Elections Data, Final Lake Levels Recommendations, Zoo and Neighborhood News

Elections Data, Final Lake Levels Recommendations, Zoo and Neighborhood News

Thanks to all of you who volunteered on campaigns, worked the polls, and got out there and voted. I know how hard it is to keep showing up and keep working. Your commitment to democracy is inspiring. In this update, I will also cover new ways to get election data, final lake levels recommendations, an update on the zoo and neighborhood news.

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PFAS in our drinking water: A special report

PFAS in our drinking water: A special report

I share many of your concerns with PFAS compounds in our drinking water. PFAS or Per- and Poly-fluoroalkyls are compounds that were used in fire suppression foam at the airport are man made chemicals that are found in commercial products like Scotchguard and Teflon. They are known as ‘emerging contaminants’ as we are recently learning about their effects on humans. Please keep reading to learn more about levels of contamination and what the next steps are.

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Lake Levels Task Force, Jail Construction Changes, and Manure Storage

Lake Levels Task Force, Jail Construction Changes, and Manure Storage

Dear Neighbors,
The last few weeks have been very busy. The lake levels task force which I am on has met three times with three additional meetings pending. We are poised to pass a comprehensive overhaul of our manure storage ordinance and I detail some unfortunate challenges to the Jail construction project. I also have updates on bike trail construction and improvements.

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Lake levels task force, expungement, green fleet and brrr... stay warm!

Lake levels task force, expungement, green fleet and brrr... stay warm!

I hope your new year is off to a great start, and that you are making progress towards any new year’s resolutions you might have. One of my resolutions is not only to keep you informed so you can get involved in government, but to work towards our shared goals of affordable housing, fighting climate change, racial justice in our criminal justice system, and clean lakes and water.

In this update I will cover progress we are making on all of these issues. It is going to be bitter cold this next week, so please stay safe, stay warm, and try to help those around you who might need it. This is a long update as there is so much going on!

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Happy Holidays: a focus on the arts, neighborhood news, and manure storage

Happy Holidays: a focus on the arts, neighborhood news, and manure storage

Hello Friends and Neighbors,
Happy holidays. I hope you have quality time to spend with family and friends in the coming weeks and time to reflect on what went well in 2018 and look what we can do together in 2019 to make a better community for our friends and neighbors.

In this update, I will discuss $116,000 that the Dane Arts Commission on which I serve granted to local arts organizations, lots of neighborhood news, and an updated manure storage ordinance we are working on to jump start our goal to remove phosphorous from our lakes.

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2019 Budget Wrap Up

2019 Budget Wrap Up

Dear Friends and Neighbors,
Happy Thanksgiving. No matter how or whether you celebrate, I hope you have some quality time to spend with your friends and family. I am thankful that I have the opportunity to represent some of the most informed, active and civic-minded voters and neighbors in the entire country. In this update, I do a 2019 budget wrap-up and give flooding policy and logistical updates.

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Flood Resolution Passage, Jail Updates, and Cultural Affairs Grants

Flood Resolution Passage, Jail Updates, and Cultural Affairs Grants

Dear Neighbors,
With the consistent heavy rains, the flood threats are not over. Please make sure you have your sandbags in place and that you are prepared for flash flooding. We had a dry stretch, but that has been followed by days of rain, sometimes heavy. In this update, I will cover flood legislative updates, a change in jail construction plans, and a substantial investment in the arts.

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Lake Levels Resolution, Budget Hearings, Affordable Grandfamily Housing Funding and other news

Lake Levels Resolution, Budget Hearings, Affordable Grandfamily Housing Funding and other news

Dear Neighbors,
As we recover slowly from the historic flooding in Dane County, we need a scientific path forward to proper lake levels. In this update, I cover a resolution that I helped draft, a live streaming lake level presentation, money for grandfamily housing, budget hearings and lots of odds and ends.

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Voter Registration at Beacon, Yahara WINS and SASY Goes Solar

Voter Registration at Beacon, Yahara WINS and SASY Goes Solar

Hello Neighbors, I hope you are enjoying this beautiful weekend. I am writing to update you on a voter registration drive at the Beacon (the homeless day resource center in our district), updates on efforts by Yahara WINS and the Regional Conservation Partnership Program for clean lakes including harvestable buffer strips and aerial cover crop planting.  I also wanted to highlight the great efforts in our neighborhood to expand solar energy.  There is also some quick updates on the advisory referendum on legalizing cannabis, capital city trail closures, and neighborhood news.

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Marijuana Legalization, Algae Blooms, and Moms Demand Action

Marijuana Legalization, Algae Blooms, and Moms Demand Action

On Thursday night at the County Board meeting, I introduced an advisory referendum to be placed on the ballot in Fall 2018 to legalize, regulate and tax marijuana. The specific question is:

"Should marijuana be legalized, taxed and regulated in the same manner as alcohol for adults 21 ears of age or older?"

Channel 3000 provides a good summary of the referendum here:

https://www.channel3000.com/news/advisory-referendum-to-conduct-opinion-poll-on-legalizing-marijuana-is-introduced-in-dane-county-1/751027514

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Beyond Coal, Jail Reconstruction, and Inspirational Message

Beyond Coal, Jail Reconstruction, and Inspirational Message

At every County Board meeting, there is a prayer / inspirational message. The supervisors deliver this message in alphabetical order and it is my turn next. I am going to talk about my experiences as a first generation American and the concept of belonging in America.

My parents sacrificed so much for the opportunities that I have and I constantly asked myself if my efforts are worthy for everything they gave up. I am happy my mom and dad will be there in person as I address my colleagues and neighbors. It would be great to see you there this Thursday at 7:00 in City-County Building room 201. If you can't make it, I will post video of the meeting in a future update.

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