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King Dave’s last Kingdom report

Mayor Dave Munson will present his final State of the City address at 1:30 p.m. today at the Orpheum Theater Center.

Funny picture of the day; Munson filling potholes

Stormland TV News (the propaganda wing of Sioux Falls city hall) did this story about Dave filling potholes. Shouldn’t surprise anyone that Dave is pretty handy with the shovel 🙂 His voicemail must be full of angry messages from citizens. There was a street downtown by Sunshine grocery store that I couldn’t even drive over 4 MPH on because it was so littered with potholes. It looked like the road to the Baghdad airport. Ironically that street has looked like that for years, but hey, blame one snowstorm and one rainstorm for the problem. Hey, we can’t fix the streets, the monkeys at the zoo need shiny new shitters.

You would think that someone who has been a politician for 32 years would get it? But I guess not.

Once again, Munson does what he does best, blames the ‘negative’ people for his problems;

Politics really bothered me deeply because I believe so strongly in the city of Sioux Falls.  I think Sioux Falls is so fortunate because we’ve got a very positive group of citizens out here who work hard every day and it really bothers me,” Munson said.

First off, as a politician, everything you do is ‘Politics’ secondly, you clearly broke campaign finance laws, and the only reason you got away with it is because you played ‘politics’ by playing bait-and-switch with the other councilors and citizens of Sioux Falls. You said you were going to not run for a second term (because you were clearly busted) but once again, you didn’t keep your word.

Mayor Munson to announce his 2010 budget contingency plan today at the 4 PM informational

A year late and a couple of million short. Rumor has it King Dave is going to announce major cuts to 2010 budget today. I guess he doesn’t want to pass those difficult decisions on to the next mayor 🙂 This should have been done a year ago, or at least before the budget was put together. Cuts should always be up front, and hey, if you save a little money you can pass those savings on to tax payers.

I had an interesting discussion about a week ago with someone in upper management in the city. They told me that there is a lot of waste in most of the city departments, they see it first hand. They also inferred that some departments horde money and when they realize at the end of the year they need to spend it, they do so in one lump sum to make sure they get it the next year. I could rant for several paragraphs about this, but I won’t, because this comes as no surprise. What bothers me the most is that this is OUR money being pissed down the drain instead of being spent on infrastructure upgrades and customer service to citizens.

South DaCola Classic toon of the day • Oct 9, 2007

What did I tell yah?

Another back door deal, luckily it fell through;

The negotiations had been a closely guarded secret, and some city councilors were unaware of them. As late as Monday night, administration officials were declining to talk about the issue. But on Tuesday, Mayor Dave Munson confirmed that talks had ended.

“They looked at what they felt they could do,” Munson said. “It just wasn’t close to where we were at, so we dropped it.”

What I can’t figure out is why ‘some’ councilors were let in on the secret and some were not? Does the mayor view some councilors more important then others? He sure does. According to this article, at least one person knew about it.

“I know that there really wasn’t an appetite for us to spend money,” Councilor Greg Jamison said. “It was supposed to be on the cheap. I told them that it was the only way I could support this.”

I can bet that Knudson was probably also let in on the secret. Government works best when it is out in the open, transparent and has checks and balances. Why were there only a couple of councilors serving as those checks and balances? This stinks, but is no surprise. Here is an example of the partisianship that exists;

Rumor has it few weeks back the city councilors and mayor received an email from a event center task force member accusing one of the councilors in participating in class warfare, and organizing the effort to kill the Events Center recommendation. I know this councilor very well, first off I won’t even respond to the class warfare comment since that is the typical talking point rich people drag out every time the little guy mentions they don’t want to pay for their playgrounds (and this guy is rich, trust me) but as for organizing the effort, I can say this, I know this councilor very well and at no time did he ever mention to me or Cheryl Rath that we should attend EC task force meetings. In fact, Cheryl is the one who encouraged that same councilor, myself and the media to show up to the meetings because the shit was going down. I haven’t seen the email yet, but I’m crossing my fingers that it will surface in the media and reveal once and for all some of the bullies that sat on the Task Force ramming their flawed plan down taxpayer’s throats.

But back to the original topic. I have often felt that the city should have refurbished the coliseum for a performance hall and converted the old Washington High in joint offices for the county and city and left Carnegie as a museum. But it is still not too late. The city owns the Pavilion and has dumped over $20 million into it’s maintenance and upgrades since it opened over 10 years ago. I have suggested all along they close the Science Center (except the Cinedome) and make the space into offices for the city. It wouldn’t cost us a penny.

Is Munson pulling a fast one in his final days?

King Dave wants to make sure his dictatorship stays in place long after he is gone

It seems lately Munson is making a lot of board appointments, prematurely that is. If you fast forward towards the last item you will see that councilor Staggers objects to the appointments, and the rest of our fine rubber stamp leaders seem annoyed. Word on the street is that a lot of these appointments shouldn’t be done until the next mayor walks into office, but it seems Munson is trying to stack the deck against the next mayor. He even appointed one person on the ethics committee to a 5 year term even though they are only supposed to serve 4 years. Many departments are also trying to sidestep the council and administer their own rules. This is disheartening, but not surprising. I have often said that Munson is crooked. He got busted twice breaking city ordinances and everyone looked the other way. I look at it, like I looked at GW’s presidency, we must learn from the mistakes.

As I warned, there is going to be a lot these type of shananigans going on before King Dave leaves office

Short Yellows Mean More Tickets

20100105_traffic-light-yellow_614mzJust Like this story, the city of Sioux Falls finds revenue much more important than safety. It is DOCUMENTED that the city has LOWERED yellow times. The reason? Well. Take just one guess. The following from an AOL link I had a hard time linking to this forum so I just did a copy and paste of part of it.

Recent studies of the effects and usage of red light cameras at intersections in Texas brought the website The Newspaper to the same conclusion that many motorists have: it’s about revenue.

First let’s look at some numbers: according to the NHTSA there were 34,017 fatal crashes in 2008, with 11,179 of them – and more than 800,000 injuries – attributed to speeding. Most of those fatalities occurred somewhere other than the Interstate, where the speed limit was under 55 miles per hour. According to the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety, there were 260,000 “vehicle incidents” from people running red lights, resulting in almost 900 deaths.

That’s 11,179 deaths vs. 900 deaths. In 2006, when traffic fatalities were higher, speeding was deemed the number one cause of death for people ages four to 34.

Yet the IIHS reports that as of December, 2009 only 52 communities use speed cameras. The number of communities that use red light cameras: 442. Almost nine times as many cities employ red light cameras for the stated goal of increasing safety even though speeding appears to be far more deadly.

The problematic issue with red light cameras brings up the same word that describes the problem with speed cameras: “trap.” In the case of Texas, short yellow light times have been found to make it more likely someone will enter the intersection after the red begins to glow – and therefore make it easier to issue ticket.

In one case the length of a yellow light in El Paso was shortened by just a four-tenths of a second and citations jumped by 132%. In another case, a yellow light at a 45-mph intersection in Houston that lasted 3.6 seconds rang up 341% more tickets than the yellow lights at other, similar 45-mph intersections.

Opponents of the red light cameras point to the fact that the duration of yellow lights in these scenarios is often less than the minimum durations proposed by national and state traffic engineering bodies. The Institute of Transportation Engineers (ITE) has a formula for determining how long a yellow light should stay illuminated, but intersections boasting red light cameras rarely follow those informal guidelines.

In 2003, a study by two researchers at the Texas Transportation Institute published a study that resulted in these findings: “(1) an increase of 0.5 to 1.5 s in yellow duration (such that it does not exceed 5.5 s) will decrease the frequency of red-light-running by at least 50 percent; (2) drivers do adapt to the increase in yellow duration; however, this adaptation does not undo the benefit of an increase in yellow duration; and (3) increasing a yellow interval that is shorter than that obtained from a proposed recommended practice published by the Institute of Transportation Engineers (ITE) is likely to yield the greatest return (in terms of a reduced number of red-light violations) relative to the cost of retiming a yellow interval in the field.”

In plainer English: increase the time of a yellow light, reduce the number of accidents. A one-second increase in the yellow light time duration resulted in a 40-percent reduction in crashes and a 53% drop in violations.

Never mind the fact that many red light cameras are not installed at the intersections with the highest accident rates. And never mind the fact that while cameras are said to capture up to 90% of their violations in the first second of a light going red, the large majority of accidents due to people running red lights happens five seconds after a light has turned red.

What makes it easy for to ignore that facts is the huge amounts of money involved. In Coppell, one of those Texas towns studied, one red light camera issued $862,275 in tickets during a 1-year span. That’s a healthy addition to the coffers in a town of just 39,000 people. Other, larger cities are known to reap millions from red light camera revenue.

And when it comes to short yellows, statistics and studies will pale in the face of the most important number of all: millions. Given the chance to address a municipal budget – and safety – the length of yellow lights is almost the same as a game of limbo: how low can you go?

Just Sayin….

Hey l3wis. Thought you might like this pic. From

http://www.argusleader.com/apps/pbcs.dll/gallery?Avis=DF&Dato=20091206&Kategori=NEWS&Lopenr=912060802&Ref=PH

The mayor at his very best.

The mayor at his very best.

Thanks Dave . . . for nothing

For all you Dave Munson lovers, look at this;

All told, as of this month, the city of Sioux Falls holds a debt of $274,850,611.

That debt may seem large, but the city hasn’t spent every dollar approved to borrow. If that were to happen, the total debt of the city would escalate to nearly $330 million.

We could have built two Events Centers by now. I think when Dave took office the debt was $90 million. Him and the rubber stamp council raised that debt $240 million, but the KELO article only mentions $140 million of that debt going towards works projects, where did the other $100 million go?. That’s the price of progress (his legacy) folks.