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Steve Kornell Wrong on Security Cameras

Steve Kornell is still growing as a city council member.

I like council member Steve Kornell. I think he is growing into a fine representative for his district and the city. But, every now and then Steve gets more than a little tunnel versioned.

Case in point, the Thursday discussion regarding surveillance cameras.

At one point in the meeting Steve launched into what could be called a near tirade saying if all the surveillance cameras do is relocate crime then he won't support them. Just to be clear, he repeated himself several times with emphasis.

Steve has reason to be concerned because it is possible if the drug business starts moving around some of it could end up in his district.

This is the classic case of not in my back yard and shows that Steve has room to grow. Let's let the people suffering keep suffering and leave my people alone. Shortsighted at best since council members are elected citywide.

Before Steve throws the baby out with the bath water it would be a good idea to spend some of that passionate energy on getting the police department to actually do their job.

Earlier in the day at the budget meeting Steve had a similar near melt down when the acting budget director used the word bankruptcy, lecturing staff on what language to use when answering questions. Sending the, "tell us what we want to hear message," will not get council the facts they need.

Steve does a lot of good, has some great ideas but these little tirades can negate a lot of good very quickly.  

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Kurtis Marsh April 27, 2012 at 04:02 PM
1st step is have the police do their job. And yes I do not want to have the hookers move back to 4th street. Bad enough they seem to be working 9th Ave N and 7th St N with out any attention.
Kim D April 28, 2012 at 12:12 PM
Just wondering how many times these led to arrest and cost per arrest, are crack dealers our biggest problem? With so many foreclosures, no jobs, I'd think that money could be better spent.
16th ave resident April 28, 2012 at 04:14 PM
We need help at and around 34th Street & 16th Ave. N. The police has arrested drug sellers, dealers & prostitutes & johns but if we could get these types out of the neighborhood it would be so much better for the home owners in this area. We need the support of the police but we also need support from the Council & Mayor's office.

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