Special State legislation was introduced to break the impasse over Anoka's HRA. Www.anokacountywatchdog.com noted "it is quite unusual for local, special legislation to be passed this way." He's right. It is quite unusual.
It is also quite unusual for Anoka's mayor to go on an independent and unauthorized lobbying trip to the State Capitol on this issue.
It is outrageous that he pinched official City of Anoka letterhead to use on his little field trip.
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What's going on is that Anoka is dealing with an out-of-control political adolescent. It apparently was felt that we needed outside intervention: "Help! Bjorn's being unreasonable again and we can't do a thing with him".
Lord knows the City Fathers gave it their best shot:
Father Weaver had him in his office for a long chat.
Father Rice even took him to dinner.
Father Freeburg held the big stick. . .threatening "we'll make your game field smaller and reduce the HRA back to normal". (He's still got a 3-2 majority of appointments).
Grandfather Anderson left it all to the younger ones to discipline the kid, much like real family dynamics. Grandpas are for fun, not for discipline.
The City Fathers got nowhere in four months, except more bad press airing our dirty dysfunctional laundry.
So, what's left but appeal to the State Fathers. . . We need help controlling this kid.
It used to take a Village to raise the fatherless boys, now apparently it takes a State.
Follow-up: The Anoka City Council regular meeting website agenda May 7th lists: RESOLUTION/ Supporting HRA Appointment Process Legislation. If this passes, the mayor is required to sign it (pg 112 of 128 of electronic packet). www.ci.anoka.mn.us.
Follow-up: It passes, but he refuses to sign it. So he is now refusing to do his job. . . does that mean he'll be wandering off soon?
Electronic packet comment: It's odd but revealing that Speakman's letter of resignation from the HRA is to the mayor and copies Gundlach and not staff.
This supports the erroneous dynamic of "King Bjorn" Rich Goldman first coined, the fallacy that "the mayor runs the city". (Speakman's father was Corriveau's AA sponsor and Corriveau, of course, was a Skogquist/Gundlach "constituent" and supporter.)