Madison Commons Media Digest, Sunday December 9, 2018

City of Madison and Dane County

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.

Madison Commons Media Digest, December 1, 2018

Madison City

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.

Northside Listening Session Opens Dialog Between Police, Community

Describe a time when you felt like a part of your identity (your race, your gender, your job) was being profiled or stereotyped. What was the experience and how did it make you feel? That was the question for residents and police who attended a listening circle on the North Side of Madison on Wednesday night. As the night wore on it became clear that everyone has a story about how they’ve been made to feel profiled. Stereotyped.

SSFP: Local Neighborhood Foundation Helps Students Develop Real-Life Skills

The Mellowhood Foundation’s Summer Initiative is a paid summer program in the southwest Madison Meadowood neighborhood that teaches a large age-range of children about independence and real-world responsibilities. The initiative draws on the knowledge students already have from school, while also teaching them skills such as independence and self-determination. Mellowhood student Amaria has learned valuable lessons through the program, such as “working hard, getting good grades, and failing from time to time.”

The initiative focuses on team-building through activities such as gardening and group prayer. Students work together to develop menu plans using the food they grow and are served lunch and dinner. There is also an emphasis on helping students improve in core academic subjects like math, science, and English.

November 2018 Backyard Heroes

Community Shares, a partner of Madison Commons, recognizes two volunteers each month. The volunteers come from Community Shares' member groups and are selected for their service to the community and to community issues. Hannah Nowakowski, Sierra Club Foundation-John Muir Chapter

Hannah Nowakowski has been an invaluable member to the Sierra Club – John Muir Chapter. As a student intern for the organization, Hannah showed a strong commitment to the organization’s goals of protecting natural areas and promoting responsible use of the earth’s resources. Through her work as an intern, Hannah has helped champion efforts to move Wisconsin away from energy production that depends on dangerous oil pipelines.

Phase one of the Oscar Mayer Strategic Assessment Plan has been completed

The City of Madison's Oscar Mayer Strategic Assessment Committee has completed phase one of potential special area plan elements of the strategic assessment for the reuse of the former Oscar Mayer headquarters and food production facility. The initial phase consisted of regional positioning analysis, public participation on the key issues, future vision and redevelopment objectives of the location, and examination of the existing conditions in the area of the Oscar Mayer plant. The Oscar Mayer plant was forced to end production in 2017, and the plant employed more than 4,000 workers in Madison at its peak. The vision developed by Madison officials leverages the corridor’s “unmatched infrastructure capacity and location between the airport and downtown to rise as a regional economic hub. Physically and economically woven into the diverse surrounding neighborhoods, the transit-oriented, employment centered, mixed-use district is now the inclusive gathering hub of the northside.”

The redevelopment objectives from of the area are to maintain housing affordability and minimize displacement, to leverage the corridor’s existing infrastructure and building stock, and to ensure economic recovery boosts diversity in ownership and local businesses.

Wisconsin voter ID law directly impacts students

The November 6 general election is fast-approaching, and it’s a big one. County, state and federal offices are up on the ballot, including the governor’s office, state legislature, and Congressional representatives and U.S. senators. But, some states, including Wisconsin, are accused of suppressing voter turnout through repressive voter ID laws, which could impact election results. Wisconsin’s voter ID law, passed in 2011 after Republicans took control of the state legislature and the governor’s office, is one of the strictest voter ID laws in the country. The law requires citizens to show a photo ID and provide proof of residence before exercising their right to vote.