Fat, wheezing Milwaukee?
If the budget were a deli, Bohl's ham is cut see-through thin. In his two terms, Bohl has become the poster boy for the nickels-as manhole-covers contingent, offering amendments that target mere thousands of dollars compared to the billion-dollar big-picture the city budget carries.
And his Sahara Desert views of budgeting continued in this year's deliberations as he offered more than 40 amendments that would have cut some part of the budget in order to add a few more cops on the street. He wanted to eliminate all aldermanic travel (a mere $25,000, which is effectively a ban that has been in place for years), cut funding for all Business Improvement Districts except the Riverwalk (saving $169,000) and not pay for cops in the schools because, as he says, it's "absolutely absurd" that the Milwaukee Public Schools can hire 10 new administrators but not pay for cops -- never mind that the School Board was elected to decide those issues, not aldermen.
Bohl gets derision and some accolades for his efforts, though at times it seemed like aldermen wanted to end the meeting rather than spend time with the Northwest Side alderman's paperwork, which took up nearly half of all budget amendments. At one point, when considering a Bohl amendment that would have cut a fiscal analyst position, Ald. Mike D'Amato opined, "Am I that only one who sees the irony of someone who offers 47 budget amendments and says we don't need a budget analyst?"
Finance Committee Chair Ald. Michael Murphy gave some backhanded praise to Bohl when he said Bohl "could be a sixth member" of the Finance Committee. "I appreciate his tenacity."
Music to Liberal Ears: Those yearning for progressive talk radio in Milwaukee need wait no more. On Nov. 28 Chicago's WCPT-AM 850 shifts its signal to 820 giving it an unfettered signal to Milwaukee. The dial change also boosts the station's watts from 2,500 to 5,000 during the day. The station signs off at night, according to its license deal with the FCC. When the station was at 850 it got stepped on by Milwaukee's WNOV at 860.
The move brings Randi Rhodes, the best of "Air America," -- the network that is the bane of the conservative squawkers here -- to the Milwaukee market for the first time. The station also features Stephanie Miller, a liberal talker from L.A.; Ed Schultz, a Fargo-based host described as one "who generally challenges the traditional 'image' of a progressive," according to the station; and Emmy-award winning Bill Press, who also is author of "How the Republicans Stole Christmas," among others.
According to the station's mission statement, "WCPT believes that a blue city and a blue state deserve a progressive talk radio station that is entertaining, informative, irreverent and chock full of smart, funny shows with a progressive perspective. We are one of the last independently owned radio stations in the country. Because we are not part of a conglomerate, our hosts have the freedom to speak their minds ... and speak they do."
Coming to a Neighborhood Near You: Billy Lee Morford gets a media road show wherever he goes. Never mind that the sexual offender legally has a right to live where he wants -- and that the neighborhood will be notified when he moves in. Milwaukee Ald. Tony Zielinski planned to turn Morford's arrival on the South Side into his own media event. Zielinski called for a community meeting this week to discuss Morford's moving into his district.
Morford made the Milwaukee media spotlight when a judge ordered his release from a Department of Corrections facility because he was no longer a threat to re-offend due to poor health. His move to the North Side was greeted with cameras, protests and parades of interested passers-by. He's now living on South 9th Place.
Zielinski is using Morford's South Side relocation as a way to gain support for a proposal he's backing that would ban sex offenders from living virtually anywhere in the city. It regulates that offenders' dwellings be certain distances from schools, parks, churches and other regular hang-outs for young people -- pretty much the entire city. The plan was quickly buried in committee by aldermen offended by its draconian overtones.
"I'm outraged that Morford is able to live near our schools," he said in a statement. "Such a notorious offender cannot be moved into our neighborhood without public explanation."
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1) I am enjoy my love handles. 2) Funny that the school who did the findings is Madison..because there are no unhealthy or fat people there...please. Didn't a bunch of fit magazines actually rank Milwaukee fairly good?
Just looking around, it seems the opposite to me. Everybody in the city is ridiculously thin. When you hit the suburbs, EVERYONE is fat!
Milwtownboy | Nov. 21, 2007 at 9:10 a.m. (report)
Just another example of Madison hatin' on Milwaukee. What you say about this, UW? On Jan. 6, 2006 "Men's Fitness" magazine listed Milwaukee as the fifth "fittest" city in the United States, moving up 10 spots from 2005.
Zielinski is awesome. I can't wait to move back to his district. Thanks Tony.
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