Sioux Falls City Councilor Erickson proposed ‘pausing’ Covid Tourism (and other council tidbits)

Just when you think Christine grew a brain, she pulled a Hannibal Lecter and ate half of it.

Last night when the council discussed funding educating the public through our health department about Covid ($20K) she suggested we pause the ‘Sioux Falls Alive’ program, or as I call it ‘Covid Tourism’. I guess the CVB has said they would, but of course we have nothing in writing from the CVB they will do that, we also have nothing in writing from the contractors, TenHaken’s former(?) ad agency Click Rain that this program will be paused. As a person who has worked in marketing, I can tell you, once you sign advertising contracts, sometimes it is hard to turn off that faucet. I guess time will tell, but as of this morning, the website still exists. So in other words, like the mask mandate, it was just a strong ‘suggestion’. But what made Christine’s suggestion more ironic is that she voted against the health education funding as did Nutzert and another pup. Go figure. She really needs to put away her ugly pills.

What makes the irony even better is when the 1st reading for city employees vacation holdover to 2021 passed,  Nutzert said, “It has been hard to travel during this pandemic.” Who needs to travel to take a vacation? How about a Sioux Falls Alive ‘Staycation!’ Who says we can’t have fun in Sioux Falls during Covid? All the bars and restaurants are open, and if you don’t want to wear a mask? Who cares! The cops will not do anything anyway . . .

. . . speaking of that, it seems the SFPD has been listening to Detroit Lewis when it comes to mask mandates;

Sioux Falls Police spokesman Sam Clemens clarifies how the new mask ordinance will or won’t be enforced at Wednesday’s briefing.
“If the business owner or manager tells them, ‘you have to have a mask. It’s our policy.’ and if the people refuse, and they (the manager) says, ‘Well, you need to leave,” and they don’t, then it’s trespassing or causing a disturbance, according to Clemens. “If somebody leaves, then there’s no issue. There’s no problems. There’s no reason for police to be involved.”

Gee, what have I been saying for WEEKS about enforcing trespassing?!!!!! I may just be qualified to not only be the Chief of Police, but the City Attorney, an unlike the Fire Chief I live in Sioux Falls!

Speaking of eating out during your staycation, it just got easier, the lingering ordinance failed in a 5-4 vote (TenHaken, Neitzert, Erickson, Selberg, Jensen – NO). Erickson also attacked Brekke (who proposed this) claiming she is targeting certain businesses (uh duh). While I get the argument, I will tell you as a person who has worked in the hospitality industry this is the busiest time for them through the New Year, but not this year, and distancing tables at restaurants are not going to change their already dismal sales. Usually January-March restaurants are deader than a doornail. I would encourage restaurants to sell the crap out of gift cards right now, it may be the only thing that keeps you afloat. I warned months ago that the hospitality industry will be the hardest hit, especially when the patios have to be closed. If I owned the building my restaurant was in, January 1st, I would close my doors until April 1st and make sure all of my full-time employees get on unemployment. If restaurants right now are slow, it will be even worse January 1st. While I get restaurants wanting to make decisions on their own, this ordinance would not have harmed their business anymore than what Covid already has. I want to remind these business owners, if your customers are sick or dead, you are NOT going to have much business moving forward. We need to look over the horizon. This is temporary. Once the vaccine starts to get distributed, hopefully by late Spring, early Summer most people will be vaccinated and Covid virtually disappears, but until that happens, we need to get our sh*t together and take precautions.

I also found it a bit suspicious that suddenly SIRE* stopped working yesterday at 4 PM *(Meeting Agenda platform and Video) and the city cancelled the informational meeting. Shortly after that the city did a patch on the agenda page with a link to a PDF of the agenda and a YouTube Livestream for the regular meeting at 7 PM. First, the obvious, I have argued for years that the meetings be livestreamed on Youtube and replays be stored in YouTube. This costs taxpayers NOTHING. It has worked for the Sioux Falls school district of years and even the City of Omaha.

But I have a feeling this was done intentionally to save face from last week’s embarrassment of not having enough bandwidth in SIRE to watch the meeting. So this week I’m sure Mayor Stoneless and Chair Nutzert devised a plan to save face and not be embarrassed by people telling them the meeting wasn’t working in SIRE so they claim their was ‘technical problems’, yeah, sure, you betcha. Funny how the technical problems occur right at 4 PM, and once the regular city council meeting ended at about 12:07 AM, magically at 1:00 AM, SIRE started working again and the meeting popped up this morning.

Trust me, there wasn’t any technical issues just a couple of rats hiding cheese.


#1 D@ily Spin on 11.19.20 at 8:09 am

Covid tourism sounds morbid but it’s Halloween and trick or treat for all city policy. Let’s all cluster and die from the virus before there’s a vaccine and life gets back to normal. Perhaps a better idea is a parking ramp castle that attracts lightening for building a Frankenstein monster.

#2 D@ily Spin on 11.19.20 at 4:02 pm

Isn’t Covid Vacation aka Sturgis Motorcycle Rally?

#3 Fear & Loathing in Sioux Falls on 11.19.20 at 8:20 pm

What about leprosy tourism? Perhaps: Great Faces. Great Places. Might need to be changed, however.

#4 99.9999% on 11.19.20 at 9:25 pm

My GOD you clowns crack me up. Let’s all die of COVID? That’s laughable. I don’t think a lot of the old nursing home people with multiple issues are going to restaurants and bars. Again, SCIENCE says over 99.9% of the human population is going to survive COVID. We just went to the Argentina place on Benson and Cliff tonight, nice crowd! Food was fantastic, I recommend it. We had a nice bottle of wine and some delicious cake for dessert. Was at the Barrell House as well this week, love their Old Fashions. I’m actually glad the feel good mask measure passed so you ass clowns shut the f up about it!!! We are doing our part to help keep these hard working folks afloat, I’d hope you could do the same. And NO MASKS were worn, and the helicopters you keep talking about flying in and out with dead folks didnt show up at either place of business.

#5 "Very Stable Genius" on 11.20.20 at 6:30 am

Chopper service to a restaurant? That would be cool. But most likely the choppers are flying between hospitals.

The elderly don’t go to bars? Oh, really? My mother’s retirement home once went to the Treasury for an outing (true story), but then that retirement home also had a big problem with COVID last spring. It was because underpaid employees were bring it in from their households where others in their households worked at crowded and underpaid jobs.

OH, and .1% is 330,000 people in the US alone with mitigating acts in place, like wearing masks. That’s a lot of people with mitigating acts. It would be worse without these mitigating acts, however.

Plus, what’s really your position? .1% or .0001%? .0001% would only be 330 deaths, which is half of what has already happen in SD.

Instead of going to restaurants, or bars, right now, we should just be sending out more checks and monetizing the debt from it.

I love grandparents, how about you? I also know I love my 93 year old Mother.

#6 D@ily Spin on 11.20.20 at 7:54 pm

A sense of humor is valuable. I read the comments. We’ve found how to handle what’s happening. Each day is the next day. Life is like a box of chocolates. Tom Hanks should have been elected President. He could have run with ‘Wilson’ the soccer ball. Sarcastic but better than leadership we’ve had and grown used to.

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