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The Young And The Angry

Jennifer Drake, right, and Michael Sheneman hold signs with opposite opinions during a Recall CdA rally on Wednesday at City Hall in Coeur d'Alene. Residents turned out for the rally to express their discontent with the city leaderships decision to move forward with a park plan that will cost millions of dollars without seeking public input with a vote. (AP Photo/Coeur d'Alene Press, Jerome A. Pollos)

DFO: Hat Tip to Jerome Pollos of the Coeur d'Alene Press for capturing the two sides of the Coeur d'Alene recall fight — and I don't mean just the opposing sides. Jerome also sized up the demographics well.


Recall Drive Starts, Opposition Ready

Item: Second time's the charm: Petitions certified to begin recall effort; mayor, city council supporters gather/Tom Hasslinger, Coeur d'Alene Press

More Info: The petitions to begin a recall effort against three Coeur d'Alene City Council members and the mayor were certified Thursday, leaving the citizen group spearheading the campaign 75 days to collect 4,311 signatures. The deadline to collect enough signatures from registered city voters to get a recall election on the Nov. 6 ballot for Mayor Sandi Bloem and council members Mike Kennedy, Woody McEvers and Deanna Goodlander is 5 p.m. Tuesday, June 19.

DFO: I attended the meeting of about 40 individuals opposed to this loony recall effort last evening at the Fort Ground Grill, including former state Lt. Gov. Jack Riggs, NIC trustee chairman Nic Armon, and representatives from the Kootenai County Task Force on Human Relations. It's mentioned briefly in the Press story. Too briefly. We'll be discussing what was said there throughout the day. There will be organized opposition to this insane attempt to oust Mayor Sandi Bloem and the better half of the City Council.

Interview With Mayor Sandi Bloem

  • Question: What do you think of the recall announcement today?
  • Sandi Bloem: We were informed earlier so I wasn't surprised. I've been hearing rumors for several months. They have the right to do that.
  • Question: What do you plan to do at this point?
  • Bloem: I plan to do just what I would be doing whether the petition had been filed or not. I will continue working with the staff and the community to hopefully make this a great place to live.
  • Question: Are you disheartened that a recall effort is under way not only against you but three fairly respected members of the council?
  • Bloem: I'm disappointed because this is divisive for the community. For me personally, I would be very selfish if I was disappointed in the 11 years I've been able to serve this community. It has been an incredible opportunity and I would do it again in a heart beat.
  • Question: Do you think that Frank Orzell & Co, who filed the recall papers today, speak for the community?
  • Bloem: They speak for a portion of the community. They have surrounded themselves with others who think like they do. I'm sure they don't speak for the community as a whole. No one does that.
  • Question: Would you do anything differently re: your approach to McEuen Field upgrade?
  • Bloem: No, not as far as hiring the amazing team we have (Team McEuen) and the approach of the advisory group and community meetings. I would change the way the message was delivered to some degree. I would try to communicate what was happening before untruths and rumors took the lead.
  • Question: Will this recall effort cause qualified people in the community to take a pass on public elected office?
  • Bloem: I think it will play a part in stopping people from running. The lack of civility at times & lack of respect for differing opinions, along with this effort, will make people think twice before they decide to put their name in the hat.

20 Who Signed Recall Paperwork

Huckleberries has names of 20 individuals who signed paperwork to launch recall against Mayor Sandi Bloem and Councilmen Woody McEvers, Deanna Goodlander and Mike Kennedy. They are: Frank Orzell, Robert Hough, Kenneth Stuver (hard to read printed name) Craig Shaw, Phil Mott, Jacqueline Mayo, Kenneth Mayo, William E. “Dusty” Rhoads, Terri Seymour, Gary Ingram, Julie Clark, Jacqueline A. Wright, William Wright, Linda MacNeil, Bruce MacNeil, Keith J. Reila (hard to read printed name), J. Marvin Lekstrum, James E. Doty, Susan Snedaker and Kathleen Sims. You can read recall petition paperwork here.

Question: Any names on this list surprise you?

Anti-City Hall Foes To Start Recall Try

Item: Recall roll call: Foes of McEuen plan need 4,311 signatures/Tom Hasslinger, Coeur d'Alene Press

More Info: A group of Coeur d'Alene citizens is launching a recall drive against the council members who have supported the McEuen Field conceptual plan. The group, RecallCdA, will seek enough signatures from registered voters to recall council members Mike Kennedy, Woody McEvers, Deanna Goodlander and Mayor Sandi Bloem. … Orzell said he will deliver 20 signatures, the amount required to begin each recall petition, to the City Clerk's office at 10 this morning.

Question: What are you going to say when you encounter one of the petition gatherers for this recall election?

Recall Effort Vs. Bloem, 3 Councilmen

A group of Coeur d’Alene citizens is organizing a petition to recall the council members who have voted in support of the McEuen Field conceptual plan. The group, called ReCallCdA, will seek enough signatures from registered voters to recall council members Mike Kennedy, Woody McEvers, Deanna Goodlander and Mayor Sandi Bloem. Frank Orzell, an organizer of the group, spoke to The Press this afternoon about the group's effort. A press release Orzell delivered states the incumbents have “failed to represent the voice of the community in their excessive spending of taxpayer monies. Included in the list of examples being cited by voters across the city are the approval of a $39 million plan for McEuen Park, excessive salaries for city employees and a growing list of other projects…” Orzell said he will deliver 20 signatures, the amount required to begin a recall petition drive, to the City Clerk’s Office tomorrow at 10 a.m./Tom Hasslinger, Coeur d'Alene Press. More here.

Question: Will you support a recall effort against Coeur d'Alene Mayor Sandi Bloem and three city council members?

Wood: Ward’s Comments Silly

Christie Wood: I understand Pachyderm was lively on Friday. I hear that Jeff Ward was the speaker and he declared that Deanna Goodlander and I are Rhino’s (RINOs). We are both office holders in non-partisian positions so his comments seem silly. You may remember I called upon Jeff a few months ago to correct a false statement he made about me in his newsletter. He claimed I attempted to connect the RR’s to the Aryan’s and was behind the PO Box comments. Wrong person but that did not impress Jeff. He decided I am worthy of his criticism anyway and decided not to make any corrections. Anyway…I have always been clear I am a moderate who chooses to work with all elected officials (Democrats too! Oh My!) and constituents, and will not feed from his purity trough. What a complete waste of valuable time.

Question: I contend that the worst “RINOs” in this area are the ones from the Far Right who are using the umbrella of the Republican Party to push the local party into Constutionalist/Libertarian/Birch water. What do you think?

Deanna: Lake City Does Have A ♥

Deanna Goodlander: Just visiting with my neighbor who was shoveling my driveway and he commented that he had a never seen such a gving community. He moved here this summer from Las Vegas and he said you would never see this in Las Vegas. He certainly fits in as he was not only shoveling my driveway, but also shoveled several blocks of the neighborhood sidewalks. People here are willing to help in hard times.

Question: Do you agree with Deanna that Coeur d'Alene/Post Falls/North Idaho residents are big-hearted?

Deanna: ‘Corrupt d’Alene’ Over The Line

Deanna Goodlander: Since the Reagan Republicans in their infinite wisdom choose to call my City, and by inference myself, Mayor and other Council members and City Staff, corrupt, I thought that I would look up the meaning of the word. Corrupt - guilty of dishonest practice, as bribery…..lacking integrity, crooked, debased in charactor, depraved, wicked evil. How do you react to such name calling? The people I know and work with do not resemble those words in any way. We are simply trying to do our jobs the best way we know how. Others may disagree with our decisions, but does that give them the right to use such words against us? More below.

Question: In a later comment post Reagan Republicans board member Dan Gookin said he would insist that the RR's remove the stickers from its booth. Will one of you check today to see if they have?

Deanna: City Has No Choice

Deanna Goodlander: The facts are, that FEMA who are the flood insurance folks have told the Core of Engineers who oversee levees that they must more stringently clear levees in order to make them less inclined to fail. After Katrina and more recently the Mississipi River levee failures they are getting more strict. If we fail to act, the entire fort grounds area will have increased rates and the insurance will not cover the full cost of replacement or repairs. With millions of dollars worth of private property, as well as, the college and wastewater plant the costs and risks will be astronomical. Fortunately even if we have to cut trees they will only be on the slope and the ones on the level can stay. More below.


Mini-Megaloads May Be CdA Bound

Item: Mini-megaloads may enter CdA: Massive cargo would be routed onto I-90/Chelsea Bannach, SR

More Info: “As far as I’m concerned, I’ve seen large loads similar to that go through here before,” said Councilwoman Deanna Goodlander. “These aren’t the huge loads that are going through Highway 12.” Imperial Oil, a Canadian affiliate of ExxonMobil, is cutting the loads down in height in Lewiston so they can travel on U.S. Highway 95 through Moscow and Coeur d’Alene, onto Interstate 90, into Montana, and eventually to Canada.

Question: Do you support oil refineries using H95 & I-90 to move their mini-megaloads to Billings, Mont.?

Deanna: Incumbents Expect Fall Fight

Councilwoman Deanna Goodlander: “I think that every member of the Council who voted yes to move forward with a (McEuen Field) master plan, expect to see some changes. I think also that it took courage and conviction that we were doing the right thing for the future. We studied hard, we listened to the “fors” and “against”. We also know that those who are up for election will have strong opposition based on their vote, I admire them for doing what they believe was right irregardless of the consequenses. It wasn’t easy.” Full comment here.

DFO: Al Hassell is 99% sure he won't run again. John Bruning will. And Ron Edinger (who pleased many in the crowd Tuesday w/his opposition to McEuen Field changes) is a mebbe due to health problems this spring.

Question: Which non-incumbents are most likely to run for City Council, besides Dan Gookin and Steve Adams?

Deanna: A Little Disappointed w/Ron

Deanna Goodlander: I disagree with Ron on the public vote. this is a planning process, not written in stone, and frankly I am a little disapointed that Ron would make such a big deal about being left off the planning group. I also asked to a be a part of that group, since my father was so involved in the group that saved McEuen from becoming a shopping plaza. I remember him going to meetings and working on plans. In fact I have one of the original drawings that shows a stage on Tubbs Hill for concerts and events. We all have our responsibilites to the Council and liason to different departments. Mine is Library and Arts Commission and Building department. I know Ron has streets and fire and police. John Bruning is Park and Rec. It was appropriate since he was liason that he be part of the group.

Question: Do you believe most Coeur d'Alene residents want some change for McEuen Field?

Deanna: Headline Stirred Anger

Councilwoman Deanna Goodlander: This morning I had a non-resident attack me, holding the Press and pointing at the headline stating that it was unconscionable and arrogant to not put McEuen to the vote. He was so angry, he was literally shaking. Another person who moved here last year from California and is a resident also stated that it needed to be put to a vote and that is why she left California because taxes were too high and she didn't have a say. There was no discussion, just threats. This is the opening shot for next year's Council elections and I suspect that the article was prompted by the reporters close connections to some of those who plan to run.

Question: Would you want to be a public official and put up with the threats and anger that goes with the job?

Hux: Unraveling Goodlander Conspiracy

As you know by now, Councilwoman Deanna Goodlander survived the scare of her life when her heart stopped beating five times at Kootenai Medical Center July 7. But did you know that Dan Gookin, Mary Souza and the rest of their Gang That Can’t Shoot Straight at foamed for days about a vast City Hall conspiracy to keep Deanna’s illness secret? As Deanna rested in the hospital after her close encounter with the Grim Reaper, Gookin was harrumphing on about the public’s right to know about her health. Quoth Gookin: “Hiding such information from the public and – worse – directing city staff to lie about the situation – reminds me of the old Soviet Union or even North Korea. We expect totalitarian states to hide such information from their masses. We don’t expect it here at home, but it’s something people should expect, especially from such a non-transparent and secretive organization like Coeur d’Alene City Hall”/DFO, Huckleberries, SR. More here.

Question: When should City Hall have notified the public that Deanna had suffered a heart attack?

Goodlander Recovers From Heart Attack

Item: Goodlander recovering after heart attack/Tom Hasslinger, Coeur d’Alene Press

More Info: Deanna Goodlander is back at home, a little tired, but better than ever, she said. The 13-year Coeur d’Alene City Councilwoman suffered a heart attack on her son’s birthday, July 7, but was released from Kootenai Medical Center on Wednesday. “I’m back at home just recuperating,” Goodlander said Thursday. “And the doctor hasn’t given me any restrictions.”

Question: Do you know individuals who fully recovered from a serious heart attack?

Christie: Thanks For Straight Scoop

Christie Wood: DFO thanks for the update that came straight from (Councilwoman Deanna Goodlander). I am so glad to hear she is on the mend. Employees at the City, and her many friends in the community have been very worried about her. Regardless of the filth spread by people with a complete lack of humanity, Deanna is very dear to city employees. She is supportive, warm, friendly, and involved in activities that promote teamwork, and camaraderie with employees. Deanna is the type of leader our community can be proud of. I think we demonstrate our fondness for her very well by the employee groups consistently endorsing her in elections. Trust me…the Police Association is no push over. If they do not like you there will be no endorsement. Her last opponent (Dan Gookin) can tell you that.

DFO: Deanna checks in here regularly. Feel free to express your good wishes to her in this thread.

Deanna Rebounding After Heart Scare

I just got off the phone with Coeur d’Alene Councilwoman Deanna Goodlander, who is still at Kootenai Medical Center after suffering a heart attack last Wednesday. She told me that she woke up that morning with pain in her hands and asked her daughter to take her to the hospital. At the hospital, she said her heart stopped five times as a result of a blockage of a blood vessel in the back. CPR was performed successfully. Fortunately, a heart specialist was on the scene. He was able to remove the blockage and put a stent in the vessel. Deanna, who was in good spirits despite a badly bruised chest (as a result of the CPR), said that she hadn’t intended to keep her condition secret: “I thought everyone in town knew about this.” She said her doctor advised her that she should take it easy for awhile. She looks forward to getting back at the podium and doing her official work which she enjoys so much.

Deanna: Humans Produce Phosphates

Deanna Goodlander: The largest (by far) provider of phosphates in sewer systems is the human body. Every time you flush, you are adding phospates to the system. You will be seeing much more about phosphates in the systems in the future dealing with the TMDL (total maximum daily load) of phospate limitations placed on all cities on the Spokane River by the State of Washington. Total cost estimated at as much as 2 billion dollars to meet those standards, presently unattainable with todays technology. Anybody ready for a 500 per month sewer bill???????

DFO: So, if we all agree to stop pooping & peeing and/or flushing, we can keep our dish soap w/phosphates?

Question: Are environmental agencies demanding too much of communities that dump treated wastewater into waterways?

Deanna: City Hires Goats To Eat Weeds

Deanna Goodlander: Yes, the goats (grazing on city-owned property on northeast corner of roundabout @ 4th & Mararet) are on the city payroll. Its difficult to control weeds around the water wells. We don’t use pesticides that could be contaminates. The goats are a new thing and the Water Department is renting them from the owner. This is an experiment and we will see how it works.

Question: What do you think of the city of Coeur d’Alene hiring goats to eat weeds, rather than use pesticides?

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