Back in the Saddle

I guess Qadir passed the smell test, for now;

The Multi-Cultural Center’s board reinstated Aware Tuesday, but members would not release a report from a University of South Dakota group it hired to review the center and its activities.

Okay, so let’s get this straight, a public university (which receives state money) conducts a a review of a public institution (which receives state, county and city money) and the public is not allowed to see it?

He (Aware) said he prefers to spend money on programming rather than on expensive brochures and advertising, but agreed the center needs to update and improve its Web site.

I couldn’t agree more. But was the money being spent on programming? That is the bigger question.

“If you look at what the people of the community said in these focus groups, and if you can look at the services they are providing and say there are not any problems, then you’ve got your head in the sand,” she (CC Twedt) said.

So why did we wait 13 years to evaluate the center? Seriously. Are we gonna just wait until the bottom falls out before we do anything?


#1 Scott on 03.24.10 at 7:50 am

Let me guess what’s going to happen with the website issue – instead of finding somebody to volunteer a few hours to make a functioning site they’re going to throw away way too much money to a “social media” expert who will create something short on information and long on annoying bells and whistles.

#2 l3wis on 03.24.10 at 7:53 am

While we are on that topic, I would agree. The pitiful part is that the city gives thems $185,000 a year. Why can’t the city’s Media Services donate some time to the website? It would cost taxpayer’s very little, since these guys don’t really have much to do anyway and we are paying them.

#3 Scott on 03.24.10 at 9:20 am

Oh come on, we can’t stop the city’s money flow to their favorite marketing company.

#4 Costner on 03.24.10 at 11:04 am

Go the extra mile.

Actually if they were smart they could hire Electric Pulp to spruce up the website. They could pump that out in about 72 hours and whatever they would charge would likely be less than the city would attempt to cost shift to the Multicultural Center from the Media Services group.

#5 John on 03.24.10 at 7:45 pm

The bottom line is what did he do or not do to be suspended from his job? And why did BOD members quit? Is there money missing? Did they audit books while he was off? If the city puts that kind of money into the program the USD Report better become public!