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Proudly serving the city of Saint Paul, the Republicans of Minnesota House District 66B want to help you live a better life.

Tell The St Paul City Council to Vote No on Minimum Parking Proposal on wednesday August 4th

The letter below was sent out by he SD 64 GOP Chair Georgia Dietz requesting it be posted in order to inform St Paul Residents of an important matter. She would like those who read the posting to contact the City Council and to request them to vote down the proposal.

There is a notice of the Wednesday August 4, 2021 Meeting below her message. The highlighted links in the City Council notice. You can submit your letters via email. Please keep them civil and to the point.  As a courtesy to a fellow Republican Chair in St Paul we are sending it out to you.~~admin


Hello everyone:
I am forwarding this info on how to send public comment to the St Paul City Council Meeting, to be held this Wednesday, the 4th, at 3:30.
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I will forward the agenda, as well.
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From the Highland Villager, July 7, 2021.
“The St Paul Planning Commission voted 14-3 on June 25 to recommend that the city eliminate minimum off-street parking requirements for new developments. The proposal is now headed to the City Council for a final vote.”

St Paul developers are currently required to provide a minimum number of spaces.
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I looked at the planning commission minutes. It looks like they are, basically, changing the minimum to a maximum number of spaces allowed.
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Developers can still add spaces if they think necessary.
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“It took four years to put this in front of us”, said Kristine Grill, chair of the Planning Commission’s Comprehensive and Neighborhood Planning Committee.”
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This tells us how long the liberals who run St Paul have worked toward getting us out of our cars and making it harder to park close to businesses, apartment buildings, or anywhere we want to frequent in St Paul. There won’t be any parking spots.
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‘”If the change is adopted, she [ Ms Grill ] would like to see it reviewed in one year.”
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Right.
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“Proponents said not having the requirements would help lower costs for developers and could reduce residential and commercial rents.”
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“It would also ENCOURAGE” people to walk, bike and use mass transit.”
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“Planning commission chair, Luis Rangel Morales was one of the three votes against the recommendations, saying they raise questions of equity for low-income renters.
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 He questioned whether it is realistic to assume that landlords would reduce rents if they did not have to provide off-street parking.”
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Kudos to Mr. Rangel Morales.
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Please say ‘No”, to the City Council members who think we should be forced to walk blocks to our favorite store.
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Please send a comment to the city council.  Only 167 people sent in chimed in to the planning commission to get rid of mandated parking.
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We must have that many city folks who believe that getting rid of parking spaces will make it harder to park near one’s destination and force more parking onto the street, or, force people to head to the suburbs, where they welcome shoppers.
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[Item 20 on the Wednesday August 4th, St Paul City Council Meeting Agenda]

Wednesday August 4, 2021 St Paul City Council Meeting Details

Agenda Item 20: Amending Ordinance 21-27    Full City Council Agenda

Agenda Item 20:

Amending Legislative Code Chapters 60, 63, 65, and 66 pertaining to off-street parking requirements. Sponsor Amy Brendmoen, Ward 5 City Councilwoman

Saint Paul City Council Invites Community to View Council Meetings Online Amid COVID-19 Pandemic

Residents Can Participate in Public Hearings by Submitting Comments Electronically

Saint Paul, MN –In-person meetings, or meetings conducted under Minn. Stat. § 13D.02 of the City Council, are not practical or prudent because of the COVID-19 health pandemic emergency declared under Minn. Stat. Chapter 12 by the Minnesota Governor Tim Walz and Saint Paul Mayor Melvin Carter. In light of the COVID-19 health pandemic, members of the City Council will participate in City Council meetings by telephone or other electronic means.

View City Council Meetings Online

Public attendance at the City Council’s regular meeting location is not feasible due to the COVID-19 health pandemic. Members of the public may view City Council meetings online at https://stpaul.legistar.com/Calendar.aspx or on local cable Channel 18.

Submit Comments for Public Hearing Electronically

The public may comment on public hearing items in writing or via voicemail. Any comments and materials submitted by 12:00 pm of the day before the meeting will be attached to the public record and available for review by the City Council. Comments may be submitted as follows:

Written public comment on public hearing items can be submitted to Contact-Council@ci.stpaul.mn.usCouncilHearing@ci.stpaul.mn.us, or by voicemail at 651-266-6805.

While the Council will make best efforts to decide all issues before them, the Council may delay decisions on certain matters where the members believe meeting in-person is necessary. All City Council public hearings will be held at 3:30 p.m. and there will be no separate 5:30 p.m. public hearings.

More information is available at https://www.stpaul.gov/departments/city-council

AFP-Minnesota Grassroots Bootcamp Starts February 16, 2021 6:00-7:30 pm


Join Americans for Prosperity Minnesota for a multi-session grassroots bootcamp.

Whether you are a seasoned community organizer or 2020 was your first election – this program will help focus your efforts around working with others to bring necessary reforms to Minnesota.

AFP-Minnesota will be focused on three policy issues for this legislative session. Join us online to sharpen your skills, learn how we are transforming public policy, and develop new advocacy techniques.

*All events 6:00 – 7:30 p.m.

Grassroots 101

Session 1 – Our Vision & Principles – February 16th

Session 2 – Grassroots Tools & Tactics – February 23rd

Legislative Opportunity Deep Dive

Session 3a – Economic Opportunity Track – March 2nd & 4th

Session 3b – Healthcare Reform Track – March 9th & 11th

Session 3c – Criminal Justice Reform Track – March 16th & 18th

Impacting Elected Officials

Session 5 – Getting Results Under The Dome – March 23rd


The above schedule is from the website to sign up for the Americans For Prosperity-MN Grassroots Bootcamp.

I went through the first two levels of AFP-MN Grassroots Leadership Training a few years ago.  I learned some concepts, and many of my beliefs were validated.

— Tom Polachek HD 66B Republicans Chair

This is a non-partisan group and it doesn’t matter what sort of background you have or your experience level in organizing at the grassroots level, this course will help you achieve or begin to tackle your goals.  It’s perfect for learning how to organize in non-partisan city elections.

To sign up for the the course you can go to AFP-Minnesota’s website to enter in your information:  MNGrassrootsBootcamp.com

 

 

USCCA Concealed Carry Training IN St Paul (HD 66B) on SUndays

We Republicans of House District 66B like to promote events in which anyone can participate within our boundaries of House District 66B.

What:  USCCA Concealed Carry Weapon (CCW) Training Class. You can get your CCW Certificate after completion of the class to get your CCW from the Sheriff’s Office.  The course is 5 hours of classroom training and 2 hours at the range.

Where: 973 Payne Ave, St Paul MN 55130 (on the edge of HD 66B and HD 67A)

When: 9:30 am to 4:00 pm, Sundays

Who:  Daniel Ward II is a USCCA/NRA Instructor.  His class is open to 10 students on each date on a first come first served basis.

Cost:  $125.00 (to cancel one needs to request it 48 hours prior to the class)


It’s rare that any sort of Firearm Training takes place IN ST PAUL! most trainings take place in the Suburbs or within an hour’s drive from the Twin Cities.

You can go to the following USCCA Training link to register for the class: MN Concealed Carry Course.


What to Expect as a Student

You can pre-register for the class weeks in advance.  Look at what one needs to bring to the class, bring something to drink and munch on as a snack.

There is some prep work prior to arriving. You should download the free e-book called, “Concealed Carry Home Defense,” by Michael Martin, a Minnesota resident.  You can follow along in the book during class in order to fill out a worksheet which is provided.  It is easy to read with many color photos of the information you are studying.

You will cover the topics in the e-book during the 5 hour interactive instruction with a scheduled break. Here are the topics covered:

  • Developing a Personal & Home Protection Plan
  • Self Defense Firearm Basics
  • Shooting Fundamentals
  • The Legal Use of Force (Reasonable & Deadly Force)
  • Violent Encounters & Their Aftermath
  • Universal Gun Safety Rules
  • MN Gun Laws (Duty to Retreat)

At any time Instructor Daniel Ward II will answer questions you have on the subjects.  He is patient with all students and respects them in where they are at in their knowledge of firearms.  It is okay if you’ve never picked up a firearm or are fearful of them he’ll help you become comfortable.

At The Range

After the 5 hours of classroom instruction, students leave to the range. Once students reconvene at the range, students are issued hearing protection and eye protection before they enter the range for the first time.

Basic requirements of CCW training is to show proficient knowledge and to be able to fire a weapon.  In order to help students understand the difference in calibers and the feel of their recoils, Daniel Ward II will have students fire 3 different types of calibers: .22LR, .38, and 9 mm.

Here are skills to learn at the range:

  • Clearing the handgun
  • Loading ammunition into a magazine
  • Universal Gun Safety Rules
  • Identify your Target and know what’s behind it
  • The Difference between Target & Front Sight Focus
  • Trigger Control
  • Becoming Comfortable with the Recoil
  • Range Safety

Instructor Daniel Ward II spends time with each student individually helping him or her to shoot properly.  No one is rushed through the training.


Universal Gun Safety Rules

Responsible Gun Owners follow safety rules in handling their firearm. Here they are:

  1. Treat all guns as though they are always loaded.
  2. Never point your weapon at anything  or anyone you don’t want to destroy or kill respectively.
  3. Keep your finger off the trigger and outside the trigger guard until you decide to shoot.
  4. Always be sure of your target and what is behind it.

It is advisable to get Gun Owner’s Insurance in case you are in a Self Defense Incident.  USCCA says on their site this insurance is part of the membership, as well as more training to become a better shooter and a safer one. (We were not paid to say this, it is up to you to decide where you buy your insurance).


HD 66B Republicans does not get any money for promoting this course by USCCA.  Our Neighborhood Party Unit as a group is not associated or affiliated with USCCA nor with Daniel Ward II.

CCW is a topic people in St Paul and Minneapolis are interested in being the increase in violent crime and the City Governments looking to cut budgets to the Police Departments.  Self Defense is a non-partisan issue. ~~ Admin

I took this course on November 21, 2020, as a personal decision on my part.  I am a US Army Veteran who had not trained with handguns before. I wanted to get back into target shooting.  I wanted to write articles about CCW from the point of view of a first time gun owner.

— Tom Polachek, HD 66B Republicans Chair

Please Do Not Go to the MN Capitol Building January 16-17 nor for Inauguration Day

To All Republicans and DFLers who live in Minnesota House District 66B:

Please do not go to the MN Capitol Building this weekend January 16-17, nor for the Inauguration Day, January 20, 2021.  It is a very emotional time in the history of the United States of America. Tempers may flare and people may do actions they will live to regret.  For your safety and your health please stay away from the MN Capitol Building and it’s grounds and stay at home.

Many Republicans and some DFLers believe there were election irregularities in the November Election and also in the Georgia Run-offs.  There has been no explanation of why the Minnesota State Voter Registration System (SVRS) crashed on Halloween 2020, and what effect it had on the outcome of the General Election in the state of Minnesota. Also alleged reports of Rep Ilhan Omar’s Get Out the Vote efforts in Congressional District 5 seem highly illegal.

People are wondering why these instances in the State of Minnesota have been ignored by leaders in our State and Federal Government, as well as vote changing by Smartmatic on Dominion Vote Counting machines in foreign countries.  So it is really understandable to want to get someone to actually listen to you when you don’t think they care.

All those who love freedom of speech and the right to assemble with those that are like minded, or want to worship in the manner they choose need to implore our leaders in the Federal, State, local Governments, and in businesses to respect people’s 1st Amendment Rights.  As a US Army Soldier some decades ago I defended your Rights in the Bill of Rights.  Whether we agree or disagree these are sacred rights. To take that right away from others is to subject them to oppression for doing nothing to deserve it.

Violence is not the answer. It leads to more problems and it doesn’t solve the current problems.  We are told we need to petition the government to address our grievances, and this is what we implore you to do. Contact your US Representatives to let them hear your concerns. Sure our MN CD4 Representative in Washington DC is Career Politician Betty McCollum and she doesn’t seem to care but if you don’t let her know how upset you are she will do what she always does and be a rubber stamp for what her Democrat handlers tell her to do. And please keep it civil when you contact her.

The other activity you can do is to pray for our country, and the leaders to do what is right in the US Constitution and to listen to the Truth, not manufactured truth.

Be well and God Bless you and God Bless America

Tom Polachek, HD 66B Republicans Chair

US Army Veteran (Defender of the US Constitution)