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Monday, August 22, 2016

MCTS, MICAH, and Black Health Coalition pull Route 279 - violate Title VI law of suit, Endanger Milwaukee employees with present employment in Menomonee Falls and prevent others from many Help Wanted signs Up-and-Down Menomonee Falls Industrial Park

August 22, 2016
MILWAUKEE/Menomonee Falls Industrial Park | Milwaukee Professionals Association LLC is calling for Full Disclosure of the numbers/data base of MCTS/Milwaukee County Transit System, MICAH/Milwaukee Inner-city Congregations Allied for Hope, and Black Health Coalition to substantiate the numbers in a Journal Sentinel article as to why they decided to pull Route 279.

"We need to see the facts here.  We ask for the guidelines of implementation of the class action suit. It is easy to give composite numbers.  We want to know with specificity Route scheduling during the entire day, Blue Line scheduling, other connecting bus to Routes 6 and 61, the Ridership to employment, where employed, length of employment, temporary vs permanent, during what timeframe, turnover of employment, with direct employment of Milwaukeeans to Routes 6 and 61," said Mary Glass, CVO, MPA LLC.  

"Additionally, what is the total amount allowed for the Zoo class-action suit with MICAH and Black Health Coalition?  How much has been spent to date?  What dollar amount is projected for Routes 6 and 61 without Routed 279?  What is the workforce marketing plan with human resource departments of all 3 routes? What are the ongoing evaluations?  What is the standard of judgment for the elimination of one, two or all of the routes? Lastly, what examples of vetting included Ridership input, customer satisfaction, and the general public notification?"

Tuesday, August 16, 2016

MPA LLC Press Conference - Wednesday, August 17, 2016, 3:15pm @ Park Place & Liberty Bus Shelter

“Re-defining”, “re-branding” and “un-trapping” the City of Milwaukee and its Stakeholders of Concentrated Poverty

Email:  mpapublicpolicyreview@gmail.com   
                                                                    Contact:  MARY GLASS - 414.610.1044

August 16, 2016

Milwaukee Professionals Association, District Strategists, and Employees of Menomonee Falls Industrial Park Call for Continuation and Expansion of Route 279
Press Call to hear from the Ridership and the hardship caused by MCTS pulling route

MILWAUKEE/MENOMONEE FALLS | Press Call – Wednesday, August 17, 2016, 3:15pm, Park Place & Liberty | Mary Glass, Chief Visionary Officer, Milwaukee Professionals Association LLC announced the public outcry for the continuation and EXPANSION of Route 279.

“The Elimination of Route 279 is an UNWISE and reckless decision by Chris Abele, County Executive and Brain Dranzik, Director, Milwaukee County Department of Transportation, an elected and an appointed public servant, to provide public transportation in Milwaukee County”, said Glass.

“These are the folk seeking $48 million for a costly federally funded Small Starts East/West BRT Alternate to create a Ridership – riders with transportation and not ready to change to public transportation, however, on August 27, 2016 (per signs posted) the ESTABLISHED Ridership North/South to Menomonee Falls, Route 279 - A route clearly needed by  employees of Arandell, FEDEX, Wacker Neusom, Ensync Energy, Harley Davidson, Woodman, Radisson Hotel,  and others in the growing employment hot spot”.

We not only want the Route continued, but MPA LLC seeks immediate improvements that include dialog with the companies of Menomonee Falls for 21st Century public transportation customer service as proposed by the Federal Transit Administration, better “shift” connections of the Blue Line and Route 279, more coordinated buses on the routes – Blue and 279, as well as look at a North/South BRT for more access to other shifts and work opportunities, said Glass.

HEAR YE! HEAR YE! ROUTE 279 Menomonee Falls is being ELIMINATED, Why?

What's that about?  Eliminating Route 279?
Tuesday, August 16, 2016
MILWAUKEE to MENOMONEE FALLS | Milwaukee Professionals Association LLC is reporting that the "Ridership" of Route 279 has been ambushed.  

Bus route 279 eliminated
Our face-to-face dialog last week with members of the Ridership of 279 to FedEx, Arandell Corporation, Radisson Hotel, Woodman, Harley Davidson, Ensync and others spoke of their shock and the disadvantages caused by this reckless decision, said Mary Glass, Chief Visionary Officer.

The employees - ridership spoke of their "Opportunity of Work" is now threatened.  The Ridership ranged from first-day to 3 years employed on Route 279 and averaging 9-12 months.  

They spoke of NOT being asked about Route 279 and its need prior to its elimination.  The ridership spoke of just finding out within the last week that Route 279 was being pulled. Some were just being informed by MPA LLC visit and the posting of signs on Friday, August 12, 2016.

No contact - lack of communication, customer service and courtesy with Ridership seems to be a huge failure of Abele and Dranzik.   
According to an email response from Dan Boehm, Milwaukee County Transit System Managing Director, "the elimination of 
Route 279 was requested by the Plaintiffs of the Zoo Litigation Settlement.  They elected to preserve the limited funds available from the settlement so that they can be used for the other, more successful settlement-funded routes:  #6 (New Berlin Industrial Park) and #61 (Appleton-Keefe)".

MPA LLC asks both Milwaukee County and the Zoo Litigation Team, what was the criteria for selection of success of one route over another in both MCTS regular management planning and when dealing with class-action suit engagements?  

Where are MCTS posted reports to the Ridership? 
Who gave Milwaukee County Transit System the right to eliminate Route 279 without "due diligence", without talking to the Ridership - without doing their homework?  

The federal funding for the public transportation comes out of all of our pockets.

The lack of equity and inclusion that perpetuates Enduring Concentrated Poverty is seen and heard when SWELLING grows in our neighborhoods.  It becomes toxic-noisy-clashing-anger for UNREST - just as we have in Sherman Park Neighborhood of Milwaukee at this time.

How will these employees feed their family - pay their rent - get their children ready for the 2016 school year?  Buy a car.

People continue to say, "We are tired of this"  "We are tired of being tired".  

MPA LLC was unable to get a response from Black Health Coalition and Mycah by press time.


Tuesday, August 9, 2016

AUGUST - National Immunization Awareness Month

August 9, 2016

Dear MARY,
National Immunization Awareness Month (NIAM) is recognized every August to promote the importance of vaccination at all ages. Each week during the month focuses on a different point in the lifespan, with a focus on pregnant women August 8-14 and babies and young children August 15-21. NIAM is sponsored by the National Public Health Information Coalition, and they have created resources that you can use to promote vaccination among the moms and families you work with.
Text4baby promotes the importance of vaccination during both pregnancy and infancy. Last summer, we released the results of a randomized evaluation of Text4baby flu messaging that found Text4baby mothers who received a reminder text were twice as likely to report they were vaccinated and the odds of vaccination were increased among all participants who reported their status. You can read the abstract publication here. ZERO TO THREE has just released two new resources about how the effectiveness of Text4baby flu messaging. You can read the Parent Resource here and the Professional Resource here. Additionally, a vaccination tracker is one of the key features of the updated Text4baby app. This month and year round, encourage the new and expectant moms you work with to use Text4baby as a resource to learn more information about how vaccines can help keep themselves and their babies healthy!
The Text4baby Team
Take Action
Active Zika transmission in the U.S. is now a reality. Text4baby-the largest mobile health initiative in the nation-can help reach women in your state or locality with important information on Zika. Text4baby uses the power of cell phone technology, through text messages and an app timed to user's due date or baby's birth date, to share essential information, tips, and reminders with expectant women and new mothers, and their partners or loved ones.
Text4baby can help with your local preparedness and response plans. We can offer the following to support the implementation of your local Zika plans: customized text messages by state/locality, local outreach via Text4baby tailored to your city/state/locality's needs, targeted social media posts, email blasts about your Zika efforts, a dedicated staff member to support your local enrollment efforts, co-branded materials, and more. For pricing or more information, please contact Jodie Fishman at jfishman@zerotothree.org.
CMS Needs Your Help! 
Our partners at the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) are looking for people who are currently covered through a plan on HealthCare.gov and willing to share their story to help others get covered.  Those interested could appear in television, radio, print and/or digital ads and on social media. 
They are specifically looking for people ages 18 to 34 but would like to talk to anyone who wants to share their story. They are interested in learning more about the following items from the participants:
  • How insurance changed their lives
  • How they have used their coverage
  • How financial help made their premiums affordable
They are looking for both English and Spanish speakers. The deadline is August 15.
This is an excellent opportunity for you to talk to the moms (and any other adult patients) you work with about health care coverage, and how they can help others. Please also share with your colleagues and forward the contact information for anyone interested in participating to Laura Salerno at laura.salerno@cms.hhs.gov.
Thank you for your help!
Quote of the Week
"Text4baby has helped me so much! As a first time mother, you hear so many different opinions, advice, and experiences with other parents and I didn't know what to believe or do with my baby. Text4baby sends me advice backed up with information, telephone numbers, and websites that helped me and my baby. From flu shots to breast feeding advice, Text4baby is a MUST. THANK YOU TEXT4BABY WE LOVE YOU!"
- Jacklyn G. from Pomona, CA (AT&T user)
New Partners  
  • Best Start Birth Center (San Diego, CA)
  • Delta Dental of SD Foundation (Pierre, SD)
  • AV Pediatrics Medical Association (Lancaster, CA)
  • Next Door (Milwaukee, WI)
  • Virginia Department of Health-Western Tidewater Division (Suffolk, VA)
  • El Nido NYC (New York, NY)
  • Text4help.org (Accokeek, MD)

Monday, August 8, 2016

AM Squawk - August 8, 2016 by Belvedere, Schacknow & DiChristopher


Senior Producer
Senior Producer
Web and TV producer

CNBC | Morning Squawk


Futures are pointing to a higher open , following Friday gains that saw the S&P 500 and Nasdaq set all-time closing highs. The Nasdaq's record high was its first in over a year, capping an impressive run which has seen it go without back-to-back declines since late June. (CNBC)

Major Asian indexes closed higher on Monday, shrugging off weaker-than-expected Chinese trade data that showed a 4.4-percent decline in exports and a 12.5-percent slump in imports in U.S. dollar terms, compared with last year. (CNBC)

Oil prices are higher on reports a handful of OPEC members are once again advocating a production freeze. The measure failed in April after top exporter Saudi Arabia dropped its support. (Reuters) 

Wal-Mart (WMT) will announce its purchase of online retailer Jet.comtoday, according to Recode. The Wall Street Journal had reported last week that a deal was close and that the price was likely to be about $3 billion. (Recode)
Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump will further outline his economic blueprint in a speech in Detroit today. His Democratic rival, Hillary Clinton, follows suit with her own speech on the economy on Thursday. (CNBC) 

Voters trust Trump and Clinton to an equal degree on taxes and the economy, but Clinton now has an 8 percentage point lead nationally, according to a new ABC News/Washington Post poll. That contrasts with a Reuters/Ipsos poll that shows Clinton's lead narrowing to less than 3 points. (WaPo/Reuters) 

Japanese Emperor Akihito suggested he wishes to abdicate in a rare address to the nation, saying he is concerned his age and physical condition will not allow him to fulfill his duties. (AP) 

A hunt is underway for an American and Australian kidnapped by gunmen in Kabul, Afghanistan, Afghan authorities said Monday. The two are believed to be affiliated with Kabul University. (Reuters) 

At least 45 people were killed and dozens more injured on Mondaywhen a suicide bombing ripped through a crowd of mostly lawyers and journalists at a hospital in Quetta, Pakistan. Many victims were mourners of a prominent lawyer who'd been assassinated earlier on Monday. (Reuters) 

Thais voted to approve a military-backed Constitution on Sunday, paving the way for a democratically elected government to take over Thailand as early as December, following more than two years of junta rule. (Reuters) 

series of robberies and assaults have cast a shadow over sporting events at the Olympics in Rio de Janeiro. Victims of crime have included Portugal's education minister and a top Brazilian security official. (Reuters)  

Among the highlights in Rio, Michael Phelps took his 19th gold medalas the U.S. swimming team won the men's 4x100m freestyle relay. On the tennis court, Venus and Serena Williams suffered their first-ever loss in Olympics doubles matches, falling to a Czech duo. (NBC News) 

The Russian Paralympic team became the latest contingent from the country to be punished over the nation's doping scandal. The International Paralympic Committee on Sunday suspended all Russian athletes from the 2016 games in September. (NBC News) 

Delta Air Lines (DAL) is suffering a nationwide computer system outage that has grounded all its flights. (NBC News)

Amazon.com's (AMZN) Japan offices were raided by antitrust regulators, according to the Nikkei business daily. The paper said Amazon Japan is suspected of pressuring retailers to give it more favorable terms than they offer on other online retail sites. (CNBC)

Gawker Media Group is in early talks with former pro wrestler Hulk Hogan, over the settlement of a $140 million privacy invasion judgment that has forced the online news company into bankruptcy, The Wall Street Journal reported. (CNBC) 


There are no economic reports of note, but there are a few corporate earnings reports to watch.  

Quarterly numbers will be out this morning from Allergan (AGN), Dean Foods (DF), Sotheby's (BID), and Tyson Foods (TSN). After-the-bell earnings reports today include News Corp. (NWSA), Bojangles (BOJA), Computer Sciences (CSC), Hertz (HTZ), International Flavors (IFF), Microchip Technology (MCHP), and WebMD (WBMD).


Berkshire Hathaway (BRK, BRKB) reported quarterly profit of $3,042 per class A share, above estimates of $2,910.80, though the Warren Buffet-controlled company's revenue did fall short of Street projections. Berkshire's overall results were helped by investment gains.

Novartis (NVS) released results from a clinical trial of its new asthma pill which showed promising results. The pill — the first new one for asthma in decades — could be filed for regulatory approval by 2019, according to the company.

Alphabet (GOOGL) lost executive Chris Urmson from its Google unit's self-driving car project. Urmson did not specify what he would be doing next after seven and a half years on the project, but said he was "ready for a fresh challenge."

Time Warner's (TWX) Warner Brothers unit has sold the commercial TV rights to the eight "Harry Potter" movies to Comcast's (CMCSA) NBCUniversal, which will air primarily on the USA and SyFy channels.

Mattress Firm (MFRM) will be bought by African retailer Steinhoff International for $2.4 billion or $64 per share. That's more than double the mattress retailer's Friday closing price of $29.74.


Warner Brothers' "Suicide Squad" overcame a bevy of poor reviews to become the first August release to score a $100 million-plus U.S. debut. The $135.1 million haul for the DC Comics adaptation dislodged Marvel Studios' "Guardians of the Galaxy" as the top August opening. (CNBC) 

The average cost to attend Alex Rodriguez's final pro baseball game this Friday skyrocketed more than 500 percent to about $450 shortly after the long-time Yankee announced his retirement, according to TiqIQ. The average cost later eased back to about $350. (CNBC)

Tuesday, August 2, 2016

Milwaukee County Supervisor David Sartori - District 8 will give Opening Remarks for Public Transportation Lunch & Learn

Supervisor David Sartori - District 8
Opening Remarks

August 2, 2016

Supervisor David Sartori, District 8, 
Member of the Transportation, Public Works and Transit Committee for Milwaukee County will provide 
Opening Remarks
for Thursday, August 4, 2016

Grace Center
250 E. Juneau
Milwaukee, WI  53203
12 Noon - 2:00pm

David L. Sartori was elected to the County Board’s Eighth District in the Spring 2016 nonpartisan election.  The District covers the entire cities of Saint Francis, Cudahy, South Milwaukee, and portions of Ward Ten and Three of the city of Oak Creek.   He is the oldest member currently serving on the Board.  He is one of four veterans now serving on the Board, the only combat decorated veteran (Vietnam).  He has lived in Milwaukee County over 50 years, and served 33 years previously as a juvenile and adult probation/parole agent.  A lifelong learner, David graduated from Goodrich High School in Fond du Lac, UW-River Falls, Wisconsin Correction Academy, Moraine Park Technical College, and attended graduate school at UWM.

Seats are available.

Thursday, August 4, 2016
12:00 Noon - 2:00pm

$25.00 per person
$200.00 PER TABLE of 8*
   Complimentary Table for Information is available for those who purchase a TABLE.
GO TO card logos at the top of the page and under banner.

Payment is ONLINE - www.mpapublicpolicyreview.blogspot.com

Friday, July 29, 2016

BREAKING NEWS - Title 6, Civil Rights will be addressed by Attorney Verona Swanigan at MPA LLC Lunch & Learn

July 29, 2016
CITY OF MILWAUKEE | Milwaukee Professionals Association LLC continues to make strides in outreach in the public square to ensure that the CORE CONSTITUENTS of city and county of Milwaukee are empowered and that our Constitution and federal funds are Inclusive and Equitable.

Today, we announce the addition of Attorney Verona Swanigan to address Title 6 and its importance in public transportation.

On Thursday, August 4, 2016, 12-2:00pm, MPA LLC will host its Public Transportation Lunch and Learn to address the urgent needs of matching public transportation to the densely populated and underserved neighborhoods for connection to hot spots in the North/South Corridors.  

The do's, don'ts, and Why of the East/West BRT Feasibility Study.
We look with "Hope" to MPA LLC  Milwaukee Rides Initiative Campaign.

The Agenda is filled with Information for Planning, Partnering, and Participation.

The Agenda is filled with background, pros, and cons; and, Going Forward progress of Like-Minds.

The Agenda is filled with Speakers of Quality and Assurance for public transportation.

Headliners & Moderator

  • Attorney Verona Swanigan will share the importance of Title VI.
  • R Stewart McKenzie, Community Planning, FTA, Region 5 will share FAST Act provisions.
  • Michael Davies, Division Administrator, Wisconsin USDOT/FHA will share FAST Act provisions.
  • Richard Kauper, Principal Architect, Amazing Architecture will provide "data analysis".
  • Mary Glass, Chair/CEO/Chief Visionary Officer, Milwaukee Professionals Association LLC - Moderator & Convener

250 E. Juneau Avenue
Milwaukee, WI  53203

Thursday, August 4, 2016
12:00 Noon - 2:00pm

$25.00 per person
$200.00 PER TABLE of 8*
   Complimentary Table for Information is available for those who purchase a TABLE.
GO TO card logos at the top of the page and under banner.
Payment is needed by Friday, July 29, 2016.
Payment is ONLINE - www.mpapublicpolicyreview.blogspot.com