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neighbors and being involved in our community is of the utmost
importance. Some community events that might be of interest to you and
your family are listed below.
Silver City Neighborhood Cleanup & Rummage Sale
Date: Saturday, April 22, 9am-12pm cleanup, 10am-4pm rummage sale
Description: Help clean up litter! Gloves and trash bags
provided. Discard your bulky garbage, a dumpster will be available on
the corner of 31st and W Madison St. Have a rummage sale, get rid of any
unwanted items with a rummage sale.
CLICK HERE for a Facebook event page with more information.
Climate Change 101
Date: Saturday, April 23 from 1:30 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Description: Climate change is real and we are already seeing
it's impact at Wehr Nature Center. Join naturalist, Bev Bryant, to
explore the scientific evidence and discuss the impacts on our local
community. We will learn about the importance of phenology in recording
changes to our climate, and go on a short walk to record spring natural
history events. Bring your questions and curiosity to this interactive
Fees: $12 for Non-Residents; $10 for Milwaukee County Residents;$7 for
Friends of Wehr
$3 Regular parking fee in effect. FREE parking for FOW Members
Pre-registration required 2 days prior to program.
Please call 414-425-8550 to register.
Wehr Nature Center
9701 W College Ave
Franklin, WI 53132
1st Southside Ride of
April 23 at 10:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.
It's the first ride of
the season! Brush off those bikes and get the whole family out! The ride
will start at South Shore Park and will be a 2.5 mile route ending at
Anodyne. After the April ride this event will be held every 2nd Sunday
of the month, always meeting at South Shore, always at 10:30 and the
routes will never exceed three miles.
CLICK HERE for a Facebook event page with more information.
South Shore Park
2900 S Shore Dr, Milwaukee, WI 53207
City of Cudahy 2017
Arbor Day Celebration
Date: Saturday, April 29, 2017 from 9 a.m. to 12:00 pm
In a combined celebration of Arbor Day and Earth Day, come help in a
clean-up of Sheridan Park by picking up litter and planting trees at
Cudahy High School! Every little bit of effort to keep our community
safe and clean is appreciated.
CLICK HERE to view an event flyer.
Department of Public Works
5050 South Lake Drive
Cudahy, WI 53110
21st Annual Beer
and Live Auction Event
Date: Wednesday, May 3 from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m.
Location: Bay View
Sample exciting and inventive beers from Wisconsin's many craft
breweries. The event will feature dinner and a live auction. All
proceeds will provide enrichment programs for families and seniors and
supply the Bay View Community Center's food pantry.
To purchase tickets,
The South Shore Yacht Club
2300 E Nock Street Milwaukee, WI 53207
Annual Bay View
Date: Sunday, May 7 at 3 p.m.
Location: Bay View
Description: The event pays tribute to those lost in the tragedy
of May 5, 1886, when the State Militia shot into a crowd of some 1,500
workers marching in an eight-hour-day rally, killing seven in front of
the old Bay View Rolling Mills, then Milwaukee's largest manufacturing
plant. The Bay View Tragedy played a significant role in Wisconsin's
labor movement and the struggle of Wisconsin's workers to fight for
their rights and improve their employment conditions.
Bay View Rolling Mills
State Historical Marker Site
Northeast Corner of South Superior and
Milwaukee, WI 53207
Dear Wisconsin Neighbor,
Hope you are enjoying Spring! To those
of you who celebrate Easter and Passover, I hope they were an enjoyable
time for you and your family.
Our community hosted a number of great
egg hunts, Easter breakfasts, and other family-friendly festivities and
I hope you were able to get out and enjoy some of them.
One Wisconsin festivity that gained some attention was the governor's
Annual Easter Egg Hunt. If you missed the news, the event was cancelled
due to a nationwide manhunt of a potentially dangerous criminal. While
the individual was safely apprehended in time for the governor's
celebration, this alarming chain of events provides an opportunity for
Wisconsin elected leaders to look at our current policies in an effort
to keep our kids and communities safe. More on this below.
Also, don't forget that Earth Day is this Saturday.
Check out the previous edition of the Larson Report for Earth Day events
State Senator, District 7
opportunity to live in a safe and secure community is something that
should be available to each and every one of us.
Two weeks ago Wisconsin communities were paralyzed after a man stole a
cache of weapons and ammunition from a Janesville gun store and could
not be located by police.
For several days
schools, churches, and other public spaces were closed down due to the
threat of violence from the heavily armed fugitive. Thankfully, last
week, after a 10-day manhunt, law enforcement officers were able to take
the individual into custody, without any serious harm to our neighbors.
As easy as it was for this man to rob a gun store, its even easier for a
person to legally buy a gun without a background check. The unfortunate
reality is that too many of us are at the risk of being a victim of gun
violence. As such, this public health crisis deserves immediate action
in order to ensure the safety of our loved ones.
In another recent, tragic event, less than a month ago, two bank
employees, an attorney, and a police officer were killed in a deadly
shooting rampage in northern Wisconsin.
is wrong for Wisconsin elected officials to continue sitting on their
hands while our neighbors all over our state are killed or critically
injured at the hand of gun violence. We must unite and stand up to the
special interests that continue to block common sense solutions to
preventing gun deaths. We also need to shut
down the backward legislative measures offered by my Republican
colleagues, and pushed by gun manufacturers.
Gun Violence is a
Public Health Crisis
Americans are 25 times more likely to be murdered with a gun than people
in other developed countries. In fact, toddlers in the U.S. have shot
and killed more people that terrorists.
Further, a Wisconsin Council on Children and Families report published
last year showed that child gun-related deaths in Wisconsin had
increased by 31% from 2008-10 and 2012-14.
This is unacceptable and strips away prosperity and opportunity in our
the Wisconsin Council on Children and Families report, here.
than facing this alarming crisis, Republicans unveiled an out-of-touch
scheme to put more guns in the hands of untrained individuals and going
so far as to make it easier to bring guns into our kids' schools.
legislative idea would make it harder for law enforcement to identify
people prohibited from having and concealing a firearm -- such as
criminals or dangerous domestic abusers who are carrying guns illegally
in public. Additionally, this bill defies logic and the safety of our
children by going against a common sense approach that ensures there is
a clear line that says guns are not allowed on school grounds. Instead,
this bill takes an irresponsible approach of creating confusion and
mandating that our schools take specific steps to keep guns away from
Listen to my segment about this proposal on Wisconsin Public
Wisconsin Permitless Carry Bill (Senate Bill 169) would repeal the
requirement to obtain a concealed carry permit in order to carry a
concealed gun in public.
The proposed bill also
dangerously lowers the bar for carrying hidden handguns in public,
allowing criminals, teenagers, and the dangerously mentally ill to carry
concealed firearms with no required safety training. Further, the bill
significantly reduces the effectiveness of school gun free zones.
Here are just some of the ways this bill would take Wisconsin in the
Permitless Concealed Carry -- This proposal would legalize
carrying concealed weapons for anyone who legally owns a firearm,
makes the current concealed carry permit optional, and would offer
an optional no-training permit for concealed carry.
Concealed Carry Training -- This proposal eliminates the need to
get any training before carrying concealed weapons.
Wisconsin Teens -- While federal law prohibits anyone under the
age of 21 from purchasing a handgun from a registered firearm
dealer, 18-21 year olds can legally own handguns in Wisconsin. This
law allows 18-21 year olds or anyone else who can legally own a
firearm to carry it concealed without a permit or training.
Easier for the Dangerously Mentally Ill to Have Guns in Public
-- Currently concealed carry permits are denied to those suffering
from severe mental illness, however, firearms can be owned and
carried concealed without a permit under this proposal, with no
regard to mental health.
State Gun Free School Zones Law -- This bill would mandate
schools "post" if they want firearms kept off school grounds or out
of their buildings, and reduces the penalty for illegally carrying a
firearm in that school to a misdemeanor or no more than $1000 fine.
Creates a no-training concealed carry permit that gets around
federal firearm restrictions protecting school zone. (Non-partisan
Legislative council memo 3-6-17).
Free Spaces -- This bill scraps a law prohibiting carrying a
firearm in public places like stadiums, police stations, mental
health facilities, etc.
Senate Bill 169 has
been referred to the Committee on Judiciary and Public Safety. It has
not received a public hearing yet.
Cap Times article about the bill, here.
Support Stronger Gun Laws
Wisconsin should be focusing on making our communities safer with
laws that are effective and have widespread public support. In fact, 88%
of Americans support requiring safety training and a clean criminal
record in order to carry a concealed handgun in public.
85% of Wisconsin voters support having stronger background check laws.
In the 19 states and Washington, D.C., who have universal background
checks, 47% fewer women are killed by their intimate partners, and 53%
fewer law enforcement officers are shot and killed in the line of duty.
Additionally, the majority of Wisconsin voters -- 65% -- oppose allowing
guns near our schools. With 26,252 gun-related deaths nationally in
2015, this proposal takes Wisconsin in the wrong direction. Republicans
are rejecting common sense and logic by ignoring public safety and the
needs of our community.
We have the solutions and public support to make our communities safer.
Unfortunately, Republicans are not willing to stand up to gun profiteers
looking to grab a dollar at any cost, even our kids' safety. In contrast,
my Democratic colleagues and I have introduced legislation to increase
This session, I
have signed on as a co-sponsor to the following bills:
Background Checks (Senate Bill 34)
In Wisconsin, federally licensed dealers are required to conduct
background checks on all firearm sales, but private sellers are not.
Eight out of 10 Wisconsin residents, including gun owners, support a
law requiring background checks for
all gun purchases. Police organizations and law enforcement leaders
across the nation support
closing the background check loophole. This bill requires that, with
some exceptions, all firearms sales be done through a federally
licensed dealer and thus be subject to a background check.
(Senate Bill 17)
Straw purchasing is when someone knowingly purchases a firearm with
the intent to transfer it to someone who could not pass a background
check. In order to keep guns out of the hands of criminal felons who
are forbidden to have them, this bill makes it a felony not only to
straw purchase a gun for such a felon, but
also to make it a felony to intentionally possess a firearm for
someone forbidden to do so.
Off Period (Assembly Bill 74)
Two years ago Republicans ignored
the will of the public and sided with special interest groups by
repealing Wisconsin's 48-hour cooling-off waiting period on
purchasing handguns. The 48-hour waiting period was created as
cooling-off period to reduce emotionally related, violent gun
crimes. Just last year, Caroline Nosal was tragically gunned down by
a co-worker who had purchased a handgun within 48 hours of
Caroline's murder. Assembly Bill 74 would reinstate this
critical cooling off timeframe to prevent future tragedies.
devastates our communities and hurts us all. I will continue to work
with my legislative colleagues to move Wisconsin in the right direction.
As mentioned last week, we live in
perilous times where climate change, invasive species, overuse,
pollution, and privatization are growing threats to our waters here at
home and across the nation and world.
The Save Our Water Tour is an opportunity to highlight some of those
threats and explore ideas and solution to protect the quality of our
Since I know some of you will be
unable to attend one of the listening sessions, I want to make sure you
have an opportunity to submit your water quality concerns and stories.
Stories like that of Jim from Menomonie, who bought a house on
Wisconsin's Lake Tainter in the winter, but soon found it almost
uninhabitable in the summer months. He was excited to live next to a
lake where he could canoe and fish with his family, but the fumes coming
from the green, grimy lake were unbearable. He said he had to travel to
another lake so he could enjoy being outside, away from the polluted
lake in his backyard. Eventually, he and his family gave up their dream,
moving away from the lake because the stench coming from it was so
overpowering during the summer.
Do you have a story like
Jim's? Share it with me at
week, the Larson Report strives to provide up-to-date, in-depth
information to its readers. Between editions, a lot happens in Madison
and our Wisconsin communities. I want to make sure you know the most
pressing issues facing our neighborhoods across the state. Below are
some of the top stories from the past couple of weeks:
Investing in Education for All
Each of our kids deserves an opportunity to reach their full
potential. Which is why I circulated for co-sponsorship legislation
to increase funding reimbursements for special education last week.
In the governor's proposed budget, state aid that supports the
education of students with disabilities remains frozen. This will
result in a continuing slide in reimbursement rates for special
education costs. The bill circulated by Senators LaTonya Johnson,
Janet Bewley, and I along with State Rep. David Bowen and Rep. Eric
Genrich will bring us back to reimbursing districts at 33%.
The end of the 2017-19 budget will mark the tenth consecutive year
that special education aid will have held flat. We must do more to
support all of our children and begin to reinvest in special
education because it is the right thing to do for our kids and our
I am proud we have the support of disability advocacy groups for
this legislation, including The Survival Coalition of Wisconsin
Disability Organizations and the Wisconsin Board for People with
Developmental Disabilities (BPDD).
To view BPDD's press release about the bill, click here.
Take a Stand Against Hate
My thoughts are with our neighbor as she recovers from a hateful,
We must continue to stand up against the misguided hate and violence
being fueled by a loud minority. We must change the course of
history unfolding before our eyes.
Beyond the hateful rhetoric spewed by Trump and his followers, real
families are in imminent danger.
In January, I introduced the Resist Hate Joint Resolution with Rep.
Jonathan Brostoff. Hundreds of you showed up at the press conference
unveiling the legislation to show solidarity with your Muslim
neighbors and friends as well as signed the Resist Hate petition.
Despite your calls, the Senate Majority Leader has not scheduled
this joint resolution for a vote in the Senate.
We can wait no longer. We must, as a state, send a message that hate
and violence will not be tolerated. Call the Senate Majority Leader
at 608-266-5660 and demand Senate Joint Resolution 9 be scheduled
for a vote.
Sign the Resist Hate petition,
Celebrating Young Professionals
April 22 to April 29 is young professionals week! Young
Professionals Week (YPWeek) brings together young professionals and
key community leaders to stir meaningful discovery, adventure, and
conversation on issues that matter to young professionals.
Millennials face a unique set of circumstances as they begin to
navigate education, the workforce, and social environment. YPWeek
chooses purposeful locations to integrate and connect young
professionals and employers. Chequamegon Bay, Door County, Eau
Claire, Fond du Lac, Fox Cities, Green Bay, Hayward, Kenosha, La
Crosse, Madison, Manitowoc, Marinette, Marshfield, Milwaukee,
Oshkosh, Platteville, Portage, Price County, Racine, Sheboygan,
Stevens Point, Superior, Waukesha, Wausau, and Wisconsin Rapids all
have events dedicated to YPWeek.
One much-anticipated event is the Bubbler Awards, which kicks off
the week. Every year, NEWaukee shines a light on the companies who
make great strides to accommodate the interests and needs of a
shifting workforce. NEWaukee is a structural architecture firm that
focuses on retaining Wisconsin's young, bright professionals in the
state. NEWaukee has been a pivotal advisor and ally to YPWeek. Some
of the 2017 Bubbler Award recipients for Best Places to Work for
Young Professionals in Wisconsin include Milwaukee-based Granular
Marketing, Penrod, and PricewaterhouseCoopers, LLP as well as
companies located elsewhere like Greenheck, Nordic, and Skyward.
Our Milwaukee community has tons to offer young professionals and
visitors. Activities for YPWeek within the metro Milwaukee area span
from yoga, urban hiking, social events, and seminars. I look forward
to seeing community members out engaging with other like-minded
To find a YPWeek event near you, click here.