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Fri., June 15, 2012, 2:27 p.m.

Gookin Responds To HBO Post

Moments ago, Councilman Dan Gookin copied the following email to Mayor Sandi Bloem, City Administrator Wendy Gabriel, City Clerk Susan Weathers, Councilman Steve Adams, City Attorney Mike Gridley, Editor Mike Patrick of the Coeur d'Alene Press, Mary Souza & yours truly:

So yet another time, an email sent at City Hall suddenly, and unexplainably, ends up being specifically requested by Dave Oliveria at the Spokesman’s HBO blog. I know that I’ve discussed these “leaks” with you before and each of you has scratched your head, wondering who the staff person or elected official is who is passing along the information. My guess – and this is just a guess – is that the status quo crowd is behind this covert operation to make the “Save McEuen” councilmen look bad. Or, perhaps, it’s just dirty CdA politics being played out, as it always has been. Or it could be that someone is just not used to having head-nodders as councilmen. What. Ever. So I think, in the name of transparency, that I will now start automatically carbon copying Dave on all the emails I send to City Hall. All of them. More below.

Thoughts?

So I think, in the name of transparency, that I will now start automatically carbon copying Dave on all the emails I send to City Hall.

All of them.

I’m copying City Attorney Gridley on this so that he can offer his legal opinion on whether such a thing would be allowed, though I don’t think it’s an issue since someone who doesn’t like me (and doesn’t like Mr. Adams) is sending the information to Ollie anyway. Still, I think it’s a good idea to run it by the attorney.

Further, I’d like to ask Mr. Gridlley if it would be okay if I record all the conversations I have in City Hall, so that I can provide an MP3 copy of all those conversations to Mr. Oliveria, so he can continue his campaign of trying to make me look like a jackass over on his blog?

Thanks for your time. I look forward to see all my emails eventually posted over HBO. This is fun!

Best,

DAN

PS. I’m also copying Mr. Patrick, because I think he’ll find this situation either amusing or sad.

PPS. I’m also copying Mary Souza, because, well, fair is fair.




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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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