We have long been unhappy with the efforts of Team Dave to shape public opinion on the “Trolley Folly.” Now it looks like the mayor and staff are following in the mold of the infamous Brent Coles
Coles spent public funds to influence the outcome of the Foothills Tax Levy election, but it was only discovered after he left office in disgrace.
BOISE COUNCILORS NEED TO GET ON THIS ISSUE SOONER RATHER THAN LATER. Citizen funds should NOT be used in this manner.
Like the CIA policy of “plausible deniability,” Team Dave launders mind shaping PR campaigns in support of the trolley to nowhere through the CCDC and a paid public relations hack. That same small agency profited big on the trash contract PR…despite the fact we have half a dozen mind shaping staffers in the Public Information Group (PIG) being paid at taxpayer expense.
The city/CCDC has ponied up lots of cash to a PR firm to drum up support for his Trolley Folly. A new city bid is about to be let for even more PR support and we figure the same dude who got the first splash of cash with have the (can’t resist this) the INSIDE TRACK.
Now, the IDAHO BUSINESS REVIEW has published a piece which is pretty tame, but it’s drawing damning comments.
This one comes from a source we know and trust:
“Late this afternoon I was checking out this (IBR) article because I am a member of the local media and getting ready to cover the Trolley story. Upon finishing the article, I noticed the comment by Noah Bryan (#4). I thought to myself, “Bryan, Bryan. Where have I heard that name?” It turns out that a PR person in this market also has the last name of Bryan and she often sends press releases and pitches our newsroom. I then googled her name and “Noah.”
It turns out that apparently Noah and this woman are married. I then made a call to a friend of mine who knows this woman and she confirmed the union. Normally, this would not be an issue. Free speech. Yet it became an issue with me and others in our newsroom when we dicovered that this woman is an employee of the PR firm that is working for the City of Boise/Mayor Bieter. I think the firm is Ritter something???
A friend at the City then confirmed that the Ritter firm is representing the Trolley project. I am wondering why Mayor Bieter didn’t just put his name on the comment versus having the husband of his PR person submit the comment??? Maybe it was just poor judgement on the PR firm’s part. It sort of disgusts me. It’s not transparent and says a lot that the only person the Mayor can get to say something good about the Trolley is the spouse of one of the pr firm’s employees.”
The City Council needs to put a stop to this entire project before it leads to the downfall of yet another group of city officials. Jim Tibbs stands alone having enough backbone to just say NO!
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