City Council Election? Who Cares?
With just 17 weeks until the Boise City Council election, there is an overwhelming amount of disinterest in the campaign.
T.J. Thomson tells the GUARDIAN he will be an “independent voice” on the council, but with endorsements from Team Dave and most of the Council, we see this Obama organizer as “more of the same.” It would be nice if we are wrong. Thomson will undoubtedly go after the seat being vacated by Jim Tibbs. David A. Honey has also announced, but we don’t know who he is targeting.
Marryanne Jordan and Vern Bisterfeldt are both seeking reelection. Regardless of who enters the race prior to the September 4 filing deadline, it looks like it will be the same old crew with Thomson replacing Tibbs. That said, we would sure like to see some new faces enter the race and let us know how they feel about some issues. As we have done in the past, the GUARDIAN offers a list of campaign issues for any and all candidates, voters, media newsies, and the politicos making the decisions.
- Open the depot daily! Don’t schedule any summer private events Memorial Day through Labor Day. Keep the Sunday hours year round. The token schedule just doesn’t get it.
- Stay out of the railroad business. Do NOT budget for providing freight trains and building an industrial park. Not a city function. If the rail line was a good idea, the Union Pacific would have kept it in operation. Boise offers a paid parking lot for boxcars southeast of town after spending well over $100,000 on “dream train” proposal.
- Get out of real estate speculation period! Councilors got snookered on the Fairview & 27th city-owned real estate deal and they know it. Land on Gowen Road the city took in trade is worth a fraction of the trade appraisal. The private hospital LLC was dissolved the day St. Lukes acquired it. Put land up for bid and sell it at auction as law prescribes.
- Don’t spend taxpayer money advertising with chamber or anyone else to GROW the city. If someone wants to come here and pay their fair share of taxes, welcome them with open arms. Eliminate office of economic development. No deals “leasing” our public real estate to get around bid laws.
- Kayak park is simply a payoff to supporters. Funds would be better spent for open space multi use athletic fields, etc. Recent complaints of rowdy behavior in the area abound.
- Planning doesn’t always have to be for future GROWTH. Planning can be for Micron to get bought out and cut back on Boise footprint…disaster planning so to speak. Point being, ALL planning is not for growth.
- Abolish CCDC board and use current planning, zoning, and council to do the job. They are costing the rest of a lot to make up in taxes what downtowners don’t pay in taxes.
- How about a “police commission” and “fire commission” to guide the operation of the departments which combine to spend nearly half the city budget? They would work like parks, airport, library, public works boards. City has steadfastly denied citizens a voice in these two departments.
- Stop annexing more real estate into the city limits, forcing the rest of us to pay for new fire stations and other city services. Annexation is the ultimate “urban sprawl.”
- City politicos should stop sleeping with Chamber of Commerce making payments for promotion to the private special interest lobbying group. The Mayor’s “live aid” breakfast is worth $30,000. Our tax money shouldn’t be used against us.
- The Downtown Trolley is truly a Folly. Stop wasting our potential federal funding and future local operating expenses. Give us a decent bus system and stop pushing something the people don’t want.