Just when we thought they were dead, the daily paper’s Brad Hem enterprises a story about Team Dave cutting behind the scenes deals for preferred parking with the BoDo Boys.
Seems the largest tenant at Bodo is Office Depot and they wanted special parking spots directly in front of their store on Broad Street for customers. Brass in the Boise City parking department rightfully said “no” because they don’t allow designated parking spots on city streets.
Even the Downtown Boise Association opposed special treatment–after all, THEY have been around forever and get no special parking favors.
Enter Team Dave’s leader, Mayor Dave Bieter, with a “pilot program.” Without consent of the council or a city ordinance authorizing the move, Bieter allowed BoDo Boys to attach signs with the Office Depot Logo to the city’s public parking meters. The signs “welcome” OFFICE DEPOT customers and do nothing but sew confusion for visitors.
It is a confusing set of six signs on city meters which probably do little to enhance the image of either Team Dave or Office Depot. The mayor apparently got pressured by BoDo to make the concession because without the special treatment–not offered to any other business in town–Office Depot wouldn’t move into the new development at Capitol and Front.
We feel it is simply inappropriate for local government to inject itself into agreements which are contingent upon using public assets to seal the deal.
The GUARDIAN checked with several city councilors and got different reactions to the mayor’s action. Vern Bisterfeldt and Jim Tibbs said they first heard about the special treatment when the read the printed news account.
Council President Maryanne Jordan said the pilot program was an “administrative action” and did not require council action. She said the council was notified AFTER Bieter allowed the signs to be posted on the meters.
The last time Team Dave classified something as “administrative” the Supreme Court disagreed and ordered an election over issue of the 10 commandments rock which was removed from Julia Davis Park under an “administrative action.”
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