Gotta Hand it to Team Dave. When it comes to manipulating the media and public they do a darn good job.
We groused (among other things) about spending money on the city owned railroad to nowhere in a CAMPAIGN ISSUES posting June 25 which turned into a defense of a kayak park. Turns out any work on the railroad with the $113,000 in tax money stands to directly benefit WinCo.
At the “Live Aid” fund raiser for the Chamber last month, Dave Bieter announced that Winco would build an 800,000 square foot distribution warehouse across the freeway “Near Micron.” We were told that “council leadership” was informed of the dealings with WinCo. With only six councilors it would seem appropriate to share the news with all six–unless one just happens to be a political opponent. We fail to see why the City needed to deal in secret over WinCo’s plans to build a wrehouse.
The GUARDIAN did some checking and found Team Dave had worked for “many months” luring the warehouse to town. The more precise location is “adjacent to Boise City land” which was declared surplus and must be sold at public auction to the highest bidder…unless they pull a fast one on the citizens as Team Dave has done with at least three other parcels of public land.
The private Rock Climbing wall and the soon to be built private hospital at 27th and Fairview both have been provided long term leases on PUBLIC LAND which was ordered by the City Council to be sold at auction, but it never happened. Team Dave also cut a deal with the folks wanting a gas fired electricity generator on City land. They offered them a lease at below market rates. We don’t know the status of that scheme.
They offer leases because the law requires auctions and bids to SELL public land, but the politicos can LEASE our land without our consent and get around the bid laws to favor businesses.
We need to keep an eye on these elected real estate speculators. All this land is the same land they tell us will fund new libraries and other city services, but it never seems to happen.
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