New solar thermal requirements

November 27, 2008

By Tony Zielinski, 14th District Milwaukee Alderman

I will be introducing legislation that will require all new construction to have at least solar thermal power for hot water use.

We need to get across a sense of urgency that we have to utilize existing technology to wean ourselves off of foreign fossil fuels. Our economy and environment depend on it. 

Based upon studies, there is a four- to seven-year payback on new solar thermal heating, which means after that time period consumers will be saving precious dollars from their energy bills.

It’s interesting to note that Germany is the world leader in terms of utilizing solar power per capita and they have less sunlight than we do in Wisconsin! Part of the reason Germany is the leader is that their government provides attractive incentives. In similar fashion, Congress has recently passed a bill that allows for 30 percent tax credit for solar power and Focus on Energy has a 25 percent rebate for solar power.

Regarding my solar thermal power legislation, however, there may be exceptions made for new housing if any of the following mitigating circumstances exist:

Installation is impracticable due to poor solar resource;

Installation is cost-prohibitive based upon a life cycle cost-benefit analysis that incorporates the average residential utility bill and the cost of the new SWH system with a life cycle that does not exceed 15 years;

A substantive renewable energy technology system is used as the primary energy source for heating water; or

A demand water heater device approved by UL is installed, provided that at least one other gas appliance is installed in the dwelling. (A “demand water heater” means a gas-tank less instantaneous water heater that provides hot water only as it is needed.)

In closing, not only will solar power help create jobs, reduce our imbalance of trade, and help the environment, but also consumers in the long run will be much better served by reducing their energy costs and demands. Years down the road, Milwaukee will fare much better vis-à-vis the parts of the country that do not have the vision to properly plan for the future.

Tony Zielinski is the city of Milwaukee’s alderman for the 14th District, which includes Bay View. He can be reached at or (414) 286-3769.

Democratic majority in state Legislature

November 27, 2008

By Chris Sinicki, 20th District State Representative

The general election really has changed the political landscape of Wisconsin. Aside from the election of Barack Obama, the biggest change Nov. 4 brought to Wisconsin was a Democratic majority in the state Assembly. After serving Milwaukee, St. Francis, and Cudahy as a minority member for the last five sessions, I eagerly anticipate the opportunity to address the challenges facing our district and Wisconsin as a member of the new majority.  »Read more

Pinched by economy, helpers need our help

November 27, 2008

By Jeff Plale, 7th District State Senator

The holiday season is a busy and hectic time of year. Often, the true spirit of the season can become lost in the hustle and bustle of shopping and shoveling. As December is now upon us, I wanted to remind you about several opportunities we have to give back to our community. While this is a time when we reach out to our friends and family, it is important to also lend a helping hand to those in our community who need it most. Unfortunately, this struggle is felt more acutely during the holiday season, especially during the tough economic climate our nation is currently facing. »Read more

Referendum passed, now what?

November 27, 2008

By Chris Larson, District 14 County Supervisor

On Nov. 4, a majority of Milwaukee County voters passed an advisory referendum in support of a 1 percent sales tax to provide $67 million in property tax relief and to increase funds for parks, transit, and emergency medical services (EMS). »Read more

Obama and educational success

November 27, 2008

By Terry Falk, 8th District School Board Director

What is most likely going to make you successful, hard work or luck?” This question I posed to my high school senior English class some years ago.

“Luck,” they responded.

Here was a group of mostly African-American seniors who had played by the rules, stayed in school, and did their homework. They were willing to try the hard work thing, but they really thought most people who made it had luck on their side.  »Read more

County Board adopts responsible budget

November 27, 2008

By Marina Dimitrijevic, District 4 County Supervisor

Nov. 10, I voted along with two-thirds of my colleagues on the County Board to adopt a fiscally and socially responsible budget for 2009. We adopted a budget that demonstrates a balance between providing the many county services we all depend on and enjoy at a small increase from 2008. The majority of the County Board disagreed with the direction that County Executive Scott Walker wanted to take Milwaukee County in.

For example, we voted to not allow the majority of the county executive’s privatization plans. He wanted to outsource hundreds of county positions in the Mental Health Division, skilled trades, economic support, and fleet management. To lose hundreds of family-supporting jobs along with experience and public accountability has not served the county well in the past. When these proposals were accepted in the past, it resulted in lost oversight of public dollars and a decline in quality of services.  »Read more

Broad Vocabulary fundraiser on Nov.30

November 26, 2008


Sunday, November 30
from 11 am to 5 pm
At Broad Vocabulary
2241 S. Kinnickinnic

Broader Vocabulary, a newly formed coop is working hard to keep this independent feminist bookstore open…JOIN US…Find out how to become a founding member! SEE stuff BUY stuff WIN stuff

  • 11 am — Children’s Activities/Story time
  • 1 pm — Belly dancing Performance and Lessons with Shaia Fahrid
  • 3 pm — A Women’s Touch Workshop: Sex Toys 101

Browse Fantastic Arts and Crafts All Day produced by local artists!! Join our Femiknits Knit-a-thon! Lots of cool activities going on all day

After party at sugar maple from 5pm to 10 pm, to include “adult storytime.”

For more information, email
Mail donations to: A Broader Vocabulary, PO Box 070612 Milwaukee, WI 53207

Veterans housing considered for 1st & Lincoln

November 26, 2008

By Kevin Mundt

CVI Veterans Home Drawing of Proposed for 1st St. & Lincoln Ave. A dozen or so residents attended a meeting at the Bay View Public Library Nov. 13 to discuss a veterans housing proposal for the northeast corner of First Street and Lincoln Avenue. The development, proposed by the Center for Veterans Issues (CVI), would include 80 one-bedroom and studio apartments exclusively for low-income veterans.

The five-story building, designed by Eppstein Uhen Architects, would include retail space and a café with outdoor seating on the first floor.

The proposal differs from transitional veterans housing, usually built for homeless veterans, because residents will need proof of income and they will not have a 24-month stay limit, said Robert Cocroft, CEO of Center for Veterans Issues. »Read more

Milwaukee Shakespeare closes

November 26, 2008

By Michael Timm

The Milwaukee Shakespeare Company board has voted to dissolve mid-season after it lost the support of its major donor because of the financial crisis.

Milwaukee Shakespeare, which was based in the Chase Commerce Center, expected $925,000 from the Argosy Foundation but learned Oct. 24 that funding would not be coming, said Paula Suozzi, artistic director and Bay View resident. »Read more

Libraries provided one-year reprieve

November 26, 2008

By Michael Timm

All Milwaukee Public Library branches will remain open through 2009, but the system’s future funding remains precarious.

The Milwaukee Common Council restored $520,000 to the Milwaukee Public Library’s 2009 budget in its omnibus bill when it passed the city’s budget Nov. 7.

This level of funding allowed for all branches to remain open, but would have generated 12 layoffs.  »Read more

Movings & Shakings

November 25, 2008

By Bay View Compass staff

Pint-sized art gallery jw lawson Fine Art has relocated within Bay View from 2925 S. Delaware Ave. to the “War Room” at 414 E. Homer St. Upcoming shows will include Tennessee native Dwayne Butcher’s works on paper and Milwaukee native Leah Parkhurt’s prints, with a photo invitational coming in 2009…..Carte Blanche Studios, briefly on the fourth floor of 1134 S. First St. in Walker’s Point, has moved a few blocks northwest to 1024 S. Fifth St., opening a new theater…..Bay View’s own independently owned feminist bookstore, Broad Vocabulary, which opened in July 2005 and changed hands in October 2007, has announced it’s closing at the end of November, citing a poor retail market. The word was some folks were hoping to save the store by reorganizing it as a cooperative on the order of People’s Books, but no information about that plan was made public and the 40-percent-off sale through Nov. 30 of the store’s inventory suggests otherwise. And to think, just last holiday shopping season, Bay View had two bookstores on opposite sides of KK…..Bay View is one step closer to a “solar village” on the former Army Reserve site, though the goal for that prime parcel has been refined. In November, the city issued a request for proposals (RFP) for a “Net Zero Energy project,” at 2372 S. Logan Ave. Alderman Zielinski has been in the driver’s seat behind getting this proposal out there. “This will be a catalytic project showing that homes can be powered by solar, wind, and even geothermal energy sources, emitting zero greenhouse gases,” the alderman said in a release. According to the RFP, development proposals for the site must be net zero energy, meaning the annual amount of energy created on-site through renewable energy resources is equal to or greater than the amount of energy consumed. In addition, a high level of sustainable building elements and energy-efficient practices is required. View the actual RFP and sustainable design requirements at Specifications include building 75-100 residential units. The asking price for the two-block trapezoid is just over $2 million. The deadline for proposals is Jan. 17, 2009…..Areka Ikeler’s boutique Fashion Ninja is leaving the heart of Kinnickinnic Avenue, 2671 S. KK. According to her website, the store’s new location is 315 N. Plankinton Ave., at the corner of Second and St. Paul. A grand reopening party is planned for Dec. 29 at 7:30pm.

Santa Breakfast on Dec. 6

November 25, 2008

South Shore Garden Club, which has hosted the Santa Breakfast at Grace Presbyterian Church for 15 years, presents the breakfast this year on Sat., Dec 6 at Grace Presbyterian Church, 2931 S. Kinnickinnic Ave. The sausage and pancake breakfast is provided at a modest price in order to provide a Christmas celebration for the children of the community.

Santa arrives during breakfast to converse with children. Clowns with face paints will be there to decorate faces. The event includes a holiday gift shop and raffle for items donated by the garden club members.

The event begins at 9am and runs till noon. Tickets are $3.50/adults and $3/children.

Reservations are required for the breakfast and may be made by calling Kitty Schaefer (414) 483-6539.

The South Shore Garden Club was incorporated in 1990 as the first federated garden club on the south side of Milwaukee. »Read more

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