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Op-Ed: Proud To Be City Of Vision

In the next few months we will be continually bombarded with statements such as Michael Teague's definition of who is running for City Council and Mayor of Coeur d'Alene. He attempted to define anyone other than the far right Mary Souza group as the FAR LEFT. Where did he get the information backing up this statement? Who knows, perhaps out of a hat. Or perhaps in his mind and those of his contemporaries anyone who is for visionary leadership is far left. Visionary leadership looks at the possibilities; maintenance leadership wants to keep the status quo. It was visionary leadership that brought us the new Library, the Kroc Center, Riverstone, the Education Corridor and now McEuen Park. It brought us a new Police Station, a new Fire Station and an upgrade on the older fire stations/Deanna Goodlander, Coeur d'Alene Press op-ed. More here.

Question: Is Coeur d'Alene better off today than when Mayor Sandi Bloem first took office about 12 years ago?

Deanna Explains McEuen Art Pick

Councilwoman Deanna Goodlander (re: McEuen Field archway contract awarded): a selection panel is defined by the Public Art Policy. It consists of 3 arts professionals, two of whom must be artists, a citizen, a city councilmember, the landscape architect, engineer, professional involved in the project and the Mayor can appoint another citizen. There were 194 entries from around the country, the panel narrowed it down to about 30 and then down to 4. These four were paid a stipend to produce a macquete (model) and those were put on display at the library for citizen comments. Then the panel met and chose the finalist. the four were all excellent, but I love this one because it is transparent. You can see Tubbs and the Lake through the wires. The others were more prominent. The Arts Commission decided to do a nationwide call to get more variety for McEuen. There were submissions by locals, but they did not make the cut. There are two more major pieces to go and they are in process now. One at third and Front and one down near Tubbs Hill. The Tubbs one is supposed to be interactive.

Question: Are you get more/less/same excited about new McEuen Field, as details like this come into view?

Goodlander Won’t Seek 5th Term

Item: Goodlander won't run: Cd'A City Council member says four terms is enough/Tom Hasslinger, Coeur d'Alene Press

More Info: Coeur d'Alene City Council member Deanna Goodlander said Tuesday she will not seek a fifth term on the council. Goodlander said she's leaving the post on her terms, confident that qualified candidates will replace her and continue moving the city toward a vision of progress. She listed a number of accomplishments she's proud to have been a part of in her 16 years, including the construction of the Coeur d'Alene Library, three new fire stations, partnering to build Kroc Community Center and creating a positive working environment at City Hall.

Question: How will the departures of Mayor Sandi Bloem and council members Mike Kennedy and Deanna Goodlander change the tone of the 2013 Coeur d'Alene city elections?

Goodlander Explains Anti-Bias Vote

In this Coeur d'Alene TV Channel 19 video, Councilwoman Deanna Goodlander eplained her vote in favor of the controversial antidiscrimination ordinance prior to the City Council vote Tuesday night:

Thoughts?

Witness: Adams Was Out Of Control

Councilwoman Deanna Goodlander: Mr Adams has his facts a little skewed. He was out of control and Mike Kennedy along with Ron was trying to get him to calm down. He shook his fist not two inches from the Mayors face and she reacted telling him to back off, when he did not do so she in her words “lost it” She later felt badly that she had allowed him to make her so angry. I find it sad that Mr Adams fans find it acceptable for him to abuse staff members, the Mayor and other members of the council as well as the potential damage that he could cause to the citizens of Coeur d'Alene. I also find Mr Adams search for constant publicity for his behavior and his lack of respect for the professionals that work for the city a matter of deep concern.

Question: Hmm. Sounds like there are a number of eyewitnesses to the incident involving Adams, Gridley and later, Mayor Bloem. What do you think?

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?

Final Signature Count Changes Slightly

The petitions with the certified signatures have been scanned and can be accessed through the following link:  ftp://ftp.cdaid.org/RecallPetition/Recall_Petitions-Verified.zip, according to City Clerk Susan Weathers. Through the scanning process it was discovered that 3 petitions for Mayor Bloem and Councilman Goodlander were incorrectly placed in the certified boxes as received from the County. … The end result is that Mayor Bloem’s final count is 6 signatures less than original reported for a corrected total of 4,120 signatures and Councilman Goodlander’s final count is 6 signatures more than originally reported for a corrected total of 4,079. These corrected totals do not affect the final disposition of the petitions.

Question: Are you satisfied that the offices of City Clerk Susan Weathers and County Clerk Cliff Hayes did the best job possible in handling and/or verifying the Recaller petitions?

Recall Fails; Orzell: No Litigation

Item: Recall effort fails: RecallCdA organizer Frank Orzell has no plans to pursue litigation/Tom Hasslinger, Coeur d'Alene Press

Mayor Sandi Bloem: “This isn't a victory celebration … It's difficult it happened. I think anyone can say it's been difficult and tough, no matter what your view is on the recall. One has to look at what has happened and say, 'What have we learned from this? What is positive out of this?' And I do think there are some positives. One is, I think a lot more people were engaged and tried to know the facts and tried to know what's going on and listening to both sides and getting involved. And particularly with younger people, I saw. And the community needs that. In order to be more healthy, we need to be more engaged.”

Question: What do you see as the silver lining to the recall attempt?

City Clerk: Recall Drive Has Failed

Just returned from City Hall, where City Clerk Susan Weathers declared all the petition drive to recall Mayor Sandi Bloem and three council members “null & void ab initio.” In other words, the recall effort has failed. Recaller Frank Orzell was in the audience when Weathers read the total number of valid signatures for each of the 4 drives, with 4,311 signatures needed to trigger a recall. Councilwoman Deanna Goodlander was the first petition to be declared null and void. Goodlander had 4,073 valid signatures. Next was Councilman Mike Kennedy with 4,077 valid signatures. Then, Councilman Woody McEvers with 4,060 valid signatures. Finally, Weathers declared the petitions for Mayor Sandi Bloem null & void with 4,126 valid signatures. Weathers concluded: “As city clerk for the city of Coeur d'Alene, I now declare this Coeur d'Alene recall process to be closed.” Some 25 individuals who fought the recall cheered the announcement. Orzell was the only Recaller that I saw in the old City Council chamber. Afterward, Sara Meyer of the Decline to Sign group said to Orzell: “I hope you want to come together as a community and move forward in a positive way,” adding, “No lawsuits.”

Thoughts?

Recall Attempt Failing: 24% DQs

The attempted recall of Coeur d'Alene Mayor Sandi Bloem and three City Council members apparently has failed. With 98 percent of the signatures on recall petitions verified, County Clerk Cliff Hayes announced this afternoon that 24 percent of the signatures had been disqualified. A 20 percent disqualification rate was needed for Bloem & and three council members (Deanna Goodlander, Woody McEvers and Mike Kennedy) to survive the recall attempt. This is Hayes' press release: “This afternoon Kootenai County Clerk Cliff Hayes announced further progress on signature verifications for the Coeur d’Alene Recall petitions.  “We’ve completed verification and checking on approximately 98% of the petitions.  The cumulative reject rate is now running approximately 24% for the three Council members and for the Mayor,” Hayes said. “We will finish the verifications on Monday and forward them to the City of Coeur d’Alene on Tuesday,” Hayes concluded. 4311 valid signatures are needed to trigger a recall election against the four targeted elected officials. At 24 percent, the final total would be as follows:

  • Mayor Sandi Bloem (with 5384 signatures against her): 4092
  • Councilman Mike Kennedy (with 5327 signatures against him): 4049
  • Councilwoman Deanna Goodlander (with 5314 against her): 4039
  • Councilman Woody McEvers (with 5267 signatures against him): 4003

Thoughts?

Breaking! Rejection Rate Now 20%

This morning Kootenai County Clerk Cliff Hayes announced further progress on signature verifications for the Coeur d’Alene Recall petitions.  “We’ve completed verification and checking on approximately 40% of the petitions.  The cumulative reject rate is now running about 20% for the three Council members and for the Mayor,” Hayes said. At the 20% disqualification rate, the targeted elected officials would have the following number of valid signatures against them — and would survive the recall election (4311 needed for recall election):

  • Mayor Sandi Bloem (with 5384 signatures on petitions): 4307
  • Councilman Mike Kennedy (with 5327): 4261
  • Councilwoman Deanna Goodlander (with 5314): 4251
  • Councilman Woody McEvers (with 5267): 4214

Thoughts?

Targeted 4: Resign? Who Us?

Item: Resign? Not us, targets declare: Cd'A officials plan to stay in office if election occurs/Tom Hasslinger, Coeur d'Alene Press

More Info: The four Coeur d'Alene city incumbents targeted by a recall effort said Wednesday they wouldn't resign if the measure makes it to an election. Coeur d'Alene City Council members Mike Kennedy, Woody McEvers and Deanna Goodlander and Mayor Sandi Bloem each said they would see a recall election to the end rather than surrender their seats. “I definitely will not resign,” Bloem said.

Question: Do you agree with the decisions by Mayor Sandi Bloem and the three targeted council members not to resign if this moves forward to an election?

Recallers Complying w/Name Deletion

Some have wondered whether any steps have been taken by the Souza-Orzell-Sims Recallers to remove names from petitions of individuals who have had second thoughts about the recall effort. The short answer is yes. City Clerk Susan Weathers responded to my inquiry into this situation this morning with this email: “I received information from the people who had requested from me that their names be removed,  they received a certified letter from Mr. Orzell noting that as soon as he finds their names he will contact them to remove their names from the petitions.  Today, one of the individuals told me he just received another letter from Mr. Orzell telling him the dates and times he may go to their office to remove their names.  So it appears that they are in the process of removing their names.” In letters to Recall organizer Frank Orzell (pictured) earlier this spring, Weathers had cautioned that the names needed to be removed before she could perfect the petitions. You can read those letters here and here.

Thoughts?

Recaller Orzell Claims Intimidation

At the Coeur d'Alene City Council meeting Tuesday night, RecallCDA organizer Frank Orzell of Coeur d'Alene, pictured, said (according to the rough draft of City Clerk Susan Weathers' minutes) “… that he had received complaints of intimidation.  John Montandon, 6269 E. French Gulch Rd., commented that he allowed the recall group to use his parking lot and as a result he received calls from clients stating that they were going to stop doing business at his store and believes that this is a form of intimidation.  Mayor Bloem noted that this is a very personal time for her and the Council being recalled and their families.  She respects the right for citizens to shop where they want, but she does not condone any threatening or intimidation.” Stop the Recall organizer Jennifer Drake commented later that she and other members of her group have been intimidated, too. She reportedly turned to Montandon in the audience and apologized to him for feeling intimidated for anything that was happening.

Thoughts?

Recallers Claim 3700 Signatures

Item: Recall drive hits 3,700: Group needs 4,311 valid signatures from voters/Tom Hasslinger, Coeur d'Alene Press

More Info: RecallCdA said Monday it has about 3,700 petition signatures seeking the ouster of four Coeur d'Alene officials. The group needs 4,311 valid signatures from registered Coeur d'Alene voters to issue a recall election against Mayor Sandi Bloem and council members Mike Kennedy, Deanna Goodlander and Woody McEvers — all of whom supported moving forward with the McEuen Field redevelopment project.

Thoughts?

Mayor’s Fam Pulls Biz From Store

Family of Mayor Sandi Bloem closed a pair of accounts at Sherman Hardware this week, after the store's owner allowed recall supporters to seek signatures to oust the mayor and three city council members. The decision was a personal one, family members said, and not part of an orchestrated retaliation against store owner John Montandon. Montandon, who has owned the hardware store at 1010 Sherman Ave. for 24 years, said he has been “dodging bullets” from upset citizens after he let RecallCdA supporters — the group organizing the petition drive - use his parking lot to gather signatures. “And I think I've got hit several times,” Montandon said Wednesday. He said he has received between 15 and 25 phone calls from upset people since petitioners started using his lot on Sunday/Tom Hasslinger, Coeur d'Alene Press. More here. (Photo: State Sen. Kathy Sims in Sherman Hardware lot earlier this week)

The divide widened this week after some downtown business owners who display “Decline to Sign” signs at their stores began receiving a postcard addressed to them, mocking their stance. The postcard, mailed from Spokane without a sender's name, calls the store owners “servants to the glorious Visionaries!”

Thoughts?

Recallers Admit Recording Is Legit

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Original story: Hayes asks (for) recaller recording investigation

RecallCdA organizer Frank Orzell confirmed Thursday the recall petitioner secretly recorded giving inaccurate information in an attempt to solicit a signature works for his organization. Orzell said he spoke to the petitioner — whose first name was withheld from the online story but is known by The Press — about not using misinformation in the future. “We do an extensive training program,” Orzell said of the petitioners, most of whom are volunteers but some are paid. “He did not intentionally” use wrong information, Orzell said. The recording was provided to The Press Tuesday, and posted online with a short story Wednesday. The approximately three minute recorded conversation between a man and the petitioner could not be authenticated because neither camp would go on the record Wednesday, but Orzell said Thursday the conversation did happen/Tom “Pitbull” Hasslinger, Coeur d'Alene Press. More here.

Question: Do you think charges should be filed for giving false information to obtain signatures?

Hayes Asks Recaller Recording Probe

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recaller caught misstating facts?

Update 2: “The Press knows the identity of the individual who recorded the conversation, and we know the first name of the petitioner. Recall CdA organizer Frank Orzell did not deny or confirm that they have a petitioner by that name when Tom Hasslinger asked him about it.”

Update: Kootenai County Clerk Cliff Hayes just told The Press he would like to see a legal investigation of the recording. Hayes said he will ask Coeur d'Alene Police Chief Wayne Longo to have the department open an investigation.

A recording of an apparent recall petitioner soliciting signatures reveals that the petitioner used wrong information while attempting to get at least one person to sign. The recording turned over to The Press Tuesday took place on Tubbs Hill around 2:30 p.m. Sunday, according to the person who provided the tape. The person who recorded the conversation via cell phone did not want his name in the story, but the recording tracks several minutes of apparent conversation between him and another male apparently trying to gather signatures on a recall petition seeking a recall election against four Coeur d’Alene officials/Tom Hasslinger, Coeur d'Alene Press. More here.

Specific fibs:

  • Spending $40 million to renovate the park
  • 18% property tax increase
  • Denied a vote six times
  • Get to elect a new mayor and council in November
  • Redoing all the trails on Tubbs Hill and make it more commercialized

Question: Cliff?

Orzell: They’re Clamoring For Recall

The leader of an effort to recall Coeur d’Alene’s mayor and half of the City Council characterized his differences with the council as an ideological dispute over their vision for Coeur d’Alene, including how much public money should be spent on downtown improvement. “There’s an inordinate focus on downtown business interests…There’s a feeling that downtown is getting more than its share of attention,” said Frank Orzell, a retired management consultant who is leading the recall effort. A $14.2 million makeover planned for McEuen Field – a popular green space on Lake Coeur d’Alene – was simply the latest controversy in a growing discontent with city leadership, Orzell said. “McEuen Field coalesced a lot of people into taking action,” he said. “They started clamoring for recall”/Becky Kramer, SR. More here.

DFO: If you're keeping score at home, this is the 7th recall post today. Sawwy.

Question: As their a clamor for recall citywide, or simply in the circles in which Orzell runs?

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