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Soglin on Access: City Hall

Postby Stu Levitan » Thu Sep 13, 2012 8:49 am

I'll be taping Access: City Hall with Mayor Paul Soglin next Wednesday.

Anybody got any questions?
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Re: Soglin on Access: City Hall

Postby Stebben84 » Thu Sep 13, 2012 9:07 am

What was the mayor trying to accomplish when he made this statement...

It should be noted that when one views Lake Mendota from the site in question during the late afternoon or early evening of July 4, the sun is not over any portion of the lake but behind the viewer's left shoulder.


in a press release that was supposed to about Hulsey apologizing. Was he playing armchair prosecutor? Was it a jab?
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Re: Soglin on Access: City Hall

Postby Meade » Thu Sep 13, 2012 9:13 am

Mayor Soglin, why did you find it necessary to "poke holes" in Brett Hulsey's claim that he was taking pictures of the sunset by saying:
"It should be noted that when one views Lake Mendota from the site in question during the late afternoon or early evening, the sun is not over any portion of the lake but behind the viewer's left shoulder." http://www.cityofmadison.com/news/view.cfm?news_id=3445

Why should that be "noted" and, more importantly, noted by you?

Are you aware that sunset photos are often taken of views facing east with the sun itself at the photographer's back? http://www.google.com/search?q=photo+of+sunset+looking+east&hl=en&client=safari&rls=en&prmd=imvns&tbm=isch&tbo=u&source=univ&sa=X&ei=VhJRUKvSBsaC2wXSgoDIBw&ved=0CCAQsAQ&biw=1088&bih=1172

The mayor also clarifies that while Parks Superintendent Kevin Briski did not have any previous written reports on Hulsey, one lifeguard mentioned to Briski in 2008 that he was uncomfortable with Hulsey's presence at the beach. But, as Briski has explained to Isthmus, the lifeguard lacked specifics.

"It was just a general feeling," said Briski.http://www.thedailypage.com/daily/artic ... icle=37741


"Just a general feeling".

Mr. Mayor, how was putting out this hearsay information not an intentional politically motivated smear of Assemblyman Hulsey? And don't you owe Mr. Hulsey an apology for spreading such unsubstantiated innuendo?
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Re: Soglin on Access: City Hall

Postby Phil » Thu Sep 13, 2012 9:25 am

"Mr. Mayor, like myself you are a trained lawyer. Are you not trouble by the civil liberties implications of individuals being accused of wrong doing based on the most fuzziest of details. What is your understanding of what Rep. Hulsey did wrong?"
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Re: Soglin on Access: City Hall

Postby Meade » Thu Sep 13, 2012 10:03 am

Mayor Soglin, now that the "subject" has been "resolved" and you feel free to make "further communication" on it,
1) Why was there no lifeguard on duty at Spring Harbor Beach, a facility under the supervision of the Madison Parks Division, at a time when children were in the water?
2) In your opinion, could Sally Miley, your aide and a grandparent of two of the children in the water that day, have done more to see to it that the children were supervised by at least one adult at all times while they were in the water?
3) How safe for children are Madison city beaches?
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Re: Soglin on Access: City Hall

Postby Ducatista » Thu Sep 13, 2012 10:37 am

How're you feeling about your decision to push for ULI's now-dead plan over Metcalfe's more popular proposal for the 800 block of E Wash?

Is Metcalfe's still interested in the site?

What's the rationale for not moving ahead on the 800 block until the city has selected a Union Corners developer?

Is selection of a UC developer imminent?
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Re: Soglin on Access: City Hall

Postby Stu Levitan » Thu Sep 13, 2012 12:29 pm

So, Meade, you feel the single most important issue facing the city of Madison is the Brett Hulsey disorderly conduct story? Your sense of priorities is duly noted.

Maybe you'd like to try and get your alder to hold a hearing on the issue. People who live in $623,000 homes usually get their calls returned, y'know (even if they don't own them).
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Re: Soglin on Access: City Hall

Postby Stebben84 » Thu Sep 13, 2012 12:35 pm

Stu Levitan wrote:So, Meade, you feel the single most important issue facing the city of Madison is the Brett Hulsey disorderly conduct story? Your sense of priorities is duly noted.


The Mayor put out a press release about this. In it, he made a back handed comment that Hulsey was indeed taking photos of little kids. Those are some pretty serious charges. If he didn't think Hulsey was taking pictures of the sunset, what did he think Hulsey was taking pictures of.

Is this the single most important issue. No, but it's not like this is the only time the mayor gets interviewed. It's in the news so I think it's quite topical.

You asked for peoples questions. If you don't want them, don't bother. I don't care if it's Meade or not.
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Re: Soglin on Access: City Hall

Postby swimmingupstream » Thu Sep 13, 2012 12:47 pm

Stu, talking about "sense of priorities," the Mayor has made getting taxis off of State Street a major focus of his administration. Almost in every major city (and every small one) you can hail a cab in the main entertainment district.

Two questions
1) Is this fight not embarrassing to him given the issues we are having with rising poverty and crime in Madison?
2) Can he name even one other person in Madison that believes there is even a problem here?

Stu, try not to be such a suck ass with your friend Paul when you do the interview.
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Re: Soglin on Access: City Hall

Postby Stebben84 » Thu Sep 13, 2012 12:52 pm

I would like him to also let us know how much support he has gotten for removing those sandwich boards on State Street. He mentions wheelchair accessibility and I'd like to know which disability organizations contacted him to express their concerns. You talk about priorities. Why has something as silly as this become one of his.
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Re: Soglin on Access: City Hall

Postby swimmingupstream » Thu Sep 13, 2012 12:53 pm

Stu I would think you would find the Hulsey story to be of great personal interest.

First, you are a lawyer and should be interested in civil liberties. Second, you personally annoy a lot of people, maybe more so than Hulsey. Should people be sicking the police on you, making you defend yourself from the charge of "making others uncomfortable" (the new Miley/Soglin standard)?
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Re: Soglin on Access: City Hall

Postby Magnet » Thu Sep 13, 2012 1:00 pm

Ask the Mayor whether he supports the Water Utility's 12% rate hike request in the 2013 operating budget. If he does, how does this support the premise that the $14 million Project H2O smart meter project is supposed to save people money?

Also ask him if he finds it ironic that in other cities, the mayor and alders fight utility smart meters on behalf of their constituents, but in Madison, the mayor and alders fight their constituents on behalf of utility smart meters.
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Re: Soglin on Access: City Hall

Postby SlayerDave » Thu Sep 13, 2012 3:35 pm

Mr. Mayor,

Are you disappointed that your SECRET PLOT to go after Rep. Hulsey was sussed out so easily?
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Re: Soglin on Access: City Hall

Postby bdog » Thu Sep 13, 2012 5:15 pm

Stu Levitan wrote:So, Meade, you feel the single most important issue facing the city of Madison is the Brett Hulsey disorderly conduct story? Your sense of priorities is duly noted.

Maybe you'd like to try and get your alder to hold a hearing on the issue. People who live in $623,000 homes usually get their calls returned, y'know (even if they don't own them).

Stu you don't ask any of the questions posted here anyway so why should people submit real questions?

Along those lines, please ask the Mayor if people in $403,900 homes usually get their phone calls returned. Can the rest of us expect any kind of response? Thanks.
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Re: Soglin on Access: City Hall

Postby Meade » Fri Sep 14, 2012 10:42 am

No, bdog - you see, Stu will be taping Access: City Hall with Mayor Paul Soglin next Wednesday. When Commissioner Stu asks, "Anybody got any questions?" that's not just rhetorical like "Got Milk?" Stu will actually ask our questions of the actual Mayor for us. Actually.

Unless our questions might embarrass him. Or unless, in The Commissioner's view, our sense of priorities are wrong. Though he will make a note of it. In his notebook. His Commissioner's Notebook.
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