On September 14 Team Dave leader Mayor Dave Bieter, will perform his second fund raiser gig for the Chamber of Commerce with a “State Of The City” address.
At $30 a plate and 1,000 business types attending, the special interest political group stands to gross $30,000. To his credit, Bieter has asked for some “free seats” for the general public as he did last year after queries from the GUARDIAN.
We have offered that instead of catering to the special interest of the Chamber, Bieter (and all mayors or commishes) should do the same gig with the proceeds destined for the Idaho Food Bank, homeless shelter, detox, Elks Rehab, or some other charity that assists the NEEDY.
Instead, they stayed with the Chamber venue. Whoever is mayor always trots out a list of “accomplishments” for the past year, proclaims the State of The City is good and we will all work toward continued success.
The GUARDIAN went through the past year’s postings and came up with the following items you probably won’t see or hear at the Chamber love fest.
-Lost a supreme court decision over “judicial confirmation,” costing taxpayers many thousands of dollars in an effort to avoid a bond election for an airport parking garage.
–Lost a supreme court decision over efforts to not allow citizens to vote on the 10 Commandments rock controversy.
–Got bad legal news from the Attorney General who said ACHD has total authority over roads. Now ACHD is suing city and will probably win.
–Got snubbed by the G-BAD boys over attempts to locate a proposed convention center at 9th and Front.
–Provided special parking spots for Office Depot in the BoDo development.
–Lost a bond election for three proposed library branches.
–Failed to come to terms with Police Union over expired contract.
–Continues to battle with Ada County over land use issues.
–Remains a prime fund raiser for the Chamber of Commerce including the $30,000 state of the city address for the special interest political action group.
–Has failed to hire an internal auditor after the last one quit in the middle of the Poop Farm scandal.
–Legal department continues to probe the dirty trick phone calls two years ago on election eve. Laird Maxwell has claimed responsibility for the machine generated calls.
–Responded to GUARDIAN readers and designated two parking spaces as “two wheeler” parking downtown.
–Responded to GUARDIAN demands for audit and charged two employes with criminal acts at the Poop Farm.
–Curtailed the practice of loaning Public Works Dept. tools to employes after GUARDIAN readers revealed the practice.
In the interest of fair play, the GUARDIAN would like to hear YOUR nominations for the past year’s accomplishments or failures in Boise government.
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