Saturday, September 26, 2015

County Board Craziness

The Milwaukee County Board met this week and once again they showed why they will be a part time organization come 2016.  They voted to waste $150,000 on a lawyer friend of Board Chair Theo Libscomb to again look into the validity of Act 14 which pulled back the power and pay of the board.  When she was chair of the disorganization, Marina Dimitrijevic spent $99,000 to do the same thing with negative results. This after county attorney Paul Bargren advised the board that the law will stand. I guess that's why they pay the guy, to not listen to his advice. Hopefully it will be three strikes and your out.

I'll start with the weirdest moment of the meeting.  Supreme Moore Omokunda closed the meeting with a special privileged request to honor John Coltrane who is dead and would have had a birthday on September 23rd - if he was still alive. The jazz master's best selling album was "A Love Supreme" and Moore Omokunda said he grew up on listening to this album and misunderstood the lyrics to say - I love supreme - which he reminded people is his name and the supervisor said he did love himself.

So if I got the story straight Supreme Moore Omokunda who was born Sowande Ajumoke Omokunde but has also gone by the monikers of Supreme Solar Allah and Supreme Solar Allah listened to John Coltrane sing A Love Supreme, misunderstands the lyrics, but likes them because at some point in time in the future he will change his name to Supreme and this is the reason he used a special privilege to close the county board meeting in honor of Coltrane.

The board also discussed a useless resolution that stands in opposition to County Exec Chris Abele taking control of 1-3 failing Milwaukee Public Schools in the next two years. county board member after county board member stood up and wailed on the proposal stating and restating every talking point from MTEA.  Only one supervisor, Deanna Alexander brought up the fact the new law only affects the lowest performing schools in MPS and is an idea to help kids who move through those schools who can't read.

The throw away line of the meeting was Eddie Cullen talking about "his job", not the one as a County Supervisor, but that as a teacher in MPS.  Not a good testimony when others on the board are trying to persuade county residents and wasting $150,000 on a potential lawsuit that the being a supervisor is a full time gig.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

Coltrane slashed musical conventions, not tires.