In the old time “I love Lucy” TV comedy Ricky would say, “Lucy, you got some ‘splainin to do.”
Today in Boise the Gardner Company and the Greater Boise Auditorium District have some explaining to do. Gardner doesn’t own the so-called Parcel B where they plan to build a hotel, condos, and a parking garage. The citizens of the GBAD own the property and Idaho law requires the board to declare the land to be “surplus” and not in the public interest. It is to be sold at auction to the highest bidder.
They have not done that. Instead they made an insider deal with Gardner, asking for a proposal. To our knowledge the GBAD Boys and girl didn’t even advertise for proposals from ANY other developers. We suspect there is some sort of lease, trade, or other gimmick that will be exercised.
The board has played fast and loose with their holdings. In a blatant effort to go around the voters, the board has spent an estimated quarter of a million dollars in legal fees to deny voters the right to approve debt to spend more than $20 million with Gardner for a ballroom and kitchen expansion.
GUARDIAN editor David Frazier has called them out in court, winning two consecutive rulings in 4th District court. GBAD has appealed the issue to the Idaho Supreme Court. A hearing is expected in September on the constitutional issue of public debt without public approval.
We are also shocked that none of the other hotel projects in Boise’s downtown have challenged the Gardner-GBAD insider trade in light of the pending case at the Supreme Court and GBAD’s record of losing in court and at the polls.
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