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Orzell Seeks Total Cost On McEuen

During the Coeur d'Alene City Council meeting Tuesday, City Hall critic Frank Orzell raised questions re: the McEuen Field project. You can read Orzell's concerns in the draft minutes of City Clerk Renata McLeod's report below:

Frank Orzell, Coeur d’Alene, stated that he wanted to know when the taxpayers would be told the total cost for McEuen, which he believes is $23 million.   He believes that any costs of city employees related to the project should also be added in to the total.  Mr. Tymesen stated that the document presented by Mr. Orzell at $23 million does not add up and that he will know the final costs after the completion of the project.  Mr. Orzell stated that he believes the project was supposed to increase in green space and from the pictures presented tonight he believes there is a subtraction of green space and he would like a breakdown of the totals. More here.

Question: Has anyone been down to McEuen Field to view the progress of the makeover?

Wolfe Files For Post Falls Council

Alan Wolfe, of 591 N. Stephanie Street, has become the third candidate to file for Post Falls City Council Seat 2, creating a three-way race with Jim Hail and Barry Rubin. Three people signed Wolfe's petition: Laurel Rollins, Danielle Wolfe and Ami Boni. Two of the three City Council races are currently have three candidates. Councilwoman Linda Wilhelm remains the only council member unopposed for re-election, for Seat 6. Filing deadline is at 5 p.m. today. You can see a list of all Post Falls candidates here.

Jim Hail Files For Post Falls Council

With the support of his family and friends, Jim Hail formally announced today his candidacy for Post Falls City Council, Seat No. 2. In his announcement, Hail described his campaign for office and his vision for the future of the city of Post Falls. “Being a lifelong resident of the area, I am passionate about the city of Post Falls and its people,” said Hail.  “I hope to keep Post Falls a family-friendly community where I can raise children and maintain the qualities that make the city a place people are proud of.” Bringing over a decade of business experience to the table, Hail went on to say, “I believe that my life experiences, professional expertise, abilities, and understanding of the issues uniquely position me as the best candidate for Post Falls City Council”/News Release. More here.

Thoughts?

Copeland Candidate Page Online

On her Facebook wall, City Council candidate Amber Copeland posts:The website is finally up. It has taken a little longer than originally believed because my web design savvy leaves something to be desired. I will continue to add to the website as the election progresses. If there is an issue you would like to see discussed, please don't hesitate to post it. All questions and comments are welcomed. So check it out and share.” Click here for Amber's campaign page.

Question: Do you look at candidates' Facebook pages?

Kiki Miller Files For CdA Council

Kiki Miller, a longtime Coeur d’Alene resident and business owner, made it official today and filed her petition for candidacy for seat number 6 (now held by Deanna Goodlander) on the Coeur d’Alene City Council. Since announcing her intention to run for office last month, Miller has been seeking input from community members to guide her campaign. She encourages community members to actively get involved in the community driven 2030 Visioning Project so that all voices are heard and channeled into a plan that will help determine the future of Coeur d'Alene. Miller has lived in Coeur d’Alene since 1975 and has been involved in numerous civic and leadership projects over the past several decades. “I’m extremely excited and dedicated to serving on the council and truly value the opportunity to be part of shaping our city’s bright future,” Miller said/News Release. More here. (Kiki Miller Facebook photo of her candidacy filing papers)

Kiki Miller Announces Candidacy

Update: Kiki told Huckleberries moments ago that she would seek Deanna Goodlander's seat.

Kiki Miller, a longtime Coeur d'Alene resident and community activist, announced today that she is a candidate for the Coeur d'Alene City Council. Miller has lived in Coeur d'Alene since 1975 and has been involved in numerous civic and leadership projects over the past several decades. “I'm running for city council because I've spent the last 30 years being involved in multiple aspects of community service, promoting our region, and civic projects that have helped to create our great city,” said Miller. “We have challenges in the near future, but we can have positive outcomes if we involve the creative vision of the entire community.” Miller's vision for the city includes a quality education system, a diverse offering of sustainable jobs, responsible planning, and strong fiscal management in order to grow the local economy, while protecting the natural resources and (the city's) quality of life. Full news release here.

Question: How do you think Kiki Miller will fare in her run for the City Council?

Amber Announces For CdA Council

I sincerely hope there are more choices for Coeur d'Alene mayor or we are in trouble. Diplomacy, which I feel is a vital attribute to this position, is not present in either candidate” — Amber Copeland, Back to the Future candidate for the Coeur d'Alene City Council via Facebook.

Also from Amber's Facebook wall: “I will be turning in my city council paperwork next week. I am still deciding which seat I will be running for but I will definitely be running. I appreciate the support of those in this community who want to see a more a varied perspective in city hall.”

Question: Amber is trying to decide which seat to run for. Which one would you suggest? (BTW, I don't think Amber can turn in her paperwork for City Council until late August-early September.)

CdA’s Anti-Bias Debate Makes WSJ

How big is that discussion occurring this week re: Coeur d'Alene's possible decision to extend anti-discrimination protections to the gay community in the areas of employment, housing and public accommodations? The story was picked up by the Wall Street Journal today. Coeur d'Alene's General Service Committee voted 2-1 Tuesday to recommend approval of the ordinance to the City Council. (Photo: Thom George)

From WSJournal article by Jim Carlton: “Council President Mike Kennedy, who supports the proposal, said he plans to schedule it for a vote sometime in June. Three other council members said in interviews they either plan to vote for the ban or lean to doing so, while a fifth declined to comment and the mayor, Ms. Bloem—who votes only to break ties—said she would pass it.” Complete article here.

Question: Will the vote on this controversial issue have repercussions for the November city election?

Deanna: Bullying Behavior ‘The Norm’

Councilwoman Deanna Goodlander: “I find your analogy of reality tv for a City Council meeting is apt, however, I feel that the lack of respect shown for a staff member is inappropriate at best. I am not sure that our City Council meetings should be sensation seeking reality tv. Dan Gookin was correct last night when he said that our council is split which mirrors a community that is split. Bullying behavior from some council members is now the norm at City Hall, and we see the results in a staff that is under a great deal of stress. It is difficult at best to function under that type of leadership. I believe that our past successes show that we have had an efficient, quality driven, entreprenuerial management structure that is now at risk. When people are threatened, they put their heads down and just try to survive, That creats a typical government environment, I would like to think that we fostered an different culture at City Hall and our successes have shown that difference.”

Question: “Bullying behavior from some council members is now the norm at City Hall.” Thoughts?

Press: Clarify Rules For Recall

Sorry, but the recall debate isn't over. In fact, prior to the next session, legislators should put their heads together and talk a great deal about it, then adopt stronger, clearer laws in 2013. Both sides of the recent attempt to recall four Coeur d'Alene City Council members are still sorting out the significance of lessons learned, but they can largely agree on the need for clarity in state recall election statutes. One concern is the nebulous nature of the 75-day window from the start of the petition drive to the last moment the petition signatures can be verified. Between the offices of the Secretary of State, the Kootenai County Clerk and the Coeur d'Alene City Clerk, nobody seemed to clearly understand how that 75 days should be divided between collecting signatures, turning them in to city officials and then having the county verify those signatures. The timeline seemed to twist and turn like an unruly river, leaving too much room for arbitrary interpretation/Coeur d'Alene Press. More here. (Jerome A. Pollos Coeur d'Alene Press file photo: Press Jennifer Drake glances over at Michael Sheneman as they stand next to each other at the launch of the unsuccessful recall effort in April)

Question: What do you think needs to be fixed re: Idaho's recall law?

Adams Ready To Join CdA Council

Steve Adams looks you in the eye when you're speaking, smiles often - even if you're disagreeing - and never seems to raise his voice. He's even apologetic when the phone rings inside the Allstate insurance agency he bought from his father in 2000. His dad, who taught Adams the insurance trade, and mother still live in the Pine Avenue home at the foot of Tubbs Hill where Adams and his three brothers were raised. “A block from the water,” Adams says. Adams has an unshakable list of priorities, and near the top is Coeur d'Alene, a city he says he loves above most everything else. He moved away once, as a college student, and didn't like it/Tom Hasslinger, Coeur d'Alene Press. More here. (Photo: Steve Adams Facebook page)

Question: What do you expect from Steve Adams when he joins the Coeur d'Alene City Council?

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