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Trust me, I knew how this was going to go down tonight. I knew it would probably fail.
But the process was not honored. Five councilors didn’t honor their oath to US Constitution to uphold democratic ideals, holding timely elections per request of citizen petition signers. It’s shameful, lustful, greedy, and COWARDLY. These are your five councilors that are COWARDS!
The worst part is that Council Coward Chair Erpenbach decided to implement one of her made up, pro-censorship, anti-1st amendment rules and limiting public testimony to 20 minutes (Think SF School Board meetings). That is why I was not allowed to speak, though I raised my hand.
If I would have had the opportunity (But apparently this city now is a dictatorship ran by a coward called Michelle Erpenbach) I would essentially said this;
I have been watching city government longer then any of you have even served up here. You are very predictable, but I am hoping tonight I would not have to predict the normal, self-interest, cowardly action to protect the ruling class from the working class of this city. I think it is incredibly pathetic that I even have to come here and beg my elected officials to uphold their constitutional duties they swore on in an oath. This is a slam dunk, your constituents have followed the letter of the law gathering these signatures and turning them in. Your job is easy. Vote YES to secure a timely election, any other action would be shameful, cowardly and unconstitutional.
UPDATED: Why does Entenman continue to advertise his personal business in his capacity as city councilor?
UPDATED: Entenman must have gotten the message, at today’s informational he thanked the air show and the air national guard for bringing in the event. But, he couldn’t resist to wear a Harley shirt. Snark on me Diamond Jim.
As I have mentioned before, councilor Entenman usually wears Harley gear to the council meetings (in essence advertising his business on publicly funded televised meetings).
He may have gone over the top at the air show yesterday when asked to comment on behalf of the city, the mayor and city council, in which he did a presentation comparing Harley-Davidson motorcycles to the evolution of modern aeronautics. His business sponsorship aside (J & L helped sponsor the event) he was speaking on behalf of the city, not his business.
Jim also sits on Sanford’s board of directors (this is why he frequently steps out on votes – usually due to Sanford involvement).
This man has way too many conflicts of interest and must resign. I warned people about this when he was running for office. Jim does things to benefit Jim, and him serving as a city councilor has proven this.
So if the the events center gets named the ‘S’ word at the ground breaking, do you think Jim will be giving a speech? Probably, while sitting on a Harley-Davidson no doubt.
UPDATED: This is why things need to come out, so we can clear up any confusion. Jim’s brother DOES NOT own the property, but does lease the West Sioux building that is on the property. From a commenter on BID Facebook page;
Just as a point of clarification, the owners of this property, that I am the listing broker for, are not Entenmans. They are a couple from Canistota who bought the property from J&L Storage, Inc., back in April of 2001. The current owners have made a number of improvements to the property since buying it in 2001. West Sioux Exhaust is a tenant in one of the buildings on this site, and not the owner of the building. There are also several other tenants who are leasing space in this building from my clients. My clients are certainly hoping that the events center may create additional interest in the property, but they have nothing to do with the events center or the vote on it (since they live in Canistota, they could not even vote on the issue), and the asking price was arrived at based on the capitalization rate for the rental income currently being generated from the property.
Hildebrand has proven (even if the ethics commission could not) that Entenman truly does have a conflict of interest with property adjacent to the new Events Center;
And who can forget this heartwarming story on Stormland-TV News;
Section 12.5-30 of Sioux Falls City Ordinance say that city officials shall not:
“Participate or vote in any other matters in which they may have a direct or indirect financial interest, or in which an immediate family member has a direct or indirect financial interest.”
It seems councilor Jim ‘Tequila’ Entenman pulled a Tex Golfing and couldn’t attend the last THREE city council meetings because he is on a month long vacation in Mexico. Here’s the deal, good for him. If I had his money, I would spend the whole f’ing winter in Mexico. But guess what Jim, you have commitments as a public servant. I guess Sanford board parties and Mexican vacations are more important then serving the public. We’ll see if he reappears next Monday for the informational meeting (covering the RR relocation project), but don’t hold your breath.
Huether acknowledged property along Burnside is on a new course for development as hotels, bars, restaurants and retail expected to grow up in the shadow of the events center will need building sites.
“Your property is going to be a lot more valuable,” Huether said.
Huh?! I thought Councilor Entenman was let off the hook for conflicts of interest because his property values would not increase? But the mayor says that is not true. Can the complaint be refiled?
As a South DaCola foot soldier pointed out to me this morning, City Councilor Jim Entenman has served as a board trustee for Sanford Health-Merit Care since at least 2009. Besides the obvious conflicts of voting on zoning issues with Sanford Health and missing council meetings to attend the Sanford board meetings (which he has), one wonders what Mr. Entenman knew about the Skyforce moving to the Pentagon before the EC vote? He comments on the Skyforce leaving the Arena in the informational meeting (FF: 18:00). Councilor Jamison asks who knew what after Entenman’s comments:
Councilor Greg Jamison said he wants to know whether members of the administration knew the Skyforce would be leaving before the events center vote.
“I think that’s a big piece of information we should have known,” he said. “It’s unfortunate that we didn’t.”
This is starting to stink more and more everyday. And as far as I am concerned Mr. Entenman needs to make a choice, does he work for the taxpayers of Sioux Falls or Sanford Health?
SIOUX FALLS, SD – Sioux Falls city council member Jim Entenman does not have a conflict of interest when it comes to building an events center near the current arena.
That ruling Thursday from the board of ethics for the city of Sioux Falls.
I felt all along that it would be hard to prove a ‘potential’ economic benefit to Entenman, such as an increase in property value. I also don’t think the Board of Ethics is qualified to make unbiased decisions. Look at the witch hunt on Staggers. Another reason I talk about qualifications is because of some pre-meeting chatter I heard between two of the members before their last meeting. One member told another that Rex Rolfing was seeking an opinion (he did not go into detail) then the other member said, “Is he a city employee?” And the other member said, “NO! He is a city Councilor.” Where the other replied, “I did not know that.” It worries me a bit that a board that has to give legal opinions to elected officials, doesn’t even know who those elected officials are.
May 13th, 2011 — Jim Entenman
Councilor Entenman’s hearing will be today at 2 PM (updated) at the old council chambers at City Hall (KELO will be covering it live on there website). It will be a public hearing because Jim waved confidentiality. Which is great, but also allows for a circus act. I have noticed that our local MSM has said nothing in advance of the hearing, or the notice of it, and if I am wrong, please point me in the right direction.
My prediction; Jim will be found to have no conflict of interest. I do think he will be reprimanded though for keeping his name on the liquor license list for as long as he did. If Jim is found to have a conflict of interest, he may resign from the council. I don’t think he realized the magnifying glass he would be put under after becoming a councilor, and I don’t think he likes it.
There is one good thing about Entenman resigning, it is an at large seat and there could be a special election for that appointment. Council chairman Jamison has mentioned to me that there should be a special election when an at large councilor resigns. I agree.
Maybe I will throw my hat in the ring? Of course that is just speculation . . . I mean . . . that Entenman will resign.
Just a few minutes ago, at the beginning of the SF city council’s informational meeting, councilor Entenman went off on a written diatribe about the ‘attacks’ on him by the Build it Downtown group. They filed a complaint/opinion to the ethics board on whether Jim had a conflict of interest when it comes to his property by the Arena and the possible construction of a new EC at that location. Didn’t seem like an attack to me. Any citizen can question the ethics of any public servant. That’s part of the job Jim, listening to the public that elected you and pays you. When you take an oath of office, you no longer work for a motorcycle franchise, you work for us. If you have a problem with that, instead of crying in an informational meeting, why don’t you do us all a favor and resign. Otherwise, buck up and take the punches with the back pats.