City Council Presentations


American Race Riots
07/07/20
USA has long history of racism. Whites, blacks, and men in blue have all rioted. Worst riot destroyed 35 city blocks! African Americans are incarcerated far more than whites. Destructive city searches encourage bad feeling. We can build community with empathy.
Felony Voter Disenfranchisement
06/16/20
"Prisoners and felons can't vote per SD law until entire sentence (including restitution) is completed. Felons are disproportionately poor, minorities. Restitution is impossible for most felons. Felony voter disenfranchisement makes many second class citizens. Criminal justice should provide more education, healing, and re-integration. Sioux Falls should allow convicts and prisoners to vote."
Progressive Housing
06/09/20
The lack of affordable housing is due to bigger houses, income inequality, and design. Mobile home parks help some. The typical government solution is pretense. Zoning encourages economic segregation and expensive housing. I have plans for a very progressive development that includes smaller houses, low impact development, lots of parks, and keeping trees.
Postponed Rally
06/09/20
My rally permit has not been approved, rejected, nor commented on.
Protesting Racism
06/03/20
George Floyd was arrested then killed by police. There were protests all over the USA and the world. Police culture and government needs reform, even here in Sioux Falls. I am organizing a rally against violence.
Imaginative Multiple Jeopardy
05/19/20
Constitution should protect us from double jeopardy. Someone was charged with charged with four murders after killing one person. Multiple jeopardy violates rights. Reform is needed.
Religious Politics
05/12/20
Religion provides community worship. It can also protect kings, rally political support, be subverted for extremism, or promote social change. Find something big to love.
COVID Consequences
05/06/20
To minimize disease, use science, testing, face masks, isolation. We didn't do that. COVID is little worse than flu. Consequences include social control, corruption, economic shutdown. Unhealthy living causes most deaths. Get more vitality, exercise, vegetables, love, connection.
Barriers to Civil Rights Lawsuits
04/21/20
Civil rights lawsuits help government remember duties to citizens, decency, and our Constitution. Suing for civil rights problems is extremely difficult, I found 12 barriers. We need to rewrite bad laws and overturn unjust rulings.
COVID Response
04/06/20
COVID is worse than seasonal flu but not as bad as heart disease, obesity. We should test many more people for COVID. City should fund a study to compare face masks to social distancing.
Agenda Item 20, Washington Pavilion
03/10/20
Is $355,000 for an architect reasonable for Washington Pavilion repairs? My contractor bro wrote "6-7% is about Architect standard." Fee is reasonable.
More Useful Ethics Board
03/10/20
"Ethics Advisory Board should advise on law, ethics, past events, planned actions. Ordinance 35 only supports legal opinions, not ethics. Board does not like to review hypothetical plans. This is misleading political theater. Please update or repeal ordinance 35."
Trees & Agenda Item 52
03/03/20
Avera included trees in their building plan. Nice Job Avera.
Urban Renewal Programs
03/03/20
These programs correct urban blight; TIFs (Tax Increment Financing) have a 20-year subsidy, no limit on size, wealth. Reduced Tax Program subsidy for 5 years for small projects. Housing Program helps low income owner- occupied. Inequality: mobile homes not covered for the poorest; TIFs help the richest, have great terms.
Public Forum Speech
02/18/20
First amendment trumps ordinance 30.015 and executive order 151 for council meetings. People can say anything at public forums. Politicians can't block polite critics on Facebook.
Various Updates
02/11/20
"Ideas evolve, mistakes happen, update again. Update 1: homeless shelter could use economical huts. Update 2: development standards reduce flooding by slowing drainage. City needs to clarify conflict between ordinance 30.015 and executive order 151 for council meetings."
Agenda Item 25, Campaign Finance
02/03/20
Letting campaign committee open favors wealth - close them after elections. PACs should be eliminated for transparency. Paul TenHaken announced he's running for mayor. He's got competition - me! I was chastised for announcing my candidacy in the same forum that Paul T. announced.
Agenda Item 25, Sioux Steel TIF
02/03/20
TIFs (Tax Increment Financing) are a tax subsidy to encourage urban renewal. City uses TIFs to support projects, not areas. Is the real goal supporting Sioux Steel and Lloyd's?
River & Flood Management
01/14/20
Sioux Falls floods every 5 years. National flood insurance encourages risky building and should be phased out. Skunk Creek flooding could be eased with a long diversion canal. Spillways should be navigable; replace spillway with whitewater park for safety, tourism, environment.
Stormwater Management
01/07/20
Global warming and channelization increase flooding; levees fail occasionally; much of Sioux Falls is protected by levees. Reduce flooding with improved building standards, water permeable pavement, and rooftop detention ponds.
Merry Christmas!
12/17/19
I brought Cookies!
Agenda Item 29: Alcohol License Renewal
12/03/19
Alcohol is popular, profitable, addictive, and destructive. Addiction is part of a cluster of social ills. Problems near Walia Convenience Store; they could do better; city should help.
Bike Trail Design, Flooding
12/03/19
Bike trail is for nature, exercise and workforce development. Reduce flooding on trail to promote utility; raise some trail sections.
Cost Overruns, Fixing Democracy
11/18/19
City should not pay for design failures; builder should pay for cost overruns; expensive elections promote corruption.
Agenda Item 14, Parking Ramp History
11/12/19
I've talked about this project repeatedly; vastly overpriced; cheaper alternatives ignored; secret deal with a disreputable builder; looks like staff got paid off; $1.5 million cost overrun.
Zokaites v. Sioux Falls
11/05/19
People should be decent, police especially. I was illegally detained while cleaning the bike trail. Police intimidation, bogus ticket, perjury. Reform needed, lawsuit proceeding.
Building Scam? & Better Agenda
10/08/19
City projects are in secret, looks like a scam. City pays for construction failures, scam. Contract extended without competition, scam. Better agenda for more transparency, efficiency.
Curbing Racism, Gangs, Sex Slavery, ...
10/01/19
Hate group legally recruiting; politics of fear support hate; drug prohibition gives work to the desperate; can sex work be legalized to reduce crime? Address social ills to reduce crime and racism; rest in nature, love more, hate less.
Bike Trail Expansion, Agenda Item 41
09/17/19
Expanding the bike trail is a great idea! Use more underpasses, minimize flooding, and enjoy city life.
Budgeting Process, Lower Cost Safety, Agenda Item 47
09/17/19
Mayor should coordinate more with council and public. Police budget is 1/4 of operating expense. Better policing includes sane drug policy, reduce homelessness, care for troubled kids, less intimidation, better road design, ...
Respecting Free Speech
08/20/19
Mark B yelled "F*** the police" tacky but legal; charged with 3 crimes; SD previously ruled cursing cops is "protected speech." Reform is needed; I pledge allegiance to Truth, People, our rights ...
"Respite Park" Homeless Shelter
08/13/19
Poverty, childhood trauma, and addiction encourage homelessness. We need a new tent-based shelter to promote recovery, invest in troubled people, and reduce crime.
Floodplain Management and a Zoning Change
08/05/19
Don't build in the floodway; levees promote downstream flooding; don't zone floodplain as industrial; preserve environmentally-friendly waterways.
Kudos
07/16/19
City staff usually amazingly fast email responses; often receptive to suggestions, recommendations; nice work!
Independence Day Accountability
07/02/19
Local politicians were threatened, that's disturbing, but they're protected. No one protects me from overzealous police. Leaders took an oath to uphold our Constitution and provide "equal protection under the law."
Bike Trail Flooding
06/04/19
Snow melt floods bike trail at multiple locations; global warming increases flooding. We should raise lowest points of bike trail and add some access paths.
Drug Strategy
05/21/19
Illegal drugs cause fewer deaths than legal drugs, alcohol, tobacco, suicide, or firearms. Prohibition was not designed to reduce addiction! We need a scientific assessment of drug danger; cannabis is safer than alcohol. Turn in your stash, go to treatment. Prescription heroin reduces addiction, theft, disease; $5,000 bounty for meth dealers.
Special Council Meetings
05/07/19
Special council meetings should be announced at the previous regular meeting; please meet regular place, regular time; encourage public participation.
River Safety
09/11/18
A low head dam is submerged, almost invisible; hydraulic roller below spillway causes drowning; we have unmarked dams; replace them with rock ramps; put ring buoy by Falls Park for safety.
"1) Public Input Law and 2) Open Parks Board"
07/17/18
Revised law reduces time for addressing the council but allows for input on first reading; why no more electronic presentations? Were my PowerPoints too effective? Parks board meeting audio now posted online - nice!
Oath of Office
07/10/18
New leaders swear "I ... do solemnly swear that I will support the Constitution of the United States ..." but politicians ignore unconstitutional processes and condone police perjury. This is distressing and tragic.
Bike Trail Update: Please Expedite
06/05/18
I want to fix some problems but can't get a permit, please expedite.
Changing The Guard
05/15/18
I commend political candidates, it takes dedication; new leaders should make changes: cancel parking ramp scam, expand drug treatment programs.
Bike Trail Issues
05/02/18
Update ordinance 95.024 to assure night access; prevent silt on trail; pave some access points; I want to deliver gravel.
Improving Council Transparency
04/17/18
Consent agenda consolidates "uncontroversial minor" items but can hide bad policy; council meetings should be divided into 3 sections alcohol licensing, zoning, and city business. Allow public input at first reading.
Noise Reduction
04/11/18
Train horns make noise pollution; they're vastly louder than city limits; we should create no-horn zones to make life more pleasant.
Politicians Follow
04/03/18
Candidates promise what voters want but deliver what rich donors want. We're not supposed to know USA is #1 in prisons; money is in control; news supports developers. Good that candidates advocate drug treatment.
Everything's OK and Transparent Secret
03/20/18
People want to NOT know about hard problems (such as nuclear reactor in a tsunami zone); city has bad deals in Agenda broad daylight: selling city land at 90% of value, boondoggle parking ramp.
Build It Now
03/13/18
Public-Private Partnerships (PPPs) and TIFs (Tax Increment Financing) encourage corruption; city decisions favor developers because money talks; I list biased decisions.
Music, Allegory
03/06/18
Music can be so expressive; I wrote lyrics for the "Zombie Walk" parade, an allegory for our time.
1) Premier Center Siding and 2) Music, Allegory
02/20/18
City approved flat siding to save money; enjoy my music video, "Take Back The Night"
Fixing Building Issues
02/13/18
I plan to cancel the overpriced parking ramp. Premier Center siding looks bumpy and tacky; they failed to account for thermal expansion; dubious settlement; builder should fix it.
1) Discussion Tactics 2) Let's Make A Deal
01/09/18
Distracting emotional arguments support bad decisions; an iconic truck would cost twice as much but not work well, just like the iconic parking ramp.
Parking Ramp Mechanisms
01/02/18
People like traditional methods; denial helps bad ideas; shady parking ramp contractor; council should listen to citizens and cancel bad contract.
Combining Elections (Agenda Item 30)
12/19/17
Combining city and school board elections is a great idea.
Parking Ramp Questions
12/19/17
I have 20 questions about this ramp regarding cost and secrecy. The project looks like a reward for campaign contributions.
Parking Ramp Complex Costs
12/12/17
Walker report said $9 million to build a parking ramp but city is spending $21 million; gift to builder; I wrote uplifting song named "Parade of Lights."
Proposed Parking Ramp Complex
12/05/17
"An existing parking ramp could be expanded; city proposes expensive parking ramp complex; secret bid process. $56,800 per constructed public space but local median cost is $20,000. Reward for campaign contributions?"
Police Improvements
11/21/17
Pursue accreditation; invite DOJ review; implement body cameras; remove push bumpers; more friendly police; treatment for addicts.
Apparent Sioux Falls Corruption
11/07/17
Expensive elections result in corruption; city changed election laws to favor wealth; police violate rights; plea bargain system violates rights; secrecy promotes corruption; unconstitutional laws should be corrected; reform government. Restricted & Vicious Animals, Updating Ordinance 90 09/19/17 The law protects citizens from vicious dogs; city plans to exempt police from accountability; I recommend limited exclusion instead.
Restricted & Vicious Animals, Updating Ordinance 90
09/19/17
The law protects citizens from vicious dogs; city plans to exempt police from accountability; I recommend limited exclusion instead.
Drug Prohibition Part 3 of 3
09/05/17
Some human trafficking supports addiction; alcohol addiction helped organized crime; propaganda persists; prohibition causes more problems than addiction; treatment reduces addiction and crime; some industries benefit from prohibition; drug amnesty would help; we need better policies.
Drug Prohibition Part 2 of 3
08/15/17
Illegal drugs kill very few people; alcohol is worse than cannabis; cannabis was criminalized to hurt dark racial minorities; Nixon's war on drugs attacked protest movements.
Drug Prohibition Part 1 of 3
08/01/17
Too much unrealistic rhetoric; 23% of us are binge alcohol users; drug prohibition does not prevent drug abuse but creates crime and puts many people in jail.
Zoning at 6th and Bahnson
08/01/17
Six acres of city "ag" land will be rezoned; owner wants high price; neighbors want residential area; builders want intense use; I suggest a partnership to make a park.
Bike Trail Improvements
07/18/17
The trail is beautiful, being extended, signs added, widened. Cut grass a little taller; police patrols should be on bike; need more signs; fix more bends; prevent silt on trail.
The Flow of Power
07/11/17
Unconstitutional laws are not changed; petitions are ignored; meetings are for ceremony not real dialogue; power flows from campaign donors to senior officials then to clique then to legislature.
One Dead Bulb
06/06/17
I got an unjustified citation; I tried to charge an officer with perjury but was threatened with arrest.
Improving Traffic Safety
05/09/17
Dangerous repairs on I-229 during rush hour; signs and lights would help; can busy highways be repaired at night?
Our Bike Trail
05/02/17
City bike trail provides beauty, nature, exercise. Needs straightened, more signs, make it bigger.
Earth Day: Planting Trees
04/18/17
I plan to have all city employees plant 4 small trees for random residents.
Dedicating our meetings
03/21/17
Council meetings now open with prayer to Christian God and Pledge of Allegiance. I plan to write a pledge/dedication and encourage others to write their own.
David Z for Mayor
03/14/17
Government for we the people! I want to work with citizens, councilors for responsible government. What can we accomplish together?
Zoning Aesthetics
03/07/17
Zoning is controversial, affects property values, and limits construction; tract housing should be varied; homeowners don't like big apartment buildings nearby.
1) Recording Meetings 2) Revise Ordinance 55
02/14/17
City board meetings should be video recorded; new ordinance 55 needs revised: change the title, clarify time for correction, reduce extreme penalty, eliminate multiple jeopardy, require a search warrant.
Multiple Jeopardy
01/17/17
Constitution says one bad action is one crime against one law; USA has multiple overlapping laws; one bad action is multiple offenses with long prison sentences - that's unconstitutional and keeps us subdued.
Happy New Year
01/03/17
Christmas is a season of camaraderie; I brought cookies!
Public Speaking Guidelines
12/20/16
For better meetings: stay calm, focus on one topic, offer a solution, and be nice.
Georgia Girl + Local Doctor
12/13/16
SD teenage sex laws are dangerously broad and harsh; it's risky to call police; government makes it very hard to testify for defense.
Entertainment as Indoctrination
12/06/16
Some crime TV shows encourage civil rights violations: solitary confinement, illegal search, prisoner abuse, lying to a suspect, lying to the public, shoot to kill. We should use healthier entertainment.
1) Alcohol and Law 2) Mass Incarceration
11/08/16
Alcohol is a popular social sedative; the most popular drug; some bars sell too much. USA has world's largest prison population; unnecessary "sheltering in place" turns schools into jails; defend liberty.
Decorum & Related Topics
11/01/16
Decorum and mutual respect makes life nicer; most people hate to be challenged; diplomacy helps.
Push Bumpers
10/17/16
A push bumper is a battering ram on a police car; increases risk of pedestrian death in a collision; they should be removed.
Modeling Government
10/11/16
Expensive elections favor rich donors; political decisions support donors and corruption; government controls our world; public must finance elections.
Police Violence
10/04/16
I was detained and bullied by police who violated my rights; they tried to provoke me; government protects bad police; reform is needed.
Proposed Administrative Building
09/20/16
City ignored a citizen petition; council rhetoric was unrealistic; cheaper alternatives were ignored.
Project TRIM and Ordinance 94
09/13/16
City regulations for trimming and removing trees violate our right to due process; people are fined without a hearing; some fines are not supported by law, that makes them illegal.