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November 4th, 2013 — Gregg Jamison, SF City Council, Sioux Falls
The big city news of the day is Jamison announcing a campaign manager;
Jamison Announces Campaign Manager
Sioux Falls, SD – Greg Jamison has announced today the hiring of his Campaign Manager.
Former SDGOP Regional Field Director and Secretary of State Election Coordinator, Garrett DeVries, has joined the Greg Jamison for Mayor Campaign as the campaign manager.
“Garrett DeVries is a welcome addition to this campaign,” said Jamison. “Garrett has a great history of being a work horse to win campaigns. His energy, organization, and proven experience will serve this campaign very well. I am excited to have him on the team.”
Garrett DeVries grew up on a family farm near Canistota and attended the University of South Dakota. He has been involved in campaigns from a very young age and has worked extensively with many campaigns across the state of South Dakota. In 2012, he served as the West River Regional Field Director for SDGOP specializing in grassroots campaigning and getting out the vote. With the Secretary of State, DeVries worked to increase access to voting utilizing Vote Centers and by improving the absentee process for military personal.
For more information – visit its website at www.JamisonForMayor.com or call (605) 215-5184.
The city council has also not met for several weeks, so they have a lot on their plates tomorrow;
During the informational we are going to have a ‘Top Ten’ list from Huether’s mouthpiece, Kendra Siemonsma, I guess it is so ‘awesome’ they can’t post it ahead of time on SIRE.
We will also get updated as to why Public Parking needs to charge $25 for an appeal, we gotta cover that Golden ‘P’ marketing budget somehow I guess.
Jim David also will inform us about the council’s legislative priorities, like a statewide texting ban (even though Sam Clemens from the SFPD KINDA admitted on ’100 Eyes’ that texting and driving and getting in an accident is already covered under ‘distracted’ driving) but Erpenbach won’t be happy until she restricts all naughty things in SF like speaking longer then 5 minutes on a topic at city council meetings. The council also wants to have the power to tax us for whatever and use that money to ‘benefit’ us. LOL!
At the Fiscal Committee meeting, financial director, Tracy Turbak will give us an update on Debt Management (that must be super-uber-secret because docs are not up on SIRE either, maybe they are heating up in the pre-SIRE warming bin before they can be released to the public.)
Item #1 on the city council meeting agenda, approval of contracts, has some interesting expenditures. Project #189064 has a charge for redesigning/engineering the existing pedestrian bridge by the Hilton, $19,150. Nice to see they are leaving the bridge, and I saw today they were putting new hand railing on it. I guess I need to get in the business of designing and engineering hand railing on an existing bridge, pays pretty good. I guess our own engineering department at the city couldn’t figure that one out on their own. Maybe we don’t have any engineers that work for the city that have hand railing experience?
My favorite though is the A/C unit for city hall’s computer room (I’m hoping this is a typo and they mean the A/C unit for the entire building) $145,834. At that price, they could recreate the ice age in the computer room. I do think though the A/C will be counter productive, as of right now we need to fire up SIRE fifteen minutes in advance to get it cooking enough for public meetings, and WE ARE USING THE OLD A/C SYSTEM!
And lastly, the IcePlex and TennisPlex agreements with the city.
Ice Facility; Iceplexagreement
Tennis Facility; tennisagreement
October 27th, 2013 — Gregg Jamison, Mike Huether
One of the more common questions I get lately as Sioux Falls’ official (or unofficial) bloggers is, “What is Jamison’s platform and agenda for mayor?”
That is a very good question.
While I can speculate on a lot of Greg’s intentions, like a more transparent government, and more controlled and stable economic and development growth, I really don’t know much about his plans as mayor.
I do know this, Greg probably learned a lot about how Huether runs a campaign. During his initial run for mayor he consistently was taking his opponents ideas and turning them into his. This is what sales people do, they really don’t have much pride when it comes to having original ideas, because all they care about in the end is closing the deal. And he was successful at that.
My guess is that Jamison is probably holding his best ideas in until it gets down to the nitty gritty. Is it a wise move? Not sure, but you do have to be careful about sharing your ideas with a salesman, because he will sell them before you have even had a chance to take out a patent.
As an incumbent, Mayor Meltdown also has the advantage of using city resources to campaign (Channel 16, local media press conferences, etc.) I liken it to an incumbent president using Air Force 1 as his personal campaign bus.
Will it be hard to beat Huether? Incredibly. Is it impossible? Not at all. But as Kenny Rogers sang,
You got to know when to hold ‘em, know when to fold ‘em,
Know when to walk away and know when to run.
You never count your money when you’re sittin’ at the table.
There’ll be time enough for countin’ when the dealin’s done.
Is Jamison’s campaign strategy a gamble? I guess we will find out.
September 24th, 2013 — Gregg Jamison, Mayor Hubris, Mayor Subprime Mike Huether, Mike Huether
Image Credit: Jamison’s FB page
Gee, I thought I was becoming a vegetarian, heck bordering on vegan when it came to the mayoral race. Trust me, Jamison has been warned by many to ‘not go negative’ on Huether. But I believe Greg is only speaking ‘the truth’ when it comes to our mayor;
“Here’s what happens when a politician’s ego enters the room before he does,” Jamison said. “The focus of a good policy discussion turns quickly to, ‘How fast can I hold a press conference to announce it? Will the media show up? What should I wear? Will my hair be OK? I get mad when the media doesn’t cover it.’”
There is something I have known a very, very, very long time about MMM, he’s not modest, he’s not humble, and he certainly struggles with the truth. Don’t believe me, just read this email he sent Monty;
“As long as I have the honor to serve the people, I will focus on the positive in life and also get things done,” Huether wrote.
Trust me, MMM is not the first politician to invoke ‘positivity’ versus, ‘the truth’ often people, let’s say Greg Jamison in this particular case, are considered, ‘negative’ or ‘controversial’ because they may reveal the ‘truth’ about a particular issue or politician.
So was Greg being ‘negative’ in reference to our honorable mayor? Yes he was. But some times the truth isn’t always positive. Sorry Sioux Falls.
*BTW, I am still digesting some other red meat on our mayor and the promises he is making about an indoor pool, update coming soon.
UPDATE: There is a lot more to Jamison’s speech then just a couple of stabs at MMM.
July 26th, 2013 — Art, Cartoon, Gregg Jamison, Mayor Hubris, Mayor Subprime Mike Huether, Mike Huether
July 25th, 2013 — Gregg Jamison, SF City Council, Sioux Falls, Sioux Falls Mayor Race
If the microphone was just a little bit closer I could put catsup and mustard on it and eat it like a hot dog . . .
My Cardinals (who I am still trying to photograph, sneaky bastards) in my Maple tree tell me Greg Jamison will be on Greg Belfrage’s AM talk show at 8 AM on Friday. Tune In: http://kelo.com/shows/show/greg-belfrage/#blog
Jamison will be explaining his ‘Boom Town’ statements.
Belfrage is skeptical, but he is also kinda mis-guided and a Huether defender. His Blog post about Jamison’s bid; http://kelo.com/blogs/the-daily-dose/742/jamison-faces-uphill-battle-in-quest-for-mayor/
July 22nd, 2013 — Gregg Jamison, Sioux Falls, Sioux Falls Mayor Race
Greg Jamison will be publicly announcing he’s running for Mayor of Sioux Falls Tuesday, July 23, 10:30 A.M. at Campus Park, 1700 S. Summit (26th and Summit).
July 15th, 2013 — Gregg Jamison
Greg will announce next week.
he said the driving force behind his move to run comes from a change he wants to see “in the culture at city hall.”
A culture of dictatorship like secrecy that started with Munson and only has gotten worse under Huether.
I’ve known about Greg’s run for awhile. Ironically the same day Greg told me he was running an insider with close ties to SF Republicans told me within an hour of my conversation with Greg. Funny how those things work. Greg has also been ‘exploring’ the idea for well over a year. He shares the same frustration some others have on the council with the way Huether’s administration treats the council and essentially leaving them out of major decisions. The secrecy ending in city hall will be the first step to cleaning up our form of government in Sioux Falls. Not everything about the Home Rule charter is bad, but when you use city ordinances to harass citizens, keep them in the dark while providing benefits to the special interests, you are undermining everything a democracy is about. We have enough of that crap going on in Pierre and DC, we don’t need it in SF.
I wish Jamison much luck and hope to see some other big hitters get in the game, like Steve Hildebrand. I know that it was essential for Greg to get a support mechanism around him before announcing, and I think he has a good one in place. It’s going to be a contentious race and hard to beat a popular incumbent like Huether. It will also be fun to watch if Huether campaigns while he is supposed to be mayoring. Remember, when MMM ran the first time around, he was campaigning full time. He won’t have that luxury this time around, but he will probably campaign like he did with the EC, making it appear as if he is ‘informing’ the voters.
I also heard about a potential challenger to Michelle Erpenbach in the council race, and let’s just say she will have her hands full if this person decides to run against her.
July 7th, 2012 — Gregg Jamison, SF City Council, Sioux Falls
(Image; KSFY-TV screenshot)
I attended this meeting today that councilor Jamison held. It was actually quite informative.
Greg talked about the different projects going on in the SW district. He also discussed the possible indoor pool at Spellerberg Park. Greg said the city is performing a mail survey right now of the residents in that neighborhood to get a feeling of what they want. Greg also suggested that exploring an indoor pool at the Sanford Sports Complex may be a better idea. Ironically, former councilor Bob Jamison (who attended the meeting) agreed on my idea of locating a public indoor pool at either ONE or ALL of the city high schools. As Bob put it, “We should be encouraging lifetime sports activities in our schools, and swimming is one of them.”
The scary part of the meeting was the discussion of the city’s debt ceiling. Jamison said it is $160 million dollars away. Once that ceiling is gone, we will have to start borrowing money for things like road repairs and sewers. I wonder if we can use the EC as equity – more like a liability.
One other fun fact. Out of the $51 million collected on the 2nd Penny, only $36 million can be spent next year. Why? Because $15 million of that goes toward principal and interest on debt the city has already accumulated.
See what happens when you have two consecutive credit card executives as mayor . . . Remember, when Munson took office the city debt was hovering at $90 million. It is 4x that now. At that rate, our debt ceiling will disappear in about 18 months.
May 29th, 2012 — Gregg Jamison, Kermit Staggers, SF City Council, Sioux Falls
This is an awesome letter;
Recently, four City Council members were sworn into office for four-year terms at Carnegie Town Hall.
Three of these council members, Kermit Staggers, Kenny Anderson and Greg Jamison, have several years of experience serving the citizens in this political capacity. I personally have found all three of these men to be responsive, caring and full of integrity. This is a refreshing reassurance in a time when many politicians are motivated by big business and personal gain.
What is exciting about these men is that they have a proven track record of standing up for fiscal responsibility, and courageous decision-making. Staggers, Anderson and Jamison stood strong to defend the reputation of our city clerk, Debra Owen. Jamison and Anderson were some of the first members on the council to apologize to the public when the council was found guilty for breaking the open meetings law this spring.
I believe these men have a desire to develop public trust in government and to keep the political process open and honest. They want to do what is best for all the citizens of Sioux Falls. We are blessed to have this kind of quality on our City Council.
I invite the public to tune into channel 16 on Tuesday nights at 4 p.m. and 7 p.m. to view for yourselves our government in action.
As we progress onward with our newly elected officials, stay in touch and informed. This city belongs to all citizens, and we need to stay connected.
October 27th, 2011 — Event Center, Gregg Jamison, SF City Council, Sioux Falls, Vernon Brown
It is no secret these two have opposed the mayor and his events center plan. But I will have to give them credit for publicly speaking out against it. I know Vernon doesn’t like the funding plan and Jamison would prefer we remodeled the Arena. Can’t wait to see their 10 points.
Their “top 10” included how the proposed plan for the $115 million facility is to borrow 100 percent of the money, how there are no signed tenants for the proposed facility and examples of city projects that could potentially be cut in order to make the annual loan payment of $9 million after the facility is built.