Monday, August 26th, 2019

So former judge Richard Congdon says that when I attended the artist unveiling at Key Westconsin, all I ever asked anybody was, “‘Where’s the mayor?’ and ‘Can I have more shrimp?’ ” My friends, the former judge must have witnessed a miracle that day. There was a time I could eat more shrimp than Bubba […]

I’d probably like that Widgerson fellow if I ever met him. From today’s Sound Off in the Waukesha Freeman (still just 50 cents!): Wigderson and Scrima     Widgerson sure is negative. If the mayor would like to make Widgerson more positive, he should consider resigning. That would make all of Waukesha “a happy family.”     By the way, […]

Publication:Waukesha Freeman (Conley); Date:Nov 10, 2011; Section:Opinion; Page Number:8A Another Scrima budget drama Garbage fee fiasco threatens late budget (James Wigderson is a blogger publishing at and a Waukesha resident. His column runs Thursdays in The Freeman.)  The Common Council decided Tuesday night to ask, pretty please, if the unions would be willing to […]

If people want to understand the frustration of the Common Council in Waukesha, the discussion of referendums on projects over $50 million is a good starting point. The Common Council was poised to vote down the mayor’s referral when Aldermen Joe Pieper and Paul Ybarra asked Scrima if the issue was now settled. Scrima said […]

The Lovely Doreen from Waukesha was my guest this morning as we had breakfast at Key Westconsin along the Fox River next to the Waukesha Farmers Market. I had the breakfast sliders and a very nice Bloody Mary. My wife had the crème brûlée French toast and a Mango Mojito. If you have not had […]

This has the look of a major controversy but it won’t be one. Alderman Paul Ybarra has asked the city to consider banning concealed weapons from city hall and other city facilities. Mayor Jeff Scrima has already said he agrees with Ybarra, which might be a sign of the Apocalypse. Outside of a few die-hards, […]

Bad news for the city of Waukesha, but not unexpected. Waukesha Patch is reporting City Administrator Lori Luther is moving to Illinois to become the County Administrator. Becoming the Peoria County administrator is a step up for Luther, who will be overseeing a budget of $110 million and 27 department heads. The county has a […]

I’ll post some photos later, but congratulations to Waukesha’s Cub Scout Pack 9 from the Hadfield School. Once again the Christmas Parade float finished second in the Community Groups category. (We won first too many years in a row and got bumped up to competing with adults.) The float this year was “Santa’s Pinewood Derby […]

Had the mayor expressed early on what his intentions were with the budget, or if he even made any suggestions, the council would have been more than willing to work with him, as was demonstrated Tuesday night. Instead, his grandstanding and the nonsense about supplying “vision” just made him look unnecessarily silly.

Waukesha’s Common Council President Alderman Paul Ybarra’s statement in response to the mayor is a strong one and makes excellent points. However, as with his other statement from the weekend, it doesn’t answer the question, what now? The aldermen are going to have to take it to the streets, literally. Open houses and letters to […]