Oct 11, 2017
commsolutionsmn.com- In this episode, Jason and Andrew sit down for a follow-up discussion with New Brighton Council Member Gina Bauman and city council hopeful, Sue Erickson. This is an important podcast no matter where you live, because this is really what goes on in so many city councils, especially when the existing power structure gets challenged. We start out talking about some existing city issues and the upcoming election, which tells us a lot about the existing climate in the city, but then Gina drops a bombshell. Mayor Val Johnson tries to set up her own Diversity Task Force without even consulting the rest of the city council until this point. She already has hand-selected her task force members. Long story short, Council Member Bauman calls her on it and Mayor Johnson becomes unhinged. You need to hear her tell the story first, but you will still want to see it for yourself (http://newbrighton.granicus.com/MediaPlayer.php?view_id=2&clip_id=756). You can see the work session video here. Ever since the city was called out on violating state statute on changing election years from odd to even (http://www.startribune.com/after-election-feud-rancor-runs-deep-in-new-brighton/403150926/), Mayor Johnson has taken off the gloves. There's no room for bullies on a city council. New Brighton needs a mayor with some humility.