Blood on the Mayor Rybak's hands

Posted by: Barthélemy Barbancourt

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A last-minute compromise Friday between Minneapolis Mayor R.T. Rybak and the City Council spared four of the 10 firefighters facing layoffs as the result of the strained city budget.

The council had tried to save all 10 firefighter jobs using one-time funds, but its attempt to override Rybak's veto of its proposal fell one vote short Friday.

One position that did not get cut was the bicycle and pedestrian coordinator, which Council President Barb Johnson tried to eliminate. Her proposal failed 11-2.

A week after a devastating fire killed Uptown resident James "Jay" Beck IV, his friends and co-workers plan to hold a fundraiser on Saturday to help his roommate, who was hospitalized for several days and lost his belongings in the blaze.

The fire broke out shortly after 5 a.m., quickly consuming the upper floor of the two-and-a-half-story duplex, according to witnesses. Firefighters walked into the blazing structure to pull Beck, Franzen and a friend of theirs out of the second-floor apartment. Beck, badly burned, succumbed to his injuries later that day.

Minneapolis Firefighters have complained that budget cuts have increased response times. Here is just one example of what that means. The morons that run Minneapolis care more about bike paths than people's lives.

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jk noreen
written by jokin , September 22, 2011

Thanks for posting about this, Bart. I have been on this malfeasance on the part of the championing of a Bicycle Coordinator over common sense public safety factors for quite some time. In reality, the mayor has blood on his hands on both ends of this deal. The attempt at prioritizing the placement of as much bicycle traffic into vehicular traffic as possible has inured drivers and cyclists alike- and in the process has killed and maimed many, many naive, unprepared bikers and endangered motorists and pedestrians trying to avoid the cyclsits' antics- who often ignore their responsibilities to obey traffic laws and frequently make the choice that they can live in their own headphoned itune world, oblivious to the necessity and duty of using each of their five senses while in transit.

Barthélemy Barbancourt
written by Barthélemy Barbancourt , September 22, 2011

The new lane on Blaisdell is terrible. The ones on Hennepin are also awful. They put bikes on some of the busiest streets in town and in many cases removed a lane from already packed streets.

I the city Council was honest, they'd call this the summer of carnage and stop pushing bikes so hard. Few streets are a good match for bikes and cars. Also, bikers have gotten too much of an attitude and they are paying with their lives.

Last night at 9:00 I was about to cross Blaisdell and I noticed a dark object and a single light. The dark object was a biker riding at night with no lights on the left side of Blaisdell and the single light was a biker on the right side of Blaisdell. The guy with no lights was also not in the bike lane. Both were very hard to see. Cops need to start ticketing these assholes before they get killed.

The LME is looking forward to the winter so we have less bikers to deal with.

jk noreen
written by jokin , September 22, 2011

Barb Johnson's proposal to convert much of her district's streets to single-motor vehicle-lane, multiple use killing zones was soundly opposed and defeated by her constituents, and to her credit, she averred, something that most of the rest of the city council would never do. She might be the only person left in city hall with a lick of common sense.

 tim-The Dyslexic Blogger
written by tim-The Dyslexic Blogger , September 22, 2011

Before they start cutting police or firemen we should start by cutting double the amount of the last people hired into the non essential postilions and by that I mean any one that is not a fireman or policemen. The first ones that should go are the assistant to the assistant of the department head. or any other stupid position like that.

I'm so glad I left
written by Nobody , September 22, 2011

This is for show. Make it hurt as much as you can. Keep on stupid ass jobs, cut services. This is insane.

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