Public Inaugural Community Event

Saint Paul STRONG has set Thursday, January 7, 2016 as its inaugural public meeting. Saint Paul City Council members have been invited, along with the public, to have an open discussion on how to improve our public process. The event will start at 5:30 p.m. at Mai Village at University and Western Avenues.

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Saint Paul STRONG
News Release

December 22, 2015

We are a nonpartisan community-led organization dedicated to improving open and representative government in Saint Paul by encouraging and supporting open and transparent public processes at City Hall, engaging and empowering resident participation, and building a stronger, more inclusive Saint Paul.

Saint Paul STRONG (SPS) invites Saint Paul City Council to a public inaugural community event .

Saint Paul STRONG (SPS), the citizen group that formed to call for greater transparency and accountability in city government, is kicking off the new year by inviting Saint Paul elected leaders to a public panel discussion on Thursday, January 7, 2016, 5:30 p.m. at Mai Village, 394 University Ave, W., St. Paul. Social time will conclude at 6:15 when panel discussion begins. Questions will be taken from the public. Panel discussion moderated by SPS member Roy Magnuson. Council Members will have an opportunity to ask questions of SPS panel members and give closing comments.

City Council members were invited in October to endorse Saint Paul STRONG’s six principles (see attachment) of openness, accountability, and a more vibrant public process. All seven councilmembers, including five incumbents who won re-election in November, endorsed the six principles. To date, Council members Dai Thao, Dan Bostrom, Rebecca Noecker, and Jane Prince have confirmed their attendance at the upcoming Saint Paul STRONG public event.

“Our goal for our first community dialogue is to generate consensus around greater outreach and public involvement in city government,” stated SPS spokesperson John Mannillo. “Saint Paul STRONG was formed because too many big decisions – like the one to provide permanent property tax relief to major league soccer or the new Comcast long term contract – happened with virtually no public input.”

Saint Paul STRONG principles were embraced not only by councilmembers, but were hailed by Saint Paul neighbors and businesses as just the kind of reforms that will lead to more trust in city government. Parking meters and housing teardowns are just two examples where citizens pushed back to have a greater voice at City Hall.

Roy Magnuson stated, “The public meeting on January 7 allows us to work together with our city’s elected leadership to restore a vibrant public process to solve problems and accomplish great things in Saint Paul.”

Roy Magnuson, 651 341-9614
John Mannillo, 651 292-8306