Updates from Tom Goldstein’s Campaign

 
 

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Tom turns in signed petitions at the Ramsey County Elections Office this afternoon as he files his affidavit to formally enter the Saint Paul Mayor's race.

Tom chose to gather 500 signatures to get on the ballot "in lieu of paying a filing fee" primarily as a symbolic gesture, i.e., that it's one thing for someone to pay the $500 filing fee and claim they are "running for mayor" and quite another to actually get out and talk to people, listen to their concerns, and ask for their signature.

A big thank you to those volunteers who talked to neighbors and helped Tom meet the petition threshold. He could not have done it without you!
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Folksinger Dawn Tanner of Granger's Moonshine performing yesterday at our campaign gathering. Thanks Dawn! ...

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Appreciate the nice turnout of friends and supporters at last evening's summer campaign gathering. Thankfully, the heavens cooperated, as the rain let up about an hour before the event started and only resumed when the event was nearly over.

Special thanks to always helpful neighbors Laurie and Tom Mattila and longtime friend Steve Robertson for the great assist with the setup, super volunteer, friend, and longtime mentor Jeff Hamiel for contributing so much time and energy the past several months to the campaign, Black Sea Restaurant for providing delicious food, and singer Dawn Tanner for the wonderful music!
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All signs lead to Goldstein. Stop on by at 5:30! ...

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JUST TWO DAYS TO OUR SUMMER CAMPAIGN EVENT!

Please feel free to bring along friends and neighbors as we gather for some tasty food, share concerns and hopes for Saint Paul, and take our people-powered campaign to the next level so that the status quo at City Hall of favoring political insiders and wealthy special interests--rather than everyone else--becomes a thing of the past.
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Tom Goldstein for Saint Paul Campaign Recharge & Birthday Bash!

August 13, 2017, 5:30pm - August 13, 2017, 7:30pm

With three months until Election Day, this is the time to re-invigorate our grassroots effort and get voters inspired by Tom's "Blueprint for a Better Saint Paul," a bold vision focused on sustainable job creation, a citywide commitment to education, addressing poverty, improving police-community relations, and revitalizing the city’s infrastructure. Tasty food from the Black Sea Restaurant, birthday cake, lively conversation, and musical peformance by singer Dawn Tanner who might be joined by other members of the Granger's Moonshine Trio!

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Come learn how Tom intends to put people before politics through his "Blueprint for a Better Saint Paul," a bold vision focused on sustainable job creation, a citywide commitment to education, addressing poverty, government transparency, and revitalizing the city’s infrastructure. At a time when we are seeing government-by-tweet, Tom offers the most substantive program for genuine change in St. Paul. Co-hosted by Howard Miller & Kate Hunt. ...

Tom Goldstein for Saint Paul Ward 3 Meet and Greet

August 21, 2017, 5:30pm - August 21, 2017, 7:30pm

Come learn how Tom intends to put people before politics through his "Blueprint for a Better Saint Paul," a bold vision focused on sustainable job creation, a citywide commitment to education, addressing poverty, government transparency, and revitalizing the city’s infrastructure. At a time when we are seeing government-by-tweet, Tom offers the most substantive program for genuine change in St. Paul. Co-hosted by Howard Miller & Kate Hunt.

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The sofa and trash bag shown in the below photo has been sitting in the empty lot behind the Furniture Barn on University Avenue for nearly a week.

Why?

I have seen police squads drive by this location on numerous occasions this week--maybe the same squads every day. It would take perhaps 30 seconds for an officer to stop his vehicle, snap a photo on a cell phone, and email the image to DSI.

City sends out a truck to remove the sofa, problem solved.

Yet it is citizens who are expected to police these kinds of things, and the unlucky property owner who gets assessed for the removal if the city has to pick the item up.

Sorry, but this is a stupid system, and it results in unnecessary delay in resolving the situation.

Illegal dumping in Saint Paul is clearly a problem, but where is the evidence that organized collection is the solution?

Why only three items available for free pickup in a year? Minneapolis doesn't operate that way. And do we even know whether people dumping stuff here actually live in Saint Paul?

The city claims it costs $300,000 annually to deal with illegal dumping. So why not have a drop off site for furniture and appliances similar to the Ramsey County yard waste locations?

You show your ID to prove that you're a resident, and then you can dump your stuff. Just like Best Buy and other retailers find ways to scrap electronics, there are likely companies the city or county could work with to remove the appliances for free in return for the scrap value.

All the city would need is a fenced lot and someone to staff the lot during business hours. We could probably save $200,000 a year.

But who believes anyone at the city has actually researched this possibility--or had a conversation with Ramsey County about a joint approach to solving the problem?

If organized collection gets approved---and there are clearly bugs that have to be worked out before that happens--we're still looking at least another year of addressing illegal dumping through an archaic and ineffective system.

I'm sorry, but great cities don't operate that way.

As mayor, innovative solutions to problems will be at the core of my administration.

(FYI, yes, I did send an online complaint to DSI today about the sofa, but there was no option for uploading an image on the city's website. Sigh.)
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Looking forward to a great event in Ward 5 hosted by David and Pam Glass. Please stop by, enjoy some terrific food, and share your concerns and hopes for Saint Paul as we try to turn City Hall into an institution that serves the community at large rather than powerful political insiders and wealthy special interests. ...

Tom Goldstein for Saint Paul Ward 5 Meet and Greet

August 10, 2017, 5:30pm - August 10, 2017, 7:30pm

Come learn how Tom intends to put people before politics through his "Blueprint for a Better Saint Paul," a bold vision focused on sustainable job creation, a citywide commitment to education, a genuine focus on addressing poverty, and revitalizing the city’s infrastructure. At a time when we are seeing government-by-tweet, Tom offers the most substantive program for genuine change in St. Paul. Hosted by David & Pam Glass.

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Great visit with Niles Deneen and all the hardworking artisans at family-owned Deneen Pottery in St. Paul turning out an amazing array of designer coffee mugs and pottery.

As a former business owner, I am always interested in the great stories behind every successful business, and the Deneen Pottery family story is a wonderful one to read. deneenpottery.com/history/

(Unfortunately, my skills in attempting to finish the bottom of a mug were not very inspiring, so there are no plans for me to have a side gig as a potter.)
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Angling for the dog lover's vote. This sweet pooch was definitely on board with Team G. (Thanks to the Animal Humane Society for the photo-op at the parade.) ...

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Team G at the Rice Street Festival & Parade. Thanks to everyone who turned out to walk with us on a pretty humid day! ...

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Posted at University and Snelling Ave apparently overnight on Saturday. Make of it what you will, but very sad that too often it is tragic incidents that inspire this kind of artistic expression.

While I don't condone the defacing of public property, if these kind of guerrilla tactics push our elected officials to have the difficult conversations needed about policing in the Twin Cities and how we rebuild trust between law enforcement and our communities, this will be a positive step forward.
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Many thanks to the planners of the wonderful event yesterday at Battle Creek Rec Center and Park. Great to connect with old friends and emerging leaders in the community. Plus all those cute kids!! ...

A wonderful day at the Peace Celebration with all our East Side neighbors!

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With three months until Election Day, this is the time to re-invigorate our grassroots effort and get voters inspired by Tom's "Blueprint for a Better Saint Paul," a bold vision focused on sustainable job creation, a citywide commitment to education, addressing poverty, improving police-community relations, and revitalizing the city’s infrastructure.

Tasty food from the Black Sea Restaurant, birthday cake, lively conversation, and musical peformance by singer Dawn Tanner who might be joined by other members of the Granger's Moonshine Trio!
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Tom Goldstein for Saint Paul Campaign Recharge & Birthday Bash!

August 13, 2017, 5:30pm - August 13, 2017, 7:30pm

With three months until Election Day, this is the time to re-invigorate our grassroots effort and get voters inspired by Tom's "Blueprint for a Better Saint Paul," a bold vision focused on sustainable job creation, a citywide commitment to education, addressing poverty, improving police-community relations, and revitalizing the city’s infrastructure. Tasty food from the Black Sea Restaurant, birthday cake, lively conversation, and musical peformance by singer Dawn Tanner who might be joined by other members of the Granger's Moonshine Trio!

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Come learn how Tom intends to put people before politics through his "Blueprint for a Better Saint Paul," a bold vision focused on sustainable job creation, a citywide commitment to education, a genuine focus on addressing poverty, and revitalizing the city’s infrastructure. At a time when we are seeing government-by-tweet, Tom offers the most substantive program for genuine change in St. Paul. Hosted by David & Pam Glass. ...

Tom Goldstein for Saint Paul Ward 5 Meet and Greet

August 10, 2017, 5:30pm - August 10, 2017, 7:30pm

Come learn how Tom intends to put people before politics through his "Blueprint for a Better Saint Paul," a bold vision focused on sustainable job creation, a citywide commitment to education, a genuine focus on addressing poverty, and revitalizing the city’s infrastructure. At a time when we are seeing government-by-tweet, Tom offers the most substantive program for genuine change in St. Paul. Hosted by David & Pam Glass.

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Yesterday Team G assembled to attend the 34th annual Rondo Days Parade! This parade was jam packed with great entertainment, music, and food. What a wonderful way to spend a Saturday morning/ afternoon!

As always thank you to those who walked with us in the parade and a huge thank you to those who organized and staffed the event!
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Join Team Goldstein as we walk through the historic Rondo neighborhood and honor the community that has been lost and also celebrate what can be reborn there with a real commitment from City Hall. ...

Celebrate Rondo Days with Team Goldstein!

July 15, 2017, 10:00am - July 15, 2017, 12:00pm

Join Team Goldstein as we walk through the historic Rondo neighborhood and honor the community that has been lost and also celebrate what can be reborn there with a real commitment from City Hall.

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What a spectacular parade last night! A huge thank you to all of the Team G volunteers that were able to participate in the White Bear Avenue Parade! Special thanks to White Bear Avenue Business Association and the many volunteers who made this event possible. ...

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Annual 4th in the Park Parade and Picnic ending in Langford Park is always a nice chance to interact with folks in Saint Anthony Park and hear about their concerns and hopes for the city. ...

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If you didn't make it to the Annual Hmong International Freedom Festival and Soccer Tournament yesterday or today, you're missing a great event. Lots of skilled athletes playing soccer and flag football, a great array of food vendors, and a cultural bazaar of music, wares, jewelry, and so much more.

Wish we'd been able to attend both days, but did get to meet championship boxer Duarn "The Storm" Vue at his booth today. www.jsonline.com/story/sports/columnists/gary-damato/2017/02/23/damato-boxer-fights-himself-hmong...
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37th Annual Hmong Freedom Festival

July 1, 2017, 9:00am - July 2, 2017, 12:00am

Come and enjoy fun soccer tournament, volleyball tournament, flag football tournament, fall stage of programs, food and merchandise vendors. More information coming April 1st. Mark your calendars.

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Come Join Team G at the annual Fourth in the Park event as we pass out lit and chat with the very politically-engaged Saint Anthony Park community. ...

70th Annual 4th in the Park

July 4, 2017, 8:00am - July 4, 2017, 4:00pm

Annual July 4th parade and picnic in St. Paul's St. Anthony Park neighborhood—the capital city's only Independence Day parade. Join us for a full day of events: races, pony rides, sports tournaments, face painting, food and music!

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Back on the campaign trail, post-convention, door knocking in Highland and Ward 3.

People love where they live, but are worried about seniors being taxed out of their homes, concerned about teardowns altering the character of their neighborhood, and genuinely surprised to learn that a $275 million TIF district is contemplated for the Ford site.

For the record, I think it's premature for the St. Paul Planning Commission to have established an artificial deadline of June 30th for approving both new zoning and a master plan when there is an ongoing cleanup still taking place and Ford is not prepared to market the site until 2018 or 2019.

More about that later.
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Remember the name Elijah Norris-Holliday. He helped introduce me at Saturday's convention and he's definitely a talented young man to watch.

Grateful to have him as a part of Team G!
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People ask me all the time why I'm running for mayor of Saint Paul. The answer is simple:

I love Saint Paul but I am worried about the future of our city and what will happen if we continue to ignore our neighborhoods in favor of subsidizing an endless number of building projects that do not expand our property tax base or contribute to the overall welfare of residents.

That's why I've developed a comprehensive plan for challenging the status quo and improving our city that I call my "Blueprint for a Better Saint Paul":

From the start, I have focused on running an issues-based campaign, and while you may not agree with me on every issue, I've made sure to provide a specific platform on which you can judge my candidacy and my credentials.

You should accept nothing less from the other candidates in the race.
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Tom Goldstein for Saint Paul updated their profile picture. ...

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Group shot of our great volunteers at the conclusion of the Grand Old Day Parade. Kudos to everyone for surviving the heat! ...

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A big thank you to everyone who came out to walk with us during Sunday's Grand Old Day parade! ...

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Team G gathering before the start of today's Grand Old Day parade. ...

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Very excited to introduce the campaign's new field director/volunteer coordinator, Elijah Norris-Holliday.

Elijah grew up in Saint Paul, is a graduate of Como Park Senior High, and entering his senior year at Winona State University where he is a student senator in the College of Liberal Arts and chairman of the student senate's inclusion and diversity committee. (He is a double major in Political Science and Public Administration.)

I'm thrilled to have Elijah on board and look forward to working with him this summer as we build a campaign that puts people before politics and looks to change the longstanding status quo at City Hall.
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Tom Goldstein for Saint Paul updated their cover photo. ...

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Team Goldstein at the DFL Bowling Extravaganza last Monday, which also coincided with Tom's birthday. ...

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Video released today by the city about the planned redevelopment of the Ford Site.

Unfortunately, we will not have a connected community in the 21st century without a robust technology plan that includes affordable access to the Internet, something for which the city has been tone deaf when it comes to the Ford site. High-speed internet will also be crucial to whether this "once-in-a-lifetime opportunity" creates livable wage jobs or more low-end retail positions.

The video also fails to mention the potential $275 million TIF subsidy that will defer property taxes on the site for 25 years. Imagine if we invested that money instead in building out a municipal network that would yield revenue to the city for the next 25 years and beyond?
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Great to run into college classmate Elliot Krelitz at lively "Transforming Central" event today, "a community effort to reshape the urban landscape of Central High School in order to improve the students’ daily experience, address the environmental impacts of our campus, and connect with the vibrant community that embraces the school."

Also had the pleasure of meeting Richard and Jill Michell, whose daughter--singer and musician Lucy Michelle, a Central grad--gave a great solo performance at the event.

That's Lucy on the left with her ever-smiling son, Arlo. What a treat!
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Honored to be included in Parkway Montessori's event in the Rotunda at the State Capitol today.

The school partnered with the University of Minnesota this past year "to create new models of education-based community-engaged practice with adolescents. Our collaborative uses narrative, digital media-making, and art to empower students as social change agents as they turn their stories into media that crosses generational, cultural, and social audiences."

These kinds of partnerships are vital to exposing students to a much larger world out there, which can only inspire them to do great things.
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Look for the Goldstein campaign car in your neighborhood!

(Powered by Ed Davis from the East Side and Ward 6.)
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If you've been following the mayor's race, you've been hearing a lot about TIF--aka tax-increment financing--and with current plans to use TIF at the Midway Center and Ford Plant sites, you're going to hear a lot more about it in the months ahead.

So if you want to better understand TIF--and why it's routinely abused by municipalities ("the mayor's slush fund" is how it's referred to in Chicago)--check out the very informative video below that describes its use in Illinois.

Then you'll better understand why they have a "TIF Illumination Project" there--and why we need the same effort at transparency right here in St. Paul.
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Tom Goldstein for Saint Paul shared Saint Paul DFL's photo. ...

Thank you to the amazing group of students who put on the DFL Mayoral Forum hosted by Concordia University on Monday. It was such a fun and informative event. Now-- onto caucuses! Find your caucus date and location here: www.dfl.org/resources/district-lookup/

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If you missed yesterday's Mayoral Forum, here's a chance to listen to the rebroadcast. ...

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Tom laying out his agenda for St. Paul with one of the attendees of yesterday's mayoral forum hosted by Saint Paul Strong at SPNN. ...

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