Moe Meyer

April 30, 2014

By Bay View Compass Staff

Portrait of Moe Meyer by A. B. C. de Kramo®, Pastel and Vinyl Type, 1983

Portrait of Moe Meyer by A. B. C. de Kramo®, Pastel and Vinyl Type, 1983


David Morris (Moe) Meyer was the son of Manon Steele and Rick Meyer. He grew up on Superior Street in Bay View and graduated from Bay View High School in 1969. A member of Milwaukee’s art scene in the 1970s’s and 1980’s, Meyer was a performance artist, author, raconteur, professor, publisher, Irish dancer, and Irish dance scholar. He died in Madison, Wisconsin in January. 

We did a series of articles and portraits of female impersonators for Art Muscle. We only met Moe at Leo Feldman Gallery after we had written about (drag queen) Holly Brown. He was outraged by our article and approached us to give us a piece of his mind. We became friends after that and forgave us, and better understood why we wrote what we did. —Photographers Johnnie Shimon and Julie Lindemann

Moe was forever curious and constantly seeking new stimulation, both physical and cerebral. Bored by the conventional nature of the dominant middle class, Moe was always on the move seeking new surroundings. He was shy by nature and masked this shyness with his intellect, which was proactive and novel. I will miss his creativity and his intellect. —Jerome Schultz, longtime friend and Meyer’s co-author of High Performance articles

I never knew Moe that well, but rather admired him from afar. The words that come to mind when I think of Moe are handsome, generous, intelligent.
—Debra Brehmer, The Portrait Society Gallery owner; Art Muscle cofounder, publisher, and editor

He gave me opportunities — helpful getting me some gigs, for which I’m grateful. I have him to thank for passing off a gig in Chicago that he couldn’t do, at Randolph Street Gallery. I got to do it! I didn’t get to know his work, just his reputation, personal and artistic, both of which were always sort of prickly and mixed, but that’s who he was. I was very sad to read that he’d died. —Mark Anderson, performance artist of Theatre Gigante

I got recruited for his giant-Kabuki-puppet performance art show after De Kramo left him in the lurch…at UW Madison, his student piece for master’s in theater, I think…with three other disparate bohemian marginals, highly unlikely to pull it off. But he did it by his sheer drive and will power. The Madison Arts Center later asked him to do it there and he pulled it off again. Lightning strikes twice! He was 25 percent mad genius and 85 percent con man.” —Alias Ms. Jesus, publisher of Milwaukee’s legendary “N” arts magazine of the 80s

I was watching a cop show about LA one night on TV. One detective said to the other that there was all this blood at a suspect’s apartment. The other cop replied, “That’s not evidence. It’s pig blood…the suspect is a performance artist.”  It was like a post-modern vaudeville routine, which Moe loved — vaudeville. I like to think he became a footnote in pop culture.” —Lucy Klebar, long time friend and avant-garde art collector

I guess now I can mention the stolen Picasso. —Mary Piering, longtime friend and Milwaukee Ballet Company costume designer 

I was introduced to Moe Meyer by Alias Miss Jesus, publisher of the underground arts magazine “N’’ and by A. B. C. de Kramo®, the former WMSE “Five Minute Art Hour” art critic. It was after Moe’s first performance piece at Century Hall in 1981, which he performed in a wheelchair. It was the beginning of his love of bad taste and camp, with a little punk performance style thrown in. I was living off Brady Street with PPdCaca in “The House Above Tina’s Grocery” that the rock band Drivin’ ‘N’ Cryin’ did a song about. Kevin Kinney sings, “What’s in those Mason jars over by the wall?” Well, they were cow’s eyes, in pink formaldehyde and glitter, props from a Moe Meyer performance art piece he gave me!

He also gave me a jump suit with “Art Busters” stitched on the back, and his tiger print jacket with the blue-sequined collar that he wore when he performed “The Life of Liberace” in Amsterdam. PPdCaca said of Moe, “Such sad news. I remember Moe with fondness. Always made me laugh. Worst matzo balls and gefilte fish I ever had! What a character! So sad.”

Moe had a passion for the Art of Drag and traveled to Africa to study transvestitism, as performance art in tribal rituals, on a grant from somewhere! He was the first to do performance art at the Great Wall of China!

I’ll miss him lots, like Tater Tots. —Jimmy Von Milwaukee

I met him as “Miss Piper,” national bagpipe champion…and in other ways a prodigy… ensorceled by drag…and a low-level conman…Hollywood handsome, age 21. I had the privilege of introducing him to Dada, “a bit of tomfoolery to which all the lofty questions have become attached.” His epiphany, after all that Irish stuff, Performance Art! It was his street legal vehicle fueled on high anxiety with deep neuroses for tires. He would race it around the world. Lofty questions as bumper stickers. Tomfoolery he knew well. Loftiness, he worked very hard at. Made it appear as shenanigans but seamless, artful, full of guile. He was so smart and so funny. His eyes were sparkly and would light up, impish at the deliciousness of a scheme, elated by the deviance of his turns of mind. So very funny, one idea igniting another, a string of firecrackers. Sarcastic, of course, often… The fastest talker ever in Milwaukee, and most anywhere else. His voice would rise in pitch, cackling like a grandma. Then more talk, faster still…boundless energy…more crazy schemes…so clever…so funny and funnier…abundant as a queen bee laying eggs! Enough to pass around. Good schemes too far ahead of the times for friends to heed too often. All of them fresh, original, brilliant…and very funny, of course…and many even plausible!

He had a lotta brains and a lotta nerve…even some courage…and a lotta fun. And a lotta not so little successes that add up to a remarkable career.

It is said of others as a metaphor, but of him it is literally true of a great artist—his life was his canvas. —Faithfully, A.B.C. deKramo®

When I remember Moe, I always remember that sly smile, like you are about to learn something you wish you hadn’t. But you could always laugh about it after. He once asked me why I never did “bad performance.” I told him that if I did it, it would never be knowingly. But there were times when once I started, I did know it. Perhaps he was right to just go ahead and do it! I’m glad he was there to keep me from taking myself too seriously. He was a very smart man, and in his own way he knew how to tell it straight and wasn’t afraid to do so. —Jon Erickson, professor, poet, performance artist, author

Wasn’t it just like eclectic Moe to simply dematerialize, no one even knowing he contracted the flu? And then for his hometown media to broadcast his sole epitaph as  ‘Former Milwaukeean should have had flu shot.’ That’s Dante dancing on a de Chirico set, and so Moe. —Anon.


THE FINE PRINT — What should I know before I buy a condominium?

April 30, 2014

By Jan Pierce

janpierceCondominiums can be appealing because of convenience. But before purchasing one, a potential buyer should consider that there are costs, both monetary and otherwise, to this type of ownership.

If simply seeking convenience, you could buy a traditional home and simply pay for a maintenance crew if you don’t want to do the upkeep yourself. The cost of the maintenance would be less than monthly condominium fees and you would be free of the complications and disadvantages of condominium ownership.

Buying a condominium unit is like deciding to move to a foreign country. Most people would research the foreign country and its government before moving to it, but hardly anyone does so when they consider buying a condominium. However, the law requires that you receive a complete set of condominium documents when you make an offer to purchase a condominium unit. This is because these documents convey a lot of important information. Review the documents carefully, and if you don’t understand them, review them with someone who does.

There will be several documents that relate to the nature and structure of the condominium “government.” The “declaration” document is like the Constitution; it lays out the basic legal framework for the government and it defines the transfer of control from the developer to a unit’s owner. As you might expect, the bylaws and rules determine how the condo owners govern themselves.

Realize that you will be subject to being governed by the condo board, a group of your neighbors, who will comprise the board of directors. Suffice it to say that there is often little or no screening to become a board member, so you can end up with a fairly dysfunctional governing body that has an inordinate influence over your life. Even worse is when the developer controls the board, either because the condominium is new, or because he or she has purchased the development after it has been foreclosed on. This means that instead of a mildly intrusive and potentially dysfunctional representative democracy, you could be living in a dictatorship.

Another important aspect of condominium ownership is the way a unit is valued. Factors that determine the value of a traditional home are its individual characteristics and quality, along with its location and neighborhood.

Valuation of a condominium unit is very different. It is determined almost entirely by its neighboring units, essentially representing average value of all the units in the complex. While often unfair, value is calculated this way because the units are almost exactly the same.

The condominium form of ownership may be appropriate for you, but there is extra work involved in becoming an educated consumer. Part of that education should include talking to your potential neighbors about how they feel about being citizens in their particular condo community.

Jan Pierce, S.C. is a law firm In Milwaukee that was founded with the belief that people can make a positive difference in the world and make a profit. The firm’s emphasis is on assisting small businesses and social entrepreneurs in all aspects of launching and managing their ventures. Disclaimer: Advice in this column is general legal information and does not constitute, nor is it intended to be, legal advice. Send your question to To protect your privacy, your name will not be published.


HALL MONITOR — Testing, testing, 1-2-3-infinity

April 30, 2014

By Jay Bullock

Jay1headshotYou can see the “Redcats Actively Read” posters all over Bay View Middle and High School. We teachers ask students to read with writing implements in hand, to highlight and underline and circle and make notes in the margin. For my AP English Language and Composition, the expectation is even higher that they annotate and write on the texts they read, as there is no better way to prepare for their exam in May, which asks them to respond to many different kinds of texts both by writing and by answering multiple-choice questions about the authors’ arguments and techniques.

Right now, those AP students are learning about the effects of technology on the brain and learning. We read (and annotate!) articles with titles like “Is Google Making Us Stupid?” and examine actual academic studies showing, for example, the connection between heavy Facebook use and lower grades in college. We even go back to the Greek philosopher Socrates and how his worries about written language bear on a contemporary discussion of technology like iPads in the classroom. Socrates was sure using written language would undermine memorization and dialogue, which he believed to be the key elements of learning.

The bulk of the evidence suggests not just that there is a difference between screens and paper, but that learning from screens is less effective than learning from paper. A 2013 Scientific American article summed up the research this way: “Whether they realize it or not, many people approach computers and tablets with a state of mind less conducive to learning than the one they bring to paper.”

One 2011 study had researchers asking engineering students at their university in Israel to read a text either on screen or on paper and take a short reading comprehension test. The students, young enough to be “digital natives,” as they say, believed they did better reading on the screen, but the test results showed they did better when reading from paper. A 2013 study of 10th grade students in Norway found a similar result — reading comprehension test scores were higher with a paper text in hand than a PDF text on screen.

I bring this all up because this country — not just Bay View, not just the Milwaukee Public Schools, not just Wisconsin — is about to enter a new and (pardon the pun) untested era in school standardized testing. That is, in nearly every school in nearly every state next school year, students will be tested not with pencil and paper tests as they are now, but on computers.

This is not to say that no testing has ever been done on screens before. MPS and many other districts around the state and nation use the MAP test (Measures of Academic Progress) as a “universal screener” and accountability measure for schools. In MPS, students as young as kindergarten take this computer-based test so schools can identify potential learning disabilities and track student progress throughout the year and over longer periods of time. The district puts significant pressure on schools and principals over their MAP scores.

Further, many college-level tests, like the Graduate Record Exam (GRE) and Medical College Admission Test (MCAT) are computer-based. The people who make the ACT (American College Testing) are piloting a computer-based version of that college admission exam.

However, when computer-based testing rolls out in K-12 schools nationwide this fall, it will be the single largest computer-based testing experiment ever tried in this country. The two groups developing the tests — the Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers (PARCC) and the Smarter Balanced Assessment Consortium (SBAC), of which Wisconsin is a member — have been doing pilot testing for the last two years to work out the glitches. And glitches there will be, from inevitable network slowdowns during heavy use, to crashes, to the sad fact that many schools, including quite a few in MPS, don’t have the technology resources to put every student on a computer for these tests.

But working out the glitches in the process ignores two major problems with this new testing regime. The first should be obvious by now, that students will almost certainly do worse on these screen-based tests than they do now on pencil-and-paper tests. Aside from the studies, I see it every time the MAP test rolls around; students skim text rather than carefully read and annotate the way we have taught them to do with paper text. Their scores very often do not reflect what I know their true abilities are because they don’t understand as much on screen as they do on paper.

The second problem is no less serious — students will be testing a lot more next year. In addition to the MAP three times a year, students will be on computers at least twice for state testing (SBAC interim testing and the official SBAC in spring for K-8 students, and, for high school students, the ACT-Aspire computer-based test in fall and spring). A paper-based partial WKCE (Wisconsin Knowledge and Concepts Examination) will still be administered to test students in social studies and science in grades 5, 8, and 10, since the SBAC tests only cover math and reading. MPS teachers got a look at next year’s assessment calendar a few weeks ago, and there are only a handful of days between September and June that are not in some testing window or another — we are not really sure when we’ll get to, you know, teach.

The prospect of test fatigue combined with the evidence we already have that screen-based testing will yield lower scores makes me genuinely worried about next year. So much is riding on these test scores, from a grade on the school report card to teacher evaluation — and there is little hope that the scores will be something to cheer.

Jay Bullock teaches English at Bay View Middle and High School and tweets as @folkbum. Email him at

PAREN(T)HESIS — Caring for all Milwaukee kids

April 30, 2014

By Jill Rothenbueler Maher

NEW Jill Maher Headshot Dec 2013Our daughter lost her first tooth and I was planning to write about the Tooth Fairy this month, but another topic surfaced that I just cannot ignore. Tiny teeth seem way too inconsequential when a report by the Annie E. Casey Foundation released last month reminds me of the inequality in our city.

My story of understanding Milwaukee’s segregation begins with a wonderful childhood in New Berlin, during which I knew a very narrow group of people. I had the same classmates for eight years and our stable families were intertwined with school, church, sports, and scouting. We all lived in single-family homes with two parents, and very few children qualified for the free or reduced lunch price that indicated poverty. Only one or two families were not Catholic.

During my years at the University of Minnesota, my social circle blew wide open when I was randomly matched with an African-American roommate, met my first minority friends, and had a minority boyfriend. During a spring break visit back home in New Berlin, the boyfriend and I walked around Brookfield Square together and noticed how many odd looks we got. That day, a comfortable and familiar place took on a new sheen.

Later in graduate school, a student referenced some national data that showed Milwaukee was super segregated. “No it’s not,” I blurted defensively, not wanting it to be true. I was one of the few Midwestern students attending grad school in Washington, D.C. and had already taken good-natured teasing for my Wisconsin accent. (It sounded so foreign that it was sometimes called a Canadian accent.) I did not want to round out my reputation as the chick with the weird accent from the segregated city and didn’t want to face up to the realities of the greater Milwaukee area.

But it seems that some people are fine with being from a segregated city. Milwaukee Journal Sentinel’s James E. Causey wrote in an opinion piece, “Do we care enough about Milwaukee’s kids?” pointing out how low Milwaukee’s minority children test scores are compared to those of white children. One of Causey’s sources was the Annie E. Casey Foundation, where researchers combed through reports to calculate a composite index based on factors that impact the life chances of children. The method allows comparison across groups during a given year. The researchers included 12 measures, such as early childhood (being born at healthy birthweight; participation in nursery school, preschool, or kindergarten), mastery of math and reading, and living with someone who has at least a high school diploma.

For African-American children, Wisconsin ranked last. That’s right, last: Data were not available for four states and so actually Wisconsin ranked 46th. Our state ranked 37th for Asian children, 17th for Latino children, 12th for American Indian children, and 11th for white children.

Causey’s text pointed out the lack of outrage from our state. The Journal Sentinel did not publish any letters to the editor on the topic in the days immediately following the Causey article. This seems to bolster’s his assertion that the area is not outraged about its last-place ranking for African-American children. Online comments are often less thought-out but the article did garner 50 online comments within a few days. A few expressed dismay over the scores while several mentioned race hustlers (people who exploit race to serve their own interests). Three comments referred to parents, for example, “Quite honestly, I decided I don’t care until the parents care. It’s pretty much all wasted effort and money until the parents care.”

A 17-person task force appointed by the state superintendent began meeting last month to address the achievement gap. But the public doesn’t seem to be alarmed.

I’m alarmed and I’m not okay with being last for African-American children. Our daughter attends a great Milwaukee Public School and has wonderful opportunities. I want that for all Milwaukee children and children throughout the world. To me, this injustice is a much bigger issue than things like whether the former Dover Street School should be redeveloped for teacher housing, but I see more interest in that topic, based on yard signs and posts to a neighborhood Facebook site, Bay View Town Hall.

My belief in the human dignity of all people means I’m really bothered by being from the place that is compromising the future of a whole category of people. We need to be creating an environment where all kids have the opportunity grow up to be good employees, parents, and citizens. Last place is outrageously unacceptable and we need to do much better.

If I were born today onto a dangerous street without access to healthy food, I doubt I could overcome the mountain before me to reach high school graduation and eventual employment. I’m compelled to do something for the kids under a mountain, but it’s hard to know how to translate my beliefs into actions. In my corporate work, we say that awareness is the first step to enacting change. I figure raising the topic of the reality for African-American Wisconsin children on Facebook, with friends at lunch, and in this column are reasonable starts.

Our neighborhood is filled with talented people and inspiring community organizers. I’m hoping that someone more talented and insightful than I will be sparked to get this fixed.

The author is a freelance writer and mother of one. Reach her with comments or suggestions at


House fire on Fulton Street

April 25, 2014

Fire broke out around 12:47pm today at a duplex on Fulton Street in Bay View. —Katherine Keller

Fire broke out around 12:47pm today at a duplex on Fulton Street in Bay View. —Katherine Keller

Fire erupted this afternoon in a duplex in Bay View sometime after noon.

Flames shot through the roof and burned through the northwest side of the house. The home, 2622 S. Fulton St., was occupied when the fire broke out by a single individual, according to one of the neighbors, who said he was in his apartment when the fire started.

A call about the fire to 911 was made at 12:47pm. Firefighters were still dousing the charred sections of the structure at 1:45pm but were packing up some their equipment.

Neighbor Heather Andrew, 2631 S. Fulton St., said that she and a number of other neighbors saw smoke. She and other neighbors called 911. “I was surprised when I was put on hold.” She said it felt like it took a long time for the 911 agent to take her call but thought it was “really just a few minutes.”

Fulton is a two-block one-way street that runs between Kinnickinnic and Pryor avenues.

One of the Milwaukee Fire Department officials on the scene said it appeared that the fire started in the kitchen. He speculated that it was close to a total loss.

The unidentified tenant at home when the fire broke out was able to remove two televisions and a few other items. He was unharmed.

The MFD official said that there was a report that there were pets in the house but that they did not find any.

Three MFD engines, three trucks, a medical unit, and the incident safety crew were on the scene.

City records indicate that the home is owned by Jennifer and Benjamin Bast of Oconomowoc, Wis.

Firefighters on the roof of the home can be seen with  Bay View Terrace in the background. —Patty Pritchard Thompson

Firefighters on the roof of the home can be seen with Bay View Terrace in the background. —Patty Pritchard Thompson

A tenant who occupies the Fulton Street home, in white T-shirt on steps, was able to rescue two televisions and a few other items. —Katherine Keller

A tenant who occupies the Fulton Street home, in white T-shirt on steps, was able to rescue two televisions and a few other items. —Katherine Keller



The west side of the house and roof about that section of the home were charred. One of the MFD officials on the scene said it looked like it may be close to a total loss. —Katherine Keller


—Katherine Keller

Voter registration resolution passes Milwaukee County Board

April 24, 2014

Supervisor Rainey urges County Executive to sign measure designed to increase voter participation

Milwaukee County Supervisor Khalif Rainey today praised the County Board for its passage of a resolution designed to increase voter participation in Milwaukee County.

The resolution, which passed by a vote of  16-2, would require that Milwaukee County social services departments provide forms and assistance for voter registration to make registration more convenient.

“This is a historic day in Milwaukee County,” said Rainey. “Voter registration at public assistance agencies hits a demographic that is frequently prone to much lower rates of democratic participation, due to insufficient information, resources, and familiarity with the voting process. Wisconsin remains exempt from the National Voter Registration Act of 1993 and this resolution is a huge step in increasing citizen awareness and participation in the democratic process.

“The right to vote is sacred in America, and we want to make sure that voter registration is made easier and more convenient for all eligible Milwaukee County residents. This resolution is a no-brainer and will have a significant positive impact on voter turnout in Milwaukee County. I am grateful to my colleagues for supporting this measure, and I urge the County Executive to sign it.

The resolution also calls for Milwaukee County to forward the completed voter registration forms to appropriate local election officials and requires officials to provide timely notification in conjunction with the Milwaukee County Election Commission to voter registration applicants as to whether their applications are accepted or rejected

In addition, the resolution requires the program should include an automated text messaging system where voters can receive text alerts prior to and on election days.

“It’s amazing how we are promoting democracy around the world while working to suppress it in America,” Rainey said. “This is a victory for democracy in Milwaukee County.”

Source: Press release from office of Milwaukee County Board of Supervisors

Mayor Barrett not surprised about PSC’s ruling on proposed streetcar tab to move utilities

April 23, 2014

Mayor Tom Barrett’s Statement on Today’s Public Service Commission Ruling 

“We’re not surprised that the Public Service Commission continues to politicize a local public works improvement project. The PSC and State Legislature believe that private investor-owned utilities, which use publicly financed roadways for free, should be given special treatment when it comes to public improvement projects in Milwaukee.

We disagree.

Despite the PSC and Legislative actions to curtail local control of local streets and roadways, we’ve made significant progress in reducing the project’s associated utility costs. Before entering final engineering, the utilities’ original claim of $55 to $70 million in costs has been reduced to approximately $20 million. In addition, last week the City received a $3.18 million streetcar grant, approved by Federal transportation officials, the regional planning body and officials from the Wisconsin Departments of Transportation and Natural Resources.

In order to drive the costs down further, we expect even more cooperation from the utility companies than we have had to date.”


Ald. Zielinski proposes ordinance to ban puppy- mill pet sales

April 22, 2014

An ordinance introduced today at the regular meeting of the Common Council by District 14 Alderman Tony Zielinski proposes a ban on so-called puppy mills in Milwaukee.

The ordinance would establish a list of acceptable places to purchase a pet, effectively banning purchases or any other transactions with puppy mills. The ordinance also would only allow a pet shop, retail business or other commercial establishment to display, sell, deliver, offer for sale or adoption, barter, auction, give away or otherwise dispose of cats or dogs which are obtained from an animal control center, an animal care facility, kennel, pound or training facility.

“By banning puppy mills, we can help facilitate better treatment of these animals — something they truly deserve,” Alderman Zielinski said. “And a recent study only reinforces my view that non-commercial breeders are by far doing a better job in providing better behaved and healthier pets to the public.”

The paper cited by Alderman Zielinski examined the mental health of dogs formerly used as “breeding stock” in commercial breeding establishments (FD McMillan, DL Duffy, JA Serpell. Applied Animal Behaviour Science 2011; 135: 86-94). The study found the following:

“Dogs obtained as puppies from pet stores received significantly less favorable scores than breeder-obtained dogs on most behavioral variables measured. Compared with dogs obtained as puppies from noncommercial breeders, dogs from pet stores had significantly greater aggression toward human family members, unfamiliar people and other dogs; greater fear of other dogs and typical life events; and greater separation-related problems and house soiling.”

For no behavior evaluated in the study did pet store dogs score more favorably than noncommercial breeder dogs.

The chances of a dog developing serious behavior problems are much higher for dogs purchased as puppies from pet stores than for dogs obtained from small, noncommercial breeders.

The proposed legislation would take effect six months after passage. The ordinance is expected to be scheduled for a hearing before the Council’s Public Safety Committee on May 1.


J.B. Van Hollen announces medical forensics website

April 22, 2014

With April marking Sexual Assault Awareness and Prevention Month, Attorney General J.B. Van Hollen is pleased to announce a new Wisconsin Department of Justice website, dedicated to facilitating training and technical assistance for professionals who practice medical forensics, which includes Sexual Assault Nurse Examination (SANE) programs.  The medical forensic program provides training and technical assistance for healthcare providers and nurses as well as Sexual Assault and Response Team and community members who are interested in creating medical forensic programs.  These programs employ nurses to care for patients who have suffered sexual assault. They are based on the National Protocol for Sexual Assault Medical Forensic Examinations established by the U.S. Department of Justice — Office on Violence Against Women, which utilizes an interdisciplinary, community-based approach for the dignified and compassionate care and treatment of sexual assault patients.  Visit the new Wisconsin Department of Justice website here:

“Sexual assault is one of the most horrific of crimes,” Attorney General Van Hollen said.  “It’s incredibly important we tend to the victims of sexual assault with compassion and utmost sensitivity while gathering evidence critical to a successful prosecution.  This program and new resource are designed to ensure those who do medical forensic exams have the necessary training and are available to respond.”

Healthcare professionals are among the first to come to the aid of sexual assault victims.  The professionals who treat sexual assault survivors are responsible for treating the patient’s physical injuries as well as collecting the evidence that is used to identify, prosecute and convict perpetrators of sexual assault.  This is an essential step in protecting both the patient from further victimization and preventing other community members from becoming victims.

The Wisconsin Department of Justice (DOJ) is hosting, through grants received from the Violence Against Women Act (VAWA), four statewide medical forensic trainings, designed to sustain and expand the SANE programs in Wisconsin.  The next training is the week of April 28th at Wheaton Franciscan Healthcare – All Saints in Racine.  For more information or to register for one of the trainings, please visit the following link: SANE Training Registration

Reminder:  Denim Day 2014 is TOMORROW

The Department of Justice is participating in Denim Day on April 23rd.  The Denim Day tradition of wearing denim in solidarity with victims of sexual assault began in response to an Italian court ruling overturning a rape conviction because the judge believed that the victim’s jeans were so tight that the perpetrator could not have removed them without her assistance.



MCTS to beta test real-time bus info technology

April 22, 2014

Milwaukee County Transit System (MCTS), operated by Milwaukee Transport Services, Inc. (MTS), is taking transit to the next level by providing Real-Time Bus Information. One route will be launched as a beta test on Wednesday, April 23, 2014. Everyone will be able to access Real-Time information for Route 21 (North Avenue) by going to

Mike Giugno, Managing Director of MCTS and President of MTS, stated, “This is just one example of the technological enhancements we are providing to facilitate greater ease for those riding

MCTS buses; it is a catalyst to increasing ridership.”

One of the most anticipated projects, Real-Time Information, will significantly benefit riders by letting them know exactly where their bus is at all times. Route 21 is the first route to have been tested and approved for access. Over the next several months any needed operational tweaks will be made as additional routes will be shared on Real-Time. Each route has to be prepared and then tested for accuracy before it is made available to the public.

How it works

Using scheduled information and our existing GPS tracking system, Real-Time will estimate when the next bus will arrive based on the last reported location. Passengers can access this information and know when it is predicted to arrive at a bus stop – in Real-Time.

The company, Clever Devices, has been translating the raw data into a clean, usable feed that will power Real-Time tracking features through several mediums including website (, mobile devices and phone system. Riders can choose the option most convenient to them to retrieve Real-Time Information including texting, calling or by going online.

When customers use a computer or mobile device to retrieve Real-Time bus information, they will see the MCTS Bus Tracker which has two viewing options. First option is a table which shows a list of routes and estimated bus arrival times. The second option is a map showing selected routes with bus icons revealing Real-Time locations of the buses.

Customers will also be able to receive estimated arrival times by a texting “MCTS [BUS STOP NUMBER]” to 41411 or by calling the information line at 414-344-6711. For complete information on how to access Real-Time information and bus stop ID numbers go to


“State of County Government,” presentation by Sheldon Lubar and Chris Abele, May 15, Golda Meir Library

April 22, 2014

Milwaukee County Executive Chris Abele and business leader Sheldon Lubar will be the featured speakers at the Friends of the Golda Meir Library Annual Program, on Thursday, May 15, 2014 at 5:30 p.m. in the Library’s fourth floor Conference Center.

Lubar, a philanthropist and chairman of the private investment firm Lubar & Co., has spoken in the past about reforming county government in Milwaukee, proposing among other changes a drastic reduction of the size of the county board.

Abele, elected to office in 2011, was co-chair with Lubar of the 2006 Greater Milwaukee Committee task force that issued a report on “Reforming Milwaukee County: Response to the Fiscal Crisis.”

Last May, with Abele and Lubar’s support, a bill was passed and signed into law in Madison limiting the power and the budget of the Milwaukee County Board.

Their presentation, “The State of the County: Milwaukee County Executive Chris Abele and Sheldon Lubar in Conversation,” is free and open to the public.

Public parking is available in the Union and Klotsche Pavilion parking garages. For more information or special needs, call (414) 229-6202.

ZND votes 3:2 to approve Dover Street School redevelopment

April 21, 2014

By Katherine Keller

The Milwaukee Common Council’s Zoning, Neighborhoods, and Development Committee voted today to approve the proposed Dover Street School redevelopment that would provide housing designed to attract and retain teachers at Milwaukee Public Schools.

The 3:2 vote took place after extensive discussion by committee members, the developers, Department of City Development Commissioner Rocky Marcoux, and testimony from about 40 residents and others who attended the hearing — about six hours after the meeting was called to order.

ZND Committee members are Committee Chair James Bohl; Ald. Jose Perez, Vice-Chair; Ald. Willie Wade, Ald. Robert Bauman; and Ald. Nik Kovac.

Perez, Wade, and Kovac voted yes; Bauman and Bohl voted no.

The full Common Council votes tomorrow to approve or reject the development.

District 14 Alderman Zielinski, who vehemently opposes the development, said today after the ZND hearing that he is confident he will have the votes to defeat the ordinance tomorrow.

He said that there is a Wisconsin state statute, Sec. 23 (7)(d) 2m and a city of Milwaukee ordinance, Sec. 295-307-5, that stipulate that supermajority (three-fourths of the council members must vote yes) is required to approve a development, when 20 percent of property owners (residential, commercial, or nonprofit organization) who live within 100 feet of the development site oppose it. Property owners’ opposition must be demonstrated by their signatures on a petition that states their opposition. Those laws were put in place, Zielinski said, to protect the people who would be most affected by a proposed development.

Zielinski said that he went door-to-door asking for property owners’ signatures and received 20, a sufficient number to force the three-fourths majority. He said that the city clerk validated his petition today.

Zielinski said there will be 14 council members voting tomorrow and that eleven must vote yes to achieve the super majority. He said he is confident that he will have five no votes, meaning that the ordinance would be defeated — 9 yes; 5 no would mean defeat since 9:5 is not a super majority.

If the measure is defeated, Zielinski said he would work with the residents and other property owners who will be impacted by the Dover Street School redevelopment project, to ensure that the next development proposal for the Dover sits is one that they approve. “They will be able to have their cake and eat it too,” he said. “They deserve to have enough time to do it right.”

The Common Council convenes at 9am tomorrow morning. Zielinski conjectured that the Dover project vote would take place about 10:30am.

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