Madison Commons Media Digest, October 13, 2018

City and County

From Gambia to Madison: Samba Baldeh, Madison City Council president, Abigail Becker, CT, October 10. Crashes down, robberies up in Madison, Bill Novak, WSJ, October 13. Elections and Politics

Mobilizing Madison's young voters, Jenny Peek, Isthmus, October 11. Madison State Representative Chris Taylor threatened with lawsuit for criticizing ALEC speaker, Joe Tarr, Isthmus,


Madison planners look to future of 'Mifflandia," Abigail Becker, CT, October 13. Developer plans 13 story office tower on Near East Side, Lisa Speckhard Pasque, CT, October 9.

News ideas honored at Wisconsin Innovation Awards

Ten Wisconsin-based companies the Wisconsin Innovation Awards last week, an award which highlights and celebrates innovation in Wisconsin companies. 21 business leaders comprising the Awards Committee selected the 10 winners from 33 finalists. Each winner represented a different industry or business sector. Joseph Boucher, co-founder of the WAI, said this year the WAI received more than 350 nominations. “The goal is to have people from different backgrounds, different interest, meet each other and see what else is going on and collaborate,” Boucher said.

Madison Metro Transit launches equity survey

The City of Madison’s Metro Transit agency launched an online survey on September 28 asking passengers to report on equity in their bus service. According to the Metro Transit web page, the survey was launched to “reflect the goals and values” of Madison’s Racial and Social Justice Initiative. The survey asks passengers to report how frequently they use Metro Transit services, which routes and transfers they use most, and more questions about each individual’s personal profile and how accessible Madison’s bus services are to them. Madison’s bus services were at the center of a racial equity complaint in January when the Wisconsin Department of Transportation closed two DMV locations on Madison’s west side and opened a new DMV office that is more difficult to access by public transit. In response, Madison’s Department of Civil Rights filed a complaint with the U.S. Department of Transportation, with Mayor Paul Soglin rebuking the decision to open the more isolated DMV office.

October 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. Tim Radelet, Project Home

Tim Radelet has been a great contributor to the goals of the Madison non-profit organization Project Home. For nearly 50 years, Project Home has worked to improve homes and make housing more affordable for low-to moderate income residents in Dane and Green County, WI. Over the last 20 years, Radelet has supported Project Home’s cause by volunteering his legal expertise pro-bono, and also served on the Board of Directors of the Rodney Scheel House.

Madison Commons Media Digest, October 6, 2018

Register to vote here. Madison and Dane County

Mayor Soglin proposes $332 million operating budget, Dean Mosiman, WSJ, October 4; "There is so much more to do," Abigail Becker, Capital Times, October 3. Construction plans for new Public Safety Building change, Shelley K. Mesch, Wisconsin State Journal, October 3. Alder Matt Phair will not seek reelection, Logan Wroge, WSJ, October 2. Community

New plan for James Madison Park, Logan Wroge, WSJ, October 4.

Madison toward 100 percent renewable energy and net-zero carbon emissions

A resolution was adopted in July at a City Council meeting that will transition Madison to a 100 percent renewable energy. Madison is one of three Wisconsin municipalities that adopted a 100% renewable energy goal. The other cities are Eau Claire and Middleton. In 2017, Madison established a community-wide energy and carbon goal of 100 percent renewable energy and net-zero carbon emissions, and the city selected Sustainable Engineering Group LLC to provide a plan for city operations to achieve goals of 100 percent renewable energy and net-zero carbon. The resolution allowed the city to enter a contract with OneEnergy Renewables, an independent developer of community and utility-scale solar energy projects across North America, with a focus on commercial, institutional and utility customers, for the annual purchase and sale of renewable energy credits (REC) from 2019 to 2023.

Regional planners seek input from community members on their “Greater Madison Vision”

A regional planning commission is surveying Madison-area residents to discover how communities would like the city to change in the future. The project, called “A Greater Vision Madison,” was unveiled on September 12 and will ask residents of Dane County and other bordering counties what their priorities for the future are related to society, the environment, population and technology, according to Alder Larry Palm, Chair of the Capital Area Regional Planning Commission. A primary goal of the project, Palm said, was to emphasize the community’s values and visions rather than looking for quantitative information. “We want to understand where the differences in the community lie based on demographics and where people live,” Palm said. “Then, we can better understand where people align and differ.”

As part of the survey, respondents are first asked to rank their priorities for four types of change: society, technology, environmental changes and population.

Real Life Library promotes empathy and understanding with live “books”

Walking into Goodman South Madison Library on Saturday afternoon, visitors are greeted by two friendly staff members. “Are you here for the Real Life Library,” a staffer asks? After signing in, a volunteer directs visitors to the back of the library, where another staffer awaits. “What book would you like to checkout,” he asks? After an unsure pause, the volunteer hands-out a checkout card.

Trucks & Treasures event showcases the vehicles that keep Madison running

Families poured into Reindahl Park last Saturday morning to get an up-close look at the vehicles that quietly keep Madison running — and the people who drive them everyday. Among the rigs on display at the Trucks & Treasures event were buses, a fire engine, an armored police rescue vehicle, and even a military Humvee. But the trucks weren’t just for the looking: for this one day, the City of Madison Parks Division invited “kids of all ages” to climb inside and explore the vehicles for themselves. “We love this event,” says Erin Nunez, who brought her kids for the fourth year in a row. “The kids get to explore the different trucks and the different parts of the city.”

This was Kennedy Kerrigan’s second Trucks & Treasure event.