Pioneer Press stands by report about two St. Paul officials' romance

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Photos of Hahm (left) and Brendmoen (right) via city of St. Paul
"I make policy decisions based solely on what I believe is in the best interest of the citizens of the ward, and of the city," Brendmoen told the PiPress.
Last week, the Pioneer Press published a report entitled, "Romance between St. Paul officials bothers some people."

The piece is about the relationship between City Council member Amy Brendmoen and Parks and Recreation Director Mike Hahm. It raises questions about how their romance, which they haven't tried to keep secret, could potentially impact decisions made by city officials.

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"Funding for parks, playgrounds and rec centers is always a politically sensitive issue in St. Paul, where many centers have lost staffing or have been leased out to private nonprofits for management," the piece says, noting that park funding decisions are the purview of the City Council.

Nonetheless, the report, written by Frederick Melo, raised some eyebrows: We asked the "Why is this news?" question to Melo himself.

"This was a piece about transparency in government," Melo wrote to us. "The public can make up its own mind as to whether these are trifling issues or serious concerns. But we were asked to explore the question by readers, so we did, without condemnation or denial."

Send your story tips to the author, Aaron Rupar. Follow him on Twitter @atrupar.





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stpaulwatchdog
stpaulwatchdog

Really?  This article questions whether the Pioneer Press article is news because a couple of Kool Aid drinking social media users question whether its news?  Amazing.  These are the same kind of people who complain that all the media cares about these days is inane subjects like wardrobe malfunctions and celebrity gossip.  But when a reporter DARES to write something in the city paper - something that affects the lives of city residents (i.e., an $800,000 settlement to a lawsuit brought in response to the actions of Amy Brendmoen and her boyfriend, Mike Hahm), the reporter is ridiculed.  BLEEPING incredible!  Here's a clue.  I live in St. Paul.  I pay taxes in St. Paul.  I didn't KNOW about this story until I read about it in the Strib, then checked out the articles in the Press - and it IS news worthy.

funkyfast20021
funkyfast20021

To be fair, it's budget season, and big decisions are getting made about what projects are funded and which are not. There is also the matter of the new $800,000 legal settlement, which involves both the council member and the parks director: http://www.twincities.com/localnews/ci_26418369/

ron.fresquez
ron.fresquez topcommenter

I am deeply troubled by this. Two consenting professional adults in a relationship. How dare they. This is unprecedented. This will never work. What if they are having carnival relations?

Heather Tetrault
Heather Tetrault

If it affects the public lifes, great...if not WHO CARES? Happily Ever After!! Please go and enjoy yourselves!

Haley Goracke-Fruen
Haley Goracke-Fruen

Being that I'm a district 10 resident I can't believe people are stirring up this crap. Amy is the best city council member we have had ever! Take a look at what she has done for our Como Park community! Who the f..k cares who she is dating! BTW good riddance to Como Black Bear cafe! That place is horrible. And the owner is horrible too!

Hilary Burkhardt
Hilary Burkhardt

I think they meant to say Leslie Knope and Ben Wyatt are dating. ;)

Rachel Holmberg
Rachel Holmberg

Unless they van prove he was given special treatment or vice versa.... there is nothing to report. No one cares abiut these stories...especially when they are forthcoming and honest about it.

johnmanning33
johnmanning33

$800,000. That's the 3rd largest payout the City has ever settled.  The entire debacle was caused by decisions made by Mike Hahm and Amy Brendmoen.   And they made these mistakes while they were sleeping together. 

I find that to be very news worthy.

Lisa Cooney Weimar
Lisa Cooney Weimar

riveting story...thank you...I'm going to watch VMA videos now to take my mind off of this one.

Uchechukwu Iroegbu
Uchechukwu Iroegbu

Love never asks why. Humans are just bloody ridiculous with their idea of morality or lack thereof.

Stephen Escallier
Stephen Escallier

You guys did not say anything. Its basically saying "someone wrote something that is public knowledge”.

Nolan Murphy
Nolan Murphy

Rob Lowe would not be pleased - this is a park and rec storyline, no?

Wanda Shepard
Wanda Shepard

Who cares? They both look like adults to me, and can make their own choices.

johnmanning33
johnmanning33

@jpinmn @johnmanning33 

No.  This article . . . . . 

"In May, Ramsey County District Court Judge Lezlie Ott Marek ruled that the city failed to come forward with evidence justifying its decision to breach its management agreement with the vendor.

Marek said the city did not have to continue to lease the pavilion to David and Pamela Glass, who were nevertheless allowed to sue for damages. The couple recently added a defamation claim to their suit alleging that the city's public criticisms had damaged their company and its reputation."

http://www.twincities.com/localnews/ci_26388992/st-paul-settles-como-lake-cafe-lease-dispute


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