Re: [Mpls] Stadium deal

2005-04-26 Thread John Harris
2. I would be a lot more in favor of this deal if there was some commitment to providing some cheap bleacher seats for the people whose tax dollars went into the stadium. I'm afraid that we might end up with one of those new boutiquey stadiums that's small, and full of expensive

[Mpls] The biggest panhandler in Mpls

2005-04-26 Thread m1r3201
Hey, Buddy, Can you spare $235 million dollars? Carl Pohlad probably already is breaking the aggresive panhandling ordinance already on the books. As the City of Mpls looks towards trying to register panhandlers, Mr. Phohlad should easily fall under that as well. Except that the rules are

[Mpls] New Ball Park Ticket Prices

2005-04-26 Thread freealonzo
David Brauer wrote yesterday that the main economic reason for a new Twins ball park was that there would be better seats, more seats in higer valued areas, Twins would get all the suite revenue, and new ball parks cause ticket prices to go up. There are also other sources of revenue a ball

Re: [Mpls] Stadium deal

2005-04-26 Thread rpgoldman
JH == John Harris [EMAIL PROTECTED] writes: 2. I would be a lot more in favor of this deal if there was some commitment to providing some cheap bleacher seats for the people whose tax dollars went into the stadium. I'm afraid that we might end up with one of those new

[Mpls] You have to do what you think is right

2005-04-26 Thread m1r3201
Commissioner Mike Opat is quoted in today's Strib as saying You have to do what you think is right in regards to his pushing for the Stadium deal. Of note is also the continued statements that it is only 3 cents on every $20 of tax payer's money. This sort of political bravery seems powered by

[Mpls] The biggest panhandler in Mpls

2005-04-26 Thread Craig Miller
The only other time I got on board with a Twins Stadium deal was when Carl promised 90 million dollars. Then we find out he wasn't writing a check. He was claiming naming rights, beer pouring exclusive rights, etc. That was how he came up with his 90 million. By selling all the things that

[Mpls] Ballpark deal - Craig questions

2005-04-26 Thread David Brauer
On Apr 26, 2005, at 8:49 AM, Craig Miller wrote: 1. Who will own the stadium? The county, sort of. The deal points say the stadium will be publicly owned. 2. Who will name the stadium? Carl. 3. Who gets the cash for all exclusive rights such as signs, beer pouring etc.? Carl. Twins operate it,

[Mpls] Another query for the parks people

2005-04-26 Thread Jane Strauss
It is difficult to spend significant time at a park with a young child if the bathrooms are locked and there are no portapotties either. It was a lovely day on Sunday, many families with kids were using the Hiawatha School Park, one of the few accessible playgrounds in the city, yet even the

Re: [Mpls] The biggest panhandler in Mpls

2005-04-26 Thread John Harris
here's my guesses 1. Who will own the stadium? either the metropolitan sports facilities commission or the twins. probably the twins. 2. Who will name the stadium? some company that has the cash. used to think NWA but they have no money. best buy, general mills? 3. Who gets the cash for

Re: [Mpls] Stadium deal

2005-04-26 Thread Jon Gorder
They've only been advertising family package deals for about 40 years now. It's common knowledge that baseball is the cheapest family sports entertainment available. I really don't know what more they should be required to do when the slightest investigation reveals this as obvious.

[Mpls] tin fish

2005-04-26 Thread Jason C Stone
Commissioner Kummer has been touting the success of converting the Lake Calhoun Concession into a revenue-generating restaurant, based on the Park Board's cut of revenue for its first year. The Tin Fish cut a $50k check to the Park Board, I believe. That's not the whole story, though. MPRB

Re: [Mpls] Stadium deal

2005-04-26 Thread Robert Schmid
They've only been advertising family package deals for about 40 years now. It's common knowledge that baseball is the cheapest family sports entertainment available. I really don't know what more they should be required to do when the slightest investigation reveals this as obvious.

Re: [Mpls] The biggest panhandler in Mpls

2005-04-26 Thread Seamus
I have the same questions Craig has, and I find it interesting that none of these have been addressed. I don't think this deal is quite as hokey as the one were Pohlad's contribution turned out to be a loan, but I do smell something fishy. Naming rights are the major thing I don't see being

[Mpls] Stadium Deal

2005-04-26 Thread Leurquin, Ronald
This new deal is starting to smell a bit to me. Yesterday it only left a bad taste in my mouth for the giant handout to the wealthy. Maybe the naming rights and concessions should be shared by the parties paying for this facility in relation to the amount paid for the facility. Right now,

RE: [Mpls] The biggest panhandler in Mpls

2005-04-26 Thread Jeremy Wieland
One note of warning on a new stadium and its relationship to fielding a competitive baseball team. Pittsburgh has a veritable temple to baseball, brand new and right where the Allegheny and Monongahela rivers join to form the Ohio. Their boss, Kevin McClatchy, took the new stadium and promptly

[Mpls] Update on candidate information gathering

2005-04-26 Thread Steven Clift
In less than 24 hours we've pulled off an e-miracle. Over 24 candidate names are now listed in our wiki - all of them entered by fellow forums members including candidates themselves. If you don't add the contact information for the candidates you support, the world might assume they don't

[Mpls] The only acceptable public stadium deal

2005-04-26 Thread Robert Schmid
There is only one public stadium deal I can accept. A 30 year fixed mortgage at Prime Rate with the mortgage placed on the TEAM. That way, if the team leaves, we still get our investment back. I would be happy to LEND the Twins $360M. I know Mr. Pohlad would happy to do the same for any of

[Mpls] Eliminate the General College?

2005-04-26 Thread Svattheriver
I have read the comments about eliminating the General College at the University of Minnesota. ( Many years ago, I spent 3 years in graduate school at the U studying the teaching of teaching and the anthropology of university sub- cultures and was a graduate teaching assistant, teaching

Re: [Mpls] Stadium deal

2005-04-26 Thread Jon Gorder
--- Robert Schmid [EMAIL PROTECTED] wrote: They've only been advertising family package deals for about 40 years now. It's common knowledge that baseball is the cheapest family sports entertainment available. I really don't know what more they should be required to do when the

RE: [Mpls] Stadium deal

2005-04-26 Thread Leurquin, Ronald
Jon wrote: I'd like a chance for the County to have first rights to bid on ownership when the Pohlad's sell, there would be your return on investment, but I doubt that'll happen either. No, I don't think this deal was hatched in Heaven, I just think it's the best and certainly the cheapest (come

Re: [Mpls] Another query for the parks people

2005-04-26 Thread David Strand
This not only hurts park users with children but the dearth of public restrooms makes it difficult for those who rely on walking, biking, and even public transit for their transportation needs. Having more access for a greater part of the day to restroom facilities is one way the city can

Re: [Mpls] tin fish

2005-04-26 Thread Meg Forney
JASON - I must admit, I was one of the people that opened the doors for Tin Fish. I think it's a great addition to the park system. But your questions do raise the broader question that I don't believe have been addressed by the Board or staff. And I image that is where we have the very same

Re: [Mpls] Eliminate the General College?

2005-04-26 Thread Becca Vargo Daggett
The Bruininks' plan is really a de facto statement that the U has to become whiter and richer to become better. What? I have seen no evidence to support this statement, or to support previous statements in this forum that eliminating GC will inevitably result in fewer students of color at the

[Mpls] Re: [Bloomington] County, Twins have ballpark deal

2005-04-26 Thread Watchdog
Hi all, I'm not a baseball fan, but I don't have anything against it, just as I don't have anything against most other forms of ENTERTAINMENT. Professional sports is big-ticket entertainment, and I myself did not realize it was this, until a few years ago. I thought sports was part of God,

Re: [Mpls] Stadium deal

2005-04-26 Thread Dan McGuire
This current stadium deal makes me think that the sport of very wealthy is How much money can you get from the public coffers? One of the partial statistics that must be kept is How many public officials can you get to do something that they really don't want to do. It goes without saying

[Mpls] Locked restrooms and porta-potties

2005-04-26 Thread Annie Young
Jane Strauss wrote asking about our restrooms. My reply includes: Hiawatha School Park is not open on Sundays. The building hours are posted on the door. The toilets, which give access to the interior of the building are left open during those days and hours that the building is open to the

Re: [Mpls] Stadium deal

2005-04-26 Thread dain lyngstad
I have read much here about Mr. Pohlad's twins deal, but the true culprits are the Henn. county board. They are the ones who will personally benefit without anything invested. Mr Pohlad is a business man who makes deals. The county board is suppose to watch out for our interests, and if they can't

[Mpls] 8th Ward endorsements

2005-04-26 Thread [EMAIL PROTECTED]
Eva Young asked: Did NOW also endorse Titi Bediako? I'd encourage any candidate who is interested in screening with the Minnesota Women's Political Caucus to email them at: [EMAIL PROTECTED] I can't answer the question about Ms. Bediako but I can respond to the latter: Minnesota WomenÂ’s

[Mpls] Stadium Boondoggle Postponed by Hennepin County

2005-04-26 Thread Eva Young
http://lloydletta.blogspot.com/2005/04/stadium-boondoggle-postponed-by.html Stadium Boondoggle Postponed by Hennepin County The Stadium boondoggle was postponed for a week by the http://www.startribune.com/stories/503/5370199.htmlHennepin County board. It's time for people to call and email

Re: [Mpls] Locked restrooms and porta-potties

2005-04-26 Thread Chris Johnson
Annie Young wrote: On another note, I am in total agreement with Jason Stone, Scott Vreeland and Meg Forney (this is not an endorsement of any of them) about planning and the need for the comprehensive plan. I, too, am very concerned about the privatization of our concessions and yes, the