City of Madison public meetings, January 4-8

By Brenda Konkel (thanks to Forward Lookout for permission to re-post) — Twelve meetings? I bet there’s a whole lot more we find out about on Tuesday! Continue reading

Dane County public meetings, January 4-8

By Brenda Konkel (thanks to Forward Lookout for permission to re-post) — Meetings only on Monday (three) and Thursday (five). Continue reading

Vacant affordable housing to be torn down . . .

. . . for a playground and parking. By Brenda Konkel (re-posted with permission from Forward Lookout, http://www.forwardlookout.com/) — I get notifications of demolitions – and yesterday I got this: Continue reading

Dane County public meetings, week of December 14 to 18

By Brenda Konkel (thanks to Brenda and Forward Lookout for the re-post) — Two of their 13 meetings cancelled this week. Continue reading

City of Madison public meetings, week of December 14 to 18

By Brenda Konkel (thanks for the re-post from Forward Lookout) — Eighteen meetings, 4 of them cancelled already. Expect mo’ meetings to pop up today, tomorrow and maybe Wednesday! Continue reading

Farmer’s markets: More than just a place to buy vegetables

By Janette Rosenbaum — A lecture delivered recently at the Crossroads of Ideas forum presented farmer’s markets as central to the well-being of a community. Alfonso Morales, an expert in food systems and public marketplaces, began by describing the history of street markets, which encompass farmer’s markets as well as other types of commerce that go on in open spaces. Historically, he said, the concepts of law and public order came about as a means to protect trade and the people who engaged in it. Continue reading

You have campaign skills!

By Norm Littlejohn — How does Progressive Dane get good people into public office? Teamwork. Being part of a group working together for a clear goal is inspiring, win or lose. Of course, it’s more fun when you win. Continue reading

What’s Next for Judge Doyle Square?

By Madison Alder David A. Ahrens — Just two months ago, Madison was on the verge of investing $47 million in a high-risk, low-return venture with a bio-tech start-up with a single product. Luckily, a week after the City Council approved the project, the stock of Exact Sciences cratered— falling from 25 to 7 in one day — and the deal collapsed. Continue reading

HOLD THE LINE ON FOSSIL FUEL — Saturday, December 12, 3–4:30pm: Rally at the Top of State Street/Capitol Steps

#KeepItInTheGround World leaders are meeting in Paris November 30–December 11 for the most important climate summit of our time. What’s needed as a result is a binding agreement from governments that’s in line with both science and justice. So far, however, commitments have fallen short. Anticipating this shortfall, thousands of people around the world plan to head back into the streets on Saturday, December 12, to have the final word and demand more progress in 2016. Join 350Madison, other climate action groups and concerned citizens to hear what transpired at the talks, raise your voice, and tell the government to HOLD THE LINE ON FOSSIL FUEL: #KeepItInTheGround! Please wear or bring red items to help us draw the #redlines at the Capitol steps. Governments don’t lead movements — people do. Join us.

Tenants’ rights under attack in Wisconsin ... round four!

By Brenda Konkel (re-posted with permission from Forward Lookout, http://www.forwardlookout.com/) — Wisconsin’s state legislature is at it again! Good ol’ Sen. Frank Lasee has a new buddy/puppet Rep. Robert Brooks ... and the first hearing on the bill we have not yet seen til yesterday will likely be this Thursday (December 10) at 10am in 400NE at the Capitol. 26 pages of a Legislative Reference Bureau draft (not the final bill), and analysis is murky at best — it’s poorly drafted yet again, which is sure to lead a fifth round if they don’t fix it. It appears AB 568 does the following: Continue reading