More ethical questions about councilor Entenman?

As a South DaCola foot soldier pointed out to me this morning, City Councilor Jim Entenman has served as a board trustee for Sanford Health-Merit Care since at least 2009. Besides the obvious conflicts of voting on zoning issues with Sanford Health and missing council meetings to attend the Sanford board meetings (which he has), one wonders what Mr. Entenman knew about the Skyforce moving to the Pentagon before the EC vote? He comments on the Skyforce leaving the Arena in the informational meeting (FF: 18:00). Councilor Jamison asks who knew what after Entenman’s comments:

Councilor Greg Jamison said he wants to know whether members of the administration knew the Skyforce would be leaving before the events center vote.

“I think that’s a big piece of information we should have known,” he said. “It’s unfortunate that we didn’t.”

This is starting to stink more and more everyday. And as far as I am concerned Mr. Entenman needs to make a choice, does he work for the taxpayers of Sioux Falls or Sanford Health?


#1 Scooter on 12.06.11 at 9:25 am

He always has, and always will for for himself first, then the highest bidder second.

#2 l3wis on 12.06.11 at 9:27 am

Well, you and me know that, but when is the public going to get a clue?

#3 Scott on 12.06.11 at 9:33 am

Is there anybody from the new CC class that’s worthy of a second term?

#4 l3wis on 12.06.11 at 9:35 am

Cheese & Rice! One wonders? Huh?

#5 l3wis on 12.06.11 at 9:37 am

Staggers is running for Vernon’s seat and I’m guessing Millage will be running against Karsky. Wonder if Rant-A-Bit could get a council candidate debate? LOL!

#6 Alice15 on 12.06.11 at 10:28 am

We need really good, strong candidates to enter the race this year. If readers of this blog know of any, you need to start talking to them and letting them know they have your support and you’ve got their back. Karsky is definitely a wild card as the majority of voters that voted “no” for the EC are by the current facility and in his district. I know for a fact he didn’t do one thing to correspond with his district after he was handed this seat. I know this as I am in his district and didn’t hear one word from him and in fact, when I sent him an email of my concerns, I never received a response. I would bet Vernon and Greg wished they could take that vote back – but they can’t and Karsky is definitely vulnerable in this election.

#7 Alice15 on 12.06.11 at 10:35 am

As for Entenmen – there are 3 votes I wish I could take back – Entenman, Rolfing, and Huether. I didn’t do my homework and all 3 have been gigantic disappointments. (I still am amazed at the end of the day our choices were Huether and Staggers. WTH?)Entenman is all about his back pocket covered up by Hot Harley Nights – which Make A Wish and Char do all of the heavy lifting. If we are lucky – the rumor is true that Entenman isn’t running again.

#8 Timothy Fountain on 12.06.11 at 10:56 am

I thought the guy who did the Invocation was cool, though. That dramatic entrance was supposed to be on a Harley, a la Rob Halford of Judas Priest, but the dang thing had been run out of gas at Hot Harley Nights and was just sitting there like the decorative drinking fountain in the lobby.

#9 scott on 12.06.11 at 12:36 pm

this may be a dumb question, but did kermit term limit out, or did he quit to run for mayor? if he did term limit out, how can he run again? (we need more like him in office)

#10 The Guy from Guernsey on 12.06.11 at 2:00 pm

… might as well throw this one into the mix:

Dig the political inbreeding reflected on the Board of Directors for The SF Sports Authority – from T. Denny Sanford-ites, City Councilors; City Charter Revison Commision members; Premier Bank; Sanford Health Systems … and on and on.

#11 Pam on 12.06.11 at 5:23 pm

We need to quit recycling former council members, representatives, anyone who has previously held office and get new blood with new thinking and new ideas. Former politicians have served their time limits and need to move on.

#12 Detroit Lewis on 12.06.11 at 8:43 pm

Tim – I was going to give a shout out about that, wonderful prayer. As you know, I am deist but am a strong believer in prayer.

Kermit is not term limited. You can serve on the council as much as you want in TWO consecutive terms (8 years at a time).

Pam – I partially agree. While I think Kermit would have made an amazing mayor, I do agree new blood needs to rise up. I’m torn about the next city council election this spring.

#13 cornholio on 12.06.11 at 9:09 pm

I agree with Pam. While Kermit is a decent, nice guy – he’s already served for 16 years (8 in Pierre prior to 8 in SF). It IS time for new energy and leadership willing to challenge the status quo in this town. We can do better – but who will step forward? The election is just four months out.

The Event Center campaign, orchestrated by MMM and Diamond Jim, was the most disingenuous marketing job in the history of Sioux Falls. But I’ll give them credit – between their loan-shark credit cards and overhyped Harley’s, these two know how to prey on the emotions of the uneducated. I sincerely hope the EC vote was the exception and not the “new norm” for local politics.

#14 Scooter on 12.07.11 at 10:39 am

Does anyone have the knowledge how to recall a City Councilor? Just asking before I do the research.

#15 l3wis on 12.07.11 at 10:42 am

Don’t quote me, but as I understand it, the other councilors can boot a councilor. As for voters doing it, there has to be an election. If you want me to, I will ask someone in the know.

#16 Alice15 on 12.07.11 at 1:28 pm

Corn – any ideas of who that new energy would be? I have a couple ideas, but I’d like to know your thoughts. 🙂

#17 Scooter on 12.07.11 at 3:41 pm

I personally have considered running for city council. But not being a member of an exclusive club. Or not knowing any of the movers and shakers of this town I would consider any effort less productive than pissing into the wind…

Other words, I feel any attempt to run will be a complete waste of my time and money. I would never be elected.

But maybe that is part of the problem. The whole process is made to have the illusion of insider cronyism, that it prevents true civil service?

#18 rufusx on 12.07.11 at 7:14 pm

I have had “connections” with a good many of the insiders – off and on throughout my life – but sort of like where I live now-a-days (not quite in the city limits) am not quite a crony. Would that make me “fringey”?

#19 l3wis on 12.07.11 at 8:38 pm

Don’t get me started on ‘fringe’ candidates.

Scooter – this is what I was told about recalling candidates:

Charter states reasons a council member can be removed (by council).

State law provides for recall — whether it’s the mayor or city council. Home Rule Charter does not address it but that is because it is a “general law” of the state. Home Rule Charter cannot (should not) enact a law under the authority granted by Home Rule Charter that is in conflict with the state — other than a form of government.

If memory serves….. I think the citizens need to gather signatures that is a percentage of the last general election…. I think the percentage is 15% but would want to look it up. The provision is likely in Title 9 of the SDCL’s.

#20 hmr59 on 12.07.11 at 9:27 pm

New blood required…Andy Traub, please pick up the red courtesy phone…

#21 Detroit Lewis on 12.07.11 at 9:34 pm

I encourage all kinds of people to run, fringe or not 🙂

#22 Pathloss on 12.12.11 at 10:22 am

I recently moved to a condo in northwest Sioux Falls. Intent was better access around town and convenient use of the airport. A move down reduces my city property tax steered into foolish projects. I’ve another home in Vegas that affords reprieve from corrupt city government. A hidden benefit is I’m no longer represented by Entenman or Tornow. Next move will be outside city limits where there’s democracy and police don’t shoot up peaceful neighborhoods with 70 rounds.

#23 l3wis on 12.12.11 at 11:51 am

“Next move will be outside city limits where there’s democracy and police don’t shoot up peaceful neighborhoods with 70 rounds.”

BTW, would love to spend a weekend in LV and have a place to crash. Maybe we should plan a wild Bachelor weekend? So did you have to take your cement pad with you when you left your home?

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