Barb Johnson likely to stay at top of Minneapolis City Council

  • Article by: Eric Roper , Star Tribune
  • Updated: December 27, 2013 - 5:54 AM

President since 2006 said she has enough votes if she is challenged.

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rauljfuDec. 26, 13 9:49 PM

Isn't she the one who uses her campaign funds to pay for her dry-cleaning, haircuts, cell phone, internet and cable television service for her home? Do Minneapolis city councilors still get money to make their car payments?

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raleighmamaDec. 26, 1311:10 PM

In the interests of good government and change, we really need a new council president. New leadership will bring a new sense or credibility to the council. Johnson should be less concerned about her power, and more interested in a fresh start for Minneapolis.

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chlyn001Dec. 27, 1312:28 AM

With several new members on the council, and a new mayor without all that much experience, it's probably the smart thing to do to keep Barb right where she is. Steady as she goes is the old saying I believe.

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tanner34Dec. 27, 13 1:03 AM

I was her mailman for two years and never got a tip....

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elmore1Dec. 27, 13 6:17 AM

We really need to restore confidence in city government with the departure of Rybak and council members. She should step aside.

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irelandguyDec. 27, 13 7:38 AM

This woman willingly violated the City of Minneapolis Charter in order to get Zygi Wilf a football palace subsidized by the taxpayers of Minneapolis. Under the Charter, we were entitled to a referendum on the expenditure of taxpayer funds for the stadium. Ms. Johnson's conduct in this matter should be formally investigated. Why was she so eager to deny us our right to a referendum in order to get a taxpayer subsidized stadiumn for a wealthy real estate developer from New Jersey? Hmmmmmm......

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vegasgalDec. 27, 1310:00 AM

Good to know. We need a steady, experienced hand with all the new folks in the council. And yes, Barbara is my city council person. She and her staff have been very responsive to those in her ward which is why we re-elected her again.

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fluffywhootzDec. 27, 1310:38 AM

She brought you the new Stadium and all the taxes that come with it!

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chlyn001Dec. 27, 1311:16 AM

With several new members on the council, and a new mayor without all that much experience, it's probably the smart thing to do to keep Barb right where she is. Steady as she goes is the old saying I believe.

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Abbe01Dec. 27, 13 1:25 PM

As a member of her ward, all of my interactions and observations of her have been negative. She seems apathetic and bored when dealing with community meetings about violence and I clearly interrupted her gum chewing session whenI called her office to tell her about how to white men dressed as sherrifs almost took my door down a few years ago. Aftr calling sherrif departments in this area, one officer said I should be afraid, as no on had my addy down by mistake. When I told her, all she said was, "Call the police". That was it. Later I discovered that there had been a rash of robberies by white men posing as sherrifs. She didn't know, or didn't care, did absolutely nothing--not even a "sorry that happened". I got a good response from anothr city council member's office about the situation, but Barb did absolutely nothing. This is what I have seen from her time and time again--staring out windows and not participating at community forums, and so on. Unless you are one of her special frinds in the ward whom she gives behind-the-scene assistance to, or unless you are a billionaire from the east coast, you are out of luck with her.

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