Progressive Dane rejects "trickle down economics" of JDS

Progressive Dane cheered on as our city made commitments to equity and justice, and now we urge our leaders to put those commitments in action by rejecting the Judge Doyle Square proposal. Instead, we should pursue investments that will address Madison’s real needs. Continue reading

Finally, a Good Place for a Day Center, But Bad Process Is Still Bad Process

By Brenda Konkel — Even if it is for a good cause.  I’m thrilled about the Messner’s site [1300 block of East Washington Avenue] for the day center and the fact that the county has an accepted offer to purchase, but damn, do they have to make it so hard for it to be successful? Mark your calendar — neighborhood meeting quickly put together by Alder Ledell Zellers and Supervisor Heidi Wegnleitner to slow the process down and get this right! We can’t screw this one up too, can we? Continue reading

The Mayor’s Bench Ordinance Jeoparidzes Federal Funding

By Brenda Konkel — We knew it was coming, but here it is! This is from the National Law Center on Homelessness and Poverty and explains how we will lose points on our Federal Applications for Affordable Housing. The Cost of Criminalizing Homelessness Just Went Up by $1.9 Billion HUD Funding Requirement Building on Department of Justice Enforcement Continue reading

Panel discussion and community meeting on policing

Monday, September 21, 6:30-9:00pm Bethany Church, 301 Riverside Drive The Community Response Team (CRT) invites you to participate in a community conversation focused on important civilian and police officer safety issues that have come to light in the wake of the killing of unarmed, Williamson Marquette neighborhood resident Tony Robinson. These issues are not new and were part of a robust community debate after the killing of unarmed Paulie Heenan in 2012. Continue reading

Vote on Judge Doyle Square project rescheduled again; questions remain on the proposal and the process

By Madison Alder Rebecca Kemble (editor’s note: this is from Alder Kemble’s blog, written September 14; after public outcry, the special meeting has been rescheduled for Tuesday, September 29) — Making a decision about an investment of over $62 million in public funds should be well informed and thoroughly researched. To that end I  have dedicated a good deal of time during my first four months in office studying and keeping up to date with the city’s negotiations with Bob Dunn and Exact Sciences on the Judge Doyle Square development agreements. Continue reading

Basics of the proposed Judge Doyle Square project

By Madison Alder David Ahrens — There are three basic elements to the JDS proposal: a 250,000 SF office complex built for Exact Science, a 650-stall private parking garage, a 600-stall public parking garage owned by the Parking Utility and a 200+ room hotel. The entire project would be developed and owned by JDS LLC, owned by Bob Dunn (developer of the Edgewater Hotel) and Majestic Realty, an LA real estate company. Continue reading

Dane County meetings, week of September 14-18

By Brenda Konkel — Four meetings after 5:30 – including public hearing on Human Services Budget Continue reading

City of Madison meetings, week of September 14-18

By Brenda Konkel — Rosh Hashana today and tomorrow, one committee chooses to ignore it, council meeting starts at 7:30 this week. Continue reading

Hands Off Brandi! Friday, September 4, 4:30pm at the Villager Mall

By Nathan Royko Maurer — Brandi Grayson is an outspoken, Black female leader in a growing, community-based social justice movement in our city, and it’s making the white guys in charge unhappy. Recent concentrated attention by the Madison Police Department on Brandi has resulted in what Chief Michael Koval [] calls “pure coincidence” when explaining why it seems she can’t turn around without finding a squad car in her front yard or a new surprise citation she didn’t know she’d earned. But any clear-eyed person can see; this is just plain legalized harassment. Why might they be doing this, you ask? Continue reading

Love. It’s never too late to join up.

By Amelia Royko Maurer — The great Black American leaders of our past are lauded for boldly confronting the American horror of white supremacy, but there is another critical piece that has effectively immortalized them. Their legacies have informed and empowered subsequent generations of great thinkers and leaders. This too serves as a measure of their monumental impact. Continue reading