With the Milwaukee Common Council set to vote on a citywide mask ordinance on Monday, more than 80 local businesses and organizations reiterated their support for a mask mandate for public spaces in order to fight the ongoing coronavirus pandemic.
After an almost two hour meeting and discussion, the Public Safety and Health Committee passed a proposed mask mandate for the City of Milwaukee. The ordinance now proceeds to the entire Common Council for approval next week.
Today, the full Common Council voted unanimously in approving a resolution urging the Fire and Police Commission to adopt a policy addressing any "I can't breathe" plea by an individual who is in police custody.
Ald. Jose Perez introduced a resolution today directing the City's Budget Director to develop a model 2021 budget that reduces the Milwaukee Police Department's budget by 10 percent.
Alds. Milele A. Coggs, Nikiya Dodd, Chantia Lewis, Russell W. Stamper, II, Ashanti Hamilton and Khalif J. Rainey issued a joint statement Wednesday afternoon noting that Milwaukee Police Chief Alfonso Morales will face a performance review with the Fire and Police Commission this month and encouraging the public to submit input.
On late Friday - after numerous other cities around the country limited traffic on some streets to make room for pedestrians and bikes - the City of Milwaukee and Milwaukee County announced the Active Streets initiative to, "provide additional temporary recreation spaces for people to safely engage in physical activities such as walking, biking, or running," during the pandemic.
On Tuesday morning the Milwaukee Common Council approved the use of state moral obligation bonds for an expansion of the Wisconsin Center convention center in Westown.
Jason Auerbach is running for the open alderman seat in District 14, the Bay View position long held by Ald. Tony Zielinski. But while he's happy to talk about his ideas for Milwaukee, what really gets him fired up is the topic of monarch butterflies.
Today the Common Council approved legislation sponsored by Alderman Robert Bauman that regulates motorized scooters in the City of Milwaukee. The ordinance also directs the DPW to establish a Dockless Scooter Pilot Study to evaluate their operation.
Ald. Russell Stamper issued a statement Tuesday explaining his vote to hold the proposed $52 million streetcar expansion in committee for further review.
Although Mayor Tom Barrett has vetoed a ban of food trucks along a stretch of West National Avenue that runs from South 27th to South 39th streets, the issue appears to be far from over, Milwaukee Neighborhood News Service reports.
On Tuesday, the full Common Council approved the 2019 Hip-Hop Week MKE, which will run Aug. 19-25 at a variety of venues in the city.
If the full Common Council votes in support of the plan, people would have more time to pay parking tickets before incurring a penalty.
Royal Capital Group's plan to purchase the former Phyllis Wheatley (aka 20th Street) School, 2442 N. 20th St., and convert it into apartments is on the agenda to be discussed by the City's Zoning, Neighborhoods & Development Committee at its Oct. 30 meeting at City Hall.
This is critical legislation as Milwaukee is over-represented in pedestrian deaths, with 10 percent of the state population but 44 percent of the pedestrian fatalities.