Editorial endorsements: Minneapolis Wards 9-11

  • Article by: Editorial Board , Star Tribune
  • Updated: October 30, 2013 - 2:09 PM

Tuthill, Cano and Quincy best for south Minneapolis wards.

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maddyinmplsOct. 29, 13 8:32 PM

Kudos on the thoughtful endorsement of Tuthill. She's a workhorse who works with all to get things done. Knows the City inside and out. And she's one of the few DFLers in elected office who has run a business in the private sector. We need more of those as opposed to community activists, former government staffers and nonprofit people. Here's to hoping Meg wins. She would be a serious loss to City government.

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paulamprOct. 29, 13 9:12 PM

Nice to see the Star Tribune continue their support of the Viking stadium by picking Tuthill...

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twincitizen1Oct. 29, 1311:16 PM

Is this the same editorial board that wrote a heavily promoted four-part series titled 'Growing Minneapolis' not too long ago? Meg Tuthill is the most anti-development, anti-growth member of the current council. She deserves no credit for the development along the Midtown Greenway. The land was vacant and already zoned appropriately for high density before she was elected. Lord knows she would have stopped it or scaled it back if she could have. This endorsement is complete hypocrisy. The 4th part of 'Growing Minneapolis' was focused on expanding transit options. Lisa Bender is a city/transportation planner by trade. There is a strong need for a councilperson who actually understands how cities work and understands our growing transportation needs. Lisa Bender is that person. She would hit the ground running as chair of Zoning and Planning and that is why the current chair of that committee, Gary Schiff, has enthusiastically supported Lisa Bender. This endorsement makes absolutely no sense until you realize that it's nothing more than payback for Tuthill's yes vote for the Vikings' stadium subsidy. I have found the editorial board's other endorsements to be on point so far, including their justifications. Never in a million years did I think they would endorse the anti-development candidate despite the Strib's full throated encouragement for population growth, but I guess money talks more loudly than conviction. It's time for new representation in Ward 10-- Lisa Bender is the best candidate to move the city forward.

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orangeveningOct. 30, 13 9:02 AM

Tuthill is a cranky old lady who bullies to get her way and totally out of touch with what makes a city a city. Case in point: for years the police close down 1st ave N and Hennepin down in the warehouse district from 1:30-2:30am on the weekends to let everyone clear out at bar close. One night Tuthill is driving home late on a Fri/Sat. night and realizea she can't drive directly though, so she demands the roads be open and stay open. Predictably this causes huge traffic jams during that time and nobody gets through easily anyway. Thankfully this only lasted for a month or so. The only thing I agree with Tuthill is her stance on plastic bags. Go Lisa Bender

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watergateOct. 30, 13 2:44 PM

The Strib has endorsed Meg Tuthill because of her "brave" stand in support of corporate welfare for the Vikings football stadium. Which just "happens" to benefit the Star-Tribune directly by increasing the value of their downtown property, which (again) just "happens" to be located right next to the stadium. Coincidence? -I think not.

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garagewineOct. 30, 13 6:53 PM

A Berkeley-education urban planner AND bike advocate? Bender can't possibly lose.

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hittodeadOct. 30, 13 9:29 PM

Tuthill is on the WRONG side of every issue. From her ill-fated attempt to prevent Uptown bars and eateries from having a viable outdoor cafe business, to her ridiculous resistance to urban agriculture, (a limit of 6 ft hoop houses?) to her famously snarky voicemail response to a start-up Mpls craft brewery with a question, she just can't get it right. I emailed her office about a parking issue in Uptown, and while she did personally respond to me, she was completely dismissive of my concerns, and finished her message with with one of her trademark smartass rejoinders. Luckily, more clear-headed city officials sided with me. She can't be gone fast enough.

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hittodeadOct. 30, 1311:05 PM

Tuthill is on the WRONG side of every issue. From her ill-fated attempt to prevent Uptown bars and eateries from having a viable outdoor cafe business, to her ridiculous resistance to urban agriculture, (a limit of 6 ft hoop houses?) to her famously snarky voicemail response to a start-up Mpls craft brewery with a question, she just can't get it right. I emailed her office about a parking issue in Uptown, and while she did personally respond to me, she was completely dismissive of my concerns, and finished her message with with one of her trademark smartass rejoinders. Luckily, more clear-headed city officials sided with me. She can't be gone fast enough.

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refurnishOct. 31, 13 8:35 PM

I am Pat Fleetham Minneapolis City Council Candidate Ward 9. I was unable to be screened by the Editorial Board and would report the following: Veronica Schwenn, TC Daily Planet reports: Pat Fleetham advocated more meaningful inspection and enforcement of laws, as well as the incorporation of multilingual interpreters in this process to make sure that landlords were not taking advantage of non-English speakers. Also: Pat Fleetham stated that there is a, “Cultural racism in the police force that the current chief is not addressing.” He also added that he would like to see more police on foot and bike in the neighborhoods. Eric Roper, StarTribune wrote: Fleetham believes more inspection and enforcement is necessary. He wants to see more interpreters to aid with community education and encourage the use of 311 to report violations. Believes more affordable housing is needed. Lee Samuelson, Corcoran News reports: Pat Fleetham “Hardworking” has been active in community organizations and has been the one working behind the scenes getting things done. He is not a professional politician but being a dedicated community service volunteer with a background in business management gives him unique qualificaitons. Pat is a self-proclaimed law and order guy who is astute on recent occurrences of crime and safety. He emphasized reducing property taxes and term limits for council members. Insight New reports: Pat Fleetham is the most qualified and experienced proven leader. Fleetham has a solid business background and a long history of active community service. He has consistently addressed the issues facing ward 9. MSP Fair Skies Coalition reports: "From Day One I [Fleetham] have stated we will not be the dumping ground for flights prescribed by the FAA and MAC. Southside Pride Opined: Named Pat Fleetham one of their preferred candidates in the November City Council race.

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malachyNov. 3, 13 9:31 AM

How many of the new units this editorial gives Tuthill credit for are actually affordable to anyone not making four times our city's minimum wage? Where has Meg Tuthill been on providing affordable housing in her Ward? Where has she been on creating jobs in her Ward? Where has she been on leading on issues related to working individuals and working families? Homelessness? Mass transit? I live in Ward 10 and my family is being priced out of our apartment in the ward. The new units are double what we pay now. Meg Tuthill opposed new businesses and new, denser housing in our neighborhood and Ward. Lisa Bender is not a savior by any means, but she at least seems to have an interest in a constituency outside of the rich, liberal homeowners who have perfected nimby-ism. Strib blew this one.

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