Posts Tagged ‘Satya Rhodes-Conway’

Wilco to become Madison citizens

February 25, 2010

Sorry for the lack of brunch links today folks. I thought this piece of legislation would suffice as a replacement.

WHEREAS, Wilco has visited Madison and played concerts here at least thirteen times since 1995 (including a show at Club DeWash in February of 1995); and,

WHEREAS, Jeff Tweedy says of Madison: ‘We really like it here’; and,

WHEREAS, Wisconsinites generally have a love/hate relationship with all things from Illinois but the sold-out show at the Overture Center on February 21, 2010 (sic) had only love for this band from Chicago; and,

WHEREAS, at least one member of the Common Council attended the show and can attest to its excellence; and,

WHEREAS, The Isthmus called Wilco ‘America’s shiniest rock object’; and,

WHEREAS, Duluth, MN may be cool, but we would not want it said that either that fine city or its mayor are cooler than Madison and our mayor (even if Mayor Dave is not sure who Jeff Tweedy is); and,

….You get the point. A point of order: is it proper to refer to the mayor by his first name during official city business? And practically the only thing I know about Duluth, MN is that it is a tad bit cooler than Madison, WI.

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Damn that alder busy!

January 27, 2010

It’s much more convenient to know alders who run leftist bookstores or who’ve become fixtures at Pizza di Roma. They have no choice but to put up with your interrogation.

With alders whose day jobs (or locations) are less visible from the curb, the task can be much tougher. Here is an email I received in response to a request to meet with Ald. Satya Rhodes-Conway:

I don’t hold office hours, but could schedule a time to meet if you like. Right now, I’m booked through the end of February, but could start looking at the week of March 8th.

Wow. She’s messing with the attention span of a 21 year old blogger. As far as I’m concerned, the world could be engulfed by the sun by March 8th.

Bad news from the mayor’s office?

January 25, 2010

As many of you know, the Edgewater project has prompted alders in support of the plan to propose amendments to existing zoning regulations. I’m not going to go into the details, but the idea is that changes to existing law are necessary for the Edgewater renovation to go forward.

Ald. Satya Rhodes-Conway, who voted to upheld the project’s rejection by the Landmarks Committee, asked that a proposed amendment be referred to the Zoning Board of Appeals. However, the city attorney responded that the Zoning Board of Appeals does not have the authority to advise the Council on proposed changes to the city zoning code because it is a judicial body, not a policy panel.

But this apparently does not make sense to Brenda Konkel, who is suspicious that the city did not release this “bad news” until the end of last week.

Brenda has a much stronger point on the next item in her arsenal of conspiracy theories (I’m just kidding Brenda). The city has determined that Zoning Code Rewrite Advisory Committee does not have the authority to advise on a proposal to rewrite the zoning code…I can’t make this stuff up. The legal justification given in the memo from the city makes sense to many-a-lawyer, I’m sure, but it also displays a nauseatingly cumbersome policy process in City Hall, where much of the important stuff is done on an informal basis.