Mayor Dave on Access: City Hall

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Mayor Dave on Access: City Hall

Postby Stu Levitan » Thu May 08, 2008 6:33 am

Mayor Cieslewicz will be our guest on the final Access: City Hall of the season, on Wednesday May 14 from 7-8 pm on City Channel 12. Your chance to ask whatever you'd like on LIVE TV, just by dialing 261-9114. Or, for the basful forons among you, leave your questions here and I'll try and work them in.

Hope you can join us.

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Postby AlphaLiberal » Fri May 09, 2008 9:27 am

OK. Here's a question:
Does he think Superdelegate Tammy Baldwin should shift her support to the Dem Party's nominee, Barack Obama?

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Postby Peacetrain » Fri May 09, 2008 3:41 pm

And why should he waste any time on that? Isnt there enough CITY issues to talk about?

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CDA -- A Dr. Jekyll and a Mr. Hyde?

Postby cheguevara » Fri May 09, 2008 8:17 pm

This whole CDA confusion is becoming an expensive proposition to the City. The Mayor should request more oversight. When it wants money, it claims to be a City agency, but when the CDA makes decisions, it claims autonomy and shrouds itself in secrecy. What does the Mayor have to say about this?

Of course, one can only wonder whether the host, who heads the CDA, is objective enough to ask these questions.

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Postby Stu Levitan » Sat May 10, 2008 5:13 am

Well, Ernesto, since we've talked about CDA matters on the show before, I see no reason why I couldn't do so again. I guess you'll have to tune in to find out.

And though I hate to get off-topic, I am struck by your contention that the CDA "shrouds itself in secrecy." What on earth are you talking about?

Oh, and btw -- the CDA never claims to be a City agency; we are clearly an independent body politic, organized as such under state statutes. We have a contract with the city under which we use city staff, but we are not, and never claim to be, a city agency. I hope that clears things up for you.

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Postby pulsewidth modulation » Sat May 10, 2008 9:10 am

Stu Levitan wrote:Oh, and btw -- the CDA never claims to be a City agency; we are clearly an independent body politic, organized as such under state statutes. We have a contract with the city under which we use city staff, but we are not, and never claim to be, a city agency. I hope that clears things up for you.


A question for Trolley Dave:

NGOs are difficult for taxpayers to track because they are IN FACT not government agencies as socialist Stu points out. Thus there is no incentive to act on behalf of all taxpayers, just the special interests the NGOs represent. For instance, the Tenant Resource Center only acts on behalf of renters, not all tax payers; yet ALL taxpayers subsidize this NGO.

People elect politicians to oversee CITY agencies. Since taxpayers are now forced to watch the CITY and the NGOs the city hires, obviously costs are increased. If the city can't handle a task within it's budget, why is it seeking to absorb this task in the first place?

Why do you agree with these kinds of cost overruns? In the private sector, managers who do these kinds of things get fired.

Why is the city involved with so many tax subsidized NGOs in the first place?

Define " Acting on behalf of the public." Isn't it more efficient for the public to act on its own behalf, rather than having NGOs claim to be acting on it's behalf?

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Postby Brenda Konkel » Sat May 10, 2008 3:07 pm

pulsewidth modulation wrote:For instance, the Tenant Resource Center only acts on behalf of renters, not all tax payers; yet ALL taxpayers subsidize this NGO.


You're dead wrong on this one. 10% of the people who call the Tenant Resource Center for assistance are landlords. Half the people served when we mediate between tenants and landlords at small claims court are landlords. We sell our Apartment Management in Wisconsin book to landlords. Landlords attend our seminars We serve plenty of landlords.

And, the reason government hires out to purchase of service organizations is because we can provide the service cheaper. (i.e. we pay our staff less)

Don't you ever get tired of not knowing the facts?

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Postby Brenda Konkel » Sat May 10, 2008 3:16 pm

Stu Levitan wrote:We have a contract with the city under which we use city staff, but we are not, and never claim to be, a city agency. I hope that clears things up for you.

What % of Mark Olinger, or Don Marx, or Joe Stepnik or any other staff persons time do you use? And how much did the city get paid for that time? How many hours of staff time did you pay the City for in 2007?

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Postby Stu Levitan » Sat May 10, 2008 3:40 pm

Ald. Konkel
This thread concerns the mayor's appearance on Access: City Hall next week. It is not a thread for you and I to engage on the administration of the Community Development Authority. (BTW, I'm surprised you didn't use the occasion of my reappointment a few weeks ago to ask such questions. Given your oft-stated dedication to transparency and open government, I am sure you would agree that the Common Council is a far more appropriate forum for such public business than is this Forum.)

Now, back to the thread -- anybody got any more questions for the mayor?

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Postby cheguevara » Sat May 10, 2008 6:29 pm

Stu Levitan wrote:Now, back to the thread -- anybody got any more questions for the mayor?

I have one. Ask the Mayor if he will request a full financial and operational audit of CDA to find out how our money is being spent, who makes the decisions, and whether the CDA is part of City Hall or not.

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Postby jjoyce » Mon May 12, 2008 10:41 am

Stu Levitan wrote:And though I hate to get off-topic, I am struck by your contention that the CDA "shrouds itself in secrecy." What on earth are you talking about?


Then...

Stu Levitan wrote:This thread concerns the mayor's appearance on Access: City Hall next week. It is not a thread for you and I to engage on the administration of the Community Development Authority.


It would be great if more people were involved in city government, even at the relatively low cost of tuning into the city cable channel to see an interview with the mayor. Wonder why they don't....

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Postby bluethedog » Tue May 13, 2008 6:09 am

Please ask the Mayor to rate the police department on their work on the unsolved murders.

It would be nice to get his reaction to Neil Heinen's latest editorial on the Zimmerman investigation

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Postby Stu Levitan » Tue May 13, 2008 6:54 am

We will definitely go into the issue of public safety, yes.

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Postby Stu Levitan » Tue May 13, 2008 8:47 pm

Oh, and btw -- this will be the last live Access: City Hall. Next season, live on tape. So if you ever wanted to ask a politician a question on live tv, this might be your last chance. 261-9114.

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Postby Sideshow Bob » Tue May 13, 2008 9:05 pm

What, if anything, is planned to try and attract business and jobs after the loss of 500 some jobs due to the relocation of Famous Footwear and the Sub-Zero layoffs?


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