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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 […]

Library Study: Boiseans Are Fat, Poor

Included in the $12 million design fee for an $85 million library is a $40,000 study completed by Boise-based Vitruvian Planning. We note Chris Danley is the founder of Vitruvian Planning and is a former member of Boise City’s Planning and Zoning Commission. In an unbiased report, IDAHO PRESS reporter Margaret Carmel offers some results […]

McLean Defended After Idaho Press Story

GUEST OPINION By GARY E. RICHARDSON Early in the week of July 21, a packet of WikiLeaks documents hacked from Hilary Clinton’s 2016 presidential campaign was sent to the Idaho Press by an unnamed source. The anonymous source alleged that Boise City Council President and mayoral candidate Lauren McLean is part of a “dark money” […]

Public Frowned On Facial Recognition

Amazing how effective a little bad press and public outcry can be in an election year. Just a couple weeks after claiming that employee safety was the motivation for a $53,000 contract for a facial recognition system, Mayor Dave Bieter and his Team Dave dumped plans to spend the cash to protect employees. The GUARDIAN […]

Beware Of “Misspeak” From Team Dave

Margaret Carmel at the IDAHO PRESS didn’t pull any punches when she revealed that Boise Mayor Dave Bieter actively opposed citizens who successfully circulated an initiative petition to force a vote on high cost libraries and sports stadiums. Carmel revealed that Bieter formed a political action committee to oppose the initiative, even funding the PAC […]

Boise’s Devious Dirty Deed

No doubt about it. Boise politicos view the citizens as an adversary group when it comes to the library issue. Last night the council passed a “special question” ordinance which is nothing more than an opinion poll to be placed on the November ballot regarding the proposed library and sports stadiums. The law has no […]

Boise Group Opposes NW Development

Guest Opinion By RICHARD LLEWELLYN This Tuesday, July 16, Boise City Council will hear an appeal by developers CBH and Trilogy to overturn the earlier rejection of their 288 unit development along Hill Road known as Prominence. Boise’s Planning and Zoning Commission denied the proposal in May, which included a 130 unit three story apartment […]

Big Brother’s Ill Conceived Spy Cams

The Big Brothers of Team Dave plan to to spend taxpayer dollars to prevent unwanted visitors at Boise City Hall and the police-fire City Hall West building, using FACIAL RECOGNITION cameras. Margaret Carmel over at IDAHO PRESS has a story about a creepy contract that will cost more than $100,000 to spy on everyone entering […]

Survey Shows “Growing Too Fast”

For years the Boise State University Public Policy Institute survey results served as the justification for Boise’s Team Dave to push for public safety, transportation, and parks to accommodate the growth. The standard response to critics of growth was, “You can’t stop growth. People just want to come here.” Now, more than 70% of those […]

Library Issue Gets Even More Confusing

In its continuing adversary relationship with the public, Boise City Councilors Tuesday allowed a citizen-passed initiative to require a vote on a new library to proceed to the ballot and voted to include their own “alternative” non-binding ordinance on the same November ballot. At issue is a measure to require public approval of a proposed […]

Tuesday Hearing On Library Vote

Boise politicos have scheduled a public hearing Tuesday at 6 p.m. on the issue of adopting an ordinance to place the libray question on the November ballot. Much has been written–and said–about a proposed ultra exotic structure on Capital Blvd. A citizens group, Boise Working Together, gathered enough signatures to require a vote, Team Dave […]

A Different View Of Latest Library Scheme

Team Dave and its leader, Mayor Dave Bieter are trying to sell the idea of “saving interest fees” by simply inserting $50 million cash for the proposed mega-library project. This after several years of economic schemes, projections, and sales pitches. If Boise has $50,000,000 stashed away in a slush fund, we the people have been […]

Property Values Sky Rocket In Ada

Rather than go into a lengthy discussion of the tax system, we will offer a simple formula for property tax estimates and provide a forum to share your recent assessment notices. Property taxes are determined by local government budgets which are limited to 3% increase plus the value of new construction (growth). A levy as […]

Growthophobe Movement Growing

THEY CREATE WHAT THEY SEEK TO ESCAPE. As the Ada County Assessor sends out property value notices this week, we note the values in some areas are up 20%. That can be good news and bad news. IF you are selling, its good news. If you are on a fixed income chances are your overall […]

Growthophobes Surface At The Polls

Any way your cut it, GROWTH is is costly and not what the citizens of Southwest Idaho want to see. GROWTHOPHOBES have sent their message. Amid cries from overzealous local politicos that “A two-thirds approval is an impossible bar to pass,” we are seeing voters adamantly reject bonds with a two-thirds DISapproval! Canyon County’s jail […]

Insider Nominated Over 230,000 Citizens

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 […]

McLean Challenges Bieter For Mayor Post, Needs Name Recognition

Boise City Council President Loren McLean filed her candidacy to challenge Mayor Dave Bieter, but she may need to do a better job when it comes to name recognition. When she walked up to the window at the City Clerk’s office with her candidacy documents, she was asked for her Idaho driver’s license as identification. […]

Political Pandemic Plagues Boise

In March we questioned the functionality of local government, noting all levels viewed citizens as an adversary. Turns out the politicos don’t like each other either! Monday saw the political poop hitting the proverbial fan at a record rate. –Reacting to a citizen petition drive and a new law, Boise’s CCDC urban renewal agency pulled […]

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