Analysis recommends shortening sentences, expediting transfers to lower Dane County Jail population - Channel 3000
“Although this jail construction project is moving forward,” Chawla said, “we're all going to move forward together to make policy changes to make sure we can reduce our jail population as much as we can.”
F-35 jets noise concerns - WKOW 27
“If we’re eliminating a large swath of land where people are living and potentially could be leaving, we have to ask ourselves, is that the right decision for our community to make?”
'Epidemic of gun violence': Dane Co. board supervisor calls for trauma-informed response - Channel 3000
"There's an expectation from the public and from the media that these communities are going to automatically be resilient and automatically bounce back from these events, but there's some really deep underlying trauma that happens," Chawla said. "Three weeks after, three months after, how are you still affected by this? What resources do you need?"
'We are here to stay': Madison's immigrant community rallies on Capitol steps after Mississippi raids - The State Journal
“The American dream is quickly turning into an American nightmare,” said Dane County Sup. Yogesh Chawla, 6th District, whose family came to the U.S. from India in 1976.
Chawla says what happened following the fireworks show reinforces that anyone can become vulnerable to gun violence, even in a city such as Madison.
Yogesh Chawla — the District 6 Representative on the Dane County Board of Supervisors — was the honored fire lighter
Dane County Board mulling new jail options - The Capital Times
“We’re really making critical decisions with incomplete information and the big question I think we need to ask the community is do we want to take a $150 million risk without all the information in front of us?” said Chawla
Top Chef competition at O'Keeffe Middle School brings out students’ culinary skills - The Capital Times
“It’s important to have events like this where we showcase a lot of different backgrounds and experiences,” Chawla said. “The community really needs to hear about the positive work and things happening in our schools. We can show how the community comes together over delicious food.”
Study: Wisconsin would see $1.1 billion benefit with medical marijuana legalization - The State Journal, Leafly
“We always talk about (medical marijuana) in moral terms,” Chawla said. “This found concrete evidence of financial benefit.”
CRANES environmental group says Dane County should lower Lake Mendota level - The State Journal
“The dozens of task force recommendations include implementing several mitigation attempts — such as dredging the Yahara River, removing aquatic weeds and potentially pumping water out of the watershed. Once those recommendations are implemented and the county increases water flow through the system, the county would ask the DNR to review the lake levels, if necessary, Chawla said.”
Dane County Board approves $186,000 for another jail study - The Capital Times
In 2018, the county included $140,000 to study the accessibility of mental health services in Dane County. Chawla urged supervisors to delay movement on the jail project until that information is available.
“If we just wait a few months and really look at this mental health data we’re getting, I think that it could inform our path forward,” Chawla said. “Making the small investment of a couple of months could help us for decades to come.”
Task Force Takes On Flooding In Dane County- Wisconsin Public Radio
“The purpose of increasing flow is to get to a certain targeted lake level. One of our duties as that committee is going to be to figure out what is that desired target lake level.”
Yogesh joins Ali Muldrow on A Public Affair radio program- WORT-FM
“On today’s episode, new Wednesday host Ali Muldrow is joined in the studio by Yogesh Chawla to talk all things water, particularly the lake systems here in Madison, the flooding events of 2018, and what the community is doing to prepare for the future.”
Proposal to End Charging Families for Juvenile Detention Approved by Committee - Madison 365
“Currently, the County charges families a daily fee for any time their children spend in County care, which includes shelters, group homes, foster care and juvenile detention. The base fee for juvenile detention is $130 per day”
Dane County Board creates work group to address recent flooding - WKOW
“I think it’s been a lesson learned for our entire community about how connected our watersheds are and how connected or communities are and how something that happens maybe 50, 100 miles away, can affect right where you live in your backyard”
County Board Eyes Lake Level Policy - Press Release
Supervisor Yogesh Chawla (District 6, near east Madison) said he has seen the effects of the flooding first-hand along the Yahara River and Lake Monona.
"This resolution will help Dane County bring our lakes down to their state allowed minimums in the short term,” he said. “It also provides a framework and timelines for a robust process to determine what the proper lake levels should be given a rapidly changing climate."“
Dane County seeks to increase public involvement in local government - Wisconsin State Journal
“The team — which comprises County Board Chairwoman Sharon Corrigan, 26th District; Sup. Paul Nelson, 9th District; Sup. Kelly Danner, 11th District; Sup. Yogesh Chawla, 6th District; and Sup. Tanya Buckingham, 24th District — will meet with community organizations that work with marginalized or diverse groups as well as other county residents to see what the board can do to promote public input on county policies and practices.“
County Board approves advisory referendum on legalizing marijuana - Capital Times
Dane County supervisor organizes voter drive at The Beacon homeless day resource center - Capital Times
"The process of voting can be very complicated. If a person doesn’t have a permanent address, the Beacon, as a service provider, can write an affidavit that can attest to where a person lives, and that will help a person register to vote”
Dane County supervisor calls for advisory referendum on legalizing marijuana - Capital Times
"What we’ve seen is that marijuana and cannabis is legal in some communities and other communities are disproportionately punished and policed when it comes to cannabis,” Chawla said, “and the consequences of that can last a lifetime.”
Floor Speech to County Board - Dane County Board
“I pledge to fight for all the immigrant families living in anxiety and fear of separation who sacrificed everything they know for their children and continue to do so in a hostile climate where at any minute they could lose everything”
Indian American Wins Supervisor Seat - India West
“We’re really eager to start the work to make District 6 a great place to live for all our neighbors,”
Hard Fought but Neighborly - Isthmus
“Politics should be issue-based. Politics should be positive. Politics should be tough. Politics should take hard work,” Chawla said. “But in the end, we always need to come together.”
Capital Times endorses Yogesh Chawla! - Capital Times
"We believe he has the energy and the ideas to maintain the tradition of engaged progressive public service that this district has come to expect"
Capital Times Guest Column - By Yogesh Chawla
"On Nov. 9, 2016, it was easy to lose hope as hate and discrimination were enveloping us. We stared it in the face and said no. I vowed to remember that my parents risked everything to bring me and my sisters to America to live in a society that values equity, community and opportunity for all. And that there are millions of us across the country with similar stories."
Former Alder Brian Benford - Yogesh Chawla is rare political find
"Yogesh is one of those rare political finds. Not only is he brilliant, smart and dedicated, he actually cares about others more than political gains or capital"
Indian American Data Analyst advances in Wisconsin Primary (International Press) - India West
"A graduate of the State University of New York-Binghamton, earning a bachelor's in computer science, Chawla said that, if elected, he will prioritize connecting the work of the county board to its neighborhood, and work hard to make sure all of our neighbors can participate fully in county government."
Yogesh Lands Endorsement of the Man He’s Seeking to Replace - Madison 365
"Yogesh exemplifies the surge of new leaders who offer hope for our county, our state and our nation. District 6 deserves a bold progressive with the tech savvy to make an immediate difference, from racial disparities to climate change." - Retiring Supervisor John Hendrick
"Get out the Vote! Sign up for a Lit Drop! - February 3rd and 4th, 17th and 18th
"It’s lit drop time and we need your help! Use this link to sign up for a flexible weekend shift! http://signup.com/go/YrWVJfs Food and refreshments at noon on Saturday."
"Dane County Board candidates with shared priorities rely on personal experience to stand out", The Capital Times - January 27th, 2018
"If we have a modest transportation subsidy for those who need that help and can spend $20 on a cab ride to get somebody to their court date, that’s a lot cheaper than keeping someone in jail,"
"Big ideas can make county government more accessible", The Capital Times - January 15th, 2018
"Chawla has distinguished himself by outlining an agenda for making the board’s deliberations more accessible....
Chawla’s agenda is a smart one. He’s talking about using new technology, and his own experience, to make it easier for citizens to engage with county government."
"Meet the candidates in four contested Dane County Board elections", The Capital Times - January 4th, 2018
"We will need to use the modern power of data analytics and technology to find savings, so we can fully fund and expand our human services programming. I have helped states and municipalities across the country use information technology to save money, and want to do the same for the county that I call home."
"Wine and Sign," Get Yogesh officially on the ballot - December 2nd, 2017
Please join us at Table Wine for “Wine and Sign” on Sat., December 2nd from 1:00 - 3:00. Stop by for a glass of wine and/or a bottle to go and sign Yogesh’s nomination papers! “Wine and Sign” is hosted by District 6 alder Marsha Rummel, Carmen Alcalde and Sue Hunter from Bad Dog Frida, Former Madison Alder Brian Benford, Madison activist Ali Muldrow, and District 6 leaders Gary Tipler and Jason Tish.
Campaign Kick Off! - October 28th, 2017
Thanks to everyone who attended the campaign kick-off at Mickey's Tavern. We had a great turn out and a great group photo on the bridge over the Yahara river. Click here to see the pictures from the event. Click here to see Yogesh's speech along with an introduction from Ali Muldrow.
For Yogesh Chawla, Pursuit of American Dream Leads to County Board - October 20, 2017
"We had the American Dream in our hearts,” Chawla tells Madison365. “We had strong support from our civic institutions like public education. That American Dream we had is slipping away. I can see it slipping. We were taught that if you work hard and help your neighbors, opportunity will be endless for you. I don’t think that is the case anymore. I don’t think that American Dream is available to everyone in Dane County right now." - Yogesh Chawla
Vice President Biden campaigns for Clinton in Madison - November 4th, 2016
"We have to have strong families in America. We have to have both men and women participate in the workforce. The best way to do that is with paid family leave." - Yogesh Chawla (Quote at :57 in news story. )
Protesters decry Walker budget cuts at UW-Madison rally - February 15th, 2015
"The University of Wisconsin and the Wisconsin System is the economic engine of Wisconsin. It creates good jobs. It creates good companies. When you cut and don't invest in Wisconsin, it does nothing but hurt the entire state." - Yogesh Chawla
Naomi Klein's Passionate Discourse, interview by Yogesh Chawla and Sachin Pandya - March 8th 2004
"I could be wrong, but I actually think that the answer is to speak them (words) with passion. I think on the left, we tend to be really cautious because we're so afraid of being dismissed as hysterical and dogmatic. We end up saying incredibly powerful things far too calmly. We're talking about the fate of the planet, but we're so worried about being perceived as reasonable, that we drain our discourse of all passion," - Naomi Klein