Independent monitor among committee's recommendations for Madison Police Department, Howard Hardee, WSJ, Oct. 20; Madison City Council members seek more police, firefighters in 2020 budget, Dean Mosiman, WSJ, Oct. 19; Committee studying Madison Police Department issues years-in-the-making report, Abigail Becker, CT, Oct. 18; Madison Police and Fire Commission names Vic Wahl as acting chief, Abigail Becker, CT, Oct. 15.
An important special report from Dean Mosiman: Homelessness in Wisconsin: State at the Crossroads, Wisconsin State Journal, Oct. 13. Madison and Dane County
Explained: Mayor Satya Rhodes-Conway's $40 vehicle registration proposal, Abigail Becker, Capital Times, Oct. 10; Madison's proposed $40 wheel tax would be highest in state, but may be 'only way' to balance budget, Emily Hamer, WSJ, Oct. 9.
Chief Mike Koval's sudden retirement sets Police and Fire Commission process in motion, Abigail Becker, CT, Oct. 5; Out with a bang: Koval wanted to avoid the 'torture' of a budget fight, Dylan Brogan, Isthmus, Oct. 3; Madison Police Chief Mike Koval announces retirement, Emily Hamer, WSJ, Sept. 30. Mayor Satya Rhodes-Conway proposes vehicle fee, independent police auditor in operating budget; Dane Co.
In Sunday blog post, Mike Koval announces retirement as police chief, Abigail Becker, Capital Times, Sept. 29; Police Chief Koval retires, Emily Hamer, Wisconsin State Journal, Sept. 29. Madison and Dane County
Many local candidates fail to file campaign finance reports, but city clerks 'have no teeth,' Sept. 28; Avra Reddy to step down from District 8 City Council seat, Sept.
Air Force mulls F-35s for Truax Field, will local opinion sway decision? Chris Hubbuch, Wisconsin State Journal, September 22; Noise levels might get louder, Howard Hardee, Isthmus, September 19. Review finds police behavior in teen's forceful arrest 'legally justifiable' but flawed, Chris Rickert, WSJ, September 21; Family of teen beaten by Madison police threatens legal action, Robert Chappell, Madison365, September 22. Dane Co. Board votes to rename Lake Monona's Squaw Bay, Emily Hamer, WSJ, September 20.
Madison and Dane County
Madison leaders weigh how to avoid homelessness, housing, traffic problems of Seattle, Logan Wroge, Wisconsin State Journal, September 15. Madison receives highest bond rating but with negative outlook, Abigail Becker, Capital Times, September 13. Air Force meeting draws boosters, foes, and questions about F-35s, Logan Wroge, WSJ, September 13; Council members draft resolution asking Air Force to reconsider locating F-35s in Madison, Abigail Becker, Capital Times, September 12; F-35 stirs strong reaction in Madison, Ruth Conniff, Wisconsin Examiner, September 13; What happens if Truax Field doesn't get the F-35? Mitchell Schmidt, WSJ, September 13; More than 500 homes near airport likely not eligible for soundproofing, city says, Emily Hamer, WSJ, September 11. Report from investigation into Dane County jail construction to remain confidential for now, Abigail Becker, CT, September 12.
Budget time: Madison and Dane County begin hearings on 2020 budgets, Abigail Becker, Capital Times, September 9. Madison and Dane County
Housing and Buses: Rhodes-Conway releases 2020 capital budget proposal, Abigail Becker, Capital Times, September 3; Mayor Satya-Rhodes Conway prioritizes Metro Transit, housing, in first capital budget, Dean Mosiman, Wisconsin State Journal, September 4;
Despite additional efforts, winter is likely to be what reduces bad behavior downtown, Chris Rickert, WSJ, September 8. City unveils detailed public market plans, Abigail Becker, Capital Times, September 6. Truax Field to lose $8 million for border wall, Mitchell Schmidt, WSJ, September 5. Community
Henry Vilas Zoo accreditation will continue, Ed Trelevan, WSJ, September 7.
Dane County, Madison partner to bring water treatment systems to five city beaches, August 30; Sheila Stubbs pushes deadline for Dane County departments to submit equity plans, August 29; Mayor Satya Rhodes-Conway appoints fifth deputy mayor, August 27, Abigail Becker, Capital Times. Madison and Dane County considering new park access for dogs, Shelley K. Mesch, Wisconsin State Journal, September 1. Community
White flag overdose awareness ceremony brings hundreds to Olbrich Park to remember loved ones lost, Jamie Perez, Channel3000, August 31. Chabad of Madison to celebrate new Torah scroll, Shelley K. Mesch, WSJ, August 30. Education
Madison schools expand 24-hour monitoring of district-issued laptops for bullying, self-harm, Logan Wroge, WSJ, September 1.
Independent Madison police monitor could launch investigations, but lack the final say, Chris Rickert, Wisconsin State Journal, August 25. Research group suggests changes in criminal court processing to reduce Dane County Jail population, Abigail Becker, Capital Times, August 24. Edgewood College alleges religious discrimination in lawsuit against Madison over use of athletic field, Abigail Becker, CT, August 22; Edgewood offered to 'coordinate messaging' on lawsuit with mayor, Judith Davidoff, Isthmus, August 22. Overlooked: Former Dane County staff attorneys frustrated with working conditions, Abigail Becker, CT, August 19. Community
Madison365's Sí Se Puede 2019: Wisconsin's most powerful Latinos, Henry Sanders, August 24.
Madison Flooding: Another deluge like 2018 would bring 'deep trouble' to area, Chris Hubbuch, Wisconsin State Journal, August 18. More than 1,000 Madison homes would be 'incompatible for residential use' with F-35 jets, Shelley K. Mesch, WSJ, August 11. Performance Review: Critics acknowledge Koval's challenges, describe him as defensive, emotional; 'I feel outnumbered': An interview with Mike Koval, Abigail Becker, Capital Times, August 14. Community
Ten reports of Klan propaganda in and near Madison, Robert Chappell, Madison365, August 15. A Wisconsin group leading efforts to bring supplies to Mississippi immigrants families torn apart by ICE, David Dahmer, Madison365, August 15.