ Redistricting
City Hall

Council Okays ‘Warp Speed’ Redistricting

City officials forced to work quickly, with one council member objecting to new plan.

City Hall: The Council’s War With Tearman Spencer
City Hall

The Council’s War With Tearman Spencer

Lots of grumbling, but City Attorney scores wins in two of three battles Tuesday.

City Hall: Committee Backs City Redistricting Plan
City Hall

Committee Backs City Redistricting Plan

But what about a third Latino majority district?

City Hall: Council Blasts Extra Cost For Morales’ Lawsuit
City Hall

Council Blasts Extra Cost For Morales’ Lawsuit

City Attorney Spencer knew outside counsel handling case exceeded authorized cost.

Mayor Barrett and Common Ground Announce City of Milwaukee Joining National Gun Safety Consortium
City Hall: Milwaukee Adopts ‘Calm Before The Storm’ 2022 Budget
City Hall

Milwaukee Adopts ‘Calm Before The Storm’ 2022 Budget

No fee increases and small tax increase as city bolsters pension reserve fund in anticipation of fiscal cliff.

Hate Has No Place at City Hall
Press Release

Hate Has No Place at City Hall

Statement of Alderman Scott Spiker November 2, 2021

City Hall: Committee Recommends Few Budget Amendments
City Hall

Committee Recommends Few Budget Amendments

No fee increases and few changes as council braces for next year's fiscal cliff.

Housing Authority employee target of attempted carjacking
Press Release

Housing Authority employee target of attempted carjacking

Statement from members of the Common Council: Alderwoman Milele A. Coggs, Alderman Cavalier Johnson, Alderman Nik Kovac, Alderman Robert J. Bauman, Alderwoman Nikiya Dodd, Alderman Khalif J. Rainey, Alderwoman JoCasta Zamarripa, Alderwoman Chantia Lewis, Alderman Michael J. Murphy, Alderman Mark A. Borkowski, Alderman José G. Pérez, Alderman Scott Spiker, Alderwoman Marina Dimitrijevic and Alderman Russell W Stamper, II

City Hall: City Faces Shortage of Garbage Truck, Snowplow Drivers
City Hall

City Faces Shortage of Garbage Truck, Snowplow Drivers

Milwaukee raising starting pay by $5,400.

City Hall: Police Department Tweets Lied To Public
City Hall

Police Department Tweets Lied To Public

Comptroller audit finds 2020 tweets misled public. Acting Chief Norman calls them "unacceptable."

Committee recommends approval of ARPA omnibus proposal
Press Release

Committee recommends approval of ARPA omnibus proposal

Includes funding for public safety and crime prevention, housing, lead abatement, continued COVID response and more

City Hall: Common Council Has 7 Times The Ideas As It Has Funding
City Hall

Common Council Has 7 Times The Ideas As It Has Funding

82 ideas for how to spend $394.2 million federal grant. What will council choose?

Taste of the Gateway – Dining Days starts October 14th
City Hall: Homicides, Shootings, Auto Thefts All At Record Highs
City Hall

Homicides, Shootings, Auto Thefts All At Record Highs

MPD Acting Chief Jeffrey Norman presents vision of community-centered approach to solving issues.

City Hall: 12 Options to Solve Milwaukee’s Fiscal Crisis
City Hall

12 Options to Solve Milwaukee’s Fiscal Crisis

Nine are bad says alderman. Without solution Milwaukee would need to cut one-fourth of workforce.

City Hall: Latest City Attorney Controversy Causes Council Infighting
City Hall

Latest City Attorney Controversy Causes Council Infighting

Dodd vs Zamarripa is an extension of Tearman Spencer vs City Hall

City Hall: It’s Johnson Vs. Dimitrijevic On Mask Mandate
City Hall

It’s Johnson Vs. Dimitrijevic On Mask Mandate

Health commissioner and alderwoman at odds over whether city should have mask mandate.

City Hall: Turmoil, Toxic Work Environment at City Attorney’s Office
City Hall

Turmoil, Toxic Work Environment at City Attorney’s Office

Resignation forms cite ethical violations, poor treatment of women & more by Tearman Spencer.

City Hall: More Than 660 Street Trees Lost in August Storm
City Hall

More Than 660 Street Trees Lost in August Storm

City officials debating how to get ready for next big storm as they await bill from "unprecedented" event.

City Hall: Where Have All The City Workers Gone?
City Hall

Where Have All The City Workers Gone?

They've abandoned the South Side in droves since residency requirement was lifted.

City Hall: Census Data Shows Changing Milwaukee Demographics
City Hall

Census Data Shows Changing Milwaukee Demographics

Fewer white residents citywide, but shrinking population totals in many majority-Black neighborhoods.

City Hall: Committee OK’s ARPA Funding for Ambulances, Reckless Driving and Eviction Prevention
City Hall

Committee OK’s ARPA Funding for Ambulances, Reckless Driving and Eviction Prevention

Finance & Personnel Committee recommends spending $14 million of city's $394 million ARPA allocation.

City Hall: City Could Lose 40% of ARPA Funds to Revenue Recovery
City Hall

City Could Lose 40% of ARPA Funds to Revenue Recovery

Funds would go towards plugging revenue shortfalls, not generational investments.

City Hall: Council Delays Action On ARPA Funds
City Hall

Council Delays Action On ARPA Funds

City has $193 million in the bank. But how to spend it still being debated.

Eyes on Milwaukee: Leaders Celebrate New Mental Health Center
Eyes on Milwaukee

Leaders Celebrate New Mental Health Center

Huge gathering of officials for project lauded as momentous, exciting and historic.

Congratulations Colectivo workers
Press Release

Congratulations Colectivo workers

Joint statement from members of the Milwaukee Common Council: Alderman Cavalier Johnson, Alderman Nik Kovac, Alderman Michael J. Murphy, Alderman José G. Pérez and Alderman Scott Spiker

Frida festival and Puerto Rican Family Festival taking place this weekend
Garden District Tour of Homes will take place Saturday
Transportation: Streetcar Study Draws Controversy
Transportation

Streetcar Study Draws Controversy

Study of Walker’s Point extension moves forward.

City Hall: Council Approves Morales Settlement
City Hall

Council Approves Morales Settlement

Former chief will get $500,000 and now a finalist for job in Dane County suburb.

Two-Thirds of All Milwaukee Auto Thefts Are Kia and Hyundai Vehicles

Two-Thirds of All Milwaukee Auto Thefts Are Kia and Hyundai Vehicles

Milwaukee on track for record breaking year, having already eclipsed all of 2020.

City Hall: Morales Payout Rises Still Higher
City Hall

Morales Payout Rises Still Higher

City must also pay its private legal team. Total cost of lawsuit will exceed $668,000.

Council Approves HaRUNbee Walk/Run For Healthy Birth Outcomes As Part Of Bronzeville Week 2021
City Hall: New Ordinance Could Remove Elected Officials
City Hall

New Ordinance Could Remove Elected Officials

For undefined 'inefficiency' or 'neglect of duty.' Alders slam the proposal.

Should Milwaukee Eliminate Fine for Small Amounts of Marijuana?

Should Milwaukee Eliminate Fine for Small Amounts of Marijuana?

Council tables a proposed policy change, but could pass measure on July 7th.

City Hall: Summerfest, City Strike Deal On Police Costs
City Hall

Summerfest, City Strike Deal On Police Costs

Costs had climbed to more than $800,000 annually for MPD, but festival paid for little of it.

City Hall: The Ann Wilson Problem
City Hall

The Ann Wilson Problem

Mayor's chief of staff promises she will be replaced on Fire & Police Commission. But when?

Reckless driving behavior continues to be a detriment to our community
Press Release

Reckless driving behavior continues to be a detriment to our community

Joint statement from members of the Common Council – Alderwoman Chantia Lewis, Alderwoman Nikiya Dodd, Alderman Russell W. Stamper, II, Alderman Khalif J. Rainey, Alderwoman Milele A. Coggs, Alderman Scott Spiker, Alderman Michael J. Murphy, Alderman Nik Kovac, Alderman Mark Borkowski and Alderman José G. Pérez

City Hall: Vaccination Rate Below 20% in One Milwaukee Neighborhood
City Hall

Vaccination Rate Below 20% in One Milwaukee Neighborhood

But your sewage doesn't lie, COVID-19 case rates are declining in the city.

Congratulations Chief Lipski!
Press Release

Congratulations Chief Lipski!

Joint Statement from members of the Milwaukee Common Council: Alderman Cavalier Johnson, Alderman Ashanti Hamilton, Alderman Robert J. Bauman, Alderwoman Nikiya Dodd, Alderwoman JoCasta Zamarripa, Alderwoman Chantia Lewis, Alderman Michael J. Murphy, Alderman Mark A. Borkowski, Alderman José G. Pérez, Alderman Scott Spiker and Alderwoman Marina Dimitrijevic

Council approves transparency file for receipt and distribution of ARPA funds
City Hall: Milwaukee Could Suspend Street Lighting Fee
City Hall

Milwaukee Could Suspend Street Lighting Fee

But property owners will need to pay at least once.

City Hall: City Rejects Hawley Rd. Flood Settlement
City Hall

City Rejects Hawley Rd. Flood Settlement

Residents left soaked with costs after settlement agreement falls apart. Their attorney thinks it might cost even more to sue.

Statement on fatal fire, importance of working smoke alarms
Press Release

Statement on fatal fire, importance of working smoke alarms

Alderman Scott Spiker March 22, 2021

City’s Largest Solar Installation Is Live

City’s Largest Solar Installation Is Live

More than 7,000 solar panels produce enough energy to power 500 homes.

Eyes on Milwaukee: Big Property Owners Gear Up To Sue City
Eyes on Milwaukee

Big Property Owners Gear Up To Sue City

Record challenges to 2020 assessments now headed to court.

City Hall: Council Committee Rejects MPD Request To Be Featured on Crime Show
City Hall

Council Committee Rejects MPD Request To Be Featured on Crime Show

MPD sees it as public relations improvement. Alderman sees it as "trauma porn."

Collaborative, community focused approach needed for stimulus fund allocation
Press Release

Collaborative, community focused approach needed for stimulus fund allocation

Joint statement from members of the Milwaukee Common Council: Alderwoman Milele A. Coggs, Alderman Ashanti Hamilton, Alderman Cavalier Johnson, Alderman Nik Kovac, Alderman Robert J. Bauman, Alderwoman Nikiya Dodd, Alderman Khalif J. Rainey, Alderwoman JoCasta Zamarripa, Alderwoman Chantia Lewis, Alderman Michael J. Murphy, Alderman Mark Borkowski, Alderman José G. Pérez, Alderman Scott Spiker, Alderwoman Marina Dimitrijevic and Alderman Russell W. Stamper, II

New Partnership Brings Additional COVID-19 Vaccines to Milwaukee’s Southside
Press Release

New Partnership Brings Additional COVID-19 Vaccines to Milwaukee’s Southside

Joint Statement from Alderman José G. Pérez, Alderwoman JoCasta Zamarripa and Alderman Scott Spiker 

City Hall: Another Council Committee Opposes Wilson
City Hall

Another Council Committee Opposes Wilson

Majority of council opposes Ann Wilson's reappointment to Fire & Police Commission.

Common Council honors Dr. Joan Prince for decades of service to Milwaukee
Press Release

Common Council honors Dr. Joan Prince for decades of service to Milwaukee

Joint statement from members of the Milwaukee Common Council: Alderman Ashanti Hamilton, Alderman Cavalier Johnson, Alderman Nik Kovac, Alderman Robert J. Bauman, Alderwoman Nikiya Dodd, Alderwoman Milele A. Coggs, Alderman Khalif J. Rainey, Alderwoman JoCasta Zamarripa, Alderwoman Chantia Lewis, Alderman Michael J. Murphy, Alderman Mark Borkowski, Alderman José G. Pérez, Alderman Scott Spiker, Alderwoman Marina Dimitrijevic and Alderman Russell W. Stamper, II

Council members to join ministers, legal experts and renters to urge funding remedy amid COVID housing crisis
Eyes on Milwaukee: City Creating Plan to Develop and Preserve Bay View
Eyes on Milwaukee

City Creating Plan to Develop and Preserve Bay View

New area plan would create shared vision for future of neighborhood.

Southside Bus Stops Get Nod to History

Southside Bus Stops Get Nod to History

New paneling harkens back to when S. 27th Street was U.S. Highway 41.

Continuing King Drive is continuing the work of Dr. King
Press Release

Continuing King Drive is continuing the work of Dr. King

Statement of Alderwoman Milele A. Coggs January 22, 2021

On the passing of Henry “Hank” Aaron
Press Release

On the passing of Henry “Hank” Aaron

From all members of the Common Council -- Alderman Cavalier Johnson, Alderman Ashanti Hamilton, Alderman Nik Kovac, Alderman Robert J. Bauman, Alderwoman Nikiya Dodd, Alderwoman Milele A. Coggs, Alderman Khalif J. Rainey, Alderwoman JoCasta Zamarripa, Alderwoman Chantia Lewis, Alderman Michael J. Murphy, Alderman Mark A. Borkowski, Alderman José G. Pérez, Alderman Scott Spiker, Alderwoman Marina Dimitrijevic and Alderman Russell W. Stamper, II

Joint Statement on the Passing of Ms. Maria Monreal-Cameron
Press Release

Joint Statement on the Passing of Ms. Maria Monreal-Cameron

From members of the Milwaukee Common Council: Alderman José G. Pérez, Alderwoman JoCasta Zamarripa, Alderman Ashanti Hamilton, Alderman Cavalier Johnson, Alderman Nik Kovac, Alderman Robert J. Bauman, Alderwoman Nikiya Dodd, Alderwoman Milele A. Coggs, Alderman Khalif J. Rainey, Alderwoman Chantia Lewis, Alderman Michael J. Murphy, Alderman Mark Borkowski, Alderman Scott Spiker, Alderwoman Marina Dimitrijevic and Alderman Russell W. Stamper, II

City Hall: Council Overrides Mayoral Veto, Wants Power To Fire Police Chief
City Hall

Council Overrides Mayoral Veto, Wants Power To Fire Police Chief

Council wants Legislature to give it firing power. Mayor's veto of this fails.

City Hall: Council Confirms Avalos, Adds Tie-Breaking Vote to Fire & Police Commission
City Hall

Council Confirms Avalos, Adds Tie-Breaking Vote to Fire & Police Commission

But a potential issue awaits with looming rejection of Ann Wilson's reappointment.

City Hall: Council Okays Federal COPS Grant, But…
City Hall

Council Okays Federal COPS Grant, But…

Police department agrees to certain conditions for grant intended to reform operations.

City Hall: New City HR Director Impresses Alders
City Hall

New City HR Director Impresses Alders

Makda Fessahaye's appointment as employee relations director wins unanimous committee approval.

Transportation: Milwaukee Seeks Data for Vision Zero Push
Transportation

Milwaukee Seeks Data for Vision Zero Push

Consultant would identify dangerous interactions, develop predictive model.

Statement on Recent Events
Press Release

Statement on Recent Events

Alderman Scott Spiker January 7, 2021

City Hall: Committee Rejects Ann Wilson’s FPC Reappointment
City Hall

Committee Rejects Ann Wilson’s FPC Reappointment

But even if council affirms rejection, Wilson could continue to serve.

Drop off your new or used working holiday lights and outdoor displays this weekend
Garden District welcomes new restaurant at Mitchell International
City Hall: Council Wants Control Over Police and Fire Chiefs
City Hall

Council Wants Control Over Police and Fire Chiefs

Seeking changes to state law to give city's elected officials control.

City Hall: Council Moves To Reject Federal COPS Grant
City Hall

Council Moves To Reject Federal COPS Grant

Means 30 fewer officers, leaving Milwaukee down by 150 officers in 2021.

City Hall: Avalos Confirmation On Hold Because of FPC Misstep
City Hall

Avalos Confirmation On Hold Because of FPC Misstep

Committee voted for her without necessary background check.

City Hall: Committee Backs Leon Todd to Lead FPC
City Hall

Committee Backs Leon Todd to Lead FPC

Attorney gets council committee approval to run troubled Fire & Police Commission.

City Hall: Should Mayor Appoint Police and Fire Chiefs?
City Hall

Should Mayor Appoint Police and Fire Chiefs?

Council members think system is broken; many support change in state legislation.

City Hall: Council Delays on Federal COPS Grant
City Hall

Council Delays on Federal COPS Grant

Would fund 30 positions, prevent more police reductions, but presents future fiscal issues.

City Hall: COVID-19 Violations Going From Max of $2,000 to $20,000
City Hall

COVID-19 Violations Going From Max of $2,000 to $20,000

Health department hopes cost increase yields more voluntary compliance.

City Hall: $1.6 Billion Adopted Budget Raises Fees, Cuts Police
City Hall

$1.6 Billion Adopted Budget Raises Fees, Cuts Police

City's fiscal challenges continue to mount under state restrictions, rising costs.

Transportation: Budget Amendment Would Move Milwaukee Towards “Vision Zero”
Transportation

Budget Amendment Would Move Milwaukee Towards “Vision Zero”

Proposal start of an effort to eliminate traffic fatalities and serious injuries.

City Hall: Committee Approves Over 20 Amendments To Milwaukee Budget
City Hall

Committee Approves Over 20 Amendments To Milwaukee Budget

Amendments target violence prevention, housing, lead abatement and more.

Taste of the Gateway – Dining Days starts Wednesday, Oct. 28th
The “Molotov Cocktail” That Wasn’t

The “Molotov Cocktail” That Wasn’t

MPD admits the 6th and McKinley weapon was just a plastic water bottle.

City Hall: Police Chief, Alderman Fight Over Use of Canines
City Hall

Police Chief, Alderman Fight Over Use of Canines

Chief says it's an infrequently used safety tactic, Rainey say it's "barbaric."

Avoidable and senseless crash takes the life of beloved community leader, spouse
Press Release

Avoidable and senseless crash takes the life of beloved community leader, spouse

Joint statement from Alderwoman JoCasta Zamarripa, Alderman Scott Spiker and Alderman José G. Pérez October 20, 2020

Transportation: Should Milwaukee Stop The Hop?
Transportation

Should Milwaukee Stop The Hop?

Alderman proposes this, but suspending the service might cost more than it saves.

City Hall: About That Proposed Street Lighting Fee
City Hall

About That Proposed Street Lighting Fee

Average homeowner fee is $45 per year so city could replace 100-year-old circuitry

Statement on Indigenous Peoples’ Day
Press Release

Statement on Indigenous Peoples’ Day

From members of the Milwaukee Common Council – Alderman Ashanti Hamilton, Alderman Cavalier Johnson, Alderman Nik Kovac, Alderman Robert J. Bauman, Alderwoman Nikiya Dodd, Alderwoman Milele A. Coggs, Alderman Khalif J. Rainey, Alderwoman JoCasta Zamarripa, Alderwoman Chantia Lewis, Alderman Michael J. Murphy, Alderman José G. Pérez, Alderman Scott Spiker, Alderwoman Marina Dimitrijevic and Alderman Russell W. Stamper, II

Wisconsin municipalities should be able to count mail-in ballots early
Press Release

Wisconsin municipalities should be able to count mail-in ballots early

Statement from members of the Milwaukee Common Council – Alderman Ashanti Hamilton, Alderman Cavalier Johnson, Alderman Nik Kovac, Alderman Robert J. Bauman, Alderwoman Nikiya Dodd, Alderwoman Milele A. Coggs, Alderman Khalif J. Rainey, Alderwoman JoCasta Zamarripa, Alderwoman Chantia Lewis, Alderman Michael J. Murphy, Alderman Mark Borkowski, Alderman José G. Pérez, Alderman Scott Spiker, Alderwoman Marina Dimitrijevic and Alderman Russell W. Stamper, II

Garden District Tour of Homes will take place Sunday, September 27th
We have your back, Colectivo workers
Press Release

We have your back, Colectivo workers

Statement from members of the Milwaukee Common Council – Alderman Cavalier Johnson, Alderman Nik Kovac, Alderman Robert J. Bauman, Alderman Khalif J. Rainey, Alderwoman JoCasta Zamarripa, Alderwoman Chantia Lewis, Alderman Michael J. Murphy, Alderman Mark A. Borkowski, Alderman Scott Spiker and Alderwoman Marina Dimitrijevic

City Hall: Assessor Wants No Assessments in 2021
City Hall

Assessor Wants No Assessments in 2021

Proposal would freeze property values for two years.

In recognition of unions on Labor Day
Press Release

In recognition of unions on Labor Day

Statement from members of the Milwaukee Common Council – Alderman Cavalier Johnson, Alderman Scott Spiker, Alderwoman Milele A. Coggs, Alderman José G. Pérez, Alderman Robert J. Bauman, Alderwoman Nikiya Dodd, Alderwoman Marina Dimitrijevic and Alderwoman JoCasta Zamarripa

Lyft Launches Express Drive Program in Milwaukee
Press Release

Lyft Launches Express Drive Program in Milwaukee

The rental car program, provided through Flexdrive, offers locals more options to drive with Lyft

Milwaukee athletes take a stand in support of racial justice
Press Release

Milwaukee athletes take a stand in support of racial justice

Joint statement from members of the Milwaukee Common Council – Alderman Cavalier Johnson, Alderman Robert J. Bauman, Alderman Michael J. Murphy, Alderwoman Marina Dimitrijevic, Alderman José G. Pérez, Alderman Mark Borkowski, Alderman Nik Kovac and Alderman Scott Spiker

Council approves resolution seeking to provide greater broadband access throughout Milwaukee
Ald. Coggs Wants To Increase Internet Access

Ald. Coggs Wants To Increase Internet Access

Remote work and education has made internet access a necessity.

City Hall: Council Might Fire Assessor Steve Miner
City Hall

Council Might Fire Assessor Steve Miner

Assessment Commissioner finds little support from Judiciary & Legislation Committee.

Remembering John Lewis
Press Release

Remembering John Lewis

Joint statement from Alderman Cavalier Johnson, Alderman Michael J. Murphy, Alderwoman Marina Dimitrijevic, Alderman Scott Spiker, Alderman Mark A. Borkowski, Alderwoman JoCasta Zamarripa, Alderman Nik Kovac, Alderman José G. Pérez, Alderman Robert J. Bauman, and Alderman Khalif J. Rainey July 20, 2020

City Hall: Council Spending Hours Reviewing Barrett’s Appointments
City Hall

Council Spending Hours Reviewing Barrett’s Appointments

Plenty of praise and criticism for department heads, including Jeff Polenske and Jeanette Kowalik.

City Hall: Milwaukee Adopts Mask Mandate
City Hall

Milwaukee Adopts Mask Mandate

Council unanimously adopts indoor and outdoor mandate. Goes into effect Thursday.

City Hall: Council Seeks Police Reform, But Will It Happen?
City Hall

Council Seeks Police Reform, But Will It Happen?

Common Council has a growing wish list. Will Fire & Police Commission act?

City Hall: Mask Mandate Passes Committee
City Hall

Mask Mandate Passes Committee

Proposal would require masks indoors and outdoors, but with limited enforcement.

Council effort to create lead-safe program moves forward
City Hall: Should Police Report Every Time They Draw Weapon?
City Hall

Should Police Report Every Time They Draw Weapon?

MPD says it's a paperwork burden. Alderman says he's not looking for a Master's thesis.

City Hall: What Should Or Shouldn’t Be in Milwaukee Mask Mandate?
City Hall

What Should Or Shouldn’t Be in Milwaukee Mask Mandate?

Council debates ordinance before its written.

City Hall: Council Grilling, But Advancing Mayoral Appointees
City Hall

Council Grilling, But Advancing Mayoral Appointees

Most being confirmed unanimously after long meetings.

City Hall: Feds Won’t Cover $1.6 Million Hazard Pay
City Hall

Feds Won’t Cover $1.6 Million Hazard Pay

Changing guidance leaves Milwaukee holding the bag for COVID-19-related bonus.

Eyes on Milwaukee: Crump Wins Committee Support to Head DCD
Eyes on Milwaukee

Crump Wins Committee Support to Head DCD

New commissioner would serve in one of most visible, influential administration roles.

City Hall: Election Director Appointee Pulls Out
City Hall

Election Director Appointee Pulls Out

Says she was working 18-hour days in worst year of her life and told to be less honest to be confirmed.

City Hall: Council Committee Debates Oversight For Police Military-Grade Purchases
City Hall

Council Committee Debates Oversight For Police Military-Grade Purchases

Would require approval for all purchases.

Protests throughout Wisconsin must remain peaceful
Press Release

Protests throughout Wisconsin must remain peaceful

Statement from members of the Milwaukee Common Council - Alderman Cavalier Johnson, Alderman Nik Kovac, Alderman Robert J. Bauman, Alderwoman JoCasta Zamarripa, Alderman Michael J. Murphy, Alderman Mark Borkowski, Alderman Scott Spiker

Register of Deeds Israel Ramón Announces Early List of Endorsements
Press Release

Register of Deeds Israel Ramón Announces Early List of Endorsements

Elected officials from across Milwaukee County, state, support Ramón

City Hall: Council Okays Planning for 10% Police Cut
City Hall

Council Okays Planning for 10% Police Cut

Requires city budget office to model what cut would look like, in time for fall budget debate.

City Hall: Council Proposes 10% Police Budget Cut
City Hall

Council Proposes 10% Police Budget Cut

11 council members back $30 million cut and investing in other programs.

City Holds Emergency Council Meeting To Approve Voting Sites, Why?

City Holds Emergency Council Meeting To Approve Voting Sites, Why?

Move expands early voting access from three to 16 sites.

Chief’s Crucifixion Message Panned by Council

Chief’s Crucifixion Message Panned by Council

13 members sign letter urging Morales: stop chiding protesters and listen to their message.

City Officials Grill Police on Tactics

City Officials Grill Police on Tactics

Still more questions on 6th and McKinley, as council, mayor disagree with police tactics.

Suburbs’ Policies Ignore Science, Kowalik Charges

Suburbs’ Policies Ignore Science, Kowalik Charges

Suburban elected officials overruling health officers on COVID-19, city official charges.

City Hall: Council Debates Assessment Process
City Hall

Council Debates Assessment Process

Alders unhappy. Assessor gets grilled about home value hikes in certain neighborhoods.

Joint statement on free COVID-19 testing for Milwaukee’s communities of color
Press Release

Joint statement on free COVID-19 testing for Milwaukee’s communities of color

From Alderman Cavalier Johnson, Alderwoman Nikiya Dodd, Alderman Mark A. Borkowski, Alderman Nik Kovac, Alderman Robert J. Bauman, Alderman Michael J. Murphy, Alderman Scott Spiker, Alderman José G. Pérez, Alderwoman JoCasta Zamarripa and Alderwoman Marina Dimitrijevic

City Hall: Johnson Chooses Powerful Committee Chairs
City Hall

Johnson Chooses Powerful Committee Chairs

Not every supporter rewarded. New council president says picks reflect experience, not politics.

Common Council President Cavalier Johnson announces 2020-2024 committee assignments
City Hall: 7 COVID-19 Cases From In-Person Voting?
City Hall

7 COVID-19 Cases From In-Person Voting?

Likely to rise as Health Department reviews all data. Council pushes for absentee voting.

City Hall: Johnson Elected Council President
City Hall

Johnson Elected Council President

Second-term Ald. Cavalier Johnson defeats Ashanti Hamilton and Milele Coggs.

COVID-19 Cluster Growing on City’s South Side

COVID-19 Cluster Growing on City’s South Side

Hispanic community being hard hit by fast growing cluster.

City Hall: Plastic Straw Ban Went Into Effect, Did Anyone Notice?
City Hall

Plastic Straw Ban Went Into Effect, Did Anyone Notice?

As of yesterday, city restaurants and bars must obey. Which is the least of their concerns.

2020 Spring Election Results

2020 Spring Election Results

Live City of Milwaukee and Milwaukee County results for the April 7th Spring Election.

Vote Absentee: Common Council Candidates
Vote Absentee

Common Council Candidates

Ten contested races could reshape 15-member council.

City Hall: Council Overrides Mayor’s Veto
City Hall

Council Overrides Mayor’s Veto

Should Friends of Housing contract be terminated? Did mayor violate attorney-client privilege or council violate city charter?

Eyes on Milwaukee: Council Delays Convention Expansion?
Eyes on Milwaukee

Council Delays Convention Expansion?

9-4 vote seeks to prevent convention center expansion during pandemic.

Eyes on Milwaukee: City Shines Light On Solar Project
Eyes on Milwaukee

City Shines Light On Solar Project

Largest solar array in Milwaukee could be operational by end of 2020.

City Hall: Committee Approves Large Solar Deal After Contentious Debate
City Hall

Committee Approves Large Solar Deal After Contentious Debate

Ald. Bob Bauman's amendments attempt to set baseline, grow value of deal.

Eyes on Milwaukee: City, Partners Creating 13th Street Plan
Eyes on Milwaukee

City, Partners Creating 13th Street Plan

Effort will focus on charting future of Crisol Corridor.

City Hall: Council Inches Toward Universal Basic Income
City Hall

Council Inches Toward Universal Basic Income

Proposal will create a framework, needs philanthropic support.

City Hall: Meet the Candidates for City Offices
City Hall

Meet the Candidates for City Offices

Packed spring election features 46 candidates for 19 city offices.

Witkowski’s Winter Wonderland

Witkowski’s Winter Wonderland

Former alderman helps create huge annual display of holiday lights on South Side.

City Hall: Officer Ray Confirmed Without Debate
City Hall

Officer Ray Confirmed Without Debate

Former MPD officer is newest member of troubled Fire and Police Commission.

MKE County: Wilson Park Homeless Warming Center Debated
MKE County

Wilson Park Homeless Warming Center Debated

Public meeting gets unruly on proposal to let homeless sleep overnight in senior center.

City Hall: “Officer Ray’s” FPC Appointment Okayed
City Hall

“Officer Ray’s” FPC Appointment Okayed

Committee approves appointment of retired officer to police oversight board.

City Hall: An Aldermanic Rematch on South Side
City Hall

An Aldermanic Rematch on South Side

Donovan's aide Patty Doherty will again run against Scott Spiker.

City Hall: Council Bans Most Plastic Straws
City Hall

Council Bans Most Plastic Straws

Use by bars and restaurants prohibited unless customers request them.

City Hall: Council Overrides Every Barrett Veto
City Hall

Council Overrides Every Barrett Veto

Without debate Common Council overrides mayor, keeps 59 amendments to budget

City Hall: Barrett Issues 8 Budget Vetoes
City Hall

Barrett Issues 8 Budget Vetoes

Vetoes attack borrowing, garbage truck replacement, blight elimination.

Eyes on Milwaukee: City Fighting Illegal Dumping
Eyes on Milwaukee

City Fighting Illegal Dumping

New DNS program makes it easier for citizens to report problems, results in 16 citations.

City Hall: Proposal Aims To Eliminate Plastic Straws
City Hall

Proposal Aims To Eliminate Plastic Straws

Would prevent restaurants from providing straws, unless customers request them.

City Hall: Council Cuts Police, Adopts $1.6 Billion Budget
City Hall

Council Cuts Police, Adopts $1.6 Billion Budget

Council wrestles with huge fiscal challenges due to rising police costs, declining state aid.

City Hall: Should Smoking Be Banned in Front of Public Buildings?
City Hall

Should Smoking Be Banned in Front of Public Buildings?

Murphy and Donovan square off over smoking in front of City Hall.

Eyes on Milwaukee: Council Approves Ikon Hotel Deal Despite Objections
Eyes on Milwaukee

Council Approves Ikon Hotel Deal Despite Objections

Plus: Council unanimously endorses host of other development projects.

Parkside Community Market set for Saturday in the Garden District
Press Release

Parkside Community Market set for Saturday in the Garden District

Produce, coffee, scones and other baked goods, honey, and arts and crafts will be featured at the market.

Selena Themed Art Festival Set To Take Place This Weekend
Press Release

Selena Themed Art Festival Set To Take Place This Weekend

Fiesta Selena -- a two-day community arts festival that honors the late singer Selena Quintanilla-Pérez this weekend.

City Hall: Spiker Wins Seat on Common Council

Contribution to Scott Spiker of $10,000

City Hall: Spiker Wins Seat on Common Council
City Hall

Spiker Wins Seat on Common Council

Legislative aide Scott Spiker will replace his former boss Terry Witkowski.

Vote Tuesday: 13th District Common Council Race
Vote Tuesday

13th District Common Council Race

It's Spiker vs Doherty for a seat on the Milwaukee Common Council.

City Hall: Five Takeaways from Yesterday’s Election

Contribution to Scott Spiker of $193

City Hall: Five Takeaways from Yesterday’s Election
City Hall

Five Takeaways from Yesterday’s Election

The race for Terry Witkowski's seat had surprises -- and key lessons.

Vote Tuesday: 13th District Common Council Race
Vote Tuesday

13th District Common Council Race

Seven candidates vying for seat long held by recently retired Terry Witkowski.

City Hall: Six Candidates Seek Aldermanic Job

Contribution to Vincent Bobot of $50

City Hall: Six Candidates Seek Aldermanic Job
City Hall

Six Candidates Seek Aldermanic Job

With Ald. Witkowski resigning, special election has been called, with primary on July 16th.

Scott Spiker announces candidacy for 13th District alderman
Press Release

Scott Spiker announces candidacy for 13th District alderman

Should I be elected, I will continue to be a fierce advocate for the interests of the residents of the Garden District.

City Hall: Alderman Terry Witkowski Resigning
City Hall

Alderman Terry Witkowski Resigning

Barrett-ally stepping down. Witkowski's aide, Scott Spiker, has filed to run for his seat.

City Hall: Alderman Terry Witkowski Resigning

Contribution to Terry Witkowski of $100