October 6, 2009
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
JASON KLOHS EXHAUSTS NEIGHBORHOOD LEVEL REMEDIES IN GRIEVANCE AGAINST MARCY HOLMES NEIGHBORHOOD ASSOCIATION, WILL ELEVATE GRIEVANCE TO THE NRP POLICY BOARD AND CPED CITIZEN PARTICIPATION PROGRAM.
Jason Klohs (“Mr. Klohs”), a non-resident property owner within the Marcy-Holmes Neighborhood and representatives of the Marcy-Holmes Neighborhood Association (“MHNA”) failed to resolve a formal grievance filed by Mr. Klohs against MHNA in a mediation session conducted Tuesday night.
Mr. Klohs’ attorney, Ryan H. Ahlberg, filed a formal grievance with MHNA on July 9, 2009. The grievance alleges that MHNA’s discriminatory bylaws and exclusionary practices effectively remove non-resident property owners from the process of neighborhood governance and that MHNA’s violations of various City of Minneapolis citizen participation requirements restrict and remove non-resident property owners from participation and representation under various City of Minneapolis’ programs.
The grievance also alleges that MHNA activities funded by public money violate the specific authorizing statutes and ordinances providing for such public expenditures. Data collected on City of Minneapolis’ Neighborhood Revitalization Program (“NRP”) funding to MHNA indicates that MHNA received $163,642.00 from late 2005 to the present and all of the money was spent on MHNA’s employees and operating expenses. The grievance argues the statutes and ordinances authorizing the NRP do not allow this type of expenditure.
Mr. Klohs has grown tired of constantly fighting MHNA on land-use and other regulatory issues. Because of the power and money accorded to MHNA and similar neighborhood organizations by the City of Minneapolis and the University District Alliance, Mr. Klohs is no longer willing to tolerate unequal treatment because he is a non-resident property owner.
The mediation session was conducted under the MHNA grievance policy. Because there was no resolution, any opportunity to resolve the matter at the neighborhood level has been exhausted. Ahlberg Law, PLLC will continue to assist Mr. Klohs through the administrative grievance process. If there is no administrative resolution, a lawsuit against MHNA is highly probable.
Further questions regarding this matter can be directed to Ryan H. Ahlberg, 612-373-7081 or firstname.lastname@example.org.