November 10, 2011
Supporting our 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.
Don't Tell Me I Can't Fly
Children's Art in
the Garden Exhibition
Join the Villa Terrace Decorative Arts Museum for a vibrant exhibition of childrenís art inspired by the Villaís Renaissance Garden and created by students from Milwaukee-area schools. There will be an opening reception on Sunday, November 6 from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. and the exhibit will be on display until December 4. Childrenís Art in the Garden is free with paid admission to the Museum, which costs $5 for adults; $3 for students, seniors, and veterans; and is free for members, children under 12, and active military. CLICK HERE for more information.
Villa Terrace Decorative Arts Museum (MAP)
2220 N. Terrace Avenue
Milwaukee, WI 53202
12 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Grobschmidt Center (MAP)
2424 15th Avenue
South Milwaukee, WI 53172
Veterans Resource Fair November 15 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Veterans and their families are invited to attend this upcoming resource fair. This event is being hosted by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) in collaboration with the Clement J. Zablocki VA Medical Center, Center for Veteran's Issues, and other community partners. Veterans will receive information about benefits, foreclosure and homelessness prevention, affordable housing, home buying and much more.
CLICK HERE to view the flier for this event.
Veterans Manor (MAP)
Milwaukee Holiday Parade
November 19 from
3 p.m. to 5 p.m.
Please join me in attending the DOT's public hearing on Monday, November 14 to discuss the addition of a bike and pedestrian lane on the Hoan Bridge. This project has received unprecedented public support from over 5,000 neighbors and local business owners alike. Continue reading for more information.
Support for Hoan Bridge Bike Lane Continues to Grow
I was honored to be joined by business leaders, bike advocates, neighbors and elected officials at a press conference this past Wednesday to discuss the growing public support for the addition of a bike and pedestrian lane on the Hoan Bridge. The Petition to Bike the Hoan generated a total of 5,043 signatures from individuals requesting that the Wisconsin Department of Transportation (DOT) add a bike and pedestrian lane to the Hoan Bridge during its upcoming reconstruction.
To view video of a local business leader voicing his support for the addition of a bike and pedestrian lane on the Hoan Bridge, please CLICK HERE. You can also view video of support for the project from within the biking community by CLICKING HERE.
The Hoan Bridge is crucial to our neighbors as it is the transit artery connecting south side residents to the rest of their community, including downtown Milwaukee and the entire interstate freeway system. Expanding access to the Hoan Bridge by adding a user-friendly bike lane that is separated from traffic would be a positive step forward in cementing our cityís commitment to providing multi-modal forms of public transit, while simultaneously promoting tourism and business.
Public Hearing on Hoan Bridge
Monday, November 14 from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m.
The Wisconsin Department of Transportation (DOT) recently released their feasibility study on including a bike and pedestrian lane as part of the Hoan Bridge reconstruction project. The study includes varying construction plans and cost estimates, which can be viewed by CLICKING HERE.
The DOT will be holding a public hearing on these proposals on Monday, November 14, from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. at the DOT downtown office building located at 1001 W. St. Paul Avenue in Milwaukee.
I look forward to attending this meeting to learn more about these various bike lane options and hear what neighbors have to say. In choosing a final project proposal, it is important to keep in mind what the best fit is for the scope and cost of the project, and also what option will ensure safe travel for everybody.
Conceal Carry Law Change Threatens Public Safety
2011 Wisconsin Act 35, conceal carry legislation, went into effect on November 1 of this year. Under this law, any individual obtaining a license to carry a concealed weapon is also responsible for taking four hours of training to ensure they are well-versed on gun owner safety and responsibility.
Unfortunately, Republicans have already decided to change the rules by striking this requirement, meaning that there will no longer be adequate training for individuals carrying a concealed weapon. They even removed the 8-hour training requirement for firearm safety instructors. This extreme policy shift by Republican lawmakers rejected the basic safety parameters established by Republican Attorney General J.B. Van Hollen.
I have heard from people across Wisconsin who are concerned that the removal of sensible training standards will dramatically decrease public safety. As we work to move Wisconsin forward, I would hope that Republicans will begin to heed the concerns of our neighbors over those of powerful special interests.
To view a video I created discussing
this important issue in more detail, please
CLICK HERE. You can also find additional information on the
Wisconsin Anti-Violence Effort's (W.A.V.E.) Web site by
Wisconsin Teachers Now Face Mission Impossible
I authored and introduced legislation this week honoring Wisconsinís hardworking teachers. The joint resolution acknowledges the dedication and effort our teachers show in educating our children and extends special gratitude to the 3,000 Wisconsin teachers retiring this year.
To view the results of DPI's school district survey, please CLICK HERE.
Strengthening Wisconsin's OWI Laws
I will be supporting legislation that will be introduced shortly to provide uniform penalties for OWI across classes of recreational vehicles (motorboat, ATV, or snowmobile).
Under current law, a person may not operate a snowmobile, ATV, or motorboat with a blood alcohol concentration of 0.08 or more or if they are under the influence of a controlled substance. Currently, an operator who uses a boat while under the influence of alcohol may be punished differently than the operator of an ATV under the same influence. Further, under current law, in sentencing a repeat offender a court must distinguish between the vehicles used as separate types of offenses, which does not allow the court to enhance punishment by sentencing individuals as repeat offenders.
This bill will make penalties uniform and fair across all recreational vehicle use. It has been unanimously supported by the Assembly Committee on Public Safety as well as the the Wisconsin ATV Association. Under this bill, if a person is convicted twice of operating any type of recreational vehicle while under the influence the court may revoke that personís drivers license. This bill provides the court system with the tools necessary to deter such dangerous behavior. Further, this bill would raise the requirement that operators be absolutely sober when operating until they reach the age of 21. Current law only requires absolute sobriety for those who are 19 and younger. Those who cannot legally drink, should not be allowed to drink any amount and operate a recreational vehicle.
Roughly half of recreational vehicle crash deaths in Wisconsin can be attributed to alcohol consumption. Recreational vehicles are both fast and fun, but sometimes we forget they can also be deadly. Therefore, it is important that when we enjoy them, we do so responsibly. This legislation is a positive step towards ensuring safety for all of us on our beautiful waterways, parks and trails.
To view a copy of this legislation, please CLICK HERE.
Great Lakes Caucus to Discuss Landslide
The Great Lakes Caucus, a groups of legislators that represent communities surrounding or impacted by the Great Lakes, will be meeting on Thursday, November 17 in the Capitol to discuss the recent landslide in Oak Creek. The agenda will focus on recounting what occurred, addressing efforts being made to minimize environmental damage, and ensuring similar events do no happen in the future. I will be sure to keep you updated on the situation in Oak Creek as it unfolds.
Meet for Coffee in the Neighborhood
I will have office hours open to the public throughout our community in the coming week. This is your chance to talk in person about any questions, concerns or opinions you might have about our community or state. No appointment necessary. Feel free to call my office for additional information. Date and time information for the coffees are listed below:
Monday, November 14 from 9:30 a.m.
to 10:30 a.m.
South Milwaukee, WI 53172
Monday, November 14 from 3 p.m. to 4 p.m.
Tuesday, November 15 from 10 a.m. to 11 a.m.
Sven's Cafe (MAP)
Wednesday, November 16 from 3:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Local United Auto Workers Building (MAP)
Oak Creek, WI 53154
Friday, November 18 from 12:30 p.m. to 1:30 p.m.
Fixx Coffee House (MAP)
Remembering Our Nation's Veterans
Friday, November 11 is Veterans Day, also known as Armistice Day or Remembrance Day. This federal holiday honoring military veterans is celebrated every year on the anniversary of the signing of the Armistice that ended World War I. Join in honoring the brave men and women that fought for our country to preserve our nation's freedom.
There are several community events taking place this Friday to honor our neighbors who served. You can find the information for these events listed below:
Cudahy High School's Annual Veterans Day Assembly
Friday, November 11 at 9 a.m.
This event has been described as "one of the best in Southeastern Wisconsin." The assembly will take place on Friday, November 11 at 9:00 a.m. in the school's field house. A moving, dramatic reading of the Cudahy Gold Star List - the names of all the community's men who gave their lives in service to our country during World War I, World War II, the Korean Conflict, Vietnam, and Iraqi Freedom will be featured. Many of the names on the list are former Cudahy High School students. The reading is enhanced with photos of those on the Gold Star List being projected on a giant ten-foot screen. Members of the community are invited to attend. If anyone knows of a veteran that would like to be included in this ceremony please contact Principal Christopher Haeger or Secretary Cindy Smith at (414)294-2700.
Cudahy High School (MAP)
4950 S. Lake Drive
Cudahy, WI 53110
Veterans Day Observance at the Cudahy Family Library
Friday, November 11 at 11 a.m.
This ceremony will be held in front of
the south entrance of the library on Friday, November 11 at 11 a.m. If
you wish to honor a special serviceman or woman on that day, please stop
by the library's Reference Desk or call (414) 769-2244 for more
South Milwaukee High School Veterans Day Assembly
Friday, November 11 from 1:45 p.m. to 2:45 p.m.
Students at South Milwaukee High School have put together a great Veterans Day Assembly at the South Milwaukee High School Field House to honor those that are serving or have served. The Assembly will include a Skype interview with family members of students or staff that are serving, and will honor VFW members, American Legion Post 27 and the Honor Flights. To reserve a spot please to this event, please contact George Cleveland by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
November is Native American Heritage Month
November is Native American Heritage
Month, a time when we celebrate the rich past and present of North
Americaís Indigenous People. Native Americans have a proud history in
Wisconsin and in the United States as a whole. From the American
Revolution to World War II to operations in Iraq and Afghanistan, Native
Americans have fought valiantly to make our country great. Ho-chunk
tribe member, Purple Heart and Medal of Honor recipient Mitchell Red
Cloud, Jr. who selflessly gave his life in order to allow the rest of
his company to retreat from oncoming forces in the Korean War is
evidence of that.
See You in the Neighborhood
I created a new survey that I will be
distributing to neighbors asking them about various issues that are
important to them, our community and our state. I have started
distributing the survey door-to-door throughout our community and will
continue doing so for about the next month. To return the survey, simply
fold it, tape it, and put a stamp on it.
To save a stamp and take the survey online, please CLICK HERE.
I look forward to hearing your views on these important issues. Hope to see you in the neighborhood soon!
Know Your Voting Rights
Scott Walker and Republican legislators recently enacted some of the most restrictive ID requirements for voters in the country. While they have been working to silence Wisconsin's voters, I have been working hard to keep Wisconsin's voters informed of their rights. I have created a simple handout answering some of the most frequently asked questions surrounding Wisconsin's new voter restrictions.
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