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The City’s Lack of Transparency on the EC Siding is NOT an isolated incident

Since Huether has been mayor, there have been many instances of the city not being transparent with the public and the council and I see this lack of transparency getting worse.

Here are just a few ‘examples’ of the city’s (mostly the mayor’s office and council leadership) very non transparent moments;

- Holding a press conference to announce the building of two new Walmarts without Planning or Council approval.

- The mayor’s wife and him investing in TIF’s and other developments that are recommended by the Planning Department, a department he manages.

- Allowing Community Development to give an affordable housing grant to a developer who was chair of the Planning Commission, a clear conflict of interest

- Allowing Council Chair Erpenbach to CENSOR snowgate election testimony, which put off snowgate implementation for a full year.

- Mayor Huether was not required to list all of his investments on his campaign finance report, but other NON-incumbent candidates were asked to do so

- Two hearings on municipal election ballot language because petitioners were NOT allowed to proof the language before ballots were printed

- Asked the city to provide $500K towards a new indoor tennis facility without mentioning eventually his name would be on the side of the building.

- Sanford bought events center domain name before they were announced the title sponsor

- Spellerberg Park picked as location of new indoor pool before a supposed resolution on the quit claim deed

The EC siding secrecy is just another notch in the bed post for a mayor and administration that sleeps with a lot of secrets. And just think, these are the ones we KNOW about . . .

He just couldn’t stop with the tennis courts

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I guess I would have hired a more professional sign maker.

Can’t wait to see this on CNN

Actually I look forward to seeing Fareed Zakaria’s take on Sioux Falls and it’s government. It will be interesting to see what kind of spin our Mayor puts on it;

The city hosted a producer and photojournalist from CNN in December. During their visit, CNN interviewed Mayor Mike Huether and others, toured the city, and were interested in how government was getting results.

I can answer that question, Home Rule Charter and Dictatorship like government that rewards the rich with subsidies and tax breaks. While our top earners in Sioux Falls are doing very well, the rest are suffering the consequences. Food banks running dry, Free and reduced lunches are up in our schools, and we have to build bigger complexes for the homeless and needy. The council is virtually powerless and un-informed. City Hall controls all the information and only spoon feeds the council information. It’s easy to claim you have a successful city government when you are the only one in charge, that’s not a democracy, that is a dictatorship. I hope the reporter interviewing Huether saw through his bullshit, but my guess is like a majority of voters in Sioux Falls, they ate it up and loved it.

SD Dems seal the deal for Huether’s 2018 Governor Run

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Bend over Chicky

I’m not going to print what I said to a friend today about the SD Democratic Party when I heard this, even to fowl for this blog;

The Democratic ticket is set in South Dakota’s gubernatorial race.

Susan Wismer named Susy Blake as her lieutenant governor running mate.

Blake is a former state legislator and nurse.  She represented District 13 in Sioux Falls from 2008 to 2012.

“It was an honor to be asked to join Susan for this historic campaign, and now it is my pleasure to join this campaign and stand with Susan to advocate for all of the people of South Dakota,” Blake said in a statement.

Oh, it will be historic alright, I bet it will be the biggest ass kicking the Dems get in 40 years in a Governor Race. If Susan breaks 30% I will be shocked. I bet Huether was secretly giddy after hearing the news. I will be curious if he donates any money to the campaign. As I have said in the past, the only way Wismer/Blake even have a snowball chance in Hell of beating Denny is if the EB-5 scandal blows up in his face, but I see that investigation is slowly getting buried like Benda himself.

The Dems just couldn’t leave well enough alone by handing the nomination to Joe Lowe, and running Wismer as SOS.

As Jon Stewart would say, they really f’d the chicken on this one.

 

Seven years ago

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On June 4, 2007 the city council had a controversial item before them. (Video: FF: 9:00 – Public Input, Actual item #54 FF: 2:50 ) Whether or not to place a plaque on to the entry of Phillips to the Falls. It was controversial for a few reasons. First off, as the story goes, the plaque was purchased by several private developers and friends of Dave Munson, they wanted to honor him for getting Phillips to the Falls finished (it only took another 7 years to get something actually built on it, an ugly faceless apartment building with virtually no front footage). The plaque actually hung out in Dave’s office for awhile, then after pressure from his friends, he had it placed without any fanfare. That didn’t sit well with the media, myself, and some councilors and they asked for a review by the Visual Arts Commission. They were to determine whether it was considered ‘art’ because if it was, they would first have to approve the placement. Ultimately, the battle came down to quite a few different scenarios. First off, Dave didn’t get permission from anyone to put up the plaque, he just had it done by the parks department. Others were concerned that not others were honored. Councilor Brown pointed out that many city officials were involved in getting the project done. And who can forget Dave breaking city ordinance by not getting council approval for the 100% cost overrun.

To tell you the truth, I look back on it now, and am glad his face is the only one to the entrance, he concocted this stupid street that is finally seeing development, to the cost of taxpayers in TIF handouts. I started thinking about this incident because of the recent Ethics commission approval of Huether putting his name on the tennis facility, a facility that has received $500K in public funds. Instead of going through a process with a naming rights committee and the city council, the very board that was appointed by Huether said “It’s okay, go for it.”

Wow, a lot of things have changed in 7 years, and a lot remains the same.

 

The final financial reports are in from the city election

No big surprises. It looks like Walmart threw in only an additional $33,000 in the last week before the election. Some interesting notes to point out in the candidate races were that Kiley received only ONE individual contributions right before the election, $250 from Cindy Huether. Cindy  also gave $250 to Tex Golfing & Michelle Erpenbach. How convenient that she gave this late in the game, knowing her name wouldn’t appear on a financial report until after the election. I guess she learned well from her sneaky husband.

Mayor Huether also had some interesting contributors. From PAC’s he got $1500 from two separate Unions, Citigroup gave $500, John Morrell’s (Smithfield) gave $1000, and one of the more interesting of his PAC contributors was HDR Engineering, which gave $500. HDR does a boatload of consulting for the city planning office. A very strange donation to Christine Erickson was from Kyle Schoenfish (used to be a Democrat, and is the son of Mayor Huether’s first cousin) who gave $125. Still trying to figure that one out.

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Mayor Huether more concerned about popularity and dog poop then he is about real issues affecting our community

Before the election, many important topics were brought to the mayor’s attention. A rising crime rate in Sioux Falls, low wages, affordable housing and public transportation, impoverished children.

So now that the voters have spoken, and 56% of them approved of giving Huether 4 more years, what have been the top two news stories over the past 2 days involving the mayor’s office?

He had to have his first Listening and Learning session of 2014 in a precinct that didn’t support him to try to win over their favor and he wants his code enforcement office to crack down and do a better job of educating people about letting their dogs poop on city hall’s lawn.

“The lush grass outside the mayor’s window at Ninth and Dakota has become a major oasis for downtown dogs.”

Huether is also making his way to one of our Sister Cities, Potsdam, Germany (he says he is paying for the trip himself) Two words for you Mike ‘Beer Spa’. Just make sure no one posts the picture of you in one on Facebook.

So while real problems still exist in Sioux Falls that need to be resolved, our mayor is busy worrying about stupid shit, literally.

Some Christian advice from a Non-Christian to our Ultra-Sooper-Dooper Christian Mayor Mike Huether about charitable giving and naming rights

Nothing like the mayor waiting to announce he is going to put his name on the side of the indoor tennis facility (which just received half-million in public funds) on a Friday afternoon before a 3-day holiday weekend. Hopefully all will be forgotten when Tuesday rolls around, uh, not so fast Mike. I haven’t forgotten, oh, and it is Tuesday.

Though Huether admits he started the discussions about donating to the tennis center in April, he waited until last Wednesday (May 21) to request an ethics hearing on his proposed donation. Apparently his question was so important (Sooper-Dooper Ultra important) that they scheduled the meeting the next day, to occur the following day. It must have been important, because the mayor was able to attend, so was his wife and only child (Sanford must give time off for ethics hearings, especially when daddy is looking to boost his ego).

One has to question though if the Huethers were planning to give money to the facility before the city council approved the donation of OUR money? How would that have changed the council vote or public perception of public funds going towards a facility to be named after a sitting mayor, especially since 99.9% will never use the facility.

That’s where the ‘former’ Christian in me would like to give some ‘Jesus’ advice to our very merry Christian mayor. And yes I will be using the teachings of the man/prophet that our mayor says he follows. When giving advice to a Christian, it important to use a book they are ‘familiar’ with, and NO I am not talking about another Dale Carnegie edition.

First let’s start with what Mr. Huether did in his previous life as the marketing manager and head employee tormenter at a sub-prime credit card company (not a bank). He was in charge of selling credit cards to the most fiscally vulnerable of our society (now that is prudence). In fact the practice was so scrupulous and infamous that the FEDS made some of the things Premier Bankcard was doing to their consumers illegal.

‘And Jesus entered the temple and drove out all who sold and bought in the temple, and he overturned the tables of the money-changers and the seats of those who sold pigeons and subprime credit cards. ‘ Matthew 21:12

The shady marketing aside, what about Huether lying about what he did at First Premier during his first campaign. He said he was a banker. I guess that would be like me saying I am an auto mechanic because I change my own washer fluid. The closest thing Huether got to banking was calling up his sister company and asking for his checkbook balance.

‘Beloved, do not believe every spirit, but test the spirits to see whether they are from God, for many false prophets and credit card salesmen have gone out into the world.’ John 4:1

But preying on the poor and lying are the least of my concerns about Mike, like I said, I am a ‘former’ Christian, I don’t worry too much about pigeons, prophets and petty campaign promises.

It’s this whole ‘naming rights’ deal that has stuck in my craw. Do I think it is great that Mike is throwing away his daughter’s inheritance on the indoor tennis facility, sure.

‘In all things I have shown you that by working hard in this way we must help the weak and remember the words of the Lord Jesus, how he himself said, ‘It is more blessed to give free tennis lessons than to receive them.’”  Acts 20:35

Never had an issue with Mike’s charitable giving, give away Robin Hood (was he in the bible?) It’s the precedent our city is setting by allowing a sitting mayor to put his family name on a facility that has received public funds.

“Beware of practicing your righteousness before other people in order to be seen by them, for then you will have no reward from your Father who is in heaven. “Thus, when you give to the needy, sound no trumpet before you, don’t plaster your name on the side of buildings, as the hypocrites do in the synagogues and in the streets, that they may be praised by others. Truly, I say to you, they have received their reward. But when you give to the needy, do not let your left hand know what your right hand is doing, so that your giving may be in secret. And your Father who sees in secret will reward you.’ Matthew 6:1-4

I guess maybe Mike has gotten to the New Testament yet in all of his praying and bible reading. It’s good stuff, especially the stuff that Jesus guy says about charity, money and lying. He also has some dark advice for rich peeps;

“It is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle than for a rich person to enter the kingdom of God.” Mark 10:25

But, hey who am I, as a former Christian to tell a practicing Christian what advice to follow? Plaster your name all over town for all I care, after all, we need something else to look at besides Sanford signage. Just don’t combine my tax dollars with your name, could care less what that Jesus dude thinks of it, I just think it is really egotistical and honestly quite tacky.

I will leave you with a quote from one of my favorite low-brow artists, and pinstriping pioneer, Von Dutch (who wasn’t a disciple, but a damn good artist) and probably didn’t have any kids that wanted to play tennis.

“I make a point of staying right at the edge of poverty. I don’t have a pair of pants without a hole in them, and the only pair of boots I have are on my feet. I don’t mess around with unnecessary stuff, so I don’t need much money. I believe it’s meant to be that way. There’s a ‘struggle’ you have to go through, and if you make a lot of money it doesn’t make the ‘struggle’ go away. It just makes it more complicated. If you keep poor, the struggle is simple. “

Oh, Dutch, our mayor is anything but ‘simple’