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Nov 9, 201501:59 PMBlaska's Bring It!

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Madison wants employers IF they share Paul Soglin’s values

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Do not read Blaska’s Bring It! blog if you take nitrates for chest pain.

Readers trying to decide who is the most anti-business, Scott Walker or the City of Madison, might linger a moment over Mayor Soglin’s hopes for the doomed Oscar Mayer plant. Chew over his quotation from Saturday’s Wisconsin State Journal. Masticate it well:

“If they do close the plant, one of our highest priorities is the adaptive reuse of the building with an owner that shares our goals and values,” Soglin said in an interview. “The thing is we don’t want the building stripped and cannibalized and we want it controlled by those who are operating a business model compatible with our values.”

“Shares our values”! Twice that reference in as many sentences. By which he means, the mayor’s values. In other words, no Koch Brothers in The Emerald City. No DeVos, no Ricketts (TD Ameritrade), no Bradleys, no WMC members, no Republicans — no matter how many vegan, low-cholesterol, gluten-free, locally sourced, fair trade, heart healthy, smokeless, gay-friendly soy burger makers they hire.

If blue-collar manufacturing even fits the profile of The Emerald City any more. (Just look at the bully ragging Madison-Kipp has endured at the hands of the city.)

Share Paul’s values? Maybe the Castro brothers?

Paul Soglin’s inner autocrat is back in play. Recall that two and a half years ago he sought to write into city ordinance an accounting of a company’s political associations to determine whether the city should do business with them.

Bring It! recounted at the time how Soglin “[was] wondering if companies supporting Republican causes would rather lobby against the city or do business with it. He’s betting that exposing such activities might prompt some companies to curtail them. If they’re supplying the city while they’re behaving like the Koch brothers, it would be good for the public to know it.”

Under Soglin, Madison is open only to good libs like Warren Buffet. What? Oh, wait …

For safe neighborhoods, back Mid-Town police station

The four major neighborhood associations on Madison’s Southwest side are turning out in force Tuesday night before the Common Council to support construction of a Mid-Town Police Station at 4018 Mineral Point Road, now occupied by the vacant Mount Olivet Church, and an adjacent house. That $6.4 million station would anchor a new, sixth police district. It would relieve the seam-bursting West District, headquartered on McKenna Boulevard, which:

  • Is the largest of the five police districts;
  • Serves one-third of Madison’s total population;
  • Handles 31% of the crime; and
  • Was built to accommodate 58 police employees, but now houses nearly 100. 

Chief Mike Koval cites the U.S. Department of Justice metric that Midwest cities of 250,000 population average 2.5 police officers per 1,000 inhabitants. Milwaukee is at 3.1 per 1,000, Racine 2.5, Madison 1.8.

“The number one job of city government is to protect the public. This means giving police the facilities, staff, and tools to do the best job possible,” Meadowood neighborhood leader Dave Glomp told me.

Mid-Town is Amendment #29 to the 2016 Capital Budget. However, Mayor Soglin proposes a honking big study, the ultimate stall tactic. He is the sole sponsor of Amendment #31, stating “prior to the construction of Mid-Town Police Station, a comprehensive analysis will be carried out reviewing staffing levels, district boundaries, and demand for police services in the city of Madison. This review will also examine policing levels in the city of Madison compared to comparable peer cities.” Etc., etc.

The public hearing starts at 5:45 p.m. Nov. 10 in Room 201 of the City-County Building. Be there early to register to speak in favor of #29 and opposed to #31.

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Nov 9, 2015 02:21 pm
 Posted by  Anonymous

Christ, does Blaska have to work extra hard to be this sanctimonious or does it just come naturally?

Blaska, if Planned Parenthood wanted to move into the Oscar Mayer facility and ramp up its efforts to provide health care to women on a larger scale you'd be having kittens over it. Why should Soglin feel any different about wanting to get a business in there that best represents the values of the majority of Madison's populace? Because he's an elected official and should be held to some sort of higher standard? Please. For any business that moves in there to be successful it will need the support of the community. Soglin appears to realize that better than you do.

Then you go and agree with this quote: “The number one job of city government is to protect the public. This means giving police the facilities, staff, and tools to do the best job possible.” Replace protect with educate and police with teachers and tell me what the difference is, really? If throwing money at the problem doesn't work in education, what makes you think it will work in law enforcement? Another example of your persistent hypocrisy.

Finally, it wasn't that long ago that we didn't allow blacks into white restrooms in this country, let alone allow them to shower in the same facility. Now that idea seems abhorrent. Wonder what the odds are that you'll be on the wrong side of history on the transgender issue, given that younger generations don't remotely agree with your position on this one?

Nov 9, 2015 03:02 pm
 Posted by  Anonymous

Abortion is not 'health care'.

NO State funding for a 'public square', when the City of Madison has such an anti corporation, anti conservative stance.

Make it into a homeless shelter, or a low income rental space.

Nov 10, 2015 08:12 am
 Posted by  Anonymous

So dave, whose values should be represented. Soglin was elected by a majority of the folks that votes in the last mayoral election. Since you didn't run, you really have no dog in that particular argument.

But maybe you should give some examples of employers that fit your values. I'll give a few suggestions based on your vast library of posts:

A battery cracker hauling in employees in an old school bus with the windows painted over;

Two floors of 10 year old girls sewing "Walker for President" banners and sweatshirts;

The boiler room and smokestack could be utilized by computer and TV screen recyclers to burn off all the plastic components;

A retraining center for the 100 long-term employees of Georgia-Pacific that were let go so the Koch brothers could out source their positions at less than half the pay. This was at the old Fort Howard mill, the non-union one, in Green Bay.

I'm sure you have some even better ideas, please share.

Thanks

Nov 10, 2015 01:35 pm
 Posted by  Anonymous

I think if you're honestly going to ask the question of who is more anti-business, Walker or Madison, all you really have to do is look at the facts. Madison and Dane County are the flag bearers for the new economy in this state. People love to spend their money in Madison. The same can't be said for the state as a whole and many of Walker's policies in particular have discouraged growth in the new economy.

Nov 10, 2015 01:40 pm
 Posted by  Anonymous

"vegan, low-cholesterol, gluten-free, locally sourced, fair trade, heart healthy, smokeless, gay-friendly soy burger"

Yeah. That's always a good idea. Ridicule something to marginalize it when trying to make a point.

Disappointing.

Nov 10, 2015 01:44 pm
 Posted by  Anonymous

I can't help but notice that the two cities cited above as having apparently preferable cop-to-civilian ratios (Milwaukee and Racine) are well below Madison in terms of safety and quality of life?

Seems like a bad argument to make.

Nov 10, 2015 01:51 pm
 Posted by  Anonymous

Madison is anti-corporation? How can that possibly be when several thousand -- and growing -- Madisonians work for corporations, and the best/biggest in the state at that!

Will Epic sell off to someone like Heinz and "consolidate"? If you knew one thing about the state's best company you'd know the answer to that is obvious. Maybe that's what's meant by values. I don't know, though. I work for a business, not a business magazine.

Nov 10, 2015 04:19 pm
 Posted by  Anonymous

"Then you go and agree with this quote: “The number one job of city government is to protect the public. This means giving police the facilities, staff, and tools to do the best job possible.” Replace protect with educate and police with teachers and tell me what the difference is, really? If throwing money at the problem doesn't work in education, what makes you think it will work in law enforcement? Another example of your persistent hypocrisy."

Well stated! Republicans at the height of their hypocrisy! The same goes for the Republicans stance on military spending! I will be happy the day when Blaska and his ilk turn in their party cards stumble off into the sunset.

Nov 10, 2015 04:33 pm
 Posted by  Anonymous

So anonymous 11-10 8:12AM, whose values should be represented. WALKER was elected by a majority of the folks that votes (sic) in the last STATE election. Since you didn't run, you really should have no dog in that particular argument.

Hope you're out encouraging everyone to agree with everything Walker's proposed, since he won the last election.

Oh, wait, your philosophy is only applicable to lib-progs that might be in office.

I suggest you and Soglin start a business in the O-M plant - I'm sure you'll be able to make a go of it. Maybe you can print a local newspaper on the 7th floor.

Nov 10, 2015 04:38 pm
 Posted by  Anonymous

Also, Blaska, the gay couple you are referring to are not biological father - son. Anyone with half a brain (including you, Blaska) can understand (or read it in the second paragraph of the article you linked) that the one legally adopted the other in order to provide legal benefits to their partner. These same benefits were not legally allowed to them because of worthless people like your self that things everyone must abide by your moral standards.

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Raised on a farm near Sun Prairie, David Blaska is a recovering liberal who spent 18 years in daily newspapers, including 12 at The Capital Times in Madison as a reporter and editor. He served Gov. Tommy Thompson as acting press secretary in 1998 and is a veteran and survivor of 19 years in state government. He served 12 years on the Dane County Board of Supervisors. From December 2007 to November 2011 he wrote the consistently popular "Blaska's Blog" for Isthmus online's "The Daily Page" until, he says, the intolerant liberals ran him off. He blogs from Madison.

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