Alder Figueroa Cole’s Updates – Meeting and Event Highlights for the Week of March 7, 2022

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Plan to End Homelessness

The City-County Homeless Issues Committee will be receiving a presentation on the development of Madison/Dane County’s Plan to End Homelessness, as well as updates on Housing Forward and the men’s shelter at its meeting on Monday.

CARES Unit and Vision Zero

The Public Safety Review Committee will receive an update on the CARES unit from the Madison Fire Department, as well as a discussion on adopting the Vision Zero Action Plan, at its meeting on Wednesday.

Transit Network Redesign, Truth and Reconciliation, and Housing Issues

The Equal Opportunities Commission will be receiving a presentation on the transit network redesign process, discussing a proposed truth and reconciliation process, and discussing housing issues at its meeting on Thursday.

Madison Fire Chief Hiring Process

The Police and Fire Commission is meeting on Friday to discuss and possibly make recommendations on the MFD Chief hiring process.

For additional information about additional meetings scheduled for this week, please consult the City Meeting Schedule online here


  • The Latino Academy of Workforce Development announces free Google certification courses for online learning. Requirements: Must be 13 years or older, intermediate level of English, 10 hour/week commitment. Space is limited. You must register by Friday, March 11, 2022.
    • Project Management: Prepare for an entry-level job as a project manager. In this program, you will learn how project managers successfully start, plan, and execute a project using both traditional and agile project management approaches. This is for you if you enjoy solving problems, working with people, and value organization. Register here.
    • Google IT Support: Prepare for an entry-level job as an IT support specialist. In this program, you will learn the fundamentals of operating systems and networking, and how to troubleshoot problems using code to ensure computers run correctly. This is for you if you enjoy solving problems, learning new tools, and helping others. Register here.
  • Dane County is planning a sustainability campus and landfill expansion to be sited at the Yahara Golf Course. Learn more about it at a March 10 meeting in McFarland.
  • Angela Trudell Vasquez will serve as Madison Public Library’s Poet-in-Residence from March-May 2022 and will offer a number of programs for all ages. During the residency, Vasquez will provide workshops catering to different age groups, including adults, teens, and youth and families. These workshops go beyond just words in bringing poetry to life. At each workshop, Vasquez will pair up with an artist, dancer or nature educator to provide an interactive exploration that broadens the ways we experience poetry. Workshops will be hosted at various library locations across the city. Learn more here.


  • Please remember that despite the local health order expiring, masks still must be worn on Metro buses due to federal requirements. The Transportation Security Administration (TSA) has extended its Order requiring all passengers and employees to wear face masks while utilizing all forms of public transit, including Metro Transit buses and paratransit vehicles. The federal order remains in effect until March 18, 2022. This continues to make it a federal law for masks to be worn when boarding, disembarking, and for the duration of travel. Masks are also required at all transfer points and shelters. Learn more here.
  • Spring cleanup begins! Starting the evening of March 6, 2022, Streets Division street sweepers will operate on Madison roadways 16-hours a day collecting the sand, salt, and other accumulated grit from the roads. Read more here.
  • Did you know that, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, women make up 10.9% of the U.S. construction workforce? The Engineering Division, in partnership with the Parks Division, Water Utility and Traffic Engineering Division, is proud to join the nationally-recognized Women in Construction Week, March 6-12, 2022. Starting March 7, 2022, each agency will highlight a woman’s work and journey in the construction industry with social media posts, written articles and video features. Learn more here.
  • The Board of Police and Fire Commissioners (PFC) for the City of Madison, Wisconsin is soliciting input from the public regarding the hiring of a new Fire Chief. Public input is welcome either at the regularly scheduled meetings of the Police and Fire Commission or via email to The PFC meeting on March 14 at 5:30pm will be the final opportunity to speak to the commission before it makes a decision. Find registration information for the March 14 meeting and information on the four finalists here.