Following up on the GUARDIAN story about Boise Mayor Dave Bieter’s “Team Dave” agreeing to make first class payments for architect Moshe Safdie to travel and stay in Boise, Boise Dev reveals improper payments to Safdie’s staff prior to even having a contract. Spokesman Mike Journee admitted the contract was unique. He also said the city would seek reimbursement for the travel payment made for a Safdie associate prior to the contract, but added it was made because, “The Safdie team was seen as the likely selection…”
Boise Dev revealed A March 15th project kickoff meeting in Boise included Yoon, Moshie Safdie, principal Greg Reaves, Nico Kienzl of sustainability consultant Atelier Ten and library consultant Nancy Tessman, all of whom traveled to Boise from various locations around the country. It also included local members of the CSHQA team. Altogether, this meeting cost taxpayers more than $10,000, including:
— Dinner at Leku Ona for seven people, including three bottles of wine – $453.07
–First class airfare for Moshie Safdie – $2,956
(Safdie’s expense report notes that a Boston to Boise flight was canceled. This prompted a new ticket issued at the last minute for $1,371. The new fare replaced a business class trip with a ticket that was first class on the first leg and economy class from Minneapolis to Boise).
–Two “team lunches” billed by CSHQA by Cafe Zupas, including delivery fees – $517
–Hotel nights for Yoon, Safdie, Kinzel and Reaves at Inn at 500 Capitol – $2,605.
–Dinner at Chandler’s Steakhouse for Reaves- $38
Yet to come will be the expenses for the Safdie sales pitch held at the Simplot JUMP building last month which included NO MENTION of price, funding methods, or revenue sources.
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