Some community members have ideas about how Earnell Lucas, who will take office on Jan. 7, can be the best possible “people’s sheriff” for Milwaukee County.
Milwaukee’s City-County Heroin, Opioid and Cocaine Task Force recently held its fourth community engagement session, at which the group heard suggestions for tackling the overdose epidemic, including safe injection sites, more stable transitional housing for recovering addicts and stronger drug-prevention education in schools.
Bradley Tech’s fourth annual Career Life Mentor and Trades Fair allowed students to work with skilled tradesmen to check out potential career paths.
Milwaukee County Sheriff-elect Earnell Lucas plans to walk back immigration policies enforced by his predecessor, David Clarke, and build positive relations with the Milwaukee Police Department.
The New State Theater project, an all-ages music venue and center for music education and training on the Near West Side, is expected to open in Fall 2020. While still awaiting approval from the Common Council and the mayor, developers are anxious to start swinging hammers.
The Midnight Basketball League, held on Tuesday and Thursday on the North Side and Wednesday and Saturday on the South Side, offers services to young men, such as job training and mentorship, and encourages positive relations between the police and Milwaukee community.
Jerry Bucio, a recently retired operations manager at the Aluminum Foundry of Wisconsin and native of Walker’s Point, believes that gentrification on the South Side can help rebuild the neighborhood feel he had while growing up.
Organizations fighting homelessness gathered recently to discuss solutions, including using Medicaid funding for supportive housing, case workers, job training and health care.
Jamar Lockwood, a volunteer coach with the Neighborhood Children’s Sports League, gets involved in the lives of his players and their parents. He sees football as a tool for teaching structure and respect.
The two-day summit connected Milwaukee fathers with jobs and other resources to help them become more responsible and involved with their families.