Board of Supervisors
 

Sylvia Ortiz-Velez

12th District Supervisor

Dear Neighbor,

On April 3, 2018, you elected me to serve as your representative on the Milwaukee County Board of Supervisors and I want to thank you for that privilege.

I am truly honored and blessed to be able to work for the neighborhood I grew up in and love. I want you to know my phone lines and door to my office are always open and that I listen to all voices. I want to assure you the priorities of my community will always be placed first and I will be present and actively involved in community affairs.

In addition to serving on the County Board, I am also on an advisory board for UMOS (United Migrant Opportunity Services), which serves disadvantaged members of our community.

In my opinion we have the most vibrant and culturally diverse area of the County, but that is not to say that we don’t have our share of challenges. We face many issues that are common in many urban areas around the country and we must work together to meet those challenges head on.

I encourage all people in the 12th District to reach out to my office anytime to express your concerns or if you just have general questions as well. I am here to serve you.

Call my office at (414) 278-4269 or email me at sylvia.ortizvelez@milwaukeecountywi.gov

About Supervisor Ortiz-Velez

Sylvia Ortiz-Velez is a life-long south side community resident and activist. She attended Hayes and Morgandale elementary schools, Kosciusczko Middle School and Bay View High School. She has seven brothers and sisters and over 25 nieces and nephews. Her father was an evangelical minister for decades and is now a small business owner in the district.

Supervisor Ortiz-Velez has a degree in political science from the UW-Milwaukee and has been a Wisconsin-licensed real estate broker for over 15 years. Sylvia was born and raised in the district and has proudly been a volunteer in the community for many years prior to being elected. She has fought tirelessly on issues that our district has been presented with and she brings that passion with her to the County Courthouse on behalf of the people she is honored to serve. Sylvia understands the deep sense of pride that south siders share in our part of the County and has enthusiastically represented their interests both in and out of office.

Sylvia serves as Vice-Chair of the Judiciary, Safety and General Services Committee and the Transportation, Public Works and Transit Committee, and sits on the Parks, Energy and Envionment Committee. She also is a member of the Mitchell Park Domes Task Force, and an UMOS advisory board.

Sylvia represents one of the most diverse and unique districts in Milwaukee County and wants to make sure all people have a voice. Sylvia’s platform as County Supervisor is to re-vamp and preserve the Mitchell Park Domes to ensure its existence for generations to come, protect and expand public transit, practice fiscal responsibility while prioritizing vital public services to the people who need it the most and taking care of Milwaukee County’s most vulnerable citizens.

Sylvia proudly resides in Milwaukee’s Walker's Square neighborhood.

 

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Press Releases

County Board Adopts Resolution Reducing Marijuana Possession Penalty

Mar-25-2021

Today the County Board of Supervisors approved a resolution introduced by Supervisor Sylvia Ortiz-Velez that reduces the fine for marijuana possession, and possession and delivery of drug paraphernalia, within Milwaukee County to no more than $1.

Supervisors Denounce Anti-Democratic Coup Attempt in Washington D.C.

Jan-07-2021

Supervisors Ryan Clancy, Joseph J. Czarnezki, Jason Haas, Willie Johnson, Jr., Sylvia Ortiz-Velez, Shawn Rolland, Steven Shea, Liz Sumner and Sheldon A. Wasserman released the following statement regarding the riotous mob storming the United States Capitol in a reprehensible attempt to stop Congress from certifying the Presidential election

Supervisors Denounce Violence and Discrimination Against Asian Americans

Mar-18-2021

On Tuesday a gunman killed eight people across three Atlanta-area spas—six of whom were women of Asian descent—in the latest example of a rising number of violent Anti-Asian American crimes during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Board of Supervisors Endorses Expanded Access to Driver's Licenses for Undocumented Immigrants

Mar-21-2019

The Board of Supervisors adopted (14-2) a proposal from Supervisor Sylvia Ortiz-Velez to endorse portions of Governor Tony Evers' budget that would restore full access to driver's licenses for all Wisconsin residents, regardless of immigration status.

Expanded Vaccine Eligibility for Hard-Hit Zip Codes in District 12

Mar-17-2021

County Supervisor Sylvia Ortiz-Velez wants residents of District 12 to know that Milwaukee County has recently expanded vaccine eligibility for residents aged 18+ who live in zip codes ranked highly on the CDC’s social vulnerability index.

Supervisor Ortiz-Velez Committed to Repairing Mitchell Park Domes

Mar-13-2019

Supervisors Sylvia Ortiz-Velez released the following statement in response to a study that called for the demolition of the Mitchell Park Domes.

Judiciary Committee Approves Proposal to Reduce Marijuana Possession Penalty

Mar-11-2021

Today the County Board’s Judiciary, Safety and General Services Committee approved a resolution sponsored by Supervisor Sylvia Ortiz-Velez that would reduce the fine for marijuana possession, and possession and delivery of drug paraphernalia, within Milwaukee County to no more than $1.

County Board Resists Review of Homelessness Funding

Sep-20-2018

Milwaukee County Supervisors Deanna Alexander, Patti Logsdon, and Sylvia Ortiz-Velez wrote and submitted to the County Board, a resolution aimed at helping to house the part of Milwaukee’s homeless population that federal funding is unable to assist.

Many South Side Seniors Now Eligible for Vaccination at Kosciuszko Community Center

Mar-05-2021

County Supervisor Sylvia Ortiz-Velez wants residents of Milwaukee’s South Side to know that Milwaukee County recently launched a ZIP Code Vaccination Program, which provides free COVID-19 vaccines to individuals 65 years and older living in the 53204 and 53206 ZIP codes.

Media Advisory: Supervisor Ortiz-Velez to Call for Study of Hemp Cultivation

Sep-14-2018

Supervisor Sylvia Ortiz-Velez is calling for Milwaukee County to study if growing hemp in county greenhouses could generate revenue for the County through sale of hemp products.

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In The News

The Hill: Milwaukee County drops marijuana possession fine to $1

Mar-27-2021

Wisconsin's Milwaukee County this week approved a measure that reduces the fine for carrying small amounts of marijuana to $1. County board officials agreed to reduce the fine that was previously $275, but violators will still have to pay court fees that total $141, according to a local CBS News station.

Wisconsin Examiner: Resolution to reduce cannabis fines in Milwaukee moves forward

Mar-14-2021

The Milwaukee County Board’s Judiciary, Safety and General Services Committee approved a resolution at its March 11 meeting to reduce fines for cannabis possession to no more than $1. Under current law, possession of cannabis and paraphernalia can result in a fine of no less than $250, and not more than $500.

Newsweek: Milwaukee County Reduces Fine for Pot Possession to $1 After Legalization Opposed by State GOP

Mar-26-2021

The Milwaukee County Board of Supervisors lowered fines for marijuana possession to $1 on Thursday, about a month after the GOP-controlled Wisconsin State Legislature threw cold water on Democratic Governor Tony Evers' plan to legalize marijuana.

CBS 58: Milwaukee Judiciary Committee approves resolution to lower marijuana possession fine to $1

Mar-11-2021

Milwaukee County leaders on Thursday, March 11, discussed lowering the fine for marijuana possession to $1. The Milwaukee County Board Judiciary, Safety and General Services Committee approved the resolution after hearing remarks from Supervisor Sylvia Ortiz-Velez's resolution.

JS Online: Milwaukee County Board votes to drop fine for marijuana possession to up to $1

Mar-25-2021

The Milwaukee County Board of Supervisors voted Thursday to decrease the fine for possession of marijuana and possession and delivery of drug paraphernalia to up to $1 as other elected leaders at the state and local levels also look to decrease marijuana penalties.

TMJ4: Proposal limiting cannabis fines to $1 heads to full vote in Milwaukee County Board

Mar-11-2021

A Milwaukee County proposal that would limit fines for possessing cannabis and drug paraphernalia to just $1 is now heading to a full vote in the county's Board of Supervisors, after it gained approval from committee Thursday.

FOX 6: Supervisors OK $1 penalty for possessing marijuana in Milwaukee County

Mar-25-2021

The Milwaukee County Board of Supervisors voted 16-1 on Thursday, March 25 to reduce the county penalty for marijuana possession to $1 plus court fees. The most current fine was $250 -- with a maximum of $500, plus court fees. In 2019, the county issued 187 marijuana possession tickets.

TMJ4: Proposal limiting cannabis possession to 1 buck to be heard in Milwaukee County committee

Mar-10-2021

A Milwaukee County proposal limiting fines for possessing cannabis and items used to smoke it continues to advance forward. The county's Judiciary, Safety and General Services committee is set to hear the resolution at a 1:30 p.m. meeting Thursday.

FOX 6: Milwaukee County amendment to permit gun show sparks debate

Mar-18-2021

For years, the Milwaukee Gun Show has been held at the Milwaukee County Sports Complex in Franklin. If a gun show were to continue, an ordinance has to be amended.

Wisconsin Examiner: Shifting the narrative around legalizing Badger cannabis

Feb-16-2021

Ending Wisconsin’s cannabis prohibition is an effort being pushed across multiple fronts. While proposals are hashed out in the halls of government, and not likely to succeed while the GOP controls both Legislative branches, advocates also see the need to shift the narrative around cannabis.

Wisconsin Examiner: Resolution to reduce cannabis fines in Milwaukee moves forward

Mar-14-2021

The Milwaukee County Board’s Judiciary, Safety and General Services Committee approved a resolution at its March 11 meeting to reduce fines for cannabis possession to no more than $1. Under current law, possession of cannabis and paraphernalia can result in a fine of no less than $250, and not more than $500.

Milwaukee Record: Milwaukee County Supervisor Sylvia Ortiz-Velez discusses reducing marijuana possession fine to $1

Feb-11-2021

Sylvia Ortiz-Velez, Milwaukee county supervisor of District 12, proposed legislation that would reduce the fine for marijuana possession—and possession and delivery of drug paraphernalia—within Milwaukee County to no more than one dollar.

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