Petition to Madison Mayor Paul Soglin, Madison Common Council, Chief of Police Michael Koval
Support Madison Police Department - Stop the Public Attacks
We support police chief, Mike Koval and the professional men and women of the Madison Police Department. Our chief is caring, respectful, smart, transparent, consistently striking the perfect balance between respecting our civil liberties and keeping us safe. His force is a national model. These officers do the gritty work most of us don’t have the stomach for. Despite the current climate of disdain for law enforcement, they willingly work with Madison’s various communities, serving as social workers as well as law enforcement officers. Instead of being grateful to Chief Koval and MPD for their service, the bulk of the common council, mayor, and other critics have found it necessary to publicly disparage this elite force. Their actions are causing divisions within the city, adding to mistrust of the police, encouraging unacceptable behavior and thus endangering the safety of its citizens. In light of this, we call for the following: · For the Madison Common Council and Mayor Paul Soglin to refute baseless charges of racism leveled against our police department. These statements only encourage future offenders. · For the city to rescind the $400,000 study of police policies and procedures. · For Alderman Samba Baldeh to apologize for his baseless statement about Chief Koval during a June common council meeting. · For the City of Madison to invest in combating crime and a growing gang problem. · For community leaders to demand individual accountability and personal responsibility from citizens, regardless of age, gender, or race. · Instead of publicly attacking our police, to strive to work closer with them. We live during a time of growing hatred for law enforcement officers, perpetuated by media, and accepted by those unwilling to think critically. The men and women of the Madison Police Department work tirelessly to protect us from the worst society has to offer – and for that we should be celebrating them, not disparaging them.
Petition to Mayor Soglin, Eric Knepp, Barbara Harrington McKinney, Ledell Zellers, Amanda Hall, Michael Verveer, Shiva Bidar-Sielaff, Marsha Rummel, Steve King, Zach Wood, Paul Skidmore, Maurice Cheeks, Tim Gruber, Larry Palm, Sara Eskrich, Sheri Carter, David Ahrens, Denise DeMarb, Samba Baldeh, Rebecca Kemble, Mark Clear, Matthew Phair
Please treat Madison's ash trees under power lines! Don't remove them!
The above picture was taken of the South 1000 block of Williamson Street. It used to be lined of trees. Last year, it was clearcut. Madison's Isthmus is one of the most beautiful places in the city, and the tree canopies lining our streets are part of what makes it so beautiful. While it is true that the Emerald Ash Borer is in Madison, most of Madison’s trees are not going to be cut down because of it. Out of 22,000 ash trees lining our streets, the city is treating roughly 12,500 of them for the EAB infestation. Trees whose trunk diameter exceeds 10” are eligible for the treatment and will be treated. That leaves 9,500 trees which are being cut down for another reason. All trees which fall under power lines in Madison will be cut down. According Dean Kahl of City Forestry, “It was decided that trees under power lines would not be treated (for EAB) because they will always have less than full canopies.“ Mayor Soglin confirmed that because these trees are not aesthetically perfect due to trimming around power lines, they will all be removed. Milwaukee's plan is not nearly as aggressive as Madison's. According to an Isthmus article: "To prepare, Milwaukee did a comprehensive canopy assessment in 2008 that identified 587,000 ash trees on public and private property, forestry services manager David Sivyer said. Then, the city did outreach to private property owners, and to raise awareness, used a federal grant and lottery to provide one free treatment or removal and replacement to about 300 private property owners." "Of Milwaukee’s 33,000 street ash trees, the city is treating 28,000. The other 5,000 may be removed and replaced over five or six years, Sivyer said. Milwaukee’s threshold for treatment is 8 inches or less in diameter, and those amid power lines aren’t necessarily cut, at least not right away." Here is a map of the near east side removals. This is just a snapshot of one area of the city, yet is reflective of the entire city. https://www.dropbox.com/s/gaxkcsgn32v13ku/Tree%20removal%20map.jpg?dl=0 Over the last 2 years, the city has removed hundreds of trees. This spring, the same thing is scheduled to happen to thousands more, all marked with a yellow dot. Many of these trees are over half a century old & some are older whose trunks exceed 3 feet in diameter. While the city has claimed they will replant trees, we will never have a true canopy again. The city's program "Right tree, right place" will entail the planting of "Q-tip" trees under power lines- short trees that will never reach the power lines. Once our canopy disappears, it will never be replaced. THE IMPACT: Power lines will be more visible without the canopy to conceal them Homeowners will lose value on their homes when whole blocks are cut. No one wants to buy a house on a block without trees. Trees= charm Homeowners will pay more for heating in the winter (trees break wind patterns) and cooling in the summer (no shade) due to absent canopies New planted saplings will take 40 yrs to reach the size of existing trees if they survive our harsh winters Replanted trees will be "Q-tip" trees, short and bushy. We will never again have a canopy. Aesthetic impact/ tourism impact Madison will lose it’s picturesque charm if we prioritize power lines over trees Impoverished areas become more visible Our air quality will diminish. 9,500 trees filters out a lot of pollution Birds' and other animals' habitats will be threatened The next time you are out on a walk, look around you for that yellow dot and look up. You will see that the trees with the yellow dots fall under power lines. YELLOW DOTS= FUTURE STUMPS Some of the blocks to be clear-cut: · Williamson Street: S. 1200 & 1300 blocks (Co-op and Lazy Jane’s) · South Few: 300, 400, & 500 blocks · Jenifer St: 800, 900, 1000, 1200, & 1300 blocks · Spaight: 800, 900 & 1200 blocks · East Gorham: 100, 1000, & S. 1100 blocks · East Dayton: N. 800, N. 900, N. 1000, S. 1100, 1300 blocks · East Mifflin: N. 1100, 1200, 1300 · And Johnson Street (post construction removals): 100, 200, S. 600, N. 700, S. 800, S. 1000, 1200 · THIS IS ONLY A FRACTION OF THE TOTAL TREES TO BE REMOVED. The map is by no means comprehensive. In addition, some trees haven't been marked yet with the yellow dot. Supportive websites: http://isthmus.com/news/news/madison-residents-alarmed-at-yellow-dots-signifying-death-sentence-for-ash-trees/ http://isthmus.com/news/news/saving-neighborhood-trees/ Please take a moment to sign and spread the petition for the sake of our beautiful city. Your single signature has a 20 fold impact! 20 petition letters are generated to the city council members, Mayor Soglin, and Dean Kahl! It takes less than 30 seconds to sign.
Petition to Laurie Ross
No snowmobiles in Blue Mounds State Park! Protect this gem! Act now!
Attention all silent sport and nature enthusiasts! We must ask the WI Natural Resources Board to reconsider their previous Blue Mound State Park Master Plan approval and let them know that you do NOT support creation of snowmobile trails in Blue Mound State Park & rerouting of the existing ski trails. The DNR has stated there is equal support for both snowmobiling and silent sports at Blue Mound State Park, based on previous citizen input, so it is critical that they now hear from us, lovers of human-powered sports, hiking in the peace of the Driftless woods, and a state park free of the dangerous, obnoxious, and shattering shrieks of speeding snowmobiles. Both written comments submitted prior to, and oral testimony presented at the NRB meeting, are needed. [You need to submit new comments even if have previously submitted them.] Deadline to submit Written Comment is 11:00 a.m. on Friday, January 13, 2017 and the deadline to request to testify is 11:00 a.m. on Friday, January 20, 2017 Please sign this petition AND, if at all possible, request to testify & attend the meeting: Wednesday, January 25, 2017 8:30am Room G09, State Natural Resources Building (GEF 2)101 South Webster StreetMadison, Wisconsin For your comments and signature to be registered and counted the DNR and NRB requires the following: When submitting a written comment, or registering to testify, pleaseprovide the following information to the Board Liaison (Laurie Ross): 1. Name: 2. Representing: Self. 3. Regarding NRB January 2017 meeting agenda item 2.B.9. 4. City or town where you live: 5. Phone number: 6. Address or Email Address: If you are more comfortable providing this directly and not through this petition, please send your written comments and/or request to testify to: Laurie Ross, NRB Liaison email@example.com Or call, 608-267-7420, but email has a trail ;) If you only have a moment, feel free to cut and paste this: I am OPPOSED to the proposed construction of a snowmobile trail (or route) through Blue Mound State Park (BMSP) & I am OPPOSED to the relocation of the Mounds Park Road trail crossing and Planned Multi-Use Trail Alignment. For more information on the history of this issue, how this amendment came to be proposed, and now is being reconsidered, please see: file:///Users/macuser/Downloads/Wade-Heil%20Informational%20Message,%2012-22-2016%20final.pdf Please share this widely and help keep Blue Mounds State Park free from snowmobiles!
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Madison Police Chief Noble Wray: Take Officer Stephen Heimsness Off The Streets
When we asked our good friend Paulie Heenan to move in with us and our little daughter, we never expected that he would be killed by a Madison police officer. Paulie was your go-to guy for lending a helping hand or repairing broken stuff: your car, your computer, your heart. That's why we asked him to stay with us when he moved back to Madison after spending 8 years in New York.After a night out scouting bands for his new job at a local recording studio, a friend dropped Paulie off near our house. But it was dark, Paulie had been drinking, and he was new to the neighborhood -- so he didn't realize that he'd mistakenly entered our neighbor's nearly identical unlocked home. The homeowner, Kevin O’Malley, recognized Paulie and started to help him get his bearings. Not knowing what was happening, his wife Megan called the police as a precaution while Kevin guided Paulie home. When the police arrived, the simple misunderstanding turned into a tragic killing. The first officer to respond was Stephen Heimsness, who has a record of using excessive force stretching back to 2001. Paulie may not have known that Heimsness was an officer -- when he arrived on the scene, his police lights were off, he snuck up on the men from half a block away, didn’t verbally identify himself as a police officer, and immediately pointed his gun and began yelling at the men to get on the ground. Kevin O'Malley said he thought it was another neighbor coming to assist or possibly just someone out walking their dog before he heard the officer's shouts and noticed the gun pointed in his direction. Paulie and Heimsness scuffled for a moment before Paulie, realizing that Heimsness was an officer, stepped back with his hands raised according to O’Malley’s account -- and Heimsness shot him three times in the chest. Kevin repeatedly told Heimsness, "He's a neighbor!" but says that the officer did nothing to defuse the situation.The Madison Police Department and Dane County District Attorney -- two groups with obvious conflicts of interest -- investigated the shooting and decided that Heimsness didn't do anything illegal by shooting an unarmed man.But a huge gulf separates what's legal and what's right. Officer Heimsness had extensive training in using non-lethal tactics. Heimsness acknowledges that he had backup on the scene. That backup, Officer Troumbly, says she arrived with a Taser -- not a gun -- drawn seconds before Heimsness opened fire on Paulie. Instead of waiting for his backup, he chose to use deadly force against an innocent, unarmed, confused man.This isn't just a tragedy: it's part of a dangerous pattern with Heimsness. In 2001, he was suspended from the force for shooting out a fleeing suspect’s tires against department policy. And in 2010, the city of Madison paid nearly $30,000 to a man who Heimsness allegedly beat and stomped into a bloody pulp. We don't trust someone with this record of poor judgment to patrol the streets of Madison. Police most effectively keep neighborhoods safe when they have the trust of those they protect. Thanks to Heimsness' reckless actions, that trust has been seriously eroded. Megan O'Malley told one reporter, "I feel terrible I called the police. I wouldn't call them again."If Heimsness’ actions are tolerated, it’s only a matter time before he goes from an anomaly in our police department to a precedent. Please join us in calling on Madison Police Chief Noble Wray, the Madison Police and Fire Commission, and Mayor Paul Soglin to do everything in their power to take Officer Stephen Heimsness off the streets and to review the Madison Police Department's use of force policy and training to ensure that no more people needlessly die at one of their officers' hands.