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Did we learn anything from 8 years of Huether?

After the election results came in last night I’m starting to ask that question. I will give the TenHaken camp credit though, I have been hearing they ran a multi-faceted campaign that contacted people through social media, direct mail, robo-calls/push polling, radio and print media. Diversity works.

But I ask people if they recall this resume from 8 years ago from another candidate;

Business acumen and pro-business

Corporate Marketing experience

ZERO government experience as either an elected official or public employee

Someone who wasn’t afraid to wear Jesus on their sleeve

Lots of ‘promises’ on how they will make Sioux Falls better for EVERYBODY.

Someone who got the financial contribution support of the big banksters in town

Someone who used nationally proven strategic campaign techniques

While that was Mike’s resume, guess who’s resume this time around fits that bill? Only ONE candidate, Paul TenHaken and to a certain degree Loetscher. Did we learn anything about what a Marketing guru has done for our city? I’m guessing not.

While many may say Mike was a Democrat and Paul is a Republican, I have often thought Mike was a Democrat in name only and used the Dem stamp to get support from labor and the party resources. After he switched to independent he proved to me that he really never was a Dem.

I truly believe that Paul is using this run as a stepping stone for something greater (kind of reminds of someone else to? Huh?)

I think it will be important for the new council to get ahead of the game this time around, whether it is Jo or Paul as mayor. They really need to implement policies ASAP to assure transparency and open communication between the mayor’s office and council. It’s better to just write open government into ordinance than to take a ‘wait and see’ approach. We have been down that road the past 8 years, we don’t need to be there ever again.

Argus Leader endorses(?) TenHaken & Loetscher

I was told last week that they were going to ‘endorse’ someone, I just didn’t think they were such big wussies they couldn’t pick just one. I figured Loetscher would be endorsed. There are many close relationships between the JO-LOET Camp and the Argus management. Jo is my 2nd choice, so I agree . . . with that proposal . . .

The TenHaken endorsement was done to try to save their Republican readership. Paul is Huether Part II. If it walks like duck and talks like a duck, it’s a duck.

Loetscher proposes SFPD uses precinct systems

While Jolene’s idea is a good one, I would go whole hog on it instead of baby steps.

Jolene proposes putting in 5 precincts at the community centers. As I understand it these centers are already to crowded with activities.

I would tweak the plan by putting the precincts at the Fire Stations and expand them to provide public ambulance service. You would kill two birds with one stone and you would put public safety under one roof instead of multiple roofs.

Politicking at Benson’t Flea Market

There were at least 4 booths at the Flea Market. Loetscher, Sutton (Nice homemade signs), Brekke and Hubbel.

Sioux Falls Mayoral Candidate Loetscher supports public ambulances

Jolene was at Democratic Forum today. She talked about tablets that first responders use in Houston, TX. They have saved taxpayers oodles of money because it gives first responders the ability to direct patients to the right services if they don’t need an ambulance. So I asked Jolene if she supported public ambulances. She said she definitely would like to look at the option and mentioned that Houston has public ambulances.

My contention has always been that public ambulances would provide faster response times (each fire station would have one) and would pay for themselves through patient fees. We would probably have to hire a third party independent contractor to collect the fees. Most likely it would work on a commission basis.

No matter who the next mayor is, I think this has to be seriously considered.

Loetscher takes a page from Stehly

When I have volunteered for petition drives, Benson’s was always a great place to talk with constituents. Too bad we couldn’t get Jim Entenman out of Michael Bender’s board room long enough to attend, he’s too busy talking about corporate handouts and welfare.

While Stehly has no intention of running for mayor, I bet if she announced on Monday she was running and on Tuesday the election was held, she would be the next mayor.

Jolene getting some help from the Dems

Jolene Loetscher stumbles a bit in Lalley interview

Know your hot button issues especially when running for mayor.

Jolene was on the Good Ship Lalley Pop (podcast has yet to post) show today, and she did pretty good, but she stumbled a bit when asked about the Downtown Parking Ramp. She said she supported the project and that it was good for downtown development. She went on to say that councilor Neitzert did a good job of ‘crunching numbers’ and explaining why we are paying double the national average for stalls. (Because we tax payers are taking on a 100% of the ‘soft costs’ which are about $6 million, and IMO should be SHARED with the developers like the ramp wrap, architectural and engineering designs, utility upgrades and reinforced foundation that is needed to support the PRIVATE hotel).

When Jolene was asked if the private investors should be released, she said YES. A good answer on it’s face . . . but.

What Jolene must not know, or has missed is that you can support this project all you want, but if you don’t support the investors staying secret you can’t support the project, it’s part of the convoluted plan. You can’t have your cake and eat it to.

The city doesn’t want us to know and says that NO public officials (or family members) are investing. Even if we trust them on that verbal only promise, there is NOTHING preventing public officials from investing in other NON-PUBLIC partnerships with the same secret investors, something I think is happening and is a conflict of interest IMO and probably the #1 reason these investors are being kept secret. It is NO secret that the mayor and some of the other councilors do invest in local development projects. But do these lines get a little blurred when you are helping your fellow investors out on a public project? You know, that whole back scratching thingy.

While the city has NO intentions of releasing the names of the private investors, only the guarantors, which includes Aaron Hultgren whose construction company has been fined thousands of dollars for OSHA safety violations for the Copper Lounge building collapse. Hultgren’s name alone attached to this project is another reason why the public should know most of the private investors.

I will give credit to Jolene for sticking up for transparency, but you can’t have it both ways as mayor. Private developers will fight you tooth and nail before releasing those names. So would Jolene cave to secrecy or would she forgo public/private development for transparency? Good question.

I have argued all along the best way to have transparency with development in Sioux Falls is by creating or eliminating regulation legislation that supports growth instead of handouts like TIF’s and taxpayer partnerships. These tax incentives NEVER trickle down to the common citizen taxpayer in this town. It hasn’t worked since Reagan introduced this asinine way of governing and it never will. Let FREE enterprise and development in Sioux Falls sink or swim on it’s own and let our tax dollars provide the services that truly trickle down to us all instead blowing millions on developer welfare projects.

So please Jolene, keep fighting for transparency, just don’t expect developers to get on board.

At least one mayoral candidate agrees, too much money going out the door from The Denty

Listen to what Jolene says about the EC and it’s visitors;

I have been saying for awhile, besides the tax revenue from ticket sales, the Events Center is acting as a vacuum with money going out of our city.

Speaking of Jolene, here is a fundraiser she is having;

Loetscher wants to ‘clean up the crap’ at city hall

She better get something bigger than a donut bucket and shovel.

“. . . I’m ready to keep cleaning up crap and doing business with an entrepreneurial spirit as mayor.”

She said this in a ‘tongue & cheek’ way in front of city hall with the mayor’s office in the background and her poop cleaning boots on. Are we going to see some more edgy videos from Jolene?