These house rules are observed scrupulously here at Stately Blaska Manor: I endeavor to be a fair and accurate purveyor of information but I am not an impartial, objective journalist. I have a fairly well developed belief system, issues that I care about, causes that excite me.
That means I am not one to publish the cookbook on making your own atomic bomb just because I happened upon the recipe. I don't want people making atomic bombs.
Which explains what I am about to do. Madison police, who deserve all of our support, have banned 23 individuals from specific businesses or addresses in an area they call the West Washington/Bassett Street corridor. The businesses in that area know who they are. They have this list. It was transmitted as eyes-only. But here is Blaska's skin in this game: If these people are no good in W. Washington/Bassett, I don't want them in Orchard Ridge or Meadowood.
But, like I say, I am a patriot first. So I contacted Joel DeSpain at the Madison Police on April 23:
Joel, I have a list of persons banned from the W. Wash corridor. If they are no good for W. Wash, why are they good for any area? Question #2 -- why should I not post those on the Isthmus web site? As always, feel free to call.
Joel, a true pro, said he would spread the message to the uniforms. To date, I have heard no objection.
Since that missive to the MPD, the rules of the game have changed. When I broke the story of the hobo jungle in the wooded areas east of the Yahara River and north of E. Washington Ave., I asked for the mayor's response. And respond he did! On April 24, Mayor Dave Cieslewicz's communications czar, George Twigg, wrote:
It's not adequate to tamp out hotspots and displace the problem from one part of the community to another. The Mayor believes there should be two principles: expect, communicate and enforce standards of behavior; and treat the underlying issues that cause homelessness."
That validates my intention to "out" the troublemakers of the Bassett neighborhood. What follows is a document distributed by the MPD, complete with the attached note.
West Washington Avenue corridor banned list
Note: these "bans" are generally verbal warnings from officers resulting from previous contacts. Having been warned, these subjects can easily be cited for trespass for returning to these addresses, or perhaps cited for DC, open intox, or other violation as appropriate. The case numbers are included for your convenience AND your report ("John Doe was previously warned on [date] not to be on these premises [case number]").
These are NOT bans from P&P or bail conditions UNLESS SPECIFICALLY NOTED. (Always confirm those before arresting.)