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Kathleen Falk prepares for 2009 campaign battle

On Thursday, about 100 "environmental leaders" will sponsor a fundraiser for Dane County Executive Kathleen Falk at the Club Tavern in Middleton. Falk is running for re election next spring. She has at least one declared opponent, former Madison school board member Nancy Mistele. Verona Mayor Jon Hochkammer is also rumored to be considering a run. >More
 Mayor Dave launches green scheme for Madison

Madison Mayor Dave Cieslewicz's plan is to "start with the macro, the big picture," and not with the details. The details can always be worked out later, in committees and such. "The idea here is to set some overall goals," says Cieslewicz, the chief sponsor of a resolution directing the city to plat a sustainable neighborhood -- er, make that neighborhoods -- on the city's northeast side. >More
 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
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