Personnel File

Willie Wade

Alderman Willie C. Wade, former District 7 alderman on Milwaukee’s North Side, served from 2003 to early 2016, was reelected three times and claims the distinction of being the only alderman in city history who defeated four one-time aldermen in an election.

On December 1st, 2015, Wade announced that he would not seek re-election and would retire at the end of his term.

According to his official biography, Wade has lived in the 7th District for more than 40 years and spent more than 27 years working in the community as a mentor, coach and teacher. He attended Milwaukee’s Hamilton and Riverside (for its human services career specialty program) high schools. He attended Armstrong State College in Savannah, Georgia and has a Bachelor of Science degree in Human Services from Springfield College in Springfield, Massachusetts.

He has a long history as a government worker and union member. Prior to his election, Wade spent 19 years as an employee of Milwaukee Public Schools, including 15 years working with special education students. He was a member of Service Employees International Union for 10 years and is a longtime member of Milwaukee Teachers Union. He currently serves on 14 committees or boards including those for the Survive Alive House, Local Initiative Support Corporation, the Redevelopment Authority of the City of Milwaukee, Milwaukee Metropolitan Sewerage District,  Milwaukee Area Workforce Investment Board and the Environmental Justice Task Force for the Advisory Committee for the Southeastern Wisconsin Regional Planning Commission.

Wade’s official bio also notes that he created a college scholarship fund in 2003 for inner city youth which has awarded more than $25,000 in scholarships, and started a “Reading Wednesday” program in 2005 where he goes out to city schools, reads to younger students, and teaches a civics class for older students to promote literacy

Now in his fourth term as alderman, Wade is Vice Chair of the Zoning, Neighborhoods and Development Committee and is a member of the Community & Economic Development and Public Works Committees.

Wade claims credit for attracting more than $68 million worth of development in the 7th Aldermanic District during his time in office.

Wade was among those aldermen who criticized the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel for its coverage of how the Milwaukee Police Department reports crime.

Wade has developed a hotline to report vandalism to vacant buildings in the 7th District.

Concerned about drugs and gangs, Alderman Wade commented on January 2012 homicides in Milwaukee.

In 2010 Alderman Wade noted serious health issues in homes including mold and flood damages and called upon neighbors to check in on elderly neighbors.

Wade made news in 2010 for a riff with MPS officials at a basketball game when he refused to remove his hat.

In a 2009 dispute over public art, Alderman Wade claimed he wouldn’t pay 50 cents for the Mona Lisa.

Campaign Finance Reports

2016 - July Continuing - $0 - 0 contributions

2016 - January Continuing - $12,698 - 63 contributions

2015 - January Continuing - $200 - 2 contributions

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U.S. Attorney Matthew Krueger Resigning

U.S. Attorney Matthew Krueger Resigning

Resignation comes as part of Trump-Biden turnover.

Eyes on Milwaukee: Tussler Saving Merrill Park Home
Eyes on Milwaukee

Tussler Saving Merrill Park Home

Hunger Task Force leader has quietly saved three homes in the area already.

City Hall: Former Alderman Charged With Accepting $30,000 Bribe Over Strip Club
City Hall

Former Alderman Charged With Accepting $30,000 Bribe Over Strip Club

Willie Wade allegedly accepted $30,000 bribe to support downtown strip club.

Eyes on Milwaukee: 11 Things to Know Before You Ride The Hop
Eyes on Milwaukee

11 Things to Know Before You Ride The Hop

How many people will ride it? How is it free? Oh so many questions, all answered here.

Eyes on Milwaukee: 4th Street Rededicated Vel R. Phillips Ave.
Eyes on Milwaukee

4th Street Rededicated Vel R. Phillips Ave.

A who's who ceremony of politicians and candidates turns out to honor legacy of Vel Phillips.

Mayor Tom Barrett Announces Willie Wade as President and CEO of Employ Milwaukee
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Mayor Tom Barrett Announces Willie Wade as President and CEO of Employ Milwaukee

"Willie Wade’s passionate leadership and commitment to connecting people to lifelong employment is unparalleled."

U.S. Senator Tammy Baldwin Highlights Legislation to Boost Apprenticeships in Oak Creek
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U.S. Senator Tammy Baldwin Highlights Legislation to Boost Apprenticeships in Oak Creek

Baldwin legislation to invest in public-private partnerships to close skills gap

Eyes on Milwaukee: Will Foxconn Employ Any Milwaukeeans?
Eyes on Milwaukee

Will Foxconn Employ Any Milwaukeeans?

Despite nearly $4.1 billion subsidy, company only has goals, not mandates for hiring.

Eyes on Milwaukee: 27th and Wisconsin Project Moves Forward
Eyes on Milwaukee

27th and Wisconsin Project Moves Forward

Common Council, DCD and Near West Side Partners agree on land sale

Eyes on Milwaukee: Huge Project for 27th and Wisconsin?
Eyes on Milwaukee

Huge Project for 27th and Wisconsin?

Near West Side Partners buying entire block, hypes development, wants free city land.

Mayor Barrett Kicks-Off Annual Summer Youth Employment Program
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Mayor Barrett Kicks-Off Annual Summer Youth Employment Program

Earn & Learn Provides Young Individuals with Job Skills, Work Experience

Eyes on Milwaukee: Clarke Square Gets Wantable
Eyes on Milwaukee

Clarke Square Gets Wantable

Fast-growing Wantable will move there, Nehring's Sendik's grocery may join it.

Mayor Barrett’s 2017 Executive Budget Address
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Mayor Barrett’s 2017 Executive Budget Address

As Delivered

The Power of Common Ground

The Power of Common Ground

Nonprofit advocacy group has had huge impact on city, though some grumble about their tactics.

Murphy’s Law: Who Will Win the Elections?
Murphy’s Law

Who Will Win the Elections?

The turnout will be massive. And could result in upsets.

County Executive Chris Abele Endorsed by Local Elected LEaders
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County Executive Chris Abele Endorsed by Local Elected LEaders

“I am honored to have this support and look forward to continuing to collaborate with every level of government to improve our community.”

Sherman Morton: From Alderman Assistant to Aldermanic Candidate
Mayor Barrett Announces City of Milwaukee Designated as White House TechHire Community
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Mayor Barrett Announces City of Milwaukee Designated as White House TechHire Community

City's New TechForce Center, Emphasis on IT Employment to Create Opportunities

Plenty of Horne: Kenney Targets Ald. Borkowski
Plenty of Horne

Kenney Targets Ald. Borkowski

Should challenger win, would be only military veteran on Common Council.

African American leaders stand against supporting Alderman Bob Donavan for Mayor of Milwaukee
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African American leaders stand against supporting Alderman Bob Donavan for Mayor of Milwaukee

This press conference will be followed up with a private meeting with current Mayor Tom Barrett.

Murphy’s Law: Stealth Campaign Targets Mayor Barrett
Murphy’s Law

Stealth Campaign Targets Mayor Barrett

He would easily win the April election. But could he take third in Tuesday’s primary?

House Confidential: Ald. Wade’s Tiny Cape Cod
House Confidential

Ald. Wade’s Tiny Cape Cod

No fireplace or rec room, just 1091 square feet. A modest living politician indeed.

Milwaukee Leaders Endorse Johnny Thomas for City Comptroller
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Milwaukee Leaders Endorse Johnny Thomas for City Comptroller

“Johnny Thomas is the person that we need to be our next Milwaukee City Comptroller,” said Alderman Willie Wade.

David Crowley Statement on Alderman Willie Wade’s Retirement
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David Crowley Statement on Alderman Willie Wade’s Retirement

“I want to thank Alderman Willie Wade for his years of service in the 7th District and the City of Milwaukee.”

Milwaukee Ald. Willie Wade to retire at end of term
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Milwaukee Ald. Willie Wade to retire at end of term

Record number of students and colleges expected for 9th annual Fresh Coast Classic College & Resource Fair
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Record number of students and colleges expected for 9th annual Fresh Coast Classic College & Resource Fair

Event at UW-Milwaukee exposes students to college and career opportunities; helps them plan for success

 
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Taking the Pulse of the 2016 Milwaukee Elections

Plenty of Horne: City Accepts $14 Million Federal Streetcar Grant
Plenty of Horne

City Accepts $14 Million Federal Streetcar Grant

City wins TIGER grant after "a brutal competition" where demand for transit dollars greatly exceeded the sums appropriated.

Sen. Lena Taylor statement on call for creation of Office of African American Affairs
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Sen. Lena Taylor statement on call for creation of Office of African American Affairs

“I look forward to working with Rep. Young and my state legislative colleagues to create a vehicle that will help to reverse Wisconsin’s dismal records of being the worst place in nation to raise a black child.”

Supervisor Rainey Calls for Office on African American Affairs
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Supervisor Rainey Calls for Office on African American Affairs

Office to Identify Ways to Improve Quality of Life for African Americans

Disagreement on closing street could affect Bucks arena plan
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Disagreement on closing street could affect Bucks arena plan

City panel OKs $47 million for Bucks arena; opening may be delayed to 2018
Murphy’s Law: Common Ground’s $30 Million Victory for City
Murphy’s Law

Common Ground’s $30 Million Victory for City

Pressure on Bucks owner Wes Edens results in Nationstar’s $30 million pledge to prevent foreclosures.

Plenty of Horne: Tim Gokhman Builds His Dream Home
Plenty of Horne

Tim Gokhman Builds His Dream Home

Developer is building on one of the last remaining lots in Beerline B.

Plenty of Horne: Transit Expansion Urged
Plenty of Horne

Transit Expansion Urged

Milwaukee is far behind other cities, which will make it harder to attract young workers, experts at conference agreed.

Common Ground Lobbying Against Bucks Arena

Common Ground Lobbying Against Bucks Arena

Community organization is pushing city, county and state representatives to oppose public funding.

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.

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.

Volunteers needed for Center Street business district
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Volunteers needed for Center Street business district

Center Street Marketplace BID 39’s purpose is to improve the negative perceptions of crime and safety between the boundaries of 34th and 58th Streets on W. Center St.

Mayor Barrett’s 2015 State of the City Address
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Mayor Barrett’s 2015 State of the City Address

Monday, March 9th, 2015 - Alverno College

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.

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.

Compete Milwaukee = a promising pathway to jobs
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Compete Milwaukee = a promising pathway to jobs

Joint statement from Aldermen Ashanti Hamilton and Willie C. Wade.

Red Arrow Park decision demonstrates need for additional reforms
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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

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.

Eyes on Milwaukee: Committee Takes No Action on Streetcar
Eyes on Milwaukee

Committee Takes No Action on Streetcar

Public Works Committee votes to send streetcar proposal to full council, setting up a showdown Dec. 16th.

Eyes on Milwaukee: Committee Approves Milwaukee Streetcar
Eyes on Milwaukee

Committee Approves Milwaukee Streetcar

Mayor offers historic address to council committee on streetcar and it gains their approval. Only one person speaks in opposition.

4th Annual Housing Resource Fair is Saturday
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4th Annual Housing Resource Fair is Saturday

Saturday, November 15 from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. at North Division High School, 1011 W. Center St.

Proposed Milwaukee Marathon gets early boost at committee
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Proposed Milwaukee Marathon gets early boost at committee

News release from Aldermen Jim Bohl, Willie C. Wade and Joe Davis, Sr.

Finance Committee Creates All-Hands-On-Deck Approach to Public Safety
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Finance Committee Creates All-Hands-On-Deck Approach to Public Safety

Additional Police Officers Will Be One Part of Comprehensive Strategy Throughout All City Departments

Corridor of Dreams: Celebrating the First Homeowner in New Program
Corridor of Dreams

Celebrating the First Homeowner in New Program

Happy press conference as program combining government, banks and non-profits brings homeowners back to city.

Murphy’s Law: Dispute Over Bucks Arena Goes National
Murphy’s Law

Dispute Over Bucks Arena Goes National

New York Times dumps on Milwaukee business leaders, and city becoming divided on issue.

Corridor of Dreams: Putting the Pieces Together
Corridor of Dreams

Putting the Pieces Together

Can the 15 year project revive an area that’s been in decline for 50 years? Last story in a series.

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

Eyes on Milwaukee: 700 E. Kilbourn High-Rise Wins Key Approval
Eyes on Milwaukee

700 E. Kilbourn High-Rise Wins Key Approval

Proposed high-rise would add up to 275 "ultra luxury" apartments to downtown Milwaukee -- with no public financing.

 
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Downtown Milwaukee apartment high-rise gains another approval

Nonprofits can buy city-owned foreclosures for $1, additional marketing to continue
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Nonprofits can buy city-owned foreclosures for $1, additional marketing to continue

Qualifying nonprofit organizations will be allowed to purchase certain cityowned, tax-foreclosed properties for one dollar.

Public Works Committee signs off on measure to staff parking ramps fulltime
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Public Works Committee signs off on measure to staff parking ramps fulltime

News release from Alderman Robert Bauman

Services set for Sadie Louise Wade
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Services set for Sadie Louise Wade

Alderman Willie C. Wade said today that services have been set for his mother, Sadie Louise Wade, who passed away on Friday, August 22, 2014.

Eyes on Milwaukee: Uber and Lyft Legalized in Milwaukee
Eyes on Milwaukee

Uber and Lyft Legalized in Milwaukee

Taxis for anyone who wants to drive one. Uber and Lyft are legal. And someone will probably sue the city to stop this.

Council members to seek honorary street name for Nelson Mandela
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Council members to seek honorary street name for Nelson Mandela

Joint news release from Alderman Davis, Alderman Wade and Alderman Stamper

Eyes on Milwaukee: MSOE Renames Soccer Field
Eyes on Milwaukee

MSOE Renames Soccer Field

Kovac wonders why MSOE would name it after its current president. And why an engineering school couldn't dig a deep enough hole for its soccer field.

Eyes on Milwaukee: Posner Building To Become Apartments
Eyes on Milwaukee

Posner Building To Become Apartments

Highly visible, mostly vacant building in Westown being restored.

Zoning Committee Approves Adventure Rock Complex

Zoning Committee Approves Adventure Rock Complex

Apartment complex and climbing gym would bring an “urban theater” to North Avenue.

Common Council to vote on measure condemning abduction of Nigerian girls
Eyes on Milwaukee: We Hate This Boston Store Subsidy!
Eyes on Milwaukee

We Hate This Boston Store Subsidy!

Common Council members all complain about the TIF for Boston Store, then pass it 11-3.

Joint statement of Alderwoman Milele A. Coggs and Alderman Willie C. Wade
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Joint statement of Alderwoman Milele A. Coggs and Alderman Willie C. Wade

Our view of SB 324 – the proposed change to state law that would scale back the hours available to Milwaukee residents (and hundreds of thousands of other state residents) to cast their ballot during non-work day hours – is shameful and hypocritical.

Eyes on Milwaukee: North End Phase Gets $2 Million in Funding
Eyes on Milwaukee

North End Phase Gets $2 Million in Funding

And the Pedal Tavern gets approved, with caveats, in Common Council actions.

Setting the record straight—Milwaukee sends delegation to address violence among black males
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Setting the record straight—Milwaukee sends delegation to address violence among black males

The work of Milwaukee’s Black Male Achievement Advisory Council, or BMAAC, is garnering national attention, and has already resulted in city officials being invited to participate in this week’s Cities United summit in New Orleans.

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

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.

Residents can get flu shots, enroll in health care coverage at Saturday event
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Residents can get flu shots, enroll in health care coverage at Saturday event

Residents can receive a flu shot, learn about their health care options and sign up for the health care marketplace at a free event Saturday hosted by Alderman Willie C. Wade, the Milwaukee Health Department and Molina Healthcare.

New system for contracting police services will benefit business, public safety
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New system for contracting police services will benefit business, public safety

Statement of Alderman Willie C. Wade November 26, 2013

Turkey giveaway Thursday will help families in need
Press Release

Turkey giveaway Thursday will help families in need

Alderman Willie C. Wade will join UW-Milwaukee men’s head basketball Coach Rob Jeter and Art Arnstein, president of United Milwaukee Scrap, during a turkey giveaway event at 11 a.m.

Federal grant will spur further redevelopment of Century City site
Press Release

Federal grant will spur further redevelopment of Century City site

Nearly a million dollars in federal matching grants will help spur redevelopment activity at Century City Business Park, the former home of manufacturers Tower Automotive and A.O. Smith.

New community clinic to open in Amani neighborhood
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New community clinic to open in Amani neighborhood

Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin and Marquette University’s School of Nursing will hold a ribbon-cutting ceremony for a new primary care clinic on Friday at the COA Goldin Center in the 7th Aldermanic District.

Global Anti-Bigotry Campaign Makes U.S. Debut in Milwaukee
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Global Anti-Bigotry Campaign Makes U.S. Debut in Milwaukee

Milwaukee Jewish Federation collaborates with U.S. Department of State to launch Hours Against Hate

Eyes on Milwaukee: Bike Sharing and Permeable Pavement
Eyes on Milwaukee

Bike Sharing and Permeable Pavement

City committee approves spending $100,000 on bike sharing in Walker’s Point, and the MMSD will experiment with permeable pavement.

Fatherhood event this week will include young men in panel discussion
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Fatherhood event this week will include young men in panel discussion

“To Be or Not To Be… A Father @ This Time” – an important panel discussion about fatherhood and related issues – will be held from 10 a.m. to 12 noon on Friday, June 21, 2013 at Parklawn YMCA, 4340 N. 46th St.

LEAP summer youth work program kicking off its second year
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LEAP summer youth work program kicking off its second year

Milwaukee’s LEAP internship program will enable even more Milwaukee young people to gain critical job skills and work experience while also allowing for regular communication and interaction with Milwaukee police personnel.

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

Jackie Robinson Middle School Remade as Senior Living Community

Jackie Robinson Middle School Remade as Senior Living Community

Gorman & Company recently completed the conversion of Jackie Robinson Middle School into the Sherman Park Senior Living Community.

Make Way for Wisconsin’s Largest Building!

Make Way for Wisconsin’s Largest Building!

Plan for new NML building has been expanded to make it the state's largest building.

Peace Rally to Combat Crime

Peace Rally to Combat Crime

Rally special guest Ice T didn't show up as planned, but Mayor Barrett and Ald Hines spoke to the gathering.

New City Law Fails to Help Black Contractors

New City Law Fails to Help Black Contractors

2012 ordinance aimed to give more access but only 1 of 125 contracts went to black-owned businesses.

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.

Important Information from Alderman Willie C. Wade
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Important Information from Alderman Willie C. Wade

The City of Milwaukee needs your help with an issue that's of critical importance to our future.

Common Council approves two new facets of Milwaukee Jobs Act
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Common Council approves two new facets of Milwaukee Jobs Act

The Common Council enabled the Milwaukee Jobs Act to take two more significant steps toward putting city residents back to work Wednesday, approving funding that increases the number of positions in the LEAP program and dramatically expands the Neighborhood Ambassador program.

Thank you, Mr. Davis
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Thank you, Mr. Davis

Statement of Alderman Willie C. Wade February 26, 2013

Mayor Barrett’s 2013 State of the City Address
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Mayor Barrett’s 2013 State of the City Address

Monday, February 25, 2013, Pritzlaff Building

MU Campus Apartments Approved

MU Campus Apartments Approved

Council approves zoning change for 6-floor, 80-apartment project at 14th and Wells. Latest renderings released, too.

Common Council’s plan will allow developers to combat blight
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Common Council’s plan will allow developers to combat blight

More than 130 vacant, city-owned houses are set to be renovated or rebuilt and converted into rental properties, as a result of action by the Milwaukee Common Council last week.

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

Quiet Company Could Build City’s Tallest Building

Quiet Company Could Build City’s Tallest Building

An examination of the who, what, where, and when of the new Northwestern Mutual office tower.

Sewerage District to fund more than half of private lateral repair costs
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Sewerage District to fund more than half of private lateral repair costs

Sewerage District to fund more than half of private lateral repair costs

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.

Power Play

Power Play

A city committee resists heavy lobbying and forestalls a special taxing district for Juneau Park and Cathedral Square.

Pattern and practice of potential police misconduct warrants federal investigation
Press Release

Pattern and practice of potential police misconduct warrants federal investigation

Joint Statement from members of the Common Council

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

Several Council members met with the Milwaukee County Medical Examiner’s Office on Friday (Sept. 28) to discuss concerns related to the Derek Williams case.

Citizens still waiting for answers about illegal strip searches
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Citizens still waiting for answers about illegal strip searches

Other Council members and I have recently been directing our efforts toward learning more about the tragic death in police custody of Derek Williams, and seeking justice for him.

Common Council members question Medical Examiner on Williams investigation
Press Release

Common Council members question Medical Examiner on Williams investigation

In their ongoing efforts to provide clarity and transparency about the investigation into the tragic death of Derek Williams in Milwaukee Police custody, Alderman Willie L. Hines, Jr., Alderwoman Milele A. Coggs, Alderman Willie C. Wade and Alderman Ashanti Hamilton met with the Milwaukee County Medical Examiner this morning, expressing their concerns and seeking answers.

Statement from Mayor Tom Barrett Concerning the Public Service Commission Ruling on the Milwaukee Streetcar Project
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Statement from Mayor Tom Barrett Concerning the Public Service Commission Ruling on the Milwaukee Streetcar Project

We agree with comments made by two of the three Public Service Commission (PSC) members that the Streetcar project is an exercise of the City’s police power, and that it is a benefit to the public’s health, safety and welfare.

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

Common Council members to meet with Medical Examiner on Williams investigation
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Common Council members to meet with Medical Examiner on Williams investigation

The Common Council members intend to relay their constituents’ concerns to the Medical Examiner

The Saga Continues

The Saga Continues

Once again, a city committee approved -- after disagreeing -- the reappointment of DCD Commissioner Rocky Marcoux.

Residents invited to Housing Resource Fair
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Residents invited to Housing Resource Fair

The event is taking place Saturday, Sept. 22 at the Department of Public Works field facility at 3850 N. 35th St. from 10:00 a.m. until 2:00 p.m.

They Ruined Our Lives

They Ruined Our Lives

Union members fight city loan to Wangard Partners, delaying proposed Park East development.

Atkinson, Capitol, Teutonia Festival is Saturday
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Atkinson, Capitol, Teutonia Festival is Saturday

The Atkinson, Capitol, Teutonia (ACT) Business Improvement District #29 will be holding its free 2012 neighborhood celebration on the triangle at Capitol Dr. and Atkinson Ave. on Saturday, August 18 from 11:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

Tragedy in Oak Creek
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Tragedy in Oak Creek

Joint Statement from Members of the Common Council

LEAP summer youth work program sees first graduating class
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LEAP summer youth work program sees first graduating class

Successful inaugural session of new program yields 17 young leaders; Alderman Willie Wade points to brighter future

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.

Not Too Rocky a Road.  So Far.

Not Too Rocky a Road. So Far.

DCD Commissioner Rocky Marcoux's reappointment won committee approval, but what will the full council do?

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.

Alderwoman Coggs seeks voter experience input in online survey; wants Council review of Election Commission practices
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Alderwoman Coggs seeks voter experience input in online survey; wants Council review of Election Commission practices

Alderwoman Milele A. Coggs is asking Milwaukee voters to provide input about their experiences at the polls during the June 5 recall election, and the information provided via the online survey could be made part of a Common Council review of Election Commission practices and procedures.

Eyes on Milwaukee: Common Council Committee Appointments, Milwaukee County Attraction Pass, The Moderne Lands a Restaurant, and More
Eyes on Milwaukee

Common Council Committee Appointments, Milwaukee County Attraction Pass, The Moderne Lands a Restaurant, and More

Eyes on Milwaukee this week focuses on the committee appointments by Milwaukee Common Council President Willie Hines, Supervisor Haas' efforts for a Milwaukee County attraction pass, the restaurant coming to The Moderne, and more.

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.

Marriott Approved. Greenwich Park Apartments Approved

Marriott Approved. Greenwich Park Apartments Approved

Two controversial development projects received key approvals at the January 19th, 2011 meeting of the Common Council.

Photo Gallery: Group Unveils Temporary Public Art on Capitol Drive
Photo Gallery

Group Unveils Temporary Public Art on Capitol Drive

To fill the gap between the site's multi-year transformation from brownfield to productive industrial space, the 30th Street Industrial Corridor Corporation and Business Improvement District #37 invited IN:SITE to create art installations that generate interest in the area.

Downtown Plan Gains Approval at Zoning, Neighborhoods & Development Committee

Downtown Plan Gains Approval at Zoning, Neighborhoods & Development Committee

Department of City Development staff presented the Downtown Plan Update at the September 15th 2010 Zoning, Neighborhoods & Development Committee meeting. Similar to the City Plan Commission meeting staff presented the overall themes and the eight catalytic projects, which are geared towards increasing density and connectivity throughout downtown, whiles creating a sense of place.

S. 2nd Street Street Re-design Approved at Committee

S. 2nd Street Street Re-design Approved at Committee

For over a year business owners, property owners, and residents in Walker's Point have worked to have S. 2nd Street rebuilt with people in mind. The plan, as UrbanMilwaukee.com has covered in past, includes narrowing the street from 58 feet to 50 feet, removing travel lanes, and adding bike lanes, street trees, and new lighting with the goal of creating a street conducive to multiple modes of transportation, be it walking, biking, or driving.

The Moderne Project Held for Special Committee Meeting

The Moderne Project Held for Special Committee Meeting

The Moderne, if approved, would be located at 1141 N. Old World Third St.

Zweig Project Held by City Committee

Zweig Project Held by City Committee

This committee meeting had numerous items of significance relating to the built environment that were up for debate.  A couple highlights (or lowlights) included the holding of a file over budget concerns, a heated discussion over Congestion Mitigation and Air Quality (“CMAQ”) grants, and a most intriguing debate on public art. The approval of the schematic designs of public artwork which is to be incorporated into streetscape improvements within the first block of East Wisconsin Avenue was up for approval.  The project put out a RFQ to which nearly fifty artists responded.  Artist Janet Zweig was selected to design the artwork and at a recent Streetscape Public Art Advisory Committee meeting the committee approved the schematic design.  The design would include five kiosks attached to five light poles.  Each kiosk would essentially be a historical reference to a type of flip board system that existed in train stations.  Each kiosk would display flip movies of Milwaukee, and would be custom built to hold 80 flaps.  This project was funded under the federal CMAQ program to promote walking as an alternative method of transportation by making improvements to the pedestrian experience.  Additionally, of the total project only a little over 1% of funds has been allocated to public art. Initially, Alderman Robert Bauman was concerned that there might be a cost to moving this project forward so he questioned, “tell us why this is even in front of us?”  After much discussion it became clear that this file was just the approval of the schematic design and that as he said “rejecting this concept saves no money.” At this point Alderman Bob Donovan began railing against the design saying “Thomas Edison had that 100 years ago,” and that “I refuse to have my name associated to something as ridiculous as that.”  Alderman Willie Wade took a more measured approach in his response to the work stating “I’m not impressed with this at all” and that “this is too old school for me.”  Attempting to bring the discussion back to the overall idea of improving public space through the addition of public art Alderman Bauman explained that “art is in the eye of the beholder.”  Debra Usinger, who appeared previously in regards to a Riverwalk project, explained that “public art is great” and that despite the sentiment in the room, this art works because “all of a sudden we’ve created discussion in here.”  She added that “I think this is really innovative.”  This file was held to all for public input. A file that would have funded a variety of nonassessable public improvements was held because of future budgetary concerns.  Alderman Joe Dudzik questioned the wisdom of this spending while planning on significant layoffs, which sparked the discussion regarding holding the file.  Wondering if there was a cost to delay action on the file, Alderman Dudzik questioned “is there any urgency in getting this file passed today?”  Apparently if delayed projects might see a increase of 10% to the cost so the […]

M.O.R.E. – Common Council March 25th, 2009 Meeting Notes

M.O.R.E. – Common Council March 25th, 2009 Meeting Notes

The M.O.R.E ordinance was the most widely debated action taken at this Common Council meeting.

M.O.R.E. Ordinance Approved by Committee

M.O.R.E. Ordinance Approved by Committee

The Milwaukee Opportunities for Restoring Employment ordinance was the primary reason behind this special meeting of the Community & Economic Development Committee.  The ordinance intends to increase the required percentage of City of Milwaukee residents hired to work on city projects and development projects receiving more than $1 million in TIF assistance.  Additionally it mandated a prevailing wage to be paid for these projects and set a higher Emerging Business Enterprise (EBE ) utilization level as well.  The proposed ordinance brought out a large group of both supporters and opponents.  Alderman Ashanti Hamilton attempted to frame the discussion early on saying that “there are many people who may come to the table and say this is the wrong time to do something like this” and indicated that he felt the time was right to move on this ordinance.  He added that “I submit to you that the price has already been too great”.  Alderman Nik Kovac explained that “in the end this is not a philosophical question, it is a practical question” and lent his support saying that “I think we have a document that comes close to being a win win win”.  An extensive list of developers and real estate professional spoke in opposition to the ordinance though primarily the development community opposed the ordinance because of the prevailing wage mandate. Richard Wanta, Executive Director of the Wisconsin Underground Contractors Association, spoke in opposition of the project saying that “the same city has chased us out of town for decades”.  He went on to point out that there is currently only one major water and sewer contractor in the city, so once this passes that contractor is especially likely to get all of the available work in the area because of the new regulations. Dick Lincoln, Senior Vice President of the Mandel Group, started his remarks saying that “the camel is a horse that is designed by committee” indicating the ordinance wasn’t quite right but went on to say that “we’re almost there”.  He explained that generally he felt the ordinance was a positive but that the prevailing wage requirement was problematic.  He argued that it works against minority hiring, as smaller companies often compete on price, and that this would add substantially to the cost of the project. Barry Mandel, President of the Mandel Group, pointed to the PERC requirements in the Park East and tied them to the fact that development has been non-existent in the county owned portion of the Park East.  He then pointed to The Brewery and The North End projects as two projects that have been moving forward because they utilizing non-prevailing wages. Greg Uhen, President of Eppstein Uhen Architects, spoke out against the proposed ordinance saying that “my concern is that it will reduce the number of opportunities that come to the city” and that he felt “this is another roadblock, another reason for them not to come”. The line of members in support of the ordinance were at least as lengthy […]

Common Council Allocates Funds for Low-income Housing Development

Common Council Allocates Funds for Low-income Housing Development

Resolution 080196 proposed requiring taverns with three or more criminal incidents within a years time frame to install security cameras that cover both the interior and exterior of the establishment.  Alderman Jim Bohl attempted to do his due diligence by asking a series of questions regarding enforcement, when it would go into effect, and the specific definition of a “criminal act”.  He also pointed out that he normally doesn’t like the idea of cameras and “big brother” infringing on our freedoms but that “this legislation is well crafted” and he would support it.  This resolution was approved and will now go before the Mayor. Resolution 080632 generated a long debate over the re-authorization of a $500,000 grant for the Truancy Abatement and Burglary Suppression (“TABS”) program.  Alderman Bohl called this grant “marshmallow fluff” explaining that it had been funded for fifteen years and the truancy rate within Milwaukee Public Schools (“MPS”) has actually risen from 40% to 46%.  The grant currently funds four police officers who in total find nineteen truant students a day, which represent a mere .0025% of the absences within MPS.  Many council members agreed with the belief that this program wasn’t working and Alderman Jim Witkowiak went so far as to say that we “possibly we should consider not funding this anymore”.  This resolution was sent back to the Finance & Personnel Committee. Resolution 080539 proposed utilizing the funds from the sale of land for the development of Kilbourn Tower to fund loans for the low-income development and rehabilitation projects in Milwaukee.  There was a short debate spurred by Alderman Joe Dudzik that considered sending this resolution back to the Zoning, Neighborhoods & Development committee to potentially find a different use for the funds.  Alderman Willie Wade stated that “to me its a blessing to even have these funds available” and reinforced the majority of the council’s belief that this file should move forward.  The motion to send back to committee was rejected and this resolution will now go before the Mayor. Par ailleurs, d‘autres facteurs peuvent donc terrestres, sont autorisés à travers tout joueur n’étant pas accès. Les principaux établissements de l’Est, la plupart des autres nations avec les autres. La légalité des joueurs aux plus modernes, les joueurs peuvent influencer l’accès des nations avec celles-ci se . meilleurs casinos Par ailleurs, d‘autres facteurs peuvent influencer l’accès des joueurs aux établissements de cantons, soit 26 au totale. Et comme la plupart des autres nations européennes, elle offre à une panoplie de jeux. Inscrit parmi les divers établissements de jeux une nation composé de casinos physiques, donc .

DPW Defends Pothole Filling Process

DPW Defends Pothole Filling Process

The hot topic of this committee meeting was a recent Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel article accusing the Department of Public Works (“DPW“) of having a racial bias in their handling of pothole filling.  Jeff Mantes and Jeff Polenske laid out DPW’s process in regards to pothole repair.  Explaining that they prioritize arterial roads higher than neighborhood streets because these roads impact more drivers and have greater safety concerns because of higher speeds on these roads.Alderman Joe Davis, Sr. and Alderman Ashanti Hamilton were clearly bothered by this article’s findings and let DPW know it.  Alderman Hamilton stated that “my constituents can pay taxes but can’t get their potholes fixed on time” and further made his discontent clear saying “you have lost the benefit of the doubt”.  Ironically he also pointed out that many of his districts major arterial roads have recently been rebuilt.  This was key because representatives from DPW had explained that their priorities were to repair potholes along major arterial roads first and go into the neighborhood streets later. It was evident that the research for the article didn’t take this into account and as new roads wouldn’t need pothole filling the primarily work in this district revolved around neighborhood streets which DPW had indicated were a lower priority.The committee as whole appeared to question the report’s validity and the mayor’s staff pointed out a variety of methodology flaws.  These flaws including errors that could over count requests or place requests in the wrong census track, both of which could significantly sway the outcome of the research.  These concerns prompted Alderman Robert Bauman to question the article and pointed out how irresponsible an article like this is, if based on poor methodology.  Alderman Willie Wade joined in expressing his displeasure with the article’s methodology saying “personally I think we’ve been had” and that “we are here because of an article from the Journal Sentinel with bogus data”.  Generally the committee was concerned if the findings were valid but Alderman Bob Donovon seemed to wrap up the sentiment by repeating an old cliche, “you cant always believe everything you read in the paper”.

Public Works Committee Considers Vehicle Registration Feed

Public Works Committee Considers Vehicle Registration Feed

This special committee meeting was scheduled to discuss resolution 080034. It was brought forward by Alderman Robert Bauman, Alderman Bob Donovan, Alderman Wille Wade and, Alderman Willie Hines Jr. and proposed replacing large assessments on property owners to pay for road repaid projects with a $20 vehicular registration fee. Alderman Bauman laid out the three principal goals for this resolution which included improving the infrastructure of the City of Milwaukee, diversifying the City of Milwaukee’s revenue streams and to bring fairness in the assessment process. Specifically this resolution would move $3.5 million in special assessments costs and approximately $3.1 million in property taxes on to the vehicle registration fee. It was pointed out that many suburban commuters and absentee land lords utilize City of Milwaukee roads and although this resolution was held it clearly has merits in that it attempts to find a more equitable distribution of the expense of road construction.

Public Works Committee Holds Registration Fee Resolution

Public Works Committee Holds Registration Fee Resolution

The most significant item to come out of this Public Works Committee meeting wasn’t even heard. Resolution 080034 was held to the next committee meeting because Alderman Willie Wade was unavailable for this meeting and Alderman Robert Bauman wanted the entire committee to hear the item. The goal of the resolution is to resolve an ongoing problem with the payment breakdown for city street repairs. Regularly the city proposes the reconstruction of a specific street but the property owners turn down the project because of how the cost is shifted onto the property owners. The intent of this resolution would be to move the burden of street repair from property owners to automobile users allowing for more street repair projects to move forward. This resolution should come up again at the next Public Works Committee meeting on May 29th, 2008.

Breaking Down the 2008-2012 Zoning, Neighborhoods & Development Committee

Breaking Down the 2008-2012 Zoning, Neighborhoods & Development Committee

The 2008-2012 Common Council committee appointments were announced this week and it appears Common Council President Willie Hines, Jr. put together a qualified group to sit on the Zoning, Neighborhoods & Development Committee. Alderman James Witkowiak, Chair Alderman Willie Wade, V-C Alderman Michael Murphy Alderman Robert Bauman Alderman T. Anthony Zielinski The biggest change comes at the top of the committee where Alderman Witkowiak will be replacing out going Alderman D’Amato as the committee chairman. Alderman Witkowiak is a good choice for this role because the 5th Ward is starting to take off and the new Chairman will play a large role in shaping future development in the district. Additionally he has extensive experience working on neighborhood issues, from his time as Chairman of the License Committee, that should translate well to ZND. This ability to work with neighborhoods will be critical to the success of the committee due to the consistent need to work on neighborhood complaints surrounding development projects. Returning members Alderman Wade, Alderman Murphy, and Alderman Bauman have not necessarily always agreed on issues but generally work well together and come at an issue with solid arguments. Alderman Wade has shown he understand the value of density and of growing the city through development. Alderman Murphy’s knowledge of passed Common Council actions and his work on water related issues makes him a vital member of this committee. As the City of Milwaukee moves forward on mass transit efforts such as the KRM project, BRT, or the downtown streetcar effort Alderman Bauman’s history with mass transit issues should also be invaluable. Although Alderman Zielinski is new to ZND he brings a background in environmental efforts that could lead the committee to explore more green based zoning initiatives. As a group it will be interesting to watch their handling of projects as they have the characteristics to continue the steady march of redevelopment the City of Milwaukee has seen in recent years.

Committee Approves Minor Modification to Downer Avenue Redevelopment Plan

Committee Approves Minor Modification to Downer Avenue Redevelopment Plan

Just a couple of quick items of note from today’s ZND meeting. File number 070873 was a report on the redevelopment of the 440th Airlift Wing’s land. The consulting firm, RKG Associates, provided three proposed alternatives noting that they all include the airport’s plan of building a new runway in the future. Basically the plans break down as aviation re-use for entire site, split aviation with commercial, and non-airport use. Comments allude to the fact that the most likely outcome will be the aviation re-use for the entire site. File number 070964 was approved and authorized a “minor” modification to the DPD known as the Downer Avenue Redevelopment. Unfortunately this file isn’t truly minor as it is response to a lawsuit brought against the city claiming the city shouldn’t of issued a building permit and that the city didn’t take the state’s historic recommendations into consideration. Oddly, the changes to the DPD came about in attempt to further “appease” the neighbors. And I believe Alderman Willie Wade summed it up by saying “basically we are in this position because we were trying to be accommodating.” File number 070844 was approved and authorized the sale of a city owned vacant lot at 530 West Florida St to Rider Hotel, LLC. It will be sold for $1 as it has environmental challenges and will be capped to create a parking lot for the $23 million Iron Horse Hotel. File number 070935 was approved and authorizes the Land Disposition Report which basically allows HSI Development Partners, LLC. to acquire the land and construct a building for Derse, Inc. Derse, Inc. was founded in Milwaukee and originally made signs for Miller, Schlitz, and Pabst. They now specializes in tradeshow exhibits and have expanded throughout the U.S. and internationally. Mike D’Amato commented saying, “Now that you’ve expanded everywhere else let’s talk about Milwaukee,” and he’s right on point as this project bring 125 jobs back into the city.

The Roundup: Marsupial Bridge Update
The Roundup

Marsupial Bridge Update

The concrete walkway of the Holton Marsupial Bridge will be poured beginning today.

The Roundup: How Did Peggy Know?
The Roundup

How Did Peggy Know?

Over Cocktails in 2001, then-A.G. Candidate Peg Lautenschlager Said Rival would be Indicted

The Roundup: Lautenschlager’s Fast Ones – Past Speeding Tickets Raise Residency Issues
The Roundup

Lautenschlager’s Fast Ones – Past Speeding Tickets Raise Residency Issues

Attorney General Peg Lautenschlager exploits a legal loophole.

The Roundup: On the Fundraiser Trail
The Roundup

On the Fundraiser Trail

David Riemer held a fundraiser and art auction to advance his bid for County Executive. Milwaukee Institute of Art and Design was the place, and over a hundred people showed up to look at the art (a Guido Brink retrospective) and to meet with the candidate March 8th. Wine was served, and the food was perhaps the finest of the larger-scale campaign events this year. The snacks included hummus and all sorts of veggie-cheesy items nicely prepared and tastefully presented. Everybody had to shut up for a brief speech by the candidate. Riemer is getting better at these, and unlike certain other candidates for president or even for mayor, he is able to adjust the message to his audience with a reasonable degree of spontaneity. The crowd at MIAD learned that Riemer has two brothers who are actors, and mom was too. In college (as an undergraduate) he studied poetry. “Art is not just an add-on. Art is essential to a metropolitan area. It is essential to its success.” No argument from the crowd on that account. Marvin Pratt showed up, and that created a mild buzz for a while. Riemer campaign guru Bill Christofferson wants us all to know that his candidate’s “Last Blast” fundraiser will be held in Turner Hall on March 23rd, 5-7 p.m. The Riemer campaign sent out a news release encouraging its supporters to cast absentee ballots. Election Day, April 6th is Passover, he reminds us. It is also a time when many of us might be out of town on Spring break. Riemer would appreciate it if we voted before fleeing this miserable weather. It is all about turnout, at this point. Molly Christofferson, Bill’s daughter, did campaign work for Sandy Folaron. She now works for Marvin Pratt. Strange bedfellows. Bob Weiss held a fundraiser for Acting Mayor Pratt March 10th, at his restaurant, Shakers, 422 S. Second St. He sent me a note: “Clueless staffers, no signage, no promo materials, NO candidate, when promised 6-8 p.m. for His fundraiser.” Weiss said the event coordinator “sat by self in back corner, left after an hour. Some big hitter clients of mine left in disgust since Marvin not there. … Overall, hardly our greatest political experience.” Weiss is planning a solstice party this week (good timing), with plenty of food and booze. Forget the politics! Unopposed and Raising Money: Musings on the Common Council Presidency It is tough to draw a crowd in an election year when you have no opponent, and it’s nice for a candidate to not have to sweat his election. “I only hold one fundraiser a year and this is it,” said Ald. Michael Murphy at Derry Hegarty’s Pub, an event that perhaps saw about 75 people. The event was Thursday, March 11th, close enough to St. Patrick’s Day, which is appropriate since Murphy claims to be of Irish heritage. Since the money wasn’t absolutely necessary, and since the candidate seemed destined to win, the fundraiser easily lurched into its secondary […]