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Vision 2030 Seeks $15K From LCDC

Spokesman Keith Erickson of Lake City Development Corp. provides this report from recent LCDC board meeting:

So … what will the Coeur d’Alene area look like 20 years down the road—and what efforts can be made to ensure it remains a vibrant community? That’s what Visioning 2030 is all about. Officials are seeking financial assistance from the LCDC to help fund a study to plan for the community’s future. Advocates of the plan are seeking $15,000 in funding from the LCDC to shoulder the costs of a consultant to devise a plan. The process will weigh strongly on community participation, support and input, city attorney and project advocate Mike Gridley told the board. “What we want to determine is, ‘what do we need to do today to get long-term goals in place to make the community as healthy as it can be in the future’” Gridley said. He emphasized that this study would not be a “dust-gathering” report away , but a working document to help community leaders shape future growth in a structured and beneficial way.  “The plan is to establish goals, assign tasks and make it happen. Ultimately, there will be assigned responsibilities that will be followed up on. This will provide a road map to follow future growth that benefits the whole community,” Gridley told the board.

Complete report here

Question: Is this a project that should get LCDC money?

Adams Pulls Threat Of Sewer Appeal

  • H/T: Coeur d'Alene TV Channel 19, for providing video

Question: Any thoughts about Adams' prepared statement?

Adams’ 911 Call Makes Foolocracy

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Warner Brothers Version Of 911 Call

It appears that the 911 call by Councilman Steve Adams is going viral. Here's how Glenn Church presented the situation on his Web site Foolocracy: Government by Fools, Silliness & Unintelligent People:

Idaho politics might be a little too intense for Coeur d’Alene City Councilman Steve Adams. In a city council meeting, city attorney Mike Gridley got within a foot of Adams while using some profanity and calling Adams a “moron.” The topic was how the city will pay for an overhaul of a sewage treatment plant. Gridley never touched Adams, threatened him or raised his hands in an intimidating manner. Vehemently disagreeing with Adams and questioning Adams’ intelligence was enough to inspire Adams to call police. Afterwards, Adams said that he overreacted. While calling Adams a “moron” isn’t going to settle any political issues, Adams reaction to calling the police doesn’t do anything to dispute Gridley’s observation. More here (including KREM video from Monday newscast.

Question: Adams admits on the KREM video that he overreacted. Does he owe his constituents a public ap-hollo-gy?

Press: Adams Saga Gets Weirder

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Steve Adams 911 19th

After almost a year and a half of on-the-job training, the Adams saga just gets weirder. It reached a low-water mark last week in yet another heated debate over the city's wastewater treatment plan, this time a post-meeting whizzing match first with City Attorney Mike Gridley and then with Mayor Sandi Bloem. Bad words, pointy fingers and clenched fists all reportedly were wielded. Feelings ended up being the only articles that were actually bruised in the final act of this particular high schoolish drama, but some very real concerns are emerging among the electorate. When it comes to ideology vs. policy, is Adams just playing devil's advocate, or is he actually the devil?/Coeur d'Alene Press Editorial Board. More here.

Thoughts?

Hucks: City Oafishuls Act Childish

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Do you suppose that the hard-working 911 dispatcher bit her tongue when Coeur d’Alene Councilman Steve Adams SOS’d to tattle on City Attorney Mike Gridley? A short version of the two-minute 911 call made by Adams after the testy council meeting Tuesday: He’s bigger than me, and he called me names (“moron” being the only printable one). The two have been dueling over the councilman’s attempt to sidetrack a federally mandated $33 million expansion of the city’s sewer plant. The dispatcher coulda told Adams to call a Wahhhmbulance. Or lectured him not to use 911 except for emergencies. But she remained professional throughout. Which is something that can’t be said for Adams or Gridley/DFO, Sunday Huckleberries. More here.

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Redux: Adams’ 911 Call

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Steve Adams 911 19th

I wasn't able to post the audio of Councilman Steve Adams' 911 call until late yesterday afternoon — you know, the one claiming that City Attorney Mike Gridley had threatened him after the City Council meeting Tuesday. It's definitely worth a full day of discussion today. You can read the actual text of that discussion here.

Thoughts?

Adams: Bloem, Gridley Made Threats

The lone city councilman who opposes the city's request for a judicial confirmation said his opposition to the issue earned him threats from the mayor and city attorney following a meeting late Tuesday - claims the two officials deny. Steve Adams, the second-year councilman who opposes paying for $33 million in upgrades to the wastewater treatment plant, said City Attorney Mike Gridley told Adams to “(bleep) off” following the four-hour meeting and Mayor Sandi Bloem said she wanted to punch the councilman's nose off. “For the City Attorney to verbally assault me, twice now, with inflammatory and derogatory comments, is a violation of his attorney code of ethics and, according to the city's personnel rules, is insubordination,” Adams stated in a press release, calling for Gridley's termination and an apology from Bloem. Bloem and Gridley said they didn't threaten the second-year councilman/Tom Hasslinger, Coeur d'Alene Press. More here.

Question: How do you think this is going to play out?

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?

Adams: I Demand An Apology

Councilman Steve Adams is demanding an apology from Mayor Sandi Bloem and the immediate firing of City Attorney Mike Gridley for an incident that happened after Tuesday night's council meeting. The Coeur d'Alene Presss Online just filed a story. Here's Adams' explanation of the incident:

“While still in the community room after last night's city council meeting, City Attorney Mike Gridley approached me and asked if I was going to provide him with a copy of the ethics complaint I filed against him. I told him the Idaho State Bar would likely send him a copy with a request to respond. He then proceeded to get in my face and told me was a “moron”. I asked him If he was threatening me, he said no, but that in 30 years of practicing law he had never had anyone make a complaint against him, and again he told me I was “moron”. He was still in my face at this point, just inches away, leaning in on me. I again asked if he was threatening me and he said no, but that I could “(bleep) off you stupid moron.” At this point I grabbed my cell phone and called 911 to ask for officer assistance as I perceived this as an assault. Mr. Gridley walked away saying he was going to his office and then home. I walked through the library and into the ante room where the Mayor, Mike Kennedy, Deanna Goodlander, Wendy Gabriel and Jon Ingalls were standing. Mike Kennedy told me I should calm down. I told him about the exchange I had with Mr. Gridley and he responded with surprise and expressed dissatisfaction. I turned to the Mayor and pointed at her exclaiming that she should take disciplinary action against Mr. Gridley. She told me not to point at her, so I apologized for pointing. She then said not only would she not be disciplining Mr. Gridley but, raising her fist at me, she said she had half a mind to 'punch my nose off of my face'.” More of Adams' statement below. More of Tom Hasslinger's Press report here.

Question: Who owes whom an apology here?

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Gridley Explains ‘Adverse’ To Adams

In this video provided by Coeur d'Alene TV Channel 19, City Attorney Mike Gridley explains to Councilman Steve Adams why he's an adverse party in the judicial confirmation process for the wastewater treatment plant expansion.

Question: Do you understand what City Attorney Mike Gridley is telling Adams? And/or: Do you understand what Adams means by “circular reasoning,” in this situation

Adams Waves Off Sewer Warnings

In this Coeur d'Alene TV Channel 19 video, Coeur d'Alene Councilman Steve Adams waves off warnings from City Attorney Mike Gridley and wastewater treatment manager Sid Fredrickson that a delay in expansion of the sewer plant could cost Coeur d'Alene $1 million per month in fines — and a possible hookup moratorium that would shut down local construction.

Thoughts?

Adams Fumes, Gridley Digs In

What’s the latest on the dust up between City Attorney Mike Gridley and Councilman Steve Adams (pictured) following Tuesday’s public disagreement? A letter, no reply, and the Councilman still considering filing a complaint or two. Adams said this week he still hasn’t retained an attorney as he continues to consider filing a complaint against the city and Gridley stemming from when the City Council voted to remove Adams from legal discussions surrounding the judicial confirmation the city is seeking — a legal stance Adams opposes. “I’m being blackballed,” Adams said this week. He sent a two page letter to Gridley Friday asking Gridley to explain why HE considered Adams “an adverse party” and where in the rules it says the councilman should be excluded from the legal discussions. … Gridley told The Press he’s not going to respond/Tom Hasslinger, Coeur d'Alene Press. More here.

Question: Should Gridley respond to Adams?

CdA Asks McHugh To Withdraw Suit

The Coeur d'Alene City Attorney's office has asked Prosecutor Barry McHugh (pictured) to withdraw the lawsuit filed against the city on behalf of County Clerk Cliff Hayes to clarify the deadline in the attempted recall of Mayor Sandi Bloem and three City Council members. Deputy City Attorney Warren Wilson told McHugh in a three-page letter that the Secretary of State's office had backed Coeur d'Alene's position (that recallers had 75 days to complete their signature gathering including about 15 days for the county clerk to verify the signatures). “Unfortunately, Mr. Hayes has not followed the instructions from the Secretary of State's office. Instead a suit has been field against the City of Coeur d'Alene and four of its elected officials challenging the interpretation contained in Mr. Hurst's instructions. Mr. Hayes continues to disregard this instruction as a 'city opinion' and continues to insert himself into a process that, by statute, is to be administered by the City Clerk.” Letter and related information here. And here.

Question: Who do you trust more to give a proper opinion re: city recall rules — County Clerk Cliff Hayes or the Secretary of State's office?

Hucks: Adams Touchy About Rebuttals

Steve Adams, a new Coeur d’Alene councilman who refuses to support any issue that involves federal dollars, doesn’t like correction. After being corrected twice by City Attorney Mike Gridley for questionable statements, Adams asked Gridley in writing not to rebut him again during council meetings. Adams wrote that Gridley appeared to be dissing him to the mayor and council, staff and “especially the public.” Adams told Gridley to offer his opinions in private. Gridley responded that he has “a duty to correct any inaccurate statements of law or fact made by (Adams) or anyone else regarding the legality of city actions.” As an example, Gridley said, he would not say anything if someone opines that 15th Street is rough and should be repaved. However, Gridley wrote, if someone says 15th Street needs to be repaved because the city is violating the law “then I have a duty to express my legal opinion on the matter. It would be malpractice and a dereliction of duty if I didn’t”/DFO, Sunday Huckleberries print. More here.

Question: Do you like being corrected by someone?

Adams Lectures City Attorney Gridley

Here's the letter that Councilman Steve Adams sent to City Attorney Mike Gridley re: correcting Adams at City Council meetings: “I have been hesitant in writing to you to address my concern, because I do not want to damage our relationship, which I feel up to this point has been good. However, I believe my concern is of greater importance. Twice now you have rebutted me during a council meeting. After the first time you did call to apologize, which was respectable. I do believe however, that it is not appropriate for you to rebut me openly during a council meeting. I do not believe it is your intent to be disrespectful, but it gives that appearance to all other parties (mayor & council, staff and especially the public). I do value you(r) legal opinion, (please do not take this as snide) but, you are not an judge or the judge, and I have the right to express my opinions. I respectfully ask that in the future, (unless asked) you please refrain from rebutting me during a council meeting, instead addressing me after the meeting or contacting me at a later date.” (For the record, Gridley declined a public request from Huckleberries Online for this letter, citing attorney-client privilege.)

CdA To Appeal $3.7M Firing Judgment

The city of Coeur d’Alene is expected to appeal a $3.7 million judgment against its police department in federal court this spring. Daniel C. Dixon, a 17-year veteran of the force before his 2009 departure, filed a wrongful termination suit against the department and was granted $2.7 million in compensation in October by a federal jury, and $500,000 for emotional pain and suffering. Dixon’s wife, Heidi Dixon, received $500,000 for pain and suffering on behalf of the family. City Attorney Mike Gridley said the appeal to U.S. Court of Appeals for the 9th Circuit will be filed after post-trial motions, which are scheduled for March, have been ruled upon. City Finance Director Troy Tymesen told the City Council Tuesday that should the city lose the appeal and be required to pay the judgment, the city would likely issue a public bond to pay it/Coeur d'Alene Press. More here.

Thoughts?

Adams Huffs About Ed Corridor

Councilman Steve Adams made the following comment to Jon Mueller during discussion of a proposed zone change for the Education Corridor: The whole entire Ed Corridor project got scrutiny from its very inception mainly due to the funding process, the complicated, back door method, bypassing Article 8 Section 3 of the Idaho Constitution for long term capital debt.  Also, using outdated potentially improper appraisal that has brought a lot of questions from the community, it has brought a lawsuit. I am just wondering if you anticipate that this will be the continued funding method of the college for any projects that are going to exceed the fiscal year’s budget.” Later, City Attorney Mike Gridley (pictured) commented: “I know the law suit was thrown out by the court.  There has been no violation of the Idaho Constitution, the funding is legal. … the question you asked contains false information.” You can read the entire exchange here.

Reaction?

Dan, Steve, & Mike Do Lunch

On his Facebook wall, Councilman-elect Dan Gookin posts: “Went to councilman school today. Very interesting. I relish wielding my new-found elected power. Seriously: It was informative, though most of it was quite familiar. Ate lunch with Steve Adams and City Attorney Gridley.”

Question: Anyone want to make up dialogue re: what was said among Dan, Steve Adams, and City Attorney Mike Gridley at lunch today?

Gookin Rips City For Edinger Dustup

On his campaign blog site, Coeur d'Alene City Council candidate Dan Gookin spotlights the current dustup involving nepotism charges against Councilman Ron Edinger. Gookin criticizes city officials rather than Edinger for the problem. Gookin isn't running for Edinger's seat: “This episode with Mr. Edinger isn’t about him as much as it’s about the failure of City staff to do their jobs. There’s also a responsibility for follow-through by the City Council to provide oversight and accountability. The article mentions city employees who apparently were supposed to know and follow the law: City Attorney Mike Gridley (next year’s salary $125,000) and Chief Administrator Wendy Gabriel ($123,000). The article should have also included the City’s Human Resource director, Pam MacDonald ($112,000). I would assume, based on their high level of pay ($360,000), and the continuing praises lavished upon staff by the incumbent council, that these City employees are all doing a super job. Apparently not.” More here.

Question: Who is most to blame for the problem? Edinger? Bloem administration? Other?

Sims Responds To Gridley Letter

State Sen. Kathy Sims sent the following terse note to Coeur d'Alene City Attorney Mike Gridley after reading his letter denouncing her claims that Mayor Sandi Bloem & City Council members had conflicts of interest in dealing the proposed McEuen Field upgrades: “Your letter is of no concern to me. It is what I would have expected from you. it has been forwarded.” Gridley told Huckleberries: “It is troubling that facts and law are of “no concern” to an elected representative.” (You can read Sims' letter to the attorney general here.)

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D.F. Oliveria is a columnist and blogger for The Spokesman-Review. Print Huckleberries is a past winner of the Herb Caen Memorial Column contest by the National Association of Newspaper Columnists. The Readership Institute of Northwestern University cited this blog as a good example of online community journalism.

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