"His ideas were half-baked and inedible". . .or were they?
Early in Baron Bjorn's reign (Mayor Bjorn Skogquist) the Union reported he said, "Anoka has to seriously consider establishing an EDA (Economic Development Authority) to compete with other communities like Blaine, which has successfully negotiated and landed several large developments because of their EDA."
Fact: Blaine is 34 square miles with 1/3 available for development. Eleven square miles is available for development. Fact: Anoka is a total of 7 square miles. Fact: Anoka will never compete with Blaine.
In the same meeting - different manipulations: expanding the HRA from 5 to 7 with his appointments -Skogquist said, "Anoka had very little land left for development. . .approx. 1%".
What is the meaning of this double speak? Was he really so ignorant or was he power grabbing?
If EDA had replaced EDC, Skogquist could have pulled additional salary and re-appointed all slots. He stacked his deck further on the HRA, which also has significant monies and levy power.
It's interesting to note that these ideas hit Skogquist when his 2004 running mate Gundlach hit town. Gundlach's Prior Lake council took over that cities EDA, revised the bylaws, lifted restrictions and approved per diems for attending meetings.
It all begs the question: does Skogquist say whatever he needs to say just to power grab?
A lot of time was wasted on these issues. . . the HRA is still on the operating table.
Watch for double speak in your dysfunctional city. Think half-baked and inedible. If it doesn't make any common sense, there just may be a hidden agenda in the middle of it.