Mayor TenHaken’s ties to China

Last night at the Sioux Falls City Council regular (FF: 1:42:00) meeting a citizen brought up during public input the curious nature of Paul’s trip to China in November(?) 2019. Remember this was before Smithfield’s disastrous approach to keeping workers safe during Covid, and probably the reason why Covid spread so rapidly in Sioux Falls. Smithfield is owned by Communist Chinese investors that ship most of the product from our location to China. Think of it like the XL Keystone pipeline that would ship Canadian tar sands crude across our state to the Gulf Coast so it can be shipped to China.

Paul said this at the time of the trip;

“These relationships are critical first steps in establishing both trust and economic partnerships between our communities. One of our largest employers — Smithfield Foods — is owned by a Chinese parent company, and my office has had several other discussions with business development opportunities that have Chinese ownership ties. The Sioux Falls economy would strengthen via stronger cultural and business relations with key Chinese partners.”

If I was a guessing man, I can almost guarantee Paul met with Smithfield investors while in China. Remember how no one in his administration OR in Noem’s wanted to hold Smithfield accountable? How ironic that Noem just called a couple of newly elected Senators ‘communists’ while she bowed to the real communists whose ignorance of safety procedures helped spread the virus rapidly thru our city and region and essentially cost lives while Noem and TenHaken blamed immigrants for lacking proper hygiene. They virtually did nothing to stop the impending doom at Smithfield and even the CDC drug their feet.

Sorry Paul, I have ZERO interest in doing business with the Communist Chinese who are actively using 5G technology (antennas made in China) to spy on us and their meat-packing stink-hole plants to destroy our environment with little fines or punishment and providing unsafe working conditions that helped spread Covid through our community. The Chinese don’t care about our community, and the feeling should be mutual. This is about lining their pockets and little else.


During the City Council Informational meeting yesterday, there were a couple of presentations;

The first was about how the city plans to rebuild Hayward Park with a private/public partnership. I guess Steve Hildebrand and Matt Paulson are in charge of the fundraising. During the presentation, councilor Soehl asked why concrete and pipes (for the proposed spray park) cost $1 million. I told him during my public input at the end of the meeting it is because the city normally pays 2 to 3 times more for contractor work then what private industry does.

The Planning/Housing department did a presentation on how they plan to still build houses for a handful of families and sell them at a discounted price. In fact, Planning Director Eckhoff admitted something I have known for a long time, that contractors won’t do this work unless they can make some money. As I have known all along, this is has nothing to do with affordable housing, it has to do with certain developers and contractors making a buck on these Federal housing projects, this is a great program about it. While I understand they have to make a profit on these projects, I think they are and than some;

During public input, I told them about my idea of providing property tax rebates (small TIFs) to homeowners and small duplex and apartment owners in the core neighborhoods to fix up properties much faster for affordable housing. I told the city council it was time to invest in the ‘people’ of the city.

I ended my public input by scolding them about moving the regular council meeting to 6 PM, essentially shortening the informational and causing issues with the amount of time presentations can be done.


#1 Very Stable Genius on 01.20.21 at 7:56 pm

That photo has an eerie similarity to the good old EB5 days.

John King probably got this Christmas photo card.

#2 Very Stable Genius on 01.20.21 at 8:02 pm

Daugaard once said on Inside Keloland (Spring ’13) that the Chinese were “just a little more socialistic” than us. But if that’s the case, then who are the commies? Kristi claims it’s the senators from Georgia. So who’s right? Dennis or Kristi? Neither, because Republicans don’t know a real commie when they see one. All they see are dollars.

#3 Mike Lee Zitterich on 01.20.21 at 9:28 pm

Funny…Democrats want to bash Donald Trump, but yet you all just voted and supposedly elected President Joe Biden – whom does BUSINESS with China and is well invested in Chinese Businesses. BUT …

It was Donald Trump the man you all hate that signed Executive Order 13974 blocking these such transactions.

Amending Executive Order 13959—Addressing the Threat From Securities Investments That Finance Communist Chinese Military Companies

You want to attack “our” mayor, but yet “YOUR” President is a huge supporter and investor in Chinese Businesses.

Democrat Double Speak

#4 Very Stable Genius on 01.20.21 at 11:57 pm

Why did Trump have a secret Chinese bank account? How come Ivanka got all of her trademark requests from China as soon as her father became president? Why didn’t Trump criticize China over its handling of Hong Kong? And why did Trump tell Xi Jinping in private to start buying US soybeans again, so that Trump could be elected? Trump versus China: The Great Myth.

#5 D@ily Spin on 01.21.21 at 9:18 am

Relations with China should be at the federal level. They not only own businesses but they own our debt. Socialism works well for them. They set forth a plan to tame poverty and met it ahead of schedule. They have more infrastructure and technology. They’re the new world power. We forgave them for Smithfield because we had to.

The city must stay out of the real estate business. It’s competing against private enterprise. There’s no social welfare services and they want to buy homes!! Termites eat wood. We want food.

#6 scott on 01.21.21 at 10:18 am

we need to storm city hall and have a “stop the (sioux) steel rally.

#7 D@ily Spin on 01.22.21 at 9:53 pm

Political leaders and the rich regularly travel to China to open bank accounts and exchange USD for Yuan. Not true but the way the Fed is printing money because of Covid, the Yuan could become a universal currency to replace the dollar.

#8 10% For the Big Guy on 01.28.21 at 11:49 am

As long as Biden gets his 10%, it’s all good. I do wonder if he will get his 10% of all the solar systems sold in the US once he kills the fossil fuel industry?