The centerpiece of Mayor Dave Cieslewicz's week is his swearing in at Tuesday's special noon Common Council Meeting. He, along with several alders, will likely protest the recent state constitutional amendment banning gay marriage by adding a statement of opposition to the ban. The Council approved giving officials the option of adding a protest statement to their oaths in January by a 13-4 vote.
The Wisconsin State Journal editorial board invoked a not-quite-pithy quote from outgoing Ald. Cindy Thomas in calling on the mayor to stick to the original oath, in which officials swear to uphold the state and federal constitutions, and leave it at that. Thomas said, "You can't weasel your way out of your oath."
The final paragraph of the editorial reads, "The State Journal editorial board intends to continue to speak up for equal treatment of gay couples, and we urge you and other public officials to do the same." But a quick search of the State Journal online archives for the term "gay couples" reveals only one instance of the editorial board speaking up: a single endorsement of a 'No' vote on the amendment before last November's referendum.
MAYOR CIESLEWICZ WEEKLY SCHEDULE
Monday, April 16, 2007
8:15 a.m. Speak at 1000 Friends of Wisconsin and UW Department of Urban and Regional Planning forum on density, infill, and compact development (Pyle Center, 702 Langdon Street)
9:00 a.m. Work time
10:00 a.m. Policy staff meeting
11:00 a.m. Ald.-elect Brian Solomon and Enis Ragland
12:00 noon New Common Council members' orientation (Mayor's Conf. Room)
4:00 p.m. Work time
Tuesday, April 17, 2007
8:30 a.m. Breakfast with Kathleen Falk and Leotha Stanley
10:30 a.m. Mayor's Management Team meeting (Mayor's Conf. Room)
12:00 noon Common Council meeting and swearing-in ceremony (CCB 201)
3:30 p.m. Mark Olinger quarterly meeting
6:30 p.m. Common Council meeting (CCB 201)
Wednesday, April 18, 2007
9:00 a.m. Larry Nelson and Jeanne Hoffman
10:00 a.m. Staff meeting
1:00 p.m. Warren Onken
2:00 p.m. Chris Eigenberger, Jason Saari, and Mario Mendoza
3:00 p.m. travel to Chicago
Thursday, April 19, 2007
8:30 a.m. Speak at National Surface Transportation Policy and Revenue Study Commission meeting (Chicago, IL)
5:15 p.m. Access Community Health Centers 25th anniversary celebration (Monona Terrace)
Friday, April 20, 2007
9:00 a.m. Staff retreat
11:15 a.m. Arbor Day tree planting with kids from Lakeview Elementary School (Warner Park)
5:00 p.m. Read at Literacy Network's 24/7 literacy promotion event (Borders West)
7:00 p.m. Appear on WYOU program, "Madison en Vivo"