Dem Forum; At-Large ‘B’ Candidate Forum, Erickson & Weiland

Notice later on in the debate how Erickson tries to blow off her involvement with the Downtown parking ramp. She mentions that Hultgren is no longer involved and Lamont properties is in charge.


When Erickson sat on the SECRET RFQ (Request for Qualifications) Committee, she picked Legacy, ran by Norm Drake and Aaron Hultgren. When she voted for the Parking Ramp, it was being developed by Legacy, Norm and Aaron (no mention of Lamont). When it was found out that Norm, Aaron and company were dragging illegal asbestos across our city and being criminally investigated, Erickson voted AGAINST the repeal.

Don’t let Christine fool you, she was all in from the beginning with Norm and Aaron, and she continues to support a private/public partnership with a company that is being sued in civil court and criminally investigated by the Feds.

There ain’t no splaining that will get you out of that.

Early Prediction in Mayoral Race

If the election was held this Tuesday, this is where I would have candidates end up;

Jamison – 28%

TenHaken – 26%

Loetscher – 20%

Entenman – 15%

Anderson – 10%

Gunn – 1%

I’m not saying how solid these numbers will be come April 10. I will say that Paul, Jolene and Jim could mix those numbers all around and we could see any of those 3 in runoff against Jamison. If anything, I think Greg’s percentage may increase. I just think he has such solid support, it will be hard to keep him out of the runoff. We could also see a rally by Anderson that could put him in 3rd or 4th place.

St. Paddy’s & Politics

Sioux Falls City Council Agenda March 20, 2018

Woot! Woot! There is only ONE meeting this time around, the regular Council meeting, and it doesn’t have much.

Item#1, approval of contracts, apparently our own parks department can’t bother themselves to mow the grounds around our water plants, we contract it out.

Item#48, Inclusion Resolution, I guess the mayor had to get one more feel good thing in before he left. While I certainly think that there isn’t anything wrong with this resolution, it really doesn’t mean a hill of beans coming from an administration that has totally ignored our social issues in this community for an entire 8 years.

The next mayor and council need to move forward with putting some legislative teeth into inclusiveness, not just words on a piece of paper.

It was Sioux Falls City Councilor Pat Starr. Why not just say his name?

Mike Huether’s administration decided to take the ‘passive agressive’ approach when throwing a fellow elected official under the bus;

Recent comments made to a local news organization regarding Sioux Falls Fire Rescue and the Sioux Falls emergency medical services (EMS) system are a disservice to the residents and visitors of our city. When it comes to medical emergencies, our community is in safe hands.

What were the comments and who made them? Your press release doesn’t mean anything unless you tell us these important details. Maybe Mike’s communication director needs to go to ‘Writing a Press Release 101’ class.

Oh, and it gets better;

Sioux Falls Fire Rescue is exploring the potential to utilize paramedics, currently employed within their department, to be advanced life support responders during specialty incidents. Specialty incidents include events like water rescues, structural collapses, and SWAT responses. The addition of this response capability will have no impact on the City’s contract for surface ambulance service.

It will in fact have a HUGE impact. First off, we will be subsidizing our private for-profit ambulance service more AND we will finally be allowing 1st responders from our SFFD to perform advanced life support instead of waiting for a phantom ambulance to show up.

It’s time to move forward with a public ambulance service and stop the games.

UPDATE: DaCola Likely voter predictions for Sioux Falls

My Data Guru, Cameraman Bruce crunched some numbers for our upcoming Sioux Falls municipal elections, and he came up with some interesting graphs and demographic predictions;

UPDATE: Actual Registered Voters (DOC: 2018sfAll)

Sioux Falls City Council Public Input, Mar 13, 2018

Don’t we wish his time was over? Since we all know the expiration date is near the countdown is on. Just 60 days left before our misery is over with the guy who makes these meetings a pain. We had an amazing experience with someone running the meeting the week before who actually wasn’t trying to hide something. The man who complains he can never recover from the accumulated Public Inputs he’s had to suffer through will soon never have to sit through them again.

Why do we go through this pain every week? It was great to see Sioux Falls lawyer Bob Trzynka, our regulars Sierra Brossard, Tim Stanga, David Zokaites, Mike Gunn, Detroit Lewis, Cameraman Bruce be joined by Thor Bardon and Jim Guisler to let the Council and city in on the latest.

The main theme seemed to be about how nice the meeting was the week before with someone else in charge of the meeting. The overflowing number of thank you comments to the Council Chair did not seem to go over very well. Hmmmmm…..

Bob Trzynka, Mike Gunn and Jim Guisler did a nice job letting everyone think about the sound issues in Sioux Falls. It turns out the sound levels they are trying to enforce are lower than the regular ambient levels. Do ya think there’s a problem? Enjoy what the MayorCam caught of the moderator’s fumbling meeting management.

There was a few moments caught on video of Tex Golfing’s smug attitude in pulling off their attempt at 2018 election rigging. The moderator and soon to be gone Tex Golfing only have a few more meetings to be smug in, then it’s the classic “don’t let the screen door hit ya where the good Lord split ya”.

With School Bond issue on the horizon, it’s time to end TIF’s

Let’s face it, with the Sioux Falls School District telling us that it is inevitable they will need to build new schools (though I would rather they spend the money on giving parents FREE birth control) that means our property taxes in Sioux Falls will be going up, ALOT!

I think it is time to either put a moratorium or to eliminate TIFs all together. Developers in this town need to start paying their fair share. With over $700 million in building permits last year, it is obvious that developers and investors don’t need a handout or rebate on taxes to develop, if anything all this massive growth is hurting us, with little payback to the city, county and school district coffers.

It is time WE ALL paid into supporting public education, and that means killing large, unnecessary TIFs once and for all.

If it Smells Bad and Looks Bad, it is probably Bad.

This is exactly what I told the city council last week in reference to doing business with Legacy Development for the Downtown Parking Ramp PPP.

Today it was announced that the piling on continues;

A lawsuit was filed on behalf of Emily, Mike and Chris Fodness on Tuesday.  The defendants named in the court filing include Legacy Development & Consulting Company, LLC; Aaron Hultgren; Hultgren Construction, LLC.; Boomerang Investments, LLC; CLP Investments, LLC; Olympia Real Estate Holdings, LLC; and RISE Structural Associates, Inc.

Besides the McMahon and Fodness families suing, the Federal Government and OSHA are still investigating, those charges could be coming very soon.

Many in the public continue to ask the question; Why would a majority of the council support this project? What do they know? Many feel there is some kind of underlying corruption going on. Makes you wonder, and if there is what could it be?

Let’s look at what we know for sure;

We know that for some strange reason the city agreed to pay for ALL of the foundation costs which basically doubled the price of the parking ramp.

We also know that the hotel got one heck of a deal on the lease without a proper appraisal.

So what would happen if the bonds (around $21 million) are taken out in April and the deal with Legacy or Lamont falls through before a shovel goes in the ground? This means the city would have this money sitting in an account to use for almost anything. Why? Because the bonds will be taken out with the 2nd Penny as collateral. Like the $9.1 million mortgage payment on the Denty per year and the $1.1 million mortgage we pay on the administration building we would have to pay an additional $1 million out of this fund, which is supposed to be for road repair.

When this deal was struck many directors and councilors claimed that we would never have to worry about that because the parking department’s enterprise fund produces enough revenue to make the mortgage payment. No way. The revenue basically covers wages and maintenance now, and not much left over for bond payments. Those fees will have to be raised significantly to cover that payment. Let’s face it, it was no accident that the 2nd penny was used as collateral, because it will have to make this payment. No getting around it.

So is this just a scam to get our hands on $21 million for something else? Not sure. But the whole deal stinks really, really bad. I guess we will have to wait, once again, on the courts to open the books.

End the Rex Rolfing Nightmare on May 15

If you watch the City Council meeting last night you will see councilor Rolfing up to his normal head shaking, I am right attitude with his right hand man, Mike ‘Rude Boy’ Huether returning to run the meeting.

It didn’t take long for Mike to insult someone at public input, accusing a local attorney of not being ‘organized’. In fact, the attorney was doing what a good attorney does, speaking slow and methodically to present his case. But Mr. Ramrod wasn’t having it, luckily though councilor Stehly was able to extend his time.

So after 8 long years of MMM and his lap dog Rex Rolfing, imagine my surprise when I heard Rex was running in my district (13) for the House race. SAY IT AIN’T SO!

I have already threatened to register Republican so I can vote for Noem in the primary, but with this latest revelation, I could also use my switcheroo to vote against Rolfing.

Please, my Republican friends, let’s retire this disaster of a public servant on May 15th for good.