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Community Solutions Podcast- When Wild Mayors Attack

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In this episode, Jason and Andrew sit down for a follow-up discussion with New Brighton Council Member Gina Bauman and city council hopeful, Sue Erickson. This is an important podcast no matter where you live, because this is really what goes on in so many city councils, especially when the existing power structure gets challenged. We start out talking about some existing city issues and the upcoming election, which tells us a lot about the existing climate in the city, but then Gina drops a bombshell. Mayor Val Johnson tries to set up her own Diversity Task Force without even consulting the rest of the city council until this point. She already has hand-selected her task force members. Long story short, Council Member Bauman calls her on it and Mayor Johnson becomes unhinged. You need to hear her tell the story first, but you will still want to see it for yourself. You can see the work session video here.  Ever since the city was called out on violating state statute on changing election years from odd to even, Mayor Johnson has taken off the gloves. There’s no room for bullies on a city council. New Brighton needs a mayor with some humility.


October 11, 2017 at 12:45 pm Leave a comment

Community Solutions MN- What Happens When Nobody Votes

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This show may be about Golden Valley, MN, but indirectly it is also about your city. You see… your city or school board elections might have terrible turnout. That allows them, in a way, to do what they want to with little accountability. They know people won’t mobilize to vote them out. This is the tale of such a city, and there are many like them. Maybe your city has great turnout, but the city council still does crazy things like assembling “green” task forces to justify what they want to do, implementing life cycle housing without market demand, or creating mixed used development where it doesn’t belong. Either way, this podcast is for you, as we hope to open your eyes and give you some ideas to beat back the barbarians at the gate.

October 5, 2017 at 2:47 am Leave a comment

Community Solutions Podcast- School Choice

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In this episode, Jason and Andrew take a break from city issues and talk education. School choice: few topics seem so clear cut but are so contentious. Why? In a world where we have public, private, charter, and home schools, what’s the harm in finding what works for you and your child? I don’t think most reasonable people would argue that, but when vouchers are brought up? Oh boy, get out of the way! We’re going to walk through this landmine-ridden field tonight and see if we can help make sense of it all for you. We’ll at least give you some things to think about.


June 27, 2017 at 11:20 pm Leave a comment

Community Solutions Podcast- Race Relations and Local Government

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In this episode, Jason and Andrew try to parse through a very touchy subject. We actually recorded this before the verdict in the Yanez case came out, and the emotionally-fueled response that has erupted across social media and into the streets. We had just gone through our own Black Lives Matter protest in Crystal. We wanted to try and take the emotion out of it, and look at it academically. Local governments like to tout the word “resiliency”, but many haven’t planned for how to handle an upset of their peace and order, or how to make sure that freedom is applied equally to everyone in the first place, so that as a generation comes of age, they can live the American dream. These are just some of the deep topics we will discuss today. Plus, what’s a protest without a little Johnny B news, eh?

June 21, 2017 at 12:44 pm 1 comment

Community Solutions Podcast- Climate Cities

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In this episode, Jason and Andrew decide to discuss the Paris Climate Agreement. Why discuss a national/international issue? Because after President Trump announced that the United States was going to back out of the agreement, a number of governors and mayors piped up to say that they were going to keep the dream alive. Groups like climate-mayors have thrown their hats in the ring to make sure that they never give up on the fulfilling the tenets of the agreement. That means more taxes and regulation for you, the individual. We recently said that they would go around legislatures to implement cap and trade at the local level… again we were proved right. Sit back and enjoy!

June 14, 2017 at 7:00 am Leave a comment

Community Solutions Podcast- Guest: Crystal Mayor Jim Adams

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In this episode, Jason and Andrew go back to our roots and have a chat with Crystal Mayor, Jim Adams. After talking with the folks from New Brighton last week, it reminded us so much of where we started, that we thought it was time we revisit our origin. What happens when people stand up to abusive power and begin to govern. Do things really change? In short, absolutely they can. Maybe you read Jason’s recent article on Crystal. We’re going to discuss that stuff in depth, and more. What’s it like to actually govern? Can a city council stand up to the pressures of high density housing, complete streets, and “free” money? The answer is yes, and this podcast is about to give you a ton of hope for your city.

June 7, 2017 at 8:42 am Leave a comment

Community Solutions Podcast- New Brighton

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In this episode, Jason and Andrew sit down with current New Brighton, MN City Council Member, Gina Bauman, and candidate for New Brighton City Council, Susan Erickson. Their story so mirrors ours, that we had to have them tell it. From working for months to get enough signatures on a petition to get something on the ballot, to shady tricks to disqualify that petition, and an attempt to reclaim their community. Their story is inspirational, but still unfolding. This story is, unfortunately, all too common once someone stands up to try and really challenge the current power structure. We’re here to tell you you can fight city hall, and this is how such stories begin.

June 1, 2017 at 8:49 am Leave a comment

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