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Developers Should Pay For Prisons

For the past five years Growthophobes have been fed a steady diet of proud proclamations that Idaho is the fastest growing state in the country, #1 place to retire, most bike friendly, etc. Looks like we are also in the top ten when it comes to spending to put away criminals. But rather than tax […]

“Clan McLean” Arrives At Boise Mayor’s Office

With police bagpipes wailing and drums beating, Lauren Mclean and “Clan McLean” marched into the city council chambers Tuesday night as Boise’s first elected female mayor took office in front of a standing room only crowd. McLean exchanged a very brief arms length handshake from former Mayor Dave Bieter as he strode across the dais […]

Bieter’s Lack Of Understanding Should Serve As Signal To New Crop Of Boise Politicos

We have read two post election interviews with Boise Mayor Dave Bieter and it is obvious to the GUARDIAN that he lost the race because he lost touch with his constituents. In a STATESMAN piece based on a letter to a supporter, Bieter was quoted complaining that it was terrible to allow “a small minority” […]

On Again Off Again Bieter Staffer Back

Exhibiting the precise type of behavior that lost him the Boise Mayor’s race, Mayor Dave Bieter rehired a campaign staffer into a city job the day after his failed election bid. BOISEDEV reports that Amber Pence served as Director of Intergovernmental Affairs until June of this year. As of December 4th, she is back in […]

McLean Wins By near SUPER MAJORITY

POLITICAL COMMENTARY 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% […]

Non-Partisan Mayor Race Turns Right

When we got our Friday mail at the Boise GUARDIAN world headquarters it was a bit of a shock and a bigger amusement to see Donald Trump supporter and self-proclaimed “CONSERVATIVE REPUBLICAN” David H. Leroy supporting Dave Bieter in what has jokingly been called a “non-partisan” mayor race. Leroy is a fixture in Republican politics […]

Government Sponsored Growth Fans Tax Hikes

Just in time for Thanksgiving, Ada County’s property tax notices have come out. Any way you care to spin it, growthophobes who have lived here for any length of time are funding the growth to benefit the mortgage lenders, developers, contractors, planners, consultants, etc. Growth is costly and does NOT pay for itself. There are […]

Incumbent Politicos Favor North End, Ignore Bench In Rezone Attempt

Mr. Wiebe’s post illustrates the current administration’s bias favoring developers and those who profit from growth as well as obvious disrespect for Boise Bench residents when it comes to planning and advice on a zoning ordinance update. GUEST OPINION By Henry Wiebe, Vista Neighborhood Assoc. Pres. Last Thursday, as the Vista Neighborhood Assoc. President, at […]

The Joys (and benefits) Of Incumbency

The GUARDIAN got slammed Thursday with requests to “start a thread” on the brilliant move by Mayor Dave Bieter’s handlers to start a PODCAST on the city website to give hizzoner some exposure during the runoff campaign. After 16 years in office, this is his first podcast. As we have often said, Team Dave and […]

Links To Mayor Runoff Race

KTVB Channel 7 has video of the City Club CANDIDATE FORUM with Lauren McLean and Dave Bieter. Bill Manny does a pretty good job moderating the questions from the audience as well. Don Day at BOISEDEV did a nice interview with incumbent Dave Bieter. Bieter refused to say if he would repeat his letter in […]

Nearly 70% Vote Against Bieter

Tuesday’s local election results had incumbent Boise Mayor Dave Bieter failing to garner even one-third of the votes as city council president Lauren McLean came in with more than 45% of the votes cast among the seven candidates. According to city ordinance, a run off election will be held December 3, the Tuesday after Thanksgiving […]

Local Media (Un)Covers City Election

Local media is full of stories today (Wednesday) about the local election. And folks, it ain’t a pretty picture. BSU RADIO has a story of a fund raising member of Team Dave mixing city work with campaign work. Hayley Harding at the STATESMAN details some of the big spenders in the mayor and council elections–few […]

Where Boise Candidates Live

EDITOR NOTE–We feel it is important to know where those who seek to represent us and spend our taxes may live within the city. As a concession to privacy, we omitted exact addresses in the list provided by GUARDIAN reader Steve Hulme. There has been some discussion, particularly in the City Council campaigning, regarding the […]

Bieter Targeted By Foes As Mayor Race Intensifies

The GUARDIAN: has been inundated with biting comments on the Boise Mayor’s race today. Our limerick-loving Anonymous poet offers this ditty: If what some coppers say is true Then crime in Boise has grew Now there is talk Of extending the Basque Block Will it be safe for me and ewe? Don Day at BOISEDEV […]

Eagle May Have Violated Idaho Constitution

Tommy Simmons at the IDAHOPRESS posted a front page story today detailing what appears to be an illegal land purchase on the part of the Eagle City Council and Mayor. In short, they agreed to make installment payments in excess of a single year’s revenue without citizen approval. GUARDIAN editor Dave Frazier has spent well […]

Politics Prompts Poetic Piece

A well publicized confrontation at a recent forum for Boise Mayoral candidates prompted our contributing poet, Mr. Anonymous, to put pen to paper. The Mayoral Candidates all sat in a row Then Bieter put on quite a show He took so many moments To attack his opponents That he sounded like General Franc-O

Political Payoffs Perpetuate

We couldn’t help but note the various financial ironies in the Monday news reports about local elections. BSU RADIO reported that of 11 candidates running for city council in Twin Falls, seven raised no campaign funds and the highest fund recipient among the other four raised $900. Meanwhile in Boise we noted several candidates were […]

BoiseDev Has Great Candidate Info

There is really no point in trying to offer up the same news as BoiseDev. Don Day is a dedicated and unbiased journalist who has worked to provide voters with info on local candidates in the Nov. 5 municipal elections. If you haven’t made up your mind yet, take a read at BOISEDEV. You are […]

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 […]

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