A report released today recommends that the Domes(officially called the Mitchell Park Horticultural Conservatory) be demolished and replaced with a new horticultural conservatory that would be paired with a new Milwaukee Public Museum in Mitchell Park on Milwaukee’s South Side.
The report, commissioned by the MPM-Domes Joint Task Force and prepared by Washington, D.C.-based Gallagher & Associates Museum Services, says combining the two institutions on a single site, “could be a great guest experience which integrates the content and stories from Milwaukee Public Museum with the content and experience of the current Domes and Conservatory. Specifically, the natural history portion of the MPM storyline fits very nice with the Domes experiences.”
The report also says that, “the cost of properly renovating the Domes greatly outweighs the benefit of doing so.”
It was not long ago that former Milwaukee County Sheriff David Clarke was a national media darling, appearing frequently on Fox News and other venues. He was under consideration for several different positions with the Trump administration, and And as recently as last November, Saturday Night Live felt Clarke was important enough to do a parody of him.
But his star was already descending by then. A story by the Daily Beast reports that the “one-time Fox News regular.. was effectively ‘banned’ last year by the network…
The decision was more sweeping than the ‘soft bans’ that Fox has imposed on other guests or contributors.”In short, no one at the station wants him on their program.
Strangers watching the two Chrises would have thought the calm, prepared, point by point analyzer in the debate was already the county executive, not his challenger. Look at the tape and see if you don’t agree. Larson scored heavily with his principal concern (plus examples) that Abele was shutting out the local democratic process in favor of his own opinions. Larson’s view of Milwaukee’s future is certainly more trusting of the people and envisions a Wisconsin undergoing change.
….there is no guarantee whatsoever that the museum’s projections are accurate. At this point it’s not clear what enforcement mechanism there is to assure the museum puts $1.5 million annually into a reserve fund. Nor is there any guarantee the non-profit art museum won’t some day come back to the county crying poor and asking to redo the deal.
This requires some context. A couple of years ago, Northwestern Mutual offered the county $14.4 million in cash. In that offer, NML would take over the property, revitalize it, and create green space. But the liberals on the board abhorred the thought of selling county property to a private interest, so they rejected the offer.
Now the county is GIVING the property to another private interest and that interest will take over maintenance, which NML would have done too. And the county is trying to spin this as a deal for taxpayers. So instead of the county getting $14.4 million in cash and absolving the taxpayers of future obligations, the taxpayers are getting nothing.
And as I have pointed out in the past, Milwaukee County Executor, er, Executive Chris “Boss” Abele had endorsed Bradley when she was running for reelection as a circuit court judge three years ago.
Not only did Abele endorse her, but his statement regarding the endorsement should leave one wondering about his own judgment and temperament….
You read that correctly. Abele spent $42.00 per vote to Larson’s $2.00 per vote, and despite being the incumbent, lost the primary to his opponent.
Even for Milwaukee County Sheriff David A. Clarke Jr., this was over the top.
Over the past year, Clarke has become a regular on Fox News with his generally unwavering support of police officers often while using inflammatory, Ann Coulter-style rhetoric.
But Clarke outdid himself this week with his unqualified assertion on “Fox & Friends” that police racism and brutality were relics of the past.
“First off, there is no police brutality in America. We ended that back in the ’60s,” Clarke told co-host Brian Kilmeade earlier this week. He continued, “There’s a new Harvard study out that shows that there is no racism in the hearts of police officers. They go about their daily duty, if you will, to keep communities safe.”
As the gentle reader may have seen on the local news, the Coggs Building (where I work), a Milwaukee County-owned facility that houses the county’s aging and disability services, has a bedbug problem….
Because he was so successful in his prior work –
“Mike Tate said he is providing campaign advice in advance of the Milwaukee County executive’s 2016 re-election campaign.”