Alderman Donovan Releases 10-Point Plan for Milwaukee
Alderman Bob Donovan has released a 10-point action plan to help address Milwaukee’s biggest challenges and issues.
Alderman Donovan, chair of the Common Council’s Public Safety Committee, said he’s putting forth his action plan after receiving large numbers of calls and messages in response to the op-ed article “In Violence, We Reap the Harvest We’ve Sown” published in the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel in August following the August 4, 2011 mob violence outside State Fair Park.
“The overwhelming response (to the article) has been eye-opening, with calls and messages coming in locally and from all over the U.S.,” he said. “But at the end of the day, we need a plan because Milwaukee is facing some monumental challenges, and if we continue to ignore those challenges, they will suck the very life out of this community.”
The alderman added, “I’ve always been a believer that if you are going to point out deficiencies or problems, you then have an obligation to offer suggestions and alternatives to address those issues or problems.”
Call For Action – Governmental Phone Directory
This PDF printable version is arranged alphabetically by specific topics and problems, and it provides phone numbers and web addresses to help you reach the people who perform hundreds of services in city government. The back pages also include county, state, and federal phone numbers, and additional numbers and web addresses of other frequently requested, non-government services and organizations.
The City of Milwaukee takes pride in its reputation of providing efficient, high quality, responsive, and cost-effective services to residents and businesses. The Call for Action booklet is well organized and can quickly connect you to the services and information you need.
A limited number of booklets can be obtained by contacting my assistant at 286-3533.
An online version of the Call for Action is also available at www.city.milwaukee.gov/callforaction
Citywide Redistricting Brings 8th District Changes
According to Alderman Donovan, the redistricting process completed last year by the Common Council has brought new 2012 voting wards, polling locations, and district boundaries for aldermanic districts, including the 8th District.
- Prior to redistricting, the southern boundary of the 8th District was aligned with the railroad lines that run along the Kinnickinnic River Parkway and south of the Forest Home Cemetery. Today, the areas south of the rail line that were once in the 8th District are now part of the 11th District.
- The eastern boundary of the district today is now mostly aligned with S. 20th St. with the area between W. Rogers St. and W. Mitchell St. extending to S. 19th St. This change in redistricting moved some areas that were previously in the 12th District into District 8.
All voting wards within the district have been renumbered, and several have had their boundaries altered.
View the new map of the 8th District.
Go to www.milwaukee.gov/Redistricting for more details about redistricting in the City of Milwaukee.
Milwaukee Job Corps: A Way to Get What You Want Out of Life
The Milwaukee Job Corps is a no-cost educational and vocational training program that helps youth ages 16-24 (the upper age limit is waived for those who have a documented disability) learn a career, earn a high school diploma or GED and help find and keep a good job. They are currently holding orientation sessions on a weekly basis for those who are interested in the program. Learn more about the Milwaukee Job Corps.
Job Corps Orientations for Wisconsin
New Milwaukee Job Corps Center, 6665 N. 60th Street - Every Wednesday at 1:30 p.m.
For more details, contact Yulanda Randolph at 414-671-6129.
Esperanza Unida Bldg., 611 W. National Avenue, Ste. 209 - Every Monday and Tuesday at 1:30 p.m.
For more details, contact Omar Barberena at 414-649-9055.
No late arrivals admitted to orientations. No orientations on Holidays.
Alderman Donovan’s Plan for MPS
NOTE: Although this plan was originally presented to the Mayor and other officials two years ago, I am posting it now for the purpose of spurring a discussion regarding needed changes at MPS. This plan is offered as a starting point.
|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.
Project FOCUS is the MFD’s response and a proactive approach to this disturbing fact. The program has had an immediate positive impact on fire deaths in the city and aims to target areas in the community that have experienced a high number of structural fires and/or fire-related deaths in the past two years. Project FOCUS allows on-duty firefighters to target a neighborhood and conduct a door-to-door campaign intended to educate residents on fire safety and prevention.
Project FOCUS takes place every year in spring and fall for three weeks. During those three weeks, firefighters visit every home in a targeted neighborhood to test or install smoke detectors, replace batteries, and perform blood pressure screenings -- all at no cost to the recipients. The Milwaukee Fire Department will also perform a “Mini-Focus” as necessary in the immediate neighborhood where a fire fatality occurred.
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. This year, firefighters will visit more than 6,000 homes.
It is critically important for Milwaukee residents to have working smoke detectors in their homes. It is an early detection and life-saving device in the event of a fire. It can give you and your family those extra seconds that count when faced with smoke and flames. 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.
Community Prosecution Unit Case Files program
Milwaukee has a variety of strategies in place for protecting and preserving the quality of life in the city. The Community Prosecution Unit weaves these strategies together to create a network of police, Council members, city service agents, ordinances, the court system and more to help find innovative solutions to persistent problems in our communities. In this program, we will chronicle how various problems are solved through the coordination of the Community Prosecution Unit and neighbors.
Ald. Donovan helped launch a project that showcases the Community Prosecution Unit through a television series, highlighting the success of the CPU and providing the public with resources for abating crime in their neighborhood.
In this episode, a nuisance property drives the neighbors to take action and through the coordinated efforts of the Community Prosecution Unit, the owner is prosecuted and imprisoned and the house is sold to new owner-occupants.
Police Re-Districting and the 8th District
The Milwaukee Police Department has made re-districting changes that affect the 8th Aldermanic District.
The changes were announced by Police Chief Edward Flynn as a means of reducing the levels of crime, fear, and disorder through community-based, problem-oriented, and data-driven policing. To view the MPD’s re-drawn district borders, please click here. The chief has sole authority to implement the re-districting.