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Thu., Oct. 4, 2012, 8:41 a.m.

Streamliners Back County Change

Kootenai County Commissioner Dan Green unveiled on Wednesday a new organization he has formed to promote his vision for government restructuring, which he promises will save the county more than a million dollars. Noting that the effort is separate from the other commissioners, Green trotted out Streamline Kootenai County before a crowd of other officials and business leaders at The Coeur d'Alene Resort. The group's main task is education and outreach about the commissioners' ballot measure for an alternate form of government, Green said, which he pegged as the first step in improving county government. "I'm frustrated with the dysfunctional structure in place to make ordinary decisions and spend tax dollars," Green said. ... He identified the co-chairs of Streamline Kootenai County as Joe Morris, former Kootenai Medical Center CEO, and Jon Hippler, former Mountain West Bank CEO/Alecia Warren, Coeur d'Alene Press. More here.

DFO: I appreciate streamline government. But I can't support a proposal that makes the entire county government structure vulnerable to a takeover by the Far Right, which has a shot at two of the three Kootenai County seats every two years.

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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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