Letter: Hopkins Mayor Backs Callison for County Board

"She has worked cooperatively with the City of Hopkins and other neighboring cities."


To the editor:

It is with great pleasure that I recommend Jan Callison for County
Commissioner with Hennepin County.

She has worked cooperatively with the City of Hopkins and other neighboring
cities. She assisted the City of Hopkins with ongoing infrastructure projects such as Shady Oak Road and SWLRT as well as working on grants for Shady Oak Beach, Little League Fields and many other projects within the City of Hopkins.

Recently she assisted us in the transition of our City of Hopkins dispatch to Hennepin County. Her dedication of time and effort helped this transition go smoothly and she was instrumental in this process.

It is an honor and a pleasure to work with Jan Callison and I highly recommend her for the Hennepin County Commissioner position.

Gene Maxwell

Mayor, City of Hopkins

Dave Lloyd October 17, 2012 at 10:37 PM
Thanks, again Cheryl or James or whomever I'm now debating. I don't need the newspaper guy to fight my battle. Again, Cheryl or James, the point is why should I vote for Callison to give Hopkins favor since, I DON'T LIVE IN HOPKINS. Vote Wahlstedt.
James Warden October 17, 2012 at 10:48 PM
I'm not trying to debate you Mr. Lloyd. As I noted, the county faced a legitimate policy question with Hopkins' dispatch center request. There are capacity limits, and it's not something it could do for every city in the county without cost increases. All I wanted to note was that there was no 911 money that went to Hopkins. The city was just allowed to use existing capacity that was going unused. The debate over Wahlstedt vs. Callison is for people other than myself. I sincerely welcome the participation of both you and Councilwoman Youakim on Patch.
David Arvidson October 17, 2012 at 10:59 PM
Runaway train spending deserves a 911 call :)
Dave Lloyd October 17, 2012 at 11:00 PM
Thanks, Mr. Warden. Using capacity has a financial benefit to Hopkins. If a citizen were given capacity, it may very well be a taxable event to them whether or not cash exchanged hands. Yes, government is different because government makes the rules. Hennepin County taxes should be used for broad Hennepin County benefit. I now pay twice. I pay for the capacity Hopkins uses and I pay Minnetonka. My rate is higher than Hopkins residents for 911. I've demonstrated constantly on this blog that government spending in part is out of control because we have feds paying states, counties, schools and cities for a certain service, and a county paying for something for a city, and cities wanting a train that is being built by other government entities, operational costs of a SW train funded in part by the state, it just never ends. This cross subsidizing is the key to out of control spending because it makes it difficult to track and manage. Voters have no idea which government is paying for what. And, subsequently, we are being taxed out of our houses. And, it's not the state's fault due to LGA, or anything else. The local governments have to grow up and take responsibility for their own spending.
David October 21, 2012 at 10:35 PM
Uh, if you haven't noticed, Cheryl, this post is shared on the EP and MTKA patch sites as well. And District 6 covers our areas, too. So live in your Hopkins silo of 'I got mine, so forget you" attitude if you want. Just proves why people are leaving Hopkins in droves and sending their kids to MTKA and Edina schools. Perhaps Hopkins tax payers will think a little more seriously before voting to put any of these committed collectivists back on the city council or school board. With Council members like Cheryl and Gene, it makes a lot more sense now why Yvonne Selcer was on the hopkins school board for so long. All these collectivists sticking together milking the County and State treasuries for everything they can get. But this attitude is pervasive throughout the statist left. If it's not "free money" from the Feds for Light Rail, it's grubbing for every dollar they can snatch from County and State funds. And when that fails, just run up another $120 million in debt on the tax payers' bill. Anything to feed the gaping maw of their bloated budgets and long list of cronies demanding their cut. These folks are the poster children for what's wrong with local and state governments.


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