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Madison school board progress report: November 2008

The major focus of our meetings in November was on aligning the work of the Board to the district's mission and research regarding effective school boards. >More
 Mayor Dave's weekly wherabouts: Can we get a little variety?

What was it Barack Obama said about spreading the wealth around? Is there some kind of ordinance preventing the mayor from picking up a check outside the Oh-Three? >More
 On the Agenda: Demolishing the Royster-Clark plant and housing diversity

Last month, the Madison Common Council created a new Housing Diversity Planning Committee, to come up with new affordable housing options. The committee's suggestions, whatever they may be, are supposed to replace the failed inclusionary zoning ordinance, which expires next month. But not everyone likes the idea of creating a new ad hoc committee. >More
 Dane County 911 Center faces the future

Kathleen Falk thinks she knows what's wrong with Dane County's 911 Center and how to fix it. What's needed, says the county executive, is new, uniform police dispatch software. >More
 Wisdom needed on Madison Metro bus fare hike

Madison's Transit and Parking Commission faces a dilemma only King Solomon could solve: Either raise Madison Metro's cash fares by 50 cents, to $2, or cut bus service even further. Without a fare increase or service cuts, Metro is projected to have a $682,000 deficit in 2009. Last night, about 90 people turned out for a hearing on the proposed fare hike that went on for several hours. Most of those who spoke begged the commission to do nothing. >More
 Rally opposing Metro bus fare hikes kicks off Madison TPC meeting

"We shouldn't have to beg for public services!" declared Madison Area Bus Advocates organizer Barbara Smith at a rally against hikes for Metro bus fares on Monday evening. Two dozen opponents of the proposed increases gathered in front of the Capitol entrance to Monona Terrace, voicing their concerns to assembled media in advance of a public hearing held by Metro Transit and the Madison Transit and Parking Commission inside the convention center. >More
 On the Agenda: Raising Madison bus fares

The Madison Transit & Parking Commission holds a public hearing on proposals to raise Metro's cash fares. One proposal would increase it by 25 cents, to $1.75. Another, backed by Mayor Dave, would raise it 50 cents, to $2. >More
 Madison banks get in on the bailout

If you listen to Madison bank CEOs, their decision to accept federal bailout money is a sign of their financial health. "As opposed to a bailout, think of this as the government putting a stake in the ground," says Greg Smith, chief financial officer at Marshall & Ilsley Corp., which, while Milwaukee-based, leads the Madison area in deposits. >More
 3 in 10 public-records requests in Wisconsin not properly fulfilled

A statewide public records audit found that one in 10 requests for basic documents were denied or ignored by local governments. Another two in 10 requests were fulfilled only after records custodians required the requesters to identify themselves or explain why they wanted the documents, in violation of state law. >More
 Mayor Dave weekly whereabouts: A late autumn breather

With the months-long process of determining the 2009 Madison budget now in the rearview mirror, the schedule for Mayor Cieslewicz this week is a bit more mundane. >More
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