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O’Donnell Park Press Conference and Rally This Wednesday

Posted by Chris Liebenthal on July 17, 2010

From Milwaukee County First:

Like I have been repeatedly pointing out, there are many questions about the investigation of the tragedy which occurred at O’Donnell Park last month. Scott Walker has been trying to control the information getting out, once again putting his political aspirations above the public good.

Some of the concerns of the Supervisors and pro-Milwaukee citizens are outlined in a joint press release issued by Supervisors Weishan and Dimitirijevic:

“The lack of information available to us, as County Supervisors, about the O’Donnell Park parking garage tragedy and the other building inspections being performed is simply astonishing. We’re not alone. A number of our colleagues have not yet learned how this contract was awarded or the scope of the work being performed. As policymakers providing legislative oversight, we need this information. We are requesting that a complete and detailed report be presented to the Board. So far, the news media has received more information than we have as elected officials.

“We are also concerned that Graef-USA Inc, a firm that has contributed to County Executive Scott Walker’s gubernatorial campaign, was awarded a no bid contract. Even though a lot of the work is being subcontracted, the fact remains that County dollars are being funneled through Graef, which was one of the contractors involved in building the O’Donnell Parking garage in the first place. How can we expect them to provide unbiased reports in light of that fact?

Not only did Walker give another no bid contract to another campaign donor, but what makes it even odder is just the week before, Walker stated that Holloway’s calling for the safety inspection was “irresponsible.

Walker’s office has a long history of stalling on open records request, even with the media. Many of the articles in the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel regarding O’Donnell Park have a paragraph indicating that they were still waiting for requested documents regarding inspections and repair schedules.

He has also been known to order his department heads to not cooperate with the County Board. But for something this serious, not only is he acting recklessly and irresponsibly, but it also makes it seem even more suspicious that things were not done in the proper fashion.

People are getting fed up with his misdirections and irresponsible actions.

Many concerned citizens as well as members of AFSCME and SEIU will be joining Supervisors John Weishan, Chris Larson and Marina Dimitirijevic for a protest march and press conference on Wednesday, July 21st.

The march will start at 4 pm on Wednesday, at SEIU Local 1, located at 250 E. Wisconsin Avenue, and proceed to O’Donnell Park, next to the orange “sunburst” statue.

Milwaukee County First will proudly join them in a call for openness and honesty from the County Executive’s office. It is well beyond time for Walker to start acting like the leader he brags that he is and come clean. These things have gone on for too long and need to stop before another avoidable tragedy occurs.


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