Tuesday, January 31, 2012
Sunday, January 29, 2012
Saturday, January 28, 2012
11:58 am on Saturday, January 28, 2012
The rest of the story... the city employee who made these allegations is the same employee that has filed over 100 complaints against the City of Waukesha - most of which are allegations against fellow Information Technogloy co-workers... interesting... (feel free to verify this with open records and interviews)Log in to reply
12:14 pm on Saturday, January 28, 2012
Bird, thank you for bringing some rational thought here. Everyone else-the Mayor clearly DID yield if he DID NOT hit Derek... Someone needs to stop whining so dang much....
Now this is my question, who the heck has this kind of information? Most HR can't and won't release this I would think, unless you are an insider. Is this the beginning of a smear campaign from the Scrima camp?
Wiggy might find humor in this, I think this might be getting serious...
Friday, January 27, 2012
Thursday, January 26, 2012
Wednesday, January 25, 2012
Tuesday, January 24, 2012
About all the downtown notables were seated inside, Mayor Scrima was sitting next to one camp, likely indicate where the wind is blowing in his handling of downtown politics. No wonder one of his former supporters wanted her money back... The best line I read was He is more Larry than Larry... Once again, I am sitting on my pointy fence and watching this significant power shift with concern. As flawed as the opposing voice might be in some people's eyes, there is still a need of check and balance or this chaos in downtown is just another political tool, with no regard of the further fracturing of downtown and deepening the divide between merchants and property owners. I understand FFNL stage sponsors concern, it is about money, but I can also honestly say there are real needs for public bathrooms for street closing events (but not to the extreme of 34 port-a-johns), not just for FFNL but for Christmas Parade as well.
Angle Parking round 3... Enough already... Would Mr. Crandell come and talk to biz owners/property owners at least before the memo?
Is this a task force or a cage match? You might need a lawyer or two in it.
Jersey Mike's is pretty good...
History Lesson 6 of 10.
Sarah has a good positive blog entry...
Brien is also above the muddy politics...
The chaos in the city hall is spilling out to the streets, even though it is great blogging material, it is not good for the city in the long run. It might just come down for the Jedi Council to deal with the Emperor...
P.S. I was twisting Wiggy's arm...
Monday, January 23, 2012
CALL FOR HELP:
On Monday 1/23 at 6:30 PM there is a meeting in the Waukesha Common Council Chambers of the Ordinances and Licensing committee. They will discuss a dramatic increase of regulations in the street closing policy. This increase will most likely make the street closing too expensive for the businesses that sponsor stages for Freeman Friday Night Live.
It seems that there is a street closing proposal that asks for these expensive new regulations - some of which look to be highly unreasonable.
- Do we need an increase in the number of porta-potties (at 3000-6000 people, the proposal asks for 34 porta-potties)
- Are the animals on the street causing high concern? The proposal restricts animals from being at any of the events. We ask why?
- Do we have such security issues that we need a dramatic increase in police/security presence? (at 3000-6000 people, the proposal asks for 14 security personnel) We have been operating with two police officers who believe the FFNL assignment to be an easy assignment. The police describe that FFNL might be the cause of a 50% decrease in some crime statistics. Why the call for increased security?
- The proposal also asked for a $2,000,000 insurance policy to cover all closed streets - is our city that unsafe?
We, at The Steaming Cup, cannot understand why this is wanted, we are sure that the originators will plead that they are only concerned about the liability to our city. This is the same group that gave their best efforts to try to stop street closing last year. This looks to be a new effort to do the same thing. Please do your own research and come to represent your position on this serious issue. We will be there to say our piece! Will you? If we lose the ability to host our events, the cost to our businesses and our community is incredibly high. The Committee needs to hear the voice of the people, not just the plans of these few!
Please read the attached email and show up tonight to show your support for Freeman Friday Night Live!
Roger Igielski, President
Waukesha Downtown Business Assn
From Mayor Scrima
Thank you for your leadership, collaboration and planning for downtown safety, business vitality and a positive future!
Everyone, please share your comments with all your friends and encourage them to contact their aldermen, come to the Ordinance Meeting tonight (Monday night) at 6:30 at city hall, and write in to the newspaper.
Mayor, City of Waukesha
Sunday, January 22, 2012
Had a fight with the ground, the ground won...
It is icy out there, the banana peel style fall pretty much ended my long to do list, and I wonder if Carol had it on video before she came out to check on a disoriented me... It truly knocked the wind out of me for a minute but I am up, my back is a bit stiff but I will be okay...
As a smart tattoo artist, I did not break the fall with my hands, Bill had taught me well.
Gray Vacation's world debut was also a success, they were great even without two singers. Adam from the Waukesha Biker Gang thought Brewers owner Mark Attanasio was the lead singer...
Carol had people write on the wall about what they would like to see at the 453 property; gauge from what people wrote, there is an overwhelming need of adult entertainment in downtown Waukesha, but I am not touching that one living through the City News days. ;)
People did enjoyed Magellan's pizza, Starbuck's coffee and cake pops, and Subway's sandwiches. Would this be an annual event? We have to see what facility we'll have next year.
Thanks to the Moxie gals, Carol and Wayne, they did a lot to make this happen and it is a great send off for the demo phase of the interior of 453 project.
In other news, Monday night meeting is still the big topic. I am personally concerned about the battle cry of so and so is gonna kill FFNL. People are not acting rational anymore when they feel threaten, and some said downtown is at its most vulnerable at this fractured state.
There were also a lot of back stories on the Gibson Guitar Town and a said "secretive" re- branding of downtown Waukesha. Not wanting to sound like a conspiracy theorist guy but the promise of transparency seems to be a thing of the past and I better not "attack the past".
By the way, I feel like I had offended Mr. Otto somehow and I did not mean to. I am very sorry, sir and I have all the respect for you. The doomsday bunker crack could be just a secret wish from me since I do not have one ready for the end of 2012. I do feel like the rooster all alone at Five Point at times...
P.S. Mr. Otto and I are kool, it is just a case of me being super sensitive. He is really building a doomsday shelter however, I have to build mine under the 453 building...
Side note: Perhaps the Smart People stepped in and took away the "like" from Mayor Jeff Scrima on one of the rallying cry posts for the meeting Monday night on People's Park FB page. Good call.
For equal time, here is the other side.
Saturday, January 21, 2012
I have also heard whispers on the street that Gibson project could be another Mayor Scrima shell game. Even though I am supporting it as I support the convention center for downtown Waukesha, I am weary of what the surprise would be after we are all in. In art we call this SEDUCE THE VIEWERS IN AND HIT THEM WITH THE TRUTH. I would think the project, while in hurry up mode, would have secured massive funding from Gibson for all the PR, party, kick off and logistics, but the word on the street is that the "gift" from Gibson is the use of the name, all else is yet to be fund-raised. When things are being rushed through with a lot of secrecy, I start having flashbacks of Couri mural and Kendal Lofts... Once again, I am a supporter but I would like the whole truth please. (...and what is up with the tree cutting?)
D day for the downtown war is Monday... I am Swiss on this. ( I am ready to post position papers on both sides if anyone care to email me.)
I was almost in this report... Be careful out there!
Why not, another character for WackySha...
JanBoree is here!
Final plan for Woodman's.
Hey, Mr. Otto, is that doomsday bunker ready yet? We needed it now!
(See you all tonight at 453? Moxie gals did a lot for the party already...)
Friday, January 20, 2012
I know others in the middle think this is headed toward a lawsuit, I certainly hope that is not the case.
There are also hints that big money is eying downtown, with the large investment the Taylors made for People's and pending convention center, that will attract bigger hospitality groups to come in. The chemistry and power structure of downtown will change again and the long view favors the property owners somehow...
Still no purple hair...
I did not know there is a Southside Biz Council.
Waukesha is really a super college town now...
Thursday, January 19, 2012
Here’s what’s happening for the FIRE AND ICE CHARITY COMPETITION on Saturday, January 21st!
- Ice Sculpture Carving starts at 10am. Moxie’s sculpture will be located right outside the salon.
- Moxie Beauty Lounge will be running in house specials all day including buy 1 get 1 half off all retail. We also have end of the season clearance items.Stop by and donate to Moxie’s charity for the best ice sculpture and receive a $10 gift card to be used on any service at Moxie’s.Help Moxie raise the most money to support the Women’s Center of Waukesha for domestic abuse and sexually abused women.FIRE AND ICE PARTY STARTS AT 6PM!!!!
- We will have light food and refreshments along with a live band – Gray Vacation!!!!
- Starbucks and Subway have graciously sponsored food and drinks for this event. Also our competition, Waukesha Tattoo has sponsored a keg of spotted cow with any donation.So come check out the fierce competition between Moxie Beauty Lounge and Waukesha Tattoo! Help the Moxie girls beat the Tattoo boys.Party Located between Moxie Beauty Lounge and Waukesha Tattoo at the old carpet store.
Look for the RED Tent!See You There!For additional information on the city wide event, check out the Waukesha Janboree’s website www.janboree.org:) We don't fight with them Moxie gals...
Wiggy is not a fan of recall.
Kodiak had some rather interesting experience with this builder group...
SOUND OFF- I think one of the artsy bike rack designs is a guitar, and they can all work together within this Guitar Town look. A customer already said we need a huge guitar at the far West End to go with our mural...
Everybody is doing it...
I am proud (with a tear) to say that my ("donated") money is going toward this project...
Parents, watch out... However, this is even worse... ( Our piercer Kelly is a big fan, she wants them NOW! Wiggy, do you still have some from last year?)
After reading this in-depth review of Ryan's Pub ( on the Strand ) from Ronsta, we decided to order the $1 taco Wednesday special. The crew said the chicken is better than the beef. We will be trying other items...
Erik does Fuzzy's.
It must be a new year, there is even a new blog entry from Curt! He is likely too busy building that doomsday bunker...
I had him on my first online fantasy baseball team... My computer was running 486 DX2 and the service was Prodigy.
Stay warm, everyone... It is gonna be a cold one.
Wednesday, January 18, 2012
Carol, our neighbor, is now in charge of decorating for the "private party" at 453 building. The interior will be demo-ed next week to start the first phase of the remodeling. Once we have everything opened up, then the engineer/designer can have a better idea of how to design the new front. So you know that you are all invited, just bring your change jar or check book to add to our little bucket for Breast Cancer fund that we will donate to Riverwalk for Breast Cancer in May, we hope to challenge $2000 this year. In exchange, we will give you some Spotted Cow and Magellan's pizza... That is a good deal, right? Moxie got this JanBoree ice sculpture extreme competition thing in mind, but we just want to raise some money and have a good time with our friends and customers...
This site is being readied for convention center.
We are professionals, do not try this at home...
I hope Aoki is anything like Ichiro at his prime and I am glad Counsell is gonna be around, he was Sadie's favorite.
Tuesday, January 17, 2012
Better pay that overdue charge...
Strange meeting last night, the reason for angle parking kept changing, it was for bar patrons last time and then it was for Kendal Lofts again, but even people from Kendal Lofts had said they do not want their tenants park on the street... After the comments from audience, there was a request from Alderman Patton to table the referral, one alderman felt time was wasted and another said it is crazy. In the end of the day, it is still a safety/liability/visibility issue for me. ( I have heard whispers about Kendal Lofts looking at the Ogden land directly over the bridge, that is much more realistic than the proposed bank owned lot. )
I also learned several locations for artsy bike racks are identified, but none is near WTC, but we will take care of that ourselves with the coming remodeling of the 453 project. We are tight with the Waukesha biker gang.
Wisconsin, you win some, lose some. Bring on the Brewers...
POLICE BLOTTER- Burning couch... Wiggy reported first on Twitter and now it is in the blotter...
Brien has a job for you... It is a (white) gold mine!
I had spoken to a few people and they urge all to give Montecito another look. Some said it is a very relaxing hangout with cheap beer and pool table, some said more site improvements are coming... It is an unique space in downtown Waukesha...
Mayor Scrima is presenting the Gibson project at West End Artist tonight, our manager Carrie will attend in my place. I have an appointment with M.H., I have to catch up on the insider J Lo info.
Saturday, January 14, 2012
Packer fans, don't jinx them by talking about Super Bowl already...
SOUND OFF-Not sure why there is such resistance to the giant Gibson's. It is the home to Les Paul after all and it is likely the only reason we are even considered.
Yesterday was another successful Friday the 13th. Even though Rich and Jason were away at tattoo convention, Barry and I were still able to do 33 #13s, Kelly did 11 piercing specials, and Chelsea also did a few $13 massages despite coming later in the evening. We did, however, have to turn two groups away around 7 pm (sorry!). Even though we ended the waiting list by 6pm, I still tattooed past midnight... We do need to thank the Moxie girls for bring us lunch, the soup was delicious. Late night snack was from Pat's Rib Place and Bodway's... We will do it again on 4-13-12, don't be surprised if there are people waiting for us to open again just like yesterday...
Sorry for a short blog entry yesterday, a loyal reader said it was boring... That can happen from time to time I guess... I will try harder but walk that line...
Waukesha JanBoree is next week, make sure you save the date on 1-21-12. Bring your change jar or check book down by us to support the breast cancer effort at Waukesha Memorial and we will treat you to Spotted Cow and Magellan's pizza after 6pm. Gray Vacation (band) is making their world debut in our little private party with Moxie.
We will also offer the sneak preview of this print created by artist Cory Albrechtson that we will be offering during the May Art Crawl with proceeds go to the same said Breast Cancer research above...
P.S. A personal thanks goes out to Jim from Klinks, his new toy helped out a lot while I was out there practicing my favorite winter sport...
Friday, January 13, 2012
I got home okay last night, but there were some people out there forgot how to drive in the snow...
I do not quite understand this...
The guitar town is a big deal... The only thing I would ask is for BID to put out an informational to all the people in the BID district so everyone is on the same page on what is coming.
POLICE BLOTTER- I just want to say that I tattooed a sister whom lost her little brother on similar stunt. Young kids, riding on a hood of a car is incredibly stupid and when things go wrong, you can hit the road pretty hard and die in a painful way, not counting the pain you leave behind for your families...
PBR asked what is the winter sport of choice yesterday on twitter, the only winter sport I know is shoveling snow... :( Well, gotta go sporting...
Thursday, January 12, 2012
I also need to announce the good news that Danny from Magellan's is gonna be a father, his wife is expecting their first child together... Congrats! There are some changes there as well, Lovely Rebecca is no longer there but likely at Hannon's and there is now a dress code for bartenders.
The word on the street is that some are up and armed about Darryl's last article about the West End renters... Are you beating on the red haired stepchild, Darryl? ;) Don't forget it is gonna be a secret senior housing project, we just need to watch out for senior drivers on meds plow into parked cars.
Wiggy has an interesting article...
Plan Commission passed another apartment project...
...but "tabled" the table tennis bar... Does the commissioner think it will be a nudie bar? HBR did not spell it out... I think the only place in the city that is zoned for adult entertainment is by Pearl Street.
Carroll's Founders' Day.
Free retirement seminar with donation to JDRF!
I don't care who searches, I just think the new hire will be a guy. Any gal applicant can research the news and realize it can be a hazardous working environment...
A Winter Snowball?
Wednesday, January 11, 2012
My friend who supported the project had asked me what can be done to make things safer, and I had been thinking about it. Speed bump at the turn from West to Main? Stop sign and/or light at that same corner? But it still does not change the fact that people need a place to turn around (including semi's, beer trucks...). More parking spots do not change that, (lazy) people turn around to try to find a spot right in front of the store they want to go to; now we have Kendal Lofts happening with its unresolved parking problem, the parking question just got more complex and the excuses are changing again... I sure hope our voice is represented in this Parking Task Force and not a group cherry picked to make things happen (again).
It will come down to money...
Thank you, sir.
It is primo stuff, dude...
Thanks for the warning, Darryl...
SOUND OFF-The proposal does have some merit, there is a need for more public bathrooms during FFNL like how the cycling classic does and actually there is a need during Christmas Parade too. I am just saying...
Brien on the Gibson project.
I actually went to Au Bon Pain yesterday and I had some tasty Thai peanut chicken wrap and a cup of curry soup (of 8 soup options). I have to tell Rich and Robin about the vegetarian and gluten free options in there... It is also a pretty sinful bakery... Be warned... ;)
Tuesday, January 10, 2012
Monday, January 9, 2012
Saturday, January 7, 2012
Friday, January 6, 2012
I don't know what they mean by extreme competition, but we will just get a keg of Spotted Cow and yummy pizza from Magellan's and share with our customers, and we hope people will donate whatever change jar they have at home to our charity bucket. We hope to win both buckets for one of our favorite charities: The Center for Breast Cancer Care in Waukesha Memorial Hospital whom is responsible for the Riverwalk for Breast Cancer... We will be doing this during Winter Jamboree and have this private party at 453 W Main.
Thursday, January 5, 2012
My plan would operate the way sites like Hotwire work. The City could determine, by day and workshift, how many spaces are available in the ramp. The City could then offer up a certain number of spaces for downtown employees at a discounted monthly rate. Maybe $5 per part time and $10 per full time employee (the regular rate is 20 bucks a month).
Its a win-win-win
The employees get a place to park for "free" since it is subsidized by the employer. They won't need to move their cars or deal with snow removal in the winter.
The employers have a very inexpensive way to free up on-street and surface lot parking. If you have 10 part time employees you are only paying $50 a month.
The City wins because they are taking spaces that they are receiving NO revenue from and are at least getting something from them (the hotwire comparison). Lets assume even 5 businesses with a total of 10 full time and 20 part time employees take advantage of this deal you now have $2,400 a year of revenue you didn't have before. Its not a lot but it is revenue.
(Yes, my 2012 predictions is having a glorious start... I guess I don't need an excuse to buy Wiggy a beer.)