Monthly Archives: April 2010

April 7 Park Board Meeting

HEADS-UP FOR THE APRIL 7, 2010 PARK BOARD MEETING

5:00 P.M. REGULAR BOARD MEETING followed by committee meetings.
There will be a presentation on the superintendent search by Waters, Oldani, the firm hired to conduct the search.

5:30 P.M. OPEN TIME.

MPRB meetings are broadcast live from 5-9 p.m. on the City of Minneapolis
Government Meeting Channel 79 on Comcast cable and online at www.ci.minneapolis.mn.us/webcasts.

The regular meetings are rebroadcast on Channel 79 at 1 p.m. Saturdays and
5 p.m. on the second and fourth Wednesdays of each month. Webcasts for the
recent two months are posted two to five business days after the meeting
and are available for viewing under “Webcast Archives” at the web site.

The complete agenda is on the Park Board’s website minneapolisparks.org.

Arlene Fried, Co-founder of Park Watch

April 7 Park Board Meeting

HEADS-UP FOR THE APRIL 7, 2010 PARK BOARD MEETING

5:00 P.M. REGULAR BOARD MEETING followed by committee meetings.
There will be a presentation on the superintendent search by Waters, Oldani, the firm hired to conduct the search.

5:30 P.M. OPEN TIME.

MPRB meetings are broadcast live from 5-9 p.m. on the City of Minneapolis
Government Meeting Channel 79 on Comcast cable and online at www.ci.minneapolis.mn.us/webcasts.

The regular meetings are rebroadcast on Channel 79 at 1 p.m. Saturdays and
5 p.m. on the second and fourth Wednesdays of each month. Webcasts for the
recent two months are posted two to five business days after the meeting
and are available for viewing under “Webcast Archives” at the web site.

The complete agenda is on the Park Board’s website minneapolisparks.org.

Arlene Fried, Co-founder of Park Watch

Heads-up for April 7 Park Board Meeting

HEADS-UP FOR THE APRIL 7, 2010 PARK BOARD MEETING

5:00 P.M. REGULAR BOARD MEETING followed by committee meetings.
There will be a presentation on the superintendent search by Waters, Oldani, the firm hired to conduct the search.

5:30 P.M. OPEN TIME.

MPRB meetings are broadcast live from 5-9 p.m. on the City of Minneapolis
Government Meeting Channel 79 on Comcast cable and online at www.ci.minneapolis.mn.us/webcasts.

The regular meetings are rebroadcast on Channel 79 at 1 p.m. Saturdays and
5 p.m. on the second and fourth Wednesdays of each month. Webcasts for the
recent two months are posted two to five business days after the meeting
and are available for viewing under “Webcast Archives” at the web site.

The complete agenda is on the Park Board’s website minneapolisparks.org.

Arlene Fried, Co-founder of Park Watch

Forney Fails To Unseat Bourn

FORNEY FAILS TO UNSEAT BOURN

It was recently disclosed that Park Board Commissioner Brad Bourn was fined by a state judicial panel for using the names of Senator Scott Dibble and Representative Frank Hornstein on campaign literature without receiving written permission from them for their endorsements.

The campaign complaint against Bourn had been filed by Meg Forney, runner-up for the District 6 Park Board seat. Two other complaints by Forney were dismissed as was a complaint by Bourn.

However, recognizing the validity of Bourn’s other endorsements, including the Minneapolis DFL endorsement, the Panel ruled that the false claim of endorsements did not cause Forney to lose the election, which she was attempting to prove.

The judicial panel stated that it was “unable to conclude that Forney would have been elected had Bourn not claimed the false endorsements. The evidence at the hearing demonstrated that Bourn campaigned for the seat for many months and received the endorsement of the Minneapolis DFL as well as that of other prominent organizations and individuals. Likewise, the Panel is not convinced by Forney’s contention that the effect of the false endorsements was somehow compounded by the use of instant run-off voting in this election.”

Two of the prominent individuals who had endorsed Bourn were Ted Wirth and Former Vice President Walter Mondale. Another significant endorsement was the Star Tribune.

Bourn has stated he will pay the $1,600 fine and “move forward.”

While this was Bourn’s first run for office, it was not the first time for Forney. It is interesting to note that Forney, from a historical perspective, was not a strong candidate. On the contrary, reviewing her previous campaign results, it would appear that she was a weak candidate.

She first ran for the Park Board in 2001, was not endorsed by the DFL, and lost the election to at-large candidates Rochelle Berry-Graves, John Erwin and Annie Young. She ran again in 2005, again without DFL endorsement, and lost the election this time to at-large candidates Mary Merrill Anderson, Tom Nordyke and Annie Young.

So it was not surprising to those who are familiar with Forney’s previous failed political campaigns that she lost a third time.

Arlene Fried
Co-founder of Park Watch

Theodore Wirth Park Citizen Advisory Committee Meetings

The following information is based on information available on the MPRB’s website:

Theodore Wirth Park Citizen Advisory Committee Meetings

April 8 and April 15 are the next scheduled meetings of the Wirth Beach Citizen Advisory Committee (CAC), which is advising staff and consultants on park visitor interests in the development of schematic designs that update the 1980 Existing Conditions and Long Range Improvement Plan for Theodore Wirth Regional Park for the section of the park bound by Theodore Wirth Parkway (west), Highway 55 (north), rail line (east) and Glenwood Avenue (south), and the portion south of Glenwood Avenue designated as “Picnic Area” in the 1980 plan.

These designs are to include
• a destination family picnic area
• trail connections
• education programming
• recreation and maintenance facilities that will draw people to the park and connect people to its recreational and natural resources.

For more information on the Wirth CAC, go to www.minneapolisparks.org/default.asp?PageID=1150. Minutes of the March 25 CAC meeting are here.

The Theodore Wirth Park CAC meetings are open to the public.

Dates: April 8 and 15, 2010
Time: 6:30 – 8:30 p.m.
Type: Public Meetings
Location:MPRB Administrative Offices, Board Room Suite 255
Address: 2117 West River Road, Minneapolis

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