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HucksOnline Talks w/Mayor Bloem

HucksOnline: Ron Edinger now has the 2nd to his motion for a public vote on proposed McEuen Field changes and probably 3 votes for it. Will that influence you re: going ahead with Team McEuen changes?

Sandi Bloem: If there's a motion and a second for a public vote, it would entirely depend on what that motion looks like. It would depend on the debate on the council floor. I do not believe you can do good planning through a public vote. It's not a good precedent to set. Certainly there are considerations as far as moving forward.

  • HucksOnline: How do you view last night's election results?
  • Sandi Bloem: It was definitely a very partisan race when it is suppose to be nonpartisan. Credit goes to Reagan Republicans and Tea Party. They are passionate and they get out and vote. They endorsed 7 candidates and all 7 of those candidates won.
  • HucksOnline: Will Coeur d'Alene be able to continue to make progress in next two years?
  • Sandi Bloem: I would certainly hope so. It's very important to every citizen to have jobs. They are important in every other city in this nation. I don't believe we can do a good job recruiting businesses, corporations, and start-ups with a mediocre city. Our competition is too great. I'm proud that we are known as "A City of Excellence." There will be issues that bring disagreement. But I hope we can find some consensus and not thwart city of excellence in the progress.
  • HucksOnline: Will there be an attempt at a 4th term, given the partisan politicizing of city politics?
  • Sandi Bloem: It's two years away. I enjoy what I've done. I've been honored to do it. I haven't ruled out an attempt at a fourth term.

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D.F. Oliveria
D.F. (Dave) Oliveria joined The Spokesman-Review in 1984. He currently is a columnist and compiles the Huckleberries Online blog and writes about North Idaho in his Huckleberries column.

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