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District Reports brings you conversations with Alders and City staff on a current issue facing the Council and previews of other issues you can expect to hear discussed on the council floor.
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Alder Retrospective with Alder King and Alder Phair
Host Eve Galanter welcomes 7th District Alder Steve King and 20th District Alder Matt Phair to discuss their tenure on the Common Council.
Steve King, Alder, District 7
2/5/2019 9:07:16 PM
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District Reports: A Culture of Alcohol? The Role of the Alcohol License Review Committee.
Host, former Alder Susan Hamblin, and her guests, Fifth District Alder Shiva Bidar-Sielaff, and Eighteenth District Alder Michael Schumacher discussed the role of the Alcohol License Review Committee, the Downtown Alcohol Density Plan, and the overall culture of drinking in Madison and at the UW. In the second half of the show, Susan and her guests (both members of the Council work group on Overture) discussed the impending deal on Overture ownership, operations, personnel, and finances.
Susan Hamblin
12/13/2010 9:30:00 PM
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District Reports: A Few Too Many? Alcohol Density in Downtown Madison
5th District Alder, Shiva Bidar-Sielaff, and Food and Alcohol Policy Administrator, Mark Woulf, discuss the ALRC and alcohol density in the downtown.
Shiva Bidar-Sielaff, Alder, District 5
2/24/2015 9:00:00 PM
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District Reports: A New “Czar” of Planning for Madison? A Conversation with Steven Cover
Host Eve Galanter talks with Mark Clear, Nineteenth District Alderperson and Steven Cover, Director of The Department of Planning and Community and Economic Development
Eve Galanter
7/17/2011 9:00:00 PM
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District Reports: A Whole New Ball Game? What Republican Rule of the State Will Mean for Madison.
Host, former Alder Eve Galanter, and her guests, First District Alderperson Jed Sanborn, and Fourteenth District Alderperson Tim Bruer (both members of the City’s Board of Estimates), discuss what impact the election of Scott Walker as Wisconsin Governor and the control of both the State Senate and the State Assembly by Republicans may have on the City of Madison.
Eve Galanter
1/18/2011 9:30:00 PM
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District Reports: All You Can Eat? A Look at Madison’s Food Supply System
Special guest host, former Alder Ron Trachtenberg, and his guests, 12th District Alderperson Satya Rhodes-Conway and 18th District Alderperson Anita Weier, discuss the food distribution and delivery system in Madison. They discuss the concept of “food deserts” and what factors go into keeping various segments of Madison from accessing grocery stores, farmer’s markets (or public markets), or co-ops (such as transportation), and what the City can do to alleviate these shortfalls.
Guest
9/17/2012 5:00:00 PM
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District Reports: And the Winners Are? A City Elections Preview
And the Winners Are? A City Elections Preview
Guest
3/4/2013 6:00:00 PM
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District Reports: Art of the City - The Madison Arts Commission
City Arts Administrator, Karin Wolf, and Alder Marsha Rummel discuss the activities of the Madison Arts Commission.
Marsha Rummel, Alder, District 6
8/4/2014 9:00:00 PM
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District Reports: Bar Time? The Plan to Ban New Downtown Liquor Licenses
Bar Time? The Plan to Ban New Downtown Liquor Licenses
Madison City Channel
9/30/2013 9:00:00 PM
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District Reports: Beacon of Hope? Homelessness in Dane County
Host Eve Galanter welcomes 12th District Alder Larry Palm and 2nd District Dane County Supervisor Heidi Wegleitner to discuss The Beacon homeless day resource center and what the City and County are doing for those without permanent housing.
Larry Palm, Alder, District 12
10/30/2018 6:00:00 PM
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District Reports: Change for the Better? Revisions to the City’s Development Process
Host, former Alder Eve Galanter, and her guests, Seventh District Alder Steve King (a member of the City’s Plan Commission), and Steve Cover, Director of the Department of Planning and Community and Economic Development, discuss changes to the City’s development approval process. They discuss how the changes came about and what impact they may have on the image of Madison as a problematic place to push new development proposals to fruition.
Eve Galanter
8/6/2012 9:00:00 PM
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District Reports: Council Critiques - Reviewing the 2017 Budget
Susan Hamblin welcomes 16th District Alder Denise DeMarb and 19th District Alder Mark Clear to discuss possible Council changes to the 2017 City Budget.
Denise DeMarb, Alder, District 16
10/18/2016 9:00:00 PM
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District Reports: Counting On Madison? The 2010 Census
Host former Alder Susan Hamblin and her guests 5th District Alder Shiva Bidar-Sielaff and 8th District Alder Bryon Eagon discussed the importance of the 2010 Census to Wisconsin and the City of Madison. The Alders, both members of the City’s Complete Count Committee, outlined the timeline of this year’s efforts, dispelled some myths about what census information is used for, and discussed how citizens can get involved. For more information, click on the links icon located at the top left corner of the page.
Susan Hamblin
1/19/2010 9:00:00 PM
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District Reports: District N.e.w.s. - Madison's North Side
Host Eve Galanter welcomes 12th District Alder, Larry Palm, and 18th District Alder, Rebecca Kemble, to discuss current events on the North side.
Larry Palm, Alder, District 12
3/15/2016 5:49:00 PM
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District Reports: Dollars and Sense? The 2014 City of Madison Budget
Dollars and Sense? The 2014 City of Madison Budget
Madison City Channel
10/29/2013 9:00:00 PM
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District Reports: Downtown & Near West - Districts 4 & 5
Susan Hamblin welcomes 4th District Alder Mike Verveer and 5th District Alder Shiva Bidar-Sielaff to discuss their downtown and near west districts.
Mike Verveer, Alder, District 4
6/19/2018 4:00:00 PM
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District Reports: Gang Tackle? Are the City and the County Working Together to Address Gang Activity?
Host, former Alder Eve Galanter, and her guests, Julia Kerr, 13th District Alder, and Noble Wray, Madison Police Chief, discuss gangs in Madison and how they affect neighborhoods. They also talk about cooperative efforts between the City of Madison and Dane County to curb the spread of gangs and provide positive alternatives for youth.
Guest
7/6/2010 8:00:00 PM
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District Reports: Getting From A to B? Does the City Approval Process Need Streamlining?
Host, former Alder Eve Galanter, and her guests, 11th District Alder Chris Schmidt and 17th District Alder Joe Clausius, discussed the efforts of the Economic Development Committee (of which both Alders are members) to examine the City’s approval process for development projects and look for ways to streamline it. This effort comes, of course, on the heels of the saga of the Edgewater Hotel project. For more information, click on the links icon located at the top left corner of the page.
Guest
9/7/2010 9:00:00 PM
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District Reports: Getting Ready for Summer - An Update on Madison Parks
In preparation for summer, Assistant Parks Superintendent, Charlie Romines, and nineteenth district Alder and Parks Commission member, Mark Clear, provide on update on Madison parks.
Mark Clear, Alder, District 19
5/19/2015 11:00:00 PM
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District Reports: Help Where It's Needed - City & County Collaboration on East Washington Ave.
Susan Hamblin welcomes 6th Dist. Alder, Marsha Rummel, and 2nd Dist. County Supervisor, Heidi Wegleitner, to discuss efforts to provide services to homeless and low-income individuals on Madison's near east side.
Marsha Rummel, Alder, District 6
2/28/2017 10:00:00 PM
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District Reports: How Do Ya Like It So Far? New Alders, Six Months In
How Do Ya Like It So Far? New Alders, Six Months In
Madison City Channel
10/14/2013 9:00:00 PM
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District Reports: In Flux - Changes at the Water Utility
Water Utility Manager, Tom Heikkinen, and Third District Alder, Lauren Cnare, discuss recent changes with the Utility and what it means for its customers. .
Lauren Cnare, Alder, District 3
11/17/2014 10:00:00 PM
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District Reports: Making a Splash? An Update on the Madison Water Utility.
Host, former Alder Susan Hamblin and her guests, Third District Alder Lauren Cnare (a member of the Water Utility Board) and Water Utility Manager Tom Heikkinen provided an update on the status of the agency. They discussed plans to go to monthly billing, the improvement in the Utility’s image, plans to upgrade infrastructure, and the cost-effectiveness of drinking tap water vs. buying bottled water. For more information, click on the links icon located at the top left corner of the page.
Susan Hamblin
10/18/2010 8:30:00 PM
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District Reports: Near East & UW Campus - Districts 2 & 8
Host Susan Hamblin welcomes 2nd District Alder Ledell Zellers and 8th District Alder Zach Wood to discuss housing and specific concerns to the near east and campus areas.
Ledell Zellers, Alder, District 2
4/17/2018 4:00:00 PM
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District Reports: Now What? The Next Move Between Madison and the State
Host, former Alder Eve Galanter, and her guests, 3rd District Alder Lauren Cnare (Council President Pro Tem) and 19th District Alder Mark Clear (Common Council President) discuss the potential impacts to Madison of Gov. Walker’s Budget Repair Bill and proposed biennial State budget. They discuss possible ways to mitigate the effects on the City and possible strategies to influence the budget before it’s adopted.
Eve Galanter
3/14/2011 9:00:00 PM
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District Reports: On & Off The Shelf - Madison Public Libraries
Eve Galanter hosts the Director of Madison Public Libraries, Greg Mickells, and 15th District Alder, David Ahrens, to discuss the City's library system.
David Ahrens, Alder, District 15
10/19/2015 7:56:00 PM
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District Reports: Project Priorities - The 2016 Capital Budget
Common Council President, Denise DeMarb, and Common Council President Pro Tem, Maurice Cheeks, discuss placeholders and priorities for the 2016 Capital Budget.
Maurice Cheeks, Alder, District 10
8/4/2015 5:08:00 PM
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District Reports: Put A Bow On It? The 2018 City Budget
Host Susan Hamblin welcomes 13th District Alder Sara Eskrich to discuss her thoughts on the latest changes to the 2018 City budget.
Sara Eskrich, Alder, District 13
11/13/2017 5:00:00 PM
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District Reports: Reading Ahead - Future Plans for Madison Public Libraries
Eve Galanter welcomes Madison Pubic Library Director Greg Mickells to discuss how future expansion and renovation plans may affect you.
Greg Mickells, Director - Madison Public Library
10/4/2016 10:22:01 PM
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District Reports: Reading the Tea Leaves? What the April Fifth Elections will Mean for Madison
Host, former Alder Susan Hamblin and her guests, 5th District Alderperson Shiva Bidar-Sielaff and 15th District Alderperson Larry Palm discuss the impact of the recent April 5th City elections. They discuss changes in the City’s direction with a new Mayor and six new members of the Common Council.
Susan Hamblin
4/18/2011 9:00:00 PM
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District Reports: Round 2? What's Next For Judge Doyle Square?
Alders Denise DeMarb and Mark Clear discuss the current status of the Judge Doyle Square project.
Denise DeMarb, Alder, District 16
1/5/2015 10:00:00 PM
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District Reports: Safety and Numbers? An Update on Crime in Madison
Host, former Alder Susan Hamblin, and her guests, 16th District Alderperson Jill Johnson (a member of the City’s Public Safety Review Committee) and Madison Police Chief Noble Wray, discuss crime trends in Madison.
Guest
9/4/2012 3:31:00 PM
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District Reports: State of Improvement? Rethinking the Top of State Street.
Fourth District Alder, Mike Verveer, and Executive Director of Madison's Central Business Improvement District, Mary Carbine, discuss changes at the top of State Street.
Mike Verveer, Alder, District 4
7/7/2015 5:05:59 PM
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District Reports: Stay Tuned? The Future of Madison City Channel
For more information, click on the links icon located at the top left corner of the page.
Susan Hamblin
7/19/2010 8:30:00 PM
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District Reports: Stop The Violence - Combating Youth Crime In Madison
Host Eve Galanter speaks with 1st District Alder, Barbara McKinney, and 20th District Alder, Matt Phair, about City efforts to combat recent crime and gun violence in Madison.
Barbara Harrington-McKinney, Alder, District 1
6/7/2016 9:00:00 PM
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District Reports: Taking Shape? Are the Plans for the Downtown Library Coming Together?
Host, former Alder Eve Galanter, and her guests, Fifteenth District Alder Larry Palm and Richard Chandler, President of the Madison Public Library Foundation, discussed the progress of the plans to refurbish the Downtown Library. They discussed the change in plans from building an entirely new library as well as the role fundraising plays in this project. For more information, click on the links icon located at the top left corner of the page.
Eve Galanter
10/4/2010 8:30:00 PM
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District Reports: Talking Trash? An Update on Recycling in Madison
Host, former Alder Susan Hamblin, and her guests, Seventh District Alder Steve King (a member of the Solid Waste Advisory Committee) and City Recycling Coordinator George Dreckmann, discuss changes to the City’s recycling program, and also discuss the possibility of adding a third cart for organic waste.
Guest
2/4/2013 10:00:00 PM
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District Reports: The 2019 Executive Capital Budget
Susan Hamblin welcomes 17th District Alder Samba Baldeh and 12th District Alder Larry Palm to discuss the Mayor's proposed 2019 Executive Capital Budget.
Larry Palm, Alder, District 12
9/25/2018 4:00:00 PM
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District Reports: The Big Build? The City's Plans for Judge Doyle Square
Host Eve Galanter and her guests, 5th Dist Ald Shiva Bidar-Sielaff and George Austin, Judge Doyle Square Project Director, discussed the City's plans for Judge Doyle Square.
Guest
6/17/2013 9:00:00 PM
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District Reports: The Day of Reckoning? Do-Or-Die Time for the Edgewater Hotel Plan
Host, former Alder Susan Hamblin, and her guests, Second District Alderperson Bridget Maniaci, and Fourth District Alderperson Mike Verveer, discussed the status of proposed Edgewater Hotel plan. They discussed what progress has been made in the several months since this project first came to the public’s attention, and if the pace of progress represents a flaw in the process the City uses to evaluate and approve major projects.
Susan Hamblin
2/22/2010 9:00:00 PM
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District Reports: The East Side - Districts 15 & 16
Host Susan Hamblin welcomes 15th District Alder David Ahrens and newly appointed 16th District Alder Michael Tierney to discuss their east side districts.
Michael Tierney, Alder, District 16
8/7/2018 4:00:00 PM
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District Reports: The New Regime? A Conversation with the New Council Leadership
The New Regime? A Conversation with the New Council Leadership
Guest
4/29/2013 9:00:00 PM
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District Reports: The New Regime? A Conversation with the New Council Leadership
Host Eve Galanter interviews the Council President and Council Pro Tem about the future plans of Council leadership.
Chris Schmidt, Alder, District 11
5/5/2014 9:00:00 PM
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District Reports: The New Regime? A Conversation with the New Council Leadership
Host, former Alder Eve Galanter, welcomed her guest, Third District Alder and newly elected Common Council President Lauren Cnare. They discussed how Lauren sees her role as Council President, dealing with 6 new Alders and a new Mayor, and the challenges facing the City for the 2012 budget.
Eve Galanter
5/2/2011 9:00:00 PM
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District Reports: The West Side - Districts 9 & 19
Host Susan Hamblin welcomes 9th District Alder Paul Skidmore and 19th District Alder Mark Clear to discuss their aldermanic districts on the west side of Madison.
Paul Skidmore, Alder, District 9
5/15/2018 4:00:00 PM
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District Reports: Waste Not, Want Not? The City’s Pilot Organics Bin Project
Seventh District Alderperson, Steve King and City Recycling Coordinator, George Dreckmann join District Reports Host, former Alder Eve Galanter to discuss Madison's pilot Organics Bin Recycling Project.
Eve Galanter
7/5/2011 11:00:00 PM
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District Reports: Water, Water Everywhere? The Madison Water Utility’s “Project H2O”
Host Eve Galanter welcomes guests Third District Alderperson Lauren Cnare, and Tom Heikkinen, Manager, Madison Water Utlity.
Eve Galanter
4/9/2012 8:30:00 PM
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District Reports: Welcome Back, Bucky: City-Campus Issues
Eve Galanter welcomes 8th District Alder, Zach Wood, and 5th District Alder, Shiva Bidar-Sielaff, to discuss issues around the UW campus.
Shiva Bidar-Sielaff, Alder, District 5
9/6/2016 10:00:00 PM
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District Reports: What a Year It’s Been! A Look Back at 2011 and Ahead to 2012
Host, former Alder Eve Galanter and her guests, 11th District Alder Chris Schmidt and 13th District Alder Sue Ellingson, take a look back at the major events of 2011 and discussed what are likely to be the largest issues facing the City in 2012.
Eve Galanter
1/3/2012 8:27:00 PM
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District Reports: What's The Deal? The Judge Doyle Square Development Agreement
Eve Glanter welcomes 4th Dist. Alder Mike Verveer & 15th Dist. Alder David Ahrens to discuss the City's agreement with Beitler Real Estate to develop Judge Doyle Square.
Mike Verveer, Alder, District 4
8/2/2016 6:00:00 PM
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