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Mayor Dave's weekly whereabouts -- Dec. 17 - 21

A meeting this Wednesday with executives from Marcus Hotels comes just two months after the mayor told the Chamber of Commerce that the surface parking lot behind the Madison Municipal building (corner of Pinckney and Doty) would make for a good hotel site. Ironically, that idea was first advanced by local developer Randy Alexander, who had a bid in for the Monona Terrace hotel but lost out to Marcus. >More
 George Zens: Guru of the Sustainable Times

George Zens is finally breaking even. It only took three years, but that's not too bad. The newspaper industry has seen massive consolidation on the national level in recent years. Regional news sources, those going "local, local, local," have actually been doing all right. Some, like the Sustainable Times, are even growing. This past October, George Zens' personal media creation generated enough ad revenue to put a little extra in the bank. It is finally sustainable. >More
 MPD releases record it fired worker for posting

On Dec. 5, 2007, the Madison Police Department fired Kendall Hallett, a parking enforcement officer. The reason stated on Hallett's termination letter was that he had "posted a number of documents to the Internet," in violation of the MPD's policy regarding access to police records. >More
 Are you ready for kamikaze carp?

On the Mississippi River near Cassville, John Lyons of the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources is looking for Asian carp. Twice a summer for the last five years, Lyons has dragged the river bottom with trammel nets, seined the near shore, and electroshocked the shallows, in search of silver and bighead carp. >More
 Dane County Humane Society responds... sort of

The Dane County Humane Society is probably not very happy with me. After all, I wrote a pretty critical piece on their new animal-care guidelines and the subsequent rising euthanasia rates for cats -- and it ran right before the holiday season, when most nonprofits are banking on people's goodwill to help them raise money. >More
 How many billboards are too many for Madison?

Under the City of Madison's current ordinance, if a developer takes a billboard down to make way for a new building, the sign is not replaced. The aim is to slowly eliminate billboards from the city. But some businesses -- prominently including Adams Outdoor Advertising -- think that's unfair. >More
 Madison declares another early winter Snow Emergency

The City of Madison officially declared a Snow Emergency late Tuesday morning, following several hours of snowfall that have spurred school closings throughout southern Wisconsin. This marks the third major winter storm to hit the region in ten days, with each accompanied by an enactment of the emergency rules setting parking restrictions in the city. >More
 Mayor Dave's weekly whereabouts: Dec. 10 - 14

One of the perks of being mayor is that you get invited to a lot of parties. This week, Mayor Dave Cieslewicz is slated to attend to-dos thrown by Lapham Elementary School, UW-Madison Chancellor John Wiley and the Madison Common Council, and maybe others that didn't make the official schedule. I wonder which one will be the most fun. >More
 A clash over student fees

Rachel Butler, a junior at the UW-Madison, is worried that students are losing their right to decide how their money is used. >More
 Hopes and spokes

Taking a page from the local motor sports lovers' playbook, more than 100 bicyclists showed up at the annual meeting of the Friends of the Badger State Trail in Belleville last week and swept three of their own into open seats on the advisory group's board. >More
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