The GUARDIAN has obtained numerous documents from Boise City relating to the Feb. 14 sabotage attempt aimed at ACHD during a meeting with legislators on Valentine Day.
As it turned out the ammunition for what was intended to be an ambush on ACHD ultimately exploded in the face of the shooters. Ross Borden of Mayor Dave Bieter’s staff had conspired with Democratic Legislators on House and Senate Transportation Committees by supplying them with “Discussion Topics” intended to produce a negative view of the Ada County Highway District.
Based on the documents the GUARDIAN has read, it looks like Borden was conducting a somewhat clandestine operation. Here is his February 23 message to Senator Cherie Buckner-Webb:
Hello Senator Buckner-Webb,
“If you recall the Discussion Topics one-pager I gave you the day of the Joint House & Senate Transportation Committee meeting at ACHD, well, somehow it got handed to ACHD and has caused a bit of a stir. You may have already seen the response ACHD sent on Friday to all Transportation Committee members.
I only gave out five copies, and then only to Boise legislators (you, your Senate colleagues Winder and Bock and Reps King and Gannon) and requested that — if you felt it was appropriate and the opportunity presented itself — to raise one or more of the issues contained therein.
ACHD makes it sound like copies were given to all legislators as they boarded the bus to ACHD that day. I’d be surprised if it happened that way but somehow it did make its way directly to ACHD.
That document was never intended to be distributed further than to whom I gave it to personally.
Did you happen to see it being distributed by anyone else or see extra copies floating around that day?”
Buckner-Webb’s response appears that she was conspiring with Borden:
“I am sick to hear that. I purposely did not take document with me.
But did ask if any other counties/cities leveraged model across the state. Rep. Gannon also asked a question. I left after the presentation and didn’t go on the tour.
I will check for transportation doc Monday. Crap!
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