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November 14th, 2013 — Mayor Hubris, Mayor Subprime Mike Huether, Mike Huether, SF City Council, Sioux Falls, Sioux Falls Parks and Rec
After listening to the informational meeting on Tuesday, I have some concerns about our potential contract and gift of $500,000 from the city.
When Bill Townsend (from the tennis association) was asked about public use his reaction was mixed. Several councilors questioned how the public use of the court would be implemented.
Townsend answer at first was that besides the Tennis Association using the facility, there would be public time afforded, then he took an unusual turn. He said he couldn’t say how much the public would be using it because they wanted to wait and monitor the public’s use once opened to determine how much time would be allotted for public use.
Huh? If you are asking for public money wouldn’t you be saying that this facility was partially being built for public use? In other words, if there is truly a PUBLIC need for the facility, the city giving money makes sense, but you don’t know how much the public MIGHT use it, why should we be set in stone with giving you public funds?
Later, Townsend was asked if the city could see how much money the Tennis Association has raised. He said he would not give that information because the original agreement from the city was to give 20% of the cost. But since they are not giving the full 20% he didn’t feel entitled to tell us what they have raised.
What?! If the city is agreeing to give a certain amount, they should be afforded the courtesy of knowing what the Tennis association has raised. It’s not a hard question and it certainly isn’t personal, it’s just a dollar amount, not names of donors.
Lastly when councilor Staggers asked about the conflict of interest with the Mayor signing the contract with his wife sitting on the tennis association, Townsend’s answer was clearly back pedaling. He said he didn’t look at it as a conflict because Cindy Huether has been volunteering on the committee way before the mayor was sworn into office.
Doesn’t matter what Mrs. Huether did before Mike was mayor, it matters now because they are asking for the money while he is Mayor.
November 10th, 2013 — Mayor Hubris, Mayor Subprime Mike Huether, Mike Huether, SF City Council, Sioux Falls, Sioux Falls Parks and Rec
PHOTO CREDIT: Argus Leader subscription advertisement.
Read these two documents. I am no lawyer, but yah gotta wonder what kind of ‘agreement’ is being made with the city.
Now there is two versions, there is the ‘pre-edited’ version that I have already posted, and the ‘final’ one.
1ST DRAFT: tennisagreement
FINAL DRAFT: finaltennisagree (love the shady scan job on this, like they couldn’t send the electronic version over to the clerk’s office, maybe the $145,000 computer room A/C wasn’t working yet.)
Besides the fact that there is a lot of ‘legalese’ going on in these two documents, should not matter. It is a massive conflict of interest for the Mayor’s wife to be a part of an organization that is collecting a cool half-million for a ‘Private’ facility (as I understand it, you pretty much have to belong to the tennis association to use this place, but there will be ‘public time’ afforded. Thanks man!)
What is even more frustrating is that our local media hasn’t even called this BS out, in fact they have promoted it on several occasions!
Pickle Ball anyone!
October 22nd, 2013 — Mayor Hubris, Mayor Subprime Mike Huether, Mike Huether
Considering selling these for a donation to South DaCola. Good idea?
October 17th, 2013 — Downtown Sioux Falls, Event Center, Mayor Hubris, SF City Council, Sioux Falls
I wanted eggshell colored wallpaper not off-white!
I have been hearing a lot of gossip lately that the mayor has been micromanaging the event center’s construction, in fact, I guess it has even earned him the nickname on the worksite, ‘Mayor Meltdown’.
Not sure if he is micro managing the construction or design, but if he is, may I suggest he concentrates on more important things, like running our city.
During his latest ‘Ask the Mayor’ episode, he tells us a couple of interesting half-truths.
“When I was running for mayor, I would be campaigning Downtown, and there wasn’t a lot happening down here (sic).”
He said this after he was asked about the 2025 DT committee. While I would agree after handing out TIF’s like candy, there has been a lot of construction going on DT, but Mayor Munson and the former council really put a lot of energy and investment into DT. Once again, Huether is trying to take credit for something that has been in the works for over a decade.
Speaking of taking credit, he also comes up with this interesting response when asked about Spellerberg pool;
“The city council has asked that drawings be made up of an indoor and outdoor pool for that location (sic).”
Well, he got it partially right, they did authorize the expenditure, but it was the mayor and parks department that asked these drawings be done, and during a work session, that I attended, several councilors beat down the parks director over whether this was legal before a vote on the outdoor pool ballot issue this spring.
But of course, as usual, Mayor Meltdown will take credit, even it isn’t due.
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.
August 25th, 2013 — 1st Amendment, Censorship, Mayor Hubris, Mayor Subprime Mike Huether, Mike Huether, SF City Council, Sioux Falls
When I first heard petition circulators were being ‘harassed’ and followed around by Parks workers, the SFPD and a Canaries baseball manager it didn’t surprise me. Even HyVee gave them the boot (Yes, this is a private business, and YES they asked permission and were not granted it.)
Of course certain people don’t like democracy and constitutional rights impeding on their family fun, oh the shame, as ‘Bill’ commented in a different thread;
Petitioners get pushy with people just trying to take in a game in a family environment. They complain to management and mgt calls Police. Police tell them to not be pushy or harass people and keep their space. That ain’t a conspiracy folks; that’s common sense. Stop taking yourselves so seriously! If SON wants a vote then they should get one. They probably won’t like the result though. Not many people in SF feeling sorry for them.
Asking someone to sign a petition if they are a registered voter IS NOT HARASSMENT. And asking someone to sign a petition at a baseball game? I could not think of anything more AMERICAN! The only thing that would make the situation better would be if it was raining apple pie and hot dogs.
Besides the obvious 1st Amendment rights issues, this is a bigger problem, that doesn’t just stem from the SON group, they have just uncovered the ongoing transparency and freedom of speech intolerance of the city and most importantly our mayor.
This statement and quote should say it all,
Mayor Mike Huether said by email that he didn’t know about the issue, and that “I can assure you we have better things to focus on in city government.”
Right . . . . Mike. What the mayor should have said is,
“This is appalling that the SFPD is interfering with citizen advocacy that is fully legal and within their 1st Amendment rights. We will have a conversation with these officers so it doesn’t happen in the future.”
Of course, that statement would have come from a mayor that is concerned about transparency. Mike is more concerned about ‘controlling the message’ and squashing free speech. If you don’t think the directives to the Parks department employees and SFPD wasn’t coming from high atop the totem pole, you are pretty foolish and naive. There has even been rumors circulating that city employees were directed to NOT SIGN the petition.
The mayor had a similar response to me when I sent out an email to the council and him after our blatant censorship during the snow gates election discussion at a city council meeting;
However, in fairness to Councilor Erpenbach and the process, ALL OF THE COUNCILORS were notified about the managing the debate time or “20 minute conversation” at 1:47pm on Monday. Your comment about “making up the rule before the meeting started without informing your fellow councilors” is not accurate. Whether or not the Councilors made the time to review it or whether or not they wanted to be open and transparent or not to you and to the public, I can’t verify.
I asked councilors about this, both Jamison and Staggers said it was sent in an EMAIL on Monday. Staggers said he doesn’t review his emails everyday and wasn’t aware of this RULE change until Erpenbach brought it up in the meeting. Either way, it should not have been sent in an email, and further more, the public should have been informed about this change 24 hours in advance of the meeting. We were not. But like the comment in yesterday’s paper, once again the mayor tries to wash his hands of having anything to do with it. I call Beautiful Sunshine on his butt once again.
Since Mayor Transparency has taken over these very non-transparent events have taken place;
1) The discussion to fire a city clerk in private, breaking open meetings laws
2) The denial that head librarian Sally Felix was fired
3) The repeated ‘surprise’ press conferences about city news without including or informing the council
4) Using tax dollars to promote the EC without telling the cons of the project before the vote
5) Misinformation about the true cost of the EC, which is still occurring. By using a construction management company, they can cover up what is being paid out.
6) Keeping the EC naming rights deal in secret
7) Claiming we have an ‘above average’ city surplus or cash on hand without telling us much of the money in our piggy bank is ‘borrowed money’ being held until contractors need to be paid for the EC work.
8) The continued failures of SIRE (the online video and document viewing software the city uses on their website, which costs taxpayers around a $1000 a month)
9) Agenda documents not appearing on SIRE until the meetings start, even though the the agenda is posted 24 hours in advance (The city council received a copy of the city budget 7 minutes before the mayor presented it to them publicly.)
Now the mayor can claim all he wants that he is transparent, but saying something doesn’t make it so, actions speak louder then words, but when you are a salesman (mind you that he sold the worst most subprime credit card in the industry) all you really have is words. But I wouldn’t expect anything less out of man who accused me of being godless in a public meeting and a guy who can’t laugh at himself. But none of this is very funny, in fact, it is really F’ing serious.
Is the ACLU and NCAC watching and listening? I hope so.
August 21st, 2013 — Mayor Hubris, Mayor Subprime Mike Huether, SF City Council, Sioux Falls
The biggest disappointment in last night’s city council meeting (FF: 43:00) was when the city council allowed the NCAA, the CVB and the (self-appointed) Sports Authority to write an ordinance for them. I said all along that this should have went through a CC committee, but council chair Diamond Jim poo-poo’d that saying, “He sits on the Sports Authority, so the council had a representative looking at the proposed ordinance. (sic)” Well guess what? When you don’t have actual legislators looking at legislation before it is proposed, mistakes are made, and the council should be EMBARRASSED that an individual citizen actually found errors in the proposed ordinance;
“I feel that this was rushed forward very quickly and it’s a large industry that we’re being involved in now with the event center and I think there should be more talks about it,” Opp said.
While some of his concerns seemed to fall short, there was one that turned the tide of the entire meeting.
“I also feel that we should learn from the people who have been in the NCAA ticket industry for awhile, and that’s Omaha. Their only ordinance is that you cannot scalp a ticket within a half-mile within the arena,” Opp said.
Bravo to Opp for bringing this to the council’s attention, but it should have never gotten this far. The council should have reviewed this. It goes to show that the mayor, as usual, is flat out lying when he says he works with the council on legislation. He does not, and this ram-rodding is further proof that he as mayor doesn’t give two-rips about the council’s opinion, just their rubber stamps. Don’t believe me, watch his interaction with councilor Staggers before the final vote, where Staggers has to interupt the mayor 3 times to ask to BE EXCUSED from the vote because Staggers works at USF and they would be affected by the ordinance. It was quite a ‘Jackassery’ moment, but not surprising from our mayor.
Funny, it seems lately the only way this city government can get anything accomplished is through the intervention of citizens.
August 17th, 2013 — Mayor Hubris, Mayor Subprime Mike Huether, Mike Huether
A 4-hour summit with Mayor Huether as the moderator, Chinese water torture or needles under my toenails? Hard decision.
SIOUX FALLS, SD -
On Monday, September 9, Sioux Falls Mayor Mike Huether will host the first “Mayor’s Big Sioux River Water Summit.” The summit allows the public to become more knowledgeable about the Big Sioux River, a critical natural resource.
Multiple presentations are scheduled including:
- Water Quality
- Water Resource and Conservation
- Urban, Rural and Government Watershed Partnerships
- Flood Control – FEMA
- Fisheries and Recreation
A Q and A session with watershed professionals and stakeholders to listen to the publics concerns will be moderated by Gov. Huether.
The event takes place from 3 to 7 p.m. at the Orpheum Theater in Sioux Falls.
August 12th, 2013 — Mayor Hubris, Mayor Subprime Mike Huether, Mike Huether
“Trust the Process, Trust the Process, I made these Blizzards myself.”
“It’s NOT Kool-Aid (just Kool-Aid flavored Blizzards).”
August 8th, 2013 — Mayor Hubris, Mayor Subprime Mike Huether, Mike Huether, SFFD, SFPD, Sioux Falls
I said I would remain quiet on this topic until it played out in court. Well the ruling is in, and so is DL’s opinion on the matter;
Sioux Falls Assistant City Attorney Keith Allenstein has pleaded guilty to drunken driving, Attorney General Marty Jackley announced Wednesday.
City Attorney Dave Pfeifle said Allenstein will continue serving in his current position as legal adviser to both the Sioux Falls police and fire departments.
“Both chiefs in those departments have expressed the utmost confidence in his ability to perform his job,” Pfeifle said.
Do I think Allenstein should lose his job over the conviction? Probably not, not to mention, I am also not his manager, so if the conviction doesn’t impede on his job performance I see no reason to cut him loose. BUT, I will say this, it’s not like Keith is the chief goose crap bike trail scraper for the Parks & Rec department, he is a city attorney whose position with that office is to advise the SFPD and FD. I am uncomfortable with him advising law enforcement on any issue if he can’t even abide by traffic laws himself. I think his position should be changed and a demotion should be considered.
All that being said, what frustrates me the most about this case is the blatant hypocrisy of this administration, especially towards women.
City Clerk Debra Owen was fired over (allegedly) an employee conflict issue. She had to be replaced by three people.
Head Librarian Sally Felix was fired (asked to retire) because of her disagreements with her boss.
We also must look at another city attorney who was (allegedly) fired because he (allegedly) got caught fixing a ticket for one of his children. Not a minor offense, and definitely something worth being terminated over.
So you ask yourself, if the city attorney who advises the PD and FD can plead guilty to DUI and not have any repercussions, what is the BAR for a terminating offense with Huether? I guess it is OK to drive drunk, just don’t disagree with your boss.