After Boise officials refused to return calls or refused to discuss details of a secret land deal, the GUARDIAN has to offer a tip of the hat to the STATESMAN’S CYNTHIA SEWELL.
The GUARDIAN broke the story last week about a complex land swap, but it was the DAILY PAPER that was able to put it together. We doubt if the story would have even been reported had the GUARDIAN also taken the hands off attitude of legacy media when it comes to local government.
While it can be argued the city is rid of surplus land that previously couldn’t even interest any bidders, the fact remains the city acquired useless land during one administration and subsequent administration has sold it in a secret transaction.
Our source’s speculation about what land would be involved in the trade was admittedly wrong, but when government refuses to cooperate, favoring private business through “serendipity,” it is hard to open the curtain of secrecy. Mayor Dave Bieter promised “transparency” in his administration, but the only transparency we see is a stone wall.
We simply find it hard to believe the explanation offered by Team Dave, claiming that while attending a conference in California Bieter had “a couple hours to spare” and visited a California land developer which led to the deal. RIGHT!
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