Mayor TenHaken: Broken Promises

The above video from March 20, 2018 when Paul was running for his 1st term talks about transparency. While he tells us all the things he will do as mayor, he has done the exact opposite;

• Put city hall under lock and key with security officers

• Moved public input to the back of the meeting, and broke the tie to make sure it went through

• Stopped communicating to certain councilors all together and presents policy on FB before even alerting the Council

• Has given no explanation for why several directors have disappeared

We will be visiting more of these ‘Past Poops’ declarations and how he has done the exact opposite during his administration.

This next video is about workforce development, March 29, 2018. While Poops doesn’t see into the looking glass when it comes to multiple low wage employers coming to Sioux Falls without providing the needed workforce or housing, he does break some more campaign promises;

• Doesn’t fund the Skatepark 100% through the parks department even though it sits on city property and will be maintained by the city, they are still out having bake sales to hit their goal

• Public transit is at an all time low with a failed on-demand ride program that he NEVER even talks about anymore

• Fails to get the Piggy Poop Plant to protect workers during Covid which causes the largest outbreak of Covid in the nation . . . so much with working with employers

More empty promises from our Cruise Control Mayor.


#1 Fear & Loathing in Sioux Falls on 12.06.21 at 7:03 pm

He seems to be shaving more now, however. The Nixon five o’clock shadow never works for anyone. But with his current two opponents he will be re-elected with 73% of the vote. It’s amazing how popular some are with flooding, tornadoes, comfy State Theater chairs, a yes and no mask policy, voting boxes only in Lincoln County, a Chick-fil-A, a stagnant Bunker Ramp, garage videos, a car wash economic development program, and a Sioux Steel project which would have happen regardless of who was mayor. Some people just have it and we’ll have him and his toolbox for a while….. Obviously, the people don’t “know what to do”.

#2 Further Fear & Loathing on 12.06.21 at 7:10 pm

Don’t forget the riot and rocks, too. But would it have been fewer than 28 rounds with another mayor?

#3 The Guy From Guernsey on 12.07.21 at 9:41 am

The sorry state of public transit in this town was again “highlighted” this past week with the news that Hy-Vee plans to close their store at 10th and Kiwanis.
“JuSt TaKe ThE bUs To AnOtHeR gRoCeRy StOrE”, has been the common retort to those in that neighborhood who rely on walking to that store.
To the Mayor (and those who advance this lame rationalization), I provide this challenge – try it. On a Saturday or Sunday, or on some routes with a return home following completion of your shopping after 6 p.m. on a weekday. Tell me how that works for you.

#4 D@ily Spin on 12.07.21 at 1:11 pm

It seems obvious Strong Mayor Charter doesn’t work. Wasn’t the intent to place one person responsible? What happens when deception becomes mandated dictatorial policy?

#5 Mikey on 12.07.21 at 7:39 pm

It’s me Mike. Sounds like you miss me?

I couldn’t help myself. Check this out, a document full of empty promises.

#6 l3wis on 12.07.21 at 8:01 pm

Thanks, I was looking for that. So are you Taneeza’s campaign manager 🙂

#7 Printer on 12.07.21 at 10:04 pm

Mikey, why do we worry about the fine print? PTH just wants to be loved and not questioned.

#8 Marie on 12.09.21 at 8:22 am

The Star Tribune/NELP National Employment Law Project look at Amazon warehouse jobs in Shakopee MN—coming soon to Sioux Falls with TIF subsidies for Amazon.
For workers–shockingly high injury rates, high turnover, lower regional warehouse job wages, reliance on taxpayers to subsidize Amazon workers living costs–while Amazon local government infrastructure subsidies come at the expense of other community services.

#9 Mike Lee Zitterich on 12.09.21 at 8:17 pm

The CRC COMMISSION is appointed by the Mayor to allow for the City Government and the People to bounce ideas around and discuss revising the charter. One has to remember, your asking them to place something on ballot of the next election, lets also remember, it may take more than 1 year to fine tune your proposed concept, never get mad if they vote to not place it on the ballot this year. Take it as a positive in order to jump start conversation – 1) You are discussing your idea in a public forum, with City Attorney present to clearify whether or not the proposal is legal or or not or to help improve the proposal.

Now – go out and discuss wtih the public, fine tune it, bring it back a second time, yet alone, you can create a Town Hall Forum outside the whelm of government to discuss directly with the people.

Relax, Enjoy Life, Have Fun.

#10 anominous on 12.10.21 at 6:10 pm

Is PTH gonna land a Trader Joe’s at the kiwanis HyVee spot now, or will he just let the quarry start a new hole there. Last night on the news he said he’d prefer a boutique store like a “Sunshine” to move in. Ok, yeah that was what was there before Hyvee arrived. Maybe we’ll get a new Dollar Tree, if we’re lucky.

#11 Fearing the Fuhrer & More on 12.10.21 at 11:21 pm

A “boutique” grocer? What is this, Beverly Hills? Maybe in Taupeville, but not at 10th and Kiwanis. You watch, in three years that location will be the site of the newest Silverstar. But at least you will have a shinier car then, when you travel further to find a grocery store, and a food desert is always hot and dry, which will make it easier to dry your car after its wash. #BuckTwentyFiveTree

#12 A Smash & Grabster on 12.10.21 at 11:59 pm

“MAs, uses thinks theys takes EBT at thats news boutique grocery store?”…. “Eyes going to finds out, then hurries back to watch the latest FB live of these mayor and his daughter”….

#13 "Woodstock" on 12.11.21 at 12:04 am

“‘Boutique grocery store’?”… “Do they have a food truck outside it, too?”…. “That sounds like the ultimate local TV news story, if you ask me”…. “Maybe there’s a brewery nearby as well”…..

#14 anominous on 12.13.21 at 12:27 pm

someone in the mayer’s office get on the horn to Fareway, please.