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City Land Deals Raise Warning Flags

Since its inception the GUARDIAN has urged Boise City to get the heck out of the land speculation and development business. A recent story by Kathleen Kreller with a headline “BOISE AIMS TO PAY FOR BRANCH LIBRARIES WITH LAND SALE would make it appear the politicos have seen the light and will let the private sector get rich or poor on the land deals. It is being done in the name of the “libraries poster child”… We had the BoDo “library bl…

Mayor Hotline June 7 to 13

Lengthy transcript this week. Support for trolley, motorcycle cops, unfair dog ticket, “Call me, I am Basque,” California Nuts, No free parking at Airport, Fairview-Curtis cell tower. Download file…

Mayor Hotline June 14 to 20

LECTURING COUNCILOR ON PARK PARKING, FIREFIGHTER FIGHTER, GRAFFITI 6/14/08 Mark Rinehart 5326 Kootenai Boise, ID 83705 Park Towing: It’s about 1:15 Saturday afternoon on the 14th. I have a comment after reading the Saturday morning edition of the Statesman; a comment regard Ms. Clegg’s irateness over the Parks and Rec.’s policies regarding towing and abandoned cars in parks after hours. I think Ms. Clegg is clear off in left field; I think she’s…

Bungling Bureaucrats Botch Boise Buses

In a refreshing bit of local journalism, Cynthia Sewell of the Daily Paper detailed a pattern of BUNGLING BUREAUCRATS either unwilling or unable to put together a plan to spend federal funds for a downtown transit center. The fed money was earmarked for Boise in 2005, but Boise City, the Urban Renewal Agency (CCDC), Ada Highway District, and Valley Regional Transit officials have dithered so long it looks like the money will be lost without an…

David Honey Enters Boise Council Race

David A. Honey tells the GUARDIAN he is running for Boise city council and provided us a link to his website. He doesn’t say which seat he is going after. Jim Tibbs is not running again and both Maryanne Jordan and Vern Bisterfeldt are up for reelection. His organization is not as slick as T.J. Thomson, who seems to have endorsements from every Democrat in the area for the non-partisan seat, but at least he is passionate about allowing th…

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….

City Tries To Hide New PR Expense

Boise’s Team Dave is a step away from a legal land mine as they seek council approval of a PR/marketing agency to promote one side of a public policy issue. The GUARDIAN sees it as a blatant violation of the “public purpose doctrine” in law which dictates that all expenditures should be in the “public purpose” –in essence benefiting all citizens equally. Buried in Tuesday’s City Council “consent a…

Poet Paul’s Post

Dear council candidate TJ on the trolley is it a yea or a nay Since you’re the man of Team Dave your yea vote you’ll save until after election day!…

Boise Taxpayers Pay Bill For Eagle Bus

In a move that defies logic, Boise taxpayers are spending at the rate of $1,000 a year per round trip passenger that Eagle City officials have refused to pay. It all started when Valley Transit–the regional bus outfit–said they would discontinue the “Highway 44 Express” which ran twice daily out State Street to Eaqgle, Star, Middleton, and Caldwell. Pleading poverty, Eagle refused to pay its $15,000 share for the run whi…

Poet Paul Posts A Poll Plea

60 million to build a trolley When other things we need so much Things that are wearing out Like bridges, schools and such But the council does not listen It seems we hardly have a chance They plan to get the money From the pockets in out pants Be sure to raise your voice Don’t succumb to their greed Make them forget frivolities And build us what we need!…

AMBUS Every Minute For Cost Of AMTRAK

For the cost of a daily AMTRAK train or two, the GUARDIAN can provide bus service that would run a bus EVERY MINUTE 24/7. That’s right. We got out the ol’ electronic calculator and punched in the numbers for the cost of the GUARDIAN’s fantasy AMBUS plan versus the cost of AMTRAK. Here’s how it would work: –For the $374 million cost to bring the tracks up to speed, we provide 1500 luxury buses at $250,000 each. (…

Items Of Little Interest, But Important To Pols

Here is a list of current news topics with a typically cynical GUARDIAN SLANT. –The Park Center Bridge that Harris Ranch Developers stuck taxpayers to build so they would benefit is about to open with great fanfare from Ada County Highway District. –Micron is still slurping at the public trough. This time they got $5 million in “stimulus funds” to research LED lighting development. No apparent strings demanding they not…

Two More Council Candidates Announce

Two political unknowns have contacted the GUARDIAN announcing their intentions to run for Boise City Council seats. Lucas Baumbach and Daniel I. Dunham say they are seeking some changes. Dunham didn’t offer much in the way of information. Here is his entire message: “I have decided that I will seek election to the Boise City Council. For far too long, the current council has shown contempt for the citizens. At teh last city counc…

Can AMTRAK Pay the Freight?

When it comes public rides, it is hard to find anyone opposed to “PASSENGER TRAINS IN IDAHO.” The politicos know this well, so they have asked AMTRAK to conduct some studies about returning train service to Idaho. Senior Sen. Crapo and Mayor Bieter of Team Dave will hold a public hearing at the Boise Depot Monday noon Aug. 10 to share their information and listen to what will no doubt be a train friendly group. They already have M…

Baumbach Claims Victory In Precinct Battle

We previously posted a dispute voiced by Boise City Council candidate Lucas Baumbach over what he claimed was a conspiracy to “disenfranchise” conservative voters through gerrymandering. Today, he offers up a press release claiming vindication and posing half a dozen questions to the city clerk. The GUARDIAN will try to post substantive information on issues from all candidates. BAUMBACH’S release: “September 3rd, 2009,…

Drying Paint More Exciting Than Council Race

We hate to dis any of the candidates for Boise City Council, but this race may set a record for non-interest of voters and the media. We have said it before, but the chances of anyone beating an incumbent are slim to none and the one seat being vacated by Jim Tibbs is pretty much filled by TJ Thomson. The former Obama organizer has done a great job of getting endorsements from every democrat in town, the mayor, and most, if not all of the counc…

Election Results Send Strong Message

Tuesday’s local election results sent a strong message from voters: NOBODY REALLY CARES! Turnout for Boise was 17% of registered voters–just about what all the experts had predicted. Throughout the Valley incumbents were returned to office and the only close call was the defeat of the Canyon County Jail bond which fell about 8% short of the 2/3 super majority. Boise council newcomer T.J. Thomson got a landslide with less than 10% o…

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