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Wednesday, April 06, 2011

Saint Paul, MN/ Candidate Johnny Howard for Ward One


Blogger Bob said...

Fair Housing Lawsuits defendant Dawkins is in Howards corner.

Green Party Endorses Johnny Howard and Jim Ivey for St. Paul City Council

Andy Dawkins, Coordinated Campaign Co‐Chair, 612‐237‐9924,
Roger Meyer, Coordinated Campaign Co‐Chair, 651‐338‐5318,

Johnny Howard for Ward 1, 651‐894‐3216,,

Jim Ivey for Ward 2, 651‐665‐0224,,
The Green Party of St. Paul unanimously endorsed two candidates for St.Paul City Council on Sunday: Johnny Howard, of Frogtown, for Ward 1, and Jim Ivey, of Lowertown, for Ward 2.
Howard and Ivey are the first to join an emerging citywide Green Party effort to run a strong slate of candidates in St. Paul's first election to be conducted by Ranked Choice Voting.
"Ranked Choice Voting provides St. Paul residents with the opportunity to exercise greater choice and vote their conscience in this election," said
Green Party co‐chair Jesse Mortenson. "We campaigned hard in the effort to win Ranked Choice Voting for our city, and we're excited to field great candidates under the new system."

Both Green‐endorsed candidates are emphasizing the following in their campaigns:
‐‐ A stronger, more vibrant local economy that creates jobs
‐‐ A greener, healthier environment
‐‐ Treating everyone in St. Paul with dignity and respect, and
‐‐ Increasing local self‐determination by using the wisdom and energy of St. Paul residents

11:23 AM  
Blogger Bob said...

Candidate Johnny Howard was convicted in 1989 on drug distribution charges.

11:48 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Funny how you turn on Johnny once Andy decides to support him.

Weren't you advocating him just a month ago?


Chuck Repke

11:50 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

With Dawkins in the picture, I changed my opinion of Johnny Howard, even though I like Roger.

Dawkins is bad for St. Paul.

Bob G.

5:42 PM  
Blogger Bob said...

Chuck, I never said I support Johnny. I did gave my support to Les Lucht.

Johnny has some good things to say about housing, the problem is my intuition tells me it is nothing more than lip service, more of the same thing we got from Melvin Carter with his false concerns over gentrification of ward one.

The Green Party is an extension of DFLers in Saint Paul. Politicians around here change stripes when they think it will help them get elected.

I know Les, he has integrity. I am hoping he still plans on running.

On another note, over the last few years working neighborhood dispute resolutions I have come to know things about Debby Montgomery I didn't know. I wish she would have talked to us because she was the best choice for city council in the last election.

6:11 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Whatever Bob.
When I was running her campaign, you all couldn't help but to trip over yourselves to plant lips on Melvin's butt. I was amazed that you would side up with Take Action Mn and Wellstone Action. For me, I do 99% of the time but you 'landlords' did it and I thought that there was no one who was willing to work with you more than Debbie. oh well.

Bob and crew were all over Johnny Howards jock when he was done wrong by city over rental property and contracting. I sat with him at one of your federal hearings and explained to him who this group was and to stay far away from you. He got some of his issues resolved without jumping on the conspiracy wagon.

Howard got busted on possession 22 years ago but, for longer than that, he has been working with the youth in the neighborhood and doing a good job of keeping a lot of them in school and out of trouble.

You guys don't your friends from your frenemies.


6:28 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...


I disagree with you on Debbie Montgomery. While she can probably talk a good fight and sound reasonable, I was really disappointed in her. She refused to even meet with me when I had housing problems with the bureaucracy. This is despite being a constituent and despite my having done a lot of work on a number of committees for community revitalization. I also had a referral from someone who was important in her earlier career. Because the man was retired, she snubbed him.
I believe she was afraid to meet with me because she would have to stand up for her beliefs. I think she lacks the strength of character to be any kind of leader. Her similarities and committment to Eric further erodes her credibility.

Bob G.

10:06 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Bob G.

If what you wanted to meet with her on was your housing case that was going to be heard at a city council meeting, she could not meet with you to discuss any issues of the case.

When the council first hears those cases they are suppose to be acting in a quasi-judicial role and making a ruling on if you or if DSI is right.

Sometimes people have won actions against the city when the council has not paid attention to that and gotten to much involved with an issue before hand. It is one of the issues we have seen here, has a council member "targeted" a particular property and if they did, did they still vote on the issue when it was before council? Because they shouldn't do both... if they did the one (which they can) they shouldn't do the other.

So, if she wanted to be helpful the best thing for her to do was to listen to your case in front of the council and if she agreed fight for you then...

When I worked with Thune years ago, we would make sure that he avoided meetings with neighbors on "problem properties" and have me go to them instead, so he wouldn't have heard the case before he heard the case. He also would never sign a demo order in the ward if the owner was looking for an extension of time and had never had an extension. He'd just allow them the extention. Again, that way he wouldn't hear the case, before he heard the case...

Anyway, maybe she was trying to do the right thing.


Chuck Repke

10:26 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Chuck said:

If what you wanted to meet with her on was your housing case that was going to be heard at a city council meeting, she could not meet with you to discuss any issues of the case.

When the council first hears those cases they are suppose to be acting in a quasi-judicial role and making a ruling on if you or if DSI is right.

My response: Perhaps under ordinary circumstances you are right, but these are not ordinary.

There is no way that people can be heard.

As an owner of a private residence, I was up against a menagerie of city officials named in massive federal racketeering lawsuits. Each of these people could put false or damaging materials into my file, which the City Council does take as fact. It is extremely intimidating coming up before the city council with fanatics such as Lantry and Helgen, as well as their followers. If I wore the wrong color of clothing or used a wrong word, they could tear down my house. They also look on things as political, and are not qualified to evaluate issues based on the fact.

Moermond is called a "hearing" officer. She does not have qualifications or experience to evaluate the issues. Further, she cannot detect when she is being lied to by city inspectors, according to my father, who had been a part of numerous citizen review committees and had been lied to by city officials. Further yet, Moermond is named in massive federal lawsuits because of her anctics.

We have a despotic system where the word of petty bureaucrats is considered infallible. I have it on good authority that the inspections departments consisted of a lot of deadwood.

It leaves the city operating on whim and innuendo, ald liable for massive damages, as they are. It was a good city that has been ruined.

Bob G.

5:56 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Wow, my last comment evaporated into cyberspace.

I was not happy with my representation by Debbie Montgomery. As a political bedfellow of Eric, I expect she is focused on political gain rather than service. I never saw her stick her neck out for what's right. However, anything is better than current 'representation'.

Chuck, the process you describe is reserved for normal times. These are not normal times in the City of St Paul, in that the existing process prevents people from being heard.

For my private residence, I had a menagerie of city officials named in massive federal lawsuits involved. Both Magner and Humphrey took a personal interest in my property, possibly they had it earmarked for their friends. (I also watched Susan Kimberly hold a meeting on the sidewalk outside the house - I haven't figured that one out yet).

The person called a "Hearing" officer is not qualified to evaluate housing issues. My father, who took part of numerous citizen review board meetings, said Moermond cannot determine when she is being lied to by city officials. The citizen review board caught inspectors in lies, and many feared being caught, so they didn't lie. Moermond is also named in the massive lawsuits for her anctics, and is biased towards the city.

Coming up before the City Council is very intimidating. The Council is not qualified to evaluate housing issues, and evaluate things on a political basis with partial information. Council members consider things city officials put into the file, and consider them as gospel truth. The City Council has fanatics like Lantry and Helgen and their followers, and could tear down someone's home on a whim, such as the homeowner wearign the wrong color shirt or saying a wrong word. I was advised to not say anything to the City Council.

With people not being heard, the city has made major mistakes, and taxpayers will have to pay out a huge amount to the landlords.

Bob G.

2:45 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

We have a system that has placed the petty bureaucrats in control...

8:37 AM  
Blogger Swiftee said...

Some lefty scumbag set fire to the beautiful statue of Christ the city council has been hating on last night:

I'm just on my way to Tuan Pham's to see if there is something I can do to help fix his statue, and I'll be calling in some favors to see if I can get a name...because you know that if they didn't actually sanction the burning, the SP city council won't do a fucking thing about this.

Fucking leftists.

1:21 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Sounds like something you would have done Swifty.

The thing is made out of concrete and it is way, way, way in his back yard the only reason someone would have tried to burn concrete is if the were crazy or wanted more free press.

Remember the council said it had to come down, why would a lefty have wanted to burn it...

where were you this afternoon Swifty?


Chuck Repke

10:51 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

So, here is the reason why you can't but god or anything else on the edge of the bluff!

Massive fallen boulder rocks St. Paul baker's world
By Kathie Jenkins
Updated: 04/11/2011 08:16:07 PM CDT

When life hands you lemons, make lemonade. When life drops a 20-foot boulder on your bakery, make sure you grab your sourdough starter.

Bread, Coffee & Cake, the St. Paul spot known for its chorizo bread and caramel rolls, was destroyed Friday morning when a 20-foot boulder — "the size of two vans" — fell on the roof.

"It's not good," says BC2 owner/baker Robert Dubuc. "Thank God, I'm still here to talk about it.

Dubuc opened the bakery, which backs up against a bluff near the Wabasha caves just south of downtown, in 2007. He said the boulder fell between midnight and 2 a.m. Friday. When he arrived at 2:30 a.m. to bake, the place was demolished and he could smell gas. "It looked like a bomb had gone off," he says.

The building has been condemned by the city. But Dubuc went back in to grab his sourdough starter. "If I didn't," he says, "I would have had to wait three years to get it anywhere near where it is right now."

Dubuc's life is in limbo until he hears from the insurance company. He can't even sell his sourdough breads at Mississippi Market in St. Paul or Mill City Farmers Market in Minneapolis because he has nowhere to bake. He would like to reopen somewhere else but also wants to explore other opportunities.

In 2007, when he was getting ready to open BC2, a boulder fell off the cliff and put a dent in his contractor's truck. So even though Friday's episode was shocking, it didn't come as a complete surprise.

"It was definitely on my mind," says Dubuc. "It wasn't if, but when."
Kathie Jenkins can be reached at 651-228-5585. Follow her on Twitter @JenkinsCritic.


Chuck Repke

9:43 PM  

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