BIG WIN FOR PUBLIC AND OPENNESS IN GOVERNMENT

SAINT PAUL STRONG FLEXES ITS MUSCLES!

October 14, 2015

In a major victory for the principles of an Open and Transparent city government advocated by SAINT PAUL STRONG, the city has backed down from its outrageous and irresponsible attempt to keep the taxpayers in the dark about the financing of a proposed professional soccer stadium.

Reversing course after harsh criticism from Saint Paul Strong, a nonpartisan, community-based group pushing city officials to endorse six basic principles of open, democratic government, city officials have dropped language that would have kept the public from knowing the details of financing for the $120-million stadium.

"Unbelievably, the city tried to pass a plan to keep the public 'uninformed to the fullest extent of the law,' " said community activist Rick Cardenas, a member of Saint Paul Strong's executive committee. "They actually put it that way, 'UN-informed to the fullest extent of the law!' That's the exact opposite of what we elect city officials to do. We need them to keep us INFORMED to the fullest extent of the law."

Saint Paul Strong was announced October 7. Since then, the group's Facebook Page has been seen by more than 6,000 people and "Liked" by more than 700 people, including former GOP Senator David Durenberger, who endorsed the group Tuesday.

"Obviously, we have struck a chord," said community activist Yusef Mgeni, another member of Saint Paul Strong's executive committee. "Saint Paul people are demanding an informed consent in governing their city, and informed consent requires full knowledge, in a timely fashion, of what the city is planning to do."

"The failed attempt by the city to shut the public out of the soccer stadium discussion is an outrageous example of why Saint Paul Strong is so important to the future of the city," said Roy Magnuson, another of the group's leaders. "We are proud to have helped overturn this horrible idea, and we want to keep the pressure up right through Election Day (Nov. 3)."

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