UPDATE: So now the Sioux Falls City Council is just deleting (censoring) the meeting videos?

UPDATE: The meeting has been fixed. Last night it was missing about the last 30 minutes.

So I showed up late to the City Council meeting last night and did public input on some items towards the end and mysteriously, that part of the meeting is missing.

I’m going to be nice, or at least ‘TRY’ to be nice 🙂

I could go on rants about open government, the 1st Amendment, the violation of State Law, etc., oh I just did.

But how is that a city with a $700 million dollar yearly budget can’t rebroadcast their public meetings in their entirety?

When I look at the city council in action it reminds me of this image;


The sad irony is the city could rebroadcast these meetings on YouTube, FOR FREE.


#1 Donald Pay on 06.03.21 at 8:13 am

Shi…uh, Stuff like this happened in Rapid City in the 1990s. At first the excuse was technical glitches, but it kept happening, and it was mainly the same people or the same issue. It turned out the Mayor took it upon himself to selectively edit the meetings before broadcast. Check into it.

#2 D@ily Spin on 06.03.21 at 9:21 am

A sad day for democracy. This action defies constitutional law. When will state and federal government intervene?

#3 LCJ on 06.03.21 at 1:14 pm

This is akin to suppressing evidence in a trial.
Unfortunately, there are many small towns, school districts and county commissioners that think they are immune to open meeting laws, public input laws, yet at the same time have no problem revealing the proceedings of an executive meeting if it helps friends or family.
No, SF government is not the only one trampling on the rights of the people that pay them.

#4 "Woodstock" on 06.03.21 at 1:37 pm

“Maybe we should start doxing City Hall!”….

#5 Mike Lee Zitterich on 06.03.21 at 2:05 pm

I am confused, I see all the public comments on the city website, recordings. Are you sure you may have checked during a period where the video was being transferred from live to past history?

#6 Bruce on 06.04.21 at 7:08 am

As a person who has uploaded over 5400 local government videos to YouTube, there is no excuse the city can give for the poor quality of the process being used. Also as a person who has had to use the video in a federal lawsuit I have learned the city appears to be restricting the uploads to permanent record retention system because we learn research and find out how their lies are built.

There are no accidents in this process, it is an intentional process to continue the closure of Sioux Falls and other local governments from scrutiny.

#7 Very Stable Genius on 06.04.21 at 12:59 pm

While we are on this overall topic about transparency. Do most of you remember how easy it used to be, just a couple years ago before KELO was bought out by the current owner, to access old KELO stories going back to like 2001? Well, no more, now, you can only go back a couple years. The fourth estate has a duty, too.

( and Woodstock adds: “Ya, I used to enjoy going back to that 2007 story of Mayor Munson on KELO filling potholes with the city crew”…. #WhereIsItNow? …..)

#8 Bruce on 06.05.21 at 6:49 am

VSG, as with all authoritarians, history starts and ends with them. PTH, MMM and up the chain of ignorance all have the same agendas, limit the interference of the people so they can get rich by controlling who and how information is handled.

#9 D@ily Spin on 06.05.21 at 12:53 pm

I’ve advised new citizens to buy homes out of town. The commute is minor and one doesn’t have to witness city corruption and Marxist socialism. I’d move but I need to be close to the VA and a townhome association for maintenance (disabled Vet). When there’s townhomes in Tea or Hartford, I’m outa here.