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The jig is up. The attached report from the Minnesota Sports Facility Authority (MSFA) shows the contract (READ HERE) between Summit Academy OIC and the MSFA is not making headway when it comes to hiring people of color to work on the new Vikings stadium in downtown Minneapolis.
Join Ronald A. Edwards and Don Allen as we look into week two of the Rochester, Minnesota scam and take calls about what’s really happening on jobs, economic development and civil rights in the Twin Cities.
Tune in tonight as the team of Ronald A. Edwards and Don Allen are joined by businessman Thomas Johnson who will talk in detail about the city of Minneapolis, funding for the Vikings stadium and what happened with the Target Center.
Don't miss this program for your chance to be informed about current events in our city, state and world.
Doug Mann, perennial Minneapolis School Board candidate and candidate for Minneapolis mayor last fall and a life-long member of the Minneapolis NAACP started a pro se action last summer to compel a city-wide referendum on the new Viking stadium finance package:
Mann said he will file his petition for a writ of mandamus that seeks a public referendum on use of city sales taxes to help finance the edifice, as authorized by the Legislature.
He wants the court to order that the city follow a provision of its charter that requires voter approval when more than $10 million in city funds are spent on an athletic facility. The city is expected to note that the legislation overrides that charter provision.
The city will finance its portion of the stadium using a suite of sales taxes – a citywide sales tax, downtown restaurant and liquor taxes and a hotel tax. Those taxes currently pay for the city’s convention center, but money will be freed up when debt on that facility is paid in 2020.The total city subsidy is $309 million, or $678 million when accounting for interest over the life of the deal.
Well, the city did “note” the override, and the Hennepin County District ruled that both Mann and the city were right. It did violate the charter, but the state overrode the charter with the stadium legislation. That decision is now on appeal.
Phone lines will be open to ask the question: Will the Minneapolis membership of the NAACP stand behind Mr. Doug Mann, or wait for a payoff from the MSFA?
Concordia junior linebacker Takari Johnson (Lansing, MI/Lansing Eastern HS), a 6-1, 225lb, was a tackling machine for the Cards this year, who managed only one win on the season. Johnson not only led the Cardinals, but the NAIA this season in total tackles. The anchor or the defense also led the Cardinals in sacks and tackles for a loss. His 112.5 total tackles and 6.5 sacks are good for the single season record in the Cardinals' record books. He is also currently the Cardinals All-Time record holder for tackles (201.5), tackles for a loss (36.5), and sacks (9.0) in a career. The dominate season earned Johnson First Team Defense in the linebackers' position, in the MSFA Mideast League. In Takari's freshman year, he appeared in three games and averaged over 13 tackles. As a sophomore, he lead the Cards in tackles and was named All-Conference 2nd Team.
Events now happening with the Minnesota Vikings and the MSFA building the new stadium (The People's Stadium) will represent the largest failure of a public works project in US history. Tune in Saturday at 3 p.m. - phone lines will be open.
MSFA 11:00 a.m. (8/23) statement:
MSFA Statement Regarding Updated Construction Schedule and Need to Move Ahead With Negotiations
MSFA 5:05 p.m. (8/23) statement:
Statement from Peter Carter, Counsel to the Minnesota Sports Facilities Authority About Minnesota Vikings Comments on Due Diligence
The Ron and Don Show will have an exclusive report about a phone conversation with the Minneapolis Department of Civil Rights and a minority contruction firm in Kansas City, MO.
This weeks program will also cover the recent scattering of the rats because of the MSFA decision to pick a new compliance director and not deal with the usual suspects.
This is a one-hour program that will provide information you want see or hear reported on WCCO.
A possible conversation with Minneapolis mayoral candidate Stephanie Woodruff.
Minneapolis Urban League Gala
Minneapolis Economic Development Corporation
Last time the NFL Draft Bible Player Spotlight Show talked with Damon Harrison was August 24th before his final season would kick off at William Penn.
With the season over Harrison helped the Statesmen to a 9-2 record, while leading the team in both tackles with 60 and tackles-for-loss with 8.5. That production helped him earn Mid-States Football Association first team honors in 2011.
NFL is the next goal in line for the talented defensive tackle from Lake Charles, Louisiana. Join host Bo Marchionte of the NFL Draft Bible, bringing the NFL stars of tomorrow to you today.
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