Gotta admit it has been difficult to write much in the way of “constructive” criticism lately with all the crooked businessmen and business deals coming to light and politicos trying to match the business folks.
We have a plethora (for non-library types that’s a whole bunch) of scams that have come to light and not much good to say about them. Consider:
–Ed super Luna and his 15 year contract for school WiFi with a lengthy list of campaign contributors and former staffers mixed up in the deal.
–Corrections Corp. of America (CCA) trying to fly under the radar with all its lawsuits, but a Fed Judge is shining at least a small beam of light on the allegations.
–Tamarack crook gets 17 years for ripping off pension plan, but the Frenchman is still a fugitive. We got repeated PR “tips” from an outfit working on behalf of the convict claiming it was a federal conspiracy to convict him.
–Hoku solar plant in Pocatello has gone bankrupt and cost the city and state millions of dollars and the result is none of the promised jobs and economic boost.
–A Charter plane operator in Pocatello is trying to get cash for a Pocatello-Nampa airline which will never get off the ground.
–Zonda electric bus is still a no show, despite huge fanfare when they announced Boise HQ two years ago. Even their phone is disconnected.
–Boise officials and Chamber of Commerce want feds to pay $700,000 for airlines to fly unprofitable routes to east coast to shave a couple hours off travel times.
–Fire and EMS tout a “major agreement” to send closest fire or EMS unit regardless of jurisdiction. Great idea and it was implemented more than 20 years ago by then chief Phil Johnston. It won’t work for areas with NO FIRE protection.
–Boise City is about to annex 1,000 acres into the city, expand areas of service and continue to claim we need a “vibrant downtown” to stem urban sprawl. Those with more than 5 acres continue to get city services and not pay city taxes while remaining an enclave.
–Councilman and Mayor brag about Allumbaugh House detox center at panhandler hearing and the place won’t even take in ANY homeless drunks and drug users off the streets as originally intended. They knew not of what they spoke.
–Gallatin Group gets $200,000 for 30 days work on website and related “launch” of health care exchange.
Other than that we are having a great summer except for the endless heat. Catching a few fish which is why we haven’t had too much time to dwell on the above.
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