Sioux Falls City Councilor Brekke on Ethics & Open Meetings

Janet Brekke set a new standard for Sioux Falls City Council thought provoking discussion on June 19, 2018. During the discussion of the fake Public Input control ordinance Brekke had to remind the proponents and everyone else what goes into proper process. We must remember, there is nothing lost if everything is in the open following proper process.

The Selberg / Kiley fake Public Input ordinance controversy never had to happen. It was a brain dead proposal to shut off voices they did not want to hear, interfering in proposals they appeared to want hidden from us, the owners and customers of our city government.

To help everyone understand, the city of Sioux Falls is technically a public corporation run through by-laws (A.K.A. Home Rule Charter). The Home Rule Charter gives the administrators certain responsibilities and are answerable to us, the stockholders. We citizens are the stockholders of the corporation, not the special interests who pay money to have more influence or pay platting fees.

The last few years we have been teaching the public how and when they should redress their issues and concerns. This fake issue was shot down by the people, those who showed up and those who couldn’t. It appeared for the time being, the elected board of directors heard the message.

On July 3rd we will need everyone to show up again to make sure the message was received and the Council does the right thing by getting rid of the fake problem. There is other work to be done.




#1 l3wis on 06.20.18 at 10:43 am

Former Mayor Bucktooth and Bowlcut’s head would have exploded. One of the main reasons Janet ran was because of the corrupt dealings of MMM.

#2 Mike gunn on 06.20.18 at 9:38 pm

Very well stated, by Janet! I hope those that have forgotten what their position was will soon understand that they work for the people. Janet, Theresa and Pat have held to their campaign promises thus far. I hope to see more of that in the near future from all.

#3 D@ily Spin on 06.20.18 at 9:47 pm

I don’t know Brekke but she’s a lawyer who recognizes the damage during Huether’s Kleptocracy. It’s harder to return to democracy than it was destroying it. Hurray, maybe a few are restoring power to the people. Let’s try Rule if Law. It’s worked since 1776 except for 8 years during Huether.

#4 i12doit on 06.21.18 at 7:36 am

Power does strange things to some people’s ego. The more they mask (or rearrange it) transparency, the more they can give each other the reach around. “We must remember, there is nothing lost if everything is in the open following proper process.” That’s putting it lightly and only a fly swatter half measure. Let’s not forget the other side of the coin. There are many undiagnosed people with personality disorders and their attempts to hide the deeds in their grasp for control with no accountability or whatever other elitism it may be, need to be unmasked before they walk in to the bank of honesty where the people’s trust is stored. Keeping things hidden from the constituents is like if a Police Officer were to drive under the influence thinking the law doesn’t apply to him or her because they wear a badge and have tactical driving skills. Which is actually just as dangerous as giving a baby a loaded gun. What’s with the city and it’s colorful characters who run around with their pants down? Maybe I am over reacting. Perhaps it’s just embarrassing to them when someone is there to remind them of the mess they made that is evident from the brown smears on their back side.

#5 D@ily Spin on 06.21.18 at 9:50 am

After disrespecting public input, city government has a bad reputation. They are not us. It’s a criminal enterprise that squeezes protection money from us for their benefit. It’s become a sit down to decide who to put a contract on and decide liquor bootleggers. Councilors are a hopeless mistrial because many are bribed by special interests.

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