Had a few problems with the website yesterday, my apologies. It’s been a long time since I’ve had to worry about the repercussions of having my blog linked to from a high traffic website like reddit.com. 20,000+ people trying to visit in appox. 8 hours was a bit more than I usually see. Things should be returning to normal today.
To follow up on this post last week, it’s no surprise that other towns along the proposed high speed rail line between Milwaukee and Madison would like to be the replacement stop for Oconomowoc. I predicted as much when writing about it last week. The whole article is here.
But this humdinger of a quote from the Hartland village president got my attention:
In Hartland, just a few miles from Neumann’s Nashotah home, Village President Dave Lamerand says, “I am not in favor of the high-speed rail to begin with. I don’t think they should be spending the money.”
But, Lamerand adds, “If they are going to build it, I would like Hartland to be considered for a station,” possibly on Capitol Drive, about half a mile from the intersection of state Highways 16 and 83 and within walking distance of downtown.
A rail station could help boost the village’s economy, raise its visibility and bring workers to Hartland factories, Lamerand said.
“We don’t see a lot of minuses,” Lamerand concluded.
See if you can follow the logic there… He’s not in favor of the high speed rail line, but if it’s going to be built, he’d like his town to be one of the stop because of the positive economic impact it would bring.
So what exactly doesn’t he “favor” about high speed rail? The boost to the local economy? That’s like saying I don’t favor paying for a car unless it helps me get to work and make a living.
At any rate, I’m glad to see Wauwatosa is making a play for a stop. It makes sense and if the local leaders can get over the fact that it might make the anti-rail crowd(who are apparently only anti-rail because of the economic benefits it would bring) angry, it would be a real boost to the city and it’s economy.
Short and to the point.
If an administrator at a major division of local government is doing such a terrible job that it warrants his removal, why place him in another administrative position in another division at all?
Milwaukee County officials said late Wednesday that John Chianelli, who oversees the troubled Milwaukee County Mental Health Complex, would be leaving that post Monday.
It said Chianelli, in his post since late 2007, will transfer to a position as deputy director of the Disabilities Services Division . jsonline.com
What happened to running this County “like a business”? If a chief financial officer was doing a bad enough job to be relieved of his duties, who in their right mind would reassign him to be the assistant operating officer?
Seriously.. why? Fire him flat out.
I fully expect days of coverage from responsibility free right wing talk show hosts about this story. When it was a front line worker for the County who had his work computer removed a few months back, it provided days of speculation and outage amongst the chattering class in Milwaukee. So if some average County employee generated that kind of outage and speculation, it should be fireworks when the County Executive’s housing administrator and former campaign aide has his computer removed for investigation by the District Attorney, right?
It’s also worth noting that this isn’t the first time someone who works for the County Exec. has been caught. As the article points out, another one of his staff resigned earlier this year after spending a good portion of her day posting pro-Walker messages and campaigning on his behalf on several web sites.
While I’m willing to give the guy due process and let the situation play out, that courtesy wasn’t extended by the chatterboxes on right wing radio the last time this happened, and they’ve been completely mum about the situation that’s coming out today. Just like they were in the previous one when someone from Walker’s office resigned a few months ago for campaigning on the taxpayer dime.
The tube between my Twitter account and weblog seems to be broken right now so while the interweb tube plumbers are doing their work, I’ll be forced to write about things manually. The horror!
Washington Heights Neighborhood Association leadership. I’m really honored and excited to be chosen as the President-elect for the Washington Heights Neighborhood Association. We have one of the most active associations in the entire city and I’m very excited to keep working on effecting some positive change here in the neighborhood. My term as President of the organization starts in June.
Home run ball #3.
Carter, Emerson and I all went to the Brewers game on Friday night (first time I’ve taken both of them to the same game) and wonder of wonders, Carter got another home run ball. This time it was a three run homer hit by Casey McGhee that tied the game. Here’s the video of the home run and a picture. A few people have asked the very good question of how we get foul balls and home runs from my seats. The trick is having cute kids decked out in Brewers gear and that my seats are on the aisle four rows up from the field. We’ve been to enough games this year that the security guy who sits on the field right in front of us recognize us and when a home run bounces back on to the field (as it did Friday night) in left, he’s usually the guy who gets it and we’ve been lucky enough to the be the recipients of three home runs this year.
Colton nearly a month old? Hard to believe it that time is flying by so quickly, but this Thursday Colton will be a month old already! On the down side, that also means my paternity leave is nearly half done.
I can’t say I know the exact particulars of the decision as to why Milwaukee suburb Oconomowoc was removed as a potential stop on the high speed rail line being planned between Chicago->Milwaukee->Madison (and St. Paul in the future). What I do find interesting about the story though is that all the sudden a prominent Milwaukee suburb is upset about not having a stop in their town. It’s interesting because for as long as I’ve lived in Wisconsin, most of the suburbs have been very anti-rail and have done everything in their power to stop either light or heavy rail from moving forward in Southeastern Wisconsin.
I mean if it’s such a choo-choo train, boondoggle, ancient technology, “half fast”, waste of taxpayer money that no one will ever ride, which is the truth broadcast on a daily basis by at least the two largest radio stations in Wisconsin, why is Oconomowoc upset?
Could it be that once you get past the rhetoric of the responsibility free talk radio show hosts and anti-Milwaukee attitude a lot of the suburbs have, towns which are stops for rail see an economic benefit as a result? Again, if this is just a “boondoggle” that will waste money and no one will ride, why are these Oconomowoc officials so upset about being left behind?
Questions aside, a bit of advice for towns like Oconomowoc who do see the benefit of being one of the stops on the proposed high speed rail line: I get that you want the stop and don’t want to pay a nickle for it because that might signal to your conservative leaning constituency that you’re not following the Bible according to Skyes & Belling. However, if you really want to “get on board” with this project because you do see the benefits of it, you will probably need to spend a little political and hard capital to make it happen.
Otherwise suburbs like Wauwatosa, which see the benefit of having a stop in their town, will be more than happy to be of stops on the line for all the reasons that you don’t seem willing to recognize or talk about in public.
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Here’s a link to watch the video from today’s segment on WTMJ’s The Morning Blend that I was on. I’ve also gotten a few emails lately about this, and yes I am a regular guest on the show now. It’s a lot of fun and I enjoy offering a male perspective to the discussion. Like today for example, when among four women, I brought up canning vegetables.
Not that there was ever a lot of doubt about the coordination between FOX News/News Corp and the Republican Party, but it’s now official. News Corp is firmly in the pocket of the Republican Party.
News Corp., which owns Fox News and the New York Post, gave $1 million to Haley Barbour’s Republican Governors Association this year, according to the RGA’s most recent filing.
The company’s media outlets play politics more openly than most, but the huge contribution to a party committee is a new step toward an open identification between Rupert Murdoch’s News Corp. and the GOP. The company’s highest-ranking Democratic executive, Peter Chernin, recently departed. – Politico
Yes, it’s within their rights to do so, but how can any credible news organization claim any journalistic standards when it’s written out a fat one million dollar check to a particular political party. Imagine the OUTRAGE on responsibility free right wing talk radio if CBS or Disney wrote out a $1 million check to the Democratic party. That would only confirm the belief among the right and probably generate breathless coverage from outlets like FOX News about the blurring of the lines between the media and political parties.