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Friday, September 27, 2013

MPA LLC - Launched PUE Series for Affordable Health Care Reform in Milwaukee

MILWAUKEE |  Milwaukee Professionals Association LLC continues its message of "PREPAREDNESS", "AWARENESS" and "PARTNERSHIP" by adding the 'PUE Series'.

What is PUE?
PUE is Primary, Urgent and Emergency Care.
It is "Infrastructure" scaffolding for serious and respected health care with health maintenance for urban population health.

With the advent of the implementation of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, first national health care reform law for the United States of America being introduced October 1, 2013 and full implementation on January 1, 2014; many Milwaukeeans that do not have health care will for the first time have an opportunity to look at their role and responsibility of health as a real option in their health care.  They can choose a Primary Care provider.

Primary Care providers, doctors, nurses and specialists, can help Milwaukeeans take control and help themselves through planned regular checkups,  diagnosed problems, health records monitoring and preventive behavior and services.  The  services include referrals to other specialists - services that reside within the census tract and neighborhood structure.

Urgent Care is the step before Emergency Care.  It is an after-hour, weekend and holiday care center to treat non-life threatening health care issues; i.e., rashes, throat pain, pink eye, animal bites, minor burns and bladder infections.  It is a place to receive services when the Primary Care physician is not available.

Much is needed in reform to ensure that facilities of health care providers and practitioners are "within" the neighborhoods of Milwaukeeans, not in outside parameters to their neighborhoods - NEW and state-of-the-art facilities.

Primary and Urgent Care is part of the three-way health care process for improved population health care.

For much too long, Milwaukeeans without health insurance were serviced through tirage Emergency Care. It was 9-1-1 service.  It was life-threatening or permanent harm care in a hospital setting, i.e., Aurora-St. Luke, Aurora-Sinai, Columbia-St. Mary, Froedtert and St. Joseph. This meant that the health care was "momentarial".  It did not provide follow-up care.  It was not personable.  It was very necessary, costly and limited.

Though Emergency care was vital and served its purpose, it did not allow for routine and ongoing intervention and prevention of health care concerns.  It did not allow for a regiment of services that prevent diseases and helps to create and sustain good health care in urban population health care in Milwaukee.

MPA LLC Concierge Project for Urban Population Health Care
Milwaukee Professionals Association LLC is excited about the opportunity of "engagement" of Milwaukeeans at the census tract and neighborhood level.

MPA LLC Urban Population Health Care
Urban Population Health Care is the innovative approach supported by MPA LLC.
It takes a look at the whole and provide remedies that are health-effective and cost-effective.

Preparedness, awareness and partnership, All Hands on Deck, WE CAN Initiative, is the bedrock for MPA LLC for infrastructural strength led in the public square with R&D/Research and Development that has the toenail-blueprint of residential and commercial stakeholders at the census tract and neighborhood level for the next 13 months.  It is an approach in MPA LLC Concierge 8 neighborhood project for cure that identifies root cause, role and responsibilities, links for information sharing, authorization for self-maintenance and to lay a foundation that will support the true meaning for Affordable Health Care for those who so often are isolated, discriminated and "by-design" left out of the blueprinting and fingerprinting of quality of life.  Our first step is recognizing the "journey-of-will".

Stay tuned.

Tuesday, September 24, 2013

IBM BIG DATA Analytics - Septembre 24, 2013


PC MAG.COM, Daily News - Septembre 24, 2013

Microsoft Lifts Curtain on Surface 2, Pro 2

Microsoft on Monday unveiled the Surface 2 and Surface Pro 2, the follow-ups to its first self-produced tablets, promising significant performance and battery life boosts, as well as a bevy of new features and accessories for its second-generation slates.
The Surface 2 is the successor to the ARM-basedSurface RT tablet released on Oct. 26, 2012. It has a Tegra 4 processor from Nvidia and will be made available on Oct. 22 starting at $449 for the 32GB version. A 64GB version will also be available and both flavors ship with Windows RT 8.1, Microsoft said during the official unveiling of the tablet at an event in New York City. Pre-orders for the new tablet begin Tuesday morning, the company said.

BlackBerry to Go Private in $4.7 Billion Takeover Deal

BlackBerry on Monday announced plans to sell its business to a consortium led by Fairfax Financial Holdings Limited, which will take the troubled phone maker private in a $4.7 billion deal.
Under the deal, BlackBerry shareholders would receive $9 in cash for each share of BlackBerry they own. Fairfax currently owns 10 percent of BlackBerry's common shares, which will be contributed to the proposed transaction.
The deal was recommended by the special committee that has been considering strategic alternatives for BlackBerry, and Fairfax's "letter of intent" has been approved by the BlackBerry board of directors. Fairfax is seeking financing from Bank of America Merrill Lynch and BMO Capital Markets.
The deal is subject to due diligence, which should be done by Nov. 4, at which point a final agreement should be in place. BlackBerry is still free to consider alternative proposals during the time, though it could face fees between $0.30 and $0.50 per share if another deal is accepted, depending on the circumstances.

Monday, September 23, 2013

Congress.org - September 23, 2013 - REPORTING, MEGA VOTE

website:  http://www.congress.org/congressorg/mlm/signup/


MILWAUKEE |  Milwaukee Professionals Association LLC continues to launch the platform for its NEW effort to provide REPORTING - monitoring, best practices, transparency and accountability in the "action-settings" of those we hire-through-Election.

We have selected CONGRESS.ORG to provide actions taken by our U.S. representatives in the city of Milwaukee.   They are:
  • U.S. Senator Ron Johnson - Republican
  • U.S. Senator Tammy Baldwin - Democratic
  • U. S. Congresswoman Gwen Moore - Democratic, 4th District
Recent House Votes
Mineral Development Bill - Vote Passed (246-178, 8 Not Voting)

In a party-line vote, the House passed legislation that would speed up reviews of mineral exploration and mining permits. All House Republicans were joined by 15 Democrats in voting for the bill. Opponents cited provisions that limit a previous environmental law’s safeguard regulations over exploration and permitting.

Rep. Gwen Moore voted NO

Nutrition Assistance - Vote Passed (217-210, 6 Not Voting)

The House chose to split agriculture policy from food aid early in the summer, resulting in the passage of a farm bill without nutrition assistance in July. Last week, under threat of veto from the White House, the House approved a nutrition bill that results in a $40 billion reduction in the program over the next ten years, which is about 5% of current spending on nutrition assistance. The House bill would also seek to make permanent the separation of farm and nutrition legislation by authorizing the former through fiscal year 2018 and the latter only through fiscal year 2016. It would also remove the policy of states qualifying people for food aid based on non-cash aid or services they receive from other programs for low-income people. The Senate approved their comprehensive farm and nutrition legislation in June. The Senate bill and the two House bills will now go to a conference committee to try and produce a final piece of legislation.

Rep. Gwen Moore voted NO

Continuing Resolution - Vote Passed (230-189, 13 Not Voting)

At the end of last week, the House passed legislation to fund the government through December 15. The resolution removed funds for the implementation of the Affordable Care Act, a key victory for the House Republicans that align with the various tea party groups. It also authorizes the Treasury Department to continue borrowing above the $16.7 trillion statutory debt limit once it is reached, through December 15, 2014. Scott Rigell of Virginia was the only Republican to vote in opposition of the resolution, and Mike McIntyre of North Carolina and Jim Matheson of Utah were the only Democrats to vote in favor. Next, the Senate will debate the resolution and likely send a version back to the House with funding for the Affordable Care Act reinstated. Congress has until October 1, the start of the next fiscal year, to approve a continuing resolution and avoid a government shutdown.

Rep. Gwen Moore voted NO

Upcoming Votes
Continuing Resolution - H.J.RES.59

The Senate will debate and likely vote on the continuing resolution passed by the House last week.

Continuing Resolution - H.J.RES.59

House Majority Leader Eric Cantor, R-Va., has warned members that they may have to be in session this upcoming weekend to consider the continuing resolution after the Senate makes its changes and sends it back to the House.


National Hispanic Month - September 15, 2013 - October 15. 2013

President Barack Obama & Supreme Court Judge Sonia Sotomayor

September 15, 2013 - October 15, 2013
About National Hispanic Heritage Month

CNBC.COM - Today's Brief - September 23, 2013

Investors focus on budget battle as new week begins
Peter Schacknow, Senior Producer, CNBC Breaking News Desk

Wall Street is coming off a winning week with a losing finish, with the Dow suffering its worst one-day loss since August 15, on Friday, and the S&P posting its biggest single-day decline since August 27. With the Fed's non-taper now in the rear view mirror, investors will be focusing on a looming government shutdown with just one week before the deadline for a new funding bill.

There are no economic reports of note due today, but the Street will be taking note of three speeches from Federal Reserve officials. Atlanta Fed President Dennis Lockhart and New York Fed President William Dudley will speak at separate New York events this morning, while Dallas Fed President Richard Fisher has a midday speaking engagement in San Antonio, Texas. 

The earnings calendar is extremely light, with Red Hat (RHT) one of the few companies scheduled to report. The software company will be out with its quarterly numbers after today's closing bell. 

BlackBerry (BBRY) will be among our stocks to watch, following its plunge Friday, on a warning of a sizable quarterly loss when it reports its numbers this week. 

J.C. Penney (JCP) is seeking ways of raising more money, according to CNBC's Kate Kelly. The retailer has met with banks in recent weeks about possible fundraising options. 

Visa (V), Nike (NKE), and Goldman Sachs (GS) join the Dow Jones Industrial Average today, replacing Alcoa (AA), Bank of America (BAC), and Hewlett-Packard (HPQ). 

News Corp. (NWSA) reported a fiscal year profit in its first report after its separation from the unit now known as 21st Century Fox (FOX         
). The quarterly numbers are somewhat on the murky side: News Corp. reported a loss of 16 cents per share for its fourth quarter and revenues of $2.13 billion, but it's unclear how that compares to estimates.

Microsoft (MSFT) is expected to unveil a new model of its "Surface" tablet today at a New York event. The "Surface" first went on sale nearly a year ago, to mixed reviews.

Citigroup (C) saw a significant drop in trading revenue during the third quarter, according to the Financial Times. The paper cites people familiar with conversations between investors and Citi.

BB&T (BBT) lost a $772 million tax dispute with the Internal Revenue Service. A judge ruled that a transaction was an "economically meaningless tax shelter". The bank said it is evaluating its legal options.

Apple's (AAPL) new iPhone models are less durable than Motorola's Moto X, according to warranty provider SquareTrade. The iPhone 5C and iPhone 5S did, however, finish ahead of Samsung's Galaxy S4. 

Friday, September 20, 2013

Schacknow, Today's Brief, September 20, 2013

Investors debate what is next for Fed
Peter Schacknow, Senior Producer, CNBC Breaking News Desk

Investors are wondering what the Fed may do next, especially amid growing sentiment that the Fed may have erred in not deciding to taper its bond-buying program at its meeting this week. The major averages are coming off modest losses as the Street ponders that issue, but the S&P 500 is nonetheless on track for its best weekly gain in more than two months, since the week ending July 12. The benchmark index is also on pace for its biggest monthly gain since October 2011. 

There are no economic reports out today, but with the current Fed focus, three speeches today by Fed officials will get plenty of market scrutiny. Kansas City Fed President Esther George, the lone dissenter to Wednesday's policy decision, has a lunchtime speech scheduled. St. Louis Fed President James Bullard and Minneapolis Fed President Naryana Kocherlakota also have speaking engagements today. 

The earnings calendar is extremely light today, but we will see the latest quarterly numbers this morning from Darden Restaurants (DRI), the parent of Red Lobster and Olive Garden. 

Prudential Financial (PRU) lost its appeal to shed its tag as "systemically important", which subjects it to additional government oversight. The Financial Stability Oversight Council had originally assigned that label to the insurer in July. 

AK Steel (AKS) is predicting a wider than expected third quarter loss, with both shipment volumes and prices falling from a year earlier. 

Texas Instruments (TXN) raised its quarterly dividend by 7 percent to 30 cents per share. It's the second time this year the chipmaker has raised its quarterly payout. 

New York Times (NYT) declared a quarterly dividend of four cents per share, the first time in four that the newspaper publisher has paid a dividend. 

Vornado (VNO) will sell 13.4 million shares of J.C. Penney (JCP) through Citigroup. The real estate company had recently said it was planning to shed its investment in the retailer. 

Rocket Fuel (FUEL) priced its IPO at 29 dollars per share, at the top of its expected range. The advertising technology firm's shares will begin trading today on the Nasdaq. 

Bind Therapeutics (BIND) priced its IPO at 15 dollars per share, in the middle of its expected range. The drug maker's shares will begin trading today on Nasdaq's Global Select Market. 

ClubCorp (MYCC) priced its IPO at 14 dollars per share, below the expected range of 16 to 18 dollars per share. ClubCorp owns private golf and country clubs, and its shares will begin trading today on the New York Stock Exchange. 

Tibco Software (TIBX) reported fourth quarter profit of 28 cents per share, excluding certain items, beating estimates by six cents. Revenue was also well above estimates, with the business software company noting particular sales strength in the Americas region. 

Cintas (CTAS) reported fiscal first quarter profit of 63 cents per share, matching estimates, but the uniform and restroom supplies producer also raised its earnings guidance for the full year. 

Chevron (CVX) got a favorable ruling from an Ecuadoran court, as it tries to avoid paying a $19 billion judgment stemming from contamination in the Amazon. A panel ruled that a cleanup agreement signed by Texaco in 1995 absolved it from further financial responsibility. Texaco was later purchased by Chevron. 

Walt Disney (DIS) and producer Jerry Bruckheimer will end their film deal next year. That deal had given Disney a first option on Bruckheimer's films, although the two will continue to work together on various projects. 

Home Depot (HD) will move part-time workers to the new public insurance exchanges, a move that affects about 20 thousand workers. 

Sunday, September 15, 2013

Remembering my Sister Joyce - The Song Bird of the Family

Aaron (nephew) and  Joyce - Thanksgiving 2011

Septembre 15, 2013
DETROIT, MI | This morning my sister Joyce Ann Crowder ascended.  We say "God bless You"!  We wish her Happy Trails.

Joyce was 64 years at passing.

A true professional and very giving person.
She was a teacher of the Detroit Public School system for 32 years as a high school English Teacher.  An alumni of A & I State University.

A well-known gospel singer and requested speaker in Detroit.   Guest songsress with Lee Williams & The Spiritual QC's, Doc McKenzie and the Hi-Lites and The Trumpetlettes.  She was the featured soloist for theNational Baptist convention hosted in Detroit at Cobo Hall and 1st Place winner of the Lee Williams American Gospel Quartet Convention in Tupelo, MS.

Joyce was referred to as, "The Song Bird".

Joyce traveled to many, many singing conventions and religious conferences in the midwest and in southern states.  She was often sought by professionals of the city to a "write speeches".  A radio guest, recipient of many awards and honored by many churches.

She has been lauded by friends, colleagues, her students and family for her very special gift of song - teaching the English language, and, love of the Lord.

Joyce is not only known for her beautiful soprano voice, but, how willing she was to share her gift of song. She was known for her red lipstick and was always well-dressed.

She is a mother of two sons (Sean and Charles, Jr.) and the wife of Charles Crowder.
We love you Joyce!
Photos taken at the 2011 Family Thanksgiving Celebration in Cleveland, OH
Joyce and husband Charles cooked and brought over the dinner with three of their grandchildren.
A superb meal with all the family favorites.

Saturday, September 14, 2013

HOW We Roll - Milwaukee Professionals Association LLC

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Septembre 14, 2013
MILWAUKEE |  Milwaukee Professionals Association LLC is a for-profit business based in Milwaukee, Wisconsin.  We have a "hit-the-floor-running" philosophy for self-governing and self-sustainability engagement of residential and commercial Milwaukeeans, especially African American, other People of Color and the Work Challenged (Work Challenged represents un-, under-skilled; un-, under-employed; un-, under-financed neighborhood-level businesses; disabled; and re-entry.   Re-entry represents those returning from WAR, INCARCERATION, boomerang employment, boomerang retirement and college-certificated graduates unemployed). 

We do not take kindly to anyone thinking they should think for us.
We do not take prisoners in DISCRIMINATION, ANTI-TRUST, OLIGOPOLY and MONOPOLY combat.
We demand Oath of Office and Pledge to Office Code of Conduct.
We demand RESPECT.
We demand transparency, best practices and accountability in the public square.

We seek aggressive and  innovative quality of life/QOL and economic development/ED as issues for infrastructural growth.
We seek action-oriented and ongoing REFORM in Milwaukee, Wisconsin.  
We see QOL and ED being strategic  links for Milwaukeeans to escape Enduring Concentrated Poverty/ECP.
We know if it is to be, it is up to YOU and ME.

Our Mission:  to re-design, re-brand and un-trap residential and commercial hidden talent and vetted businesses at the census tract and neighborhood level.

Industry:  Health Care and Health Wellness
When:      NOW
Where:    INFRASTRUCTURE Urban Milwaukee

Tools:      Education and Technology Attainment

An All Hands on DECK< WE CAN Initiative
Septembre 14, 2013



Black Male Incarceration Matters Forum #1 - April 18, 2015

 Speakers:  L-R
Solana Patterson-Ramos, La'Frisko Lewis, C Terrance Anderson and Brad Tenin


An All Hands on DECK< WE CAN Initiative
Abril 25,  2015

Friday, September 13, 2013

CNBC.COM - Today's Brief, Septembre 13, 2013

Dow on track for second best week of 2013


Thursday's modest losses aside, the Dow is on course to post its biggest weekly gain since the first week of the year, while the S&P 500 could put up its biggest weekly advance in two months.

It's the busiest day of the week for economic reports, starting with retail sales and the Producer Price Index both coming out at 8:30 a.m. ET. Economists expect August retail sales to have risen 0.5 percent after a 0.2 percent increase in July, while consensus forecasts have the PPI rising 0.2 percent for August after coming in unchanged the prior month.

At 9:55 a.m. ET, the University of Michigan is out with its preliminary September consumer sentiment index, seen coming in at 81.8 compared to August's final reading of 82.1.

And at 10 a.m. ET, economists look for July business inventories to be up 0.2 percent after being unchanged in June.

The earnings calendar is virtually blank today, as is typical for a Friday outside of earnings season.

Goldman Sachs (GS) is among our stocks to watch, with CNBC's Kayla Tausche reporting that Goldman will be the lead underwriter for Twitter's initial public offering. Twitter announced it had filed a confidential S-1 with the SEC, the first step towards an eventual IPO.

Ulta Salon Cosmetics (ULTA) earned 70 cents per share for its second quarter, three cents above estimates, with revenue also coming in above forecasts. The personal care products maker also saw same-store sales improve more than analysts had thought.

General Electric (GE) is close to finalizing a nearly $2 billion contract to provide power turbines for six power plants, according to Dow Jones.

Verizon (VZ) has been upgraded to "overweight" at Evercore Partners, which points to benefits from Verizon's purchase of Vodafone's 45 percent stake in their Verizon Wireless joint venture.

BlackRock (BLK) and Pimco bought at least a quarter of Verizon's record $49 billion bond offering, according to Dow Jones. Pimco is said to have bought $8 billion worth, while BlackRock bought about $5 billion, according to sources.

JPMorgan Chase (JPM) will spend $4 billion on compliance and risk controls, according to the Wall Street Journal. The paper said the bank will commit 5,000 extra employees to that effort.

Intel (INTC) has been upgraded to "buy" from "hold" at Jefferies, which also raised its price target for the chipmaker to $30 from $27 per share.

Tuesday, September 10, 2013

CNBC.COM - Morning Brief, September 10, 2013

Investors regain optimistic mood for now

The overriding issues of Syria and the Federal Reserve's next moves remain with investors, but those concerns have been put aside for the moment with U.S. stocks coming off their best one-day gains in two months. Stock index futures are pointing to continued gains at the open as the threat of military intervention in Syria appears to have receded for now.

Economic reports out today include the monthly sentiment index from the National Federation of Independent Business at 7:30a.m.ET, and the Labor Department's monthly "JOLTS" report, a measure of job opportunities and labor turnover, at 10 a.m. ET

The earnings calendar is nearly blank today, with an after-the-bell report from retailer Coldwater Creek (CWTR) among the few companies set to issue quarterly numbers. 

Apple (AAPL) will be watched closely during the trading day, as it prepares to unveil new products at a 1 p.m. ET event at its Cupertino, California headquarters. 

PVH Corp. (PVH) is also among our stocks to watch, with the clothing maker reporting second quarter profit of $1.39 per share, excluding certain items, two cents above estimates. However, the maker of Tommy Hilfiger and Calvin Klein-branded clothing is projecting current quarter profit below Street consensus. 

Five Below (FIVE) beat estimates by two cents with second quarter profit of 11 cents per share, while revenue was also above analyst forecasts. The discount retailer saw increases in both sales and profit margins during the quarter. 

Starwood Property Trust (STWD) is offering 25 million common shares in a secondary offering. Starwood is an originator and acquirer of commercial mortgage and other real estate loans. 

Palo Alto Networks (PANW) reported fiscal fourth quarter profit of six cents per share, excluding certain items, matching estimates. Revenue was above consensus for the internet security hardware and software maker, but Palo Alto also saw an increase in operating expenses during the quarter. 

IBM (IBM) struck an agreement with German automotive parts maker Continental AG to partner on driverless car systems. 

Microsoft (MSFT) is reportedly being urged by three of its 20 largest investors to put Ford CEO Alan Mulally and Computer Sciences CEO Mike Lawrie on its shortlist for a new CEO. According to a Reuters story, those investors want a turnaround expert to succeed the retiring Steve Ballmer. 

J.C. Penney (JCP) is being sued by Bodum Group, maker of an upscale coffee press. Bodum claims the retailer did not deliver on a promise to roll out its products a "store within a store". 

Google (GOOG) is offering more concessions in hopes of settling an EU antitrust probe that's gone on for nearly three years. Details of the new proposal haven't been made public. 

American Express (AXP) is in talks with Time Inc. to sell five of its magazines, including Travel & Leisure and Food & Wine, according to Dow Jones. Time Inc. is in the process of being spun off by parent Time Warner (TWX) as a standalone company. 

GlaxoSmithKline (GSK) could be under pressure, as the FDA sets out guidelines for generic versions of Glaxo's best-selling lung drug Advair. 

Monday, September 9, 2013

White House College Scoreboard - What you should know about UW-Milwaukee

Primarily bachelor’s degree granting
Undergraduate enrollment:  24,270

COST $11,926/per year 
What does it typically cost to attend UWM?

The average net price for undergraduate in-state students is $11,926 per year. Net price is what undergraduate students pay after grants and scholarships (financial aid you don’t have to pay back) are subtracted from the institution’s cost of attendance.

The average net price has increased 15.6% from 2007 to 2009.

What percentage of students graduate?
40.4% of full-time students received their bachelor’s degree within 6 years. Graduation rate data are based on undergraduate students who enrolled full-time and have never enrolled in college before. This may not represent all undergraduates that attend this institution.

Are students able to repay their loans after they graduate?

5.7% of borrowers defaulted on their Federal student loans within three years of entering repayment.

What is the typical amount borrowed for a student’s undergraduate study?
Families typically borrow $16,562 in Federal loans for a student’s undergraduate study. The Federal loan payment over 10 years for this amount is approximately $190.60 per month

Your borrowing may be different.
To learn about loan repayment options, go to:

September 9-13, 2013
A look at higher education in the city of Milwaukee.

University of Wisconsin - Milwaukee was organized to provide an economic and quality of life  "lift" to the city of Milwaukee.  It is a public university that has and continue to receive $$$MILLIONS on behalf of Milwaukeeans.  The fact that the majority of the population is made up of a majority of People of Color and the fact that the state statute calls for investments into the people is ignored by Chancellor Michael Lovell can not go "unmentioned".  It speaks to:

Coming this week
Chancellor Michael Lovell - UW-Milwaukee
  • What has Michael Lovell accomplished with Caucasian monopoly and oligopoly groups.
  • Michael Lovell went 6506 miles to China for students to teach the English language and provide benefits of America but would not/have not gone 2 miles to Dr. Martin Luther King Drive to provided "pathways" for African Americans set forth in the state statutes and the mega funding he has gotten to operate and partner   State Statute
  • UW-M Chancellors.
  • UW-Milwaukee Foundations
  • Conflict of Interest and wrongful selection of the 8th Chancellor, Michael Lovell.
  • Greed and Pilage of funds with Exclusion of African American and People of Color.
  • ACCOUNTABILITY - WI Board of Regents, Kevin Reilly's role as President and selection of Lovell, His legacy.
  • UW-Milwaukee 2014 Certification.

Sunday, September 8, 2013

FOIA - USA PUBLIC RECORDS LAW - What you need to know

September 8, 2013
MILWAUKEE - Today's update for MPA LLC Consumer Protection Group highlights the importance of TRUST and  believeability of the Public Information Act.

The Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) is a federal freedom of information law that allows for the full or partial disclosure of previously unreleased information and documents controlled by the United States government. The Act defines agency records subject to disclosure, outlines mandatory disclosure procedures and grants nine exemptions to the statute.[1][2] It was originally signed into law by President Lyndon B. Johnson, despite his misgivings,[3] on July 4, 1966 as 5 U.S.C. § 552 and went into effect the following year.[4]
The Federal Government's Freedom of Information Act should not be confused with the different and varying Freedom of Information Acts passed by the individual states. Many of those state acts may be similar but not identical to the federal act.  Wikipedia

Why make a fuss
One of the keys to TRUST and better policies in the marketplace is the equity and transparency of the laws, to enforce the good ones and to remove the laws that do not regulate and guide best practices for accountability of ALL; this is especially true when it comes to those we put in office and those they appoint and hire.

There must be a ZERO tolerance when it comes to identifying those who compromise the process of fairness in the marketplace - anti-trust, discrimination, cronyism, conflict of interest, blind-eye to favors and cover-ups.  It is most egregious when those we elect are the "criminals" in the acts.  They must be held to the same standards as any violator, only with the elected-appointed-hired violator they should have hefty fines, charged with a felony and misdemeanors for immediate removal of office, forfeiture of any retirement and sent to jail.

Like many laws that affect millions of folk, especially those fok disadvantaged for whatever reason, when the law and/or regulation is NOT enforced it sens the wrong message.  It not only erodes the trust of the people, it significantly put in place misuse such as FRAUD and ignoring with "arrogance" human-civi-legal rights.

Each one of us have the responsibility to ensure that STANDARDS are put in place for the GREATER GOOD of all.  The Code of Conduct that is on the front burner each day is only as good as it is enforced by ALL.

MPA LLC Consumer Protection Group has added FOIA to its Reporting and Reports.
It is a priority for enforcement.  There are three flaggs that are of immediate discouragement.  They are:   1)  Anti-Trust and 2) Discrimination , and 3) Isolation.

5-Year Signature Plan
During Mary Glass, Chair/CEO, Milwaukee Professionals Association LLC, 5-year investigation, requesting information was the main way of obtaining information through many Open Letters sent during the 2005-2010 Smart Growth Signature Plan.  It was clear that those in government were the biggest violators.

Time-and-time again, they were deceptive and did not share information per the law.  Their lawyers would find ways to get-around the Public Information Request.  As a matter of fact,  the following methods were commonly used.  They were:
  • NO response.
  • Delayed information.
  • Delayed information that was incomplete.
  • Delayed and incomplete information with significant cost.  
  • Delayed response with NO information, claiming not clear or not available.
  • Questionable "protected from disclosure" response.
  • Questionable refusals due to "vague request" but no mention of what would offer "CLARITY"
  • Questionable "redacted" information.
Two things are noticed by Glass during the many requests that returned with one or more of the above response, there was/is an 'Arrogance" in NO response; and, NO fear of reprisal according to law.

Who's Who List
There is a "culture" that must be replaced in our government offices that we depend on. Their lack of role and responsibility as "public servants" has become "when-and-if-I-want-to-with-shameless-arrogance".  Enforcement of the laws on the table and NEW ones to reflect today's climate can put in check the "running wild" behavior.  Below are 50 plus who have engaged in NO response and/or one of the above obstructions.  Some FOIA requests have been requested multiple times.  This is an incomplete list of city, county, state and federal violators.  Violators to-date include:

City of Milwaukee
City of Milwaukee Alderman Joe Davis
City of Milwaukee Alderman Willie Hines
City of Milwaukee Alderman Nik Kovac
City of Milwaukee Alderwoman Milele Coggs
City of Milwaukee Attorney Grant Langley
City of Milwaukee Common Council President Willie Hines
City of Milwaukee Department of City Development Rocky Marcoux, Julie Penman and Michael Morgan
City of Milwaukee Department of Public Works Jeff Mantes and Mariano Schifalacqua
City of Milwaukee Ethics Committee
City of Milwaukee Mayor Tom Barrett and John Norquist
City of Milwaukee Tax Assessor Mary Reavy
Milwaukee County
Milwaukee County Board Chairwoman Marina Dimitrijevic
Milwaukee County Board of Supervisors 
Milwaukee County Department of Aging - Program Director Diane Beckley
Milwaukee County District Attorney Office – John Chisholm
Milwaukee County Ethics Committee - Executive Director Veronica Robinson and Board Members:  Chairman Attorney David Carr, V. Chairman Henry Hamilton, Christain Flores, Carol L. Wichmann, Rev. Gary Manning, Marcia F. Drame, Esq, Corporation Counsel Jennifer Walker
Milwaukee County Executive Chris Abele
Milwaukee County Contractor and Ethics Board referral - Interfaith Conference of Greater Milwaukee
Milwaukee County Justice Committee - Chief Judge Jeffrey A. Kremers, District Attorney John Chisholm, County Executive Chris Abele, Kit Murphy McNally,  MCSO Inspector Richard Schmidt, Sheriff David Clarke, Jr., County Supervisor Willie Johnson,  First Assistant Public Defender Tom Reed
Milwaukee Public Schools/MPS
Milwaukee School Board – Board of Governance - Lynne A. Sobczak
Milwaukee School Board – Michael Bond and Peter Blewett
Milwaukee School Superintendent Gregory Thornton
U. S. Department of Education/DOE
U.S. Department of Education – Arne Duncan
U. S. Federal Emergency Management Agency/FEMA
U.S. FEMA – Deputy Administrator Richard Serino - UW-Milwaukee
U. S. Department of Labor/DOL
U.S. Department of Labor
U. S. Health & Human Service/HHS
U.S. Department of Health & Human Services - Kathleen Sebelius
U.S. Department of Health & Human Services - Attorney Leon Rodriquez
U.S. Department of Health & Human Services - Dr. Farzad Mostashari 
U.S. Department of Health & Human Services - Director Jackie Garner
U. S. Department of Housing or Urban Development/HUD
U.S. HUD Housing - Region 5, Antonio Riley
U.S. HUD Housing - Deputy Secretary Maurice Jones
U.S. HUD Housing - Secretary Shaun Donovan
U.S. HUD-CDBG Milwaukee – Michael Martin
U. S. Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago
U.S. Federal Reserve Bank President Charles Evans and V. President Gordon Werkema
U. S. Small Business Administration/SBA
U. S. Small Business Chief  and Deputy Administrators Karen Mills and Marie Johns
U. S. Small Business Regional Administrator Marianne Markowitz
U.S. Small Business District Director Eric Ness
University of Wisconsin System
UW System – Robin Van Harpin (attorney)
UW System Board of Regents – Charles Pruitt, Brent Smith, Michael Spector, Jane Radue, Kevin Reilly
UW System Board of Regents Michael Lovell Board Selection Committee -  Danae Davis, Judith Crain and Jose Vasquez
University of Wisconsin - Milwaukee/UWM
UW-Milwaukee – Campus Police Department, Chief Marzion
UW-Milwaukee Office of Chancellor Michael Lovell and Jim Hill
UW-Milwaukee Professor Mark Schwartz (Michael Lovell Selection Chair)
UW-Milwaukee Real Estate Foundation, Arthur Smith and Sheldon Lubar (Michael Lovell Selection Committee)
UW-Milwaukee Helen Bader School of Social Work - Dan Bader 

State of Wisconsin 
WI Department of Administration – Secretary Mike Huebsch
WI Department of Commerce – Secretary Paul Jadin
WI Department of Education – Superintendents Tony Evers and Elizabeth Burmaster
WI Financial Institution - Secretary Peter Bildsten
WI Governors Scott Kevin Walker and Jim Doyle
WI Health and Human Services – Secretary Charles Smith
WI Health and Human Services Medicaid - Director Brett Davis
WI Insurance Commissioner – Ted Nickel
WI WHEDA Office – Wyman Winston
WI Workforce Development Secretaries – Reggie Newsom and Roberta Gassman

Wisconsin Public Records Law
Wis. Stat. §§ 19.31 - 19.39
Compliance Outline
(September 2012)

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Updated:  September 9, 2013