That old trope of “independent body corporate and politic” is becoming ludicrous when it comes to Boise’s urban renewal agency, CCDC.
Tuesday’s city council agenda includes the proposed appointment of the CCDC chairman, Dana Zuckerman, to the city design review committee. The committee reviews major building projects as part of the approval process on new construction.
Team Dave overlooked more than 230,000 other Boiseans to appoint Zuckerman. She may be qualified to serve on the design committee. She already sits on the board of the Boise Art Museum. There certainly are hundreds if not thousands of other citizens steeped in engineering, architecture, construction, etc. who would bring another view to the design review committee.
Mayor Dave Bieter appointed himself to the CCDC (Capitol City Development Corp.), former councilor Maryanne Jordan who is now a state senator voting on state laws governing urban renewal also sits on the board.
Bieter’s former economic development guy, John Brunelle, is the executive director. Ross Borden, another former Bieter staffer now works for CCDC. City Councilor Holli Woodings’ husband is a CCDC commissioner. Former councilor Ben Quintana (originally a Bieter appointee) sits on the CCDC board.
Now, with the appointment of Zuckerman, we will have CCDC people serving on a city board.
It may not be an independent body corporate and politic, but it sure is one happy family! Council will vote Tuesday.
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