The G-Bad Boys at the Greater Boise Auditorium District got hold of a new reporter at the Daily Paper and were able to lull him into publishing “disinformation,” about the need for a new convention center.
District Manager Pat Rice was quoted saying there is a great demand for an expanded convention center. He claimed the Idaho Outfitters and Guides Association was forced to hold its annual meeting in Salt Lake City due to space limitations. NOT TRUE.
Somebody got it wrong. The GUARDIAN checked with the Outfitters & Guides and learned the group has NEVER held a meeting in Salt Lake. Their last meeting was at the Riverside Hotel in Garden City.
When the GUARDIAN noted the Center On The Grove had more space available than the hotel, a spokesman for the Outfitters said, “Not AFFORDABLE space. The prices down there at the Center On The Grove are OUTRAGEOUS!”
The G-BAD has failed in every attempt to build a convention center and conducted an illegal ad campaign using public tax money to promote passage of a bond. The Idaho Supreme Court ruled the use of public money to promote one side of a ballot measure is not in the public purpose.
Voters have twice turned down bond proposals and each private developer that has been involved with the group has pulled out. The latest delay is due to an “undisclosed illness” of developer John Q. Hammons. Hammons is probably suffering the same upset stomach as the rest of the development community.
At least he didn’t blame it on a crooked stock broker in Paris like the Frenchman did at Tamarack.
The District had announced grandiose plans to offer up public assets to the hotelier as part of a “private public partnership.” Until developers are willing to put up their own cash and not rely on concessions and use of public assets, we are sure to see more failures like the BOISE PIT at 8th and Main, Tamarack Resort, and all those “planned communities” that aren’t.
AFTERNOON UPDATE–Looks like the Daily Paper reporter is going to take a lump or two on this one…got too much info tossed at him and not enough comprehension.
THURSDAY UPDATE–Statesman ran a correction fessing up that the reporter got it wrong. The name of the group that didn’t rent space was America Outdoors, a trade association, not the Idaho Outfitters. As noted by a reader, the national boat show, the Republican National Convention and the International Car show also have not rented convention space in Boise.
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