Consider Bjorn's Skogquist's dysfunctional eight years as mayor of Anoka; some of the story is told in the newspaper headlines.
It's been a lot of game playing and power grabbing with the real issues of the city neglected:
Survey Spurs Contentious Controversy/ Skogquist orders $8,000 spent with no council vote, then goes against survey results. Eighty percent of Anokans want rental licensing. Skogquist's supporters (out-of-town and predatory landlords) don't. Mr. Skogquist, now county-commissioner-candidate "Mr. Start-listening-to-the-people" goes with the moneyed special interest lobbyists rather than mere citizens.
HRA Expansion Causing Community Division/ Held at 3 people for six months till shills lined up - then expands 5 to 7. Another demonstration of how Skogquist values personal power over the good of Anoka.
Appts. Process Criticized, Scrutinized For 'Lack Of Openness'/ Skogquist front loading his appts. And for what ultimately? In this case it was the loss of $185,000 - the full year's HRA budget. Bjorn dismantled the community development department, got his own employee placed under Cruikshank, micromanaged the lack of due diligence on buyer Kaiser, loaded HRA with do-what-I-say appointments. And for what? Failure. Now he won't even take responsibility for 302, blaming the economy.
Rental Licensing Becomes Divisive/ Skogquist's power base interests vs citizen's interests
Unifying Anoka Difficult/ Skogquist's invitation only "visioning meetings" blow up. He says, "I can't work with this council." City manager Cruikshank says, "The mayor can do whatever he wants." That is not only incorrect, but should have signaled a job resignation had occurred by Cruikshank to the rest of the city council.
Skogquist Snaps, Flings Allegations/ shameful, immature behavior or campaign performance? Pattern of discrediting and defaming other voices goes way back.
Cruikshank, Brooklyn Center City Manager Finalist/ second attempt to escape
Moratorium: A City Divided Upon Itself?/ political plank set-up for 2006
Skogquist Shot Down, Loses Bid For Moratorium/ gains supporters, wrangles for downzoning
Greenhaven Golf Pro To Go: Citizen Tees Off Against Council, Manager/ unfair firing, lawsuit recently settled, at what cost? Ask a councilmember.
Future Locked Up In Historic Preservation? More homeowners rights assigned to government
Anoka Lends $485,000 for 302 Fremont/ Skogquist defends his appts. and unprecedented amount
Owner 302 Fremont Doesn't Meet Deadline/ HRA acknowledges no-win default situation/302 is a foreclosure waiting to happen
Bring The Popcorn? Rental Licensing Show/ Bogus, inadequate, stall tactic "rental reporting" is dumped
Accusations, Obstruction, Preserving?/ Skogquist bullies oppose basic discussion or planning: library park
Misconduct Allegations over 302 Fremont/ Jeremy Nielsen, new resident- Skogquist appt., HRA commissioner lies. Jeremy was still listed in the Coon Rapids phone book when he got into this trouble.
Tug of War at 302 Fremont/ HRA votes to acquire through eminent domain. . .for preservation (this is new ground). Both Skogquist's have spoken against eminent domain for blight and re-development.
Allegations, Agitation. Anger. Angst/ Anoka County Attorney's Office investigates: HRA Commissioner, Jeremy Nielsen, lies in sworn affidavit about 302 Fremont.
Division, Deadlock Finally Deliver An Appt./ after scaring everyone with Denise Morrow, Skogquist's choice is unanimously affirmed: Carl Anderson. Skog's unfair advantage pointed out by Union writer. All of the citizen's who voted for John Weaver to represent them had their vote stolen by Skogquist.
Currently Skogquist, Pierce and Schumacher have all signed the petition that would further reduce an Anokans right to vote for representation.
It's getting redundant but: Anoka, be afraid, be very afraid.