By DAVID R. FRAZIER, editor
Boise City Council President Lauren McLean is now “Mayor-elect” after trouncing incumbent Mayor Dave Bieter in the Tuesday special runoff election.
The win was a foregone conclusion for most savvy observers, fueled by a deep seated “Bieter fatigue” among the electorate. Bieter was able to garner only 30% of the vote in the general election while McLean won nearly 46%. City ordinance requires mayoral candidates to win by 50% plus one vote.
McLean will be faced with myriad decisions as she takes the helm of Boise’s local government. Here are some of the major items she will have to consider:
–Nominate a new police chief following the recent retirement of Bill Bones.
–Decide on the status of Fire Chief Dennis Doan who has been an active supporter and financier of Dave Bieter.
–Decide whether to go ahead with a legal appeal to the U.S. Supreme Court over the homeless ordinance. (Bieter had budgeted about $450,000 in legal fees)
–Fulfill promises to give citizens a voice in major decisions such as the proposed library and sports stadium. Citizens voted overwhelmingly to have a voice in future financial decisions during the general election.
–Make the rounds of other local governments–like ACHD and Ada County–with an olive branch to regain some cooperation and respect which was lacking with Team Dave.
–The GUARDIAN would like to see her eliminate the past policy of hiring ad agencies and public relations firms to promote pet projects rather than follow the established constitution and laws of Idaho.
–Do away with “under the radar lease agreements” on city property to avoid public auction and sale to the highest bidder.
–Advocate for impact fees on new development rather than force citizens to subsidize growth. Higher fees would also slow the exploitation of our community by developers.
–Eliminate “economic development” ads and stop paying businesses to relocate here with so-called incentives.
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