Friday, October 19, 2018

Rochester Minnesota City Council Races 2018

Rochester Minnesota City Council Races 2018

Endorsemement:
Conservative/Republican pick: Patrick Keane
Progressive/Democratic pick:  Heather Holmes


Patrick Keane

Rating: not very conservative, but largely lacking in in-fashion PC buzzwords like equity, safe, inclusive, liveable wage, and that's a good thing. I like IBM career vs. independent marketing and communications consultant, sounds like community organizer. Establishment democrats like former mayor Brede like Holmes.

Career: Retired IBM

Activities: Board Member and Chairman of the Rochester Area Family YMCA, Finance Committee Chair and a Parish Trustee for Resurrection Catholic Church. Additionally, Patrick was a classroom volunteer with National Engineering Week and Junior Achievement as well as a volunteer coach for youth basketball, soccer, and baseball.

Housing: Coalition for Rochester Area Housing, along with Olmsted County, Mayo Clinic and the Rochester Area Foundation PostBulletin: city must partner with the private sector, versus government taking the lead. I support the city's $500,000 contribution to the Coalition For Rochester Area Housing. I support local groups like Habitat, "In The City For Good" and Bear Creek Church. All contribute to solutions.

Transportation: PostBulletin: Currently, 83 percent of the people (patients, shoppers, workers, etc.) coming into downtown drive, and 90 percent are daily workforce, single-passenger commuters looking for parking. Our transportation options are not working well enough and cannot scale with projected growth. The best alternatives are improved park-and-ride, better access to city rapid transit and safer alternatives for pedestrians and bicyclists. This will address not only peak congestion, but our overall transportation issues, including parking shortages.


Heather Holmes

Rating: very liberal and full of corporate politically correct buzzwords. She admitted she voted for Hillary Clinton and if you did, and believe that Kavanaugh is a lying sexual predator, Holmes is for you.

Career: television journalist Norwalk CT, now independent marketing and communications consultant with over two decades of experience. Vice president of marketing and project manager of the Journey to Growth initiative in Rochester

Buzzwords: affordable housing, livable wages, equity, Every deserves quality of life that includes a safe and inclusive environment. Pledges to stop the burden of a unmaintainable mortgage or rent can cripple a household budget

Housing: supports Bear Creek Church like Keane

Traffic:  use adaptive traffic signals as opposed to the conventional time-of-day signals (not as effective as more public transportation)

Party: voted for Hillary Clinton

Mayor Ardell Brede (endorsed the entire DFL team including governor Dayton in 2010), Council President Randy Staver and business leader John Wade During the meeting, Myhrom asked Holmes about her vote in the 2016 presidential election. Holmes answered that she voted for Hillary Clinton.


https://www.heatherholmesforcouncil.com/vision served in the Army National Guard as a diesel mechanic for six years. hello@heatherholmesforcouncil.com
https://www.heatherholmesforcouncil.com/meet-heather/
Is an independent marketing and communications consultant with over two decades of experience. Most recently, her work has been with Rochester Area Economic Development as vice president of marketing and project manager of the Journey to Growth initiative; addressing regional issues such as workforce and labor shortages, affordable housing, livable wages and base business growth to increase our economic diversity and vitality. career began in television journalism at News 12 Networks in Norwalk, Connecticut (serving the NYC Suburban Market). serves on the University of Minnesota Extension’s Rural Workforce Entrepreneur Recruitment and Retention Advisory committee, the Ronald McDonald House Board of Trustees and Rotary District 5960 Board of Director Heather believes in equity, respectful dialogue and every citizen deserves the opportunity to thrive, advance and raise their family in a safe, productive and welcoming environment
https://www.heatherholmesforcouncil.com/new-blog/2018/9/24/bear-creek-church-campus supports Bear Creek christian faith based housing campus
https://www.heatherholmesforcouncil.com/vision
PUBLIC SAFETY
To live our lives completely, we must all feel safe in our community and neighborhoods. Every citizen deserves quality of life that includes a ***safe and inclusive environment.*** [pc buzzwords] It should include collaboration among the city, law enforcement, citizens and neighborhood organizations
AFFORDABLE HOUSING FOR ALL CITIZENS
Housing is an issue in Rochester and our surrounding communities. The burden of a unmaintainable mortgage or rent can cripple a household budget [does this mean price controls?]

What is the Journey to Growth Initiative?
OBJECTIVE: BECOME A MORE INCLUSIVE REGION Strategies to build awareness of important local programs and agencies, develop additional capacity and connections, and better embed discussions of inclusive diversity in community dialogues are necessary to fully embrace and capitalize on our region’s unique mix of races, ethnicities, cultures, faiths, and lifestyles.... Increase awareness and utilization of existing diversity resources Formalize dialogue and outreach to foster greater community inclusion Assess the need to create community centers with on-site services that meet the needs of specific ethnic and cultural constituencies

Patrick Keane

Council Member District 1 (Rochester) Patrick Keane NONPARTISAN former IBM serves on the Rochester Zoning Board of Appeals, the Olmsted County Community Services Advisory Board and the Rochester Public Library Foundation Board.


http://krocam.com/meet-council-candidate-patrick-keane/
https://www.postbulletin.com/news/elections/questions-for-candidates-rochester-city-council-ward/article_9c977778-bc76-11e8-8aa1-a33222418edb.html


Website: https://www.keaneforward1.com/
Formally, he was a Board Member and Chairman of the Rochester Area Family YMCA, active with C4 (a local Arts support organization) and the Finance Committee Chair and a Parish Trustee for Resurrection Catholic Church. Additionally, Patrick was a classroom volunteer with National Engineering Week and Junior Achievement as well as a volunteer coach for youth basketball, soccer, and baseball.

Keane referred to the city’s involvement in the new Coalition for Rochester Area Housing, along with Olmsted County, Mayo Clinic and the Rochester Area Foundation and said, “The positive side of this is, we have a lot of demand for employees,” which increases pressure on housing options.

Friday, October 12, 2018

Minnesota Judge - Court of Appeals 2 Anthony L. Brown vs Lucinda Ellen Jesson

Judge - Court of Appeals 2
https://arthurfiddler.blogspot.com/2018/10/minnesota-judge-court-of-appeals-2.html

African American man Anthony L. Brown from Hamline University (rank 140) who has been public defender for persons charged with crimes and has been convicted of violating Minnesota’s Driving
While Impaired law challenges:

Incumbent judge and law professor Lucinda Ellen Jesson from U Penn law school (rank 7) experienced judge never convicted of crimes. Served as a judge in approximately 500 decisions and authored over
150 opinions, including criminal cases of every nature; family law, constitutional challenges, administrative law, child protection, civil
commitment, and all nature of civil cases.


Anthony L. Brown NONPARTISAN african american
I graduated from Chicago State University, 2000 with a B.A.
in Political Science with a minor in Speech and Philosophy.
I graduated from Hamline University School of Law in 2003.
Hamline University is the top-ranked university in Minnesota in its class according to U.S.News & World Report, and the only Minnesota school in its class to be considered a “best value.”
Mar 16, 2017 - Mitchell Hamline's rank was not published, in this first ranking since its merger. Last year, William Mitchell College of Law and Hamline University School of Law were ranked 140
public defender of criminals. Convicted drunk driving  I think the ability to communicate the law in a way that is easily understood by the least sophisticated of readers is a
critical quality for a judge
United States District Court, Law Clerk to the Honorable
Michael J. Davis 2003-2004 (drafted bench memos and
drafted orders and memorandums of law).
Robins, Kaplan, Miller & Ciresi 2004-2006 (Associate in the
Business Litigation Department)
Educational Credit Management Corporation 2006-
2011(conducted and managed civil litigation as in-house
counsel)
Capitol City Law Group, LLC 2011-Present (general practice
covering both civil and criminal representations).
State of Minnesota, Ramsey County Office of the Public
Defender 2015-present (representing indigent clients in
felony matters).
2
5. Have you ever been convicted of a crime or publically disciplined
by a lawyer or judicial standards board? If so, feel free to provide
an explanation.
Yes, I have been convicted of violating Minnesota’s Driving
While Impaired law.


Judge - Court of Appeals 2 Lucinda Ellen Jesson NONPARTISAN incumbent white woman
Catholic priest abuse opinion
3. List the colleges and law schools you have attended, including your dates of attendance and
degrees awarded.
Undergraduate: University of Arkansas 1976-1979 B.A.
Law School University of Pennsylvania 1980-83 J.D.
University of Pennsylvania Law School USNWR ranking 7
University of Minnesota as a visiting student in 1983
4. List where you have been employed since graduation from law school, including dates
employed, your position and nature of your employment responsibilities.
Associate Oppenheimer Wolff & Donnelly Mpls. 1983-1990
Partner Oppenheimer Wolff & Donnelly Mpls. 1990-1993
Business litigation practice including healthcare, employment, medical device
product liability, trade secret, condemnation and banking cases. Tried
numerous cases for both plaintiffs and defendants.
Asst. A.G. Minnesota Attorney General’s Office St. Paul 1993-95
Deputy A.G. Minnesota Attorney General’s Office St. Paul 1995-98
Litigated high profile cases in employment, health care and human services
areas. Supervised the Health, Licensing, Human Rights, Public Utilities and
Investigations Divisions.
Chief Deputy Hennepin County Attorney’s Office Mpls. 1999-2000
Managed daily operations of public law office and advised Hennepin County
Board and County Attorney with regard to all civil litigation. Also
personally litigated cases in the child protection, civil litigation and public
health areas.
Shareholder Jesson & Pust PA St. Paul 2001-2006
Healthcare and employment practice with emphasis on dispute resolution.
(Operated as a sole proprietorship for first years.) Retained as a neutral fact
finder in significant corporate misconduct and discrimination disputes by
many corporations and government institutions in Minnesota.
2
Assoc. Prof. Hamline University School of Law St. Paul 2006-2010
Founding director of nationally ranked health law institute and
faculty member.
Of Counsel Oppenheimer Wolff & Donnelly LLP Mpls. 2009-2010
Client advice on health care matters
Commissioner Minnesota Department of Human Services St. Paul 2011-2015
Oversaw safety-net services at the state’s largest agency providing
services to well over one million low income Minnesotans every year.
Also served as Co-Chair of the Child Protection Task Force, the
Health Reform Financing Task Force, the Children’s Justice
Initiative, and the Interagency Council on Homelessness.
Judge Minnesota Court of Appeals St. Paul 2016-present
Served as a judge in approximately 500 decisions and authored over
150 opinions, including criminal cases of every nature; family law,
constitutional challenges, administrative law, child protection, civil
commitment, and all nature of civil cases.
I note that in addition to my teaching at Hamline, I also taught as an adjunct professor at
both William Mitchell College of Law (1995-98, 2001-2006) and the University of St
Thomas Business School (2001-2006).
5. Have you ever been convicted of a crime or publicly disciplined by the lawyer or judicial
standards board?

No.

Monday, September 17, 2018

Tokyo Tour 1987 2018

Tokyo Tour 1987 2018


Arthur Hu slides from 1987 vs new pictures


98 Things to Do in Shinjuku, the Party District of Tokyo, in 2018!


How to Stay Safe in the Exciting Shinjuku Kabukicho, Tokyo's Red Light District jpninfo.com
Dec 7, 2015 - The Land of the Rising Sun has one of the biggest and most successful red light districts in the world in Kabukicho, which is in Shinjuku, one of ...

https://cdn-images-1.medium.com/max/2000/1*Nyx62TNOjYPCh0B18UngtA.jpegkabuchiko
1987 vs 2010s
Looks like  they replaced light bulbs with a modern neon sign



https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Like_a_Dragon#/media/File:Kabukicho_Gate_at_night.jpg
2006

Shinjuku Koma Theater

Thursday, September 13, 2018

Ueno Great Buddha and Pagoda Tokyo

Slide from Tokyo August 1987. Anybody know where and what this is?










pagoda near Ueno Daibutsu:
Even palm trees on the right remained intact, just grew longer.
The pagoda is located in Tokyo, near Ueno, in Ueno Onshi park.
Here’s an article in Japanese about it: tokyo-trip-org/spot/visiting/tk0...

Great Buddha Pagoda (Ueno Daibutsu)

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Ueno Seiyu is a pioneer of Western cuisine founded in Meiji 5 in Ueno Park. Big Buddha Pagoda is near that. Until the collapse in the Great Kanto Earthquake, the Great Buddha was settled in this land called the Great Buddha. Currently there is a pagoda-style prayer tower and a petition store that worship the pharmacist Buddha, and only the facial part of the Great Buddha is preserved and exhibited and it is becoming a power spot of the examination carried out by the student as "It will not fall any further".

In 1954, the Ueno Tourism Federation became a volunteer, and the prayer tower (Great Buddha pagoda) of Pagoda style (pagoda of Myanmar style) which enshrined the pharmacist Buddha by donation by Taisei Construction was established, and in 1974, it was settled in Kanonagaji The face part of the Great Buddha is set as a relief.
Inside the prayer tower (Great Buddha pagoda), Yakushiro in the center, Moonlight Bodhisattva on the left, and Nikko Bodhisattva on the right.
This pharmacist Sanshita was the main honor of Yakushido in Ueno Toshogu Shrine until the end of the Edo period.
It was transferred to Kanonaga by Kanbara Buddhist separation ordinance in the early Meiji era, and was further welcomed as Honjyo of Pagoda.

1972 Ueno tourist association built the pagoda