HOMELESS YES AND NO
1934 Division Ave.
Boise, ID 83706
Homeless Citation: I’m calling in regard to something that I saw last week. I was up on
Federal Way and I was watching a police officer ticket a homeless man on the corner of the
street with his little cardboard sign and it made me sick. I thought that was absolutely wrong and I would like a call-back from somebody who can explain to me how that approach is going to solve the problem. I would also like to say that I think we need to find a different approach; Boise’s a great city and I don’t think that does us justice, nor does it do justice to the people who need help. Please give me a call back.
Action Taken: left msj
(EDITOR NOTE–May not have been a ticket)
Homeless: I have a complaint about all the panhandlers in town. I’m very surprised; I moved
here six years ago and it’s just incredible how the same panhandlers work the same corners
almost daily and they either have props like a gas can or a dog, and of course they always have a sign saying “God Bless” and I just think it makes the city look really bad that all these people work on these corners. It sure must be nice to have a tax-free business like that because they’re taking a lot of cash and not paying anything for it. And also it looks really bad for the city. Thank you.
Streetcar: I’m working on getting a Post Office Box but I don’t have a permanent address right
now, but I’ve lived in Boise most of my life. I was just thinking about the streetcar. In large our
undertaking doesn’t want…it’s easiest or works best in that regard about having more drivers or
buses and having the buses have longer hours and savvy roots to Idaho Center and all we have
to do is pay for maintenance and oil and gas and tires. It seems to me that the downtown life
could really blossom and the people who want to drink could still take cabs and the people who
work all day I think would enjoy coming downtown not having to drive and enjoy shopping,
restaurants, coffee shops and so on. The downtown could really blossom, it seems to me.
Action Taken: left msj
2518 N. Arrowood Way
Parking Ticket: I actually live in Meridian, but work in downtown Boise. I am trying to pay a
parking ticket either on the phone or on line, but because I lost the ticket, I don’t have the ticket
number, so I have been attempting to reach someone by phone to get the ticket number so that
I can pay the parking ticket. I have dialed 17 different phone numbers and used “0” multiple
times to get to an operator. All 17 calls plus the 0’s were forwarded to the answering phone or
operator or have gone straight to voice mail. I’ve been on the phone calling numbers for 30
minutes and have yet to reach a live person. I have called between the time of 8:10 and 8:40
and I thought that was something important that you might want to know. I have called all the
numbers available on the parking page, I have called the Mayor’s direct general information line,
I’ve called the City Council line, I have called the people in Finance, I’ve called people in
Clerking, I’ve called 17 different phone numbers and I cannot reach a live person and I think
that’s a real problem. Thank you so much; I will keep trying to pay my ticket.
Action Taken: Left Message, 11/11 was Veterans Day, city offices closed
Panhandlers: I don’t know who I’m calling here from the phone book, but I’m tired of the
homeless people panhandling and calling me up. I’m a disabled person; I’m partially paralyzed
from the neck down and I’m tired of homeless people panhandling wanting handouts. It’s got to
come to a stop. I can’t even go downtown and enjoy a cup of coffee on a patio on a warm day
because the homeless will not leave people alone. People are sick and tired of it. We do not
owe them nothing. I’m not going to leave you my name or phone number; just please tell them
to stop it or I’m going to do something about it. Good bye.
7260 Cascade Dr.
Veterans Parade: I am appalled that our Veterans had to pay the $150 to have a parade plus
the trash and so on. If there had been ample publication and posters on the streets and in the
media, the public would have overwhelmingly taken care of any expense that had to be. I am
from a family of military background and have a grandson on a nuclear submarine right now and
I am just appalled at our lack of patriotism. Thank you for listening.
Action Taken: contacted Donna and 5 other callers w/ info about parade
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