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May 23rd, 2013 — Mayor Hubris, Mayor Subprime Mike Huether, Mike Huether, SF City Council, Sioux Falls
Well, he actually doesn’t, but he surely doesn’t want to subsidize paratransit for them (Item #26).
Huether was trying to pull a fast one, and cut paratransit funding (hours), and the ENTIRE council voted down his ill-conceived plan, and told him why it was stupid. He was clearly angry after the vote. He doesn’t take defeat lightly.
Some people are speculating why the mayor wants to cut funding, especially since we are spending millions on a new EC, a river greenway (FREE landscaping to a private developer) and have $45 million in reserves.
As one of the user’s of paratransit testified Tuesday night,
“I think it is great that we are building and funding a new Events Center, but if you cut Paratransit hours, I won’t be able to attend any concerts there.” (sic).
Oh the irony in that statement.
As someone said to me about the mayor’s proposal, “It was a pretty ‘Pukey’ move.”
May 14th, 2013 — Daugaard, Mayor Hubris, Mayor Subprime Mike Huether, Mike Huether
Had to chuckle at this blog post by an outsider doing business in South Dakota;
On the city website, he is referred to as “Mayor Mike.” With a background in marketing, Sioux Falls Mayor Mike Huether is none too shy about calling attention to his city.
“We should make the top two or three with every project you have,” he unabashedly told the assembled site selection consultants.
My experience is that a company will often have pretty good ideas on where it needs to be, as was exemplified by an email that I received from a CEO on Friday. My job, of course, is to refine those ideas and then find the best place, based on a whole lot of tailored criteria, where the risks are minimized and the chances for success are optimized.
I’m sorry to report to Hizzoner that Sioux Falls will not always make the finalist list. There are certain practicalities specific to a project that will simply prevent that from happening. I know it’s hard to imagine, Mr. Mayor, but sometimes your city will not be the best fit.
But I do believe the mayor, truly I do, when he passionately states that red tape doesn’t stand much of a chance in his city, with expedited permitting guaranteed. “We get shit done,” he said.
I only wish there were more like him.
Said Matt Healy, operations manager with Glanbia Nutritionals, now building a cereal ingredient processing plant in Sioux Falls: “The city and the state have been remarkably supportive. They have been exactly who they said they were.”
Yes, Mr. Barber, the city and state are very acommodating to ‘business’ but when it comes to their workers, they tax their food and pay them low wages. The unemployment rate in SD is low, because people here have to have multiple jobs to make ends meet. Funny how our mayor will pull no stops when it comes to ‘red tape’ for businesses, but when it comes to it’s residents he will threaten to haul your ass to the pokey for having grass that is 9″ high.
May 11th, 2013 — Mayor Hubris, Mayor Subprime Mike Huether, Mike Huether
Gawd said, “Operation Timber Strike” has been a success, even though Scott may not think so.
MMM asked me to blog about his speech at Democratic Forum, so here it goes.
As a city official said to me once about Mike, “I really don’t get the guy.” and after you listen to him speak at an open forum, you become even more confused of his intentions.
Forum started out with MC Tom Cool cracking a (very funny) joke about how Mike thinks citizens should be limited to 5 minutes for public testimony, so Tom says we are limiting him to 5 minutes (for each topic).
As Mike gets started, he began by talking about saving historical buildings in Sioux Falls. Forum’s rabble rouser, and education advocate, Melanie Bliss yells out, “SAVE MARK TWAIN!”
He then went into 1000th time about how he frostbit his ear while campaigning (how many times is he going to tell this story, until our ears fall off?)
Mike was surrounded by several mounted posters that said, “Sioux Falls is getting stuff done.”
Then Mike calls me out (Twice) because I have been critical here about him wearing his religion on his sleeve at Listening and Learning sessions,
“I’m sure Scott doesn’t like it that I said God, go ahead and blog about it.”
I laughed, and laughed even harder the 2nd time he said it. My friend sitting next to me says, “Boy, you really got under his skin.”
Then he had a little hissy about the microphone cutting out. Noticeably annoyed. (he doesn’t like being embarrassed, even though it wasn’t his fault the microphone wasn’t working.)
Then he went into a strange rant about how SF needs more affordable housing that doesn’t have dirt floors. Huh?
In some kind of stark irony he bragged about the city fixing the employees pension plan (which saves the city millions) which I applaud him for. But he seemed aggravated that the media did not cover it, because it was a ‘big story’. He said the media would rather cover stories about people punching each other in the face. (which reminded of the time he tried to get Citizen Stanga to punch him in the face in the Carnegie parking lot). The irony of the pension savings is that they are all getting burnt up in the EC interest payments.
He went into a long diatribe about how the city reserves are in great shape but never once mentioned the $400 million dollar debt lurking over our heads (around $2000 per citizen). Then says NO recession exists in SF. While I partially agree, the business sector has rebounded nicely, wages are still stagnant, even more then before the recession. He also brags about all the jobs available in SF (most low wages).
Then Mike turns into Dr. Huether and blames diabetes on the fact that no one can swim in the winter. Really? I will say this. I like jumping in a pool or a lake on a hot summer day, but I don’t know how to swim, and I don’t think it has altered my life in anyway. Not being able to swim in the winter is not a big deal, and if you think it is, go to one of the many PRIVATE indoor pools around the city and take a dip.
He almost started crying while talking about ‘Operation Timber Strike’ and says we really don’t need the Feds money. Once again proving my point that the city can afford to trim THEIR trees in the boulevard. He said the volunteerism that happened during the ice storm reminded him of the ‘old time days’ where neighbors on the farm helped each other combine and milk cows. Of course he lived in town as a child and collected beer cans at Yankton’s famous ‘Ice House’ bar.
In some weird intro, he talked about all the ‘crust’ on him from serving the public. Then gave another 1000th time speech about ‘negativity’. Someone at my table says to me ‘What does he mean by negative?’ I said, “The truth?” While I don’t get annoyed too often, I do get bothered when politicians call people who expose corruption and lies as being ‘negative’. So are oncologists being negative when they tell you that you have Cancer?
He still has yet to say if he is running for Governor or Mayor, well, someone asked him the question at Forum. After a long pause, he said that him and the governor have a great relationship of getting things done (LOL) and said he still wants to ‘do things for Sioux Falls.’ but never really said if he is running for either office. I am still in the camp that he is ‘exploring’ running for Governor.
Another Forum friend sitting next to me asked what Mike was going to do about how bicyclists are treated so rudely in Sioux Falls. She confessed to me that people were making fun of her one day at the grocery story for riding a bike. Really?! I have rode bike in SF for almost 18 years and people in this town are rude and oblivious to bicyclists. My advice has always been, “Be on the defense, and take no prisoners.” Mike just kind of shook his head about the issue, and asked if she wanted to be on a ‘task force’ to help bicyclists? Sorry but it is going to take more then a task force to solve this problem. Bicyclists in San Fran took the bull by the horns a few years back and flooded the streets causing traffic to back up, after several times of doing this, people started to get the picture. Be courteous to bikers.
Then before he started taking questions, Mike claimed that the Federal government was ‘broke’. When any politician uses this talking point, I usually cringe. Because, the Feds are NOT broke, just swimming in debt, just like our city.
Then he promises he will develop an ‘Economic Engine’ by the new Events Center site. He said that building an EC downtown would have basically wrecked DT, because people would not want to live across the street from an EC? Nevermind that there is a large residential area next to our current EC building site. Have you asked them how they feel about it? Nope, let’s just snag up more space for parking (Item #34).
My opinion about MMM has never been that great, politically speaking, but I have always tried to not have anything personal against the man. What a politician does in their personal life is their business. But after attacking me at a public forum, I will say, Mike, my ‘personal’ opinion about you has just been flushed.
Love this last little diddy where our mayor poo-poos property rights and almost makes the assumption that judges don’t understand the law, wow. (audio file)
Mayor Dem Forum Code Enforcement 5-10-2013
May 10th, 2013 — Democrats, Mayor Hubris, Mayor Subprime Mike Huether, Mike Huether
Get your questions ready, in a little over an hour (noon) our esteemed leader will be addressing Democratic Forum. VFW, South Minnesota Ave.
May 1st, 2013 — Cartoon, Mayor Hubris, Mayor Subprime Mike Huether, Mike Huether
April 4th, 2013 — Mayor Hubris, Mayor Subprime Mike Huether, Mike Huether, SF City Council, Sioux Falls, Sioux Falls Mayor Race, Snowgates
Just reading the Argus snowgates article and noticed SubPrime is blaming the snowgaters for his inability to order and use them right away.
“Huether said he would like to see them bought and used immediately, but the issue must wait until the April 2014 municipal election…”
Will he use the petition drive as a wedge issue? Sorry Mike, nice try, but here is the lowdown;
1) You allowed Council Chair Erpenbach to CENSOR us during the election meeting, even though YOU are the administrator of the meeting, and could have prevented it, then tried to wash your hands of it in an email to me a few days later.
2) You say you ENDORSE snowgates, but refused to sign our petition to allow people to vote on the issue.
3) The council denied our Spring 2013 election. If the election would have been allowed and snowgates passed, they would be in use by November 2013.
4) The council said that they didn’t BUDGET for a Spring 2013 election or for snowgates, so they could not go into affect Nov 2013. Yet you and the council appropriate and transfer funds at almost every council meeting through resolutions.
Keep pointing the finger Mike, in the mirror that is.
March 31st, 2013 — Mayor Hubris, Mayor Subprime Mike Huether, Mike Huether, Walfart
Image; courtesy of People of Walmart.
Yeah, we can read all about Mike’s latest adventure to bring in more trailer-trash retailers . . .
A major concern in the planned Walmart development, according to Ross Wright, a neighborhood resident, is the potential abrupt transition from single-family residential zoning to the most intense C-4 commercial development. Wright acknowledged city officials such as Cooper are making a good faith effort to ensure as gradual a transition as possible. But Wright referenced comments Huether made about people overcoming misgivings and allowing the administrative process to play out.
“You say people do not trust government,” Wright told the mayor. “That’s where we are now. People are shaken.”
Hey, Ross, if you trust this mayor, I have a spray park I would like to sell you on the Big Poo River, and it just happens to be in front of a Hilton Hotel!
Not sure what to think of this comment (left yesterday on my site), or whether it is true, but it kinda shows how the mayor likes to roll . . .
The Lincoln County state’s attorney attended the Mayor’s listen and learn meeting this morning and asked the Mayor why people in the area of 85th were not told of the deal for Wal-Mart to build another store in their neighborhood. The Mayor didn’t answer. The Lincoln County attorney then said he attended the Wal-Mart open house and asked the Wal-Mart representative why the 85th street location and was told that’s where the city told them to build. The Mayor got angry, used a four-letter word and said he wanted the Wal-Mart guys name. At least the Mayor is consistent. At every twist and turn.
CLARIFICATION: Ross Wright is a deputy in the Lincoln County state’s attorney office and is the person the commenter misidentified as the SA. He is not holding himself out as a Lincoln County deputy/employee at these events. He lives in the neighborhood and has been a vocal opponent to the proposed development. As for the 4-letter word, not sure what it was. But I know Mike like’s to say ‘Crap’ quite a bit.
I have been hammering this home before he even stepped into office. Mike will do what he wants, when he wants. And until the electorate figures this out, he will continue to make the rules, control the checkbook, and thumb his nose (and middle finger) at you, every chance he gets.
There will be a Walmart at these two locations. And you know why? Because the citizens of those neighborhoods are not strong enough to stand up to this bully. Or maybe they are?
And people are worried about my ‘cyber-bullying’. The only ‘bully’ in this town is your mayor, and his boot prints are all over your faces.
March 26th, 2013 — Darrin Smith, Daugaard, Mayor Hubris, Mayor Subprime Mike Huether, Mike Huether, Sioux Falls
Don’t mess with the ‘Wizard’ of Sioux Falls (reader submission)
After knocking a few cans over, I finally got the torrid details of the pissing match that is going on between the mayor and the governor’s economic development office.
I must remind you that these events are ‘rumored’ to have occurred, by an anonymous, reliable source. I have had two other people verify the events as I am laying them out.
It all started with a lunch meeting the governor’s economic development office was having with a company interested in moving to Sioux Falls. Now this isn’t your normal, run of the mill, strip mall retail center, this is a research facility that wants to spend about $60-$80 Million building a facility in Sioux Falls. Also in attendance at the lunch was an ED rep from the city, and MMM.
Huether seemed to be confused as to why there wasn’t an ‘executive’ from the company at the lunch. The governor’s ED office informed Mike, during the meeting, that the Governor has already had ‘several meetings’ with the company in the past few months.
Mike was not happy (a temper tantrum ensued), and Mike left the meeting.
Mike then instructed his ED office to stop working with the Governor’s ED office representatives, and went as far to tell the governor’s ED office to ‘reassign’ certain reps.
Would have loved to hear the laughter in the Governor’s office after that request.
As I understand it, the Governor’s ED office reps are very good at their jobs, they also dot their ‘I’s and cross their ‘T’s. They probably also don’t care who gets credit for this, though preferably, they would prefer their boss to get the credit, since it seems the governor’s office seems to be the one doing all the legwork on this project.
It seems MMM is a little bent out of shape, because the governor’s office is stealing his thunder on this project. What is unfortunate is that Mike could screw this whole thing up because of his ‘ego’ problem.
The company is close to making a decision. They also admitted that 60% of the jobs they already provide are already from this region (I believe they are an Iowa company that is in the region) But have vowed to of course fill the remainder of the jobs from this region also. The main reason they want to move to Sioux Falls is they plan expansion, and they know they can only do it in Sioux Falls. They will also provide good wages, remember, as I understand it, this is a research facility, not a Walmart.
*As I noted, this comes from a very reliable source, but this is all second-hand accounts of the events.
March 24th, 2013 — Mike Huether, SF City Council, Sioux Falls
The city council recently told the snowgate petitioners that they could not have a spring 2013 election because they didn’t ‘budget for it’. Yet magically $1.8 million dollar surplus showed up;
The Sioux Falls City Council is deciding how to spend a $1.8 million surplus left over from last year’s capital budget, money that could go toward a variety of projects.
Why the city council even bothers horsing around with this is beyond me. Everybody knows who holds the purse strings of this city; Mayor Huether.
GETTING ‘HUETHERED’ BY ELLIS
Speaking of old Mikey boy, Ellis did a fantastic column about his arrogance today;
Huether was not amused. KSFY asked him about the photos (Huethered). He refused to look at them. Then he invoked God, which is seldom advisable in these situations, telling KSFY: “You know what, have fun, have fun. If you think that’s what God wanted you to do with the days that were given to you, have fun with it.”
He came across as crabby.
And a Charlatan, which he is.
HIT THE ROAD JACK!
But this coming week may get a little rocky for MMM. I recently got a tip that Mike got into a tit-for-tat with the governor’s economic development office over a business that wanted to relocate to Sioux Falls. More on that, once I ‘Huether’ out all the deets.
LET’S GO SWIMMING (OUTDOORS OF COURSE)
And since the media already knows, I might as well let the cat out of the bag. The Save Spellerberg petitioners are turning in their petitions this week. They have well over the needed 5,500 signatures.
March 23rd, 2013 — Art, Mike Huether, Poetry, shit found
A poem I shat out a little bit ago:
Missing a belt loop, toot-fruit, one-armed, nicknack handler.
Classic car, from afar, hot dog stand, without a plan.
Hot tea on a Saturday night? Dumb. Why not chew your nails while watching reruns of ‘Friends’?
Who invented fun?
I fucking did.
SLE • 3/23/13
A GREAT FB post about Huether:
Why does Charles Bukowski continue to show up?