An interview with SF City Councilor Erpenbach

Michelle was scheduled to be our guest on Rant-A-Bit today, and we had good intentions to record the show, but there are troubles on the internets and uploading new material. Meh. I’ll let my co-host go into more detail about that . . .

Anyhoo, I asked Michelle if she would do the interview via email, and she agreed. You can read her answers and entire interview here, THIS IS NOT AN AUDIO INTERVIEWerpenbach1

My questions;

Give me your thoughts on what kind of changes you would like to see to urban agriculture ordinances, if any?

Do you think the Charter Revision Commission did the right thing by tabling controversial amendments in relation to the mayor’s executive powers?

Do you think some members of the CRC have clear and blatant conflicts of interest?

Do you think snowgates have a chance of being implemented and approved by the city council and mayor or will voters have to tough this one out and have a petition drive to put it on the ballot?

Municipal elections actually excite me, and I am looking forward to April. Fortunately you are not up for re-election this cycle. What are the benefits of getting to watch this? Are you supporting any particular candidates?

Public input at council meetings has been a hot topic lately. Personally, I think they should be left as is. What are your thoughts on the topic?

Recently their has been some questions about whether the city council broke state open meetings laws by walking in and voting on resolutions to hire a new city clerk. Will you defend your actions?

Most people in political circles in Sioux Falls know the details surrounding the termination of former city clerk, Debra Owen, including myself. I’m not asking for a confession, but I am wondering, if this information becomes public, don’t you think it will be embarrassing for the city councilors who voted to terminate her?

Would you like to finish with telling us about a neighborhood summit you are hosting?

15 comments ↓

#1 l3wis on 01.31.12 at 10:30 pm

On a different note, looks like Jamison has some competition; http://www.facebook.com/pages/Kyle-VanderLinden-for-Sioux-Falls-City-Council/335994119755285

#2 Scott on 01.31.12 at 11:31 pm

Meh? Yeah, thanks.

#3 l3wis on 01.31.12 at 11:51 pm

No offense to you. I am just disappointed with the servicers involved.

#4 Andy Traub on 02.01.12 at 9:42 am

GOOD questions. I’m sure Councilor Erpenbach handled them well. I’m VERY interested to listen.

#5 l3wis on 02.01.12 at 11:44 am

It is not an audio interview, it is just written;

http://www.southdacola.com/blog/wp-content/uploads/2012/01/erpenbach1.pdf

#6 Pathloss on 02.01.12 at 2:40 pm

Very good questions. How about:

Do you think Mayor Huether protects & defends the constitution per his oath of office?

Is the city not a democracy if code 2-66 doesn’t allow appeals into court.

#7 cr on 02.01.12 at 2:54 pm

Councilor Erpenbach really got a “pass” on this one!!!!!

Allowing the Councilor to e-mail her answers INSTEAD of a spontaneous conversation with the two of you….

You two are really slacking off………….!!!!

#8 Scott on 02.01.12 at 3:06 pm

CR, it’s my fault. My podcast host had a huge meltdown so we had no way to put it up.

#9 Pathloss on 02.01.12 at 6:45 pm

Agree with CR. Nail councilors whenever you can. If they weren’t bought out like Huether by 3 amigo developers, they’re to stupid to recognize there’s no democracy at city hall.

#10 Pathloss on 02.01.12 at 6:52 pm

Reporters should be camped out at private aviation terminal next Sunday when Huether & family take same day Lear trip to Super Bowl 50 yard line

#11 Pathloss on 02.01.12 at 7:02 pm

Gift tax on $50K is $22K. RICO’s coming. The way I didn’t lose through 2 divorces is I had their lawyers audited. Huether will be the Saturday night petite favorite in federal prison.

#12 l3wis on 02.01.12 at 8:35 pm

CR – In Michelle’s defense, she was disappointed she could not do the audio interview, as was I. Our hands are pretty tied right now when it comes to uploading new podcast material.

#13 Scott on 02.01.12 at 8:42 pm

A solution is currently being worked on. Mevio opened up my music show account, but our show is still “suspended”. There are lots of rumors floating around, so the owner of Realpunkradio is going to add to his bandwidth so that we can all host our shows there.

#14 NPO on 02.01.12 at 11:45 pm

I get the smell and noise of too many chickens/rabbits/goats/cattle/etc… But my neighbor has like 6 kids that are noisy as hell and they kind of stink. What is the city going to do about that?

#15 l3wis on 02.02.12 at 4:34 am

NPO- Only in America would we regulate the number of tomato plants you have, but kids? Have as many as you want.

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