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McLean Supports Bieter And Community Press

Former Boise Mayor Dave Bieter has struck it rich with a development being built by his new employer, the Gardner Co.

Under the plan, Gardner will receive CCDC urban renewal loans of $10.2 million for a 110 unit apartment building downtown with a single “affordable rent” apartment. Sounds like the other 109 units are not affordable.

A surprise YES vote came from Mayor Lauren McLean who said, “As mayor it is my job to do what is best for our citizens including the homeless community.” She went on to explain that even a single cheap apartment helped out, but more importantly the action paved the way for federal stimulus funds for Boise from the Trump government.

At an unrelated virtual city council meeting, McLean asked the councilors to approve funding for a “community printing press” for use by the Idaho Statesman. Councilor Lisa Sanchez supported the idea if at least 25% of the pressmen were minority trades people and half of the total were women. The press would be housed in the old Statesman building on Curtis Rd. which McClatchy has been unable to sell.

Elaine Clegg observed that with the current deadlines and the fact the Statesman is printed in Twin Falls, her sage comments about growth, connectivity, and environmental issues were “old news” and ignored by the time the paper was published. Jimmy Hallyburton offered to donate free bicycles to anyone wishing to deliver the Statesman.

Councilor Holly Woodings asked for more details on the proposal and mused aloud that she couldn’t understand why Sanchez wanted minority women to get covered in ink every day. Sanchez replied, “I didn’t think you would understand.”

The GUARDIAN noted today’s date as we reported on yesterday’s March 31 meetings.

Enough To Wipe Out An Entire City

Giant rolls of toilet tissue await cutting and packaging at the Clearwater Paper Mill in Lewiston

The Clearwater Paper mill at Lewiston is a major asset for Idaho during the COVID-19 pandemic. The mill isn’t in the gold mining business, but its Lewiston mill manufactures a product as valuable as gold–toilet paper. The plant is listed as an “essential service” by Gov. Brad Little.

When shown this photo, one reader commented, “That’s big enough to wipe out an entire city.”

More details at STATESMAN

Slow Times At GUARDIAN World Hq.

Every day is like a “snow day” or a long weekend as we sit at home looking at each other and the dog. Most of the time we can’t remember the day of the week and the passing of the blue trash truck is an event.

Mrs. GUARDIAN proffered up a nice salad last night. She served it as I lounged in bed watching the latest news about CORVID-19. I told her I wasn’t sick. I was just watching TV to become informed and kill time. Her response was that she didn’t want me interrupting her own TV watching in the living room.

Until today four of my “coffee mates” would scatter around the patio at the local Moxie on Vista reading the paper and drinking coffee from the drive-thru. Now Gov. Little says we would be criminals to do that.

That’s about as exciting as it gets here at the GUARDIAN world headquarters. In a two day period I had more than half a dozen phone calls from friends who ALL asked in a grave tone: “How are you doing? I just wanted to call and check on you.” I finally realized they were all responding to Facebook or other advice-givers to “check on your elderly friends and loved ones.” Thanks.

Pretty hard to come to grips with the realization that folks think of me as “elderly.” It wasn’t that long ago I came to Boise as the new police reporter at the Statesman in 1968. I would be happy to regale you with exciting yarns from those days. They would be about as timely as the old sports highlights on KBOI radio or the outdated video of the legislature on KTVB-7.

As the numbers begin to stack up it was nice to see Idaho wasn’t the worst place in the country outside of Mississippi. We all owe a special thanks of California Gov. Gavin Newsome who ordered residents to stay home. Perhaps we can get him to make that a permanent order. Must admit it is nice to drive to the grocery store with no traffic.

Finally, where is all the money coming from? Some folks will make considerably more on unemployment than while working. Do we really need to give $25,000,000 to the Kennedy Center?

Feel free to share your stay-at-home adventures and diversions.

Covid 19 Means Cultural Change

Without regard to any party politics, the GUARDIAN predicts a major cultural change in the USA and perhaps the world which will last for generations in the wake of the COVID 19 crises.

The following scenario is not a prediction, but a reality currently in place.

Day care businesses will diminish as parents stay home and work via internet/computers. Kids have guidance, no need for tax breaks for day care. Crime will be reduced with homeowners present.

Schools close and the need for food programs, diminishes along with the day care aspect. Energy costs and some wages will diminish.

Traffic is reduced to a mere trickle, parking fees diminish, fuel costs and pollution are reduced. Similar domino scenarios would apply to other disciplines.

City and county buildings are mostly closed. Revenues from traffic and parking tickets will be diminished.

A host of meetings and activities have been eliminated and when one stops and thinks, we are able to do without a whole bunch of services and material items.

Now for the debate part. Do we visit local restaurants to keep the staff and owners from going broke or do we stay away in droves for fear of spreading the virus?

“Social Distancing” has become a routine term. Dirty hands are subject to social shaming, and extending a “welcoming hand” is a sign of ignorance (better to touch toes, bump elbows, nod and say howdy).

Political or not, we simply fail to comprehend where the money will come from when it comes to BILLIONS of dollars to airlines, thousands to each individual. The wisdom of closing bars and restaurants in some states may make some sort of medical sense, but the economics escapes us.

Even advertising seems pointless in many cases. Who can buy a new car, bathroom remodel, or vacation when they are unemployed?

Ada Candidates File, Visser Quits

The filing period for Ada County candidates to run in the May primary election closed Friday with some surprises and some perennial names.

Commish Rick Visser surprised county officials with an unforeseen retirement message:

“After 40 years of public service in Ada County which includes work with the county, the State of Idaho and the federal government, I will be retiring this month. My last day of work will be March 31st.

It has been an honor to serve the citizens of Ada County and a great privilege to have worked with you all – the leadership team of Ada County!
Best regards,
Rick”

A list of candidates:

County Commissioner, District 1
Davidson L. Haworth (R)
Ryan Davidson (R)
Diana Lachiondo (D)
(2 Republicans with “Davidson” in their names should be interesting)

County Commissioner, District 2
Teri Murrison (R)

Fred Rippee (R)

Mary McFarland (R)

Rod W. Beck (R)

Patrick Malloy (R)

Kim J Wickstrum  (R)
Bill Rutherford (D)

County Sheriff
Steve Bartlett (R)

Lisa Marie (R)

County Prosecuting Attorney
Jan Bennetts (R)

Ron J. Twilegar (D)

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