Gaming the System

February 19, 2016 at 8:33 am 1 comment

By Andrew Richter

After attending the Light Rail “Design Phase Municipal Consent” Crystal City Council meeting, I’ve come away with one conclusion: this process is rigged.

The Municipal Consent wasn’t a question of voting for or against the light rail. No the Met Council doesn’t allow that. The choices were to vote for the station design, take no action (which is the equivalent of voting yes), or vote no and spell out what it would take to get a yes vote. In other words, light rail is coming no matter what.

Talk about a rigged system! What if I went up to someone and told them I was going to rob their house and they had three choices; let me do it, take no action (which lets me do it), or tell me circumstances in which I can do it? The end result is still the same.

In reality this is strong-arming by the Met Council and their allies like Ann Rest and Lyndon Carlson in the legislature. The Met Council is trying to rob my neighborhood and change it irreversibly. I’d encourage the city council to vote no citing the fact that light rail is a dumb idea and tell the Met Council to get out of our city and don’t come back!


Entry filed under: Agenda 21, Brooklyn Park, City Government, Crystal, Golden Valley, Hennepin, Met Council, Robbinsdale, Transportation.

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1 Comment Add your own

  • 1. Vicki LeShay  |  February 29, 2016 at 8:21 am

    Well stated


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