Posts tagged: John Bruning
Interestingly, new Councilman Dan Gookin was the only City Council member to oppose the appointment of former Councilman John Bruning to the Natural Open Space Ad Hoc & Arts Commission last night. Even Councilman Steve Adams, who defeated Bruning in a three-way race in November, voted for the appointnments. Here's how the minutes read: “Motion by Goodlander, seconded by Kennedy to appoint John Bruning to the Natural Open Space Ad Hoc Committee and the Arts Commission, to re-appoint Kelly Ostrom to the Personnel Appeals Board, and re-appoint Jim VanSky to the CDA TV Committee. Councilman Gookin believes that John Bruning is already serving on two committees and, therefore, will vote against him being appointed to these two committees. Mayor Bloem noted that the two committees the John Burning is currently a member of, as mentioned by Councilman Gookin, are ad hoc committees and not standing committees. Motion carried with Gookin voting no. ”
Question: Do you agree with Gookin's reason for voting no?
There's a groundswell of excitement over the election of Dan Gookin and Steve Adams to the Coeur d'Alene City Council, and there should be. Whether or not the existing council is actually guilty of routinely applying the rubber stamp to important decisions, the entry of Dan and Steve to future deliberations promises to be entertaining and engaging. But we admit to feeling a sense of loss in the defeat of John Bruning, and not just because newspapering is in his family's blood. John's father, Rollie, became editor of the Coeur d'Alene Press in 1956, when John and the rest of the family moved to Coeur d'Alene from Wallace. This quiet, thoughtful man who enjoyed a 40-year career with the U.S. Forest Service has sunk some of the deepest roots in his community. John holds volunteer leadership positions with St. Vincent de Paul and served on the St. Pius X Catholic Church parish council for six years. He has taken his civic duties even further/Coeur d'Alene Press Editorial Board. More here.
DFO: I couldn't agree with this editorial more.
Question: Do you expect the involvement of Dan Gookin and Steve Adams on the Coeur d'Alene City Council to be “entertaining and engaging”?
Tom Hamilton: To put it in my perspective, I view the responsibility of a Trustee to be primarily advocacy for the taxpayer and the parents. The administration should advocate for the district, the CEA should advocate for the teachers and between all of those groups, our mutual goal is to advocate for the student. I view the role of the city council, public unions and city administrators in much the same light. It is not the role of the city councilman to blindly support the public unions. There should be give and take, negotiation and compromise. That’s why I like Dan. He honestly doesn’t tow anyone’s line…he listens, thinks, discusses and decides…just the way I think it ought to be.
Question: What impact does an endorsement from Coeur d'Alene's rank-and-file police officers & firefighters have?
Item: Three vie for CdA Seat 5: Candidates disagree on role of government/Alison Boggs, SR
More Info: First-term incumbent John Bruning casts it as positive versus negative. In his view, he’s the positive, having promoted community developments including the city library, the Kroc Center and the education corridor. He views one of his challengers, Steve Adams, as a person who’s against everything. Adams, however, would like to cast the race as one of political philosophy, with himself, a conservative Republican, running against two Democrats, despite the fact that the race is nonpartisan. That’s in a county where an “R” next to a name can greatly tip the scales in a candidate’s favor. The race also includes wild card Amber Copeland, a 30-year-old single mother of four girls who emphasizes that no one on the council represents her demographic.
Question: Who benefits most by having dark-horse Amber Copeland in this race — incumbent John Bruning or Steve Adams?
Local public safety unions have endorsed three men running for the Coeur d'Alene City Council this fall — former legislator George Sayler, and incumbents John Bruning and Ron Edinger. A billboard supporting Sayler and Bruning is currently standing at Northwest Boulevard & Lakewood (by Lake City Senior Center). The billboard is sponsored by Coeur d'Alene firefighters, Coeur d'Alene police officers, and the Kootenai County Deputy Sheriff's Association. HucksOnline hears that Edinger asked not to be on the billboard because he didn't want to appear to be running on a ticket with Bruning & Sayler. HucksOnline hears the billboard is viewed by some as a lucky charm, since it was used by Mayor Sandi Bloem and NIC Trustee Judy Meyer during their election runs.
DFO: Can someone snap a photo of the billboard for HucksOnline?
Challenger Steve Adams has raised more than triple the amount of money than incumbent John Bruning in his 2011 race for Bruning's Coeur d'Alene City Council seat No. 5. Adams has raised $5673 and spent $1695 through today's first filing period for campaign finance disclosure statements. Bruning has raised $1772 and spent $69 to date. Dark-horse candidate Amber Copeland has raise $220 and spent $13. Adams has received $1000 contributions from Charles Adams, Craig Adams, and Mary Adams, all of Coeur d'Alene; a $999 donation from Regan Properties, and a $500 donation from James Hollingsworth. Bruning has received one $200 donation, from Douglas Fagerness, of Coeur d'Alene, and loaned himself $200. Copeland has received two $100 donations, from Carole Preslar-Gibson and Sam Crawford. You can read all the campaign finance statements here.
Question: What do you make of Adams' warchest?
In a presentation to the Kootenai County Pachyderm Club Friday morning, Coeur d'Alene City Council candidate Steve Adams said the city staff of 350 employees was up to 100 jobs too many. All this pased on an article published by the Ludwig von Mises Institute, an Austrian school of economics and libertarian political and social theory. Reporter Tom Hasslinger of the Coeur d'Alene Press quotes Adams as saying: “That doesn't mean my top priority is going to be to chop 100 jobs right away, but it's something to look at,” said Adams, following a Seat 5 candidate debate Friday morning, where he announced his stance. “Maybe we could trim 25 or 50 (positions.)” You can read the entire story here. (Facebook photo of Steve Adams)
Question: What do you make of a political candidate basing a call of at least 25 to 50 layoffs of city staff on an Austrian libertarian polical theory?
I'm not sure who Amber Copeland is. But OrangeTV posted a link to her new Facebook page: “Amber Copeland for Coeur d'Alene City Council.” I appreciate her introduction to us on her site: “I am not a business owner. I am not on any commitees or a member of any organizations. I am not wealthy. I am not married or well connected. I am a single parent. I struggle to make ends meet. I want the best for my family and neighbors. I want the best for my community. I am a majority of the population. I am a representation of who the decisions made by city council affect. It is time for someone like me to be a part of those decisions. It is time to elect a citizen to city council who has been in the trenches, who knows what it is to drown. That is the kind of person who has learned what it takes to swim and I am that person.” She was born on Halloween, and she (hearts) Ayn Rand's “Fountainhead.” You can find much more info about her here. She's running for Seat No. 5 (now held by Councilman John Bruning).
Question: Can a City Council candidate effectively use social media in a campaign?
(Coeur d'Alene City Council candidate Steve) Adams said he would look into reducing city department head wages by 10 percent each, giving 5 percent back to city coffers and 5 percent to the “rank and file” employees. He said he would implement this first for the police and fire departments, but consider it for all employees. He said he would also be interested in exploring ways to do away with the city's collective bargaining groups. “I would not have voted to accept those increases, but it's deeper than that because of the contracts,” he said about the proposal to give 3 percent cost of living raises for city employees. “I think I would support going the way of Wisconsin and getting rid of any union representation for government employees”/Tom Hasslinger, Coeur d'Alene Press. More here.
Question: Do you think department heads in the city of Coeur d'Alene are paid too much?
(Coeur d'Alene Councilman John Bruning, pictured) noted that his city's population grew by more than 9,600 people in the past decade, nearly 28 percent growth since 2000. “Coeur d'Alene grew at a faster pace than the overall state of Idaho, for many good reasons,” Bruning told the (redistricting commission), “among them a healthy business climate, a good place to live, a caring community … a desirable place to call home.” Speaking for the whole city council and the mayor, Bruning urged the commission to keep Coeur d'Alene and other cities whole in redistricting, rather than dividing them among legislative districts. Given the numbers, Bruning said, “Keeping Coeur d'Alene whole in redistricting is not just sensible, it is almost mathematically perfect.”
Question: Should Coeur d'Alene be kept as a single legislative district or be split among other districts?
Now that local Republicans “own” the Kootenai County Courthouse, I predict they’ll go after Coeur d’Alene City Hall next. Incumbents Ron Edinger, Al Hassell, & John Bruning will have the fight of their lives if they seek re-election because, I suspect, they’ll face a ticket of Republicans in their nonpartisan races that’ll have the seal of approval of Jacobson/Hart/Pederson Republicans. You saw Republican involvement come into play in Jim Brannon’s race against Mike Kennedy last year — and in the subsequent donation to the Brannon legal defense fund. I’ve felt all along that Brannon would have won that race, if the Reagan Republicans had climbed aboard his poorly managed campaign a week earlier. Dan Gookin might have beaten Deanna Goodlander had their not been a dispute re: his Republican pedigree. Gookin said after the election that he was done running for office. But the prize may be within his grasp. A ticket of Steve Adams, Dan Gookin, and, who knows, Jim Brannon again, might be formidable in the current fire-engine-red political environment. More below.