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March 6th, 2014 — Elections, Sioux Falls, snow removal, Snowgates
You mean the use of snowgates actually helps local business?
Not sure what to think of the Chamber’s endorsements for the election. While the Walmart and Shape Places thumbs up doesn’t surprise me, their stances on the other two citizen ballot initiatives seems a bit silly;
The chamber also is pushing for a “no” vote on building an outdoor pool at Spellerberg Park. If they get their way, the city will move forward with plans for an indoor aquatics facility there.
Their board took no position on the fourth ballot measure, whether the city should invest in snowgates to keep snow from piling up at the bottom of people’s driveways.
So they are supporting an indoor public pool that will be subsidized by taxpayers and will compete with private indoor swimming providers. Doesn’t this go against the free enterprise nature of the Chamber? Do some of the Chamber members provide indoor swimming? Very odd.
And saying nothing about the snowgates is probably a relief to either side of the issue, but you would think the Chamber would endorse a public service that benefits many businesses throughout our community, not just in cleaning out the inlet’s to their parking lots but in worker productivity and lost time (if an employee is late because they were blocked by a snow berm and had to scoop it away before driving to work.)
Once again, the Chamber proves who they stand up for, and it really isn’t their members or local small businesses. No surprises here, just lots of the same old silliness.
March 6th, 2014 — Elections, Event Center, Sioux Falls
Funny how all these shows, meetings, event center tours and educational videos are popping out of city hall’s butt a month before a municipal election. I have never seen this much propaganda garbage in my life from an administration. I mean, how many times do we have to see a time lapse of the EC floor being poured?! The worst part is that you and I are paying for this.
February 26th, 2014 — Elections, Sioux Falls
I find it very interesting the city is wading into this, while I may understand getting information out there for what Shape Places ‘IS’ all the other ballot questions should be hands off by the city. Citizens brought all of these questions forward, so citizens should advocate for them, not taxpayer funded city employees. These are clearly not ‘educational’. It reminds of when then Parks Director Mike Cooper called the mural on the Horse Barn a ‘large painting’ and not a mural because it wasn’t painted directly on the building. A word game.
I totally agree the city has a responsibility to explain the ballot language and what a ‘YES’ and ‘NO’ vote means, but it should stop there.
February 25th, 2014 — Developers, Development, Elections, SF City Council, Sioux Falls
A new ballot question committee, Save Your Neighborhood, registered with the City Clerk today. The Save Our Neighborhood group submitted the registration under a slightly different name, Save Your Neighborhood, to reflect the fact that the issues it faces and have addressed, affect neighborhoods throughout the City.
Save Your Neighborhood’s aim is to educate the public on the FACTS surrounding the rezoning of the land at 85th Street and Minnesota Avenue.
While Save Your Neighborhood lacks the financial resources of Walmart, it encourages the citizens of Sioux Falls to look past the vast funds that Walmart is expending to influence the voters’ decisions. The group encourages citizens to discover the FACTS regarding the rezoning of this area, including the impact that rezoning of this area will have on the residential area next to it and the impact that the City’s decision will have on neighborhoods around the City. If the City allows Walmart to buy zoning to allow it to build a commercial development next to this residential area, it makes every neighborhood in the City susceptible to the whim of developers.
Save Your Neighborhood is not opposed to the City’s growth, but maintains that such growth must be logical and consistent. Further, the group welcomes commercial development and a Walmart to the south side of the City, but maintains that a large commercial development is inappropriate at this particular location. There are far more appropriate building sites in southern Sioux Falls for this store. Those locations would replicate the same proper buffering and improved access that our fellow citizens will soon enjoy at the new Walmart at 60th & Marion.
Save Your Neighborhood urges the citizens of Sioux Falls to send the City a message: that our neighborhoods are not for sale to the highest bidder and zoning in this City cannot be bought. Vote “NO” on Referred Law 4.
While I think there is many good things about Shape Places, I am also encouraging a “No” vote. Why? I believe if Shape Places fails, it doesn’t mean we have to shelve it and start from scratch, it just means we can tweak it. First thing I would like to see is it split up into sections, and have the council amend it (require CUP), study it and discuss and debate it in these sections. And instead of voting on all the sections at one meeting, Break the sections up into several meetings, so the council has time to focus on the different areas of Shape Places. Presenting an over 300 page document at two meetings then expecting the council to vote on the entire thing in one quick swipe was short sighted. Most of them confessed they didn’t read most of it because of it’s size. Of course, I believe that the Planning Department did this on purpose so the council wouldn’t bother with amendments or actually studying the document, I guess they were depending on good old apathy from the council, as usual, and the bigger rubber stamp, except, they didn’t count on SON referring it. I hope they learn a lesson from this and presenting legislation in such a half-ass way.
February 25th, 2014 — Elections, Mayor Hubris, Mayor Subprime Mike Huether, Mike Huether, Sioux Falls
A little bit ago on the Argus 100 Eyes show, Ellis broke some news. He got a tip that Huether is paying people to collect signatures for his mayoral campaign.
It is not unusual to pay someone to collect signatures. But c’mon! Really? Why would a mayor, who is as popular as he claims he is need to pay someone to collect 200 valid signatures? This is something he could easily do in one Saturday afternoon. Bonita Schwan personally collected 105 valid signatures in one day.
Maybe the polls that have been conducted are saying he is not as popular as he thinks?
February 20th, 2014 — Elections, SF City Council, Sioux Falls
I got word today that three possible council candidates picked up nominating petitions.
Rick Kiley for the SE District (Challenging Bonita Schwan)
I would assume he is a Huether recruit after reading his resume:
He currently sits on the Falls Community Health Board and is currently the director of the South Dakota Motor-cycle Rider Education Program, with numerous years of experience in driver education and safety. Mr. Kiley also brings a distinct perspective to the board gathered from his roles with the South Dakota Roadway Safety Committee and the South Dakota Impaired Driving Task Force. Traffic safety has played a major role in his life and career, and Mr. Kiley wishes to continue to serve the community through his role on the CAC.
He also sits on the Citizens Advisory Committee.
Curtis Rust for the Central District (Challenging Michelle Erpenbach)
Curtis is a former city councilor (2004?) And has a ‘reputation‘ in Siouxer City.
Rebecca Dunn for the Central District (Challenging Michelle Erpenbach)
This candidate excites me the most. Rebecca is the former minority leader of the Democratic Party in the State Legislature. Read all about her, a great challenger to ‘Special Interests’ Erpenbach.
February 19th, 2014 — Elections, Gregg Jamison, Mayor Hubris, Mayor Subprime Mike Huether, Mike Huether, Sioux Falls
These are the TWEETS from Atyeo’s coverage of the first Mayoral Forum;
J.L. Atyeo @ArgusAtyeo
Jamison said City Hall is not listening to the people on pool, Walmart issues.
Jamison says he’ll bridge the gap between the mayor and the council.
Jamison talks about the difference in his management style: The perspective that I have from the city council is very unique.
Jamison says the city must address crime: It’s not the ‘rah, rah, rah, we’re building a new events center’ part. It’s serious stuff.
Jamison responds: The main thrust for me running is I think we can do better.
First questions for Jamison: Are we going to take a nonpartisan election and turn it into a Republican, Democrat fiasco?
Jamison: Addressing crime will help protect the value of homes.
Jamison wants to put the people first, not the politicians, he says.
Jamison says he doesn’t agree with all of city’s decisions, and it’s time to challenge those.
Jamison: With 3,000 people coming to Sioux Falls each year, they need a place to live.
Jamison introduces his family of realtors: “I’ve got a vested interest in the realtors in this city.”
Huether’s address lasted 20 minutes. Jamison takes the floor.
Huether responds that investments show how important the community is to him.
First question for Mayor Huether: How do personal land investments affect decision-making process as mayor?
Huether: “We’ve got folks building again … and guess what real estate community, we’ve got folks buying again.”
Huether: “You know how business was four years ago. We’ve instilled confidence … and we’ve got it going on right now.”
Huether calls indoor pool a major project for improving quality of life in Sioux Falls.
Huether: “At what point in time are we going to come together as a community and actually build an indoor (aquatic) facility?”
Huether: The environment was perfect for us to build this events center now.
Huether: Downtown rail yard land will be ripe for development.
Huether: Northwest Sioux Falls will be hot spot for construction. “If you don’t have a presence there, you better get one.”
Huether: Real estate community should be excited about Highway 100 partnership with the state.
Huether: Staying ahead of growth means investing in many different things, including roads.
The rally cry is changing, Huether says. Now it’s about workforce development.
Mayor Huether begins his talk with growth and development, highlighting job creation across all sectors.
Mayoral candidates will each get 10 minutes to address the crowd, then they will take questions. Talks should start about noon.
February 18th, 2014 — Elections, SF City Council, Sioux Falls
Chairperson of this group spoke during public input tonight;
My name is Bruce Danielson, a resident of Sioux Falls.
On Thursday February 6, our new group, Citizens for Integrity, started a petition drive in the city of Sioux Falls. There seems to be a bit of official confusion as to why, we citizens of Sioux Falls are beginning this petition.
In response to the submission, an Argus Leader article quoted a city official’s “Jeffersonian” response to it. In light of the response, another Jefferson quote, from the year 1787, comes to mind: “I hold it . . . at a little rebellion now and then is a good thing, and as necessary in the political world as storms in the physical”.
This political season in Sioux Falls, we have 4 ballot issues to discuss among the voting citizens. We the people, do not need referees or appointed city educators, to frame the discussion and tell us what to think. We the people are registered adult voters, with the ability to discern the truth.
The Constitution of the State of South Dakota requires the city to step back from any advocacy positions for or against, or any electoral participation, except for the unbiased process necessary to accept petitions, print ballots and announce results. Once the issue is before the voter, no additional government participation is allowed.
We have already seen what city officials have done to limit the snowgate process. Also, we have city officials clearing schedules to advocate for a pool option NOT on the spring 2014 ballot.
And, there are rumblings of biased education for Shape Places and the Zoning issues.
It seems the city has stepped over the grey line of ‘education’ into ‘advocacy’ and the Supreme Court has clearly ruled ‘advocacy’ with the use of tax dollars is unconstitutional.
Once again, we voters should not be educated by biased city officials using their official city offices and budgets to campaign or educate against the very citizens who pay their salaries.
South Dakota has a long tradition of citizen participation in the Initiative and Referendum movement. As a person, who has participated several times in the collection of signatures, people sign petitions because they feel it is time to help elected officials move issues forward to resolution.
At the 1885 statehood constitutional convention held in Sioux Falls, attorney W.H. Lyon, formally suggested to fellow delegates “the referendum” to address “all appropriation bills for new permanent improvements to existing institutions . . . and all laws of general interest to the people.” We can conclude W.H. Lyon saw the need for the people’s direct oversight of government.
Also, from the our Secretary of State’s website:
“South Dakota has the distinction of being the first state in the Union to provide for popular initiative and referendum for enacting and rejecting legislation. This was accomplished by a constitutional amendment approved in 1898.
“These two forms of direct legislation, first used in 1908, rest on the theory . . . . since the legislature may not always adequately represent them, the people should be able to pass laws they desire and nullify laws they oppose.”
It is for these reasons, we citizens of Sioux Falls are preparing to present another ballot measure, with the goal of closing loopholes in the current local city code which are apparently not in compliance with South Dakota State Law.
The sentiments of our group ‐ Citizens for Integrity ‐ were effectively summarized, in just two strong words published recently in Jonathon Ellis’ Argus Leader coverage: where election issue advocacy by government is concerned, South Dakota law
declares, city officials should “Butt Out”. Thank you.
February 17th, 2014 — Elections, SF School District, Sioux Falls
I even made a spiffy logo
After a long 3-hour strategy session yesterday (combing through voter lists and working on campaign materials) my conscience got the best of me last night. I decided NOT to run for the Sioux Falls Central District council seat. Trust me, I have been thinking about this for months, and planning. I intended on gathering my nominating signatures this week.
The sad part about my decision is that Erpenbach is very beatable, after crunching the numbers (with two very seasoned Sioux Falls political campaign junkies-Thank You gentlemen for all of your time, I really do appreciate it) The magic number to defeat Michelle (assuming she only had one challenger) is 3,058 votes. Not an unattainable goal.
I also had the support of two sitting councilors, a council candidate, several possible campaign donors, both of my employers and 80 Facebook likes. WOOT! WOOT!
It is unfortunate because Michelle has a horrible council record that is steeped in special interest handouts, anti-transparency and blatant bullying of city employees and fellow councilors.
There are several OBVIOUS reasons I decided not to run, but it’s the personal ones that changed my mind.
Name recognition is one. When I tell people how my name is pronounced, they get a confused look on their faces and say, ‘Chrisman’, ‘Hairessman’ and my favorite ‘Erschman’. Sure, they know that mouthy Detroit Lewis, but who is this Ehrisman character (pronounced AIR-IZ-MAN)?
My blog also has extensive archives about city politics that would be looked at with a fine tooth comb by my opponent. Let’s face it, I am a muckraking big mouth with an opinion. At times I have been funny, caring and investigative but I have also been mean, controversial, sexist and a bit prejudice. Since I have mountains of dirt on city politicians there are a few people at Carnegie and city hall who would love to put their claws in me as a candidate and shutdown Detroit Lewis’ DaCola, once and for all.
I’m not going to give them the opportunity.
Besides being broke, and not having the time to chase down the allegations that would be thrown at me, let’s face it, my lifestyle since I have lived in Sioux Falls isn’t your typical run of the mill working class Joe. Besides my fascination with low brow art and Bettie Page, I typically do what I want-when I want. Yes, I am selfish, maybe too selfish to serve as an elected official. It’s not that I don’t want to, or that I wouldn’t work hard at the job, or that I don’t LIKE Sioux Falls and it’s citizens, I just don’t LOVE them (really, I don’t).
If I want to drink a beer at 8 AM on a Saturday morning, I drink a beer. If I want to dance with the ladies until 4 AM, I do it. I mean last year on St. Patty’s . . . nevermind. I don’t ask for permission and I don’t apologize for my actions. As a good friend told me once, I have no filter. I live a very independent life. Besides sticking to my work schedule (I am very punctual, dependable and have great attendance) I pretty much never make many plans and do what I want. I’m not married or have children. I have never even been engaged. I told a girl last year when we were discussing relationships, “I’m not boyfriend or stepfather material.”
While I’m confessing these things to you, I will also admit that while I have faith and believe in a creator, I don’t really care much for religion, any religion. I don’t think much about abortion or gay rights, and hate professional sports, and semi-pro and amateur, and please, I don’t care about your kid’s soccer game, really I don’t.
I would not have been your ‘typical’ perfect hair candidate for city council, at least not at this juncture in my life. As I always say when I come to these crossroads, maybe next time.
After that, I need a beer.
February 15th, 2014 — Elections, Sioux Falls, Walfart
I’m sure like myself, you received a letter yesterday from these fine folks. You know, the peeps who have there main contacts in Bentonville, Arkansas. They want to build a better (new Walmart in) Sioux Falls. Except the information and dignitaries they are peddling don’t cut the mustard.
First with these fine bullet points;
While it is probably true they will collect $1.5 million in sales tax revenue, this is NOT NEW revenue, it is simply shifting it from other retail outlets, including their own stores. Walmart has confessed several times they want to build this new store to alleviate traffic at their Louise store.
I won’t even go into the jobs statement . . . either of them. Walmart employment speaks for itself.
Expanding our city’s tax base IS a good thing, no doubt, but continued annexation and new infrastructure costs and maintenance only chip away at our tax base, not help it grow.
But what is even more curious is the signers of the letter.
Okay, we all know Hal Wick, the guy who wants to make it mandatory that every South Dakotan carry a gun while making evolution education illegal, and to heck with women’s rights? Hogwash. Wonder what he thinks about the WM pharmacy selling birth control?
Then there’s Gene Abdallah, I guess he needs no title, like ‘Prince’ or ‘Madonna’ or even ‘Carrot Top’.
But let’s look closely at the other three;
While it is true that Darryl runs a Non-Profit now (Special Olympics SD). Darryl used to be VP of Marketing for First Premier Bankcard (1997-2008). Wonder who took over that job?
Don’t know much about Diane Derry, but she might want to check her voter registration, because it seems currently she is not registered to vote, I could be wrong, but hey, she wants you to vote for the new Walmart.
Oh, and then there is Dawn Haas, or is it Hass? Walmart can’t even hire a decent proof reader! Well let’s go by her signature (I’m sure she knows how to spell her own last name.) Dawn is a lowly Project Manager Assistant at Henry Carlson Company, you know, the folks that build Walmarts all over the country.
The irony of all this is that Walmart couldn’t even comprise a signature list of five, normal, everyday registered voters to sign this letter. This should tell you what kind of ‘campaign’ they are running out of Bentonville, Arkansas.
I feel like I have been built better (bent over) already.
UPDATED: I found out today ‘BABSF’ was turned down by two prominent PR firms in Sioux Falls to handle their marketing, and are using an OUT-OF-STATE public relations company. It is also very peculiar that the former Sioux Falls Chamber of Commerce marketing person is running their campaign, yet NOT a peep or position from the Sioux Falls Chamber.
Funny how Walmart wants to build a better Sioux Falls, yet no one in Sioux Falls, wants anything to do with them. Talk about a bunch of cheap crap!