Regardless of your politics, you have to hand it to Boise Mayor Dave Bieter when it comes to political acumen.
John Brunelle, who serves as Mayor David Bieter’s assistant for economic development, has been offered the position of executive director of the Capital City Development Corp., the agency announced Wednesday…recently Bieter appointed himself as a member of the board.
The (CCDC) is the urban renewal agency described in legal terms as an “independent body, corporate and politic.” It is not an “alter ego” of the city, but two city councilors and the mayor are on the board and the new director will be from the Mayor’s staff. A clear victory for Team Dave.
Following the Greater Boise Auditorium District (GBAD) election three of the five members are now Bieter people. Clear win for Team Dave, 3-2.
It seems the city councilors subscribe to the wisdom of former President G.W. Bush, “If you ain’t wish us, you’re agin’ us.” Another win as Team Dave has been able–through appointments–to shape a city council absent of any “loyal opposition.”
All those consultants and analysts who get both public money and campaign funds are also winners. They are paid for such things as promoting the F-35, a constitutional amendment to deny citizens the right to vote on airport debt, trolley trains, a baseball park, and political candidates. Secondary winners all.
The GUARDIAN challenges the legal department and makes fun of pet projects. The result is a total news black out. No press releases or responses to routine questions. The so-called Mayor’s hotline which was once a font of information, attitudes, pet peeves, and chronic bitches from citizens has been reduced to cryptic sentences such as “Camper trailer tagged for being on street.” Close match, but victory to Team Dave.
Congratulations to Team Dave for a near total command of local politics. He has the CCDC, GBAD, City Council, but still needs the Ada Commishes and the ACHD directors to declare total victory.
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