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Copper Caps Dog To Save Dog

There is an old adage in journalism that says, “MAN BITES DOG is news, not the other way around.”

Well, in another one of those all too often pit bull incidents, a lady in the 4000 block of Kootenai called police Thursday to save her golden retriever from the apparent jaws of death. It was a case of dog bites dog.

It turned out to be a rather sad situation because the lady with the retriever was “dog sitting” for the owner of the pit bull that died of a single police-inflicted gunshot. Coppers and the dog sitter made several attempts to quell the flying fur fight.

Here is the police version: “At 12:58 p.m. Boise Police were dispatched to a report of an aggressive dog in the back yard of a home on the 4000 block of Kootenai St. The resident said a pit bull was fighting and injuring a golden retriever. She had tried to break up the dogs for several minutes before calling 911.

The dogs were fighting under a wood patio that is about two feet off the ground, making it hard for anyone to reach them. The first officer on scene made several attempts to separate the dogs including using pepper spray and banging pots and pans together. The pit bull continued to attack the other dog under the patio and the officer was forced to fire his duty weapon one time to stop the attack. The pit bull died at the scene. The golden retriever was taken to a veterinarian to be treated for his injuries. The resident of the home owned the golden retriever and had been pet sitting the pit bull.”

Horse Racing Reined In, Ag Park Potential Opens Up

The long touted GUARDIAN plans for an Idaho Agricultural HERITAGE PARK have new potential following the recent announcement by horse racing proponents opting out of their lease of Les Bois race track.

Here is the official press release from Ada County:The Board of Ada County Commissioners (BOCC) received notice from Treasure Valley Racing on Friday, November 30, 2018 that they will not be renewing their lease at Les Bois Park.

Since 2016, Treasure Valley Racing has leased the 63-acre park from Ada County. The lease was not set to expire until the end of 2020. Treasure Valley Racing had the option to renew the lease or give Ada County 30 days’ notice if they wanted to forgo the remaining two years of the lease.

Future plans for the racetrack and Turf Club are unknown at this time. The BOCC will be meeting with the Director of Expo Idaho in the coming weeks to discuss options. Any major decisions will be passed to the new BOCC. Diana Lachiondo, Commissioner-elect District 1 and Kendra Kenyon, Commissioner-elect District 3 will take office on January 14, 2019.

We have been seeking development of a historical “Destination Venue” at the track featuring a turn of the century farm with horses, barns, wagon and carriage rides, old tractors, etc. We feel this would be great to teach the history of Idaho agriculture as well as serving as a fun place to visit. Currently there isn’t much more than the Old Pen to attract visitors attending the many conventions booked in Boise each year.

Reader Question And History Lesson Worth A Look

QUESTION
Editor, could you possibly educate me (and others) a bit about Boise and its real estate swapping? In every other city in which I’ve ever lived, city government tended to focus on the day-to-day, mundane, “unsexy” aspects of municipal government — fixing the street lamps and the potholes, making sure the police department ran smoothly, running the water department, keeping the parks clean, and, yes, occasionally buying or selling a patch of land for a new school or a municipal hospital wing. Average, regular stuff.

The City of Boise seems to be deeply and obsessively involved in frenetic real estate horse-trading, to a degree rivaling the daily sales of a “ReMax” franchise. Large, complicated land swaps and deal-making to an extent I’ve never seen in other, similar-sized cities. When did Boise stop being a city government and jump headlong into the real estate game, which I thought was supposed to be the exclusive province of the private sector? A little history lesson, please, for any of us unused to living in a town that’s running a land office out its backdoor like the Oklahoma land grab. (And should we start donning gold “Century 21” blazers any time we do business at City Hall?)
Thanks, DAVID KLINGER

ANSWER
Mr. Klinger, You are spot on with your comments! It probably started out with 1970s Urban Renewal and evolved into elected officials telling each other they needed “a vision.” One group wanted a downtown mall and another did not. The big issue was women being forced to go to Salt Lake or Seattle for high end shopping.

The result was an impasse that left the vacant downtown core looking like a “war zone.” Dirk Kempthorne and Brent Coles were both younger mayors with an eye toward “running government like a business.” That created a period of executive car allowances, severance bonuses, phony business travel, credit card (P-card) abuse—all rather mundane and accepted in corporate life, but unacceptable with citizen’s money.

Bieter came in on an “ethics” platform, but he too has succumbed to the lure of having a vision and being able to build, grow, and “get things done.” Trouble is, he avoids bond elections and has spent $$$ on PR efforts and surveys to buttress his personal desires such as INCREASED DENSITY, GROWTH, A TROLLEY, F-35 JETS, KILLING ACHD, INDUSTRIAL PARK, ASSORTED ENERGY DREAMS. Citizens tend to get in his way, so he manipulates the media and stages highly managed workshop seminars and “surveys” aimed at supporting his plans.

Boise Defers To Developer Wishes Yet Again

The politicos at Boise City Hall are at it again, placing their loyalties with the developer community rather than the taxpayer-citizens. They have given the California developer, Local Construct, an extra four years to complete a deal they have so far failed to live up to.

Not much has changed at 2900 Fairview since this photo was made 12 years ago.


After an illegal attempt in 2003 to build a police station on the vacant land at 2900 Fairview without voter approval, Boise officials have been seeking ways to increase population density in the area. Judge Cheri Copsey stopped the police station deal in 4th District Court and the city has been using the land like an automobile title loan even since. Click for a PREVIOUS ROUND UP.

The former car dealership is the on again off again location for a “field of dreams” baseball park. To be clear: the dream is not baseball, but rather private housing development.

After acquiring the land, Boise’s Team Dave found it to be a white elephant and entered into a land swap deal with their California Developer buddies to acquire the so-called Spaulding Ranch on Cole Road in exchange for the Fairview property. The IDAHO PRESS has details of that plan and why the city decided Tuesday to offer the extension. Basically the trade was not really “apples and apples,” so the city required some improvements and construction which doesn’t look possible. State law allows trades, but they are supposed to be parcels of equal value. The clean, transparent method would have been to declare the Fairview land “surplus property” and sold it to the highest bidder.

We find it very disheartening to know how Boise officials acquire land, lease it and trade it, all in efforts to avoid public auction or citizen approval of debt. The current library plan has plenty of those types of deals involved.

Reader’s Argument Against Property Taxes

A GUARDIAN reader sent in this comment on a previous TAX POST. For the sake of reader debate, we figured it worth posting up front.

GUEST OPINION
By Greg C

I’m quite amazed at the back and forth between pro property taxes and against. This folks is exactly what politicians thoroughly want!

The never ending examples of pros and cons regarding property taxes is just that. You have people that have raised 1 or 2 kids and are retired still paying inflated increases. You have people with 6 or 7 kids getting a a benefit from those with no kids and the retirees.

I live in Meridian, next to one of the few undeveloped areas where I know the homeowners are elderly, do I believe they should be paying equivalent taxes (ten acres)imposed by the incompetent city of Meridian, hell no.

Take a look at your assessment bill/notice. CWI, West ADA recreation, Meridian library, the real questionable one that is pretty vague-ADA COUNTY!

In all sincerity, property taxes are criminal. Think about it? There are many that work to pay off all their Bill’s, yet the local governments have a NOOSE always prepared for tightening.

Fairness starts by a abolishing property taxes and raising the sales tax and gas 10 cents a gallon. These two additions would more than surpass property taxes. Also the revenues would be substantial do to the hundreds of thousands of tourists, and travelers passing through.

I could continue to give examples of alternatives, however,many love to stick to the current bickering over the antiquated tax system, just as the representatives like it, because they know the majority of citizens don’t recognize INCREMENTALISM.

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