UPDATE: Mayor TenHaken ‘slipped in’ the State Theatre in his SOC address

He didn’t mention any numbers, but he made it clear he wanted it to open within the year. I’m sure it will buried in his proposed budget and the city council will have no choice but to pull it and amend it if they don’t want it. I call it ‘sneaky budgeting’.

He did have some other important things in his presentation. Not sure what a ‘Dream’ website is all about? Just more web marketing mumble jumble.

I’m not sure how this it was any different then having it at Carnegie. The crowd actually looked a little light. Bowlcut used to have PP presentations also and managed just fine. I guess I would also start doing the SOC at 6 or 7 PM so working people can tune in.

UPDATE: PTH also said he wants to rebrand the city’s logo so that all the different organizations associated with the city like the Chamber, Forward SF, Development foundation, etc, have a similar ‘Sioux Falls’ moniker. I think this is a great idea and a long time coming. I often said there is confusion just with the different city departments. But I disagree with the process. First I would ask graphic designers/artists to submit a design and have the citizens vote on it online (like the flag competition). Then whoever wins give them some kind of prize package with gift cards of local businesses etc. Then I would hire a media company to refine it and match it up with the participating orgs. I also don’t think the taxpayers should be paying for this. I think the other organizations involved have plenty of money to foot the bill, or better yet a local media company can donate their time.


#1 "Very Stable Genius" on 05.09.19 at 12:01 pm

Perhaps, a ‘Dream’ website is the first sign that our current city administration plans to take us from a classical to a quantum reality with the help of cyberspace. Such an idea makes anything possible like superimposition and duality; two qualities that most politicians relish…..Oh, and saving the State Theatre like that, isn’t that socialism?



#2 scott on 05.09.19 at 12:51 pm

is that 60k projector the city bought for the state about 10 years ago obsolete yet?

#3 l3wis on 05.09.19 at 1:24 pm

Actually, the deal was the city would not provide the funding until they needed it, and since the place didn’t open within that fiscal year, the funds went unspent. They would have to re-ask the council for the projector money. But I’m sure they can scrounge up enough from the rumored $1.5 million the city wants to give them.

#4 Matthew Paulson on 05.09.19 at 2:15 pm

State Theater: I somewhat suspect they’re trying to lure out a large donor to get this done so that the city doesn’t have to cover the cost, but large donors are probably going to be somewhat hesitant about writing that check because of how long and how much money it’s taken to restore the theater.

#5 anonymous on 05.09.19 at 8:50 pm

If private donors wanted this project completed, it would have been done a long time ago!

Why should the taxpayers now be forced to support this?

Most people in SF rarely even go downtown!

#6 Matthew Paulson on 05.10.19 at 6:59 am

Logo – This effort predates the PTH administration. The chamber and development foundation and others have been trying to make this happen for a while. They’re thrilled PTH is on board with a rebrand. It’s much needed, because some of the logos for our city’s organizations are quite dated. I also like the idea of a design competition. I suspect they went to to with a “pro” because they feel like they will get better quality of work.

#7 D@ily Spin on 05.10.19 at 12:00 pm

The State Theater is a dinosaur. The city seems intent on showing they’re good at losing public money on impossible dreams. The people who remember good times at this theater got old and died. The rest of us barely notice the marque.

TenHaken announced he was going to ruin bus schedules. After many years, city transit is used and important. Don’t fix what’s not broken.

#8 Trump's hair on 05.10.19 at 12:25 pm

A “Dream website” would be the perfect place to discuss the completion of the hotel/ramp project, the railroad redevelopment area, further development at the Sports and Entertainment District…. Oh, and high speed trains too…

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