September 9, 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.
Frank Mots International Kite Festival
10 and 11
Veterans Park (MAP)
1010 N. Lincoln Memorial Drive
Visions and Revisions of an Urban River
September 12 from 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.
Join the Milwaukee River Greenway Coalition on Monday, September 12 for an evening with John Gurda, John Norquist, and Nik Kovac. John Gurda will lead attendees through the Milwaukee River’s earliest settlements, industries, swimming schools, and amusement parks to the darker days of degradation and pollution. Former Mayor John Norquist will share how a new urbanist vision shaped the revitalization of the riverfront with the RiverWalk District and the removal of the North Avenue Dam. Finally, Nik Kovac, 3rd District alderman, will share the river’s latest chapter, including efforts to protect and plan for 878 acres of urban wilderness called the Milwaukee River Greenway. The event takes place at the Urban Ecology Center’s Community Room. This event is free and open to the public. To view the brochure for the event, please CLICK HERE.
Urban Ecology Center (MAP)
1500 E. Park Place
17 from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m.
Enjoy one of
Milwaukee's messiest events of the year. Attend the annual Tomato Romp,
which includes an old fashioned tomato fight and a Bloody Mary
competition. Tomato Fighters must be at least 16 years old to
participate. Everyone signing a waiver and donating $3 to Feeding
America can get in the cage at 3 p.m. in the parking lot between Beans &
Barley and Von Trier. The Best Bloody Mary competition begins at 11 a.m.
and goes through 3 p.m. at the various bars in the district. For $10 you
get 12 5-ounce samples. For an extra $5 you'll get beer chasers provided
by Pabst. The official judging of the winner takes place at 3:30 p.m.
Both Bloody Mary and Fight registration will take place in the Beans &
Barley parking lot.
Call (414) 224-0212 or
CLICK HERE for additional information.
I was a student at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee then and remember hearing the news from a friend when I arrived to campus that morning. We watched in horror as the second plane hit the World Trade Center.
There will be several events going on in our community this weekend to honor the victims and heroes of 9/11. For those looking to participate in such events, please see the information listed below.
9/11 Remembrance Memorial in Oak Creek
September 11 at 8:45 a.m.
Oak Creek Fire Department Headquarters (MAP)
7000 S. 6th Street
Ceremony of Remembrance at St. John Lutheran Church
September 11 at 9:45 a.m.
Join members of St. John Lutheran Church and Cudahy to retell the history and remember those that were lost in the 9/11 tragedy. There will also be time set aside to remember members of the military who have been killed in Iraq and Afghanistan. Cudahy's Mayor, Police Chief and Fire Chief will also be present to say a few words and accept thanks for their work as first responders in our community.
St. John Lutheran Church (MAP)
4850 S. Lake Drive
Cudahy, WI 53110
Oak Creek Historical
Society's Fall Festival
Oak Creek Historical Society grounds (MAP)
3301 E. Forest Hill Avenue
Oak Creek, WI 53154
United We Stand
Guests can also arrive early to make a
prayer flag with free supplies provided by the Peace and International
Issues Committee of the Interfaith Conference.
Homeless Veterans Benefit
September 11 Documentary Screening:
Supporting Legislation to Limit Influence of Special Interests
I am co-sponsoring legislation with Rep. Kelda Helen Roys, to ban campaign fundraising while the state budget is being considered. This legislation would prohibit elected state officials and their campaign committees from accepting contributions from January 1st of odd-numbered years through the date of enactment of the budget bill. Those individuals who want to make contributions to a campaign may still do so, after the budget has been enacted.
This bill will help to maintain the integrity of our government by removing the influence of special interest over the most important bill passed each session.
Wisconsinites value open and clean government
and have continuously sought to preserve our tradition of
accountability and transparency. This bill reaffirms that our budget
should reflect Wisconsin's priorities and values. My colleagues and I hope this
legislation will limit outside influence in the future to guarantee
that our budget reflects the will of the people and not the whims of
special interests and big corporations.
Ensuring Public Review of Legislation
I am also co-sponsoring a bill to ensure
that legislation is not rapidly
pushed through the legislative process without adequate scrutiny and
input from the public. This legislation
would require a 21-day review period between the time a bill is
introduced in either house and the time that house votes on the bill.
In cases of emergency, the bill provides that the 21-day
review period can be suspended if two-thirds of members vote to do so.
This legislation will increase public scrutiny, government accountability and
transparency, which are the pillars of Wisconsin's tradition of open government.
St. Francis Hosts Community Festival
This past week St. Francis held their
annual St. Francis Days at Vretenar Municipal Park. I was honored to
have the opportunity to participate in this family-friendly event that
hosts the city's largest parade each year. A huge thank you to everyone
that attended St. Francis Days and to the City of St. Francis and all
groups involved for
putting together this great event for our community.
Laborfest a Great Reminder
I attended Milwaukee's annual Laborfest event over the holiday weekend complete with a massive Labor Day parade that started at Zeidler Union Square Park and worked its way to the Summerfest grounds, which was followed by a free festival. I would like to extend my deepest thanks to all of our neighbors for participating in this fun community event and also to those that made this event possible.
As we celebrate the contribution of
Wisconsin workers, we also rededicate ourselves to investing in an
economic recovery plan that brings good, family-supporting jobs to our
Visiting Neighborhood Meetings this Week
Thank you to all of the neighbors that took time out of their busy week to participate in events aimed at improving our community. This past Wednesday, I joined our neighbors at the Cudahy Family Library to attend a meeting on economic development in our community. I was also able to stop by the Historic Water Tower's Neighborhood Association meeting to discuss important issues to our community including adding a pedestrian and bike lane to our Hoan Bridge and obtaining an ID for voting in Wisconsin.
The thoughtful comments and questions
that were presented at both meetings are greatly appreciated. Hearing
your perspective on issues that will have a significant impact on our
community is crucial as we continue working together through this
Hoan Bridge Petition
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 would be a positive step forward in cementing our city’s commitment to providing multi-modal forms of public transit, while simultaneously promoting tourism and business. Play the video below to learn more.
If you would like to sign on to the petition to request that DOT create a bicycle and pedestrian lane on the Hoan Bridge, please CLICK HERE. Feel free to encourage your family, friends and neighbors to show their support by circulating this petition throughout your community. CLICK HERE to download or print the PDF for the Petition to Bike the Hoan.
For up-to-date information about the Hoan Bridge project, please CLICK HERE to visit DOT's recently-launched Web site devoted to the project. You can also CLICK HERE to view a PDF document from DOT that outlines the Hoan Bridge rehabilitation project. This document provides additional information on the timing and scope of the project, along with contact information for the project personnel from the DOT. If you are looking for more information about the benefits of a bicycle and pedestrian lane on the Hoan Bridge feel free to visit the Bike the Hoan Web site by CLICKING HERE.
Please do not hesitate to contact me with any questions or thoughts you have on the Hoan Bridge project, including the proposed bicycle and pedestrian lane.
Session to Resume this Month
The 2011-2012 Legislative Session is scheduled to resume on September 13. If you are looking to stay up-to-date on the issues that are important to you, I encourage you to take advantage of the following free legislative resources:
Wisconsin Legislative Notification
System - An email notification system offered by the Legislature
that alerts subscribers of legislative activities relating to issues
that they have identified as important.
CLICK HERE for more information.
Committee Calendars - Tracks all upcoming committee meetings and public hearings. To view a copy of the calendar, please CLICK HERE.
WisconsinEye - Provides the public with unfettered access to committee meetings, public hearings, session days and other government activities, which allows the public to view legislative debate and policy-making without editing, commentary or analysis. CLICK HERE to watch videos made available by WisconsinEye.
Eye on Lobbying - Keeps track of which organizations are opposing or supporting proposed legislation. To visit this Web site offered by the Government Accountability Board, please CLICK HERE.
Intern at the Capitol
I currently have an opening for a
legislative intern in my Madison office. A legislative internship is a
great opportunity for students and recent graduates to learn more about
the legislative process while gaining practical work experience.
With Interns from the Spring 2011 Semester
Intern responsibilities vary, but
include policy research, summarizing proposed legislation, and
responding to constituent inquires. All interns also assist with general
office operations, including answering the phone.
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