Change Anything you want (Guest Post, Bruce Danielson)

Let’s get this out of the way right now, the Charter Revision Commission as currently composed and directed by the city government is set up to be a place where things go to die. It doesn’t matter what the proposed idea is, it should just die if the administration currently in power deems it. The CRC will just read their prepared scripts and do what they are told.

This year’s CRC fun involves the excuse Triple Check the Charter petition process is to blame for their inaction. We’ll disagree on this, Justin Smith said it plainly in the last go round 2 years ago, their job is to make sure thing don’t go on the ballot because the public might just vote for the change. So most of the work of the CRC is going down (as grandpa would say) “the crapper” as expected.

The November 6th, 2019 CRC meeting carried on the tradition of inaction by Justin Smith missing from the meeting this time and Bob Thimjon was missing from the last one so items can’t be fully discussed or ruled on. With Justin Smith missing, vice chair Pauline Poletes opened the meeting with a clarification of her personal role and of course Anne Hajek, not to be outdone, declares she also is there for the citizens. OK, they clarified their “personal” positions in a less than positive way. I wonder what brought that on?

As you watch the meeting video, note how different members seem to be reading a canned speech to make sure the right words are said. Who wrote the commissioner’s speeches? If the presenter really felt strongly about an issue, why did he need to read a speech?

Oh speaking of reading a funky smelling speech, let’s discuss the funkmaster of the city council showing up to funk up the proceedings. Greg Neitzert had to read from his notebook to make sure he told us of his undying love for all things administration. His statement “if you were to remove the mayor as a member of the City Council, I mean really what this comes down to is I think you have a small group of people that are still angry about two or three votes in the last ten years and their answer is to essentially upend city government…” I guess he is talking about we, who own the government, being upset by four mayors who have increasingly ignored their responsibility to protect the public’s right to know. We have watched Greg Neitzert go from begging us to help him run for office to now pretending he doesn’t know the people who helped him get his bigshot position as protector of PTH and TJ Typeover. BTW, did they help him write his speech?

There’s an issue brought up by Joe Kirby we’re torn about, the 6 month residency requirement. The original proposal would have prevented former Harrisburg sometime voter, Ritch Nobles, from running in 2016 for an At-Large spot. If the full implementation of the proposal were in place in 2016, Marshall Selberg would not have been able to take a seat as the SW District Councilor because he was still registered as a NW voter until a few days before the election. Does it matter if Marshall moves to a district he could win in and or does it matter if Ritch Nobles moves to Sioux Falls just so (as he admitted) he could run for city council?

All in all, the references to Triple Check was a confirmation the public was right in demanding changes because the Charter Revision Commission is a waste of time and energy if real changes are necessary to the home rule charter.


#1 SL on 11.07.19 at 7:12 pm

This current city administration has turned into a three ring circus. The pressure from the public, contentious voting by city Councilors, unsure how to handle storm damage, runaway spending and commissions as mentioned above will have the current Mayor thinking twice about reelection. I still feel that Nietzert is being groomed to run for Mayor. The next election will truly be interesting.

#2 Neitzert 4 Mayor, ThuneHaken 4 House, "Dusty" 4 Senate: "A new Three Stooges movie coming out in the Fall of '20" on 11.07.19 at 7:50 pm

Let me guess, in a parallel universe there’s a Neitzert character, who works as a mid-century protestant minister, and who drives a car with fins.

( – and Woodstock adds: “I think this ‘character’ had a cameo in an ‘Andy Griffith Show’ episode once”….(“‘A car with fins?'”…. “My uncle use to have a car like that”….”He lost it in a poker game, then he had to fly home.”))

#3 D@ily Spin on 11.07.19 at 11:41 pm

It’s obvious the charter revision thing is a blockade that prevents a return to democracy. Kleptocracy is the order of the day at city hall. I once thought state intervention could restore people’s government. Now, the corruption is deeper. It’s gonna take federal influence and intervention. KELO Investigates has a new thing with Angela K that knocks on the door at city hall with no answer. This CBS National corp recognizes this has become a 60 Minutes revelation. How this plays out will be very interesting.

#4 l3wis on 11.08.19 at 7:37 am

There will NEVER be an investigation by Angela of TenHaken. Her late daughter Emily was his kid’s nanny.

#5 anonymous on 11.08.19 at 9:33 am

What happened to Triple Check, Councilor Brekke and Bruce Danielson?

#6 Bruce on 11.09.19 at 7:29 pm

anonymous, stay tuned some people in city hall may not be happy…

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