St. Paul opens MLS lease talks, belatedly agrees not to violate state secrecy laws in doing so

The city of St. Paul is officially opening stadium lease talks with the owners of Minnesota United, and good news, everybody! City officials have agreed not to violate state law by keeping the talks secret:

On Wednesday, the St. Paul Port Authority, the city’s economic development arm voted to strike language from a proposed agreement that had pledged to keep information related to the deal “nonpublic to the fullest extent of the law.”

Negotiators will comply with state law, which makes all government data public unless it’s specifically classified otherwise, said Louis Jambois, the port authority’s president.

“There’s always that tension, that interplay between what’s public, what’s private,” he said. “How do we get something done in the public domain, in the public realm, but protect the privacy of the folks who may want, who may have a right, to have their information stay nonpublic?”

Or as Met Council chair Adam Duininck told the Minneapolis Star Tribune: “Sometimes the lawyers just get in the way.” Somebody want to tell Kevin Johnson?


One comment on “St. Paul opens MLS lease talks, belatedly agrees not to violate state secrecy laws in doing so

  1. Message to MLS: The Sacramento Republic FC have a stadium plan that is shovel ready. Perhaps its time to give them the green light as the newest league franchise and wait for the others to get their act(s) together.