Happy New Year! I have a feeling that 2014 will be a much better year, all around. Our new mayor, Steve Widmyer, along with the rest of the new council, were sworn into office last Tuesday… out with the old, and in with the new. On that note, let me cover a couple of year-end decisions by the old mayor and council. File these tidbits under the category “Elections have consequences”. Or maybe, better yet, let’s call it “To the victors go the spoils”: (more…)
January 13, 2014
October 26, 2013
Today's Los Angeles Times reporting about the public corruption trial of Bell, California's former Deputy City Administrator explains how DCA Spaccia and City Administrator Rizzo allegedly inflated their own salaries.
This is the kind of detailed, how-it-was done news reporting that educates voters and helps make it more difficult for corrupt public officials. One of the best courtroom exchanges reported in today's Times story could have applied here in Coeur d'Alene, Idaho:
[Bell's former Financial Officer Lourdes] Garcia said she assumed the city attorney had reviewed the council resolution that contained the vacation increases and that Rizzo told staff members that he would discuss changes with council members.
“Did you assume the City Council was voting on things they never read?” Garcia was asked by Spaccia’s attorney, Harland Braun.
“Probably,” she said.
May 30, 2013
City Councilman Dan Gookin has called a Press Conference for tomorrow morning at 10:00am at the 3rd Street Boat Launch. He will speak about the upcoming city elections, particularly the position of Mayor. Please join us at the boat launch, which closes Saturday and will not open again until October.
Hope to see you tomorrow if you can get there,
May 5, 2013
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April 12, 2013
It’s been a long time since we talked about LCDC, and I know you’ll be thrilled to hear what they’re doing with your property tax dollars. Our County Clerk, Cliff Hayes, just released the yearly report of Urban Renewal money, so let’s look at LCDC’s portion:
More than $540,000 dollars in property tax that would normally have gone to NIC, went to LCDC instead. And if you include all the urban renewal districts in Kootenai County, the total diverted away from NIC was almost $1million. My, my, I bet the college would like to have that income right now. Oh, wait, they do get their whole income because you and I and every other taxpayer in the County pay more on our NIC taxes to help make up for the million that goes to urban renewal. (more…)
March 18, 2013
“Sometimes you feel like a nut, sometimes you don’t”…remember that advertisement? I’ve been watching the Press coverage of the CoinNuts mess. And now, finally, the Prosecutor is going to step up and take action.
What do you think? Anything else on your mind on this almost-Spring Monday?
February 21, 2013
Well, the CdA City Council showed their true colors once again Tuesday night. They approved the purchase of Person and Bryan Fields, but not before taking about 20 minutes to bash the School Board and Superintendent who were all sitting in the audience. It was incredibly unprofessional. Dan Gookin did not participate in the attack and Steve Adams was not present, but the rest of them went at it. And this was all to do with a land purchase deal that they verbally agreed to last month. The details did not change, but now we witnessed the obvious political posturing of the Mayor and most of the Council. I’ll delve into their possible motives at the end of this newsletter, but right now we have far more important things to discuss. (more…)
January 3, 2013
6 1/2 hours of fun. That’s what you missed last night if you didn’t attend the CdA City Council meeting or watch it on Channel 19. The Agenda was way too heavy— poor planning by the City Administrator—the meeting didn’t end until about 12:30 am.
I was present until after Public Comments, then watched from home until I had to leave for the airport. Here are the highlights, including some you won’t see reported anywhere else: (more…)
December 24, 2012
December 14, 2012
Ready for a good news story with a frustrating twist? Our local Coeur d’Alene Charter Academy has been ranked the #1 public high school in Idaho by US News. It was also named #67 in the top 100 public high schools in the nation by Newsweek.
And the competition was not even close. No other Idaho school made the national top 100 list, (two southern Idaho schools were ranked 853 and 876) and the school second to Charter for state rankings was significantly behind Charter in Math and English proficiencies, which the Charter kids aced at 100% for each category. (For local comparison, CdA High was 89% for Math and 79% for English, Lake City was 77% for Math and 74% for English.) (more…)