District 12 — Alderman
Centro Hispano Accepting Thanksgiving Food Drive Applications
Every year for 45 years, Centro Hispano Milwaukee has provided families in need with a Thanksgiving food box. Applications will be accepted from November 5 through November 14. To learn more or to apply for a food box, see these flyers in English or Spanish or visit centrohispanomke.org.
New Log Can Help Document Crime & Nuisance Activities
It is sometimes not clear whom to contact to report a crime, suspicious activity, nuisance problems or other incidents. The general rule of thumb recommended by Milwaukee Police is that if the incident constitutes an emergency, call 9-1-1. An “emergency” would include all life-threatening situations including shots fired, and all suspected crimes in progress including vandalism (especially graffiti vandalism), a fight or battery, loitering/prowling, robbery, or sexual assault.
If the situation is NOT an emergency, the number to call is 933-4444. Non-emergency situations generally include parking problems/issues, loud music and neighbor problems. If it is some other city issue, please call 286-CITY (286-2489).
This new citizen complaint log created at the request of Alderman Pérez can also help police and city officials combat crime and nuisance issues. Please document suspicious activity that includes loitering, drug activity, prostitution, vandalism, graffiti and any other behavior that you believe is illegal and/or disruptive in your neighborhood.
Please click here to view the citizen complaint log sheet.
New 2014 Virtual Night Parking Permit System
For the convenience of the city’s night parking permit customers, there will be no requirement to display a physical permit starting in 2014. When residents buy a night parking permit after December 20, 2013, they will complete the same application, accurately listing the applicable license plate number. Residents will receive a confirmation number to prove purchase of the permit, but will not receive a physical permit to place on the vehicle’s window.
The license plate number will be used by parking enforcement to determine whether the owner has purchased a valid permit. All customer service problems arising from misplaced or stolen permits will be eliminated. Failure to purchase a permit will still be subject to a $20 citation.
When a resident purchases a permit online, the cost savings derived from the elimination of permit production, handling and mailing costs will be passed on to customers. The convenience fee will be reduced from the current $2.25 to $1.00.
Visit www.milwaukee.gov/parking to purchase a night permit online and avoid the hassle of standing in line to pay in-person. Please call 286-CITY (2489) with any questions.
Alderman Pérez Named NALEO Conference Host
Alderman José G. Pérez is honored to have been named one of the hosts for the 30th annual conference of the National Association of Latino Elected and Appointed Officials (NALEO), to be held June 27 – June 29, 2013 in Chicago.
Alderman Pérez, who in March was appointed to serve as a member of the board of directors of the Hispanic Elected Local Officials (HELO) for the National League of Cities (NLC), said NALEO serves as the leadership organization of the nation’s more than 6,000 Latino U.S. elected and appointed officials, from all levels of government.
NALEO develops and implements programs promoting the integration of Latino immigrants into American society, developing future leaders among Latino youth, providing assistance and training to Latino elected and appointed officials and by conducting research on issues important to the Latino population.
Smoke Detectors: Proven to Save Lives
The Milwaukee Fire Department and the Mayor’s Office collaborated to develop Project FOCUS (Firefighters Out Creating Urban Safety) in 1991. FOCUS was created to address the fact that out of the 113 people who died in fires between 1987 and 1991, 91 of the victims perished in homes with no smoke detector, a disconnected smoke detector, or a detector without batteries.
Since Project FOCUS was implemented, more than 20,000 smoke detectors have been installed in residences. All of the smoke detectors installed since 2005 are tamper-proof, feature a 10-year lithium ion battery and hush button as required by the City of Milwaukee fire code.
Check your smoke detector today, and make sure to check it on a monthly basis. If you do not have a working smoke detector you can request one to be installed by calling the Milwaukee Fire Department Smoke Detector Hotline (414) 286-8980.