Posts Tagged ‘media coverage’

Lowry Bridge Story

Written by Jeff Johnson on November 11th, 2009. Posted in General

Tom Hauser did a great “Tracking Your Money” story on my Lowry Avenue Bridge post last week:

Star Tribune Story on Wet Houses

Written by Jeff Johnson on August 12th, 2009. Posted in General

Last week’s Golden Fire Hydrant made the news today as the Star Tribune printed a lengthy story regarding “wet houses.” 

Wet Houses: Not Always Sober, but Safe

By Kevin Duchshere

Hennepin County Commissioner Jeff Johnson has no quarrel with publicly funded treatment for alcoholics. But he said he struggles with taxpayer money going to housing for chronic alcoholics that offer no treatment at all.

Not only that, he was surprised to learn, the so-called “wet houses” don’t even require their homeless residents to stay sober.

Minneapolis’ $180K Tap Water Publicity Campaign

Written by Jeff Johnson on June 22nd, 2009. Posted in General

The lead story tonight on Fox9 was Tom Lyden’s coverage of Minneapolis’ decision to spend $180,000 to market tap water to its residents.  Tom apparently couldn’t get the Mayor or anyone from the city council to talk to him, so he called me.  I was happy to oblige.  Great story:

Garbage Burner Beautification II

Written by Jeff Johnson on June 15th, 2009. Posted in General

Another good story from Tom Hauser, this time about the garbage burner landscaping that received last week’s Golden Fire Hydrant:

Just a note: The shots in the story of the trashy building and littered street are not shots of the garbage burner property; they are pictures taken down the street from the garbage burner.  The actual garbage burner property is currently very neat and clean and already has landscaping in place (just not the gold-standard landscaping that the taxpayers are about to fund).

I’ve Never Skewered Anyone Before

Written by Jeff Johnson on June 8th, 2009. Posted in General

Friday’s Star Tribune carried a story by Mary Jane Smetanka regarding this blog and its effect on the Hennepin County Board:

New member skewers Hennepin County Board
MARY JANE SMETANKA, Star Tribune

After being on the losing side of budget votes more often than he expected, new Hennepin County Commissioner Jeff Johnson has started a blog that takes some light-hearted pokes at projects that he considers wasteful.

Johnson’s blog features the same image of a surly looking bulldog that was on the “Taxpayer Watchdog” campaign literature that helped him win the Seventh District board seat last fall. On the blog, Johnson awards “Golden Hydrant” awards that figuratively lift a leg on projects he dislikes.

Hauser Rocks!

Written by Jeff Johnson on June 6th, 2009. Posted in General

Tom Hauser of Channel 5 started out with a story on the solar energy rally at the Capitol Thursday, but it turned into something quite different.  Watch it here.

Pulitzer Prize Material (in my humble opinion)

Written by Jeff Johnson on June 3rd, 2009. Posted in General

Minnesota Finance & Commerce published a front-page story about this blog and our first two Golden Hydrant awards yesterday, including a response from Hennepin County Board Chairman Mike Opat.  It was a balanced and fair assessment:

Hennepin County Commissioner Johnson takes his budget scrutiny online

by Bob Geiger Staff Writer

After being on the short end of many 6-1 votes, Hennepin County Commissioner Jeff Johnson has launched an Internet weblog to help police fiscal spending by the seven-member board governing Minnesota’s most populous county.

Johnson, a former Republican House member who in 2008 succeeded Penny Steele election in the county’s sprawling Seventh District, is criticizing excessive or wasteful spending in his Hennepin County Taxpayer Watchdog blog.