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Bike Park Costs Mount?

This came in from a GUARDIAN reader today on the bike park near Ft. Boise… Was I the only person in Council chambers during the Bike Skills Park “hearing” who heard Parks Director Doug Holloway, in response to concerns about hidden costs of a “public” park being developed for an Albertson Foundation Board member who […]

Retired California Developer On Impact Fees

GUEST OPINION By Dick Evons Retired California Developer Growth and the resulting problems it causes are a top priority for many voters in the approaching city elections. I haven’t heard any candidates offering to slow the growth or protect those who already live here.   Boise and Idaho have been discovered, and are drawing multitudes–just […]

Municipal Election Reference List

There has been some pretty extensive reporting by the local media on the Boise election process. The BOISE WORKING TOGETHER group offers up results of their candidate survey at the linked site. IDAHO STATESMAN has been running candidate profiles on the top four candidates for mayor. Click within the site for each candidate. Tune in […]

Public TV Story Misleads On Coles

A recent Idaho Public Television on-line POST by reporter Seth Ogilvie seems to make it appear that former Boise Mayor Brent Coles was not eligible to run for office due to a plea bargain 16 years ago. However, in about the 20th paragraph of the story, Ogilvie quotes several attorneys who explain the original agreement […]

Reader Comments On Bieter Statements

EDITOR NOTE–The GUARDIAN has a policy of not endorsing any candidates. We will gladly post comments from both sides of issues as well as candidates. We require real identity, not screen names. By STEVE HULME With the city election less than a month away, it seems likely that Career Politician Dave Bieter will maintain the […]

City Election: Many Candidates, Few Issues

We haven’t seen much in the way of controversy in the upcoming city election. There have been plenty of calls for CHANGE, LISTENING, BE KIND, LESS ARROGANCE, RESPONSIBLE SPENDING, but little in specific allegations or cures. Here are some issues we would like to see addressed: –Increase impact fees to slow the growth and make […]

Voter Guide Is Deceptive

The folks who gathered signatures to place an initiative on the November ballot tell us the VOTER GUIDE Voters’ pamphlet produced by Boise City and advocates of the library project contains false statements. Here is their message on the subject. In an effort to keep you updated on the citizens initiatives that appear on the […]

Team Dave Co-opts North End Schools

Boise School District officials made a grievous error when they agreed to stage what amounts to a political rally for Boise Mayor Dave Bieter. The RALLY is set for Sept. 25 AT Camel’s Back Park during school hours. It is being billed as part of the “Boise Kind” promotion the city purchased with tax money. […]

Top Copper Calls It Quits

Boise police Chief Bill Bones announced Monday he will retire effective October 24 after 27 years with Boise PD, four of those years as chief. Bones told the GUARDIAN he planned to do some foreign travel with his wife, Jen. He also said he had recruited his old boss and mentor, Mike Masterson to serve […]

More BS Than A Simplot Feedlot

After we posted the story about Boise City Councilors authorizing the mayor to spend up to $150,000 for “sustainability” with no specific plan, readers jumped on the internet to share even more information. A note indicating the office of “Community Engagement” caught our attention when it revealed the agency within the office of the mayor […]

City Plans To “Sell” Sustain able Energy

Boise City Council approved 10 firms to work at the behest of the mayor on undisclosed ” “miscellaneous on-call climate, energy and sustainability services.” The $150,000 amount is pretty much an open ended allotment for the city while it pursues its goal of being 100% renewable-energy powered by 2035. The resolution giving the mayor authority […]

Like Phoenix From The Ashes, Brent Coles Arises

Boise’s Nov. 5 mayoral election took on a new candidate Friday who may have injected some interest among voters. After nearly 16 years on the sidelines and some jail time, Brent Coles is seeking his old job as mayor and offered apologies all around for his past actions. Coles has recently made public appearances at […]

Boise Spending Report Meant To Outrage

The conservative think tank, Idaho Freedom Foundation, has produced a lengthy analysis of public spending by the City of Boise, reminiscent of the “Golden Fleece Awards” from Wisconsin Sen. William Proxmire. Entitled ARE YOU KIDDING ME, BOISE?, the report written by Lindsay Atkinson, is obviously designed to outrage. The document leads off detailing spending like […]

More Expansion Plans At BSU

Boise State University is a “city within a city” with millions upon millions of dollars worth of tax-exempt public buildings. Those buildings and the people who live and work in them are protected by Boise taxpayers. Yeah, yeah, all those people and construction mean jobs for locals and economic benefits for Boise businesses. They also […]

No News Is News In Boise Mayor Race

A mayor candidate forum (hardly a debate) was held Wednesday and it was almost a love-in with a few subtle differences. Four of the five announced candidates appeared, but the filing deadline is still a week away which means there is still time for a “white knight” to ride in. Check out Margaret Carmel’s IDAHO […]

Anti-Californian Runs For Mayor

The legacy media is playing it straight, but when we saw unknown Wayne Richey, 58, joining the pack running for Boise Mayor, we just shook our head. Checkout the IDAHO PRESS story. We don’t know him, but the poor guy is making a protest statement at best, opposing more California intruders. Barring a miracle, he […]

A Change Of Attack At The GUARDIAN

By DAVE FRAZIER, editor When I started the GUARDIAN almost 15 years ago it filled a void in local news coverage aimed at serving as…well, the GUARDIAN for folks suffering from the revolving door for reporters at the TV stations and the decline of what we called “The Daily Paper.” The internet provided a version […]

More Sneaky Boise Lease Details

Under the terms of a proposed amendment to a City lease deal with a Salt Lake City developer, taxpayers will be forced to pay for infrastructure costs traditionally borne by developers. The area in question is 159 acres of industrial park land owned by the citizens of Boise. Bieter has signed a lease deal with […]

City Library Vote Off, Project “On Hold”

Wiser heads have finally prevailed on the question of an advisory vote regarding the controversial Boise Library project. Ada County Clerk and chief election officer Phil McGrane sent a strongly worded Letter to Mayor Bieter 8.16.19 to Mayor Dave Bieter Friday refusing to place a confusing advisory question on the November ballot along with a […]

Boise Councilors Oversight Failure

If a development near the airport with as many as 22 industrial buildings is allowed to proceed, Boise citizens will be deprived of property taxes and forced to pay for the infrastructure to benefit the private project, thanks to a contract signed by Mayor Dave Bieter. Here’s how it works. Boise City retains ownership of […]

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