Wholestone, Video Lottery, Ticket fees and Data Harvesting

There has been a lot of talk about the upcoming election. One of the topics is Mayor TenHaken’s participation in the Anti IM 27 campaign and if it is it is legal. I have been warning people for years that PTH’s former job was being a political partisan marketing hack, and little has changed. He continues to ignore the ethics of being a politician while setting precedents when unchallenged. Paul not only is betting the farm on his input to the opponents but I also think he is doing this to harvest statewide voter data for an eventual run for Governor or Senator. It makes me laugh when Paul says he hates politics and doesn’t like being a politician, but he has done it his entire professional life and now is using PAC money from a PAC he runs to make a political stance. We will see how this plays out. I think the race is in a dead heat, but if Paul is successful in getting his SF mayoral supporters in line with his feelings on MJ he will set another precedent right in front of our faces. Even if IM 27 passes and foils his ambitions (he will still have secured the voter data), I still encourage members of the IM 27 campaign to file ethics violations against him for his political stunt as a sitting (lying) mayor.

Even if the Wholestone Slaughterhouse ordinance fails or passes (I think it will get between 70-80%) it will ultimately be decided in a court of law and NOT by voters. Why is this? For the same reason I voted NO. It is a poorly written measure that doesn’t address property rights and current zoning. Liking the concept or not doesn’t matter here, it is about law and city ordinances, and since the city council didn’t have the courage to do something about this in January here we are. Thousands of disenfranchised voters and a very nervous judge.

Speaking of the ordinance, council chair, Curt Soehl, decided it was a good idea to write a letter to the editor in support of the NO vote. I was told the entire council was advised to publicly keep quiet about the ordinance until after the election, Soehl obviously ignored them. Funny how this guy likes to tell councilors how to conduct themselves during meetings but does whatever he wants to on the side. Not just an authoritarian, but a hypocrite.

The Events Center Campus is a dump and always will be, that isn’t coming from me, that is straight from councilors yesterday at the informational meeting;

Neitzert called the proposal to spend more at the events center complex a “sunk-cost fallacy,” and unless the plan includes overhauling the entire neighborhood and creating a walkable road network, he doesn’t anticipate much success.

“We’ve been proven wrong twice,” he said. “It’s just a tough area. It just is.”

Maybe Greg learned something from his Bunker Ramp vote. The 3rd time isn’t always a charm.

Speaking of Greg, last night with the support of the mayor at the council meeting found ways to limit video lottery at a handful of casinos but did argue that it will take some stronger ordinance changes in the near future to affect change. I can guarantee lobbyists for the VL industry in SD are already nagging lawmakers to make changes to state law so they can have these mega casinos that hand out free beer. Like Wholestone, this will also be decided by a court, and also like Wholestone the City Council acted too little and too late. The city council should have been working on this for the past two decades.

A few weeks ago I addressed the city council about having a $5 dollar bond payment ticket fee at the Denty to help pay down the mortgage. This week they turned around and gave a ticket fee to the general fund of the Sports Authority for ‘Marketing’ with NO oversight. Of course this is the same city council that continues to subsidize the operations of the Pavilion while spending millions on building repairs while the Pavilion sits on a $5 million dollar savings fund. Yet some how the city may have to scrounge the money together for an additional warming shelter this winter.

The screenshot below is from the last Audit Committee meeting Councilor Jensen chaired. It was so nice of the taxpayers of Sioux Falls to fund City of Sioux Falls logo wear for councilors (instead of a simple $10 lapel nametag magnet) so that when they actually show up to a live streamed public meeting they could be promoting their Dr. Oz and Alex Jones vitamins. #justrolledoutofbed



5 comments ↓

#1 Fear & Loathing in Sioux Falls on 11.02.22 at 11:42 pm

What’s MaxMuscle? Do I need to do that after Limitless? AND, for a minute there, I thought that was Fetterman and not Jensen. Plus, doesn’t Premier have a strict dress code?

Maybe “Someday” the Events Center Campus will all work out, huh?

I recently had a dream where Sioux Falls was merely a town with taupe houses, car washes, and casinos. Perhaps, I’m a psychic…. #73PercentProject

When it comes to Mary Jane, it will be interesting to see if they all “know what to do”….

#2 D@ily Spin on 11.03.22 at 9:55 am

The meat packer vote hardly matters. City zoning and ordinances can’t restrict private enterprise. The charter and ordinances can’t be defended. The city always loses in court.
The Events Center is an Albatross and DoDo bird. It wasn’t necessary given that the Convention Center could have been expanded. It was inflated inferior construction. Add on ticket toll will only drive away attendance. The best hope is as a tornado or incoming cargo plane insurance claim target.

#3 scott on 11.03.22 at 10:34 pm

stay classy alex.

#4 EC Collapses on 11.04.22 at 9:27 am

Remember when the roof was collapsing on the Convention Center in 2016? Just a sign of our BoomTown city government gone astray building structures with flimsy excuses and foundations.

#5 Further Fear & Loathing on 11.05.22 at 10:03 am

How about the crack in the balcony after the first concert at the Pavilion back in ’99. Yet, the Bunker Ramp ironically stands strong, Zip Feed tried to, and the Copper Lounge didn’t. Although, we wanted it to. I could say they don’t build things like they used to, but they have always had a problem like that around here in the post Zip Feed world.