Official Government Communication

Week of Apr. 30-May 5

Dear Friend,

There is a lot happening at the State Capitol and it is my hope that this email will help you stay in touch with your government. As your Senator, I truly believe in public service. If there is anything my office can do to assist you, please feel free to contact us.

Here to serve,      

Sen. Lena Taylor

4th District


Stollies issue of stolen cars or “stollies” affecting Milwaukee has worsened in recent years and more has to be done about it. Car theft rates in Milwaukee are increasing from more than 6,500 cars stolen over the course of the year in 2014, to 7,300 cars in 2015, to over 7,500 in 2016. In addition, the average age of offenders has dropped significantly from 40 years old to just 18. While the damage that used to be associated with the thefts were low, the trend has been that more cars are suffering substantial damage from wrecks or totaled all together.  

Representative Leon Young (D – Milwaukee) on Monday hosted a community forum to discuss the origins of the practice and explore ways to fix the problem. The panelists included myself, Bianca Williams and Torre Johnson. Ms. Williams is the founder and president of the Cry For Help Foundation and Mr. Johnson is the founder of the X-Men United Organization.  Together, with the help of several members of the community, we tackled the issue.  It was great to have ideas brought to the table and understand the progress we have already made.

I look forward to continuing to work with Rep. Young and the community to keep car thefts at a minimum and our citizens and property safe. In the meantime, some simple things you can do to prevent car theft are to always make sure your car is locked when you leave it and be sure never to leave your car running, even to warm it up before work!



Investment and Use of the School Trust Funds Study Committee Tuesday, I participated in a preliminary meeting with attorneys from the Legislative Council Study Committee on the Investment and Use of the School Trust Funds, which I will be serving as Vice-Chair of this summer. The purpose of the committee is to review the statutes governing the investment of the trust funds administered by the Board of Commissioners of Public Lands. The committee will also assess whether or not the current statutes ensure that the funds are being invested and appropriated effectively.

Over the next few months I’ll be working with other legislators, Legislative Council staff, attorneys, and other stakeholders to gather more information and make a recommendation on what should be done. Study committees are assigned by the Legislative Council in between sessions to address a number of different topics and issues. These committees have meetings, hear testimony and collect research throughout the summer before making recommendations to the legislature on how to address the issues they studied. I look forward to working with this committee and will share the details of our findings when they are available.



Understanding the Role of Banking and Industrial Hemp Wednesday, I met with Jay Risch, the Secretary of the Department of Financial Institutions, to discuss industrial hemp. The meeting was a follow up on a series of meetings I organized last week between departments that will have a hand in industrial hemp now that it is legal in Wisconsin and stakeholders. Throughout the country, states are once again legalizing industrial hemp because of the incredible economic and agricultural opportunities it offers. Yet, growers are running into issues accessing money stemming from its production because the federal government still has it classified as a Class 1 drug (we need to work on that too!). It was great to connect with Secretary Risch to discuss these concerns.


Curtin School Visit, I spoke at an anti-bullying rally at the Jeremiah Curtin Leadership Academy in Milwaukee along with community activist Tracey Dent. I enjoyed speaking with students on the importance of respect, and why we should treat our peers with kindness.  I also reminded students that it is not only important to stand up for yourself, but to also stand up for others when they are being bullied. I shared with them that even former President Barack Obama talked about being bullied while in office and how no one is immune from this issue.  The other thing I discussed was how people respond to bullying and that the consequences could be life threatening.  It’s on all of us to educate young people about the seriousness of this issue and give them the coping skills and resources to deal with these situations.   


Funeral for Former Wisconsin Secretary of State Saturday Saturday, the funeral for revolutionary figure Vel Phillips, who sadly passed away on April 17, will be held at St. Mark AME Church. Mrs. Phillips was a trailblazer that worked to ensure fair treatment and equality in the justice, political, and civil rights realm.  Known for her record many “firsts” for African Americans and women, Mrs. Phillips career includes being elected in 1956, as the first woman and the first African-American to serve on Milwaukee’s Common Council,  being appointed as the first female judge in Milwaukee County and the first African American judge in Wisconsin in 1971, and in 1978, Phillips made history as the first woman and first non-white elected Secretary of State in Wisconsin. A lifelong Democrat, she was also the first black person to be elected as a member of the National Committee of either of the major U.S. political parties.

As tributes pour in from around the world, Vel Phillips is most often remembered for her participation in nonviolent civil rights protests against discrimination in housing, education, and employment.   Today her name rests on a residence hall at her alma mater, the University of Wisconsin–Madison and on the Milwaukee County Vel Phillips Juvenile Justice Center. She was fearless and assertive, serving as an inspiration for many people.  Her work, legacy and commitment to creating change within her community will continue to live on.  


Community Action Alert

Project Clean and Green starts on Monday, May 7 for some in 1st District

The City of Milwaukee Department of Public Works’ annual Project Clean & Green program will run through June 11, 2018. Part of Zone 3, which starts on May 7 (next Monday), affects those in the 1st Aldermanic District who live south of W. Silver Spring Dr., according to Alderman Ashanti Hamilton.

Please see the attached map to find your dates for Clean & Green.

Project Clean & Green (PCG) is a citywide program designed to foster neighborhood pride through coordinated pick-up of excess household debris, street and alley sweeping, nuisance inspections, graffiti removal, and other neighborhood beautification activities sponsored by community agencies.

How Project Clean & Green works: Normally, residents are charged $50 - $150 for all bulky item pick-up requests larger than one (1) cubic yard (about the size of an easy chair). However, on a resident’s Project Clean & Green collection day, DPW crews will pick up unwanted household items at no charge to the resident. All City of Milwaukee residents are assigned to one of seven Project Clean & Green “zones”. Residents are encouraged to set out their extra unwanted items on their regular garbage collection day during their designated Project Clean & Green zone week. On their PCG pickup day, residents should place their unwanted furniture, mattresses, household items, up to two (2) cubic yards of tree trimmings and leaves, yard and garden waste, and up to five (5) tires at their regular garbage collection point – either the curb or alley line.

New for 2018: Residents can use brown paper yard waste bags available at area stores for their yard waste, or they can place it in piles at their collection point. However, grass clippings MUST be placed in a brown paper yard waste bag – do not place loose grass clippings in a pile or in your garbage/recycling carts for pick-up. This is the only time the City will collect grass clippings.

If residents miss their PCG pick-up date, please use the Drop Off Centers to dispose of your items. Additionally, brush collection of up to 2 cubic yards is provided at no charge by request from April through November.

All residents: For more information - and to find your specific Project Clean & Green zone, week, and collection date - go to or call 286-CITY (2489).




Events and Opportunities


One Wisconsin AVE

   Saturday, May 5th   

9:00 am – 12:00 pm

Troop Cafe
3430 W. Wisconsin Avenue
Milwaukee, WI 53208


For more info


The Beer Line & Beyond: How Ice and Sawdust Formed a Bond


Saturday, May 5th
12:00 pm – 3:00 pm

River Revitalization Foundation
2134 N Riverboat Rd
Milwaukee, WI 53212

For more info



Jane & HMI Go Way Back: Celebrating Walker's Point


Saturday, May 5th
10:00 am - 11:30 am


Anodyne Coffee Roasting Co. in Walker's Point

224 W. Bruce St. Milwaukee, WI 53204


For more info




Elaina & Brooke's Milwaukee Rivet Ride

Saturday, May 5th
9:00 am – 12:00 pm

Milwaukee Harley-Davidson
11310 W. Silver Spring Road
 Milwaukee, WI 53225


For more info


Safe Passage - Connecting 53211 & 53212

Thursday, May 10th
6:00 pm - 7:30 pm

Urban Ecology Center - Riverside Park
1500 E. Park Place
Milwaukee, WI 53211

For more info


MPS Special Education Leadership Institute

Thursday May 10th
8:30 am-11:30 am

Browning Elementary School Library
5440 N. 64th St
Milwaukee, WI 53218


Wallace W. Abbey: A Life in Railroad Photography Gallery Opening

Friday, May 11th
6:00 pm - 8:00pm

Grohmann Museum
1000 N. Broadway
Milwaukee, WI 53202

For more info


The Salvation Army Presents: A Long Way Off

Thursday June 7th
7:00 pm

Miller High Life Theater
500 W. Kilbourne Ave
Milwaukee, WI 53203

For more info









 Quote of the Week:

"It is said that nothing good comes easy, that only through sacrifice and hard work do we achieve something positive, something special. Vel Phillips knew that and embraced it. "

-Alderman Ashanti Hamilton on Vel Phillips


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