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Alliance Forms To Fight ULUC

From position paper As the “mom and pop” rural folks and business owners who live and work upon our rural lands, NWPOA (Northwest Property Owners Alliance) would like our elected officials to understand that we are now organized and we are here to stay. We have to admit our own failure in not diligently participating, rather just trusting, those we elect to do the right thing. We invite our elected and appointed officials to make this right. And they should know this about rural folks, we know how to work. To that end, in the future we will be holding candidate forums, we will establish a candidate survey, and establish a candidate rating system with regards to rural property owner interests. We also intend to establish a PAC to financially support those candidates who value and strongly support our rural property rights. As we say in the county when we’ve built a fence down the wrong line, “just gotta pull em out, fill the holes and build it right the next time.” You can read comment by Jennifer Locke (pictured) and see entire NWPOA position paper on ULUC here.

Question: Are you beginning to believe, as I am, that the USS Unified Land Use Code is taking on a lot of water?

Locke: What’s Ordinance End Game?

Jennifer_Locke (re: City OKs anti-bias ordinance 2-1):  If these discriminations are wrong period, then why are they exempt? They teach individuals certain principles on this matter? Is the ultimate end game to eventually pull these exemptions for churches, Christian daycare/schools, and religious organizations? What about the KROC center? I don't know much about them or if they practice these policies already, but don't they have a church on their facility and are some what of a religious organization, along with a gym and an event center? To expand further on that matter, what about a Christian business owner of a gym? These are just the many questions that are coming to mind after quickly reading through this proposed ordinance.

DFO: I've asked city spokeswoman Kristina Lyman for a copy of the proposed city ordinance, once it's available. It's my understanding that the one approved by the General Services Committee was similar to the one adopted by Boise.

Question: Is there areas of the proposed ordinance that you believe needs to be tweeked before it becomes city law?

Jennifer: Wary Of Trustee Forum

Jennifer Locke (Re: Letter: Beware the Coeur d'Alene Education Partnership/Coeur Group forum): You know as well as I do, that questions can be asked to make someone look bad on both sides and it doesn't help when you have to explain yourself in a 30 second sound bite. I had a friend tell me about showing up early to a forum where the governor was going to be answering questions last year and that he had some guy who was part of the teacher's union there telling his people what to say or what questions to ask the governor before the forum. This guy thought my friend was part of his group. Most of these events on either side of the aisle are typically staged events. Do we know if all of candidates will be getting these questions ahead of the forum?

DFO: Before the Mica Grange forum, there were rumors that the deck was stacked against the three challengers to the incumbents and Bjorn Handeen because the forum was organized by a diehard Republican. The forum went off without a hitch — and no loaded questions from the audience. Now supporters of the incumbents and Handeen are nervous because CEP has organized the Tuesday (5:30-7:30 p.m.) forum at the Coeur d'Alene Library. JimmyMac's Core Group will handle the questions. I've seen 2 or 3 of these Coeur Group forums, including one that involved controversial Councilman Steve Adams. The Coeur Group moderator and professionals couldn't be more neutral. Anyone who skips this forum because they're afraid of a loaded question isn't worthy to represent the Coeur d'Alene district as a trustee.

Question: Do you plan to attend the CEP/Coeur Group trustee forum Tuesday?

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