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Alder Grant Foster

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Alder Grant Foster

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Home Address:

3930 Anchor Dr

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 Foster’s Updates

Budget, ECA/LENA Meetings, Immigration - D15 Update 11/10/19

November 10, 2019 12:01 PM


This week the Common Council will take up final deliberations on the 2020 Capital and Operating budgets with the Public Hearing kicking things off beginning at 5:45p on Tuesday. Anyone that's interested can register to speak up to 5 minutes on the Capital Budget and 5 minutes on the Operating Budget.

Following public comment, the council may begin deliberation on the capital budget or may recess until Wednesday evening depending on the time. We have meetings scheduled for Wedesday and Thursday (as needed) to complete the work.

I am sponsoring several amendments and will share more detailed budget information about these and other items prior to Tuesday's meeting. If you'd like to share your thoughts or questions with me ahead of the meeting, please reach out via email of phone. 

In the news:

This week's highlights:

Monday, November 11, 2019

4:30 pm - Energy, Waste, and the Circular Economy: What's the best path to minimizing the amount of trash we throw away? How can we turn the waste from one product into the building blocks of another? And how can we consume in a way that promotes better outcomes for our environment? Join us to discuss the circular economy, the science of "reduce, reuse, recycle," and ways our production processes could thrive as renewable enterprises.

Tuesday, November 12, 2019


11:00 am - Defend DACA Madison: March for the Future of Dreamers: The future of DACA and DREAMERS rests with the Supreme Court, which will start hearings on Nov. 12. The Court will determine what happens to the nearly 8,000 DREAMERS in Wisconsin alone.

5:30 pm - Common Council 2020 Budget Deliberations: Meeting #1 (Public Comment)

7:00 pm - Eastmorland Community Association Meeting


Wednesday, November 13, 2019

5:30 pm - Common Council 2020 Budget Deliberations: Meeting #2


6:00 pm - Rise of the E-Cigarette and Juul: What's a Juul? How does nicotine impact the body? How does an e-cig work? Join TFCDC to learn about vaping, including current use trends, and the policies that impact Madison and the Dane County community. This presentation is intended for parents, educators, and adult community members.

7:00 pm - LENA Monthly Meeting: This month's presenter will be Kyle Adams, of Ruedebusch Development & Construction, providing updates on the Royster development project. Now that the library is nearing completion, what is next? This month we will also have the elections for the next LENA board of directors, a vote on some by-law changes and, other neighborhood related business. Lite refreshments and beverages will be available for this meeting.

Thursday, November 14, 2019


5:00 pm - Immigration and Human Rights Panel: This conversation will provide information and perspectives about the immigration that occurs between Madison, the U.S.-Mexico Border and the Northern Triangle of Central America, with a focus on children and their wellbeing. What is happening? How can we act together to address detrimental policies that affect those who we call our neighbors, family, and friends? Join us for community, food, music, and an action-oriented panel discussion, featuring live performances from Acoplados!

5:30 pm - Common Council 2020 Budget Deliberations: Meeting #3

6:00 pm - Chazen Science Café: Sustainable Plastics: Can plastic be "green?" Meet UW-Madison researchers whose groundbreaking work is bringing the "speculative future" of plastics to life. Learn about what plastic really is, where it comes from, and where we are going next to make, use, and reuse plastic as sustainably as possible. Then hear from a representative from the plastic industry about what this looks like on the ground. Join us for a Q&A with the panelists, food and drinks in the Chazen's new café, and a chance to tour Plastic Entanglements: Ecology, Aesthetics, Materials after the event.

Friday, November 15, 2019

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3:00 pm - Free Public Tours of Olbrich Gardens Expansion: Now is your chance to get the first look at Olbrich's brand new Frautschi Family Learning Center and greenhouses! RSVP for one of our FREE public tours of the spaces to learn about all of the exciting new features and how they will help advance Olbrich's mission and programming for years to come.

7:00 pm - Cocktails in the Conservatory feat. DJ Boyfrrriend: Sip cocktails in the tropical Bolz Conservatory and enjoy the beats of DJ Boyfrrriend! All proceeds benefit the Gardens!

Saturday, November 16, 2019

12:00 pm - OM Village 5 Year Anniversary Celebration: From a protest movement, to a roving encampment, to a village. Five years ago, Occupy Madison launched our OM Tiny Homes Village on Madison's east side. Join us to celebrate community, dignity, and tiny ways to make our world more humane and sustainable. There will be live music, refreshments, tours of Tiny Homes, and discussions of OM Village's past, present and future.

4:00 pm - Winter Madison Night Market & Seasonal Lighting Celebration: Kick off the season with a special evening event - A Winter Night Market with a special downtown lighting ceremony!!! Madison's Central Business Improvement District presents the Seasonal Lighting Ceremony as the newest Downtown event. It will be the biggest and brightest party yet. At 6:08pm we'll flip the switch and shine! 


6:30 pm - A Raisin in the Sun: A Staged Reading: Come experience a special staged reading of Lorraine Hansberry's "A Raisin in the Sun" directed by Odyssey alumna Oroki Rice and produced by her Black Olive Community Theatre. The reading will also feature several Odyssey graduates, and all proceeds will benefit the UW Odyssey Project. There will be an audience talk back after the reading along with refreshments.

Sunday, November 17, 2019

2:00 pm - Open Studio with Bubbler Artist-in-Residence: Megan Scheffer: Stop by the Bubbler Room to meet Megan, respond to prompts on the typewriter, create a recording for a podcast, participate in an ongoing art project, and much more!

6:30 pm - School Referenda Forum with MMSD Leadership and School Board: The MMSD School Board plans to ask Madison taxpayers to approve two referenda: one to focus on building improvements (and potentially new construction) and one to focus on operating expenses. Don't miss this opportunity to learn more about these important topics!

Click on 'details' in the events below for links to additional details and meeting agendas. You can find a full list of city meetings here.

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