I know I have been preaching about this since I started the blog, but closed government has repercussions;

Lenin’s Tomb at the Zoo. Casualty of Closed Government.

Rejected ‘censored’ public art. Casualty of Closed Government.

Sustainability. Casualty of Closed Government.

Infrastructure cost overruns. Casualty of Closed Government.

Bunker Ramp. Casualty of Closed Government.

Code and Health violations ignored. Casualty of Closed Government.

Policy discussions in executive sessions. Casualty of Closed Government.

I could list hundreds just from this administration alone. The worst part is the local media is mostly complicit. Besides Forum (Sioux Falls Live), Dakota Scout and SF Simplified, nobody is asking the questions or demanding the info.

Just look at the council agenda for this Friday. Why is there a special meeting at 9 AM with NO agenda and NO information from the council or administration? By state law, the agenda doesn’t have to post until 24 hours in advance, but in a REAL FUNCTIONING OPEN GOVERNMENT scenario, the public would have been informed immediately if a special meeting was being called even without the agenda being legally posted.

Part of the problem is that State Law ‘allows’ local governments to determine what they consider ‘confidential’. Leadership in either the mayor’s office or on the council could fix this, they could put into city charter that information flows freely, or better yet, present it to the Charter Revision Commission and put it on the ballot!

As I have mentioned, the city council struggles with getting help from the administration on crafting legislation. Just look at the E2 ordinance. Besides clarifying ADA and speed limits (which is already on the books) all Councilor Neitzert is asking is to add E2s and mysteriously both the active transportation board and the parks board said they don’t know enough about them to make a decision. At a recent bike committee meeting, they seem to keep beating the dead horse;

Parks Board and Active Transportation Board had tabled the Class II ebike ordinance proposal until questions could be answered regarding enforcement, safety, speeds, and other issues. Sims reiterated that there are safety concerns that need to be addressed and other options such as licensing of e-bikes which could be explored.

Newsflash! The city isn’t going to do a study. They also are NOT going to enforce anything. This has been on the books for 5 years with NO studies, NO enforcement and NO major injuries. Also, who is going to pay to register their E2 so they can ride it on PUBLIC PROPERTY? NO ONE! What makes these committees and boards think something will change next month? I encouraged Greg and other city councilors to bring legislation without the administration’s blessing. If these people are so concerned, they can show up to the 1st and 2nd readings and voice those concerns like the rest of us. Stop playing the mayor’s games and start throwing aces.

As I have stated in the past, a lot of information given to me cannot be published because either the source doesn’t want to go on the record or they are anon. While some in the administration ‘think’ the leaks are coming from the dais at Carnegie that couldn’t be further from the truth. I have a network of former city managers, current and former city employees and other associates. But the public doesn’t have access to these sources or the time to weed thru the rumors like I do.

We do have an opportunity here. There is a Spring council election with the possibility of 3-4 new councilors. I encourage people to recruit non-partisan candidates that are pro open government. I have about 6 possible candidates on the big board but it is going to take at least 3-4 in each race to really shake things up. Open government is easy to fix, and it costs nothing and saves taxpayers oodles of money in lawsuits. We can have a progressive city that cares about everyone, but we can’t have it when city hall is locked and asleep at the wheel.

4 Thoughts on “Closed Government Issues in Sioux Falls

  1. D@ily Spin on September 20, 2023 at 11:58 am said:

    City government is a Matrix that’s lost somewhere between A-eye and 3D. The only rescue is the centrifuge that’s inside going around Carnegie. Citizens will come to the polls to change this but it’s going to take a stripper pole, happy hour, and no cover charge. The state will become involved once there’s a new rodeo Queen for governor.

  2. Fear & Loathing in Sioux Falls on September 20, 2023 at 2:51 pm said:

    “…..but it’s going to take a stripper pole, happy hour, and no cover charge….”

    Wow! That sounds like the grand opening to a Scarlett’s South in Taupeville and next to Limitless Male of all things.

  3. Further Fear & Loathing on September 20, 2023 at 3:13 pm said:

    “Lenin’s tomb at the Zoo”, that has an interesting ring to it. I believe the Beatles recorded that, or was it just ‘Back In The U.S.S.R.’? Oh, and how apparently the Beatles today would be impressed by our local Soviet housing program. Say, have you heard about this dead nun in Missouri whose body isn’t decaying? Maybe the “Task Force” should look into this. Although, she was never hunted, but it appears to have a Fatima quality about it and definitely tourism capabilities….. Bunker Ramp/Berlin Wall, friends with Potsdam, and now Lenin’s Tomb, where is this all going?…. But like I’ve said many times: The corporatists are the true communists around here…. Best to follow the tusks, that’s where the action will be. Plus, our local Chief’s name is pronounced “tomb”, which should be a further indication of wonder. It’s all beginning to make sense to me…. Plus, Lenin and Lennon, the Beatles, ‘I Am the Walrus’, stuffed or not, and it looks as though we could all use some ‘Help’ around here….. Else, I’m afraid it’s going to be nothing but ‘The Long and Winding Road’, and it looks as though it will definitely not be ‘Strawberry Fields Forever’…. 🙁

  4. D@ily Spin on September 21, 2023 at 8:42 am said:

    Every year there’s a staged pheasant hunt shooting tame birds released barely in front of wealthy out of state politicians. Why not stage taxidermy on a set and let them open up with deer rifles so they can say they went on an African safari?

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