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March 8th, 2014 — Mayor Hubris, Mayor Subprime Mike Huether, Sioux Falls, Sioux Falls Parks and Rec
It was nice of Mayor Huether to allow the financial director of our city, Tracy Turbak, to sign this letter to the editor. Apparently, the city is embracing the glass is half full philosophy;
Nearly half of the city’s debt relates to public utility services — water, sewer and landfill — and is repaid by the users of these services — not general taxpayers.
While I thought Mike Turbak made some good points about the differences between city and state debt, this statement above by Tracy Huether had me a bit concerned. So almost HALF our city debt (around $200 million) is for things other than infrastructure? That was the whole point of Ellis’ column, the fact that the city should stop borrowing and creating debt for entertainment/recreation. But obviously in the midst of campaign season, that went right over Turbak’s head, uh, I mean, Mike’s head.
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 24th, 2014 — Mayor Hubris, Mayor Subprime Mike Huether, Mike Huether
I guess Huether was explaining his four legs of government today during the listening and learning session at the Rollin’ Pin, and he was using a chair to demonstrate it.
I have a guest post coming from someone in attendance. I guess the person taking the photo, really had him on his toes.
UPDATE: If you have been to Learning and Listening sessions over the past few years of our Mayor’s tenure you get used to him being excitable. This past Saturday at the Rollin’ Pin was no different. I decided to attend this meeting because it was advertised on the City’s website as an official event. Official city events cannot be confused as campaign events. So I decided to take a few notes. The mayor knows me because I presented the Citizens for Integrity petition to the Tuesday night council meeting. As the event began, he spent a lot of time staring at me as I took notes.
Our new petition effort was organized because we have a city government led by a salesman. This mayor leads by selling, non-stop, all the time, everywhere. With an audience of about 40 members in place, the mayor began with inviting us to tour the Event Center this Saturday and Sunday. If you can’t make it this weekend, it will be every weekend through March. As if we did not know this after the mass mailing campaign piece in our water bills…
Now the mayor was on a roll, hitting the high points of his mayoral successes of fixing roads, cash flow, and of course the EC. He approached the group of retired senior citizens to encourage them to get back into the workforce. You know the ‘active generation’ members make good employees or is it slaves?
The mayor decided to entertain us. He picked up a chair, flipped it over and proceeded to tell us of his version of successful work as mayor. We received a demonstration of management and economy or something using the upside down chair. Weird. And the group was puzzled. We once again learned he didn’t know anything about Costco before they showed up. Wow, a ‘successful’ salesman with no knowledge of Costco, one of the most successful retailers in all the world, paying living wages? Hummmm….
He decided to talk about the ballot issues. We got to see how snowgates work during his walking arm chopping demonstration. Twice. After a few more comments about the use of snowgates, he proceeded to blame the snowgate petition / ballot effort for his delay in implementing them. Yea right, we messed up his reelection campaign.
Next we heard about how Sioux Falls deserved an indoor pool and how in his opinion an outdoor ballot effort was wrong. A retired woman who admitted she did not plan to use the pool but since Sioux Falls has heard about an indoor pool for a long time, ‘we’ deserve it. This got the mayor really fired up. Another member of the audience had been to an fitness center indoor pool on Saturday morning and there were a lot of users of the pool. This in his mind justified the city building an indoor pool. Now the mayor was excited appearing to realize he was in a ‘friendly crowd. Mike now recited the need for an indoor pool and began to ‘educate’ us. He let us know he did not agree with the outdoor pool and began to tell us why. He told us Don Kearney and Jeff Schmidt will be starting a series of education sessions this week, please read the City’s Webpage for dates and times. (Lest we forget, why is it the city’s business to build a pool to directly compete with the fitness centers?)
Without any delay as he was walking away from me to press a point, then he came back at me and I said,
“Mr. Mayor, Mr. Mayor… Is this an official city meeting or a campaign event? If it is an official city meeting you cannot advocate a position.”
Oops the voice inside me came out… The mayor and I sparred for about 5 minutes. Mike stated he was mayor 24 / 7 he could say anything he wanted when he wanted. My questions and statements were consistent, If it is an official city event, he cannot state an advocacy position. Also, since this event was posted on the official City Website, it is a city meeting, not a campaign event so no more campaigning.
The mayor was not happy. I was told by the mayor if I did not like what he was doing, I should run for mayor. I reminded him, we started the new petition drive to stop official interference in the citizen’s debate.
The other two ballot issues were hardly mentioned after our warm discussion. At a point, about 20 of the audience members got up and headed to a funeral. I guess the mayor’s event was the pre-funeral stop. The meeting continued but never returned to the ballot issues. We got back to city questions.
We also learned from an audience member, she had the money to go out of town for events but wanted more free events to attend in Sioux Falls. Why can’t the city entertain me, for free?
There will be members of our group attending ‘education’ events to remind the city paid employees to watch what they say. Their boss’ version of education if strangely close to advocacy. We are taking notes. To those who plan to attend this meetings, take notes. When a city employee or mayor attend these meetings as an official of the city, don’t be afraid to correct them. They are wrong. They are breaking state law. They are breaking current city code. Our petition effort will tighten the loophole they feel they have to usurp the people’s right to petition their government.
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 — Cartoon, Mayor Hubris, Mayor Subprime Mike Huether, Mike Huether
February 14th, 2014 — Mayor Hubris, Mayor Subprime Mike Huether, Mike Huether
As I stated when he had this press conference, he should not put it on Channel 16. Well it’s been playing on Channel 16 and is posted to the city website. According to city policy;
According to City policy (Executive Order 12-24), candidates for any elective public office are not eligible to appear on CityLink for 90 days prior to the next municipal election (April 8, 2014). This City policy ensures candidates do not use public funds for their own personal promotion. The policy states that candidates may appear on CityLink “if the appearance of the candidate is incidental to presentation of the subject matter or in coverage of official City meetings such as City Council or Council Informational Meetings.” These types of incidental appearances also may include events like news conferences and ribbon cuttings.
So what are the consequences if his opponent, Jamison, calls him out on this? I’m sure City Attorney Fiddle-Faddle will pull some boloney case law from his rear and tell people Huether isn’t using city resources to campaign or an encouragement to vote for him, but he is ‘educating’ us on how wonderful he is and his accomplishments, but you don’t have to vote for him ;)
February 7th, 2014 — Elections, Event Center, Gregg Jamison, Mayor Hubris, Mayor Subprime Mike Huether, Mike Huether, SF City Council, sfmonkey.org, Sioux Falls, Sioux Falls Airport, Zoo
Sioux Falls – Jamison, on Monday will announce part III of his People (Monkey’s) First Initiative, which will release the (snow) monkeys at the Great Plains Zoo. Jamison’s plan will be allowing the monkeys to either find a place down by the Big Sioux River on their own, or they can couch surf as long as they like.
Jamison feels it is time to ‘Release the Monkeys’ and give them the freedoms their descendants have (no offense Manny Steele).
Of course, the Huether campaign was quick to respond. Huether said, “I have been planning the release of the snow monkeys for a couple of months, ever since I took them on an ice fishing trip out at my lake home on Diamond Lake. Heck, I would go even a step further, and let them stay at my lake home, of course, if they don’t throw any crap, because, you know, I don’t like CRAP.”
Jamison also said that Huether missed the 2nd and 3rd tier of this initiative, allowing squirrels to maintain several nests on different properties within the city limits.
Huether responded by saying, “I have been allowing the cottontails AND squirrels to do that for several years through an executive order, and you can bet a snowgate tour of the event center for affordable airfares on it that the squirrels and rabbits are happy about it, but the chickens, not so much.”
Stay tuned, Jamison plans to announce his ‘No crying at press conferences’ initiative next week. Don’t bring tissues to the press conference, just your big boy/girl pants.
February 5th, 2014 — Mayor Hubris, Mayor Subprime Mike Huether, Mike Huether
It’s hard to read this statement without finding a myth in every paragraph, like the image above (KELO-TV Screenshot) I was practically crying while reading it.
• Actually, the SFPD has had to fight for money every year since Huether has been mayor.
• Many contractors have complained about the stringent fire codes hurting development of more affordable housing.
• The city has used code enforcement to allow neighbors and the city to harass property owners, and they have learned nothing from the several Supreme Court cases they have lost on the constitutionality of SF code enforcement, they have only inflamed citizens and have been conterproductive.
• Record construction numbers have come from the $100 million dollars the taxpayers have borrowed to build the EC and luxury home construction. The little man is not benefitting from these numbers.
• Yes, sales tax revenue is up, so is our city debt, around $400 million dollars.
• The traffic light issue is new, and well overdue, it is just a campaign reaction to Huether’s opponent, Jamison, just like Huether using snowgates against Kermit in his first mayoral campaign.
• Snowgates will probably come to fruition, an idea that Staggers has been cheerleading for almost 8 years. This is a citizen driven proposal, and if they pass on the ballot, you can thank the citizens who vote for their implementation and Ms. Stehly.
• I WILL give Huether and the council credit for maintaining road construction. But they need to start focusing on our older secondary road in the core and infrastructure.
• Surpluses have grown, so why are we not using the money to pay down debt?
• I am still baffled about using a natural disaster cleanup as a campaign issue. FIRST off, the FEDS (FEMA) and the taxpayer’s of SF PAID for this cleanup, they deserve the most credit on the ice storm cleanup success. As someone said to me the other day, “How is doing your job as an elected official (Mayor) somehow turn into an accomplishment/success? A natural disaster occurred, Huether responded correctly and quickly. Thank you for doing your job.”
• Actually airfare has been going up and even when it was affordable, it had nothing to do with City Hall, but because of the hard work of the airport board.
• The RR relocation is still in limbo, and even if it was full-steam ahead (excuse the pun) it will have little to no affect on the lives of the average taxpayer/citizen in this city. It is a Federal handout to a lucky developer.
I need a tissue after that.
February 1st, 2014 — Art, Goats, Mayor Hubris, Mayor Subprime Mike Huether, Mike Huether, Sheep, shit found, Sioux Falls
February 1st, 2014 — Mayor Hubris, Mayor Subprime Mike Huether, Mike Huether, Sioux Falls
Hey, make no mistake, being the incumbent in a political race is wonderful. You have the advantage of name recognition and accomplishments (or miserable failures . . . cough, Gant, cough . . .) but should an incumbent be able to use taxpayer resources to make obvious campaign materials? (DOC: Top-Ten-Handout-CityofSioux Falls)
I’m no political marketing expert, but if this doesn’t look like a politician’s campaign broadsheet, call me crazy.
What if the city council put out a piece like this? Would councilor Jamison be chastised?