Blood on the Mayor Rybak's hands


Posted by: Barthélemy Barbancourt in Blog on Sep 22, 2011

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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.