Cruising through the Mayor’s Hotline list we came across an entry which raised an alarm with a fireman:
Perry Oldenburg re:
Political Material in City Mail: I work for the Boise Fire Department. I’m calling in regards to the pamphlets and flyers that we received in the cities’ mail. I work at a fire station and we got a flyer for a candidate for the Ada County commissioner’s position. On the front of it says Boise City Employees and has a date and a time we can come see the individual. I was wondering if it’s appropriate that we dispense these political letters and pamphlets in our city mail. I was under the impression that is for city business and we cannot solicit other things whether it’s a service someone does or anything else. I don’t think this is appropriate to distribute out to city-wide employees. Maybe you could give me a call and talk about the appropriateness of this. Thank you.
Action Taken: Contacted Mr. Oldenburg and informed him that the Mayor’s office had already had spoken to person(s) involved and informed them that it was improper to utilize the city mail system for such purposes.
Turns out the material was in support of Paul Woods, the foothills land acquisition director who is the Demo candidate for County commish.
Woods denied any involvement in the mailing and said, “A supporter got overzealous and placed some posters and flyers in the city mail which was inappropriate.” The employee worked in another city department and the subject of a reprimand is before the Human Resources department.
A GUARDIAN reader who doubles as a conspiracy theorist speculated that Woods’ candidacy was somehow connected to Team Dave trying to assert influence at the county level.
“The race and everything connected with it is my own doing and not connected in any way with the city or city administration,” said Woods.
THURSDAY P.M. 25 MAY UPDATE–Team Dave Chief of Staff Jade Riley explained to at least one city councilor there was a communications breakdown. Once the complaint was filed by fireman Oldenburg it was checked out, confirmed and the offender was admonished. Riley reportedly said a secretary-receptionist transcribing the hotline assumed that Riley had notified Oldenburg of the action taken” and he had not. Riley has taken full responsibility for the mix up.
The GUARDIAN has long referred to the recorded message line as the “placebo line.” There is no medicine dispensed, but people feel better after taking the treatment–venting to a silent message machine.
Mayor’s Hotlines and Ethics Hotlines are not the way for honest people to access their government.
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