It's Time for a Change at City Hall
It's Time We Restore Power back to The People
On Nov. 5 Vote for
Bill Hosko - Ward Two City Council
Non-Partisan - 100% of the time
Hello Folks, Thank you for the support of Our campaign. We finished in a solid second place.
Bill took a four-day road-trip since the election out to the Great Plains of South Dakota, North Dakota and Montana. He is thankful he had the ability to wage a City Council Campaign. We put out a solid, honest platform which gave Voters a clear alternative to the path Saint Paul and Ward Two is currently on.
Bill wrote this today in response to a recent email: "Hello Geralyn! Thank you for the support. I feel bad not so much for our campaign or for my self but for Ward Two. Perhaps there is a silver lining in this. I will write more about the election and what it means for Saint Paul very soon. Bill"
Cheers to you Ladies and Gentlemen!
Cheers to you for taking part in Saint Paul's City Council elections in 2019 and for being Great Citizens!
Saint Paul's a Great Place to call Home
However, its current City Council underserves Ward Two and You...
Taxes, Planning, Development and More...
1. City Council's and County's Out of Control Property Tax increases...
Action: Public Referendums required to increase taxes.
2. Out of Control Property tax increases are the #1 driver of ever higher Apartment rents...
4. Out of Control Taxation, Fees and Assessments trap people in Poverty. Minimum Wage increases are taken away...
5. Individual Property Assessments for Street, Sidewalk, other Public Works projects are unfair...
Action: Individual Assessments permanently stopped.
6. City's planning for West 7th LRT (Streetcars) has been dishonorable...
Action: Public Review, re-set process, include public study of 'West' site and nearby RR spur as route alternative. Public Referendum decides route.
7. City's Pedro Park planning has been dishonorable...
Action: Public review, re-set process, include compromises. Public Referendum decides final plan.
8. Downtown's business and Lowertown arts sector continues contracting...
Action: Pin-point depth of contraction, and as it compares to other City's business and arts districts. Business, artist and citizen remedies considered, adopt 'community-backed' plans to reverse it.
9. After Union Depot's $250 Million, 2014 restoration, large financial losses (now tens of millions) continue...
Action: Pin-point depth of losses, compare our 'transit hub' and historic depot to other city's, business and citizen remedies considered, adopt 'community-backed' plans
to make Union Depot a success.
Safety, Transit, Public Lands and More...
1. Crime is increasing (and it is under-reported)…
- Online City map is needed to tally and pin-point crime locations.
- Increased (and sustained) Police Patrols in hard-hit areas, not just during Elections.
- Interactive Skyway System security system is overdue. Residents and visitors should never feel unsafe.
2. Public Transit fare theft and misconduct is increasing - common on LRT. Millions lost annually. Security costs have skyrocketed (riders, young to older, deserve better)…
Action: End LRT fare honor-system and retro-fit all platforms to be pay-as-you-enter as other cities do.
3. Downtown Central LRT stop sees much crime. It has an outdoor Port-a-Potty for a restroom... Good Grief!
Action: This $2 Billion, 2012 investment needs a Security Center and Public Restroom on the small parcel of
vacant public land here.
4. City's extending downtown Parking Meter Hours to 10 PM from 5 PM negatively impacted many residents...
Action: Public Referendum to move hours back to a compromise of 6 or 7 PM.
5. Our Public Lands - Explosion of invasive plant, shrub and tree species is occurring...
Action: Adopt a Permanent Policy to remove, restore and maintain.
6. City Council Chambers - for Generations our City Council has sat in a U-shaped formation, with their backs to us...
Action: It's time to rearrange the furniture so your elected officials always face You.
- The City's 'Community Outreach' is often Disingenuous). Many Citizens believe their Opinions Do Not Matter...
Action: Update City's Website to allow Open-Constructive-Interactive Communications between Citizens, City Hall and Staff. Interest in, and Participation with, all
Departments can rise dramatically!
- City Hall canceled Saint Paul's July 4th Fireworks Celebration again this year!
Action: A Public Referendum Vote which requires City Hall to permanently fund our Generations Long Celebration!
There will be many more issues addressed if Bill is elected to office...
From Bill Hosko
To the Residents of Saint Paul's Ward Two - the Heart of this Historic City and Capital of Minnesota
In recent years, has your quality of life improved under your current City Council or do you desire a new direction and new energy from leadership? If so, I am your best bet this fall.
There is much good that is occurring. However, at the same time, many issues are not being addressed well at all, including: over-taxation, neglect of infrastructure, public lands and public transit. The planning process’ for
West 7th LRT and downtown’s Pedro Park have not been honorable and we've lost the Taste of Minnesota, our
River Showboat and sadly, even our July 4th Fireworks Celebration now - two years in a row. Good grief!
It is time the Public is brought into the workings of City Hall in a manner that can be a model for communities across America. We can do it - in short order and for the long-term. We can restore Saint Paul’s luster and improve your quality of life here!
Historically, being Saint Paul City elections are held in odd-numbered years typically 20% or less of eligible Voters will vote (This year's trash ordinance referendum will raise it potentially much higher). Next year, in contrast, local turn-out for State and Federal offices will be 50, 60, perhaps even 70%! If we move city elections to even numbered years, turn-out will rise greatly. Let's put this issue to a Public Vote as well!
In the mean-time, this year, help to bring Power back to the People, and ensure others do too!
I ask for your Vote this Fall.
An round Ward Two with Bill...
More videos to come soon: Pedro Park, LRT on 7th, more...
More about Bill
Saint Paul, Illinois, Minnesota, North Dakota, Montana, Saint Paul
From his early home upstairs in a narrow, older duplex on the upper West Side, to one near the wooded banks of the Mississippi in Inver Grove Heights, to a Little Farm on the Prairie in western Illinois - just above Mill Creek, Bill’s earliest years were packed with exploration and adventures. His little blue-healer dog Scooter was always nearby.
After high school in 1980, he returned to Saint Paul and Minneapolis where he lived well some years and barely in others, first near the Cathedral, then a Mpls West Bank high-rise to rougher low-rises, then a downtown high-rise again. After his architecture and commercial art studies, and three years as a home design firm’s artist, he went off on his own in 1988 about the same time he bought a fixer-upper cottage southwest of Minneapolis’ Lake Harriet. He made it an attractive addition to the neighborhood.
Several years later, ‘Dances with Wolves’ then sent him off to seek solitude on a high place in northwest Minnesota - a long vacant farmstead - memories of his rural childhood. While there, his dual life began after he opened his gallery specifically in downtown Saint Paul in 1994.
But the Great Plains kept calling, and he found a ghost town in far northwest North Dakota, then a treeless ridge overlooking Canada in northeast Montana. Here, he built an old-time, low-roofed farmstead. He was nicknamed ‘Bill on the Hill’. During those Great Plains years he experienced fire, windstorms, and blizzards, and many unique and wonderful people.
A train brought him forth one week, and back the next, those fourteen years. The now ‘community-owned’ café he created there lives on as he’s been in Saint Paul full-time a dozen years now.
More recently, he found a new little spread in far north-central Montana. He visits only on occasion. A tumble-weed hangs above the fireplace in his gallery/café as a reminder. He is grateful for his life. He wrote this a year ago for someone he knew who was going thru a tough time in their life:
"When we follow our dreams - goals, life can often disrupt plans, gently or harshly, and repeatedly... Even then, it always provides a new path forward, usually, more then one path forward... Neither may be what we desire or had in mind, and we may even see them not moving us forward, but they are... No matter how difficult the situation, even dark as it may be at times, life is a gift, even when it can most seemingly appear it isn't."
10-12-19 The BLOG is open...
In coming days, look for Bill's answers to questions posed by news outlets and community groups - oldest to newest.
Submit your comments and questions (under your choice of first name, full name, or 'handle')
via our CONTACT page (email addresses remain confidential and never shared).
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Ward Two - 'The Heart of Saint Paul'
Downtown, West Seventh, Irvine Park, Lower West Side, Upper West Side,
Lowertown, Crocus Hill, Irvine Hill, Upper Landing, Grand and Summit Hills
First up, beginning Oct 20th, our updated second flier Bill began leaving at homes across this
big and beautiful ward and at over 60 larger residential buildings throughout downtown and in other areas of the ward (For residential buildings in and near Downtown he included
the 12-point addendum piece).
Second up, beginning Oct 7th, our second flier Bill began leaving at homes across this
big and beautiful ward.
Third up, beginning August 19th, our first flier (front and back) Bill left at homes across the entire ward, and in over 70 larger residential buildings (the smaller piece accompanied it).
Don't forget - Election Day is THIS November 5th!
Your support is important
Help bring Power back to the People this Fall
- Share Our Message far and wide.
- Our Grassroots Campaign is 100% Non-Partisan.
- Make a financial contribution from $600 - $20 per person.
- Display a Blue Ribbon on your front door or front porch - we are not doing Lawn Signs!
- (If you need a Blue Ribbon - Let us know!)
- Historically, less then 20% of eligible Voters Vote in City elections. The Establishment loves this!
- Be sure to do Your part this Fall and Vote - and find Five Others to join You!
- Let us know if you would like to speak to Bill or to meet him in person.
- Host a 'Bill Hosko Meet-n-Greet' gathering of Neighbors and Friends.
We welcome your comments and questions.
We will be in touch just as soon as we can!
To ensure full value of your donations, up to $600 per person or as little as $20, whatever is best for you, mail a check payable to: Hosko4Ward2
151 E 7th St, Saint Paul, MN 55101.
Otherwise our yellow Donate links can accept online contributions - limited to $600 per person.
Donations $20 up to $600 per person accepted.
Our Independent, Non-Partisan campaign will be greatly outspent by The Establishment's campaign.
Thank you for your support and generosity.