Community celebrates opening of Madison Municipal Building after major historical renovation, Shelley K. Mesch, Wisconsin State Journal, Dec. 9; Municipal Restored, Abigail Becker, Capital Times, Dec. 4. Dane County preparing to house juveniles closer to home, Shelley K. Mesch, WSJ, Dec. 9.
New procedures for public comments at Madison Metropolitan School District board meetings were used last month following criticism from community members who allege their voices were disrespected and silenced in the past. In previous meetings, School Board President Mary Burke has announced the names of the participants as they approached the podium followed by the name of the person next in line to speak. Burke, according to complaints, has had trouble pronouncing names of participants in previous meetings. A seemingly annoying or frustrating occurrence for some, represents a long history of disrespect and discrimination for others. To avoid future insults, whether intentional or not, last month the board changed the way speakers are introduced during public comments.
Madison shifts site for public market, Dean Mosiman, Wisconsin State Journal, Dec. 1. Alder David Ahrens, Judge Doyle Square critic, won't seek reelection, Dean Mosiman, WSJ, Nov. 29. Just one driver ticketed in first year of Madison's anti-idling ordinance, Logan Wroge, WSJ, Nov.