State Sen. Kathy Sims, R-Coeur d'Alene, who tried unsuccessfully to rein in urban renewal districts in the 2011 Legislature, told Mayor Sandi Bloem and the Coeur d'Alene City Council this evening that she asked Attorney General Lawrence Wasden's office to investigate possible conflicts of interest involving council members, the McEuen Field design team, and others. During her three-minute presentation, Sims suggested that every council member had some sort of conflict, except Ron Edinger and Woody McEvers. Sims claimed that the mayor and long-time planner Brad Jordan had conflicts because they owned buildings at the mouth of the proposed McEuen Field entrance. That Mike Kennedy's boss owns a half block nearby. That council members Deanna Goodlander and Al Hassell had conflicts because they serve on the LCDC board and, therefore, have two votes on the proposed changes. That Team McEuen designers Monte Miller and Dick Stauffer own two condos on the edge of McEuen Field. And that John Bruning had served on a committee that originally OK'd the proposed changes. "How do you think he'd vote," Sims said, playing to the crowd.
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