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On the Agenda: Mayor Dave orders hefty budget cuts for Madison in 2009

The CSC discusses Mayor Dave Cieslewicz's operating budget guidelines for 2009 on Wednesday. Based on the memo Cieslewicz sent out, it's going to be another tough year. The mayor is asking departments to trim their budgets by at least 5%. If the city were to simply keep operations as is, he notes, it would require an "unacceptably high increase" of 10% in taxes on the average home. >More
 Mayor Dave's weekly whereabouts: See ya, George

Mayor Dave's weekly whereabouts would not be possible were it not for an email that arrives each Friday afternoon, courtesy of mayoral spokesman George Twigg. As has been widely chronicled, Twigg leaves his job, and Madison, this week. He'll be missed. >More
 Fallow farmland proves unsustainable

Last year, Dane County grain farmer Neil Schlough pulled 12 acres of his land out of the federal Conservation Reserve Program. Schlough, who participated in CRP for 20 years, grew tired of constraints on the use of his land. His natural grasses were being lost to scrubby trees and noxious weeds. And program rules made it hard even to maintain walking trails. >More
 Art at street level

"The City Repair Project engages community members in solving their own problems," says Mark Lakeman, the project's co-founder. "It gets people off their couches and engages them in the public process." >More
 On the Agenda: Saving St. Raphael from the wrecking ball

A resident is making a last-ditch effort to save the walls of St. Raphael Cathedral, by nominating the fire-damaged ruins for landmark status. The downtown cathedral was destroyed by arson in 2005. How landmark status for the ruins is going to work, exactly, since the city has already issued a demolition permit for the site, is the question. >More
 Mayor Dave's weekly whereabouts: Johnson Street is no vacation

Thursday morning, Mayor Dave Cieslewicz is hosting a discussion involving the "Vacation of Johnson Street." Now, while many of the residents of East Johnson Street appear to be on permanent vacations, as they lounge on their porches and saunter over to Cork 'n Bottle for a crisp IPA or something, this meeting will hopefully address the challenges faced by small businesses on Johnson Street in the Tenney-Lapham neighborhood. >More
 WMC rips liberal critics, avoids naming Epic

The war between Wisconsin Manufacturers & Commerce and its liberal critics escalated today as WMC wrapped itself in the flag of free speech and denounced the critics for running "an organized campaign involving misinformation, intimidation and threats of boycott." The WMC opinion column, widely distributed to the media, is written by James Buchen, WMC's vice president for government relations. >More
 What we still don't know in the Joel Marino murder case

At last Friday's buoyant media-circus press conference, Dane County District Attorney Brian Blanchard cautioned that Adam C. Peterson has not been convicted of anything and is, as a matter of law, "presumed innocent." Perhaps there's a perfectly logical explanation for why the 20-year-old UW-Madison dropout's DNA ended up on the knife used to kill Joel Marino on Jan. 28, along with other items tied to the crime. You've heard of the Immaculate Conception? >More
 On the Agenda: To wrap or not to wrap Madison buses

The Madison Common Council once again takes up the question of whether to fully wrap Madison Metro buses in advertising. Passengers complain that the wraps make it hard to see and people with disabilities have noted that guide dogs don't recognize buses when they're wrapped in a Miller Lite ad. >More
 Mayor Dave's weekly whereabouts: Dinner with Terrence Wall

Thursday evening, Mayor Dave Cieslewicz will break bread with local developer Terrence Wall, a guy who thinks the world would be a much better place if local government would simply green light his developments and refrain from asking tough questions. >More
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