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Family lured Jerrianne and her husband to South Milwaukee in 2002 from Southern California where she worked as, first, a journalist, then, as a court information officer. She now stays busy with media-relations consulting, playing with her three grandchildren (part of the lure), writing, discovering her new environs, and hoping her garden will produce before the first fall frost.

Covering my tracks

union busting, Madison, capitol, lawn repair

As an anti-union-busting rally participant who contributed to the degradation of the Madison Capitol lawn -- thanks partially to the huge crowds which made it impossible to stay on the sidewalks, and partially to rainy and snowy weather on some rally days -- I wanted to contribute to repairing it.
The state Administrative Services staffer I talked to said there was no dedicated fund for that, but he would check to see how a donation could go specifically for the cost of repairing the lawn. This staffer, Ron Blair, who is Facilities Group 1 Director of the Bureau of Facilities Management, Division of State Facilities, Wisconsin Department of Administration, (a truly dedicated 30-year-veteran public employee) did, in fact, go to the trouble of having a special fund set up.
In addition to just trying to be a good citizen, I also wanted to demonstrate to Wisconsin Republican state senator Glenn Grothman who said the ralliers were "slobs" that we could at least be responsible slobs. I don't know if the fund has any more in it than my small donation, but in case you or anyone else might be interested, donations can be sent to the Department of Administration, 101 E. Wilson Street, Madison, WI 53707, Attention Ms. Claire Franz and specified that it is designated for 'Lawn Repair.' 

Questions can be directed to Mr. Blair at (608) 266-3660 or

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