Waambulance Rate Increase Vote, July 7, 2016

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Call the wambulance, the people are going to be shocked I tell you with the rate increase. If the citizens are shocked by the crappy service the ambulance company gives now, what are they going to do next? Shocked and appalled is one way to feel.

Shocked I tell you shocked. The next thing we are going to need to do is give several people in the room hearing tests or issue Red Bulls to keep them stimulated enough to pay attention. Shocked I tell you, Shocked!

Two Thumbs up to Zach DeBoer, Two Thumbs down to the SF traffic department

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I applaud Zach for his perseverance and volunteerism;

A local business owner says he was so determined to see more parking in downtown that he proposed an idea, involving 60 new parking spots and a bicycle lane. It’s been a project that’s been a year in the making and, with the approval of the City Council, it’s almost complete.

In the early afternoon heat of Thursday morning, the sound of spray paint could be heard along north Main Avenue in downtown Sioux Falls.

“I said ‘Listen, I think this is important for these reasons and I’ll do it, like I’ll come out and I’ll paint it myself” said Zach DeBoer, owner of Exposure Art Gallery on Phillips Avenue.

And for the last two days, that’s exactly what he’s done, putting the finishing touches on a project that he’s been working on for the last year.

What was once duct tape outlining parking spots one September for Food Truck Friday… is now permanent.

So you might be wondering, how is this legal and how did Zach DeBoer do it? After the success of the duct tape parking spots last September, DeBoer drew some “amateur versions” of the proposed new ideas to the City Traffic Engineer with one question, was it possible?

From there, a team looked at the idea and said that the measurements and everything was good. He just needed to get the neighborhood on board.

“What I needed to do is get approval from 80 percent of the property owners located on both sides of the street that would be affected by it,” explained DeBoer. He went door to door and explained that the new idea would not only help their businesses by bringing in more customers with more parking spots but that it would also increase the property’s value.

The hardest part, DeBoer explained, was tracking down phone numbers and email addresses of property owners and getting them to listen past ‘Hey, so…’. But with the 80% approval the project moved forward, to changing the stretch of road on north Main Avenue.

Starting Tuesday, workers stripped the only center lines and painted not only the new center but also the bike lane. That’s when Zach DeBoer, owner of Exposure Art Gallery located on Phillips Avenue, bought spray paint and started painting the 60 new parking spots.

While the city claims that it is legal for Zach to do this because of the 80% approval from the neighborhood, one has to question the liability of the city and and safety concerns of having a citizen buying his own paint and standing in a public street painting stripes?

It’s bad enough citizens risk their safety trimming city owned trees in the boulevard now they have citizens striping the streets, something public works and the traffic department should have paid for and contracted after Zach did the legwork of the approval process. Are we so destitute for money in the city we now are having citizens buying and painting city streets?

Two thumbs down to the city of Sioux Falls.

*Note; I did not speak with Mr. DeBoer about this before posting or his feelings on volunteering his time and capital.

Mayor Huether set to give 2017 budget address on Tuesday

I wonder if he will make a decision on his veto by the time he makes his address?

Hidden Hills apartments ‘Affordable’?

Remember when the developers of Hidden Hills were asking for special funding from the feds and TIFs to build four blocks of block like apartments on North Cliff? $680 a month is NOT affordable housing. If you were lucky enough to make a living wage as a single person in Sioux Falls, you would have to work a week and half to just pay the rent (no utilities included. Let’s say you make $12 an hour, you would have to work 2 weeks to just pay the rent. Sorry folks, this is NOT affordable housing. The property tax payers of this town were duped again.

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Thom Hartmann: The Second Amendment Was Ratified to Preserve Slavery

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Big ‘B’ found this interesting article from 2013;

The real reason the Second Amendment was ratified, and why it says “State” instead of “Country” (the Framers knew the difference – see the 10th Amendment), was to preserve the slave patrol militias in the southern states, which was necessary to get Virginia’s vote.  Founders Patrick Henry, George Mason, and James Madison were totally clear on that . . . and we all should be too.

Little did Madison realize that one day in the future weapons-manufacturing corporations, newly defined as “persons” by a Supreme Court some have called dysfunctional, would use his slave patrol militia amendment to protect their “right” to manufacture and sell assault weapons used to murder schoolchildren.

If congress was to actually uphold the true meaning of the 2nd Amendment, none of us would have guns, except cops and the military.

Mayor Huether will probably veto admin building repeal

During Dem Forum today, he brought up the administration building and the importance of the proposed structure, he also ‘claimed’ the last council approved the bonding of the facility. That is not true, it was a 4-4 tie with him being the tie-breaker.

After his words today, I suspect he will veto the repeal.

He also told councilors Neitzert and Stehly that were in attendance today that they need to learn how to work together as a team . . .

Step Right Up!

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I wonder if he will accuse me of being an atheist again?

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Come with your questions, that he won’t answer, but it’s fun to watch him sweat;

• Are you running for governor?

• Will you veto the admin building repeal?

• Why do you want to limit public testimony?

Three Democratic candidates for the State Legislature will hold a press conference Thursday afternoon

South Dakota’s growing diversity, how this growing diversity has benefited and will continue to benefit South Dakota, and the need for the State Legislature to reflect this growing diversity both in its membership and in its legislation. Unlike the Republican Party, which has made clear how it feels about diversity through its fear-mongering and scapegoating at its National Convention, Democrats in South Dakota and around the country think our growing diversity is a source of strength, innovation, and entrepreneurship.  

WHO: Michael Saba, District 9 House candidate, JR LaPlante, District 14 House candidate, and Clara Hart, District 6 House candidate

WHEN: Thursday, July 21 at 3:00 p.m.

WHERE: The Prairie West Branch of the Siouxland Libraries, 7630 W. 26th St., Sioux Falls, SD 

Admin Building Re-Vote, July 19, 2016

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The new Sioux Falls City Council has spoken and it was strong. Our newest members worked as a team with Christine Erickson and slammed the brakes on the administration’s new office building.

It looks like we might be seeing a Council working together to help forge a new vision of possibilities. Actions taken July 19, 2016 show the Council is the policy making body of the Charter. The policy is look and see what else we can do to do it better.

The administration decided to spring this building idea on the town and City Council April 14, 2015. With no warning and in the usual great secrecy, the mayor started swinging (with a PowerPoint). It appears his elbow surgery had been a success, allowing him to aggressively push his plans and knock out people’s teeth.

It took 15 months to get some sanity into the building discussion and sanity said stop until there is real dialogue with our other state and local governments.

With five years in this gig, the mayor and his staff were a bit off their game getting names confused and losing their places. It was interesting to watch city employees popping up like it was their spur of the moment decision to get into the fray.