Ask this blogger what is the most pressing issue facing North Minneapolis and I will tell you it's the concentration of Level Three Sex Offenders in my neighborhood. The reason this issue ranks so high is because it has the potential to impact the most vulnerable and valuable citizens in my neighborhood; small children whose whole productive life is ahead of them.
Also, unlike some really big issues like crime, or the need to stabilize neighborhoods with more homeowners and not so many slumlords, or any of half a dozen issues, the L3SO concentration issue is relatively easy to tweak. With a few memos, high-ranking public officials could say stuff like, "When a citizen sends an email to a supervisor at the Department of Corrections, asking what the curfew is for Peter 'Spanky Pete' Rickmyer, that citizen deserves a prompt and specific answer, damn it."
Oh, wait. Draft that letter again. Drop "damn it."
That's why these folks get the big public official bucks instead of the small blogger bucks.
Or, perhaps, a few memos could be written saying stuff like...
"You know all those specific conditions the L3SOs have to abide by? Like their curfew times and not being allowed on the internet, and stuff like that? Yeah, why can't that stuff be on a website with the other offender information?" These officials might even force the Department of Corrections to define what is too much concentration? For example, three sex offenders all living in one house? Half a dozen within an area of a few small blocks? Is THAT concentration?
I would like to know the specific thoughts of the two candidates running for Hennepin County Commissioner, Linda Higgins and Blong Yang. (Is there a Republican running? He or she can chime in at any point but it's not like that's even relevant in this district)
So, a few moments ago, I sent an email to Blong Yang and submitted my question on the website of Linda Higgins. Here is what I asked.
I could go into a lot of stuff about how I feel about Yang, how I feel about Higgins, the good qualities each brings to the table and all of that. But at the end of the day, we've got an occupying army of dangerous sex offenders in our neighborhood and something needs to be done about that. I want to know which potential candidate for county commissioner offers the best leadership on this issue.