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Tuesday, May 5, 2015

Mary Glass ask, All Hands on Deck for neighborhoods in the NEW Bucks Arena bid? The Renewal Plan - The ROI

Tuesday, May 5, 2015 | DAY 246 - Renewal and Sensitive Day | Use of taxpayer funds for subsidies should be brought to and vigorously shared with CORE CONSTITUENTS, the people that live in the neighborhoods of Milwaukee, work, raise a family, invest in schools, send their children and go to schools, rent-lease-buy real estate, give to its charities, attend NBA games, provide quality of life and economic development through the city coffers and are the Electorate represented at the top of the organization chart of the city of Milwaukee.   They are African American, other People of Color and Work Challenged Milwaukeeans that constitutes the population of Milwaukee, over a half-million people.
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As the owners, landlords, and stewards of the city of Milwaukee, it is imperative that CORE CONSTITUENTS know how-what-who-when-where and how much the mega investment of funds from their treasury/city coffers, deployment of elected-appointed-hired city staff, deployment of its resources and legal authority is disseminated to the requests of  Marc Lasry and Wesley Edens, NBA Bucks owners and comments of NBA Commissioner Alan Silver for a NEW $billion stadium and prime ancillary real estate.

The CORE CONSTITUENTS must be at the table with their mind,  fingerprint and body print to create necessary vibrancy in their quality of life and economic development plans for present and long-term neighborhood strategic planning that will spur INFRASTRUCTURE development that recognize and promote classes of EMPLOYED hidden talent-skills and kick-off vetted businesses present at the neighborhood level.  Urbanism innovation that will assist in the creation of a NEW Milwaukee Bucks stadium while simultaneously embedding economic wherewithal to its INFRASTRUCTURE that will help REMOVE Enduring Concentrated Poverty.

The "Return on Investment"/ROI must be first and foremost for the CORE CONSTITUENTS especially African American, other People of Color and the Work Challenged - the majority of the demographics of the city of Milwaukee. They are the ones that have been disenfranchised with developments like this.

Yet, they are the ones that are signing on the dotted line to "fold-in" and provide the guarantee of the mortgage for the decades of support to create the Milwaukee Bucks stadium, the city namesake Milwaukee, prime real estate  - 25 acres, use of tax credits, federal funding, and inherent city resources from the city coffers at a time when the city suffers from Enduring Concentrated Poverty, major disparities and the absence of  "HOPE".

Removal of Enduring Concentrated Poverty, housing, education/information attainment, transportation, employment, well-rounded safety and the EXCITEMENT of HOPE are huge ROIs.
At the present time, the CORE CONSTITUENTS - landlords, stakeholders, electorate, city of Milwaukee taxpayers are being treated in the usual "INVISIBLE" manner by those given the privilege of leadership as elected officials and the potential partners.  They have not been officially introduced.   What's that about?   It is NOT OK.
Populous - HNTB Rendering
This is an opportunity for investment that can first and foremost re-define, re-brand and UN-TRAP Milwaukeeans and the city of Milwaukee, the gateway to Wisconsin.  This is an opportunity for iconic value that brings to the foreground African Americans and other People of Color to the table for historic embedding for cultural strengthening.

This can not just be about the Milwaukee Bucks, a NBA team, and billionaire owners with their dreams at our expense.  If we are to be partners then let's talk about what we are paying for, investing in, and what benefits we want from the wholesale investment.  We are NOT seeing that from local and state representatives statesmanship.  That's unacceptable.   
Value-added:  This opportunity has a WinWinWin component.

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It can not be about known professionals brought to the table by Larsy and Enden, Bucks owners, cronies of elected officials, Tim Sheehy/Milwaukee Metropolitan Association Commerce, Greater Milwaukee Committee, C G Schmidt,  Eppstein Uhen Architects, Gary Grunau, Mandel, Gorman, etc. with mega priced designs like Populous - global planners and privileged developer Rick Barrett, The Moderne and The Couture (shown in ABOVE drawings) for acceptance.  We need to see and invest in NEW BLOOD that is in African American and other People of Color companies.

In fact, "BLANK CHECKS" are a NO-NO.  Experience has shown widespread EXCLUSION of African Americans and People of Color at the table of design, authority and implementation.

Therefore, any efforts of this kind automatically triggers CEASE-and-DESIST of CORE CONSTITUENTS' city coffers, all funds that enter the coffers, removal from office and all out demonizing of those who fail to adhere to and respect the People with GOOD FAITH bargaining for and with the CORE CONSTITUENTS that systematically and infrastructurally REMOVE Enduring Concentrated Poverty at the neighborhood level caused by:
  • lack of family-supporting and capacity-building employment of the here and now
  • affordable and varied housing
  • education tied to the marketplace
  • education attainment that "links"/includes IT/information technology (neighborhoods, homes and businesses)
  • re-entry opportunities for those returning from incarceration and war
  • health and wellness connectivity
  • recreation and entertainment centers that reflect culture diversity of Milwaukeeans
  • land use and environment principles
  • financial resources tied to development for neighborhoods
  • community prevention and intervention safety (includes community policing and homeland security)
  • transportation that first meet the needs of Milwaukeeans and then tourists trade
  • solidarity of the people (babies-youth-young adults-millennials/born frees, adults, seniors and senior-seniors ) for growth acumen
MPA LLC Saturday Talk
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L-R:  Ken Little - DCD Strategic Corridor Manager, Mary Glass - MPA LLC, Jennifer Potts - Bid #39 and Jacob Gatlin - Outreach Director - Dominican Center
L-R: Commissioner James Miner - Assessment, Josette Paige - Business and Property Owner and Mary Glass - MPA LLC

We demand a mixture of outside and homegrown human capital that look like and represent CORE CONSTITUENTS at ALL levels of design, engineering, development, construction, build-out opportunities, investments, and day-to-day life-styling for INCLUSION of Milwaukeeans, investors AND the tourists.  Where there are none, create apprenticeship and mentorship in the embodiment for the original and final billion dollar project plans.

It can not just be about tourism in downtown Milwaukee.  Tourism should be aimed at entertainment and retail nodes in all the business districts of Milwaukee.  And, there are none, they are created with this project.

It can not be for the haves while the have-nots get stuck paying for the tab/ride as with the February Milwaukee Streetcar.  It can not be bait-n-switch when announcing the advent of jobs.  Specificity of types of jobs, types of careers, connectivity projects from the building of the Bucks stadium to the ancillary ventures and other joint-ventures from the Bucks projects. 

It can not be just a Caucasian development.  It MUST utilize the talent at the neighborhood level - bring forth apprenticeship, mentorship and ownership with African American and People of Color engineers, developers, staffers and innovators.  We must use those already trained and NO place to work. Use of talent from MPS, MATC, technical schools, UW-M and other Colleges with hidden People of Color talent.

It can not be just MMAC/Milwaukee Metropolitan Association of Commerce members, Marquette, MSOE running the show.  It MUST BE with the rank and file and the administrators with design talent plus history in the city.  We MUST see the finger, mind and body print - DNA of the present Milwaukeeans through verbal, written input and action engagements of Milwaukee Professionals Association LLC, other business associations, business districts, neighborhood districts, my brothers keeper and neighborhood strategic planning groups.
Milwaukee Bucks players and Coach staff
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The Milwaukee Bucks players roster and coach staff are asked to the table to share ideas of how they are willing and could be ongoing planners, partners and ambassadors for leadership, apprenticeship, fellowship, mentorship and ownership for buy-in and untapped talent with social responsibility and  influential return on investments.

There should be specificity and proposed agreement for present and long-term benefits for the People of Milwaukee.  Yes.  If the governor and legislators seek to "fold" in our neighbors across the state, other Wisconsinites; they need to know expectations for buy-in.  However, the bus/buck stops with the CORE CONSTITUENTS of the City of Milwaukee.

Mary Glass, Chair/CEO/CVO, Milwaukee Professionals Association LLC says,"What a mega growth opportunity through financial partnering for CORE CONSTITUENTS of Milwaukee.  It is an opportunity to get out of Enduring Concentrated Poverty using the habits of effective thinking recommended by teachings of Stephen Covey.  We must first be at the table providing the smart and needed standards of address for investing in the Milwaukee Bucks mega projects.  WE ARE NOT AT THE TABLE.  WE HAVE NOT BEEN INTRODUCED.  I am not for that.  Our city, Milwaukee, and its people deserve better leadership, citizenship, fellowship, entrepreneurship, ownership, and STEWARDSHIP. If my office can be heard through contact to Representative Elijah Cummings, Ranking member - Oversight and Government Reform Committee, Senator Elizabeth Warren - Member of Banking, Housing and Urban Affairs Committee, Representative Gwen Moore - Member of House Committee on Financial Services, NBA Commissioner Alan Silver, owners Marc Lasry and Wesley Edens, the 15-member Milwaukee Bucks NBA players, and the 8-member Coach team for the Milwaukee Bucks, we will have All Hands on Deck starting with needed INTRODUCTION prior to the signing of any obligations of the taxpayers of Milwaukee.  The CORE CONSTITUENTS, those who are the electorates of the city, are entitled to disclosures that speak to the $BILLIONS projected and their obligations the next 20-35 years in this mega deal with a checklist of commitments and expectations that gives the ROI - Return on Investment that is tied to our INFRASTRUCTURE.  It is time for Infrastructure 2050 Renewal and Sensitivity for the city of Milwaukee.  

BOTTOM L-R:  Chris Abele - Milwaukee County Executive, Scott Walker - Governor and Tom Barrett- Mayor, Milwaukee  
Milwaukeeans may have seen the dribbles in the news cycle that talks about negotiators for the creation of a downtown Milwaukee Bucks Stadium.  They are all Caucasian males. The males are elected officers:  
  • Tom Barrett, mayor
  • Bob Bauman - District 4 - Milwaukee
  • Tom Sheehy/MMAC
  • Chris Abele, County Executive
  • Scott Walker Governor
  • Rep. John Nygren
  • State Secretary of Revenue Richard Chandler
  • Senate Majority Leader Scott Fitzgerald
  • Assembly Majority Leader Jim Steineke
  • Assembly Speaker Robin Vos. 
Their decisions will share benefits of mega billionsThey claim, at least Governor Walker does, that he is working on behalf of the taxpayers. Then where are the stakeholders - CORE CONSTITUENTS of Milwaukee?
Hospitality - Tavern owners
L-R:  Rena & MC Lewis - Peoples Lounge, Nancy Blalock - Breeze's, Citizen, Mary Glass - MPA-LLC, Cleo Ford and MC Cole - Hammer's Den, Ivory Elim - Elim's Lounge 

They are first and foremost Milwaukeeans, 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. ) while the taxpayers are asked to pony up funds.

The NBA Commissioner ALAN SILVER has said that a new arena is needed in Milwaukee in order for the Bucks to stay here long term.

The owners, MARC LASRY and WESLEY EDENS, of the Bucks and former owner Herb Kohl have pledged to pay for half of the estimated $500 million cost of a new arena. The Bucks owners also say they would be involved with an additional $500 million in ancillary development that would be built around the arena, which would be built just north of the Bucks current home, the BMO Harris Bradley Center.

Scott Walker - Governor of Wisconsin
Keeping the Bucks in Milwaukee is important to the state because if the team leaves the state will lose about $10 million in annual income tax revenue paid by the players, including the Bucks and players from visiting teams, Walker said. In addition the state would face a $100 million obligation for deferred maintenance and repairs to the Bradley Center, he said.
Lack of Trust
Barrett, Bauman, Sheehy/MMAC and Walker have a credibility problem with African American, other People of Color and the Work Challenged - CORE CONSTITUENTS (over 60% of the population).  

The recent Couture and Streetcar project of "bait-n-switch" by mayor Tom Barrett and the city Common Council of Milwaukee is another nail in the coffin for African American and People of Color.  It joins the many exclusions of the CORE CONSTITUENTS, but uses the CORE CONSTITUENTS funding for the use and benefit of others.

Every since the take-over of the city of Milwaukee by the Milwaukee 7 and MMAC - Gale Kappa, WE Energies and the businesses that paid into the Milwaukee 7 (all Caucasian) in 2005; CORE CONSTITUENTS have been systematically EXCLUDED and controlled with lobbyists, U.S. Department Labor failure to get involved with Inclusion, reports, in-house Milwaukee 7 conferences and select-groups only attend meetings.  Since Tom Barrett is a co-chair, he has usurped Milwaukeeans - CORE CONSTITUENTS.  He was not and have not been given the authority by the electorate.

Milwaukee was listed as the 11th Poorest City in America by Money Watch, BRUCE KENNEDY, February 18, 2015    CLICK

Look at the photo of the city but, look at the stats.  We must do better.

Milwaukee Skyline
  • Percentage of incomes under $25,000:  36.5%
  • Percentage of population with bachelor's degree:  22.1%
  • Percentage of incomes over $150,000: 3.0% (#33)
  • Total population: 596,459

CORE CONSTITUENTS are Milwaukeeans - African American and other People of Color for the most part, have for decades, even before the Kerner Commission but evidenced in the Kerner Commission report of 1967; Negroes-Blacks-African Americans have been cited in national reports as being deliberately segregated, exploited, discriminated against and victimized by those in elected and power positions. 

For sure, Negroes-Blacks-African Americans were used to get federal funds but Caucasians would commandeer the funds and use them for their pet projects, to pay off cronies and do as they will.  This is one of the reasons today Milwaukee and other densely populated cities are seen as "throwing millions at the problem of poverty but NO results."  The hype is incorrect.  The people NEVER GOT the money.

Fixation on the downtown while the neighborhoods are marred in disparity, lack of hope, and disenfranchisement.  This ongoing failure to include the CORE CONSTITUENTS in investments of the People's funds is one of the issues we have seen the recent melee in Baltimore.  A city-to-city Academy Award performance due to NEGLECT and DISRESPECT of the CORE CONSTITUENTS.

Baltimore Pastor Jamal Harrison Bryant and protestors
Affordable Health Care
President Lyndon Johnson - Kerner Commission - 1967 

Wisconsin - Milwaukee has the highest Incarceration Rate
The wrongful use of $millions and $millions of the people's money for pet projects, developers, cronies and lobbyists in Baltimore, Ferguson, Detroit, New York, LA, Milwaukee and other urban areas by elected-appointed-hired and donor for hire government representatives gives the "use of federal funds" a bad name.  It wrongfully allows others to think that the money is coming to the people it is meant to.  

Why do we NOT see the People in the discussion? 
Why are we NOT maximizing this GIANT opportunity? Why?
Why are the People - Milwaukeeans and CORE CONSTITUENTS a "silent partner".
Why haven't the owners, Marc Lasry and Wesley Edens introduced themselves?

Why aren't the basketball members of the team and members of the basketball coach team introduced properly for INCLUSION?  They are looked at for revenue.

It is NOT a sign of best practices, Code of Conduct, social responsibility, and Good Manners.  

Yes.  The people at the helm, mayor, county executive and other elected officials need the People to remind them.  We get that.  So, Milwaukee Professionals Association LLC is conducting "In-the-neighborhood" opportunites for the potential partners to come and be introduced and share ideas.
This is a special time.  
This is a giant opportunity for engagement.

Milwaukee Professionals Association LLC's theme for 2015 is:  FOLLOW THE MONEY.

At least once a month, speakers provide information for informed decision making.  It includes strategic planning relative to SEWRPC/Southeastern Wisconsin Regional Planning Commission Vision 2050  for urban Milwaukee.

Recently, there was a panel consisting of 4-5 businesses at the BMO site to address some general business thoughts relating to the acquisition and construction of the NEW Milwaukee Bucks Stadium and its projected ancillary land grab in the Park East corridor. However, it did not give a transparent, INCLUSION, accountability, OWNERSHIP, LEADERSHIP, ENTREPRENEURSHIP, APPRENTICESHIP, MENTORSHIP, SCHOLARSHIP, FELLOWSHIP, CITIZENSHIP, and STEWARDSHIP component as MPA LLC subscribes to.  MPA LLC seeks a plural pronoun "WE" for ALL Hands on Deck.

I am talking about any and all 25-acre ancillary development with CORE CONSTITUENTS, designers, engineers, planners and connectors to the neighborhoods and ensures that African American, other People of Color and Work Challenged folk are in the NOW discussion of what is to be created and ongoing loop of authority for signing of any final or contingency documents.

We, the People, do not have anybody looking out for us.
We, the People, do not have legal counsel at the table.
We, the People, do not TRUST the people at the table.
We, the People welcome the opportunity of dialog, exchange, planning, negotiation, design and partnering.

We, the People are calling, ALL HANDS ON DECK, We Can.

Stay tuned.

MPA LLC is seeking to use the 7 principlesof Kwanzaa as guidepost for involvement - engagement.


The seven (7) principles, or Nguzo Saba are a set of ideals created by Dr. Maulana Karenga. Each day of Kwanzaa emphasizes a different principle.

Unity:  Umoja (oo–MO–jah)
To strive for and maintain unity in the family, community, nation, and race.

Self-determination: Kujichagulia (koo–gee–cha–goo–LEE–yah)
To define ourselves, name ourselves, create for ourselves, and speak for ourselves.

Collective Work and Responsibility: Ujima (oo–GEE–mah)
To build and maintain our community together and make our brother’s and sister’s problems our problems and to solve them together.

Cooperative Economics: Ujamaa (oo–JAH–mah)
To build and maintain our own stores, shops, and other businesses and to profit from them together.

Purpose: Nia (nee–YAH)
To make our collective vocation the building and developing of our community in order to restore our people to their traditional greatness.

Creativity: Kuumba (koo–OOM–bah)
To do always as much as we can, in the way we can, in order to leave our community more beautiful and beneficial than we inherited it.

Faith: Imani (ee–MAH–nee)
To believe with all our heart in our people, our parents, our teachers, our leaders, and the righteousness and victory of our struggle.

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