The Mayor's New Task Force: Where's My Name?

You may recall that a few weeks ago our silly Mayor announced that he was creating yet another task force to develop a plan for a new event center. Reacting to the complaints that the last group was a hand-picked collection of yes men, Munson opened the application process to anybody willing to answer five fifth-grade level questions. He claimed that he wanted this new committee to be “independent” and “broad-based”.
Well, I do think I’m smarter than a fifth-grader (see what I did there?), so I spent ninety seconds filling out the form, and mailed it to City Hall. Every day, I sat by the telephone with my computer on my lap and an eye on my mailbox to see if I received the Golden Ticket.
Obviously (and not surprisingly), I didn’t make the cut. This past weekend, the Mayor announced the eighteen-member committee and my name was nowhere to be found on the list.
Neither were too many other of what I would call the “normals”. Sure, there is a token “regular Joe” or two on the member list, and I’m sure they’ll be trotted out to say what they’ve been told to say. That’s too bad, too, as I’ve been told that out of the 100 people that applied, a good percentage of them were the blue-collar types that would have brought a lot of insight into the thought process of the average city resident.
Instead, we get the usual suspects. Almost a third of the committee placements are city employees supposedly representing their departments. I’d say they are over-represented. Should there be two members of both the City Council and School District? Plus a member of the Chamber of Commerce? Oh, I’m sure he’ll be open-minded.
The rest of the group involves mainly people who one would expect the Mayor would appoint anyway. People involved in construction, advertising, banking, and a lawyer or two. The co-chair is from the Argus, which has been begging for a new facility for years. Yep, almost everybody has a vested interest in this building being built.
Yet they are missing one crucial voice in this discussion. There’s nobody on that panel that has any knowledge of the music industry. I hear so many myths about the concert business, and they need at least one person who can give honest answers. Just yesterday I heard some confused, middle-aged cretin complain that Omaha was getting Neil Diamond, and that if we had an 18,000 seat building not only would he be here but tickets would cost less. Um, no and no.
So maybe the Mayor had reasons for not giving me that place on the panel. I can understand that. But that doesn’t excuse the fact that we’re once again getting nothing more than “yes men” that will tell the Mayor exactly what he wants to hear. When we’re talking about a hundred million bucks, we desperately need people that will ask the tough questions. Clearly, we’re not getting them here.


Anonymous said…
Just to clarify ... Terry Baloun is a retired banker and Jim Woster is a local ag celebrity and still writes for the Tri-State Neighbor but has (to my knowledge) never worked for the Argus ... I don't disagree the bragged about "common man" representation appears to be lacking a little bit but I do believe that there needs to be representation from the business community in order to the concept -- it's going to take public/private partnership to make this work. We voted against raising the sales tax .08 percent so this project will have a tough battle, too
Anonymous said…
If you're opposed to a new events center, and call yourself "normal", you need to stop kissing your mirror. But here's the test: Scott Hudson should run for mayor as the 'anti-event's center' candidate. You claim to speak for the working class, so prove it big mouth. The Mayor was re-elected because people like public projects that can bring new experiences to the Sioux Falls community. Dave wouldn't have been re-elected if voters opposed Philips to the Falls or the Orpheum Complex.
And since you're an economic illiterate - it's the business community that pays the largest percentage of taxes. This is why the business community opinion is valued by the Mayor and Council. Grow up and get an education, then buy a house and actually start paying taxes. And put away your bong, you don't know everything about the music industry by a long shot.

Have a nice day
Scott said…
You really have no clue.
Anonymous said…
Well... if you feel that you have a clue as to why people support the Mayor's agenda, and not yours, this would be the time to type it out. Also it's not just music that rents out event centers. Politics is becoming an event that fills seats also. Now more politians need to use event centers to communicate with the electorate. And when you take into account the price per seat, it's a pretty good deal for party politics. I see more and more convention type events at the Sioux Falls Arena also. So a new events center is possible, dispite what the people 'with clues' might claim.

Kurt with Clues
Anonymous said…
Mayor Dave and his Event Center Task Force hold public forums for input from the community, and guess who didn't show up. The local news outlets report that few people showed up to express questions or concern over the proposal to construct a new event center in Sioux Falls, and offer alternative views. No sign of the 'Rant-a-Bit' nitwit as the camera scans the small group of elderly at the meetings. lol

Way to go jackass
Your common cause isn't worth a bucket of spit.

Have a nice day

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