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Alder Yannette Figueroa Cole

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Alder Yannette Figueroa Cole

Contact Information

Home Address:

4327 Milford Rd

Council Office

Common Council Office:
210 Martin Luther King, Jr. Blvd
Room 417
Madison, WI 53703
Phone: (608) 266-4071
Fax: (608) 267-8669
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Alder Figueroa Cole’s Updates

Weekly Updates, Jobs, Hammersley, BWC, mental health training, Teen Center

April 17, 2022 10:37 PM




  • On Tuesday's agenda, Hammersley is up for Council's vote, another opportunity to present your views to all 20 members.  Thank you for all the engagement in this process.  Thanks to the staff from multiple agencies that have helped us navigate this process.
  • Agenda item 17 Legistar 70715: Approving Plans, Specifications, And Schedule Of Assessments For Hammersley Road Resurfacing Assessment District - 2022. Register here

This timeline has been modified from its original to indicate BPW approval and Tuesday's Council meeting:



After over 8 years of one of the most divisive topics in the city of Madison, the Body Worn Cameras are back on the agenda.  Item 114, legistar 68625: Implementing Body-Worn Camera Pilot Program.  I don't accept the idea that we need a pilot to be able to answer the most fundamental question about this project, what is the cost of rolling the program to the entire city?  This program has been rolled in other cities; I don't understand the difficulty in finding a compatible city to generate cost estimates.  Thus far, Federal funding has come with strings attached to where matching funds are required by the municipality.  Having an estimate of the general cost would provide clarity on the general fund impact and would help us assess what programming needs to be sacrificed to accommodate BWC. 

I appreciate the input from those supporting BWC as well as those against it.  I hear the argument of having majority support from the community.  While others claimed only a minority supports the efforts. Allow me to share one single fact, below is a list of MPD's general fund portion of the adopted budgets over the past 10 years.  Last Friday, I stressed the need to have honest conversations about the budget process and the city's priorities.  Not once in the last 10 years MPD budget has been decreased or has stayed the same, that's a fact.  How much is a city rollout is going to cost?  Another million?  Two?

MPD Adopted budget (General Fund only): additional funds can be found here, once the page launches, scroll down to the bottom of the page for prior years budgets:

  • 2022 - 84,011,952
  • 2021 - 82,794,221
  • 2020 - 81,830,699
  • 2019 - 76,748,435
  • 2018 - 73,530,279
  • 2017 - 69,789,912
  • 2016 - 67,512,205
  • 2015 - 66,313,359
  • 2014 - 64,335,609
  • 2013 - 63,498,991
  • 2012 - 60,721,601

Please share with me, which programs funded by the General Fund should be eliminated for a full city rollout of BWC?  Why is the program not needed? Which city agencies should reduce services to allocate funds to MPD? Why?

Why is the Fitchburg Teen Center Important?

Let High School Senior Awa tell it, it's about creating a space for teens to tackle life's problems and more Find the survey here:

Parks & MSCR

Madison Parks and Madison School & Community Recreation (MSCR) are partnering to offer preschool, youth and adult aquatics programs this summer at the Goodman Pool, 325 W. Olin Avenue. Learn more here.

Foundation for Black Women's Wellness

On April 14, Dane County Health Council and The Foundation for Black Women's Wellness announced a major step forward in local efforts to improve health outcomes for Black women, birthing persons and babies. Learn more about the care coordination system centered on Black women and birthing persons to reduce Black infant mortality here.


Domestic Abuse Intervention Services (DAIS) Job Opportunities:

DAIS has a couple of openings within their organization, please feel free to review and share with anyone interested.

Lead Shelter Advocate– Domestic Abuse Intervention Services (DAIS)

Provide comfort, support and resources for residents and their children in our emergency domestic violence shelter.  While assisting residents with their daily living needs and helping to connect them to resources in our community you will be part of the solution as they begin to rebuild their lives.  Will you be the primary contact person who helps to coordinate the needs within the shift and works to build a safe community based on respect within our shelter?  Current openings are 1st shift (6am-2pm) and 2nd shift (2pm-10pm).

 Shelter Staff Coordinator – Domestic Abuse Intervention Services (DAIS)

Are you the person to lead our team of Shelter Advocates?  In addition to providing direct services to our clients, our Shelter Staff Coordinator is responsible for providing supervision, support, leadership and guidance to our shelter staff and volunteers.  You will work closely with our Shelter Program Manager to develop and provide training to shelter staff as we continue to improve the ways in which we can best serve our clients.  If you can problem solve and remain calm in a crisis and are a positive, energetic, and effective leader, we want to hear from you. 

Mark your calendar! Upcoming Events

  • 2022 SAAM Events (Madison, WI): This is an overview of events in Madison, WI to recognize April 2022 Sexual Assault Awareness Month. Click each for more information on each event, including how to register where needed! Information will be updated as we get it. If you have an event that you would like us to include, please email and we'll get it on the calendar!
  • April 20 to May - Adult Mental Health First Aid (MHFA) training is for adults who wish to help people with emerging mental health disorders or experiencing a mental health crisis. The goal of MHFA training is to teach people to recognize signs and symptoms of an emerging mental health disorder or mental health crisis. Participants also learn a 5-step action plan to engage and ultimately guide people to both professional and community resources that can help. For more information click here and to register here.


  • April 21 - Join Dane County staff, City staff and elected officials on Thursday, April 21, from 6:30pm-8:00pm for an opportunity to share your comments and questions about Dane County's proposal for a Sustainability Campus on a portion of the Yahara Hills Golf Course, located just to the south of the existing landfill at 6701 US Hwy 12/18. The virtual public outreach meeting will be held at the Village of McFarland Municipal Center located at 5915 Milwaukee St, McFarland. Register for the meeting here. Prior to the meeting, you can submit questions by sending them to More information about the Sustainability Campus proposal can be found here.
  • April 23 - Madison College's 2022 Annual Spring Pow Wow will be held on Saturday, April 23, at Redsten Gym, 1701 Wright Street. Doors open at 11am, and Grand Entries will be at 1pm and 7pm. Find more information here.
  • April 27, Come join us at the Teejop Hocira Community Center for a day of service and learning centered on stewardship of resources that are vital to healthy and thriving communities. Through partnership between the University of Wisconsin-Madison College of Agricultural and Life Sciences (CALS) and Earth Partnerships, and the Teejop Hocira Community Center, we invite youth and their families to participate in activities designed to connect attendees to research and engagement conducted by individuals and groups associated with UW-Madison and within the Community, and ways to get involved in issues that affect our daily lives, and are especially relevant to Indigenous communities.
  • Monona Terrace is excited to announce its free summer Concerts on the Rooftop series is back with an exciting line up of local and regional artists for its 25th Anniversary! The public is invited to enjoy great music, a family-friendly setting, and gorgeous views of Lake Monona and downtown Madison. Doors open at 5:30 p.m. with America's Pub Quiz hosted trivia from 6pm-7pm. Concerts are from 7pm-9pm. Find concert dates and artist line-ups here. Free tickets are available at

May Webinar: MMIW Wisconsin State Task Force

  • May 10 -The Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women Task Force (MMIW) is charged with helping fight the abduction, homicide, violence and trafficking of Indigenous women in Wisconsin. The task force plans to focus on examining the factors that contribute to missing and murdered Indigenous women (MMIW) and the response from social service organizations, understanding the roles federal, state and tribal jurisdictions play, and improving and implementing robust data collection and reporting methods. In this session you will find out more information on MMIW and discuss what the Task Force has discovered so far. Register here

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