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M Hess

Minneapolis, Minnesota
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Posted on 03/17/14 at 12:36 pm in response to Teardown battle in Minneapolis: A city at war with itself

What is lost in some of this discussion is that the moratorium isn't surgically blocking projects that are messy, inconsiderate and even in violation of their permits. It's not blocking just the projects that neighbors don't like athestically (sorry folks you don't get to pick your neighbors house, we're not in a suburban gated planned community). the moratorium is also blocking all the perfectly scaled infill houses like the ones that are scattered though Ward 13 today. It's blocking...

Majorities in either house should be forced to stand for reelection each year to keep them from misbehaving.

too bad the governor is so dismissive of the republican state legislature members - especially since so many of the new DFL 'priorities' like trying to fix some of the taxageddon from last year are in fact republican priorities from day one. i doubt the DFL and Gov will acknowledge republicans were right last year that the tax increases were excessive.

Posted on 02/19/14 at 07:33 pm in response to FAA rules on flight-track plan

I think you misunderstood the FAA letter or the issue. In this case Edina and SW Minneapolis got what they wanted which was to not implement the takeoff technology on those runways, so MSP suggested only doing it on the others. The FAA has said it wont' be doing it all for takeoffs at least for now, because partial implementation would have safety issues. so in this case, if you were affected by the change, "everyone's a winner".

Posted on 02/13/14 at 03:25 pm in response to Ovation greets St. Louis Park mayor's stand against freight-rail move

So when St. Louis Park agreed to have the freight re-routed in return for cleanup of hazardous contaminated sites in SLP, that was not sincere? Now that there are numerous different proposals developed to follow-through, it seems its a non-starter.

Posted on 01/23/14 at 12:31 pm in response to Raising Minnesota's minimum wage: Washington state shows one way

Since the current Washington rate took effect just this month any impact positive or negative is a long time from manifesting itself. It would be helpful to know what has the rate been for the last year or so without trying to infer it from the statistics in the table.

Also why no mention of the attempt to raise the rate to $15 around SeaTac?

Thanks for the detailed accounting on this side of the damage. More collateral damage of the management assault on the musicians. Hopefully with new leadership the organization will be able to attract high caliber talent on the administration side to compliment the musical talent as they fill vacancies on both sides of the organization that were caused by managements lockout strategy.

Posted on 12/12/13 at 12:59 pm in response to With week's events, is a Minnesota Orchestra settlement any closer?

Mr. Henson and the Board effectively declared war on the musicians with the lockout last year. While he may wish for everyone to put the hurt aside it's a little easier when you spent the last year at full pay, with insurance, spending $13M to accomplish nothing. What exactly was the hurt, that your work performance was criticized by the musicians you locked out and the community and arts industry observers? What will management and the board to to acknowledge the hurt experienced by the...

Posted on 11/22/13 at 09:29 pm in response to Minnesota Orchestra finances: Did management manipulate the numbers?

Agreeing in principle with the vision the Musicians have for the orchestra instead of the financially driven goals of the board does not make you aligned with the musicians, and of course if one side of the dispute is holding concerts and one side is not, the music lovers are going to link to the side that is still serving the community for purchasing tickets and providing support.

But this question of alignment has me wondering, has there been any public support for the board and...

Posted on 11/08/13 at 09:31 am in response to Possible challenger to Paulsen surfaces

As the lockout drags on and the disaster which is the Minnesota Orchestra grows I wonder how the role of board members who created this situation will impact them in other places like elections. I would expect a negative labor reaction to support someone who had been behind the treatment the musicians have endured.