Once again the Daily Paper’s Cynthia Sewell has come up with a GOOD STORY about developer Jim Tomlinson’s land holdings being considered as parts of a downtown transit scheme.
The story accurately points out that Tomlinson is a member–and currently president–of the Downtown Business Association which is an official agency created by Boise City government. Sewell reports that records show Tomlinson has traveled out of state with transit officials to look at various systems.
The really sad part of having an insider on the committee is no one in officialdom thinks it is wrong. They defend his involvement, saying he has recused himself and doesn’t vote on the issues which directly could benefit him. Which begs the question–why the hell have a guy on a committee at all if he can’t vote on the key issues at hand?
This type of conduct by our “officials” at Valley Transit, COMPASS, and Boise City does little to foster public confidence. To the best of our knowledge there were no homeless people, students, low income or other frequent transit users on any of the trips with the CCDC, COMPASS people or Team Dave. These folks aim to come up with a plan and then “sell” it to the public.
The public was precluded from commenting at a recent joint Boise City/ACHD meeting and COMPASS used tax money to wine and dine legislators at a private lobbying party with no citizens invited.
Citizens have no reason to trust their elected and appointed officials when they conduct themselves in such a manner. Their entire focus has been with “development and growth” rather than moving people from point A to point B and taking direction from the citizens who pay the bills.
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