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Tuesday, January 31, 2012

Developing Story - Young Global Leaders Water Campaign - Water Resources Group & FEMA


January 31, 2012

MILWAUKEE, USA - Milwaukee Professionals Association [MPA], an independent Milwaukee-based group, launched All Hands on Deck, WE, Not Me Initiative on January 23, 2010 to address Enduring Concentrated Poverty in the iconic city of Milwaukee, Wisconsin.

Milwaukee is the largest city in Wisconsin with the largest population of African American, other People of Color and the Work Challenged (un-, under-employed; un-, under-degreed and certificated; un-, under-financed neighborhood-level business; disabled; and re-entry - especially those returning from WAR, INCARCERATION, BOOMERANG EMPLOYMENT, BOOMERANG RETIREMENT and DEGREED students without employment).

Today, Mary Glass, Chair/CEO, announced that three(3)"NEW" emerging initiatives are added to strengthened the Urban/Rural North America Neighborhood Level Impact of Water Sustainability and Stewardship Commission. They are:

-- YGL, Young Global Leaders
-- Water Resources Group
-- FEMA - Federal Emergency Management Agency

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World Economic Forum/WEF
This year in Davos, Switzerland at the 42nd forum, the YGL/Young Global Leaders introduced its Water campaign with a video. CLICK for viewing.

Water Resources Group/WRG is also a contributor at the WEF. Its focus is to share its new model for impact-orientated development.

An emerging new model that has demonstrated initial success, the WRG has yet many new partnerships to form and lessons to learn. Driven by the spirit of innovation and continuous improvement at its core, reinforced by the support of multistakeholder champions globally, it is an important step towards securing access to water for human and economic development in water-scarce countries.
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USA
On Thursday, January 26, 2012, FEMA/Federal Emergency Management Agency, had its kick-off of the FEMA Think Tank. The FEMA Think Tank is spearheaded by Deputy Administrator Richard Serino.The Mission of the meeting was to get input from the stake-stockholders at the neighborhood level.

Unfortunately and much too often, the People are left out.

Mary Glass, Chair/CEO was present during the Conference Call session of the FEMA Think Tank Meeting and shared the following similar comments for future meetings:

1. Stakeholders are identified at the neighborhood level for partnership.

2. Neighborhood partnerships should be with local-state-federal FEMA representatives.

3. Massive and ongoing communication to get the word out for education of intent and how the People can be part of the leadership, citizenship and problem solving.

4. Community Mapping will come more easily if the stakeholders are aware and talking at the neighborhood level to each other and across district lines for safety prevention, intervention and sustainability.

She prefaced her statement by saying, it was insensitive to find the room without someone that looked like her, African American - especially since the city of Milwaukee has a predominate group of African American. That if the outreach to the public was correct, the room would be packed. She was referring to the recent families in Milwaukee, Shorewood, Glendale and Whitefish Bay area that experienced major damages more than once; and, did not feel they received quick turnaround and customer care appropriate to need.

Steven Fronk, Director, Office of Emergency Management and Homeland Security - Milwaukee, quickly echoed the comments of Glass regarding who should be present; and, after the meeting spoke face-to-face about how he had tried to get people at the neighborhood present - including contacting each of the 15 alderperson of the Common Council of Milwaukee. NO Alderperson, Mayor or County Executive was present.

It is important to note that Mr. Thomas Harris, Director of Community Relations, County Executive Abele was present and also spoke to Glass regarding the attendance.
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After-the-Meeting
Glass spoke after the event with Deputy Administrator Serino and was encourage to be part of the exchange and sharing of information to the FEMA Think Tank. He also mentioned that what she was saying was inline with what the Mission of the visit - Think Tank was about.

He also shared with Glass a list of elected officials that were contacted for the event; i.e., Mayor Tom Barrett, County Executive Chris Abele, Sheriff David Clarke. Whereas each of the three mentioned had a representative, they did not have representation of the constituents that were directly affected - that they are to help provide 1st responder service.

Glass talked after the meeting to Lawrence C. Reed III, Deputy Administrator - Director, Bureau of Planning and Preparedness, Department of Military Affairs. He strongly recommended that Glass take the initiative and help provide "inclusiveness" of the People in this Think Tank effort.
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Over the weekend, a decision was made to quick and fast, add the FEMA Think Tank and the other two World Economic Forum Water Campaigns to the Phase One of the Urban/Rural North America Neighborhood Level Impact of Water Sustainability and Stewardship Council (Milwaukee Professionals Association All Hands on Deck Initiative).
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How you can get involved
CLICK to read about this Saturday's Meeting and to REGISTER. Saturday TALK, February 4, 2012.

Contact us at:
Email: mpapublicpolicyreview@gmail.com

Monday, January 30, 2012

Work Mobility Act is NEEDED in Milwaukee



MILWAUKEE, WI - Urban and largest city in Wisconsin has a history of public transportation concerns for Milwaukeeans for many years. It was noted as a major contributor to the "SPATIAL MISMATCH" mention in the Federal Reserve and Brookings Institution case studies (pages 162-163) of the Enduring Challenge of Concentrated Poverty - Case studies of communities across the U.S. Milwaukee was one of the 16 cities cited in this study.

For many years, Sustainable Milwaukee, a neighborhood-level organization, wagered a long fight for transportation for Milwaukeeans relative to quality of life issues and economic development of the City of Milwaukee. Their efforts even went to the Federal Transportation level in a class suit that very recently the funds were let to the Milwaukee area. Campaign Neighborhood, led by Mary Glass, Chair/CEO, was one of the Milwaukee organizations that was a signer of the federal suit.

To this disparity, discrimination, lack of leadership; there have been transportation proposals that have gone from Chicago-Madison, Milwaukee to Chicago, streetcar and trolley ideas to the NOW Red-Green-Blue line (January 29, 2012). However, they do not seem to address "a distinct" way to buttress this common denominator for "boldness of access" for Milwaukeeans, especially African American, other People of Color and the Work-Challenged (un-, under-employed; un-, under-degreed and certificated; un-, under-financed neighborhood-level business; disabled; and re-entry - especially those returning from WAR, INCARCERATION, BOOMERANG EMPLOYMENT, BOOMERANG RETIREMENT and DEGREED students without employment).

Why have there been such neglect by the recent mayors, common council members of the city of Milwaukee, county executives, state lawmakers and federal lawmakers? Especially since there are repeated documentation of reports that speak to the issue.

What about "common sense", linking employment and potential employees, maximizing federal dollars and INCLUSION rather than EXCLUSION?

Well, in State Senator Larson's January 26, 2012 Weekly Newsletter, he shares the following regarding the "WORK MOBILITY ACT":
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State Senator Chris Larson, 7th District

My Democratic colleagues and I will soon be introducing the Workforce Mobility Act, legislation to provide workers in communities across Wisconsin reliable, accessible transportation to their jobs.

In his budget, Governor Walker chose to decrease funding for public transit by 10 percent and eliminate $77 million from shared revenue to local governments in order to fund $2.3 billion in tax breaks for large corporations. As a result, local governments have been forced to shift funding, raise fares, change or eliminate routes, and reduce vital services.

Many of these changes will be seen by riders in our own community this month. On January 1 of this year, the Milwaukee County Transit System was forced to increase fares for TransitPlus users by 75 cents, raising the cost of each bus ticket to $4. The system will see even bigger changes on Sunday, January 29, when some bus stops will be eliminated and other bus routes will be renamed.

The Workforce Mobility Act seeks to prevent further cuts by reinvesting in our state’s public transit infrastructure to ensure that our family, friends and neighbors are able to commute to and from work. According to the nonpartisan Legislative Fiscal Bureau, a recent re-estimate of the transportation fund indicates that an additional $32.9 million remains available for use. This bill would use $9.6 million of this funding to restore the cuts to our mass transit systems ensuring that our workforce can get to their jobs each day.

Having a well-supported public transit system is vital to maintaining and creating jobs in our community. According to the Milwaukee County Transit systems, on average 140,000 rides are provided daily. Of these, 39% are commuters traveling to and from work, another 5% are heading to job interviews, and 11% are students making their way to classes to learn valuable skills for their future careers.

Click here to view a copy of the Workforce Mobility Act.

State Senator Chris Larson
7th District
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Milwaukee Professionals Association will keep a close eye on this upcoming legislation to ensure reliable, accessible transportation to jobs. We urge Senator Larson, co-sponsors and other legislators to keep us in the information loop as well as STOP by the citizenry "in-their-backyard" for comments and necessary input regarding tangible issues impacting the success, before finalizing anything.
January 30, 2012

Friday, January 27, 2012

GERSHWIN and Friends - January 27 - February 12, 2012



January 27 - February 12, 2012

MILWAUKEE - Skylight Opera Theater, 158 North Broadway | Third Ward
Starring: Cynthia Cobb, Parrish collier, Paul Helm
Directed by: Bill Theisen
Choreographed by: Pam Kriger

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Gershwin and Friends takes place at a ritzy party in the New York City home of George Gershwin in the midst of the Jazz Age. I Got Rhythm, Summertime and Rhapsody in Blue can be heard wafting through the air. We join a young couple from Mr. Gershwin's party staff, Cynthia and Parrish, as they celebrate Gershwin's music behind the scenes.

Cabot Theatre
Tickets from $22.50 - $65.00 plus tax.

414.291.7800
www/skylightopera.com
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After Friday and Saturday performances, in the Skylight Bar & Bistro, there will be a FREE Cabaret Series currently featuring "Hot Jazz for a Cold Winter Night" with Sheri Williams Pannell, Jamie Johns, Olusegun Sijuwade and Michael "Ding" Lorenz!

Schacknow - TODAY'S PRIMER, January 27, 2012

Peter Schacknow, Senior Producer, CNBC Breaking News Desk

A back-and-forth week comes to a close on Wall Street today, with the Dow, the S&P 500, and the Nasdaq Composite trying for their first concurrent four week winning streak since December 2010.

The major averages are still modestly positive for the week, though they fell Thursday with the Dow failing to achieve a 3-1/2 year closing high after rising early in the session.

Investors are also watching news out of Europe, largely from a panel discussion with EU finance ministers moderated by CNBC’s Maria Bartiromo.

Among the highlights: EU Commissioner Olli Rehn saying that a deal to restructure Greek private debt will be closed either today or perhaps over the weekend.

The first look at 4th quarter GDP highlights today’s economic releases. That number is out at 8:30am ET, and is expected to show an annual growth rate of 3.0 percent following the third quarter’s 1.8 Ppercent advance.

At 9:55am ET, the University of Michigan’s final January consumer sentiment index is seen coming in at 74.5, higher than the preliminary January reading of 74 and December’s 69.9.

Dow components Chevron (CVX) and Procter & Gamble (PG) lead this morning’s corporate earnings reports, with former Dow components Honeywell (HON) and Altria (MO) also out.

Other reports will come from automaker Ford (F), Newell Rubbermaid (NWL), homebuilder D.R. Horton (DHI), Legg Mason (LM), and T.Rowe Price (TROW).

There are no reports of note scheduled for after the closing bell, as is usually the case on Fridays.

Amgen (AMGN) is among our stocks to watch this morning, with the world’s biggest biotech company falling a penny short with its fourth quarter profit of $1.21 per share, but giving a fairly solid outlook.

Starbucks (SBUX) earned 50 cents per share for its fiscal first quarter, one cent above estimates, with revenues above consensus as well. The company also raised the low end of its full year profit forecast.

Transocean (RIG) saw a 6 percent jump after-hours, as a federal judge ruled that the company won’t have to pay third-party compensatory damages related to the Gulf oil spill, but may still be liable for punitive damages.

Juniper Networks (JNPR) took a 7 percent hit after-hours, after giving a first quarter earnings outlook short of Wall Street estimates.

Seagate Technology (STX) has added $1 billion to its stock buyback plan, as well as boosting its quarterly dividend by 39 percent.

Ryland (RYL) reported a modest fourth quarter profit, with the homebuilder’s new orders rising by 24 percent and the stock closing at a 52-week high on Thursday.

Riverbed Technologies (RVBD) did beat estimates with its fourth quarter profits, but the maker of networking gear gave a first quarter outlook well below consensus.

Also beating for the fourth quarter, but disappointing for the first quarter: Freescale Semiconductor (FSL), which cites a shrinkage in gross margins for the weaker-than-expected outlook.

The story is just the opposite for Eastman Chemical (EMN), which saw fourth quarter earnings well below estimates, but gave a first quarter outlook that exceeded Street forecasts

Larson's Release - January 25, 2012

January 25, 2012

The State of Wisconsin is Divided

Madison – State Senator Chris Larson (D–Milwaukee) released the following statement today in advance of Governor Walker’s State of the State address.

“Governor Walker has a crucial chance tonight to take responsibility for the deep and continued division in our state caused by his pursuit of extreme ideological policies. The governor has also been given the opportunity to change his leadership approach. This is a governor that does not invite new ideas, he rejects them. He does not welcome transparency and accountability, he locks the door on it.

“If Governor Walker is looking to bring neighbors across Wisconsin together, he must be committed to making honest gestures that move us in that direction. Instead of just talking about prioritizing education, he needs to prove it is valuable by investing resources in our schools and cease demonizing our educators rather than giving away $2.3 billion in corporate tax cuts. Instead of just talking about bipartisanship through citing a sparse handful of examples where Democrats crossed the partisan line to vote for Republican proposals, he needs to prove it is a priority by forming 50/50 bipartisan action committees empowered to tackle crisis issues, including education; housing; health care; waste, fraud, and abuse in government; and most importantly building family-supporting jobs in Wisconsin to turn our economy around.

“Wisconsin doesn’t need another speech that doubles-down on failed divisive policies. Our best bet is on collaborative conversations and truly bipartisan action to get Wisconsin moving in the right direction – forward.

“Although it is unlikely that Governor Walker will honestly address the deep division in our state that keeps neighbor pitted against neighbor and take steps to correct it, I can think of a million reasons why he should.”
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Chris Larson
State Senator, District 7

LARSON Weekly Report - January 26, 2012



Dear Friend,

This week we review the policies laid out in Governor Walker's state of the state address by examining not only what was said, but also what was ignored.

As usual, please feel free to contact me with any questions, concerns or opinions you may have about our community or our state.

Sincerely,

Chris Larson
State Senator, District 7
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The State of the State is Divided
A pivotal opportunity was missed in the governor's State of the State address delivered this past Wednesday to honestly speak to the problems plaguing Wisconsin and admit that the divisive policies that have been pursued have failed. Unfortunately, instead of taking responsibility for dragging our state in the wrong direction, Governor Walker's speech reinforced that he is clearly out of touch with the reality most Wisconsinites are experiencing and has every intention of continuing to create division in our state through his extreme ideological agenda.

While the governor may continue painting the picture that everything is rosy in the state of Wisconsin, the numbers do not lie. If you have any doubt that Wisconsin is headed down a dangerous path, just take a look at our monthly job losses. Wisconsin has experienced six consecutive months of job loss for a total loss of over 35,000 jobs, while neighboring states that have worked in less divisive ways have seen job gains.

In his address, Governor Walker promised to double down on his failed divisive policies that pit neighbor against neighbor. In response, Democrats asked the governor to instead bet on reprioritizing, upholding promises, and focusing on truly bipartisan action.

Listed below is what we need from our governor in order to get our state moving forward:

-- Instead of just talking about prioritizing education, we need to prove it is valuable by investing real resources in our schools. Wisconsin cannot afford Governor Walker's choice to cut our children's education funding in order to pay $2.3 billion for corporate tax breaks and special interest giveaways.

-- Instead of just talking about bipartisanship through citing a sparse handful of examples where Democrats crossed the partisan line to vote for Republican proposals, we need to prove it is a priority by forming 50/50 bipartisan action committees empowered to tackle crisis issues, including education, housing, health care, and most importantly building family-supporting jobs in Wisconsin to turn our economy around.

-- Instead of just talking about waste, fraud and abuse in state government, we need to prove we are serious about taking real steps to increase accountability and transparency to end this administrations culture of secrecy and public exclusion.
The state of the state is divided. Wisconsin deserves better. Traditionally, it has been the Wisconsin way to put our partisanship aside in troubled times to get things done. We need our governor to join us in reviving this tradition.
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Contact
Office Phone: (608) 266-7505
Toll-free Phone: (800) 361-5487

Email: Sen.Larson@legis.wi.gov

Mailing Address:
State Capitol
P.O. Box 7882
Madison, WI 53707

Web Site:
SenatorChrisLarson.com

Thursday, January 26, 2012

Schacknow - TODAY'S PRIMER , January 26, 2012



Peter Schacknow, Senior Producer, CNBC Breaking News Desk

Following Wednesday’s Fed-inspired gains for U.S. stocks, the Dow is edging closer to a possible milestone: with a gain of 52 points or more today, the blue-chip average would post its highest close since May of 2008.

The major averages are currently on pace for their fourth consecutive week of gains.
Today marks the busiest day of this week for economic releases, beginning with two reports at 8:30am ET – the weekly report on initial jobless claims, and the December durable goods report.

Economists are forecasting a jump of 23,000 in initial claims to 375,000 for the week ending January 21, and a 2.0 percent rise in December durable goods orders, following November’s 3.8 percent advance.

At 10am ET, the National Association of Realtors is expected to report a 1.9% rise in new home sales for December, to an annual rate of 321,000 units.

At the same time, consensus forecasts see the Conference Board’s Index of Leading Economic Indicators rising 0.8 percent for December following the 0.5 percent increase in November.

At 10:30am ET, the Energy Department issues its weekly look at natural gas inventories, and shortly after 1pm ET, we’ll get the results of the Treasury’s auction of $29 billion in 7-year notes.

Investors will watch Europe, as usual, with private sector bondholders returning to the bargaining table in Athens today as they try to work out an agreement to restructure Greece’s debt.

It’s another busy day for corporate earnings, featuring Dow components AT&T (T), 3M (MMM), and Caterpillar (CAT) this morning.

We’ll also hear from AutoNation (AN), Bristol-Myers Squibb (BMY), Colgate-Palmolive (CL), Lockheed Martin (LMT), Raytheon (RTN), Sherwin-Williams (SHW), Time Warner Cable (TWC), and Zimmer Holdings (ZMH).

After today’s closing bell, quarterly earnings reports are due from Amgen (AMGN), Starbucks (SBUX), Motorola Mobility (MMI), and Chubb (CB), among others.

Netflix (NFLX) leads our list of stocks to watch, jumping in after-hours trading as revenue exceeded analyst estimates and the company added more than 600,000 new U.S. customers during its fourth quarter.

Chipmaker LSI Logic (LSI) saw a 9 percent jump in after-hours trading as its fourth quarter numbers exceeded analyst forecasts, and it also gave an upbeat assessment of the current quarter.

SanDisk (SNDK) fell 4 percent in after-hours trading despite beat consensus estimates with its fourth quarter earnings, a drop analysts attribute to a drop in profit margins.

We’ll watch shares of Ball Corp.(BLL) this morning, as the packaging company boosts its quarterly dividend by 43 percent and authorizes a new 30 million share repurchase program.

Varian Medical (VAR) may be under pressure today, falling 4% after-hours on a drop in profit margins, even though its fourth quarter profits beat analyst estimates.

Stanley Black & Decker (SWK) makes our watch list as well, reporting fourth quarter profit of $1.36 per share, eight cents above estimates, with revenues essentially in line with forecasts.

Symantec (SYMC) beat analyst forecasts by one cent, reporting fourth quarter profit of 42 cents per share, although it did say its revenues are being hurt by a drop in PC sales.

Wednesday, January 25, 2012

2012 ROLL CALL - Milwaukee Common Council President Willie Hines and the Milwaukee 7

CLICK photo for enlargement.
This blog has been updated.

Alderman Willie Hines, 15th District - Milwaukee Common Council President (8 years) - City of Milwaukee

1996 - 2012 (16 years)

MILWAUKEE - Milwaukee Professional Association has identified the photo above as one of Alderman Willie Hines, 15th district, Achilles heels. It is the lone ranger photo on the website of the Milwaukee 7. They have had as the "poster photo" of inclusion of African American and their working relations with the City of Milwaukee Common Council President.

It is the inference that African American, the majority population in Milwaukee supports their effort.

NO, not at all.
So, for him to allow the "self-aggrandizement" and "exploitation", he is a negative incumbent.
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Roll Call 2012 is a form of Stewardship Accountability for the elected officials that serve the City of Milwaukee - a heavy focus is on incumbents.

It is a direct part of re-defining, re-branding and un-trapping over a half-million population in the largest city of Wisconsin, Milwaukee.

It is providing the leadership for infrastructural and systemic change for sustainability.
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What's wrong with the photo?
It is an elected alderman of the City of Milwaukee that represents some of the more poverty-stricken neighborhoods in Milwaukee, aiding and abetting the members of the Milwaukee 7 group - a group that has systematically dismissed his constituents in:
-- employment
-- job development
-- education attainment
-- technology attainment
-- business partnering
-- fought 9-5 sick initiative
-- failed attempt to take over Milwaukee Public Schools
-- creating policies and reports as if they are authorized by the constituents that Alderman Hines represents.

Milwaukee 7 (M-7) consists of real estate barons, well-connected power brokers, corporate company leaders not fulfilling their mission when it comes to Milwaukeeans, lobbyists, wanna-bee capitalists and for-hire donors. It is basically a segregated organization ran by Caucasians and using an oligopoly structure.

President Hines is a member "by position" and evidently has "NO" authority.

M-7 members have taken un-authorized resources from the City of Milwaukee through the bogus and unethical acts of mayor Tom Barrett and Common Council President Hines.

The M-7 has by-design EXCLUDED the real stakeholders, African American, other People of Color and the Work-Challenged (un-, under-employed; un-, under-degreed and certificated; un-, under-financed neighborhood-level business; disabled; and re-entry - especially those returning from WAR, INCARCERATION, BOOMERANG EMPLOYMENT, BOOMERANG RETIREMENT and DEGREED students without employment).

The citizenry/stockholders that make-up the majority of the population of the City of Milwaukee have not been consulted.

It is a photo of a Caucasian-based group, since 2005, that have allowed less than 5 (according to our files) African Americans to be labeled as members - their membership is due to their government and/or attorney status.

The M-7 say the group is engaged in partnership, strategic planning, decision making and changing quality of life and economic development in the City of Milwaukee. However, it is like in the 1960s, it does not say, but it does not include African American - of which Alderman Willie Hines is, in the REAL decision making.

The M-7 forged an agenda that allowed the mayor of Milwaukee, Tom Barrett, and Common Council President, Willie Hines, to help create a partnership with 6 other counties - Kenosha, Ozaukee, Racine, Walworth, Washington, Waukesha.

The M-7 have formed an ologopolistic takeover of the assets of Milwaukee.

Gale Klappa has installed himself as "kingmaker" with the $1 million dollars of We Energies, then we have other co-arbitrarians over the years that will make-up the three (3) co-chairs that is standard for this group. It is consistently Tom Barrett, Mayor of Milwaukee, and Gale Klappa, President/CEO of We Energies. The 3rd co-chair comes from other leaders; i.e., Northwestern Mutual, Bradley Foundation, Journal Communications and Robert Baird.

The M-7 members have confiscated land, government funding, government programs, tax credits, designations and public policies. While Alderman Willie Hines' business constituents - hidden talent entrepreneurs and/or business developers are left to flounder with no granted resources.

The Milwaukee 7, launched in September 2005, was formed to create a regional, cooperative economic development platform for the seven counties of southeastern Wisconsin: Kenosha, Milwaukee, Ozaukee, Racine, Walworth, Waukesha and Washington. Its mission is to attract, retain and grow diverse businesses and talent.

CLICK. Take a look at the present member-leadership that includes Alderman Hines.

Where is the growth from its Mission?
Milwaukee was identified as one of 16 ciites in America for Enduring Concentrated Poverty in 2008. CLICK to see

Milwaukee now fourth poorest city in nation - City's poverty rate in 2009 rises to 27%, By Bill Glauber and Ben Poston of the Journal Sentinel - Sept. 28, 2010
CLICK to see.

DWilson Disparity Study for the City of Milwaukee in 2010. CLICK to see.

Employment of black men drops drastically
UWM study of 2010 census data finds record low in Milwaukee
By John Schmid of the Journal Sentinel
Jan. 23, 2012
CLICK to see.


Epilogue
How does this affect Alderman Willie Hines?

He has allowed the City of Milwaukee land, people and resources to be raided.

He has acted in accordance with the desires of the M-7, not the constituents of his district and the people that make up the population of Milwaukee.

He helped OK public policies that helped outsource resources, deplete our coffers
with pet projects, crony appointments and strengthened WELFARE BULLS called corporate companies.

He has allowed JOSEY Heights, N. 12th Street, to be a lingering "eye sore" - especially since he blocked those of us in the neighborhood who were fighting to keep the "Green Space" for the neighborhood.

Alderman Hines has failed repeatedly over the years to return Milwaukee Professionals Association "calls - requests" for public information and to appear for clarity.

Alderman Hines' appointment of Alderman Jim Dudzik and the funding oversight of Department of Public Works was like putting the "fox in the hen house". Especially since Alderman Dudzik is an ex-employee of this department with many cronies. Alderman Dudzik failed to provide public information regarding the stimulus 2010 outsourcing of "construction projects" to outside companies (as far as 100 miles away) along Capitol Drive, North Avenue, Silver Spring, Teutonia and King Drive. While, "ready" construction workers in his district were not allowed to work on these projects.

He appointed Dr. Joan Prince, UW-Milwaukee, without training and expectations, to the Milwaukee Public Library. She has failed in duties of oversight and providing solutions for the betterment of the constituents of his neighborhoods and the city of Milwaukee, even though she has served as "gatekeeper" Chairman of same group.

Alderman Hines with his assistant, has used the WAICO/Y 10 as a personal stronghold for pet projects verification and accountability.

He has allowed Manpower, Bucyrus (now Cat.), Harley Davidson and We Energies to name four, to receive massive assistance while the city receives constant deplorable reports about our city, such as the dispicable reportings that came out John Schmid's (Journal Sentinel) reportreport by Marc Levine. .
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Remembering my upbringing
In our house, our mother would often provide examples and anecdotal statements for clarity of her expectations and growth refinement. For explanation here, she would probably say about Alderman/Common Council President Hines, "he is judged by the company he keeps". And since his constituents have not benefitted from his 7-year poster membership with the Milwaukee 7, we again label him in this ROLL CALL as:
-- not in-line with Oath of office, expectation of the district and appropriate STEWARDSHIP.

Milwaukee Professionals Association adopts and tweak World Economic Forum



Wednesday, January 25, 2012

DAVOS, Switzerland - Today is the kickoff day for the 42nd World Economic Forum in Davos.

Repository of Talent Mobility Good Practices
Milwaukee Professionals Association embraces the smartness of INNOVATION in reports submitted in advance of today's kick-off.

All Hands on Deck, WE, Not Me Initiative that reaches out for INCLUSION of people, ideas, opportunities and resources has adopted and tweaking a talent mobility best practice report for inclusion in Milwaukee.

Too often, it is the same players around the table with jaded thoughts crowded by fear, denial and polarization. Too often, it is only Caucasians, when it is a global construct for all of Earth's inhabitants to survive.

In 2012, in the 21st Century, that is more than RISKY. It is a pre-requisite for mortal inevitability. We look forward to expanding the People of Color participants at the table for 2013 in Davos.
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In come my favorite idea-provoking and role-modeling forum of the year, the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland.

We ask that you view:
Immigration as a Business Solution to Scarce Talent

After your review, even during your review, you should be able to gather the basic benefit for them, but more importantly, see how you can flip-the-switch for your need, discoveries and/or refinements.

For All Hands on Deck, WE, Not Me Action Initiative, we see the process shared regarding Talent Mobility Best Practices as durable in our Urban city of Milwaukee that has a diverse hidden population that is in need of employment, education attainment, technology attainment and research at different levels.

Further, my office would offer a trajectory of use creating a "layered" employment tract for long-term sustainability in the 190 neighborhoods of Milwaukee; then, seeding collaborative partnerships to neighboring rural and urban cities, townships and villages.

What do you think?
CLICK for review.

Send your comments to: mpapublicpolicyreview@gmail.com

Tuesday, January 24, 2012

Global Risks 2012 - The Risk Landscape - World Economic Forum



Global Risks 2012 is based on input from 469 experts and industry leaders on the perceived impact and likelihood of 50 prevalent global risks. This seventh edition indicates increased concern with socio-economic risks, whereas environmental risks were the prevalent concern in last year's report. Global Risks 2012 highlights three "risk cases" that show how some interconnected global risks are already manifesting:

-- Seeds of Dystopia
-- Unsafe Safeguards
-- The Dark Side of Connectivity
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The World Economic Forum (January 25-29, 2012) is an independent international organization committed to improving the state of the world by engaging business, political, academic and other leaders of society to shape global, regional and industry agendas.

Schacknow - TODAY'S PRIMER, January 24, 2012

Peter Schacknow, Senior Producer, CNBC Breaking News Desk

Europe and corporate earnings are the major focus of U.S. investors today, following a mixed start to the week.

The S&P 500 did manage to eke out a fractional gain Monday, marking the 9th advance in 10 sessions.

The remainder of the week will be quite busy for earnings, with five Dow components highlighting this morning’s calendar: DuPont (DD), Johnson & Johnson (JNJ), Travelers (TRV), McDonald’s (MCD), and Verizon (VZ).

Other notable reports out before the opening bell include Kimberly-Clark (KMB), Regions Financial (RF), KeyCorp (KEY), Harley-Davidson (HOG), EMC (EMC), Coach (COH), and Baker Hughes (BHI).

Investors will also be looking over a number of significant reports after the closing bell today, highlighted by Apple (AAPL) and Yahoo (YHOO), as well as Altera (ALTR), Advanced Micro Devices (AMD), Norfolk Southern (NSC), and Stryker (SYK).

There are no major economic reports set for release ahead of tomorrow’s Fed meeting and Bernanke news conference.

The only calendar item today is the Treasury’s auction of $35 billion in 2-year notes, with the results available shortly after 1pm ET.

Texas Instruments (TXN) leads our list of stocks to watch, after beating estimates with its latest profits and revenues.

VMWare (VMW) also beat consensus with its fourth quarter results, and both stocks saw positive action in after-hours trading.

Polycom (PLCM) was also an after-hours winner, as its Q4 earnings rose a better than expected 50%.

President Obama is set to give his State Of The Union address tonight at 8pm ET, with the White House saying he’ll focus on creating an economy “built to last”.

On the GOP side, Mitt Romney has released his most recent tax returns, and fellow contender Newt Gingrich’s firm has made public a copy of his controversial consulting contract with Freddie Mac.

In Europe, EU finance ministers have rejected the latest version of a Greek debt swap offer put forth by private investors, but talks are continuing in hopes of working out a deal.

The setback pushed the euro back from a three-week high against the U.S. dollar.

Monday, January 23, 2012

REILLY Speaks of UW-Milwaukee Cuts/Caps on Upfront - Glass suggests INNOVATIVE administration that is Inclusive provides Missing links



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Tuesday, January 24, 2012

MILWAUKEE - Kevin Reilly, President of the UW System appeared on Upfront w/Mike Gousha, Channel 12 - Web Extra: Impact Of Budget Cuts On UWM, updated January 23, 2012.

He spoke of possible cuts and caps in the future of UW System. It would appear that he, WI Board of Regents and Chancellor Michael Lovell, UW-Milwaukee are engaging in a media blitz that fail to INCLUDE Milwaukeeans (the primary stakeholders).

They are engaging in an addiction that supports only elite and privileged access-literacy-fluency for the 21st Century. NO-CAN-DO. NO-CAN-DO.That is the status quo way of segregation and racism used in the 1960s that have allowed a strangle-hold on Milwaukeeans and plunged a half-million population in "default" poverty - Enduring Concentrated Poverty.

The NEW and INNOVATIVE approach going forward for requesting and use of public funding must first maximize funding, use funds to raise the access-literacy-fluency for global competitiveness and economic survival, in this case, Milwaukeeans - African American, other People of Color and the Work Challenged (un-, under-employed; un-, under-degreed and certificated; un-, under-financed neighborhood-level business; disabled; and re-entry - especially those returning from WAR, INCARCERATION, BOOMERANG EMPLOYMENT, BOOMERANG RETIREMENT and DEGREED students without employment). It is the law. It is State Statute 36.01(2).

So, whatever NEW schools, colleges, classes, research park, regeneration Union, public health building, partnerships, research, recruitment, faculty, staff, administration, etc. must focus first on the bandwidth of Milwaukee, the home ground.
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Milwaukee Professional Association supports INNOVATIVE infrastructural changes that use State Statute 36.01(2) and link funding and opportunities through the collaborative efforts of our Wisconsin Public School Trifecta - Milwaukee Public Schools, Milwaukee Area Technical College and UW-Milwaukee Urban University. It is the infrastructure reform that is needed that will force Reilly, UW Board of Regents, and other public school administrators to use our tax coffers wisely.

Structural polarization is one of the infrastructural by-products of unethical conduct by elected-appointed-hired-volunteered-donor for hire representatives. It is a by-design fundamental flaw. The ME-ME-ME must be replaced with WE-WE-WE.

We simply can not afford Reilly, UW Regents and Chancellor Michael Lovell's divisiveness and out-of-touch administration and operation of our Urban university of Milwaukee (largest in the southern section of Wisconsin) to continue to separate the "haves" from the "have-nots".
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President Reilly mentioned the focus of legislators to train the "Welders". Yes. That's appropriate and corresponds with the to date READINESS, NEEDS and deficits.
His lack of "being-in-touch" was given through his immediate desire to class-difference and separate the technical/vocational public entity from UW-Milwaukee.
He failed to see the connect of the need-of-the-people; and, how the university is suppose to step in and help prepare the population. And, since Milwaukee is the largest city, urban or otherwise; the only first class city; the place where everyone comes to get the resources; the fertile area for addressing the Mission and showing REAL productivity; he did not see/speak of the opportunity.

That speaks volumes as to his effectiveness and academic leadership.
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It is where UW-Milwaukee should be focused according to the Mission.
It is "linking" created opportunities with the welders, other hidden talents and other neighborhood businesses, to create certificated and degreed talent, engineers, scientists, researchers. Thereby, creating economic engines from our core base as well as refinements and discoveries.

It is NOT either-or, it is BOTH.

It is both with Milwaukeeans, African American, other People of Color and the Work Challenged (un-, under-employed; un-, under-degreed and certificated; un-, under-financed neighborhood-level business; disabled; and re-entry - especially those returning from WAR, INCARCERATION, BOOMERANG EMPLOYMENT, BOOMERANG RETIREMENT and DEGREED students without employment). This is the year of re-defining, re-branding and un-trapping Milwaukeeans infrastructurally and systemically.

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Gousha, host of Upfront, asked about the ambitious projects on the table for UW-Milwaukee - School of Freshwater Sciences, Public Health building and Innovation Park (Wauwautosa).

Reilly spoke of the 'good news' being his support, the UW Regents and unidentified folk around the state of the 8th Chancellor, Michael Lovell; and, their plans to make UW-Milwaukee a Research university.

International spin
He spoke of the international search for the Founding Dean (Australia).
Question:
Did we exhaust the USA academic stars in Freshwater Sciences?

Were African American and People of Color in the Search? So far, my research reveals no such inclusion.

Based on the 100% EXCLUSION of African American and People of Color in the School of Freshwater Sciences activities on the main campus or Greenfield Avenue as well as little to no inclusion of the $540 million promised by Governor Jim Doyle in 2010 (spoken by Reilly to underwrite the projects), we are opposing this exclusion in our Open Complaint of Discrimination to our national government oversight groups. Reilly and company are out-of-touch and violating our human-civil-legal rights.

Additionally, the recent 6506 miles to China by University Chancellor Michael Lovell and Johannes Britz, Interim Provost and Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs (from South Africa) for Chinese students fall 2012; but, refusal to embrace/link African American, other People of Color and the Work Challenged just 2.1 miles away from the Union building of UW Milwaukee, again speaks of divisiveness, discrimination, disrespect and a host of adjectives that call for federal oversight and court intervention.

Johnson Control
As for as UW-Milwaukee's NEW relationship with Johnson Control, mentioned by Reilly, we are anxious to get Stephen Roell, Johnson Controls chairman and CEO, to share how their support/spearheading of research that exclude African American and other People of Color (the majority of the population of Milwaukee) in "discrimination", "divisiveness" and "failure to support" the growth of hidden talent for employment and business development for global competitiveness and sustainable growth will help them continue to enjoy continued gains in the marketplace such as what he reported recently for the first quarter of 2012.

We will show and remind him of today's recent study by UW-Milwaukee - CLICK JsOnline fro report.

"No metro area has witnessed more precipitous erosion in the labor market for black males over the past 40 years than has Milwaukee," according to the report, which echoed findings in recent years by the Journal Sentinel. "The 2010 data, however, revealed a new nadir for black male employment in Milwaukee."

Again, why President Reilly, 18-member WI Board of Regents, UW-Milwaukee Chancellor Michael Lovell and cronies are "out-of-touch", and must be re-directed.
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Questions 1-2:

How many of the folk mentioned in the interview with Gousha by Reilly are:
-- Milwaukeeans, African American, People of Color and the Work-Challenged?

How many of the folk mentioned above by Reilly are:
-- Neighborhood-level business owners alone, in partnership and/or with our local large businesses for to maximize resources, expose "hidden talent", "created a bottom up economy" and begin to dissolve Enduring Concentrated Poverty in the iconic city with a continuous deficit of low ratings due to high unemployment, lack of economic development at the neighborhood level, lack of education attainment-technology attainment, research and from-the-jump inclusiveness for employment and economic development?

Facts 1-2:
The "unethical" and 'discriminatory" way that Chancellor Michael Lovell was selected over the other finalists/candidates showed:

-- a biased WI board of regents

-- refusal by board of regents and chancellor search committees to share information

-- regents chancellor search committee: Danae Davis, Judith Crain, Tony Evers, Michael Spector and Jose Vasquez failed to represent the University of WI System per role and responsibilities

-- UW-Milwaukee search committee (included: committee of Mark Schwartz - UW Professor and chair, Sheldon Lubar, Founder and Chairman Lubar and Company (UW-Milwaukee Lubar School of Business), Art Smith, President/CEO, Keystone American Express Travel Agencies (UW Foundation), Jacquelyn Fredrick, President/CEO - Blood Center (UW-Milwaukee Research Foundation (past chairman), Tom Luljak, Vice Chancellor University Relations and Communications, Ellen Gilligan -Greater Milwaukee Foundation failed to represent the university per role responsibilities and allowed Conflict of Interest.

The problem with the enthusiasm that Reilly spoke of in Gousha's interview is that there is the appearance of Conflict of Interest between Lovell and Reilly - of which he failed to provide clarity.

This includes the use of search firm Storbeck/Pimentel & Associates - Ms. Leslie Boyd and Mr. Charles Bunting.
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"What President Reilly continues to do is show the "disconnect" and "out-of-touch" leadership of his office and the regents in representing our state. This is January 2012. Does he think Milwaukeeans will continue to allow the cronies seen in our research the last few years, especially the last two years, to use the stakeholders resources and they not be at the planning, decision making and implementation tables, said Mary Glass, Chair/CEO, Milwaukee Professionals Association.

Saturday, January 21, 2012

A Visionary - Candidate Eyon Biddle, Sr. - Candidate for Alderman of the 15th District



Economic Development in the City of Milwaukee.

Here are three (3) videos for your viewing - 1 above and 2 below.

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CLICK - BIDDLE for Milwaukee
CLICK for the BIDDLE challenge.

LARSON Weekly Report - January 19, 2012



Dear Friend,

This past year has been one of little progress, especially in the area of job creation and economic growth. Below we look at the partisan road blocks that have prevented our state from moving forward.

As usual, please feel free to contact me with any questions, concerns or opinions you may have about our community or our state.

Sincerely,

Chris Larson
State Senator, District 7
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Wisconsin at a Standstill, Forward No More
Wisconsin is the birthplace of progressive reform, the home of progressive leader Fighting Bob La Follette, and boasts the motto "Forward" on its state flag. Our state's history and traditions center around the ability of Wisconsinites to work together to keep our state moving in the right direction.

Unfortunately, under Governor Walker's control, Wisconsin has become divided like never before, bringing common sense reform and work on real solutions to a stand still. Like a car that has run out of gas, our state is currently stalled, even on issues that garner bipartisan support. Below we will examine issues that remain untouched and ignored by Governor Walker and Republican legislators.

Job Creation and Support for Small Business
Governor Walker's major campaign promise was to create 250,000 jobs by 2014. To reach this promise, he should have been creating approximately 5,200 jobs each month. However, his promise remains unfulfilled. Under Governor Walker's leadership, which began in January 2011, the number of jobs Wisconsin has created is quickly approaching zero as we have lost jobs every month since his budget went into effect. Over the past year, Governor Walker has created less than 1% of the jobs he promised.

The charts below are provided by the nonpartisan, nonprofit organization BadgerStat and tracks Wisconsin's monthly job creation and the goal of reaching 250,000 jobs by 2014.




Governor Walker also called for two special session this year under the guise of prioritizing job creation in our state. Unfortunately, the governor chose to take advantage of this fiscal crisis to give away our school funds and middle-class tax breaks to large corporations in one of the biggest special interest giveaways in state history totaling $2.3 billion.

Democrats, on the other hand, made jobs their main focus this session by:
-- Unveiling a jobs package of 10 bills on the first day of session designed to put our unemployed Wisconsinites back to work

-- Introducing legislation to encourage investment in start-up businesses, increase access to capital for small businesses, and expand grant programs to provide training in manufacturing

-- Proposing an additional package of nine bills aimed at giving our workers much-needed training and connecting skilled workers with potential employers

Despite our hard work, dedication and commitment to advancing these job creation measures, extremists continue to throw up partisan road blocks. As a result, these measures are currently languishing in their assigned committees unable to move forward.

Other Legislative Priorities On Hold
Job creation and economic growth are not the only issue areas with bills being held hostage by the majority party. There are many other legislative initiatives that Wisconsinites would like to see move forward that are being held up by Governor Walker and Republican legislators. Below are just a few examples of bills that continue to be ignored by Governor Walker and Republican leadership despite having bipartisan support or approval from the majority of Wisconsinites:

-- Strengthening Wisconsin's lax drunk driving laws through increased used of ignition interlock devices

-- Returning the $35 million cut from our technical colleges, which are crucial for producing skilled workers

-- Ensuring voters can get the documents needed to obtain a photo ID free of charge
Requiring ethics reports to be filed by members of the Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation to prevent fraud

-- Applying our Open Meetings Laws to the Wisconsin State Legislature

-- Providing adequate funding for women's health services such as breast exams, pap smears and birth control

-- Immediately removing the caps on FamilyCare that were wrongfully imposed by Governor Walker and his administration

-- Turning down $38 million federal grants to help Wisconsin implement portions of federal health care law, which provides coverage for pre-existing conditions and ensures the majority of funds are spent on patient coverage not profits

-- Allowing cooperation between municipalities in order to save money

-- Restoring funding to the recycling program, preventing a cost-shift to local government who already faced cuts to shared revenue in the budget

Wisconsin deserves better. Traditionally, it has been the Wisconsin way to put our partisanship aside in troubled times to get things done. Governor Walker has soundly rejected this tradition.
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Office Phone: (608) 266-7505
Toll-free Phone: (800) 361-5487

Email: Sen.Larson@legis.wi.gov

Mailing Address:
State Capitol
P.O. Box 7882
Madison, WI 53707

Web Site:
SenatorChrisLarson.com

Friday, January 20, 2012

Remembering Ms. Etta "Jamesetta Hawkings" James - January 20, 2012



January 25, 1938 -
January 20, 2012


RIVERSIDE, CA - Today, January 20, 2012, Jamesetta Hawkins, known as Etta James, died from complications of leukemia. She was diagnosed with leukemia in 2010, and also suffered from dementia and hepatitis C. James died at a hospital in Riverside, California. She would have turned 74 Wednesday.

"This is a tremendous loss for the family, her friends and fans around the world," De Leon - friend and manager, said. "She was a true original who could sing it all -- her music defied category".

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In 2010, she performed on Dancing with the Stars her classic, At Last - take a listen

CNBC.com - Today's Primer, January 20, 2012



US stock index futures pointed to a mixed open for Wall Street, with Greece still locked in talks with private creditors over a haircut on some of its bonds and ahead of earnings by market bellwether General Electric.

In the technology sector, Intel, IBM and Microsoft all beat street estimates in afternoon earnings reports Thursday, but Google missed, sending its shares down.
General Electric is due to release earnings at 6:30 am New York time and the conglomerate's report could set the tone for the market.

In Europe, Greece is in talks with private creditors over the details of a haircut on some of its bonds, agreed to a while ago as part of an aid agreement with the European Union and the International Monetary Fund.

General Motors has reclaimed again the top spot as the world's biggest-selling carmaker, dethroning Toyota for the first time since 2007.

Billionaire investor Warren Buffett raised his stake in UK retailer Tesco after the company, which is the third largest retailer in the world, warned on profits last week.

In other news in the technology sector, a German court ruled against Samsung in a patent battle against Apple, part of the legal war the two giants are waging.

And in politics, Republican candidates Newt Gingrich, Mitt Romney and Rick Santorum held a fierce televised debate two days before the South Carolina primary, which could decide the fate of the race.

Thursday, January 19, 2012

MILWAUKEE PROFESSIONALS ASSOCIATION endorses Candidate Evoy Biddle for Alderman of the 15th District



Candidate Evoy Biddle - The People's Candidate

"We are with excitement endorsing Candidate Evoy Biddle for stepping forward and running for the seat of Alderman for the 15th District in the City of Milwaukee - How exciting and refreshing," said Mary Glass, Chair/CEO, Milwaukee Professionals Association. "We call for ALL HANDS ON DECK to push this WORTHY candidate over the finish line."
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NAME CORRECTION - Spelling
January 20, 2012

EYON BIDDLE
instead of

Evoy Biddle

2012 Roll Call - CODE OF CONDUCT

January 19, 2012

Milwaukeeans have a right to:

-- A viable - safe, comfortable, clean environment that promotes sound opportunities of quality of life and economic development.

-- A courteous and knowledgeable Milwaukee delegation of elected officials from city, county, school board, state and federal government.

-- A Milwaukee delegation that do their homework, know the desires of their constituency and represent their district-city with state-of-the-art knowledge and ethical behavior.

-- A Milwaukee delegation that appoint/hire/bring-to-the-table Milwaukeeans that will represent the People, that take seriously the position, that work and report to the people for solutions and keep the elected/appointed representatives informed.

-- A Milwaukee delegation with a high TRUST level in representation of stock/stakeholders' well-being and their resources - land use, real estate, taxes, and public policies.

-- A Milwaukee delgation that promotes education-technology-research attainment of each Milwaukeean with a 2020 competitiveness.

-- A Milwaukee delegation that makes government services accessible to all the citizenry with constant enforcement and upgrades using the in-the-neighborhood/from the neighborhood strategic planning groups.

-- A Milwaukee delegation that seeks and respect the citizenry to guide and monitor uses of HUD/Housing and Urban Development, Department of Transportation, Department of Education, Department of Health Services, Department of Justice, Department of Department of Labor, Environmental Protective Agency and other federal funding resources rather than at-will gifts to cronies, pet projects and election paybacks.

-- A Milwaukee delegation that recommend/appoint/hires and TRAIN Milwaukeeans, especially critical mass of African American, other People of Color and the Work Challeged (un-, under-employed; un-, under-degreed and certificated; un-, under-financed neighborhood-level business; disabled; and re-entry - especially those returning from WAR, INCARCERATION, BOOMERANG EMPLOYMENT, BOOMERANG RETIREMENT and DEGREED students without employment).

-- A Milwaukee delegation that provides a prompt response to inquiries.

-- A Milwaukee delegation that RESPECT the citizenry and promotes high standards in customer care AND TRANSPARENCY.

-- A Milwaukee delegation that review annually all cabinet employees with decision making departments that provide services at the city, county and school board level - that the evaluations are equal to the review process of the budget selections for the mayor, common council president, county executive, chairman supervisor, and school board president.

-- A Milwaukee delegation that RENEW appointed positions in timely timeframes to help avoid Conflict of Interest.

-- A Milwaukee delegation that HONOR the Oath of office.

-- A Milwaukee delegation that help to ensure that they "self-evaluate" for ethical conduct.

-- A Milwaukee delegation that comes together annually to review common cause, state statutes and Enduring Concentrated Poverty.

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2012 ROLL CALL - CODE OF CONDUCT for Milwaukee Common Council



January 19, 2012

MILWAUKEE, WI - Milwaukee Professionals Association observation from 2005-2010 (5-Year Signature Plan 2005-2010) revealed patterns of behavior. For today's disclosure, we share the following behavior patterns:

-- Outsourcing of wealth by those elected-appointed-hired-volunteered and Donor-for-hire (lack of awareness, resolutions and committee votes).

-- Outsourcing of resources - strategic information, jobs, tax increment financing, special projects, real estate, real estate development, business development, education attainment and technology attainment (appointments on committees, boards, panels and advisory groups).

-- In the case of Mayor Tom Barrett and Common Council President Willie Hines, they appear to be the traffic cops for the MILWAUKEE 7, MILWAUKEE METROPOLITAN ASSOCIATION OF COMMERCE and GREATER MILWAUKEE COMMITTEE. Since 'donor groups' are affiliated with these organizations, you will find members of the donor groups sitting on powerful committees and/or ad hoc designators and making decisions about how the Milwaukee citizenry government funding is spent - ACTS that do not have the permission of the People. They are primarily people of privilege and many do not live in the City of Milwaukee.

-- In the case of Mayor Barrett, the
Departments of City Development-Rocky Marcoux and Martha Brown, Public Works-Jefferey Mantes, Neighborhood Services-Marty Collinsand the Public library-Paula Kiely, Assessor's office-Mary Reavey and Community Development Block Grant-Steven Mahan have long ran amuck in code of conduct conducive to office.

There is a CULTURE that is discriminatory and arrogance; 'we do it this way and we do not care what you document, what you ask for as public records OR what you think.'

In the case of the Department of City Development, it is too large and need bi-annual auditing for compliances and growth. It is a mini government unto itself - ran exclusively by Marcoux. Inappropriate. Some of the same can be said of the Department of Public Works. Our records found private companies like WE Energies and Warner Cable with authorities that led the decision and coverage of the Department of Public Works.

The various committees (i.e., city planning and BOZA - Board of Zoning and Appeal) were ran by a select group with no insight to speak of. Appointments are sometime seen to be "endless" - Inappropriate. They are always majority-to-all Caucasian based.

City Plan Commission

Fourth of July Commission

Housing Authority

Milwaukee Arts Board

Milwaukee Economic Development Corporation

Neighborhood Improvement Development Corp. (NIDC)

Redevelopment Authority

-- Patterns of "clickish" maneuvers that disenfranchised the stockholders-Milwaukeeans. The groups were made-up of cronies, self-appointed or appointed, based on reason for placement - often seen as a payback for elections.

Then there are those who appear to be,
-- Manipulators and lobbyists for outside power sources. They are often found on various committees and/or appointed members that do absolutely nothing for Milwaukeeans, especially African American, other People of Color and the Work-Challenged (un-, under-employed; un-, under-degreed and certificated; un-, under-financed neighborhood-level business; disabled; and re-entry - especially those returning from WAR, INCARCERATION, BOOMERANG EMPLOYMENT, BOOMERANG RETIREMENT and DEGREED students without employment).

-- visible was pure "arrogance" on the part of veteran elected officials - a sense of 'entitlement' to office and 'because I said so' response to their behavior and/or actions on committees or creation of resolutions.

The same type of behavior has been seen by the "NEWEST" alderpersons - last four years.

Perhaps there is a fungus that takes over the Call to serve the people - to provide integrity to the council. At any rate, Milwaukee Professionals Association feels that the status of Milwaukee - continuous growth of ENDURING CONCENTRATED POVERTY puts the spotlight on the mayor, common council, comptroller, Treasurer and city attorney for the 2012 Election.
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Accountability
The mayor is held accountable for his cabinet members, appointed and the hired staff that make up the departments of the city and his personal staff - notorious for "no response" for public information and return of calls.

We do not feel the positions belong to any particular party, group or individual.

Since it is the responsibility of the candidate to show why they should be elected, we will provide office scrutiny on the merits, what has been seen - The Roll Call.

This is the beginning of the Roll Call for this election cycle.
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We can not AFFORD career politicians that fail to honor the Constitution (federal and state), provide integrity to the office they serve in, honor the Oath of office, RESPECT stakeholders/stockholder that live-in, work-in, do business with, invest-in, go to school in, go to worship in and raise a family in the City of Milwaukee.

‘Red Tails’ resonates: Local Tuskegee Airman to see new film about famed African-American World War II fighter pilots (with movie trailer)


Photo: TUSKEGEE AIRMAN - Clarence Dart, 91 years old

By PAUL POST
ppost@saratogian.com

SARATOGA SPRINGS — Clarence Dart, a Wesley Health Care Center resident, doesn’t usually go out to the movies.

But this Friday, he’ll make an exception.

Dart, his wife, Millie, and their family members can’t wait to see the new release “Red Tails,” which is about the famed Tuskegee Airmen — segregated African-American fighter pilots — that Dart belonged to during World War II.

“It’s important to have a movie like this,” said Dart’s son, Warren, a Maple Avenue Middle School teacher. “I wouldn’t know this history if my father wasn’t a Tuskegee Airman. They didn’t teach it when I was in school. It wasn’t talked about.”

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Movie Trailer - Red Tails

The new George Lucas film “Red Tails,” a movie about the famed Tuskegee Airmen, will open in theaters nationwide Friday.
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Thanks to the shout-out of support for viewing by Steve Mussenden - President, WI Black Chamber of Commerce, we offer the above article and support our visit to see this movie by Lucas. It is so important to note that Lucas has had this movie in mind for over a decade and funding was a barrier - He finally put the money up himself. Let's take it over the top by visiting and learning. Thanks a bunch!

Wednesday, January 18, 2012

Milwaukee Professionals Association 2011 "Calling a Spade-a-Spade"


January 18, 2012

MILWAUKEE, WI - Today, Milwaukee Professionals Association released the 2011 Calling a Spade-a-Spade designation. It was given to County Supervisor Gerry Broderick of the 3rd District for his December 19, 2011 Press Release:
MMAC EDUCATION PLAN LACKS EXPERTISE.



Supervisor Broderick released the following statement:

“It has been announced that members of the MMAC have devised a strategy to ‘close the education gap’ in the Milwaukee Public Schools (MPS). That’s nice of them to take such interest, but who elected them to make these decisions? Who do they represent? What type of special expertise do they have on education? Are they under the false impression that they’re on the MPS Board?"

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VET Peer Orientation Opportunity - Dryhootch.org


Time: January 21, 2012 from 9:30am to 11am

Location: Dryhootch Brady Street
Address: 1030 E. Brady Street
Milwaukee, WI 53202

Phone: (414) 763-2785
Email: veterans@dryhootch.org

Organized By: Band of Brothers & Sisters

Event Description:
Ever think of volunteering to be a Peer to a Veteran or Family Member?
Join us this Saturday @ Dryhootch Brady Street at 9:30AM for a cup of coffee & danish and learn what becoming a Peer Mentor is all about!
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Milwaukee Professionals Association supports Dryhootch.org, a neighborhood-level organization.

CNBC.com - TODAY'S PRIMER


January 18, 2012

Stock index futures signaled slight gains for Wall Street at the open as investors looked ahead to earnings from Goldman Sachs but kept a close eye on developments in Europe.

Shares in Europe were lower in Wednesday morning trade, pressured by concerns over Greek debt restructuring talks which broke down last week.
International creditors will meet the Greek government later on Wednesday to resume the talks.

An upcoming sale of 6 and 11-month bills by Portugal, its first auction since Standard & Poor’s rating agency downgraded the country to speculative grade last Friday, also kept gains in check.

Back in the U.S., Goldman Sachs reports fourth-quarter results at 8 am New York time.
Analysts polled by Thomson Reuters expect the group to have earned $1.27 per share in the quarter on revenue of $6.54 billion.

Among economic data on tap, the Mortgage Bankers Association releases weekly mortgage application numbers at 7 am, while December producer prices are out at 8.30 am. December industrial production figures are released at 9.15 am.

Yahoo is among companies in focus on Wednesday after co-founder Jerry Yang quit the company to appease shareholders.

Tuesday, January 17, 2012

Milwaukee Professionals Association 2011 Drum Major Selection - Supervisor Biddle and Senator Larson



January 17, 2012

MILWAUKEE, WI - Today, Milwaukee Professionals Association announced its 1st Drum Major Selection of Wisconsin Legislators. They are:

-- Evoy Biddle, County Supervisor, 10th District - Milwaukee
-- Chris Larson, State Senator, 7th District - Milwaukeee

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Senator Larson and Supervisor Biddle were selected for their "hit-the-floor-running" attitude for empowering the people of their constituencies as well as the overall betterment of the state.

They are both NEW legislators that have visibly shown their respect for the People, respect of their Oath, passion and commitment over the last year.

Senator Larson's efforts to save the diginity of Wisconsinites by leaving the state with colleagues regarding the uproar for legislators to sign-off, constantly speaking out on issues(wrongdoings of the governor, his fellow legislators, voting-Badger Care-drunk driving-students, seniors, etc.), constant creation and support of public policies and his weekly report to keep the People informed led to his selection.

County Supervisor Biddle continued his special leadership style from his prior union position. His emphasis on Milwaukeeans embraced the creation of legislation for employment, while working on public policy issues that are glaring in Milwaukee but seem to be him alone to voice (crime, employment gap, youth support/leadership, voting, quality of life and economic development issues).

Recently, he was recognized by other groups for his outstanding performance in such a short timeframe.

He is presently running for the Alderman in the City of Milwaukee - 15th District, challenging Common Council President Willie Hines.
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The Drum Major Legislator selection is given to a legislator (s) that exhibit principle-centered leadership, respect the privilege of serving the People and have a high level of expectation for themselves and building TRUST. They are honoring their Oath of Office.

They are looked at as models for the footsteps left by Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

"We are pleased to share our two selections for the 2011 Drum Major Legislators for Wisconsin, said Mary Glass, Chair/CEO, Milwaukee Professionals Association. "They are NEW and young legislators that take TRUST as their shield." "We admire both of their efforts and look forward to more cutting edge infrastructure public policy leadership."

Breaking News From News8000.com - 1MILLION petitions for Recall of Walker

Tuesday, january 17, 2012

Breaking News From News8000.com

UPDATE: Organizers collect 1 million signatures to recall Walker

Organizers of an effort to oust Wisconsin's Republican Gov. Scott Walker say
they are submitting 1 million petition signatures, almost double the number
needed to force a recall election.

more details

Sunday, January 15, 2012

Remembering "MARTIN" at 83 years - A Man that keeps on Giving

Today is Rev./Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.'s Birthday

--Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere.
Martin Luther King, Jr.

--Never forget that everything Hitler did in Germany was legal.
Martin Luther King, Jr.

--Never succumb to the temptation of bitterness.
Martin Luther King, Jr.

--Nothing in all the world is more dangerous than sincere ignorance and conscientious stupidity.
Martin Luther King, Jr.



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We honor "MARTIN" ON HIS 83RD BIRTHDAY - A man who continues to give.
January 15,2012

Saturday, January 14, 2012

LARSON Weekly Report - January 12, 2012



Dear Friend,

Committee meetings have resumed and the Legislative Session is scheduled to begin on January 17. During this time of strong political currents being felt across the state, it is crucial that we all continue constant vigilance by reviewing proposals as they are hurried through the legislative process.

As usual, please feel free to contact me with any questions, concerns or opinions you may have about our community or our state.

Sincerely,

Chris Larson
State Senator, District 7

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Governor Can Make Any Issue Divisive
Governor Walker proved once again this past week that he cannot work together with others on such bipartisan issues as finding savings for Wisconsin taxpayers. The supposedly bipartisan Waste, Fraud and Abuse Commission was scheduled to release a report detailing additional savings at the end of the year. Unfortunately, this Commission became little more than a political propaganda ploy. The Commission rarely met, chose to ignore members of the minority party, avoided important subject matter, and denied members the opportunity to vote on or approve the final report it produced.

Governor Walker derived his Waste, Fraud and Abuse Commission from a campaign pledge in which he promised to find $300 million in waste, fraud and abuse in state government. Walker created the Commission through Executive Order #2 on January 3, 2011. The order required the Commission to “identify waste, fraud and abuse in state government programs and state appropriations and recommend solutions.” The Commission was expected to identify new savings of state tax dollars to uphold Governor Walker’s promise. Unfortunately, the Commission was a failure.

Instead Walker's report takes credit for savings the state has nothing to do with or savings already accounted for from previous actions of state government. In response to the Walker report, we offered an honest, straight-forward alternative that does not take credit for previous state government action, future federal action or budgeting gimmicks. The alternative plan contains potential savings of hundreds of millions of dollars each biennium.

The Commission heard testimony on the significant money government can save when municipalities are allowed to work cooperatively. Unfortunately, the Governor continues to restrict local government from working together on such simple things as filling potholes. The Governor also chose to ignore his own report by refusing to fill staff positions dedicated to catching corporate tax cheats.

Finding savings and efficiencies in government is something that we can all agree is necessary. There is no reason for Governor Walker to turn such important efforts into a political game.

Click here to read a copy of the report released by the Commission.

Click here to view a copy of the alternative report.


Getting Our Veterans Back to Work
I am co-sponsoring legislation that will help get our veterans, who have given so much to our community, state and nation, back to work.

LRB 3631 is a bipartisan effort to support our disabled veterans in these tough economic times. This legislation will encourage employers to hire disabled veterans through a series of tax credits. The aim of these tax credits is to not only inspire employers to hire disabled veterans, but also incentivize long-term employment.

Unemployment among veterans is above the national average and unemployment among disabled veterans is especially distressing. This legislation will allow employers to put more of our veterans back to work so that they can support themselves and their families.

It is important to remember how much our service men and women have given for us. In exchange for their valiant service, the least we can do is promote employment and prosperity. Therefore, I will be enthusiastically supporting LRB 3631, to get our disabled veterans back into the workforce.

Click here to read a copy of this bill.
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