A standing-room-only crowd of about 80 citizens met Thursday night at Whitney School for a “discussion” about the proposed basing of the noisy F-35 fighter jet at Boise’s Gowen Field.
With representatives from at least four neighborhood associations and a state legislator in attendance, the attendees voiced their concerns over the noise of the jets and the lack of response from elected officials over their concerns.
A group calling itself “Citizens for a Livable Boise” made some technical presentations and others vowed to attend the Tuesday April 4 City Council Meeting at 6 p.m. to protest Mayor Dave Bieter’s request for $100,000 in tax money to hire a consultant to promote the F-35 in Boise.
UPDATE NOTE: Council Friday has deferred consideration once again of the $100,000 appropriation for the mayor.
It would be fair to say the group seeks alternatives to the F-35 and generally supported the military, the air guard, and america. They just don’t want the extreme noise of the F-35.
Virtually the entire spectrum of elected officials in Boise, including the congressional delegation and Gov. Butch Otter have endorsed the F-35 for the Idaho Air National Guard, despite what appears to be growing opposition from citizens. Most people were concerned about the noise levels and the potential decline in the value of their homes.
City officials, the Air Guard and Chamber of Commerce say any of those concerns are offset by an estimated $155 million they claim will be pumped into the economy by the F-35.
The GUARDIAN filed a public records request for all F-35 e-mails to and from city officials since January 1, 2017. We were told there were nearly 4,000 messages exchanged and it would cost about $500 to obtain the records. We made a modified request for just those messages in and out of the office of the mayor and airport manager and the cost was reduced to about $100. When we get those messages, they will be made available to the public.
Click HERE for past stories on the F-35.
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