Greg Jamison to Announce Part One of his ‘People First Initiative’

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Sioux Falls SD – Greg Jamison a candidate for Sioux Falls Mayor will announce part one of his People First Initiative.  Jamison’s initiative for Sioux Falls encompasses many new innovative ideas that will ensure the Mayors’ focus is returned to serving the people of Sioux Falls.

The People First Initiative is Jamison’s vision for the future of Sioux Falls.  Jamison recognizes that there is a disconnect between the Mayor and the public.  “Over the past few years there has been a lack of commitment to the people of Sioux Falls,” Says Jamison.  “My People First Initiative is designed to send a signal to all Sioux Falls residents that they will come first.”

Part One of Jamison’s People First Initiative is to put more time back into people’s lives.  Jamison goes on to explain, “I am very excited to announce part one of my People First Initiative. My vision will modernize Sioux Falls and keep it moving forward while improving the quality of life.”

The announcement will be held outside at the corner of 10th street and Dakota avenue on Monday January 13, at 10 am.



14 comments ↓

#1 Tom H. on 01.13.14 at 1:10 pm

Jamison’s “big announcement”

I don’t think I’m ever going to understand the obsession with traffic in Sioux Falls. It’s not that bad, and honestly, a little traffic is the hallmark of a productive and successful city. Putting in $15k stoplight upgrades at every intersection may be cheaper than road-widening, but growing a little tolerance to moderate traffic delays is cheaper still.

#2 OldSlewFoot on 01.13.14 at 1:55 pm

What traffic? Just another hot button issue.

#3 pathloss on 01.13.14 at 3:08 pm

Service to citizens. I’ll believe it when I see it. City officials are so far subtracted from the population I doubt there’s a way back.

#4 Titleist on 01.13.14 at 6:33 pm

If one is opposed to traffic congestion on the west side, especially 41st and Louise one should support the Walmart on the South side. It will ease traffic congestion on one of the busiest intersections in South Dakota.

#5 hornguy on 01.13.14 at 7:03 pm

Traffic isn’t a problem in Sioux Falls but people in Sioux Falls who have never lived anywhere with real traffic have convinced themselves it’s a problem. It’s not a bad issue for him to raise; harping on inside baseball issues like the mayor’s personality and his relationship with council isn’t going to get Jamison anywhere.

#6 LJL on 01.13.14 at 8:28 pm

H*LY $#IT I finally agree with horny on an issue.

Jamison needs to establish some favorable issues with the middle city folks like improving aging residential streets and traffic issues. Do we have real traffic issues. No, but it’s a good start. I’d also float the idea of a 26th street Kiwanis to I29 completion. Doubt that it would ever get done but discussing it moves the voter dial. He should also push for a standardized protocol for snow removal. Something like if it snows more than 4 inches without a thaw cycle within 4 days, plow it.

Elderly people vote. Use issues that the elderly will connect with.

I would also use TIFS as a talking point. No TIFS unless your creating X number of jobs and improving a area with true blite. Or TIF for rentals with square foot rate less than $X.

#7 Testor15 on 01.14.14 at 9:33 am

Our current officeholder found his issue 4 years ago when the hot button issue was the condition of our streets. Munson left them a mess and the people were pissed off. So the good voters of Sioux Falls decided the fast talking salesman would make them pretty and he did for the most part. He directed his efforts to putting lipstick on a pig of a problem. We now have city employees, running city equipment putting asphalt blankets on top of streets.

Why should the city of Sioux Falls own and manage this equipment? What happen to competitive bidding? Mr. Mayor and city councilors, why are you taking jobs away from the private sector? Are the local asphalt contractors in favor of losing a chance to do the job they have done very well for many years?

So is the mayors attempt to micro manage the street repairs and other projects why we so many more city engineers?

What do the local engineering firms think about the micro managing and mayoral control?

#8 rufusx on 01.14.14 at 9:44 am

FYI to all the TIF obsessed on this board – among the general voting public – the TIF issue you have is a non-issue – not even on the radar. Also FWIW – the SON issues are (I’m predicting) gonna be BIG losers in the election.

#9 l3wis on 01.14.14 at 9:53 pm

Ruf, kinda like people don’t vote for teabaggers in your district? Totally off the radar, a non-issue.

#10 rufusx on 01.15.14 at 1:47 pm

Who ever said that? It was pretty damned obvious that the TEA farty at least dominates the Repubs in my part of the state when they booted a long-serving Repub gun nut – ’cause he wasn’t gun nutty enough in the primary. Now – you go out and get 4,000 votes in such a district – and you might have something credible to say. Meanwhile – your anti-TIF clique here remain out of touch with the actual whole of the public.

#11 rufusx on 01.15.14 at 1:49 pm

Actually – I think that can be broadened to your anti-development clique.

#12 Detroit Lewis on 01.15.14 at 10:27 pm

I am neither anti-development or anti-TIF. I have stated clearly, over and over again.

1) Development is a FREE enterprise, they can sink or swim on their own accord without government assistance.

2) TIF’s should be used for their original intent, to clean up blighted areas and provide affordable housing.

Keep stretching the bubble-gum Ruf, soon you will be able to blow a bubble that will encompass your entire body.

#13 Tom H. on 01.16.14 at 9:47 am

Just to clarify the anti-TIF stance – if a property requires a TIF to be developed, that means that its market fundamentals are not good enough to warrant the development on their own.

If every major development in town starts using TIFs, what does that say about the fundamentals of the entire Sioux Falls real estate market?

Or, in metaphor-form – if you drink a glass of wine a few times a month to help you sleep, no big deal. If you drink three glasses a night and two at lunch, you might have a problem.

#14 Detroit Lewis on 01.16.14 at 10:58 am

Tom is right, if banks are only willing to lend to developers based on what kind of public assistance these developers are getting, that should worry us a bit. You can’t tell me that someone as big as Lloyd doesn’t have plenty of collateral, capital, and good standing credit to get these loans without a TIF.

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